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DVD Releases: October 5th, 2010, or The Most Expensive Day in Horror History!

Another week in October, another bounty crop of horror DVDs and Blu-rays. This week we have home entertainment from recent theatrical releases of nightmares of the mind as well as re-releases of classic and campy horror, all with boatloads of extras.

Then there are other horror titles that are being re-released on Blu-ray or in packs for double dipping. On top of that, horror offerings from Asia, past seasons of TV shows, manga, novels, and even video games are all vying for our pocketbooks. And we still have four more weeks of October to go.

Next year October needs to begin in August.

Make sure to go to the Next Page for more DVD listing! Tell us what you bought in the comments section below!


Human Centipede: First Sequence on DVDHuman Centipede: First Sequence
Directed by Tom Six

“>Human Centipede: First Sequence (review) was a sensation ever since its first mention. Stephen Colbert even talked about it at the 2010 Emmys Awards broadcast! The premise cannot be simpler. Two pretty American girls are on a road trip through Europe. Their car broke down in Germany. Sick surgical procedure ensues. The film stars Akihiro Kitamura, Dieter Laser, Andreas Leupold and Ashley C. Williams. Watch our “>Human Centipede page for news on the sequel.

Buy the Blu-ray or the regular DVD.


A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) on DVDA Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Directed by Samuel Bayer

We had covered the Platinum Dunes remake of the Wes Craven classic “>A Nightmare on Elm Street (review) extensively in the past couple of years and you can now bring home a copy of the Blu-ray or DVD. We have given you “>Everything You Need To Know and featured “>44 Amazing Art Inspired by Freddy Krueger. Is there anything we haven’t covered yet? A Nightmare on Elm Street stars Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz, Clancy Brown, and Connie Britton

Buy the Blu-ray or the regular DVD.


Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy - 2 Disc Collector's Edition on DVDNever Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy – 2 Disc Collector’s Edition
Directed by Daniel Farrands and Andrew Kasch

Even if you own the “>Never Sleep Again (review) DVD from back in April, you might want to consider double dipping for this Collector’s Edition as it includes a commentary track and a poster. We have said so much good things already about the previous release that we risk sounding like a skipped record. You can learn all about the production process by readind our “>Interview with Dan Farrands, Andrew Kasch and Thommy Hutson, the directors and writer respectively. Never Sleep Again stars Wes Craven, Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, and about one hundred more.

Buy the Blu-ray or the regular DVD.


Splice on DVDSplice
Directed by Vincenzo Natali

In “>Splice (review), superstar genetic engineers Clive and Elsa specialize in splicing together DNA from different animals to create incredible new hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in hybrid experiments. The result is Dren, an amazing, strangely beautiful creature that exhibits uncommon intelligence and unexpected physical developments. “>Splice (page) stars Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac, David Hewlett and Brandon McGibbon.

Buy the Blu-ray or the regular DVD.


The Exorcist (Extended Director's Cut) on DVDThe Exorcist (Extended Director’s Cut)
Directed by William Friedkin

Warner Home Video is releasing two-disc Digibook edition, packaged with a personal letter written by director William Friedkin inside a 40-page booklet. Both the extended director’s cut and the theatrical version of this 1973 horror masterpiece will be included, remastered from the original camera negative. Three new documentaries, produced by acclaimed documentarian Laurent Bouzereau, are also included exclusively in the Blu-ray edition. “>The Exorcist stars Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn and Max von Sydow.

Buy the Blu-ray or the regular DVD.


30 Days of Night: Dark Days on DVD30 Days of Night: Dark Days
Directed by Ben Ketai

Almost a year has passed since Barrow Alaska’s population was decimated by vampires. Stella, mourning her husband’s murder, has been travelling the world trying to convince others that vampires exist. When a group of lost souls offers her a chance to exact revenge upon the vampire queen, Stella joins their mission to stop evil from striking again. “>30 Days of Night: Dark Days (review) stars Kiele Sanchez, Rhys Coiro, Diora Baird, Mia Kirshner and Harold Perrineau. Watch “>Four Clips from the film.

Buy the Blu-ray or the regular DVD.


Oxford Murders on DVDOxford Murders
Directed by Álex de la Iglesia

A woman is murdered in Oxford. It quickly becomes clear that this is the first in a series of murders, all of which are announced by the murderer with strange mathematical symbols. Professor and student join forces to try and crack the code, and thus begins an elaborate puzzle, in which nothing is as it seems and the truth is elusive. Based on Guillermo Martinez’s award-winning novel, “>The Oxford Murders (page) is an edgy and intelligent thriller starring Elijah Wood, John Hurt, Leonor Watling, Julie Cox, and Burn Gorman. Watch the “>trailer.

Buy the Blu-ray or the regular DVD.


Troll 2 on DVDTroll 2
Directed by Claudio Fragasso

The plot concerns an American family, the Waits family, who are taking a trip to the country to visit a small town called “Nilbog” (goblin spelled backwards), but are plunged into a nightmare as they are relentlessly pursued by vegetarian goblins, who turn people into plants before they eat them. “>Troll 2 stars Jason Wright, Darren Ewing and Jason Steadman. Watch the “>Troll 2 Trailer.

Buy the Blu-ray or the regular DVD.


Grindhouse Special Edition on DVDGrindhouse Special Edition Blu-ray
Directed by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez

Debuting for the 1st time in HD and in its original theatrical format, “>Grindhouse (review) starts with the deliciously over-the-top horror flick “>Planet Terror (review), followed by an intermission featuring 3 gritty trailers and concluding with the ultra-intense vehicular slasher film Death Proof. The set features over 2 hours of brand new bonus material including a 10-Minute Cooking School feature with Rodriguez, five features on the trailers including an extended trailer and making-ofs, deleted scenes and much more. “>Grindhouse (page) stars Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodríguez, Josh Brolin, Michael Biehn, Tom Savini, Bruce Willis, Kurt Russell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Danny Trejo, Bill Moseley, Rosario Dawson, Marley Shelton and Jeff Fahey.

Buy the Blu-ray DVD.


The Evil / Twice Dead (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) on DVDThe Evil / Twice Dead (Roger Corman’s Cult Classics)
Directed by Gus Trikonis and Bert L. Dragin

In The Evil, a psychologist and his wife buy a dilapidated historical mansion with a dark past in hopes of restoring the estate and making it a drug rehabilitation clinic with the help of some of his students and current patients. When he opens a secret door in the basement of the house, Arnold inadvertently releases a malevolent presence. The Evil stars Richard Crenna, Joanna Petter, Victor Buono, Andrew Prine and Cassie Yates. In Twice Dead, a family moves into a mansion in a crime-infested urban neighborhood, but the ghost of an actor who died in the mansion is not the only thing they need to watch out for: there is also a punk street gang roaming the area looking for trouble. Twice Dead stars Tom Bresnahan, Jill Whitlow and Todd Bridges.

Buy the DVD set.


The Slumber Party Massacre Collection (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) on DVDThe Slumber Party Massacre Collection (Roger Corman’s Cult Classics)
Directed by Amy Holden Jones

For the first time, all three Slumber Party Massacres are brought together in one DVD set. In addition to all three films, the DVD set includes all-new bonus features as a three-part documentary, “Sleepless Nights: Revisiting The Slumber Party Massacres,” a photo and poster still gallery, and an essay on the Slumber Party phenomenon, “Close Your Eyes For A Second … And Sleep Forever.” Watch “>Five Clips from the DVD set.

Buy the DVD set.


The Blair Witch Project on Blu-ray DVDThe Blair Witch Project Blu-ray
Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez

Set in 1994, three film students travel to the woods of Maryland to investigate an urban legend, and find themselves terrified to the core. The friends – Heather, Josh and Mike – never return from the Black Hills Forest, and one year later their missing footage is found and edited together to tell the story of the amateur filmmakers’ terrifying two-day hike. Featuring four never-before-seen alternate endings and additional bonus materials that include an audio commentary, a featurette and extra footage. “>The Blair Witch Project stars Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael C. Williams.

Buy the Blu-ray DVD.


Open Water/Open Water 2: Adrift on DVDOpen Water/Open Water 2: Adrift on Blu-ray
Directed by Chris Kentis and Hans Horn

“>Open Water follows an American couple who embark on an island getaway to escape their workaholic lifestyles and marital problems. Daniel and Susan, both certified scuba divers, board a local dive boat full of other vacationers for an underwater tour of the reef but are accidentally left behind. Open Water stars Daniel Travis, Saul Stein andBlanchard Ryan. “>Open Water 2: Adrift is a harrowing true story about a weekend cruise aboard a luxury yacht that goes horribly awry for a group of old high school friends is adrift, miles from shore. Open Water 2: Adrift stars Susan May Pratt, Richard Speight Jr. and Niklaus Lange.

Buy the Blu-ray DVD.


2001 Maniacs on DVD2001 Maniacs on Blu-ray
Directed by Tim Sullivan

Based on the campy cult classic by the Godfather of gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis, 2001 Maniacs is a bloody comedy/spoof that audiences will love. 2001 Maniacs tells the story of a group of college students on their way to spring break. They decide to take a detour through an old southern town – and are soon in for a big surprise. Special features include two separate audio commentaries, the “Inside the Asylum” making-of featurette, deleted/extended scenes, outtakes and an alternate opening with John Landis. 2001 Maniacs stars Robert Englund, Lin Shaye, Giuseppe Andrews and Ryan Fleming.

Buy the Blu-ray DVD.


High Tension on Blu-ray DVDHigh Tension on Blu-ray
Directed by Alexandre Aja

“>High Tension (review) follows two college friends, Marie and Alexa, encounter loads of trouble (and blood) while on vacation at Alexa’s parents’ country home when a mysterious killer invades their quiet getaway. Special features include the original unrated French Language Director’s Cut, an English dubbed version of the film, audio commentary with the director and screenwriter, plus select scene commentary with the director and star of the film. The disc also contains three featurettes – “Haute Horror – The Making of High Tension,” “Building Tension,” and “Gianetto De Rossi: The Truth, the Madness and the Magic.” Read our “>Interview with Alexander Aja.

Buy the Blu-ray DVD.


Hard Candy on Blu-ray DVDHard Candy on Blu-ray
Directed by David Slade

In “>Hard Candy, precocious 14-year-old Hayley (Ellen Page)probably shouldn’t be going to a local coffee shop to meet Jeff (Patrick Wilson, a 30-something fashion photographer she met on the Internet. But before she knows it, she’s mixing drinks at Jeff’s place and stripping for an impromptu photo shoot. But Hayley isn’t as innocent as she looks. Special features include two separate audio commentaries with the filmmakers and the actors, deleted and extended scenes, a making-of documentary and the “Controversial Confection” mini-featurette. Read our interviews with stars “>Ellen Page and “>Patrick Wilson.

Buy the Blu-ray DVD.


Robocop Trilogy on Blu=ray DVDRobocop Trilogy on Blu-ray
Directed by Paul Verhoeven, Irvin Kershner, Fred Dekker

In ROBOCOP (1987), a terminally wounded cop in crime-ridden Detroit returns to the force as a powerful cyborg with submerged memories haunting him. ROBOCOP 2 (1990) features a corrupt businesswoman seeking to disable Robocop in favor of her own model of cyborg. In ROBOCOP 3 (1993) Robocop saves the day once more. This time the half man/half robot takes on ruthless developers who want to evict some people on “their” land. The trilogy stars Peter Weller, Kurtwood Smith, Rip Torn, Tom Noonan, Nancy Allen, Belinda Bauer, Ronny Cox, and Miguel Ferrer.

Buy the Blu-ray DVD.


Sisters on Blu-ray DVDSisters on Blu-ray
Directed by Douglas Buck

A remake of Brian DePalma’s film of the same name, this one stars Chloe Sevigny as a reporter to witnesses a very bizarre murder and begins to do her own investigation. Police don’t find a corpse or any evidence of the crime so she’s got her work cut out for her. Her search eventually leads to an asylum and a mystery surrounding the woman’s once-conjoined twin. Buck’s been working on this one for years so I really hope the wait has been worth it

Buy the Blu-ray DVD.


The Rig on DVDThe Rig
Directed by Peter Atencio

As a hurricane rages outside, the small but experienced crew of an oil drilling rig settles in to ride out the storm. Isolated on the rig, their calm is short-lived when a crew member goes missing and an extensive search proves futile. Slowly they discover that a deadly creature is stalking the skeleton crew, eliminating them one by one. Surrounded by nothing but raging ocean, their communication severed and no way off the rig, the roughnecks try to survive the stormy night with an unrelenting force of death hunting them down. “>The Rig (page) stars William Forsythe and Art LaFleur. Watch the “>The Rig’s trailer.

Buy the DVD.


Feast 3 Pack on DVDFeast 3 Pack
Directed by John Gulager

This re-release of the Feast Trilogy by Dimension Extreme in one set is only for the die-hard fans who just can’t get enough of Feast. The 3 Pack includes:
“>Feast (review),
“>Feast II: Sloppy Seconds (review), and
“>Feast III: The Happy Finish (review).

Buy the DVD.


Pulse 3 Pack on DVDPulse 3 Pack
Directed by Jim Sonzero and Joel Soisson

This re-release of the Pulse Trilogy in a single set by Dimension Extreme is only for die hard fans of the American remake of the Japanese original. The 3 Pack includes:
“>Pulse Unrated (review),
“>Pulse 2 (review), and
“>Pulse 3 (review)

Buy the DVD.


One Missed Call Trilogy on DVDOne Missed Call Trilogy
Directed by various

This series is started by Takashi Miike and the entire trilogy now available in a single set. The set includes:
The orginal “>One Missed Call (review),
“>One Missed Call 2 and
One Missed Call 3.

Buy the DVD.


Yoga Academy on DVDYoga Academy
Directed by Jae-yeon Yun

Hyo Jung, is a co-host of a shopping channel lingerie show, but after losing her job to her younger and more glamorous rival, she takes the advice of an old friend and enrolls in a week long intensive course at a strange, secluded yoga centre. There she meets her four classmates and their mysterious trainer Na-ni (Cha Soo Yeon), who informs them about the 5 rules they have to obey for the week. The rules are, 1. Not to shower within an hour after training, 2. Not to eat, 3. Not to comunicate with the outside, 4. Not to look at mirrors and 5. Not to go outside. One by one they start to break the rules and suffer the consequences.

Buy the DVD.


Ichi 1: Origin on DVDIchi 1: Origin
Directed by Masato Tanno

Based on the original manga, “>1 Ichi: Origin is the prequel to Takashi Miike’s Ichi the Killer. Nao Omori stars as Shiro Ishi (the future Ichi) and Teah is Dai, the best fighter at the local high school. Word of Ichi s slaughter of his tormentors soon spreads throughout the school and the stage is set. It s time for a showdown. The best fighters in school versus Ichi the Killer. Who will survive the mayhem and become number 1?

Buy the DVD.


Medium Season Six on DVD“Medium” Season Six
Directed by Various

Allison Dubois (Patricia Arquette) is a strong-willed, devoted young wife and mother of three girls, who has gradually come to grips with her extraordinary ability to talk to dead people, see the future in her dreams and read people’s thoughts. This season, Allison and her family’s world is turned upside down after her abilities are publicly exposed, resulting in sweeping changes both professionally and personally.

Buy the DVD set.


Ugly Americans Season 1 on DVD“Ugly Americans” Season 1
Directed by Various

Take New York City; add every horrifying beast, science-fiction freak, and fantasy faerie; shake thoroughly; and you’ve got “>”Ugly Americans” (page). This animated horror-comedy series follows one Mark Lilly (voiced by Matt Oberg), social worker at the Department of Integration, as he helps new citizens both human and “other” adapt to hectic life in the Big Apple. There are easier tasks than weaning vampires off blood, socializing land-whales, and housebreaking werewolves; but Mark is up to the challenge. Between his stressful job, a zombie roommate, and a demon girlfriend, Mark’s lucky if he can sneak in a few minutes of sleep.

Buy the DVD set.


Grand Guignol Orchestra, Vol. 1 Paperback MangaGrand Guignol Orchestra, Vol. 1
Illustrated by Kaori Yuki

Lucille loves heading up the traveling Grand Orchestra, roving from town to town, entertaining the masses and making money. But now the musicians have met their toughest audience yet: people infected with the Guignol Virus, turning them into zombie dolls intent on killing all humans! “GRAND GUIGNOL ORCHESTRA is destined to become another dark masterpiece from the queen of Gothic manga,” says Pancha Diaz, Senior Editor, Shojo Beat. “The new series combines all of the elements that have made Kaori Yuki’s work a favorite among manga fans. With richly detailed artwork and a twisted tale of horror and tortured romance, GRAND GUIGNOL ORCHESTRA takes readers to a recital where no one may make it out alive!”

Buy the Paperback Manga.


The Dead Path Hardcover NovelThe Dead Path
Written by Stephen M. Irwin

“>The Dead Path (review) is a supernatural thriller that evokes a world full of death and spirits to which we are, mercifully, oblivious. Since the night of his wife’s death, Nicholas Close has been cursed with second sight to see ghosts re-enacting the final moments before their own often violent deaths. These disconcerting visions drive Nicholas back to his family home in Tallong, Australia, where, instead of finding comfort, he sees the ghost of a childhood playmate replay the murder that almost took Nicholas’s life instead. Irwin writes in a lyrical style that expresses both the poignancy of Nicholas’s distressing supernatural experiences and the mood of horror those experiences conjure.

Buy the Hardcover Novel.


Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - XBox 360 & PS3Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
Created by Konami

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a single player Action-Adventure game developed as a reimagining of the classic Castlevania mythology. An entirely modern action console game, Lords of Shadow combines fast-paced weapons and magic based combat against otherworldly enemies, with platforming and puzzle-solving gameplay, to create a fresh gameplay experience that will thrill both fans of the original game series and gamers more rooted in modern action games.

Buy the Game.


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  • Genrewriter

    I’m setting my sights on Never Sleep Again and Grindhouse. That Roger Corman Cult Classic double feature also looks somewhat appealing.

  • BoggyCreekBeast

    The Exorcist, for sure, and maybe a couple of the others before Halloween.

  • Terminal

    Robocop? Lol.
    ———-
    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • Vanvance1

      You can’t complain about RoboCop. I mean it’s RoboCop, the greatest action/satire in the history of film.

      Sorry, I’m gushing. I guess you can complain as technically it’s not horror.

  • Vanvance1

    Why the hell is Medium on this list?

    • The Woman In Black

      Medium is full of supernatural elements and, obviously, ghosts. It’s not hard core horror, sure, but it has a lot of cross-over appeal to genre fans. We’ve been covering it on the site since it first started, although just sporadically over the past few years.