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DVD and Blu-ray Releases: September 19, 2017

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Welcome back, everyone.  I am writing this article on my birthday, although it will be published the day after my birthday.  I will not be eating any shish-kebab today, although it has been a happy birthday to me thus far.

First, a few discrepancies.  The Devil’s Candy may not be available until September 26th, but you may be able to find a copy of it this week also.  Of course I will remind you again next week.  Additionally, the Children Of The Corn Blu-ray from Arrow that is scheduled for this week may not hit shelves until October 3rd.  If you don’t see it now, check back then.

Fans of the “Bates Motel” TV series will be happy to know that they can pick up either  Season 5 or the complete series.  Similarly, fans of the “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” TV series, can pick up season 2 or 3, or the complete series, which Dread Central offers its opinion of here.

In terms of classics, there are a few good picks listed, from 1983’s Sweet Sixteen to Innocent Blood in 1992.  If you throw in all of the Nightmare On Elm St. releases, there’s a bit of everything for everyone.

Lastly, if you were able to check out this recent clip from Ghost House and you enjoyed it, you’ll be pleased to know that this is also dropping this week.

Keep checking back as we have at least 20 releases to discuss nearly every week between now and Halloween.  As always, pleasant viewing.


MOVIES

Children Of The Corn (1984) (Special Edition)

Starring:

Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, Courtney Gains, John Franklin, R.G. Armstrong

Synopsis:

HE WHO WALKS BEHIND THE ROWS

A young couple travelling cross-country find themselves stranded in the small town of Gatlin, where they meet a mysterious religious cult of children. With no adults in sight the terror brews as the new arrivals find the secrets of the prospering corn fields and the children who inhabit them. Led by the mysterious Isaac and the unhinged Malachi the blood-curdling secrets of the children of Gatlin are soon revealed to their new outlander guests.

Featuring stellar performances from Linda Hamilton (Terminator) and Peter Horton (thirtysomething) and based on a short story by Stephen King, The Children of the Corn is a horror classic that has spawned multiple sequels and imitators, but none as harrowing as this masterpiece of horror.

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Deadly Dreams (1988)

Starring:

Mitchell Anderson, Juliette Cummins, Xander Berkeley, Thom Babbes, Duane Whitaker

Synopsis:

A Code Red Release! From the director of the highly acclaimed Body Chemistry comes a frightening excursion into terror. Alex (Mitchell Anderson; Party of Five) is caught in a web of distrust between his brother (Xander Berkeley; Gattaca), his best friend (Thom Babbes, Naked Under Heaven), and a beautiful stranger (Juliette Cummins; Slumber Party Massacre 2), all while plagued by recurring nightmares of the slaughter of his family by a hunter wearing a fox mask. Now see this terrifying thriller from a brand new HD master.

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The Devil’s Candy (2015)

Starring:

Ethan Embry

Synopsis:

Metal music, wet paint, and family are the passions of Jesse, a struggling painter who lives a happy life with his wife, Astrid, and their preteen daughter, Zooey. And things look even brighter when Jesse and Astrid are able to put in a bid on their dream home – a huge property in rural Texas with a barn big enough for a proper art studio – after the price is driven down due to the home’s mysterious past. After the trio moves in, Jesse’s work starts taking on a new, considerably darker flavour – and things get even more ominous when Ray, the hulking, clearly unbalanced son of the deceased former owners, appears on the doorstep one night, clutching a red electric guitar and asking to “return home.” It soon becomes clear that Ray and Jesse are both being influenced by the same satanic forces, and that Jesse’s family won’t be safe until they find a way to quiet the Devil himself.

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Ghost House (2017)

Starring:

Scout Taylor-Compton, James Landry Hebert, Mark Boone Junior, Michael S. New, Elana Krausz, Katrina Grey, Russell Geoffrey Banks, Rich Lee Gray

Synopsis:

A young couple, Jim and Julie, are vacationing in Thailand where Julie falls in low with photographing small shrines called “Ghost Houses” that are believed to give spirits shelter and comfort. A couple of British travelers take them into the countryside with the promise of showing Jim and Julie a ghost house graveyard where many of the shrines are discarded. After leaving the graveyard with a souvenir, Julie is increasingly plagued by visits from a malevolent spirit that threatens both her sanity and her life. When Julie is literally frozen in a state of terror, Jim must find a way to lift the curse before he loses Julie to the ghost world forever.

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Innocent Blood (1992)

Starring:

Anne Parillaud, Robert Loggia, Anthony LaPaglia, Don Rickles, Chazz Palminteri

Synopsis:

A vampiress teams up with a policeman to hunt down and destroy an undead mob boss on the loose.

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Sweet Sixteen (1983)

Starring:

Bo Hopkins, Susan Strasberg, Patrick Macnee, Don Stroud, Aleisa Shirley

Synopsis:

A Code Red Release! When Melissa Morgan (Aleisa Shirley) , a sexy big-city girl, moves to a small town, she creates quite a stir with her beauty and promiscuous attitude. She s 15 going on 25, and all the boys at her new school are anxious to get to know her. But when the younger brother of a local hell-raiser (Don Stroud, Search and Destroy) is brutally murdered, the town sheriff (Bo Hopkins, White Lightning) must try to solve the killings before the killer strikes again. Along to help him is his Nancy Drew-ish daughter (Dana Kimmell, Friday the 13th 3-D). Jim Sotos (Hot Moves) directed this suspenseful thriller co-starring Susan Strasberg (Scream of Fear) and Patrick Macnee (The Avengers, Transmutations).

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TELEVISION

“Bates Motel” Season Five

Starring:

Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore

Synopsis:

It’s been two years since the death of Norma (Vera Farmiga), and Norman (Freddie Highmore) has descended into full-blow psychosis. To the public, he’s a happy and well-adjusted member of the White Pine Bay community, but at home his violent blackouts continue to increase as ‘Mother’ threatens to take over his mind completely. Incarcerated for a perjury, the vengeful Sheriff Romero hungers for a chance to destroy Norman and avenge the murder of his one true love. Watch the final 10 episodes of the iconic Bates Motel back-to-back and uninterrupted.

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“Bates Motel” The Complete Series

Starring:

Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore

Synopsis:

From Executive Producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights), Bates Motel delves into the twisted relationship between serial killer-to-be, Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore), and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga). A prelude to the classic horror film Psycho, the series takes a contemporary glimpse into Norman’s formative years and reveals how he became one of the most infamous murderers of all time.

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“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Season 2 (Slim Set)

Starring:

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head, James Marsters

Synopsis:

The complete second season of the TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

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“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Season 3 (Slim Set)

Starring:

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head, James Marsters

Synopsis:

The complete third season of the TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

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“Buffy The Vampire Slayer” The Complete Series

Starring:

James Marsters, David Boreanaz, Anthony Head, Nicholas Brendon

Synopsis:

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COLLECTIONS

A Nightmare on Elm Street 1 & 2 (Double Feature)

Starring:

Various

Synopsis:

From modern horror master Wes Craven comes a timeless shocker A Nightmare on Elm Street. Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) is having grisly nightmares of an infamous villain…Freddy Krueger. Featuring Johnny Depp in his first starring role. Five years later Freddy (Robert Englund) returns from the dead to wreak bloody murder upon the entire town inA Nightmare on Elm Street 2 Freddy’s Revenge.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 & 4 (Double Feature)

Starring:

Various

Synopsis:

Freddy is back in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 Dream Warriors, co-written by original creator Wes Craven (Scream 1, 2 and 3). Starring Heather Langenkamp of the original Nightmare, Patricia Arquette (Stigmata) and Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix franchise). InA Nightmare on Elm Street 4 The Dream Master, Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) is resurrected, but this time he faces a powerful new adversary. Directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2).

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 / Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (Double Feature)

Starring:

Various

Synopsis:

Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) returns to haunt the dreams of an unborn child in A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 The Dream Child. Director Stephen Hopkins (Lost in Space) enlisted make-up wizard David Miller (The Terminator). In Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare he is back to torment the dreams of Lisa Zane (Bad Influence). With Yaphet Kotto (Alien) and cameos by Roseanne, Tom Arnold, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp.

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Wes Craven’s New Nightmare / Freddy Vs. Jason (Double Feature)

Starring:

Various

Synopsis:

The writer-director of Scream 1, 2 and 3 returns with Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, winner of a Golden Scroll of Outstanding Achievement from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror. This tale reunites stars Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon as “reel” Freddy. In Freddy Vs. Jason watch as the two titans of terror, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, enter into a horrifying and gruesome showdown. Winner kills all!

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

Synopsis:
An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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