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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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Amazon Developing Stephen King’s The Dark Tower TV Series

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The Dark TowerIt’s been a while since we brought you guys an update on the planned TV series based on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower book series.

But today it looks like we have confirmation via Deadline that, “Amazon… is developing a slew of high-profile titles, including The Dark Tower…”

The series is being developed by Amazon as part of their bid to move into bigger budgeted spectacles ala their recent acquisition of the rights to The Lord of the Rings.

No further info is available at this time but we will keep you up to date as we hear word on Amazon’s “The Dark Tower.”

Are you excited about this series? Let us know below!

Synopsis:

Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.

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Rutger Hauer Says There Was No Love and No Soul in Blade Runner 2049

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I don’t know about you, but I dug the hell out of last summer’s Blade Runner 2049. I found the film to be a tonally perfect addition to the Blade Runner universe and appreciated how it built on the story established in the original film.

That said, there are some out there that aren’t fans of the sequel – most of all, it seems, is the original film’s baddie, Rutger Hauer.

Recently, Hauer spoke with THR and didn’t hold back on his dislike of the new film.

“I sniff and scratch at it,” Hauer says. “It looks great, but I struggle to see why that film was necessary. I just think if something is so beautiful, you should just leave it alone and make another film. Don’t lean with one elbow on the success that was earned over 30 years in the underground.”

He continues: “In many ways Blade Runner wasn’t about the replicants; it was about what does it mean to be human? It’s like E.T. But I’m not certain what the question was in the second Blade Runner. It’s not a character-driven movie and there’s no humor, there’s no love, there’s no soul. You can see the homage to the original. But that’s not enough to me. I knew that wasn’t going to work. But I think it’s not important what I think.”

Wow, don’t hold back, Hauer. Tell us how you really feel!

I’m kidding. And while I don’t agree with Hauer on this particular issue, the man has more than earned the right to think it IS “important what [he] thinks.

Do you agree with Rutger Hauer on Blade Runner 2049? Let us know below!

Synopsis:
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

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Ash vs Evil Dead Set Visit Part 2: Learning About Kelly, Pablo, and Brandy

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If you haven’t read through the first part of my set visit for the third season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”, make sure to do so here.

After walking through the halls of Brandy’s high school, the sperm bank clinic that has been seen in the trailer, Brock’s house, and the streets of Elk Grove (all through the magic of set designs), it was time to sit down with stars Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago, who told me about their characters Kelly and Pablo through this season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”! Oh, and there’s also a lot from Arielle Carver-O’Neill about her character Brandy as well, because who can resist hearing from Ash’s daughter?

After finding out that Dana, who is from Youngstown, Ohio, is a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, our interview nearly ended. After all, your boy is a Wolverine, through and through, and anyone who knows sports rivalries knows that Buckeyes and Wolverines don’t get along. That being said, we managed to put aside our differences so that I could learn a bit about Kelly and what she’ll be going through this season.

I really loved Kelly’s journey in season one and two. It was very exciting to play because, in a way, it mirrored my own as an actor coming into a franchise like this. Just like Kelly was dragged into this fight against evil and was caught completely off guard, it was very similar to the actor struggling for 10 years. I was living in Los Angeles working at a bar when I got this job. All of a sudden I’m being thrown into this with this incredible franchise, with the amazing producers of Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, where a franchise that’s built upon one man, a lone wolf as we’ve said, who is the star of this show and now he’s going to have sidekicks, that was terrifying as well! But it was really cool because I feel like I got to grow with Kelly and every time Kelly did something new, it was me doing something new,” DeLorenzo explains.

Expanding on that, DeLorenzo starts telling me more about Kelly and how she specifically changes through the upcoming season, saying, “At the end of season two, there’s the parade. And if you look, you can see that Kelly isn’t happy. Kelly is the smart one of that trifecta, the ghostbeaters. She knows that evil is not gone for good, which brings us to season three. Now that she’s tasted blood, she’s constantly chasing that high. So, at the start of season three, Kelly is a warrior without a war. She wants to stay on her game for when evil comes back. Her journey for season three…evil paints Kelly in a bloody corner and sets up her to fail where she can’t do what she does best, which is kick evil’s ass. She’s put in these catch-22 situations that she can’t fight her way out of without someone she cares about getting hurt. I think fans will be shocked at her transformation [this season].”

The theme of family running throughout this season of the show is not lost on DeLorenzo, who recognizes that Kelly’s ultimate purpose throughout this series is called into question through events that she wasn’t able to elaborate upon. However, she did tell me, “It was always about protecting and staying by the side of Ash and Pablo because they are not her family by blood but they are her family by bloodshed.

When describing the ghostbeaters, she calls Ash the “brawn”, Pablo the “heart”, and Kelly the “brains”. Later, as I sat with Arielle Carver-O’Neill, I asked what Brandy represents, to which she stated, “the hope”. “They all become very protective of Brandy and are very supportive of her journey,” Carver-O’Neill explains.

I asked her to envision a world where a fourth season is confirmed and how she’d like to see Brandy’s role expanded. Pondering this for a couple of moments, she then told me, “I’d like to see her find herself a bit more. I think just because she’s a teenager, you go through that journey at that age where you are figuring out who you are and your parents, either consciously or unconsciously, play a large role in that. For her, she only had her mum and then she found parts of herself in her dad. But she’s got a lot of growing up to do and I think that’d be really fun to explore how she goes about that.

For Santiago, the character and evolution of Pablo throughout the series has a very personal meaning for him. “As a kid, I grew up watching horror films and I always wanted to be the hero saving people from the monster and I always wanted to be the person chased by the monster. I think, in this show, I have the opportunity do that every day as Pablo and I’m one step closer to becoming the superhero I wanted to be as a kid,” he states.

As for his evolution, Santiago sees Pablo as going from a pushover in the first season to someone very important and potentially very powerful in the third season. “We’ve seen Pablo go from this naive guy [in the first season] that’s pushed through the ringer to last season and…the Necronomicon and Pablo have an undeniable relationship that will never end. As we move into this third season, Pablo sees things differently. He’s not just tormented by his visions of darkness, we see that he may not be just a sidekick but also psychic! We’re going back to his family and we callback to his roots. Perhaps it wasn’t just a coincidence that he met Ash and that he himself was always destined to be somewhat of a Jefé. I think season three is where we see all that coming to fruition. He’s not just along for the ride, he’s become an integral part of the team.

Part III of our set visit coming soon!

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