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DVD and Blu-ray Releases: October 10, 2017

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Greetings again, fellow horror nerds.  We’ve got another somewhat lengthy release list for you this week.  Obviously there are a few discrepancies to get out of the way so let’s do so now.  Wes Craven’s Summer Of Fear may have already had a release back in August, but it shows up again this week.  Both The Barn and Blood Feast may not be available until October 24th.  Lastly, Talon Falls will be out a bit late, on the 13th instead of the 10th.

There are a fair amount of big titles this week, beginning with Open Water 3: Cage Dive.  Again, movies with water and sharks are not for me, so the rest of you masochists who enjoy such things, have at.

Speaking of the ocean, I used to work with an absolute weirdo who liked to pretend she was a mermaid (yes, seriously).  Wherever that kook is now, she’s probably psyched about The Lure, which focuses on, you guessed it, mermaids.

For everyone who is into torture-style horror, The Poughkeepsie Tapes will be heading to Blu-ray this week.  I’ve still yet to see this movie, but my wife has and says it’s entirely disturbing.

In terms of classics, there are two Blu-rays dropping this week that are of note.  First up is 1963’s Blood Feast and the second is The Green Slime, which you can get more information about here.  There are also a bunch of Friday The 13th releases hitting shelves this week also.

If you’re looking for newer movies, check out Wish Upon or Temple.  Plus there are a bunch of other movies below that I haven’t even touched on yet, so get to reading!  As always, pleasant viewing.



MOVIES

Bacchanalia: You Drink, You Die! (2017)

Starring:

Edmund Digby-Jones, Kyle Calderwood, Mariana Penalva

Synopsis:

What seems like the ultimate wine-tasting party on the Riviera quickly turns from an innocent weekend into bizarre, wicked, sensually overheated debauchery, culminating in a murderous evening and fateful morning after. Not since Caligula has there been this level of drunken revelry. Bacchanalia: You Drink…You DIE!

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The Barn (2016) (Limited Edition)

Starring:

Linnea Quigley, Ari Lehman, Mitchell Musolino, Will Stout, Lexi Dripps

Synopsis:

It’s Halloween 1989, best friends Sam and Josh are trying to enjoy what’s left of their final Devil’s Night before graduating high school. But trouble arises when the two pals and a group of friends take a detour on their way to a rock concert, finding an old abandoned barn and awakening the evil inside. Now it’s up to Sam and Josh to find a way to protect their friends and defeat the creatures that lurk within The Barn.

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Blood Feast (1963) (2-Disc Special Edition)

Starring:

William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason

Synopsis:

The filmography of late movie maverick Herschell Gordon Lewis brims with the mad, macabre, and just downright bizarre. But perhaps the most unhinged of all his directorial efforts, and certainly the most influential, must surely be his original gore-fest Blood Feast the first ever splatter movie.  Dorothy Fremont is looking to throw a party unlike any other, and she gets just that when she hires the decidedly sinister Fuad Ramses to cater the event. Promising to provide her guests with an authentic Egyptian feast, Ramses promptly sets about acquiring the necessary ingredients the body parts of nubile young women!  Featuring a host of stomach-churning gore gags including the infamous tongue sequence and much more nastiness besides, Herschell Gordon Lewis Blood Feast more than lives up to its name and remains essential viewing for any self-respecting splatter fan.

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Demonic (2015)

Starring:

Frank Grillo, Dustin Millegan, Cody Horn, Maria Bello

Synopsis:

From producer James Wan (director-producer of The Conjuring and creator of the Saw franchise) comes a horrifying tale of the occult.  Detective Mark Lewis (Frank Grillo) and psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Klein (Maria Bello) are called to investigate the horrific massacre of three college students, brutally murdered inside an abandoned home. The students were amateur ghost-hunters seeking out paranormal phenomenon at the abandoned house, which was believed to be haunted. What began as youthful curiosity turned into something truly terrifying, and now Lewis and Klein are forced to explore the supernatural in order to solve the murders and find two missing students.

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Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

Starring:

Kimberly Beck, Peter Barton, Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Barbara Howard, Erich Anderson

Synopsis:

Hockey-masked Jason goes after another batch of slow teens at Crystal Lake.

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Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985)

Starring:

John Shepard, Melanie Kinnaman, Shavar Ross, Richard Young, Marco St. John

Synopsis:

Teens flee and use a chain saw against someone wearing slasher Jason’s hockey mask.

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Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

Starring:

Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, Ron Palillo, David Kagan, Renee Jones

Synopsis:

Teen-age Tommy meets masked killer Jason, brought back by a lightning bolt at the lake.

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Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

Starring:

Lar Park Lincoln, Terry Kiser, Susan Blu, Kevin Blair, Susan Jennifer Sullivan

Synopsis:

A psychic teen’s psychiatrist sends her and her mother to Crystal Lake, home of hockey-masked Jason.

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Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

Starring:

Jensen Daggett, Scott Reeves, Kane Hodder, Peter Mark Richman, Barbara M. Bingham

Synopsis:

Hockey-masked slasher Jason follows a Crystal Lake teen and her friends on a cruise to New York.

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The Green Slime (1969)

Starring:

Robert Horton, Richard Jaeckel, Luciana Paluzzi, Ted Gunther, Bud Widom

Synopsis:

Two space-station astronauts destroy an asteroid, then face monsters formed from slimy cells.

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The Haunting (1999)

Starring:

Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lili Taylor, Owen C. Wilson, Bruce Dern

Synopsis:

A doctor brings together a group of insomniacs under the guise of a sleep study. The location: Hill House, widely known for its mysterious happenings and unexplained events. The study quickly turns against all involved as the house fights back.

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Kill, Baby… Kill (1966)

Starring:

Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Erika Blanc, Fabienne Dali

Synopsis:

A doctor (Giacomo Rossi Stuart) arrives at a remote village to perform an autopsy on a young woman, but his efforts are frustrated by the superstitious townspeople, who live in fear of the murderous spirit of a ghastly child. Dr. Eswai exposes the barbaric rituals of the frightened villagers, only to discover something even more horrifying within the crumbling remains of the notorious Villa Graps. Made at the peak of his career, Kill, Baby…Kill! Is among Bava’s most macabre and visually stylish works, ranking alongside his legendary Eurogothic thrillers Black Sunday and The Whip and the Body.

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The Lure (2015) (Special Edition)

Starring:

Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska

Synopsis:

This genre-defying horror-musical mash-up the bold debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska follows a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters drawn ashore to explore life on land in an alternate 1980s Poland. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly auras make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit world of Smoczynska s imagining. The director gives fierce teeth to her viscerally sensual, darkly feminist twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Mermaid,’ in which the girls’ bond is tested and their survival threatened after one sister falls for a human. A coming-of-age fairy tale with a catchy synth-fueled soundtrack, outrageous song-and-dance numbers, and lavishly grimy sets, The Lure explores its themes of emerging female sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with savage energy and originality.

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Open Water 3: Cage Dive (2017)

Starring:

Megan Peta Hill, Joel Hogan, Josh Potthoff, Pete Valley, Mark Fell

Synopsis:

In this intense thriller, three friends from California head to the rugged Australian coast for a cage-dive encounter with deadly great whites. But after attracting a swarm of vicious sharks, their tour boat is destroyed by a massive rogue wave. As clouds gather and darkness descends, the three friends find themselves alone and defenseless, afloat in the chilly ocean as hungry man-eaters begin to circle. With little hope of rescue, they must fight to survive using only their courage.

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The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2008)

Starring:

Ben Messmer, Samantha Robson, Stacy Chbosky

Synopsis:

In an abandoned house in Poughkeepsie, New York murder investigators uncover hundreds of tapes showing decades of a serial killer’s work.

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Talon Falls (2017) (10/13)

Starring:

Morgan Wiggins, Ryan Rudolph, Jordyn Rudolph, Brad Bell

Synopsis:

Four teenagers on a road trip decide to take a detour and find them selves at at haunted house halloween scream park deep in the woods of southern Kentucky. After witnessing an assortment of torture and gore, they start wondering if what they are experiencing isn’t a little too realistic. Before they know it, each one of them is captured and made part of the horrific attraction they originally thought was all fun and games.

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Temple (2017)

Starring:

Logan Huffman, Natalia Warner

Synopsis:

Three American tourists follow a mysterious map deep into the jungles of Japan searching for an ancient temple. When Spirits entrap them, their adventure quickly becomes a horrific nightmare.

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Wes Craven’s Summer of Fear (1978) (Stranger in Our House Collector’s Edition)

Starring:

Linda Blair, Lee Purcell

Synopsis:

Based on the best-selling young adult novel by Lois Duncan of You Know What I Did Last Summer fame, Wes Craven’s Summer of Fear tells the tale of plucky teenaged Rachel (Linda Blair) whose life is turned dangerously upside down when her cousin Julie (Lee Purcell) moves in following the death of her parents in a car crash. Julie enchants everyone in the family and appears to be a loving relative, but Rachel knows her cousin is up to something creepy…something like witchcraft!

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Wish Upon (2017)

Starring:

Ryan Phillippe, Joey King

Synopsis:

Twelve years after discovering her mother’s suicide, 17-year-old Clare Shannon (Joey King) is bullied in high school, embarrassed by her manic, hoarder father Jonathan (Ryan Phillippe) and ignored by her longtime crush. All that changes when her father comes home with an old music box whose inscription promises to grant its owner seven wishes.  While Clare is initially skeptical of this magic box, she can’t help but be seduced by its dark powers, and is thrilled as her life radically improves with each wish. Clare finally has the life she’s always wanted and everything seems perfect – until the people closest to her begin dying in violent and elaborate ways after each wish. Clare realizes that she must get rid of the box, but finds herself unable and unwilling to part with her new-and-improved life – leading her down a dark and dangerous path.

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COLLECTIONS

The Killer 4 Pack Vol II

Starring:

Beverly Lynne, Nick Armas, Michael Brazier, Joe Commesso, Steve Conaway

Movies: 

Hellbilly  

In a small town in Nevada, all Hell breaks loose when Billy, a disfigured hillbilly and direct result of incest between brother and sister decides to dismember anyone who gets in his way. This movie is the lost works from horror filmmaker Massimilano Cerchi, and is now being released for the first time ever. WARNING: This film contains unspeakable acts of violence.  

Hellinger  

A fallen man of the cloth forever bound to the fires of Hell by a pact made with Satan is unleashed to torment humankind. Now the man once known as Father Donaldson has become Hellinger, an unstoppable demon with a unquenchable hunger for human souls and a special place in his black heart for the girl who now thinks he was a mere figment of her imagination.

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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can

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It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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American Psycho Meets Creep – Strawberry Flavored Plastic Review

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Starring Aidan Bristow, Nicholas Urda, Andres Montejo

Directed by Colin Bemis


Recently I wrote up an article here on Dread Central which was basically an open letter to anyone who was listening called “I Miss Found Footage.” Well, it seems like someone WAS listening, as I was then sent the link to an all-new found footage film called Strawberry Flavored Plastic from first-time writer-director Colin Bemis.

The film follows the “still-at-large crimes of Noel, a repentant, classy and charming serial killer loose in the suburbs of New York.” Basically, you could think of the flick as American Psycho meets Mark Duplass and Partick Brice’s Creep. That, or you could think of it as “Man Bites Dog in color!” However you choose to label Colin Bemis’ psychological thriller, just make sure you check out the film once it hits in the future.

As I alluded to above, the film is basically a found footage version of American Psycho. But that said, the film sports a twist on the charming serial killer subgenre that I have yet to see play out in any of the above-mentioned classics. I’m not going to go into spoiler territory here, but I will say that the film introduces an element to the tale that spins it into much more of a character drama than a straight horror film. Not that there is anything wrong with that!

Truth be told, the film’s turn from serial killer flick into a layered character study might have been its kiss of death, but this slight genre switch is rendered a minor issue as the film’s central narcissistic antagonist is played by Aidan Bristow. Bristow is an actor you may not have heard of before this review, but you will hear his name more and more over the years to come, I promise. The guy gives (no pun intended) a killer performance as the film’s resident serial killer Noel Rose, and time after time surprised me with how chilling, charming, or downright vulnerable he chose to play any given scene.

Bristow’s performance is, in the end, the major element the film has going for it. But that said, as a fan of found footage, I was smiling ear to ear at first-time director Colin Bemis’ understanding of what makes a found footage suspense sequence work.

In Strawberry Flavored Plastic director Colin Bemis is confident and content to allow full emotional scenes to play out with the camera directed at nothing more than a character’s knees. Why is this so important? Because it keeps the reality of the film going. Too many found footage directors would focus on the actors’ faces during such emotional scenes – no matter how contrived the camera angle was. In this film, however, Bemis favors the reality that says, “If you were really in this emotional state and holding a camera, you would let it drop to your side.” I agree, and it is small touches like that which make the film feel authentic and thus – once the shite hits the fan – all the scarier.

On the dull side of the kitchen knife, the film does feel a bit long even given it’s short running time, and there doesn’t seem too much in the way of visceral horror to be found within. Again, graphic blood and gore aren’t a must in a fright flick, but a tad more of the old ultra-violence would have gone a long way in selling our main psychopath’s insanity and unpredictability. But all the same, the film does feature a rather shocking sequence where our main baddie performs a brutal home invasion/murder that puts this film firmly in the realm of horror. In fact, the particular POV home invasion scene I’m talking about holds about as much horror as you’ll ever wish to witness.

In the end, Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic is a must-see for fans of found footage and serial killer studies such as American Pyscho, Creep, and Man Bites Dog. I recommend giving it a watch once it premieres. If only to be able to point to Aidan Bristow in the near future and tell all your friends that you watched (one of) his first movies.

Until then, check out the film’s trailer HERE, and follow the movie on Facebook.

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Lead actor Aidan Bristow turns in a star-making performance in Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic, a found footage film that plays out like Man Bites Dog in Color before introducing a new element to the charming-serial-killer subgenre and becoming more character study than a straight horror. Think American Psycho meets Creep.

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 148 – Inside (2017 Remake)

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We’ve all heard the old saying, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Well, I’m here to tell you that’s only partially true. It seems there is a third certainty that had been omitted from the original quote, “It is certain, if you enjoy a movie, at some point someone will remake that movie.” Now is the time when one of my favorite movies gets reimagined, “for an American audience”.

In the late 2000’s an explosion of “French extreme” horror films was released. Martyrs and or High Tension can often be found on any number of lists of the “most fucked up horror movies ever”. Unfortunately, the vastly superior Inside is often forgotten (as well as Frontier(s), but that’s a whole ‘nother rant). Now, ten years after it’s initial release, Inside has been Americanized. Don’t worry, we watched it so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

Mommy says you’re not dead. Is that true? It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 148!

If you like what you hear, please consider joining our Patreon subscribers. For less than the cost of a beer, you get bonus content, exclusive merchandise, special giveaways, and you get to help us continue doing what we love.

The Who Goes There Podcast is available to subscribe to on iTunes right here. Not an iTunes user? You can listen on our Dread Central page. Can’t get enough? We also do that social media shit. You’ll find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramTwitch, and YouTube.

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