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DVD and Blu-ray Releases: December 19, 2017

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Greetings again, fellow collectors of all things digitally scary.  We don’t have a huge list this week, and a portion of our releases may have already dropped two weeks ago, but the rest of the list this week is pretty solid.  If you were able to pick up The Amicus Collection, Asylum or And Now the Screaming Starts back on the 5th of December, more power to you.  If not, this is your week so keep your eyes open.

Two of this year’s bigger titles will be releasing on various formats this week as well.  Leatherface will be getting both the Blu-ray and DVD treatment.  Darren Aronofsky’s mother! will also be dropping on Blu-ray and DVD but will also be available in 4K Ultra HD.  Not too shabby.

As for the rest of our list this week, pretty much everything is a classic release.  Of those, probably the most anticipated (and expensive) title is the 3-Disc Limited Edition Steelbook of Dario Argento’s Suspiria.  Seeing as Suspiria just turned 40 this year, a lot of work was put into this release by the fine folks at Synapse, so it’s definitely worth every penny.

Check out the rest of this week’s titles below, and as always, pleasant viewing.



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American Gothic (1988)

Starring:

Rod Steiger, Yvonne De Carlo, Sarah Torgov

Synopsis:

Ma, Pa and their backwoods brood show stranded teens some hospitality, then kill them.

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And Now the Screaming Starts (1973)

Starring:

Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, Stephanie Beacham

Synopsis:

For Amicus only period production, The Studio That Dripped Blood adapted the gothic horror novel Fengriffen into an insane 18th Century saga of heaving bosoms, graphic dismemberment and supernatural violation. The legendary Peter Cushing leads an all-star cast including Herbert Lom (The Dead Zone), Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange) and Stephanie Beacham (Dracula A.D.1972) in a twisted tale of family curses, axe murders, corpse desecration and a deliriously depraved performance by Lom that has to be seen to be believed. Ian Ogilvy (Witchfinder General) co-stars in this 70s shocker directed by Roy Ward Baker (Asylum, The Vampire Lovers) and featuring ravishing cinematography by Academy AwardTM winner Denys Coop (10 Rillington Place, Superman), now remastered in 4k with all of its violence and nudity fully restored.

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Asylum (1972)

Starring:

Peter Cushing, Britt Ekland, Herbert Lom

Synopsis:

In 1972, The Studio That Dripped Blood brought together director Roy Ward Baker (Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde, The Vampire Lovers), novelist/screenwriter Robert Bloch (Psycho), and an all-star cast that includes Peter Cushing, Britt Ekland (The Wicker Man), Herbert Lom (Mark Of The Devil), Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange), Robert Powell (The Survivor) and Charlotte Rampling (The Night Porter) for the shocker 10kBullets.com calls classic British horror, genuinely creepy and essential viewing. Here inside the gates of Dunsmoor Asylum For The Incurably Insane, you ll discover four disturbing tales of voodoo vengeance, murderous mannequins, psychotic ingénues, demonic dolls and one killer twist of an ending. Barry Morse (Space: 1999), Barbara Parkins (Valley Of The Dolls) and James Villiers (Repulsion) co-star in the best Amicus anthology (Classic-Horror.com), now remastered from vault elements and loaded with Special Features.

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Eye in the Labyrinth (1972)

Starring:

Adolfo Celi, Sybil Danning, Horst Frank, Rosemary Dexter, Alida Valli

Synopsis:

A Code Red Release – Julie (Rosemary Dexter, The Shoes of a Fisherman) is disturbed by the disappearance of her psychiatrist lover, Luca (Horst Frank), after witnessing his murder in a bizarre dream. She follows clues to his whereabouts to a seaside village where she encounters Frank (Adolfo Celi, The Italian Connection), who tells her Luca has indeed been there. Julie’s investigation leads her to the house of Gerta (Alida Valli, Suspiria), where the mystery at this artists enclave deepens and sinister secrets are soon uncovered. Also starring Sybil Danning (They’re Playing with Fire), see this rare giallo from a brand new master!

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Headhunter (1988)

Starring:

Kay Lenz, Wayne Crawford, Steve Kanaly, June Chadwick

Synopsis:

A Code Red Release – A voodoo demon from Africa arrives amongst Miami’s Nigerian community as well as Pastor Bobby’s Miami Baptist Pentecostal Holiness Assemblies and begins decapitating people and possessing others. A tough Miami cop (Wayne Crawford, White Ghost, God’s Bloody Acre, Jake Speed), who recently found out his wife (June Chadwick, Forbidden World, This Is Spinal Tap) has a female lover, investigates the murders with his female partner (Kay Lenz, Stripped To Kill, The Passage, Breezy). Steve Kanaly (Fleshburn, Dillinger) also stars in this suspense thriller.

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Leatherface (2017)

Starring:

Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Sam Coleman, Sam Strike, Vanessa Grasse

Synopsis:

In Texas, years before the events of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriff’s daughter dead. Ten years later, he kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with three other inmates. Pursued by authorities, including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter’s death, the Sawyer teen goes on a violent road trip from hell, molding him into the monster now known as Leatherface.

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mother! (2017)

Starring:

Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer

Synopsis:

Academy Award® winners Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) and Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men) deliver unforgettable performances in Academy Award nominated Darren Aronofsky’s (Black Swan) praised opus. The film shattered audiences and critics around the world. It s been called darkly exhilarating (Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times) and Aronofsky’s most daring film yet (Ben Croll, Indiewire). Experience the visually arresting psychological thriller that will leave your heart pounding and your mind blown!

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Psycho Killer (2015)

Starring:

Kate Daly, Malcolm McDowell

Synopsis:

A doe-eyed, knife-wielding killer is on the loose in a small town slicing and dicing men of questionable intent left and right. As her brutality leaves a town littered with corpses, her unquenchable blood-lust is lost on her young lover who is willing to pursue her regardless of the obvious warning signs of psychosis.

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Suspiria (1977) (3-Disc Limited Edition SteelBook)

Starring:

Jessica Harper, Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Barbara Magnolfi, Udo Kier

Synopsis:

Dario Argento’s masterpiece of horror comes to home video from Synapse Films in an exclusive new 4K restoration from the original uncut, uncensored 35mm Italian camera negative and with the original 4.0 English surround sound, for the first time EVER! Painstakingly restored over the past three years, Synapse Films has created the ultimate special edition of Suspiria with the supervision and approval of the film s Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli, and loaded with a separate Blu-ray disc of amazing extras! Suspiria is presented in its original glory for its 40th Anniversary!

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COLLECTIONS

The Amicus Collection

Starring:

Peter Cushing, Britt Ekland, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, Stephanie Beacham

Synopsis:

Known as The Studio That Dripped Blood , the British film company Amicus Productions founded by American writer/producers Max J. Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky built a legacy of horror anthologies and twisted thrillers that remains among the very best genre movies of the 70s. In this trio of Amicus classics featuring stars that include Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Britt Ekland, Patrick Magee, Stephanie Beacham, Calvin Lockhart, Michael Gambon and Charlotte Rampling you ll discover the studio s legendary portmanteau Asylum, their insane gothic shocker And Now The Screaming Starts, and exclusive to this set the infamous werewolf whodunit The Beast Must Die, as well as a Bonus Disc of Amicus trailers, TV commercials, rare interviews and more all in this 4 disc box set.

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New Alien First-Person Shooter Video Game in the Works

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“Game over, man. Game over!”

I’m not one for playing video games but even I will have to check out this new first-person shooter set in the Alien universe currently in the works at FoxNext Games.

This new and untitled game is the first original Alien-inspired game since “Alien: Isolation” and Cold Iron Studios is developing the game after recently being acquired by Fox (and now Disney).

“Cold Iron Studios has amazing design, craftsmanship, and development talent that we are excited to welcome at FoxNext Games as we pursue our goal to build a multi-platform, multi-genre portfolio of great games,” said FoxNext Games president Aaron Loeb. “I am a personal fan of Cold Iron’s previous work and all of us at FoxNext Games are thrilled to be working with them as they create an action-packed persistent world, steeped in the mysteries of this beloved Alien universe.”

“We believe in FoxNext’s vision and we are thrilled about the opportunity to explore an amazing and rich universe,” said Cold Iron CEO Craig Zinkievich. “Our background in building online worlds and taking established franchises to the next level in interactive entertainment is a precise fit with our product roadmap ahead.”

How excited are you for a new Alien game? Let us know below!

A release date hasn’t been announced yet but we’ll let you know when we hear more!

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Poster Debut: Nicolas Pesce’s Piercing Starring Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott

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One of the films that I’m most interested in hearing the feedback about during this year’s Sundance film festival is director Nicolas Pesce’s psychological horror-comedy Piercing.

Not only did Pesce’s last flick The Eyes of My Mother impress the hell out of me but his new film boasts a killer premise and cast including Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) and Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night).

The movie will be premiering at Sundance this weekend and today we have the film’s poster to share with you guys. You can click on the poster to the right for a higher-res version.

After checking it out let us know what you think!

Piercing is based on the critically acclaimed cult novel by Ryu Murakami and directed by Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother) and stars Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) and Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night).

The film hosts its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday, January 20th.

Synopsis:

Reed (Christopher Abbott) is going on a business trip. He kisses his wife and infant son goodbye, but in lieu of a suitcase filled with clothes, he’s packed a toothbrush and a murder kit. Everything is meticulously planned: check into a hotel and kill an unsuspecting victim. Only then will he rid himself of his devious impulses and continue to be a good husband and father. But Reed gets more than he bargained for with Jackie (Mia Wasikowska), an alluring call girl who arrives at his room. First, they relax and get in the mood, but when there’s an unexpected disruption, the balance of control begins to sway back and forth between the two. Is he seeing things? Who’s playing whom? Before the night is over, a feverish nightmare will unfold, and Reed and Jackie will seal their bond in blood.

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First Details on Eduardo Sanchez-Directed Supernatural Episode 13.13 – Devil’s Bargain

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The upcoming 13th episode of the 13th season of “Supernatural,” titled “Devil’s Bargain,” is notable for two reasons: (1) it’s directed by none other than Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, Lovely Molly), and (2) it features a guest appearance by series star Jensen Ackles’ wife, Danneel Ackles (“One Tree Hill,” The Roommate).

The CW has released the official synopsis for the ep, which you’ll find below.

Are you still a fan of the show after all these years? Looking forward to seeing how Sanchez leaves his mark on the Winchesters? Sound off in the comments section or on social media!

“Supernatural” Episode 13.13 – “Devil’s Bargain” (airs 2/8/18)
Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles), and Castiel (Misha Collins) search for Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino), who, meanwhile, strikes an unlikely deal with a local faith healer named Sister Jo (guest star Danneel Ackles). Asmodeus (guest star Jeffrey Vincent Parise) inches closer to finding Jack (Alexander Calvert). Eduardo Sanchez directed the episode written by Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner.

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