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DVD and Blu-ray Releases: January 30, 2018

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Welcome back, folks.  With the exception of the Blair Witch double feature and It Takes From Within, every single movie on this week’s list is a classic.

There are a couple of discrepancies to get out of the way.  First, the Limited Edition Re-Animator  Blu-ray (which is oddly similar to a pervious release) may not be available until February 13th.  Additionally, purchasing 1984’s Threads may also have to wait until February 13th.

I had seen somewhere that a Piranha II: The Spawning Blu-ray from Scream Factory was supposed to hit this week, but apparently got pushed back.  If you do find a copy somehow, awesome.  If not, I’m sure it will be available eventually.  Keep checking back.

Other classics that are hitting your local this week include The Hills Have Eyes, Savage Attraction, Gothic, Class of 1999 and Hack-O-Lantern. If you’re into all thing old-school, this is a pretty good week for you.

Keep checking back, friends.  Next week’s list is pretty decent so you won’t want to miss it.  As always, pleasant viewing.



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Class of 1999 (1990)

Starring:

Bradley Gregg, Traci Lin, Stacy Keach, Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Kilpatrick

Synopsis:

Robots who have been programmed to teach and discipline students in a violence-prone school turn homicidal, and the students must fight back to save their lives.

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Gothic (1986)

Starring:

Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson, Myriam Cyr, Timothy Spall

Synopsis:

Five famous friends spend a hallucinogenic evening confronting their fears in a frenzy of shocking lunacy and horrifying visions in this fictional tale, which tells the story of Mary Shelley’s conception of Frankenstein on a night in Lord Byron’s home.

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Hack-O-Lantern (1988)

Starring:

Hy Pyke, Gregory Scott Cummins, Katina Garner

Synopsis:

When Tommy was a boy, he saw his grandpa (Hy Pyke), the leader of a vicious satanic cult, murder his father in a brutal ritual on Halloween night. Now Tommy (Gregory Scott Cummins) is 18 and grandpa is ready to indoctrinate him into the ways of the black arts. But as night approaches, someone dressed like a member of the cult, whose face is hidden behind a devilish mask, begins stalking and killing people connected to tommy. Could it be grandpa, Tommy himself, or someone even more sinister behind these increasingly brutal murders?

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Hills Have Eyes, The (1977)

Starring:

Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Robert Houston, John Steadman

Synopsis:

The lucky ones died first…

Horror master Wes Craven achieved critical and commercial success with the likes of Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street – but for many genre fans, the director’s seminal 1977 effort The Hills Have Eyes remains his masterpiece. Taking a detour whilst on route to Los Angeles, the Carter family run into trouble when their camper van breaks down in the middle of the desert. Stranded, the family find themselves at the mercy of a group of monstrous cannibals lurking in the surrounding hills. With their lives under threat, the Carters are forced to fight back by any means necessary. As grueling a viewing experience today as it was upon initial release, The Hills Have Eyes stands alongside the likes of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Night of the Living Dead as one of the defining moments in American horror cinema.

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It Takes From Within (2014)

Starring:

James Feagin, Kristin Duarte, Jesse Ferraro, Elizabeth James, Gabriel Lopez

Synopsis:

Inspired by arthouse films of the 1960s, writer/director Lee Eubanks creates a menacing world of dread, isolation, and unease in his feature film debut It Takes from Within.

An ominous, bleak atmosphere permeate a desolate town where an unnamed man and woman make preparations to attend a burial. The tension builds as the two experience increasingly disturbing incidents involving manifestations of dread and despair while the internment draws near.

Expressive cinematography, brooding sound design, and minimal use of spoken dialogue help create a surreal cinematic examination of the human condition in conflict with death. Tailored for audiences who take pleasure in interpreting a film on their own terms, without easy-to-follow guidelines, It Takes From Within is a cryptic journey into the dark void between reality and nightmare.

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Projected Man, The (1966)

Starring:

Bryant Haliday, Mary Peach

Synopsis:

A million volts of death in each of his hands!

Dr. Paul Steiner and Dr. Christopher Mitchell have created a projection device that can transmit any object within a few miles of their new device. The device works well on inanimate objects, but using it on a living device causes death. When Steiner is accidentally projected, he becomes a disfigured monster who has the ability to kill by electrification. This first-time-on-home-video release features a new 2K scan of the film’s interpositive.

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Re-Animator (1985) (Special Edition)

Starring:

Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton

Synopsis:

Herbert West has a good head on his shoulders… and another one on his desk.

One of the most wildly popular horror movies of all-time, Stuart Gordon’s enduring splatter-comedy classic Re-Animator returns to Blu-ray in a stunning restoration packed with special features! When medical student Dean Cain advertises for a roommate, he soon finds one in the form of Dr. Herbert West. Initially a little eccentric, it some becomes clear that West entertains some seriously outlandish theories specifically, the possibility of re-animating the dead. It’s not long before Dean finds himself under West’s influence, and embroiled in a serious of ghoulish experiments which threaten to go wildly out of control… Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s classic terror tale Herbert West Reanimator and featuring a standout performance from Jeffrey Combs as the deliciously deranged West, Re-Animator remains the ground-zero of 80s splatter mayhem and one of the genre’s finest hours.

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Savage Attraction (aka Hostage) (1983)

Starring:

Kerry Mack, Ralph Schicha, Gabriella Barraket, Judy Nunn, Vic Robins

Synopsis:

A Code Red Release.

In 1980s Australia, Young runaway Christine is dragged into a whirlpool of psychological terror when she marries a coworker, Walter, who turns out to be a modern-day Nazi. Pregnant and facing life-threatening complications, she’s caught up in a wave of crime and deception when she accompanies him to Germany and becomes a hostage in a nightmare from which there may be no escape.

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COLLECTIONS

Blair Witch 2 Movie Collection (Double Feature)

Starring:

James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott

Synopsis:

Double feature about the legend of the Blair Witch.

The legend of the Blair Witch Haunts a small town in Maryland in the groundbreaking film The Blair Witch Project and the sequel Blair Witch.

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Hulu Premiere of Stephen King’s CASTLE ROCK Includes First 3 Episodes

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Later this summer we will be hit by one of the (potentially) coolest horror TV shows of all-time with Hulu’s Castle Rock. The series is based on the world of Stephen King and comes to us via J.J. Abrams.

And today we not only have new images to share with you guys via EW, but we have news that the first three episodes of the 10-episode first season will be premiering all at once on July 25th!

The three new images feature Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise) locked up in Shawshank prison, Sissy Spacek and André Holland talking in a kitchen, and Scott Glenn’s Sheriff Alan Pangborn digging up – or burying – some dark secrets.

You can check out the three new stills from the upcoming series below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The series stars André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy and Scott Glenn. Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson, and Liz Glotzer. It’s from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The show premieres on Hulu Wednesday, July 25th.

Synopsis:

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock is an original story that combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. 

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Did Rob Zombie Plan to Make a Firefly Family Trilogy?

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devilsrejectspost.jpgAs we all know by this point, Rob Zombie has a sequel to House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects heading our way in early 2019 called 3 From Hell. But did Zombie ever plan to make three entries in the Firefly Family series?

Turns out (obviously?) the answer is no.

Zombie recently spoke with Blabbermouth and said that he never envision the original story spanning three movies back when he first began writing 15 years ago.

After the second one, I thought, ‘We’re done with it,’ but I always think that with every movie,” he said. “And then you kind of live with it for a long time, and the movies sort of take on a life of their own, or they start getting popular and the fans really start embracing them and the characters, and you start thinking, ‘Well… Hmmm… What if I did this? What if I did that?’ This one, it’s 14 years in between the two films, so it’s been a long time; it wasn’t really a rush to make it, by any means.”

All said and done, are you glad Zombie went back to the Firefly clan for another film? I guess we’ll see… Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

3 From Hell is written and directed by Rob Zombie and stars Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig, Austin Stoker, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Daniel Roebuck, Emilio Rivera, Clint Howard, Bill Oberst Jr., David Ury, Tom Papa, Danny Trejo, Dot-Marie Jones, Richard Riehle, Richard Edson, Pancho Moler, Sean Whalen, Kevin Jackson, and Dee Wallace.

Related: What the Hell Happens in 3 From Hell? Let’s Speculate!

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SUSU Trailer Exudes Both British and J-Horror Vibes

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A trailer has been released for Susu, a psychological thriller set in England that follows two Chinese friends who are invited to a countryside house to transcribe some Chinese films. Judging by the trailer, it really looks like this film will mix classic British horror with a subtle J-horror atmosphere that melds two different styles of the genre into one fascinating example.

The film will be making its US premiere at the AMC Pacific Place in Seattle, WA on Tuesday, June 5.

Qi’an and Aimo are close friends and students living in London. Having been offered a weekend job as Chinese language translators, they travel to an old English family mansion in the countryside to transcribe the films of a Chinese Kunqu Opera star Susu, who married into the English family. Though the two girls are intrigued by the mansion’s enormous collection of items from the golden age of cinema, Qi’an and Aimo quickly become unsettled by the strange environment and the mansion’s occupants, hoping to get out of there as soon as possible. Their exit is delayed, though, with the arrival of the handsome heir to the house, Benjamin; both girls develop an affection for him, leading to a growing tension between the two friends. But when Aimo goes missing, Qi’an discovers the disturbing secrets that the mansion’s occupants would rather not reveal.

Written and directed by Yixi Sun, Susu stars Zitong Wu, Frederick Szkoda, Steve Edwin, Zhu Lin, and Junjie Mao.

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