DVD Releases: Welcome to October!

Man, I hope you’ve been saving money cause these next few weeks are going to be intense… first up, Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007…

Click to see the cover bigger!1408 (2007)
Directed by Mikael Hafstrom

Now this was a damn nice surprise, especially coming out of Dimension. John Cusack stars as Mike Enslin, a man who makes it his business to debunk any kind of haunted place you can think of. He’s given a message to stay away from room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel, so of course he has to try it out for himself. And boy does he ever get his moneys’ worth on this one! Check out our 1408 DVD review for more! Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!After… (2006)
Directed by David L. Cunningham

A man, looking to escape his troubled past, heads off to Moscow to do some urban exploration with is wife and her brother. Though it’s pretty and there’s a lot of cool stuff to do when plundering the empty building’s of Russia’s largest city, there are also a helluva lot of ghosts that would be better left undisturbed, as they soon find out in the worst possible way. Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!Blood Creek (2006)
Directed by Sean Cisterna

My God, what an original sounding plot! Five teenagers decide to listen to the local legends about Blood Creek and perform archaic rituals in the barn and house of a farmer who allegedly killed himself and his family years earlier. Of course the farmer comes back to kill them all off one by one, though something tells me you’re not going to see a lot of blood in this one. Can someone out there in the indie world either stop these unimaginative filmmakers or at least give them some better ideas?!? Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Collector’s Edition (1992)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Finally, a decent edition of Francis Ford Coppola’s cheesy but fun adaptation of Bram Stoker’s most famous literary piece. Though he made the dire mistake of casting both Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder in the period movie, he did make the great decision of bringing in Gary Oldman for the titular role. The DVD movie will also be out on Blu-Ray so those of you with a PS3 will actually have something to use it for! Features include a commentary, deleted scenes and a lot more. Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!Death by Engagement (2007)
Directed by Phillip Creager

I’ve been hearing about this one for a while now, but never paid a lot of attention to it till now. Of course. The story finds a groom being ditched at the alter who causes his fiancé’s car to crash, the proceeds to beat her head in with a tire iron until shot by police. She manages to live in a coma, and her engagement ring goes from one desperate woman to another, all of whom end up brutally murdered. The killer seems to be looking to get this ring back in the worst way, and he’s not even letting death stop him. Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!Decadent Evil II (2007)
Directed by Charles Band

Um… vampires. That’s really all I got out of the synopsis for this one, that there are lots and lots of vampires. And strippers. I believe, actually, there are stripper vampires, which are usually the best kind. I’m sure there are also dolls and/or midgets, since Charlie Band himself directed this one, but I can’t be positive. If you need an idea of how bad the sequel is, read Foy’s review of Decadent Evil right here. Something tells me there’s not been a lot of improvements this time around. Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!Evil Aliens (2005)
Directed by Jake West

It’s about damn time this one got to DVD! For some reason I though this was supposed to be out a while ago… no worries, though, it’s out now (or will be) so that’s all kinds of all right. The story finds an anal-obsessed tribe of aliens coming to Earth who want to cause all sorts of problems with the humans. Over the top and ludicrous, in the same vein as Bad Taste and Evil Dead, West’s take on alien invasions is a gory slice of lunacy. Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane (2006)
Directed by Scott Thomas

Zombies on a plane. There’s your premise. But Flight of the Living Dead is so much more than that, friends. It’s the story of love and redemption and …. No, actually it’s just about zombies on a plane. Sorry. But it’s pretty damn fun, with Richard Tyson and Kevin J. O’Conner doing their best to keep the zombie outbreak under control. It’d be a good idea to shut your brain off before watching this, though, lest the plot holes find their way in and taint the experience. Read our Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane DVD review for more! Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!The Gore Pack
Directed by Various

Wow, now that is not a good cover at all. A girl, a straight razor, some blood and a title with a pink background? Not exactly fear-inducing nor indicative of a pack that will, in fact, contain gore. Inside the Gore Pack are Insecticidal, The Last Horror Movie, Night Fangs and The Wedding Slashers. I’ve only heard of two of those four, but I would guess the first is about killer bugs and the third deals with either vampires or killer bats. As you can see I’m too lazy to find out for sure. Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!Misery: Collector’s Edition (1990)
Directed by Rob Reiner

I’m not sure how this disc stacks up but if nothing else it finally has a better cover than the crappy bare-bones release MGM put out a few years back. James Cann stars as a author Paul Sheldon, who crashes his car near the home of his “Number 1 fan”, the insane Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates). She keep him hostage until he finished his latest novel, leaving him without medical treatment and well-drugged most of the time. Horror ensues. Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!Mystics in Bali (1981)
Directed by H. Tjut Djalil

Reportedly one of the strangest films ever made, Mondo Macabro finally bring the uncut, full remastered version of Mystics of Bali to DVD for the first time ever. The story is of a young American reporter who visits Asia in search of ancient magic. She is led to the terrifying cult of Leyak, who she agrees to become a disciple of in order to learn as much as she can. The witch in charge, however, has far more horrific plans for the young reporter! Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!Night Trap (1993)
Directed by David A. Prior

Here’s a “well duh” idea for you, and I’m amazed no one else has tried it since. The story is about a man who sells his soul to the devil, who then shows up in New Orleans during Mardi Gras for a good old fashioned killing spree. A detective out to stop the devil is given the task of bringing him down before Mardi Gras ends, or he forfeits his immortal soul. Women become endangered, of course, so the detective does his best to end the madness. Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!The Other Side (2005)
Directed by Gregg Bishop

Nothing worse than finally finding your way out of hell, only for a team of vicious bounty hunters to come along and spoil your fun of trying to find the person who sent you there to get your revenge. I’ve always said that. Such is the story of The Other Side, which as you can see is part of the Slamdance on the Road series of DVD releases. Never heard of it before, but the premise is pretty damn cool so perhaps it’s worth a look! Check out our Other Side DVD review for more! Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!Plasterhead (2007)
Directed by Kevin Higgins

Wow. There’s just something about Raine Browne that makes every movie she’s in suck. Maybe it’s because she’s a terrible actress, I don’t know. Plasterhead is no exception, at least the hour I got through before I had to turn it off indicated it wasn’t. Though the cinematography is all right, that’s about all that can be said for this low, low budget indie about a horribly scarred man who likes to stalks and kill people in West Virginia with one of the most inconvenient masks ever. The acting is atrocious, the story is overdone and the pacing is non-existent. Of course, that was only the first hour so maybe it picks up after that. Something tells me that is not the case, however. Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!Pumpkinhead 4: Blood Feud (2006)
Directed by Michael Hurst

Wow, now that is a lame cover. He looks like he’s getting ready to start singing a show tune or something. Apparently the film isn’t that much better, telling of two star-crossed lovers whose families have been at one another’s throats for decades. Someone calls up the titular vengeance demon and the ghost of Lance Herniksen shows up to argue with a witch. Check out the The Foywonder’s review of Blood Feud for more! Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!Rapturious (2006)
Directed by Kamal Ahmed

Hip-hop meets horror in this movie, and that alone should be enough to make you skip to the next title on the list. If you’re still with me, the story is about the titular wanna-be rapper who is given a very special drug that makes him think he’s committing horrendous murders. But is it real or all in his head? Hopefully, since this is a horror movie (with HIP HOP!) they’re real cause there’s nothing I hate worse than “it was all in their head” movies. Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!Raw Nerve (1991)
Directed by David A. Prior

Nothing worse than foreseeing the deaths of someone at the hands of a serial killer and not having a single person believe you. Or, even worse, start thinking that maybe you’re actually the killer. A racecar driver has that exact problem in Raw Nerve and tries to convince a skeptic police detective and an ambitious reporter that he knows what’s going on. Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!Species: Special Edition (1995)
Directed by Roger Donaldson

I don’t know why we need a special edition of this boring alien movie, other than the fact that the third un-asked for sequel is also out today, but here we have it anyway. A lot of people call this movie “not bad” but I disagree; it’s pretty damn terrible, actually. The practical effects are decent, but the CG used, in its early days of course, is low-grade to the point of distraction. Though it is nice to see Natasha Henstridge running around barely clothed, that’s about all Species had going for it. Now it’s special! Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!Species: The Awakening (2007)
Directed by Nick Lyon

So here we go, another hot chick with alien DNA out on the rampage. This time out the girl is a college professor (sure…) who’s having blackouts. She starts to question it after a while and learns that her uncle actually created her from a mix of human and alien DNA. The only cure for her declining health lies in Mexico, but it also unleashes the horny, many killing alien side of her, as well. Though I seriously doubt there’s going to be any nudity, that’s about the only reason I’d give this one a go. Buy it here!

Click to see the cover bigger!The Wailer 2: Day of the Dead (2007)
Directed by Paul Miller

Wait, what happened to the first Wailer movie? Did I miss it? I guess that is possible, I tend not to pay attention to things very well. But that’s okay in this case, since the plot doesn’t sound like it’s actually a sequel to anything; it’s about a legend of a woman who drowned her children to get the love of an undeserving man. Good move! Now her spirit is on the hunt for other doomed women, always crying out for here lost kids. Well, duh, try not drowning them and maybe you’d have no reason to cry. Ugh, logic. Buy it here!

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