DVD Releases - October 19th: It's a Rocky, Psycho Night of the Predators in Mirrors
The number of home video releases on October 19th is not as abundant as in recent weeks, and fewer re-released titles means those that are available are much more special. In this batch one Adrien Brody flick competes with another, and at least two independent horror titles are making a splash. Two beloved classic films return in Blu-ray where one is supplemented by a documentary treatment of it.
Also, don't forget to strum & drum out with some tunes from Rob Zombie on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Finally, foreign horror gives us an over-the-top Japanese gorefest, a British zombie flick where the $70 budget was spent on tea and biscuits for the zombies, and Norwegian black metal.
Robert Rodriguez presents Predators (review), a bold new chapter in the Predator universe. Adrien Brody stars as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors mysteriously brought together on a jungle planet. But when these cold-blooded human “predators” find themselves in all-out war against a new breed of alien Predators, it’s the ultimate showdown between hunter and prey. Predators also star Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Danny Trejo, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Oleg Taktarov, and Louis Ozawa Changchien. Read the chat with Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal.
In Night of the Demons (review), Angela Feld is throwing the Halloween party to end all Halloween parties at the infamous Broussard Mansion in New Orleans, where dark events transpired almost a century ago. But when the packed party gets busted by the police, Angela and her friends Maddie, Lily, Suzanne, Colin, Dex, and Jason are the only ones left behind. Soon Colin and Angela make a grisly discovery in the basement, and inexplicable events start to take place. With the mansion gates mysteriously locked, the seven find themselves trapped for the night ... and soon they're fighting ancient demons for their very souls. Night of the Demons (trailer) stars Diora Baird, Shannon Elizabeth, Monica Keena, Bobbi Sue Luther, John F. Beach, Michael Copon, Tiffany Shepis, and Edward Furlong.
When Max, a recovering addict, takes a job as a nighttime security guard, he begins to see visions of a young mysterious woman in the store’s mirror. The terrifying results push audiences to the edge-of-their-seats in this white-knuckle horror film directed by Spanish filmmaker Victor Garcia (interview). Included with both the Mirrors 2 Blu-ray and DVD release is Into the Mirror, the original Korean film on which the contemporary horror classic is based, about a series of gruesome deaths in a department store all involving mirrors. Mirrors 2 (exclusive clip) stars Nick Stahl, William Katt, Emmanuelle Vaugier and Christy Carlson Romano.
The Psycho Legacy (review) follows the indelible filmmaking legacy left by the Psycho movies and unravels the screenwriting, casting and directing of all the movies, examining their undeniable longevity and success. Interweaving ultra-rare and never-before-seen interview footage of Anthony Perkins and dozens of interviews including Robert Loggia, Olivia Hussey, Henry Thomas, Diana Scarwid, Tom Holland, Hilton Green, Mick Garris and many more, The Psycho Legacy is the first documentary to unite and explore decades of Psycho movies in one place, revealing surprises and insights into what is considered the grandfather of modern horror. Watch a trailer and a 12 minute clip.
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One of the most shocking films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is now available on Blu-ray featuring perfect picture, a newly created 5.1 audio track and bonus features that take you beyond the movie! Join the Master of Suspense on a chilling journey as an unsuspecting victim visits the Bates Motel and falls prey to one of cinema’s most notorious psychopaths - Norman Bates. Named #1 on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Thrills list, this notorious film has become a cultural phenomenon. Featuring one of the most iconic scenes in film history - the famous “shower scene”, Psycho is “still terrifying after all these years” (Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide). Psycho stars Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin and Janet Leigh.
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A divine film adaptation from Richard O'Brien's British musical horror comedy/rock opera, produced by Lou Adler and Michael White, The Rocky Horror Picture Show features revered performance by Tim Curry (Clue, Home Alone) as a bizarre and self-proclaimed "sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania," and Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma and Louise) and Barry Bostwick ("Spin City") as Brad and Janet, a couple who find themselves lost on a cold, rainy night. The madcap, musical mayhem begins when the couple takes refuge in the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter as he is about to unveil his greatest creation – and have a bit of fun with his reluctant guests. The film also stars Meat Loaf.
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An FBI agent with deep rooted past issues is on the prowl for the infamous Serial Killer, "Giallo (Yellow)" as he is known. No ordinary Killer ...he seeks victims that are beautiful women only to disfigure and eventually kill them off. This time he has captured a beautiful model and our Agent must find him before he commits his latest victim's fate. Giallo (trailer) stars Adrian Brody, Emmanuelle Siegner, and Elsa Patasky.
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Grab your axe and jump off stage as you transcend from aspiring musician to global rock god! Use 'the power of rock' to unleash sonic blasts on hordes of flesh eaters or raise your guitar to the heavens and power your protective shield. Riff your way through the infected masses to the soul-ripping tunes of Rob Zombie and save the world! Check out the trailer and screenshots from the game.
The deranged genius behind Tokyo Gore Police is back with a chilling new flick that’s re-writing the hallowed history of the horror genre. Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (review) is the terrifying story of two classic monsters re-imagined as super hot – and extremely lethal – Japanese school girls. Gore rules supreme in this blood-cake cavalcade of carnage chosen as the winner of the Audience Award at the 2009 NY Asian Film Festival. Fan boys and movie blogs are already buzzing over this bloodbath du jour, and aficionados of psychedelic blood-filled chocolates, mad scientist principals, sumo wrestlers from hell, and sex-crazed school nurses are guaranteed to lose their heads over this old school splatter-fest. Watch the trailer.
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Already a worldwide phenomenon with huge media coverage, Colin (review) is the first zombie movie told from the zombie s perspective, it is a film truly like no other. Our hero Colin is bitten by a zombie; he dies and returns as one of the undead. We follow him as he wanders through suburbia during the throes of a cadaverous apocalypse. Through his encounters, we learn who Colin was and more pertinently, what he has now become. Including a broad daylight zombie versus human street battle, an epic housebound siege and bags of gore. Made for only $70, mostly spent on tea and cookies for "zombies", this is a zombie phenomenon that must not be missed! Colin stars Alastair Kirton, Daisy Aitkens, Leanne Pammen, Kate Alderman and Tat Whalley.
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