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A decent helping of horror DVDs is coming your way this Tuesday, July 29th, 2008… check ’em out!
Click to see it bigger!Antisocial Behavior (2007)
Directed by Vinson Pike

Ever since a traumatic accident when he was a child, Jakob Kelser has been alone, shunning the outside world and ignoring everyone who tries to connect with him. When a gang of teenagers makes him their new target, all of his pent-up rage is released, and now not a single soul in his neighborhood is safe from his vengeance. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Bloody Moon (1981)
Directed by Jess Franco

Incest, voyeurism and disco; only from Jess Franco can you expect to get all three in one movie. Bloody Moon was Franco’s answer to the stalk-n-slash trend of the late 70’s/early 80’s, but it’s nothing like any of the Black Christmas copycats that came out in that time frame. Fully remastered in high def and featuring a brand-new interview with the man himself! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Dark City (1998)
Directed by Alex Proyas

Finally, a movie we’ve been waiting for a decent DVD release of since the advent of the technology. This director’s cut has never-before-seen footage, enhanced picture and three commentary tracks. If you missed it, the film is about a man (Rufus Sewell) who wakes with no memory at a grisly murder scene and slowly watches his life plummet into a world of insanity. An absolute sci-fi classic, I can’t wait to see this new DVD! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Dark Shadows: The Beginning Volume 5
Directed by Various

Every month I regret ever starting to list these damn things. Do you know how tiring it is trying to find out what went on during a specific time period of a Gothic soap opera? Well, it’s not nearly as fun as it sounds, I’ll tell you that. Ghosts, strange disappearances, women put into trances, psychic investigators and séances all take place during this chunk of time, so there you go. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Doomsday (2008)
Directed by Neil Marshall

I know not enough of you suckers got out to see this when it was in theaters, so I hope you make up for it now that it’s on DVD. No, it’s not anything you’ve not seen before, but it’s a helluva lot of fun and a really well done post-apocalypse movie from the guy who did The Descent and Dog Soldiers. If you have a Blu-ray player, you had better get it on that format cause this is the kind of film that begs for high def and good speakers. Check out our “>Doomsday DVD review for more reasons to own this! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!The Erotic Grotesque Collection
Directed by Various

Artsmagic returns from obscurity with a very strange collection of films that I’m sure most of us have never seen. Since before recorded history the Japanese have been fascinated with the combination of the erotic and the grotesque, and here are three great examples of it: Angel Guts: Red Classroom, Malice@ Doll and Love-Zero=Infinity. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Hair Extensions: Exte (2007)
Directed by Sion Sono

One of strangest and most enjoyable films I’ve seen at Fantasia was Sion Sono’s “>Exte (review), and I’m very happy Tokyo Shock is putting it out in a 2-disc edition. The story is about a mortuary employee who has a fetish and finds a girl’s corpse whose hair continues to grow after her death. But that’s because her hair is sentient, and whenever someone uses extensions made from it, they die a horrible death. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Lips of Blood (1972)
Directed by Jean Rollin

A strange film from Jean Rollin? The hell you say! And it’s about vampires, too, if you can believe it. The story follows a young man who is haunted by visions of predatory vampire women whom he feels a strange connection to, despite being terrified of them. Apparently one of the most anticipated and sought-after of Rollins’ cannon, this new edition promises to be the best looking the film’s ever been. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008)
Directed by PJ Pesce

Twenty-five years we’ve been without a sequel to The Lost Boys until someone at Warner Bros. decided we needed one. Thanks for that, whoever you might be. The sequel tries way too hard to use all the stuff that worked so well in the first movie without actually understanding why it worked, or so it seems. Check out my “>Lost Boys: The Tribe review for more criticism, but do yourself a favor and avoid this sucker. Pun intended. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Madame O (1967)
Directed by Seiichi Fukuda

At the tender age of 16, a girl was raped by three men, making her pregnant and infected with syphilis. Now she’s a well respected doctor practicing medicine during the day and stalking the city streets at night to get revenge on men of all shapes and sizes through the most effective weapon in the world: sex! She finally decides to settle down and raise a family but soon finds out that her husband has a dark secret that may drive her back to a life of murder. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Monsters Gone Wild
Directed by Various

A veritable cavalcade of monstery goodness is in this box set, though I wonder how much of it is actually good… Inside we have The Screaming Skull, The Monster Walks, She Beast, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, The Giant Gila Monster, Attack of the Giant Leeches, The Killer Shrews, Beast From Haunted Cave and Human Monster. Yes, definitely some good ones in there, and you can’t beat the price! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Side Sho (2007)
Directed by Michael D’Anna

A family on their way to the daughter’s softball camp stop off at a quiet sideshow attraction, where the father hopes to get more fodder for the book he’s writing on these American oddities. Instead they find a murderous family of inbred mutants who really don’t care one way or another about being in any city boy’s high-faulting book. Check out our “>Side Sho DVD review for more! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!The Ultimate Vampire Collection
Directed by Various

I don’t know about “ultimate”, but cramming 10 vampire movies into one box set has got to mean something. All right, here’s what we get: Vampire Stakes, Vulture’s Eye, Abomination, The Satanic Rites of Dracula, Project Vampire, The Darkness, Lord of the Vampires and The Werewolf Versus Vampire Women. What the hell, it’s only $12; can you really complain? Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Vengeance (2006)
Directed by Pleo Sirisuwan

Now here’s something I bet the cops never expected: While chasing down some criminals into an ancient forest, they stumble upon a mythical world where magic beasts exist and a mythical treasure is said to be there for the taking. I remember hearing about this Thai movie a long time ago, and it sounded like it’d be a lot of fun. Now we can find out for sure thanks to the folks at Navarre! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Virgin Witch (1970)
Directed by Raymond Austin

The story is about some scantily clad girls who are lured by a sleazy lesbian out to a country home, which is inhabited by Satanists who plan on using the girls as virgin sacrifices. Pretty simple way to squelch that plan; just have sex! Apparently this is one of Redemption’s best selling titles, which explain the re-release with better cover art. And hey, if that’s not enough, it’s got lots of good old-fashioned 70’s nudity! Buy it here!


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New Archie Horror Series Vampironica Is Out for Blood!

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Vampironica is a new Archie Horror series launching in March from Greg and Megan Smallwood that we first heard about back in 2015 at the SDCC, and knowing what a big fan base the series has – plus the fact that American Werewolf in London and Fright Night were big influences on the writers, we thought we’d share the latest info on what’s in store for us come spring!

Here are the details of the series, including a look at all the various covers to be had.

From the Press Release:
She’s beautiful. She’s deadly. She’s Vampironica!

Greg and Megan Smallwood are bringing a new terror to the streets of Riverdale as Veronica Lodge is bitten by a centuries-old vampire in a new Archie Horror series launching this March – VAMPIRONICA.

After being turned, will Veronica’s new-found thirst for blood turn Riverdale into a haven for the undead, or will she put an end to the vampire threat herself? The team of Greg (co-writer, artist) and Megan Smallwood (co-writer) and letterer Jack Morelli are set to turn Riverdale red in the latest twisted take on the classic Archie Comics characters.

“Fans can rest assured that we’ll be staying faithful to the core of these characters,” said co-writer Greg Smallwood. “It was very important to Megan and I that Vampironica be the same Veronica that we all know and love, only now with fangs.”

“Greg and I were both very interested in exploring the concept of a vampire Veronica without getting rid of what makes Veronica such a special character,” said co-writer Megan Smallwood. “Ironically, Vampironica humanizes Veronica in a way that only horror can. Becoming a vampire is a humbling experience for her, and she’s forced to open up and expose a little vulnerability.”

The new series will explore how Veronica adapts to her new place as one of Riverdale’s freshest members of the undead while drawing influence from classic horror films.

“I’d say that our biggest influences are American Werewolf in London and Fright Night. Both films can be quite horrific, but there’s also a lot of strong characterization and humor to them,” said Greg. “I think horror works best with a small dose of comedy for levity so we’ve used the same formula on Vampironica.”

“Veronica Lodge is not the kind of girl to join any ranks, let alone vampire ranks. True to form, Veronica instead relies on her own gut instincts,” said Megan. “They haven’t let her down in life, and they won’t let her down as she navigates the surreal world of the undead.”

VAMPIRONICA #1 launches in comic shops and on digital platforms March 14, 2018, and features variant covers by Francesco Francavilla, Audrey Mok, Djibril Morrissette-Phan, and Marguerite Sauvage.

Synopsis:
When Veronica is bitten by a centuries-old vampire, her thirst for blood threatens to turn Riverdale into a haven for the undead. Will she put an end to the vampire threat or give in to her bloodlust?

CVR A Reg: Greg Smallwood

CVR B Var: Francesco Francavilla

CVR C Var: Audrey Mok

CVR D Var: Djibril Morrissette-Phan

CVR E Var: Marguerite Sauvage

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A Demon Within Is Coming Next Year; Exclusive Trailer Premiere

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We just scored you cats a look at the trailer for A Demon Within, which you’ll be able to dig on once it hits select theaters and VOD on January 12, 2018, via Blue Fox Entertainment. Blue Fox holds the worldwide rights and is currently selling the film internationally.

Charlene Amoia, Julia Larsen, Clint Hummel, Jeremy Miller, Patricia Ashley, Michael Ehlers, and Cole Crawford star in the film from directors Ayush Banker and Justin LaReau.

Synopsis:
In 1914 Crestwick, a demonic spirit named Nefas surfaced to prey on a family, which ended with the death of an innocent young girl. The mysterious events haunted the Midwestern community for years. Now, decades later, a skeptical doctor must stop history from repeating itself by confronting his personal demons and fighting to save the life of a teenage girl who has become possessed in his family’s old house.

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Better Watch Out for This Shudder-Exclusive Clip

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Currently on DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, and Shudder is the dark horror-comedy Better Watch Out (review), and to kick off your week while keeping you in the holiday spirit, we have an exclusive clip for you to stuff in your stocking!

The critically acclaimed horror-comedy Better Watch Out debuted on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD December 5 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Holiday cheer and Home Alone get a decidedly dark spin when a babysitter must protect her charges from a terrifying home invasion. Directed by Chris Peckover (Undocumented), Better Watch Out stars Olivia Dejonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Aleks Mikic, and Dacre Montgomery with Patrick Warburton Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen. Bonus materials include a making-of featurette and a special insert holiday card.

Better Watch Out has a runtime of approximately 89 minutes and is rated R for disturbing violent content, language throughout, crude sexual references, drug and alcohol use – all involving teens.

Synopsis:
This holiday season you may be home, but you’re not alone… In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould ) when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks.

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