Here we go! Another October Horror In Your House loaded with goodies to pack your Halloween with blood, guts and mayhem. Inside you’ll find a list of everything hitting DVD tomorrow, October 16. List includes gems like Magnet Releasing’s Murder Party (review) and Dimension’s Grindhouse release Planet Terror. Read on for the full list.
A set of lesser Amityville titles from a film series that’s harder to kill than the goddamn ghost in the old place!
BELIEVERS (special edition): Warner
Two doctors responding to an emergency call find themselves kidnapped by a religious sect whose great obsession is to stop the end of the world by committing suicide and killing people.
Stel, a humanoid alien, teams up with a British soldier Private John Marrettie. They engage on an action-packed adventure to find a top secret file which holds information on advanced energy production, captured space crafts and their alien pilots including Stel’s missing father, Arakawa, who’s been shot down and imprisoned on Earth by Core – a human paramilitary group.
EXPERIMENT IN TORTURE: Lionsgate
This horror film follows several exotic dancers as they accept the invitation of a rich man who asks them to his estate for the weekend. Misfortune quickly follows as the sexy women are drugged, tortured, and mutilated in the name of art.
GRINDHOUSE DOUBLE FEATURE: DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT/DON’T OPEN THE DOOR: VCI
DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT (1973) – Nurse Charlotte Beale arrives at the isolated Stephens Sanitarium to work, only to learn that Dr. Stephens was murdered by one of the patients and his successor, Dr. Geraldine Masters, is not very eager to take on new staff. Charlotte finds her job maddeningly hard as the patients torment and harass her at every turn; she soon learns why Dr. Masters is so eager to keep outsiders out. DON’T OPEN THE DOOR (1979) – In this horror movie, a dutiful granddaughter goes home to take care of her elderly grandmother. Once there, she finds herself trapped inside the house with a homicidal maniac.
I bet Edgar Wright is cracking up today…especially with the release of this next flick on the list…
GRINDHOUSE: PLANET TERROR: Weinstein/Genius (TEX’S PICK OF THE WEEK)
A fun zombie film that busts at the seams with gross special effects, amazing action, and deliciously over-the-top moments, as gun-legged Cherry Darling and one man wrecking crew El Wray try to save the world from a horde of flesh-eating zombies.
I said it before and I say it again, this is my pick of the week, and I know you already saw it. But, sadly no one else did.
HOLLOW MAN Director’s Cut (special edition): Sony Pictures
Cocky researcher Sebastian Caine is a working on a project to make living creatures invisible. He’s so confident he’s found the right formula that he tests it on himself and begins to vanish. Problem is, no one can figure out how to make him visible again. Soon his invisibility drives Caine mad — with terrifying results. The special effects are a knockout as Caine fades away organ by organ.
ICE SPIDERS: Sony Pictures
When genetically engineered mutant spiders escape from a secret government lab and begin chowing on a ski team in training, local ski instructor Dash and Dr. April Summers put their lives on the line to stop the deadly monsters. But standing in their way is the deranged scientist who created the spiders and demands that they be captured alive.
ICONS OF HORROR COLLECTION: SAM KATZMAN (THE WEREWOLF, CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN, ZOMBIES OF MORA TAU, THE GIANT CLAW, MYSTERIOUS ISLAND serial; 2-disc set): Sony Pictures
A great set of classic Horror and Atomic Age delights in this latest “Icon” collection from the folks at Sony.
THE INVISIBLE: Hollywood
Nick Powell is a handsome young writer with a future as bright as he is. Then one tragic night he’s brutally attacked and left for dead — except he’s not. He’s trapped in a ghostly limbo where no one can see or hear him. Except for Annie, the one person who must get closer to Nick in order to save him from beyond his worst nightmare. If together they can quickly solve the mystery of his murder before it is too late, there’s a chance he’ll live again.
JUNE CABIN: Polychrome
A story about seven friends who embark on a reunion at their summer hangout spot, a mountain cabin buried deep in the woods, for a few nights of drinking, partying, and reminiscing. However, when Archie shows up to the gathering and reveals that his life is in shambles, the friends are torn as to what to do. A night of drinking and out-of-control partying reveals that Archie has more than a few ghosts in the closet. The next day after the fighting and pleasure, Archie disappears into the woods, and it comes to light that he tried to kill himself during his freshman year of college. The gang stumbles upon cryptic clues as to Archie’s whereabouts, and then learns that another one of Archie’s darkest secrets may have affected him more than anyone could have realized. As the weekend becomes further entangled in lies and deceit, the little reunion at the cabin in the woods is no longer a safe place. And soon enough, someone will reveal a very deadly secret that explains exactly why Archie is missing.
A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS: Indican
A bloodthirsty teen with a penchant for murder is released from the mental hospital and returns home in this stylish, contemporary horror movie.
MASTERS OF HORROR: THE DAMNED THING: Anchor Bay
Twenty-four years ago, outside a small Texas town, young Kevin Reddle watched helplessly as his oilman father brutally slaughtered his mother before being torn apart by an invisible force. Today the county Sheriff, Kevin remains haunted by memories of that night and the fear that “the damned thing” may someday return. Now as the citizens of Cloverdale explode into a homicidal frenzy, the one man who has uncovered the truth is about to meet his own horrific destiny.
MASTERS OF HORROR Season 1, Volume 1 (CIGARETTE BURNS, DREAMS IN THE WITCH-HOUSE, FAIR HAIRED CHILD; Blu-ray): Anchor Bay
First four MoH episodes in High Def.
MASTERS OF HORROR Season 1, Volume 2 (JENIFER, SICK GIRL, DEER WOMAN; Blu-ray): Anchor Bay
Ditto the above for the next four.
MURDER PARTY: Magnolia
In this Slamdance Film Festival Audience Award winner, things go downhill fast when a mild-mannered office drone plucks a Halloween party invitation off the street and suddenly finds himself the main event at an art student-hosted “murder party.” But the students turn out to be more of a danger to themselves than to their intended victims in this horror comedy
Honorable Pick of the Week mention goes out to Director Jeremy Saulnier’s biting, satirical horror flick that might just wind up the next, best Halloween party-movie for cult film fanatics.
THE REAPING: Warner
Investigative scholar Katherine Winter is a debunker of modern “miracles,” bringing scientific light to superstition and fraud. But events in tiny Haven, Louisiana, defy even her expertise. There, the 10 Biblical Plagues seem to be reoccurring. And the more she seeks answers, the more she questions her own beliefs.
Hillary Swank goes back for another gothic southern thriller–a la, THE GIFT–but manages muck up the legacy of that film with this dud.
RETURN TO HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL: Warner
Sarah Wolfe was the only living survivor from the massacre at the Vanacutt Mansion, but no one believed her claims that ghosts were responsible for the gruesome murders that took place there. Now her recent and questionable suicide leaves her sister, Ariel, no choice but to devote herself to finding out who – or what – was responsible for her death. Ariel discovers that Sarah sent her the diary of the sadistic Dr. Vanacutt just before she died, offering clues to the diabolical evil that resides within the house. But the diary also makes Ariel a target in a deadly treasure hunt that leads a group of unwitting victims back to the Vanacutt Mansion, reawakening the terror imprisoned within the house on the hill. This time, the house and the evil spirits inside are out to make sure that no one leaves alive.
666: THE BEAST: Asylum
The adorable Antichrist from 666: THE CHILD is all grown up and ready to unleash hell-on-earth in this latest low-budget bloodbath.
THE STITCHER: VCI
From the director who brought you “Toe Tags” and “Branded” comes a new face of terror. Something strange is happening in this eerie backwoods town. An ordinary town that could be miles from your own home. Inspired by true events, a group of friends must survive the weekend in order to escape the terror that is beyond their imagination. Desperate and fearing for their lives, the horror surges when a legendary killer wants something they all posses. They soon find out the town is not what it seems, and with no hope of rescue, they must find their way out before they fall victim to the Stitcher’s obsession. This blood curdling story is a shock a minute horror rush, that will make you never want to wear certain pieces of clothing again.
URBAN FLESH: SRS Cinema
A group of cannibalistic thrill-killers roam the city looking for prey when they stumble on the wife of the detective in charge of the investigation of their case. “URBAN FLESH” has become an underground sensation over the years. Accused of being obscene by the Canadian, British and German governments, the movie was banned in those three countries in 2000. Seven years later, SRS Cinema is giving Urban Flesh its much deserved shot at the North American market!
THE WOODS HAVE EYES: Echo Bridge
What begins as a silly prank ends in a quest for survival as a group of young campers crosses a forbidden river in the backwoods of New York and finds out the hard way that the tales of a twisted urban legend are frighteningly real.