Here we go with this week’s edition of Horror In Your House, which features the 20th anniversary DVD and Blu-ray release of Warner’s classic BEETLEJUICE. Also arriving is the Japanese adaptation of DEATH NOTE, which is already on its third film in the franchise overseas. Read on to see what else you can pick up in stores this Tuesday.
Horror in Your House
September 16, 2008
By: Tex Massacre
BEETLEJUICE 20th Anniversary Edition: Warner
What’s a couple of stay-at-home ghosts to do when their beloved home is taken over by trendy yuppies? They call on Beetlejuice, the afterlife’s freelance bio-exorcist to scare off the family – and everyone gets more than she, he or it bargains for!
BEYOND THE DOOR: Code Red/BCI
Jessica Barrett lives a peaceful life in San Francisco. With two kids, a record exec husband and a baby on the way, life is pretty full. When Jessica finds out that her new baby belongs to the prince of darkness, she becomes a demonically possessed beast. Her ex-boyfriend, Dimitri, a Satan worshipper must sacrifice her child in order to renew his own twisted existence.
CLASS OF 1999: Lionsgate (TEX’S PICK OF THE WEEK)
Schools are the war zones and the automatic weapons are the teachers. In the future, youth gang violence is so high that the areas around some schools have become “free fire zones,” and not even the police will venture there. When Kennedy High School principal Miles Langford decides to take his school back from the gangs, robotics specialist Dr. Robert Forrest provides “tactical education units,” human-like androids that have been programmed to teach and are supplied with weapons to deal with discipline problems!
TEX SAYS: You know how a sequel isn’t supposed to be better than the original. We’ll CLASS OF 1999 as a pseudo-sequel to the cult film CLASS OF 1984 is just way fucking better. I mean, Pam Grier as an ass-kicking, smack talking, cyborg! Be still my jet black, Jack Hill obsessed, heart!!! Viva la Pam!!!
DEATH NOTE: Viz
Ace student Light Yagami finds the Death Note, a notebook intentionally dropped by a rogue “Shinigami death god named Ryuk. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies. Upset with the current justice system, Light takes matters into his own hands and vows to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of all evil, and become the God of the new world. Soon, the number of suspicious deaths of reported criminals catches the attention of the International Police Organization. A mysterious detective known only as L quickly learns that the serial killer, nicknamed Kira by the public, is located in Japan. Light realizes that L will be his greatest enemy, and a game of psychological cat and mouse between the two begins.
EXPLOITATION CINEMA: CEMETERY GIRLS/VAMPIRE HOOKERS: Deimos/BCI
CEMETERY GIRLS–While travelling by wagon, a quartet of beautiful women discuss Dracula mythos on the way through the Carpathian Mountains. After losing a wagon wheel, the four unwavering women are stranded at the sanitarium of the eccentric Dr. Wendell aka Count Dracula. Three of them will be vampires. One of them will be Dracula s lover. Prepare for the shocking conclusion of Count Dracula s Great Love.
VAMPIRE HOOKERS–John Carradine stars as John Richmond, a smooth-talking vampire pimp in a white-suit with a harem of attractive hookers. There s only one problem, these hookers are vampires and warm blood isn t all they suck!
EXPLOITATION CINEMA: SATAN’S SLAVE/TERROR: Deimos/BCI
SATAN S SLAVE–A young girl moves in with her Uncle Alexander after her parents car mysteriously explodes. After being taken in by her cousins, she soon begins suffering strange visions. But what she doesn’t t know is that her planned role in the house is more sinister than she could have expected.
TERROR–British director, James Garrick, throws a party in celebration of his latest horror movie. Three hundred years earlier, the diabolical witch, Mad Molly, placed a curse on his family after they burned her at the stake. The descendants and party-goers soon begin dying in brutally inventive fashion
GOOSEBUMPS: MONSTER BLOOD: Fox
Visiting his weird Aunt Kathryn, Evan finds a dusty can of Monster Blood that’s green and slimy and starting to grow!
GOOSEBUMPS: A NIGHT IN TERROR TOWER: Fox
While taking a tour of Terror Tower, a medieval prison and torture chamber in London, Sue and her brother Eddie experience a series of strange occurrences… and must travel back in time to the 15th century in order to escape a terrifying fate.
GOOSEBUMPS: ONE DAY IN HORRORLAND: Fox
On their way to Zoo Gardens Theme Park, the Morris family stumbles upon another amusement park, HorrorLand. It seems like a pretty cool place – no crowds, no lines, and free admission! But the Morris family is about to discover that HorrorLand has some very scary attractions…
THE LEGEND OF BLOODY MARY: Lionsgate
Ryan has been plagued with nightmares ever since his sister Amy went missing eight years earlier after playing the game “Bloody Mary.” Now, a senior in college, he begins to reach a mental breaking point from the years of stress and guilt over his sister’s disappearance. Ryan’s girlfriend, frustrated herself at his emotional distance and self pity, calls Father O’Neal for guidance. Father O’Neal, both a priest and an archaeologist, decides to help Ryan end his tormenting grief by using his detective skills to figure out what exactly happened to Amy.
MONSTER MOVIE: Fat Cat/Tempe
Eight rolls of badly damaged 16mm film reveal one of the most bizarre cover-ups in the annals of true-life events. Suppressed from the public, the contents of the film cans unspool, telling the simple documentation of four buddies and their weekend outdoors, but quickly turning into a terrifying menace in the form of strange reptilian lizards. Did they rise from the lake? What was left of the town they trampled underfoot? Could they be tied in to all the disappearances? Don’t believe everything you see…experience it!
NEVER CRY WEREWOLF: Genius
When 16-year-old Loren and her family greet a new neighbor – a good-looking single guy and his dog – she senses something mysterious and dangerous about him. Her suspicions become further aroused when some of the locals begin disappearing one by one. As Loren becomes obsessed with her neighbor’s behavior, she is unaware that he is monitoring her just as closely – like a hungry wolf stalks its prey at night. With the help of local TV hunting show personality Redd Tucker and a delivery boy with a secret crush on attractive Loren, the unlikely trio prepare for a full-moon showdown against an immortal creature with insatiable bloodlust.
THEY WAIT: Vivendi Visual
After living in Shanghai for three years, Sarah, her husband, Jason, and their young son, Sammy, return to North America for a family funeral. But something strange is going on. Sammy starts seeing ghosts and then falls gravely ill. Traditional western medicine offers no hope. Sarah turns to a mysterious pharmacist who warns that her son is being held in a death grip by a living corpse. Sarah must find out what the spirits want if she is to save her child. Time is of the essence; once the sun rises the next day, the last day of Ghost Month, Sammy will be lost forever. The spirits have spoken.
THE VALLEY OF TEARS: Image
While Adam is helplessly dying at the hands of his ex-friend Lock, God speaks to him. He lets Adam know there’s one chance to make his afterlife bearable but only if he can get Lock to repent his sins. That challenge takes Adam on a journey where he can see everything and everyone, but he cannot hear or communicate with them. His only chance is to get at Lock on an emotional level. For that he’ll have to find a way for the murderer to cross paths with an old girlfriend and their beautiful little daughter. If Adam’s burden wasn’t enough, Lock soon decides to murder Adam’s wife and daughter, and a battle between fantasy and reality ensues. The outcome will decide two men’s eternal fates.