After a few brutal, brutal weeks, this Tuesday’s DVD release list is finally packing some heat. Beyond the break you can read this week’s Horror In Your House, which features Blu-ray releases of Warner Bros. horror anthology Creepshow, New Line’s Freddy vs Jason, along with the complete first season of Fringe and more. Read on for the full list.
Horror in your House
September 8, 2009
CREEPSHOW (Blu-Ray): Warner
Two macabre masters – writer Stephen King and director George A. Romero – conjure up five shocking yarns, each a virtuoso exercise in the ghouls-and-gags style of classic ’50s horror comics. A murdered man emerges from the grave for Father’s Day cake. A meteor’s ooze makes everything … grow. A professor selects his wife as a snack for a crated creature. A scheming husband plants two lovers up to their necks in terror. A malevolent millionaire with an insect phobia becomes the prey of a cockroach army. Let the Creepshow begin!
DEPRESSING PROSPECTS: Depressing Prospects Films
From avant-garde director Brian Labrecque comes pretty much ALL of his work with this 555 minute MAMMOTH DVD collection. In the beginning…(2004) there was a groundbreaking avant-garde short film made about a guy in Seattle who thinks he’s Tori Amos. That film, ‘Far Too Gone’; changed the indie film scene forever and made it s director, Brian Labrecque, into an indie film god. Now, in 2009, the world will witness the full realization of the characters from Far Too Gone in an action-packed full motion video graphic novel. ‘Effing Brutal’, the 2 hour tour-de-force of transvestite superhero greatness which pits Josh and his team of super losers against a skateboarder cult and the entire city of Seattle. Voiced by the original cast of Far Too Gone, this mind-bending, surreal epic will most assuredly melt your skull. Also included, 4 more psycho short films including the sicko-romantic animated epic ‘April Fools’ and the computer warrantee revenge cartoon ‘Fist Full of Pizza’ . Watch ‘Meeting Hillary’ , where an evil witch lures a naive girl into a deadly trap. Finally, see the story of a homeless druggy motivational speaker who is recruited by home-invading tweens and tormented by a girl-scout from Hell in the psychotronic thriller ‘Fear of Lemonade’ . Plus an unabridged audio-book version of Effing Brutal, music videos, TV interviews, radio interviews, and MUCH MORE!!
FREAKY FARLEY: Motern Media
When Farley Wilder — a weirdo peeping Tom in a small New England town — meets a daring young woman, he gains the confidence to both stand up to his domineering father and also save the town from the hushed-up secret that’s been killing people for decades!
FREDDY VS JASON (Blu-ray): New Line
The slicer versus the slasher? Two titans of terror going at it mano-a-machete? They re gonna kill each other a lot! The horror (and wicked fun) begins when Freddy realizes he can t haunt dreams because folks no longer fear him. So he enlists Jason to do a little killing on his behalf on Elm Street. Presto, the fear is back and so is Freddy. One problem: Jason isn t about to stop offing people. And another: Freddy isn t about to let Jason rule Elm Street. This means war. Freddy Vs. Jason. Winner kills all.
FRINGE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON: Warner
Teleportation. Mind control. Invisibility. Astral projection. Mutation. Reanimation. Phenomena that exist on the Fringe of science unleash their strange powers in this thrilling series, co-created by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias), combining the grit of the police procedural with the excitement of the unknown. The story revolves around three unlikely colleagues – a beautiful young FBI agent, a brilliant scientist who’s spent the last 17 years in a mental institution and the scientist’s sardonic son – who investigate a series of bizarre deaths and disasters known as “the pattern.” Someone is using our world as an experimental lab. And all clues lead to Massive Dynamic, a shadowy global corporation that may be more powerful than any nation.
GREETINGS: 8 Range Road
It’s Cathy’s party, but she’s not having a good time. The boys have found an Ouija board and are out for some harmless fun. When strange things start to happen, they blame each other, but the joke goes too far and soon they realize it isn’t a joke at all…
HARPER’S ISLAND: THE DVD EDITION: Paramount (TEX’S PICK OF THE WEEK)
A horror-inspired drama, this CBS series is about a group of friends and family who meet to celebrate a wedding on an island just outside Seattle, an island that is famous for a streak of unsolved murders seven years ago. Suspense ensues when they end up dead one by one; has the killer returned or is someone else to blame?
TEX SAYS: If you didn’t check out this bloody-as-hell-for-primetime series, then you missed out on the best straight horror show to be on network television in a decade or more. Don’t skip out on the DVD….it’s gonna be killer!!!
HELLHOUSE: THE BOOK OF SAMIEL: Brain Damage
Before the beginning of time, Demons ruled the darkness. After humans took possession of the Earth, several books came into existence: Books of knowledge with pages containing rituals and incantations, one for each of the God Demons. The pages were to be used to banish the dark things that lurked in the shadows. Throughout the centuries, the books were passed down amongst an elite sect of soothsayers and have been highly sought after by the demons. Now they have found a way to reenter this world to take back what has always been theirs! A group of friends discover the awful truth that lay dormant in an old house. Now, with the aid of Earth s last soothsayer, they must stop the evil from entering this world and letting the demons get out!
HOT ROD HORROR: Hot Rod Horror Inc.
While trying to find where her younger brother wandered off to, Jenny and David, must search an abandoned wrecking yard with a horrifying history.
LIVE ANIMALS: Echo Bridge
In the quiet of the country, a sick, twisted man kidnaps young adults in the dark of night, binds them by heavy chain to stalls in an isolated barn. They are trained to obey with torture, broken like horses, prepared for merciless slaughter. Their screeches of pain go ignored – many others were once here, many more will arrive. But one batch of prisoners has the chance to escape. Too bad they’ve underestimated their killer…
MAD MONSTER PARTY: Lionsgate
Baron Von Frankenstein (voice of Boris Karloff) has decided to retire as the head of the Worldwide Organization of Monsters. But first, he must inform the other monsters about his plans. How to deliver the news? How else – through a MAD MONSTER PARTY! Von Frankenstein’s guests include a who’s who of Halloween favorites, including the Werewolf, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and more. But who among them is fit to be the new head of the monsters?
NATURE OF THE BEAST: Starz/Anchor Bay
Rich and Julia are a perfect young couple preparing for their upcoming wedding. But as the big day approaches, Julia discovers that Rich is hiding one huge, hairy secret: When the moon is full, he transforms into a ferocious werewolf. Is it true love? Can they survive a weekend of in-laws, choosing a silver pattern and werewolf hunting?
NIGHT OF THE DRIBBLER: Code Red
A teenage athlete named Stanley is a waterboy for a high school basketball team. Stanley wants to make the team, but the coach rejects him as a worthless player and sends him away. Soon afterwards, the basketball team members are being killed off one-by-one by a psychopath wearing a maniacally smiling basketball over his head. Is Stanley the deadly dribbler with the basketball head looking for revenge, or could it be some other hoop-dream wannabe?
THE NIGHT STALKER: North American Motion Pictures
Inspired by the true story of the most publicized and deranged serial killer known to everyone as “The Nightstalker.” He stalked and killed relentlessly, keeping the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles terrified.
REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (Blu-ray): Lionsgate
Darren Aronofsky follows up his acclaimed debut Pi with this gritty emotionally charged film set amidst the abandoned beaches and faded glory of Coney Island, Brooklyn. Based upon the novel by celebrated author Hubert Selby Jr., the story intricately links the lives of a lonely widowed mother her son Harry, his beautiful girlfriend Marion and his best friend Tyrone. REQUIEM FOR A DREAM is a hypnotic tale of four human beings each pursuing their vision of happiness. Even as everything begins to fall apart, they refuse to let go, plummeting with their dreams into a nightmarish, gut-wrenching freefall.
RISE OF THE GARGOYLES: Genius
The mysterious trail of mangled human corpses is only the bloody beginning for the secret terror buried beneath a condemned Parisian church. Suddenly unleashed for their subterranean crypt – and very much alive – the ancient, winged creatures have risen on a mission of destruction. What’s happening is not just a killing spree. It’s Judgment Day! Now only a small band of mere mortals, including an American professor are destined to battle the most deadly evil of all.
SILENT NIGHT: Vivendi
Johan is the head of a family in a Mennonite community in Northern Mexico. Against the law of God and man, he falls in love with another woman and although he is honest with his wife about the affiar, his actions create conflict in their otherwise serene and tranquil existence
UNIVERSAL HORROR: CLASSIC MOVIE ARCHIVE: Universal
From the studio that created the horror genre comes five terrifying films that will send chills down your spine and bring terror to your heart in the “Universal Horror Classic Movie Archive”! Unearthed from the vaults and on DVD for the first time, Universal invites you to journey through fog-filled moors, into haunted mansions and through secret hallways to meet a chilling collection of mad scientists, crazed circus performers, an ape woman and maniacal killers! Prepare yourself for hours of pure terror starring some of the most iconic actors in the history of horror, including Lon Chaney, Jr. and Bela Lugosi! Includes the films THE BLACK CAT (1941), MAN MADE MONSTER (1941), HORROR ISLAND (1941), NIGHT MONSTER (1942), and CAPTIVE WILD WOMEN (1943).