Looking to bulk up your horror collection before Halloween? Well, then you’ve come to the right spot. Check out all the new releases in the wide world of horror this week. Unlike the last couple weeks, there are not a lot of major brands (Friday the 13th, Scream 4) being loosed on the masses today. But there are some quality cult films including favorites of mine, Dark Night of the Scarecrow and Maniac Cop on Blu. Check out the rest of the releases below and have great week!
Horror In Your House
October 11th, 2011
THE BAD SEED (Blu-Ray) – Warner Home Video
A single mother discovers that within her seemingly angelic daughter beats the heart of a cold-blooded serial murderer. One woman must make a terrible decision about the daughter she loves and desperately wants to protect in this classic thriller.
BLOOD CURSE – Palisades Tartan
When a well-to-do urban family inherits a house in Portugal’s countryside; they take a trip to explore their new property. As they try to adjust to rural life, dark rumors circulate throughout the village about their house being haunted. The family dismisses the hearsay as the silly superstition of townsfolk, until strange and uncanny events start to occur. They slowly begin to believe what the villagers have been saying all along: by inheriting the house, they have also inherited a curse.
THE CHILD’S EYE – Lionsgate
A group of friends find themselves stranded in Thailand after unexpected airport closures. The only place with vacancies is an old, run- down hotel. As they uncover the history beneath the walls, they’re slowly drawn into its horrific past. The more dark, sinister things they see, the more their minds and bodies are taken over by the hotel’s permanent residents, making it harder to get out alive!
MICAH SAYS: Another Asian horror romp from the Pang Brothers (The Eye, The Messengers).
DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW (Blu-Ray) – VCI Home Entertainment
When young Marylee Williams (Tonya Crowe) is found viciously mauled, all hell breaks loose in her small rural town. Officious postmaster Otis P. Hazelrigg (Charles Durning) leads a gang of bigots in pursuit of the suspect: her mentally challenged friend Bubba Ritter (Larry Drake). Finding him hiding inside a scarecrow, they exact brutal mob “justice”…only to discover a tragic mistake! Now a strange apparition stalks the land seeking each of them out, as the legend of the Scarecrow begins.
MICAH SAYS: It seems like just yesterday when the only way to watch this flick legally was on VHS (I sold my oversized VHS box a while back). And now, Blu-Ray to complement last year’s last September DVD release. If you haven’t seen this, you should. It’s tragic, compelling and, at times, pretty damn suspenseful.
DEATH BELL – Tokyo Shock
Director Yu Seon-Dong presents another battle royale-style tale of young students and brutal killing! After the school swim star is found murdered, Cha Se-hui and her elite summer session class find themselves locked in the school with an ultimatum: find the murderer among you, or everyone dies. Their only clue is a message scrawled on the blackboard. “When an innocent mother is killed, what son would not avenge her death?”
DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND – Vivendi Visual Entertainment
Flesh-eating zombies have taken over London, and humanity’s only hope for the future lies in one woman’s DNA. Cole, a hardened mercenary who works for the pharmaceutical company responsible for the horrific disaster, is charged with bringing her in. But he’s already battling the demons of his violent past: can he take on an army of bloodthirsty creatures as well?
GREY SKIES – Osiris Entertainment
A group of old college friends reunite to revive their glory days by renting a beautiful cabin in the woods. As the sun sets on their first day in the cabin, bright flashes of light announce the arrival on mysterious creatures. These friends will have to outwit a force that is both inhuman and extremely intelligent in order to survive. The outcome will shock and amaze you as we come to realize….we are not alone in the universe.
THE INNER ROOM – IndieBlitz
A couple visits a remote cabin to work on their relationship following a tragic event. While visiting the cabin, Julianne (Jessica Duffy) becomes disturbed with horrific visions, calling her sanity into question. She starts to see a world full of nightmares which seem to beckon her. She realizes her life may be in danger with no one left to trust. In the end, she must decide whether to follow her obsession or to let go, in order to survive.
MANIAC COP (Blu-Ray) – Synapse
You have the right to remain silent. Forever! Restored and re-mastered from original vault materials, Maniac Cop will blow you away with an all-new high-definition transfer and DTS surround sound! Bruce (The Evil Dead Trilogy) Campbell and Tom (Night of the Creeps) Atkins star in this action-packed cult classic!
MICAH SAYS: Pick of the week. My copy will arrive tomorrow. Bruce and Tom in the same film is enough of a star sell for most horror fans. This Blu features a high quality transfer, interviews with Tom Atkins and the villain of the film and a few additional scenes filmed for Japanese television.
NIGHT OF THE DEMON – Code Red
Professor Nugent and his students embark on a journey to locate Bigfoot believed to be responsible for countless deaths. They disturb a Black Magic ritual and eventually uncover the truth about Bigfoot, and his offspring, but who will believe them?
ROOT OF EVIL – Palisades Tartan Video
After 10 years of marriage, Do-il (Kim Jin-geun) and Mi-sook (Shim Hye-jin) live a seemingly happy and secure life together. Unable to conceive, they decide to adopt Jin-Sung (Moon Woo-bin), a young boy that Mi-sook is drawn to after seeing his Munch-like paintings. Quiet and introverted, Jin-Sung spends most of his time playing underneath the Acacia tree in their backyard, away from the family. When Mi-sook becomes miraculously pregnant, he becomes even more detached. As the once-dead Acacia tree in the backyard begins to bloom, terrible “accidents” start to tear the household apart. Is it Jin-Sung or something far more sinister?
SWAMP SHARK – Screen Media Films
In a small Louisiana town on the Atchafalaya Basin, a local drunk is found mangled to bits, his death blamed on the Broussard family’s pack of “escaped” alligators. But Rachel Broussard claims to have seen the fin of a shark in the swamps. She begins the hunt find the creature to clear her name and prevent the deaths of hundreds set to fill the river for Gator Fest. But can she stop the “Swamp Shark” in time to prevent the unwitting folks at the upcoming Gator Fest from being torn to shreds!
THE SYLVIAN EXPERIMENTS – Lionsgate
A neuron scientist and her husband discover a black-and-white 16mm film in the basement of a dilapidated hospital. The film documents underground experiments on a part of the human brain called the sylvian fissure in an attempt to gain insight into the “forbidden territory” – an invisible reality achieved through neither life nor death. Obsessed with this surreal concept, the surgeon tries to reconstruct what she saw by recreating the experiment…starting with her own daughters!
VLOG – Anchor Bay Entertainment
Millions watched in horror as popular and sexy `vlogger’ Brooke Marks was murdered on camera during one of her live webcasts. Her body was never found. But what happened in the weeks before might be the most depraved crimes of all.
MICAH SAYS: This one has been sitting around in distribution hell since 2008.
ZOMBIE DIARIES 2 (DVD / Blu-Ray) – Dimension Extreme
Three months have passed since a viral outbreak wiped out 99.9% of the world’s population, turning its victims into flesh-eating living dead. In the UK, a surviving band of soldiers and civilians have taken refuge at the rural military barracks.
MICAH SAYS: I skipped the first film as it was widely panned by audiences and critics and so far the reviews are in the crapper for this sequel. Anyone out there already seen it? Thoughts?