Anchor Bay leads a nice week of releases with The Evil Dead on Blu-ray. Sure, you have a few versions sitting around, but you don’t have it in the crystal clarity that is Blu-ray, yet. Troma makes a welcome appearance as well, releasing Dead Eyes Open and the aptly named heavy metal horror flick, Heavy Mental. Other notables include releases from IFC Films, The Red Riding trilogy on Blu-ray/DVD and the British Horror/Comedy, Tormented. I will be dropping some cash on Tuesday, will you?Horror in Your House
August 30th, 2010
BRAINJACKED – Unearthed Films
A teenager discovers a sinister underground world ran by a maniacal neurosurgeon. The doctor (who has a drill for an arm) specializes in a form of brain surgery that involves drilling directly into the skull in order to relieve pressure or ancient spirits from the patient. Bent on mind control, the psycho doctor injects microchips into his patient’s brains which garners him control over their actions.
CARNIVOUROUS (Blu-Ray/DVD) – Living Arts
A voodoo spell awakens a giant deadly serpent with the head of an alligator; the only man for the job is special ops veteran and master hunter, Nick Kirabo (DMX).
CLEAR LAKE, WI – Osiris Entertainment
In 1993, a small town, Clear Lake, was overcome by a strange disease – wiping out many of the townsfolk. The town’s preacher blamed the disease on the sinners within the town. The preacher, along with a group of five brainwashed high school kids go on a three day spree of kidnapping and killing accused offenders in a self-proclaimed “Holy War.” 15 years later, the five boys have come back to the sleepy town to tell their story, but strange occurrences begin happening all over again.
DEAD EYES OPEN – Troma
After running out of gas in the German countryside, a group of young friends find themselves trapped, isolated, and without a clue as to where they are. Making matters worse, a blood thirsty lunatic chases them into a run-down farmhouse, where the dead walk freely. Includes a special appearance by George Romero.
THE EVIL DEAD (Limited Edition) (Blu-Ray) – Anchor Bay
Sam Raimi’s first feature film, a cult classic by any measure, tells the story of Ash (Bruce Campbell) and his friends on their not so routine woodland cabin trip. This release features all new commentary with Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, and Bruce Campbell and a smorgasbord of special features.
MICAH SAYS: I have a dog named Ash and three (of the five) DVD releases of this film. This will be the last version I ever purchase, I swear (Yeah, right). With as many versions of this film that are currently out there, it wouldn’t be a surprise, long after humans are extinct, if some alien race finds a copy of The Evil Dead and uses it to judge our society.
HEAVY MENTAL – Troma
Garage Band rock star, Ace, receives a guitar that once belonged to the forefather of heavy metal, Eddie Lee Stryker. Ace quickly realizes the guitar is possessed by Eddie, who was murdered by Mrs. Delicious. Mrs. Delicious and her sexy gang have been killing anyone who borrowed money from their boss and was unable to pay up. Ace is forced to slay his way through the gang to save his friends and avenge the death of his heavy metal hero.
MICAH SAYS: Fully supportive of heavy metal themed horror, no matter how cheesy. Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare, Black Roses, Trick or Treat – bring it all on!
POINT OF TERROR – Scorpion Records
A sexploitation film about a night club singer who has dreams he may be involved in adultery and murder, only to find out his dreams may be real.
RED RIDING TRILOGY (Blu-Ray/DVD) – IFC Independent Film
A three film neo-noir epic, based on factual events about the famed “Yorkshire Ripper” who terrorized England in the 1970s and ‘80s. Intertwining stories based around several characters are explored through the visions of three acclaimed directors (Julian Jarrold, James Marsh, Anand Tucker).
THE SPELL – Celebrity Video Dist
16-year-old Jenny, a girl with a damaged past, becomes mixed up with a handsome stranger who is obsessed with the occult. She finds herself in a world of witchcraft, black magic, and demon possession. Can Jenny find her way back to salvation? Based on a true story.
THRILLER: THE COMPLETE SERIES – Image Entertainment
All 67 episodes (re-mastered, uncut, and loaded with exclusives) of the widely praised horror anthology television show, Thriller. Hosted by Boris Karloff, the show featured the likes of: William Shatner, Rip Torn, Leslie Nielsen, Scott Marlowe and many other notable figures. The 14 disc set, comes complete with over 50 hours of bonus materials.
TORMENTED – IFC Independent Film
This British horror/comedy/slasher relates the story of a bullied high school teenager back from the dead to exact revenge on those who have done him wrong.
MICAH SAYS: With the likes of Shaun of the Dead, Severance, and The Cottage, the UK has cemented itself as one of the leaders in Horror/Comedies. I’ll be giving this one a shot.
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (Blu-Ray) – Warner Home Video
A high school girl, back at school for the first time since her parent’s death, meets a mysterious new kid, Stefan. Elena falls for Stefan, what she doesn’t know; he is a vampire constantly resisting the urge to taste her blood. Based on the bestselling book series from Alloy Entertainment.
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