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What’s New on DVD and blu-ray This Week (August 19, 2014)

What’s headed to discs this week? A whole slew of greatness! Keep an eye out for one of the year’s best in Septic Man, a quality commercial release in The Quiet Ones and a number of interesting indie releases, included the much-discussed Only Lovers Left Alive. Read on for the full rundown!

Croc (Echo Bridge): In coastal Thailand, tourists love exotic animal shows. Jack, the owner of a crocodile farm, has tried time and time again to tap into this money maker, but the bills are piling up and animal welfare is on his case. To make matters worse, a giant, man-eating croc has been sinking its teeth into everyone in its path. The authorities immediately blame the attacks on one of Jack’s creatures, though he knows that can’t be the case. To prove his innocence, Jack teams up with a croc-hunting expert (Michael Madsen) and prepares for the ultimate underwater showdown.

FACE: A Frat Party Massacre (Pathfinder): From the Producer of V/H/S and V/H/S 2 comes Face: A Frat Party Massacre. An annual Halloween fear competition between a fraternity and sorority goes awry when drugs, alcohol and the old battle of the sexes are mixed together. What’s on the line? The losers must do anything the winners ask for one night. The bros won last year. They not only violated the loser, but uploaded the footage on the internet.

Jamie (Sienna Beckman), the head of the sorority, wants vengeance. She has concocted a devilish plan to humiliate the frat brothers and come out on top. However, she’s not aware that Matt (Scott Alin), the head of the fraternity, has machinations of his own. Who will win this year? At what cost? The lives of men, women and animals are at stake in this unflinching, carnal, depraved film that will mutilate the way you see the opposite sex forever.

Legend of Hell (Phase 4 Films): Three unlikely allies must team up to save humanity when the portal to hell is opened and the undead begin to walk the earth. The group races to find an artifact of great power to close the portal before all hope is lost.

Maneater (Echo Bridge): Small town sheriff Grady Barnes (Gary Busey) doesn’t encounter many serious crimes while he’s on the clock, so discovering that the nearby woods are littered with body parts is the ultimate shock. While investigating the source of these vicious attacks, Grady learns that the monstrous paw prints found in the forest could only belong to one animal—a blood-thirsty tiger. Now he must protect the panicked community from this dangerous Maneater before the body count becomes insurmountable.

Neverlake (Phase 4 Films): A teenager visiting her estranged father in Italy stumbles across the Neverlake, an ancient lake said to be guarded by the spirits of the dead. There she befriends a peculiar group of children who are each plagued by strange injuries. As she uncovers the horrific secrets behind the lake – and her new friends – she becomes haunted by disturbing visions that connect to her own mysterious past. However, the ghosts of the past may be more dangerous than she ever thought possible.


Only Lovers Left Alive (Sony) – DVD and blu-ray: The tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness. Their love story has endured several centuries but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts. Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music, and droll humor, Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE is a meditation on art, science, and the mysteries of everlasting love.

The Quiet Ones (Lionsgate) – DVD and blu-ray: A university professor and a team of students conduct an experiment on a young woman, uncovering terrifyingly dark, unexpected forces in the process.

Rosemary’s Baby (Lionsgate) – DVD and blu-ray: Modern 4 hour mini-series adaptation of the classic novel by Ira Levin focusing on young Rosemary Woodhouse’s suspicions that her neighbors may belong to a Satanic cult who are hell bent on getting one thing: the baby she is carrying.

Septic Man (Anchor Bay): There’s a new cult hero in town and he’s covered in the unspeakable foulness that lurks in the sewage system. A Fantastic Fest award-winner from the creators of MONSTER BRAWL, EXIT HUMANITY, and PONTYPOOL, SEPTIC MAN follows Jack, a sewage worker who s determined to uncover the cause of the town’s water contamination crisis. But when he becomes trapped underground in a septic tank without food or water he undergoes a hideous and repulsive transformation. He may have been Jack when he entered the tank, but he’ll become Septic Man before he leaves, assuming he leaves at all. Hailed as a stunning, funny, and visceral story that will leave you shaken and desperate for a shower, SEPTIC MAN is an odyssey into the darkest depths of utter horror.

Toy Story of Terror (Disney): Disney Pixar proudly presents a wacky new tale featuring all your favorite characters from the Toy Story films. Join Woody, Buzz, Jessie and their pals in a frighteningly fun animated adventure.

What starts out as an exciting road trip for the Toy Story gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse following a detour to a roadside motel. After Mr. Potato Head suddenly disappears, his friends find themselves caught up in a hilarious mystery that must be solved before they suffer the same fate in this thrilling Toy Story OF TERROR!

Varsity Blood (Image): This football season, Hogeye High’s Warriors and cheerleaders are out for blood. Unfortunately, someone is out for theirs, and they’ll be forced to take one for the team. After the big Halloween football match, the students are joined by an uninvited guest dressed as their high school mascot armed with a bow and arrow, a battle-axe, and an insatiable appetite for butchery. Soon, they find themselves fighting for more than the winning score as terror becomes the name of the game. Featuring “enough inventive kills to keep even the most rabid gorehound happy,” VARSITY BLOOD is “a supremely entertaining slasher rollercoaster” (Hysteria Lives!).

Zombie Wars: Battle of the Bone (Eagle One Media): A martial arts zombie extravaganza from award-winning Irish writer/director George Clarke, filmed and set entirely in Northern Ireland. When two opposing sides face-off in one of Belfast’s worst ever riots, fate casts a nasty spell as an army of drug crazed zombies descend on the capital forcing the enemies to join as one, and stop this new threat from taking over the city. Caught in the middle, are three friends trying to escape to the East, only to find themselves surrounded by bigoted thugs, burning bridges, and high testosterone! Using hard-hitting martial arts, and constantly on the run, the three young heroes soon find out that the fight-loving thugs are only the least of their worries!

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Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

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