It’s a good week to be a fanatical disc collector. We’re eyeing a diverse selection of pics hitting shelves this week, but collector’s editions of John Carpenter’s The Thing (our review) and Carrie are absolute must owns. Collectors editions aren’t the only treats now available, however. There are a number of spirited indie pics you can add to the collection, and some top notch television shows are now accessible in their entirety. Check out our breakdown of this week’s new releases!
Spencer, an aspiring filmmaker, recruits his old high school friend Mack to help him produce the sequel to James Cullen Bressack’s To Jennifer. They meet in Los Angeles to plan their production, and most importantly to find the perfect actress to play the title role. After a grueling audition process, they cast the beautiful and innocent Jennifer Todd. It’s then that Spencer’s mental state rapidly deteriorates, and his hidden motivations come to light. Jennifer and Mack realize that the film they were hired to make is all too real, and that Spencer is hell bent on finishing it, no matter who he has to brutally kill in the process.
A group of five friends go to Camp Greenbrier to help clean it up and work as counselors for the upcoming summer. What they don’t know is that they are in the woods of the killer gardener, Billy Creed! Creed is a former Vietnam vet who went insane, and now uses his guerrilla warfare knowledge and his killer gardening skills to slaughter the teenagers who encroach on his camp. American Slasher will leave you afraid to go into the woods, or do any gardening for that matter… Bonus Features include a harrowing short entitled Night Patrol about two guys who try to save a damsel in distress but get ambushed by Ed Gien’s 3rd cousin on his mother’s side and live to tell the tale.
Two weeks after a local nuclear power plant explosion (which totally wasn’t an evil secret Nazi research laboratory), zombies have taken over the town! A group of useless survivors have banded together to argue about what to do next, but with no medical skills, military training or common sense there doesn’t seem to be much hope.
Bitten the Complete Series
Bitten is an erotically-charged series set in a realistic, recognisable world where werewolves and witches live among us. Based upon the best-selling novels by Kelley Armstrong, the series follows Elena Michaels (Laura Vandervoort, Smallville), the world’s only female werewolf.
Season 3 of Bitten finds The Pack several months after a harrowing and bloody battle. Once again, there are challenges and tensions within the ranks of the Council of International Alphas. This time, a rogue former member and his supporters create tension, posing a direct threat to The Pack. Meanwhile, Elena struggles with Jeremy’s new draconian leadership style, as she makes some shocking and surprising discoveries about herself.
Carrie (1976) (Collector’s Edition)
It’s nearing the end of the school year. High school senior Carrie White is a social outcast, largely due to being unwise to the ways of the world based on her upbringing. Her mother, Margaret White, is a religious fanatic, her extreme views primarily targeted against sex, which she believes is a sin. She even believes natural associated processes such as menstruation are a sin, about which she has refused to mention to Carrie. Mrs. White’s beliefs were taken to that extreme largely because of her own failed marriage and her husband Ralph long ago having run off with another woman. The only adult authority figure who tries to help Carrie with her life is her phys ed teacher, Miss Collins, who is nonetheless warned not to get too close to go against how Mrs. White chooses to raise Carrie, Mrs. White whose beliefs are well known in the community. An impromptu event that happens among Carrie’s phys ed classmates against her leads to her classmates being punished. One of those students…
Dark Water (2002)
After terrifying audiences worldwide with the blockbuster J-horror classic Ring and its sequel, director Hideo Nakata returned to the genre for Dark Water, another highly atmospheric, and critically acclaimed, tale of the supernatural which took the common theme of the dead wet girl to new heights of suspense and drama.
Based upon on a short story by Ring author Koji Suzuki, Dark Water follows Yoshimi, a single mother struggling to win sole custody of her only child, Ikuko. When they move into a new home within a dilapidated and long-forgotten apartment complex, Yoshimi begins to experience startling visions and unexplainable sounds, calling her mental well-being into question, and endangering not only her custody of Ikuko, but perhaps their lives as well.
Beautifully shot by the same cinematographer as Ring and Pulse, and featuring an especially unnerving sound design, Dark Water successfully merges spine-tingling tension with a family s heart-wrenching emotional struggle, creating one of the very finest and most unsettling contemporary Japanese horror films.
The Devil’s Forest
Based on true events. Rachel Kusza and her team of filmmakers travel to Transylvania to document the Hoia Baciu forest. A forest with a dark history of strange occurrences, ghost sightings and countless cases of missing people. After entering the forest, the film crew were never heard from again. After searching for the film crew for two years, Howard Redman (Rachel’s teacher) found the crews camera buried in the snow. Before taking his own life, Redman uploaded the footage to the internet. It shows the crews dark and horrific journey into the woods; it shows why locals refuse to enter and it shows that you can never escape your past. This video is widely referred to as The Devil’s Forest.
Ghosts in the Machine
A group of young people hailing from six different countries take off for a summer vacation in the French countryside. They force their way into an old abandoned house, and plan on having a good time despite having no water or electricity. One of them discovers a dusty trunk full of VHS tapes, with a mysterious VCR that seems able to work without power. After they start watching the bizarre movies recorded on the tapes, the students realize that there are strange forces at work, and that their lives might be in danger.
The Girl in the Photographs
A bored young woman in a sleepy community called Spearfish starts receiving photographs of brutally murdered young women. Are they real or staged? The culprit is either a serial killer or some creep with a sick sense of humour.
Hannibal the Complete Series
Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) (Limited Edition)
THE LUCKY ONES DIED FIRST…
Horror master Wes Craven achieved critical and commercial success with the likes of Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street but for many genre fans, the director s seminal 1977 effort The Hills Have Eyes remains his masterpiece.
Taking a detour whilst on route to Los Angeles, the Carter family run into trouble when their campervan breaks down in the middle of the desert. Stranded, the family find themselves at the mercy of a group of monstrous cannibals lurking in the surrounding hills. With their lives under threat, the Carters are forced to fight back by any means necessary.
As gruelling a viewing experience today as it was upon initial release, The Hills Have Eyes stands alongside the likes of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Night of the Living Dead as one of the defining moments in American horror cinema.
In this haunting ghost story, a young couple gets more than they bargained for when they renovate a neglected bed and breakfast in New England. After a series of disturbing events, the husband begins to suspect that something evil is lurking within the walls of this old house, and whatever it is has set its sights on his wife. Now he must fight to uncover the inn’s dark secret before this malicious spirit consumes everything he loves.
What you don’t see should scare you; what you can’t control should scare you even more. Darkness does not hesitate, darkness takes no sides, but what it does take is your soul. Based on a terrifying series of events, Insane is the story that you don’t want to hear at night. A manifestation of evil that consumes all that unleashes it begins to engulf the life of a young couple who just moved into a mansion. Unable to deny the demonic presence any longer, things begin to change and not for the better. Fear becomes an obsession which transcends into a deeper darkness. Do you believe beyond what your eyes can see? You should.
The Invoking 3: Paranormal Dimensions
Hundreds of disturbing paranormal events occur every year. Most of these terrifying encounters go unreported – until now. Enter the disturbing world of Invoking 3: Paranormal Dimensions where the undead come to wreak havoc upon the living. Grim Reapers, evil poltergeists, satanic forces and conjured spirits will feed off your fear and drag you into the abyss of waking nightmares.
When Gage, now a popular tattoo artist, was a teen, he lost his mother to a murderer who was never caught. To make matters worse, his dad ran out on the family, leaving him to be raised by his aunt and uncle (played by Peter Mayhew) best known for his character Chubacca in the Star Wars Franchise. Built from a torrid past, he struggles to find meaning in life. His drinking gets out of control, his murderous urges grow and grow, drawing suspicion from local authorities. When someone he cares about comes up missing, it’s up to him to find her and put an end to whoever or whatever has taken her. In this modern day Grind House Flick, Gage is your guide to the gruesome reality that is his life.
One man has a plan for a zombie outbreak, when one occurs it will take all his will to stick to it and all of his courage to change it.
Tales Of Poe
Based on the timeless horror works of Edgar Allan Poe. Three of Poe’s most popular stories (The Tell Tale Heart, Cask of Amontillado & Dreams) receive unique retellings by directors Bart Mastronardi & Alan Rowe Kelly. A compelling and shocking journey into madness and the macabre, and featuring some of the most beloved final girls in horror movie history from series like Friday the 13th.
The Thing (1982) (Collector’s Edition)
A US research station, Antarctica, early-winter 1982. The base is suddenly buzzed and attacked by a helicopter from the nearby Norwegian research station. They appeared to be trying to kill one of the dogs from the US base. Having dealt with the threat, the members of the US team fly to the Norwegian base, only to discover them all dead or missing. They do find the remains of a strange creature the Norwegians burned. The Americans take it to their base and deduce that it an alien life form. After a while it is apparent that the alien can take over and assimilate into other life forms, including humans, and can spread like a virus. This means that anyone at the base could be inhabited by The Thing, and tensions escalate.
Horror icon Lon Chaney Jr. (The Wolf Man, The Black Sleep) conjures up unspeakable evil as Morgan Whitlock, a modern-day warlock whose ancestors were burned at the stake. But now, after three long centuries of waiting, Morgan’s family will finally have its revenge. The Whitlocks’ 300-year-old matriarch has risen from the grave to wreak havoc upon the descendants of those who destroyed her coven, confiscated her estate and buried her alive! Horror veteran Don Sharp (The Kiss of the Vampire) directed this classic horror film written by Harry Spalding (Chosen Survivors, The Earth Dies Screaming) and featuring a wonderful cast that includes Jack Hedley (The New York Ripper), Jill Dixon (A Night to Remember) and Viola Keats (The Witches).