By the looks of things, September 2011 is packed with horror movies arriving on DVD/Blu-Ray, some even for the first time ever on DVD! I'm not going to discuss ALL the new releases this September, just the ones I feel horror fans will be most excited about. Or, some I am personally excited about. Brace yourself, because your wallet is about to take a beatdown.
Scream 5-Film Set
Three-disc set includes "Scream" (1996), "Scream 2," and "Scream 3," plus the documentaries "Scream: The Inde Story" (2011) and "Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective" (2011).
The Hills Have Eyes Blu-Ray
Wes Craven directed this clasc shocker about a vacationing Cleveland family who find unspeakable terror when they're stranded in the desert. Forcing them to fight violence with violence are a mutant clan of cannibals who use walkie-talkies. With James Whitworth, John Steadman, Dee Wallace, Susan Lanier, and Michael Berryman as "Pluto." 89 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio.
Hellbound: Hellraiser II Blu-Ray
nister sequel continues the bizarre saga of the undead Cenobites, their deadly little puzzle boxes, and a disturbed young woman whose mind holds the link between this world and theirs. Horrific spine-tingler from Clive Barker will have you saying, "I don't wanna be a pin-head no more"; Claire Higgins, Ashley Laurence, and Doug Bradley star. 99 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio. 9/13/2011
Halloween II 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray
The most terrifying night of the year continues in this chilling sequel to the seminal slasher. Psychotic-and seemingly unstoppable-killing machine Michael Myers stalks the Haddonfield hospital where teenager Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is recuperating. Can Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) prevent Meyers from engaging in some "exploratory surgery" of his own? With Charles Cyphers, Lance Guest. 93 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS 5.1, DTS stereo Surround; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish.
Poltergeist II Blu-Ray
"They're back!" The Freelings again find themselves under attack by vengeful spirits, in this creepy sequel. When the family relocates in the months after the supernatural abduction of young daughter Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke), the notorious Beast finds them and wages another battle for Carol Anne's soul, forcing the family to cross over into the spirit world and face the monster head on. Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, and Zelda Rubinstein co-star. AKA: "Poltergeist II: The Other de." 91 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish.
Killer Double Feature: Bad Dreams/Viting Hours DVD
First, a young woman, the sole survivor of a Jonestown-like cult's mass suicide, wakes from a 13-year coma in a psyche ward. But she soon believes she's being stalked by the spectre of the sect's leader as the other patients around her begin killing themselves. Or are they? Jennifer Rubin, Richard Lynch, and E.G. Daily star in "Bad Dreams." Next, a female TV reporter is brutally assaulted and left for dead by a serial killer who preys on women. When she's taken to a hospital to recover, the psycho sets out to find her and finish what he started. "Viting Hours" stars Lee Grant, Michael Ironde, William Shatner, and Linda Purl. 183 min. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; interviews; theatrical trailers.9/20/11
ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 DVD & Blu-Ray
Chromeskull is back! The surgically repaired, shiny-domed slasher with the shoulder-mounted camera to record his victims has returned to pick up where he left off, and this time he has an asstant! It's three months later, and the diabolical pair is tracking down the survivors of the last murder spree to finish the job. But, the asstant is beginning to feel unappreciated. Brian Austin Green, Danielle Harris, and Johnathon Schaech star in this sequel. Director's cut; 93 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio; audio commentary; behind-the-scenes footage; deleted cenes; bloopers; theatrical trailer.
The sultry Grace Jones puts the bite (literally) on some college students in this stylish blend of comedy and horror about a strip club that in reality is home to a den of modern-day vampires. With Chris Makepeace, Gedde Watanabe, and Sandy Baron. 93 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio.
Dead Heat Blu-Ray
Maverick L.A.P.D. officer Roger Mortis (Treat Williams) is a good cop who will do anything to nail the bad guys. Even if he's got to die for it in this off-beat comedy thriller. Investigating some frightening goings-on, Mortis and his partner, Doug Bigelow (Joe Piscopo), pay a vit to Dante Laboratories. It is here that they discover the high-tech Resurrection Room churning out a weird band of recycled and indestructible criminals. And it is here that Mortis meets his untimely death. But, hey, if you can’t beat ‘em, join’em. Police work is tough enough without having to tangle day after day with the same dead criminals; two can play this zombie game. 86 min. Technical information yet to come.
The House by the Cemetery Blu-Ray & Special Edition DVD
A family moves into a new house only to find that it's haunted by an evil ghoul who conducted disturbing experiments. Lucio Fulci ("Zombie") directs this Italian shocker; with Katherine MacColl, Paolo Malco, Ania Pieroni. AKA: "Zombie Hell House." 87 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: Italian Dolby Digital mono, English DTS HD stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; deleted scenes; interviews; photo gallery; theatrical trailers; TV spot. In Italian with English subtitles/Dubbed in English.
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge/A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors Blu-Ray
Includes "A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge," and "A Nightmare on Elm Street, Part 3: Dream Warriors."
Vampires, Mummies, and Monsters 2-Disc Collection
First, a crew from a college archeological expedition investigating King Tut's tomb returns home to unveil what seems to be a mummy that they found in a sarcophagus. However, an alien substance is unleashed that eats human flesh. More problems arise when the supposed mummy is resurrected and starts terrorizing the univerty. Ben Murphy, Nina Axelrod, and Shari Belafonte star in "Time Walker" (1982). AKA: "Being from Another Planet." Next, a band of psychotic punks busts into a vacation home in the mountains and butchers a girl's family, but she gets away. As the killers pursue her through the snow, they soon realize that their acts have somehow unleashed a hellish, deformed creature intent on vengeance. Linda Blair, Tab Hunter, Donna Wilkes, and Robert Z'Dar star in "Grotesque" (1988), for the first time ever on DVD! Two-disc set also includes "Lady Frankenstein" and "The Velvet Vampire." 5 1/2 hrs. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; theatrical trailers.
The Blood Trilogy Blu-Ray
Herschell Gordon Lewis' pioneering "gore" films in deluxe special editions. First, Mrs. Fremont hires crackpot Egyptian cultist Fuad Ramses to cater a party--and he prepares a Blood Feast made from the grisly body parts of nubile young women. The world's first gore film. Then the Two Thousand Maniacs of a small Southern town celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Civil War by forcing a handful of Northerners to serve as "guests" in their macabre, blood-crazed fun and games. And when his girlfriend, Gigi, cuts her finger on a frame, maniacal artist Adam Sorg discovers a new shade of crimson that will make his artwork so special--human blood--in the shocktacular Color Me Blood Red. 233 min. total. Audio commentaries; featurettes; still galleries; theatrical trailers.
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