Horror Horizon – Horror Releases for September 20, 2016

Horror releases for September 20 on Blu-Ray and DVD. Click the title to go to the Amazon page; buy to support this site!

The Originals: The Complete Third Season

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“The tragedies and triumphs continue as hit series The Originals enters its third season. The Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson and his brother Elijah have spent 1,000 years fighting to protect their dysfunctional family, but now that Klaus and the hybrid Hayley share an infant daughter, Hope, the stakes are higher than ever. Season three finds Klaus and Elijah estranged from each other, even as both brothers adjust to life with their long-lost sister, Freya. Hayley suffers mightily at the hands of Klaus’s petty vengeance, while Marcel and Davina rule the city under a new status quo. Meanwhile, Cami and Vincent find themselves caught up in a surprising mystery involving the newest resident of New Orleans – the first vampire ever sired by the Mikaelsons a thousand years ago. Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis, Leah Pipes, Danielle Campbell, Yusuf Gatewood and Riley Voelkel star.”

Cat People

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“The first of the horror films producer Val Lewton made for RKO Pictures redefined the genre by leaving its most frightening terrors to its audience’s imagination. Simone Simon stars as a Serbian émigré in Manhattan who believes that, because of an ancient curse, any physical intimacy with the man she loves (Kent Smith) will turn her into a feline predator. Lewton, a consummate producer-auteur who oversaw every aspect of his projects, found an ideal director in Jacques Tourneur, a chiaroscuro stylist adept at keeping viewers off-kilter with startling compositions and psychological innuendo. Together, they eschewed the canned effects of earlier monster movies in favor of shocking with subtle shadows and creative audio cues. One of the studio’s most successful movies of the 1940s, Cat People raised the creature feature to new heights of sophistication and mystery. ”

Twin Peaks: The Original Series, Fire Walk with Me, and The Missing Pieces

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Collects all of the Twin Peaks series plus its offshoots.

Beware! The Blob

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“Newly Re-mastered in HD! The Blob returns… more outrageous than ever in this 1972 sequel to the popular sci-fi classic! Plenty of familiar faces, including Robert Walker Jr. (Ensign Pulver), Larry Hagman (Dallas), Sid Haig (Busting), Burgess Meredith (Rocky), Dick Van Patten (Eight is Enough), Godfrey Cambridge (Cotton Comes to Harlem), Cindy Williams (Laverne & Shirley), Carole Lynley (The Poseidon Adventure), Gerrit Graham (Used Cars) and Shelley Berman (You Don t Mess with the Zohan) add to the fun. A geologist (Cambridge) unwittingly brings home an unusual frozen piece of debris from the North Pole. But when it accidentally thaws, the hungrier-than-ever Blob comes to life again, consuming nearly everyone in its path and terrorizing the town. No one is safe as it crawls into a bowling alley, oozes its way across an ice rink, becoming grotesquely bloated with the blood of its victims… can this bizarre creature ever be stopped? TV legend Larry Hagman directed this cult classic, the only feature film he ever directed upon its 1980s re-release, the film was tagged “The Film that J.R. Shot!”.

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith | Alternate Title Sequence | Trailers”

Dead End Drive-In

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“THE PRICE OF ADMISSION IS THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

One of Quentin Tarantino s favourite directors, Brian Trenchard-Smith was a key figure in the Ozploitation movement, responsible for The Man from Hong Kong, Stunt Rock, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits… and dystopian cult classic Dead-End Drive In!

Set in a near-future where the economy has crumbled and violent gangs play havoc in the streets, the powers-that-be have decided to lure the delinquent youth into drive-in cinemas and keep them there. No longer just a place to watch trashy movies and make out, these outdoor picture shows have become concentration camps for the unruly and unwanted.

With its day-glo colour scheme, new wave soundtrack and extraordinary stunt work, Dead-End Drive-In is in the tradition of Ozploitation milestones Mad Max and The Cars That Ate Paris only very, very eighties.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

Brand new 2K restoration from original film materials
High Definition (1080p) Presentation
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Audio commentary by director Brian Trenchard-Smith
The Stuntmen, Trenchard Smith s classic television documentary on Grant Page (Mad Max, Road Games) and other Australian stunt performers
Hospitals Don t Burn Down, Trenchard-Smith s 1978 public information film told in pure Ozploitation fashion
Theatrical trailer
First pressing only: fully-illustrated collector s booklet containing writing on the films by Cullen Gallagher and Neil Mitchell”

The Rift

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“Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, Robocop) stars in this underwater horror film in the tradition of Leviathan and DeepStar Six! The experimental submarine Siren 1, designed by Wick Hayes (Jack Scalia, Fear City), is missing. The rescue team, headed by Captain Phillips (R. Lee Ermey, Full Metal Jacket, The Siege of Firebase Gloria) and scientist Robbins (Wise), embark on a mission to find the missing sub. Complicated by the addition of Wick s estranged wife Nina (Deborah Adair) to the rescue team, the tension mounts as the Siren 2 dives deeper than any sub has gone before. What the crew finds in the furthermost darkest recesses of the ocean is more ghastly and horrifying than they could ever imagine! Also known as Endless Descent, co-starring Ely Pouget (Death Machine) and directed by cult director Juan Piquer Simon (Pieces, Slugs) now see this thrilling horror classic from a brand new HD master.

Bonus Features: English and Spanish Subtitles | On camera interviews with stars Ray Wise, Jack Scalia and R. Lee Ermey | Reversible Artwork | Trailers”

Sacrifice

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“Disturbing secrets lie buried in the bogs of a remote island in this spellbinding thriller. Shortly after surgeon Tora Hamilton (Radha Mitchell, Silent Hill, London Has Fallen) moves with her husband (Rupert Graves, Sherlock) to the Shetland Islands (100 miles off the coast of Scotland) she makes an unnerving discovery: the body of a young woman with strange symbols carved into her flesh and her heart ripped out. When what at first appears to be the remains of a victim of an ancient ritual turns out to be a fresh corpse, Tora is plunged into a dangerous mystery that may be connected to the dark myths of the island’s folklore.”

Alienween: Halloween Party Apocalypse

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“Four friends decide to spend Halloween night partying in a country house with call girls. The house has been abandoned ever since a tragic death occurred there years ago. While they are partying, strange slimy meteors begin to fall from the sky. The raging storm outside brings them face to face with not only the house’s tragic past, but with an alien invasion of the strangest kind. This Halloween, the Aliens are here and it’s not good! They came from Outer Space… to make one HELL of a Party! Director – Federico Sfascia, Producer – Alex Visani – Empire Video, Cast – Guglielmo Favilla, Raffaele Ottolenghi, Giulia Zeeti.”

The Killer Shrews/The Giant Gila Monster Double-Feature

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“Two drive-in fan favorites appear for the first time in beautiful widescreen 16×9-enhanced transfers from 35mm film elements! Shiver in fear as a small island is over-run by giant man-eating KILLER SHREWS. Nothing can stop them, but James Best (DUKES OF HAZZARD) brings on the fight till the end, while teenage rockers slam the gas pedal in their souped-up Hot Rods to take on a giant crawling GILA MONSTER in one the most striking double features from 1959. Bonus feature: original trailers. Both films are presented in their original black & white versions in 1.66:1 enhanced-widescreen from 35mm film elements.”

Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite

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“Legend has it that any mirror may become a portal into the world of the dead. It is said the Queen of Spades gets her energy from reflective objects and anyone who sees her will go insane or die. When four teenagers summon the Queen as a joke, one of them dies suddenly and the group realizes they have conjured up an inexplicable and deadly evil.”

Mai-Chan’s Daily Life: The Movie

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“Based on the popular manga by Uziga Waita, MAI-CHAN S DAILY LIFE is a diabolical dark comedy that takes fetish violence to shocking new extremes. A young woman, Miyako (Akane Miyako) responds to an advertisement for a live-in maid, and is given a job alongside the playfully alluring Mai-chan (Koshi Ann). Miyako quickly learns that housecleaning is the least of her duties, as the master (Maruyama Shogo) and his wife (Roman Soako) use the maids as toys in their unbridled erotic fantasies. Since Mai-chan possesses the uncanny ability to recover from any injury, no matter how severe, every violent desire is indulged, and Miyako soon finds herself actively involved in Mai-chan’s horrific destruction (and miraculous resurrection).

Bonus Features: English Subtitles, Original Trailer, Waita s Daily Life, a two-part documentary of behind-the-scenes footage (31 Min.)”

The Blackout Experience

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“The most extreme immersive horror experience in America is called Blackout. Not for the faint of heart, it is a terrifying, psycho-sexual thrill-ride designed to play on our deepest psychological fears. Rich Fox’s innovative horror documentary follows a group of friends whose experience with Blackout becomes deeply personal, developing into an obsession that hijacks their lives and blurs the line between reality and paranoid fantasy. Revealing an underbelly of private rituals and personal nightmares with footage that is 100% real, “The Blackout Experiments” is the story of our obsession with the darkness inside us. “The Blackout Experiments” premiered at Sundance 2016.

DVD features surround sound, the official “The Blackout Experiments” trailer, deleted scenes, interview with the Blackout creators, special extra bonus footage along with English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired.”

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