Horror DVD Releases – Week of February 23rd, 2010

(descriptions from Netflix & BestBuy)

Dead Snow (2009)
A group of Norwegian friends get the scariest history lesson of their lives during a weekend getaway to the snowy town of Øksfjord, where the party is interrupted by throngs of Nazi zombies who once occupied the area. Armed with a machine-gun-equipped snowmobile, the gang fights for survival in director Tommy Wirkola’s quirky horror, shot on location in the mountains of Norway. The film had its U.S. premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Sorority Row (2009)
When a prank results in the accidental death of a Theta Pi sister, the sorority’s members keep the crime under wraps. But as graduation rolls around, a masked killer begins stalking and slaying the girls responsible for the death. Someone is out for revenge, but who could know about their dirty little secret? Stewart Hendler directs this slasher flick that stars Jamie Chung, Rumer Willis and Audrina Patridge.

The Box (2009)
Screen siren Cameron Diaz and former X-Man James Marsden star in the supernatural horror picture The Box (2008), directed by Donnie Darko cult fave Richard Kelly. The film’s premise involves a strange and ominous box granted to a young couple by a mysterious stranger (Frank Langella). They are informed that pressing various buttons on the box will grant them riches while killing a person unknown to them in the process.

Colour From The Dark (2008)
When poor Italian farmer Pietro (Michael Segal) and his troubled young sister-in-law, Alice (Marysia Kay), awaken a strange force at the bottom of their well, an otherworldly color creeps through the landscape and — at first — brings the family good luck. But soon the sinister color plunges the farmer and his clan into a terrible form of madness. Ivan Zuccon directs this film based on a story by pioneering horror-fantasy writer H.P. Lovecraft.

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum (2009)
Edgar Allan Poe’s riveting tale of horror grips the screen again as the mysterious Dr. JB Divay (Lorielle New) takes seven college students to a creepy former mental asylum to prove her theory that the pain threshold can be controlled with hypnotherapy. The fun and games turn serious as the students begin to die and others are compelled to engage in unusual sexual pairings. David DeCoteau directs this homoerotic take on the classic tale of terror.

The Caretaker (2008)
Topher (Andrew St. John), Ricky (Diego J. Torres) and Snail (James Immekus) plan to surprise their homecoming dates with a trip to an isolated orchard, the supposed home of a killer known as the Caretaker. Since it’s also Halloween, there’s sure to be a few tricks in store for the ladies. This teen slasher flick co-stars Jennifer Tilly as an inappropriately amorous teacher and Judd Nelson as an overprotective dad.

Open Graves (2009)
When hotshot surfer Jason (Mike Vogel) and his wave-riding pals decide to play a curious old board game they stumble upon, they quickly learn the game’s dark secret: The winner gets a wish, but the loser dies a mysterious and grisly death. Now it’s up to Jason and his girlfriend, Erica (Eliza Dushku), to destroy the game and end its curse once and for all. This horror film from director Álvaro de Armiñán co-stars Naike Rivelli and Alex O’Dogherty.

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (2009)
Things get freaky fast for 16-year-old Darren Shan (Chris Massoglia) when his friend (Josh Hutcherson) takes him to a circus that’s chockfull of sideshow oddities. There, he meets vampire Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly) and receives a life-changing bite on the neck. As the newest member of the mysterious Cirque du Freak troupe, Darren keeps company with Madame Truska (Salma Hayek) and sparks a war between the vampires and their rivals.

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