Horror DVD Releases – Week of October 12th, 2010

(descriptions from BestBuy, Amazon, & Netflix)

Jonah Hex (2010)
1970s-era DC antihero Jonah Hex makes his way to the big screen as co-screenwriters Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank, Gamer) team to follow the disfigured gunslinger and part-time bounty hunter on his biggest adventure yet. Supernatural elements combine with Western aesthetics to take viewers on a wild and bloody ride, with Josh Brolin leading the way as Hex and John Malkovich stepping into the villainous role of Turnbull. Jimmy Hayward Horton Hears a Who) directs.

Lost Boys: The Thirst (2010)
When an ambitious alpha bloodsucker disguises vampire blood as a designer drug in a bit to claim the entire planet in the name of the undead, it’s up to Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan Frog (Jamison Newlander) to fight for the future of the entire human race. As the Blood Moon shines brightly in the midnight sky, the fearless vampire killers leap into action armed with enough tailor made weaponry to blast the demonic beasts into oblivion.

Coffin Rock (2009)
A drunken one-night-stand has potentially deadly consequences in this thriller from writer and director Rupert Glasson. Rob (Robert Taylor) and Jess (Lisa Chappell) are a married couple who run a general store in a small fishing village on the Australian coast. While Rob and Jess love one another deeply, they want to have children and their inability to conceive after three years of trying has caused tension to slowly build between them. One day, Evan (San Parsonson), a handsome young drifter, arrives in town looking for work. Jess gives him some odd jobs at the store, and the two strike up a friendship. One night, Jess sees Evan at a local tavern, and after a few drinks too many, they end up sleeping together. Wracked with guilt, Jess makes clear that she considers her infidelity to be a mistake and won’t allow it to happen again. But Evan goes from being sweetly infatuated with Jess to becoming dangerously obsessed, and she’s not sure how to get rid of him without letting her husband know what happened.

Sculpture (2010)
Repressed artist Ashley Steele (Raine Brown) finds suppressed childhood traumas resurfacing as she prepares attempts to summon the inspiration to create her masterpiece for an upcoming art exhibition. In the wake of her parents’ recent death, Ashley arrives at her childhood home to find that her brother has fallen into an obsessive spiral. When a local art dealer commissions her to create a new sculpture, Ashley enthusiastically accepts. But as the emotionally fragile artist hires a group of handsome bodybuilders to model for a sculpture of the perfect man, a series of scaring events from her turbulent childhood gradually begin to consume her from the inside out. Later, as Ashley finds her murderous impulses becoming too powerful to resist, her best friend (Misty Mundae) struggles to pull her back from the brink.

Mega Piranha (2010)
A gigantic school of mutant piranha makes their way up to Florida from South America while devouring anyone – and anything – that gets in their way. Tiffany, Paul Logan, and Barry Williams star

Paranormal Entity (2009)
In 2008 the Finley family was brutally murdered in their comfortable suburban home. A videotape was discovered at the scene of the crime. Do you dare watch it?

Carnies (2010)
A traveling sideshow arrives in another town decimated by the dustbowl, where the performers find themselves beset by a malevolent force that begins claiming them one-by-one. Meanwhile, Detective Ellison (Reggie Banister) launches an investigation that leads him to question Virgil the Strong Man (Chris Straviski) and Ratty the Snake Handler (Doug Jones), two of the sideshow’s most prominent performers. Perhaps, if they don’t have the answers to the questions he’s asking, elusive carnival owner Helen (Denise Gossett) will.

Doghouse (2009)
This British horror comedy concerns a group of men suffering from midlife crises, who embark on a relaxing country weekend but wind up in a village overrun by psychotic and cannibalistic female creatures.

The Dark Lurking (2008)
When communications to a top secret underground research facility inexplicably cut-off, eight desperate workers must battle their way up through 13 floors, fighting flesh-eating mutants every step of the way, in order to reach the surface and escape a fate worse than death. The year is 2017. One mile underground, in research station 320, all hell is about to break loose. With no means of calling for help and hordes of rampaging mutants blocking every exit, two research technicians, a pair of research subjects, a medic, and three mercenaries find their supplies starting to dwindle, and their time running out. Now one of them is in the beginning stages of a horrifying transformation, and unless they reach the surface soon, everyone will die.

Psycho Shark (2009)
A summer escape to Sunny Beach proves a bloody mistake for two fun-loving college coeds excited to take a break from studying. Miki and Mai were searching for a luxurious resort when they wandered off the beaten path in a tropical paradise. Now the harder they try to find their way back, the more lost they become. Later, when the girls cross paths with a friendly stranger who agrees to let them stay at his lodge, they begin to think their nightmare has ended. But appearances can be deceiving, and this stranger harbors a deadly secret. When Miki begins to sense an ominous presence and notices that their host has bloodstains under his fingernails, she realizes too late that they’ve wandered straight into a deadly trap.

The Director’s Cut (2009)
Pain Is Temporary. Film Is Forever. A bloody black comedy set in the harsh Australian outback, The Director’s Cut tells the tale of a tyrannical director attempting to shoot his first feature film on a farm in the middle of nowhere. When people start dying, he has to decide which is more important: his crew or his film.

S&Man (2006)
J.T. Petty takes a break from scaring audiences to explore the connection between voyeurism and the horror genre in a documentary that seeks to scrutinize the psychological underpinnings of the fright films by speaking with both the people who make them and the scholars who study them. In addition to delving into such issues as objectivity/subjectivity, audience sympathy, and what the need to be scared says about the viewer, Petty backs up his theory about voyeurism’s connection to horror by exploring the case of a man who was caught obsessively capturing video footage of his neighbors.

Crucible of Terror (1971)
His name was Mike Raven, the popular Pirate Radio DJ and known occultist whose spectacularly failed attempt at 70s horror stardom marked one of the most bizarre careers in British movie history. And in his most infamous role of all, Raven stars as an insane sculptor whose obsession with the perfect female form leads to a nightmare of sex, sorcery and slaughter. Within a year of this film s release, Raven would mysteriously disappear from the entertainment business forever…to become a sculptor. Melissa Stribling (HORROR OF DRACULA), Ronald Lacey (RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK) and Me Me Lay (THE MAN FROM DEEP RIVER) co-star in this still-sordid cult shocker transferred in startling HD from the only known uncut 35mm print in existence, loaned to Severin by a Bodmin Moor coven!

Brain Dead (2010)
In this low-budget horror flick from director Kevin Tenney, a sleepy fishing port town is consumed with terror when a small crater crash-lands nearby and releases a slimy parasitic agent that transforms the residents into brain-eating zombies. Cornered in an abandoned fishing lodge, six strangers are forced to band together to stave off the blood-sucking monsters clawing the walls outside.

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