DVD and Blu-ray Releases: May 2, 2017

There are plenty of titles to discuss this week, friend. First off, Blood of the Tribades dropped on April 30th but is part of this list strictly for informational purposes.

Probably the most widely known release this week is Rings, the most recent installment in The Ring franchise. You can pick this up on either Blu-ray or DVD this week, and hopefully nothing comes crawling out of your TV.

Scream Factory’s Beyond the Gates is also coming to Blu-ray and DVD this week. This retro-style offering features Barbara Crampton, whom you may remember from Re-Animator and The Beyond, and has received generally positive reviews thus far.

Fans of TV’s ”Scream Queens” will recognize Abigail Breslin in Fear, Inc. Knowing that she is involved should be a dead giveaway that this entry might just border on being funny. While it does have its zanier moments, this movie does jump around a lot so be prepared for a bit of a bumpy ride.

Folks who love a good 1980’s feel to their movies will enjoy The Barn, which drops on DVD this week. This is a highly anticipated movie, featuring horror legend Linnea Quigley, which I personally will be picking up.

One of the official selections at the London Frightfest, The Windmill is headed to both Blu-ray and DVD this week as well. Touted as a blend between Jeepers Creepers and Friday the 13th, this Dutch entry to this week’s list promises to pack a lot of punch.

If you like Bigfoot, you may want to check out Hunting Grounds, releasing on Blu-ray and DVD this week. What’s more scary than running into Bigfoot in the middle of the wilderness, with few others to help you? I would imagine a whole tribe of territorial Sasquatch might make things a bit worse.

There isn’t much to report on in the way of classics this week, with the exception of the Big Box of Horror. While Echo Bridge did not provide much in the way of what is ACTUALLY part of the collection, they do mention the names Vincent Price and Anthony Perkins, so it’s my assumption that you might find some older flicks therein.

There are a bunch of other movies listed below, so please check them out and remember to check back next week. The month of May alone is pretty stacked, with at least 75 releases, and June isn’t looking too shabby either. As always, pleasant viewing.



MOVIES

Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan (2013)

Starring:

Amber Connor, Joe Estevez, Dan Haggerty

Synopsis:

Young adults at a first-time offenders’ boot camp discover the legend of the giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan is real, but is much more horrifying than they could have imagined.

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The Barn (2015)

Starring:

Linnea Quigley, Ari Lehman, Mitchell Musolino, Will Stout, Lexi Dripps

Synopsis:

On Halloween 1989, best friends Sam and Josh (Mitchell Musolino and Will Stout) are trying to enjoy their last Devil s Night before graduating high school. Trouble soon arises when the two pals and a group of friends (Lexi Dripps, Cortland Woodard, Nikki Darling and Nickolaus Joshua) take a detour on their way to a rock concert, finding an old abandoned barn and awakening the evil inside…The Boogeyman, Hallowed Jack and The Candycorn Scarecrow. Now it s up to Sam and Josh to find a way to protect their friends and defeat the creatures that lurk within The Barn. Featuring appearances by Scream Queen Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons and The Return of the Living Dead) with Ari Lehman (Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th) and including the multiple award-winning film score composed by Rocky Gray (former member of the Grammy award-winning rock band Evanescence).

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Beyond the Gates (2016)

Starring:

Barbara Crampton, Chase Williamson, Graham Skipper

Synopsis:

Two estranged brothers reunite at their missing father’s video store to liquidate the property and sell off his assets. As they dig through the store, they find a VCR board game dubbed ‘Beyond The Gates’ that holds a connection to their father’s disappearance and deadly consequences for anyone who plays it.

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Blood of the Tribades (2016) (4/30)

Starring:

Chloé Cunha, Mary Widow, Seth Chatfield, Tymisha ‘Tush’ Harris, Kristofer Jenson

Synonpsis:

2000 years after the great vampire Bathor established the village of Bathory, superstition and religious violence take over as the men and women battle for control. When the men are afflicted with a mysterious illness, they become certain that the vampire women of Bathory are responsible for their ills, and thus, the hunt begins! Long-forgotten lovers Élisabeth and Fantine find that, with the help of those who were banished, it is their fate to piece together the past and help preserve what little of their society remains before Bathor’s impending return and judgment.

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Dark Silence (2017)

Starring:

Aaron Stieistra, Desiree Giorgetti, David White, Elenora Marianelli, Sofia Pauly

Synopsis:

Craig moves with his daughter, Jennifer, into a new home after the death of his wife. It’s not long before the pair discovers the house is haunted by a dark presence that wants to take over the child. One day Jennifer disappears and Craig must face a terrible truth in order to find his daughter.

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Devil in the Dark (2017)

Starring:

Dan Payne, Robin Dunne, Briana Buckmaster, Daniel Cudmore

Synopsis:

Two brothers enter the woods for a hunting trip. The tides turn quickly as they become the hunted.

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Fear, Inc. (2016)

Starring:

Lucas Neff, Caitlin Stasey, Chris Marquette, Stephanie Drake, Mark Moses

Synopsis:

Joe is a slacker horror film buff leeching of his rich girlfriend and bored out of his skull. With Halloween approaching he’s wishing for a horrific time to jolt him out his malaise. After a night of partying, a drunken Joe calls Fear Inc., an immersive personalized haunt service that promises to bring fear to life. Expecting a series of futile attempts at scaring him and his friends based on classic horror movie plots, the group of friends begin to question the nature of the pranks as the lines between reality and fiction blur. Soon the thrill of a lifetime turns into an exercise in fear and fight for survival.

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The Hexecutioners (2015)

Starring:

Liv Collins, Sarah Power, Tim Burd, Tony Burgess, Boyd Banks

Synopsis:

Two young women working for a company that provides euthanasia are sent to an eerie estate to help with an unorthodox assisted suicide.

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Hunting Grounds (2017)

Starring:

Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Jason Vail, David Saucedo, D’Angelo Midili, Bill Oberst Jr.

Synopsis:

After losing their home following a devastating tragedy, a father and son are forced to move to an old family cabin. When two old friends arrive for a weekend of hunting, what begins as a bonding trip becomes an unimaginable nightmare. This trip deep into the forest will not find wild game, but does unearth a tribe of Sasquatch that are determined to protect their land.

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Joker’s Poltergeist (2017)

Starring:

Martin Kove, Larry Meyers, Eric Roberts

Synopsis:

After a clown-masked assailant guns down Aurora’s Place, the resident theater owner fights to re-open her business.

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The Last Heist (2016)

Starring:

Henry Rollins, Torrance Coombs

Synopsis:

A bank robbery goes terribly wrong when one of the hostages turns out to be a wanted serial killer.

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Mindgamers (2015)

Starring:

Tom Payne, Sam Neill, Melia Kreiling, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Turlough Convery, Dominique Tipper

Synopsis:

Starring Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) and Tom Payne (“The Walking Dead”), MindGamers takes the mind-bending thriller to the next level. A group of brilliant young students create a wireless neural network, linking multiple minds via a quantum computer. Capable of transferring motor-skills from one brain to another, they have brought into existence the first shareware for human motor-skills. They freely spread this technology, believing it to be a first step towards a new equality and intellectual freedom. But they soon discover that they themselves are part of a much greater plan.

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Occupants (2017)

Starring:

Robert Picardo, Briana White, Michael Pugliese

Synopsis:

A documentarian named Annie has roped her husband into a project that involves setting up cameras throughout their house. Complications arise when the cameras start showing that same couple in an alternate universe.

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Pandemic (2016)

Starring:

Alfie Allen

Synopsis:

Pandemic is set in the near future, where a virus of epic proportions has overtaken the planet. There are more infected than uninfected, and humanity is losing its grip on survival. Its only hope is finding a cure and keeping the infected contained. Lauren (Rachel Nichols) is a doctor, who, after the fall of New York, comes to Los Angeles to lead a team to hunt for and rescue uninfected survivors.

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Rings (2017)

Starring:

Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan

Synopsis:

A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

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The Salesman (2016)

Starring:

Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti

Synopsis:

After their old flat becomes damaged, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment. Eventually, an incident linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life.

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The Shadow Effect (2017)

The Shadow Effect

Starring:

Cam Gigandet, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brit Shaw, Michael Biehn

Synopsis:

Obsessed with gene regeneration and fascinated by the phenomenon of the waking dream, Dr. Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) explores the psyche of Gabriel Howarth (Cam Gigandet), a young man whose life is turned upside down when his violent dreams begin to blend with reality. When Gabriel’s dreams mirror political assassinations, he must race against the clock to not only save himself and his wife, Brinn (Britt Shaw), but also stop an experimental government program. With time running out and Gabriel’s life on the line, only Dr. Reese holds the key to unlocking the truth.

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Virus (1999)

Starring:

Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin, Cliff Curtis

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, True Lies) faces a new, unstoppable terror in this science fiction chiller from the producer of Aliens, Terminator 2 and Tremors. Curtis plays the navigator of a tugboat crew which loses its cargo during a hurricane. In the calm eye of the storm, they come across a Russian research ship floating dead on the water. Boarding the vessel, they initially believe it to be deserted – but they soon realize they’re not alone. First, they discover a terrified survivor (Joanna Pacula, Tombstone), and then they find that the ship has been taken over by a ruthless alien intelligence. Now, the small band must fight for their lives against a force that has come to claim Earth for its own, and creates bio-mechanical monstrosities with one goal: eliminating the virus called humans. Donald Sutherland (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and William Baldwin (Backdraft) also star in a film featuring horrific special effects by the artist behind the Jurassic Park films, Species and Starship Troopers!

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Wait Till Helen Comes (2017)

Starring:

Maria Bello, Sophie Nelisse, Callum Keith Rennie

Synopsis:

When a reconstructed family moves to a converted church in the country, 14-year -old Molly soon realizes that she has a gift and must use it; she has to face her deepest fears, and save her troubled step-sister from a dangerous relationship with the ghost of a lonely little girl.

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The Windmill (2016)

Starring:

Patrick Baladi, Ben Batt

Synopsis:

Jennifer is an Australian girl on the run from her past who washes up in Amsterdam. In a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the authorities, she joins a coach-load of tourists embarking on a tour of Holland’s world famous windmills. When the bus breaks down in the middle of nowhere, she and the other tourists are forced to seek shelter in a disused shed beside a sinister windmill where, legend has it, a Devil-worshiping miller once ground the bones of locals instead of grain. As members of the group start to disappear, Jennifer learns that they all have something in common – a shared secret that seems to mark them all for doom.

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Zombie Ninjas vs Black Ops (2015)

Starring:

Adam Perkins, Kira Caine, Soa Palelei, Korum Ellis, Kenny Low

Synopsis:

Mercenaries killed in combat are awakened, giving rise to a new vicious breed of Zombie Ninjas. The Zombie Ninjas are commanded by a ferocious leader, and soon face off with the covert response mission deployed to fight back. This elite black ops team underestimates the brutality of the encounter which tests loyalties, resulting in a full on assault between two highly skilled lethal forces.

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COLLECTIONS

Big Box of Horror: Vol. 3

Starring:

Vincent Price, Anthony Perkins, Adam Jones, Mia Sara, Robert Reynolds

Synopsis:

Lock the windows and deadbolt the door! When a dark night of terror is what you are craving, this haunting ten-film Big Box of Horror Collection gives you a great choice of chilling delights. Surrender to that foreboding feeling with onslaughts of aggressive flesh-eaters and visits from restless spirits.

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Hindsight (Includes 4 Bonus Movies)

Starring:

Jeffrey Donovan, Waylon Payne, Leonor Varela, Robert De Niro, Michael Rooker

Synopsis:

Ron and Dina — unexpectedly pregnant — and broke list their unborn child for adoption on the internet, hoping to score an upfront payment. Enter Paul and Maria. Rich, desperate for a baby, and ready to play a twisted, sadistic game of their own.

Includes 4 bonus movies:

The Swap

The Eliminator

The Life Before This

A Father’s Revenge

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Midnight Horror Collection

Starring:

Jessica Morris, Circus-Szalewski, Trent Haaga, Victoria De Mare

Synopsis:

This four-film Midnight Horror Collection is ruled by dark powers that include killer clowns, pint-size assassins and flesh-eating babes. Full of madness and murderous mayhem, they team up for horrifying thrills and acts of vengeance. Dare to enter their strange and brutal worlds.

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