Welcome to Demented Discs, your one-stop spot for the best in physical-media movie releases! Every month, we will be bringing you the best New Release, Re-Issue and Remastered films that will be hitting store shelves. It doesn’t matter what format you rock (DVD, Blu-Ray, 4k Ultra HD), just know that you are livin’ right and are awaited in Valhalla, shiny and chrome! So, without further ado, here are the top films being released on physical-media for January.
Directed by: Andy Muschietti
Starring: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis
Fans of the smash hit 2017 film have been waiting months for this day to come, and now it finally has! There are several versions for you to choose from, including an exclusive DVD from Walmart and special Blu-Ray editions from Target and Best Buy. Whatever version you decide to buy, just make sure that you pick it up on the 9th.
Cat O’Nine Tails
Directed By: Dario Argento
Starring: James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak
Dario Argento’s follow up to The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is getting the Arrow Video treatment. This amazing version will include a 4k restoration of the film, a fold-out poster, lobby card reproductions and interviews with Argento himself!
Directed by: Simon Verhoeven
Starring: Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Liesl Ahlers
Don’t let the 15% Rotten Tomatoes score deter you from checking out Friend Request. The film was called “visually stylish and imaginative” by Frank Scheck of the Hollywood Reporter (just don’t read the rest of the review), so if you’re in the mood for a good old fashioned teen horror updated for the digital age, give this one a try.
Matinee (1993)- John Goodman starring in a Joe Dante film loosely based on the horror theatrics of William Castle? I’m in!
Bullet Head (2017)
Happy Death Day
Directed by: Christopher Landon
Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine
Horror had three huge hits last year in Get Out, Annabelle: Creation and It, but it was Happy Death Day that took helped push 2017 into the stratosphere. A surprise hit from Blumhouse, this film took a unique take on the “groundhog day” phenomenon and created a must-watch movie for all horror fans. You wont be sorry when you pick this one up!
Eye of the Cat
Directed By: David Lowell Rich
Starring: Michael Sarrazin, Gayle Hunnicutt, Eleanor Parker
This 1969 film was written by Joseph Stefano, the man who wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, but you couldn’t get farther from that film if you tried. This movie follows a man and his girlfriend who plan to rob the mansion of the man’s eccentric but wealthy aunt. The aunt keeps dozens of cats in her home, and the man is deathly afraid of cats. Also: IT’S AMAZING! Killer Kitties in Blu-Ray High Definition!
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)- Not a horror film in any sense of the word, but is required viewing for any film lover.
Beyond Skyline (2017)-Don’t associate this film with its predecessor. Beyond Skyline is a vast improvement!
Directed by: Michael and Peter Spierig
Starring: Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Cle Bennett
The 640th installment in the Saw franchise was met with mostly negative reviews this year, but that doesn’t mean that it has nothing to offer! Every Saw film, while they make no sense chronologically, has inventive kills and gory effects. Listen to Jon and Kim’s Drive Home from the Drive-In episode featuring Jigsaw HERE and check the film out for yourself!
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan
Lanthimos’ follow up to the incredible (non-horror) film The Lobster cemented A24 as one of the premier studios making artistic horror and thrillers. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes (Lanthimos won the Best Screenplay Award at the same festival with his writing partner Efthymis Filippou), The Killing of a Sacred Deer is difficult to explain, but even more difficult to forget. Jump on the A24 train and pick this film up as soon as you can.
Directed by: Dario Argento
Starring: Cristina Marsillach, Urbano Barberini, Ian Charleson
The second film directed by Dario Argento to appear on Blu-Ray this month, Opera (or, Terror at the Opera) ranks behind only Suspiria in my Italian Horror Hall of Fame. It is a brutal slasher film set inside an opera house, with Verdi, Bellini and Puccini filling the air as some of the most inventive murders in Argento’s filmography fill the screen. You can now watch it in glorious Blu-Ray, so don’t delay!
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)- This 4K digital transfer also includes a poster and seven new featurettes.
Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane are both getting new 4k releases, just in time for the release of the third film!
Directed by: Stuart Gordon
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton
This Arrow Films release is new to the U.S. market on January 30th. Already available overseas, this beautiful 4k restoration comes with a feature-length documentary on the making of the film and tons of interviews with the director and new featurettes. This film is a perfect example of 1980’s splatter mayhem and it shouldn’t be missed by any horror fan!
The Hills Have Eyes
Directed by: Wes Craven
Starring: Susan Lanier, Michael Berryman, Dee Wallace
Wes Craven’s 1977 masterpiece is finally getting a special edition released in the U.S. market. Another Arrow Films release, this special edition of the classic mutant-family-up-to-no-good film will also include a 4k transfer, a making of documentary, three all-new interviews and an alternate ending available in High Definition for the very first time. Celebrate Wes Craven’s life by picking up this beautiful version of one of his most defining films.
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017)- LOL
So, there you have it! These are the top physical-media releases for the month of January. Join our official Facebook Group today and let us know when you pick up these amazing titles. Also, be sure to keep an eye on Nightmare on Film Street for next month’s list of titles.