I work in a bookstore. Therefore, my mortgage, groceries, and crippling addiction to vintage Vanilla Ice merchandise all depend on the sale of physical media. Thankfully for me (and for the guy on eBay selling me the 35mm print of Cool as Ice), physical media has turned the corner and has begun to outsell digital media for the first time this decade. People have finally realized that the greatest quality a human can possess is the ability to light up the stage and wax a chump like a candle. Coming in a close second is the will to read Demented Discs and collect horror films on physical media!
We are your one-stop shop for all of the best horror home releases for the upcoming month. February may be the shortest month of the year, but that doesn’t mean that it is devoid of great home horror releases! These next 28 days are jam-packed with incredible offerings, from some of the all-time greats to highly anticipated new films. So, without further ado, here is your shopping list for the month of February:
This dark horror-comedy took the Toronto After Dark by storm and has been on the minds of horror fans ever since. The film stars Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool, The Exorcist) as true-crime bloggers that will stop at nothing to become internet famous. What does a true-crime blogger do in a town that doesn’t see much actual crime? Why, you murder and maim, that’s what! This black comedy should be on any horror fan’s list of must-watch films for the month. We have covered this film pretty extensively here at Nightmare on Film Street, so check out Jon’s review of the film HERE and our exclusive interview with the director, Tyler MacIntyre, HERE.
Adam Green’s horrific swamp creation is back and better than ever! Filmed in secret and first shown at FrightFest, this sequel is set ten years after the events of Hatchet. All horror fans needs to support this film as it is an homage to the physical effects, blood, guts and gore that made us fall in love with the slasher sub-genre in the first place. Victor Crowley will be available on both Blu-Ray and DVD and it is one horror sequel that you need to check out.
Day of the Dead: Bloodline
What do you do when you remake a classic film to overwhelmingly negative reviews? If you’re director Hèctor Hernández Vicens and writers Mark Tonderai and Lars Jacobson, you remake the remake ten years later in an attempt to garner even worse reviews. Obviously they wanted to make a faithful adaptation of the George A. Romero classic, but it looks like they missed that mark. What this film does look like, however, is a gory bloodbath that could have probably stood on its own without the DOTD title. Rent this film and give it a chance, without any preconceived notions about it being a remake.
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
Arrow Films is at it again with yet another beautiful release of a classic horror film. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage was the directorial debut of Dario Argento, who also happened to write the film. It follows an American named Sam (Tony Musante) who witnesses an attempted murder and stays behind to help the police investigate the crime. He then begins to be stalked by a serial killer, out to silence him for good. This debut has all of the beautiful Italians, long knives and bright red blood that we have come to expect in an Argento film. This is a definite must-own for all fans of giallo film.
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Night of the Living Dead- Criterion
We all know the story behind George A. Romero’s classic film and how it made its way into the public domain. Because of this status, we all have two or three copies of the film that are either colorized, dubbed or (for some stupid reason) include added scenes not shot by Romero and company. What we have always needed is one version of the film to rule all the rest. Thanks to the masters at Criterion, we finally do. This Blu-Ray edition includes the never-before-seen work print edit of the film, which they called Night of Anubis. It will also include a 4k digital restoration of the film, 16mm dailies and interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Frank Darabont and Robert Rodriguez. I hope they created a lot of copies of this one, because every single horror fan in the world needs to own this special edition.
The Silence of the Lambs- Criterion
Criterion is killing my ability to buy multiple copies of Ninja Rap on vinyl this month. Here they are, releasing yet another all-time great horror film with a beautiful 4k digital restoration. This Blu-Ray of The Silence of the Lambs will also feature thirty-eight minutes of deleted scenes, four documentaries with interviews from Jonathan Demme and the cast, and an audio commentary from 1994 featuring Demme, Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster and real-life FBI agent John Douglas. Again, this is a must-have for not only horror fans, but fans of film in general.
Friday the 13th: The Ultimate Collection
It’s been five years since we’ve had the opportunity to get our hands on Blu-Ray copies of these films. That box set has gone out of print, so we have had to purchase each film in the classic Friday the 13th series individually to get them in HD. Thanks to Diabolik, we now have the opportunity to pick up the first 8 films in the series (It all has to do with licensing, ladies and gents, so nothing post-Manhattan) all on glorious Blu-Ray. These films will include most of the awesome special features included in the other versions, like behind-the-scenes footage and commentary tracks. Don’t let the terrible box art fool you, this is a set that you must pick up!
With there already being a ton of really bad sequels in the Hellraiser series, where else could Lionsgate and Dimension go but up? It looks like this installment, Hellraiser: Judgement, borrowed heavily from the Saw franchise and tried to turn this into a mystery of sorts. It looks like one of the better sequels in the franchise, and it doesn’t have Dad-Bod Pinhead, which is a plus!
Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)- The third installment to the Chainsaw franchise was a tough sell to audiences and critics alike in the early 90’s. Give this one another try with a beautiful Blu-Ray upgrade.
Mom and Dad
I seriously doubt that, after February 13th, any of us will have any disposable income left. If you do, however, give me some of it so I can go pick up a copy of Mom and Dad starring Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair. This black comedy currently has a 74% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it has horror fans across the world buzzing. The only way to describe it is for you to watch the trailer. So, check that out above then go pick up your copy of Mom and Dad on the 20th.
The Night Walker
William Castle is the greatest showman that has ever lived (apologies to Hugh Jackman and the elephant torturer he portrayed). Castle could take the simplest of premises and turned them into must-see events for the entire community. The Night Walker, starring Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck, is about a woman who is haunted by recurring nightmares, which seem to be instigated by her late husband who supposedly was killed in a fire. As Mr. Castle says in the trailer, “Nightmares can kill you!” (Just ask Freddy!)
Scalpel (1977)- HE LOST THE FACE OF THE WOMAN HE LOVED… SO HE GAVE IT TO SOMEONE ELSE. What else do you need to know?
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Guillermo del Toro. Peter Bogdanovich. Eli Roth. Danny Elfman. Jamie Lee Curtis. Bret Easton Ellis. That is an All-Star Team of horror creators and fans, all analyzing and discussing one of the most famous scenes in horror history. This documentary takes you through the 78 shots and 52 cuts made in the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Not only does it examine the technical genius it took to make that scene work in that day and age, but it also will take a look at the historical impact that scene had on cinema. Where would movies be without that film and that scene? Check out this amazing documentary from IFC Midnight and find out.
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.