- January 8th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include THE PURGE: SEASON ONE, HELL FEST, 8MM, LET THE CORPSES TAN, CASTLE ROCK Season 1
- VENOM Sequel Moving Forward at Sony Pictures with Screenwriter Kelly Marcel
- Assassins Face Off in Official Trailer for POLAR, Starring Mads Mikkelsen
- Tamika’s Favorites of 2018
- Skybound Reveals New Trailer for Episode 3 of Telltale’s THE WALKING DEAD: THE FINAL SEASON
- Entertainment Weekly Reveals Trailer & Poster for HORROR NOIRE: A HISTORY OF BLACK HORROR, Coming to Shudder on February 7th
- THE LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES Coming to Blu-ray on April 9th from Scream Factory
- Watch an Exclusive Clip from STILL, Starring Madeline Brewer
- VALENTINE (2001) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Special Features to Include New Audio Commentary with Jamie Blanks & Don Coscarelli
- Watch the Trailer for New Mobile Game ALIEN: BLACKOUT, Featuring the Return of Amanda Ripley
Posted: 07 Jan 2019 07:06 PM PST
Hello, readers, and welcome to a new year of releases! We may already be well into the month of January, but this is our first official weekly Blu-ray and DVD recap of 2019, since last week was a quiet one on the home media front, and we already have a ton of titles to get excited for this Tuesday. If you happened to miss Hell Fest when it was in theaters last year, you can now catch up with Gregory Plotkin's slasher on various formats, and as far as recent genre series are concerned, the first seasons of both The Purge and Castle Rock are making their way home tomorrow as well.
Scream Factory is kicking off another great year of releases with the Nic Cage thriller 8MM, and Scorpion Releasing has put together a special edition Blu for Blind Date (no, not the one with Bruce Willis) that cult fans are going to want to pick up. Kino Lorber is keeping busy this Tuesday with an array of titles that include Let the Corpses Tan (which made my Favorites List for 2018), The House That Would Not Die, and What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (the latter two under their Classics label).
Other Blu-ray and DVD releases for January 8th include Judgment Night, Nemesis, and All the Creatures Were Stirring, which makes its Blu debut this week.
8MM (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
Academy Award®-winner Nicolas Cage (1995, Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas) stars in 8MM, an electrifying thriller about one man's obsessive search for the truth about a six-year-old crime and his ultimate discovery of the truth about himself. On January 8, 2019, SCREAM FACTORY™ is proud to present 8MM on Blu-ray™. Directed by Joel Schumacher (Trespass, Batman Forever, A Time to Kill) and written by Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en, Sleepy Hollow, The Follow), the film stars Nicolas Cage (Looking Glass, Face/Off), Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line, Her), James Gandolfini (The Sopranos, The Drop), Peter Stormare (Longmire, The Blacklist), Anthony Heald (The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon), and Chris Bauer (The Deuce, True Blood).
- NEW 8MM in 35MM – an interview with producer/director Joel Schumacher
Blind Date: Special Edition (Scorpion Releasing, Blu-ray)
Struck by sudden blindness, ad executive Jonathon Ratcliff (Joseph Bottoms, The Black Hole, Crime and Passion, The Dove) is frustrated when doctors can find nothing wrong with him. With the aid of his girlfriend (Kirstie Alley, Cheers, Look Who's Talking), he consults a top eye doctor (Keir Dullea, 2001: A Space Odyssey, David and Lisa) who fits him with an experimental device allowing him to see with the aid of a computer interface and brain electrodes. Meanwhile, a taxi driver is taking young women up to their apartments, sedating them, and performing a little fatal amateur surgery. Their paths inevitably converge as the serial killer starts cutting too close to home. From cult director Nico Mastorakis (Island of Death) comes a sexy, sleek thriller co-starring Lana Clarkson (Haunting of Morella, Barbarian Queen), James Daughton (Malibu Beach, Animal House), Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Wicked Lady) and Valeria Golino (Rain Man), plus a chilling score by Stanley Myers (The Deer Hunter, Conduct Unbecoming, Cold Heaven) with songs by John Kongos. Scorpion Releasing proudly presents this cult classic from a brand new 4k scan of the original director's cut, supervised by the director.
Hell Fest (Lionsgate, 4K Ultra HD/Blu Combo, Blu/DVD Combo & DVD)
A group of friends are bound for a horror-themed Halloween event at a local amusement park — a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town. But for one visitor, the ghoulish carnival of nightmares is not the attraction — it is a hunting ground. On the night the friends attend, a masked serial killer turns the amusement park into his own playground, terrorizing attendees while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show. As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowd continues to rise, who will fight to survive the night?
- "Thrills and Kills: Making Hell Fest" Featurette
The Purge: Season One (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)
From Blumhouse Productions comes the "darker, freakier, better" (Daily Beast) TV series. During a 12-hour period when all crime — including murder — is legal, a group of seemingly unrelated characters cross paths in a city in an altered America. While the clock winds down, some will fight, some will hide, others will embrace what it means to Purge to its fullest extent—whether for revenge, personal gain, protection, or unadulterated glee. As each character is forced to reckon with their past and plot how to better their futures, they soon discover how far they will go on Purge Night. Dive deep into the psyche of the Purgers with Season 1 of the series that critics rave is "bloody good fun" (AV Club).
What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?: Special Edition (KL Studio Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)
BRAND NEW HD MASTER FROM A 4K SCAN OF THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE! Oscar winners Geraldine Page (The Trip to Bountiful, Sweet Bird of Youth) and Ruth Gordon (Harold and Maude, Rosemary's Baby) sharpen their claws on each other in this chilling thriller about a lost fortune, a mad heiress and a housekeeper hell-bent on digging up the truth. Mrs. Marrable (Page) is a society matron who's had some shocking news: her late husband left her only a stamp collection. Determined to maintain her extravagant lifestyle, she takes advantage of an unlikely new source of income—her housekeepers, by robbing them not only of their life savings, but also their lives. The turnover rate for help speeds faster than a revolving door... until Mrs. Marrable's latest hire, Mrs. Dimmock (Gordon), develops a drive to unearth the terrible secret buried in the front yard. Directed Lee H. Katzin (Le Mans) and co-starring Rosemary Forsyth (How Do I Love Thee?). Produced by Robert Aldrich (The Grissom Gang).
-NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:
All the Creatures Were Stirring (RLJE Films, Blu-ray)
Castle Rock: The Complete First Season (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu, Blu/DVD Combo & DVD)
The House That Would Not Die: Special Edition (KL Studio Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)
Judgment Night (Warner Archives Collection, Blu-ray)
Let the Corpses Tan (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)
Nemesis: Collector's Edition (MVD Rewind Collection, Blu/DVD Combo)
Posted: 07 Jan 2019 06:20 PM PST
After grossing than $850 million at the global box office, it's no surprise that Sony Pictures is moving forward with a sequel to Venom.
According to multiple sources, including Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures has set Venom co-writer and executive producer Kelly Marcel to return to write and executive produce the sequel to the 2018 movie.
According to Variety, Tom Hardy will return as Eddie Brock, a persistent reporter who makes a transformative connection with an alien symbiote with a hunger for human heads in the first movie. Hardy is expected to be joined in the sequel by returning co-star Michelle Williams (as Brock's ex-fiancée Anne Weying) and Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, a ruthless and downright deadly villain from the pages of Marvel Comics.
While Ruben Fleischer directed Venom, it's not yet known if he'll return to helm the follow-up film (he'll also be plenty busy working on the Zombieland sequel that's due out this October).
Before helping to bring the Marvel Comics character Venom to life on the big screen, Marcel was co-creator (along with Craig Silverstein) of the TV series Terra Nova, wrote the screenplay for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie (based on E.L. James' novel of the same name), and co-wrote the upcoming Cruella film.
The Venom sequel could come out on October 2nd, 2020, as according to Variety, Sony Pictures previously reserved that slot for an untitled "Sony-Marvel" sequel, but Sony has yet to confirm an official release date, and it's important to note that the company has also not officially commented on Marcel's involvement with the sequel.
Either way, we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on further news regarding the Venom sequel, and in case you missed it, the first film was recently released on home media.
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Posted: 07 Jan 2019 04:44 PM PST
When you're a retired assassin, the target finds a new home on your own back, so when The Black Kaiser (Mads Mikkelsen) wants to put his gun down and his feet up in the new movie Polar, he finds peace and quiet swapped for pain and bloodshed... especially after things get personal in the trailer for the upcoming Netflix movie.
Directed by Jonas Åkerlund (whose other new movie, Lords of Chaos, comes out in February) and based on Victor Santos' Dark Horse graphic novel Polar: Came From the Cold, Polar stars Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, and Matt Lucas. Featuring a new score by deadmau5, Polar will be released on Netflix on January 25th.
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Posted: 07 Jan 2019 03:58 PM PST
Last year flew by like a speeding train and now sadly—or maybe happily—it has come to an end. I didn't get a chance to watch everything I wanted to see, but I made sure to shove as much horror goodness into my eyeballs as possible, and I've now reflected on the horror releases that stood out to me in 2018. From the divisive Hereditary to Netflix's wildly popular Bird Box to Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 1, here is my list of favorites for 2018:
Bird Box: I hadn't seen any of the discussions about Bird Box on social media before viewing the film. The holiday season had just begun, and I found myself with a lot of downtime so, of course, I headed straight to Netflix. I saw that it was listed in the "Trending" category and since Sandra Bullock rarely lets me down, I took a chance on it.
It is getting compared to John Krasinski's A Quiet Place from earlier this year, but I think the two films are quite different from one another. Yes, there are alien (in the sense of foreign to our world) creatures that have invaded the planet, threaten all humankind, and force us to abandon a sense, but that's kinda where the similarities end. I found that Susanne Bier's Bird Box centers on the theme of connection. When we are stripped of our senses, how are we best able to connect to each other in a meaningful way? The message is a powerful one, as it is so easy to have your head in your phone even while you are surrounded by real people. I appreciate the film's reminder to never take human connection for granted.
Mr. Mercedes Season 2: Every year, I watch a television show or a movie and say to myself, "Why didn't more people watch this?!" For the second year in a row, I unfortunately have to say this about Mr. Mercedes. This gem of a show deserves all of the viewers and all of the accolades! I thought it would be really tough to follow up a near-perfect first season, but Jack Bender, Harry Treadaway, Breeda Wool, Brendan Gleeson, and the entire cast pulled it off with flying colors.
The second season loosely follows the second book in Stephen King's Mercedes killer series, Finders Keepers. Most of the cast from season 1 returned with some new additions, the breakout for me being Jack Huston's Dr. Babineau. He was an intense man who loved science and was willing to go to great lengths to achieve medical history. He reminded me of another highly intelligent doctor with a penchant for experimentation.
American Horror Story: Apocalypse: Ryan Murphy recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in film and television, and it is greatly deserved. He continues to amaze me with all of the horror (and non-horror) content he cranks out every year.
Season 8 of American Horror Story focuses on the terror of what would happen before, during, and after an apocalyptic event. We officially learn that all of the seasons of AHS connect in some way, but that American Horror Story: Murder House and American Horror Story: Coven are directly connected. The apocalypse is brought on by an adult Michael Langdon—the Anti-Christ that we first meet as a child at the end of American Horror Story: Murder House—played by the insanely talented Cody Fern. The witches of Ms. Robichaux's Academy for Extraordinary Women hatch a plan to take Michael down and stop the apocalypse from ever happening.
Except for one major thing that happens in the last ten minutes of the season, it is a beautiful, harrowing, and dark season that gave me my new favorite AHS "villain" in Michael Langdon and favorite warlock in Behold Chablis (Billy Porter).
Hereditary: This film was released over six months ago, and I still think about the film's creepy imagery. I guess that's an easy achievement for a film that combines Ari Aster's direction with claustrophobic art design and powerful performances from the entire cast, especially Toni Collette and Alex Wolff.
I really enjoy films that take you on the same journey as the main characters. Navigating through a slice of life with this broken, dysfunctional family that doesn't know what is real and what is not is something I could only do once in theaters, but I'm incredibly happy for the experience.
My Sister, the Serial Killer: I recently joined a book club called Belletrist that was created by Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss. Each month, a book is nominated for "book of the month" and the topics range from horror to memoirs. For the month of December, Belletrist nominated Oyinkan Braithwaite's My Sister, the Serial Killer.
My Sister, the Serial Killer follows a young woman named Korede who knows that her sister, Ayoola, is a serial killer. ***Major spoiler for those who haven't seen Dexter***: To get a better scope of what the novel is about, think Deb after she finds out that Dexter is the Harbor Bay Butcher. I like that Oyinkan asks the audience to consider what they would do if in Korede's position while also examining sisterhood, Nigerian culture, growing up in the age of social media, and so many other interesting topics. It's a quick and intriguing read, that's for sure!
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: I am a huge fan of Riverdale on The CW, so when I heard that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was going to spearhead a show based on his comic of the same name for Netflix, I may have audibly squealed. Because the show is on Netflix, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is able to use the dark and somewhat gory imagery found in the comic.
There's so much to love, I don't even know where to begin with what I enjoyed about the show! I must have an affinity for older, witchy women, because Zelda and Hilda, Sabrina's aunties, were so much fun to watch for ten episodes. I wish Roberto could somehow write a spin-off show for Zelda and Hilda where they meet Aunt Frances and Aunt Jet from Practical Magic and go on wild adventures together! I also really enjoyed Ambrose, Madam Satan, Father Blackwood, and Prudence. If the season had been released just a little earlier, I would have definitely dressed up as Prudence for Halloween. I cannot wait to see what the Dark Lord has in store for Sabrina and the gang this April!
Cavitycolors' Horror Shirts: My first horror shirt purchase ever happened this year from the folks at Cavitycolors. I have been inspired by Elvira for as long as I can remember. So, imagine my giddiness when Cavitycolors announced Mistress of the Dark apparel. I got an Elvira slouch tank top and a red and black Christmas Evil baseball tee. I can't get over how crisp and detailed the artwork is on both. The shirts were also reasonably priced and the company is always putting out new items. Happy to finally be a part of the horror tee community.
Cam: I've seen a number of movies that center around the dark side of technology - but none that made me want to find a way to permanently scrub myself off the internet the way Cam did. A lot of the film's narrative rides on Alice, played by Madeline Brewer (Orange is the New Black, Hemlock Grove), and her performance was solid and very believable. Her believability may have come from the fact that Isa Mazzei, Cam's screenwriter, is a former cam girl and based a lot of what happens to Alice from personal experiences. It's also a refreshing take on sex work, as it doesn't judge Alice for her profession or her choices after things start to go awry.
Want to know what other members of the Daily Dead team enjoyed in 2018? Catch up on all of our favorites coverage here.
Posted: 07 Jan 2019 10:32 AM PST
Following the sudden closure of Telltale Games last year, Robert Kirkman announced at New York Comic Con that Skybound would complete and release the remaining episodes of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, and ahead of its release on January 15th, Skybound has now released a new trailer for "Episode 3: Broken Toys," showing the next phase of Clementine's harrowing journey (including a Whisperers-style stroll among the living dead).
In addition to the forthcoming release of "Episode 3: Broken Toys," Skybound previously revealed that the past seasons of Telltale's The Walking Dead have returned to nearly all platforms, with the PC format still being worked on.
Below, you can check out the new trailer for episode 3, which features an intense interrogation, deadly decisions, and a visit from a cherished figure from Clementine's past.
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Posted: 07 Jan 2019 10:17 AM PST
After delivering key genre content throughout 2018, Shudder looks to continue their must-watch habits in February with the release of Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, a new documentary featuring interviews with Jordan Peele, Tony Todd, Tina Mabry, Ken Foree, and many more. Ahead of the movie's release, Entertainment Weekly revealed the first trailer and poster for what looks to be an insightful and essential documentary.
As unveiled by EW, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror will be released on the streaming service Shudder on February 7th following its world premiere on February 1st at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre (in partnership with Beyond Fest and the American Cinematheque). Before it's available to stream, Horror Noire will also be screened at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on February 4th (in the near future, keep an eye on American Cinematheque and BAM online for more info on the respective screenings).
Directed by Xavier Burgin and based on Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman's book Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to the Present, the Horror Noire documentary is executive produced by Coleman, Tananarive Due, Fangoria Editor-in-Chief Phil Nobile Jr., and Stage 3 Productions' Kelly Ryan, with Ashlee Blackwell and Danielle Burrows producing and co-writing the documentary.
In addition to Peele, Todd, Mabry, and Foree, the documentary also includes interviews with Ernest Dickerson, Rusty Cundieff, and Paula Jai Parker.
Here's what Due had to say about Horror Noire (via EW):
Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, and check out the official trailer and poster below (via EW).
Posted: 07 Jan 2019 09:45 AM PST
One of Scream Factory's most exciting Blu-ray announcements at last year's San Diego Comic-Con was the Hammer horror film Dracula: Prince of Darkness, and they're kicking off 2019 with another Hammer horror movie Blu-ray announcement: The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (starring Peter Cushing).
Cover art from Facebook:
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Posted: 07 Jan 2019 09:35 AM PST
Madeline Brewer made a splash in 2018 with her renowned performances in Cam and The Handmaid's Tale, and she looks to continue to enthrall viewers with her co-starring role in Still. Written and directed by Takashi Doscher, Still features Brewer as a hiker who stumbles across an odd couple with a potentially sinister secret in the Appalachian wilderness, and with the movie coming out on Digital and On Demand this week, The Orchard has provided us with an exclusive clip to share with Daily Dead readers.
Lily (Brewer) receives a tense invitation to dinner in our exclusive clip below, and it looks like it's in her best interest to accept the invitation... or face some grave consequences at the hands of her unnerving hosts. In addition to Brewer, Still stars Lydia Wilson and Nick Blood.
Still is available on Digital and On Demand beginning January 8th:
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Posted: 07 Jan 2019 09:17 AM PST
"Hearts don't just break... they get even." Perhaps more popular now than its initial release in 2001, and featuring one of the most memorable morgue scenes in any horror movie, Valentine (based on Tom Savage's novel of the same name) is coming to Blu-ray in February with a new Collector's Edition from Scream Factory, and the special features will include a new audio commentary with director Jamie Blanks and legendary filmmaker Don Coscarelli.
Posted: 07 Jan 2019 07:36 AM PST
After being teased through cryptic messages on social media, the new mobile game Alien: Blackout—featuring the return of Ellen Ripley's daughter, Amanda—has been revealed by D3 Go! in a new trailer.
Alien: Blackout will be released on the App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore on January 24th. Below, we have official details for the game (via the official D3 Go! website):
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