We made it through another year, and another Halloween season!
Of course, last month was filled to the brim with horrific releases, and I personally slogged through all of the Halloween films thanks to the amazing box set released in September. Many of last month’s releases were well worth watching, and will be coming out in various formats over the coming months. I hope everyone is enjoying the new redesign of the site, and take a few minutes to look around at all of the new features we have going on! Feel free to jump in and stab a friend, start a discussion, and test your knowledge with some of our all-new quizzes!
With all of that said, let’s take a look at what November is bringing for all of us agoraphobics!
November 4th — The Taking of Deborah Logan (DVD)
Synopsis : Mia Medina (Michelle Ang) has finally found the perfect subject for her PhD thesis film on Alzheimer’s Disease. For the next several months, cameras will record the everyday life of mother Deborah Logan (Jill Larson) and her daughter, Sarah (Anne Ramsay). But as the days progress, strange things begin to happen around Deborah that are not consistent with any findings about Alzheimer’s. It becomes apparent that there’s something besides Alzheimer’s that has taken control of Deborah’s life. It’s an evil that is far worse than the debilitating disease with which she was first diagnosed.
This one is already available on Netflix Streaming, and we gave it a watch the other night. It is a good creepy slow-burner, and the mother is eerily effective. Definitely worth a watch.
November 4th — Ghost Bride (DVD)
Synopsis : Supernatural thriller from New Zealand filmmaker David Blyth following the romance between Chinese immigrant Jason Chen and Kiwi girl Skye. When Chen proposes to Skye, tensions arise from his parents and the woman they wanted him to wed, Mei Ling. But the traditional Chinese culture clash is nothing compared to the conflict of two worlds: the living and the dead.
November 7th — Open Windows (On Demand)
Synopsis : An actress named Jill refuses to have dinner with Nick, a fan who won a date with her in an Internet contest. In return, a guy named Chord, posing as Jill’s campaign manager, helps Nick to follow in the footsteps of the actress from his own computer. Nick starts a game in which he realizes that he is only a puppet into the maniacal plans devised by Chord, to hunt down the star.
From the director of Timecrimes, this one was a fun watch, and I love Elijah wood’s recent turn to horror/thriller films. Unfortunately, though this one starts strong it becomes jumbled and confusing by the end of things. Overall, it is a very inventive and cool flick. Recommended.
November 7th — Jessabelle (On Demand)
Synopsis : Follows a woman who is forced to return to her father’s home in Louisiana when a car accident leaves her without the use of her legs. It’s not long before she discovers a mystery surrounding her own birth, as well as an angry ghost determined to destroy her.
Finally on Blu-ray! The 1985 classic from Lamberto Bava is one of my favorite gross out flicks of all time!
If you have never seen this one, consider it a must. For a full look at this classic of Italian splatter, check out my article in the most recent coffin-shaped issue of Gore Noir!
November 11th — Fantasm (DVD)
In this interesting looking documentary, horror fanatic Kyle Kuchta embarked on a journey to six horror conventions throughout the United States in an effort to understand his own fascination with the genre. Through interviews with actors, directors, horror experts and fellow fans at conventions, Kyle discovered that it’s not only the love of the genre that makes these gatherings so special, but it’s the sense of community.
This new film is available exclusively for pre-order here for a discounted price of $13, signed by the director. In addition to the feature-length documentary, this limited edition DVD includes the original student film, extended interviews, bloopers, “Dinner at the Kuchta’s,” trailers and the Kickstarter video.
November 11th –True Blood: The Complete Series
Love it or hate it, the HBO series definitely had its moments of greatness. Since the series wrapped up this past summer with season 7, now for the first time the entire show is available on Blu-ray! I feel a marathon coming on!
November 14th — Starry Eyes (On Demand)
Synopsis : Sarah (Alex Essoe) is a beautiful actress that wants to make it in the acting world. She’s willing to do whatever it takes, even at the detriment of her own personal being. When she’s scouted for the film The Silver Scream, Sarah has to decide exactly how much she’s willing to go through for fame.
November 18th — Housebound (DVD)
Synopsis : Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.
This was another one on my recent watch-list for Halloween. It boasts a great premise, with a bold main character, some strange happenings and a very dry sense of humor. I loved it!
November 25th — Feed The Gods (On Demand)
Synopsis : When slacker/aspiring filmmaker Will finds the parents of his adopted brother Kris, he sees the opportunity to get some closure for his brother, as well as maybe capture a heartwarming reunion on camera. With Kris’ fiancé Brit in tow, the three of them head out to discover this long-lost family. What they are unprepared for though, is what exactly the cryptic small town has in store for them. Weird locals abound and rumors of a Bigfoot creature haunting the area at first seem silly…but things quickly escalate into a frantic, scary and action-packed nightmare with more than a few casualties along the way.
November 28th — The Babadook (On Demand)
Synopsis : Six years after the death of her husband, Amelia struggles to discipline her “out-of-control” six-year-old Samuel – a son she finds difficult to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called “The Babadook” turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. And when Amelia begins to see glimpses of the creature herself, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may well be real.
This one has been a festival hit, and I have heard nothing but raves about it. Looking forward to checking it out at the end of the month!
Well, that wraps up our list of new releases fro November. Be sure and leave a comment about which of these films interest you, or start a new discussion with other horror fans like yourself in our all-new Members section, right up there in the top right corner!