New DVD Releases : April 2013

Well, to be honest, April is looking pretty skimpy on new DVD releases.
The theaters, however, will be finally bringing us some of the most anticipated releases of the year. Starting this Friday with the premiere of the Evil Dead remake, along with Thale and 6 Souls, with Rob Zombie’s Lords Of Salem following on April 19th.
So the theater going will be good this Spring, but you might be hard pressed to find something new for home viewing. Let’s take a look anyway.

Available now!

John Dies At The End

A great new flick from Don Coscarelli, the director of Phantasm and Bubba Ho-Tep!
This one is a must see, and destined to be a cult classic. Check out my review from the LA premiere, where the whole cast was in attendance!
Also reviewed by our NYC correspondent The Rotting Apple, which you can read here.
Highly recommended.


Stitches

(Here’s a tip : Don’t Google “stitches” without specifying “movie”, ugh.)

I have been looking for ward to this one for a while.
Who doesn’t want to see a new scary killer clown franchise to keep a healthy fear of clowns gestating in the subconscious of the next generation?
See the red band trailer here!

Hitchcock (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)

In case you missed Anthony Hopkins take on Alfred Hitchcock when it was floating around theaters, now is your chance to catch it on Blu-ray!

 

Taxi Driver [Blu-ray]

Taxi Driver, now on Blu-ray. Need I say more?

April 16th :

A Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia

The ridiculously titled sequel to 2009’s The Haunting in Connecticut, this one has been On Demand for the past month, I just can’t seem to muster up any excitement for it.
Check out the synopsis and trailer below :

When Andy Wyrick moves his wife Lisa and daughter Heidi to an historic home in Georgia, they quickly discover they are not the house’s only inhabitants. Joined by Lisa’s free-spirited sister, Joyce, the family soon comes face-to-face with a bone-chilling mystery born of a deranged desire… a haunting secret rising from underground and threatening to bring down anyone in its path.

Django Unchained 

Although it is not necessarily a horror movie, unless you consider the horrible reality of slavery and the reckless use of the N-word, the latest from Tarantino is an instant classic.
I loved it and already have my Blu-ray pre-ordered!

 

April 23rd :

Cold Prey II (Fritt Vilt 2)

I heard it described as “Halloween 2 with Jason Vorhees” but the studio distrubuting this Norwegian slasher say :
“The story will pick up where the first one left off: The winter of 2006 five young friends met a brutal death in the Jotunheimen mountain range of Norway. Only a young woman survived. Cold and weak Jannicke struggles her way back to civilization. In the small local hospital the personnel are going through their daily routines. But then the bloody and beaten young woman is brought in. Later Jannicke wakes up in her hospital bed. But the hospital is darkened and not a living soul is in sight. Alone she carefully steps out into the corridors. Is her nightmare not over after all?”

 

A Haunted House

And one for the fart-joke lovers among us.
I know you are out there…

April 30th :

Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection

Yeah…

So there you have it! I tried to make the best of this month’s choices.
Hopefully something will catch your eye!
Catch you next month, where we might find something to get excited about…


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New DVD Releases : March 2013

March first is here, and Spring is in the air!
Lock yourself in your apartment and enjoy this listing of the things you will be watching this month!
As always, the links will take you directly to Amazon.com, and if you decide to purchase any of these new releases, buying them through our links will help to keep this site alive!
Thanks for checking it out, and let’s see some comments about this post below! What films on this list are you looking forward to seeing?
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March 5The Bay

Synopsis :
The quaint seaside town of Chesapeake Bay thrives on water; it is the lifeblood of the community. When two biological researchers from France find a staggering level of toxicity in the water, they attempt to alert the mayor, but he refuses to create a panic in the docile town. As a result, a deadly plague is unleashed, turning the people of Chesapeake Bay into hosts for a mutant breed of parasites that take control of their minds, and eventually their bodies. A brutal and harrowing creature feature for the 21st century, THE BAY chronicles the descent of a small town into absolute terror.

Another found footage flick….
But this one is from talented director Barry Sonnenfeld, director of the “Men In Black” films and “Get Shorty”, slumming a bit I suppose. Who knows, it might be cool.

March 5Elfie Hopkins: Cannibal Hunter

Synopsis :
Elfie Hopkins, a 22 year-old animal-loving slacker, stoner, and wannabe detective, lives in a sleepy hunting village. Haunted by the death of her mother, Elfie seeks solace and inspiration from the old school detectives in The Maltese Falcon and Chinatown. She entertains herself, along with her geeky best friend, Dylan, by investigating the villagers and upsetting everyone with their imaginative allegations.

Things get serious however with the arrival of a family of trendy city dwellers, the Gammons, who weave seductive tales of adventure and entice the villagers with offers of exotic hunting holidays around the world. Despite not being immune to the Gammons’ charms, Elfie soon smells a rat, and snaps into full detective mode. Her mundane existence is about to be blown apart.

Blood quickly starts to spill in the village, and it’s no longer just the blood of animals. Elfie discovers the villagers are not making those flights and when she finally uncovers the truth, it’s darker than she could ever have imagined…

Looks fun. Holy shit, was that Ray Winstone?
I would watch him in anything. If you don’t know why, see “The Proposition” and/or “In Bruges” immediately to understand it all.

March 12Spiders (3D/2D Blu-Ray)

Synopsis :
Following the crash of a derelict Soviet space station into a Manhattan subway tunnel, a new species of spider is discovered in the wreckage. When the spiders mutate to gigantic proportions, an MTA subway employee has to save his family and all of New York City from destruction.

Released last month On Demand, here is your chance to own the hard copy, if you have that kind of sick desperation in your life…

March 12Willow (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)(!)

Description :

Journey to the far corners of your imagination with Willow, for the first time ever on Blu-ray! Now fully digitally restored, this release features a dazzling array of extras, including new, never-before-seen exclusive content. From legendary filmmakers George Lucas and Ron Howard comes a timeless fantasy tale in which heroes comes in all sizes…and adventure is the greatest magic of all. When young Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) finds an abandoned baby girl, he learns she is destined to end the reign of the wicked Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh). In order to protect the child, Willow must team up with a rogue swordsman (Val Kilmer) and overcome the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil!

You know you want it!

March 12Grave Encounters 2 Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack

Synopsis :
So you think “Grave Encounters” was just a movie…? Film student Alex Wright is out to prove you all wrong in GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2. Alex is as obsessed with the first film, as the 23 million people who viewed its viral trailer on YouTube. While he and his friends research the events and visit the real psychiatric hospital depicted in the original film, they find themselves face-to-face with unspeakable evil, banking on the hope that their knowledge of the original film will help them survive the sequel.

An interesting conceit, I will admit.
I know I saw the first one, but I’ll be damned if I can remember anything about it, other than this…

March 19Shadow People [Blu-ray]

Synopsis :
Small town radio personality CHARLIE CROWE (Dallas Roberts) is thrust into the mystery when a strange caller relates a terrifying experience during Crowe’s late night call-in show. At the same time, CDC Public Health Agent, SOPHIE LANCOMBE (Alison Eastwood), is hot on the trail of the cause of the rare medical condition known as SUNDS. Her investigations entwine her with Charlie’s own discoveries and take them both into a dark world and a decades old cover-up about the phenomenon we now call, The Shadow People. Once you open the door to the mystery…you’ll never sleep soundly again.

Looks interesting. What do you guys think?

March 19The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)

Synopsis :

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Saw it in the theater, of course, but I can’t wait to add this baby to my collection!

March 21 (On Demand)Thale

Synopsis :
Two crimes scene cleaners discover a mythical tailed, female creature in a concealed cellar. She never utters a word, but the pieces of the puzzle soon come together; she’s been held captive for decades for reasons soon to surface. Someone is approaching from outside. They want her back.

This Norwegian flick has been on my must-see list for quite some time now!
Can’t wait…

March 26The Collection [Blu-ray]

Synopsis :
Arkin escapes with his life from the vicious grips of “The Collector” during an entrapment party where he adds beautiful Elena to his “Collection.” Instead of recovering from the trauma, Arkin is suddenly abducted from the hospital by mercenaries hired by Elena’s wealthy father. Arkin is blackmailed to team up with the mercenaries and track down The Collector’s booby trapped warehouse and save Elena.

The sequel to “The Collector” was pretty successful in it’s theatrical run. Looking forward to seeing it when it hits DVD late this month!

March 28 (On Demand) Kiss Of The Damned

A new vampire flick from Xan Cassavetes, the film centers on screenwriter Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia), who lusts after Djuna (Josephine de La Baume), whose sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) just can’t stop killing people apparently. Naturally, these actions threaten to ruin the delicate balance between vamps and humans.

Looks good! As far as sexy vampires go, we could do much worse…

That’s it for the most wanted releases for March 2013!
All available for sale, rent, or pre-order through the links or in the carousel below!
Leave some comments, let’s talk about this films as they release.

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New DVD Releases : February 2013

Well, it is the first of the month already, so get that rent check in the mail and then have a look at what you want to spend the rest of your hard-earned money on this month!
There seems to be nothing to mind-blowing releasing this month, but still some fun choices to take a look at.

The links will take you directly to Amazon.com, and if you decide to purchase any of these new releases, buying them through our links will help to keep this site alive!
Thanks for checking it out, and let’s see some comments about this post below! What films on this list are you looking forward to seeing?
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Let’s see what February has in store for us…

February 1 (On Demand) — The Haunting in Connecticut 2 : Ghosts of Georgia

Synopsis :
When Andy Wyrick moves his wife Lisa and daughter Heidi to an historic home in Georgia, they quickly discover they are not the house’s only inhabitants. Joined by Lisa’s free-spirited sister, Joyce, the family soon comes face-to-face with a bone-chilling mystery born of a deranged desire… a haunting secret rising from underground and threatening to bring down anyone in its path.

Directed by Tom Elkins, the editor of the first film, this sequel goes up On Demand today!
Shouldn’t it be the Haunting in Georgia? Kind of a clunky title…
Check it out, if you are in to that sort of thing.

February 8 (On Demand) — Spiders

Synopsis :
Following the crash of a derelict Soviet space station into a Manhattan subway tunnel, a new species of spider is discovered in the wreckage. When the spiders mutate to gigantic proportions, an MTA subway employee has to save his family and all of New York City from destruction.

Well, that was something…
Directed by Tibor Takács, the man responsible for one of my favorite 80s Babies, The Gate! Check this one out On Demand this week.
If you were not afraid of giant mutant spiders from outer space before, you will be now!

February 8 (On Demand) — Would You Rather

Synopsis :
Iris has been taking care of her brother, Raleigh, ever since her parents died in an accident.  Raleigh is struggling with Leukemia and as his health gets worse, the bills get more expensive.  Iris is desperate and jobless. Miraculously, her doctor introduces her to the fabulously wealthy and powerful Shepard Lambrick, who presents Iris with an opportunity to compete in a game.  If she wins, the Lambrick Foundation will find a donor for her brother and pay for the rest of his treatment.  Iris accepts the invitation.

When she arrives, she meets her fellow opponents – all desperate individuals with their own tragic stories, each hoping to find salvation through Shepard Lambrick¹s game of Would You Rather. (His own twist on the popular children¹s game.) However, Shepard Lambrick¹s version of Would You Rather is definitely not for children.  It requires that the players act on their decisions, within seconds.  Almost immediately the game becomes life threatening.

Anyone who tries to leave and not continue the game will be shot on the spot.  As the rounds progress, the contestants are pushed to their extremes and soon players begin to be eliminated forever.

The great Jeffrey Combs at the head of a sadistic dinner party? Sold!

February 12 — Smiley

Synopsis :
After learning of an urban legend in which a demented serial killer named “Smiley” can be summoned through the Internet, mentally fragile Ashley must decide whether she is losing her mind or becoming Smiley’s next victim.

Released last month On Demand, you can get the hard copy in your grubby little hands later this month!

February 12 — Silent Hill : Revelation 3D

Synopsis :
The sequel follows Heather Mason and her father, who have been on the run – always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand. Now, on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she’s not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in Silent Hill forever.

I did not care for this one. A clunky, plot-less mess with way too much polish.
Like watching someone else play a pretty video game, but much less fun.
Watch at your own risk.

February 19 — Sinister

Synopsis :
Ellison (Ethan Hawke) a renowned and feared whistle-blowing journalist, uproots his family in pursuit of his next big story.  When he discovers a box of old home movies in the attic, he realizes this grisly footage could be the basis of his greatest book yet – but only if he can piece together the string of murders these films present…

This one was voted by the students of Horror Homework as the #2 horror film of 2012!
If you missed it in the theaters, now is your chance to catch it in the comfort of your own home!

February 19 — Bad Meat

Synopsis :
A group of so-called problem teens are sent by their parents to a repressive Boot Camp in the middle of nowhere, in hopes that the strict regime will transform them into youthful model citizens that their parents can be proud of. However, when the kids refuse to play ball, tensions emerge between them as they try to resist the guards’ sadistic methods. Meanwhile, the camp’s down-trodden cook has also tired of the abuse meted out to him by the guards, and fixes them a meal of illegal, diseased meat…as a final ‘screw you!’ before he abandons the camp. But he doesn’t know that the meat is infected with a virus, which instead of simply making the guards ill as he intended, transforms them into flesh-crazed maniacs! If our heroes are to make it to morning and survive the carnage, they must put aside their differences and work together. They’re going to learn the lessons of maturity and responsibility – the hard way…

Looks like some good old fashioned cheesy fun! Count me in.

February 19 — The Factory

Synopsis :
Detective Mike Fletcher, a rugged and obsessive police officer, and his partner Kelsey Walker, are on the trial of a serial killer who prowls the streets targeting young streetwalkers. When his teenage daughter disappears, Fletcher discovers that the killer has kidnapped her after mistaking her for a prostitute. Fletcher’s obsession goes into overdrive when he drops all professional restraint to get the killer and save his daughter.

OK, this one looks intriguing. You can see already that it is definitely not perfect, but it looks like it might have some tense crazy moments. Plus, who doesn’t want to see John Cusack teaming up with Dexter’s sister, er wife, whatever…?

February 19 — Lake Placid : The Final Chapter

Synopsis :
The crocs are back… and they’re bigger, badder and more brutal than ever. After the deadly predators’ last vicious attack, the government prevented their extermination. Sealed away in a nature preserve, they’ve been growing to record size, awaiting their next chance to feast on human flesh. Now, when a high school swim team takes a wrong turn directly into the crocs hunting grounds… dinner is served. As the teens race to avoid the hungry reptiles, they become caught in a showdown between a rogue game warden (Yancy Butler, Witchblade) and a demented poacher (Robert Englund, A Nightmare on Elm Street). It’s the last serving of hysterical horror in a finale that shows terror is best served raw.

I find it odd that there is only that shitty fan-made trailer for this (presumably profitable) latest installment in the killer croc franchise. This one aired earlier this year as a SyFy Original, so you should know what you are getting in to already.
But, it might almost be worth it to see Robert Englund slumming it against some CGI reptiles. Or not.

That’s it for the February picks!
Check them out on DVD and On Demand through Amazon right here!
March looks much better for the new releases. Until next time…

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New DVD releases – January 2013

Hello everyone!
Welcome to the newest monthly feature for Horror Homework, where we will be bringing  you a run-down of the films you want to see being released to DVD. The links will take you directly to Amazon.com, and if you decide to purchase any of these new releases, buying them through our links will help to keep this site alive!
Thanks for checking it out, and let’s see some comments about this post below! What films on this list are you looking forward to seeing? Join the discussion!

Let’s see what January 2013 has in store for us horror fans…

January 1War of the Dead

Synopsis :
Captain Martin Stone is leading a finely-trained, elite platoon of American and Finnish soldiers as they attack an enemy bunker. Underestimating their enemy’s strength, they are quickly beaten back into the forest. As they try to regroup, they are suddenly attacked by the same soldiers they had just killed a few minutes earlier. Forced to flee deeper into Russian territory, they discover one of war’s most terrifying secrets and realize they have woken up a far deadlier enemy.

Completed since 2008, this “Nazi Zombie” flick is the directorial debut for Finnish filmmaker Marko Makilaakso. Originally titled “Stone’s War”, War Of the Dead made its theatrical debut at the 2011 Toronto After Dark Festival. Said to be the most expensive film ever produced in Lithuania, this one is available right now.

January 1The Thompsons

Synopsis :
On the run from the law, the vampire family the Hamiltons (now known as the Thompsons) heads to England to find an ancient vampire clan known as the Stuarts. Unbeknownst to the Hamiltons, the Stuarts have ulterior motives of their own.

A sequel to the 2006 film The Hamiltons from After Dark, this cool-looking vampire gorefest is available now!

January 4 — Crawlspace (VOD)

Synopsis :
Follows a squad of elite soldiers sent to infiltrate and extract the lead science team from Pine Gap, Australia’s top secret underground military compound, after it comes under attack from unknown forces. The mission is compromised when they encounter a young woman with no memory of who she is or how she came to be there. As they try to escape, the group quickly discovers all is not as it seems and the facility has become a testing ground for something far more sinister.

The directorial debut of special effects artist Justin Dix, this slick-looking film was reportedly financed independently and produced for under three million dollars. From “Wolf Creek Pictures” the Us distribution is being handled by IFC Films, and this one will be available for streaming On Demand this Friday, January 4th!

January 8Ghoul

This made-for-ChillerTV adaptation of Brian Keene’s fun novel releases on DVD on January 8th.

January 8House at the End of the Street

Synopsis :
A mother (Elisabeth Shue) and daughter (Jennifer Lawrence) move in to a new community and find themselves next door to a house with a terrible past. Years ago, in a notorious incident, a psychotic young girl murdered her parents. While the locals insist the girl vanished after the brutal murders, the new arrivals quickly discover the sinister house’s story is far from over… and the daughter may become part of its dark legacy.

PG-13 jump-scares for the kid in all of us.

January 8Sleep Tight

Synopsis :
Toiling silently amongst the residents of an everyday Barcelona apartment building, doorman Cesar (Luis Tosar) harbors a dark secret: his sole desire in life is to make others unhappy. When he sets his sights on Clara (Marta Etura), one of his building’s cheeriest residents, his sick need blossoms into a full-fledged obsession. Embarking on a series of private and physical violations against Clara, Cesar becomes determined to ruin her life by any means necessary. Becoming the boogeyman hiding under the bed and bringing her nightmares to life, his fascination with torment soon crosses the line into lunacy – and his thirst for others’ sadness soon becomes manically unquenchable.

From Spanish director Jaume Balagueró, co-creator of [REC] and [REC]², this one looks like a must-see to me.

January 8Jack & Diane

Synopsis :
Jack and Diane, two teenage girls, meet in New York City and spend the night kissing ferociously. Diane’s charming innocence quickly begins to open Jack’s tough skinned heart. But, when Jack discovers that Diane is leaving the country in a week she tries to push her away. Diane must struggle to keep their love alive while hiding the secret that her newly awakened sexual desire is giving her werewolf-like visions.

Starring Kylie Minogue, and with animations by the Quay Brothers, complete with a subversive take on the werewolf story? Count me in!

January 11 — Smiley (VOD)

Synopsis:
After learning of an urban legend in which a demented serial killer named “Smiley” can be summoned through the Internet, mentally fragile Ashley must decide whether she is losing her mind or becoming Smiley’s next victim.

Finally, Smiley will be released On Demand on the 11th! January is shaping up to be a good month for us home-viewing horror fans…

January 15thThe Possession

Synopsis :
A recently divorced father’s youngest daughter becomes strangely connected to an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. As his daughter’s behavior becomes more erratic, the father senses a dark presence building until he discovers that the box was built to contain a dibbuk — a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.

Three things that made me skip this one while it was in theaters : PG-13, “Based on a true story”, and the dubious and tricky nature of the “Sam Raimi Presents…” marketing scheme, duping people into believing this film was directed by the man himself.
One thing that makes me want to see it when it releases on DVD this month :

January 29Paranormal Activity 4

Synopsis :
It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in.

I know I am in the minority here, but I have really dug all of the Paranormal Activity films, and this one was a solid entry, in my opinion. Check out my review here, and be sure and add this one to your collection when it releases at the end of the month!

January 29The Awakening

Synopsis :
Set in post-World War I England in 1921, “The Awakening” follows a skeptical woman (Rebecca Hall, “The Town”) who travels to a countryside boarding school to investigate rumors of an apparent haunting. Just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, she has a chilling spectral encounter which defies all her rational beliefs.

Another solid release, starting 2013 off with a bang and a whimper…

January 29Citadel

Synopsis :
Tommy Cowley (Aneurin Barnard) lives a quiet life in a decaying apartment complex with his highly pregnant wife. The couple is attacked one day by a group of hooded young thugs, and after a shocking act of violence, Tommy is left to raise his newborn daughter alone. So shaken by the events that he’s developed extreme agoraphobia, Tommy alternates days hiding out indoors in his new flat from imagined threats and intense therapy sessions aimed at bringing him back to normalcy. When the same hooded gang, seemingly intent on kidnapping his daughter, begins terrorizing his life again, he’s torn between his paralyzing fear and protective parental instinct. With the help of a vigilante priest who has uncovered the genesis of this ruthless, potentially supernatural gang, Tommy must overcome his fears and venture into the heart of the abandoned tower block known as the Citadel to save his family.

This is an Irish/UK co-production that was shot in Glasgow and Dublin, and the feature film debut for writer/director Ciaran Foy, who was reportedly inspired to write the script after being a victim of an unprovoked urban attack and the resulting agoraphobia that followed it.
Looks great!

January 31 The ABC’s Of Death (VOD)

Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die. The ABC’s OF DEATH is perhaps the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning fifteen countries and featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. Inspired by children’s educational books, the motion picture is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free reign in choosing a word to create a story involving death.

I have been looking forward to this piece of cinematic chaos ever since I first posted about it last year. I know what I will be doing when this one releases On Demand at the end of this month…

So, there you have it. The must-have horror releases for the month of January, all available for purchase or pre-order from Amazon.com, by simply following the links!
Enjoy!



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