New Home Viewing Releases for February 2015!

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2015 is already flying by fast, and February is actually bringing a ton of cool new horror releases!
Only a handful of theatrical releases, and most every thing will be arriving to your chosen On Demand platform, as the latest trend seems to be. I love the fact that so many films are being wide released for home viewing on the same day as the theatrical release. It is great to get the chance to see so many cool independent movies we would have missed or had to wait and track down. I still love going to the theater, but it is so cool to have all the options we now have at our fingertips.
That said, check out this long list of kick ass releases coming this month.
And if you decide to purchase or rent these movies from Amazon, please use the added links to our Amazon store. For no extra cost to you, we get a percentage of any sales, so it is a great way to show your support for Horror Homework! Thanks.


February 3 ~ Starry Eyes (DVD)

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Determined to make it as an actress in Hollywood, Sarah Walker spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break. After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a new film from a mysterious production company. But with this opportunity comes bizarre ramifications that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful… and altogether terrifying.

I still need to give this one a look. I have heard nothing but good stuff about it, and the trailer below looks weird and awesome.


 

February 3 ~ ABCs of Death 2 (DVD)

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The sequel to the ambitious anthology ABCs of Death, featuring 26 new tales of death and each director tackling a letter of the alphabet.

I loved this one, and found it to be far superior to the first collection. A lot of fun and each film brings something unique to the table. See my review here.

 


 

February 3 ~ Exists (DVD)

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For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway— a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.

I saw this one On Demand a few months ago. It is a pretty damn good Bigfoot flick!
I still preferred Willow Creek, but Exists was a whole different animal. A lot of fun.


 

February 3 ~ Dracula Untold (DVD)

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In 15th-century Transylvania, Vlad III (Luke Evans), prince of Wallachia, is known as a just ruler. With his beloved wife, Mirena (Sarah Gadon), Vlad has brokered a prolonged period of peace and ensured that his people are protected, especially from the Ottoman Empire. However, when Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper) demands 1,000 of the country’s boys, including Vlad’s son, for his army, Vlad makes a deal with a monster that will enable him to defeat the Turks — but cost him his humanity.

I saw this one at the drive in. Hated it. At least it was a double feature with Nightcrawler, and that was an awesome flick!


 

February 3 ~ Ouija (DVD)

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Following the sudden death of her best friend, Debbie, Laine finds an antique Ouija board in Debbie’s room and tries to use it to say goodbye. Instead, she makes contact with a spirit that calls itself DZ. As strange events begin to occur, Laine enlists others to help her determine DZ’s identity and what it wants. As the friends delve deeper, they find that Debbie’s mysterious death was not unique, and that they will suffer the same fate unless they learn how to close the portal they’ve opened.

Yeah this one is a definite maybe for me. As in maybe when it gets to Netflix streaming and I am really drunk one night…


 

February 6 ~ Seventh Son (DVD)

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In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory.
In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. Now he has only until the next full moon to do what usually takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes), to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Man’s only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son.

What the what? Is this a sequel to the Big Lebowski?


 

February 6 ~ Enter The Dangerous Mind (On Demand)

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Enter the mind of Jim (Jake Hoffman)—a socially awkward EDM musician with a traumatic past, a tenuous grip on reality, and voices in his head. When he meets Wendy (Nikki Reed), he thinks he might finally have a shot at happiness. But as long-buried memories begin to stir, and his crush turns into obsession, Jim finds himself looking into a violent abyss… and he won’t be going alone. Pulsating with raw energy and an intense electronic soundtrack, Enter the Dangerous Mind is a pitch-black psychological thriller that doesn’t let off the gas for a second as it twists to its shocking conclusion.

This one looks like it could go either way to me. That Scott Bakula, though!


 

February 6 ~ The Voices (On Demand)

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Jerry Hickfang is a lovable but strange bathtub factory worker who yearns for the attention of a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden murderous turn, Jerry’s evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path that ultimately brings him to salvation.

I’m not the biggest Ryan Reynolds fan, but this one looks pretty fucking weird and funny. Count me in.


 

February 10 ~ Fear Clinic (DVD)

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When trauma-induced phobias begin to re-emerge in five survivors a year after their horrifying tragedy, they return to the ‘Fear Clinic,’ hoping to find the answers they need to get cured. Dr. Andover, a fear doctor who runs the clinic, uses his Fear Chamber to animate their fears in the form of terrifying hallucinations. However, the good doctor soon begins to suspect that something more sinister may be at work, something that yearns to be more than just an hallucination.

Pretty cool looking. Plus, Robert Englund!


 

February 13 ~ Wyrmwood (DVD)

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Wyrmwood follows Barry, a mechanic and family man, as he struggles to rescue his sister, who was kidnapped by soldiers on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. He sets out through the harsh, blood-splattered Australian bushland to battle both the undead and the military alike.

Mad Max meets Dawn Of The Dead? I’m listening…


 

February 13 ~ GirlHouse (On Demand)

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In an attempt to make some extra cash while away at College, Kylie (Ali Corbin) moves into a house that streams content to an X-rated website. After a deranged fan hacks in to determine the house’s location, she finds herself in a terrifying fight for her life.


 

February 17 ~ V/H/S : Viral (DVD)

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V/H/S: VIRAL’s segments include the story of a deranged illusionist who obtains a magical object of great power, a homemade machine that opens a door to a parallel world, teenage skaters that unwillingly become targets of a Mexican death cult ritual, and a sinister, shadowy organization that is tracking a serial killer. The segments are tied together by the story of a group of fame-obsessed teens following a violent car chase in LA that unwittingly become stars of the next internet sensation.

I enjoyed the first two, for the most part. Down for this sequel.


February 20 ~ Digging Up the Marrow (On Demand and DVD)

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When filmmaker Adam Green receives a package in his fan mail from a strange man claiming that he can prove that monsters indeed exist, he and his crew are taken on a mysterious, fantastical, and terrifying journey into the shadows and deep down under the ground below our very feet.

This is the one I am looking forward to the most this month! Adam Green teaming up with artist Alex Pardee for a unique monster movie is like a dream come true for this horror geek. Watch out kids, I think this film is going to really be something beautiful.
The DVD and On Demand release is the 20th, but they will be screening the film in some limited theaters that week and the week before with tons of cool perks! More info about the theatrical tour can be found here.


 

February 24 ~ CUT! (DVD)

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In CUT!, the apparent is never the truth as an ex-con and aspirant filmmaker set out to manufacture a film by scaring people for real; however, when it goes too far and someone actually dies, the pair decide that killing for real on film is the only way to make a truly terrifying movie.

I’m going to check this one out in the theater the week before the DVD release, so check back for a full review!


 

February 24 ~ Zombieworld (DVD)

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Zombie world is a horror anthology focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse.

I don’t know. I am suffering from zombie fatigue and this one looks kind of uninspired. Even that poster is a direct rip of Zombieland, but the trailer below did make me smile with some of the gratuitous gore!


 

February 27 ~ Ejecta (On Demand)

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Tells the story of two men who witness an unexplainable event in the atmosphere on the eve of a historic solar storm and must survive a terrifying life form that’s hunting them. An anonymous group will stop at nothing to unearth the truth behind what happened to the men that night and prove to the world that we were never alone in the universe.

Interesting concept and it looks creepy as shit! I’m down for this one, for sure!


So there we have it! A nice long list of at home horrors for the coming month!
Let us know what you are watching on our discussion boards!
Log in now, and stab your friends, if you are into that sort of thing…

Later, freaks!

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Watch Now : He Took His Skin Off For Me

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Now available to watch for free is this extraordinary short film from director Ben Aston.
Based on an original story by Maria Hummer, this is an incredibly effective grad film, that brings us some very promising new talent to look forward to in the future.
The director recommends that you “Please turn off the lights. Use headphones. Go full screen. It’s worth it.”
He is right. Do those things and watch this film right here right now!

Pretty impressive, right?
This up and coming film maker deserves all of our kudos, in my opinion.
Even more so, when you learn that those effects are 100% practical and the lead actor Sebastian Armesto spent around 8 hours a day getting put into that fantastic make up!
You can see some fascinating behind the scenes videos here, and stay up to date with news about the film as it hits the festival circuit on Facebook, Twitter, and the official website.
I honestly can’t wait to see what this director comes up with in the future!

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New Home Viewing Releases for December 2014!

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As the gift-giving frenzy of the upcoming Christmas season heats up, it seems that us horror fans are being mostly left behind this month. With just a few noteworthy DVD releases, and a handful of intriguing additions to Netflix Streaming, the month of December seems to be a barren wasteland for horror fans. So, for a little something special, I decided to add a short list of some favorites for the holiday season at the end! Please enjoy, and remember if you decide to purchase any of these recommendations through Amazon, please do so through the added links to help support your favorite horror site with no extra cost to you!


December 2ndAs Above, So Below
(DVD)

AsAboveSoBelowMiles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.  


December 3rdOculus
(Netflix Streaming)

11180964_800Haunted by the violent demise of their parents 10 years earlier, adult siblings Kaylie (Karen Gillan) and Tim (Brenton Thwaites) are now struggling to rebuild their relationship. Kaylie suspects that their antique mirror, known as the Lasser Glass, is behind the tragedy. The seemingly harmless reflections contain a malevolent, supernatural force that infects the mind of anyone who gazes into it. As Kaylie gets closer to the truth, the siblings become caught in the mirror’s evil spell.


December 9thDead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead
(DVD)

DeadSnow2_TEASERPicking up immediately where the original left off, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead wastes no time getting right to the gore-filled action, leaving a bloody trail of intestines in its wake. Director Tommy Wirkola returns to the helm with a vengeance, coming up with more inventive ways to maim and dismember than you ever thought possible. Combining wry humor with horrific worst-case scenarios, this follow-up to the 2009 Midnight classic is sure to shock the weak-of-heart and delight even the most hard-core fans of the horror genre. Colonel Herzog is back, and he is not to be fucked with.


December 6thSharknado 2: The Second One
(Netflix Streaming)

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A freak weather system brings in ravenous sharks to munch on hapless New Yorkers and iconic landmarks.


December 6thAmerican Horror Story – Coven
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Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town determined to protect the Coven and hell bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.


December 13thDon’t Blink
(Netflix Streaming)

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Ten people arrive at a secluded mountain resort to find it completely deserted. With no gas for the return trip, the visitors are forced to stay and investigate the mystery surrounding the abandoned lodge.


December 16thStonehearst Asylum
(DVD)

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Revolves around a Harvard Medical School graduate who takes a job at an insane asylum, unaware of the fact that it has been taken over by its occupants.


December 20thParanormal Activity: The Marked Ones
(Netflix Streaming)

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Teenagers Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) and Hector (Jorge Diaz) look forward to a carefree summer, but the murder of a neighbor leads to a terrifying encounter with the supernatural. After breaking into the neighbor’s apartment, Jesse and Hector find a collection of ritualistic art and other bizarre items. Jesse takes a journal of occult writings and soon after finds a strange mark on his arm. His subsequent erratic behavior leads Jesse’s friends and family to the realization that he is possessed.


December 30thTusk
(DVD)

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Is man truly a walrus at heart?
See my review here.


As promised I have added some of my personal picks from this time of the year to celebrate the holidays with.
What are your favorite horrific holiday films?


Black Christmas

Released December 20th 1974, this is the original slasher film that laid the blueprints for a big portion of the genre we all know and love, influencing John Carpenter among many others. This is a yearly watch for me, just as we cozy up for Christmas.

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40th Anniversary poster by Ghoulish Gary Pullin.

Silent Night Deadly Night

Released November 9th 1984, this one shook up quite a bit of controversy back then with it’s terrifying commercial campaign hitting screens all over the U.S. It got a nice limited theatrical release last year, which I managed to catch! Learn more about this film here.

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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Based on a couple of creative short films that explored the sinister side of Santa Claus, this fine film from Finland has it all. Find my full write up about this modern classic here, and be sure and add this one to this list of heartwarming holiday films to watch each December.

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The Shining

Of course we have all seen The Shining a million times, but there is something new to be found and enjoyed upon every viewing, even if Stephen King hates it. One of the classic horror films of all time. Check out this rare trailer below. Can you imagine seeing this in a theater in 1979?

Gremlins

What list of classic holiday horrors would be complete without the masterpiece that is Gremlins? One of the first movies I remember truly scaring me as a child, this one will never get old to me. So much mischievous fun!
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New Home Viewing Releases for November 2014

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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 4thThe Taking of Deborah Logan (DVD)

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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 4thGhost Bride (DVD)

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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 7thOpen Windows (On Demand)

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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)

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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.

 

November 11thDemons / Demons 2 (Blu-Ray)

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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 11thFantasm (DVD)

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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 11thTrue Blood: The Complete Series

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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)

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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 18thHousebound (DVD)

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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)

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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)

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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!
Happy watching!



New Home Viewing Releases for October 2014!

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Halloween is almost upon us, and another October has arrived crammed full of DVD and On Demand releases for your enjoyment! One month from now, on Halloween, we will be relaunching the Horror Homework site with an all-new version featuring tons of new quizzes, reviews, and all the horror news you have come to expect from us over the past three years.
So, get excited for Horror Homework 2, and check out some of these new releases to keep you busy until then…

First up, I have decided to include the newest releases for Netflix Streaming in this list from now on. So we will keep you informed of the new horror additions to the most popular streaming service from now on.
If you don’t have Netflix (why not?), please follow the links in the titles to find each film for purchase on Amazon. Enjoy!

October 1stShivers (Netflix Streaming)

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That’s right, starting October first David Cronenberg’s first feature film Shivers will be available on Netflix. A film that repulsed and terrified critics and audiences way back in 1975, Cronenberg even claims he got kicked out of his apartment at the time due to a “morality clause”.
Synopsis : The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact.

October 2ndCarrie 2013 (Netflix Streaming)

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An unnecessary but surprisingly watchable remake. I actually enjoyed this one.
Synopsis : A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

October 2nd — ABCs Of Death 2 (On Demand with a limited theatrical release to follow on October 31st!)

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This follow-up to 2012’s first outing has an impressive line-up of directors and the goodwill of the horror community after offering up a letter to an unknown director in a great contest last year. I don’t expect it to all blow my mind, but I am hopeful that at least a few of the segments will be great!
Synopsis : Be ready to learn your ABC’s again with 26 new directors and 26 new deaths bring your kids to a blood and gore filled horror so good your face will be blood red.

October 3rd — Exists (On Demand)

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A found footage Bigfoot film from Eduardo Sanchez. It will have to work hard to top Willow Creek, in my opinion.
Synopsis : For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway— a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.

October 3rd — Inner Demons (On Demand)

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It looks kind of crazy. From IFC Midnight.
Synopsis :   Follows an ‘Intervention’-style reality show crew that films an episode about a sixteen-year old girl, a former A-student, who is fighting addiction but may in fact be suffering from something even more destructive: demonic possession. The movie is an inquiry into the truth about her – with symptoms that straddle the disturbing and scary intersection between insanity, addiction and true possession.

October 10thDead Snow 2: Red vs Dead (On Demand with a limited theatrical release.)

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Really looking forward to this one. It looks like a great sequel to a fun flick!
Synopsis : Picking up immediately where the original left off, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead wastes no time getting right to the gore-filled action, leaving a bloody trail of intestines in its wake. Director Tommy Wirkola returns to the helm with a vengeance, coming up with more inventive ways to maim and dismember than you ever thought possible. Combining wry humor with horrific worst-case scenarios, this follow-up to the 2009 Midnight classic is sure to shock the weak-of-heart and delight even the most hard-core fans of the horror genre. Colonel Herzog is back, and he is not to be fucked with.

October 10th — The Canal (On Demand and limited theatrical release)

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Synopsis : Set in rural Ireland, THE CANAL stars Rupert Evans (Hellboy) as David, a film archivist with a morbid fascination for old films in which the subjects have since died. Right after learning that his wife (Hannah Hoekstra) may be cheating on him, she mysteriously disappears at the same time that his assistant Claire (Antonia Campbell Hughes) finds an old reel of film that points to a murder that took place in his house a hundred years ago. David starts to suspect her disappearance may involve some form of the supernatural but he also quickly becomes the prime suspect.

October 10th — The Houses October Built (On Demand with a limited theatrical release)

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Pretty creepy looking, and a unique premise. I’m in.
Synopsis : Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground Haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening and it becomes clear that the Haunt has come to them…

October 14thWitching & Bitching (DVD and Netflix Streaming)

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I watched this one On Demand a few months back and it is pretty awesome. A very strange and fun flick! Recommended.
Synopsis : Revolves around robbers trying to flee to France after stealing 25,000 gold rings from a Spanish city. A curse falls on them and they fall into the clutches of the witches of the Navarrese in the town of Zugarramurdi.

October 14thHousebound (On Demand with a limited theatrical release)

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This is a very cool looking horror comedy from New Zealand. Can’t wait to check this one out!
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.

October 16th — The Town That Dreaded Sundown (On Demand)

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A new “meta” take on the classic that inspired many that followed it. At least it is an interesting way to tackle a remake. Consider me curious about this one.
Synopsis : 65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called ‘moonlight murders’ begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.

October 16th — Wolves (On Demand)

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So, writer and director (and former voice of Solid Snake!) David Hayter says this film is like “Twilight with a bit more bite to it, and without abstinence.” Might have to skip this one…
Synopsis : Cayden Richards, 18, has it all: Captain of the high school football team straight-A student gorgeous girlfriend. But when he wakes one dark night to find his parents brutally murdered, he is horrified to realize that he is turning into an animal: a wild, savage wolf.
Panicked, Cayden runs, determined to find out what is happening to him. His quest leads him to the strange, isolated town of Lupine Ridge, where two clans of wolves are on the brink of war. The opposing clans are lead by Connor, the powerful, pure-blood alpha of a savage pack and John Tollerman, an old farmer, committed to protecting the human citizens of Lupine Ridge.
But when Cayden falls for Angelina, the beautiful, young mate promised to Connor, a battle to the death is inevitable. And as the past begins to reveal itself, Cayden’s place in the world becomes clearer — As does his power to put an end to the savage violence building up around, and within him…

October 17thSee No Evil 2 (On Demand with the DVD release to follow October 21st)

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I have to be honest. I never even saw the first one. But I will watch any thing that the Soska Sisters put their name on. I hope it is crazy.
Synopsis : A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage complete with hooks, surgical knives and power saws.

October 21stThe Purge: Anarchy (DVD)

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A huge improvement over the first film. I thought this was a great sequel and look forward to more stories set in this insane alternate reality.
Synopsis : A young couple works to survive on the streets after their car breaks down right as the annual purge commences.

October 21stLife After Beth (DVD)

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Aubrey Plaza as a zombie? Sold.
Synopsis : Revolves around a young man whose life takes a turn for the worse when he attempts to make amends after his recently deceased girlfriend returns from the dead.

October 21stPlay Hooky (DVD from Wild Eye Releasing)

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Synopsis : Five high school friends skip class in hopes of finding the perfect spot to party. They chose the wrong place. Against all warnings, they break into an abandoned mental hospital, notorious for reports of ghost sightings, satanic rituals and demon possessions. Now, armed only with a camera, they are trapped inside, haunted and hunted by something they cannot stop, reason with, or describe. The camera captures every last breath in the fight for their lives.

Play Hooky – Trailer from Wild Eye Releasing on Vimeo.

October 21st — Red Nights (DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures)

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Synopsis : During the reign of the first emperor of China, an ingenious torturer concocted an elixir that paralyzed its victim’s limbs, while increasing the sensitivity of their nerve endings tenfold. Kept in a jade skull, the elixir could provoke sensations in infinite variations-everything from erotic caresses to appalling lacerations. Haunted by the desire to experience the extreme sensations caused by the elixir, the executioner kills himself with his own poison, intensifying his death experience. His pursuers never found the skull, which had been concealed within a large imperial seal. But the curse of the jade skull, responsible for its creator’s death, will endure within the seal, bringing misfortune to all of those who possess it. Until today…

October 21stWrong Turn 6: Last Resort (DVD)

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Wow, there are six of these fucking things now? Geez. I liked the first one, and the second because of Henry Rollins in Rambo mode, but….
Synopsis : A sudden and mysterious inheritance brings Danny (Anthony Ilott) and his friends to Hobb Springs, a forgotten resort deep in the West Virginia hills. Hobb Springs is being looked after under the watchful care of Jackson and Sally, a socially awkward couple who introduce Danny to the long lost family he’s never known. A clan by the name of Hillicker. But soon Danny learns his relatives have a different way of living, that for generations, the Hillickers have observed ancient traditions rooted in cannibalism and other taboo rituals. These practices have kept the family strong if not necessarily pure. And tempted by the forbidden, Danny is forced to choose between his friends and his bloodline.

October 23rd — V/H/S : Viral (On Demand)

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I really enjoyed parts of the first two, and can’t wait to see what they come up with for this one. I hope that there is at least one segment that is as insane ans the cult sequence from part 2.
Synopsis : V/H/S: VIRAL’s segments include the story of a deranged illusionist who obtains a magical object of great power, a homemade machine that opens a door to a parallel world, teenage skaters that unwillingly become targets of a Mexican death cult ritual, and a sinister, shadowy organization that is tracking a serial killer. The segments are tied together by the story of a group of fame-obsessed teens following a violent car chase in LA that unwittingly become stars of the next internet sensation.

October 24thStonehearst Asylum (On Demand with a limited theatrical release)

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A high profile Edgar Allan Poe adaptation with some big stars and an excellent director. Count me in for this one.
Synopsis : Revolves around a Harvard Medical School graduate who takes a job at an insane asylum, unaware of the fact that it has been taken over by its occupants.

October 28thDeliver Us From Evil (DVD)

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I missed this one in the theaters a few months back, but it looked pretty interesting.
Synopsis : Eric Bana plays an Irish Catholic cop working a case when he meets a renegade priest. Despite the cop’s beliefs, he’s convinced by the priest that there is a demonic element and together they work to solve the case and combat the paranormal forces working against them.

October 28thNightbreed: The Director’s Cut

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Finally, the long-awaited director’s cut of Clive Barker’s unique vision of monsters and rednecks will be available for watching in your very own home. I saw the “Cabal Cut” of this last year (and transcribed Mr. Barker’s Q&A here) and this version is the definitive version of Nightbreed at last, according to all parties involved in it’s creation and restoration. There are two separate versions available.
Synopsis : A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of monsters are hiding from humanity.

So there we have it, freaks and geeks!
Tons of choices for your home entertainment viewing for this coming month. There are some great choices to be had, for sure.
Let us know which of the titles you enjoyed in the comments below, and have a great Halloween!
Keep it weird.

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Doctor Mordrid : Master of the Unknown on Blu-Ray!

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I have to be honest. I had never heard of this film until it found it’s way into my P O Box thanks to the good people at Full Moon Studios. But just looking at the Blu-Ray cover made me giddy.
An early 90s fantasy horror flick starring Jeffrey Combs? Sold.

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It turns out that Doctor Mordrid is everything you would expect from that cover above, plus a little more. Directed by Full Moon’s ubiquitous overlord Charles Band teaming up with his father Albert Band, Doctor Mordrid is a project that was meant for other things before taking shape as the fun film it is.
In the late 1980s and early 90s, Marvel comics was not the entertainment force it is today and the thought of quality superhero movies on the big screen was insane. Doctor Mordrid began life as an adaptation of Marvel’s Dr. Strange, and Charles Band was developing the film when the rights were lost. So he changed a few names, added some boobies and a particularly vulgar character and had an all new film starring Jeffrey Combs as a confident wizard destined to protect Earth from an “unspeakable evil”.

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Despite some of the sillier elements inherent in this pre-CGI fantasy flick, it turns out to be pretty damned entertaining. I have to admit that a certain amount of the pleasure I took from it was watching Jeffrey Combs keep a straight face. But the sets are extravagant and fanciful, filled with cool touches like the good doctor’s faithful companion, a raven named Edgar.

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So the story goes that the evil sorcerer known as Kabal is seeking a collection of mysterious elements that will allow him to open the portal to Hell and unleash his minions to wreak havoc upon the earth. Dr. Mordrid is Earth’s only defender against this threat and of course is misunderstood and impeded by the ones he is trying to protect. The only one on his side is charismatic young police consultant Samantha Hunt, and the two team up to stop Kabal as he makes his moves toward world domination.

 

tumblr_m6vefq4Enh1qieyxio1_250tumblr_m6vefq4Enh1qieyxio2_250tumblr_m6vefq4Enh1qieyxio3_250It all leads to an awesome final battle inside the Cosmopolitan Museum, featuring stop-motion dinosaur fossils. Yeah, that is just as awesome and nostalgic as it sounds, and the film ends with the promise of a sequel, which unfortunately never happened.

tumblr_mk6ki49wPp1r3d7d2o1_1280The new Blu-Ray release is stuffed with special features, including a commentary with Jeffrey Combs and Charles Band, a walk-through of how they shot the dinosaur scene, some candid and flirtatious interviews with Jeffrey Combs and Yvette Nipar (Samantha Hunt), and one really awkward and entertaining inclusion of an interview between Combs, William Shatner (!), Barbara Crampton, and Stuart Gordon (director of Re-Animator).

This movie works for me in the way all of those late 80s/early 90s B flicks always did for me, and it is really cool to see one now that I missed as a kid. So I am giving it a +1 for nostalgia. Overall, Doctor Mordrid is a really fun, weird flick and definitely recommended.
Find it for sale on Amazon here, or visit Full Moon and sign up for their unique Streaming service for all kinds of cool stuff!

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