Anchor Bay UK will be releasing the claustrophobic thriller 247°F on Blu-ray and DVD on January 28th. The film stars Scout Taylor-Compton and Tyler Mane, re-uniting the Halloween stars, and is about a group of youngsters who become trapped inside a sauna.
December 14, 2012
I know what you are thinking; I had no idea they were making a sequel to the spooky 2009 flick, The Haunting in Connecticut, either. Well, not only are they making one, but it appears to be made and ready to roll, with a limited theatrical release set for February 1st. The first film was decent enough, with its play on themes we have seen before, so I will more than likely be checking this one out. Lionsgate and Golden Circle Films will be releasing the film, and you can check out the trailer after the break.
December 13, 2012
The legends that are Darkthrone will return on February 26th, with their new album entitled The Underground Resistance. It will be released by Peaceville Records and is their first new album since 2010.
The George Lucas produced and Ron Howard directed classic, Willow, is set to get a Blu-ray release when 20th Century Fox release their Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on March 12th. The film will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary and the Blu-ray is set to contain a fair few special features, with the film itself receiving a new digital transfer.
When I was a wee lad one of the films that I watched, on a seemingly frequent basis, was The Railway Children. The vision of Jenny Agutter frantically flagging down an oncoming train will be forever embedded in my head. Now, Irish filmmaker Jason Figgis brings us Railway Children, which doesn't feature Jenny Agutter, or trains for that matter, but is set in a world where a virus has wiped out almost all of the adult population, leaving the children to fend for themselves. Why the title, Railway Children? Because one of the children, Evie, reads chapters of the E. Nesbitt book (upon which the aforementioned film was based) The Railway Children. You can check out the excellent looking trailer below, and I plan on having a review of the film itself over the coming weekend.
If you have perused my Top 20 favorite films of 2012, you will have seen that Jaume Balaguero's Sleep Tight is on the list. It's a quite terrific, and creepy, movie and on January 8th Dark Sky Films and MPI Media Group will be releasing it on Blu-ray and DVD. Highly recommended viewing.
On February 26th Peaceville Records will be reissuing the debut album from Mysticum. In the Streams of Inferno will be remastered and contain two bonus songs, as well as an accompanying DVD featuring two live sets. Read on for more info.
December 12, 2012
Fresh from their North American tour, with Cannibal Corpse, Baltimore's Misery Index have released details of their upcoming live album entitled 'Live in Munich'. Recorded on February 18th 2012, whilst touring with Cannibal Corpse and Behemoth, the album will be released digitally and on a very limited edition vinyl version. Full details below.
Arrow Film's Nordic Noir imprint is definitely the place to go if you are looking for your Scandinavian crime TV thrills. Having released The Killing and The Bridge recently, they now have Unit One coming to DVD. The 3 disc set will be released on January 21st in the UK and follows an elite police task force, Unit One, as they help police with especially tough crimes in Denmark.
Greek Black Metal legends, Rotting Christ, are gearing up for the release of their next album. 'ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ ΔΑΙΜΟΝΑ ΕΑΥΤΟΥ' ('Do What Thou Wilt') will be released in the US on March 5th from Season of Mist, and will be available on CD, Double Gate-fold LP and a Limited Edition Digibox. Full details, including tracklisting can be found below.
Pittsburgh's Complete Failure have released the cover artwork and tracklisting details for their forthcoming new album. Entitled 'The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault', you can expect some musical brutality when the album is released on February 19th through Season of Mist. More details below.
December 11, 2012
Well well, it's that time of the year (it is for me anyway) in which I decide to post a list of my top 20 favorite films of the year. I never post 'Best of' lists, as I don't agree with them, I just like to list the films that I enjoyed the most. All the films below received their either Blu-ray, DVD, Screener or Theatrical releases in 2012 in either the US or UK; for example, Shame got a theatrical in late 2011 but didn't see its Blu-ray release until April 2012, so it made the list. Whereas Accident was didn't get a Blu-ray release until October 2012, but was first released in 2009, so it didn't make the list. Like I say though, this is a list of films I enjoyed from 2012, and it is always a tough decision to decide what makes the list and what doesn't. It's always a tough list for me to write, and this year was no different as my first draft had over 30 films on it. It was a hard decision to cut some and keep others, but that's the way it goes.
Silent Night, Deadly Night 1 & 2 – Christmas Survival Double Feature (1984/1987)
Review by Jude Felton
Whether this double feature is seeing a release to coincide with the Steven C. Miller remake, Silent Night, or whether Anchor Bay are just feeling especially festive is probably neither here nor there. It is however a welcome release, regardless of the quality of the films contained. Personally, I think Arrow’s edition of Silent Night, Deadly Night is excellent, but that is essentially a UK release, and with Anchor Bay’s double feature it gives US viewers a chance to catch up on these tales of Christmas carnage. On top of that, the Silent Night, Deadly Night contained here is the unrated version, as opposed to the previously released R rated version.
December 10, 2012
On January 29th Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will be releasing the animated movie, Hotel Transylvania on a variety of formats. The film will hit shelves on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, all with UltraViolet. Read on for the list of bonus features.
On January 15th Lionsgate will be releasing the Sam Raimi produced The Possession on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and Digital (with UltraViolet included on the Blu and DVD release). The film stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick and is directed by Ole Bornedal. Included on the release will be an extended featurette about the true story behind the film.
Berberian Sound Studio, which gets its Blu and DVD release through Artificial Eye in the UK on December 31st, has scooped up the most awards of any film at the British Independent Film Awards. The film took four awards, including Best Director for Peter Strickland, and this comes on top of its multiple wins at the 2012 Film Four FrightFest. Full details below.
Review by Jude Felton
Of all the horror websites out there, it definitely seems that Bloody Disgusting is putting their money where their mouth is, and is standing proud in its support of new and exciting horror movie. With the Bloody Disgusting Selects label they have released a wide range of movies in the US, ranging from excellent through to average at best. All have been well-worth checking out though. The Woman, Rammbock, YellowBrickRoad, Atrocious and Chop, among others, have all gotten their US releases through this new and exciting imprint.
Over here in the States we have to wait until the Fall of 2013 to see American Mary released on Blu and DVD, but not so in the UK. Back in Blighty the Soska Sisters eagerly anticipated follow-up to Dead Hooker in a Trunk will be hitting theaters from January 11th, through FrightFest, and Blu-ray and DVD on January 21st from Universal UK. I see an import copy in my near future. Now is your chance to see the new UK trailer for American Mary in all its glory!