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October Blu-ray Shopping Guide

It’s October, the best month of the year, because it all ends with Halloween, the best day of the year. As such, distributors are rolling out their October-friendly genre releases en masse — some old, some new. Below is a not nearly comprehensive but still very thick list of titles for you to watch as you knock back mug after mug of apple cider spiced with rum and throw candy corn at the cat. This list is broken up into three parts: kid stuff, adult stuff, and then the most important part, Halloween stuff.


We’ll begin with the kid in all of us, or maybe for the kid just next to us tugging relentlessly on our pants so we can look and see that he’s stacked three blocks on top of each other and seriously, this is the only thing that’s ever mattered, and if you don’t look right now, the tears will come…


Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

You’re in for a devil of a time when three outlandishly wild witches – Bette Midler (The First Wives Club), Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex & the City) and Kathy Najimy (The Wedding Planer) – return from 17th century Salem after they are accidentally conjured up by some unsuspecting pranksters! It’s a night full of zany fun and comic chaos once the tricky 300-year-old trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth- but first they must get their act together and outwit three kids and a talking cat! Loaded with bewitching laughs, Hocus Pocus is an outrageously wild comedy that’s sure to entertain everyone!

Special Features:

  • We ♥︎ “Hocus Pocus: Trivia and Treats Edition – A spellbinding new way to experience the film with:
  • Fun facts and trivia
  • Deleted scenes
  • Cast and crew commentary
  • Concept art and storyboards
  • Behind-the-scenes secrets, and more!
  • Original 1993 Production Featurette – Discover that witchcraft is cinematic artistry in disguise in this resurrected throwback production featurette.

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

In “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” Jack Skellington (singing voice of Elfman and speaking voice of Chris Sarandon), Halloweentown’s beloved Pumpkin King, is bored with the same old annual scare-and-scream routine and longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his newfound obsession puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere. Jack is surrounded by a creepy and captivating cast of characters, including Sally (voice of Catherine O’Hara), a resourceful rag doll that has trouble fitting in, like her good friend Jack; mad scientist Dr. Finklestein (voice of William Hickey); the two-faced Mayor of Halloweentown (voice of Glenn Shadix); Oogie Boogie (voice of Ken Page), a rambling, gambling bag of bugs; and Lock (voice of Paul Reubens), one in a trio of trick-or-treating troublemakers.

The new edition audiences to experience “The Nightmare Before Christmas” two different ways: the original, full-length film, in which the holidays collide with chaotic and comical consequences, and all-new sing-along mode, which includes pop-up lyrics to 11 unforgettable songs like “What’s This” and “This Is Halloween.” The Multi-Screen Edition of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” includes a Blu-ray and Digital Code giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices.
Special Features:

  • NEW Song Selection – Shriek along with these ghoulish tunes from the movie, or just lend an ear if you find singing to be particularly ghastly.
    • “This Is Halloween”
    • “Jack’s Lament”
    • “What’s This?”
    • “Town Meeting Song”
    • “Jack’s Obsession”
    • “Kidnap the Sandy Claws”
    • “Making Christmas”
    • “Oogie Boogie’s Song”
    • “Sally’s Song:
    • “Poor Jack”
    • “Finale/Reprise”
  • BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE: Tim Burton’s Early Film: “Vincent” – Vincent Price himself narrates this stop-motion tale of little Vincent Malloy and his fascination with the macabre.
  • BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE: Posters – Take a look at some promotional posters from the movie’s release.
  • The Making of
  • The Beginning – Tim Burton and the filmmakers detail the early stages of the beloved film.
  • Music – Discover how composer and lyricist Danny Elfman expressed Tim Burton’s unique vision through the timeless songs heard in the film.
  • Storyboards – In the storyboard phase, visual representations are first drawn for each scene and then put together in sequential order.
  • Art Direction – From camera angles to miniature sets, just about every detail of the film was meticulously plotted by the filmmakers.
  • Puppets – All of the characters’ puppet models are constructed in a process that takes them from their metal base to the final painted mold.
  • Animation – An incredible mix of artistry and patience is required to produce the stop-motion magic of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
  • Deleted Storyboards
  • Behomoth Singing – In this unused storyboard sequence, we learn there may have been more to Behemoth than the overalls let on.
  • Oogie Boogie with Dancing Bugs – Unused because of its difficulty to animate—take a look at this storyboard sequence where Oogie Boogie cuts a rug with some bugs.
  • Alternate Identity of Oogie Boogie – Although never used in the final film, Oogie Boogie was almost a mere alter ego for someone very close to Jack and Sally.
  • Deleted Animated Sequences
  • Vampire Hockey Players – Tim Burton almost had quite the grotesque cameo, but he was replaced by a pumpkin in the final film.
  • Lock, Shock and Barrel – Lock, Shock and Barrel settle in for a front-row seat while Oogie Boogie terrorizes Santa and Sally.
  • Oogie Boogie Shadow Dance – The Boogie Man was never one to shy away from the spotlight, as is evident in this deleted dance sequence.
  • Tim Burton’s Early Film: “Frankenweenie” (Uncut Version) – Before Tim Burton gave us all nightmares, he created this electrifying short film that replaces Frankenstein’s monster with a dog.
  • “What’s This?” Jack’s Haunted Mansion Tour – Take a ride through Jack’s Haunted Mansion Holiday and see how Disney Imagineers transformed an iconic Disneyland attraction.
  • Tim Burton’s Original Poem Narrated by Christopher Lee – Hear Hollywood legend Christopher Lee narrate the poem that inspired the movie. Set over illustrations based on Tim Burton’s art.
  • Storyboard-to-Film Comparison – See the final version of Jack’s Christmas pitch to the people of Halloween Town next to the original storyboards.
  • Theatrical Trailer – In this theatrical trailer, enter a place where every day is
  • Halloween—till Jack Skellington shares his unique view of Christmas!
  • Teaser Trailer – This trailer highlights Disney’s long history with technology in filmmaking and heralds a new collaboration with Tim Burton.

Distributor: Nickelodeon (DVD only)

The PAW Patrol is back for spooktacular adventures in the brand new DVD collection, PAW Patrol: Halloween Heroes. Fans can get into the Halloween spirit with the pups as they bravely board a ghostly pirate ship, explore cabins, caves and mazes, try to solve the haunting of the Lookout Tower and more. Fans will have a scary good time watching all seven PAW Patrol adventures including a really ghoul double-length special! .

PAW Patrol: Halloween Heroes Episodes:

  • Pups and the Ghost Pirate
  • Pups Save a Ghost                    
  • Pups and the Ghost Cabin                     
  • Pups Save a Bat           
  • Pups Fall Festival                     
  • Pups Save the Corn Roast                     
  • Pups Save a Show       

Now let’s start adulting. This month brings you Ash vs. The Evil Dead: The Complete Series, badly needed reissues of 12 Monkeys, Deep Red, and House on Haunted Hill, and the long-awaited high-def debuts of The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler, starring “The Old Man” from A Christmas Story


Distributor: Lionsgate / Starz

Experience all three chainsaw-wielding seasons of the hilarious, critically acclaimed, most-watched comedy on Starz in Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete Collection. Legendary horror icon Bruce Campbell stars in this series that follows up Sam Raimi’s cult-classic horror film The Evil Dead.

Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell), the chainsaw-wielding, wisecracking antihero of the legendary The Evil Dead films, is back for more gore-filled adventure in this complete 30-episode collection of the “Ash vs Evil Dead” TV series. Follow Ash’s journey as he returns home to Elk Grove, Michigan, meets his long-lost daughter, and unites with former enemy Ruby (Lucy Lawless) and fellow demon fighters Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) for a final blood-splattering stand to save the world!

Season 1 Special Features:

  • “Inside the World of Ash” Featurette
  • “How to Kill a Deadite” Featurette
  • “Best of Ash” Featurette
  • Audio Commentaries

Season 2 Special Features:

  • “Season 2 First Look” Featurette
  • “Inside the World of Ash vs Evil Dead” Featurette
  • “Up Your Ash” Featurette
  • “Women Who Kick Ash” Featurette
  • “Puppets Are Cute” Featurette
  • “Dawn of the Spawn” Featurette
  • “Bringing Henrietta Back” Featurette
  • “The Delta” Featurette
  • “How to Kill a Deadite” Featurette
  • “Fatality Mash-Up” Featurette
  • Audio Commentaries

Season 3 Special Features:

  • “Season Overview” Featurette
  • “Inside the World of Ash vs Evil Dead” Featurette
  • Audio Commentaries

Distributor: Arrow Video

Still traumatised by the loss of her husband, well-meaning social worker Ann Gentry (Anjanette Comer, The Loved One) throws herself into her latest assignment: the case of “Baby”, a 21-year-old man with the mind of an infant – who crawls, cries and has yet to make it out of nappies. But Baby’s family – the tyrannical “Mama” Wadsworth (Ruth Roman, Strangers on a Train) and her two demented daughters – aren’t the only ones with a warped conception of familial relations, and the full horror only begins when Ann sets her sights on liberating the drooling man-child… and in so doing unleashes the wrath of the Wadsworth women.

45 years after its original release, this film remains one of the most bizarre horror movies ever committed to celluloid. Directed by Ted Post (Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Magnum Force) and co-starring Marianna Hill (Blood Beach, Messiah of Evil), The Baby is a twisted, psychedelic nightmare of suburban depravity.

Special Features:

  • Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
  • Down Will Come Baby – a new retrospective with film professor Rebekah McKendry
  • Tales from the Crib – archival audio Interview with director Ted Post
  • Baby Talk – archival audio Interview with Star David Mooney
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Frankenstein builds the perfect woman — and lives to regret it — in this tantalizing marriage of horror, romance, and unbridled passion! Rock legend Sting plays the cunning scientist and Jennifer Beals (Flashdance) lends her dramatic presence as his supreme, sublime creation. This gothic tale, inspired by the indelible themes and characters originally brought to life by Mary Shelley, follows Frankenstein’s creations as they search for their place in the world — the gorgeous Eva by declaring her independence, and her grotesque intended mate Viktor (Clancy Brown, Highlander) by learning self-worth from a compassionate circus dwarf (David Rappaport, Time Bandits). Can Dr. Frankenstein survive when the monster returns to claim his intended?

Special Features:

  • NEW Audio Commentary With Director Franc Roddam
  • NEW Interview With Director Franc Roddam
  • NEW Interview With Actor Clancy Brown
  • TV Spot
  • Optional English subtitles

Distributor: Arrow Video

From Dario Argento, maestro of the macabre and the man behind some the greatest excursions in Italian horror (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), comes Deep Red – arguably the ultimate giallo movie.

One night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow Up), looking up from the street below, witnesses the brutal axe murder of a woman in her apartment. Racing to the scene, Marcus just manages to miss the perpetrator… or does he? As he takes on the role of amateur sleuth, Marcus finds himself ensnared in a bizarre web of murder and mystery where nothing is what it seems…

Aided by a throbbing score from regular Argento-collaborators Goblin, Deep Red (aka Profondo Rossoand The Hatchet Murders) is a hallucinatory fever dream of a giallo punctuated by some of the most astonishing set-pieces the sub-genre has to offer.

Special Features:

  • Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • Audio Commentary with Argento expert Thomas Rostock
  • Introduction to the film by Claudio Simonetti of Goblin
  • Profondo Giallo – a brand new visual essay by Michael Mackenzie featuring an in-depth appreciation of Deep Red, its themes and its legacy
  • Rosso Recollections: Dario Argento’s Deep Genius – the Deep Red director on the creation of a giallo masterpiece
  • The Lady in Red – Daria Nicolodi Remembers Profondo Rosso
  • Music to Murder For! – Claudio Simonetti on Deep Red
  • Profondo Rosso: From Celluloid to Shop – a tour of the Profondo Rosso shop in Rome with long time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi
  • Italian Trailer

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Bizarre nightmares plague Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) four years after her possession and exorcism. Has the demon returned? And if so, can the combined faith and knowledge of a Vatican investigator (Richard Burton) and a research specialist (Louise Fletcher) free her from its grasp? Employing production design and special effects that are dizzily exhilarating and a supporting cast (Max von Sydow, Paul Henreid, James Earl Jones) of compelling distinction, director John Boorman draws us into the tangible experience of evil. We fly with the demon, feel the African landscape vibrate and get engulfed in the terror of swarming locusts as Exorcist II: The Heretic weaves its fascinating, frightful spell.

Special Features:

DISC ONE (118 minute Cut)

  • BRAND NEW 2K REMASTER from original film elements
  • NEW Audio Commentary with director John Boorman
  • NEW Audio Commentary with project consultant Scott Bosco
  • NEW What Does She Remember? – aninterview with actress Linda Blair
  • NEW interview with editor Tom Priestley

DISC TWO (102 minute Cut)

  • BRAND NEW 2K REMASTER from original film elements
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Mike White of The Projection Booth blog
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Galleries – Color and B&W Stills, Behind-the-Scenes, Deleted Scene photos,
  • Posters and Lobby Cards

Distributor: Shout! Factory via IFC Midnight

Your best friend has just been infected with a horrifying virus that will soon turn her into a rabid, rampaging cannibal zombie. Do you: a) try to save her? Or b) kill her before she kills you? That’s the nightmarish scenario six students find themselves facing when their celebratory camping trip goes terrifyingly wrong. One by one, each falls victim to the “feral” disease, until only Alice (Scout Taylor-Compton, Rob Zombie’s Halloween) and Jules (Olivia Luccardi, It Follows) — two girlfriends testing the waters of their new relationship — are left standing, armed with a shotgun and holed up in a remote cabin. They’ve got a hell of a fight before them if they hope to survive in this grisly blend of survival thriller and contagion shocker.

Special Features:

  • None

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

When he’s hired to document the behind-the-scenes action of the ultralow-budget horror movie Spectre of Death (“the first 3D found-footage horror film”), an aspiring filmmaker packs up his camera and travels with the film’s crew to a creepy cabin in the woods. But when the fictional evil presence from their film begins appearing in his behind-the-scenes footage, he has to figure out how to stop it, or it just may find its way into the real world.

Special Features:

  • Commentary with Director Steven DeGennaro
  • Commentary with Producers Scott Weinberg, Randi Ludwig & Charles Mulford
  • Outtakes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Scenes
  • Found Footage 3D Trailer

Distributor: Shout! Factory via IFC Midnight

Experience three spine-tingling tales of terror to haunt your dreams. A debunker of all things paranormal, Professor Goodman (Andy Nyman, Black Death) has devoted his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans. His skepticism is tested, however, when he receives a case file on three chilling and inexplicable incidents: a night watchman (Paul Whitehouse, Corpse Bride) haunted by disturbing visions as he patrols an abandoned asylum; an edgy young man (Alex Lawther, Freak Show) involved in a hellish car accident deep in the woods; and a wealthy former banker (Martin Freeman, Sherlock, Black Panther) visited by the spirit of his unborn child. Even more disturbing is that each of these macabre stories seems to have a sinister connection to Professor Goodman’s own life. Will they make a believer of him yet?

Special Features:

  • None

Distributor: Shout! Factory

One night in the house, one million bucks, no questions asked. But there is a catch for anyone who accepts the offer. Murder is a way of life at the House on Haunted Hill, a jolting, effects-ramped remake of the 1959 cult classic that starred Vincent Price and was directed by screen horror legend William Castle. Geoffrey Rush plays twisted theme park bigshot Stephen Price, who’s hosting a scary/jokey birthday bash for his wife (Famke Janssen) at an abandoned institute for the criminally insane. Taye Diggs, Ali Larter, Bridgette Wilson, Peter Gallagher and Chris Kattan portray strangers mysteriously assembled for the event that could make them all very rich. Or profoundly dead. And you? We wouldn’t start the party without you.

Special Features:

  • BRAND NEW 2K REMASTER from the original film elements
  • NEW interview with director William Malone
  • NEW interview with composer Don Davis
  • NEW Interview with visual effects supervisor Robert Skotak
  • Never-Before-Seen storyboards, concept art and behind-the-scenes photos courtesy of visual effects producer Paul Taglianetti
  • Audio Commentary with director William Malone
  • A Tale of Two Houses – vintage featurette
  • Behind the Visual FX – vintage featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Movie Stills and Poster Gallery
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

Distributor: RLJE Films

Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller (Nivcolas Cage) and Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough) lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache), Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire. The film was directed by visionary filmmaker Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow) and co-written with first-time screenwriter Aaron Stewart-Ahn. MANDY features the final score of the late renowned Oscar-nominated composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (Sicario, The Theory of Everything).

Special Features:

  • Behind the Scenes
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes

Distributor: Artsploitation Films

In a post apocalyptic world where bullets have become currency and medicine is rare, a clan of marauders uses a home brewed drug to turn innocent people into rabid beasts to have them fight each other in their fighting pits for their entertainment. When their leader discovers rumors of a girl with superpowers roaming the beach near their fort, he sends his best people out to capture her. Meanwhile, the girl, Molly, has discovered a young child, living alone in a cabin in the wasteland, waiting for the return of her parents, who are probably dead. Molly has to protect the child and fight off the marauders at the same time.

Special Features:

  • TBD

Distributor: Kino Lorber

An investigative journalist takes a stab at the supernatural. This unforgettable first entry in the Night Stalker series introduced the world to the quirky reporter with a penchant for the paranormal and became one of the top-rated TV movies of all time. Investigating a series of Las Vegas murders, Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin, The Night Strangler) discovers that each victim has been bitten in the neck and drained of blood. Though Kolchak’s outlandish theory about the murders gets him nowhere with the police, his initiative to apprehend the killer himself gets him into hot water… with a modern-day vampire. The great John Llewellyn Moxey (Nightmare in Badham County) directed this Dan Curtis (Burnt Offerings) production featuring Carol Lynley (The Poseidon Adventure), Simon Oakland (The Hunting Party), Ralph Meeker (Big House, U.S.A.), Claude Akins (A Man Called Sledge), Charles McGraw (The Narrow Margin), Kent Smith (The Spiral Staircase), Elisha Cook Jr. (I Wake Up Screaming) and Larry Linville (TV’s M*A*S*H). Teleplay by legendary sci-fi/horror writer Richard Matheson (The Incredible Shrinking Man).

Special Features:

  • Brand New 4K Restoration
  • NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
  • NEW Interview with Director John Llewellyn Moxey
  • NEW Interview with Composer Bob Cobert
  • “The Night Stalker: Dan Curtis Interview” featurette
  • Limited Edition Booklet essay by Film critic and author Simon Abrams
  • Newly Commissioned Art by Sean Phillips
  • Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase

Distributor: Kino Lorber

Supernatural phenomena, baffling murders and offbeat humor mark this second Night Stalker offering with a great cast and suspense so palpable, it’ll feel like a presence right there in the room with you. Surfacing in Seattle, Kolchak (Darren McGavin, The Night Stalker) uncovers another maddening mystery: Every 21 years—for the past century—a serial killer commits a spree of murders, drains his victims’ blood and then quietly disappears. But Kolchak is onto this monster and is about to discover a shocking underground lair… an army of rotting corpses… and the ageless madman behind it all. The great Dan Curtis (Burnt Offerings) produced and directed this highly-rated TV movie written by legendary sci-fi/horror writer Richard Matheson (I Am Legend). The stellar cast includes Jo Ann Pflug (Scream of the Wolf), Simon Oakland (Bullitt), Scott Brady (He Walked by Night), Wally Cox (TV’s Mister Peepers), Margaret Hamilton (The Wizard of Oz), John Carradine (House of the Long Shadows) and Al Lewis (TV’s The Munsters).

Special Features:

  • Brand New 4K Restoration
  • NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
  • NEW Interview with Composer Bob Cobert
  • “Directing ‘The Night Strangler'” Featurette
  • Limited Edition Booklet essay by Film critic and author Simon Abrams
  • Newly Commissioned Art by Sean Phillips
  • Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase

Distributor: Arrow Video

From writer/director John Landis, the mind behind The Blues Brothers and An American Werewolf in London, comes a love story that transcends the boundaries of nature and good taste – the one and only Schlock!

Carnage! Terror! Banana skins! The mighty prehistoric ape Schlocktropus has emerged from hiding to embark on a full-scale rampage across a quiet Southern Californian suburb. The police are baffled. The army is powerless. The body count is rising. But when Schlocktropus encounters a kindly blind woman (Eliza Garrett, National Lampoon’s Animal House) who sees beyond his grotesque visage, the homicidal simian is presented with a chance at redemption…

Shot over twelve days on a micro-budget, Schlock launched the careers of both Landis and legendary effects makeup artist Rick Baker (Videodrome). An uproarious pastiche of monster movies, packed to the gills with irreverent humour and biting satire, Schlock serves as the outrageous missing link between the creature features of yesteryear and its creators’ subsequent varied and celebrated careers.

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary by writer/director John Landis and makeup artist Rick Baker
  • New video interview with author and critic Kim Newman
  • Birth of a Schlock, a 2017 video interview with John Landis
  • Archival video interview with cinematographer Bob Collins
  • 1972, 1979 and 1982 US theatrical trailers
  • US radio spots
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Terror invades an upper-class New York community as 17-year old Christie Cromwell cleverly uncovers her stepfather’s horrifying plot to murder her wealthy mother. She’s on to him, yet no one will believe her because she’s just a kid: smart, imaginative, maybe she’s just taken a crazy idea to the limit. Suspense builds when a series of shocking events confirms her worst fears. Alone, afraid and helpless, terrified Christie and her mother are held prisoner in their own home at the mercy of ruthless killers.

Special Features:

  • NEW 2K REMASTER OF THE FILM
  • NEW Stepfather Of The Year – An Interview With Actor David Allen Brooks
  • NEW Cruel Intentions – An Interview With Writer Tom Holland
  • NEW Audio Commentary featuring Justin Karswell (Hysteria Lives!, The Slasher Movie Book) and Amanda Reyes (Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium).
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Demi Moore stars as Abby Quinn, a young woman who discovers that she and her unborn child play a terrifying part in the chain of events destined to end the world. Already troubled with a difficult pregnancy, Abby grows more distraught once she and her husband (Michael Biehn, The Terminator) rent their studio apartment to David (Jürgen Prochnow, In The Mouth Of Madness), an enigmatic drifter. As Abby becomes ensnared in a series of otherworldly experiences, it becomes apparent that David is carrying out the mythical prophecies of Judgment Day … and that she has been chosen as the instrument of the Seventh Sign. But can Abby — or anyone — stand between the wrath of God and the future of humanity?

Special Features:

  • NEW Interview with Actor Michael Biehn
  • NEW Interview with Director Carl Schultz
  • NEW Interview with Actor Peter Friedman
  • NEW Interview with Actor John Taylor
  • NEW Interviews with Screenwriters W.W. Wicket and George Kaplan
  • TV Spots
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

Distributor: Warner Bros. via Warner Archive

Producer/director Irwin Allen (The Towering Inferno) now unleashes an end-of-the-world thriller based on scientific fact. In Africa and South America, killer bees are a reality. Now THE SWARM is on the move… into North America! There are enough stars for five movies – Michael Caine, Katharine Ross, Richard Widmark, Olivia de Havilland, Henry Fonda, Fred MacMurray, Richard Chamberlain, Jose Ferrer, Patty Duke Astin, Lee Grant and Bradford Dillman. But the scene-stealers are the supporting cast: an estimated 22-million bees, deftly deployed to depict deadly attacks on people and places. It’s a nightmare that will give you quite a buzz!

Special Features:

  • BRAND NEW REMASTER OF THE EXTENDED VERSION OF THE FILM
  • Behind The Scenes Documentary – Inside the Swarm
  • Theatrical Trailer

Distributor: Arrow Video

A talented and versatile journeyman, director Sergio Martino (The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key) has lent his talents to multiple genres across his long and varied career, but it is undoubtedly his giallo thrillers from the early 70s for which he is best known. Among the most highly acclaimed of these, 1973’s Torso revels in the genre’s time-honored traditions while simultaneously laying the groundwork for the modern slasher movie.

A sex maniac is prowling the streets of Perugia, targeting picturesque university town’s female students. Alarmed at plummeting life expectancy of the student body, Jane (Suzy Kendall, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) and her three friends elope to a secluded country villa – only to discover that, far from having left the terror behind, they’ve brought it with them!

Also known as Carnal Violence, Torso was released in Italy towards the end of the giallo boom before enjoying a second life on the American grindhouse circuit. Co-starring Tina Aumont (Salon Kitty) and Luc Merenda (The Violent Professionals), the film finds its director at the top of his game, delivering copious levels of violence, sleaze and one of the tensest cat-and-mouse games ever committed to celluloid!

Special Features:

  • New audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author of All the Colours of Sergio Martino
  • New video interview with co-writer/director Sergio Martino
  • New video interview with actor Luc Merenda
  • New video interview with co-writer Ernesto Gastaldi
  • New video interview with filmmaker Federica Martino, daughter of Sergio Martino
  • New video interview with Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film
  • 2017 Abertoir International Horror Festival Q&A with Sergio Martino
  • Italian and English theatrical trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais
  • First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Smith and Howard Hughes

Distributor: Arrow Video

Following the commercial and critical success of The Fisher King, Terry Gilliam next feature would turn to science fiction and a screenplay by Janet and David Peoples (Blade Runner, Unforgiven) inspired by Chris Marker’s classic short film La Jetée.

In 1996, a deadly virus is unleashed by a group calling themselves the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, destroying much of the world’s population and forcing survivors underground. In 2035, prisoner James Cole (Bruce Willis, Die Hard) is chosen to go back in time and help scientists in their search for a cure.

Featuring an Oscar-nominated turn by Brad Pitt (Fight Club) as mental patient Jeffrey Goines, Twelve Monkeys would become Gilliam’s most successful film and is now widely regarded as a sci-fi classic. Arrow Films are proud to present the film in a stunning new restoration.

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary by Terry Gilliam and producer Charles Roven
  • The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys, feature-length making-of documentary by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe (Lost in La Mancha)
  • The Film Exchange with Terry Gilliam, a 1996 interview with Gilliam and critic Jonathan Romney, recorded at the London Film Festival
  • Brand-new appreciation by Ian Christie, author of Gilliam on Gilliam
  • The Twelve Monkeys Archives
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Nathan Rabin and archive materials

We’ve arrived at the most important part of the list: films to watch during Halloween that are about Halloween, which are my favorite things. Three very different choices are below, from the experimental independent film 3 Dead Trick or Treaters to the cult favorite Trick r Treat to my ultimate recommendation from this entire list, The Witching Season, a Creepshow-ish anthology of tales set on, and about, Halloween. Yay!


Distributor: MVD Visual

Videonomicon asks you to take off your mask, pick up that candy, and get ready for a Halloween-themed horror anthology unlike anything you’ve seen before. After stumbling upon the graves of three murdered trick or treaters, a small town paperboy discovers a series of handwritten horror stories tacked to the children’s headstones. Penned by a deranged pulp author driven mad by his craft, the stories chronicle grisly tales of Halloween rites, rituals, and traditions. Absent of dialogue and heavy on atmosphere, 3 DEAD TRICK OR TREATERS is an engrossing visual feast that turns the genre on its head and offers terror and suspense amongst the blood and candy corn! Hot off its success on the international film festival circuit and independent worldwide theatrical tour Videonomicon brings you this new horror hit in a limited edition Blu-ray/DVD combo featuring a wealth of special features.

Special Features:

  • Video Interview with Director Torin Langen
  • Audio Commentary with Torin Langen
  • Audio Commentary with Torin Langen and Producer Eric Repke
  • Radio Interview with Composer Stephen Schooley and Torin Langen
  • Storyboard Comparrisons
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

Distributor: Shout! Factory

A creepy, darkly comic celebration of the scariest night of the year from writer-director Michael Dougherty (Krampus, Godzilla: King Of The Monsters), Trick ‘r Treat takes the Creepshow/Tales From The Crypt approach to nefarious new depths with four interwoven tales set on Halloween night. A high school principal (Dylan Baker) moonlights as a vicious serial killer; the quest of a young virgin (Anna Paquin) for that special someone takes a gruesome turn; a group of teens carries out a cruel prank with disastrous consequences; and a cantankerous old man (Brian Cox) battles a mischievous trick-or-treating demon.

Special Features:

  • BRAND NEW 2K REMASTER OF THE FILM supervised and approved by director Michael Dougherty
  • NEW Tales of Folklore & Fright: Creating Trick ‘r Treat – including interviews with writer/director Michael Dougherty, conceptual artist Breehn Burns, and storyboard artist Simeon Wilkins.
  • NEW Tales of Mischief & Mayhem: Filming Trick ‘r Treat – in-depth interview with Michael Dougherty on the making of the film
  • NEW Sounds of Shock & Superstition: Scoring Trick ‘r Treat – including interviews with Michael Dougherty and composer Douglas Pipes
  • NEW Tales of Dread and Despair: Releasing Trick ‘r Treat – a look at the release and fandom with Michael Dougherty and writer Rob Galluzzo
  • Season’s Greetings – NEW 2K scan of the original 16mm elements – a short film by Michael Dougherty with optional commentary by Dougherty
  • NEW Storyboard and Conceptual Artwork Gallery
  • NEW Behind the Scenes Still Gallery
  • NEW Monster Mash – a story from the TRICK ‘R TREAT graphic novel
  • NEW FEARnet.com Shorts
  • Audio Commentary with director Michael Dougherty
  • Trick ‘R Treat: The Lore and Legends of Halloween featurette
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes with optional commentary by director Michael Dougherty
  • School Bus FX Comparison
  • Theatrical Trailer

Distributor: Screamteam Releasing

Reminiscent of television shows like ‘Tales from the Darkside’ and ‘Tales from the Crypt’, The Witching Season is a five episode spine-tingling anthology of horror and suspense packed into one disc that delivers original tales of terror that capture the spirit of the Halloween season.

Special Features:

  • Directors’ Commentaries
  • Making of Featurettes
  • Outtakes
  • Trailers
  • And more!

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J. Tonzelli is a writer, film critiquer, and avid Arnold/Van Damme/Bronson enthusiast who resides in rural South Jersey. He is the author of "The End of Summer: Thirteen Tales of Halloween" and the "Fright Friends Adventure" series, co-authored with Chris Evangelista. He loves abandoned buildings, the supernatural, and films by John Carpenter. You can read some of his short fiction at his website, JTonzelli.com, or objectify him by staring at his tweets: @jtonzelli. He apologizes for all the profanity.

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