Sock Puppet Horror-Comedy ‘Stitches’ Due on Blu-ray Dec. 26 From BayView

BayView Entertainment will release the sock puppet horror-comedy Stitches on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 26 via the Allied Vaughn manufacture-on-demand service.

In the film, which features an all sock puppet cast, on a week-long vacation, Mary and friends travel to a remote cabin. Once they discover the origins of an Evil Witch, all is not as it seems. Forget the weekend — they may not survive the night. 

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Directed by Ian Goodwin, the film features the voices of Alyse McCammish, Logan Bernard and Dylan Kay.

 

Dark Comedy ‘Employee of the Month’ Due on DVD and Digital July 11 From Film Movement

The dark comedy Employee of the Month will be released on DVD and for digital purchase July 11 by Film Movement.

In the film, after working for EcoClean — an industrial cleaning supplies company — for nearly 17 years, model-employee Inès (Jasmina Douieb) believes it’s time for a raise. Despite daily jibes from her incompetent and misogynistic co-workers (including Patrick, EcoClean’s ineffectual owner), she remains professional and dedicated to the company’s brand. When Inès confronts Patrick about her salary, he not only disparages her request but makes a lecherous pass at her. New intern Mélody (Laetitia Mampaka) witnesses this and jumps in to help, but in the process both women accidentally find themselves with blood on their hands. Spiraling more out of control by the minute, Inès and Mélody must conjure up increasingly maniacal solutions to cover their tracks — and clean up their mess.

The film is directed by Veronique Jadin.

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Nicolas Cage’s ‘Renfield’ Available for Premium Digital Rental and Sale

The comedy horror fantasy Renfield, starring Nicolas Cage, is available for premium digital rental (PVOD) and premium digital sale (PEST) from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film has earned $22.5 million at the global box office.
 
In addition to Cage, the film stars Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, ”X-Men” franchise), Awkwafina (The Farewell, Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), Ben Schwartz (“Parks and Recreation,” “House of Lies”), Adrian Martinez (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, iGilbert), Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog, “House of Saddam”), and Brandon Scott Jones (“Ghosts,” “The Good Place”). It’s directed by Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War, The LEGO Batman Movie) and written by Ryan Ridley (“Rick & Morty,” “Community”) from a story by Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead,” “Invincible”).

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In the film, for centuries, Renfield (Hoult) has slavishly served Dracula (Cage) by procuring his master’s prey and doing his every bidding, no matter how debased. But now, Renfield is ready to look for a new life outside the shadow of The Prince of Darkness, if only he can figure out how to end the toxic, codependent relationship.

Dark Comedy ‘Employee of the Month’ Due on VOD From Film Movement

The dark comedy Employee of the Month will be released on VOD May 12 by Film Movement.

In the film, after working for EcoClean — an industrial cleaning supplies company — for nearly 17 years, model-employee Inès (Jasmina Douieb) believes it’s time for a raise. Despite daily jibes from her incompetent and misogynistic co-workers (including Patrick, EcoClean’s ineffectual owner), she remains professional and dedicated to the company’s brand. When Inès confronts Patrick about her salary, he not only disparages her request but makes a lecherous pass at her. New intern Mélody (Laetitia Mampaka) witnesses this and jumps in to help, but in the process both women accidentally find themselves with blood on their hands. Spiraling more out of control by the minute, Inès and Mélody must conjure up increasingly maniacal solutions to cover their tracks — and clean up their mess.

The film is directed by Veronique Jadin.

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Horror-Comedy ‘Freaky’ Coming to Digital Jan. 26, Disc Feb. 9

The Vince Vaughn horror-comedy Freaky will come out on digital Jan. 26 and Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film from Blumhouse (Happy Death Day, “The Purge” franchise), a teenage girl switches bodies with a relentless serial killer.

High school senior Millie (Kathryn Newton, Blockers, HBO’s “Big Little Lies”) is just trying to survive being the unpopular kid when she becomes The Butcher’s (Vaughn, Wedding CrashersCouples Retreat) next target. Their fateful encounter gets twisted, and they wake up in each other’s bodies. Now looking like a towering psychopath, Millie learns she only has 24 hours to reverse the curse and get her body back before the switch becomes permanent and she’s trapped in the form of a middle-aged maniac forever. With some help from her friends — Nyla (Celeste O’Connor, Ghostbusters: Afterlife) and Joshua (Misha Osherovich, The Goldfinch) — and her crush Booker (Uriah Shelton, Enter the Warriors Gate), Millie races against the clock to reverse the curse while The Butcher discovers that having a female teen body is the perfect cover for a little homecoming killing spree.

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The “Killer Switch Edition” bonus content includes deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and a feature commentary with co-writer/director Christopher Landon.

Vaughn won a Critics Choice Super Award for Best Actor in a Horror Movie.

‘Kid Detective’ Coming to Disc and Digital Jan. 19 From Sony

The dark comedy The Kid Detective will come out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital Jan. 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

A once-celebrated kid detective (Adam Brody, TV’s “The O.C.”), now 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity. Until a naïve client (Sophie Nélisse, The Book Thief) brings him his first adult case — to find out who brutally murdered her boyfriend.

The film also stars Tzi Ma, Wendy Crewson and Sarah Sutherland.

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HBO Max to Bow Dark Comedy Series ‘Two Weeks to Live’ Nov. 5

HBO Max will be the exclusive U.S. streaming home to the British dark comedy “Two Weeks to Live,” launching all episodes Nov. 5.

The Max Original stars Emmy Award nominee Maisie Williams in her first role after “Game of Thrones” and BAFTA winner and Emmy nominee Sian Clifford (“Fleabag”).

The series currently airs on Sky in the United Kingdom.

“Two Weeks to Live” tells a comic tale of love and revenge born from a seemingly harmless prank that goes terribly wrong. Kim Noakes is an early 20-something oddball who, since the murder of her father, has been sequestered away in the wilderness with her doomsday-prepping mother for most of her life. Feeling compelled to go on a belated coming-of-age adventure, Kim sets out to find her dad’s killer and along the way ropes mismatched brothers Jay and Nicky into her scheme.

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The series also stars Taheen Modak,  Mawaan Rizwan, Jason Flemyng, Sean Pertwee and Thalissa Teixeira.

‘Gremlins’ Coming to 4K UHD for 35th From Warner

The 1984 classic Gremlins will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and digital for its 35th anniversary Oct. 1 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Directed by Joe Dante (Innerspace, The ‘Burbs) and written by Chris Columbus (The Goonies), the film stars Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton and Randall Peltzer, along with the voices of Frank Welker as Stripe and Howie Mandel as Gizmo. At times a horror film and others dark comedy, Gremlins follows a teenager who gets a new pet as a gift and finds it has strange transformative powers.

The Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc with the feature film and special features. Fans can also own Gremlins in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers.

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Extras include filmmakers’ commentary with Dante, producer Michael Finnell and special effects artist Chris Walas; cast commentary with Dante, Galligan, Cates, Dick Miller and Mandel; behind-the-scenes featurettes; additional scenes with commentary; a featurette on the creation of the creatures; and motion comics.

Johnny Depp Comedy ‘The Professor’ to Debut on Disc and Digital July 9 From Lionsgate

The dark comedy The Professor, starring Johnny Depp, will arrive on Blu-ray (plus digital), DVD, and digital July 9 from Lionsgate.

In the film, Depp plays a college professor who decides to live his last chapter with reckless abandon after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. To the shock of his wife (Rosemarie DeWitt) and school chancellor (Ron Livingston) — and the delight of his students — he leads a hilarious crusade against authority and hypocrisy. The film also stars Zoey Deutch.

Bonus features include a making-of featurette.

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‘Slaughterhouse Rulez’ to Matriculate to Digital May 17, DVD June 18 From Sony

The dark comedy Slaughterhouse Rulez will graduate to digital May 17 and DVD June 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film takes place at an elite boarding school where boys and girls are groomed for power and greatness. Pupils and teachers become embroiled in a battle with a hoard of subterranean monsters, unleashed from a gaping frack site sinkhole, wreaking havoc on the school grounds.

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Asa Butterfield (TV’s “Sex Education,” Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Finn Cole (TV’s“Peaky Blinders”) and Hermione Corfield (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) star alongside Michael Sheen (TV’s “Good Omens,” “The Twilight Saga”). Simon Pegg (the “Mission Impossible” and “Star Trek” franchises) and Nick Frost (Fighting With My Family, Shaun of the Dead) appear in the film and serve as executive producers.