Mystery Thriller ‘Double Blind’ Due on Blu-ray March 12 From Epic and MVD

The mystery thriller Double Blind will be released on Blu-ray Disc March 12 from Epic Pictures and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film produced in 2022, when an experimental drug trial goes horribly wrong, seven young test subjects, after being kept awake for days, must face the terrifying side effect of the drug: if you fall asleep you die. Trapped in an isolated medical facility, they desperately try to find a way to reverse the side effects of the trial, as one by one they succumb to sleep and death. Panic quickly takes hold and they to turn on each other. It’s up to Claire, the group’s unlikely leader, to keep them together, find a way to escape, and somehow manage to stay awake.

Double Blind stars Millie Brady (Roadkill), Pollyanna McIntosh (“The Walking Dead”), Akshay Kumar (Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead).

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The film won Best Ensemble Cast and Best Sound at the 2023 Filmquest festival and Best Cinematography at the 2023 Newport Beach Film Festival.

Horror Film ‘Dark Nature’ Due on Blu-ray July 25 From MVD and Epic

The horror flick Dark Nature will be released on Blu-ray July 25 by MVD Entertainment Group and Epic Pictures.

In the film, Joy, a survivor of an abusive relationship, joins her friend Carmen and her therapy group on an isolated weekend retreat in the Canadian Rockies. Led by the enigmatic Dr. Dunnley, whose methods are experimental and, at times, dubious from Joy’s outside perspective, the experience eventually shatters the border between reality and delusion. Joy begins to suspect that they are being stalked by her abuser, when in truth, the entire group will be forced to confront a monstrous entity more terrifying than the ghosts of their pasts.

The film, starring Madison Walsh (Something Undone), Hannah Emily Anderson (X-Men: Dark Phoenix) and Kyra Harper (To Die For), features the first-ever movie score composed by Canadian and Metis art-rock band Ghostkeeper. It’s the feature directorial debut of Métis filmmaker Berkley Brady (The Secret History of: The Wild West).

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The film was an official selection at the 2022 Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF), the 2022 Grimmfest, the 2022 Fantasia International Film Festival, the 2022 IFI Horrorthon Film Festival and the 2022 Bloody Weekend Film Festival.

Thai Horror Flick ‘The Lake’ Headed to Blu-ray May 16 From MVD

The Thai horror flick The Lake will be released on Blu-ray Disc May 16 by Epic Pictures and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film, a gigantic and bloodthirsty monster emerges from a lake after its egg is stolen and unleashes its fury on a town’s inhabitants, leaving a trail of destruction and death in its wake. The town of Bueng Kan, now cut off from the outside world, must mobilize its officials and citizens, as well as a group of scientists that are in town conducting research, to catch the predator before it’s too late.

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From writer/co-director Lee Thongkham (The Maid), the film’s creature is designed by Jordu Schell, who has worked on such films as Avatar, Hellboy, Dawn of the Dead and Escape From L.A.

Horror Flick ‘Ditched’ Due on Blu-ray Feb. 22 From MVD and Epic

The horror flick Ditched will be released on Blu-ray Disc Feb. 22 from MVD Entertainment Group and Epic Pictures.

In the film, Melina, a paramedic, wakes up in an overturned ambulance with no memory of the accident. She is trapped in the woods with two prisoner medical transfers and the police escort team, and they are all desperate to escape. The group quickly discover that they are the victims of an ambush with the perpetrators hunting them down one by one.

The cast is led by Marika Sila, known for her roles in “The Twilight Zone” and “Lucifer.” Directed by Christopher Donaldson, the film also stars Mackenzie Gray, Lindsay Robinson and Kris Loranger. 

The film was featured in Popcorn Frights, the Molins Horror Film Festival (Spain) and EIFF (Edmonton).

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Horror Film ‘The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw’ Due on VOD and Digital Oct. 6

Epic Pictures’ horror film The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw will come out on VOD and digital Oct. 6.

In the film, a devout community suffering from a plague is torn apart by a beautiful young woman and the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession. Against the autumnal palette of harvest season in 1973, The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw explores the disturbed bond between Audrey, an enigmatic young woman, and Agatha, her domineering ‘mother,’ who live secretly as occultists on the outskirts of a remote Protestant village. As the community is besieged by a pestilence of unknown origin, children, fields and livestock begin to die — yet the Earnshaw farm remains strangely unaffected. As mass hysteria sets in the village, the townsfolk commence accusations against Audrey and Agatha of witchcraft.

The film premiered at Fantasia Fest 2020.

‘Twilight Zone’-Like ‘The Fare’ Heads Home Nov. 19

Epic Pictures has set a Nov. 19 home release date for The Fare, a sci-fi fantasy directed by D.C. Hamilton and starring Gino Pesi, Brinna Kelly, and Jason Stuart.

The film, which becomes available on both Blu-ray Disc and digital HD, features a weary cab driver named Harris (Pesi) and his passenger Penny (Kelly), who charms him throughout her ride. When she disappears from the backseat without a trace, Harris resets his meter and is instantaneously transported back to the moment when she climbed into his cab.  As he and Penny find themselves in this endless nighttime cab ride, secrets are revealed and Harris’ entire life will be changed forever.

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An homage to “The Twilight Zone,” The Fare has screened internationally and taken home numerous awards, including the Special Mention Jury Award at Fantasporto, Best Dark Fantasy/Supernatural Film at the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival, and the Director’s Prize for Overall Concept and Execution at FilmQuest.

The Fare will premier on Nov. 12 in Hollywood at the TCL Chinese Theatre, a week before its release on Blu-ray Disc and digital HD.

‘Lodgers’ on Disc May 29

Epic Pictures will release the supernatural thriller The Lodgers as an all-region Blu-ray/DVD combo pack May 29 from its horror label, Dread Central Presents.

The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes the film in several languages in addition to English, including Castilian Spanish, French, German and Portuguese, as well as subtitles in Latin American Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch and Romanian.

Directed by Brian O’Malley (Let Us Prey) and written by David Turpin, Lodgers stars Charlotte Vega (The Misfit Club), Bill Milner (X-Men: First Class), Eugene Simon (“Game of Thrones”), David Bradley (“Harry Potter”) and Moe Dunford (“Vikings”).

The film tells the story of orphaned twins Rachel and Edward (Vega and Milner) confined by a curse to their home as punishment for their ancestors’ sins. Bound to the rules of a haunting childhood lullaby, the twins must never let any outsiders inside the house, must be in their rooms by the chime of midnight, and must never be separated from one another. Breaking any of these three rules will incur the wrath of a sinister presence that inhabits the house after midnight. While Edward accepts this fate, Rachel grows skeptical and begins to rebel against their captivity.

Special Features include a behind-the-scenes documentary, deleted scenes and promotional trailers.

Pre-orders are available for $14.99 exclusively through the Epic Pictures online store.