‘Hocus Pocus’ Leads October Disc Sales to Top Chart for Second Month

Disney’s Hocus Pocus was No. 1 on the domestic top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for October 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service. It’s the second-straight month the perennial Halloween favorite has topped the monthly disc sales charts, after taking the top spot in September as well.

The 1993 film about three Salem witches transported to modern times frequently finishes in the weekly top five in the weeks leading up to Halloween, but this year received a boost from a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition. While the title didn’t lead any of the weekly charts in September, it moved into the top spot for four of the five weeks before Halloween.

The one week in October that didn’t have Hocus Pocus in the top spot was the week ended Oct. 17, when Warner’s Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection was No. 1. The “Harry Potter” set was No. 4 for the month of October.

No. 2 for the month was Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, moving up six spots from the previous month.

Warner’s Beetlejuice, the spooky 1988 comedy from director Tim Burton, dropped a spot from September to take No. 3 in October. Burton also produced Nightmare Before Christmas.

Moving up from No. 14 in September to take No. 5 in October was Warner’s It: Chapter One, the 2017 adaptation of the first half of author Stephen King’s popular horror novel.

The spooky season also propelled Warner’s It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (No. 9) and Disney’s double feature of the first two “Halloweentown” movies (No. 10) into the October top 10.

The month’s top new release was Paramount’s Star Trek: Picard — Season One, the disc release of the CBS All Access sci-fi series, at No. 6.

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Universal’s re-release of the “Back to the Future” trilogy, spearheaded by a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collection, landed at No. 7

The only other new release making the monthly chart was Funimation’s My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising at No. 8, which was the top-selling Blu-ray the last week of October (and also the first week of November).

The year’s list of top 10 sellers had the same titles as the previous month, but slightly shuffled. The top five remained unchanged, led by Disney’s Frozen II, which has been the year’s best seller since February.

Moving up two spots to No. 6 was Universal’s 1917, while Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life dropped to No. 8, the two titles swapping spots as Lionsgate’s Midway remained at No. 7.

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According to NPD, the October 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney)
  3. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  4. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  5. It: Chapter One (Warner)
  6. Star Trek: Picard — Season One (Paramount/CBS)
  7. Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy (Universal)
  8. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Funimation)
  9. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Warner)
  10. Halloweentown/Halloweentown II (Disney)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through October 2020):

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
  6. 1917 (Universal)
  7. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  8. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)
  9. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  10. Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount)

 

‘Hocus Pocus’ Tops September Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Still Top Seller of 2020

‘Hocus Pocus’ Tops Disc Sales Again While Anime Movie Claims No. 1 Blu-ray Spot

Disney’s Hocus Pocus topped the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended Oct. 31, its fourth time in the top spot in the five weeks leading up to Halloween. It maintained the No. 3 spot on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The 1993 film, about three sisters tried as witches in Salem and resurrected in modern times, as always been a top seller during the spooky season, but has been particularly dominate relative to other discs due to the lightened load of new releases during the coronavirus pandemic, which has allowed catalog titles to dominate the disc charts in general.

Other discs getting a boost from the lead-up to Halloween include Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas at No. 3 (No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart), Warner’s Beetlejuice at No. 4 (No. 8 Blu-ray), Warner’s It: Chapter One at No. 5, Universal’s Tremors: Shrieker Island at No. 6 (No. 5 Blu-ray chart), Warner’s The Meg at No. 8, the 1978 original Halloween from Lionsgate at No. 9, Universal’s 2018 remake of Halloween at No. 10 (No. 16 Blu-ray), Paramount’s A Quiet Place at No. 12 (No. 18 Blu-ray), Disney’s Halloweentown I & II double feature at No. 13, Lionsgate’s eight-film “Saw” collection at No. 19 (No. 10 Blu-ray), and Paramount’s Addams Family/Addams Family Values double feature at No. 20 (No. 25 Blu-ray).

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The top new release was Funimation’s My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, which was the No. 2 overall seller and No. 1 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart. Based on the “My Hero Academia” manga franchise, the film earned more than $13 million during a limited box office run in U.S. theaters in December 2019, but didn’t make its way to home video until October, when it became available via digital sellthrough and as a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack.

The only other new release in the top 20, at No. 16, was Universal’s Fatima, a DVD-only historical drama about a trio of girls who witness a vision of the Virgin Mary in Portugal during World War I.

The previous week’s top-selling Blu-ray, Universal’s Back to the Future Trilogy re-release, slipped to No. 2 (No. 7 on the overall disc sales chart). Warner’s Batman: Death in the Family slipped two spots to No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart (and was down from No. 9 to No. 37 on the overall disc chart).

The Blu-ray Disc chart also saw a few catalog re-releases pop into the top 30. The Criterion Collection’s deluxe edition Blu-ray of 2019 Best Picture Oscar winner Parasite was No. 9, while Arrow Video’s remastered edition of 1984’s The Last Starfighter debuted at No. 23. And Lionsgate’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook boxed set of the five “Rambo” films, a Best Buy exclusive, was No. 29.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 1 had Lionsgate’s Friendsgiving debut at No. 1. The comedy stars Malin Akerman and Kat Dennings as a pair of thirtysomethings who decide to skip Thanksgiving with their families and host their own for their friends.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Paramount’s The Vanished, slipped to No. 2, followed by Well Go USA’s heist film Cut Throat City at No. 3.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Lionsgate’s The Doorman at No. 4 (down two spots) and RLJE Films’ The Tax Collector holding steady at No. 5.

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‘After We Collided,’ ‘Back to the Future’ Collection Top Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

After We Collided, a romantic drama from Open Road Films, topped the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Oct. 24.

The film, a sequel to 2019’s After and based on the best-selling book of the same name, stars Josephine Langford as a college girl, Tessa Young, dealing with the aftermath of an intense breakup. The film was released Oct. 23 in select theaters and digitally (for rental and purchase) and will be issued on DVD on Nov. 24. The cast also includes Hero Fiennes Tiffin (as Tessa’s ex, Hardin Scott), Dylan Sprouse, Shane Paul McGhie, Candice King, Khadijha Red Thunder, Inanna Sarkis, Samuel Larsen and Selma Blair.

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy debuted at No. 2 on the “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy, containing all three movies in the series, was released Oct. 20 on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of the first film.

In 1985, Director Robert Zemeckis, executive producer Steven Spielberg and producer/screenwriter Bob Gale began the three-part journey with Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and a time-traveling DeLorean to the past, present and future. The collection, featuring discbook packing, comes with a bonus disc with more than an hour of new content, such as rare audition footage from actors Ben Stiller, Kyra Sedgwick, Jon Cryer, Billy Zane, Peter DeLuise and C. Thomas Howell; a tour of the film’s props and memorabilia hosted by Gale; a sneak peek at the new musical show; and a special episode of the YouTube series “Could You Survive The Movies?” Exclusives include the 4K trilogy with levitating hoverboard replica at Amazon, the Blu-ray trilogy with levitating hoverboard replica at Target, and steelbook editions at Best Buy.

Vertical Entertainment’s Ava finished the week at No. 3, the same spot it held the previous week, while Warner Bros.’ eight-film collection of “Harry Potter” movies slipped to No. 4 from No. 2.

Rounding out the top five on the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Oct. 24 was the Walt Disney Co.’s Hocus Pocus, a perennial Halloween favorite, down from No. 4 the prior week.

Other newcomers to the chart are Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!, from Warner Bros; the World War II drama  A Call to Spy (No. 18), from IFC Films; and Universal Pictures’ Tremors: Shrieker Island (No. 19).

Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo! is the 31st direct-to-video movie based on the popular Hanna-Barbera cartoon classic. It was released on DVD and through digital retailers on Oct. 6, although it was available previously (since Sept. 15) as a Walmart exclusive.

A Call to Spy is a historical drama  written and produced by Sarah Megan Thomas and directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher. Based on the true stories of three women who worked as spies in British war leader Winston Churchill’s Secret Army, the film stars Sarah Megan Thomas, Radhika Apte and Stana Katic. A Call to Spy was released domestically Oct. 2 in theaters and through digital retailers.

Tremors: Shrieker Island, the seventh film in the long-running “Tremors” thriller franchise, was released Oct. 20 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD as well as through digital retailers. The film finds Michael Gross returning as Graboid hunter Burt Gummer, joined by Jon Heder as his potential protégé as they take on a batch of genetically modified Graboids terrorizing a tropical island. Also on Oct. 20 Universal issued all seven “Tremors” movies in a five-DVD set.

  1. After We Collided (Open Road)
  2. Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy (Universal)
  3. Ava (Vertical)
  4. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  5. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  7. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  9. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  10. The Secret: Dare to Dream (Lionsgate)
  11. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  12. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney)
  13. The Phenomenon (1091)
  14. Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo (Warner)
  15. Halloween (2018, Universal)
  16. Then Came You (Vertical)
  17. Batman: Death in the Family (Warner)
  18. A Call to Spy (IFC)
  19. Tremors: Shrieker Island (Universal)
  20. Trolls World Tour (Universal)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Oct. 24.

Apple TV+ to Be Home for ‘Peanuts’

Apple TV+ will stream “Peanuts” original series and specials, along with the classic specials.

New animated “Peanuts” originals coming to Apple TV+ include a second season of the Daytime Emmy-nominated “Snoopy in Space,” and new specials that will find the “Peanuts” gang marking Mother’s Day, Earth Day, New Year’s Eve and going back to school — all to be produced by WildBrain’s animation studio. The new series and specials join the previously announced The Snoopy Show, a new “Peanuts” 70th anniversary documentary film from Imagine Documentaries and WildBrain, and Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10.

The original programs and new specials will also soon stream globally alongside iconic “Peanuts” specials, including A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The Halloween special will begin streaming globally on Apple TV+ Oct. 19, and will be available for free from Oct. 30 until Nov. 1 on Apple TV+. Apple TV+ will launch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Nov. 18, and the special will be available for free from Nov. 25 until Nov. 27. A Charlie Brown Christmas will stream exclusively on Apple TV+ on Dec. 4.

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Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com, at $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. The Apple TV app will be available on Sony and Vizio smart TVs later this year. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device. For more information, please visit apple.com/tvpr.

Movies Anywhere Tallies More Than 10 Million Registered Users

Celebrating its three-year anniversary this October, digital locker service Movies Anywhere has surpassed 10 million registered users, with more than 280 million movies collected to date.

GM Karin Gilford attributes the growth of the platform to a dramatic shift in consumer preference toward digital movies.

“Movie lovers want a way to quickly and easily access their film collection,” Gilford said in a statement. “In addition to bringing movie fans’ collections together in one convenient app, our recently-added features like Screen Pass and co-viewing allow our users to share their love of movies with friends and family, even while apart.”

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The service has found Movies Anywhere users like to watch movies on big screens, with the number of users utilizing the service on their TV growing 68% over the past three years, with 104% growth in hours watched. Average hours watched per person on TVs increased 11%, with the biggest lifts seen on TVOS and Android TV.

Also, the service has found “mega-purchasers” (those who purchased 24-plus movies in the past 12 months) are on the rise, growing 37% in the last three years. Among these mega-purchasers, average movie hours watched in-app has grown significantly, with 94% more hours watched on average in 2020 versus 2017.

The service has also observed trends among Movies Anywhere users leading up to Halloween (based on digital spooky movie purchases and time spent viewing Oct. 12-31, 2017 and Sept. 13-Oct. 2, 2020):

  • As Halloween gets closer, users prefer to purchase horror and suspense films over spooky family films. Only one out of these top 10 purchased spooky films were family-friendly in 2020, with only two out of the top 10 being family-friendly in 2017.
  • But as far as top-watched films go, family-friendly films Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2 hit the top 10 most-hours-watched both in 2020 and in 2017.
  • Three Stephen King films — It: Chapter Two, The Shining and Doctor Sleep — were among the top purchased spooky films in 2020, compared to 2017 when author’s It miniseries and The Shining were on the top-purchased list.
  • In 2020, three classics made the top 10 with the most purchases on Movies Anywhere: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Psycho and The Shining. In 2017, A Nightmare on Elm Street was in the top 10.
  • On Halloween day in 2017, Annabelle Creation saw the most purchases and Hotel Transylvania was the most-watched movie.

 

Top 10 purchased spooky films for the 2020 period (Sept. 13-Oct. 2, 2020):

  1. Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
  2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  3. The Invisible Man (2020)
  4. Psycho
  5. It: Chapter Two
  6. Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island
  7. You Should Have Left
  8. Halloween (2018)
  9. The Shining
  10. Doctor Sleep

 

Top 10 most-hours-watched spooky films for the 2020 period (Sept. 13-Oct. 2, 2020):

  1. Hotel Transylvania 3
  2. Hotel Transylvania 2
  3. Hotel Transylvania
  4. It Chapter Two
  5. It: Chapter One
  6. Zombieland: Double Tap
  7. Halloween (2018)
  8. The Invisible Man (2020)
  9. Alien: Covenant
  10. Doctor Sleep

 

Top 10 purchased spooky films for the 2017 period (Oct. 12-31, 2017):

  1. Annabelle: Creation
  2. Alien Covenant
  3. Stephen King’s It
  4. Get Out
  5. Hotel Transylvania
  6. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  7. Hotel Transylvania 2
  8. Annabelle
  9. Zombieland
  10. Underworld: Blood Wars

 

Top 10 most-hours-watched spooky films for the 2017 period (Oct. 12-31, 2017):

  1. Hotel Transylvania
  2. Hotel Transylvania 2
  3. Annabelle: Creation
  4. Alien: Covenant
  5. ParaNorman
  6. Stephen King’s It
  7. Get Out
  8. Dark Shadows
  9. Zombieland
  10. Underworld: Blood Wars

Halloween Movies Race Up ‘Watched at Home’ Chart as Holiday Nears

With catalog titles enjoying a resurgence of interest due to the lack of new theatrical films, the weekly “Watched at Home” chart shows several Halloween classics gaining home viewership as the holiday approaches.

Walt Disney’s Hocus Pocus, a perennial favorite this time of year, continues to climb up the chart, moving up two notches to No. 2 during the week ended Oct. 10. Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, from Warner, rose to No. 8 from No. 11 the prior week. And the 2018 remake of Halloween, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, debuted at No. 19 on the chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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Aside from Halloween, there are four other new titles on the chart. Season one of “Star Trek: Picard,” from Paramount Home Entertainment, debuted at No. 7; the documentary The Phenomenon checked in at No. 9; the romantic comedy Then Came You bowed at No. 12; and the sci-fi drama 2067 debuted at No. 18.

“Star Trek: Picard,” the eighth series in the “Star Trek” franchise, premiered in January on the streaming service CBS All Access. Two more seasons are on the way. Patrick Stewart stars as Picard, reprising his role from the “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” The cast also includes Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Evan Evagora, Michelle Hurd, and Santiago Cabrera. Season one became available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Oct. 6.

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The Phenomenon, from 1091, is director James Fox’s controversial documentary about unidentified flying objects, or “unidentified aerial phenomenon.” Narrated by Peter Coyote, the film includes interviews with high-ranking government and military officials, NASA astronauts, and other sources. The Phenomenon is only available through digital retailers for rental or purchase.

Then Came You, a Vertical Entertainment release, is a rom-com written by and starring Kathie Lee Gifford. She plays a lonely widow who travels around the world with her husband’s ashes, until she meets a Scottish innkeeper who forever changes her life. The film, too, is available through digital retailers only.

2067 stars Kodi Smit-McPhee (X-Men Apocalypse, Let Me In) and Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood,” “Sacred Lies”). In the film, by the year 2067, Earth has been ravaged by climate change and humanity is forced to live on artificial oxygen. An illness caused by the synthetic O2 is killing the worlds’ population and the only hope for a cure comes in the form of a message from the future: “Send Ethan Whyte.” Ethan, an underground tunnel worker, is suddenly thrust into a terrifying new world full of unknown danger as he must fight to save the human race.

2067 will come out on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 17 from RLJE Films. Bonus features includes director commentary and a behind-the-scenes featurette, including an in-depth look at the story, cast, director, the look of the film, costumes and makeup, the time machine, editing and VFX, and music.

Elsewhere on the chart, the No. 1 title for the third consecutive week was Ava, a thriller from Vertical Entertainment that stars Jessica Chastain as an assassin. The movie is also available to rent on disc exclusively from Redbox. However, the Watched at Home chart does not account for rental data.

The rest of the top 20 wasn’t much different from the previous week, with Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream and all three available season sets of Paramount’s “Yellowstone” remaining in the top six.

  1. Ava (Vertical)
  2. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  5. The Secret: Dare to Dream (Lionsgate)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  7. Star Trek: Picard: Season 1 (Paramount)
  8. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  9. The Phenomenon (1091)
  10. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  11. Alone (Magnolia)
  12. Then Came You (Vertical)
  13. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  14. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney)
  15. Rick and Morty: Season 4 (Warner)
  16. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  17. The Secret Garden (Universal)
  18. 2067 (RLJ Entertainment)
  19. Halloween (Universal, 2018)
  20. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Oct. 10.

‘Hocus Pocus’ Top Halloween Week Movie on Vudu for Past Five Years

Hocus Pocus has ranked as Halloween week’s most-watched movie on transactional video-on-demand service Vudu for the past five years and ranked as last year’s most-watched Halloween title on TVOD service FandangoNow.

The 1993 comedy is now available on Vudu and on FandangoNow in 4K and on sale at $9.99.

Vudu’s top 20 most-watched movies during Halloween week over the last five years were:

  1. Hocus Pocus
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  3. Beetlejuice
  4. Casper
  5. A Quiet Place
  6. Poltergeist (1982)
  7. Zombieland
  8. Hereditary
  9. Halloween (2018)
  10. The Shining
  11. Trick ‘r Treat
  12. Midsommar
  13. Boo! A Madea Halloween
  14. Ma
  15. It (2017)
  16. Death Becomes Her
  17. Us  
  18. Child’s Play (1988)
  19. Get Out
  20. Halloween (1978)

 

“As many entertainment fans bring their Halloween festivities home this year, there’s no shortage of spooky content to suit every taste, from recent hits to cult classics,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “While written off as a box office bomb when it first debuted nearly three decades ago, Hocus Pocus has since gone on to become a new classic as the top Halloween perennial and the most-watched Halloween movie on Vudu for five years in a row.”

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Fandango also surveyed more than 2,000 film fans to find out which genre films they plan to watch at home leading up to the holiday. The avid streaming audience, ages 18-34, was surveyed during the first week of October, and 89% said they plan to stream more movies at home this Halloween than in previous years, according to Fandango. The top vote-getters in the Fandango survey can be found below and in the “Frightful Fan Favorites” section on Vudu here.

Top Family-Friendly Flicks:

  1. Hocus Pocus                                            
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  3. The Addams Family (1991)
  4. Casper
  5. Hotel Transylvania
  6. Coraline                                 
  7. Corpse Bride
  8. Goosebumps
  9. The Haunted Mansion
  10. Monster House

 

Top Horror Comedies:

  1. Ghostbusters (1984)
  2. Beetlejuice
  3. Zombieland
  4. Shaun of the Dead
  5. Gremlins
  6. Scary Movie
  7. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  8. Young Frankenstein
  9. Happy Death Day
  10. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

 

Top Classic Slashers:

  1. Halloween (1978)
  2. Scream
  3. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  4. Psycho (1960)
  5. Friday the 13th  (1980)
  6. Saw
  7. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
  8. Child’s Play (1988)
  9. I Know What You Did Last Summer
  10. Black Christmas (1974)

 

Top Zombies/Undead Thrillers:

  1. The Cabin in the Woods
  2. 28 Days Later
  3. Resident Evil
  4. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  5. The Evil Dead (1981)
  6. Pet Sematary (1989)
  7. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  8. Train to Busan
  9. World War Z
  10. I Am Legend

 

Top Occult Films:

  1. The Exorcist
  2. Midsommar
  3. Hereditary
  4. The Conjuring
  5. The Craft
  6. The Omen
  7. The Witch
  8. Rosemary’s Baby
  9. Drag Me to Hell
  10. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

 

Top Psychological Thrillers:

  1. Get Out
  2. Silence of the Lambs
  3. Gone Girl
  4. Split
  5. Us
  6. Se7en
  7. Black Swan
  8. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  9. The Invisible Man (2020)
  10. The Gift

 

Top Found Footage & Live Webcam Thrillers:

  1. Cloverfield
  2. Paranormal Activity
  3. Blair Witch Project
  4. Unfriended
  5. V/H/S
  6. Searching
  7. The Last Exorcism
  8. As Above So Below
  9. REC
  10. Creep

 

Top Home Invasion Movies:

  1. The Purge
  2. Panic Room
  3. Don’t Breathe
  4. The Strangers
  5. The Purge: Election Year
  6. When a Stranger Calls
  7. Hush
  8. You’re Next
  9. Silent House
  10. Wait Until Dark

 

Top Haunted House & Ghost Stories:

  1. The Sixth Sense
  2. The Shining
  3. The Ring
  4. Insidious
  5. The Grudge
  6. Poltergeist (1982)
  7. Candyman
  8. The Babadook
  9. The Haunting
  10. Crimson Peak

 

Top Animals Run Amok Thrillers:

  1. Jaws
  2. The Birds
  3. Anaconda
  4. 47 Meters Down
  5. The Shallows
  6. Arachnophobia
  7. Crawl
  8. Willard (2003)
  9. Deep Blue Sea
  10. Eight-Legged Freaks

 

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Disney+ Unveils Slate of Halloween Content

The Walt Disney Co.’s  SVOD platform, Disney+, on Oct. 1 unveiled its first ever “Disney+ Hallowstream,” featuring a collection of popular Halloween movies, specials, and TV episodes. Movies include Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Halloweentown. TV content includes a selection of Disney Channel and Disney Junior Halloween episodes, and 30 “Treehouse of Horror” episodes from “The Simpsons.”

The full collection includes:

Halloween Movies: Don’t Look Under the Bed, Frankenweenie (2012), Girl vs Monster, Halloweentown, Halloweentown High, Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge, Haunted Mansion, Hocus Pocus, Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire, Mr. Boogedy, Phantom of the Megaplex, Return to Halloweentown, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, The Ghost of Buxley Hall, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Scream Team, Twitches, Twitches Too, Zombies and Zombies 2.

Shorts and Specials: “Frankenweenie” (1984), “Lonesome Ghosts,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Trick or Treat”

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Disney Channel Halloween Episodes (Episodic Set): “Big City Greens”: “Blood Moon Part 1/Blood Moon Part 2,” “Even Stevens”: “A Very Scary Story,” “Girl Meets World”: “Girl Meets World of Terror,” “Good Luck Charlie”: “Scary Had a Little Lamb,” “Hannah Montana”: “Torn Between Two Hannahs,” “Jessie”: “The Whining,” “K.C. Under Cover”: “All Howls Eve,” “Kim Possible,” “Lizzie McGuire”: “Night of the Day of the Dead,” “Phil of the Future”: “Halloween,” “Phineas and Ferb”: “Terrifying Tri-State Triliogy of Terror (Part 1 and 2),” “Raven’s Home”: “Switch-Or-Treat,” “Shake It Up”: “Haunt It Up,” “Sonny With a Chance”: “A So Random Halloween Special,” “That’s So Raven”: “Don’t Have a Cow,” “The Proud Family”: “A Hero For Halloween,” “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”: “Ghost of 613,” “Wizards of Waverly Place”: “Halloween.”

Disney Junior Halloween Episodes: “Doc McStuffins”: “Boo-Hoo to You!/It’s Glow Time,” “Doc McStuffins”: “Hallie Halloween/Don’t Fence Me In,” “Doc McStuffins”: “Mirror, Mirror on My Penguin/Hide and Eek!,” “Fancy Nancy”: “Nancy’s Costume Clash/Nancy’s Ghostly Halloween,” “Handy Manny”: “Halloween/Squeeze’s Magic Show,” “Henry Hugglemonster”: “Halloween Scramble/Scouts Night Out,” “Henry Hugglemonster”: “Huggleween Moon,” “Imagination Movers”: “A Monster Problem,” “Imagination Movers”: “Haunted Halloween,” “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”: “Escape from Ghost Island/The Island of Doctor Undergear,” “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”: “Night of the Golden Pumpkin/Trick or Treasure!,” “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”: “Phantoms of Never-Nether Land/Magical Mayhem,” “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”: “Pirate Ghost Story/Queen Izzybella,” “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”: “Tricks, Treats and Treasure!/Season of the Sea Witch,” “Little Einsteins”: “A Little Einsteins Halloween,” “Mickey and the Roadster Racers”: “Goof Mansion/A Doozy Night of Mystery,” “Mickey and the Roadster Racers”: “The Haunted Hot Rod/Pete’s Ghostly Gala,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”: “Mickey’s Monster Musical Part 1 & 2,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”: “Mickey’s Treat,” “Miles from Tomorrowland”: “Ghost Moon/Stormy Night in a Dark Nebula,” “Muppet Babies”: “Happy Hallowocka!/The Teeth-Chattering Tale of the Haunted Pancakes,” “Puppy Dog Pals”: “Return to the Pumpkin Patch/Haunted Howl-oween,” “Sherriff Callie’s Wild West”: “The Great Hallow,” “The Lion Guard”: “Beware the Zimwi” and “Vampirina”: “Hauntleyween/Frankenflower.”

Hallowstream on Disney+ will complement new original content coming to the service in this month including, “The Right Stuff” premiering on Oct. 9, “Clouds” and “Meet the Chimps” premiering on Oct. 16, the “Frozen” short Once Upon a Snowman premiering on Oct. 23, and “The Mandalorian” season two premiering on Oct. 30.

New ‘Scooby-Doo’ Halloween Movie Coming Oct. 6 for DVD and Digital Release

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Oct. 6 will release the new animated film Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! on DVD and for digital sellthrough. The DVD is available for sale now at Walmart and for rent at Redbox kiosks.

When Crystal Cove is terrorized by a swarm of feisty flying jack-o-lanterns, Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang team up with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, to solve the case.

Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo! features the familiar voice talents of Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo and Fred, Grey Griffin as Daphne, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy and Kate Micucci as Velma.

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Q1 Revenue Falls

Universal Pictures’ home entertainment unit April 30 reported first-quarter (ended March 31) revenue of $171 million, down 36% from revenue of $267 million during the previous year period.

The decline reflected the retail success of The Grinch, Halloween and Night School in last year’s first quarter, compared with the relative lower performance from 1917, Downton Abbey and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw in this year’s first quarter.

The revenue did not include Universal’s premium VOD hit Trolls World Tour, which was released on April 10.

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Total studio revenue decreased 22.5% to $1.4 billion, reflecting decreases in theatrical revenue, content licensing, home entertainment and other revenue. Theatrical revenue decreased 28.8%, underscoring difficult comparison to the success of films in the first quarter of 2019, including How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Us and Glass, offset by the performance of films in this year’s first quarter, including 1917, Dolittle and The Invisible Man.

Indeed, The Invisible Man saw its theatrical run cut short by exhibitor shutdowns due to the coronavirus.

Content licensing revenue decreased 15.4%, driven by the timing of when content was made available under licensing agreements, partially offset by the performance of certain 2020 releases that were made available on premium video-on-demand after theater closures due to COVID-19, including Emma and The Hunt.

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