HubScore: ‘Saw X’ Favorite Halloween Movie in Most States

The horror film Saw X topped the list as the favorite Halloween movie in the most (13) states, including Ohio, Florida, and New York, based on data collected from a national survey by HubScore.

The stop-animation classic The Nightmare Before Christmas led in seven states, predominantly located in the Western United States.

The family friendly Hocus Pocus garnered the favor of six states, including Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Wisconsin.

Beetlejuice, The Exorcist and Scream VI ranked first in several states, showcasing the broad tastes across the nation.

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The top Halloween movies in each state, according to the survey, were:

  • Alabama: Hocus Pocus
  • Alaska: Beetlejuice
  • Arizona: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Arkansas: Saw X
  • California: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Colorado: Beetlejuice
  • Connecticut: Saw X
  • Delaware: Saw X
  • District of Columbia: Halloween
  • Florida: Saw X
  • Georgia: The Exorcist
  • Hawaii: The Nun II
  • Idaho: Hocus Pocus
  • Illinois: The Exorcist
  • Indiana: Hocus Pocus
  • Iowa: Beetlejuice
  • Kansas: Halloween
  • Kentucky: The Exorcist
  • Louisiana: Saw X
  • Maine: Hocus Pocus 
  • Maryland: The Nun II
  • Massachusetts: Hocus Pocus 
  • Michigan: Scream VI
  • Minnesota: Scream VI
  • Mississippi: Saw X
  • Missouri: Beetlejuice
  • Montana: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Nebraska: Saw X
  • Nevada: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • New Hampshire: Casper
  • New Jersey: Saw X
  • New Mexico: The Exorcist
  • New York: Saw X
  • North Carolina: Scream VI
  • North Dakota: Halloween
  • Ohio: Saw X
  • Oklahoma: The Exorcist
  • Oregon: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Pennsylvania: Scream VI
  • Rhode Island: Hocus Pocus
  • South Carolina: Saw X
  • South Dakota: Beetlejuice
  • Tennessee: Saw X
  • Texas: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Utah: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Vermont: Hocus Pocus
  • Virginia: Saw X
  • Washington: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • West Virginia: Saw X
  • Wisconsin: Hocus Pocus
  • Wyoming: Casper

Top 5 Halloween Movies by State

 

Alabama

1. Hocus Pocus
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Saw X
4. Halloween
5. Scream VI
 

Alaska

1. Beetlejuice
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Hocus Pocus
4. The Exorcist
5. The Nun II
 

Arizona

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. The Exorcist
3. The Nun II
4. Scream VI
5. Beetlejuice
 

Arkansas

1. Saw X
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. The Nun II
4. Hocus Pocus
5. Scream VI
 

California

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. Saw X
3. The Exorcist
4. The Nun II
5. Scream VI
 

Colorado

1. Beetlejuice
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. The Exorcist
4. Saw X
5. Hocus Pocus
 

Connecticut

1. Saw X
2. Hocus Pocus
3. Scream VI
4. The Exorcist
5. Beetlejuice
 

Delaware

1. Saw X
2. Hocus Pocus
3. Scream VI
4. The Exorcist
5. The Nun II
 

District of Columbia

1. Halloween
2. Saw X
3. The Exorcist
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
5. Hocus Pocus
 

Florida

1. Saw X
2. Beetlejuice
3. Hocus Pocus
4. Scream VI
5. The Exorcist
 

Georgia

1. The Exorcist
2. Saw X
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. The Nun II
5. Scream VI
 

Hawaii

1. The Nun II
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Saw X
4. Beetlejuice
5. Scream VI
 

Idaho

1. Hocus Pocus
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Scream VI
4. Saw X
5. The Exorcist
 

Illinois

1. The Exorcist
2. Saw X
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. Beetlejuice
5. Hocus Pocus
 

Indiana

1. Hocus Pocus
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Saw X
4. The Exorcist
5. Scream VI
 

Iowa

1. Beetlejuice
2. Saw X
3. Hocus Pocus
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
5. The Exorcist
 

Kansas

1. Halloween
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Hocus Pocus
4. Saw X
5. The Exorcist
 

Kentucky

1. The Exorcist
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Saw X
4. Hocus Pocus
5. Halloween
 

Louisiana

1. Saw X
2. Hocus Pocus
3. The Exorcist
4. Beetlejuice
5. Scream VI
 

Maine

1. Hocus Pocus
2. Saw X
3. Scream VI
4. Halloween
5. Beetlejuice
 

Maryland

1. The Nun II
2. Saw X
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. The Exorcist
5. Hocus Pocus
 

Massachusetts

1. Hocus Pocus
2. Saw X
3. Scream VI
4. The Exorcist
5. The Nun II
 

Michigan

1. Scream VI
2. Saw X
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. Hocus Pocus
5. The Exorcist
 

Minnesota

1. Scream VI
2. Saw X
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. Hocus Pocus
5. Beetlejuice
 

Mississippi

1. Saw X
2. Hocus Pocus
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. Scream VI
5. The Exorcist
 

Missouri

1. Beetlejuice
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Saw X
4. The Exorcist
5. Hocus Pocus
 

Montana

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. Hocus Pocus
3. Scream VI
4. The Nun II
5. Halloween
 

Nebraska

1. Saw X
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Hocus Pocus
4. The Exorcist
5. Scream VI
 

Nevada

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. Saw X
3. The Exorcist
4. The Nun II
5. Beetlejuice
 

New Hampshire

1. Casper
2. Hocus Pocus
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. Saw X
5. Scream VI
 

New Jersey

1. Saw X
2. The Exorcist
3. Hocus Pocus
4. Beetlejuice
5. The Nun II
 

New Mexico

1. The Exorcist
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Saw X
4. The Nun II
5. Beetlejuice
 

New York

1. Saw X
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. The Exorcist
4. Hocus Pocus
5. Beetlejuice
 

North Carolina

1. Scream VI
2. Saw X
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. Hocus Pocus
5. Corpse Bride
 

North Dakota

1. Halloween
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Hocus Pocus
4. Saw X
5. Scream VI
 

Ohio

1. Saw X
2. Hocus Pocus
3. The Exorcist
4. Halloween
5. Scream VI
 

Oklahoma

1. The Exorcist
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Saw X
4. Hocus Pocus
5. Scream VI
 

Oregon

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. Saw X
3. Beetlejuice
4. The Exorcist
5. Scream VI
 

Pennsylvania

1. Scream VI
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Saw X
4. Hocus Pocus
5. The Nun II
 

Rhode Island

1. Hocus Pocus
2. Saw X
3. The Exorcist
4. Halloween
5. Scream VI
 

South Carolina

1. Saw X
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Hocus Pocus
4. Halloween
5. Scream VI
 

South Dakota

1. Beetlejuice
2. The Exorcist
3. Hocus Pocus
4. Saw X
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas
 

Tennessee

1. Saw X
2. The Exorcist
3. Halloween
4. Beetlejuice
5. Scream VI
 

Texas

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. The Exorcist
3. The Nun II
4. Beetlejuice
5. Scream VI
 

Utah

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. Scream VI
3. Hocus Pocus
4. Saw X
5. The Exorcist
 

Vermont

1. Hocus Pocus
2. Beetlejuice
3. Halloween
4. Saw X
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas
 

Virginia

1. Saw X
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Hocus Pocus
4. The Exorcist
5. Beetlejuice
 

Washington

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. Saw X
3. Beetlejuice
4. Hocus Pocus
5. The Exorcist
 

West Virginia

1. Saw X
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Hocus Pocus
4. The Exorcist
5. Halloween
 

Wisconsin

1. Hocus Pocus
2. Saw X
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. Halloween
5. Scream VI
 

Wyoming

1. Casper
2. Scream VI
3. Hocus Pocus
4. Beetlejuice
5. Saw X

Horror Film ‘Herd’ Gets Oct. 13 Digital Release Date

Dark Sky Films will release the action-driven horror film Herd on all major digital platforms on Oct. 13, one day after the film’s domestic theatrical premiere at New York Comic Con.

Herd, from Steven Pierce, stars Corbin Bernsen, Ellen Adair, Dana Snyder and Jeremy Holm.

In the film, Jamie Miller and her wife, Alex Kanai, try to save their failing marriage by going on a canoe trip in rural Missouri. They find themselves stranded after an accident — Alex breaks her leg during a canoe flip and they must slowly make their way to the nearest small town for help. Upon arriving they find it has been overrun by virus-infected “Heps” and extreme right-wing local militias who are battling them.

The leader of one of the groups, Big John Gruber, shuttles them to safety at his bunker, where they are welcomed by a seemingly friendly group of locals. But after witnessing personal and gruesome horrors, the women know they must escape. Jamie and Alex now find themselves on the run, caught between the group that saved them, a competing militia, and the growing infected Hep threat.

Herd examines how group-think, or “herd-thinking” drives otherwise normal people to incredible and sometimes heinous acts. It updates the horror genre while satisfying the needs of the dedicated horror audience.

The film will be available for rental or purchase at such cable and digital platforms as Vudu, AppleTV, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV, Prime Video, DirecTV U-Verse, Dish, and Vubiquity.

Horror Film ‘#FLOAT’ Coming to VOD on Dec. 9 from XYZ Films

XYZ Films will release the supernatural slasher film #FLOAT, the directorial debut from Zac Locke, on VOD Dec. 9.

Locke’s writing credits include the 2018 sorority-killings shocker Black Christmas, the comedy-fantasy Country Gold, and The Voyeurs, starring Sydney Sweeney.

#FLOAT is about a river trip gone wrong. Vlogger Kali and her friends are heading to the river for their annual float, but it’s the first time since their friend overdosed and drowned last year. Their partying turns deadly as a sinister paranormal force plunges them into a life-and-death struggle. They turn on each other and proceed to die one by one. 

The film stars Kaya Coleman, Scarlett Sperduto, Grant Morningstar, Kate Mayhew, Matt Wise and Christina Nguyen.

Horror Hit ‘Smile’ Available Digitally Nov. 15, on Disc Dec. 13

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the horror film Smile for digital purchase starting Nov. 15, with a release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Dec. 13.

The film stars Sosie Bacon as a therapist who begins to experience an overwhelming terror that takes over her life after witnessing a patient’s bizarre suicide. The cast also includes Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Caitlin Stasey, Kal Penn and Rob Morgan.

Smile has earned more than $102 million at the domestic box office and $210 million globally, making it the top original horror film of the year.

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Home video extras include a commentary from writer-director Parker Finn; Finn’s award-winning short Laura Hasn’t Slept, which inspired the film; deleted scenes; and the featurettes “Something’s Wrong with Rose: Making Smile” and “Flies on the Wall: Inside the Score.”

Smile will also be available digitally in a bundle alongside the thriller Spell starring Omari Hardwick.

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RLJE Sets Feb. 1 DVD, Blu-ray, Digital Release Date for Shudder Original ‘Superhost’

RLJE Films on Feb. 1 will release the horror film Superhost on VOD, digital, DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Home distribution rights were acquired from Shudder, the streaming service owned by AMC Networks, which also owns RLJE.

Directed and written by Brandon Christensen, Superhost stars Sara Canning (“9-1-1”, “Nancy Drew”), Osric Chau (“The Flash”, “Nancy Drew”), Gracie Gillam (“Z Nation,” “Scream Queens”) and Barbara Crampton (Jakob’s Wife). The DVD will be available at a suggested retail price of $27.97 and the Blu-ray Disc at $28.96.

In the film, Teddy and Claire are travel vloggers who run a channel called “SUPERHOST,” where they travel and share their experiences in and around vacation homes. Their initial success, however, has begun to ebb, and with a dwindling subscriber count they decide to create viral content around a fascinating woman named Rebecca, their most recent host. Bad choice.

Bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray Disc include a director commentary, behind-the-scenes footage and photos, and a mini-documentary on shooting a film during a pandemic.

‘Candyman’ Horror Film Due on Digital Nov. 2, Disc Nov. 16

The horror sequel Candyman will be released for home audiences in November by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment with a never-before-seen alternate ending and over an hour of bonus content, including a roundtable discussion on the impact of black horror.

The film will be released through digital retailers on Nov. 2 and become available on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray two weeks later, on Nov. 16.

Candyman was released in U.S. theaters in August, more than a year after its originally scheduled release in June 2020. The date was postponed three times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film wound up grossing more than $61 million in U.S. theaters.

Directed by Nia DaCosta, the film is a direct sequel to the 1992 film of the same name. The cast includes Vanessa Williams, Virginia Madsen and Tony Todd, reprising their roles from the original film. New cast members include Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo and Kyle Kaminsky.

The film is set in the same Chicago housing project as the original film and takes place 27 years later.  A visual artist (Abdul-Mateen II) begins to explore the macabre history of Candyman, not knowing it would unravel his sanity and unleash a terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.

Bonus features include:

    • Alternate ending;
    • Deleted and extended scenes;
    • “Say My Name,” a featurette in which filmmakers and cast discuss how the horror at the center of Candyman is both timely and timeless;
    • “Body Horror,” an exploration of director DaCosta’s influences in the subgenre of body horror, and what Anthony’s physical transformation means to the story;
    • “The Filmmaker’s Eye: Nia DaCosta,” which takes a closer look at the director;
    • “Painting Chaos,” in which filmmakers reveal how  Anthony’s artwork evolves throughout the film and how they strived for authenticity in recreating Chicago’s vibrant art scene;
    • “The Art of Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe,” in which the composer reveals some of the unconventional methodology he used to create the unique and haunting soundscapes sounds of the film;
    • “Terror in the Shadows,” a  behind-the-scenes look at how the analogue shadow puppetry scenes were created and an unpacking of why this ancient artistic medium was the most conceptually relevant for depicting the legends’ cycle of violence; and
    • “Candyman: The Impact of Black Horror,” a roundtable discussion moderated by Colman Domingo about the relationship black Americans have with Candyman, the horror genre and the overall idea of monsters and victims.

Four Vintage Horror Films From 1930s, ’40s Due on Blu-ray Nov. 2 From Kino Lorber

Kino Lorber on Nov. 2 is releasing four vintage horror classics, two from the 1930s and two from the 1940s, available with a brand-new 2K master on Blu-ray Disc.

The two oldest films are 1933’s The Secret of the Blue Room and, from 1935, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

The Secret of the Blue Room features a young woman whose 21st birthday celebration is eclipsed when her father reveals the dark details of his estate’s guest room. Hoping to prove their bravery and win Irene’s love, each of her three suitors agrees to spend a night in the room, which sets a new string of mysteries in motion.

A haunting film adaptation of the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood follows an opium-addicted choirmaster, John Jasper, as he becomes obsessed with a young student named Rosa. His nephew, Edwin Drood, develops a crush on the girl and asks her to marry him. Things grow even more complex when Drood disappears.

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Also available on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 2 are The Mad Doctor (1941) and The Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946).

The Mad Doctor follows the story of a smooth and sinister physician who woos, weds, and murders several of his wealthy women patients for their fortunes. Kino Lorber also is releasing this film on standard DVD.

The Spider Woman Strikes Back features Gale Sondergaard as the diabolical Zenobia Dollard, a wealthy blind woman shrouded in mystery. When all the preceding caretakers vanish without a trace, Jean (Brenda Joyce) is hired to fill the role — but it is soon discovered that Zenobia has used the blood of her predecessors to create a death serum, and that her own blood is being harvested at night to continue the experiment.

Killer Jeans Let Loose in Shudder’s ‘Slaxx’ on DVD Sept. 7

AMC Networks’ RLJE Films will release the horror film Slaxx on DVD, VOD and for digital purchase Sept. 7.

Originally released through AMC’s horror streaming service, Shudder, Slaxx tells the story of a possessed pair of blue jeans brought to life to punish the unscrupulous practices of a trendy clothing company. Shipped to the company’s flagship store, the killer jeans proceed to wreak carnage on staff who are locked in overnight to set up the new collection.

Directed by Elza Kephart, who co-wrote the film with Patricia Gomez Zlatar, Slaxx stars Romane Denis, Brett Donahue, Sehar Bhojani and Stephen Bogaert.

DVD extras include a behind-the-scenes photo gallery and the featurettes “The Story Behind Slaxx,” “The Pants Are Alive,” “Producing a Killer Pants Movie,” “Call In the Death Consultant” and “Casting Slaxx.”

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Jakob’s Wife

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

RLJ;
Horror;
Box Office $0.03 million;
$27.97 DVD, $28.96 Blu-ray;
Not rated.
Stars Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, Bonnie Aarons, Sarah Lind, Robert Rusler, C.M. Punk.

Scream queen Barbara Crampton plays a meek housewife who literally grows some fangs in the bloody Jakob’s Wife.

Crampton plays Anne, wife of local pastor Jakob (Larry Fessenden), who begins to strain against the mundane routines of their marriage. Her passions are rekindled by a visit from former flame Tom (Robert Rusler), particularly when their attempt at a tryst is interrupted by a vampire attack.

The vampire, known as The Master (Bonnie Aarons), brings Anne under her thrall, giving her a newfound sense of confidence and rebellion, worrying Jakob.

Anne also takes on the bloodlust of the vampire, leading to some remarkably gory sequences of bodies spraying blood as major veins and arteries are punctured at feeding time.

There’s also an effective sequence involving a dentist’s UV teeth-whitening device, which causes Anne’s face to catch on fire due to her starting to take on the classic primary vampire weakness of an allergy to sunlight.

Jakob’s Wife should prove a pleasing diversion for horror fans looking for a late-night distraction. It’s hard not to think someone on the creative team wasn’t a fan of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” when piecing this script together, given that Anne was Buffy’s middle name, and the Master was the name of the vampire villain of the show’s first season.

The Blu-ray includes a brief five-minute making-of featurette as well as more than 13 minutes of deleted scenes.

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Scream Factory Sets July 13 Date for Collector’s Blu-ray for 2005’s ‘House of Wax,’ With Paris Hilton

Scream Factory, the horror imprint of indie distributor Shout! Factory, has set a July 13 release date for its collector’s edition Blu-ray Disc of the 2005 House of Wax remake.

A loose remake of the 1953 Vincent Price film, House of Wax stars Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Jon Abrahams and Robert Ri’chard. When their car breaks down on a road trip, six college friends are sidetracked into an eerie backwoods town. Curiosity gets the better of them when they are intrigued by its macabre House of Wax. They soon find out that the town is not what it seems, and that they must find their way out before they fall victim to its ghoulishly inventive killers.

From Dark Castle Entertainment and producers Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis, the remake arrives on Blu-ray with a new 2K scan of the interpositive.

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New bonus materials on the Blu-ray include:

  • “Die, My Darling” — an interview with actress Paris Hilton;
  • “The Tale of Blake and Paige” — an interview with actor Robert Ri’chard;
  • “Organ Grinder” — an interview with composer John Ottman;
  • “To Me, They Live and Breathe” — an interview with makeup effects artist Jason Baird.

 

Additional extras include:

  • B-Roll and bloopers video cast commentary;
  • “From Location: Joel Silver Reveals the House of Wax”;
  • “Wax On: The Design of House of Wax”;
  • “The House Built on Wax: The Visual Effects of House of Wax”;
  • Alternate opening: “Jennifer Killed”;
  • Gag reel;
  • Vintage interviews with cast and crew from the electronic press kit;
  • Vintage featurette;
  • Theatrical trailer.

 

Fans who order from the ShoutFactory.com store will also receive an exclusive poster featuring brand-new artwork, while supplies last.