Malevolence, Malevolence 2 and Malevolence 3 are available on Blu-ray plus DVD from MVD Entertainment Group in time for Halloween and the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the first in the series.
Malevolence follows Martin Bristol, taken from his backyard swing at age 6 and forced to witness and participate in the horrific crimes of a deranged madman. For years, Martin’s whereabouts have remained a mystery until four bank robbers, on the run from the law, meet up at an abandoned house to split up the loot. The film, written, produced and directed by Stevan Mena (Brutal Massacre: A Comedy, Malevolence 2, Malevolence 3), stars R. Brandon Johnson, Samantha Dark and Heather Magee. It won Best Feature Film at the 2003 New York City Horror Film Festival and at the 2003 Long Island International Film Expo.
In Malevolence 2: Bereavement, 17-year-old Allison Miller (Alexandra Daddario, Baywatch, San Andreas, Percy Jackson) comes to live with her Uncle, Jonathan (Michael Biehn, The Terminator, Aliens) and his 9-year-old daughter, Wendy (Peyton List, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, “Jessie”). While exploring her new surroundings, Allison discovers things aren’t quite right at the farmhouse down the road. John Savage (The Deer Hunter), Nolan Funk (Riddick) and Spencer List co-star.
In Malevolence 3: Killer, the hunt is on for Martin Bristol. Tortured and abused at the hands of his psychotic captor, Martin is damaged beyond repair. Lurking in the shadows of suburbia, he stalks and kills without remorse. Special Agent William Perkins follows his trail of terror. Martin’s family is informed that not only is Martin still alive, he’s responsible for the wave of murder sweeping through their town. The film stars Adrienne Barbeau, Katie Gibson and Kevin McKelvy.
Writer-director Rob Zombie confronted a problem when mounting a new installment in his bloody serial killer series that includes House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and The Devil’s Rejects (2005) — his lead baddies had been shot and presumably killed.
Leave it to Zombie to bring them back from the dead. He came up with the idea of a faux documentary, explaining the miraculous survival of the lead trio.
“I’ve always been obsessed with this one documentary on [Charles] Manson that came out in 1970 I think it was. It’s all real footage. The filmmakers got in there, shot him going out of court, and I thought this is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. … Serial killers have now achieved this fame, which they always seem to do,” Zombie said in the sequel’s disc extras. “Why don’t we just explain it through this documentary that takes it to a whole other place?
“I thought it’s a good way to explain what happened and make it realistic.”
Thus, the revived killers — Baby Firefly (Sheri Moon Zombie), Otis Driftwood (Bill Moseley) and Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) — make a repeat appearance in 3 From Hell, which debuts on digital and 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and on demand Oct. 15 from Lionsgate. Special features include an audio commentary with Zombie and a four-part making-of featurette. Additionally, the 4K and Blu-ray discs feature the unrated cut.
Unfortunately, Haig was sick during filming and appears only in the initial documentary. He passed away in September.
“It became clear that Sid was not physically capable,” Zombie recalled in the featurettes.
Still, the director felt three was the magic number and created a new half-brother in the murderous clan, Winslow Foxworth Coltrane (Richard Brake), to assist in the mayhem. He also explored the progression of the characters: “What would it be like 15 years later with the characters?”
“I didn’t want to just make a sequel,” Zombie said, adding, “I wanted there to be a purpose to doing it. I think a lot of times the sequels that don’t work are the ones that you’re feeding the fans everything they think they want.”
Thus, the crazy Baby is even more off the wall. In fact, her jail scenes are shot in the very prison that the deranged female Manson followers occupied.
“Everything she does is bizarre, even to Otis,” the director noted.
Otis has become an elder statesman in the killing clan, prompting Winslow to continuously attempt to gain his approval.
“Now in 3 From Hell I seem to be the wise old owl of the trio,” said Moseley in the featurettes. “That’s kind of funny and strange. You know, I’m a psychopathic killer.”
Zombie’s horror projects, including 3 From Hell, are unique in tone. “When I look at what people really consider a horror movie, people being shocked in the theater, reacting to the scares, that’s not what we are doing at all,” Zombie said.
“There’s different layers to it,” added Jeff Daniel Phillips, who plays the prison warden, in the featurettes. “It’s not so simple. This isn’t just a horror film. This is a thriller. This is a road picture. There’s a dark comedic thing in it without being a comedy.”
Indeed, the film is an amalgam of Zombie’s passions and experiences that he calls “a post-modern sort of crazy bloody western.”
“I’ve taken all these things I’ve loved my whole life and sort of jammed them together,” he said.
Three for the Road
The first two titles in the Zombie serial killer series, House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, will be included with 3 From Hell in a digital-only triple feature from Lionsgate.
House of 1000 Corpses introduces audiences to the sadistic backwater family as two young couples traveling in Texas to investigate urban legends of murder end up as their prisoners.
In The Devil’s Rejects, the murderous, backwoods Firefly clan takes to the road to escape a vengeful police force.
The Korean action-horror film The Divine Fury will come out on Blu-ray plus DVD combo pack, DVD and digital from Well Go USA Entertainment Nov. 19.
After losing his father at a young age in a terrible accident, Yong-hu abandons his Christian faith and chooses to only believe in himself. Now as an adult, Yong-hu is a champion fighter and has everything he has ever wanted, that is until a mysterious wound appears in the palm of his hand. He solicits help from a local priest Father Ahn, hoping the priest can help relieve him of the painful markings only to find himself in the middle of a dangerous fight against otherworldly evil forces seeking to wreak havoc on the human world.
Directed by Jason Kim (Midnight Runners), the film stars Park Seo-joon (The Chronicles of Evil), Ahn Sung-ki (Unbowed) and Woo Do-hwan (Master), with special appearances by Choi Woo-shik (Train to Busan) and Kim Si-eun (The Beauty Inside).
The film had a North American theatrical release Aug. 2.
The Chinese horror films The Lingering and The Legend of the Demon Cat are coming to disc from Well Go USA Entertainment in October.
In The Lingering, due Oct. 15 on Blu-ray and DVD, Dawa and his mother spend a terrifying night alone in the basement after being tormented by a strange and dangerous presence. Years after his mom’s death, Dawa is forced to return, again facing the presence that once tortured him as a child. The film comes from the writer of the martial arts franchise “IP Man.”
The Legend of the Demon Cat, coming on Blu-ray Oct. 29, is a horror fantasy about a poet and monk who join forces to investigate a demonic cat who has possessed a general’s wife and is wreaking havoc on the imperial court. The investigation takes an unexpected twist, leading the pair to unravel a mystery behind a decades-old death of a legendary and beautiful courtesan. The film is directed by Kaige Chen (Farewell My Concubine) and written by Hui-Ling Wang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) with Kaige Chen based on the novel by Baku Yumemakura.
Mill Creek Entertainment’s recently launched transactional VOD service movieSpree has launched the 31 Nights of Fright promotion in October, offering a free horror movie a day to stream without any interruptions, commitments or ads.
Also, the entire bundle of 31 movies can be added to a consumer’s movieSpree library for a discounted price of $10.31.
The horror lineup includes:
Oct. 1 Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Oct. 2 Attack of the Monsters
Oct. 3 House on Haunted Hill
Oct. 4 Zombie Shark
Oct. 5 Ghostquake
Oct. 6 Did I Kill My Mother?
Oct. 7 Status: Unknown
Oct. 8 The Atomic Brain
Oct. 9 Monsters from a Prehistoric Planet
Oct. 10 Vipers
Oct. 11 The Stranger Beside Me: The Ted Bundy Story
The “Ringu” collection, The Prey and Killer Nun are among nine releases coming to disc from Arrow and MVD in October.
Oct. 1 on Blu-ray comes The Prey, an early 1980s film about a group of teens attacked by a disfigured killer while camping in the Rocky Mountains. The cult classic is presented with a new 2K restoration and three different cuts.
Toys Are Not for Children, due Oct. 8 on Blu-ray, is a psychological drama about a woman with daddy issues suffering through a devastating downward spiral. It also features a new 2K restoration and a host of bonus content.
Next up Oct. 15 on Blu-ray is director Giulio Berruti’s Killer Nun. Anita Ekberg stars as Sister Gertrude, a nun lured into the world of drugs and perversion. The cult classic comes to Blu-ray with a new 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative.
Two releases head home on Oct. 22. First is Guillermo del Toro’s gothic romance Crimson Peak on Blu-ray. The story follows an aspiring author that travels to a remote English mansion, where she is haunted by ghostly visions. The second release, on Blu-ray and DVD, is Billy Senese’s The Dead Center, in which Shane Carruth stars as a hospital psychiatrist that is pushed to the edge of insanity when a deranged patient claims to have died and brought something awful back from the other side.
Four releases are due Oct. 29. The John Landis classic An American Werewolf in London stars David Naughton stars as an American tourist attacked by a vicious creature while hiking in the Yorkshire Moors. The Oscar-winning special effects from the legendary Rick Baker are restored in 4K using the original camera negative and approved by Landis.
Hideo Nakata’s 1990s Japanese horror hit Ringu is slinking to Blu-ray, also on Oct. 29. The story about a cursed VHS tape features a new 4K restoration approved by DP Junichiro Hayashi. Also due that date on Blu-ray is the “Ringu Collection,” a boxed set with the original film, the sequel Ringu 2, the origin story Ringu 0, and the “lost sequel” The Spiral.
Finally Oct. 29 on Blu-ray comes Man of a Thousand Faces, a biopic about one of horror’s first icons, Lon Chaney. It stars James Cagney as the multifaceted silent screen legend. Director Joseph Pevney not only chronicles Chaney’s rise to stardom but captures the drama is his day-to-day personal life. The screenplay, written by R. Wright Campbell, Ivan Goff, and Ben Roberts, was nominated for an Oscar. This release comes with a number of special features including a new audio commentary from film scholar Tim Lucas.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, based on the popular children’s books,arrives on digital Oct. 22 and on 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and on demand Nov. 5 from Lionsgate.
The film made $65.8 million in domestic theaters.
The adaptation of the book series brings some of Alvin Schwartz’s scariest stories to life andis produced by Academy Award winner Guillermo del Toro with a screen story by del Toro, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan.
It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind, but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley, where for generations the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time. For a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home, the stories become all too real.
Special features include six featurettes on the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and digital releases and two featurettes on the DVD looking at the development of the creepiest creatures in the film, as well as the process of taking the classic tales from page to screen.
Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell will come out on digital and 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and on demand Oct. 15 from Lionsgate.
Written and directed by Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween), the film follows three of the director’s most vicious creations as they leave a trail of corpses in their wake.
3 From Hell stars Sheri Moon Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses, Halloween), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses), Richard Brake (“Game of Thrones,” Hannibal Rising, 31, The Chameleon), Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords of Salem, “Westworld”), with Danny Trejo (The Devil’s Rejects, Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn), and Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses, Kill Bill: Vol. 2).
After barely surviving a furious shootout with the police, Baby Firefly (Sheri Moon Zombie), Otis Driftwood (Moseley), and Captain Spaulding (Haig) are behind bars. But pure evil cannot be contained, and a firestorm of murder, madness and mayhem will be released.
The drama Chicago Cab and the British horror anthology Chiller are coming to DVD Sept. 17 from MVD Entertainment Group and S’More Entertainment.
In Chicago Cab, based on the play “Hellcab” by Will Kern, it’s 6 a.m. and 20 degrees below zero on a December morning in Chicago and a cab driver picks up his day’s first passengers. The story follows 14 hours in the life of a cab driver as he picks up fares from the good and bad parts of the city while emotionally connecting to many of his passengers including a depressed rape victim, stoners, randy lawyers, a drug runner and a race to get a pregnant woman to the hospital. The film’s stars include Laurie Metcalf, John C. Reilly, John Cusack and Julianne Moore.
Chiller is a five-episode horror/fantasy anthology series originally shown in the United Kingdom. Episodes include “Prophecy,” about a group of friends hold a seance in the basement of a London cafe and each receive a prophecy; “Toby,” about a couple who tragically loses their unborn baby in a car accident; “Here Comes the Mirror Man,” which follows a social worker whose predecessor was murdered in mysterious circumstances; “The Man Who Didn’t Believe in Ghosts,” about a professional de-bunker of the paranormal who faces a series of unexplained events and accidents; and “Number Six,” which follows a homicide detective investigating the murders of five children. The series features well know British stars from ”Downton Abbey,” ”Doctor Who,” ”Coronation Street” and the ”Pirates of the Caribbean” series.
Two Evil Eyes, featuring a pair of shockers inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe from directors George Romero and Dario Argento, will come out in a three-disc, limited-edition Blu-ray plus CD set from MVD Entertainment Group and Blue Underground.
In Romero’s The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, a conniving wife (Adrienne Barbeau) and her lover use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband, only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave. In Argento’s The Black Cat, a deranged crime scene photographer (Harvey Keitel) is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend’s new pet.
Martin Balsam, E.G. Marshall, John Amos and Tom Atkins co-star.
In celebration of its 30th Anniversary, Blue Underground presents Two Evil Eyes in a new 4K restoration from its original camera negative.
Bonus features include new audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of Murder By Design: The Unsane Cinema of Dario Argento; the theatrical trailer; a poster and still gallery; “Two Masters’ Eyes,” featuring interviews with Argento and Romero, special make-up effects supervisor Tom Savini, executive producer Claudio Argento and Asia Argento; “Savini’s EFX,” a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s special make-up effects; “At Home With Tom Savini,” a personal tour of Savini’s home; “Adrienne Barbeau on George Romero”; “Before I Wake,” a new interview with star Ramy Zada; “Behind the Wall,” a new interview with star Madeleine Potter; “One Maestro and Two Masters,” a new interview with composer Pino Donaggio; “Rewriting Poe,” a new interview with co-writer Franco Ferrini; “The Cat Who Wouldn’t Die,” a new interview with assistant director Luigi Cozzi; “Two Evil Brothers,” a new interview with special make-up assistant Everett Burrell; and “Working With George,” a new interview with costume designer Barbara Anderson.
The set also includes a CD with the original motion picture soundtrack by Donaggio and a collectable booklet with a new essay by Michael Gingold.