Horror Films ‘The Lockdown Hauntings,’ ‘I Need You Dead!’ Among Titles Available on DVD and Digital From Distribution Solutions

The horror film The Lockdown Hauntings, the romance Christmas with a Prince: The Royal Baby, the mystery thriller Make Up and the horror comedy I Need You Dead! are among the titles available on DVD and digital from Distribution Solutions.

The horror film The Lockdown Hauntings is available on DVD and digital from GVN Releasing. The film follows a notorious serial killer back from the dead and on the prowl during COVID lockdown. Directed by Howard Ford, the film stars Tony Todd of Candyman fame, Angela Dixon and Heather Peace.

The romance Christmas with a Prince: The Royal Baby is available on DVD from Brain Power. In the holiday film, things get complicated for the expecting Prince Alexander and Dr. Tasha when a royal state visit is planned abroad, passing through her hometown. A slight scare delays their return, and the couple must struggle with defying tradition and delivering, literally, on expectations. 

In the horror comedy I Need You Dead!, available on DVD and digital from Mill Creek Entertainment, after a moment of teenage angst, a young punk finds himself at odds with a psychedelic monster of his own creation.

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In the mystery thriller Make Up, also available on DVD and digital from Mill Creek Entertainment, when reserved teenager Ruth (Molly Windsor) finds a smeared lipstick stain on her boyfriend Tom’s (Joseph Quinn) mirror and a strand of red hair on his T-shirt, a sense of unease creeps into their camper. Refusing to confront Tom with the discovery, Ruth tries to find the mysterious red-haired girl.

Action-Horror Thriller ‘Amityville Uprising’ Due Via on Demand, Digital and DVD Jan. 11

The action-horror thriller Amityville Uprising will be released on demand, for digital purchase and on DVD Jan. 11 from Lionsgate.

A chemical blast at a military base sets off a supernatural disaster in the action-horror thriller. As Sgt. Dash tries to keep the peace at the local police station, the explosion unleashes a toxic acid rain that dissolves the flesh of anyone trapped in it. Even worse, it causes the dead to rise again and attack the living. Dash and fellow officer Nina Rossi must figure out who is friend and foe, fend off the attacks, and defend their colleagues until the savage cataclysm subsides.

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Horror Thriller ‘Antlers’ Due on Digital Dec. 21, DVD and Blu-ray Jan. 4

The Searchlight Pictures horror thriller Antlers will be released digitally Dec. 21, and on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 4 from Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution.

Directed by Scott Cooper and produced by Guillermo del Toro, the film explores the myth of the dreaded “wendigo” as a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, seek to help a troubled young boy who possesses a strange secret. 

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Bonus features include:

  • “The Evil Within,” in which co-writer/director Scott Cooper offers a glimpse of the layers at play in his approach to making Antlers;
  • “An Exploration of Modern Horror with Guillermo del Toro,” in which del Toro traces the lineage of elevated horror in cinema, discussing the connection between mythology and human behavior;
  • “Artifacts and Totems,” in which the filmmakers discuss how they created this world of a small, tight-knit Northwest community of working-class Americans;
  • “Gods Walk Among Us,” an in-depth exploration of the digital and practical effects used to create the film’s primal creatures;
  • “Cry of the Wendigo,” about the folklore behind the wendigo from the film’s First Nations consultants;
  • “Metamorphosis,” about actor Scott Haze’s preparation for filming, including how he lost some 70 pounds in order to play a deeply tragic character; and
  • “Comic-Con @ Home with Scott Cooper and Guillermo del Toro,” in which Steve Weintraub moderates the Comic-Con@Home 2020 panel interview with del Toro and Cooper.

Horror Drama ‘Autumn Road’ Travels to VOD Nov. 23 From Gravitas Ventures

The horror drama Autumn Road will come out on VOD Nov. 23 from Gravitas Ventures and The Last Motel.  

The film follows a young woman who returns to her hometown 10 years after her sister vanished trick-or-treating. Along the way she becomes entangled with two idiosyncratic identical twins from her childhood who now run the town’s roadside haunted house. With nowhere else to go, she is drawn deeper and deeper into their world of scares, secrets, and enchanting house of horrors. While one twin pulls her closer, the other’s threats and scare tactics escalate to a breaking point where he must decide what lines he’s willing to cross. At the same time, her connection with her sister is growing as she starts to unearth new information about who she was and what happened that night all those years ago.

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Director Riley Cusick, who previously directed a number of shorts and appeared as an actor in Chelsea Stardust’s Satanic Panic and Joe Begos’ VFW, makes his feature directorial debut in Autumn Road and headlines as twins Charlie and Vincent. Other cast members include Lorelei Linklater (Boyhood, Bomb City), Justin Meeks (Kill or Be Killed, Butcher Boys) and Lar Park Lincoln (Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood).

 

Full Moon’s ‘The Resonator: Miskatonic U’ and ‘Mania Killer’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 9 From MVD

The horror films The Resonator: Miskatonic U and Mania Killer will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Nov. 9 from Full Moon Features and MVD Entertainment Group.

In horror fantasy The Resonator: Miskatonic U (2021), genre stars Michael Pare (Streets of Fire, Eddie and the Cruisers), Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Fast Times at Ridgemont High) and Empire Pictures alumni Jeffrey Byron (The Dungeonmaster, Metalstorm) join a cast of newcomers in a tale of visionary Miskatonic University student Crawford Tillinghast, who follows in his late father’s footsteps and becomes obsessed with completing work on The Resonator, an inter-dimensional device that opens doorways to other worlds. With the aid of his closest friends, they manage to get the machine running — with terrifying results.

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In Mania Killer (1987), a malevolent religious cult stalks a French village, kidnapping prostitutes and subjecting them to unimaginable torments under the guise of saving their souls. When a young man’s girlfriend is taken by the sect, he teams up with a mob of angry pimps to track down the maniacal, holy rolling killers and put an end to their bloody mission, once and for all. The film stars Bo Svenson (Walking Tall Part 2), Robert Ginty (The Exterminator) and Chuck Connors (Tourist Trap). Full Moon is presenting this obscure shocker totally uncut and remastered from the best available materials found in the Eurocine vaults.

Well Go Picks Up North American Rights to ‘They Crawl Beneath’

Well Go USA has picked up North American rights to Film Mode Entertainment’s horror thriller They Crawl Beneath.

Well Go is set to release the film in 2022.

The film stars Michael Pare (The Lincoln Lawyer, Gone) and Joseph Almani (Law of Attraction) and is directed by Dale Fabrigar, produced by Suzanne DeLaurentiis, executive produced by Kevin Goetz, and co-executive produced by Stephen Hornyak and Neil Goetz.

They Crawl Beneath follows Danny (Almani), a young cop working on his Uncle Bill’s (Pare) classic vintage car on a secluded ranch when a major earthquake hits. Uncle Bill is crushed, and Danny becomes trapped under the car, creating a claustrophobic nightmare. The situation intensifies when something horrifying emerges out of the cracks in the ground that leaves Danny fighting for his life.

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“Kevin and Suzanne have produced a phenomenally entertaining film,” Film Mode’s Clay Epstein said in a statement. “There is no better partner than Doris and her team at Well Go to bring this wild ride to audiences.”

“We’re very excited to team up with FME to bring this film to North American audiences,” Doris Pfardrescher, president and CEO at Well Go USA, said in a statement. “They have a knack for bringing innovative new stories to life for audiences worldwide, and this weaving of creature feature horror with a disaster-thriller backdrop undoubtedly positions They Crawl Beneath as an engaging, nail-biting entry to the horror genre.”

“We could not be more thrilled to partner with both Well Go USA and Film Mode Entertainment on our movie,” Goetz said in a statement. “Both of these companies have exceptional track records when it comes to marketing and distributing high-octane genre pictures.”

‘Hills Have Eyes’ on 4K Among Titles Due on Disc From Arrow and MVD in November

The horror classic The Hills Have Eyes on 4K Ultra HD headlines the disc titles coming from Arrow Films and MVD Entertainment Group in November.

The iconic The Hills Have Eyes makes it 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debut on Nov. 9. Horror master Wes Craven achieved critical and commercial success with the likes of Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street — but for many genre fans, the director’s seminal 1977 effort The Hills Have Eyes remains his masterpiece.

Taking an ill-advised detour en route to California, the Carter family soon run into trouble when their campervan breaks down in the middle of the desert. Stranded, the family find themselves at the mercy of a group of monstrous cannibals lurking in the surrounding hills. With their lives under threat, the Carters have no choice but to fight back by any means necessary.

The new release features a new 4K restoration of the film, viewable with both original and alternate endings. Extras include six postcards; a reversible fold-out poster; a limited edition 40-page booklet featuring writing on the film by critic Brad Stevens and a consideration of the “Hills” franchise by Arrow producer Ewan Cant, illustrated with original archive stills and posters; audio commentary with actors Michael Berryman, Janus Blythe, Susan Lanier and Martin Speer; audio commentary by academic Mikel J. Koven; audio commentary with Craven and Peter Locke; “Looking Back on The Hills Have Eyes,” a making-of documentary featuring interviews with Craven, Locke, actors Michael Berryman, Janus Blythe, Robert Houston, Susan Lanier, Dee Wallace and director of photography Eric Saarinen; “Family Business,”an interview with actor Martin Speer; “The Desert Sessions,” an interview with composer Don Peake; outtakes; an alternate ending; trailers and TV Spots; an image gallery; the original screenplay; and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper.

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Due Nov. 16 on Blu-ray is Sailor Suit and Machine Gun, in which a perky high-schooler takes on the mob in genre-bender that riffs on the yakuza film, coming-of-age drama, inventively adapted from Jiro Akagawa’s popular novel by director Shinji Somai. Hoshi Izumi is a young innocent forced to grow up quickly when her father dies and she finds herself next in line as the boss of a moribund yakuza clan. Wrenched from the security of her classroom and thrust into the heart of the criminal underworld, she must come to terms with the fact that her actions hold the key to the life or death of the men under her command as they come under fire from rival gangs. Presented in both its original theatrical and longer complete versions, and the first time one of Somai’s films has been released on home video in the West, this landmark work from his early career was responsible for launching teen talent Hiroko Yakushimaru (Legend of the Eight Samurai; Detective Story) as the iconic face of a generation, with the catchy theme song she performs indelibly etched into the zeitgeist of early-1980s Japan.

Nov. 23 comes 1989’s Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge! on Blu-ray. In the film, high school sweethearts Eric Matthews and Melody Austin are so in love, but their youthful romance is cut tragically short when Eric apparently dies in a fire that engulfs his family home. One year later and Melody is trying to move on with her life, taking up a job at the newly built Midwood Mall along with her friends. But the mall, which stands on the very site of Eric’s former home, has an uninvited guest — a shadowy, scarred figure which haunts its airducts and subterranean passageways, hellbent on exacting vengeance on the mall’s crooked developers. The film is directed by Richard Friedman (Scared Stiff, Doom Asylum) and features Pauly Shore and Morgan Fairchild.

Nov. 30 comes director Giorgio Ferroni’s period horror Italian-style 1960 shocker Mill of the Stone Women on Blu-ray, a classic tale of terror redolent with the atmosphere of vintage Hammer Horror. Young art student Hans von Arnam (Pierre Brice, Night of the Damned) arrives by barge at an old mill to write a monograph about its celebrated sculptures of women in the throes of death and torture, maintained and curated by the mill’s owner, the hermetic Professor Wahl (Herbert Böhme, Secret of the Red Orchid). But when Hans encounters the professor’s beautiful and mysterious daughter Elfi (Scilla Gabel, Modesty Blaise), his own fate becomes inexorably bound up with hers, and with the shocking secret that lies at the heart of the so-called Mill of the Stone Women. The first Italian horror film to be shot in color, Mill of the Stone Women prefigured a raft of other spaghetti nightmares, including the work of maestros Mario Bava and Dario Argento.

‘Maniac Cop 2’ and ‘3’ Due on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 16 From MVD

The horror films Maniac Cop 2 and Maniac Cop 3 are being released on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 16 from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the sequel Maniac Cop 2, the “Maniac Cop” is back from the dead and stalking the streets of New York once more. Officer Matt Cordell was once a hero, but after being framed by corrupt superiors and brutally assaulted in prison, he sets out on a macabre mission of vengeance, teaming up with a vicious serial killer to track down those that wronged him and make them pay.

Robert Davi (Die Hard), Claudia Christian (The Hidden), Michael Lerner (Barton Fink), Laurene Landon (Hundra), Leo Rossi (Halloween II), Robert Z’Dar (Tango & Cash), Charles Napier (The Silence of the Lambs), and Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead) star in this sequel written by Larry Cohen (It’s Alive) and directed by William Lustig (Maniac). Maniac Cop 2 has been scanned in 4K from the original camera negative and supervised by director of photography James Lemmo. It is presented with Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix. Special features include audio commentary and a making-of featurette.

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In Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence, when Officer Kate Sullivan storms a hostage situation, the whole incident is captured on tape by an unscrupulous media crew who edit the footage to show Kate killing a helpless victim. Now in a coma, Kate’s only hope is Detective Sean McKinney, who desperately tries to clear her name. But unbeknownst to him, “Maniac Cop” Matt Cordell takes it upon himself to exact revenge upon those responsible for smearing her name.

Returning stars Robert Davi and Robert Z’Dar are joined by Paul Gleason (Die Hard), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Julius Harris (Super Fly), Doug Savant (“Melrose Place”), and Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) in this third entry from Maniac Cop creator Larry Cohen. The film is scanned in 4K from the original uncensored negative, presented with Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix. Special features include audio commentary, the theatrical trailer, a making-of featurette, and deleted and extended scenes.

‘Demons’ and ‘Demons 2’ Due on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Oct. 19 From MVD and Synapse

Lamberto Bava’s two Italian horror films, Demons and Demons 2, are being released Oct. 19 on 4K Ultra HD and remastered Blu-ray in brand-new 4K restorations from Synapse Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

Produced by Dario Argento (Suspiria), Demons and Demons 2 are available in two-disc sets in both formats.

In Demons (1985), a masked man offers tickets to a horror movie sneak preview at the mysterious Metropol cinema. When a patron is scratched by a prop displayed in the theater lobby, she transforms into a flesh-ripping demon. One by one, the audience members mutate into horrible creatures hell-bent on destroying the world. In the 1986 sequel Demons 2, a televised horror film spells doom for the residents of a luxury high-rise apartment, as demons are unleashed through the TV screen at a young girl’s birthday party. As more and more residents are infected and transformed into blood-thirsty demons, a young couple fights to survive as they try to escape.

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Both releases are packed with special features, including two versions of Demons, the full-length original cut in English and Italian and the shorter U.S. version featuring alternate dubbing and sound effects.

Cinedigm Re-Launches Horror Streaming Site Screambox

Cinedigm Oct. 14 announced it has re-launched the subscription-based streaming service Screambox, featuring a new look and branding. As part of the relaunch, the distributor has migrated the channel from the former Vimeo platform to Cinedigm’s proprietary Matchpoint Blueprint framework.

Cindedigm says the movie will enable it to expand the channel’s catalog of film and episodic titles more quickly and efficiently, providing the opportunity to significantly scale programming. In addition, the updated app will give horror enthusiasts the ability to stream both linear and live events. This much broader selection of content from the Company’s catalog of horror titles will allow viewers to stream and scream to their heart’s content.

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“The acquisition of Screambox allows us to leverage our proprietary technology to better manage and operate the channel at scale,” Tony Huidor, chief technology and product officer, said in a statement. “With the addition of Screambox to our channel portfolio along with our growing investments in the horror genre, we have an opportunity to reach a loyal fanbase of horror fans and solidify our position as a leader in the horror genre within the OTT space.”

The re-launch comes on the heels of Cinedigm’s recent acquisition of Bloody Disgusting, a name that has become synonymous with the horror genre itself covering film, television and more. As part of the acquisition, the Bloody Disgusting management team will oversee the Screambox subscription-based service going forward. This includes leaning into their long-standing reputation as tastemakers in the genre to curate content within the streaming channel. As an additional added value, the ad-supported Bloody Disgusting TV channel will also be featured within the new Screambox.

The Bloody Disgusting reaches more than 30 million unique horror fans annually across its website, podcast network, app and various social footprints.

Cinedigm also continues to acquire new original content to bolster the channel’s catalog of exclusives and digital premieres. Knifecorp, starring horror icon Kane Hodder, slashed its way into homes this past September as a Screambox exclusive. The eight-part original series “The Island” will transport audiences to a disease-ridden island off the coast of Europe this October. Cinedigm also recently acquired Brain Freeze, the zom-com favorite that opened this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival. Its premiere on Aug. 13 made it one of the channel’s most-watched films.