Horror Film ‘The Hex’ Available on DVD From MVD

The horror film The Hex is available on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.

In the film, a grieving girl unravels her murdered mother’s secrets connected to a witch doctor’s curse. She wants to put an end to this haunting hex by traveling to where it originated, but her journey casts her deeper into sinister depths.

Directed by Reine Swart (Z Nation, The Lullaby, Dominion, Detour), the film stars Coco Lloyd (Trypophobia), Mary-Anne Barlow (Wild at Heart, Prey) and Christopher Jaftha (Table Manners, Bedford Wives).

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Extras include the theatrical trailer and image slideshow.

Horror Sequel ‘Return to Splatter Farm’ on DVD From MVD

Return to Splatter Farm, the sequel to the 1987 direct-to-video cult horror film Splatter Farm, is available on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group and Wild Eye Releasing.

Thirty years after the infamous “Death Farm” murders in rural Pennsylvania, serial killing is in season once more. A young woman and her friends descend upon the farm to party after discovering that she has inherited the land. Soon after, the strange occurrences and brutal murders begin again.

The film, directed by Mark Polonia (Sharkenstein, Bigfoot vs. Zombies, Feeders), stars Ken Van Zant (Razorteeth, Splatter Beach, Empire of the Apes) and scream queens Mel Heflin (Mrs. Claus, Plan 9, The Profane Exhibit) and Danielle Donahue (Queen Crab, Amityville Island, Jurassic Prey).

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Special features include a director’s commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, a promo video and trailers.

‘Spell’ Coming to Disc Jan. 12 From Paramount

The horror thriller Spell will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 12 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sorry to Bother You), Loretta Devine (“Black-ish,” Crash) and John Beasley (The Sum of All FearsThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) star.

In the film, while flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family. He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.

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Blu-ray bonus features include deleted scenes, “The Nightmare Spell,”
“Rootwork: Conjuring Spell” and “The Art of Hoodoo.”

‘Tourist Trap’ VHS Retro Box Blu-ray-DVD Combo Pack Coming Nov. 24 From MVD

The horror film Tourist Trap is coming in a VHS retro big box collection Blu-ray plus DVD combo pack Nov. 24, including a blister-packed, retro-style action figure, from MVD Entertainment Group and Full Moon Features.

In the 1979 film, every year young people disappear. An eerie and deserted wax museum, Slausen’s Lost Oasis, is the site for spine-tingling terror where four unsuspecting young travelers (including Tanya Roberts from “Charlie’s Angels”) are lured into a very deadly tourist trap. Slausen (Chuck Connors) is the reclusive and bizarre owner of this attraction, which is actually more like a macabre chamber of horrors.

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Extras include a director’s commentary, rare trailers and an interview with director David Schmoeller (Puppet Master).

The film also stars Jocelyn Jones (Lee Daniel’s The Butler), Jon Van Ness (The Natural) and, in an early appearance, scream queen Linnea Quigley (The Return of the Living Dead).

‘Blade: The Iron Cross’ Available on Disc From MVD and Full Moon

The horror film Blade: The Iron Cross is available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Full Moon Features and MVD Entertainment Group.

Sick science, punishing puppets, clairvoyant crusaders and a legion of fascist zombies combine in this latest “Puppet Master” film. Dr. Hauser, the Third Reich’s maddest scientist, rises again with murder and mayhem on his mind. As the deranged Nazi doctor’s perverse plot is revealed, psychic journalist Elisa Ivanov (Tania Fox) awakens her own angel of death in Blade and together maiden and marionette get set to hammer the evil Hauser back into hell.

In addition to Fox (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), the film stars Vincent Cusimano (Betrayed), Bobby Reed (Perry Mason, 2020), Roy Abramsohn (Searching) and Alan Maxson (Godzilla: King of the Monsters).

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The film, written by Neal Marshall Stevens (Thirteen Ghosts, Hellraiser: Deader) and featuring a score by Richard Band (Re-Animator), follows Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich from producer Charles Band (Puppet Master, Trancers), who returns to oversee the next chapter in the franchise.

Extras include director’s commentary; Full Moon Features trailers; a behind-the-scenes featurette; and set stills.

Horror Title ‘The Beach House’ Bows on VOD, Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 15

The horror film The Beach House will come out on VOD, digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 15 from AMC’s RLJE Films and Shudder.

The directorial feature debut of Jeffrey A. Brown, who also wrote the screenplay, the film stars Liana Liberato (“Light as a Feather”), Noah Le Gros (A Score to Settle), Maryann Nagel and Jake Weber (Dawn of the Dead, “13 Reasons Why”).

In the film, hoping to reignite their relationship, college students Emily (Liberato) and Randall (Le Gros) arrive at their weekend getaway only to discover a peculiar older couple already staying there. They all agree to share the home but, after an indulgent night of partying, they’re awoken to a living nightmare of apocalyptic proportions. A mysterious airborne microbe has infected the water and it’s making its way to the house.

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First BlumFest Will Be Celebrated Online Oct. 29 Touting Blumhouse Projects

Blumhouse Productions is mounting the first of what it hopes will be an annual BlumFest Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. PT on its YouTube channel and Facebook page.

The event will feature the stars from the upcoming Blumhouse films Freaky and The Craft: Legacy; talent and filmmakers from other Blumhouse feature films and television series; and several surprise guests in a celebration composed of virtual panels, sneak previews, updates and news announcements.

“This year has sidelined a lot for all of us, but Halloween is a treasured season at Blumhouse, so we conceived BlumFest to celebrate with our fans via a virtual event that will feature exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage on an upcoming release or two,” Jason Blum, Blumhouse CEO and founder, said in a statement.

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Hosted and moderated by Jacqueline Coley, editor at Rotten Tomatoes, BlumFest 2020 will feature news announcements and virtual panels with the cast and filmmakers from the following Blumhouse projects:

  • Welcome to the Blumhouse — The program features Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, and Jason Blum in a conversation about the collaboration between Amazon and Blumhouse on the recently launched films, The Lie, Nocturne, Evil Eye and Black Box. Mamoudou Athie from the film Black Box will join the conversation, along with surprise guests. The four films are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.
  • The Craft: Legacy — Writer-director Zoe Lister Jones and her film’s coven, stars Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone and Zoey Luna, have a chat about continuing the original film cult hit and reveal secrets from the set. The film is set for Oct. 28 (midnight) release on PVOD and electronic sellthrough in North America, with a planned theatrical release in select international countries.
  • Freaky — Writer-director Chris Landon, stars Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton, and producer Jason Blum talk about the body-swapping horror comedy that will arrive in theaters on Nov. 13 in the United States and in select international markets.
  • Halloween Kills — Writer-director David Gordon Green, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, franchise producer Malek Akkad from Trancas Films, producer Bill Block from Miramax, and producer Jason Blum convene to talk about the upcoming film’s October 2021 release.
  • “The Good Lord Bird” — Executive producer, writer and star, Ethan Hawke, of the critically acclaimed series, and series executive producer Jason Blum discuss their most recent collaboration, which is currently airing on Showtime.

‘Hammer Films: The Ultimate Collection’ Coming on Blu-ray Nov. 17 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the “Hammer Films: The Ultimate Collection” mega-set, containing 20 movies and hours of newly created bonus features, on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 17.

This 10-disc collection features the films for the first time in HD, produced by Hammer in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. They include:

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)
The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1963)
These Are the Damned (1962)
The Old Dark House (1963)
The Gorgon (1964)
The Snorkel (1958)
Maniac (1963)
Die! Die! My Darling (1965)
Scream of Fear (1961)
Stop Me Before I Kill! (1961)
Never Take Candy From a Stranger (1960)
Cash on Demand (1961)
The Stranglers of Bombay (1960)
The Terror of the Tongs (1961)
The Pirates of Blood River (1962)
Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960)
The Camp on Blood Island (1958)
Yesterday’s Enemy (1959)
Creatures the World Forgot (1971)

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Daniel Griffith of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures serves as producer of the new Blu-ray bonus features, which include:

    • a 12-Page movie and feature guide booklet;
    • Hammer Film featurettes and retrospectives;
    • “The Actors of Hammer Film”;
    • The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb Retrospective”;
    • The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll Retrospective”;
    • “Hammer at Columbia Pictures”;
    • The Revenge of Frankenstein commentary with filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr and author/film historian Steve Haberman;
    • The Old Dark House commentary with The Monster Party Podcast featuring James Gonis, Shawn Sheridan, Larry Strothe and Matt Weinhold;
    • The Gorgon commentary with writer/director Joshua Kennedy (House of the Gorgon);
    • The Snorkel commentary with writer/producer Phoef Sutton, writer/film; historian Mark Jordan Legan and screenwriter/film historian C. Courtney Joyner;
    • Never Take Candy From a Stranger commentary with filmmaker/historian Constantine Nasr; and
    • Scream of Fear commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman.

 

 

‘Haunting of Bly Manor’ Top Binge on TV Time Charts

Netflix’s “The Haunting of Bly Manor” was the top binge on the TV Time charts the week ended Oct. 18, while the French series “La Flamme” led the rising show chart.

From “The Haunting of Hill House” creator Mike Flanagan, “The Haunting of Bly Manor” is the next chapter of “The Haunting” anthology series. After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave hires a young American nanny to care for his orphaned niece and nephew who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef, groundskeeper and housekeeper. But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets are waiting to be unearthed. The series, which hit screens Oct. 9, also came in at No. 10 on the rising show chart.

Taking the silver on the binge chart was “Emily in Paris.” Created, written and executive produced by Darren Star (“Sex and the City”), “Emily in Paris,” which reigned at No. 1 for the previous two weeks, debuted Oct. 2 on Netflix. It follows Emily (Lily Collins), an ambitious 20-something marketing executive from Chicago, who unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris when her company acquires a French luxury marketing company.

TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the service. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program. The network displayed is the network where the show first aired (e.g. “Friends” on NBC).

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Top Binge Shows Week Ended Oct. 18 by Share of Binges:

  1. “The Haunting of Bly Manor” (Netflix) — 5.53%
  2. “Emily in Paris” (Netflix) — 4.42%
  3. “Modern Family” (ABC) — 1.99%
  4. “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC) — 1.94%
  5. “The Boys” (Amazon) — 1.57%
  6. “Lucifer” (Netflix) — 1.55%
  7. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) — 1.51%
  8. “The Office” (NBC) — 1.50%
  9. “Friends” (NBC) — 1.35%
  10. “One Piece” (Fuji TV) — 1.33%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended Oct. 18 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “La Flamme” (Canal+) — 99.8%
  2. “Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts” (Netflix) — 94%
  3. “Doc in Your Hands” (Rai 1) — 92.5%
  4. “Star Trek: Discovery” (CBS All Access) — 81.4%
  5. “Fear the Walking Dead” (AMC) — 57.4%
  6. “black-ish” (ABC) — 51.5%
  7. “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” (VH1) — 50.3%
  8. “To the Lake” (THT) — 47.9%
  9. “Riverdale” (The CW) — 40.1%
  10. “The Haunting of Bly Manor” (Netflix) — 36.6%

Full Moon’s ‘Weedjies: Halloweed Night’ and ‘Panther Squad’ Due on Disc Oct. 27 From MVD

Two Full Moon Entertainment features, the comedic horror film Weedjies: Halloweed Night and the 1984 action adventure Panther Squad, are coming to DVD and Blu-ray Oct. 27 from MVD Entertainment Group.

In Weedjies: Halloweed Night, it’s the eve of Halloween in Las Vegas and three enterprising young ladies are throwing a massive 420 gala. But little do they know, they’re also going to unleash a freakish gaggle of party-loving nightmare-creatures from beyond. When a midnight scavenger hunt for a rare bud of weed known as the “Golden Nug” brings a group of party-hungry stoners to a haunted hotel, it seems like it’ll be the greatest night ever. But when the enigmatic owner, Madam Haze, introduces them to the Weed-G-Board, they open a portal beyond our world, and unleash The Weedjies. This group of ghastly hysterical creatures has only one mission: Party ’til you die. Bonus features include:

  • “The Complete Making of Weedjies” feature;
  • “Weedjies of the Night” music video;
  • “Puppeting with Gob-Lynn” featurette;
  • “Puppeting with Motorbreth” featurette;
  • a set tour with David DeCoteau;
  • Howard Stern show clip;
  • “Medicated Pete & McRib Lady Chat”;
  • the original trailer and teaser;
  • Full Moon features trailers;
  • commentary With director Danny Draven and screenwriter Shane Bitterling;
  • Film Threat’s Award This! 2020 Weedjies win; and
  • 1313 FX crew commentary with Tom Devlin and his crew.

 

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‘B’-movie queen Sybil Danning (Howling II, Warrior Queen) stars in Panther Squad (1984). The future United Nations hires a tough and sexy commando (Danning) and her squad of female mercenaries to take on a ruthless terrorist organization called Clean Space. The terrorist group is dedicated to stopping all space exploration by any means necessary — including extortion and murder. Extras include Full Moon features trailers and commentary with Danning.