Claire Danes to Star in Netflix Mystery Thriller Series ‘The Beast in Me’

Netflix has announced a new limited series “The Beast in Me,” a mystery thriller starring Claire Danes.

In the series, since the tragic death of her young son, acclaimed author Aggie Wiggs has receded from public life, unable to write, a ghost of her former self. But she finds an unlikely subject for a new book when the house next door is bought by Nile Sheldon, a famed and formidable real estate mogul who was once the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance. At once horrified and fascinated by this man, Aggie finds herself compulsively hunting for the truth — chasing his demons while fleeing her own — in a game of cat and mouse that might turn deadly.

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The series is from showrunner/executive producer Howard Gordon (“Homeland,” “24,” “The X-Files”), creator/executive producer/writer Gabe Rotter (“The X-Files”) and 20th Television. Star Danes (“Fleishman Is in Trouble,” “Homeland”) also executive produces. Other executive producers include Daniel Pearle (“American Crime Story”), Conan O’Brien, Jeff Ross and David Kissinger for Conaco, and Jodie Foster.

Mystery Thriller ‘Double Blind’ Due on Blu-ray March 12 From Epic and MVD

The mystery thriller Double Blind will be released on Blu-ray Disc March 12 from Epic Pictures and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film produced in 2022, when an experimental drug trial goes horribly wrong, seven young test subjects, after being kept awake for days, must face the terrifying side effect of the drug: if you fall asleep you die. Trapped in an isolated medical facility, they desperately try to find a way to reverse the side effects of the trial, as one by one they succumb to sleep and death. Panic quickly takes hold and they to turn on each other. It’s up to Claire, the group’s unlikely leader, to keep them together, find a way to escape, and somehow manage to stay awake.

Double Blind stars Millie Brady (Roadkill), Pollyanna McIntosh (“The Walking Dead”), Akshay Kumar (Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead).

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The film won Best Ensemble Cast and Best Sound at the 2023 Filmquest festival and Best Cinematography at the 2023 Newport Beach Film Festival.

Mystery Thriller ‘The Unscarred’ Among Titles Due on Blu-ray Feb. 27 From Severin and MVD

The mystery thriller The Unscarred and the horror titles The Dead One and Raiders of the Living Dead are due on Blu-ray Disc Feb. 27 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

In The Unscarred (2000), for his third feature film — and first outside his native Staten Island — writer/director Buddy Giovinazzo (Combat Shock, No Way Home) delivered an intense new take on alienation, desperation and retribution. It follows the effects of a shocking accident in 1979 that rocked the student exchange program at Stanford University and forever changed the trajectory of four young lives. Twenty years later, an impromptu reunion in Berlin turns the sins of the past into an explosion of lust, deception, dark secrets and cold-blooded murder. James Russo (Donnie Brasco), Steven Waddington (Sleepy Hollow), Heino Ferch (Downfall) and Ornella Muti (Leonor) star in this extreme neo-noir, now scanned in 2K from pre-print German vault elements with two hours of new special features for the first time ever in America. Special features include audio commentary with director Buddy Giovinazzo, moderated by Severin Films’ David Gregory; “Once Upon a Time in East Berlin,” an interview with actor James Russo; “Run Johann Run,” an interview with actor Heino Ferch; and the trailer.

In the early ’80s, Independent-International co-founder/president Samuel M. Sherman (Dracula vs. Frankestein) took an unfinished zombie movie by Brett Piper (Queen Crab) and began tinkering to make Raiders of the Living Dead (1986). He shot additional scenes featuring nuclear terrorists, a mad doctor, a kid (former child star Scott Schwartz of A Christmas Story, The Toy and New Wave Hookers 5 fame) who converts a laserdisc player into a ray gun, 1930s cowboy star Bob Allen, a roasted hamster, The Three Stooges and retired octogenarian Zita Johann (The Mummy), then added an unstoppable earworm of an opening credits song to create a drive-in epic. The film is now scanned in 2K from the negative of the final release version, with more than four hours of new and archival special features, including two previous cuts in their entirety, that reveal the full insane saga. Special features include audio commentary with director/producer Samuel M. Sherman; audio commentary with actor Robert Deveau; “Things to Do in Jersey When You’re Dead,” featuring interviews with Fangoria writer Tim Ferrante, editor John Donaldson and soundtrack composer George Edward Ott; “The Weird Stranger,” a short film produced by Samuel M. Sherman;
“Dark Nights and Dying Days,” a behind-the-scenes stills gallery; “Documents of the Dead,” a production gallery; and the trailer.

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Barry Mahon was a decorated WWII fighter pilot, escaped P.O.W., manager of Errol Flynn during the actor’s sordid final years, kiddie matinee visionary, and more. In 1960, Mahon wrote/produced/directed what is likely the first full-color zombie movie in exploitation history with The Dead One (1961). In the film, just outside of New Orleans, a plantation mistress summons her brother to rise from the dead for a bizarre low-budget voyage of voodoo vengeance, jazz piano, strip clubs, honeymoon romance, Creole horror, and natty zombie attire. John McKay (Cuban Rebel Girls), Linda Ormond, and Monica Davis (Rocket Attack U.S.A.) star in this regional rarity also released as Blood of the Zombie and now scanned in 2K from the IP in its proper aspect ratio for the first time ever. Special features include an audio interview with distributor Samuel M. Sherman; “The Crazy Wild and Crazy Life of Barry Mahon,” an interview with author/filmmaker C. Courtney Joyner on writer/producer/director Barry Mahon; and the trailer.

Mystery Thriller ‘Candy Land’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 6 From MVD

The mystery thriller Candy Land (2022) will be released on limited edition Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 6 from MVD Entertainment Group.

Candy Land follows Remy (Olivia Luccardi), a seemingly naive and devout young woman, who finds herself cast out from her religious cult. With no place to turn, she immerses herself into the underground world of truck stop sex workers a.k.a. “lot lizards,” courtesy of her hosts Sadie (Sam Quartin), Riley (Eden Brolin), Liv (Virginia Rand) and Levi (Owen Campbell). Under the watchful eye of their matriarch, Nora (Guinevere Turner), and an enigmatic local lawman, Sheriff Rex (William Baldwin), Remy navigates between her strained belief system and the lot lizard code to find her true calling in life.

Extras on Blu-ray include filmmaker commentary and a digital zine.

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Neon/Decal Mystery Thriller ‘Eileen’ Due on DVD Jan. 30 From Distribution Solutions

The Neon/Decal mystery thriller Eileen will be released on DVD Jan. 30 from Distribution Solutions.

In the film, Eileen shuffles between home and the prison she works at. When an intoxicating woman joins the staff, Eileen is entangled in a shocking crime.

Eileen stars Thomasin Mckenzie, Eileen Dunlop, Anne Hathaway, Rebecca Jim Dunlop, Shea Whigham, Sam Nivola and Lee Polk.

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Christopher Lee Comedy ‘Dracula and Son’ Among Titles Due on Disc Sept. 26 From Severin and MVD

The Christopher Lee comedy Dracula and Son, the cult film Franky and his Pals, the horror film Footprints and the mystery thriller minseries Private Crimes are due on disc from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group Sept. 26.

Dracula and Son is available in a two-disc Blu-ray collection featuring the original director’s cut and the U.S. theatrical version. For his 10th and final screen appearance as Dracula, Christopher Lee starred — speaking fluent French — in this slyly ingenious 1976 horror comedy based on a novel by Claude Klotz (The Hairdresser’s Husband) and directed by Academy Award nominee Édouard Molinaro (La Cage Aux Folles). When the U.S. distributor re-cut and dubbed the film into a broad parody, it was deservedly met with universal disdain. Molinaro’s director’s cut can now be experienced for the first time ever in America, restored in 4K from the original negative with both French and English audio tracks. Bernard Menez (Day for Night), Marie-Hélène Breillat (Last Tango in Paris) and future writer/director Catherine Breillat (Anatomy of Hell) co-star in this satire featuring a score by Vladimir Cosma (Diva) and loaded with vintage and new special features. Special features include audio commentary with Christopher Lee biographer Jonathan Rigby and Hammer historian Kevin Lyons; audio commentary with Kat Ellinger, author of Daughters of Darkness; “Let the Son Shine in,” an interview with actor Bernard Menez; an archival French TV interview with Christopher Lee; “The Molinaro Tapes,” an archival audio interview with director Édouard Molinaro; “Who Was Claude Klotz?,” featuring filmmaker Patrice Leconte on his three-time co-writer and author of the novel Paris Vampire; an archival interview with Claude Klotz at a 1976 presentation of Dracula and Son in Marseille; a trailer; and a TV Spot.

Due on DVD is the cult film Franky and His Pals (1991). In the film, Franky, Drak, Wolfy, Mummy and Humper — the horny hunchback — descend on the small mining town of French Gulch in search of lost gold, but it’s Halloween night, and the monsters soon find themselves caught in the debaucherous festivities of the local townsfolk. Directed by veteran grindhouse and adult film producer Gerald Cormier (Terror Circus aka Barn of the Naked Dead, 101 Acts of Love) and seldom seen beyond the shelves of small-town video shops, this bizarro monster-comedy has finally been resurrected. Special features include “I’m Big Franky,” an interview with actor Eric Weathersbee; “It Wasn’t Me,” an interview with actor/FX artist Keith Lack; “Have You Seen My Wolfie?,” an interview with actor Shawn West; “The Band With No Name,” an interview with members of the Franky and His Pals party band; and the “Radio Beach” music video, featuring members of the Franky and His Pals party band.

The 1975 horror film Footprints is being released on Blu-ray in a two-disc set that includes the American and Italian versions. In this underseen giallo of the ’70s, Florinda Bolkan (A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin, Flavia the Heretic) stars as a freelance translator who wakes one morning missing all memory of her past three days. Will a trail of odd clues lead her to a place where perception and identity are never what they seem? Nicoletta Elmi (Deep Red), Evelyn Stewart (The Sweet Body of Deborah), Lila Kedrova (The Tenant) and Klaus Kinski co-star in this film also known as Footprints on the Moon and directed by Luigi Bazzoni (The Fifth Cord) with cinematography by three-time Oscar winner Vittorio Storaro (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage), now scanned in 4K from the original camera negative. Special features include an introduction by Kier-La Janisse, author of House of Psychotic Women; “To the Moon,” an interview with Actress Ida Galli; “Nicoletta Elmi: Italian Cinema’s Imp Ascendent,” a video essay by film scholars Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Craig Martin; audio commentary for the Italian cut with film historian Kat Ellinger; “Light of the Moon,” an interview with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro; and the trailer.

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Finally, due on Blu-ray is the North American premiere of the Italian mystery thriller miniseries Private Crimes. Nearly 25 years after their gialli collaborations Your Vice Is a Locked Room and All the Colors of the Dark, star Edwige Fenech and director Sergio Martino reunited for this four-part,six-hour TV miniseries co-produced by Fenech through her company Immagine E Cinema. In the series, when a prominent businessman is found murdered, an ambitious newspaper reporter (Fenech) and a local police inspector (Ray Lovelock of Almost Human) uncover a bizarre web of small-town corruption, violence and dark secrets, with suspects that include Paolo Malco (The New York Ripper), Annie Girardot (Shock Treatment), Gabriele Ferzetti (The Psychic), Jacques Perrin (Z) and Alida Valli (Suspiria). The miniseries has been scanned in 2K from the original RAI-TV 16mm elements with special features created exclusively for this presentation. Special features include audio commentary for part one with Kat Ellinger, author of All the Colours of Sergio Martino; “Edwige, Queen of Giallo,” an interview with actor/producer Edwidge Fenech; and “Giallo in Lucca,” an interview with director Sergio Martino.

Screen Media Acquires Mystery Comedy ‘Helen’s Dead,’ Due for Day-and-Date Release Nov. 3

Screen Media has acquired all North American rights to the mystery comedy Helen’s Dead.

Screen Media plans to release the film as a day-and-date release on Nov. 3.

Directed by K. Asher Levin and written by Amy Brown Carver from a story by Levin and Carver, Helen’s Dead stars Emile Hirsch, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Tyrese Gibson, Dylan Gelula and Oliver Cooper. 
 
The film follows the story of Addie (Gelula). After a terrible breakup with her boyfriend, Addie goes to confront her best friend about cheating allegations and accidentally steps into a murder scene.
 
“I have always dreamt of making my very own freewheelin’, one crazy night movie,”said Levin in a statement. “It’s truly a blessing to have assembled such an amazing cast and found such a supportive company in Screen Media to release the film.”
 
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Screen Media recently acquired Tom DeLonge’s directorial debut Monsters of California and the Bella Thorne-led thriller Saint Clare, starring Ryan Phillippe and Rebecca DeMornay. Recent film releases include Maggie Moore(s), starring Emmy winners Jon Hamm and Tina Fey; The Ritual Killer, starring Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman and Cole Hauser; Devil’s Peak, starring Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton and Emmy winner Robin Wright; The Locksmith, starring Ryan Phillippe, Kate Bosworth, and Ving Rhames; and Poker Face, directed by and starring Academy Award winner Russell Crowe.

 

BayView to Release Mystery Thriller ‘Devils Lake’ on Blu-ray July 25

BayView Entertainment will release the mystery thriller Devils Lake on Blu-ray Disc July 25 through manufacture-on-demand company Allied Vaughn.

The film follows Jake Barker, who thought he left Devils Lake, but Devils Lake never left him. As soon as he returns to Devils Lake, murders begin to happen — again.

Directed by Ted Pfeifer, the film stars Pfeifer, Justin Ament and Ryan Deal.

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Meg Ryan Thriller ‘In the Cut’ Due on Blu-ray May 16 in 20th Anniversary Uncut Director’s Edition

The 2003 mystery thriller In the Cut will be released on Blu-ray Disc in a 20th anniversary uncut director’s edition May 16 by Mill Creek Entertainment.

Based on the national best-selling novel by Susanna Moore, the film follows Frannie Avery (Meg Ryan), a reserved English professor, who becomes obsessed after seeing more than she should of an impassioned couple in the underbelly of lower Manhattan. After the young woman turns up dead, Frannie is questioned by a homicide detective (Mark Ruffalo) who draws her into a liberating but disturbing erotic encounter. As the body count rises, familiar suspects begin to emerge. 

In the Cut is directed by Oscar winner Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog, The Piano), who has garnered 169 award wins and 103 nominations including a Primetime Emmy for “Top of the Lake,” plus taking home 2022 BAFTA, Directors Guild of America (DGA), Film Independent Spirit, Critics Choice and Golden Globe Awards and more for The Power of the Dog

In addition to Ryan (Top Gun, You’ve Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally) and Ruffalo (“The Avengers” franchise, Shutter Island, Netflix’s The Adam Project), the film stars Oscar nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (Netflix series “Atypical,” Apple TV+ series “Lisey’s Story,” Single White Female, The Hateful 8) and Golden Globe winner Kevin Bacon (Footloose, Showtime series “City on the Hill,” X-Men: First Class). 

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The film is produced by Nicole Kidman, whose production credits include Hulu’s “Nine Perfect Strangers,” HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and AppleTV+ series “Roar,” and Laurie Parker, known for My Own Private Idaho and Drugstore Cowboy

Dutch Thriller ‘AmnesiA’ Available on DVD and Blu-ray From MVD and Cult Epics

The Dutch psychological mystery thriller AmnesiA (2001) is available now on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from MVD Entertainment Group and Cult Epics.

Directed by Martin Koolhoven (Winter in Wartime, Brimstone), the film follows a photographer (Fedja van Huêt) who returns home to find his family’s dark secrets uncovered.

The debut feature film of actress Carice van Houten (Black Book, “Game of Thrones”), AmnesiA won Fedja van Huêt (Character, Speak No Evil) the Golden Calf Award for Best Actor for his dual role.  

Cult Epics presents the film in a two-disc Blu-ray limited edition set which includes a bonus disc with Martin Koolhoven’s debut TV movies: the award-winning Suzy Q (1999), featuring the first TV movie appearances by Carice van Houten and Michiel Huisman (“Game of Thrones,” The Age of Adaline), and Dark Light (1997), with Viviane de Muynck and Marc van Uchelen (The Assault).

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Other extras on both the Blu-ray set and DVD of the release — which features a 4K HD transfer from the original camera negative and restoration — include an introduction by Martin Koolhoven; audio commentary by Martin Koolhoven and Fedja van Huet, moderated by Peter Verstraten; a conversation with Martin Koolhoven and Carice van Houten (2022); “The Making of AmnesiA” (2001); a behind-the-scenes featurette with Carice van Houten (2001); and the theatrical trailer.