Horror Anthology ‘V/H/S/99’ Available on Blu-ray and DVD May 23

RLJE Films will release the Shudder original horror sequel V/H/S/99 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 23. A Blu-ray/DVD combo Steelbook set also is available.

The film is the fifth entry in the “V/H/S” series of horror anthology films. In V/H/S/99, a thirsty teenager’s home video leads to a series of horrifying revelations. Featuring five new stories, V/H/S/99 harkens back to the final punk rock analog days of VHS, while taking one giant leap forward into the hellish new millennium.

V/H/S/99 stars Steven Ogg (“The Walking Dead”), Ally Ioannides (Synchronic), Keanush Tafreshi (Weird: The Al Yankovic Story), Emily Sweet (Castle Freak), and Archelaus Crisanto (“The Chosen”). It was written and directed by Maggie Levin (Into The Dark), Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down), Flying Lotus (Kuso), Tyler MacIntyre (Tragedy Girls), Vanessa Winter (Deadstream) and Joseph Winter (Deadstream); Zoe Cooper (V/H/S/85) and Chris Lee Hill (Tragedy Girls) also served as writers.

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The DVD and Blu-ray contains more than three hours of bonus material, including filmmaker commentary; an exclusive panel from Reedpop’s New York Comic Con; deleted scenes; “Shredding” BitchCat music video; “The Gawkers” camera test; “The Making of Medusa”; “To Hell and Back” storyboards and location scouting; and bloopers.

Shudder’s ‘Creepshow: Season 3’ Coming to DVD, Blu-ray Disc on Dec. 6

RLJE Films has picked up select rights to the third season of horror series “Creepshow” from sister AMC Networks streaming service Shudder.

The six-episode season, featuring 12 separate stories, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Dec. 6.

Creepshow: Season 3 episodes are directed by Rusty Cundieff, Greg Nicotero, Joe Lynch, Jeffrey F. January, John Harrison and Axelle Carolyn. The series stars Ali Larter, Justin Long, Anna Camp, and Ethan Embry. Both the DVD and the Blu-ray Disc editions carry a suggested retail price of $34.97.

“Creepshow” is an anthology series based on the 1982 horror comedy classic. A comic book comes to life in a series of vignettes, exploring terrors ranging from murder, creatures, monsters, and delusions to the supernatural and unexplainable. 

Bonus features include a comic art booklet, behind-the-scenes footage, a photo gallery, and a Comic Con panel discussion with Greg Nicotero, Mattie Do, Rusty Cundieff, Michael Rooker, and James Remar, moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Clark Collis.

‘A Discovery of Witches: The Complete Trilogy’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 15

The complete trilogy of the fantasy/sci-fi drama series “A Discovery of Witches” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Nov. 15 from RLJE Films.

The series originally aired on the AMC streaming platforms Sundance Now and Shudder and aired linearly on the AMC Network from 2018 to 2022.

“A Discovery of Witches” is based on the “All Souls” trilogy by Deborah Harkness. The series stars Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies, Hacksaw Ridge), Matthew Goode (“Downton Abbey”), Alex Kingston (“Doctor Who”), Trevor Eve (“The Politician’s Wife”), Lindsay Duncan (“Sherlock”), Owen Teale (“Game of Thrones”), Gregg Chillingirian (“Da Vinci’s Demons”), Aiysha Hart (“Line of Duty”) and Edward Bluemel (“Killing Eve”).

A Discovery of Witches The Complete Trilogy will include all 25 episodes, more than 80 minutes of bonus features on six discs, and a collectible bookmark.

The romantic thriller uncovers a secret underworld of vampires, witches and demons hiding in plain sight for fear of persecution by humans. Brilliant historian Diana Bishop is a witch denying her own heritage, but when she unexpectedly calls up an ancient, bewitched manuscript, Ashmole 782, she finds herself thrown into the heart of a dangerous mystery — and into the path of the enigmatic geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont. Across three seasons, Diana and Matthewʼs love for each other and their quest to solve the mystery of the book throws their world into dangerous turmoil.

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Bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray include “About the Characters,” “Mythology, TV Magic, the Story of the Discovery of Witches,” “Can Love Survive,” “Creating Elizabethan London,” “Story So Far,” “Blood Rage,” “Set Tour” and “Creating the Worlds.”

 

Witch Tale ‘Hellbender’ Unleashed on DVD and Digital July 26

RLJE Films will release Shudder’s Hellbender on DVD, VOD and for digital sellthrough July 26.

The film stars Zelda Adams as Izzy, who leads an isolated life, locked away from the world by her protective mother who has convinced her she has a “chronic illness.” After sneaking into town, Izzy plays a cruel drinking game with a new friend that unleashes a deep-rooted taste for blood. Confused and scared, Izzy questions her mom, whose secrets are as old and dark as their family bloodline’s ties to witchcraft. But Izzy’s true nature can only sleep for so long.

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DVD extras include DVD Bonus Features Include:

  • “The Visual FX of Hellbender by Black Magic Tricks”;
  • Hellbender music videos;
  • bloopers;
  • “Zelda’s Alter Ego: Eville Adams”;
  • behind-the-scenes footage;
  • “Travelling With Wonder Wheel.”

Cult Classic ‘All About Evil’ Headed to Blu-ray June 10

The cult classic All About Evil will be released June 10 in a special-edition Blu-ray from Severin Films, with a North American streaming release on Shudder June 13.

Following a world premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival and a limited theatrical run in 2010, Peaches Christ’s All About Evil disappeared underground for years. Now, the blood-splattered classic is back. To celebrate, Peaches Christ herself will present the film at “Peaches Christ 4-D Screenings” along the West Coast, including the Los Feliz 3 in Los Angeles on June 9 and the Victoria Theater in San Francisco on June 11 where the film was shot. Fans in Los Angeles can also attend a Blu-ray signing event at Dark Delicacies on June 12 with Peaches Christ and members of the cast.

All About Evil stars Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll,” “Orange Is the New Black”) as the mad projectionist, Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” Kaboom), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Rob Zombie’s The Munsters), John Waters muse Mink Stole (Serial Mom, Hairspray) and Noah Segan (Knives Out, Looper). 

In the film, a mousy librarian inherits her father’s beloved but failing old movie house. In order to save the family business she discovers her inner serial killer — and a legion of rabid gore fans — when she starts turning out a series of grisly shorts. What her fans don’t realize yet is that the murders in the movies are all too real.

The Blu-ray will feature a new HD restoration of the feature, along with newly-produced and archival bonus features.

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“For years, the movie has been unavailable and fans have been clamoring for it. As the creator, it’s been frustrating to say the least,” Peaches Christ said in a statement. “I feel like I’ve been given a great gift from both Severin and Shudder and am thrilled so many new people will discover my Evil little baby. The Blu-ray and features are truly stunning. I’m really proud of the film and am hoping the re-release helps get another feature film going.”

In the years since the birth of All About Evil, Peaches Christ has toured the globe. For the past two years, Peaches has hosted Midnight Mass with Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe, “Dragula”), a podcast based on Peaches’ long-running cult movie series in San Francisco. Every week, the pair go deep into discussions on the nature and fanbase of cult cinema, discussing everything from the works of Dario Argento to Rock N’ Roll High School to Matilda.

 

Animated Horror Film ‘The Spine of Night’ Gets Feb. 1 Disc, Digital Release

RLJE Films and Shudder on Feb. 1 will release the animated horror film The Spine of Night on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook that includes a DVD and standard Blu-ray.

The film premiered in theaters, on demand and through digital retailers in October. Both RLJE Films and Shudder are owned by AMC Networks.

The Spine of Night stars Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess”), Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), Betty Gabriel (Get Out) and Joe Manganiello (“True Blood”).

The film was co-written and co-directed by Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King.

The DVD will be available at a suggested retail price (SRP) of $27.97, the Blu-ray at $28.96, and the 4K UHD/Blu-ray/DVD Steelbook at $35.97. 

The film is an epic fantasy about the history of a land that never was. It begins when an ambitious young man steals forbidden knowledge from a sacred plant. He falls to its darker temptations and, in so doing, unleashes ages of suffering onto mankind. As his power grows over the years, it falls to people of different ilk and culture to attempt to stop him. Among those who stand against him are a daring tomb-robber, star-crossed lovers, a maniacal necromancer, winged assassins, and an undying guardian.

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.

RLJE Films Sets Dec. 7 DVD, Blu-ray Release Dates for Shudder’s ‘Creepshow’ Season 2

RLJE Films has set a Dec. 7 DVD and Blu-ray Disc release date for season two of “Creepshow,” the horror anthology series from Shudder that is based on the 1982 film of the same name.

Shudder is AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. “Creepshow” was launched in 2019, with the second season debuting in April 2021 and season three last September.

The five-episode season and bonus episodes “A Creepshow Animated Special” and “A Creepshow Holiday Special” from showrunner Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead”) stars Kevin Dillon (“Entourage”), Ted Raimi (“Buddy Thunderstruck”) and Ali Larter (House On Haunted Hill).

In season two, a comic book once gain comes to life in nine chilling tales told across five episodes.

Special features on the DVD and Blu-ray Disc release include:

    • WonderCon@Home 2021 interview with Greg Nicotero
    • Photo galleries
    • Comic art booklet
    • Behind-the-scenes featurettes
    • Behind-the-scenes raw footage

 

AMC Networks Says SVOD Properties to Reach 9 Million Subs by Year’s End

AMC Networks Nov. 5 said expects its branded subscription streaming video services to reach 9 million combined subscribers by the end of the year. SVOD services include Acorn TV, AMC+, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK (formerly Urban Movie Channel).

The notable sub driver for AMC+ was the Aug. 22 Season 11 premiere of “The Walking Dead,” which was a top driver of subscriber acquisition and viewership on the platform, according to AMC.

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Acorn and ALLBLK come from AMC’s 2018 acquisition of home entertainment distributor RLJ Entertainment for $65 million.

“We are building a streaming business that is sustainable and will be profitable over the long term, and with our owned IP, our library of high-quality content, and our strong legacy channels business, we have the right assets to drive growth and increase shareholder value,” CEO Matt Blank said in a statement.

Shudder’s ‘Violation’ Arriving on Blu-ray and Digital Sept. 21

RLJE Films, a unit of AMC Networks, will release the horror film Violation for digital purchase and on Blu-ray Sept. 21.

The film, from AMC’s Shudder streaming service, marks the feature screenwriting and directorial debut of Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli.

Sims-Fewer also stars as Miriam who returns to her hometown to seek solace in the comfort of her younger sister and brother-in-law when her marriage begins to implode. But one evening, a tiny slip in judgement leads to a catastrophic betrayal, leaving Miriam shocked, reeling, and furious. Believing her only recourse is to exact revenge, Miriam takes extreme action, but the price of retribution is high, and she is not prepared for the toll it takes as she begins to emotionally and psychologically unravel.

The cast also includes Anna Maguire, Jesse LaVercombe and Obi Abili.

Bonus materials include a “Meet the Filmmakers” featurette and the film’s introduction at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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