Supernatural Horror Film ‘Don’t Look Away’ Headed to Theaters Sept. 1, VOD Oct. 3 From Level 33

Level 33 Entertainment will release the supernatural horror film Don’t Look Away in theaters on Sept. 1 and on VOD Oct. 3.

In the film inspired by the video game Stay Close, after a gang of criminals unintentionally unleashes a supernatural force onto the world, a young woman named Frankie is convinced she’s being stalked by a killer mannequin. Frankie soon realizes that her friends are in jeopardy, too. She must find the man who holds the key to stopping the killings, but Frankie knows that once you see the mannequin, there may be no end in sight, except for your own.

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The film stars Kelly Bastard (Tommy and the King), Michael Mitton, Colm Hill (Okja, 5G: The ReckoningmyPhone), Rene Lai (Bully, At the Ends of the Earth), Abu Bukuly, Micheal Bafaro, Brittany Pilgrim, Sophie Thom, Jason Haney and Vanessa Nostbakken. The film is produced by Bafaro, Mitton and James C. Clayton (Bullet Proof, The Ice Road, 5G: The Reckoning) and executive produced by Evan Tylor (“American Mary,” “Van Helsing”) and Caterina Scrivano (“American Mary,”  Bullet Proof, Residue).

 

Action Thriller ‘Shadow Master’ Due Digitally Nov. 8 From Saban

The supernatural action thriller Shadow Master will be released in select theaters Nov. 4 and via on demand and for digital purchase Nov. 8 from Saban Films.

In the film, slain during a ferocious fight and reborn with supernatural powers, one man stands between demonic forces bent on hastening the apocalypse and a ragtag group of apartment dwellers protecting their children from certain peril.

Directed by Pearry Teo, the film is a mix of haunted house chills and martial arts.

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Romance ‘The In Between’ Due on Digital Sept. 27 From Paramount

The supernatural drama romance The In Between will be released on digital Sept. 27 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Joey King (The Kissing Booth) stars in this film based on the heartbreaking novel. Tessa is a teenage girl with a love for old movies and film photography but doesn’t believe she deserves her own love story. Skylar (Kyle Allen, West Side Story) is a senior from a neighboring town who’s a true romantic. Despite their differences, their chance encounter at a matinee showing of a classic French film opens her heart. But tragedy strikes all too soon, and a car accident takes Skylar’s life. As Tessa searches for answers in the aftermath of the accident, she soon finds signs that Skylar might be attempting to reconnect with her — from an afterworld known as “the in between.” With the help of her best friend and a newfound open mind, Tessa attempts to make contact and prove that love never dies.

Directed by Arie Posin, the film also stars Kim Dickens, John Ortiz Celeste O’Connor, April Parker and Donna Biscoe.

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Saban’s Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Control’ Available Digitally Sept. 27

The supernatural sci-fi thriller Control will be available in select theaters on Sept. 23 and via on demand and digital starting Sept. 27 from Saban Films.

Directed by James Mark, the film stars Sara Mitich, George Tchortov and Evie Loiselle. In the film, a mother locked inside a stark room is tasked by an unknown voice to complete increasingly difficult challenges if she wants to save her daughter’s life. As the frequency and intensity of the tasks threaten to overwhelm her, she must piece together half-remembered chapters of her life before imprisonment if she wants to secure her freedom, rescue her child, and escape a waking nightmare.

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‘The Exorcism of God’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD April 19 From Lionsgate

The supernatural horror thriller The Exorcism of God arrives on Blu-ray plus digital and DVD April 19 from Lionsgate.

The film follows Father Peter Williams, an American exorcist, who hides a dark secret. Possessed by a demon he was trying to expel, he committed a terrible sacrilege. To atone for this sin, Peter devotes his life to charity work in a small town in Mexico. Eighteen years later, his deeply buried secret comes to light when the demon from his past returns, possessing a girl and unleashing a deadly disease. Now Peter must choose between saving his own soul and saving the people he loves most in one final, epic battle against the evil within.

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The film features Will Beinbrink (It Chapter Two, “Queen of the South”), María Gabriela de Faría (“The Moodys,” “Deadly Class”), Joseph Marcell (The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”), Hector Kotsifakis (“Malverde: El Santo Patrón,” “Enemigo Íntimo”) and Irán Castillo (“SOS Me estoy enamorando,” “La mexicana y el güero”).

Horror Tale ‘Fallen’ Heading to Digital, On Demand and DVD Feb. 22

The supernatural horror tale Fallen will be released for digital purchase, on demand and on DVD Feb. 22 from Lionsgate.

The film follows Father Abraham, who was ready to save the world from an evil menace using exorcism — until tragedy struck. Years later, he lives on a remote farm with his daughter, haunted by the faces of those he saved and those he could not. After finding a pale humanoid creature lurking in the woods one night, he shoots and cremates the monster. But all too soon he discovers that the beast was not alone, and that his troubles have only just begun.

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Supernatural: The Complete Series

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 5/25/21;
Warner;
Fantasy;
$329.99 86-DVD set, $359.99 58-disc Blu-ray;
Not rated.
Starring Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert, Katie Cassidy, Lauren Cohan, Mark A. Sheppard, Mark Pellegrino, Jim Beaver, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Samantha Smith, Adrianne Palicki, Kathryn Newton, DJ Qualls, Felicia Day, Osric Chau, Lauren Tom, Alaina Huffman, Courtney Ford, Sterling K. Brown, Kurt Fuller, Curtis Armstrong, Ruth Connell.

It may be a cliché to say they don’t make ’em like they used to, but it’s an idiom that certainly applies in the case of “Supernatural.”

The series stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester, brothers who spend the show traveling the country in a black 1967 Impala hunting monsters, demons, ghosts and other supernatural beings. Their quest to find their father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and find their mothers’ killer introduces them to a wider world of demon hunters, magic and divine beings who hold the fate of reality in their hands. At one point, the characters even become animated for a crossover with Scooby-Doo (in season 13).

Running an amazing 15 seasons and 327 episodes, the series began in 2005 on the old WB network, its last year before it merged with UPN to become what’s now known as The CW. Airing on the lowest rung of the network ladder certainly helped it flourish, as it became the longest-running American sci-fi/fantasy TV series in history with its 11th season, surpassing WB/CW sister series “Smallville,” which had run for 10 seasons and 217 episode, outpacing another 10-season sci-fi series, “Stargate SG-1,” by three episodes. The British side of the genre has produced “Doctor Who,” of course, with separate runs of 26 and 12 seasons (and an upcoming 13th), but with shorter episode lengths in the classic era and fewer episodes per season in the modern.

That’s the kind of output the TV industry just isn’t interested in sustaining anymore, beyond the handful of legacy procedurals that are sticking around on the networks. Between cable and streamers and the short attention spans of audiences, three- to four-season runs of 10 episodes apiece are much more the norm now.

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The massive complete-series Blu-ray disc set efficiently repackages all the previously released individual season sets, as well as the new 15th and final season set, and all the bonus material that entails.

The set comes in the form of a handsome outer box housing seven thick Blu-ray cases, packed two seasons per case, except for the seventh case which contains the final three seasons. Each of the first six cases house eight discs (except for case two, which has seven discs for seasons three and four), while case seven has 10 discs in total. This distribution pattern left no room for the season 15 bonus disc, which is instead housed in its own separate cardboard sleave at the end of the stack, alongside a booklet containing an episode guide, photos from the series, production artwork, and notes to the fans from series creator Eric Kripke and executive producer Robert Singer.

It’s a slightly awkward configuration but seemingly unavoidable without either splitting up one of the seasons into two separate cases, inventing an 11-disc case, or putting the four discs of season 15 in its own case and making the overall box bigger. All in all it’s just a minor infringement on any OCD some fans or collectors might have.

Among the extras on that final disc are a featurette about the series finale, a documentary about the show’s strong themes of family, and a look at the Winchesters as American heroes in the vein of folklore archetypes. There’s also a gag reel, a retrospective of all 15 seasons, and highlights from the show’s 2019 San Diego Comic-Con panel, which due to COVID-19 canceling the 2020 event turned out to be the show’s last.

In the final extra, a lucky fan wins a replica of the show’s iconic Impala.

The set does not include Supernatural: The Anime Series, which was released on Blu-ray in 2011.

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Werewolf Horror Film ‘I Am Lisa’ Due on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD March 16 From Mill Creek

The werewolf horror film I Am Lisa is coming to Blu-ray, DVD and VOD March 16 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

In director Patrick Rea’s supernatural revenge flick, a young woman (Kristen Vaganos, Obsessed with the Babysitter, Dating After College) barely survives a brutal beating by a local sheriff, and a subsequent wolf attack. She awakens in a remote cabin in the woods, to discover that she has gained strange, new powers — powers she can use to exact revenge upon her attackers. She must battle between her new powers, seeking vengeance and embracing her animal instincts.

The film also stars Jennifer Seward, Manon Halliburton, Chris Bylsma, Cinnamon Schultz, Sarah McGuire and Millie Milan.

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An official selection of Arrow Video’s FrightFest, the film was penned by Eric Winkler, composed by Natalia Perez, directed by Patrick Rea and comes from Mutiny Pictures.

‘Come Play’ Due on Digital Jan. 12, Disc Jan. 26

The thriller Come Play will come out on digital Jan. 12 and Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 26 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the supernatural thriller exploring the connection between technology and isolation, a young boy who struggles to connect with others turns to his cell phone and tablet for companionship, befriending a strange and sinister non-human creature. When the mysterious creature uses the devices to break into our world, his parents must fight to save their son.

The film stars Gillian Jacobs, John Gallagher Jr. and Azhy Robertson with a creature created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

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Russian Film ‘Evil Boy’ Coming to DVD and Digital Sept. 8 From Well Go

The Russian supernatural horror film Evil Boy will be released on digital and DVD Sept. 8 by Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, several years after their son disappears, grieving parents adopt a feral boy who begins to eerily resemble their missing child. While the wife believes they’ve found their son, her husband is certain he died. As strange accidents begin happening around the boy, he suspects they’ve adopted something not entirely human.

Directed by first-time feature filmmaker Olga Gorodetskaya, the film stars Elena Lyadova (Leviathan), Vladimir Vdovichenkov (Leviathan), newcomer Sevastian Bugaev, Evgeniy Tsyganov (The Man Who Surprised Everyone), Anna Ukolova (Leviathan), Konstantin Topolaga (Steel Butterfly) and Roza Khayrullina (The Horde).

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Evil Boy had its international premiere at the 2019 Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

The release features an all-new English dub, in addition to its original subtitles.