Horror Films ‘Satan’s Little Helper’ and ‘The Kindred’ Headed to Blu-ray Oct. 25 From Synapse and MVD

The horror films Satan’s Little Helper (2004) and The Kindred (1987) are available on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 25 from MVD Entertainment Group and Synapse Films.

In Satan’s Little Helper, 9-year-old Douglas Whooly (Alexander Brickel, Palindromes) is obsessed with the handheld video game Satan’s Little Helper, and annoyed that the attention of his big sister Jenna (Katheryn Winnick, TV’s “Vikings” and “Big Sky”) is being distracted by her new boyfriend Alex (Stephen Graham). These two concerns collide on Halloween, when Douglas witnesses a serial killer in a devil mask (Joshua Annex) posing his victims like outdoor All Hallow’s Eve displays. Not comprehending how real the carnage is, Douglas becomes this Satan’s little helper — and that’s very bad news for Alex, for his mom Merrill (Amanda Plummer, Pulp Fiction, Netflix’s “Ratched”), and ultimately for their entire town. Satan’s Little Helper, written and directed by Jeff Lieberman (Squirm, Blue Sunshine, Just Before Dawn), combines grisly killings with savage humor and satirizes the way video games can seize hold of young minds. Bonus features include audio commentary from director Jeff Lieberman; a vintage behind-the-scenes featurette; “The Devil and the Details: Making Satan’s Little Helper“; “Mister Satan’s Neighborhood,” a tour of the filming locations with Lieberman; and the promotional trailer.

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Academy Award-winning screen legends Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night, Duck, You Sucker) and Kim Hunter (A Streetcar Named Desire, Planet of the Apes) star in The Kindred, a tale of a genetic experiment gone wrong. Hunter is Dr. Amanda Hollins, a molecular scientist who calls on her son John (David Allen Brooks) to eliminate all evidence of her genetic experiments — most specifically her “Anthony Journals.” Dr. Philip Lloyd (Steiger), an acquaintance of Hollins who is familiar with her experiments, wants to continue her studies no matter the cost. John heads to his isolated childhood home with a group of friends to uncover his mother’s research and destroy it all. There’s something else in the house, however, something watching and waiting — a tentacled creature born from the desire to alter human evolution. A 1980s “creature feature” utilizing all practical special effects, The Kindred also stars Amanda Pays (TV’s “The Flash,” “Leviathan”) and Talia Balsam (TV’s “Mad Men,” “Homeland”). The release features a new 4K high-definition remaster of the unrated version of the film and a new 5.1 English stereo surround remix (original 2.0 mono theatrical mix also included). Bonus features include audio commentary with directors Jeffrey Obrow and Stephen Carpenter, moderated by horror journalist Steve Barton; the new 52 minute documentary “Inhuman Experiments — The Making of The Kindred“; a compilation of creature effects artist Michael McCracken Jr.’s never-before-seen on-set footage (18 minutes); a still gallery and original storyboards; the original theatrical trailer; an original video promotional trailer; and TV spots.

Bruce Campbell Action Adventure ‘Running Time’ Coming to DVD and Blu-ray March 16 From MVD

The Bruce Campbell action adventure Running Time is coming to DVD and Blu-ray Disc March 16 from Synapse Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the 1997 film, Campbell (The “Evil Dead” Series, TV’s “Burn Notice”) stars as Carl, a man who launches a full-scale heist to steal mob money from the prison that just released him. With the help of an old friend (Jeremy Roberts, The People Under the Stairs), a driver and a safe-cracker, Carl’s attempt to carry out the heist is fraught with incompetence and bad luck. As the clock ticks and the circumstances turn tragic, Carl is forced to make the most important decision of his life.

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Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope and filmed over 20 years before Sam Mendes’ 1917, writer/director Josh Becker designed Running Time to play out using the one-continuous-shot technique with no computer-assisted trickery. Photographed and edited on film to take place over 70 minutes of real-time, this gritty crime drama was shot entirely on location in the streets of Los Angeles.

The film features an all-new 2K scan and restoration of the original camera negative and is presented for the first time on video with the original theatrical stereo mix. Special features include audio commentary with writer/director Becker and Campbell, the all-new interview/featurette “Run and Gun with Bruce Campbell,” a Q&A from the Freaky Film Festival Premiere at the University of Illinois, the original promotional trailer, and a dual-sided front cover featuring art from Wes Benscoter and Gerry Kissell.