NEW HORROR DVD & BLU-RAY RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 12, 2015

Considering it is the middle of July, there’s some solid releases for this week. Let’s get to it:

!!!BATMANBATMAN: THE SECOND SEASON, PART 2 (1967)

The remaining 30 episodes from season two are featured in a four-disc set. 12 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish. **30 episodes on 4 discs. 12 1/2 hrs.**

Being released on DVD on 7/14/2015

!!!CELLAR DWELLERCELLAR DWELLER (1988)/CATACOMBS (1988)

First, a cartoonist (Debrah Farentino) obsessed with the bizarre imagination of a famous comic book artist (Jeffrey Combs) moves into the very home where the creator of the horror publication “Cellar Dweller” staged a notorious murder-suicide 30 years earlier. In these haunted environs, the dead legend’s biggest fan accidentally resurrects something beastly. Yvonne DeCarlo, Brian Robbins, and Vince Edwards also star. Next, the “Catacombs” of an ancient abbey are the setting for this fourth entry in the “Curse” franchise, as a young girl who has come there to study witnesses a long-feared prophecy coming to pass, with an unholy monster set loose upon the Earth. Timothy Van Patten, Laura Schaefer, and Ian Abercrombie star. AKA: “Curse IV: The Ultimate Sacrifice.” 180 min. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English.

Being released on Blu-ray on 7/14/2015

!!!EX MACHINAEX MACHINA (2015)

Caleb (Domhnall Gleason), a ground-level programmer for a global tech giant, was thrilled to have been selected for some face time with his reclusive CEO (Oscar Isaac). At the boss’s isolated retreat, he learns he’s been tasked to interact with–and psychologically evaluate–the company’s new project: a beautiful female android (Alicia Vikander). The unlikely bond that begins might imperil both, in this provocative sci-fi scenario; Corey Johnson, Sonoya Mizuno also star. 108 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 7/14/2015

!!!HOWLING 2HOWLING II: YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF (1985)

A young man, convinced his sister’s death was due to a sinister cult of werewolves, joins a lycanthropy expert on a mission to Transylvania to kill the group’s leader and stop the nocturnal terror at its source. Reb Brown, Annie McEnroe, Sybil Danning, and Christopher Lee star in this horrific howler. 91 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English.

Being released on Blu-ray on 7/14/2015

!!!IT FOLLOWSIT FOLLOWS (2015; see Steve’s review)

A frighteningly novel concept comes to the screen in this acclaimed horror film about a 19-year-old young woman (Maika Monroe) whose impulsive sexual encounter brings her into contact with a relentless supernatural stalker. Always changing appearance and approaching her slowly but surely with the intent to kill, “it” can only be escaped if she sleeps with someone else…or if her friends can devise another way to save her in time. With Keir Gilchrist, Lili Sepe, and Olivia Luccardi. 100 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 7/14/2015

!!!POWERSPOWERS: SEASON ONE (2015)

All 10 episodes from the debut season are featured in a three-disc set. 10 hrs. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English. **10 episodes on 3 discs. 10 hrs.**

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 7/14/2015

!!!SHADOW WORLDSHADOW WORLD: THE HAUNTING OF MYSTI DELANE (2015)

A young woman retreats into the world of the occult after the death of her mother, isolating herself in a cabin to carry out her experiments in traveling into the netherworld. Unfortunately, the dark rituals unlock the power of a malevolent force that only her aunt–also has a past history with the supernatural–may be able to help extinguish. Indie thriller stars Peri Jill Phillips, Liz Nolan. 75 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 7/14/2015

!!!SINGULARITY PRINCIPLESINGULARITY PRINCIPLE (2013)

Esteemed researcher Prof. Jack Brenner (John Diehl) was conducting clandestine experiments into parallel universes…and vanished without a trace. Looking for answers, an intelligence operative (William B. Davis) grills Brenner’s protege (Michael Patrick Denis) about the nature of his work…and isn’t prepared for the uncanny replies. Provocative sci-fi opus co-stars Amy LoCicero. 88 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English; theatrical trailers.

Being released on DVD on 7/14/2015

!!!THE ANDROMEDA STRAINTHE ANDROMEDA STRAIN (1971)

A satellite returns to Earth, bringing with it a mysterious virus that decimates a small New Mexico town. Can a team of scientists at a secret underground government lab find a way to isolate and stop the alien organism before it spreads? Director Robert Wise’s intense adaptation of the Michael Crichton sci-fi thriller stars Arthur Hill, James Olson, Kate Reid, David Wayne. 131 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English DTS HD mono Master Audio; Subtitles: English (SDH), French; “making of” documentary; featurette; theatrical trailer.

Being released on Blu-ray on 7/14/2015

!!!THE OUTINGTHE OUTING (1987)/THE GODSEND (1980)

First, what’s a group of frisky teens to do when they want to party and there’s no summer camp? Why, sneak into the city museum, of course! Little do they know that one among them is possessed, and “The Outing” will soon bring them into contact with the spirit of a millennia-old killer eager to add their scalps to his tally. Deborah Winters, James Huston star. Next, “The Godsend” is a scary tale about a cute little girl taken in by an English family after being abandoned by her mother. When the child’s adopted siblings begin to die mysteriously, dark suspicions fall upon her. Cyd Hayman, Malcolm Stoddard star. 180 min. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English.

Being released on Blu-ray on 7/14/2015

!!!THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWNTHE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (2014)

The title might be the same, but this contemporary shocker functions as a sequel to rather than a remake of the 1976 thriller about the Texas “Moonlight Murders” of the 1940s. Now, with the citizens of Texarkana marking the grisly crimes that took place in the town with an annual screening of the original cult movie classic, a hooded maniac claiming to be the original serial killer strikes new fear into the hearts of innocents. Addison Timlin, Anthony Anderson star. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 7/14/2015

!!!THE UNWANTEDTHE UNWANTED (2013)

A beautiful drifter (Christen Orr) come to a Georgia backwater to find out the truth about her mother’s disappearance falls into a sensual relationship with an emotionally damaged young waitress (Hannah Fierman). The server’s overprotective father (William Katt), though, doesn’t approve of the stranger’s attentions…and he likes the questions she’s asking even less. Southern Gothic spin on Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla” co-stars Chris Burns, Lynn Talley. 96 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; “making of” documentary; deleted scenes; theatrical trailers.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 7/14/2015

!!!THE VAMPIRE JOURNALSTHE VAMPIRE JOURNALS (1997)

Zachary, a vampire haunted by his lost humanity, seeks to destroy the bloodline of those who turned him into one of the undead. His ultimate target: the vicious vampire master Ash. But will Zachary be forced to sacrifice a beautiful musician named Sofia to gain his vengeance? Sanguinary shocker stars David Gunn, Jonathon Morris, and Kristen Cerre. 82 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; audio commentary; featurette.

Being released on Blu-ray

!!!WEREWOLF IN SLOVENIAWEREWOLF IN SLOVENIA (2015)

A film crew travels to Slovenia to investigate mysterious images captured in some shaky videotape footage. Is that a werewolf lurking in the brush? Could lycanthropy still be an affliction in the 21st century? Presented in the form of a documentary, this movie depicts how eyewitness accounts and expert analyses lend credence to the possibility that this supernatural phenomenon could be very real. 60 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 7/14/2015

!!!X-MENX-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (The Rogue Cut) (2014)

In order to prevent a future where the robotic Sentinels have nearly destroyed mutantkind, Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) consciousness is sent back to his younger self in 1973. Encountering that era’s Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), and Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Wolverine undertakes a desperate mission to alter history. Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen co-star in this sequel based on a two-part “The Uncanny X-Men” comic story. PG-13-rated version; 131 min./Extended cut; 148 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, DVS Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish; audio commentary; featurette; “making of” documentary; storyboards; art gallery; more.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 7/14/2015

Stay Bloody!!!

Alan Moore’s Project that Would’ve Destroyed the DC Universe!!

Writer Alan Moore

Okay, okay; I know this isn’t exactly horror news, but it does contain several elements that I really love. It’s about Alan Moore, the writer of some of the best comics ever, including WATCHMEN, V FOR VENDETTA, FROM HELL, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, & the Superman comic, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW?; it’s about someone (Moore) rocking the establishment and not giving a flying fuck; and it’s about what could’ve amounted to a revolution in the comic book world had Moore’s project been completed. So after the success of WATCHMEN, Moore brought a project to the powers that be at DC proposing the destruction of the DC universe itself. In an article titled, “Twilight of the Superheroes: Alan Moore’s Lost Work,” whatcultire.com examines this unfinished project. The scope of Moore’s project was massive and is fucking fascinating, so please excuse me for quoting the what culture.com article at length:

[Moore] left DC Comics in 1989 with at least one project left unfinished: a dark crossover involving the entirety of the DC universe called Twilight of the Superheroes … Moore’s idea gave writers the choice to participate in the crossover if they wanted to, by having John Constantine or Rip Hunter, two of the main characters of his proposed story, appear in the related issue, warning the characters of the book of some event.

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Proposed in 1987, the story took place twenty years in the future (making it 2007). The world has changed. Society has collapsed, and the ordinary people have turned to the superheroes for leadership. This has caused the superheroes to form dynasties, and basically become rulers of Earth. This is all related to the present day John Constantine by his future self and Rip Hunter, who have travelled back in time to stop events that led to this dystopian future from happening.

The proposal presented dark versions of the DC heroes, depicting many of them as tyrants, perverts and murderers (Superboy is portrayed as a sociopath and a sadist, Plastic man is now a gigolo), and would have been the darkest book DC had published involving their most well known characters.

Alan Moore (center) on THE SIMPSONS

To destroy any opposition to their leadership, the hero’s committed a purge of the super villain community. The villains who survived , including Lex Luthor and the Joker, formed the House of Secrets, which controls Nevada. They keep to themselves and don’t rock the boat, which keeps them alive. Superman and Wonder Woman, renaming herself Superwoman, had married, forming the House of Steel with their children, Supergirl and Superboy. They control the eastern seaboard. The Marvel Family formed the House of Thunder, and control the west coast of America. They are the two most powerful houses in this future. Batman and The Shadow lead a brigade of ‘normal’ heroes to oppose the regime and rid the world of it’s oppressive rulers. All aliens, including Green Lanterns, have been exiled from earth, forcing the Lanterns and various alien races to form a coalition to take earth for themselves, for if the heroes get bored of ruling earth where else would they set their sights but the stars.

The thrust of the story would have being the proposed union of the houses of Steel and Thunder through the marriage of Superboy and Mary Marvel Jnr. This is seen as catastrophic to the the aliens and the other houses, including the House of Titans, made up of the former members of the Teen Titans, and the House of Justice, made of the former Justice League (Blue Beetle, Aquaman, The Flash etc). If they merge, they will be unstoppable and can take Earth for themselves. This leads all the remaining houses, spurred on by Constantine (who even encourages the alien’s take over plan), to attack the wedding in attempt to destroy the Houses of Steel and Thunder for good. The aliens pick this time to attack also, adding to the bloodshed. Many heroes are killed, and Hunter’s and Constantine’s true plan is revealed: they wanted the future to come about, but made subtle changes in the past which led to the super powered heroes being destroyed, causing society to rebuild itself, under the guidance of Batman, the Shadow, and other non-powered heroes.

This is too goddamn funny!!

Does this not sound like one of the best comic book stories EVER?? It’s no mystery or surprise that DC never commissioned “Twilight of the Superheroes.” That would be like a chef paying the Health Department to come and shut them down!! But holy shit you could imagine how friggin’ badass “Twilight of the Superheroes” would’ve been? This is classic Moore through and through; it’s an extremely dark vision with beloved superheroes transformed into despicable characters and having most of them killed off.

I’ve always been a fan of Alan Moore ever since reading WATCHMEN (his first work I read). After WATCHMEN I obsessively sought out all of his other works and read them voraciously. Again, sorry this isn’t a horror-related story, but if this project was actually commissioned there would’ve been a lot of death in the DC Universe. A LOT.

Stau Bloody!!!

Batman Traps a Different Kind of Predator

Here’s one to file under, “News of the Weird.” A man dressed as Batman sets up his own sting in the park to catch a sexual predator. Yeah, I know … go read that last sentence again. I’ll wait.

In the video below, a sleaze bay is lured to a park thinking he’s gonna meet an underaged, 15 year old girl. Instead, Batman walks out of the shadows (okay, okay … it was in the middle of the day and there were no shadows. But it sounded more dramatic), and calls the sleaze bag out. Take a look; it’s both funny (the situation is) and disturbing (the guy was trying to kook up with a 15 year old girl):

See? Told ya. Batman’s work is never done.

Stay Bloody!!!