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New Blu-Ray and DVD (UK) Horror Releases: January 23rd, (2017)

New Blu-Ray and DVD (UK) Horror Releases: January 23rd, (2017)

We are almost at the end of January, which has been a pretty decent month for horror movies on Blu-Ray and DVD. Our recommended title for this week is the Arrow Video Blood Rage Blu-Ray. Other recommended titles for this week include Blood Rage, Blair Witch, Creepy, The Girl With All The Gifts, Blair Witch Double Pack, Under The Shadow, Carnage Park, and The Rezort. Take a look below for a full list and order links.

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Blood Rage Blu-RayBlood Rage (Blu-Ray)
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IT’S NOT CRANBERRY SAUCE!!!

What do you get if you combine Thanksgiving, American TV star Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), killer 80s synths and some of the most gruesome special effects in all of slasher history courtesy of Ed (Terminator 2) French. Why, it’s Blood Rage of course!

Twins Todd and Terry seem like sweet boys that is, until one of them takes an axe to face of a fellow patron at the local drive-in. Todd is blamed for the bloody crime and institutionalised, whilst twin brother Terry goes free. Ten years later and, as the family gathers around the table for a Thanksgiving meal, the news comes in that Todd has escaped. But has the real killer in fact been in their midst all along? One thing s for sure, there will be blood and rage!

Shot in 1983 but not released until 1987, Blood Rage (re-cut and shown in theatres as Nightmare at Shadow Woods) is a gloriously gruesome slice of 80s slasher heaven now lovingly restored (in 3 versions no less!) from original vault elements for its first ever official home video release.

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Blair Witch Blu-RayBlair Witch (Blu-Ray) or (DVD)
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Helmed by director Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest, V/H/S, V/H/S/2), Blair Witch goes back to its found footage roots 20 years after James’s sister and her two friends vanished into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland, while researching the legend of the Blair Witch leaving a trail of theories and suspicions in their wake. The film documents James (James Allen McCune) and his friends Peter (Brandon Scott), Ashley (Corbin Reid) and film student Lisa (Callie Hernandez) venturing into the same woods each with a camera to uncover the mysteries surrounding the 1994 disappearances. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals Lane (Wes Robinson) and Talia (Valorie Curry) offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods. But as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realise the terrifying legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.

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Creepy UK Blu-RayCreepy (Blu-Ray)
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Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa first came to prominence in the West with his J-Horror masterpieces Cure and Pulse [Kairo]. Now he makes a triumphant return to the horror genre with Creepy, a macabre and deeply unsettling thriller that has left audiences around the world shivering in fear.

Based on a novel by Yutaka Maekawa, Creepy follows ex-police detective and criminal psychologist Takakura (Hidetoshi Nishijima, Dolls), who moves to a quiet suburban town seeking peace and quiet. When a former colleague asks for his assistance on a case involving a disappearing family his investigation leads him to suspect that his neighbour is a psychopath who comes into peoples households and takes over their lives.

With a stunning cast made up of many of Japans leading actors including Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yuko Takeuchi (Ring) and Teruyuki Kagawa (Tokyo Sonata, Rurouni Kenshin), Creepy expertly mixes the genre conventions of the American thriller and Japanese horror to create this breath taking thriller. The Masters of Cinema series is proud to present the films UK home video debut in a dual-format edition.

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Blair Witch Double Pack UK Blu-RayBlair Witch Double Pack (Blu-Ray) or (DVD)
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Double bill of documentary-style horror films. ‘The Blair Witch Project’ (1998) follows three students from Burkittsville – Heather (Heather Donahue), Josh (Joshua Leonard) and Michael (Michael Williams) – as they head into the woods to investigate the local legend of the Blair Witch, a spirit blamed for the deaths of various children. After trekking deep into the forest, the group lose their map, quickly become lost and are forced to spend extra days trying to find their way back out. Confronted by terrifying noises and with strange artefacts appearing around their camp, panic sets in as the students are driven further into the woods by an unseen and sinister force. In ‘Blair Witch’ (2016), college student James Donahue (James Allen McCune), accompanied by a group of friends, ventures into Maryland’s Black Hills Forest in search of his missing sister who disappeared 20 years earlier while searching for evidence of the Blair Witch. After an uneventful hike deep into the woods, the group begin to feel a menacing presence in their camp as the night draws on. When a number of mysterious figures then appear in the trees around the camp, the panicked group begin to realise that the legend is real and more sinister than they could have imagined…

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The Girl With All The Gifts UK Blu-RayThe Girl With All The Gifts (Blu-Ray) or (DVD)
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Sennia Nanua, Gemma Arterton and Glenn Close star in this sci-fi drama based on M.R. Carey’s novel. In a post-apocalyptic future, humanity has been devastated by a mutated fungal disease that has turned most of the Earth’s population into ravenous zombies, known as ‘hungries’. In a secure army base in Birmingham, a group of scientists experiment on part-human, part-hungry, hybrid children in the hope of finding a possible cure to the epidemic. In this fortified facility, teacher Helen Justineau (Arterton) believes ten-year-old Melanie (Nanua) may hold the answers to a future cure but objects to her superior, Dr. Caroline Caldwell (Close)’s plan to kill her for further experimentation. When the survivors find their base under attack from hungries they are forced to flee to England’s destroyed capital where they continue their fight for survival and for a better future.

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Under The Shadow UK DVDUnder The Shadow (DVD)
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Shideh and her family live amid the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war. Accused of subversion by the post-Revolution government and blacklisted from medical college, she is coming to terms with her new life as a housewife. With Tehran under the constant threat of aerial bombardment, her husband is drafted and sent to the frontlines by the army, leaving Shideh all alone to protect their young daughter, Dorsa. Soon after he leaves, a missile hits their apartment building and while failing to explode, a neighbour dies under mysterious circumstances and Dorsa’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic. Shideh finds herself slowly drawn into the ensuing turmoil. Searching for answers, she learns from a superstitious neighbor that the cursed missile might have brought with it a djinn a malevolent Middle-Eastern spirit that travels on the wind.

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The Rezort UK DVDThe Rezort (DVD)
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DAY ONE: RELAX. DAY TWO: HUNT. DAY THREE: RUN Following a near-apocalyptic zombie outbreak, humans are once again in control. If an occasional rogue zombie finds its way into everyday life, it is quickly disposed of by the authorities. In this day and age, people know how to handle “Zee’s”. The latest craze is the Zombie Safari – Zafari – a chance to go out and shoot the un-dead in the wild. The ultimate blood sport experience, and for many the ultimate therapeutic revenge following the losses su!ered during the outbreak. Little do the vacationers realise they’re actually in a highly controlled environment, where the zombies are always kept at a safe shooting distance. Nothing is left to chance, nothing is unplanned. So far…

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Terror Birds UK DVDTerror Birds (DVD)
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When a scientist learns of a legend about monstrous birds while on an expedition he sets off on a journey to find them. He discovers two ten-foot birds, long thought extinct, captures them and takes them back to Texas. When a woman and her friends enter his ranch looking for her missing father they discover that the terror birds have escaped and they have discovered a taste for human flesh!

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Carnage Park UK DVDCarnage Park (DVD)
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When two criminals rob a bank, things don t go to plan and they end up on the run with a kidnapped woman in the boot of their car. Just as they think they are safe they end up at the desert outpost of a deranged ex-military sniper. Trapped in this increasingly dangerous game of cat and mouse things quickly go from bad to berserk in this gritty, grisly action thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

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Violent erotic horror from cult director Jean Rollin, about a young woman who finds herself stranded in a remote village where the population has become infected by a deadly zombie virus. Gothic sexuality mixes with zombie violence as the woman tries to survive and find a way out.

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The Haunted UK DVDThe Haunted (DVD)
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Horror thriller directed by Norman Lesperance and starring Nicholas Bianchi, Robin De Lano and Leann Donovan. A young couple make a terrible mistake when they try to be sociable with their reclusive neighbour, as they become trapped in a twisted nightmare.

 

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ALSO OUT ON DVD THIS WEEK:

Blair Witch | Blair Witch Double Pack | The Girl With All The Gifts | Essex Heist | Killing Salazar