Even though we’re right in the midst of the superhero movie season, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty being released on Blu-ray and DVD to keep us horror fans happy. This week, we’ve got a handful of new titles coming our way, but also a few retro releases too, including the Roger Corman-produced cult classic Night of the Cobra Woman.
Other new titles arriving on June 17th include the indie sci-fi film Almost Human from Joe Begos, Brett Simmon’s The Monkey’s Paw, as well as the recent remake 13 Sins directed by Daniel Stamm. Teen Wolf Season 3 Part Two makes its home debut this week too, as well as the 20th anniversary DVD edition of Invasion of the Scream Queens.
13 Sins (Anchor Bay, Blu-ray & DVD)
Elliot (Mark Webber, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) is a bright but meek social services coordinator, drowning in debt and desperate because he’s about to marry the love of his life (Rutina Wesley, HBO’s True Blood). Upon receiving a cryptic phone call informing him that he’s on a hidden camera game show where he must execute 13 tasks, Elliot learns he will be on his way to winning a multimillion dollar cash prize if he quickly follows through with his first two instructions: swat the fly that is currently bothering him and then eat the fly. Although thousands of dollars are suddenly appearing in his bank account, Elliot remains suspicious, though comforted by the knowledge that he can stop playing at any time if only to lose every penny that he’s won. As he leaves a path of destruction behind him and runs away from the law (Ron Perlman, Hellboy), Elliot’s need to complete the game escalates as the tasks grow increasingly sinister, to a devastating point of no return.
Invasion of the Scream Queens (Wild Eye Releasing, DVD)
It’s the 20th Anniversary Edition on DVD for the first-time ever! Invasion of the Scream Queens takes you back to a time when the term “”Scream Queen”” was brand new and promised the hottest actresses in the best horror movies. Directed by cult horror icon Donald Farmer (Demon Queen, Savage Vengeance) and featuring interviews with legendary Scream Queens Michelle Bauer, Brinke Stevens, Mary Woronov, Melissa Moore, Elizabeth Kaitan and many more. Get an inside look at what it takes to be a scream queen and hear the behind-the-scenes stories about the making of some of the most classic horror films of our time, including The Hills Have Eyes, I Spit on Your Grave, Slumber Party Massacre, and many more. All the babes, the boobs and the blood are on full display here in this classic, rare document from the heyday of horror, available for the first time ever on DVD and packed with special features.
The Monkey’s Paw (Shout Factory, Blu-ray & DVD)
After Jake Tilton (C.J.Thomason, Sutures) acquires a mystical monkey’s paw talisman that grants its possessor three wishes, he finds his world turned upside-down after his first two wishes result in his malevolent coworker, Tony Cobb (Stephen Lang, Avatar), being resurrected from the dead. When Cobb pressures Jake into using the final wish to reunite Cobb with his son, his intimidation quickly escalates into relentless murder: forcing Jake to outwit his psychotic friend and save his remaining loved ones. Also starring Corbin Bleu (High School Musical, Nurse 3D), Charles S. Dutton (Legion), Michelle Pierce (NCIS) and Daniel Hugh Kelley (Cujo), The Monkey’s Paw is adapted from the renowned short story by W.W. Jacobs, and picks up where the short story left off.
Night of the Cobra Woman (ADA Corp DVD, DVD)
From legendary producer Roger Corman comes a drive-in horror classic! After being bitten by a very unusual cobra, a beautiful nurse (MARLENE CLARK) can turn herself into a snake and remain eternally young. However, to keep her youthful exterior, the cursed priestess requires a steady supply of venom — and lusty young men at her beck and call to steal their youth! But trouble occurs when she falls for the boyfriend of a beautiful snake expert (JOY BANG), and he brings along a pet eagle. Can she make a choice between a mortal male and her cobra god Movini ? Now watch this long-unavailable cult classic from a brand new HD master from the original vault elements!
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:
Almost Human (MPI Home Video, Blu-ray & DVD)
Flatliners (Mill Creek Entertainment, DVD)
John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars (Mill Creek Entertainment, DVD)
Joy Ride 3: Road Kill (20th Century Fox, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD, DVD)
Teen Wolf: Season 3 Part 2 (MGM, DVD)
Wrath of the Crows (MTI Home Video, DVD)