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August’s horror and sci-fi home media releases are off to a great start, as we have numerous titles arriving this Tuesday that fans are going to want to add to their collections. Severin Films has put together a stellar limited edition release of The Changeling, and Scream Factory is resurrecting John Carpenter's Someone’s Watching Me! on Blu-ray as well. Scream Factory has also teamed up with IFC Midnight for a trio of releases—Pyewacket, Lowlife, and Wildling—and Marrowbone arrives on both formats, too.

Other notable releases for August 7th include Predator and the Predator 3-Movie Collection in 4K, Desecration, The Keeping Hours, and Dead Shack.

The Changeling Limited Edition (Severin Films, Blu/CD Combo)

It is perhaps the most chilling supernatural thriller of our time. It remains a career peak for star George C. Scott and director Peter Medak (THE RULING CLASS, THE KRAYS). Now the film that Martin Scorsese calls, "One of the scariest movies ever made," finally comes to Blu-ray. Academy Award® winner Scott delivers, - One of his greatest performances ever - (BloodyGoodHorror.com) as a Manhattan composer consumed by grief after his wife and daughter are killed in a shocking accident. But when he moves to a secluded Victorian mansion, he will find himself haunted by a paranormal entity that may unleash an even more disturbing secret.

Trish Van Devere (THE HEARSE), two-time Oscar® winner Melvyn Douglas (BEING THERE) and Jean Marsh (FRENZY) co-star in, -One of the most unsettling ghost stories ever&$45; (IFC.com). Winner of 8 Genie Awards, including Best Foreign Actor, Best Foreign Actress and Best Canadian Film, and based on actual events.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

- Audio Commentary with Director Peter Medak and Producer Joel B. Michaels, moderated by Severin Films' David Gregory
- The House On Cheesman Park: The Haunting True Story of THE CHANGELING
- The Music of THE CHANGELING: Interview with Music Arranger Kenneth Wannberg
- Building The House Of Horror: Interview with Art Director Reuben Freed
- The Psychotronic Tourist: THE CHANGELING
- Master of Horror Mick Garris on THE CHANGELING
- Poster & Still Gallery
- Trailer
- TV Spot

Lowlife (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight, Blu-ray & DVD)

What happens when you throw together one fallen Mexican wrestler with serious rage issues, one just-out-of-prison ex-con with a regrettable face tattoo, and one recovering junkie motel owner in search of a kidney? That’s the premise of the berserk, blood-spattered, and wickedly entertaining feature debut from Ryan Prows. Set amidst the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, Lowlife zigzags back and forth in time as it charts how fate (and a ruthless crime boss) connects three down-and-out reprobates mixed up in an organ harvesting scheme that goes from bad to worse to off-the-rails insane. Careening from savagely funny to just plain savage to unexpectedly heartfelt, this audacious thriller serves up nonstop adrenaline alongside hard-hitting commentary about the state of contemporary America.

Marrowbone (Magnolia Home Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)

Four siblings move to America with their mother to escape a troubled past. When she dies, they vow to stay together, no matter what. But when a ghostly presence torments what's left of their family and a lawyer threatens their pact, the four must stand together or be torn apart forever in this chilling thriller. From the producers of Pan's Labyrinth and starring George Mackay (Captain Fantastic), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Charlie Heaton ("Stranger Things") and Mia Goth (A Cure for Wellness).

Pyewacket (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight, Blu-ray & DVD)

When you’re dealing with demons, be careful what you wish for. In this ultra-unsettling occult nightmare, teenage Leah (Nicole Muñoz, Once Upon A Time) finds solace from the recent death of her father (and from her strained relationship with her mother (Laurie Holden, The Walking Dead) by dabbling in the dark arts. It all seems like harmless fun at first ... until an argument leads Leah to do the unthinkable: put a death curse on her mother. Leah immediately regrets her decision, but it may be too late: An evil presence known as Pyewacket has risen: and threatens to destroy both mother and daughter. Backcountry director Adam MacDonald creates hair-raising tension and a complex mother-daughter dynamic in this frightening fable about our darkest desires come to life.

Someone’s Watching Me! (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) writes and directs this thriller where the breath-catching suspense starts at the moment Leigh (Lauren Hutton, American Gigolo) is framed in the lens of a telescope. For Leigh, it’s the beginning of terrors that escalate from anonymous calls and gifts to lights that mysteriously flicker to prove that someone watches every moment of her life. Leigh fights back, matching her tormentor’s obsession with her own relentless drive to uncover his identity. The prey is now predator: and that escalates the stalker’s game to a deadly new level. Someone is watching. 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

- NEW 2K scan from the original film elements – in both 1.85:1 and 1.33:1 aspect ratios

- NEW audio commentary with author Amanda Reyes (Are You in the House Alone?: A TV Movie Compendium 1964-1999)

- NEW Adrienne Barbeau: Looking Back at Someone’s Watching Me

- NEW Carpenter’s Enforcer – an interview with Charles Cyphers on his career in John Carpenter’s films - - NEW Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – a look at the film’s locations today

- John Carpenter: Director Rising

- TV Promo

- Still Gallery

Wildling (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight, Blu-ray & DVD)

A teenage girl’s coming-of-age arrives with a terrifying twist in this spellbinding take on the werewolf legend. Since birth, Anna (Bel Powley) has been raised in isolation by a man she knows only as Daddy (Brad Dourif, Child’s Play). He has done everything possible to conceal the truth about her origins from her. But when the teenage Anna is suddenly thrust into the real world under the protection of no-nonsense police officer Ellen (Liv Tyler, The Strangers), it soon becomes clear that she is far from ordinary. Unable to adjust to a normal life, Anna finds herself drawn instead to the wild freedom of the forest while struggling to resist the growing bloodlust that has awakened inside her. This moodily atmospheric thriller combines supernatural scares with a myth-like tale of self-discovery.

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

Dead Shack (Magnolia Home Entertainment, Blu-ray) 

Desecration (Code Red, Blu-ray)

The Keeping Hours (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, DVD) 

Mandy the Haunted Doll (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, DVD) 

Predator: 4K (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu Combo) 

Predator 3-Movie Collection: 4K (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu Combo)

Heather Wixson
About the Author - Heather Wixson

After falling in love with the horror genre at a very early age, Heather Wixson has spent the last decade carving out a name for herself in the genre world as a both a journalist and as a proponent of independent horror cinema. Wixson is currently the Managing Editor for DailyDead.com, and was previously a featured writer at DreadCentral.com and TerrorTube.com where her online career began; she’s also been a contributor at FEARnet as well as a panelist for several of their online programs.

Wixson recently finished her first book, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, and is currently working on her second upcoming book project on special effects artists as well.

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