We should go ahead and rename December 12th “Arrow Video Day,” because the fine fiends over there have a ton of titles coming out this Tuesday, including Special Edition sets for The Premonition and Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood, and they’ve also put together standalone special edition Blu-rays for both House and House II: The Second Story. Severin Films is resurrecting Asylum this Tuesday, and fans can finally get their hands on the latest season of Game of Thrones, as well as a box set featuring every episode from all seven seasons.

Other notable releases for December 12th include K-Shop, Once Upon A Time at Christmas, Brackenmore, The Snake Woman, Beware the Lake, and Hollow Creek.

 

Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season (HBO, Blu-ray & DVD)

Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; and all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords, and honest men...all will play the “Game of Thrones.”

Special Features:

- From Imagination to Reality: Inside the Art Department
- Extensive two-part featurette detailing the astonishing work of Production Designer Deborah Riley and her Art Department, dissecting the process behind the creation of this season's incredible new sets, including Dragonstone, Casterly Rock, Highgarden, the Dragonpit, and more.
- Fire & Steel: Creating the Invasion of Westeros
- Revisit this season s most pivotal moments with this behind-the-scenes featurette, including interviews with key cast and crew breaking down how fans favorite moments were created.
- Plus 11 Audio Commentaries with the cast and crew, including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Pilou Asbæk, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham and more.
- Histories and Lore
- 7 new animated pieces that give the history and background of notable season 7 locations and storylines including The Dragonpit, Highgarden, Prophecies of the Known World, the Rains of Castamere and more all narrated by cast members including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen and more.
- In-Episode Guide
- In-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters and locations.

House: Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)

ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK! Step into the House of horror! From the team that brought you Friday the 13th comes one of the all-time 80s horror greats, at long-last upgraded in hair-raising HD! 

William Katt (Carrie) stars as Roger Cobb, a divorced horror novelist coming to terms with the disappearance of his young son. When he inherits his late aunt s old mansion, Roger decides that he s found the ideal place in which to pen his next bestseller. Unfortunately, the house s malevolent supernatural residents have other ideas...

Directed by Steve Miner the man behind such horror hits as Friday the 13th Part II and III, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and Lake Placid House remains one of the defining fright flicks of its era.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Mono, Stereo and DTS-HD MA 5.1 Audio Options
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director Steve Miner, producer Sean S. Cunningham, actor William Katt and screenwriter Ethan Wiley
  • Ding Dong, You re Dead! The Making of House brand new documentary featuring interviews with director Steve Miner, producer Sean S. Cunningham, screenwriter Ethan Wiley, story creator Fred Dekker, stars William Katt, Kay Lenz and George Wendt, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Barney Burman, Brian Wade, James Belohovek, Shannon Shea, Kirk Thatcher and Bill Sturgeon, special paintings artists Richard Hescox and William Stout and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
  • Vintage Making-of
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers, Teaser and TV Spots
  • First Draft Screenplay and Fred Dekker s original 15-page Twilight Zone-inspired story which served as the basis for House (BD-ROM Content)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn

House II: The Second Story: Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)

FRIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE! Another House, another horror! Following on from the original 1986 horror classic, House II: The Second Story relocates the terror to a sprawling mansion where multiple dimensions converge all of them terrifying!

This first House sequel sees young Jesse (Arye Gross) moving into an old family property where his parents were mysteriously murdered years before. Joined by pal Charlie (Jonathan Stark), the pair soon find themselves with some unexpected guests in the form of Jesse’s mummified great-great grandfather, a mystical crystal skull and the zombie cowboy who’ll stop at nothing to lay his hands on it!

Newly restored for this deluxe Blu-ray edition, House II: The Second Story is the horror sequel that offers up even more thrills and chills than its predecessor. 

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray presentation
  • Original Stereo and DTS-HD MA 5.1 Audio Options
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with writer-director Ethan Wiley and producer Sean S. Cunningham
  • It’s Getting Weirder! The Making of House II: The Second Story brand new documentary featuring interviews with writer-director Ethan Wiley, producer Sean S. Cunningham, stars Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Lar Park Lincoln and Devin DeVasquez, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Chris Walas, Mike Smithson, visual effects supervisor Hoyt Yeatman and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
  • Vintage EPK
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer and TV Spot
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn

Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood: Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray & DVD)

YOU’LL SHRIEK WITH HORROR! Roll up, roll up! Step right up for Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood - the grisliest, freakiest show in town! Virtually impossible to find until its revival on DVD in the early 2000s, this 1973 cult oddity, from late director Christopher Speeth, is a cinematic experience like no other.

Arriving at a creepy, dilapidated fairground under the premise of looking for work, the Norris family are hoping to track down their missing son, who, they believe, is somewhere in the park. But it s not long before they find themselves at the mercy of the fairground’s fiendish proprietors and the cannibalistic ghouls lurking in the caverns below. 

Filmed at the Willow Grove amusement park in Pennsylvania, Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood is a mind-melting phantasmagoria of carnie craziness which blends elements of Night of the Living Dead and Carnival of Souls, adding an (un)healthy dose of Herschell Gordon Lewis-style gore for good measure. 

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • 2K restoration from original vault materials
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Mono Audio
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Introduction to the film by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith
  • The Secrets of Malatesta: an interview with director Christopher Speeth
  • Crimson Speak an interview with writer Werner Liepolt
  • Malatesta’s Underground art directors Richard Stange and Alan Johnson discuss the weird, mysterious world of Malatesta’s underground
  • Outtakes
  • Draft script (BD-ROM content)
  • Stills gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil

The Premonition: Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray & DVD)

BEYOND THE POWER OF AN EXORCIST. The mid-1970s saw the rise in popularity of films centering on the subject of parapsychology, led by Carrie Brian De Palma s classic tale of telekinetic terror. Precognition, or future sight, would be the topic under exploration in Robert Allen Schnitzer’s contribution to the psychic craze: the chilling and much-overlooked The Premonition.

Mother Sheri Bennett (Sharon Farrell, Night of the Comet, Sweet Sixteen) is assailed by terrifying visions in which a strange woman attempts to steal away her five-year-old daughter Janie. Are these bizarre occurrences the result of some sort of mental disturbance, or is something much more sinister afoot?

Featuring a haunting score from accomplished classical composer Henry Mollicone, The Premonition has remained unjustly obscure over the years but is heralded as a true classic of 70s US horror moviemaking by genre aficionados.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • 2K restoration from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Mono Audio
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Introduction to the film by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower
  • Isolated Score
  • Audio commentary with producer-director Robert Allen Schnitzer
  • Pictures from a Premonition brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with Schnitzer, composer Henry Mollicone and cinematographer Victor Milt
  • Archive interviews with Schnitzer and star Richard Lynch
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • Three Robert Allen Schnitzer short films: Vernal Equinox, Terminal Point and A Rumbling in the Land
  • 4 Peace Spots
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

Beware the Lake (Wild Eye Releasing, DVD)

Brackenmore (Synergetic Distribution, DVD)

Game of Thrones: The Complete Seasons 1-7 (HBO, Blu-ray & DVD) 

Hollow Creek (Filmrise, DVD)

K-Shop (Breaking Glass Pictures, DVD)

Once Upon A Time at Christmas (Lionsgate, DVD) 

One of Us (Monarch Video, DVD)

Poltergeist Encounters (Wild Eye Releasing, DVD)

The Rift: The Dark Side of the Moon (Cleopatra Entertainment, DVD) 

The Snake Woman (Cheezy Movies, DVD) 

True Love Ways (Synergetic Distribution, DVD)

  • 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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