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January 15th is a big day for horror fans looking to beef up their home media collections, because there’s a killer assortment of titles making their debuts on Tuesday. Of course, this week’s big release is David Gordon Green’s Halloween (2018), and Arrow Video is showing some much-deserved love for Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak with their limited edition Blu-ray set.

For you cult film fans, Scream Factory is keeping themselves very busy with three different titles: Saturday the 14th, Howling III, and The Plague of the Zombies, and Severin has put together an HD release for Jack the Ripper as well. Also, if you dig on retro VHS artwork, you’ll want to pick up Mill Creek’s special throwback Blu-rays for both Krull and Happy Birthday to Me.

Other releases for January 15th include Goosebumps 2, Cannibals and Carpet Fitters, The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Four Times That Night, and The 6th Friend.

Cannibals and Carpet Fitters (Blue Fox Entertainment, DVD)

A group of carpet fitters are sent on a job to an old country house in the middle of nowhere. They soon discover it is a trap set up by a savage, cannibalistic family. The carpet fitters are forced to fight for their lives or risk ending up being the evenings’ dinner. Cannibals and Carpet Fitters is a gruesomely fun thrill ride that will keep you in your seat until the very last minute.

Crimson Peak: Limited Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)

From the imagination of Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) comes Crimson Peak, a lavish, stunningly realised journey into the dark heart of Gothic romance... 

Beginning in Buffalo, New York, during the 1880s, Crimson Peak stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Stoker) as Edith Cushing, an aspiring writer who is haunted by the death of her mother. Edith falls in love with seductive stranger Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston, Avengers Assemble), who whisks her off to Allerdale Hall, his baronial, yet dilapidated English mansion built upon a mountain of blood-red clay. Here Edith meets Lucille (Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty), Thomas’s sister who at times seems hostile and jealous. As Edith struggles to feel at home in the imposing residence, she gradually uncovers a horrendous family secret and encounters supernatural forces that will help her discover the terrible truth behind Crimson Peak.

Boasting incredibly intricate and ornate production design and a rich visual style, del Toro’s film is a grandiose, boldly baroque triumph of Gothic decadence, which expertly combines and contrasts the sublimely beautiful with the shockingly grotesque. Crimson Peak is presented here in sumptuous special packaging, with a wealth of extra features, affording unprecedented insight in to the making of this modern Gothic classic.

LIMTED EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original 5.1 and 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and optional English 2.0 DTS Headphone: X Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Optional Descriptive Video Service® (DVS®) for the visually impaired
  • Audio commentary by co-writer and director Guillermo Del Toro
  • The House is Alive: Constructing Crimson Peak, a newly edited, feature-length documentary with cast and crew interviews and extensive behind the scenes footage
  • Previously unseen Spanish language interview with Guillermo Del Toro
  • The Gothic Corridor, The Scullery, The Red Clay Mines, The Limbo Fog Set; four featurettes exploring different aspects of Allerdale Hall
  • A Primer on Gothic Romance, the director and stars talk about the key traits of Gothic romance.
  • The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak, the cast and crew talk about the film’s use of color
  • Hand Tailored Gothic, a featurette on the film’s striking costumes
  • A Living Thing, a look at the design, modelling and construction of the Allerdale Hall sets
  • Beware of Crimson Peak, a walking tour around Allerdale Hall with Tom Hiddleston
  • Crimson Phantoms, a featurette on the film’s amazing ghosts
  • Kim Newman on Crimson Peak and the Tradition of Gothic Romance, a newly filmed interview with author and critic
  • Violence and Beauty in Guillermo Del Toro’s Gothic Fairy Tale Films, a new video essay by the writer Kat Ellinger
  • Deleted scenes
  • Original trailers and TV spots
  • Double-sided, fold-out poster
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions
  • Limited Edition packaging newly designed by Crimson Peak concept artist Guy Davis
  • Limited edition 80-page, hard-bound book featuring new writing by David Jenkins and Simon Abrams, an archival interview with Guillermo del Toro, and original conceptual design illustrations by artists Guy Davis and Oscar Chichoni

Halloween (2018) (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu Combo, Blu/DVD Combo & DVD)

Forty years after the events of 1978’s Halloween, Laurie Strode (Curtis) now lives in a heavily guarded home on the edge of Haddonfield, where she’s spent decades preparing for Michael’s potential return. After being locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when a bus transfer goes terribly wrong, leading to chaos in the same town he preyed on decades earlier. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the deranged killer returns for her and her family – but this time, she’s ready for him.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Deleted/Extended Scenes:
- Extended Shooting Range
- Shower Mask Visit
- Jog to a Hanging Dog
- Allyson and Friends at School
- Cameron and Cops Don't Mix
- Deluxe Banh Mi Cops
- Sartain and Hawkins Ride Along
Back in Haddonfield: Making Halloween
The Original Scream Queen
The Sound of Fear
Journey of the Mask
The Legacy of Halloween

Howling III (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

The race is on as a colony of marsupial werewolves attempts to outwit and outlast their human counterparts in the offbeat horror film Howling III.

Long ago, the now-extinct marsupial wolf (a.k.a. Tasmanian Tiger) roamed the Australian Outback. Today, a werewolf colony that has descended from these marsupials has taken over the land. This race of human-like creatures roams the outback, feeding its need. The race for survival is on as the humans struggle to contain these out of control creatures.

Special Features:
- NEW Digital Transfer sponsored by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
- NEW Audio Commentary with writer/director Philippe Mora, moderated by filmmaker Jamie Blanks
- NEW A Conversation with Philippe Mora – an interview with the writer/director
- Vintage interviews from the documentary Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! by director Mark Hartley
- Theatrical Trailer

Jack the Ripper (Severin Films, Blu-ray & DVD)

In 1959, legendary showman Joseph E. Levine unleashed this grisly UK thriller on American moviegoers. But when audiences were horrified by the film's startling violence, graphic nudity and bloody Technicolor climax, it became one of Levine's most notorious failures. Today - in its notorious UK cut and the American version with a brassy new score - it remains among the most underappreciated and provocative shockers of its time.

Eddie Byrne (THE MUMMY), Lee Patterson (TV's SURFSIDE 6) and John Le Mesurier (DAD'S ARMY) star in this lurid classic produced/directed by Robert S. Baker & Monty Berman (BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRE) and written by Hammer Films' legendary Jimmy Sangster (THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, HORROR OF DRACULA) that FilmFracture.com calls "The perfect combination of murder mystery and horror film with just the right amount of lovely ladies!"

SPECIAL FEATURES:

British Version, plus US Version
Audio Commentary with Co-Director/Co-Producer/Co-Cinematographer Robert S. Baker, Screenwriter Jimmy Sangster, Assistant Director Peter Manley, Moderated by British horror Historian Marcus Hearn
Alternate Continental takes
Interview with Denis Meikle, author of Jack the Ripper: The Murders and the Movies
The Real Jack the Ripper featurette
Theatrical Trailer
Poster and Still Gallery

The Plague of the Zombies (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

In a remote 19th-century Cornish village, an evil presence lurks within the darkness of the witching hour. A mysterious plague relentlessly consumes lives at an unstoppable rate. Unable to find the cause, Dr. Peter Tompson enlists the help of his mentor, Sir James Forbes. Desperate to find an antidote, they instead find inexplicable horror: empty coffins with the diseased corpses missing! Following a series of strange and frightening clues, they discover a deserted mine where they discover a world of black magic and a doomed legion of flesh-eating slaves ... the walking dead!  

Special Features:

- NEW Audio Commentary with filmmaker Constantine Nasr and author/film historian Steve Haberman

- NEW Audio Commentary with author/film historian Troy Howarth

- NEW Restored Audio

- World of Hammer – Mummies, Werewolves & The Living Dead

- Raising the Dead: The Making of The Plague of the Zombies

- Restoration Comparison

- Theatrical Trailers

- Still Gallery

Saturday the 14th (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Pennsylvania is beginning to look a lot like Transylvania in the horror spoof Saturday The 14th! John (Richard Benjamin, Love At First Bite) and Mary (Paula Prentiss, The Stepford Wives) can't believe their good fortune when they inherit the vast estate of John's recently departed uncle. Sure, it's a fixer-upper. But there's nothing that can't be taken care of with a fresh coat of paint, a little dusting ... and maybe an exorcist! It turns out that they've just moved into the most eerie house in Erie, PA — and one that some loathsome looky-loos are simply dying to take off their hands! Monsters, mayhem, and mirth descend upon the house — and only a mysterious book can save this everyday normal family from Saturday's paranormal activity.

Bonus Features:

- NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements

- NEW Interview With Producer Julie Corman

- Theatrical Trailer

- TV Spot

- Photo Gallery

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: 

The 6th Friend (The Asylum, DVD)

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray)

The Dark (MPI Home Video, DVD)

Dry Blood (Epic Pictures Releasing, Blu-ray & DVD)

The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)

Four Times That Night (Kino Classics, Blu-ray)

Goosebumps 2 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu Combo, Blu/DVD Combo & DVD)

Happy Birthday to Me: VHS Cover (Mill Creek Entertainment, Blu-ray) 

Krull: VHS Cover (Mill Creek Entertainment, Blu-ray) 

Obsession (Scream Factory, Collector's Edition Blu-ray)

Once Upon a Deadpool: Deadpool 2 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Blu/DVD 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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