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For this final week of home entertainment releases in January, horror and sci-fi fans have a ton of cult classics to look forward to, including Poltergeist II and Poltergeist III from Scream Factory, and Lair of the White Worm and Parents from Lionsgate via their Vestron Video Collector's Series.

Synapse Films is also keeping busy with a trio of releases this Tuesday—The Coffin Joe Trilogy Collection, At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul, and This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse—and for those of you missed it in theaters, Boo! A Madea Halloween comes home to both Blu-ray and DVD on January 31st as well.

Lair of the White Worm: Vestron Video Collector’s Series (Lionsgate, Blu-ray)

Bram Stoker's last novel is the basis for this wild tale of a horrific beast and the evil forces it unleashes on the beautiful English countryside.

Vestron Video has been a leader in providing the most unique and wide-ranging selection of films. We honor the spirit of Vestron Video by presenting the Vestron Video Collector s Series - a line of classic genre films newly remastered and with a wealth of supplementary features. --Lionsgate

Special Features:

2 AUDIO COMMENTARIES: Director Ken Russell; Lisi Russell, in conversation with Film Historian Matthew Melia
''Worm Food: The Effects of THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM'' Featurette
''Cutting for Ken'' Interview with Editor Peter Davies
''Mary, Mary'' Interview with Actress Sammi Davis
''Trailers from Hell'' featuring Producer Dan Ireland
Theatrical Trailers
Still Gallery

 

Parents: Vestron Video Collector’s Series (Lionsgate, Blu-ray)

The Laemles are the all-American family of 1954 with one small exception - Dad and mom are cannibals.

Vestron Video has been a leader in providing the most unique and wide-ranging selection of films. We honor the spirit of Vestron Video by presenting the Vestron Video Collector s Series - a line of classic genre films newly remastered and with a wealth of supplementary features. --Lionsgate

Special Features:

AUDIO COMMENTARY with Director Bob Balaban and Producer Bonnie Palef
ISOLATED SCORE SELECTIONS/AUDIO INTERVIEW with Composer Jonathan Elias
FEATURETTES:
''Leftovers to Be'' with Screenwriter Christopher Hawthorne
''Mother s Day'' with Actress Mary Beth Hurt
''Inside Out'' with Director of Photography Robin Vidgeon
''Vintage Tastes'' with Decorative Consultant Yolando Cuomo
THEATRICAL TRAILER
RADIO SPOTS
STILL GALLERY

Poltergeist II: The Other Side Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

In this thrilling follow-up to the smash hit Poltergeist, the Freeling family (JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O’Rourke, Oliver Robins) settles into a new home following the annihilation of their former residence by terrifying visitors from the netherworld. But the spirits of the dead are still hell-bent on luring the family’s clairvoyant daughter Carol Anne to "the other side. ", This chilling sequel, directed by Brian Gibson (Breaking Glass) also stars Will Sampson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Julian Beck (The Cotton Club) and Zelda Rubinstein (Anguish) returns as Tangina.

Poltergeist III Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

They are back….again! And they’re looking for Carol Ann in this riveting finale to the POLTERGEIST trilogy. Sent by her parents to live in a Chicago high-rise with her aunt (Nancy Allen, Carrie) and uncle (Tom Skeritt, Alien), Carol Ann discovers she must now face demons more frightening than ever before. Led by the Reverend Kane (now played by Nathan Davis), the spirits have moved from invading homes to taking over an entire skyscraper. They are lurking behind every mirror… waiting. Fortunately, Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein) returns to battle these malevolent forces.

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul (Synapse Films, DVD) 

Blood Mania/Point of Terror (Vinegar Syndrome, Blu/DVD Combo) 

The Coffin Joe Trilogy Collection (Synapse Films, DVD) 

Don’t Answer the Phone (Vinegar Syndrome, Blu/DVD Combo) 

This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse (Synapse Films, DVD)

Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween (Lionsgate, Blu/Digital HD & DVD)

Wax Mask (One 7 Movies, Blu-ray)

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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