It’s that time again, dear reader! We have a new batch of home media releases coming our way that horror and sci-fi fans are going to want to check out. This Tuesday, Johannes Roberts’ The Strangers: Prey at Night hacks its way onto multiple formats courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and the new Tomb Raider film starring Alicia Vikander arrives in 4K Ultra HD as well as on standard Blu-ray and DVD releases.
Cult film fans are going to want to pick up the Collector’s Editions of Ninja III: The Domination and Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable, and for those of you who watched it regularly last year, Channel Zero: Butcher Block is being released on DVD, too.
Other notable releases for June 12th include The Mimic, The Jurassic Dead, all three Purge films in 4K, a Stephen King collection of TV and theatrical movies, and the re-releases of The Sleeper (which is a fun throwback slasher I showed at my now-defunct film festival in 2013 that is worth a watch) and Darren Lynn Bousman’s The Devil’s Carnival.
Abominable: Special Edition (MVD Rewind Collection, Blu/DVD Combo)
It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries, a vicious creature of myth and legend called Sasquatch, Yeti, and perhaps most infamously, Bigfoot. It's been hunted it for years. But what happens when it decides to hunt us?
After recovering from a horrific accident, paraplegic Preston Rogers (Matt McCoy) moves back into the remote cabin where he and his now-deceased wife once lived. When his new neighbor Karen, is attacked by a gigantic creature, Rogers contacts the local authorities. But after the police and those around him dismiss Rogers as a delusional widower, he sets out to stop the abominable creature himself.
Featuring an all-star cast that includes Matt McCoy (L.A. Confidential, HBO's ''Silicon Valley'') Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, The Frighteners), Paul Gleason (The Breakfast Club, Die Hard), Rex Linn (Django Unchained, A Million Ways To Die in the West), Haley Joel (Tony 'n' Tina s Wedding), Phil Morris (''Seinfeld'', Black Dynamite), Dee Wallace (E.T., Cujo), Tiffany Shepis (Tales of Halloween, Victor Crowley) and Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Hard Target) in this wild and gruesome throwback horror shocker that Fangoria called ''The best serious fright film ever made about Bigfoot!''
Originally shot on 35mm, Abominable makes it HD debut featuring a brand new high definition transfer from the original camera negative and an ALL-NEW cut of the film with improved CGI-effects overseen by Director Ryan Schifrin and Editor Chris Conlee with enhanced color timing and correction and in this fully loaded collector's edition set!
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
The Mimic (Well Go USA, Blu-ray & DVD)
A classic Korean ghost story gets a horrifying new spin in THE MIMIC, as the mother of a missing child takes in a lost girl she finds in the woods and soon begins to wonder if she is even human.
Ninja III: The Domination – Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
Aerobics instructor Christie Ryder (Lucinda Dickey, Breakin’, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo) becomes possessed by the spirit of an evil ninja when she comes to his aid after he was shot down. Dominated by the killer’s vicious and relentless rage, she sets out to brutally attack his enemies. Her boyfriend, confused by Christie’s changing personality and afraid that he might be her next victim, enlists the help of Yamada (Shô Kosugi, Enter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja). In a life-threatening exorcism and ultimate fight to the death, Yamada proves that he is Christie’s only chance for survival.
The Strangers: Prey at Night (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Blu/DVD/Digital HD & DVD)
A family's road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family's every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts (whose shark diving thriller 47 Meters Down was a smash hit) directs this horror film featuring Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, Martin Henderson and Lewis Pullman, inspired by the 2008 classic The Strangers.
Tomb Raider (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu/Digital, Blu/DVD/Digital Combo & DVD)
Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is the independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who mysteriously vanished when she was a teen. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Against her father’s final wishes, Lara leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island. Her mission will not be easy; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Against all odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit, she must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, she could earn the name Tomb Raider.
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:
Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, DVD)
The Devil’s Carnival (Cleopatra Entertainment, Blu/DVD Combo)
The Jurassic Dead (Wild Eye Releasing, DVD)
The Purge 4K (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu Combo)
The Purge: Anarchy 4K (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu Combo)
The Purge: Election Year 4K (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu Combo)
The Sleeper (Scream Team Releasing, Blu-ray & DVD)
Stephen King Movies and TV Collection (Paramount, DVD)