The first week of May has some really stellar home entertainment offerings that genre fans will undoubtedly want to add to their personal collections. Jackson Stewart’s wickedly fun Beyond the Gates makes its way to Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, and for those who missed it in theaters earlier this year, Rings arrives on both formats as well. Scream Factory is also giving the sci-fi thriller Virus a brand new HD release, and for those who have been on the lookout for the recent indie horror flick, The Barn, you can now grab the movie on Amazon.

Other notable releases for May 2nd include Camino, Fear, Inc., The Naked Cage, The Windmill, Tunnel, and The Hexecutioners.

Beyond the Gates (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight, Blu-ray & DVD)

Welcome, curious viewers…have you the courage to go Beyond The Gates?

After their father’s unexplained disappearance, two estranged brothers (responsible Gordon (Graham Skipper) and reckless John (Chase Williamson)) reunite to sift through the contents of his stubbornly anachronistic VHS rental store. Among the inventory, they find an old interactive VCR board game. Intrigued, the brothers pop in the tape… and soon discover that this video is no ordinary game, but a portal to a nightmarish alternate reality: one with deadly consequences for anyone who dares to press play.

Featuring horror legend Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond), Beyond The Gates is a retro-cool tale of "hex, dies, and videotape", from director Jackson Stewart!

Rings (Paramount Home Video, Blu/DVD/Digital HD & DVD)

When a radical college professor (Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory”) finds the mysterious video rumored to kill viewers seven days after watching, he enlists his students in a dangerous experiment to uncover the secrets behind the Samara legend. When the deadly video goes viral, they must figure out a way to break the curse and defeat Samara before her evil is unleashed upon the world. But, how do you stop her when she’s everywhere? RINGS also stars Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz (Summertime), Alex Roe (The 5th Wave), Aimee Teegarden (“Friday Night Lights”) and Vincent D’Onofrio (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”).

The RINGS Blu-ray Combo Pack features over 45 minutes of terrifying bonus content including deleted and extended scenes and a nail-biting alternate ending. Plus, go behind-the-scenes with interviews with the cast and crew as they discuss the new chapter in the iconic Ring franchise, dare to discover the real Samara, and more! Buy RINGS on Blu-ray Combo Pack and complete the circle with a bonus Digital HD of both The Ring and The Ring Two, for a limited time only.

Virus (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Jamie Lee Curtis faces a new, unstoppable terror in this sci-fi thriller from the producer of Aliens, Terminator 2, and Tremors.

Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, Scream Queens) plays the navigator of a tugboat crew which loses its cargo during a hurricane. In the calm eye of the storm, they come across a Russian research ship floating dead in the water. Boarding the vessel, they initially believe it to be deserted… but they soon realize they’re not alone. First, they discover a terrified survivor (Joanna Pacula), and then they find that the ship has been taken over by a ruthless alien intelligence. Now, the small band must fight for their lives against an entity that has come to claim Earth for its own, and creates bio-mechanical monstrosities with one goal: eliminating the virus called humans.

Donald Sutherland (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and William Baldwin (Backdraft) also star in a film directed by special visual effects master John Bruno (Avatar, True Lies).


  • NEW Eye of the Storm - an interview with director John Bruno (19 minutes)
    • NEW Science & Fiction – an interview with writer Dennis Feldman (15 minutes)
    • NEW Into the Woods - an interview with actor Marshall Bell (14 minutes)
    • NEW Men, Monsters and Machines: The Special Effects of VIRUS featuring interviews with Robotics Effects Designer Steve Johnson and Eric Allard, Special Makeup Effects artist Joel Harlow and Special Makeup Effects Supervisor: Second Unit Vincent J. Guastini (29 minutes)
    • NEW Audio Commentary with director John Bruno and writer Dennis Feldman
    • Audio Commentary with director John Bruno and actor Marshall Bell
    • Vintage featurette - Virus: Ghost in the Machine (17 minutes)
    • Vintage featurette – interviews with cast and crew (6 minutes)
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Still Gallery


The Barn (Nevermore Production Films, DVD)

Camino (XLRator Media, Blu-ray & DVD) 

Devil in the Dark (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, DVD)

Fear, Inc. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, DVD)

The Hexecutioners (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, DVD)

Hunting Grounds (Uncork’d Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD) 

Joker’s Poltergeist (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, DVD) 

The Last Heist (XLRator Media, Blu-ray & DVD)

MindGamers (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu/Digital HD & DVD)

The Naked Cage (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Occupants (Cinedigm, DVD)

Pandemic (XLRator Media, Blu-ray & DVD)

Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (Mill Creek Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD) 

Tunnel (Well Go USA, DVD)

The Windmill (XLRator Media, Blu-ray & DVD)

Zombie Ninja vs Black Ops (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, DVD)

  • Heather Wixson
    About the Author - Heather Wixson

    Heather A. Wixson was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, until she followed her dreams and moved to Los Angeles in 2009. A 14-year veteran in the world of horror entertainment journalism, Wixson fell in love with genre films at a very early age, and has spent more than a decade as a writer and supporter of preserving the history of horror and science fiction cinema. Throughout her career, Wixson has contributed to several notable websites, including Fangoria, Dread Central, Terror Tube, and FEARnet, and she currently serves as the Managing Editor for Daily Dead, which has been her home since 2013. She's also written for both Fangoria Magazine & ReMind Magazine, and her latest book project, Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume One will be released on October 20, 2021.