We have a relatively quiet week of Blu-ray and DVD releases to kick off the month of May, but two of the titles are fantastic indie horrors that are very much worth your time—For the Sake of Vicious and A Ghost Waits. Other releases for May 4th include Rise of the Mummy, Why, The Midwife and a re-release DVD for Wes Craven’s Cursed.

For the Sake of Vicious (Epic Pictures, Blu-ray)

Romina, an overworked nurse and single mother returns home from her late shift on Halloween night to find a maniac hiding out with a bruised and beaten hostage. When an unexpected wave of violent intruders descends upon her home, the trio realize the only way out of the situation is to work together and fight for their survival.

A Ghost Waits: Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)

An ingeniously unique and unpredictable combo of horror, humor and heart, A Ghost Waits is a DIY labor of love years in the making from first-time writer/director Adam Stovall and producer/star MacLeod Andrews.

Tasked with renovating a neglected rental home, handyman Jack (MacLeod Andrews, They Look Like People, Doctor Sleep) quickly finds out why the tenants keep leaving in droves - this house is haunted. The ghost in question is Muriel (Natalie Walker), herself employed from beyond the veil to keep the home vacant. Against the odds, Jack and Muriel find they have a lot in common... pulse notwithstanding. Having found a kindred spirit in an otherwise lonely existence, they must fight for their newfound affection as pressure mounts for them each to fulfil their 'cross-purposes'.

From its opening spectral assault to its achingly poignant conclusion - as well as a witty depiction of afterlife bureaucracy in the vein of Beetlejuice and A Matter of Life and Death - A Ghost Waits has shocked and surprised audiences around the world, and now makes its home video debut stacked with insightful bonus features that take you inside the process of creating this phantasmagorical monochrome marvel.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
  • Original uncompressed stereo audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Audio commentary by writer/director Adam Stovall
  • Audio commentary by Adam Stovall and MacLeod Andrews
  • Audio commentary by the cast and crew
  • Humanity and the Afterlife in 'A Ghost Waits', a new video essay by Isabel Custodio exploring the film's themes and cinematic forebears
  • Eight interviews with cast and crew moderated by critic and programmer tt stern-enzi
  • Interview and post-film Q&A with Adam Stovall moderated by Alan Jones at Frightfest Glasgow 2020
  • Outtakes
  • Easter eggs
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Sister Hyde and original artwork by Julie Hill
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors' booklet featuring new writing by Craig Ian Mann

Rise of the Mummy (ITN Distribution, DVD)

A group of archaeology students awaken an ancient mummy. As the body count rises they realize the Mummy has to collect the souls of those who woke him to be able to walk the earth - for good.

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

Cursed (Miramax, DVD)

The Midwife (4Digital Media, DVD)

Why (High Octane Pictures, DVD)

Zombie King (Bayview Films, 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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