With Halloween only two weeks away now, that means we have another killer batch of home entertainment releases arriving this Tuesday, primed to get everyone in the mood for the macabre. Cult film lovers should get those wallets ready, as Kino Lorber is keeping busy with The Terror Within II, Revenge of the Dead, and a 4K special edition of RawHead Rex, too.
For those who still venture out into the real world to make their media purchases, Target has the exclusive on season one of Stranger Things that comes in nifty retro packaging, and Criterion has put together a stellar Blu for Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.
Other notable releases for October 17th include American Gods: Season One, Wes Craven’s Summer of Fear, Red Christmas, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Honor Farm, and Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Collection.
American Gods: Season One (Lionsgate, Blu-ray & DVD)
When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know, this storm will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife, and suddenly hired as Mr. Wednesday's bodyguard, Shadow finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to understand. It's a hidden world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods. Mr. Wednesday seeks to build a coalition of Old Gods to defend their existence in this new America, and reclaim some of the influence that they've lost. As Shadow travels across the country with Mr. Wednesday, he struggles to accept this new reality, and his place in it.
RawHead Rex: Special Edition (Kino Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)
A Brand New 4K Restoration! He’s pure evil... pure power... pure terror! RawHead Rex is a demon, alive for millennia, trapped in the depths of hell, and waiting for release. He is held by an ancient seal, imprisoned for centuries in a barren field near the hamlet of Rathmore, Ireland.
In time, this gruesome legacy has been forgotten, dismissed as an odd pre-Christian myth until Tom Garron (Donal McCann, December Bride) decides to plow the field his ancestors knew better than to disturb. The seal is broken and an unspeakable evil is unleashed - on a rampage of blood and lust. Howard Hallenbeck (David Dukes, Gods and Monsters), an American historian on a working vacation with his family, discovers on the stained glass windows of a local church a series of scenes illustrating the reign of terror of RawHead Rex, but the one piece of glass depicting the defeat of the monster is missing.
RawHead Rex is on the loose, and he is insatiable as Howard is desperately races against time for a way to stop the vicious monster. Directed by George Pavlou (Transmutations) with a screenplay by horror legend Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Candyman, Nightbreed, Lord of Illusions).
-Brand New 4K Restoration - From the Original Camera Negative
-Audio Commentary with Director George Pavlou, Moderated by Stephen Thrower, the Author of Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents, Murderous Passions; The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco and Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci
-Interview with Actor Heinrich von Bünau (RawHead Rex)
-Interview with Actor Ronan Wilmot (Declan O'Brien)
-Interview with SFX/MU Crew Members Gerry Johnston (SFX Supervisor), Peter Mackenzie Litten (SFX Creature Effects), John Schoonraad (SFX Mould Maker) & Rosie Blackmore (Makeup Artist)
-Interview with Cameraman Sean Corcoran
-Interview with Stephen R. Bissette, co-creator of John Constantine, instructor at the Center for Cartoon Studies
-Booklet Essay by Film Historian Kat Ellinger
-Animated Behind-the-Scenes Image Gallery
-Limited Edition Slipcase of the New Poster Art by Sean Phillips
-5.1 Surround Audio
-Original Theatrical Trailer
The Terror Within II (Kino Lorber, DVD)
A Code Red Release! In this exciting sequel to The Terror Within, Andrew Stevens (The Fury, 10 to Midnight, The Seduction) returns in a world gone mad as the last human colony struggles to survive underground beneath a land of nightmarish mutants who seek to destroy them. But when the mutant break occurs inside humanity s final stronghold, the battle for survival pits the human colonists against their deadly invaders miles below the earth s surface. Also starring R. Lee Ermey (The Rift, Full Metal Jacket, Fletch Lives), Stella Stevens (The Manitou, Arnold, Slaughter), Barbara Alyn Woods (TV s One Tree Hill and Honey I Shrunk the Kids), Chick Vennera (High Risk, Yanks), Burton Gilliam (Blazing Saddles) and Clare Hoak (Masque Of The Red Death). Now see this terrifying sequel in HD! Directed by the film s star Andrew Stevens (Illicit Dreams, Scorned, Night Eyes Three).
-Interview with star R. Lee Ermey
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Special Edition (Criterion Collection, Blu-ray & DVD)
In the town of Twin Peaks, everyone has their secrets but especially Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). In this prequel to his groundbreaking 1990s television series, David Lynch resurrects the teenager found wrapped in plastic at the beginning of the show, following her through the last week of her life and teasing out the enigmas that surround her murder. Homecoming queen by day and drug-addicted thrill seeker by night, Laura leads a double life that pulls her deeper and deeper into horror as she pieces together the identity of the assailant who has been terrorizing her for years. Nightmarish in its vision of an innocent torn apart by unfathomable forces, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is nevertheless one of Lynch's most humane films, aching with compassion for its tortured heroine a character as enthralling in life as she was in death.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
- Restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director David Lynch
- 7.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, supervised by Lynch
- Alternate original 2.0 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
- The Missing Pieces, ninety minutes of deleted and alternate takes from the film, assembled by Lynch
- New interview with actor Sheryl Lee
- Interviews from 2014 by Lynch with actors Lee, Ray Wise, and Grace Zabriskie
- PLUS: An interview with Lynch from the 2005 edition of filmmaker and writer Chris Rodley's book Lynch on Lynch
Wes Craven’s Summer of Fear (Doppleganger Releasing, Blu-ray & DVD)
A chilling cult classic, Wes Craven’s SUMMER OF FEAR (1978) follows a country family of five who take in cousin Julie (Lee Purcell), whose parents recently died in a car crash. While the rest of the family and those around them are completely charmed by Julie, teenaged daughter Rachel (Linda Blair) grows suspect that her cousin has an alternative agenda; one that possibly includes witchcraft.
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:
Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Collection (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray)
Bat Pussy (AGFA, Blu-ray)
Black Ghosts (Wild Eye Releasing, DVD)
Dark Web (Ruthless, DVD)
Deadly Jaws/ Night of the Sharks Double Feature (Retrovision Entertainment, DVD)
Dreaming Purple Neon (Unearthed Films, DVD)
Escape Room (Lionsgate, DVD)
Hidden/The Gallows Double Feature (Warner Home Video, DVD)
The Honor Farm (Gravitas Ventures, DVD)
Inner Demons (Maverick Entertainment, DVD)
Killjoy’s Psycho Circus (Full Moon Features, DVD)
Legend of the Werewolf (Cheezy Movies, DVD)
Lilith’s Hell (Unearthed Films, DVD)
Red Christmas (Artsploitation Films, Blu-ray & DVD)
Revenge of the Dead (Kino Lorber, DVD)
Spaceship Terror (SGL Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/3D Blu/Blu/DVD)
Stranger Things: Season 1 (Netflix, Blu-ray) - **Target Exclusive**