Now that October is officially underway, that means we have a big week of Blu-ray and DVD releases to get excited for, and there are some great genre-related titles coming out on Tuesday. Universal Studios Home Entertainment is unleashing both Tales from the Hood 2 and The First Purge on multiple formats, and for fans of action cinema, Death Race: Beyond Anarchy races home this week, too. Kino Lorber is giving both The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler the limited edition treatment, and for those who enjoy indie horror, Feral, Housewife,and Blood Fest are certainly all worth your time.

Other notable releases for October 2nd include Extremity, Molly, The Legend of Halloween Jack, The Evil Dead in 4K, Sleep No More, and West of Hell, with Rob Zombie’s Halloween getting a Steelbook release as well.

The First Purge (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 4K UltraHD/Blu Combo, Blu/DVD Combo & DVD)

Blumhouse Productions welcomes you to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation. 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Deleted Scene
  • A Radical Experiment
  • Bringing the Chaos
  • The Masks of The First Purge

Housewife (RLJE Entertainment, DVD)

Haunted by a horrific childhood trauma for twenty years, Holly struggles with vivid, disturbing nightmares that leave her detached and unable to live a normal life. Then an old friend recommends Holly meet with charismatic cult leader Bruce O’Hara, and she is led on a twisted journey of waking dreams that will begin to unravel the fabric of reality and reveal the truth about Holly’s family…a terrifying destiny.

The Night Stalker: Limited Edition (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray)

BRAND NEW HD RESTORATION IN 4K! An investigative journalist takes a stab at the supernatural. This unforgettable first entry in the Night Stalker series introduced the world to the quirky reporter with a penchant for the paranormal and became one of the top-rated TV movies of all time. Investigating a series of Las Vegas murders, Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin, The Night Strangler) discovers that each victim has been bitten in the neck and drained of blood. Though Kolchak's outlandish theory about the murders gets him nowhere with the police, his initiative to apprehend the killer himself gets him into hot water... with a modern-day vampire. The great John Llewellyn Moxey (Nightmare in Badham County) directed this Dan Curtis (Burnt Offerings) production featuring Carol Lynley (The Poseidon Adventure), Simon Oakland (The Hunting Party), Ralph Meeker (Big House, U.S.A.), Claude Akins (A Man Called Sledge), Charles McGraw (The Narrow Margin), Kent Smith (The Spiral Staircase), Elisha Cook Jr. (I Wake Up Screaming) and Larry Linville (TV’s M*A*S*H). Teleplay by legendary sci-fi/horror writer Richard Matheson (The Incredible Shrinking Man).

Special Features:
-Brand New 4K Restoration
-NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
-NEW Interview with Director John Llewellyn Moxey
-NEW Interview with Composer Bob Cobert
-"The Night Stalker: Dan Curtis Interview" featurette
-Limited Edition Booklet essay by Film critic and author Simon Abrams
-Newly Commissioned Art by Sean Phillips
-Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase

The Night Strangler: Limited Edition (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray)

BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION! Supernatural phenomena, baffling murders and offbeat humor mark this second Night Stalker offering with a great cast and suspense so palpable, it'll feel like a presence right there in the room with you. Surfacing in Seattle, Kolchak (Darren McGavin, The Night Stalker) uncovers another maddening mystery: Every 21 years—for the past century—a serial killer commits a spree of murders, drains his victims' blood and then quietly disappears. But Kolchak is onto this monster and is about to discover a shocking underground lair... an army of rotting corpses... and the ageless madman behind it all. The great Dan Curtis (Burnt Offerings) produced and directed this highly-rated TV movie written by legendary sci-fi/horror writer Richard Matheson (I Am Legend). The stellar cast includes Jo Ann Pflug (Scream of the Wolf), Simon Oakland (Bullitt), Scott Brady (He Walked by Night), Wally Cox (TV’s Mister Peepers), Margaret Hamilton (The Wizard of Oz), John Carradine (House of the Long Shadows) and Al Lewis (TV’s The Munsters).

Special Features:
-Brand New 4K Restoration
-NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
-NEW Interview with Composer Bob Cobert
-"Directing 'The Night Strangler'" Featurette
-Limited Edition Booklet essay by Film critic and author Simon Abrams
-Newly Commissioned Art by Sean Phillips
-Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase

Tales from the Hood 2 (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu/DVD Combo & DVD)

Horror is back in the hood! The sequel to the ground-breaking original film Tales From the Hood reunites executive producer and Honorary Academy Award winner Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X) and writers/directors/producers Rusty Cundieff (Chappelle's Show, The Wanda Sykes Show) and Darin Scott (Menace II Society, Caught Up) for an all-new gripping, horrifying and oftentimes devilishly comical anthology. Keith David stars as Mr. Simms to tell bloodcurdling stories about lust, greed, pride and politics through tales with demonic dolls, possessed psychics, vengeful vixens and historical ghosts. Mr. Simms's haunting stories will make you laugh...while you scream.

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: 

Afraid (Well Go USA, DVD) 

Amazon Hot Box (WIP Productions, Blu-ray) 

Blood Fest (Cinedigm, Blu-ray & DVD)

Dead by Christmas (Reel Nightmare Films, DVD) 

Death Race: Beyond Anarchy (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu/DVD Combo & DVD)

The Evil Dead: 4K Edition (Lionsgate, 4K Ultra HD/Blu Combo)

Extremity (Epic Pictures, Blu-ray)

Feral (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight, Blu-ray & DVD) 

The Legend of Halloween Jack (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, DVD)

Lake Fear 3 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, DVD) 

Molly (Artsploitation Films, Blu-ray & DVD)

Obsidian Curse (Breaking Glass Pictures, DVD) 

The Purge: 4-Movie Collection (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)

Rob Zombie’s Halloween: Steelbook Edition (Weinstein Company, Blu-ray)

Sleep No More (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, DVD)

West of Hell (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 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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