With Labor Day behind us, that only means one thing: summer is nearly over and it’s time to start getting ready for the Halloween season. And what better way to get you in the mood for all the macabre-filled madness to come than with some brand new horror Blu-rays and DVDs?

This Tuesday, Ma is coming home to party on both formats (and you know she doesn’t like to drink alone, so don’t leave her hanging), and if you missed them during their limited theatrical runs, you can also catch up with both The Wind and Darlin’ this week as well. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is finally making its way to Blu, and for all you Scooby-Doo fans out there, Warner Bros. is celebrating the original series’ 50th anniversary this week with a stunning new box set that is a must-own for this writer.

Other Blu-ray and DVD releases for September 3rd include Nightmare Cinema, Men in Black: International, The Night Sitter, and Edge of Isolation.

Darlin’ (Dark Sky Films, Blu-ray & DVD)

Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin’ is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop and his obedient nuns where she is to be tamed into a “good girl. " However, Darlin’ holds a secret darker than the “sins” she is threatened with, and she is not traveling alone. The Woman, equally fierce and feral, who raised her is ever present and is determined to come for her no matter who tries to step in her way. Continuing the twistedly vicious adventure of Lucky McKee’s cult hit The Woman, Darlin’ sees standout star Pollyanna McIntosh (The Walking Dead) both in front of and behind the camera, expertly commanding an all-consuming feast for the senses and sensibility in equal measure.

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (RLJE Films, Blu-ray)

Elvira busts out in her outrageously funny feature film debut! Wise-cracking vamp, Elvira, wants to put on a show in Las Vegas but she's short $50,000, so when she learns that her wealthy Aunt Morgana has just died, she rushes off to old-fashioned, conservative Falwell, Massachusetts, for the reading of the will. In typical Elvira fashion, she can't help but stir things up when she makes her appearance in Falwell. Cassandra Peterson stars in this sexy comedy hit, filled with wild wisecracks, campy chaos and scary movie spoofs, all poured into the lowest-cut black gown in horror movie history!

Ma (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Blu/DVD Combo & DVD)

Everybody's welcome at Ma's. But good luck getting home safe. Sue Ann (Oscar winner Octavia Spencer) is a lonely woman who keeps to herself in a quiet Ohio town. When a local teenage girl asks Sue Ann to buy some booze for her group of friends, she decides to make some new friends of her own and offers her basement for the kids to party. They just have to follow a few simple house rules: Someone has to stay sober. Don't curse. Never go upstairs. And call her "Ma." As Ma's hospitality curdles into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma's place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth. 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Creating Sue Ann
  • Party at Ma's
  • Theatrical Trailer

Nightmare Cinema (Cinedigm, Blu-ray & DVD)

Five strangers are drawn to an abandoned theater and forced to watch their deepest and darkest fears play out before them. Lurking in the shadows is the Projectionist, who preys upon their souls with his collection of disturbing films.

Scooby-Doo, Where are You!: The Complete Series 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion – Limited Edition (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Blu-ray)

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Series Limited Edition 50th Ann Mystery Mansion (Blu-ray): The world's most lovable, mystery-solving dog, along with his best friend Shaggy and the rest of the gang, stars in a spooky and laugh-filled collection of classic cartoons featuring the one and only Scooby-Doo. Scooby, the clumsy and cowardly canine, instinctively runs from things that go bump in the night. But this globe-trotting Great Dane solves monstrous mysteries and unravels ghostly goings-on like no one else. And even in the middle of the scariest situation, Scooby and Shaggy find time to satisfy their craving for their favorite food--pizza! So watch out villains! Scooby-Doo is on your trail, and he always captures his quarry and solves the puzzle. But there's nothing puzzling about finding fun and excitement--just sit back, have a Scooby snack and enjoy the zany animated antics of the wacky dog detective.

NUMBERED, LIMITED EDITION BOX SET INCLUDES: Blu-ray discs, for the first time, of all 41 episodes of Scooby-Doo Where Are You • Collectible Mystery Mansion Packaging • Scooby-Doo Encyclopedia • NEW BONUS FEATURES: • My Life with Scooby, Frank Welker’s Animated Journey • A Scooby-Doo for Everyone • 50 Years of Scooby Snacks • Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold Trailer (Live Stage Production) • INCLUDES DIGITAL OFFER. Must Enter Redemption Code By 09/30/2020 To Redeem Digital Offer.

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

An unseen evil terrorizes an isolated homestead in this chilling tale of madness, paranoia, and otherworldly horror. Lizzy (Caitlin Gerard) is a tough, resourceful frontierswoman settling a remote stretch of land on the 19th-century American frontier. Far from civilization in a desolate wilderness where the wind never stops howling, she begins to sense a sinister presence that seems to be borne of the land itself — an overwhelming presence that her husband (Ashley Zukerman) dismisses as mere superstition. When a newlywed couple arrives on a nearby homestead, their presence amplifies Lizzy's fears, setting into motion a shocking chain of events. Masterfully blending haunting visuals with pulse-pounding sound design, director Emma Tammi evokes a godforsaken world in which the forces of nature come alive with quivering menace.

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: 

Dead Don’t Die in Dallas (Mill Creek Entertainment, DVD)

Edge of Isolation (Indie Rights, Blu-ray & DVD)

Men in Black: International (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu Combo, Blu/Digital Combo & DVD)

The Night Sitter (Uncork’d Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD) 

Selfie Man (Funimation, 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.