Without any need for explanation, October is almost always the best month for horror releases. However, since the majority of flicks already have releases in some capacity or another, as the years go on October tends to see less quality releases, just a much larger quantity of special editions and double dips. This October is no different, but there are still plenty of worthy discs coming out – though predominately in the first week.
Thank You for Smoking is great and one of the more enjoyable comedies of the year, so I’d go ahead and call it a blind buy. Then there is the third season of Penn & Teller’s Bullshit, a show everyone loves but me (I despise Penn).
Christ, there are a lot of releases. Stuart Gordon’s fairly well received Edmond, a chronicle of prostitue abuse. Abominable, a deadpan Bigfoot flick with Lance Henriksen! Calvaire (review), which for me was one of the most psychologically damaging films I’ve seen in a while, but won’t go over well with the majority of people.
And, the release of the week and possibly the month, The Woods. It has some narrative problems, but the artistry behind it is undeniable and a hugely refreshing watch during a nearly fatal drought of horror with style.
Two films probably not available in your local Best Buy (or even Amazon), but definitely worth your time. Both Evil Aliens (review) and the long awaited Reeker will be available on Region 1 discs. You can grab either from Twitch’s fantastic DVD Store.
My favorite sitcom since the death of Arrested Development, Scrub’s fourth season falls onto shelves. I haven’t watched a single episode, but Everybody Hates Chris is supposed to be pretty damn catchy as well, so season 1 is probably worth keeping in mind as a future Netflix rental. Wonder Showzen S2 as well.
Some straight-to-DVD flick called 5ive Girls with Ron Perlman. I think the original is a mind blowing piece of crap, but the STD sequel to the Butterfly Effect comes out today…I’ll probably end up reviewing it because that’s the horror of my own life. Ju-on 2 is obviously hitting shelves because of The Grudge 2′s imminent release.
The complete MPD Psycho Miniseries comes out on the cheap, haven’t seen any of it yet, but I may now. There is a new Exorcist disc out, but more importantly you’ll probably want to grab the bundled together Exorcist Anthology.
The fan favorite Alfred Hitchcock Presents Season 2 makes its way to the digital world. Raw Feeds’ first film, Rest Stop comes out. I was just reading about in Fango, and I’ll actually probably check this one out. Some movie called Frankenhooker comes out, and with a title like that you’ve gotta see it.
And finally, one of two Masters of Horror episodes I haven’t seen, Larry Cohen’s Pick Me Up follows the rest of the series disc pattern. Oh, and Primus has a new performance DVD out called Blame it on the Fish.
Considered the only commercially successful South Korean horror film of last year, The Red Shoes has a R1 release (It’s…interesting, but nothing amazing). Saw II goes for a double dip with a "Special Edition". James Gunn’s Slither (review) sees a pretty loaded DVD as well, I know I’ll be picking this up (available on HD-DVD as well, and worth noting that this version sports the regular old DVD as well). Speaking of HD-DVD, The Thing and 12 Monkeys get their shot too.
Finally, circuit fave Freak Out tries to grab an American consumer following.
Cannibal Ferox may have already been available legitimately in some capacity, but it probably wasn’t this pretty. Tales From the Crypt Season 5. Asian Horror Two-For-One Pang Brothers Collection.
I try not to recommend so many blind buys, but all of the below are certainly worth the coin.