Here’s a rundown of notable new horror/suspense movies coming out this week, from wide theatrical releases to limited/on demand releases to films and TV shows hitting DVD and Blu-ray. Which are you going to watch?
Release: Theatrical (Limited) / On Demand
From the director of Teeth comes this tale set in Victorian England, where innocent shopgirl Constance falls in love with Dr. Joseph Barton. They soon marry, but their intense passion is cut short. After the life-threatening birth of daughter Angelica, puritanical doctors order abstinence, condemning Constance for lascivious appetites. Sexual repression opens a rift between the young couple. Frustration leads to obsession, and Constance becomes more and more protective of Angelica. Joseph’s secrets fuel the growing conflicts. Then, late at night, the household begins to be disrupted by what appears to be a paranormal predator. The eerie nocturnal visits multiply, evermore menacing and vividly evoking Constance’s deepest fears.
2. Attack of the Killer Donuts
Release: Theatrical (Limited) / On Demand
We’ve eaten them for years, now it’s their turn! A chemical accident turns ordinary donuts into blood-thirsty killers. Now it’s up to Johnny, Michelle and Howard to save their sleepy town from…Killer Donuts.
Release: Theatrical (Limited) / On Demand
Recovering after a terrible accident, Dana is exposed to a dark and malevolent spirit within her hospital room, a terrifying presence called Nails who is intent on her destruction.
4. Amityville: The Awakening
Belle (Bella Thorne) and her family move into a new house, but when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house, Belle begins to suspect her mother isn’t telling her everything. She soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.
5. Attack of the Puppet People
In this 1958 cult fave from Bert I. Gordon, a certifiably deranged maniac creates a shocking device that shrinks people to foot-high figurines. Mr. Franz is a kindly, old, silver-haired doll-maker…who turns people into living puppets! He then forces his human re-inventions to put on parties and sing to him! But one day, tired of being toyed with, the puppets launch an attack, and suddenly Mr. Franz finds he’d better stop playing (and start praying) because the miniature moppets are hell-bent on revenge!
6. Channel 13
This low-budget horror anthology from the Polonia Brothers was shot in 1987 and never finished, lost for nearly 30 years. Reconstructed from the original elements, it is available now in all it’s SOV glory. Witness three tales, told by a hooded monk on the titular Channel 13. A video game geek returns from some arcade fun to watch movies on tv and can only get reception on 13. He views tales of decadence and horror, containing killer scarecrows, monster birds and cannibal spaghetti farm owners!
7. Evil Spirits
This supernatural set includes The Devil’s Partner, Cruel Will, Kill Baby…Kill!, 19 Doors and Dominique is Dead.
8. George A. Romero: Between Night and Dawn
This collection gathers the three films legendary director George A. Romero made between Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead: There’s Always Vanilla, Season of The Witch and The Crazies.
9. Hellraiser: Limited Edition Steelbook
Clive Barker’s 1987 directorial debut Hellraiser, based on his own novella The Hellbound Heart, sees Larry and his wife Julia move into their new home, unaware that something evil lurks beneath the floorboards of the dilapidated house — something that wants human blood. Introducing the world to the iconic Pinhead and his sadistic band of Cenobites, Hellraiser became an instant genre classic upon release and remains one of the most frighteningly original visions in horror.
This tongue-in-cheek tribute to grindhouse vengeance films is set in a city riddled with corruption, drugs and gangs, where a veteran cop is murdered by a vicious king pin, sparking a brutal crime wave. Only one man can stop the bloodshed a ruthless, motorcycle riding vigilante bent on bloody revenge called Homicycle, who is now picking off the killers one by one. Armed with an arsenal from Hell, he’s cleaning the streets by decapitation, nail gun and motorcycle madness! Is he a gun-toting savior on a path of righteous redemption, or is he literally Hell on Wheels?
11. J.D.’s Revenge: Special Edition
In this underrated Blaxploitation fare, law student Ike (Glynn Turman) is enjoying a night on the town with his friends when his life changes dramatically. Taking part in a nightclub hypnosis act, he becomes possessed with the spirit of a violent gangster murdered in the 1940s. Believing himself to be the reincarnation of murderous J.D., Ike launches a revenge campaign against those who had done him wrong all those years ago.
12. Killjoy & Puppet Master 12 Movie Collection
Killer clowns and murderous puppets come together in this complete collection of Killjoy and Puppet Master favorites. Featuring every installment in each franchise, these twelve films are packed with blood, gore and pure evil-straight from the creative mind of horror legend Charles Band.
In this 1980 film, a bored rich industrialist’s wife plots to kill her husband and have her lover assume the dead man’s identity. The marriage between wealthy and cold-hearted tycoon Wendell Atwell (Mike Connors) and his adulterous wife Katherine (Jaclyn Smith) has soured and there seems to be no way out except divorce, which Wendell has refused. Katherine and her lover deviously hatch up a plot to murder her millionaire husband. She hires a world-weary private eye (Robert Mitchum) to find her missing husband, but fails to inform the investigator that she knows full well the whereabouts of her husband. Difficulties arise when the investigator ends up being much better at his job than she originally expected and he may or may not have some ulterior motives of his own.
14. The Paul Naschy Collection II
This collection of films from Spanish genre icon Paul Naschy includes Hunchback of the Mogue, The Devil’s Possessed, The Werewolf and the Yeti, Exorcsm and A Dragonfly for Each Corpse.
15. Psycho: Complete 4-Movie Collection
This set features all four thrillers starring Anthony Perkins as the notorious Norman Bates — including the iconic original directed by the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. In Psycho, a secretary (Janet Leigh) checks into the remote Bates Motel run by a shy young man (Perkins) with what appears to be a domineering mother. In Psycho II, Norman returns to his family home after 22 years only to be haunted by his past. Old habits die hard when Norman falls for a former nun and angers his jealous mother in Psycho III. Finally, in Psycho IV: The Beginning, Norman calls in to a late-night radio show and shares disturbing memories of his childhood with Mother.
16. The Thingy: Confessions of a Teenage Placenta
In a twisted world, Marianne gives birth to a rather unusual child. While the child is born dead, life finds its way through the afterbirth. Marianne decides to raise her placenta as a normal human being; as a young man named Luke. Behind his monstrous facade, there reveals a person of intelligence, faith and sensitivity. Luke struggles for his place in a world of drunks, junkies, whores and bodybuilders. An insane world that treats him as a freak. As this hostile society pushes him towards the edge, Luke has to choose between holding on to his gentle ideals or becoming the merciless soldier his mother always wanted him to be.
17. Unlisted Owner
The Owner house has been vacant for several years because of its very dark history but a recent series of murders has taken the property to a whole other level of notoriety. A family who just moved in has been murdered, piquing the curiosity of a group of friends. Armed with handheld video cameras, the group decides to break in and investigate, leading to the worst decision of their otherwise fun-filled night. The resulting footage has been edited into the suspenseful “Unlisted Owner.”
18. Wind River
Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen star in this thriller about a rookie FBI agent (Olsen) who teams up with a game tracker (Renner) with deep community ties and a haunted past to investigate the mysterious killing of a local girl on a remote Native American reservation.