Here’s a rundown of notable new horror 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?
1. Blood Trap
Release: On demand
Vinnie Jones and Costas Mandylor star as members of a group of ex-cons who break into a gangster’s mansion to kidnap his daughter, only to find themselves trapped inside with the would-be victim — who turns out to be a vampire.
In this Italian production, Halloween partygoers have to deal with not only the dark history of the house they’re in, but also with an alien invasion.
3. Beware! The Blob
J.R. himself, Larry Hagman, directed this 1972 sequel to The Blob, in which a geologist (the late great Godfrey Cambridge) brings a frozen chunk of the creature back from the North Pole, only to have his wife (the iconic Marlene Clark) unwittingly defrost it, unleashing the beast on their town.
4. Cat People: Criterion Collection
This classic 1942 Val Lewton production about a woman who believes intimacy turns her into a killer feline finally gets the deluxe Criterion treatment.
5. Dead-End Drive-In
This 1986 Australian cult fave is set in a dystopian future in which juvenile delinquent gangs are rounded into drive-in cinemas serving as violent concentration camps.
This surreal Dutch erotic thriller revolves around a murdered butcher and the investigating police officer who looks exactly like him.
7. Mai-Chan’s Daily Life: The Movie
Japan strikes again. This time, the story, based on a popular manga, finds a live-in maid with the supernatural ability to heal herself subjected to gruesome abuse at the hands of her sadomasochistic bosses.
8. Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite
In this Russian fare, a group of teens goof around and try to summon an urban legend named the Queen of Spades. Unfortunately for them, they succeed.
9. The Rift
In this 1990 B-movie, AKA Endless Descent, a rescue mission (including Jack Scalia, R. Lee Ermey, Ray Wise and resident black guy John Toles-Bey) to find a missing submarine encounters deadly creatures in the depths of the ocean.
Radha Mitchell and Rupert Graves star as a couple who move to the Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland and uncover the body of a murdered woman buried on their land, plunging them into a dangerous mystery that may be connected to local folklore.