On the Shelves: Home Video Releases for Oct 1, 2013

Some of the DVD/Blu-Ray releases this week.

Ultimate Horror Classics (The Ghoul / White Zombie / Sweeney Todd / House on Haunted Hill / Phantom Ship / King Of Zombies / Last Man On Earth / Carnival Souls / Crimes At Dark House / Mania / Svengali / Terror) – Featuring 18 horror movie classics starring the likes of Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Vincent Price. You’ll get awesome movies like Lugosi’s White Zombie which is the first movie to feature zombies along with other classics like The Vampire Bat and the original House on Haunted Hill.  All movies are the originals from the 40s – 60s.

This Is The End (2013) – This has a great premise with a pretty great cast, so yes, I want to see it and I’m pretty excited it comes out this week.  That cover is all kinds of Photoshop awful, though.

House of Wax (1953) – Classic horror starring the master himself, Vincent Price. This was supposedly what that sh*tbird 2006 remake with Paris Hilton and Jack Bauer’s daughter was based on, but I don’t think the filmmakers ever watched this movie. They only stole the name.

Fright Night 2: New Blood – Ostensibly, this is a direct-to-home-video sequel to the 2011 Colin Farrell vampire flick. Which that movie was a reboot of a 1985 movie of the same name.  However, this is less a sequel to the 2011 movie and more of a remake/reboot.  It’s essentially the same story but it takes place in a different city (Romania, of course).  Sort of a Hangover II type of a sequel.

Beetlejuice: A Halloween Spooktacular – The 1989 Beetlejuice cartoon had a Halloween special that is getting a separate release today. You can also get the entire cartoon series collection.

The Amityville Horror Trilogy – The first three movies in the Amityville franchise on Blu-Ray. And yes, the third one is on Blu-Ray 3D. Looks like it could be a very nice set.

Richard Pryor Triple Feature (See No Evil, Hear No Evil; Stir Crazy; The Toy) – This is 2/3 of a great set. The Toy and Stir Crazy are excellent comedies. However, WTF is up with See No Evil, Hear No Evil?! It is AWFUL. There are so many other Pryor movies they could’ve included. Silver Streak (which also has Gene Wilder), Bustin’ Loose, Brewster’s Millions or Harlem Nights would have been much better choices. And I realize it is a studio based issue as these movies are from Columbia Pictures. But knowing that they still could have included Jo Jo Dancer or Wholly Moses!.

Killing American Style (Special Edition) – I literally have no idea what this movie is, but it looks like it could be the next Miami Connection.  From 1990 starring Jim Brown and Robert Z’Dar.  The poster says, “From the creator of Samurai Cop; There are all kinds of killings The best is American Style”.  I don’t need to be told any more.  I want to watch this.  NOW.

Written by Paxton Holley

A funny, ridiculously awesome guy who sometimes likes to wear pants, Paxton can regularly be found at his pop culture/humor blog Cavalcade of Awesome or co-hosting the Nerd Lunch and Cult Film Club podcasts.

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