Halloween 2017: Home Entertainment Round-up

Halloween 2017: Home Entertainment Round-up

Following on from our Halloween Reads feature, we have now rounded up a selection of recent Halloween themed Blu-ray and DVD releases, all of which would prove perfect viewing choices for Halloween night.



THE HAUNTING

Directed by Robert Wise

Warner Bros.: The Premium Collection (HMV Exclusive)

In between his Academy Award-winning musicals, West Side Story (1961) and The Sound of Music (1965), director Robert Wise  made a stark return to the genre in which he began his directorial career for the psychological horror The Haunting (1963) – the first screen adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House – widely considered to be one of the finest and most unsettling horror films of its era.

Released just in time for Halloween as part of Warner’s increasingly essential The Premium Collection (available exclusively from HMV), Wise’s film looks better than ever thanks to a newly restored first ever Blu-ray presentation, making it a perfect choice for a classical Halloween movie experience.


“It was an evil house from the beginning, a house that was born bad.”

The place is the 90-year-old mansion called Hill House. No one lives there. Or so it seems. But please do come in. Because even if you don’t believe in ghosts, there’s no denying the terror of The Haunting.

Four people come to the house to study its supernatural phenomena. Or has the house drawn at least one of the them to it?


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HOUSE OF WAX 3D

Directed by André De Toth

Warner Bros.: The Premium Collection (HMV Exclusive)

Another Warner Premium Collection HMV exclusive, out just in time for Halloween, André De Toth’s House of Wax (1953) was by far the most successful of Warner’s pioneering 3D efforts in the 1950s (commercially and critically) and proved something as a horror landmark as future Master of Horror Vincent Price’s firs foray into the genre.

A remake of Warner Bros.’ much earlier 1933 feature, Mystery of the Wax Museum, also included as a bonus feature on the release, the film stars Price as Professor Henry Jarrod, a talented wax figure sculptor and wax museum owner in New York City who specialises in historical figures.

When he and his business partner Burke quarrel over the choice of exhibits displayed, Burke suggests it would be more profitable to burn down the museum in order to obtain the insurance money. As they fight, the museum burns and Jarrod is left for dead. It’s not until much later at a new museum that the fate of Jarrod and the mystery of how the lifelike waxed figures are created becomes gruesomely evident.

Though the title is better known for the very loosely inspired 2005 Warner Bros. film of the same name, André De Toth’s 1953 version is certainly the most effective rendering of the gruesome tale, presented here for the very first time on Blu-ray in the UK; what better way to kick off a Halloween movie marathon?


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HAMMER VOLUME ONE: FEAR WARNING

Powerhouse Films (Indicator Series)

Those looking for some classic British horror this Halloween need look no further than this superb new box-set from Powerhouse Films and the Indicator Series.

All presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK, this Limited Edition 4-film collection brings together some of the best overlooked gems from Hammer Film Productions’ 1960s output, alongside a wealth of new and exclusive bonus features.

Featuring the Greek mythology inspired, The Gorgon (Terence Fisher, 1964), the second in Hammer’s The Mummy series, The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (Michael Carreras, 1964), and two of their twisting, ‘mini-Hitchcock’ style psychological thrillers, Maniac (Michael Carreras, 1963) and Fanatic (Silvio Narizzano, 1965), this release needs to be in the collection of any discerning classic horror fan!


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CHANNEL ZERO

Season One: Candle Cove

Second Sight Films

One of the most terrifying and talked about TV series in recent years, Syfy’s spine-chilling six-part anthology series, Channel Zero: Season One – Candle Cove, now arrives on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, just in time for a Halloween binge-watch.

Inspired by Kris Staub’s Creepypasta blog post, Season One of creator Nick Antosca’s surreal and utterly unnerving series centres on a strange children’s TV show that seems to have an unusual hypnotic effect on its viewers.


Child psychologist Mike Painter is growing increasingly suspicious that children’s TV show Candle Cove may have played a role in a series of nightmarish events from his childhood, including the disappearance of his twin brother in the summer of 1988.

When Mike returns home to investigate what happened all those years ago, he soon discovers that whatever caused the horror before, may be happening again.


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BLUMHOUSE HORROR COLLECTION

(Split/ Get Out/ Ouija/ Ouija: Origin Of Evil/ The Visit/ The Boy Next Door/ Unfriended)

Amazon Exclusive

Having begun his low-budget production model back in 2009 with the hugely successful, Paranormal Activity, which grosses a colossal $193 million on a budget of just $15,000, Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions has gone on to produce some of the biggest horrors and thrillers in recent years, icluding the likes of Insidious, The Purge, Sinister, The Gift, Split, Get Out and the recent box office hit, Happy Death Day.

Bringing together some of the biggest hits from Blumhouse’s current first-look deal with Universal Pictures, this new Amazon Exclusive Collection is ideal Halloween movie marathon fare, featuring films by M. Night Shyamalan, Jordan Peele and Mike Flanagan.


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IT COMES AT NIGHT

Directed by Trey Edward Shults

Universal Pictures

Though its horror film label is rather misleading, Trey Edward Shults’ slow burning thriller would make for an effective mid-movie marathon antidote to a programme otherwise packed with gory slashers and jump scares.

It Comes at Night is intelligent, atmospheric and increasingly tense, but if frantic, blood-splattered gore-fests are more your bag, then this might not be for you.


There are only three rules. Stick together. Keep the red door locked and never, ever go out at night.

In the aftermath of an unseen disaster, 17 year-old Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and his parents (Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo) live on in their woodland home, surrounded by dangers, known and unknown. When a desperate couple (Christopher Abbott, Riley Keough) are given refuge, the seeds of paranoia are sown and Travis is plunged into a spiralling nightmare that may cost his family their sanity, their safety and perhaps their souls.


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