I’m sure you’ve caught a few of the releases from this team, though with Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start “stalking” up on frights! Those Halloween marathon runs…. an absolute favorite part of celebrating the best time of year to confront your fears and phobias… Without further ado, check out the range of titles arriving from the darkest corners of Anchor Bay.
247°F (Blu-ray™ & DVD, October 23rd)
Anchor Bay Films presents a claustrophobic horror film that gives you no choice but to sweat with 247°F. Jenna (Scout Taylor-Compton, Rob Zombie’s Halloween & Halloween II) and her three friends travel to a lakeside cabin for a carefree weekend. The fun quickly becomes a nightmare when they end up locked in a compact, hot sauna. Every minute counts and every degree matters as they fight for their lives in heat that is quickly approaching 247°F – the temperature when the human body expires.
THE BARRENS (Blu-ray™/DVD Combo & DVD; October 9)
Anchor Bay Films invites viewers to revisit those campfire ghost stories that launched thousands of nightmares at summer camp with The Barrens, the twisted new chiller from writer/director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, Mother’s Day) and starring Stephen Moyer (“True Blood,” Priest). It’s known as the Jersey Devil, the winged beast spawned 400 years ago by Satan himself. Some say this creature still inhabits the dense pine forests of southern New Jersey, where Richard Vineyard (Moyer) takes his family for a rustic weekend camping trip. As the Vineyard family ventures further into the woods in search of the perfect campsite, Richard teeters on the edge of sanity. Welcome to a new kind of horror that lives – and kills – in a place called The Barrens.
BAIT (3D Blu-ray™/DVD Combo & DVD; available)
Bait 3D is a fun and action-packed thrill ride featuring a stellar ensemble cast including Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3D), Alex Russell (Chronicle), and Julian McMahon (Fantastic Four). This intense 3D thriller tells the story of a group of survivors in a sleepy beach town who suddenly find themselves trapped inside a submerged supermarket, following a freak tsunami. As they try to escape to safety, they soon discover that there is a predator among them more deadly than the threat of drowning—vicious great white sharks lurking in the water, hungry for fresh meat.
CHAINED (Blu-ray™/DVD Combo & DVD; October 2nd)
From the visionary mind of director Jennifer Lynch (Boxing Helena, Surveillance, Hisss) comes the dark fable Chained. Coming home from a trip to the movies, eight-year-old Tim (Bird) and his mother, Sarah (Julia Ormond, My Week With Marilyn, “Mad Men”) are picked up by a psychopathic cab driver named Bob (Vincent D’Onofrio, Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black). Kidnapping them, Bob murders the young boy’s mother and keeps Tim as his unwilling protégée, making him clean up the mess following each murder he commits. As the years pass, Bob starts instructing Rabbit, teaching him anatomy and human behavior. Now a teenager, Rabbit (Eamon Farren, X: Night of Vengeance) is slowly being pressed by Bob to start his own homicidal spree…
EXCISION (Blu-ray™ and DVD; October 16th)
Anchor Bay Films presents the most unnerving psychological horror film of the year with Richard Bates, Jr.’s Excision. Excision turned critics’ stomachs as well as heads, garnering much attention at festivals around the world this past year after premiering at Sundance in January, with the most recent being Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal. Excision follows a disturbed and delusional high school student, Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord). Pauline, with aspirations of a career in medicine, goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother (Traci Lords). While dealing with both being an outcast teenager and having an obsession over curing her sister’s cystic fibrosis, Pauline becomes increasingly deranged as her fascination with surgery and flesh and blood grows into something compulsive and demonic.
HALLOWEEN 4 and 5 (Blu-ray™; available)
Michael Myers is back, and he’s never looked better! Anchor Bay Entertainment revamps two of the most iconic horror films to ever grace the big screen with the Halloween 4 and Halloween 5 Blu-ray™ releases, boasting all new HD transfers and featuring both archival and newly created extras.
MOTHER’S DAY 1980 Original (Blu-ray™ and DVD; available)
The 1980 Troma cult classic Mother’s Day is available for the first time on Blu-ray™. Featuring an all-new HD transfer, and never-before-seen bonus features, including commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, and a newly created featurette with genre favorite Eli Roth (Producer of The Last Exorcism, Grindhouse and Hostel 1 & 2), fans can finally add this long-awaited cult classic to their library, and new fans can experience the terror of Mother and her bloodthirsty boys for the first time.
SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE (DVD; available)
From Executive Producer John Landis comes one of the best reviewed horror films of 2012: the gory, hilarious and surprisingly heart-warming thriller Some Guy Who Kills People. Ken Boyd (Kevin Corrigan) may seem like an average comic enthusiast, living with his mother and working to make ends meet as an underpaid soda jerk. After being released from an institution for severe mental trauma suffered when he was beaten and tortured by a gang of high school thugs, Ken’s repressed anger suddenly reaches a boiling point. He begins to hunt down his tormentors, one by one, and exacts his bloody revenge – all the while trying to reconnect with his estranged 11-year old daughter (Ariel Gade).
THE VICTIM (Blu-ray™ and DVD; available)
Anchor Bay Films unleashes the provocative and gritty grindhouse thriller The Victim, the feature directorial debut of genre icon and fan favorite Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens, Tombstone). Good time girls Annie (Jennifer Blanc) and Mary (Danielle Harris) find themselves in a life and death situation. Annie’s life is put in jeopardy when she is witness to a violent act at the hands of two Sheriff’s Deputies (Ryan Honey, Denny Kirkwood). With her pursuers closing in, she stumbles across Kyle (Biehn), a recluse living in the middle of the woods. Two worlds collide in this nerve-fraying thriller that will keep audiences guessing until the very last frame.