Horror DVD & Blu-ray release (UK) – Week starting 29/02/2016
Deathgasm – Rated 18 – February 29 (DVD)
New Zealand comedy horror starring Milo Cawthorne and Kimberley Crossman. After starting a heavy metal band with his friends Zakk, Dion and Giles (James Blake, Sam Berkley and Daniel Cresswell), Brodie (Cawthorne) and his bandmates break into the house of their idol, recluse Rikki Daggers (Stephen Ure), who gives them magical sheet music. When they play the music they unwittingly conjure up an evil entity and, with the help of Medina (Crossman), the girl Brodie likes, they try to destroy the demon.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension – Rated 18 – February 29 (DVD, Blu-ray & Extended Cut)
The fifth instalment in the ‘found footage’ horror franchise which follows on from events in the previous four films. The film follows married couple Ryan (Chris J. Murray) and Emily (Brit Shaw) as they move into their new home in California with their daughter Leila (Ivy George). While emptying the house, Ryan stumbles across some old videotapes that have footage of the house’s previous occupants being taught supernatural abilities by an older woman. It then becomes clear that the girl depicted on the tape has some kind of link to the present day and Ryan’s family in particular and very quickly the house becomes a hive of spooky goings-on.
Lost After Dark – Rated 18 – February 29 (DVD)
Ian Kessner co-writes and directs this slasher horror starring Sarah Fisher, Mark Wiebe, and Jesse Camacho. When a group of teenagers on their way to a party get stranded in the middle of nowhere, they find themselves being hunted by a killer with cannibalistic tendencies.
Scalps – Rated 18 – March 7 (Blu-ray)
Fred Olen Ray directs this violent, low-budget supernatural horror. When six archaeology students travel into the desert to dig around a Native American burial ground they inadvertently unleash the evil spirit of the Black Claw (Richard Hench). The ancient sorcerer possesses one of the students and uses their body to begin a bloody killing spree.
The Owlman – Rated 15 March 7 (DVD)
Atmospheric horror set in the highlands of Scotland. After the death of his mother, schoolteacher James Findlay (Euan Douglas) moves into his inherited childhood home. Ignoring his mother’s last reminder not to return to the mansion, James begins to be haunted by terrifying memories of his childhood at Baldurrock Estate, manifesting themselves in the form of the menacing Owlman (David Schofield). With the help of neighbour Eve (Lexy Hulme), James tries to uncover the memories of his past that are responsible for his present terrors. But with the nightmares and visions of the Owlman increasing, will he succeed in unearthing the truth about his relentless tormentor?
The Exorcism of Anna Ecklund – Rated 15 – March 7 (DVD)
Tiffany Ceri stars in this horror based on the true story of a Wisconsin housewife who became possessed by demonic spirits. Once a mild-mannered churchgoer, Anna Ecklund (Ceri) finds herself the cause of concern when her husband notices his wife suddenly prone to bouts of violence and rage. As he calls on the services of Father Reisinger (Jeff Raggett) for advice on what to do, the priest joins forces with Vatican investigator Father Lamont (Lee Bane) to exorcise the woman of her demons. But, as the convent holding Anna struggles to keep her – mind and body – contained, the exorcism becomes a race against time if the priests are to have any hope of rescuing the innocent woman from her fate worse than death.
Playing with Dolls – Rated 18 – March 7 (DVD)
Low-budget American horror following four wannabe actors as they take part in a horrifying reality show in which a serial killer stalks them in a remote cabin and their reactions are filmed for TV. The survivor of the week is promised $1million and the starring role in their very own horror film. The only problem is the role of the killer is being played by a maniacal murderer who has been let out of an insane asylum to continue his reign of terror.
Among the Living – TBC – March 7 (DVD)
Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury direct this gory horror starring Anne Narivin and Theo Fernandez. When three friends decide to skip school in favour of exploring an abandoned theme park they are horrified as they witness a man wearing a clown mask dragging a woman drenched in chains across the grounds and they immediately call the police. The police, however, know the boys from various truancy adventures and put their phone call down to a harmless prank. The boys try to forget what they saw and get on with their lives, however, the masked man has set his sights on seeking out the witnesses to his crime and silencing them once and for all.
List source: BVA