Boys and Ghouls one of our favorite times of the year is almost here so we thought we'd celebrate Halloween in the sickest fashion possible by putting together...

SplatterFilms / MovieWeb's 2007 Halloween Buyer's Guide!

In this blood soak mixed of DVDs you'll find some standard Halloween fare, some old movies made new again on DVD, some new titles that are destined to become a part of any serious Halloween fan's collection, and even some titles in the nascent Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats. So sit back and enjoy one of the grossest compilations of DVDs put together anywhere on the internet...

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Poltergeist

Poltergeist

Okay, there really isn't anything that deluxe about this 25th Anniversary Collection from a content standpoint but... it's Poltergeist for crying out loud!! I don't care how old you get, I don't care what happens to you in your life, this movie will always be scary. It isn't because of the tree that breaks into the house, or the scene where the guy pulls his face apart, or even because of that evil clown... it's because this movie could take place anywhere.

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Supernatural: The Complete Second Season

Supernatural: The Complete Second Season

Sam and Dean Winchester are back for another round of bonechilling, mysterious events in this stocked second season. As if the stories contained in this show weren't enough, this 6 disc set comes with "Making Of" pieces, commentary tracks, a guide to Urban Legends in the U.S. and more.... So when the trick or treaters are pounding at your door, or if the events of Halloween ever get to be too much for you, just know that you've got 903 minutes of the Winchester Bros. to keep you busy.

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Seed of Chucky

Seed of Chucky

Alas, the first High Definition release to make this severely, severed in the head list. First off, what would Halloween be without Chucky? Next, what would Halloween be without getting to see Chucky in as clear a picture as possible? I could go into all the extra features that this fan friendly disc contains but I won't. Rather I will let you think about the premise to this movie... Chucky and his wife Tiffany give birth to a child named Glen who is actually a good boy. He doesn't want to be like his parents and this film focuses on that family conflict. So, rather than being a mindless gorefest imagine that Seed of Chucky is a distant cousin to Ordinary People.

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Deadly Friend

Deadly Friend

It could be because I saw this film opening weekend in the theater, or it might even be because Kristy Swanson's father was my 7th grade English teacher (and he told the class the entire plot to this film a year before it came out), but I have a special place in my heart for this release. So what if there's nary a special feature to be had? Who cares if the plot is borderline imbecilic? Forget that Kristy Swanson got a lot hotter in her life after this movie. What Deadly Friend represents is that time in 1980s, horror moviemaking when the films were really bad at trying to be good.

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Halloween

Halloween

You might be asking yourself, "Why wasn't this movie first on the list?" And I have a very simple answer for you, the majority of the people reading this Halloween Buyer's Guide probably have seen Halloween and they no doubt have a copy of this film in their collections. That said, despite all the rumblings between Blu-ray and HD-DVD about who is winning the format war, the fact remains that the numbers being put across aren't that great. So we felt that this next generation release (presenting this film in the best way possible) would be better served taking the No. 5 position because ultimately that would show all the Halloweeners the overall strength of every film on this list.

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Believers

Believers

Now before you start screaming, "Hey Mushy, I've never even heard of this movie!" Or, "How can this movie be on the list it's too new!" Just hold your candy corn comments for a moment when I tell you that this tale of cult filled carnage is from Warner Bros. highly reliable Raw Feed Series. Yes, those are the same folks that brought us Rest Stop and other tales of horror. Also, Believers is helmed by Daniel Myrick who did another little movie that might have scared you called, The Blair Witch Project... there, what do you have to say now?

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Return to House On Haunted Hill

Return to House On Haunted Hill

While this movie might not seem like it had any more ground to cover from the remake that was done in the late 1990s, one should never forget just how enjoyable a haunted house movie can be. While this film might reek of being a straight-to-video affair, I have come to believe that straight to video titles have been given a bad rap. How many times have we discovered a gem on VHS or DVD that never saw the light of day in a moviehouse? Also, with the venerable Joel Silver still on board serving as the producer. it would be hard to think that this film could be awful. Lastly, with Warner Bros. bringing out this title on HD-DVD and Blu-ray disc as well as standard DVD, something tells me that they see something in it that will catch fire with audiences.

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Tales from the Crypt: The Complete Seventh Season

Tales from the Crypt: The Complete Seventh Season

What would Halloween be without the Crypt Keeper? With 13 episodes filling up 3 discs you're going to have the time of your life staying up past your usual "deadtime" and watching these shows. With such offerings as "Cold War," "Fatal Caper" and an early performance by Daniel Craig in "Smoke Wrings," we are getting this show (and the Crypt Keeper) at their creepiest. While I wouldn't say that this show is scary 100% of the time, it is the aforementioned creep factor that really made it stand out when it first aired in the late 1980s. With a run time of 337 minutes and each episode running 25 minutes a piece, this is the perfect show to watch as you pause your DVD player to feed all those candy starved trick or treaters.

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Unholy

Unholy

Something about Adrienne Barbeau and Halloween just go together in this tale of a mother (Barbeau) who has lost her daughter, and as she and her son search for answers they end up uncovering a plot that involves the U.S. government, a witch, Nazis and whatever else the creators of this film felt like throwing in. Again, we're heading down an interesting road with another straight-to-video title, however... shouldn't Halloween be interesting? When you get dressed up do you go as the same character every year? No! You go as something else and if you don't like it well then there's always next year to go as something else. At 86 minutes in length, Unholy won't take up too much of your evening.

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Zodiac

Zodiac

David Fincher's Zodiac isn't so much scary as it as a moody, procedural piece that grows on you over the course of its 157 minute runtime. While that might take up a little too much of your Halloween evening, think of this film as something you could watch leading up to Halloween. Sadly, the current version on the market is all but devoid of extras. There is another one coming out that is going to be filled to the gills with features (it always works like that, doesn't it?), but if you want to create a lasting, impressionistic mood at this years Halloween party, turn off the technobabble and put on this film.

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Phantasm

Phantasm

Anybody who dismisses this film as simply a weird horror movie is missing the point. Yes, it's scary so it's perfect for October 31st. On top of that, it is packed with extras so that you can continue enjoying this release long after that night is over. However, this movie, at it's core, is about abandonment. It's about the fear of being left alone. Now while this might not be scary in a Halloween, Boo sense, it is the kind of fear that comes and goes and sadly never stays away for any length of time.

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Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

This classic tale is so insane, so chaotic that to not include it on this list might see you relegated to Henrietta's fruit cellar. So, lets figure that at least a few of the people reading this list have watched this movie on Halloween. Now, imagine getting to see it in the amazing brilliance that is Blu-ray Disc?!? Imagine the body parts flying, the blood spilling, the skin being torn open and all of it in the best possible quality that can currently be offered to next generation DVD users? Over time there have been many imitators but nothing has ever captured the raw, visceral, gut wrenching emotion that the Evil Dead films have wrought.

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Wrong Turn 2: Dead End

Wrong Turn 2: Dead End

The most amazing thing about this straight-to-video title is that it is better than its predecessor. From where I stand this is a rarity and it's a even more of a rarity when dealing with horror films (Hostel Part II, anyone?). Also, this movie showcases the best performance from Henry Rollins in any movie that he is ever been in. This tale of a reality show being interrupted by crazy, blood thirsty mountain people was like watching the first The Hills Have Eyes on steroids. Best of all... the person you think will end up surviving this whole thing, the one who is the least equipped to handle this situation, yeah, they get an axe thrown into their head about halfway in.

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28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later

With the next director of this franchise telling the next chapter in this zombified tale, it makes sense that we should recommend it in the next generation. With an obvious parallel to the current U.S. incursion in Iraq, this movie might be a tad too cerebral for the usually fun night of October 31st. Yet, if you find yourself in the mood for some carnage for thought, I think one will be quite pleased with everything that director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has put together here. In a year where horror films seem to have lost the spring in their step, leave it to Fresnadillo and Joe Lynch (he helmed Wrong Turn 2: Dead End) to show the benefits of adding new blood to the genre.

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Twilight Zone: The Movie

Twilight Zone: The Movie

Wanna watch something really scary? I think if you ask anyone they will agree that this movie pales in comparison to the show. At the same time for fun, entertaining and an even campy viewing experience on the big night, few movies will get the job done like this one. With John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and George Miller all lending a hand in the directing department, we are treated to a whimsically uneven movie that ventures into realms of fantasy, myth, horror and history. Sit back and let the Creedence tunes soak into your eardrums and either get reacquainted with this movie or experience it for the first time.

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The Monster Squad

The Monster Squad

Forget the fact that this movie has only been available on DVD for a couple of months. Ignore the fact that while dated this movie rivals Superbad for capturing the witty banter in which friends talk to one another. Lastly, don't even think about all the extra features that come housed in this 2-disc set. No, rather focus on the fact that this film is the ultimate, 80s, kids horror movie. Featuring some of the most notable monsters to ever have been in cinema, this movie makes things that are old new again and in many ways it doesn't seem like this film ever went away. In fact, once you get this DVD, I am sure you will wonder how ever celebrated Halloween without it.

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Planet Terror

Planet Terror

Sorry Quentin, but Planet Terror was ticket on that double bill known as Grindhouse. With its John Carpenteresque score, its tip of the hat to the zombie films of George Romero, and its filling each and every scene with hot girls and groovy carnage, what fun loving moviegoer wouldn't want to watch this movie over Tarantino's blabfest? As usual, Rodriguez has packed this two disc set with solid extra features that make this DVD feel like it was made especially for whoever happens to be watching it. So gather your friends around the television set, pop some corn and get ready for one of the most blissfully fun and unapologetic horror films in recent memory.Sorry Quentin, but Planet Terror was ticket on that double bill known as Grindhouse. With its John Carpenteresque score, its tip of the hat to the zombie films of George Romero, and its filling each and every scene with hot girls and groovy carnage, what fun loving moviegoer wouldn't want to watch this movie over Tarantino's blabfest? As usual, Rodriguez has packed this two disc set with solid extra features that make this DVD feel like it was made especially for whoever happens to be watching it. So gather your friends around the television set, pop some corn and get ready for one of the most blissfully fun and unapologetic horror films in recent memory.

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The Invisible

The Invisible

Of all the trailers for all the movies I saw in theaters in 2006-2007, this one was clearly the most innovative. Truth be told, I have never seen this movie but what would Halloween be without offering up some new blood into the mix? This tale of a dying boy who must lead the police to find his body is clearly original. That is comes from David "Batman Begins" Goyer only further bolsters its pedigree. Honestly, this movie doesn't look to be so much scary as it does to be an exercise in the paranormal. For those expecting a quick, get you in get you out horror experience this DVD might leave you wanting. Those who don't mind their Halloween being a touch more cerebral should definitely check this out.

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Masters of Horror: Season 1, Vol. 1

Masters of Horror: Season 1, Vol. 1

The new blood continues to pour but this time it comes from the masters in this genre. Featuring one hour splatterfests from such legends as John Carpenter and William Malone, this three film set is just what you need to bring in Halloween right. Also, each one of these films is loaded with bonus content so as the witching hour winds down you could find yourself taking down extras and actually learning things about the masters that you never knew before. In all honesty, one could probably buy any of the other Masters of Horror offerings for these first season volumes, and I only say that because these films are done in such a way that they bring the horror no matter which discs you purchase. At the same time, I am a big believer of starting from the beginning and by doing so I feel a tradition could be started whereby Masters of Horror becomes a fixture every Halloween.

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Dawn of the Dead

Dawn of the Dead

Finally, this brilliant George Romero classic is getting the treatment on the next generation format. This film, which examines the problems of modern day consumerism, is especially poignant now considering the dubious state of the sub-prime lending market. Now, imagine watching this film on the big night, you put it on before or after you go out, just think of all those creepy, crawling zombies moving across the screen with the clearest picture money can buy? The most amazing thing about Dawn of the Dead is that one doesn't even need Halloween as an excuse for watching it. This is the perfect movie anytime yet there's something that makes it even more special when saving it for October 31.Finally, this brilliant George Romero classic is getting the treatment on the next generation format. This film, which examines the problems of modern day consumerism, is especially poignant now considering the dubious state of the sub-prime lending market. Now, imagine watching this film on the big night, you put it on before or after you go out, just think of all those creepy, crawling zombies moving across the screen with the clearest picture money can buy? The most amazing thing about Dawn of the Dead is that one doesn't even need Halloween as an excuse for watching it. This is the perfect movie anytime yet there's something that makes it even more special when saving it for October 31.

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Hostel Part II

Hostel Part II

Admittedly, I didn't think this film was that hot. I feel that all the original, whimsical style that Eli Roth showcased in his first two films was lost here. It seemed like a smart filmmaker started to doubt himself and was thus making a film that only looked like a film he should be making instead of one that he wanted to make. So why tell you to watch this on Halloween night? Well, there is a decent amount of feel good, no holds barred violence that is absolutely perfect for the occasion. On top of that there are a good volume of laughter and the cherry on top is this ending that will either make you laugh, turn away or simply vomit. Also, don't forget that Mr. Roth packs his DVD releases with loads of extras.

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Saw Trilogy

Saw Trilogy

For better or worse Saw is a permanent part of our Halloween experience. Now, this franchise has certainly gotten absurd in regards to the mind boggling traps that Jigsaw can set up, yet at the same time very few releases are going to give you this amount of thrills and chills per dollar spent. This is a 6 disc set after all that is loaded with bonus materials. Jigsaw has inserted himself into horror culture much like Freddy, Jason, Michael and everybody else before him. He is an icon and the fact that he is human (and shouldn't technically be in Saw IV) makes watching him work all the more intriguing. So get a group up people together, break out some candy, start the evening early and prepare to Saw your way through Halloween.

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Friday the 13th Parts 1 and 2

Friday the 13th Parts 1 and 2

I admit that this release doesn't contain anything that is that special. At the same time that is precisely my reasoning for including it on this list. These films are what this genre is all about. One simply has has to say "Friday the 13th and immediately the idea of the hulking man in the hockey mask is conjured up. Over the years it seems that there are certain Halloween factions. There are those that love the gore and ghouls aspect. Then you have those who love the warm, cozy, fall feeling that is evoked. This wag falls somewhere in the middle, however, nothing creates fear like this franchise and that is precisely what we need on this very special night.

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Night of the Living Dead 3D

Night of the Living Dead 3D

While I have heard nothing good about this movie, I felt that maybe that was coming from people who simply take this stuff a little too seriously. After all what is Halloween without a little fun? Granted, I don't like the idea of George A. Romero's classic being retooled by someone else, I have to think that the creators of this movie made it from a place of purity. Great fans of the horror genre, they couldn't help follow in the footsteps of the one of the greats who came before them. Thus, they concocted this movie and let the chips fall where they may. Also, what is a Halloween screening party without a movie that begs for audience participation? So, at the very least just know that you can put on this film and if it proves to be a dud, you and your friends will have a great time ripping it to shreds.

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Cujo

Cujo

Anybody who saw this movie in theaters, on VHS, or cable when they were young is no doubt going to be enticed by this new, 25th Anniversary Edition. This tale of a lovable canine getting bit by a bug and then going into a homicidal rage is the stuff that legends are born out of. Also, something that isn't really talked about is that the majority of this film takes place in a broken down car that almost never moves. Yet, director Lewis Teague's direction is so spot on that that does nothing to diminish the terror contained within this release. This new version comes with a commentary track and a three part making of, so you know that this DVD wasn't merely slapped together to take advantage of the holiday. As you sift through films to make October 31st one to remember, when you see this release in stores just think, "Nope, nothing wrong here" and pick it up.

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Bug

Bug

Halloween and William Friedkin are made for one another, so what better way to celebrate this revered Director than to include his newest horror offering on this list? This tale of insanity, loss, and bugs underneath the surface of the skin is just perfect to bring in the season. While it isn't as overt or filled with laughs as some horror fare, there is that brilliant Friedkin tension that starts with the opening credits and goes until the end of the film. In addition to all this, Bug's biggest achievement is the fact that if you were to strip it down to its bare essentials, the story would still be scary and stay with you in a way that even the most gory film of today never could.

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Prom Night

Prom Night

Jamie Lee Curtis must have had a really good time with John Carpenter and Co. to sign up for this movie (which, lets be honest, didn't really stretch her as an actress). Also, on Halloween you can never have too much of the woman who practically defined what a scream queen is. Sure this movie seems like little more than a knock off of Halloween, but with so many movies about high school today being buddy comedies or about girls that want to be a princess, it's nice that we finally have a high school tale that revels in the long forgotten, medieval pastime of beheading.

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Evan Jacobs at Movieweb
Evan Jacobs