The leaves are turning brown and orange, the grass is wet, and the sky is clouding over in a mysterious mist. Ghouls, ghosts, and demons have taken to the sidewalk just outside your seemingly safe domicile. Yes, fall is upon us and that means Halloween is just around the corner. To help usher in the festivities, we've put together the ultimate 2009 Halloween Horror Blu-ray Buyers Guide.
In this all-new blood saturated mix of hi-def DVDs you'll find some standard Halloween fare, some classics given a new digital facelift, and some horrifying future classics that are sure to become Holiday staples. Sit back, try to relax, and enjoy the sickest, scariest Blu-ray compilation ever compiled for All Hallow's Eve...
Trick 'r Treat [Blu-ray]
Its been called the Halloween movie to end all Halloween movies. So why haven't we seen it in theaters? Child death and dismemberment might be just one of the reasons this chilling anthology tale was kept from Cineplex screens for so long. But the wait is finally over as this critical darling is finally making its way into our homes on Blu-ray. Trick 'r Treat revolves around four interwoven tales concerning a high-school principal who moonlights as a vicious serial killer, a college-age virgin who's saving herself for that special someone, a woman whose hatred of Halloween is only exceeded by her husband's love of the mischievous holiday, and a callous group of teens who carry out an unforgivably cruel prank. This is the one Blu-ray disc you are not going to want to miss out on this happy, horrifying holiday season!
Supernatural: The Complete Fourth SeasonSupernatural: The Complete Fourth Season [4 Discs] [Blu-ray]
What would Halloween be without the Winchester Brothers? In this thrilling new hi-def collection, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) must work with the angel Castiel (Misha Collins) to thwart Lilith's (Katherine Boecher) world-ending plans. If she breaks the 66 seals, she will free Lucifer from Hell and set him loose on earth. The apocalypse is upon us all in this thrilling twenty-two episode set which finds Sam becoming addicted to demon's blood, a killer teddy bear wrecking havoc on America, and an ode to the classic black and white monster's of movies past. Will the boys save us from certain doom and mend their broken relationship? Find out with this truly scary Blu-ray compilation.
Dexter: The Third SeasonDexter: The Third Season [3 Discs] [Blu-ray]
Everyone's favorite serial killer returns for another bloody good run at life. Dexter Morgan is a covert serial killer governed by a strict moral code. He works for the Miami Metro Police Department as a blood splatter analyst, and if it's the color red you wish to see, you've come to the right place. This new collection of episodes finds Dexter under surveillance and unable to satisfy his dreadful desires to commit murder. When he finally gets his moment, he wavers in regret over killing his own brother at the end of season two. Fraught with plot twists a plenty, this new collection is sure to satisfy any nasty murderous urges you might be harboring this coming Halloween season.
The Last House of the LeftLast House on the Left [Unrated/Rated Versions] [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray]
Producer Wes Craven oversaw this intense remake of his 1972 classic, with new director Dennis Iliadis making something that is entirely his own creation. Sticking closely to the plot of the first film, this reimagined tale of rape and revenge finds the parents of an abused girl turning on her victimizers. Garrett Dillahunt and Aaron Paul lead a nasty gang of killers traveling the back roads of America to freedom. When they happen upon two young teenage girls in their hotel room, they can't help but take their pent up aggressions out on them. Later, when they find themselves trapped in a storm, they must take refuge in one of the girl's homes. What starts with one of the most vicious rapes in cinematic history ends with the bad guys getting the gory comeuppance they each deserve. You might want to put the kids to sleep before diving into this one.
True Blood: The Complete First SeasonTrue Blood: The Complete First Season [5 Discs] [Blu-ray]
Based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, True Blood grew into a substantial hit during its first season on HBO. Now you can relive all twelve episodes of this groundbreaking vampire series in true hi-def. In Bon Temps, Louisiana, vampires and humans attempt to co-exist with extreme circumstances. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) is a local bar waitress with telepathic powers who falls head-over-heels in love with the handsome vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). The two are thrust into a mysterious and bloody world where anything can happen and usually does. True Blood is one of the most exciting horror series ever produced for pay cable, and it will make an excellent addition to your Halloween festivities this year. Especially if you like your gore on the sexy side.
Fringe: The Complete First SeasonFringe: The Complete First Season [5 Discs] [Blu-ray]
Perhaps the scariest show since The X-Files, J.J. Abrams latest turn at serialized television has proven itself to be a truly scary achievement. Each episode revolves around an FBI Fringe Division Team based out of Boston, Massachusetts under the supervision of Homeland Security. Led by FBI special agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) and headed up by mad scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble) and his son Peter (Joshua Jackson), the team has set out to investigate "The Pattern", a series of unexplained, often ghastly occurrences that have been happening all over the word. The series is full of unexpected turns and horrifying twists, such as a newborn baby that ages quickly and dies and ghostly apparitions. Its full of ooze and slim, and is one of the best times you'll have sitting in front of your television screen this October. Oh, did I mention that it's surprisingly gory for a broadcast TV show? You will definitely want to cover your eyes.
Ghost House Underground - The Thaw [Blu-ray]
Most Halloween pumpkins are made of plastic, which isn't very eco-friendly for our environment. Not to mention all of those candy wrappers and rubber masks. Why don't you abandon all of those toxic traditions and improve your green imprint with this terrifying ditty about the depletion of our ozone layer. Ghost House Underground - The Thaw takes us to a remote Arctic research station, where four ecology students discover that the real horror of global warming is not the melting ice, but what's frozen within it. A prehistoric parasite is released from the carcass of a Woolly Mammoth, and it wrecks havoc upon our unsuspecting students. They are soon forced to quarantine themselves and make the necessary sacrifices, or risk infecting the rest of the world. You definitely won't want to participate in any fall-timed science field trips after experiencing the horrors locked in this chilly thriller.
Natural Born Killers Blu-rayNatural Born Killers [Unrated] [Director's Cut] [Blu-ray]
Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis gave as good as they got in this hyper-realistic bloody mess of a movie. Directed by Oliver Stone and written by Quentin Tarantino, this frenetic expose on mass murder and mass media is a bitter mix of harrowing satire and brutality that will leave you quivering under your blanket. When Mickey and Mallory hit the back roads of America, no one is safe from their exceptionally gory killing spree.
Also starring Robert Downey Jr. as reporter Wayne Gale, this is one crazy flick that has upped its own ante with an unrated director's cut that tops the original in sheer mayhem alone.
Seventh Moon [Blu-ray]
If you and your new lover are planning on taking a spooky trip this October, Seventh Moon might have you thinking otherwise. Not to mention, your prospective mate probably isn't as sexy as Amy Smart orTim Chiou (but that's just me guessing). A romantic trip to China turns into a lunar nightmare for this pair of happy newlyweds when their taxi driver ditches them in a remote village. There, the locals offer them up as a sacrifice for the menacing moon creatures that return to Earth annually to replenish their ranks. According to Chinese legend, the dead return to Earth on the seventh month of the lunar year. When the moon glows fullest in the night sky. Full of frightful beasts and scares aplenty, Seventh Moon is one new horror treat you'll surely want to dump in your pumpkin this year. It will scare the human sacrifice out of your screaming lungs.
My Bloody Valentine 3DMy Bloody Valentine 3D [2 Discs] [3D Glasses]
Patrick Lussier took the original 1981 cult classic My Bloody Valentine and turned it on its head, offering up one of the coolest, goriest horror flicks of the year. After a mine cave-in, Harry Warden brutally murdered six of his co-workers before falling into a coma. When he awoke from that coma, he went on a pick-ax killing spree that saw him being shot by the local police. Its now ten years later, and Harry Warden seems to once again be terrorizing innocent townsfolk on Valentine Day. This is one new horror classic that will get your heart racing and your blood pumping. The best part about it? It's presented in 3D just like its theatrical release.
Blood: The Last VampireBlood: The Last Vampire [Blu-ray]
Hiroyuki Kitakubo's cult anime hit comes springing to vivid red life in this popular live-action adaptation from director Chris Nahon. The film stars Gianna Jun as Saya, a demon hunting badass with enough skills to kill ten vampires all at once. Like Wesley Snipes in Blade, Saya is a half-vampire/half-human samurai that has dedicated herself to ridding the world of monsters. Blood: The Last Vampire takes place during the Vietnam War, with Saya being dispatched to an American military base, where she must confront the most dangerous vampire ever born from tainted blood. This is one scary good time you won't want to miss.
Friday the 13thFriday the 13th [Killer Cut Extended Edition] [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray]
The one that started it all! Friday the 13th arrives in a new hi-def extended cut that gives us more blood for our buck. When the young Jason Voorhees drowns under the supervision of his councilors at Camp Crystal Lake, his mother Pamela takes it pretty hard. With the camp reopened for business, she takes to these neglectful teens with a wide array of cutlery. Heck, she's so mean; she stabs Kevin Bacon in the throat with an arrow. Loaded with awesome special features and never before seen footage, this disc will become your go to slasher film during the month of October. While some may argue, there has never been a deadlier woman than Mrs. Pamela Voorhees. And now, she's been resurrected for our digital age.
Night of the CreepsNight of the Creeps [Blu-ray]
One of the most anticipated cult classics finally makes its way onto DVD and Blu-ray this October. The legendary Fred Dekker directed this 1986 Drive-In masterpiece. Starring Tom Atkins, Jill Whitlow, and Jason "Rusty II" Lively, this earnest B movie has become a missing treasure amongst true fans of the horror genre. While it pays homage to the zombie films of George A. Romero, it also cleverly sends up alien invasion films as well as the traditional slasher flick. When an army of black space leeches infiltrates small town America, ruining prom and taking control of its youth, its up to Chris Romero and his handicapped friend JC to save the day. Halloween is now complete with this crazy adventure finally seeing the light of day on hi-def.
Who needs candy on Halloween when you have mountains of human flesh to chew through? If you are looking for some good ol' fashion scares on a dirty low budget, then Offspring is the gruesome, gory treat you've been searching for. In this meaty side helping of spare limbs, we find a group of survivors who've escaped a feral flesh-eating clan. Consumed by the hunger, these ghastly ghouls are now chowing their way through the unaffected locals. Amy Halbard and Claire Carey are a sexy young paire striving to survive their abduction by these mindless cannibal freaks and save their children. There's also an awesome subplot involving Claire's despicable husband, Steven, which gives the filmmakers an excellent opportunity to cleverly compare our predatory civilized appetites to the appetite-driven primitives. This is one Halloween treat you'll definitely want to watch while scarffing down all those free sweets you've just purloined from the neighborhood.
Book of BloodClive Barker's Book of Blood [Blu-ray]
How could we make it through Halloween without a chilling tale of gruesome gore from the maestro Clive Barker? John Harrison directs this film, which is based on one of Clive's short stories from the Book of Blood. When psychic researcher Mary Florescu hires a whack job medium named Simon McNeal to investigate a supposed haunted house, the duo get more than they bargained for. After McNeal fakes seeing visions, real ghosts come up from the floorboards for his soul.
The ghoulish haints carve cruel words in his flesh, and these words make up the stories found in the real, literal Book of Blood that now sits in every Barnes and Noble across this great country of our. It is truly spooky stuff.
Haunted World of El SuperbeastoHaunted World of El Superbeasto [Blu-ray]
After finding success with his very scary films House Of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, not to mention two Halloween remakes, Rob Zombie dived head first into the world of animation with this awesome ode to the scary world of 60s comic books. Starring an amazing cast of voice talent which includes Paul Giamatti, Rosario Dawson, and Sheri Moon Zombie, Haunted World of El Superbeasto follows the adventures of a washed-up luchadore who's made it his mission to fight the evil supernatural forces currently wrecking havoc on all our lives. As the heroic El Superbeasto heads into his final confrontation with the elusive Dr. Satan, each of his new adventures becomes more surreal and terrifying than the last. If you dig super crazy cartoons, you won't want to miss this one.
Scooby-Doo!: The Mystery BeginsScooby-Doo!: The Mystery Begins [2 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray/DVD]
The origins of the Mystery Machine are revealed in this candid tale of spooks and robbers. Always a keen Halloween treat, the holiday just wouldn't be as special without Scooby, Shaggy, and the gang. Have you ever wondered how Daphne and Fred first hooked up? Where they first met Velma? How Shaggy became Scooby's faithful owner? Have you ever scratched your head and thought, "Dang, where did these kids get such awesome mystery solving skills?" Well, don't think about it any more, as every question you ever had is answered in this new live action Scooby-Doo mystery. True Scooby fans are in for quite a wild ride, and it's sure to work over a few new converts.
Army of DarknessArmy of Darkness [Screwhead Edition] [$5 Halloween Candy Cash Offer] [Blu-ray]
The third film in Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead trilogy gets a beautiful new digital transfer with this umpteenth release of the cult favorite. Horror icon Bruce Campbell once again dons the chainsaw hand to portray the legendary horror hero Ash. Having been transported back to medieval times, our dashing doofus must battle an army of skeletons to return the dreaded Necronomicon Ex-Mortis (the Book of the Dead) to its rightful place. Not only is the film full of gory jump scares and bloody bouts of fisticuffs, Raimi also ladles on the slapstick to create a heaping helping of his signature style. While many different versions of this film have been released, it has never looked this gorgeous before.
Directed by Tom Shankland, The Children is one of the most frightening installments in the "evil child" subgenre of horror to ever find its way onto Blu-ray. Our very scary tale unfolds in contemporary England during a late and snowy December, with a young married couple journeying into the country to spend New Year's with their immediate family. Accompanying the adults are three children. Upon arriving at their destination, ominous and increasingly bizarre events begin to transpire. While one child grows visibly ill, the others begin slipping into menacing and threatening behavior toward everyone, capped off by an ugly accident that they engineer which involves one of the most gruesome acts of carnage ever committed by a child in a horror film. Soon, it's discovered that the children are infected with a bizarre, zombie-like virus that is systematically spreading to the other children. The adults must protect themselves, and might just have to kill their precious Children to survive the night. Be careful when watching this one. You definitely won't want to answer the door for Trick or Treaters after witnessing the horrors locked deep in this awful horror experience.
Called the scariest movie in over a decade, this gruesome little treat reveals the true heart beating behind motherhood. Jordan Ladd stars as Madeline, an expecting mom whose baby dies in the womb. Determined to carry the rotting fetus to term, the baby is resuscitate upon birth. In the aftermath of this devastating experience, Madeline finds herself isolated from her family and friends. She soon discovers that something is wrong with her little girl Grace. Yes, the child is hungry for blood! In one of the most shocking neo-thrillers ever produced, Madeline is forced to make a series of dreadful sacrifices to keep Grace happy. This one is not for the squeamish. If you can't handle the horror, you just might want to leave this brutal sucker off your Halloween horror list. You wussy.
Final Destination 2Final Destination 2 [Blu-ray]
Considered by some to be the best in the series, Final Destination 2 redefined how truly horrible death could be. In this swarthy follow-up to the original hit film, director David Ellis took the concept of death stalking teenagers and turned it on the rest of the populace. Featuring one of the greatest line-ups of slasher victims ever to grace the silver screen, no demographic was turned away when it came to complete and utter decimation. Heck, even a mother and her ten year old son aren't safe in this thrill-a-minute sequel that is as blood soaked as any film ever made. With a series of inventive kills and truly intense moments, Final Destination 2 looks even better on Blu-ray. If you can only afford to take one Final Destination trip this Halloween, you better make it this one.
CoralineCoraline [2 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [DVD/Blu-ray]
Henry Selick, director of the beloved Halloween classic The Nightmare Before Christmas, returns to the spirit of the season with his latest stop-motion classic. Based on Neil Gaiman's book of the same name, Selick creates a fantastical new universe that turns quite spooky when Coraline escapes into The Other World, a place where all her dreams seem to come true only to quickly turn into nightmares. Utilizing the same stylized look that has made Selick a master in his field, this unsettling fairy tale offers up all sorts of crazy creatures and horrifying sites. While at first glance this may look like a kid's movie, its really a grown up morality tale that's as scary as anything else released this year. And it looks absolutely stunning on Blu-ray. Henry Selick's Coraline is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Haunting in ConnecticuHaunting in Connecticut [Blu-ray]
New master of terror Peter Cornwell delves into the sorted true-life tale of a family that moved into a converted funeral home only to fall under one of the most horrific supernatural attacks ever documented. This spooky yarn follows the quest of a desperate mother to free her family from the grip of an evil beyond human comprehension. She has just moved to Connecticut, where her youngest son, Matt experiences a series of disturbing events that lead him to believe a malevolent force is attempting to take control of his parents. Back when the home was still a funeral parlor, the original owner's clairvoyant assistant, Jonah, served as a gateway for restless spirits seeking to cross over into the physical realm. While not as gory as some of the other movies out there, Cornwell offers some great scares, creating one of this year's wiliest ghost stories while also establishing himself as a horror director to watch in the future.
Near DarkNear Dark [Blu-ray]
Kathryn Bigelow's crazy cult classic about vampires in the American Southwest is finally coming to Blu-ray this Halloween season. Her creatures of the night aren't elegant, cloaked aristocrats. They're a gun-toting pack of dissidents that dress and act like a motorcycle gang. When Caleb (Adrian Pasdar), a restless young man from a small farm town, meets an alluring drifter named Mae (Jenny Wright), she reveals herself to be a vampire. She decides that she'd rather turn Caleb into one of her kind rather than kill him. But the rest of her "family" is slow to accept the newcomer. Full of edge of your seat excitement and burned up glorious bits of gore; this film has never looked so beautiful. Near Dark is for the true horror cinephile that is looking for something slightly askew of the norm this fall.
UnbornUnborn [Unrated/Rated Versions] [Blu-ray]
David S. Goyer wrote and directed this supernatural thriller about a 19-year-old girl (Odette Yustman) haunted by a "dybbuk" (a malevolent wandering soul of Jewish folklore) that was once a young boy ruthlessly slaughtered in Auschwitz. Casey Beldon (Yustman) was just a young girl when her mother vanished out of her life. And though Casey has never forgiven her mother for abandoning their family, she begins to understand why when a tortured ghost begins stalking her by day, and horrific nightmares make her scared of falling asleep at night. Hoping that her spiritual advisor, Rabbi Sendak (Gary Oldman), possesses the power to make these awful visions stop, Casey enlists his aid and gradually uncovers a family curse that stretches all the way back to Nazi Germany. With some of the scariest looking creatures committed to celluloid this year, you'll be jumping like a crack addict at the site of these horrific images. Unborn is so scary, you won't be able to keep your candy down.