A new year is upon us, and so is a new crop of horror DVD's and Blu-Ray's this week. Sadly, the pick of the littler from a new release perspective is The Final Destination. Perhaps one of the worst horror films of 2009. There is a Blu-Ray release of the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead, which kicked butt, but that's as good as it gets.
Fear not though, dear reader, the month is only going to get better. Trust me.
Dawn of the Dead (DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack) (Universal Home Entertainment) - Packed with more blood, more gore, and more bone-chilling, jaw-dropping thrills, Dawn of the Dead Unrated Director's Cut is the version too terrifying to be shown in theaters! Starring Mekhi Phifer, Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley in an edgy, electrifying thrill-ride. When a mysterious virus turns people into mindless, flesh-eating zombies, a handful of survivors wage a desperate, last-stand battle to stay alive…and human. One of the best remakes out of Hollywood. Period.
Ghost Hunters: The Best of Ghost Hunters (Image Entertainment) - TV's most popular paranormal investigation show has some of the most dedicated and die-hard fans in the world! Now, this action-packed disc delivers some of their spookiest, most memorable investigations. It’s perfect for fans old and new alike!
Hellweek (Celebrity Video Distribution) - Rush week is just not going to be the same this year. The urban legend surrounding the Rake family warehouse has intrigued college students for decades. This year fraternity president, J.J., has a hazing ritual planned for his pledges. Little does he know the truth behind the myth is more real than they could ever have imagined.
Ravage (Brain Damage Films) - A Shaman spirit returns to make a mid-western town pay for the sins of its' forefathers. Standing in his way are the town elders who are protecting a dark secret. Hamilton, Kansas is just like any other small town. Everyone knows everyone and there are no secrets. This is where Hamilton differs from those other towns. The elder citizens harbor a dark secret that dates back to the town founders. When a mysterious stranger returns to town and people start vanishing they realize they must fight or pay for the sins of their fathers.
Spree (Brain Damage Films) - Wes, Alex, Kevin, and Damien are four college roommates who are fed up with their current situation. The night before a road trip from New Jersey to California they decide the only way to relieve the stress of their everyday lives is to go on a coast to coast murder frenzy. The four disillusioned friends cook up a plan turning their trip into a murderous game, complete with rules and teams. The object? To murder one person in every state they enter. The prize? The winners walk, while the losing team must confess their crimes.
They Must Eat (R Squared Films) - Sanford Denton will forever be a socially inept loser. Always the target of bullies and approaching his 40th birthday, his only girlfriend of 3 years gives him the boot. Stuck in a dead-end job, no ambition, and on the edge of a breakdown... he begs his last living relative, Uncle Alistair, to take him in. Alistair keeps to himself and and is not very fond of his sheepish nephew. But, due to failing health, he accepts Sanford into his home... hoping to enlist him to take on the "family business" when he passes away. The "family business" is staving off a pack of ravenous ghouls that dwell in the thick woods surrounding the estate, and they crave human flesh.
Wicked Lake (Blu-Ray) (Shriek Show/Media Blasters) - Four beautiful but mysterious girls embark on a road trip for a relaxing weekend getaway in the woods. Unbeknownst to them, two clans of deranged male misfits follow them to their secluded and picturesque lakeside cabin in the mountains. The girls appear to be easy prey for the predatory perverts until the fateful stroke of midnight when all hell, literally, breaks loose and the tables are turned.
The Final Destination (DVD/Blu-Ray) (New Line Home Entertainment) - On what should have been a fun-filled day at the races, Nick O'Bannon has a horrific premonition in which a bizarre sequence of events causes multiple race cars to crash, sending flaming debris into the stands, brutally killing his friends and causing the upper deck of the stands to collapse on him. When he comes out of this grisly nightmare Nick panics, persuading his girlfriend, Lori, and their friends, Janet and Hunt, to leave...escaping seconds before Nick's frightening vision becomes a terrible reality. Thinking they've cheated death, the group has a new lease on life, but unfortunately for Nick and Lori, it is only the beginning.
That's it for this week, folks. Although the year may be starting off slow when it comes to horror DVD and Blu-Ray releases, there's lots more to come. 2009 was a pretty good year for horror, so you can look forward to the cream rising to the top very soon.