After Dark Films Squeezes Out Another DVD Release

The After Dark Films supernatural thriller that was first announced in January 2013, Sanatorium, is making its way to DVD and VOD on December 23rd.
Brant Sersen directed the picture which stars Kate Riley, Megan Neuringer and Don Fanelli.

On New Year’s Eve in 1955, Richard Howell, a patient at the Hillcrest Sanatorium, went on a bloody, child-killing rampage, before he hanged himself.

Fifty-six years later, a team of ghost hunters – from the popular TV series “Ghost Trackers” – prepares to spend the night at the sanatorium.

More Clips from The Canal – Preview The New VOD Release Here!

The Canal hit select theaters and VOD over the weekend and it’s getting a ton of positive buzz, which thrills me as this is Shock’s first theatrical acquisition under our distribution partnership with The Orchard. Today, Shock presents a handful of new preview clips that tease the film in some terrifying ways. You can check them out below.

Written and directed by Ivan Kavanagh, and starring Rupert Evans, the film tells the story of David Williams and his wife, Alice, who move into a beautiful period house by the canal with their small child, Billy.As David begins to suspect that his wife is cheating on him, he also starts to have nightmarish visions of an evil presence he believes inhabits his home. Eventually, brutal 20th-century murders are revealed and present-day horrors consume the protagonists.

A New Slasher Arrives in November’s Release Billy Club

The indie slasher film Billy Club is hitting DVD and VOD on November 4th from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Fifteen years after a gruesome triple homicide devastated their Little League baseball team, four friends reunite to commemorate their dead coach and fallen teammates.

A mystery unfolds as the secrets from their past return to haunt them and a vengeful killer, hidden by an antique umpire

Notorious Serial Killers Return from the Grave to Slay Again in The Butchers

History’s serial killers are returning from the grave in The Butchers, coming to DVD and VOD on November 11th from Uncork’d Entertainment. Check out the trailer here.
Directed by Steven Paul Judd, the film concerns a busload of strangers who become stranded in a storm and have no choice but to take shelter in a museum dedicated to serial killers. But hell literally breaks loose when supernatural forces resurrect John Wayne Gacy, Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, the Zodiac Killer and Jack the Ripper.

VOD & DVD Art for Axelle Carolyn’s Soulmate

What you’re looking at isn’t artwork for a lenticular 3D DVD package or anything of the sort. These are two separate pieces of art that were created for Soulmate, Axelle Carolyn’s directorial feature debut. One is for the VOD release (top), the other is for the DVD release (bottom). The film hits on October 31st.

It gives you a little industry insight as to how film marketing works. Obviously the distributor felt one was better for one mark and the other was best-suited for another.

Clip, Poster & Canadian Distribution Details for The Door

Black Fawn Distribution has snatched up the Canadian home video rights to the indie horror film The Door, the film by Patrick McBrearty Shock first told you about (with a teaser trailer) back in August. Today, we have release date details along with a clip.

From Switchblade Studios and Good Soldier Films, The Door will be released on DVD in Canada on October 28th. Juice Worldwide will release the film through iTunes and other digital platforms on October 14th.

Another Paranormal Team Run into Trouble in Hollows Grove

It’s time to put a hold on this concept… A paranormal team set out for “one big job” or “a new episode of their show” only to encounter a real supernatural threat.

Word of another horror film using that as its foundation, called Hollows Grove, has floated our way. Will it be something different? Hollows Grove, from Mel and Craig Efros, is hitting VOD and iTunes on October 21st.

Lance Henriksen, Mykelti Williamson, Matt Doherty, Sunkrish Bala, Bresha Webb, Val Morrison, and newcomer Matt Carey star.

Good News! The Babadook Will Be Available for Halloween…to Some of You

When IFC revealed its release plans for The Babadook, I was disappointed to see it wouldn’t be arriving for the Halloween season. Jennifer Kent’s film is perfect for the holiday and delivers goosebumps. But I have some good news (sort of).
In the film, Amelia struggles to discipline her out of control 6-year-old Samuel

Mockingbird Poster & Release Details are In! From the Director of The…

Details for the release of Mockingbird are officially in. Shock has received the one-sheet you seen here and word that the “found footage”-style thriller is heading to digital HD on October 7th (that’s next week, folks!) and, later, DVD and Blu-ray exclusively at Wal-Mart on October 21st. The film is getting a release through Universal and the Blumhouse Tilt banner.
The project got its start back in 2011 and went into production in 2012 with Bryan Bertino (pictured) at the helm. It was eagerly anticipated based on the success of Bertino’s feature debut The Strangers.

Two Clips Tease the Terror of The Scarehouse, VOD Details Revealed

The Scarehouse is making its way to VOD platforms this Halloween. Shock has learned that the world premiere is going to be held on October 5th in Windsor, Ontario (where it was filmed). If you happen to live in the area, you can get ticket information here.

Meanwhile, D Films is giving the horror flick a Canadian release October 10th while Universal brings it to VOD in the U.S. on VOD/iTunes October 21st (it will hit Canadian VOD then as well). In anticipation of this release, we have two clips to share with you.

Here’s the First Clip from Eduardo Sanchez’s Bigfoot Film Exists

A clip from Exists, the latest film from the co-director of The Blair Witch Project Eduardo Sanchez, has hit the web and we’re hosting it for you here. The film follows five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas, who struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.

The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie and J. Andrew Jenkins.

Ghost Bride Comes to Haunt You in November

Yoson An, one of the stars of HBO Asia’s new horror series Grace, stars in Ghost Bride out this November. Directed by New Zealand cult filmmaker David Blyth (Wound), Ghost Bride is a dark modern fairy tale intertwining modern cross cultural relationships and ancient Chinese superstition.

The film will be available across the U.S. and Canada on DVD and VOD starting November 4th.

Image Brings Us The Devil Incarnate Next Month

L. Gustavo Cooper’s Copiii: The 1st Entry is rightfully getting a title change for its U.S. release. The film is now being called The Devil Incarnate and Image has set an October 7th DVD and VOD debut. You can see an early trailer here.

In the film, the future looks bright for newlyweds Trevor and Holly, but their dreams are about to devolve into a nightmare of unspeakable terror.

On a random visit to a tarot reader, they encounter a mysterious old woman who tells them that Holly is pregnant. But soon, their joy is overshadowed by a mounting sense of dread that something sinister lurks within Holly

Sneak Peek Clip from the Horror-Comedy Sledge

Here’s a clip from the recent VOD release Sledge, a horror-comedy that will be hitting DVD on October 7th. A spoof of the horror genre, and littered with nods and references to fright flicks of yesteryear, the film fixes on a psychopath who not only believes he

Review: Leprechaun: Origins is Another Generic Creature Feature

Usually, when the news of yet another remake emerges amongst the already overwhelming masses of reboots, prequels and sequels, I’m the first to complain. Frankly, I find studio execs’ incessant desire to re-imagine nearly every popular horror film impossibly exhausting, especially when there’s such a wealth of indie filmmakers, waiting for their chance to shine. However, when I learned that the 1993 horror comedy Leprechaun was getting the reboot treatment, I didn’t feel the same animosity towards the project like I did when I read that other films I love would be remade, like Predator or Poltergeist.

I enjoy Warwick Davis’ performance as the leprechaun, but I consider the early ’90s production to be more of a fun holiday viewing than an irreplaceable, iconic piece of cinema. By the time the rumors had spread that Leprechaun: Origins would be more of a monster than a drunken Irishman telling jokes, I was actually curious to see how newcomer Zach Lipovsky would tackle his first big directing gig. Unfortunately, the movie didn’t live up to the hype.