Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Image Entertainment Adds Three Halloween-Season Chillers

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Image Entertainment adds to it Halloween-season film selections with a trio of new-to DVD releases on the run up to that special night when ghouls, ghosts and, well, just plain trick or treat enthusiast hit the streets in search of something sweet.

Already in place for delivery to genre fans on Sept. 17 is director Douglas Elford-Argent’s ghostly horror tale, Aberration.

On the following street-date Tuesday, Sept. 24, we find director Brain C. Weeds’ throwback slasher film, Bloody Homecoming, ready for genre fans to savor on DVD.

A “tragic” accident leaves a student dead at the annual homecoming dance in Winston, Texas when an attempt at forced sex goes south, a fire results and quickly roars out of control … and the would-be assailant ends up crispy fried. 

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyIt’s now three years later and the happy event is once again upon us, but this round of students are finding “Happy Homecoming” notes — scrawled in blood — in their lockers.   Someone is out for revenge and the dance is about to be a Carrie-like bloodbath.  

Shifting to Oct. 8, Image Entertainment has director Julian Richards’ film adaptation of the Brian Harper novel, Shiver, ready for the DVD market place.

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Franklin Rood (John Jarratt — Wolf Creek, Dead Heart, 100 Bloody Acres, etc.) is a serial killer who is known to the Portland police as “The Griffin.”  He enjoys his work (yes, he has his reasons, which are sick)! 

Everything changes when a seemingly routine killing goes awry — a mousey little office worker named Wendy (Danielle Harris — as Annie in Halloween and Halloween II, plus such films as Prank, Hatchet II and The Black Waters of Echo Pond) — makes good on her escape attempt.   

Now when you are an obsessive serial killer that can only mean one thing … get her back (because he admires her tenacity), torture her and, yes, kill her.   Until that is accomplished, nothing else matters!

Genre fans will be on the edge of their seats as these two pros go at it — little Wendy has to get tough, get brutal or die!   There is no middle ground!

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Third up, and timed for Halloween itself, is the Oct. 29 DVD debut of writer/director Damien Leone’s All Hallows' Eve, starring Mike Giannelli as the infamous “Art the Clown” in an anthology horror tale that is unleashed upon an unsuspecting baby sitter named Sarah (Katie Maguire) discovers an old VHS cassette in the kid’s trick or treat bag.          

We — the audience “we” — all know that watching that tape can only be bad news, but Sarah can’t help herself.  As she views each story we get the foreboding sense that Art the Clown will be going from being a video character to the real deal!  

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