November 25, 2014

THC's Holiday Gift Guide! Part 1: Horror Blu-rays

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Movies, movies, movies. We love 'em, you love 'em, and most important of all, we want other people to love 'em too. That's why they make great gifts.

Below you'll find some of the greatest Horror Blu-rays to be released in 2014 (and earlier), all of which make for great gifts for the Horror Lovers in your life, or even yourself. There's no shame in taking advantage of some Black Friday Week bargains for yourself. Guilt is for suckers.

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  • Also, if you prefer DVD versions of these movies, you can select that option form the linked Blu-ray pages.

We'll be back tonight with Part 2 of our Holiday Gift Guide, which will cover TV Shows and Non-Horror Blu-rays. For now though, peruse the list below, click the pics to order whatever strikes your fancy, and make hay while the sun shines!
Synapse's release of Curtains is one of the most impressive Blu-ray transfers of an old, barely-watchable movie that we've ever seen. Add to that the fact that Curtains is also a solid, underrated Slasher flick too, and you can't go wrong with this disc. Especially at that price. $14.39
Another top-notch release from Synapse, this Prom Night disc is nearly as impressive as the Curtains release. It's a "classier" Slasher flick (which means it's not very gratuitous in the gore & nudity departments), but it's still a classic that entertains us each time we watch it. $16.97

For many reasons, this Limited Edition of Clive Barker's Nightbreed: The Director's Cut, may be the biggest Horror Blu-ray release of 2014. Decades in the making, Scream Factory has gone above and beyond to give fans a proper release of this 1990 classic, and it shows. This one comes with the steep price of $71.89, but for Nightbreed fanatics, it's more than worth it.
Here's the cheaper version of Nightbreed: the Director's Cut, that comes without the Theatrical Cut & Bonus Disc of extras. If you want to own this movie, but don't need all of the extras of the Limited Edition, this version will do you just fine. $19.99.
One of our favorite movies of 2014, Snowpiercer is a Must Own for us, and we'd argue that it is for you too. We hesitate to call this Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi gem a masterpiece (because, hyperbole), but it really is one hell of a brilliant film. If you haven't seen it yet, why not? $23.29.
As far a classic Italian Horror goes, Demons is a Must Own. This movie is 80's perfect, and it's still as great of a watch as it was when we first rented it on VHS, way back when. Bloody, gory, crazy, fun... and did I mention that it has a rockin' 80's Metal soundtrack? $22.46.
Not a great as Demons, this sequel is still a solid effort that begs to be seen. You almost have to own it along with the first one, for that 1-2 Argento/Bava punch. $14.99.
If we have to say anything about this movie, you're in the wrong place, my friend. We will say though that the 4k transfer on this disc is gorgeous, and that it's the best it's ever looked & sounded. The extras are fantastic and plentiful too. $22.99.
Another one of our favorite movies of 2014, Big Bad Wolves is an Israeli Horror movie that packs one hell of a kick. Enjoyable throughout, this movie boasts one of the best endings that we've seen on a genre flick in a long time. This one was a nice surprise. $15.53.
Blue Ruin is a stark, mean, visceral Revenge Thriller that left us feeling drained after watching it. That's a good thing, by the way. This movie is about as Indie as it gets, and along with Cold in July, it's one of the finest movies of its type that we've seen this year. $16.31.
We hated the first Purge, but loved this one. This is a superior sequel in every way, and it's mainly Frank Grillo's badassery that makes it so great. Everything about this movie clicked for us to the point where we immediately wanted to a Purge 3... starring Frank Grillo, of course. $21.99.
Here we go with the first of three MUST OWN documentaries in a row... 4 hours of interviews and behind the scenes footage chronicling the entirety of Freddy's universe, this is maybe the most complete Doc that we've ever seen. Oh, and it's also jam-packed with 4 more hours of Bonus Features. Even if you don't love the Nightmare on Elm Street series, this documentary is a stellar watch. This is a Must Own of the highest caliber for Horror fans, and it would be a bargain at twice the price. $18.94.
As with Never Sleep Again, Crystal Lake Memories is a brilliant, and thoroughly exhaustive, retrospective of the Friday the 13th series. This one about as long as Never Sleep Again (400 minutes), and is every bit as enjoyable and compelling as its Elm Street counterpart is. If you love Jason and all of his Crystal Lake shenanigans, OWN THIS. It's crazy good. $22.99.
The last of our documentaries may not be a long as the previous two (it's 2 hours long, with 2 hours of bonus material), but it's absolutely every bit as enjoyable. Sure, this Doc only covers one movie, and not an entire series, but it's every bit as enthralling as the series-spanners listed above. We've bought exactly 2 DVD's in the past 5 or so years, and this is one of them. Must Own for sure, and especially since it's so cheap. $12.21.
Ah, 80's Lance Henriksen fighting an 80's Stan Winston monster. How can you not love that? Pumpkinhead is a great movie that will always hold a special place in our hearts, and it still plays as well today as it did back in 1988. Scream Factory, as usual, did a great job with this disc. $18.99.
From Beyond is a gory, sexually-charged, wild, and humorous good time, and it may just be about as perfect as Horror movies got in the 80's. Jeffrey Combs is brilliant in this one, and Barbara Crampton turns in what may be the sexiest performance by any woman in any Horror movie of the 80's... If you like your Horror on the crazy side of things, then this disc is definitely for you. $19.21.
My personal favorite John Carpenter film (not sure why, I've just always loved it to pieces), Prince of Darkness is maybe his most under-appreciated film. Something about it has always just struck me as brilliant, and the way that Scream Factory has cleaned it up for this disc makes it feel even more so. Halloween and The Thing are probably Carpenter's best work, but don't sleep on this one. It's a classic in its own right. $18.99.
It's about time that we got to some Giallo goodness in this list, and Stagefright is a great place to start. Michele Soavi's first film behind the camera (non-short or Doc), Stagefright is a bloody, atmospheric, and intense Giallo/Slasher hybrid. Along with his Cemetery Man, this is the Michele Soavi flick to own. $17.21.
The one that started it all... depending on who you ask. In 1971, Mario Bava gave us this Italian Slasher film, that predates even Black Christmas. A Bay of Blood has inspired many Horror films since its release (watch F13th Part 2, to see one of this movies kills duplicated), and to see it in Blu-ray quality, 43 years after its initial release, is a wonderful thing. $19.66.
Deep Red is considered by many to be Dario Argento's finest film, and while that's absolutely debatable, there's no denying that it is one of the best Giallos ever made. If you're new to the atmospheric world of Giallo, and are curious to see what it's all about, then this film is the perfect place to start. $15.99.
Bloody Birthday plays like an Afterschool Special from the 70's, only this one involves a trio of creepy kids killing people for fun. Severin Films did a nice job transferring this 80's sleeper onto Blu-ray, and it's definitely one to watch if you like killer kid movies... just maybe don't watch it with your kids. They might get ideas. $19.81.
Another 80's gem unearthed and brought to Blu-ray by Severin Films, Bloody Moon is a crazy Slasher flick directed by the Master of Exploitation himself, Jess Franco. This is the uncut version of the film (which was unavailable to the public for decades), and if your motto is "the gorier the better!" then you'll fall in love with this one right off. $18.62
Pre-order for December 9th. $14.99 for one of the best movies of 2014? Yes, please! This movie is crazy and crazy fun, and if you have yet to experience it, then do so on December 9th. *You may want to watch Dead Snow ($7.99) as a refresher before you do, though. $14.99.

Pre-order for December 16th. This one will be cutting it a little close to Christmas, but it's too good not to include here. This underrated Clive Barker gem is one of our favorite films of the 90's. Scott Bakula is great as Harry D'Amour, and even though it's not as gory as most Clive Barker offerings are, it's definitely one of the best of them. *Fun side note: Harry D'Amour will be squaring off against Pinhead in Clive Barker's upcoming Hellraiser book, The Scarlet Gospels. $24.99.

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