February 1, 2016

February 2016: A Preview of the Month in Horror!

January was an alright for Horror & Genre flicks, but February is already looking 10 times better as far as hot new releases go.

Below, we've listed 10 or so of the best Movies & TV Shows that are seeing Theatrical, Blu-ray & DVD, VOD, or TV releases this February; they're the biggest and (potentially) best of them, and at the very least, they are the ones that we're most excited to check out. And yes, we've listed them in order of our anticipation.

*Click the pics below for more info on the Movie or TV Show, and be sure to click the links in the paragraph above to visit our full Release Dates Pages.

What better way to spend a warm and tender Valentine's Day than by watching the return of the biggest show on cable TV, The Walking Dead. Will Carol kill Morgan? Will Maggie ever see Glenn again? Will the new Big Bad, Negen, show up this season, and if he does, will he kill one of the most beloved characters on the show? Will Daryl survive?

We have no idea, but we'll be tuning in to find out. And so will you.

"Italian horror stylist Dario Argento presents this incredibly well orchestrated, inventive, suspense thriller about Peter Neal, an American mystery novelist who comes to Rome to promote his latest release, Tenebre. Soon after his arrival, a bizarre sequence of shocking homicides occur which strangely resemble the murders in his book, and he himself becomes the subject of horrifying death threats."

Synapse does some excellent Blu-ray work (check out their releases of Curtains, Demons I & II, and Prom Night for proof), and so we're excited beyond belief to see them give the Deluxe Steelbook treatment to one of our favorite Dario Argento flicks, Tenebrae.

Even though this one carries a pretty hefty price tag (around $46 with shipping), it's limited to 3000 copies, so act fast if you want one of them to be in your collection.

"In 1630 New England, panic and despair envelops a farmer, his wife and four of their children when youngest son Samuel suddenly vanishes. The family blames Thomasin, the oldest daughter who was watching the boy at the time of his disappearance. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, twin siblings Mercy and Jonas suspect Thomasin of witchcraft, testing the clan's faith, loyalty and love to one another."

Not only has The Witch been getting crazy good advanced reviews, but it's just been named an "Official Satanic Experience" by the Satanic Temple itself. Really.

We're going to go ahead and call The Witch the 2016 It Follows; it's got all kinds of crazy positive buzz surrounding it, and it looks like the kind of quiet, creepy flick that will end up pleasing both critics and audiences alike.

Everyone is loving this movie so far, and so we're expecting big, quality things from it. 

"Five interlocking tales of terror follow the fates of a group of weary travellers who confront their worst nightmares - and darkest secrets - over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway."

Even though most of them tend to be uneven efforts at best, we're suckers for a good Horror Anthology. Advance word on Southbound has been overwhelmingly positive so far, with it being likened to Creepshow or Tales From the Crypt, which sounds pretty damned great to us.

We'll be there on day one. *In front of our TV's, because it'll be on VOD.

"Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge -- an army of undead zombies."

Sure its premise sounds ridiculous, and the trailer looks silly and over-the-top, but Pride and Prejudice and Zombies looks like a crazy fun time, and we're all about crazy fun. And hot chicks kicking ass.

I'm at least sure that this one will be better than Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, so there's that at least.

"The world of the Vikings is brought to life through the journey of Ragnar Lothbrok, the first Viking to emerge from Norse legend and onto the pages of history - a man on the edge of myth."

One of the absolute best, and most entertaining shows on TV, Vikings returns on February 18th. If you have yet to check out the story of Ragnar Lothbrok and his Viking clan as they attempt to conquer the world, then you're truly missing out. Truly.

"A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and adopts the alter ego Deadpool."

Deapool is one of Marvel's funniest characters, and just like Wolverine, he's an alumni of the Weapon X program, so he's a badass too. This ought to be one funny movie, and with an R-rating, it shows that Marvel is going to give the foul-mouthed Superhero the treatment that he deserves.

Foul language, brutal violence, and gratuitous nudity, here we come!

“Cabin Fever follows a group of five college graduates who rent a cabin in the woods. Soon, all hell breaks loose, as the group falls victim to a flesh-eating virus that attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals.”

Another remake, but one that we aren't mad at in the slightest, is this redux of Eli Roth's quirky 2002 viral splatterfest, Cabin Fever. We thought the original was fun, and we actually liked 2014's Cabin Fever: Patient Zero for what it was, so we're kinda hyped to see what this remake has to offer.

It might even end up being better than the original.

"When Ed receives a message from his father asking him to go and lock up the family's beach condo for the winter, it seems like the perfect excuse for an alcohol-fuelled few days away with his friends. After all, his dad has forgiven him for accidentally blowing mom away with a shotgun several years ago... hasn't he? But no sooner are the teens on the island than they find themselves stalked by a figure with an axe to grind."

Arrow Video U.S. is giving us a classic 80's Slasher on Blu-ray? We're there.

"Dennis Allan is a scientist who visits Haiti on the strength of a rumour of a drug which renders the recipient totally paralyzed but conscious. The drug's effects often fool doctors, who declare the victims dead. Could this be the origin of the "zombie" legend? Alan embarks on a surprising and often surreal investigation of the turbulent social chaos that is Haiti during the revolution which ousted hated dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier. Often a pawn in a greater game, Alan must decide what is science, what is superstition, and what is the unknown in a anarchistic society where police corruption and witch-doctory are commonplace..."

Scream Factory is giving us one of Wes Craven's most bizarre, and powerful movies on Blu-ray? Well then we're there for this one too.

Even though February seems like a shorter month to us, there will still be some worthwhile titles hitting VOD this month. In addition to the ones already listed above...

  • The Pack was a cool Killer Dog flick. (Read our review HERE.) 
  • Nina Forever is a twisted Horror Romance that just might be perfect for Valentine's Day.
  • Estranged looks solid.
  • Backtrack was decent, if uninspiring. (Read our review HERE.)

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