Welcome back to another wild week of horror films on home video! This week doesn't have too much aside from the three big titles above, but rest assured, we'll list everything for you. Here we go...
First up is After.Life, which arrives on DVD and Blu-ray this week after a brief theatrical run. The film, despite a fairly decent cast and the promise of ample nudity from Christina Ricci, debuted on a whopping 41 screens and earned a grand total of just over $100,000 in the few weeks it remained in theaters. Now it's being rather unceremoniously dumped on home video. The thing is despite all that, the film itself doesn't look half-bad. Looking forward to checking it out if for nothing than else than creepy Liam Neeson and the aforementioned Ricci nudity.
Next up is Shout! Factory with another amazing 1-2 punch. This week sees the release of not one but two more entries into Shout's Roger Corman's Cult Classics line. Both Piranha and Humanoids from the Deep are now available on both DVD and Blu-ray. Shout's commitment to bring Corman films to high def is one of the best things that's happened for genre fans in a long time. Both of these releases are packed with special features as has come to be expected from this line. These two are at the top of my current must-buy-soon list!
That's not all Shout! has up their sleeves though, as they're releasing a double feature of Death Sport and BattleTruck. Also part of the Roger Corman's Cult Classics lineup, this entry is sadly limited to standard DVD only and features both films on one disc. That said, it's nice to see Shout! taking the time and effort to release all the Corman films they can get their hands!
Also out this week is Open House, the feature film debut from Andrew Paquin, older brother of current True Blood star Anna Paquin. Andrew took on both writing and directing duties from the film which stars, unsurprisingly, his sister Anna alongside her boyfriend and fellow True Blood star Stephen Moyer, as well as Battlestar Galactica's Tricia Helfer. After premiering at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, the film is now being released direct-to-video on DVD and Blu-ray. The story centers on an open house held by a couple trying to sell their home. They soon realize that all the guests didn't leave, and the one who stayed has violent plans. Sounds interesting enough, and with that cast, I'm anxious to check this one out.
Rounding out this week's releases are The Dead Pit, a 1989 horror film from Brett Leonard, writer/director of The Lawnmower Man, a new Asylum entry titled Haunting of Winchester House which looks like exactly the type of film you'd expect from the Asylum, and Hoboken Hollow, a film from way back in 2005 that is just now making it's way direct-to-DVD, that inexplicably stars Dennis Hopper, Robert Carradine, Michael Madsen, and C. Thomas Howell. While The Dead Pit may have something to offer big fans of 80s horror, rent with caution when it comes to the last two titles.
And that's it. We'll be back next week with a look at the horror releases for August 10th!