It’s that time of year again! Finally! Halloween! Or, as normal people call it “October” and sure enough our friends and Arrow Video have a killer lineup to ring in the spookiest time of year. While in past weeks we’ve touched on specific releases, we thought we’d take advantage of the full spectrum of awesome releases for the month and highlight our favorites as they are unleashed to the public.

All titles can be pre-ordered from Arrow’s website or from other various online retailers (Amazon.com).

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VAMP – October 4 th

Two fraternity pledges head to a seedy part of town to find some entertainment for their college friends but are faced with bloodthirsty vampires!

Keith (MEATBALLS) and AJ (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE) want to make the right impression at college and so they devise a plan to get them into the best frat house on campus. They head to the After Dark Club where they want to find a stripper for a party their friends won’t forget, instead they find themselves among vampires led by Kinky Katrina (A VIEW TO A KILL)!

Almost certainly an influence on FROM DUSK TIL DAWN, VAMP is superbly designed by many of Grace Jones own award-winning collaborators and features stunning effects by four-time Oscar winner Greg Cannom (THE LOST BOYS, BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA). Delivering laughs and scares in equal measure, with the added bonus of vampy sex appeal, VAMP is a comedy horror romp with real bite!

The Arrow Video Collector’s Edition comes packed with features:

– High Definition digital transfer

– Original mono audio

– Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

– One of those Nights: The Making of Vamp – a brand new documentary featuring interviews with director Richard Wenk, stars Robert Rusler, Dedee Pfeiffer, Gedde Watanabe

– Behind-the- scenes rehearsals

– Blooper Reel

– Image gallery

– Dracula Bites the Big Apple (1979) – Richard Wenk s celebrated short film

– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil

-First pressing only: Booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Cullen Gallagher.

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DARK WATER – October 11 th

DARK WATER comes from the twisted mind of Hideo Nakata, the director of the infamous RING series. In this atmospheric, and critically acclaimed, tale of the supernatural, Nakata takes the common theme of the dead wet girl to new heights of suspense and drama.

DARK WATER is based upon on a short story by Ring author Koji Suzuki. DARK WATER follows Yoshimi, a single mother struggling to win sole custody of her only child, Ikuko. When they move into a new home within a dilapidated and long-forgotten apartment complex, Yoshimi begins to experience startling visions and unexplainable sounds, calling her mental well-being into question, and endangering not only her custody of Ikuko, but perhaps their lives as well.

Beautifully shot by the same cinematographer as RING and PULSE, and featuring an especially unnerving sound design, DARK WATER successfully merges spine-tingling tension with a family s heart-wrenching emotional struggle, creating one of the very finest and most unsettling contemporary Japanese horror films.

The Arrow Video re-release features:

– High Definition digital transfer

– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations

– Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD on the Blu-ray)

– Brand new interview with director Hideo Nakata

– Brand new interview with novelist Koji Suzuki

– Brand new interview with cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi

– Archive interview with actress Asami Mizukawa

– Original Making of documentary

– Trailer

– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain

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THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1977) – October 11th

Horror master Wes Craven achieved critical and commercial success with the likes of SCREAM and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREE but for many genre fans, the director’s 1977 masterpiece THE HILLS HAVE EYES remains one of his most under-recognized claims to fame.

Taking a detour whilst on route to Los Angeles, the Carter family run into trouble when their camper van breaks down in the middle of the desert. Stranded, the family find themselves at the mercy of a group of monstrous cannibals lurking in the surrounding hills. With their lives under threat, the Carters are forced to fight back by any means necessary.

As grueling a viewing experience today as it was upon initial release, THE HILS HAVE EYES stands alongside the likes of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD as one of the defining moments in American horror cinema.

Arrow’s Exclusive Home-Video Re-release features:

– Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements, supervised by producer Peter Locke

– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

– Original mono audio

– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

– 6 x postcards

– Reversible fold-out poster featuring new and original artwork

– Limited edition booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Brad Stevens and a consideration of the Hills franchise by Ewan Cant, illustrated with original archive stills

– Audio commentary with Wes Craven and Peter Locke

– Looking Back on THE HILLS HAVE EYES making-of documentary featuring interviews with Craven, Locke, actors Michael Berryman, Dee Wallace, Janus Blythe, Robert Houston, Susan Lanier and director of photography Eric Saarinen

– The Desert Sessions brand new interview with composer Don Peake

– Alternate ending, in HD for the first time

– Trailers and TV Spots

– Image Gallery

– Original Screenplay (BD/DVD-ROM Content)

– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper

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THE BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR – October 18th

The success of Stuart Gordon’s hit horror-comedy RE-ANIMATOR meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (SOCIETY, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD III) would prove that there was a good deal more life (and death) left in the story of Dr. Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits.

It has been eight months since the bloody massacre at the Miskatonic medical school. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan’s dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong?

With special effects master Screaming Mad George (the man behind the infamous "shunting" sequence of SOCIETY) on hand to contribute a host of characteristically weird and wonderful creations, BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR is a more than worthy successor to Stuart Gordon’s original cult classic.

Arrow Video’s Updated re-release of the “re-animated” classic features:

– Brand new 2K restoration of the Unrated version, approved by director Brian Yuzna

– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

– Brand new audio commentary with Brian Yuzna

– Audio Commentary with Brian Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, visual effects supervisor Tom Rainone and the effects team including John Carl Buechler, Mike Deak, Robert Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George

– Audio Commentary with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott

– Brian Yuzna Remembers BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR brand new featurette in which the director looks back at the making of the first RE-ANIMATOR sequel

– Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR brand new FX featurette with a wealth of behind-the- scenes footage and interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Carl Buechler

– Getting Ahead in Horror archive making-of featurette

– Deleted Scenes

– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin.

Based on the titles above, it looks as though our friends at Arrow have quite the lineup for this coming October. Alongside the features above, they’ll also be releasing an exclusive boxed set featuring the complete works of Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Godfather of Gore. However, we’ll be detailing that particular release in a separate feature all its’ own. That is one fierce boxed set to be reckoned with.

As stated above, all the of the upcoming titles can be pre-ordered directly through Arrow Video or via various online retailers like Amazon.com.

We’ll be featuring our favorites, in detail, with a full review. So – stay tuned to Terror Time for all the upcoming horror release from our dear friends at Arrow.

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Source: Arrow Video

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