10 Best New Horror DVDs for Halloween
Latest spooky home releases including We Are Still Here, Cooties, Turbo Kid and Pay The Ghost
Killer wasps attack in Stung
Every Halloween a ton of horror DVDs hit the shelves. Here's our quick guide to the ten best new releases that will creep you out, scare you silly and send you scurrying behind the sofa.
1. We Are Still Here (Studiocanal)
Two grieving parents (Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig) move to a small town as they try to get over the death of their son. But they are not alone. We Are Still Here starts off as a slow burn haunted house feature before ending in an explosion of gory bloodshed. What more do you want from a horror movie?
2. The Houses of Halloween (Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment)
Aka The Houses That October Built that screened at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival. A perfect fit for Hallowe'en as six friends head off in an RV to track down the scariest haunted house attraction in the US. The found footage format is used to good effect nicely building the tension with every encounter with the masked workers of the scream factories of America.
3. Cooties (Universal)
A group of teachers (including Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson and co-writer Leigh Whannell) under siege from a school full of kids infected by a nasty virus that turns children into vicious, playful, zombie-like cannibals. A slapstick, gross out, comedy horror that almost feels like it was made back in the 80s.
4. Insidious: Chapter 3 (Entertainment One)
Whannell is back this time directing, writing and starring in this Insidious prequel. Taking us back a few years as psychic medium Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) tries to help a young girl (Stefanie Scott) who has become the focus of a malignant spirit. Jam packed with jump scares it's the ultimate spook-fest for Samhain.
5. Aaaaaaaah! (Icon)
Aaaaaaaah! is the pick of the new FrightFest Presents imprint (other titles include Some Kind of Hate, Estranged and Night of the Living Deb). The directorial debut of actor Steve Oram (Sightseers) verges on the experimental with a society that hasn't developed language but communicates via grunts, hoots and gestures. Imagine chimpanzees in a domestic urban setting (anyone who has read Will Self's masterpiece Great Apes will recognise the concept) as they fight, squabble and rut. Deeply weird but strangely brilliant.
6. Turbo Kid (Lionsgate)
Not 100% horror but the lashings of blood and creative splatter effects make this a blast from start to finish. A joyful homage to the direct-to-video sci-fi movies of the 80s as our hero Turbo Kid (Munro Chambers) and his robot sidekick (Laurence Leboeuf) find themselves battling Zeus (Michael Ironside). Funny, gory and packed with heart.
7. Wer (Entertainment One)
Apart from a few notable exceptions (American Werewolf in London and The Howling) werewolf movies are usually crap. Wer is a modern take on the genre with an intriguing mystery as a huge hulking hirsute suspect is arrested for murder. Is he really a killer or is something even scarier going on?
8. Stung (Entertainment One)
Horror comedy about killer wasps! Some great transformation sequences, giant bugs on the rampage, a few good icky gags and likeable characters.
9. The Man Who Could Cheat Death (Eureka!)
Doctor and sculptor Georges Bonnet (Anton Differing) commits murder most foul in his bid to live forever. A lesser entry in the Hammer Horror cannon but it's always a pleasure to see any film unearthed from the Hammer vault and the late great Christopher Lee adds a touch of class.
10. Pay the Ghost (Arrow Films)
Nicholas Cage top lines this supernatural shocker as his seven year old son is snatched by a ghost on Hallowe'en. Cage never quite reaches full freak out mode and Pay the Ghost borrows liberally from Insidious and Sinister but has just enough scares and twists of its own.