When it comes to creating the ultimate Halloween horror movie experience, you can’t go wrong with firing up the tried-and-true classics such as Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, and of course, Halloween. But if you’re brave enough to peek out from underneath the comfort of the classics and give the following underrated flicks a try, you might be in for a creepy treat.
When a family moves into a secluded mansion, they soon find themselves being targeted by an ancient entity taking the form of a giant spider in the spine-tingling horror feature Itsy Bitsy. Yes, this creepy-crawly creature feature takes its name from the centuries-old poem, but don’t let the playful title fool you. Itsy Bitsy traps unsusepcting viewers in web of family drama, personal demons, and a horrifying monster brought to life using creative, practical effects. “Our treatment of the Spider was to make sure it was as plausible and thought out as any other actor in our film,” said director Micah Gallo. “We did everything possible with practical effects to enhance the realism of the film so that when people leave the theatre they saw a living creature.” Itsy Bitsy is available in digital HD on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu and most other on demand movie providers.
For the uninitiated, The Blob does only one thing – and it does it well. It eats anything and everything that moves: men, women, and children. The original version of The Blob thrilled and terrified movie audiences back in the 1950s. Now the oozing, gooey killer is back in a Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray of the 1988 cult classic directed by Chuck (The Scorpion King) Russell and starring a young Kevin Dillon. This definitive collector’s edition contains special bonus content, including two new audio commentaries, over four hours of new interviews, and more.
Hellbound: Hellraiser II
Picking up right where Hellraiser left off, Hellbound: Hellraiser II expands upon the terrifying universe created in Clive Barker’s original film – taking the story into the very depths of hell itself. Having escaped the clutches of Pinhead and the demonic Cenobites, Kirsty Cotton (Ashley Laurence) awakens to finds herself detained at the Channard Institute, a hospital for the mentally ill. But her torments are far from over – the chief doctor at the institute is determined to unleash the powers of Hell to achieve his own twisted ends. Let’s face it, most sequels suck, but Hellbound: Hellraiser II gleefully eviscerates this notion, offering a vision that is both more gruesome and fantastical than its predecessor. Get your soul torn apart all over again with a new 2K restoration of the film now available from Arrow Films.
Animal Among Us
The plot of Animal Among Us rips inspiration from, well, pretty much every slasher movie... and that’s a good thing. Fifteen years ago, two teenage girls were murdered at Merrymaker Campgrounds. The case was filed as an animal attack, the camp was condemned, and the killer never found. But something horrific still waits in those woods, ready to kill again. Eye-popping camera work, lush cinematography, suspenseful kills and solid performances belie its low-budget so be sure to “beware the beast!” when Animal Among Us, hits VOD and DVD November 19 from Uncork’d Entertainment.
The Devil Rides Out
No proper Halloween horror movie compilation is complete without checking the “satanic panic” box and while The Devil Rides Out hasn’t aged as well as, say, Rosemary’s Baby, there’s still a lot to love about this 1968 Hammer production. Young man Simon has been seduced into joining a satanic cult headed by the diabolic Mocata, who is intent on making Simon one of the Devil's disciples. Having rescued Simon from a bloodied ritual, Duc de Richleau is pursued by Mocata, who will stop at nothing to destroy the Duc and his friends, even summoning the Angel of Death itself. Starring Christopher Lee in one of his personal favorite roles and based on the celebrated novel by Dennis Wheatley, The Devil Rides Out is one of Hammer's most accomplished and thrilling mystery horrors. The new 2K scan of The Devil Rides Out is the best the film has looked and is available to pre-order on bonus features-packed Blu-ray from Shout! Factory.