‘Sinister 2’ comes out on DVD/Blu-ray/VOD today – and you could win a copy

‘Sinister 2’ comes out on DVD/Blu-ray/VOD today – and you could win a copy

TAGLINE: “Be careful. Children at play.”

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Ethan Hawke is MIA in this sequel to the 2012 box office hit. Instead, Shannyn Sossamon (Wayward Pines) stars as the mother of twin boys who move into a remote, rural house that has some…issues.

In the aftermath of the shocking events of Sinister, a protective mother and her nine-year-old twin sons (real-life brothers Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves marked for death in a rural house as the evil spirit of Bughuul continues to spread with frightening intensity.

Sinister 2 has been out on Digital HD since December 22nd, and as of January 12th, 2016 comes to DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD. Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill return as co-writers, but Derrickson cedes directorial duties to Ciarán Foy (Citadel) this time around. The Blu-ray offers some tasty-sounding special features, including an Extended Kill Films Bonus Feature, deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes “making of” featurette, and a commentary track with director Foy.


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What is Bughuul, and what does it want of this mother and her twin sons? The Blu-ray of Sinister 2 picks up the thread of the narrative begun in the original sleeper hit. It's been out on Digital HD since December 22nd, 2015, and just came out on Blu-ray™ and DVD as well as On Demand on January 12th, 2016. Enter our contest for a chance to win your very own Blu-ray of Sinister 2. (Contest is a joint promotion of Gourmet Horror and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and is open to U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older. Contest ends at midnight PST, Sunday, January 17th. Winners will be announced the following day.)
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CONGRATULATIONS to our winner, Chris F. of Bozeman, MT. Stay scary, my friend!

M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Visit’ (2015) out on Blu-ray/DVD/VOD today – and you can win a copy!

M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Visit’ (2015) out on Blu-ray/DVD/VOD today – and you can win a copy!

TAGLINE: “No one loves you like your grandparents.”

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Writer / director / producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge, and the Insidious series) team with Universal Pictures to present The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.

When Becca and Tyler are sent to their grandparents’ secluded Pennsylvania farmhouse for a weeklong stay, they quickly discover something is not right with the elderly couple. Faced with strange rules and increasingly frightening behavior, the children soon realize it will take all their wits to make it home alive. Critics rave the latest heart-pounding thriller from the director of The Sixth Sense and Signs and the producer of Paranormal Activity and The Purge is a “deliciously creepy triumph.” (Scott Mendelson, Forbes.com)

The Visit stars Olivia DeJongeEd OxenbouldDeanna DunaganPeter McRobbie, and Kathryn Hahn. It was released on Digital HD on December 15th, 2015, and is out today on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD. Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions come with exclusive bonus features, including deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurette, and a suspenseful alternate ending.


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What the hell is up with the grandparents? The Blu-ray of M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit reveals the terrifying truth - and now one lucky winner will discover that truth for free! See Official Rules for contest details. The Visit is a found documentary-style suspense thriller. It's been out on Digital HD since December 15th, 2015, and was released on Blu-ray and DVD as well as On Demand on January 5, 2016. A joint promotion of Gourmet Horror and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
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No purchase necessary. Limit one entry per person, please. Duplicate entries will be disqualified. Contest runs through midnight Sunday, January 10th, 2016. Good luck!

No children were harmed or threatened in the creation of this contest. The oven's even cool to the touch - feel for yourself!

CONGRATULATIONS to our winner, Julio R. of Wesley Chapel, FL. Stay scary, my friend!

The Gourmet Horror Review: ‘The Green Inferno’ (2013 – Blu-ray “Director’s Cut”)

The Gourmet Horror Review: ‘The Green Inferno’ (2013 – Blu-ray “Director’s Cut”)

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: One of last year’s most polarizing releases, The Green Inferno is Eli Roth‘s homage to the notorious Italian cannibal flicks of the late 70’s and early 80’s. In fact, “The Green Inferno” was the original working title for what is perhaps the best known of these films, 1980’s Cannibal Holocaust. Here’s the official synopsis:

New York college student Justine (Lorenza Izzo) meets student activist Alejandro (Ariel Levy) when he goes on a hunger strike on behalf of underpaid janitors. Smitten, she agrees to help Alejandro undertake his next project: rescuing an Amazon village from destruction by a greedy multinational corporation.  But Justine soon comes to regret her decision when their plane crashes in the Peruvian jungle and the students realize they are not alone. No good deed goes unpunished as the well-meaning students are captured by the cannibalistic tribe they came to save.

The Green Inferno is the first feature film to be directed by Roth since Hostel: Part II In addition to Izzo and Levy, it also stars Aaron Burns (The Stranger, Best Worst Friends), Daryl Sabara (John Carter, Spy Kids), and Kirby Bliss Blanton (Project X, Candy From Strangers). The screenplay is by Roth and Guillermo Amoedo (Knock Knock, Aftershock).

BLUNDERS/GAFFS: Some stupendously heavy-handed foreshadowing (on first boarding the plane, one character gobbles a sedative and actually says “Small planes make me nervous. I feel like we’re gonna crash.” A street vendor hacks at a tropical melon, glowering menacingly. Nearly everyone tells Izzo’s character Justine to be safe, that Peru is a “dangerous country,” that the jungle is treacherous, that she’s crazy to go on such a risky trip with a group of people she just met. SUBTLE.) Roth and Amoedo’s screenplay takes some equally hamfisted swipes at well-meaning but hopelessly naive social justice warriors. Even the lead character’s name, Justine – just one character removed from “justice” – is clumsily on-the-nose.

And there are some howling non sequiturs. After a well-staged, terrifying crash that decimates their party and leaves the remaining survivors battered and bleeding, Alejandro shouts “Is everyone OK?” Um, no dude. Not even close.

EVALUATION: It makes an attempt, at least, to build sympathy for the main character, Justine. In fact, we don’t even arrive at the jungle until a good 40 minutes into the film, by which time we’ve learned a great deal – maybe too much – about the group. But the characters are stereotypes, and the performances are uneven, at best. Sky Ferrera is simply awful as Izzo’s annoying roommate. There is some fine aerial photography, not only of the titular jungle but also of Peruvian cityscapes and roadways. In fact, the cinematography is good to very good throughout, and thank the horror gods Roth and Amoedo didn’t opt for a “found footage” approach. Most genre fans will be able to pick out the many call-outs and influences, but in the end they serve chiefly to make you long for those other, better films.

One puzzling thing about this Blu-ray release (out today) is its claim to be a “director’s cut.” In an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit a few months back, Eli Roth denied the existence of any cut other than the theatrical version. Unsurprisingly, he also had some lengthy negotiations with the MPAA to secure an R rating:

I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to work with the MPAA. Nobody sees it from where I’m sitting but all around the world they hack horror movies to pieces, only in the US do they really try to protect the integrity of the film and work with you. We had many long discussions about The Green Inferno but ultimately I was very happy with where we wound up. There’s no director’s cut, this is it. Everywhere else in the world it’s a government censorship board and they never protect violent movies because they want to be re-elected. In the US we have the MPAA which is a self-policing body and they’re all movie lovers and understand what my audience wants to see. Their job is to help make a movie acceptable for theaters but also to warn parents about what’s in it. We may disagree at times but we always have a reasonable discussion about it, not even an appeal. We just get on the phone and talk it out – no one else in the world does that. Everywhere else they just cut it and say take it or don’t release it.

 

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Must 18 years of age and a US citizen to enter. Please enter only once - multiple entries will be disqualified. Contest ends at midnight January 10, 2016.

Gourmet Horror Inc. is not liable for any heart palpitations or nausea caused by viewing this film, and may not be held responsible for any lingering effects thereof.

CONGRATULATIONS to our winner, Caitlyn W. of Roxboro, NC. Stay scary, my friend!

The Blu-ray release has some pretty skimpy special features, mainly comprised of a feature commentary track with Roth, producer Nicolás López, and Izzo, Burns, Blanton, and Sabara.

The Green Inferno does not skimp on the gore, and spares little in its examination of such squirm-inducing topics as female genital mutilation, insect torture, and (of course) the specifics of cannibalism. But each shocking moment is undercut by Roth’s penchant for “bro humor” (“jokes” about diarrhea, jerking off, smoking weed, and the like) clearly aimed at a demographic I’m just not a part of. But this is a sub-genre of horror that is seldom served these days. Any self-respecting fan will want to check it out.


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EFFECTS (1-5): 4
SCORE (1-5): 3
OVERALL (1-5): 2

TITLEThe Green Inferno
YEAR OF RELEASE: 2015 (the film was completed in 2013, but spent two years in legal limbo)
STUDIO: Worldview Entertainment/Dragonfly Entertainment/Sobras International Pictures/BH Tilt
MPAA RATING: R
LENGTH: 100 mins.
DVD? (Y/N): Y
BLU-RAY? (Y/N): Y
NETFLIX? (Y/N): Not yet
WIDESCREEN? (Y/N) Y
IN THEATERS? (Y/N) N
STREAMING DIGITAL/VOD? (Y/N) Y Amazon Instant Video | iTunes

See how Crypt TV “Krampus-ified” your selfies on Snapchat | #KrampusMovie

See how Crypt TV “Krampus-ified” your selfies on Snapchat | #KrampusMovie

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: In celebration of the imminent release of Christmas horror film Krampus, the twisted souls at Crypt TV have been ‘Krampus-ifying’ stranger’s selfies for the past couple of days. Check them out now by navigating to @CryptTV on Snapchat. But don’t delay — as is the nature of Snapchat, these won’t be around for long.

Krampus opens wide in US theaters tomorrow, December 4th. The film has an excellent cast, including Adam ScottToni ColletteDavid Koechner, and Allison Tolman. Here’s the trailer to whet your appetite:


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CONTEST: Crypt TV’s #15SecondScare Competition Announces All Prize Winners

Nine finalists — and one Grand Prize winner — from Crypt TV‘s October Instagram contest judged by celebrities (including Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino) will take home a slew of prizes. Read about the prizes they won — and then watch all nine finalists’ and the winner’s entries, right here, right now.


Last week CryptTV announced the winner of #15SecondScare, an innovative Instagram contest challenging creators to produce and upload their shorts to scare a star-studded roster of judges including Tarantino, music producer deadmau5, Key and Peele’s Jordan Peele, Gimme Shelter star Vanessa Hudgens, Enter the Void director Gaspar Noé, Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum and Roth. 

The contest ended, fittingly enough, on Halloween. The finalists have been named and awarded the following prizes for their shorts. If you haven’t watched these 15-second Instagram shorts yet, now would be an excellent opportunity. We promise you this:

It won’t take long.

Nick Lines wins an all-expenses paid trip to Portland, Oregon (valued at $5,000) from Eastside Distilling for his short Fly.

Nick Lines is obviously very, very good at this. He also wins a gift box from Intellibed Pillows valued at $300 for his short Shriek.

Hugo Breant wins a $500 gift certificate from Girly Go Garter for his short Away From Prying Eyes.

Danny Donahue wins a Gun Vault: Office Solutions OS4 from CannonSafe for his entry Stay Dead.

Tap At Your Own Risk wins a Masterpiece necklace plus a $500 gift certificate from Park Lane Jewelry for their entry.

Lord Binah’s entry wins gift boxes from Adonia Organics valued at over $500.

Culprit Creative wins gift boxes from PureTrim valued at over $200 for their short Taken.

Luchagore wins a $500 gift card from Mika Yoga Wear for their short Doll Factory.

Daniel Yonathan wins $500 in skin care products from CoTZ for his short Rabbit.

And finally, the Grand Prize winner is @iwasanastronaut, with their entry Emma. The winner lands a $10,000 film development deal with Crypt TV. Congratulations to all!

CONTEST: Only two days left in @CryptTV’s #15SecondScare Competition

@CryptTV #15SecondScare contestThe concept is dead simple (with emphasis on the “dead”):

Upload your 15-second scary video to Instagram, hashtag it with #15SecondScare and tag it with @CryptTV. If our judges deem it a winner, you get a $10,000 development deal to make a longer version of your film, along with other prizes.

Speaking of judges, check out this distinguished panel: Jason Blum, Eli Roth, Quentin Tarentino, Deadmau5, Vanessa Hudgens, Gaspar Noé, and Jordan Peele. It costs nothing to enter and get your work in front of these creative luminaries.

But you’ll have to hurry: The contest ends on Halloween, October 31st. See this link for the official rules and a list of all prizes. Good luck, horror gourmands!