This Week in Horror: Jan 4th, 2016 This Week in Horror: Jan 4th, 2016
Welcome to 2016 horror fans and this Week in Horror for January 4th 2016. Holy moly what a difference a week makes. While last week... This Week in Horror: Jan 4th, 2016

Welcome to 2016 horror fans and this Week in Horror for January 4th 2016. Holy moly what a difference a week makes. While last week was quiet and peaceful, this week brings us a torrent of terror.


There is plenty of indie horror coming your way on home video including Eytan Rockaway’s “Condemned”, Jason Lei Howden’s highly anticipated “Deathgasm”, and Michael Rasmussen’s and Shawn Rasmussen’s, “The Inhabitants”. Then there are a major showing from established film makers like Eli Roth’s “The Green Inferno”, Takashi Mike’s “Over Your Dead Body” and M. Night Shyamalan’s surprisingly well received “The Visit”. 

Of course there is also the upcoming return of the FX Series, American Horror Story Hotel on January 6th.  Is the Countess a goner?  We find out this week!  Set your DVRs.


Condemned – Blu Ray/DVD (January 5th)
RATING: NR Fed up with her parents’ bickering, poor-little-rich-girl Maya (Dylan Penn) moves in with her boyfriend, who is squatting in an old condemned building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With neighbors that are meth heads, junkies and degenerates, this depraved hell hole is even more toxic than it appears: After a virus born from their combined noxious waste and garbage infects the building’s residents, one by one, they succumb to a terrifying pathogen that turns them into bloodthirsty, rampaging killers and transforms their building into a savage slaughterhouse.


Genre: Horror
Runtime: 1 hr. 23 min.
Directed By: Eli Morgan Gesner
Written By: Eli Morgan Gesner


Deathgasm – Blu Ray/DVD (Jan. 5th)
RATING: NR High School is Hell! Metal-thrashing Brodie is an outcast in a sea of jocks and cheerleaders until he meets a kindred spirit in fellow metalhead Zakk. After starting their own band, Brodie and Zakk s resentment of the suburban wasteland leads them to a mysterious piece of sheet music said to grant Ultimate Power to whoever plays it. But the music also summons an ancient evil entity known as Aeloth The Blind One, who threatens to tear apart existence itself. Their classmates and family become inhabited by demonic forces, tearing out their own eyes and turning into psychotic murderers… and this is only the beginning! It s up to Brodie, Zakk and their group of friends to stop a force of pure evil from devouring all of mankind.

A blood-soaked and hilarious horror comedy, DEATHGASM features an amazing original soundtrack of fistbanging metal and practical effects to satisfy metalheads and splatter fans alike. DEATHGASM will gush bodily fluids, rain limbs and tickle your funny bone, before tearing it out and giving you a stiff beating with it.



Genre: Horror
Runtime: 1 hr. 26 min.
Directed By: Jason Lei Howden
Written By: Jason Lei Howden


The Green Inferno – Blu Ray/DVD (Jan. 5th)
RATING: NR From acclaimed horror director, Eli Roth, The Green Inferno follows New York college student Justine, who meets a student activist Alejandro when he goes on a hunger strike on behalf of underpaid janitors. Smitten, Justine agrees to help Alejandro undertake his next project: to save the Amazon. Justine soon learns to regret her decision when their plane crashes in the Peruvian jungle and the students discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished as they are held captive by a cannibalistic tribe.


Genre: Horror
Runtime: 1 hr. 22 min.
Directed By: Eli Roth
Written By: Guillermo Amoedo,  Eli Roth


The Inhabitants – Blu Ray/DVD (January 5th)
RATING: NR A young couple gets more than they bargained for when they buy a historic New England bed and breakfast only to find a mysterious evil lurking within the walls. From the writers of John Carpenter’s “The Ward”, this supernatural chiller features Elise Couture (“Heredity”) and Michael Reed (“The Disco Exorcist”).



Genre: Horror, Thriller
Runtime: 1 hr. 30 min.
Directed By: Michael Rasmussen,  Shawn Rasmussen
Written By: Michael Rasmussen,  Shawn Rasmussen


Lady Snowblood Collection – Blu Ray/DVD (Jan. 5th)

• A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge.

• Lady Snowblood is caught in the politics of early 20th century Japan.


Genre: Horror
Runtime: 1 hr. 26 min.
Directed By: Toshiya Fujita
Written By: Kazoo KamimuraKazoo KoikeKiyohide OharaNorio Osada


Over Your Dead Body – Blu Ray/DVD (Jan. 5th)
RATING: NR From Acclaimed Horror Director Takashi Miike

A beautiful actress (Ko Shibasaki of 47 Ronin and Battle Royale) plays the protagonist in a new play based on a legendary ghost story. She pulls some strings to get her lover cast in the play, although he’s a relatively unknown actor. With the cast in place, rehearsals for the play, about an abusive relationship and a grudge, begin. But off stage, some begin to develop their own obsessions. Trapped between the play and reality, they are horrified to find that a real grudge can cross the blurred line between reality and fantasy. Will love flourish? Or has it already turned hideously dark?




Genre: Horror
Runtime: 1 hr. 33 min.
Directed By: Takashi Miike
Written By: Kikumi Yamagishi



Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse – Blu Ray/DVD (January 5th)
RATING: R Three scouts, on the eve of their last camp-out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak.


Genre: Horror, Comedy
Runtime: 1 hr. 33 min.
Directed By:  Christopher Landon
Written By: Carrie Lee WilsonEmi MochizukiChristopher Landon


Spellbinder – Blu Ray/DVD (Jan. 5th)

A young lawyer, after falling in love with a beautiful young woman, finds that she has an extremely mysterious past.



Genre: Horror
Runtime: 1 hr. 26 min.
Directed By: Janet Greek
Written By: Tracy Tormé


The Visit – Blu Ray/DVD (Jan. 5th)
RATING: PG-13 Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ 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. Shyamalan produces The Visit through his Blinding Edge Pictures, while Blum produces through his Blumhouse Productions alongside Marc Bienstock (Quarantine 2: Terminal). Steven Schneider (Insidious) and Ashwin Rajan (Devil) executive produce the thriller.

Genre: Horror
Runtime: 1 hr. 34 min.
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan
Written By: M. Night Shyamalan


Cruel – Blu Ray/DVD (January 5th)
RATING: NR Pierre is a lonely 40-something living with his ill father. Intensely quiet, no one seems aware of his existence. Pierre s only respites from his solitary existence are childhood memories of his dead mother and killing innocent strangers. When Pierre meets Laure, his murderous inclinations subside, but not for long. The tension between his tender, burgeoning romance and his homicidal urges drives Pierre to the brink.



Genre: Horror, Thriller
Runtime: 1 hr. 48 min.
Directed By: Eric Cherrière
Written By: Eric Cherrière


Crying Wolf – Blu Ray/DVD (Jan. 5th)

There is a lot of strange and weird goings on in the little village of Deddington. For centuries a pack of werewolves have resided in the sleepy town but when local girl Charlotte meets a particularly gruesome death, the town is descended upon by reporters, crazy detectives and lunatic hunters desperate to get their story, solve the crime and kill the beasts. But these wolves are smart…very smart.


Genre: Horror
Runtime: 1 hr. 31 min.
Directed By: Tony Jopia
Written By: Andy Davie,  Michael DaleTony Jopia


Kill Game – Blu Ray/DVD (Jan. 5th)
RATING: NR In the fictional town of Grace Arbor the answers are never clear.

Who is underneath the mask?
KILL GAME is the story of a group of high school kids who amuse themselves by pulling pranks on unsuspecting students and teachers. They are all popular, good looking, the kids voted most likely to succeed. But at their core lies a cruelty and shallowness which comes with the territory of privilege. One night, a prank goes horribly wrong and a teenager is killed. The gang covers it up as a drowning accident but five years later, their lives are turned upside down when one of them is killed by a serial killer wearing a haunting Marilyn Monroe mask. It doesn t stop there, one by one the gang is killed in manners mirroring the pranks they pulled in high school. Is it revenge? Is it karma? Is it the dead boy’s spirit coming back to avenge his death? One thing is certain…No one is laughing now.



Genre: Horror
Runtime: 1 hr. 42 min.
Directed By: Robert Mearns
Written By: Robert Mearns


The Legend of Wasco – Blu Ray/DVD (January 5th)
RATING: NR A clown performer and his future brother in-law create a web sensation by dressing up as the infamous Wasco clown, unwittingly resurrecting the real Wasco and his henchmen. As murders rock the community, the friends band together to send the evil clowns back to the grave.



Genre: Horror
Runtime: 1 hr. 21 min.
Directed By: Shane Beasley,  Leya Taylor
Written By: Nathan Erdel


Little Dead Rotting Hood – Blu Ray/DVD (Jan. 5th)
RATING: NR The residents of a small town discover that something more sinister than killer wolves is lurking in the backwoods: first the wolves start turning up dead…then people.



Genre: Horror
Runtime: 1 hr. 26 min.
Directed By: Jared Cohn
Written By: Gabriel Campisi


Robert – Blu Ray/DVD (Jan. 5th)
RATING: NR After Paul and Jenny part company with their sinister housekeeper Agatha, the disgruntled former employee gives a vintage doll called Robert to their son Gene. Soon after Agatha’s departure, strange events begin plaguing the household. Furniture is vandalized, objects are thrown around and maniacal giggles echo through the house in the middle of the night. But nobody believes Gene when he claims Robert is to blame for the disturbances. Paul and Jenny consider the possibility that a supernatural force has taken over their home, but as the occurrences escalate, they discover that it’s not the house that’s haunted… it’s the doll.

Genre: Horror
Runtime: 1 hr. 30 min.
Directed By: Andrew Jones
Written By: Andrew Jones






Ramona (Angela Bassett) has found vitality from an unlikely source. Sally’s (Sarah Paulson) negotiates her future. Alex (Chloë Sevigny) learns the truth of her family’s affliction.”

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What a Week of Horror for January 4th. What will the coming week deliver?  Return next week to find out.

Norman Gidney

Norm(an) Gidney is a nearly lifelong horror fan. Beginning his love for the scare at the age of 5 by watching John Carpenter's Halloween, he set out on a quest to share his passion for all things spooky with the rest of the world.

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