The Weekend Rent: 13 High-Def Horrors for Halloween

The Weekend Rent: 13 High-Def Horrors for Halloween

Oct 08, 2010

'Tis the season to be scary, which is why it seems every studio is unleashing its horror catalog on Blu-ray just in time for Halloween. This week brings a lucky 13 scary titles to the mix, including what many consider the scariest movie of all time: The Exorcist. This Digibook Blu-ray debut contains both the theatrical cut and William Friedkin's extended director's cut, which includes Linda Blair's spider-walk scene and much more. That green goo she projectile vomits seems to fly right out of the screen in high-def, so prepare to duck.

Also from Warner Bros. this week is the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street starring Jackie Earle Haley as the new Freddy Krueger. This reimagining doesn't hold a candle to Wes Craven's original, but Haley at least makes Freddy a scary screen presence again and his cast of young potential victims—including The Social Network's Rooney Mara as Nancy—are a cut above the usual assembly line of slasher-film teens. Also a cut above other films in its genre is the sci-fi thriller Splice, a movie that Blu-ray Bob sings the praises of .

Lionsgate wants to scare the hell out of you this week with its lineup of Blu-ray debuts. First up is the 1999 sensation The Blair Witch Project that, 11 years later, is worth revisiting to remember the hype it caused. Ellen Page plays a 14-year-old girl who catches a predator in Hard Candy. In the French film High Tension, two classmates seek quiet in the countryside to prepare for their college exams only to be terrorized by—who else?—a knife-wielding maniac. Speaking of maniacs, that crazy miner who picks off teens in the remake of My Bloody Valentine is already available on Blu-ray with those anaglyph red-and-blue 3-D glasses, but now the movie is available in true 3-D for those who have 3-D setups in their homes. You don't need three dimensions to feel scared for the couple stranded in shark-infested waters at sea in Open Water, which comes bundled with its somewhat unrelated sequel.

You want more blood and thunder? Other high-def horror debuts this week include 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, the straight-to-video sequel to the 2007 vampire flick. The complete Grindhouse double feature, which includes Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof and Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror as well as all those cool faux trailers, is finally available on one Blu-ray. If you're still a torture-porn connoisseur, you'll want to check out the Australian Outback outing Wolf Creek. Troll 2—considered by many to be one of the worst films ever made—has developed a devoted cult following that will want to snap up the 20th Anniversary Nilbog Edition on Blu-ray.

Finally, the most talked-about horror film of the year, The Human Centipede, is available on Blu-ray for the few, the proud, the brave among you. You can read the gory details of this mouth-to-anus opus in Blu-ray Bob's interview with writer-director Tom Six.

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