Wednesday, October 9 2013, 03:12 PM MDT
New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 8, 2013
(KUTV) The second week of October brings a large amount of horror and thriller films to home video.
Headlining the surge is the 40th Anniversary Edition of The Exorcist, featuring two different versions of the film and additional bonus features.
Also available is The Purge, the unexpected blockbuster home invasion story set in a fictional America where one night out of the year all crime is made legal.
The critically acclaimed television series American Horror Story: Asylum which swapped out the themes of infidelity for a creepy examination of sanity.
The Child's Play franchise gets the box set treatment that includes all five theatrical releases as well as the new film, Curse of Chucky (also available separately) which sees series creator Don Mancini shifting the tone back towards the traditional horror themes of the original trilogy, rather than emphasizing the black comedy that dominated the recent entries in the series.
Elsewhere is the home invasion thrills of Todd Levin's debut feature Static, the psychological horror of the surprisingly original Resolution or 4 Dead Girls: Soul Taker, a socially conscious film about four roommates and a spirit that devours the souls of evil women.
For those looking for a slice of British horror the BBC offers up two three-part miniseries; In the Flesh, a zombie drama which should appeal to fans of Being Human, and The Secret of Crickley Hall, a thriller about a haunted house that was once used as an orphanage for children during World War II.
Kids looking to get in on the Halloween fun can turn to Monster High: 13 Wishes, the newest entry in Mattel's ghoul-doll franchise.
Mixed within this weeks horror films is The Hangover Part III, which sees the wolfpack return to Las Vegas as the franchise shifts to a more action orientated story.
After Earth, Will Smiths maligned sci-fi epic starring his son Jaden and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
The eighth season of the forensic comedy Bones (which is often Halloween appropriate), the 30th Anniversary Edition of Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.
The British gangsters swagger of Berlin Job (AKA St. Georges Day) or Laurence Anyways, Xaavier Dolans celebrated film about a mans ten-year journey into becoming a woman.
This week sees the box set release of all three seasons of Cartoon Network's League of Super Evil, the Tom Baker starring Doctor Who: Terror of the Zygons from the series 13th season and the sixth season of The Guild, Felicia Days popular web series about a group of MMORPG video gamers (also available in the megaset box set that contains all six seasons).
On the documentary front the excellent (and Academy Award nominated) Chasing Ice, a film by National Geographic photographer James Balog that examines the changing shape of the Arctics glaciers and Alex Gibney's Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, which takes on the difficult topic of pedophilia in the Catholic Church.
By Ryan Michael Painter
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