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William Castle at Columbia Volume One Blu Ray (Indicator)

The Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Homicidal and Mr. Sardonicus are brought together in this superbly assembled boxed set. While these films aren't exactly high art, Castle's larger-than-life personality makes them entertaining in their own peculiar ways.

Vincent Price in The Tingler

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City of the Living Dead (1980) Limited Edition Blu Ray (Arrow)

The first film in Lucio Fulci's loose Gates of Hell trilogy mixes a disjointed, inconsistent narrative, nightmarish atmospherics and obsessively gory pay-offs. While it's not for everyone, fans will adore Arrow's amazingly comprehensive Blu Ray package.

Catriona MacColl and Carlo De Mejo in City of the Living Dead

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The Changeling (1980) dir: Peter Medak Blu Ray (Second Sight)

This underrated Canadian-made supernatural chiller makes great use of subtle scares, a labyrinthine mansion set and George C. Scott's commanding turn as a bereaved father. The wealth of extras here makes this an essential disc.

The Changeling (1980) directed by Peter Medak

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House aka Hausu (1977) dir: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This postmodern, pop art Japanese take on comedy horror emphasises pure audiovisual insanity over substance. It's a film you'll either love or hate. It features a happy-clappy theme song by Godiego, who are also known for their contribution to the cult favourite TV series Monkey.

House (1977)

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Suspiria (1977) 4K restored Blu Ray & DVD (CultFilms)

This majestic Technicolor restoration of Dario Argento's masterpiece of operatic supernatural horror is one of the best Blu Ray releases this year.

Jessica Harper in Suspiria

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Carnival of Souls (1962) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Herk Harvey's chilling and haunting (if occasionally unintentionally funny) debut (and only) feature film is beautifully presented here with a wealth of extras.

Candace Hilligoss emerges in Carnival of Souls

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Kill, Baby… Kill! (1966) Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

Arguably Italian horror director Mario Bava's best horror film, Kill, Baby... Kill! carries a nightmarish gothic atmosphere with an intelligent streak.

Giacomo Rossi Stuart and Erika Blanc


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The Amityville Horror (1979) Blu Ray (Second Sight)

This 1979 horror hit doesn't stand up unless discussed in context with its back story.

The Dutch Colonial House in The Amityville Horror

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​Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (1990) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

A beautiful and feature-rich Criterion presentation of Kurosawa's intermittently incredible but somewhat flawed anthology.

Fox Wedding in Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

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The First Power (1990) Blu Ray (88 Films)

Writer-director Robert Resnikoff's action-horror has the power to baffle the viewer.

The First Power

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