Horror History: Friday, August 1, 2008: The Midnight Meat Train was released in theaters

Horror History: Friday, August 1, 2008: The Midnight Meat Train was released in theaters

Struggling photographer Leon Kaufman’s obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer, Mahogany, the subway murderer who stalks late-night commuters — ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.

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Horror History: Saturday, August 1, 1992: “Tales From The Crypt” episode “Showdown” premiered

Horror History: Saturday, August 1, 1992: “Tales From The Crypt” episode “Showdown” premiered

Season 4 Episode 8

After killing a Texas ranger (David Morse), a remorseless gunslinger (Neil Giuntoli) soon gets his comeuppance when all of his past victims come back to haunt him in the ghost town of where he takes residence in.

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Horror History: Friday, August 1, 1986: Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives was released in theaters

Horror History: Friday, August 1, 1986: Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives was released in theaters

As a child, Tommy Jarvis did what many others died trying to do. He killed Jason Vorhees, the mass murderer who terrorized the residents of Crystal Lake. But now, years later, Tommy is tormented by the fear that maybe Jason isn’t really dead.

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Violation (2020) Available September 21

Violation (2020) Available September 21

A troubled woman on the edge of divorce returns home to her younger sister after years apart. But when her sister and brother-in-law betray her trust, she embarks on a vicious crusade of revenge.

STARRING: Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Anna Maguire, Jesse LaVercombe, Obi Abili

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The Vigil (2019) Available September 21

The Vigil (2019) Available September 21

A man providing overnight watch to a deceased member of his former Orthodox Jewish community finds himself opposite a malevolent entity, in writer-director Keith Thomas’ electrifying feature debut.

STARRING: Dave Davis, Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman, Fred Melamed, Lynn Cohen

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The Snake Girl and the Silver Haired Witch (1968) (Special Edition) Available September 21

The Snake Girl and the Silver Haired Witch (1968) (Special Edition) Available September 21

What do you get when Noriaki Yuasa, director of Daiei Studios’ much-beloved Gamera series, makes a monochrome film adaptation of the works of horror manga pioneer Kazuo Umezu (The Drifting Classroom)? The answer is 1968’s The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch, a fantastically phantasmagorical slice of twisted tokusatsu terror ostensibly made for children that will irreparably traumatize any child that sees it!

A young girl named Sayuri is reunited with her estranged family after years in an orphanage – but trouble lurks within the walls of the large family home. Her mother is an amnesiac after a car accident six months earlier, her sullen sister is confined to the attic and a young housemaid dies inexplicably of a heart attack just before Sayuri arrives… is it all connected to her father’s work studying venomous snakes? And is the fanged, serpentine figure that haunts Sayuri’s dreams the same one spying on her through holes in the wall?

Making its worldwide Blu-ray debut and its home video premiere outside Japan, this rarely-screened, nightmarishly disorienting creepshow not only displays a seldom-seen side of kaiju auteur Yuasa, but its skilful blending of Umezu’s comics (published in English-language markets as Reptilia) arguably anticipates many of the trends seen in J-horror decades later.

STARRING: Yûko Hamada, Kazuo Umezu, Mariko Fukuhara, Kuniko Miyake, Mayumi Takahashi

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The Power (2021) Available September 21

The Power (2021) Available September 21

1974: a young nurse is forced to work the night shift in a crumbling hospital as striking miners switch off the power across Britain. But inside the walls lurks a terrifying presence that threatens to consume her and everyone around her.

STARRING: Rose Williams, Charlie Carrick, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Theo Barklem-Biggs

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