Horror and Suspense on DVD

When a massive hurricane hits her Florida town in Crawl, young Haley (Kaya Scodelario) and her gravely injured father are trapped by the rapidly encroaching floodwaters. With the storm strengthening, they discover an even greater threat than the rising water level — a relentless attack from a pack of gigantic alligators. Directed by Alexandre Aja from a screenplay by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen. The DVD has a fantastic behind the scenes featurette.

The new fright-fest The Nun, directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow) and produced by James Wan, and Peter Safran, the latter of whom has produced all the films in “The Conjuring” franchise, delves into the shocking origin of the demonic Nun Valak, who first made her evil presence known in “The Conjuring 2.” When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate.  Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret.  Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of a nun, as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned. The DVD Bonus feature offer a doccie on ‘A New Horror Icon’.

It’s been five years since the world first experienced the provocative concept of The Purge, when, for one night during the year, all crime—including murder—became legal. Now, welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge: A Nation RebornComing off the most successful film in the series, creator James DeMonaco (writer/director of The PurgeThe Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year) pens the screenplay for The First Purge, which is directed by Gerard Mcmurray (Burning Sands). To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) tests a radical sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community.  But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation. Now that the NFFA has taken charge of the American political landscape, change—no matter how draconian—is assuredly coming. Bonus Features: Delete Scenes and doccies on ‘A Radical Experiment’, ‘Bringing The Chaos’ and ‘The Masks Of The First Purge’

If there is one film that will blow your mind and alter your perceptions on humanity,  it’s Darren Aronofsky’s profoundly disturbing and sometimes shocking Mother! Mother (Jennifer Lawrence) and Him (Javier Bardem) live in a seemingly idyllic existence in a secluded paradise. But the couple’s relationship is tested when man (Ed Harris) and woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) arrive at their home uninvited. Answering that knock disrupts their tranquil existence and as more and more guests arrive, mother is forced to revisit everything she knows about love, devotion and sacrifice. The DVD bonus features include and insightful journey into how the film was conceptualised and realised, as well as a feature on the make-up.   / Read review/ Trailer

The enigmatically short title of IT refers to the story’s central villain, an ancient shapeshifter that takes the form of its victims’ deepest fears and comes out of hibernation every 27 years to feed on the most vulnerable residents of Derry, Maine: the children. Trailer

An ordinary, gripe-filled family excursion soon becomes their worst nightmare come to life when three eerily disguised assailants emerge from the darkness to indiscriminately terrorize unsuspecting, innocent individuals going about their business in The Strangers: Prey at Night. / Watch trailer

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In the modern horror thriller A Quiet Place, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival.  It is definitely one of the scariest films of the year that delivers what it promises with the brilliant tag line:  If they hear you, they hunt you. What makes it truly frightening is that it deals mostly with what we cannot see, and the danger that lurks in the shadows becomes more scary than anything you can imagine. John Krasinski’s imaginative direction allows the crackling screenplay by screenwriting duo Bryan Woods & Scott Beck (Nightlight) to hit home especially hard. Being afraid is something we can all relate to, and the horror that the film evokes is one that echoes our primal fear of being exposed to things we cannot control and ultimately reveals our vulnerable humanity. Watch Trailer. Note: Make sure to also watch the brilliant Don’t Breathe and Lights Out / 

If there’s one film you have to add to your collection, it’s the absolutely terrifying Life! It turns sci-fi inside out and offers some truly heart-stopping tension. Astronauts (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds) aboard the International Space Station are on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As members of the crew conduct their research, the rapidly evolving life-form proves far more intelligent and terrifying than anyone could have imagined.The excellent bonus features include some exciting behind the scenes featurettes that showcases the art of filmmaking. 

The supernatural thriller The Conjuring 2, with James Wan once again at the helm following the record-breaking success of The Conjuring, seeking to terrify moviegoers once again with his depiction of another highly publicized case involving the real-life horrors experienced by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren with The Conjuring 2, from a screenplay by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes (The Conjuring) & James Wan and David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans) , story by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes & James Wan.

The supernatural thriller Insidious: The Last Key welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home.
But when the ghastliest haunted house Elise has ever entered proves to be the one where she was raised, Elise must face her greatest fears and destroy the immortal Key Face—the demon she set free so many years before. Vanquish him on his terrain, and she will free trapped souls for good. Fail, and the house she barely escaped as a child will claim her soul for eternity. Bonus Features: Alternate Ending, 8 chilling deleted scenes, ‘Meet The New Demon’ and ‘Going Into The Further’. Trailer