OCTOBER 7TH: 20. House Of Death (aka Death Screams) (1982) (Blu-ray) - I love this movie so much, and had pretty much given up hope of it ever hitting blu-ray. Arrow is the perfect home for it too, as it's a perfect fit with their other east-coast regional slashers of the time like The Mutilator and Blood Rage. That said, slasher fans will have to be a little patient with this one, as a majority of the carnage is held until the last 15 minutes. Those last 15 minutes though, they sure do deliver. Prior to that, this movie is just a nice cozy vibes. I love the small town setting and this assortment of fun characters, I love the diner, the carnival, the scary stories in the graveyard ("Maniacs Lick Hands Too"), hanging out by the riverside. Honestly, I don't even care if the slasher shows up, that's just the cherry on top. This movie is a total gem. Even though Arrow only had a 35mm print to work with, I'm grateful they decided to proceed with the restoration and release (if I recall, VS's Joe Rubin is credited with the transfer in the booklet). They did a really great job. My only complaint is that having owned the House Of Death VHS with my personal favorite artwork (the machete in the window), I will never get used to the Death Screams title. I even own the Death Screams theatrical poster with the screaming woman, but this will always be House Of Death to me. They do include that artwork on the booklet, but it would have been a nice cover option. Arrow's release is an essential purchase for '80s slasher fans. I already want to watch it again. OCTOBER 8TH: 21. Welcome To The Blumhouse: The Manor (2021) (Amazon Prime) - After last week's disappointing offerings from Welcome To The Blumhouse, I can't say I was super enthusiastic about this week's. Well, The Manor turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Barbara Hershey stars as a woman who moves into a retirement home and starts to suspect there is something sinister afoot. Running a brisk 80 minutes, this one is focused and engaging, holding my interest from beginning to end. I loved Hershey's character and her grandson, giving this movie a heart the others in this series lack. The pay-off is not necessarily surprising, but it is effective and well-done. I only have two strikes against it, one being that I found it super depressing to see the wonderful Barbara Hershey in a retirement home, and the other being an extremely distracting and unnecessary cameo from Mick Garris. Otherwise, this is a solid little streaming movie. If you only watch one of these Blumhouse movies, make it this one! Also of note: the titular manor is the same mansion from House II: The Second Story. 22. House Of Wax (2005) (Blu-ray) - Imagine having $40 million to make a straight-up teen slasher film? That will probably never happen again. I love it when big studio money goes into exploitation fare, and this is a perfect example of why. This movie is a lot of fun. The cast is slick, the sets are crazy, it's stylish, gory, and littered with suspense set-pieces. That studio money is put to big use in an absolutely over-the-top finale of good guys vs bad guys in a melting house of wax. At close to two hours, it maybe runs a little bit longer than a movie like this should, but that's a minor complaint. This is easily my personal favorite of that early '00s wave of Dark Castle remakes, and my second favorite of the production company's entire output after the same director's Orphan. Just an all-around good time, and can we have more studio slasher films, please and thank you? As for Scream Factory's disc, there's four new interviews but none bring much substance to the table. I'm not sure how the picture quality compares, but you can probably stick with the old Warner blu-ray that can probably be found for $5. If you're a slasher movie fan though, the movie is worth owning either way. Good stuff. OCTOBER 9TH: 23. Welcome To The Blumhouse: Madres (2021) (Amazon Prime) - After finally getting a winner with The Manor, here comes another dud with Madres to put a damper on things. There's maybe a decent concept for a horror movie in here somewhere, but this movie doesn't know how to get there. The concept is that a pregnant couple move to a small farming community, and the wife starts to suspect that the farming pesticides are being used as a way of genocide against the migrant community, specifically affecting pregnant women. The townsfolk have been brushing it off as a "curse". Again, this is a really interesting concept, but the presentation is a total bore. There's a lot of dreary bickering and wandering around the house for about an hour, and then when the genre stuff finally comes into play, it never has the guts to fully go there. It even ends with an overt PSA, which makes it feel like the filmmakers were more interested in presenting these last minute text statistics than actually making a genre film. Skip it, and I repeat: if you only watch one of these Blumhouse movies, make it The Manor instead! Previous Entries: Spoiler 1. Girls School Screamers (1985) 2. No One Gets Out Alive (2021) 3. Welcome To The Blumhouse: Black As Night (2021) 4. Coming Home In The Dark (2021) 5. Tales From The Darkside: The Movie (1990) 6. Welcome To The Blumhouse: Bingo Hell (2021) 7. Blades (1989) 8. Lost After Dark (2015) 9. The Ghosting (1992) 10. Midnight (1982) 11. A Day Of Judgment (1981) 12. Death On Demand (2008) 13. Creepshow: Season 2 Episodes 4 & 5 "Pipe Screams / Within The Walls Of Madness" & "Night Of The Living Late Show" 14. Escape Room: Tournament Of Champions (2021) 15. Auntie Lee's Meat Pies (1992) 16. Eli Roth's History Of Horror Season 3 Episode 1 "Sequels That Don't Suck" 17. There's Someone Inside Your House (2021) 18. V/H/S/94 (2021) 19. American Horror Story: Double Feature Part 2: Death Valley Episode 8 "Inside"