Kino Lorber Brings the Horror with Their October Home Video Releases

The month of Halloween will bring a variety of scary movies.

By L.B. Lubomski

Kino Lorber is outdoing themselves once again this year with a string of great horror home video releases, many of which are making the transition to high-definition for the first time.

From the investigative journey of Kolchak, the Night Stalker to a motorcycle possessed by the soul of a vengeful dead biker, and even a trip to a Gothic New England town, you're sure to find something to scare up into your collection this Halloween.

The Night Stalker (1972)

First up, we have the classic made-for-TV movie that first introduced the world to the character of investigative reporter Carl Kolchak, who would go on to star in his own show, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, from 1974 to 1975.

This special edition, set to come out on October 2nd, is a brand-new, high-definition restoration done in 4K for the first time and is available on DVD and Blu-ray for $19.95 and $29.95 respectively.

An investigative journalist takes a stab at the supernatural. This unforgettable first entry in the Night Stalker series introduced the world to the quirky reporter with a penchant for the paranormal and became one of the top-rated TV movies of all time. Investigating a series of Las Vegas murders, Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin, The Night Strangler) discovers that each victim has been bitten in the neck and drained of blood. Though Kolchak's outlandish theory about the murders gets him nowhere with the police, his initiative to apprehend the killer himself gets him into hot water... with a modern-day vampire. The great John Llewellyn Moxey (Nightmare in Badham County) directed this Dan Curtis (Burnt Offerings) production featuring Carol Lynley (The Poseidon Adventure), Simon Oakland (The Hunting Party), Ralph Meeker (Big House, U.S.A.), Claude Akins (A Man Called Sledge), Charles McGraw (The Narrow Margin), Kent Smith (The Spiral Staircase), Elisha Cook Jr. (I Wake Up Screaming) and Larry Linville (TV's M*A*S*H). Teleplay by legendary sci-fi/horror writer Richard Matheson (The Incredible Shrinking Man).

Special Features: Brand New 4K Restoration | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas | NEW Interview with Director John Llewellyn Moxey | NEW Interview with Composer Bob Cobert | "The Night Stalker: Dan Curtis Interview" featurette | Limited Edition Booklet essay by Film critic and author Simon Abrams | Newly Commissioned Art by Sean Phillips | Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase

The Night Strangler (1973)

Next we have the sequel to the previous adventure of the reporter Kolchak, also being released in a brand new 4K restoration. Watch this special edition of Kolchak's second coming on October 2nd on DVD or Blu-ray for $19.95 or $29.95.

Supernatural phenomena, baffling murders and offbeat humor mark this second Night Stalker offering with a great cast and suspense so palpable, it'll feel like a presence right there in the room with you. Surfacing in Seattle, Kolchak (Darren McGavin, The Night Stalker) uncovers another maddening mystery: Every 21 years-for the past century-a serial killer commits a spree of murders, drains his victims' blood and then quietly disappears. But Kolchak is onto this monster and is about to discover a shocking underground lair... an army of rotting corpses... and the ageless madman behind it all. The great Dan Curtis (Burnt Offerings) produced and directed this highly-rated TV movie written by legendary sci-fi/horror writer Richard Matheson (I Am Legend). The stellar cast includes Jo Ann Pflug (Scream of the Wolf), Simon Oakland (Bullitt), Scott Brady (He Walked by Night), Wally Cox (TV's Mister Peepers), Margaret Hamilton (The Wizard of Oz), John Carradine (House of the Long Shadows) and Al Lewis (TV's The Munsters).

Special Features: Brand New 4K Restoration | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas | NEW Interview with Composer Bob Cobert | "Directing 'The Night Strangler'" Featurette | Limited Edition Booklet essay by Film critic and author Simon Abrams | Newly Commissioned Art by Sean Phillips | Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase

The Spiral Staircase (1945)

The Spiral Staircase is a Hollywood horror classic. It also is one of the only early horror films to have received an Academy Award nomination as a result of the excellent performance from legendary stage actress Ethel Barrymore, often referred to as "The First Lady of the American Theatre." This special edition, remastered in HD from a 4K scan of the restored fine-grain master, will release on October 2nd for $19.95 on DVD and $29.95 on Blu-ray.

One of the all-time great Hollywood chillers! A murderer is targeting disabled young women in a New England town, and Helen (Dorothy McGuire, Gentleman's Agreement), a mute servant in a Gothic mansion, is terrified she's next. Mrs. Warren (Ethel Barrymore, Deadline - U.S.A.), the invalid, bullying mistress of the house, warns Helen to leave at once, rather than rely on her weak son and stepson for protection. But even as Helen is packing her things, she suspects she may be too late and the murderer is closer than she ever imagined. This terrifying and suspenseful thriller was produced by David O. Selznick (Duel in the Sun), directed by Robert Siodmak (Cry of the City), shot by Nicholas Musuraca (Out of the Past) and written by Mel Dinelli (The Reckless Moment), based on a novel by Ethel Lina White (The Lady Vanishes). The wonderful cast includes George Brent (Dark Victory), Kent Smith (The Night Stalker), Rhonda Fleming (Those Redheads from Seattle), Elsa Lanchester (Witness for the Prosecution), Sara Allgood (The Lodger), Rhys Williams (The Farmer's Daughter) and James Bell (I Walked with a Zombie). The great Ethel Barrymore received a supporting actress Academy Award nomination.

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Imogen Sara Smith | 1945 Screen Director's Playhouse Radio Broadcast of "The Spiral Staircase" with Dorothy McGuire and Robert Siodmak | Original Theatrical Trailer

Trilogy of Terror (1975)

Trilogy of Terror comes from the mind of Dan Curtis, the man who created the previously-showcased Kolchak films. This early horror anthology features three different stories, each starring actress Karen Black, arguably the original scream queen, in different roles.

The most memorable of these roles, however, is likely the tale of the murderous Zuni fetish doll which was based on a short story by I Am Legend author Richard Matheson. Trilogy of Terror will release on October 16th for $19.95 on DVD and $29.95 on Blu-ray. As with all of Kino Lorber's releases, this will be a new 4K restoration.

Legendary producer/director Dan Curtis (The Night Stalker, The Night Strangler) teams up with renowned sci-fi/horror writers Richard Matheson (I Am Legend) and William F. Nolan (Logan's Run) to present three tales of horrific suspense in this highly rated and critically acclaimed made-for-television anthology that also showcases the tremendous acting talent of Karen Black (Burnt Offerings, The Day of the Locust), who plays four distinct roles. In Julie, an aggressive college student seduces and ultimately blackmails his seemingly shy English professor; in Millicent and Therese, two polar-opposite sisters become increasingly hell-bent on the undoing of one another; and in Amelia, a woman falls prey to a murderous Zuni fetish doll. The strong supporting cast includes George Gaynes (Tootsie), John Karlen (Daughters of Darkness) and Gregory Harrison (TV's Trapper John, M.D.).

Special Features: Brand New 4K Restoration | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith | NEW Interview with Composer Bob Cobert | Audio Commentary with Karen Black and writer William F. Nolan | "Richard Matheson: Terror Scribe" Featurette | "Three Colors Black" Featurette | Limited Edition Booklet essay by Film critic and author Simon Abrams | Newly Commissioned Art by Jacob Phillips | Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase

I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle (1990)

Ever wanted to see Christine but with a motorcycle instead of a 1958 Plymouth Fury that features a memorable role from the actor who played C-3PO in Star Wars? If so, you're going to love I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle. What you see is exactly what you get. This 4K-restored special edition can be yours on October 23rd on DVD for $19.95 or Blu-ray for $29.95.

Synopsis: When a Satanist biker is killed by a gang of Hells Angels, an evil spirit he was summoning possesses his old Norton Commando motorcycle. So, when unsuspecting local courier Nick "Noddy" Oddie (Neil Morrissey, TV's Men Behaving Badly) becomes the bike's new owner, little does he know that it runs on blood and has a habit for killing Hells Angels and anyone else who gets in its way. Veteran British TV director Dirk Campbell (In the Night Garden...) made his feature film directorial debut with this cult classic which co-stars Michael Elphick (The Element of Crime), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO of the Star Wars franchise) and Burt Kwouk (Cato Fong of The Pink Panther films).

Special Features: Audio Commentary with Director Dirk Campbell, Writers John Wolskel & Mycal Miller and Actor Alan Frank | Vampire's Lair - Featurette | We Made a Vampire Motorcycle - Documentary | Where Are They Now - Featurette | Reversible Art | Theatrical Trailer in HD

The Ghost of Sierra De Cobra (1964)

Lastly, we have The Ghost of Sierra de Cobra, a horror TV-pilot-turned-film from the screenwriter behind Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Inspired by similar shows of the time, such as The Twlight Zone, it is a must-see for fans of classic horror. This special edition has received a new 2K restoration and will release on October 30th at the usual price point of $19.95 on DVD and $29.95 on Blu-ray.

Legendary writer and producer Joseph Stefano (Psycho and TV's The Outer Limits) and star Martin Landau (TV's Mission: Impossible and Space: 1999) originally shot this controversial cult classic as a pilot for a potential TV series called The Haunted, a new show similar in concept to The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, but with much more focus on horror. The pilot was not picked up, so after adding some additional scenes, The Haunted became The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre. Robert Stevens (TV's Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone) started directing the pilot, but became very ill and was replaced by producer Stefano. Terrified of being buried alive, a young woman installs a phone in her crypt. A few days after her untimely death, the phone suddenly rings and paranormal investigator Nelson Orion (Landau) is brought in to probe the case. Stunningly shot in black-and-white by renowned cinematographers William A. Fraker (Rosemary's Baby) and Conrad L. Hall (In Cold Blood). The stellar cast includes Diane Baker (Mirage) and Judith Anderson (Rebecca).

Special Features: Brand New 2K Restoration | Includes THE HAUNTED (Alternate Cut) | Audio Commentary for THE GHOST OF SIERRA DE COBRE by Film Historian David J. Schow | Audio Commentary for THE HAUNTED by Film Historian Eric Grayson

You will soon be able to order all of the above titles right on Kino Lorber. Which of these releases are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.

About the Author

L.B. Lubomski

Lawrence "L.B." Lubomski is an avid horror movie fan, gamer, musician, historian, and aspiring author. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, L.B. was exposed to the works of local filmmaker and godfather of zombie cinema George A. Romero early on. He has since developed a particular fondness for Italian zombie/cannibal and slasher films. This passion for horror extends into other media, from survival horror video games such as Resident Evil to horror-inspired musical artists. In his spare time, L.B. pursues many interests including building his collection of vinyl records, action figures, and vintage video games as well as drumming in various local bands.

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