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New Horror/Suspense Releases in Theaters and on DVD: Week of January 13, 2013

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This week, Mama gets a wide theatrical release, while home video releases are led by The Possession, Branded and Season 4 of the original British version of Being Human.

Mama

'Mama' movie poster.
© Universal
The day their father killed their mother, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished near their suburban neighborhood. For five long years, their Uncle Lucas and his girlfriend, Annabel, have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home. As Annabel tries to introduce the children to a normal life, she grows convinced of an evil presence in their house. Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them? How did the broken girls survive those years all by themselves? As she answers these disturbing questions, the new mother will find that the whispers she hears at bedtime are coming from the lips of a deadly presence.

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30 Nights of Paranormal Activity w/the Devil Inside the Girl w/the Dragon Tattoo

30 Nights of Paranormal Activity With the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
© 20th Century Fox
Spoofing tons of flicks like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Bridesmaids and The Dark Knight, this film tells the story of a young family who can't seem to stop filming themselves, moving into a house that turns out to be haunted. There, they meet up with a host of creepy characters -- including a horny vampire-hunting president who wants to emancipate their dragon-tattooed daughter. With help from the hysterically high-energy “Ghost Brothers” the family sets out to solve the mystery of the haunted house.

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Being Human Season 4

Being Human Season 4
© BBC/Warner Bros.
The original UK Being Human is back for an all-new season. In an old hotel, in a sleepy seaside town, a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost try their best to live normal human lives. Yet despite their efforts to be left in peace, there are members of their own kind determined to rid the world of humanity. With the vampires still wanting to strike and The Old Ones on their way, Annie and her two new housemates -- Tom and Hal -- find themselves in the middle of the struggle. But now, not only are there vampires to keep at bay, there's also a wicked ghost on the loose, and someone's trying to expose the existence of werewolves. Being human has never been tougher.
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Branded

Branded
© Lionsgate
In a surreal, dystopian society, mega corporations have unleashed a monstrous global conspiracy to get inside our minds and keep the population disillusioned, dependent and passive. One man's quest to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with the hidden forces that really control our world.

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The Possession

The Possession DVD
© Lionsgate
Clyde and Stephanie Brenek see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.

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Wake in Fright

Wake in Fright
© Drafthouse Films
This 1971 Australian thriller tells the story of a British schoolteacher's descent into personal demoralization at the hands of the deranged, hard-drinking residents of a remote Australian town. John Grant teaches at a tiny school in the outback. On his way to Sydney to catch a vacation flight, he stops in a rural mining town, where he is reluctantly drawn into the macho antics of the local men. After losing his money in the gambling game two-up, he is taken on a drunken and brutal kangaroo hunt with three of the beer-guzzling louts -- a horrifying ordeal that culminates in a shattering sexual assault.

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Wedding Day

Wedding Day
© Maverick
Not every love story is a fairytale and some end in disaster. Two young couples plan to make their wedding day one they will never forget. They just never believed a joyous occasion can suddenly turn to one of tragedy.

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