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New Horror/Suspense Releases in Theaters and on DVD: Week of January 27, 2013

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This week, Warm Bodies gets a wide theatrical release, and Girls Against Boys and The Haunting in Connecticut 2 receive limited releases, while home video releases are led by Paranormal Activity 4, The Awakening, Citadel and Cherry Tree Lane.

Girls Against Boys

'Girls Against Boys' movie poster.
© Anchor Bay
When Shae, a naïve college student, is tormented by several men in a matter of days, she reaches her breaking point, and is drawn into coworker Lu's twisted plan for revenge. Together, the two embark on a gruesome killing spree, terrorizing and brutally murdering not just their attackers, but any man who gets in their way. However, after a wild weekend of retaliation, the friendship between the girls shifts into a dangerous obsession, and their perverse game becomes a desperate struggle for Shae to maintain control against Lu's deadly and seductive influence.

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The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia

'Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia' movie poster.
© Lionsgate/Golden Circle
Building on the terror of The Haunting in Connecticut, this horrifying tale traces a young family's nightmarish descent into a centuries-old Southern hell. When Andy Wyrick moves his wife Lisa and daughter Heidi to an historic home in Georgia, they quickly discover they are not the house's only inhabitants. Joined by Lisa's free-spirited sister, Joyce, the family soon comes face-to-face with a bone-chilling mystery born of a deranged desire...a haunting secret rising from underground and threatening to bring down anyone in its path.

Warm Bodies

'Warm Bodies' movie poster
© Summit
When a highly unusual zombie rescues a girl from imminent death at the hands of his cohorts, their unlikely romance sets in motion a chain of events that will transform him, his fellow dead and maybe even the whole lifeless world.

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The Awakening

The Awakening DVD
© Universal
Set in London in 1921, Florence Cathcart, author of the popular book Seeing Through Ghosts, has devoted her career to exposing claims of the supernatural as nothing but hoaxes. Haunted by the recent death of her fiancé, she is approached by Robert Mallory to investigate the recent death of a student at the all-boys boarding school where he teaches. When students at the school report sightings of the young boy’s ghost, she decides to take on the case. Initially, the mystery surrounding the ghost appears nothing more than a schoolboy prank, but as Florence continues to investigate events at the school, she begins to believe that her reliance on science may not be enough to explain the strange phenomenon going on around her.

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Cherry Tree Lane

Cherry Tree Lane
© Image
Mike, Christine and their son Sebastian have always felt safe in their peaceful suburban neighborhood, but a savage home invasion by three youths changes everything, pushing the family into a nightmare fight for survival. Bound, taunted and threatened, each moment is filled with the fear that it might be their last. As their personal hell unfolds, they will learn the shocking cruelty that modern strangers can inflict…and what they’re capable of in order to survive.

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Citadel

'Citadel' movie poster.
© Cinedigm/New Video
Tommy Cowley lives a quiet life in a decaying apartment complex with his highly pregnant wife. The couple is attacked one day by a group of hooded young thugs, and after a shocking act of violence, Tommy is left to raise his newborn daughter alone. So shaken by the events that he's developed extreme agoraphobia, Tommy alternates days hiding out indoors in his new apartment from imagined threats and intense therapy sessions aimed at bringing him back to normalcy. When the same hooded gang, seemingly intent on kidnapping his daughter, begins terrorizing his life again, he's torn between his paralyzing fear and protective parental instinct. With the help of a vigilante priest who has uncovered the genesis of this ruthless, potentially supernatural gang, Tommy must overcome his fears and venture into the heart of the abandoned tower block known as the Citadel to save his family.

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Gorgan vs. the Flying Spider

Gorgan Vs The Flying Spider
© Apprehensive Films
Also known as The Magic Serpent, this 1966 fantasy-ninja action-monster movie from Japan finds a good wizard battling an evil wizard to avenge his family and save his village.

Midnight Movies Vol 8: Cannibal Double Feature

Midnight Movies Vol 8: Cannibal Double Feature
© Blue Underground
This double feature includes two European cannibal movies: Cannibals (1980), AKA White Cannibal Queen, and Cannibal Man (1973).

Midnight Movies Vol 9: Zombie Double Feature

Midnight Movies Vol 9: Zombie Double Feature
© Blue Underground
This double feature includes two Italian zombie movies from 1980: Hell of the Living Dead and Nightmare City.

Midnight Movies Vol 10: Killer Critters Double Feature

Midnight Movies Vol 10: Killer Critters Double Feature
© Blue Underground
Killer animals strike in this pair of '80s films: Rats: Night of Terror (1984) and Venom (1981).

Paranormal Activity 4

Paranormal Activity 4 DVD
© Paramount
Five years after the events in Paranormal Activity, a creepy woman and young boy move into a suburban neighborhood and menace their next door neighbors.

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White Zombie: Remastered Edition

White Zombie
© Kino
After becoming an overnight success with his starring role in Tod Browning's Dracula, Bela Lugosi struggled to find roles worthy of his acting talent, without parodying his depiction of Bram Stoker's notorious count. Independently produced by Edward Halperin, White Zombie was one of the rare films that provided Lugosi with just such an opportunity. In spite of its budgetary limitations, White Zombie manages to be a remarkably atmospheric treatment of the Haitian zombie myth, which would evolve into one of the most popular and enduring subgenres of the horror film. This Kino Classics edition, produced by Holland Releasing, has been mastered in HD from a 35mm fine grain print and is presented in both a digitally restored and an unenhanced version (with the natural film grain intact).

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