I'll leave reviews for reviewers... just my my favorite discs (and a book) for the year. I had a crazy work year so didn’t see everything I bought, so feel free to fire away at me and poke holes in this list – would love to hear what everyone else thought was the best of the year in case I missed anything! #10 Hack-O-Lantern (Massacre Video) The movie itself is beyond cheap and ridiculous, but Massacre Video gave this one the loving treatment. I tend to be forgiving of material and support smaller companies giving the deluxe treatment to marginal films and was not disappointed when doing so here. #9 Candyman (Arrow) and (Scream Factory) I think you come out a winner either way, but I went with Arrow based off of track record and I was not disappointed. I also realize after watching that the parking garage (that you see in the trailer) is the parking garage for my office’s building. #8 Creepshow (Scream Factory) Another beautiful hardbox/booklet set that looks amazing sitting along side it’s Arrow-released hardbox set for Part 2. The film is still the best Tales from the Crypt adaptation not formally affiliated with the comic property. #7 Who Can Kill a Child? (Mondo Macabro) One of my favorite Spanish horror films, this “killer kids” film features real mood and suspense that still plays today… and has a couple of moments that still shock. Props to Mondo Macabro for doing this one right. #6 The Boneyard (Code Red) I know this isn’t for everyone, but props to Code Red for getting this personal favorite film on Blu Ray. Yes, yes, there is a tiny video glitch in the beginning of the film but the rest of the film looks great and for me is a criminally under seen oddball film that owes a lot to films like Re-Animator and Peter Jackson’s early horror films. #5 It’s Alive Trilogy (Scream Factory) and Critters 4 Film Collection (Scream Factory) Two of my white wales showed up on blu ray this year in really nice, full-series packages. Critters, especially, gets a really nice treatment with some new scans for the early films and a nice hard box housing, making for a great way to revisit these films. #4 Basket Case (Arrow) Another glorious new MoMA scan of a favorite (that I got see on the big screen in LA this year). This is essential viewing/owning with a stunning archival scan that restores this camp/sleaze masterpiece in all of it’s seedy NYC glory. #3 Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30 Film Collection An amazing set, top to bottom and if you catch it at the right time, an incredible value. I have not seen all the new discs but so far every film has been presented as well as can be and for the uninitiated present a perfect way to get up to speed on the films that launched horror on film in the U.S. #2 Zombie (Blue Underground, new 4K restoration) This new disc, featuring a more filmic scan and more accurate color timing is an amazing upgrade worthy of any fan’s collection. Admittedly, Zombie is a top five all-time horror film for me, so I am biased (and have I have owned this on every home video format I can think of). Still, this is an essential film in zombie films as well as seminal film in the Italian zombie/cannibal horror cycle. #1 Night of the Living Dead (Criterion) In addition to picking up the new disc I managed to catch this new 4K scan in LA at the Egyptian theater. As powerful as ever, this release should remain the final word on Romero’s classic for the foreseeable future. Book: The Films of Jess Franco by Antonio Lazaro-Reboll and Ian Olney (Wayne State University Press) There’s been a lot of writing on Jess Franco – most of it aimed at cataloguing his long, tangled filmography but a serious, scholarly examination of his films has not appeared… until now. Admittedly, some of the pieces are a stretch but the more-even handed articles in the book give us some fresh lenses with which to look at Franco’s themes and work. A good read for Franco fans and film fans alike.