COMING IN SEPTEMBER, FORBIDDEN ZONE: ULTIMATE EDITION

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Richard Elfman’s
FORBIDDEN ZONE the ULTIMATE EDITION
The “Citizen Kane” of underground movies!
Coming on September 29th
Digital, DVD, Blu-ray, and Soundtrack Packages
Richard Elfman’s Forbidden Zone, starring Herve Villechaise (Fantasy Island) and Susan Tyrell (Fat City, Cry-Baby) and featuring original music by Danny Elfman, will make it’s way to the home video market onSeptember 29th in various forms including Digital, DVD, Blu-ray, and soundtrack packages. Each edition contains the black and white and color transfers of the film.

In the film sexy Frenchy falls into an insane underworld ruled by a horny little king and his jealous queen. Chicken-boy comes to the rescue, only to have his head cut off by the soul-singing Devil himself–played by Danny Elfman and the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. Frog butlers, topless princesses and rioting school kids sing and dance in unforgettable musical numbers by Danny Elfman, Cab Calloway, Josephine Baker and other greats. Forbidden Zone is truly a ground-breaking, fun-filled timeless classic!

Elfman says:
“Forbidden Zone, the Ultimate Edition is coming shortly to DVD and Blu-ray from my good friends at MVD Entertainment. For the first time ever we include both the original black & white plus the new color version–all in sterling hi-def and state-of-the-art sound mix. There’s a terrific booklet and loads of bonus features (including an utterly insane introduction by some idiot who looks a lot like me). I’m very proud of this best ever Forbidden Zone release! Officially Elfo-recommended!”

Bonus Materials
– Audio commentary with director Richard Elfman and writer-actor Matthew Bright
– “A Look into Forbidden Zone” featuring extensive behind the scenes documentary featuring interviews and archive footage, including scenes from Elfman’s lost film “The Hercules Family.”
– Outtakes and Deleted Scenes
– Original Theatrical Trailer
– Wild new video intro by Richard Elfman with teaser clip of upcoming Forbidden Zone 2.

Artsploitation Films Warns The Summer House is NOT a Horror Films!

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Warning: THIS IS NOT THE TYPICAL ARTSPLOITATION HORROR FILM!
We here at Artsploitation Films love international horror and thrillers. It is our cinematic bread and butter. But we also watch and like art films and controversial films. And this is where THE SUMMER HOUSE lies. It is a thoughtful and ultimately devastating psychological thriller about a married man’s sexual obsession with a young boy. Think American Beauty, Lolita, and most of all, Death in Venice.

The storyline definitely makes for uncomfortable viewing. But the acting is exceptional and the film offers a devastating conclusion. An intriguing film for adventurous film-goers not put off by its indelicate theme.

Not for you? Skip it, we have some amazing horror films coming in September!

Artsploitation Films

  • Street date: 8/25/15
  • DVD UPC: 854555004934
  • DVD SRP: $24.99
  • Synopsis: The architect and head of the family Markus Larsen secretly lives out his bisexual tendencies while his wife Christine and their 11-year-old daughter Elisabeth drown in unbearable loneliness. When Markus gets to know the 12-year-old son of a colleague, he feels an immediate affection for the boy. Slowly, Markus begins to approach Johannes and creates an intimacy of which he increasingly loses control. While his wife and daughter are damagingly affected by their symbiotic relationship, Johannes is playing his own secret game which, in the end, leads to disaster for every family member.
  • Bonus features: Deleted scenes, Cast and crew interviews, Trailers

THE SUMMER HOUSE | Official Trailer | Artsploitation Films from artsploitation on Vimeo.

News on the Release of Cub from Artsploitation Films!

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It was only a weekend camping trip for a troop of innocent cub scouts and their older teen chaparones. What could go wrong? Well, start with a evil psychopathic killer, add his ferel young protoge, have them place some ingenious traps in the woods and the results are kind of violent and bloody. This imaginative fairy tale draws on such influences as Lord of the Rings, Friday the 13thand The Devil’s Backbone as it tells the story of 12-year-old outcast Sam who, along with his fellow cub scouts, are forced to confront unspeakable evil!. A wildly entertaining “killer in the woods” actioner that has been a hit in it festival run.

“Kinetic and brutal, gory and graphic with comedic beats in-between.” – Bloody-Disgusting.com

“A brutal new spin on standard camp horror fare.” – Dread Central

“CUB is a rock solid piece of genre entertainment presented bluntly and without irony.” – Fangoria

  • Synopsis: This dark, bloody, imaginative fairy tale about a camping trip that turns into deadly carnage draws on such influences as Lord of the Rings, Friday the 13th and The Devil’s Backbone. The story follows 12-year-old outcast Sam who, along with his troop of cub scouts and their teenage supervisors, camp in woods rumored to house a mysterious and deadly werewolf. Inquisitive Sam, certain the woods are inhibited by something evil, soon stumbles upon a feral young boy and, eventually, his evil psychopathic mentor. But convincing the others of the danger falls on deaf ears, and soon ingenious traps begin to take their violent toll on the group. A wildly entertaining “killer in the woods” actioner.
  • Bonus features: Deleted scenes, SFX reel, Short film (Blu-only), Music video (Blu-only), Trailers

CUB | Official Trailer | Artsploitation Films from artsploitation on Vimeo.

Coming on Blu-ray and DVD on August 18, 2015 from Artsploitation Films.

This dark, bloody imaginative fairy tale about a camping trip that turns into deadly carnage draws on such influences as Lord of the Rings, Friday the 13th and The Devil’s Backbone. The story follows 12-year-old outcast Sam who, along with his troop of cub scouts and their teenage supervisors, camp in woods rumored to house a mysterious and deadly werewolf. Inquisitive Sam, certain the woods are inhibited by something evil, soon stumbles upon a feral young boy and, eventually, his evil psychopathic mentor. But convincing the others of the danger falls on deaf ears, and soon ingenious traps begin to take their violent toll on the group. A wildly entertaining “killer in the woods” actioner.

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Call Girl of Cthulhu Slithers to Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital September 15th

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“finds all sorts of sexy, splattery, silly ways to riff on the eldritch author while still bearing an underlying reverence. It’s an unabashed, full-throttle exploitation film, yet one that it’s easy to imagine Lovecraft himself getting a good giggle out of” – Fangoria

CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU

Blu-Ray and DVD Combo Slithering its way to Home Entertainment September 15, 2015

Watch the Theatrical Trailer

July 24, 2015 New York, NY – From the makers of WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL comes the goriest, most hilarious H.P. Lovecraft tribute to ever splatter the screen – CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU.  Directed and produced by Chris LaMartina and Jimmy George (WITCHES BREW, PRESIDENT’S DAY), CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU  hits home entertainment platforms September 15, 2015, following a year of international film festival and theatrical screenings.  Praised by indie and genre press, CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU has been called “a frenetic dance of exploding heads, genital-mutating STDs, tentacles, zombie hookers, laughs, and love” (addictedtohorrormovies), “Laugh-out-loud funny and lose-your-lunch gross”  (nerdremix) and “an absolute must-see for fans of horror movies, comedies, splatter flicks, and H.P. Lovecraft.” (cinemaslasher).

Synopsis

Carter Wilcox (David Phillip Carollo) is a struggling artist who’s been saving his virginity for someone special. When he meets the enchanting escort Riley Whatley (Melissa O’Brien), he believes he’s found the one. Unfortunately, she’s also “someone special” to an ancient cult that believes she is the chosen bride of their alien god, Cthulhu. 

Forced to mate with their tentacled deity, Riley becomes a vessel for the spawn that will destroy mankind. 

 Now, Carter and his noise musician roommate, Erica Zann (Nicolette Le Faye), must battle the sinister cult and unimaginable creatures to save Riley… and the rest of humanity. 

Will they save the world or surrender to the slimy grip of the Great Old Ones? 

Here’s What Is Coming from Arrow Video!

New from Arrow Video US
Edgar Allan Poe’s Black Cats: Two Adaptations By Sergio Martino & Lucio Fulci,
Tenderness Of The Wolves, and Borowczyk’s Immoral Tales and The Beast

via MVD Entertainment Group

           

MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with a strong schedule of new titles for September and October…

Tenderness of the Wolves

Fritz Haarmann, aka the Butcher of Hanover and the Vampire of Hanover, was a German serial killer responsible for the murders of two dozen boys and young men during the so-called ‘years of crisis’ between the wars. His case would partly inspire Fritz Lang’s M, and its central character portrayed by Peter Lorre, as well as this forgotten gem from 1973.

Tenderness of the Wolves treats the viewer to a few weeks in the company of a killer. Baby-faced and shaven-headed, in a manner that recalls both M and F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, Haarmann is a fascinating, repulsive figure. Using his status as a police informant to procure his victims, he dismembers their bodies after death and sells the flesh to restaurants, dumping the remainder out of sight. This isn’t an easy film to watch, but it certainly gets under the skin…

Produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (who also supplies a shifty cameo), Tenderness of the Wolves provided two of his regular actors with a means of expanding their careers. Ulli Lommel – later responsible for the infamous video nasty The Boogeyman – made his directorial debut, while Kurt Raab wrote the screenplay as well as delivering an astonishing performance as Haarmann.

Special Features:
-New high definition digital transfer prepared by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation
-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
-Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio
-New translated English subtitles
-The Tender Wolf – a brand-new in-depth interview with director Ulli Lommel
-Brand-new interview with director of photography Jürgen Jürges
-Newly-filmed appreciation by film historian and expert on European horror cinema Stephen Thrower
-Theatrical trailer
-Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
-Illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Tony Rayns
RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 20th

Pre-order at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1RMW6b7

Edgar Allan Poe’s Black Cats: Two Adaptations by Sergio Martino & Lucio Fulci

Edgar Allan Poe’s celebrated story The Black Cat has provided the inspiration for numerous films over the years. But few adaptations are as stylish as those offered up by the twin Italian titans of terror, Sergio Martino and Lucio Fulci.

In Martino’s classic giallo Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, teacher Oliviero (Luigi Pistilli, A Bay of Blood) finds himself under suspicion for murder when one of his students – and mistress – is found brutally murdered. As more bodies start to pile up, the arrival of Oliviero’s attractive niece (Edwige Fenech, Five Dolls for an August Moon, All the Colours of the Dark) brings with it complications of its own.

In The Black Cat, from that “other” Godfather of Gore, Lucio Fulci (Zombie), Scotland Yard Inspector Gorley (David Warbeck, The Beyond) find himself summoned to a sleepy English village to investigate the recent murder of a young couple. With no obvious signs of entry at the murder scene, Gorley is forced to start considering the possibility that his suspect may not be human…

Finally together on Blu-ray and in stunning new 2K restorations from the original camera negatives, fans can enjoy the double-dose of terror that is Edgar Allan Poe’s Black Cats – Italian-style!

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:
-Brand new 2K restorations of the films from the original camera negatives
-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
-Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
-Newly translated subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
-Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
-Brand new interview with director Sergio Martino
-Dolls of Flesh and Blood: The Gialli of Sergio Martino – a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring -Sergio Martino’s unique contributions to the giallo genre
-Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror – The Films of Lucio Fulci, on The Black Cat
-Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
-Limited Edition 80-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the films, Poe’s original story and more, illustrated with archive stills and posters
-Much more to be announced!

RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 13th

Pre-order at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1RMWmH0

The Beast

Walerian Borowczyk’s most notorious and controversial film wildly re-works the classic Beauty and the Beast story into a very adult fairy tale, a parody of pornographic tropes and an assault on notions of ‘good taste’.

Bestial dreams interrupt the venal plans of a French aristocrat attempting to save a crumbling mansion by marrying off his deformed son, Mathurin, to a horny American heiress, Lucy. Yet Mathurin seems more interested in his horses than in his bride-to-be, and when Lucy finds out about the story of his 18th-century ancestor Romilda (Sirpa Lane) copulating with the titular beast it sparks to life one of the most outrageous dream sequences in cinema history.

A huge hit in France that was extensively censored and banned elsewhere, The Beast broke new ground in sexual explicitness and remains a truly startling experience even today.

Special Features:
-New high definition digital transfer of the uncut 98-minute version
-Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
-Optional English subtitles
-Introduction by film critic Peter Bradshaw
-The Making of The Beast: camera operator Noël Véry provides a commentary on footage shot during the film’s production
-Frenzy of Ecstasy, a visual essay on the evolution of Borowczyk’s beast and the sequel that never was, Motherhood
-The Profligate Door, a documentary about Borowczyk’s sound sculptures featuring curator Maurice Corbet
-Boro Brunch, a reunion meal recorded in February 2014 reuniting members of Borowczyk’s crew
-Commercials by Borowczyk: Holy Smoke (1963), The Museum (1964) and Tom Thumb (1966)
-Gunpoint, a documentary short by Peter Graham produced and edited by Borowczyk (11:04)
-Behind Enemy Lines – The Making of Gunpoint (5:16)
-Theatrical trailer
-Reversible sleeve featuring Borowczyk’s own original poster design
-Illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and an archive piece by David Thompson, illustrated with original stills

RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 15th

Pre-order at Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1RMWFSa

Immoral Tales

Walerian Borowczyk’s first explicitly erotic feature, Immoral Tales presents a veritable cavalcade of depravity: cosmic fellatio, transcendental masturbation, blood-drenched lesbianism and papal incest.

It tells four stories, each delving back further in time, as if to suggest that the same issues recur constantly throughout human civilization, whether involving notorious historical figures like Lucrezia Borgia and Erzsébet Báthory, or present-day teenagers.

Capitalising on the relaxation of censorship laws, Immoral Tales would transform Borowczyk’s image from brilliant but obscure avant-garde artist to one of Europe’s most confrontational filmmakers when it came to trampling on sexual taboos.

Special Features:
-New high definition digital transfers of two versions of the feature, the familiar four-part edition and the original five-part conception including the short film The Beast of Gévaudan (which later became the feature The Beast)
-Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
-Optional English subtitles
-Introduction by Borowczyk expert Daniel Bird
-Love Reveals Itself, a new interview programme featuring production manager Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin and cinematographer Noël Véry
-Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Walerian Borowczyk, a newly-edited archival interview in which the filmmaker discusses painting, cinema and sex
-Blow Ups, a visual essay by Daniel Bird about Borowczyk’s works on paper
-Theatrical trailer
-Reversible sleeve featuring Borowczyk’s own original poster design
-Illustrated booklet containing new writing on the film by by Daniel Bird and an archive piece by Philip Strick

RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 15th

Pre-order at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1LAoPe0

German Angst Means American Happiness for Artsploitation Films

GERMAN ANGST Finds a Happy Home with Artsploitation Films

July 15, 2015 (Philadelphia, PA) – North American film distribution company Artsploitation Films continues its focus on provocative international genre movies with the North American acquisition of this 3-film anthology which premiered at the 2015 Rotterdam Film Festival.

The films – all of which deal with love, sex and death in a decidedly unconventional way – were written and directed by three equally controversial underground filmmakers: the legendary Jörg Buttgereit (Nekromantik (1987), The Death King (1990)), Andreas Marschall (Tears of Kali(2004), and Michal Kosakowski (Zero Killed (2014). As can be expected from these directors, these tales are less romantic and much more mystical and disturbing.

German Angst includes:

Final Girl” (Jörg Buttgereit)
The first episode, tells the story of a young girl who lives with her guinea pig in a dirty apartment in Berlin. Seemingly a little lonely except for that bound and gagged man tied to her bed.

“Make a Wish” (Michal Kosakowski)
This gut-wrenching tale involves a young deaf-mute couple who are attacked by a group of skinhead hooligans. However, they are in possession of a mysterious talisman that could help them.

Alraune” (Andreas Marschall)
The finale follows a man who stumbles upon a secret sex club that promises the ultimate sexual experience by using a drug made from the roots of the legendary Mandragora plant. But the ecstatic experiences have horrific side-effects.

Artsploitation’s president Ray Murray said, “German Angst is a singularly memorable film experience. It is infused with amazingly dark, violent, and disturbing ruminations on love and sex. And if this is German romance, let’s just say I won’t be dating a German any time soon.” He commented, “Actually, in a time when so many horror films are familiarly formulaic, it is amazing that this “romantic” threesome is seismically more horrific.”

Matteo Lovadina, CEO of Paris-based sales company Reel Suspects, said, “We are very happy to work again with Artsploitation. They are the perfect fit for this film that has proved to be a double player both on the art house and horror fields. Raymond Murray and his team will surely releaseGerman Angst with all the attention required by an already cult feature.”

The triptych, which is having its North American Premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival on July 18th and will continue its festival run. A DVD/Blu-ray and VOD release is scheduled for the 1stquarter of 2016.

Get Mean Coming from Blue Underground in October

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The Stranger’s Thrilling Final Adventure!

When an American cowboy stumbles upon a gypsy family in a wind-swept ghost town, they offer him a fortune to escort a princess back to her home in Spain. But this silent Stranger finds himself in over his head (and strung up by his feet) when he gets caught in the middle of an epic battle involving Vikings, the Moors, brutal barbarians, evil spirits, a raging bull, and a diabolical Shakespeare-quoting hunchback. Tired of their never-ending attempts to kill him, the cowboy arms himself to the teeth with guns, dynamite and a special surprise. Now it’s the Stranger’s turn to GET MEAN!

Tony Anthony (COMIN’ AT YA!), Lloyd Battista (BLINDMAN), Raf Baldassarre (THE GREAT SILENCE), Diana Lorys (THE AWFUL DR. ORLOF), and Mirta Miller (EYEBALL) star in this explosive ‘Spaghetti Western’ directed by Ferdinando Baldi (TEXAS, ADIOS). Now Blue Underground is proud to present GET MEAN in this 2-Disc Limited Edition, featuring a brand-new High Definition transfer along with exclusive Extras for the first time ever in North America!

Extras:

  • Audio Commentary with Producer/Star Tony Anthony, Co-Writer/Star Lloyd Battista, and Executive Producer Ronald J. Schneider
  • The Story Of The Stranger – Interview with Producer/Star Tony Anthony
  • Looking For Richard – Interview with Co-Writer/Star Lloyd Battista
  • Beating A Dead Horse – Interview with Executive Producer Ronald J. Schneider
  • Tony & I – Interview with Director Ferdinando Baldi
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • French Trailer
  • Radio Spots
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • BONUS Collectable Booklet featuring new writing by Spaghetti Western expert Howard Hughes