Episode 5: Streaming Horror With TUBI

In this episode we are talking about the streaming service, TUBI. It’s 100% free and has a huge (HUGE) horror selection! The guys and I go recommend five titles each for you to check out. If you’ve seen them, awesome! If not we recommend checking them out along with tons of other stuff on Tubi.

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@exorcast
@chuckconry
@crypticpsych

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Films mentioned if you’d like to purchase them otherwise everything is streaming for free on tubi:
toxic crusaders: https://amzn.to/38qJySm
intruder: https://amzn.to/2ZFoGCU
the gate: https://amzn.to/38slIFP
deep red: https://amzn.to/2VQ89uN
killer klownz from outer space: https://amzn.to/3gxHtH7
angel: https://amzn.to/38scNE8
avenging angel: https://amzn.to/2ZEQ2cb
avenging angel iii: https://amzn.to/38vrMxq
beyond the door: https://amzn.to/2BGcdqn
beyond the door (arrow): https://amzn.to/2ZDPMKz
witchtrap: https://amzn.to/2VOWvA9
camp blood: https://amzn.to/2ABkmw0
blood lake: https://amzn.to/3gq0jjl
sasquatch gang: https://amzn.to/3gvUr7Y
the dentist: https://amzn.to/3iwdiSn
the voices: https://amzn.to/2YYhQJx
after.life: https://amzn.to/3f0OhN7
Lucio Fulci’s Conquest: https://amzn.to/38ugIjT
stuck: https://amzn.to/2NZ4uGI
encounter with the unknown: https://amzn.to/3e5t7vH
dont fuck in the woods: https://amzn.to/3e2ILIu
gone with the pope: https://amzn.to/2Z0wXCc
massacre mafia style: https://amzn.to/2Awi3KB
bonehill road: https://amzn.to/3izI6l2
bite: https://amzn.to/2NVQptv
witchery: https://amzn.to/2ZCHbrz
dagon: https://amzn.to/2YY1Y9Y
jack brooks monster slayer: https://amzn.to/2VP1jpb
You can also pick up most of these titles from http://www.diabolikdvd.com
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Episode 4: Knife + Heart

In this episode we review Yann Gonzalez’s Knife + Heart a modern day giallo set in 1979.

Knife + Heart on amazon: https://amzn.to/2YJjRsP
Knife + Heart on diabolikdvd: https://www.diabolikdvd.com/product/knifeheart-altered-innocence-blu-ray/

Knife + Heart can be streamed on Shudder

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Episode 3: Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street!

On this weeks show we take a look at the upcoming Severin Films Mid Year Sale. We mention their new titles and some of what we are planning on picking up. We also take a look at the Mark Patton – Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddys Revenge documentary; Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street!

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street on Shudder or pick a copy of the DVD over on amazon here: https://amzn.to/37OOyQq

Be sure to check us out on social media:

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@crypticpsych

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http://www.zombiesdontrun.net

Movies mentioned on this episode:
13 ghosts: https://amzn.to/2YlYw8C
Viy: https://amzn.to/2YmhRGW
Aenigma: https://amzn.to/2Bs1Iqu
Demonia: https://amzn.to/3fQLK8i
The beast must die: https://amzn.to/3eoedBO
Blood on Satan’s claw: https://amzn.to/316vETR
[REC]: https://amzn.to/3erXo97

Halloween III: Season Of The Witch: https://amzn.to/2V7n57q

Never Sleep Again: https://amzn.to/3dpKeZ0

Never Sleep Again/Crystal lake Memories: https://amzn.to/3er2end
Some of the above links are for dvds, the ones we mention as part of the severin sale can be purchased directly from them during the sale.
Most titles can also be purchased from http://www.diabolikdvd.com

Episode 2: Blood Quantum!

On our second episode we are taking a look at the Shudder original Blood Quantum directed by Jeff Barnaby! One of the most original zombie movies we have seen in some time. We also talk about the upcoming Severin Mid Year Sale and last months VinSyn sale!
movies mentioned on this episode:
suspiria remake: https://amzn.to/3hvOtWb
nightmare on elm street: https://amzn.to/3e6xnw0
the devils honey: https://amzn.to/3fENG3F
the devils rain: https://amzn.to/2YBTNP3
strange vice of mrs. wardth: https://amzn.to/2UK3UjB
paganini horror: https://amzn.to/3ftuIN7
killer crocodile: https://amzn.to/2Y5BAdD
the changeling: https://amzn.to/30Sg1Ps
one upon a time in hollywood: https://amzn.to/2UMMVgN
human centipede: https://amzn.to/3d3WDSb
anthrophaohagus: https://amzn.to/30KxhGz
Blood Quantum can be streamed on Shudder.
Most of these films can also be purchased from http://www.diabolikdvd.com

Episode 1: We’re Back!

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After 4 years, we are back and recording again! In our first episode back (and now on YT) we are pretty much just shooting the shit, talking about what we have been up too and a little of whats going on in the horror world. Going forward episodes will be much shorter, but in the first two we recorded we were a little long winded since it’s been some time.
Movies mentioned in no particular order:
Scary Stories To Tell In The dark: https://amzn.to/37pjIxB
cockneys vs zombies: https://amzn.to/3e0z0LH
One Cut Of The Dead: https://amzn.to/2C4Q3OC
Twilight Zone (Jordan Peele): https://amzn.to/30IRrAD
the changeling: https://amzn.to/3d5Ys1a
hell of the living dead: https://amzn.to/2XWCp8K
Chuck’s Movie – Door 1 Of The 5 Doors To Hell: https://srscinemastore.com/products/d…
 Abrakadabra and American Rickshaw are available from https://www.cauldron-films.com/
Most of these and many more can also be purchased at diabolikdvd.com
Streaming On Shudder: boar one cut of the dead creepshow

The Swinging Cheerleaders Blu-ray Review from Arrow Video

The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974) Arrow Blu-Ray Review

 

Kate, played by Jo Johnston, is a feminist, hippy, journalism student who infiltrates the schools cheerleading squad in order to write an expose The-Swinging-Cheerleaders-Arrow-Videoon the how cheerleading degrades women. While digging up dirt on the whole football/cheerleader culture she discovers a plot by the coach, the dean, and a math teacher to fix the games in order to win big money. Along the way Jo discovers that the cheerleaders aren’t all bimbos and realizes her hippy boyfriend is a scumbag.

I’m a big fan of Jack Hill. Spider Baby is one of my all time favorite movies. The Swinging Cheerleaders is a very different type of film. It fits in with the goofy sex comedy genre but unlike other classic sex comedies, such as Porky’s, there is much less emphasis on the sex. There is definitely a fair share of breast and we get a glimpse of male bush but that really isn’t what the movie is about. There is a great scene which Jack Hill talks about in the special feature in which one of the football jocks beats the snot out of a hippy. It’s quite The-Swinging-Cheerleadersamusing and very poorly choreographed.

The brand new 2K restoration from original film materials is decent but not great. A lot of the football scenes in the movie are particularly bad but I think this was probably just because how it was filmed. Overall nothing to write home about.

As for special features there is an audio commentary by writer-director Jack Hill, recorded exclusively for this release. Then we have a brand new 8 minute interview with Jack Hill in which he talks about his carrier. Nothing new here if you’re a fan of Mr. Hill but interesting for the casual viewer. Next up is an archive interview with cinematographer Alfred Taylor. This is extended parts of an interview he did for the Spider Baby DVD. It’s has some interesting facts but boy is he boring to listen to. There is also an archive interview with Hill and Johnny Legend. If you know and like Johnny Legend, then you won’t be disappointed by this. In true Johnny Legend form this interview is not very conventional and is basically a fan interviewing Jack Hill. It is also The-Swinging-Cheerleaders-reviewthe most interesting interview on the disc. Rounding out the special features is Q&A with Hill, and actors Colleen Camp and Rosanne Katon recorded at the New Beverly Cinema between a double bill of Switchblade Sisters and The Swinging Cheerleaders. The Q&A is quite interesting, but I recommend listening to it and not watching it. It is recorded from the audience with audience members frequently framing the screen and the shaky camera work which tends to get nauseating. Think of a parent filming their child’s recital while drunk. Also included on the disc are TV spots and the usual reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys.

Overall the movie is goofy and is worth a watch if you’re a fan of the genre or a fan of Jack Hill but otherwise I’d say it’s safe to skip it. If you are a fan of Jack Hill, I highly recommend it just to see the range of filmmaking that Mr. Hill produced throughout his carrier.

 

-DeadRat

Francesca BD/DVD/CD Coming September 27th from Unearthed Films

“Francesca” Blu-ray / DVD / CD package 

coming September 27th

“More giallo than giallo” – The Hollywood Investigator

“Morbidly flawless” – PointBlank

FRANCESCA is a new giallo film from Argentinian brothers Luciano and Nicolás Onetti (Sonno Profondo, 2013). The film, which made its world premiere at SITGES Film Festival in October 2015, is now coming to home video courtesy of Unearthed Films and MVD Entertainment

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It’s been 15 years since the disappearance of little Francesca, daughter of the renowned poet and playwright, Vittorio Visconti. The community is stalked by a psychopath bent on cleaning the city of “impure and damned souls”. Moretti and Succo are the detectives in charge of finding the killer of these “Dantesque” crimes. Francesca has returned, but she is not be the same girl they once knew.

FRANCESCA has won several film festival awards including Best Director at Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre 2015, Best Production Design at Tabloid Witch Awards – Hollywood Investigator 2015, Weird Visions Award at Ravenna Nightmare 2015, Best Giallo Film at Crypticon Kansas City 2016, and Special Mention at Horrorant 2016 in Greece.

FRANCESCA can be ordered now at the  MVD Shop or on Amazon.

Return of the Killer Tomatoes Arrow Video Blu-ray Review

Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988)

 

I saw Attack of the Killer Tomatoes many years ago and don’t remember much about it other than not particularly liking it. As a result I didn’t go into this movie expecting much and even with my lowered expectations I was wildly disappointed by this movie.

unnamed (9)The movie takes place many years after the first one and the world is now tomatoes free and they are only available on the black market. A mad scientist (John Astin, The Adams Family 1964) has discovered a way to transform tomatoes into whatever sort of person he wants by adding some chemicals and playing music. He makes everything from huge shirtless Rambo types to his lovely assistant (Karen M. Waldor, Cannibal Woman in the Avocado Jungle of Death 1989) who eventually escapes and goes to a local pizza guy, Chad (Anthony Starke, Nowhere to Run 1993) for help.

I was immediately annoyed by the movie because it starts like a Creature Feature or Elvira movie with a host introducing the film. This gimmick is rarely done well and unfortunately it was not accomplished here. After the opening shenanigans we get to the actual movie and it starts off somewhat promising but never ends up pulling off what it was trying to accomplish. And unlike its predecessor, unfortunately, there is no giant killer tomatoes.

Really the best part of the movie is George Clooney who plays Chad’s best friend. It’s amusing to see him so young and with such a ridiculous hair cut but it’s also seems like he had fun making the movie.

The 2k transfer is good but it’s really nothing to write home about. There a few overly grainy parts and I probably wouldn’t have killertom5noticed so much if I had actually been enjoying the movie.

This disc is not heavy on the special features but we get a brand new audio commentary with writer-director John De Bello and a brand new interview with star Anthony Starke. The interview with Anthony Starke was an incredibly pointless interview that really just had him talking about hanging out with George Clooney. It also comes with a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin and a fully-illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver.

Overall this is my least favorite Arrow release and one I most certainly won’t watch again. Again, I don’t really remember the first one but I imagine that if you liked that one you’ll probably get a kick out of this one. Otherwise I’d steer clear of this release and that pains me to say because I so truly love Arrow’s releases.

 

-DeadRat

Violent Shit – The Movie is Out Now from REEL GORE RELEASING!!!

REEL GORE RELEASING FIRST TITLE: VIOLENT SHIT – THE MOVIE

 

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For immediate release. Cult Epics founder Nico B and film producer Steve Aquilina’s new horror label REEL GORE RELEASING presents on August 9, 2016 its first title:

VIOLENT SHIT – THE MOVIE, directed by Luigi Pastore, a bigger budget revamp of the cult-schlock-gore classics from the 80s, shot in Italy RGR001_VIOLENT SHIT THE MOVIE_slipcase_3Dfeaturing a soundtrack by Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin.

Synopsis: Rome is shattered by a series of gruesome murders that paint the Eternal City deep red. The suspicion grows that these atrocious crimes are connected with the return of one of the most heinous serial killers of our time – Karl the Butcher!

Starring veterans Giovanni Lombardo Radice (Cannibal Ferox, House by the Edge of the Park), Barbara Magnolfi (Suspiria), and Lilli Carati (To be Twenty) in her last appearance, with cameos by Enzo G. Castellari (Inglorious Bastards), Luigi Cozzi (Contemnation) Antonio Tentori (Lucio Fulci screenwriter) and Andreas Schnaas (original director of the VS series).

The first 3000 numbered BD/DVD combos include bonus CD with Original Soundtrack by Goblin Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin, Collectible Blu-ray/DVD Slipcase and Sleeve, 24 Page Booklet.

 

 

 

 

 

VIOLENT SHIT – THE MOVIE (Blu-ray/DVD/CD)

Price:                              $39.95

Street Date:                              August 9, 2016

Production Year:                     2015

Film run time:                 Approx. 82 minutes

Language:                                English, German language with optional English, French, Spanish subtitles

Aspect Ratio:                           1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen 16:9

Audio:                                      DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround/Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

Label/Distributor:                    Reel Gore Releasing/CAV

Catalog Number:                     RGR001

UPC:                                        881190600191

Rating:                                     Not Rated

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BONUS FEATURES

MAKING OF THE MOVIE by Director LUIGI PASTORE

THE HISTORY OF VIOLENT SHIT – Interview with Producer STEVE AQUILINA

TRIBUTE TO LILLI CARATI – The Last Interview                        

INTERVIEWS with members of the cast – VINCENZO PEZZOPANE, MICHELA FORESTA, DANIELA CICCONE, ERIKA KAMESE

WORLD OF STARS – INTERVIEWS with members of the cast – GIOVANNI LOMBARDO RADICE, ANTONIO ZEQUILA & Producer STEVE AQUILINA and Director LUIGI PASTORE

TRAILERS & SLIDESHOW

A House Is Not A Home hits DVD September 27th

A House Is Not A Home

coming September 27th

No one gets out of this house alive or DEAD!

Winner of the Best Feature Horror at Burbank International Film Festival

unnamed-10Following a limited theatrical run, MVD Entertainment Group will release A House Is Not A Home, a DeInstitutionalized LLC production, on DVD and digital platforms on September 27th. The film stars Bill Cobbs (Night at the Museum), Richard Grieco (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 21 Jump Street), Eddie Steeples (My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope), Aurora Perrineau (Jem and the Holograms, Equals), Diahnna Nicole Baxter (Scandal), Gerald Webb (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Sniper: Special Ops), Melvin Gregg (3.7 million Vine followers) and is directed by Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray (Mercenaries). The diversely cast horror film premiered at the Burbank International Film Festival to rave reviews taking top honors as the Best Horror Feature.

In the film, Ben and Linda Williams move the family into a dream home in a last ditch effort to save their troubled marriage. Despite their good intentions, they cannot shake the feeling that they are being watched by something. Their unimaginable fears are realized when things inside the house take a supernatural and sinister turn. Ben and his family flee for their lives, but it is too late. The house isn’t finished with them, trapping the family in its labyrinth. The Williams must come together as never before to fight for their family, their lives and to escape.

Gerald Webb, DeInstitutionalized Managing Partner, says:

“Rarely are diverse films, that fall outside of a very narrowly defined Hollywood mold, green lit by tradition studios and distributors. We created A House Is Not A Home as a direct challenge to those industry stereotypes to fill the void lacking diverse horror and thriller feature films. We are very pleased that MVD’s progressive team has the foresight and commitment to diversity to join us in releasing this groundbreaking film. With the industry currently grappling with diversity issues, A House Is Not A Home’s release is a needed win for diversity and fans of horror and thriller films everywhere.”

DeInstitutionalized is a production company based out of Burbank, California. Partners Chris Ray and Gerald Webb have been working together in various capacities for nearly a decade. In conjunction with producing their own original content, the members have also provided production services to other highly reputable television and film companies.

Eric D. Wilkinson, Director of Home Video Sales and Acquisitions at MVD, says: 

“I’m thrilled to be working with the team at Deinstitutionalized on the release of the thriller “A House is Not a Home”. MVD Entertainment has a long history of successfully supporting independent films and independent filmmakers and Christopher and Gerald have crafted a fun thriller with a diverse cast that I look forward to bringing to the marketplace across all platforms.”

The DVD can be ordered now at the  MVD Shop or on Amazon.

Dead-End Drive-In, The Hills Have Eyes & Slugs Coming to Blu-ray from Arrow Video

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Dead-End Drive-In [Blu-ray] (September 20th)

THE PRICE OF ADMISSION IS THE REST OF YOUR LIFE

One of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite directors, Brian Trenchard-Smith was a key figure in the Ozploitation movement, responsible for The Man from Hong Kong, Stunt Rock, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits… and dystopian cult classic Dead-End Drive-In!

Set in a near-future where the economy has crumbled and violent gangs play havoc in the streets, the powers-that-be have decided to lure the delinquent youth into drive-in cinemas and keep them there. No longer just a place to watch trashy movies and make out, these outdoor picture shows have become concentration camps for the unruly and unwanted.

With its day-glo colour scheme, new wave soundtrack and extraordinary stunt work, Dead-End Drive-In is in the tradition of Ozploitation milestones Mad Max and The Cars That Ate Paris only very, very eighties.

Bonus Materials

* Brand new 2K restoration from original film materials

* High Definition (1080p) Presentation

* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

* Audio commentary by director Brian Trenchard-Smith

* The Stuntmen, Trenchard Smith’s classic television documentary on Grant Page (Mad Max, Road Games) and other Australian stunt performers

* Hospitals Don’t Burn Down, Trenchard-Smith’s 1978 public information film told in pure Ozploitation fashion

* Behind-the-scenes gallery by graffiti artist Vladimir Cherepanoff

* Theatrical Trailer

* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon

Product Details

Format: BLU-RAY

SKU: AV064

UPC: 760137891192

Street Date: 09/20/16

PreBook Date: 08/16/16

Genre: Horror

Run Time: 88 mins

Number of Discs: 1

Audio: STEREO

Year of Production: 1986

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith

Actors: Ned Manning, Natalie McCurry, Peter Whitford, Wilbur Wilde

Box Lot: 30

Territory: US

Language: English

Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

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THE LUCKY ONES DIED FIRST

Horror master Wes Craven achieved critical and commercial success with the likes of Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street – but for many genre fans, the director’s seminal 1977 effort The Hills Have Eyes remains his masterpiece.

Taking a detour whilst on route to Los Angeles, the Carter family run into trouble when their camper van breaks down in the middle of the desert. Stranded, the family find themselves at the mercy of a group of monstrous cannibals lurking in the surrounding hills. With their lives under threat, the Carters are forced to fight back by any means necessary. 

As grueling a viewing experience today as it was upon initial release, The Hills Have Eyes stands alongside the likes of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Night of the Living Dead as one of the defining moments in American horror cinema.

Limited Edition Contents

* Brand new 4K restoration of the film, supervised by producer Peter Locke and viewable with both original and alternate endings 

* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 

* Original Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio

* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 

* 6 Postcards 

* Reversible Fold-out Poster 

* Limited Edition 40-page booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Brad Stevens and a consideration of the Hills franchise by disc producer Ewan Cant, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

* Brand new audio commentary with actors Michael Berryman, Janus Blythe, Susan Lanier and Martin Speer

* Brand new audio commentary by academic Mikel J. Koven 

* Audio commentary with Wes Craven and Peter Locke 

* Looking Back on The Hills Have Eyes – making-of documentary featuring interviews with Wes Craven, Peter Locke, actors Michael Berryman, Janus Blythe, Robert Houston, Susan Lanier, Dee Wallace and director of photography Eric Saarinen

* Brand new interview with actor Martin Speer

* The Desert Sessions – brand new interview with composer Don Peake

* Never-before-seen Outtakes 

* Alternate Ending, in HD for the first time 

* Trailers and TV Spots 

* Image Gallery

* Original Screenplay (BD-ROM Content)

* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper

Product Details

Format: BLU-RAY

SKU: AV065

UPC: 760137891390

Street Date: 09/27/16

PreBook Date: 08/23/16

Genre: Horror

Run Time: 90 mins

Number of Discs: 1

Audio: MONO

Year of Production: 1977

Director: Wes Craven

Actors: John Steadman, Suze Lanier-Bramlett

Language: English

Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

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Slugs [Blu-ray] (September 27th)

THEY SLIME. THEY OOZE. THEY KILL.

From celebrated Spanish director Juan Piquer Simon, the man behind the truly demented slasher flick Pieces (1982), comes a terrifying tale of mutant slugs on the rampage in small-town America. The townsfolk of a rural community are dying in strange and gruesome circumstances. Following the trail of horrifically mutilated cadavers, resident health inspector Mike Brady is on the case to piece together the mystery. He soon comes to a terrifying conclusion – giant slugs are breeding in the sewers beneath the town, and they’re making a meal of the locals! Based on the novel by acclaimed British horror author Shaun Hutson, Slugs outdoes its creature feature peers by adding an extra dose of gross-out gore into the equation, culminating in one of the most squirm-inducing animal attack movies ever to slither its way across screens.

Special Edition Contents

* Brand new restoration from original film elements 

* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 

* Original Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio 

* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 

* Audio commentary with Slugs author Shaun Hutson

* Audio commentary with writer and filmmaker Chris Alexander 

* Here’s Slugs in Your Eye – an interview with actor Emilio Linder 

* They Slime, They Ooze, They Kill: The Effects of Slugs – an interview with special effects artist Carlo De Marchis 

* Invasion USA – an interview with art director Gonzalo Gonzalo 

* The Lyons Den – an interview and locations tour with production manager Larry Ann Evans 

* 1988 Goya Awards promo reel 

* Trailer

* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter

Product Details

Format: BLU-RAY

SKU: AV066

UPC: 760137891291

Street Date: 09/27/16

PreBook Date: 08/23/16

Genre: Horror

Run Time: 89 mins

Number of Discs: 1

Audio: MONO

Year of Production: 1988

Director: Juan Piquer Simón

Actors: Michael Garfield, Kim Terry, Philip MacHale, Emilio Linder

Language: English

Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

John Carpenter Vinyl Review from Sacred Bones Records

Assault on Precinct 13/The Fog

Halloween/Escape from New York

Sacred Bones Records

2016

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John Carpenter is easily considered to be one of the greatest directors of all time. It is an earned reputation, as he has shown that he can make amazing horror, action, and sci-fi films. Sure some of his later films were a little off (to put it nicely), but his hits make up for those.

As renown as his films are, his film scores are equally as impressive. I’ll never forget the first time I rented Halloween, and hearing the theme song for the first time. I knew I was watching something great, based on the opening music.

Recently John Carpenter and a live band, have gone on tour performing these classic themes, along with new stuff from the Lost Themes albums. I (and Exorcast CEO The Beard), got to see his stop in Pittsburgh. The performance was great, and getting there was an adventure.

To celebrate John Carpenter performing live, Sacred Bones Records has released two 12 inch singles, Assault on Precinct 13/The Fog and Halloween/Escape from New York.

Both singles are available in three flavors: a picture disc, black vinyl, and colored vinyl. The colored vinyl for Halloween sold out really fast, so I picked up the black vinyl for that release, and got the colored vinyl for Assault on the Fog.

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Both releases are played at 45 rpm, and sound great. Everything sounds clean and crisp. Both Assault and The Fog sound really close to their original score. They both sound more fuller, but it isn’t a drastic change. The same can be said for Escape from New York. Halloween on the other hand, really benefits the strongest from the band.

There has been some terrible renditions of the Halloween theme over the years, like the rock guitar version in the theatrical part 6, or the orchestra version in H20. Neither worked, but with this release, this is the best Halloween has ever sounded. Yeah, even against the original. The theme really benefits from the dual keyboard approach and added drums. I don’t know the extent of Carpenter’s involvement in the new Halloween, but they must use this version of the theme.

Even though the other themes don’t sound that different, that doesn’t mean there isn’t improvements. Escape has always been a bluesy rock track, but now is more dynamic. The Fog is just as creepy as it was in the film. Like Halloween, Assault comes in with a two keyboard attack and drums.

The packaging is also very well done. The front and back show a different image related to one of the films, done in black and shiny silver.

So with these being the best sound versions of the themes, these releases are a must have right? Yes and no.

These were both released on the same day and are a little expensive. Preordering I was able to get them for around $16 each. That comes out to $8 a song. Personally, I didn’t notice anything that really would have hurt these being combined into one release. They were selling different colored editions of these singles at the concert, but were $20 each. I know vinyl isn’t cheap, but I just want to give everyone a heads up what is on these.

So again while these are phenomenal releases, they are pricey, but they are the best sounding versions of the themes. While I don’t regret picking these up, and will get others if they are released, just know you can get the Lost Themes I or II for $19 each on Amazon. Those have more tracks and are longer length releases.

If you do pick these up, you will not be disappointed. Also if you get a chance to see Carpenter in concert, definitely don’t pass that up.

-Dance Commander Matt Hatfield

When not reading Sutter Cane or Exorcast reviews, you should read my Twitter feed @cerial442.

The Perfect Husband Coming to Blu-ray from Artspolitation Films

Bloody Thriller Proves Marriage Can Be Murder!

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A married couple’s weekend romantic getaway turns disturbingly violent in this nightmarish descent into madness. “Stylish, beautiful and brutal…unsettling and genuinely eerie, certainly a contender for indie horror of the year.” wrote firstscreamtothelast.com.

unnamed-4The English-language The Perfect Husband is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray (and exclusive streaming on Vimeo) July 26, 2016, and then slated to be on most major VOD outlets on October 25th.

  • Synopsis: This terrifying psychological horror film follows Viola (Gabriella Wright) and Nicola (Bret Roberts) as they try to reconcile after an unexpected termination of pregnancy puts a strain on their marriage. They decide to spend a weekend in a family cottage in the woods but what was supposed to be a romantic weekend suddenly turns into a deadly nightmare as seething suspicions, maddening paranoia and blind rage explodes around them. A bloody, unsettling thriller from Italian horrorunnamed-5 filmmaker Lucas Pavetto.
  • Bonus features: Il Marito Perfectto (short film) (38 minutes), The Perfect Husband Behind-the-Scenes (24 minutes), Artsploitation trailers

 

 


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/171618729″>The Perfect Husband</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/artsploitation”>artsploitation</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Observance Coming to Blu-ray from Artspolitation Films

Psychological Horror Thriller OBSERVANCE to be Released on DVD/Blu-ray

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With the dread-infused claustrophobia of Polanski’s The Tenant, the taut voyeurism of Hitchcock’s Rear Window, and the horrific visuals
unnamed-3founds in the works of Cronenberg, Joseph Sims-Dennett’s Observance is one seriously intense thriller. The psychological horror tale involves a private detective who, hired to watch a woman across the street, begins to experience a violent mental breakdown.

The English-language Observance will be released on DVD and Blu-ray (and exclusive streaming on Vimeo) August 2, 2016, and on most major VOD outlets beginning October 11th.

Critical Response: 

  • “Remarkably unnerving…dripping with paranoia and bursts of madness!” — John W. Allman, Blood Violence and Babes
  • “Captivates the viewer…with some terrifying moments that would make David Cronenberg proud. — bloody-disgusting.com
  • “Sheer ambient dread.” — Indiewire
  • “The very definition of psychological horror.” — Thy Critic Man

 

  • Synopsis: Atmospherically creepy and visually unnerving, Joseph Sims-Dennett’s startling feature film debut follows Parker, a young unnamed-2man in the grip of grief following the death of his young son, his marriage on the rocks and nearing bankruptcy, reluctantly returns to work as a private investigator. His assignment it to observe a woman from an abandoned apartment, and as her watches bizarre happenings surrounding her, he slowly becomes aware that the derelict building he is in has a dark presence which slowly threatens to consume him. A frightening horror tale of a man spiraling into madness.
  • Bonus features: “Preface to Observance” (3 minutes), Artsploitation trailers

Manhattan Baby on Blu-ray from Blue Underground

The Surreal Horror Shocker From the Director of ZOMBIE and THE BEYOND

A young girl on vacation in Egypt is given a mysterious charm, causing her archeologist father to be struck blind inside an unexplored pyramid tomb. But when the family returns home to Manhattan, a plague of supernatural evil and sudden violence follows. Can this ancient curse be stopped before it is unleashed on the streets of New York City?

Christopher Connelly (1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS), Laura Lenzi (THE ADVENTURES OF HERCULES II), Giovanni Frezza (THE HOUSE BY THE CEMTERY) and Carlo De Mejo (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD) star in Italian shock master Lucio Fulci’s bizarre horror thriller, which combines elements of THE EXORCIST, THE AWAKENING, POLTERGEIST, and more. Also known as EYE OF THE EVIL DEAD and POSSESSED, MANHATTAN BABY has been newly transferred and fully restored in 2K from the original uncensored camera negative and comes fully loaded with exclusive new Extras produced for this release!

ManhattanBaby_3DiscLtdEd_keyart4cExtras:

  • Fulci & I – Interview with Composer Fabio Frizzi (An Hour-Long Career Overview Of the Soundtrack Collaborations of Fabio Frizzi & Lucio Fulci)
  • For The Birds – Interview with Star Cosimo Cinieri
  • 25 Years With Fulci – Interview with Make-Up Effects Artist Maurizio Trani
  • Beyond The Living Dead – Interview with Co-Writer Dardano Sacchetti
  • Stephen Thrower on MANHATTAN BABY – Interview with the author of “Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci”
  • “Manhattan Baby Suite” – Live Studio Performance by Fabio Frizzi
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • BONUS Collectable Booklet featuring new writing by author Troy Howarth
  • BONUS CD – MANHATTAN BABY Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Fabio Frizzi

Sell Points:

  • Lucio Fulci’s surreal horror shocker is now available in a new 3-Disc Limited Edition!
  • Brand new 2K High Definition transfer from the original uncensored camera negative and all-new 5.1 Surround mix
  • Loaded with new Extras created especially for this release
  • Blu-ray features Full 1080p HD Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio for the ultimate home theater experience
  • Exclusive Limited Edition includes Blu-ray, DVD, Soundtrack CD, bonus collectable booklet, reversible sleeve, and special packaging
  • Extensive online exposure on top websites, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Fangoria, Blu-ray.com, and many more
  • Nationwide Theatrical Release in Top Markets prior to Street Date
  • From Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci (ZOMBIE, THE BEYOND, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY)
  • Starring Christopher Connelly (1990: BRONX WARRIORS, DJANGO STRIKES AGAIN), Laura Lenzi (THE ADVENTURES OF HERCULES II), Giovanni Frezza (THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, THE NEW BARBARIANS), Cinzia de Ponti (THE NEW YORK RIPPER, DEVIL FISH), Cosimo Cinieri (MURDER ROCK, THE NEW YORK RIPPER), and Carlo De Mejo (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY)
  • Features music by frequent Fulci collaborator Fabio Frizzi (ZOMBIE, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE BEYOND)
  • “A Stylish, Very Gothic Horror Flick… One Of Fulci’s Best!”Blu-ray Authority
  • “A Quirky, Challenging Visual Feast!”Mondo Digital
  • “Thick With Creepy Atmosphere And Schlocky Supernatural Fun!” McBastard’s Mausoleum
  • “There Are More Than Enough Familiar Fulci Trademarks To Appease Even The Most Demanding Fan!”The Spinning Image

Blood Bath Blu-ray Review from Arrow Video

Blood Bath Arrow Video Blu-Ray Review

Arrow Video has really blown me away with another incredible release. This isn’t just a set of four movies but it tell’s the crazy story of Roger Corman taking one movie and spawning three from it.

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First up is Operation Titan which is the film that started it all. It’s basically an art heist/murder mystery with not much to offer. It is fairly well made, but really nothing special. I really understand why Roger Corman wasn’t happy with this movie because it never would have survived at the drive-in and as a result it would make him very little money. This brings us to the next incarnation of the film, Portrait in Terror, which is a re-cut of Operation Titan that has a new score and some added scenes.

 

Disc 2 (Blood Bath & Track of the Vampire)

Blood Bath is where the film transforms into some great shlock. This movie was the result of giving the movie to Jack Hill (Spider Baby, 1967)
and then to Stephanie Rothman (
Terminal Island, 1973). Jack Hill made a rough cut of the movie and then it was handed over to Stephanie Rothman. The movie has nothing to do with Operation Terror and Portrait of Terror and are only connected by the footage that was reused and some of the same actors. Instead of a whodunit, the movie has been transformed into a bizarre and campy vampire flick and in true Jack Hill form, he cast Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects, 2003) in a role. Interspersed with the vampire story is some amusing and very tongue in cheek scenes of beatnik artists trying out some new forms of painting. Sid Haig plays one of the beatniks and is really the highlight oblood-bath1f those scenes.

What spawned from Blood Bath was Track of the Vampire, which was the extended TV cut of the film. A few parts are taken out, but much more is added. Blood Bath runs only 62 minutes while Track of the Vampire clocks in at about 80 minutes. This cut of the film makes it a bit more ridiculous than Blood Bath. The best example of this would be the incredibly bizarre chase scene that turns into an underwater vampire attack.  It’s unintentionally funny and goes on for what
seems like forever. It is by far the best scene of aquatic blood sucking that I’ve ever witnessed.

Arrow really doesn’t mess around with the special features on this set. Portrait in Terror, Blood Bath and Track of the Vampire all have brand new 2K restorations that all look quite good. Operation Titan has been reconstructed with original film materials and standard definition inserts so it understandably has the worst picture quality out of the bunch. Although the picture is overall rather impressive, the sound is not. There is some aggressive background static throughout.

The first special feature in this set is, The Trouble with Titian Revisited. It is a brand new visual essay by Tim Lucas about the history and production of all four films. This feature is truly great, and not just a half assed featurette. Mr. Lucas originally penned a three part article in Video Watchdog and has now turned it into a feature length documentary. It’s incredibly interesting and informative that goes in depth about the production, complete with side by side shot comparison. The amount of information and insight in this documentary rivals many film images-2classes I’ve taken.

Next up is a very short interview with Sid Haig called Bathing in Blood that was recorded for this release. This interview is so short that it’s almost unnecessary. But if you’re into hearing Sid Haig talk very quietly than check it out. We also get an even shorter archive interview with Jack Hill.

As part of the limited box set you get a beautiful double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artworks and a great limited edition booklet containing new writing on the film and its cast by Peter Stanfield, Anthony Nield, Vic Pratt and Cullen Gallagher. There is also Outtakes from Track of the Vampire, scanned from original film materials and the usual reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford.

I can’t recommend this set enough. Weather you’re a fan of Corman or Jack Hill, a fan of cheesy vampire movies, or just interested in a truly unique piece of film history, this set is for you. For about $35, you get 4 movies plus a feature length documentary. Blood Bath and the documentary alone are worth the money. And I implore you to pick up the limited set because the poster and book are very much worth it.

 

-DeadRat

Taxi Driver LP Rewiew from Wax Work Records

Taxi Driver

Waxwork Records

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We are in a vinyl resurgence, but it has been going on longer than you think. Especially if you are into punk and hardcore. The soundtrack boom however, is more recent. One of the label’s that had a hand in this is Waxwork Records. I learned about Waxwork due to their Chopping Mall release. I’m not a fan of the film, but the artwork and the hot pink colored record, felt like something I must have. That’s what made me a fan of theirs, and currently own all of their releases.

Waxwork as a label has gotten bigger and bigger. Having released soundtracks for films such as Friday the 13th, Trick ‘r Treat, and Goosebumps. Another huge release for them is the subject of this review, the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece Taxi Driver.

The Taxi Driver score is conducted by Bernard Herrmann, famously known for his score to Psycho. Taxi Driver was his final score before his death. The score is haunting and really adds to the despair we experience with Travis Bickle. It’s downbeat and ominous, and really sets the tone of the film. While it is not really a soundtrack you would put on for a fun listening evening, it is great to listen to on a rainy somber day, waiting for the sun to shine.

This release from Waxwork shows why they are one of the best soundtrack companies around. The score is presented on two LPs, each being image3-2180g. This was released on two different color options; a taxi cab yellow, and a white, yellow, and black tri-color. The tri-color one is the one I picked up, but both look amazing. The release sound really good, as well. Many will argue over the benefits of 180g vinyl, but I’m in the camp that states it does sound better. It sounds clean, real clean. Clean like my conscience.

In addition, this is the first time the score has been released in it’s entirety on vinyl.

So with the complete score, great sound, and a good looking LP, that should be enough right. Waxwork always goes above and beyond for their releases, and this one is no different. The artwork was done image2-2by Rich Kelly. We get gatefold artwork depicting one of the more bloodier scenes, that would be great on it’s own as a poster. Finally, we get liner notes by Martin Scorsese himself.

So listen you screwheads, if you are a fan of the film, you need this release in your collection. This is the definitive version of the soundtrack, it sounds great and has fantastic artwork. Suck on this.

Buy it here: http://waxworkrecords.com/products/taxi-driver

 

-Dance Commander Matt Hatfield

By the time you read this, I will hopefully not be dead. You can also listen to me twice a month on the CinemaVillainy podcast.

@cerial442

Two Titles Coming from Arrow Video in August!

New from Arrow Video US

Microwave Massacre [Blu-ray + DVD] (August 16th)

 The Bloodstained Butterfly [Blu-ray + DVD] (August 23rd)

via MVD Entertainment Group
 
MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with several new titles in August…

Microwave Massacre [Blu-ray + DVD] (August 16th)

THEY CAME FOR DINNER…TO FIND THEY WERE IT!!

Microwave Massacre stars legendary stand-up comedian and actor Jackie Vernon as Donald, a disgruntled construction worker whose wife’s predilection for haute cuisine drives him to cannibalism.

Donald unwittingly stumbles upon a solution to his two major problems in his life – his nagging wife and his lack of decent meals – when, one night, he bludgeons his better half to death with a pepper grinder in a drunken rage. Thinking on his feet, Donald dismembers the body and sets about microwaving the remains, which turn out to be rather delicious. Trouble is, now he has a taste for human flesh that needs satisfying…

Eschewing all notions of good taste, Wayne Berwick’s Microwave Massacre is a deliciously depraved exercise in political incorrectness that has gone on to gain a cult following thanks to a characteristically deadpan performance from Vernon, who delivers such choice lines as “I’m so hungry I could eat a whore.” Vegetarians need not apply!

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
– Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Brand new audio commentary with writer-producer Craig Muckler, moderated by Mike Tristano
– Brand new making-of featurette including interviews with Muckler, director Wayne Berwick and actor Loren Schein
– Trailer
– Original treatment and 8-page synopsis (BD/DVD-ROM content)
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter

Product Details
An MVD Exclusive
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV062
UPC: 760137880295
Street Date: 08/16/16
PreBook Date: 07/12/16
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 76 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1983
Director: Wayne Berwick
Actors: Jackie Vernon, Loren Schein, Al Troupe
Language: English
Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon
The Bloodstained Butterfly [Blu-ray + DVD] (August 23rd)

Directed by Duccio Tessari (Death Occurred Last Night, A Pistol for Ringo), The Bloodstained Butterfly melds the lurid giallo traditions popularized by Dario Argento and Mario Bava with courtroom drama, resulting in a film that is as concerned with forensic detail and legal process as it is with grisly murders and audacious set-pieces.

When a young female student is savagely killed in a park during a thunderstorm, the culprit seems obvious: her lover, TV sports personality Alessandro Marchi (Giancarlo Sbragia, Death Rage), seen fleeing the scene of the crime by numerous eyewitnesses. The evidence against him is damning… but is it all too convenient? And when the killer strikes again while Marchi is in custody, it quickly becomes apparent that there’s more to the case than meets the eye…
Starring 70s heartthrob Helmut Berger (Dorian Gray, The Godfather: Part III) alongside genre mainstays Evelyn Stewart (The Psychic, The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail) and Carole André (Colt 38 Special Squad), and featuring a score by Gianni Ferrio (Death Walks at Midnight), The Bloodstained Butterfly is presented uncut and in a sumptuous new 4K restoration that allows this unique and haunting thriller to shine like never before!
BONUS MATERIALS
– Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Original Italian and English soundtracks in DTS-HD MA mono 1.0
– Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
– New audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
– Murder in B-Flat Minor, a new visual essay on the film, its cast and crew by author Troy Howarth.
– Mad Dog Helmut, a new interview with actor Helmut Berger
– Exclusive introduction by Helmut Berger
– New interview with actress Evelyn Stewart/Ida Galli
– Interview with Lorella De Luca, actress and wife of director Duccio Tessari
– Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
– Gallery of original promotional images
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
– Limited edition 36-page booklet (first pressing only) illustrated by Tonci Zonjic, containing writing by James Blackford, Howard Hughes and Leonard JacobsProduct Details
An MVD Exclusive
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV063
UPC: 760137880394
Street Date: 08/23/16
PreBook Date: 07/19/16
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 99 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: MONO
Year of Production: 1971
Director: Duccio Tessari
Actors: Helmut Berger, Giancarlo Sbragia, Evelyn Stewart
Language: Italian/English
Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

Hired to Kill Blu-ray Review from Arrow Video

Hired to Kill (1990) Arrow Video Blu-ray Review

 

Mercenary, Frank Ryan, played by Brian Thompson (Cobra, X-Files) is a no frills badass that doesn’t take shit from anyone. He is hired by an old associate, played by George Kennedy (Naked Gun, Cool Hand Luke), to lead a team to travel to Cypra and rescue a prisoner. This mission is unlike any other mission that frank has carried out; he will have to pose as a gay fashion designer and his team will be seven lethal ladies posing Hired to Killas fashion models. When Frank and his team arrive they are faced with a rather unusual and ruthless leader, Michael Baratos, played by Oliver Reed (Venom, The Brood). Together, Frank and his team reap chaos on all whom cross them.

Every time I watch a Nico Mastorakis movie he moves up a few places on my list of favorite directors. This movie has everything you could want in an early 90’s over the top action flick. It has a freakishly muscly leading man who frequently isn’t wearing a shirt, lots of guns, nudity and explosions, and some insanely ridiculous lines. There is also Oliver Reed, with one of the best mustaches in the history of cinema.

This movie really puts a spotlight on the fact that Brian Thompson should have stared in more cheesy action pictures. He really shines in the role and it would have been great to see him mugging in the lead of action films. The movie also highlights Nico Mastorakis’ ability to make the best of every penny of his relatively small budget. Granted this is a larger budget than Mr. Mastorakis was used to, it wasn’t much imagescompared to more popular action movies of the era. And even with the non-stellar budget, he managed to make it look as good as movies with twice the money.

Another thing I like about this movie is how they handled Frank Ryan pretending to be gay. They really could have played it as offensive but Instead of him acting like a stereotypical effeminate gay guy, he was just gay. He acted the same as before but now he just pretended to like men. The only time his homosexuality comes into play is an incredible scene with Oliver Reed, where they end up kissing. So I give props to Mr. Mastorakis for keeping it classy.

hiredblu00004As we’ve become accustom to, Arrows new 2K restoration of the film looks incredible. The restoration was approved by Mr. Mastorakis so I guess we can expect great quality. The blu-ray also features an audio commentary with the editor of the film, Barry Zeltin, an interview with Brian Thompson, the film trailer, still gallery, reversible cover sleeve, original screenplay and a fully illustrated booklet with new writing by critic James Oliver. But of all the special features, by far the best is “Hired to Direct” which is an almost half hour long featurette of Nico Mastorakis talking about the making of the film. The featurette is very informative and interesting and you really get the idea of how much he cares about his films. I really could watch Mr. Mastorakis talk about his movies all day.

This movie is a must for any fan of cheesy action movies, Nico Mastorakis or Arrow Video because it really showcases all three areas. I really hope that Arrow continues to release more of Nico Mastorakis’ movies and it’d be really swell if they did a box set with some of his lesser-known titles and included an entire bonus disc of interviews with him. So go buy a copy and watch it ASAP.

 

-DeadRat

The Latest on VIOLENT SHIT THE MOVIE

Introducing A New Label, Reel Gore Releasing
August 2016 New Release

Violent Shit The Movie
Blu-ray + DVD + CD Combo
Label: Reel Gore Releasing

Pre-book: 07/12/2016 Streets: 08/09/2016
SRP: 39.95 UPC: 881190600191 Cat: RGR001
82 Minutes In English or German with English, Spanish and French subtitles
Color Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1 DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Region 0
Horror Not Rated Production Year: 2015
Director: Luigi Pastore
Cast: Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Antonio Zequila, Michela Foresta, Vincenzo Pezzopane, Steve Aquilina, Erika Kamese, Simone Destrero, Lilli Carati

Rome is shattered by a series of gruesome murders that paint the Eternal City deep red. Italian Police Inspector Aristide D’Amato and his German counterpart Hans Ebert initiate their criminal investigations. They stumble upon the eccentric Professor Vassago – a master of myths and mysteries – who is linked to Senator Vinci – a corrupt politician – mutually driven by power and perversions.

The suspicion grows that these atrocious crimes are connected with the return of one of the most heinous serial killers of our time – Karl the Butcher!

First 3000 copies include: CD – Original Soundtrack by Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin, Collectible Blu-ray/DVD Slipcase and Sleeve, 24 Page booklet.

The relentless Karl the Butcher, beloved and best known to gorehounds and German Underground aficionados has been revamped and re-envisioned; his trademark brutality in the likes of the distinctly German independent VIOLENT SHIT now remade into an equally ghastly giallo featuring a Claudio Simonetti soundtrack. VIOLENT SHIT THE MOVIE is an homage to both the original’s 25th anniversary and the producer’s love of Italian horror and blends German gore movies with the mastery of Italian horror. The film stars Italian genre mainstay Giovanni Lombardo Radice as the devil incarnate, who masterminds Karl the Butcher’s evil murder spree. Italian directors Enzo G. Castellari (INGLORIOUS BASTARDS) and Luigi Cozzi (CONTAMINATION) have cameos in the movie, as well as Lucio Fulci’s screenwriter Antonio Tentori and SUSPIRIA’s Barbara Magnolfi. -Fangoria

Bonus Features:

  • MAKING OF THE MOVIE by Director LUIGI PASTORE
  • THE HISTORY OF VIOLENT SHIT – Interview with Producer STEVE AQUILINA
  • TRIBUTE TO LILLI CARATI – The Last Interview
  • INTERVIEWS with members of the cast – VINCENZO PEZZOPANE, MICHELA FORESTA, DANIELA CICCONE, ERIKA KAMESE
  • WORLD OF STARS – INTERVIEWS with members of the cast – GIOVANNI LOMBARDO RADICE, ANTONIO
  • ZEQUILA – & Producer STEVE AQUILINA and Director LUIGI PASTORE
  • TRAILERS & SLIDESHOW

 

Episode 131

Episode 131

On this episode Chuck and I talk about Drafthouse Films Dangerous Men and Blue Underground’s Venom. While recording I also order 4 cases of Ecto-Cooler!

The Zero Boys. Arrow Video Blu-ray Review

The Zero Boys (1986) Arrow Video Blu-ray (2016) 

Directed by: Nico Mastorakis

Starring: Kelli Maroney, Daniel Hirsch, Tom Shell & Nicole Rio

The Zero Boys are ragtag group of paintballers who take their sport very seriously. The film opens with a very dramatic battle scene between The Zero Boys and their rivals in a staged battleground. After their glorious victory, The Zero Boys and their female companions head to the the_zero_boyswoods for a bit of drinking, practice and relaxation. Just as they start settling in, one of them sees a girl running through the woods and the group goes to investigate. They come across a creepy cabin and soon they realize that they will be facing off against their deadliest enemy yet.

I love Nico Mastorakis first film, Island of Death, but I had never seen The Zero Boys. The films are very different and if you go into this thinking you’re going to get Island of Death than you’ll be disappointed. That being said, this movie was great. I knew nothing about the movie before I started watching it and based on the main menu on the Blu-ray I was expecting an action movie so when the slashing began I 1461524731_2was pumped. The movie is almost Red Dawn meets Friday the 13th and yes, that’s as awesome as it sounds. There is almost no blood in the movie yet still manages to be quite brutal. The acting is also above par for this sort of flick. It’s nothing great but it’s not the usual crap you come to expect from 80s slasher movies. Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet) is not surprisingly the best of the protagonist and Joe Estevez (Beach Babes from Beyond) plays a really great psycho.

As for the special features, there’s a brand new 2K restoration of the film, approved by writer-director Nico Mastorakis. The transfer is good,
but not great. Most of the move is clear and sharp but then there are scenes which are very grainy. If it was consistently grainy than it wouldn’t be as bad but the stark contrast between the scenes can be somewhat distracting. There is an audio commentary with star Kelli Maroney, 1461524731_1moderated by Shock Till You Drop’s Chris Alexander which I will most definitely be listening to in the near future. The best special feature is, Nico Mastorakis on… Nico Mastorakis, which is Mr. Mastorakis interviewing himself. It’s a little under a half hour long and it is as informative as it is bizarre. There are also brand new interviews with stars Kelli Maroney and Nicole Rio. And then we have the usual theatrical trailer, stills gallery, fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver and reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys.

This release is definitely worth your time and money. Mastorakis is rapidly becoming one of my favorite directors and hopefully Arrow will continue their great treatment of his movies.


-DeadRat

REEL GORE RELEASING LABEL COMING SOON

Nico B from Cult Epics is launching a new line called Reel Gore Releasing! The first thing coming from the brand is Violent Shit: The Movie! Read more below from the press release!

 

NEW LABEL LAUNCH: REEL GORE RELEASING

Los Angeles, CA (June 2016)

For immediate release. Cult Epics founder Nico B and film producer Steve Aquilina will be launching a new horror label REEL GORE RELEASING as of August 2016, distributed thru CAV (home of Cult Epics, Synapse, Grindhouse) in North America. With the recent success of the horror films of Jorg Buttgereit (Nekromantik) and Angst, Nico B teamed up with Steve Aquilina from 8-Films to launch a new label for newly produced gore horror films to premiere on video and digital. The first three films are VIOLENT SHIT – THE MOVIE (August 2016), a bigger budget revamp of the cult-schlock- gore classics from the 80s, shot in Italy featuring a soundtrack by Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin; followed by MASKS (September 2016), German giallo gore feast from the director Andreas Marschall (Tears of Kali, German Angst), and the return to directing of Luigi Cozzi (Contamination) with BLOOD ON MELIES’ MOON (October 2016) with guest appearances by Dario Argento &amp; Lamberto Bava. For more info see http://www.reelgorereleasing.com and join us for updates at http://www.facebook.com/reelgorereleasing http://www.twitter.com/reelgoremovies

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Episode 130

Episode 130

This week Chuck and I talk about all sorts of things. Horror news; Ghostbusters (ugh), Halloween and some other stuff I can’t recall because it was late. We also talk a little bit about The VVitch and we review Blue Undergrounds double feature blu-ray of The Millions Eyes of SuMuru and The Girl From Rio (Rio 70).

Sheba, Baby Arrow Video Blu-ray Review

Sheba, Baby (1975) Arrow Video Blu-ray (2016)

Directed by: William Girdler

Starring: Pam Grier, Austin Stoker, D’Urville Martin & Rudy Challenger

Private detective, Sheba (Pam Grier), comes back to her hometown to discover that her father’s business is being threatened by mobsters. Not one to take things lying down, she decided to take matters into her own hands.

IMG_5248Anyone who knows me knows that I love films with women who kick ass and Pam Grier happens to be one of the most kick ass women in the history of cinema. Before watching Arrow’s Blu-ray release I had never seen Mrs. Grier’s exploits in high definition so needless to say, I had high hopes for the transfer and boy IMG_5250they did not disappoint. The transfer is immaculate and is what we’ve come to expect from Arrow.

I liked this movie but it wouldn’t make it into my top five favorite Pam Grier movies. My main complaint would have to be that there isn’t quite enough action and not enough of Mrs. Grier. I don’t mean that there’s not enough screen time, it’s just that she’s not cracking enough heads or blasting suckers away with various over the top guns. There are a few great scenes, like when she wins a fight by hitting her opponent in the face with a pie and then jumping off a boat, but there just isn’t enough of it for my taste.

IMG_5249The special features for this release are not that awe inspiring either. There’s a very short featurette called Pam Grier: The AIP Years that is a look at Mrs. Grier carrier but if you’re a fan of Grier you are probably already familiar with the information presented in it. There’s also an audio commentary with producer-screenwriter David Sheldon, moderated by critic Nathaniel Thompson and a brand new interview with David Sheldon. And rounding off the special features there’s the trailer, image gallery, booklet featuring new writing on the film and a reversible sleeve with newly commissioned art by Sean Phillips.

This is the first Arrow release that I can’t fully get behind. I won’t go as far as saying that you should stay away from it but if you buy just one Pam Grier film released by Arrow I’d say go with Black Mama, White Mama.


-DeadRat

Vinegar Syndrome’s Pigs Blu-ray Review

PIGS (1972) from Vinegar Syndrome

Directed by: Marc Lawerence

Starring: Toni Lawrence, Marc Lawrence & Jesse Vint

 

I can recall going into Leisure Time Video as a kid with my father and always seeing the artwork of the Pigs VHS on the shelf and never being allowed to rent it. Twenty some years later and I have finally gotten the chance to see this flick thanks to the fine folks at Vinegar Syndrome. I had always assumed that it was filled with Pigs eating people and I am sure my father did too which is probably why he never let me rent it, FullSizeRender-4which turns out really isn’t what was going on in Marc Lawrence’s film.

Zambrini owns a pig farm and roadside café. He is an oddball that isn’t very liked by the people in the town. He is a former circus performer who died in an act and came back to life. He hasn’t been completely normal since then. His two neighbors are tormented by his pigs and claim that they have witnessed Zambrini feeding dead bodies to his pigs at night and are constantly calling the police on him. Lynn Hart stumbles into Zambrini’s looking for a job and a place to stay. Fleeing from her father, Zambrini takes her in. She is very much liked by all the male patrons of the café. She seems like a normal girl just trying to find her place in the world, but we so start to wonder which one of our characters is actually the crazy one.IMG_4890

So Pigs isn’t necessarily the film you are expecting, but what we get is more of a character study. We have one character we are certain is crazy and we witness another possibly going insane. Of course that’s up for you to decide. You do get to see some pigs eating people though, so if that’s what you are wanting, it’s there. For a film that has escaped me for over half my life, Pigs did not disappoint. While it’s not over violent or gory it does deliver in a big way. Some of the best scenes in my opinion are dream sequences or delusion’s, one of them made me think the film was going into another direction entirely. Which if I am being honest, I want to see that version of the film!

IMG_4891Now as I said I haven’t seen the original VHS and I have no idea if Troma ever released it on DVD, but this transfer looks great! That is one thing you always see in Vinegar Syndrome’s BD releases. The sound quality is pretty good as well. The pigs are overly loud for that scare factor, but the dialogue is sometimes a little lower than others or it could’ve just been my son being loud as per usual. I am not sure which, but overall it’s a stellar release. Bonus features include; a really great interview with actress Toni Lawrence, an interview with composer Charles Bernstein, alternate openings, an alternate ending and more!

I am very happy that Vinegar Syndrome released this 70’s gem. It’s been on my list for about as long as I can remember and like I said the film did not disappoint. As previously stated this is not a creature feature with killer pigs, we definitely get something more than that. With an outstanding cast and some man eating pigs, I believe this film will gain a whole new horde of fans thanks to Vinegar Syndrome.

 

Absolution.

Artsploitation Acquires THE ANATOMY OF MONSTERS

Artsploitation Films Picks Up American Indie Horror
The Anatomy of Monsters

Cannes, May 12, 2016 – Artsploitation Films has announced that is has acquired the North American rights to the edgy and dark American independent film The Anatomy of Monsters directed by Seattle-based filmmaker Byron C. Miller.

The film revolves around a seemingly normal yet homicidal young man who ventures out one night in search for his first kill. At a lonely bar he meets a young woman, takes her to a hotel room and prepares to slash her throat…until he discovers she harbors secrets far worse than even he could imagine.

Ray Murray, President of Artsploitation, called the film, “Refreshingly gritty, the kind of film John Cassavetes would have done if he ventured into genre filmmaking. The storyline is original, the tension palpable and it features a star-making performance by Tabitha Bastien as the far from innocent victim.” He says of the director and co-writer Miller, “Byron ignored the constraints of his limited budget to make a creepy, dark, disturbing and immensely creative thriller.”
Miller, who previously directed the feature Night and is currently attached to direct the genre film,Unwelcome, called his film, “midnight poetry in that attempts to create “the feeling of late night hours and sinister urges,” and commented, “It truly is an honor to work with Artsploitation Films, and be included among their stunning library of titles. Paul Morgan (screenplay, cinematographer), and I put our souls into this film and brought it to life with a beyond dedicated cast and crew. I can’t wait to share this monster with the world!”

Sex Murder Art: The Films of Jorg Buttgereit Blu-Ray Review

Sex Murder Art: The Films of Jorg Buttgereit (2016) Cult Epics

Directed by: Jorg Buttgereit

IMG_5018The name Jorg Buttgereit is infamous in the horror genre. Known the world over for being a shock filmmaker, with gory and disturbing films, yet his gritty, stylish form of filmmaking has a much overlooked artistic value to them. Jorg often gives his characters a realistic life struggle like depression or schizophrenia but a lot of the time these things are over shadowed by murder and necrophilia. With that being said there is a lot more to Jorg’s films than just corpse fucking. The four films in this set which are his most well known and most notorious movies are some of IMG_5014the most sophisticated and artistic that the genre has to offer, in my opinion. I believe he and his films really paved the way for some of the more shocking films you see today such as The Human Centipede series. I am fairly positive that without Jorg a lot of this stuff wouldn’t be out today.  

Thanks to Cult Epics, Jorg’s four standout films; Nekromantik, Nekromantik 2 Der Todesking  and Schramm are now available on BD in the U.S. for the first time. Cult Epics has released all four individually over the last year or so. But if you haven’t picked up the individual release you can IMG_5016snag this killer set. I am not going to review each film because we have already done so on Exorcast.

Sex Murder Art: The Films of Jorg Buttgereit is a four disc BD set containing; Nekromantik, Der Todesking, Nekromantik 2 and Schramm. You get the soundtracks of all four films in a 2 CD set, also included is a 40 page book with an introduction by Nico B. of Cult Epics, interviews and exclusive images.

This is one of those sets that every horror collector needs in their collection. All four disturbingly beautiful films in one place, uncut and uncensored. The set will only set you back about $65.00 on IMG_5017DiabolikDVD.com. Well worth the price of admission for all that you get.

Special features include; Two versions of Nekromantik, new introductions for each film by Jorg Buttgereit, Q&A with Jorg Buttgereit, audio commentaries, making ofs, featurettes, still photo galleries, trailers, documentary: Corpse Fucking Art, short films, music video: Half Girl by Jorg Buttgereit and a live concert of Nekromantik 2.

Nekromantik

Nekromantik tells the story of Rob (Daktari Lorenz) who works at a street-cleaning Agency, and visits roadside accidents to clean up the scene. Incidentally Rob collects the body parts and shares them with his girlfriend Betty (Beatrice M.) When Rob presents a complete corpse taken out of a swamp, their undying love reaches its peak, but soon after Betty gets a more liking towards the corpse and leaves Rob, which takes him to the sick end of his destruction.

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From director Jorg Buttgereit comes Nekromantik 2, the gore horror sequel to his 1987 classic Nekromantik. Monika (Monika M.) is a beautiful necrophiliac who lives alone in Berlin. By day she works as a nurse. By night she prowls through cemeteries while searching for fresh corpses. When she reads about the suicide of Rob (Nekromantik’s Daktari Lorenz) she finds his grave to dig up his body and brings it home. Mark (Mark Reeder) lives across town and makes his living dubbing “sex films”. After meeting Monika, romance blossoms and they fall in love. But all is not well in Monika’s world. Her relationship with Mark begins to falter and she has to make a final choice between loving the living or the dead.

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Cult Epics presents the third release in the series Corpse Fucking Art; Jorg Buttgereit’s powerful masterpiece Der Todesking (aka The Death King), made in between Nekromantik (1987) and Nekromantik 2 (1991). Seven stories on Death and Suicide, each taking place on a different day of the week, enframed by the decomposition of a human body.

Schramm

SCHRAMM The story of a deranged serial killer from the director of Nekromantik. Lothar Schramm (Florian Koemer von Gustorf) is dying, face down in a pool of his own blood. Behind his closed eyes, fractured memories repeat themselves. He runs by the sea. He lusts after the whore (Nekromantik 2’s Monika M.) across the hall. He staggers through life uncertainly. He kills. Schramm is the story of the notorious “Lipstick Killer” Lothar Schramm’s last days on earth. Revealed in a series of tightly constructed flashbacks, the film offers an unflinching look into the mind of a serial killer. Uncompromising in its depictions of violence and perversion, Schramm is a poetic masterpiece of horror guaranteed to make you squirm.

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Horror Section’s Season of The Witch EP Vinyl Review

Horror Section presents Season of the Witch

Eccentric Pop Records

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Outside of the original, Halloween 3 is the most talked about and controversial film of the series. Even more than the Rob Zombie films. Those that hate Halloween 3, really hate Halloween 3. Those that love Halloween 3, really love Halloween 3. Thankfully horror punk band Horror Section loves the film, because they released a great EP based on the film.

Horror Section is a horror punk band hailing from Missouri. They have recorded songs based on such films as A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Prowler. Season of the Witch is their latest EP. It includes four songs each based around a different aspect of the film. Even cooler, the EP came with three different covers, each featuring one of the big Halloween three. That’s right, THREE horrific mask album covers to choose from.

FullSizeRender-2The album opens with the track They’re Coming. It’s an upbeat song about the end of the world, due to the evil Silver Shamrock corporation.The second track is titled Ellie, it’s told from the point of view of Dr. Challis. It’s a love song about meeting the was she or wasn’t she a robot all the time, Ellie

Side B is where the EP really cooks in my opinion. This side kicks off with the track Am I Human. While not as upbeat musically as the songs from side A, it is a great song nonetheless. Finally we close out with the best song of the EP, Behind the Mask. This is a pretty dark track lyrically, and the opening guitar riff really sets the tone. The EP came with a digital download, and this is the track I revisit the most.

I was unable to get the Prowler EP from Horror Section, so I was pleasantly surprised on how great the packaging was for Season of the Witch.

The records comes in three different colors for the three different masks, all part of final processing. Orange for the pumpkin, purple for the witch, and white for the skull. They were picked randomly, and luckily I got the one I really FullSizeRender-3wanted, the pumpkin cover (but any would have been great). The label on the EP features the Silver Shamrock Novelties logo on one side, and the magic pumpkin on the other. Also included is an insert featuring an ad for the Halloween masks on one side, and the lyrics on the reverse side.

Finally one last cool surprise, wear a Silver Shamrock mask and keep looking at the magic pumpkin as the EP plays. You will get a fun little trick. You can tell a lot of love and care went into the presentation of this EP, and that really ads to it. It shows the band really digs the film. Luckily the planets aligned for this EP to come out.  

If you are a punk fan and/or a fan of Halloween 3, you need Horror Section in your life. It’s good enough that you won’t be yelling “turn it off”, you’ll be yelling “turn it up!”

Here is link to a video for They’re Coming. Oh and….Happy Halloween.

Check out Horror Section on band camp: https://horrorsection.bandcamp.com

Eccentric Pop Records: eccentricpop.com and on Twitter @EccentricPop

-Dance Commander Matt Hatfield

@cerial442

I actually use a piece of Stonehenge as a preamp.

Review: Strip Nude For Your Killer on Blu-ray from Blue Underground

Strip Nude For Your Killer (Nude per l’assassino) 1975 Blue Underground

Director: Andrea Bianchi

Starring: Edwige Fenech, Nino Castelnuovo and Femi Benussi

 

After a fashion model dies while having an after-hours abortion, someone is hell bent on revenge. The murders start with the doctor who performed the abortion and from there onto everyone associated with the Albatross modeling company. No one is safe.

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The film has a reputation for being sleazy, but I don’t see it as that. FullSizeRender-5To me, Bianchi (Burial Ground) has made a beautiful film that may have a few strange and sleazy characters, but that doesn’t warrant the entire film to be called “sleazy” or “trashy.” I feel that Strip Nude For Your Killer is a smart and superb giallo.

Blue Underground has done wonders with the transfer and sound quality on this release. It looks and sounds absolutely amazing. Not to say their DVD looked bad in anyway, because it didn’t, but it does blow my German BD and Shameless DVD out of the water! This new transfer is from the original uncut and uncensored camera negative. Extra features include Strip Nude For Your Giallo – interviews IMG_4982with actress Solvi Stubing and co-writer Massimo Felisatti which was carried over from the DVD release. We also get the Italian and international trailers and a poster/still gallery.

I recommend that you upgrade your DVD, the BD will cost you less than $20.00 on DiabolikDVD.com and everyone needs more Edwige Fenech in high definition! This has been in my top ten giallo films since the first time I saw it. Those of you who may be unfamiliar with this genre of film should educate yourself a little since we are in somewhat of a giallo resurgence. With films out there like Amer, Francesca¸ Tulpa and Black Aria just to name a few. I encourage you to watch Strip Nude For Your Killer and the tons of other giallo’s from the seventies!

Over all this is an exceptional release for an amazing film. My only wish would be for some more special features.

 

Episode 129

Episode 129

On this episode of Exorcast, Chuck and I discuss Cult Epics new blu-ray release of Jorg Buttgereit’s Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer. We are then joined by The Newsfinder General as we talk about Arrow Video’s Bride of the Re-Animator Limited Edition blu-ray. We also get off subject and talk about other things as well and Chuck drags out the end of the show with nonsense for about 30 mins. Enjoy that.

 

***the helicoptor noise was identified from last weeks episode but not until around the 49min mark. You should not hear it again from now on***

Arrow Video US to release Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

New from Arrow Video US
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan
Coming to DVD and Blu-ray June 28th via MVD Entertainment Group

The remarkable career of the movie industry’s most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Penso’s definitive documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan.
Leaving no doubt as to Harryhausen’s seminal influence on modern-day special effects, the documentary features enlightening and entertaining interviews with the man himself, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more.
These filmmakers, who today push the boundaries of special effects movie-making, pay tribute to the father of Stop Motion animation and films such as ‘The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms’, ‘It Came from Beneath the Sea’, ‘The 7th Voyage of Sinbad’, ‘Mysterious Island’, ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ and ‘The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’ – the films that enthralled them as children and inspired them to become filmmakers in their own right.
Bonus Materials
Interviews with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Peter Lord, Rick Baker
12 Interview outtakes with Joe Dante, John Lasseter, Nick Park and more!
A message to Ray
Deleted Scenes
On the set of Sinbad
Paris Cinematheque Q&A
London Gate Theater Q&A
Audio commentary with the filmmakers
Original Trailer
Ray Harryhausen Trailer Reel
Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon
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Review: Arrow Video’s Dillinger blu-ray

Dillinger (1973) Arrow Blu-ray review

By DeadRat

 

G-Man, Melvin Purvis, played by Ben Johnson (Town That Dreaded Sundown 1976), has a personal vendetta against gangsters after some of his fellow FBI agents are killed in a shootout. John Dillinger, played by Warren Oates (Race with the Devil 1975), is a ruthless gangster who 147497_frontloves robbing banks. As Dillinger and his gang go on a bank robbing spree they attract the attention of not only Purvis and the FBI but the general public. Dillinger is a fun ride full of bullets, hats, love and cigars.

I am a big fan of the classic gangster pictures like Scarface (1932) and Little Caesar (1931) and Dillinger certainly does a great job capturing the feel of those films. One main difference is the blood involved in this movie and boy is there a lot. There are a lot of amazing shoot out scenes and this film in particular has one of the best I’ve ever seen. The nearly 7 minute shootout ranks up there with Heat (1995) and Hard Boiled (1989). But Dillinger isn’t just about the shooting, it’s a great anti-hero story Dillinger Clipthat is backed up by truly great acting, especially from Warren Oates. The writing, done by the great John Milius (Apocalypse Now 1979), is on point and really elevates the picture to something special. This is also Milius’s feature directorial debut. He went on to direct Conan the Barbadian (1982) and Red Dawn (1984) but this film has much more heart than they do. 

As for the Blu-ray, it has an amazing 2K restoration that looks absolutely beautiful. Special features include an audio commentary by film author, Stephen Prince, a bunch of new interviews, revisable cover art and a collector’s booklet. I’m not too familiar with Arrow’s non horror releases but after watching this I most certainly will be seeking out some of the other non-horror releases they’ve done. So far I haven’t seen a US Arrow release that I wouldn’t recommend picking up and this release is no exception.

Pieces Blu-Ray Review

PIECES 1982 Grindhouse Releasing (2016)

Directed by: Juan Piquer Simon

Starring: Lynda Day George, Christopher George, Edmund Purdom and Jack Taylor

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You don’t have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre, quite possibly my absolute favorite tag line. This is one of those titles that I and probably all of you have been dying to get a release since Grindhouse started releasing blus. Well, it finally happened and I am not the slightest bit disappointed despite having to wait about two years for it. The transfer looks fantastic! Better than I could’ve dreamed. I have a German hardbox blu-ray and the picture quality is shit! It’s worse than the original Grindhouse and Arrow UK DVD’s. Not that they looked bad, this particular BD was just up converted from a terrible looking DVD source. This new transfer though, it is stellar!pieces-e1457429619913

This two disc blu-ray set comes with both versions of the film; the original, unrated U.S. cut (83mins) and MIL GRITOS TIENE LA NOCHE, the uncut directors cut in Spanish (86mins). There is a new commentary track with Jack Taylor and in-depth interviews with director Juan Piquer Simon. My favorite feature is the new documentary 42nd STREET MEMORIES with interviews from William Lustig, Larry Cohen, Jeff Lieberman and Lynn Lowry just to name a few. This doc is excellent and should be one of the first things you watch, after the film of course. The third disc is the original soundtrack by Stelvio Cipriani, Carlo Maria Cordio and Fabio Frizzi!

As some of you know the first 2000 copies came with a replica jigsaw puzzle from the film. I purchased mine from DiabolikDVD who stated that if you preordered by a certain date you were guaranteed a puzzle. I knew this not only because I am a regular shopper of their site but because I read the press release that Grindhouse Releasing released Pieces_02and it stated that you could preorder directly from DiabolikDVD and gave the web address. Some people missed that memo so they bitched and moaned on YouTube about it and looked like a jackass.

Puzzle aside, this is a must own release! One of the best slashers from the 1980’s in my opinion. It’s fun and gory, a four star film and if you’ve never seen it before just do yourself a favor and go buy a copy. Hell, you may still get a puzzle with yours and you can brag online about it.

TURBO KID 3-Disc Ultra Turbo-Charged Blu-Ray Review

Turbo Kid (2015) 3-Disc Ultra Turbo-Charged Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review

Directed By: Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell

Starring: Munro Chambers, Michael Ironside, Laurence Lebouef & Edwin Wright


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In the post-apocalyptic future of 1997 life in the wasteland is hard. With little to no water, everyone has to scavenge for vintage items in exchange for drinking water. Our hero The Kid is a non-confrontational   loner, riding his BMX bike across the wasteland in search for items to trade for water and issues of his favorite comic book Turbo Man until one day when he meets a girl. He teaches her the rules of life in the wasteland, of scavenging and protecting yourself until one day the henchmen of the tyrannical overlord of the wasteland Zeus, kidnaps her. Our hero then has to look deep down in himself and become like the hero he idolizes most.IMG_4590

For a film that seemed to just appear out of nowhere, TURBO KID is an ultra-violent MAD MAX mixed with a bit of BMX BANDITS! I absolutely fell in love with the film! I mean what’s not to love? You have a great cast, great practical effects, gore galore and a villain with a circular saw on his wrist! Michael Ironside gives a fantastic performance as Zeus, the ruler of the wasteland. While the most memorable character we meet is Apple, The Kid’s new best friend and love of his life played by Laurence LeBouef. This lovable lady supplies us with most of our comedic moments in the film IMG_4588and one great ARMY OF DARKNESS reference. The film boasts a wide variety of memorable death scenes along with some interesting and creative weapons. TURBO KID has that retro style to it that has been fairly popular in the past couple of years and while it’s not for everyone, I do think most viewers can find something enjoyable in the film even if it isn’t your cup of tea. It was by far one of my favorite films from last year and I do think when it’s all said and done it will go down with a cult following.

The TURBO KID 3 disc set (BD, 2DVD) comes from Epic Pictures and will set you back about $30. You can snag it from www.turbo-kid.com. It’s loaded with special features including; a making of feature, festival Q & A’s, audio commentary, four different galleries and more. There is also a Region A steelbook of the film you can get for the same price at DiabolikDVD but I am unsure of the features on that particular release.IMG_4592

A Nightmare On Elm Street CD Soundtrack Boxset

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 8CD Box Set 2015 Varese Sarabande

Limited to 2000 Copies

Composers; Charles Bernstein, Christopher Young, Angelo Badalamenti, Craig Safan, Jay Ferguson, Brian May, J. Peter Robinson and Graeme Revell

In a world where vinyl exists, who listens to CD’s anymore? I had to hook my disc changer back up so I could actually check this thing out. But, IMG_4819seriously this is a really awesome set, do I wish it was on vinyl?Yes, I do, but Varese Sarabande seems to have put a lot of time and effort in this release.

First of all the packaging is great and the little Freddy sweater tops it off nicely. Inside there is a great book (that I have attached at the bottom of the page) with original artwork from each film and the composers talking about the films and their scores. Each disc’s slipcase fits together to make the new Freddy artwork that’s on the booklet. All this incased in a black and silver box covered with a IMG_4820knitted Freddy sweater slipcase. It’s great to have all of these scores at your fingertips. I will say I don’t care for all of them but the first films score is iconic and I do love the scores for DREAM WARRIORS and THE DREAM MASTER.

It is/was a pricey set at $100. I can imagine that it’s already OOP because I have seen them going on eBay for more than that. I would definitely recommend picking one up for yourself. I know the current craze is wax, but this is going to fit in perfectly on your shelf with the rest of your collection!

 

 

*From the Varese Sarabande Press Release*

This deluxe package contains all 8 soundtracks from the original series, over 8 hours of music including almost 3 hours of bonus tracks!

New artwork has been commissioned for the set by artist Shawn Conn, and assembling the CD sleeves next to one another forms a larger piece of art. The pictures above include a sample of an individual sleeve from the front and back, as well as the larger piece of art that is created when all 8 sleeves are placed alongside each other. Before you have any nightmares, please don’t worry … the original Matthew Joseph Peak creations are included in the accompanying booklet. The set is then completed with a knitted Freddy sweater encasing the outer box!  A truly unique item that ensures the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – 8 CD BOX SET will stand out on any shelf. 

The world was introduced to Wes Craven’s Freddy Krueger, (portrayed by Robert Englund), in 1984 with A Nightmare on Elm Street. Krueger was a former child killer seeking revenge against the parents who burned him by haunting the dreams of their teenage children and killing them in their dreams. The series has earned almost half a billion dollars worldwide, and boasts some of the most beloved nightmarish themes from composers including: Charles Bernstein (Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street), Christopher Young (A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), Angelo Badalamenti (A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), Craig Safan (A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master), Jay Ferguson (A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child), Brian May (Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare), J. Peter Robinson, (Wes Craven’s New Nightmare) and Graeme Revell (Freddy Vs. Jason).

Also included in this set is a suite from the video game featured in the film Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare and the theme from Harry Manfredini’s FRIDAY THE 13TH series, as heard in the film Freddy Vs. Jason (with performances by the band Machine Head).

Only 2000 copies of this deluxe package will be sold!  

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Here’s What is Coming in June from Arrow Video

New from Arrow Video US
Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Vol 2 [Blu-ray + DVD] (June 14)
Suture [Blu-ray + DVD] (June 21)
Return Of The Killer Tomatoes [Blu-ray] (June 28)
via MVD Entertainment Group
MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with several new titles in June…
Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Vol 2 [Blu-ray + DVD] (June 14)

Nikkatsu, the oldest film studio in Japan, inaugurated a star system in the late 1950s, finding talent and contracting them to a series of wild genre pictures. This collection celebrates these “Diamond Guys” with three classic films from directors Buichi Saito (Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril), Ko Nakahira (Crazed Fruit), and Haruyasu Noguchi, who is a new discovery for the West. In Saito’s Tokyo Mighty Guy, mega star Akira Kobayashi stars as Jiro in the rambunctious tale of a chef who opens a restaurant in the busy Ginza district. His culinary skills and dashing good looks bring in the women as well as unwanted trouble, while an explosive political scandal builds around his girlfriend’s business…

Next, Jo Shishido (Massacre Gun, Retaliation), one of the most popular Diamond Guys in the West, stars in Danger Pays, a crime caper from Ko Nakahira about counterfeiting. When one billion yen goes AWOL, “Joe the Ace” (Shishido) spies an opportunity to get rich quick, but things soon go wrong as it turns out he isn’t the only one who’ll stop at nothing to get his hands on the missing cash…

Finally, Shishido stars once again in Noguchi’s screwball classic Murder Unincorporated. When the mysterious “Joe of Spades” executes one of the bosses of a powerful syndicate, his colleagues, fearing for their own lives, call on the services of assassin agency Murder Unincorporated to take care of the problem. This unique entry showcases some of the most peculiar killing tactics to ever hit Japanese cinema! Presented on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in the West, these thrilling genre films feature some of Nikkatsu’s leading talent at the top of their game.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
– Limited Edition Blu-ray collection (3000 copies)
– High Definition digital transfers of all three films in this collection, from original film elements by Nikkatsu Corporation
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
– Original uncompressed mono audio
– Newly translated English subtitles
– Specially recorded video discussions with Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp on Diamond Guys Jo Shishido and Akira Kobayashi
– Original trailers for all three films
– Extensive promotional image galleries for all films
– Reversible sleeve featuring brand new artwork by Graham Humphreys
– Booklet featuring new writing on all the films and director profiles by Stuart Galbraith IV, Tom Mes and Mark Schilling

Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon
Suture [Blu-ray + DVD] (June 21)
A Thriller Where Nothing Is Black and White

Inspired by the paranoid visions of John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate and Seconds, the desert noir of Detour and the black and white widescreen beauty of Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Face of Another and Woman of the Dunes, Suture is one of great feature debuts – by writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee – and a truly unique piece of cinema.

The wealthy and self-assured Vincent (Michael Harris) meets his blue collar half-brother Clay (Dennis Haysbert) at their father’s funeral and is struck by their similarity. He decides to murder Clay and take his identity, only Clay survives the assassination attempt with no memory and is mistaken for Vincent. The fact that Harris is white and Haysbert is black only complicates a film that probes into the nature of identity.

After viewing an early rough cut, Steven Soderbergh came on board as executive producer and enthusiastic patron. Suture went on to become a hit on the festival circuit, including Sundance where it deservedly won the award for Best Cinematography.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
– Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative
– High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD Presentations
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
– Audio commentary with writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee
– All-new interviews with Siegel, McGehee, executive producer Steven Soderbergh, actor Dennis Haysbert, cinematographer Greg Gardiner, editor Lauren Zuckerman and production designer Kelly McGehee
– Deleted scenes
– Birds Past, Siegel & McGehee’s first short film, about two young San Franciscans who journey to Bodega Bay along the path set by Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock’s classic, The Birds.
– US theatrical trailer
– European theatrical trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by maarko phntm

Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

Return Of The Killer Tomatoes [Blu-ray] (June 28)

The Vegetables Of Doom!

The killer tomatoes are back! But this time around, they’re going to have to contend with late ’80s George Clooney and his wicked mullet… Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? Nope, it’s Return of the Killer Tomatoes!

Ten years on from the Great Tomato War, mankind lives in fear of another uprising by the waxy red menace. Meanwhile, Professor Gangreen – played with gusto by John Astin from TV’s The Addams Family – sets out to pursue his own evil ends by creating a burgeoning army of tomato militia men (who, somewhat conveniently, look just like regular men).

Following on from the 1978 cult classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Return of the Killer Tomatoes came armed with a healthy sense of its own ridiculousness and would expand upon a franchise that now comprises four films, two TV series and a video game. So what are you waiting for? Make Return of the Killer Tomatoes one of your five-a-day now!

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
– Original Stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Brand new audio commentary with writer-director John De Bello
– Brand new interview with star Anthony Starke
– Original Theatrical Trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
– Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver

Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

DEEP RED 3 Disc Set from Arrow Video UK

DEEP RED (1975) 3-Disc Set Limited to 5000 from Arrow Video UK

Directed by: Dario Argento

Starring: David Hemmings and Daria Nicolodi

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DEEP RED is my absolute favorite horror film ever made. If you listen to Exorcast then you already know this. I wasn’t overly impressed with Arrow’s packaging with this release but I will get into that a little later.

With every DEEP RED release I always hope they get better and better in every aspect. Arrow’s previous blu-ray release wasn’t the greatest. It had the awesome window box slipcase and artwork, but the sound and transfer wasn’t spectacular, which was the case with most of the early Arrow releases. Never the less I still bought them all! Aside from the HELLRAISER and VIDEODROME sets this was the first Arrow UK release I have picked up in a very long time. The Arrow US stuff has all looked amazing which gave me some hope.deepred2

So to start off Arrow gave both the international and the directors cuts of the film new 4K transfers and they do look amazing. Normally on older films I don’t care as much about the transfer because sometimes I prefer the grime, but I must say this film has never, ever looked better in my eyes. I have fallen in love with DEEP RED all over again. The picture looks perfect. It was like seeing it for the first time. The black gloves, the overly red blood, everything was perfect. The sound has also been improved over their previous release. I just couldn’t resist not to crank GOBLIN’s amazing score while watching the film. It even woke my son up in the middle of the night, bad parenting…maybe, but it was totally worth it. I have only watched the director’s cut but I can only imagine that the international cut looks and sounds just as good.

This already may be my favorite release of the year and it will be hard to top in my eyes. As I said before though I was not impressed with the packaging. Arrow has done some great packaging recently with those hard, sturdy slip cases. I feel like if any film deserves something like that, it’s DEEP RED. That is my opinion though. Most of those releases have been double features, but VIDEODROME got that release from Arrow, damnit.

This release went out of print before its street date. It sold out on preorders alone. That’s pretty intense, but you can still snag it for a decent price on eBay for around $75.00.

A full break down of the special features on the set are;

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of two versions of the film
  • Original Italian soundtrack in DTS-HD MA mono 1.0 and lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio, and original English soundtrack in DTS-HD MA mono 1.0*
  • English subtitles for the Italian Soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the English Soundtrack
  • Limited Edition Soundtrack CD
  • 6 x postcard-sized lobby card reproductions
  • Reversible fold-out poster featuring two original artworks
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  • Limited Edition booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film and an archive piece by critic Alan Jones, illustrated with original archive stills

For collectors this is a must have! I would absolutely pay $100.00 for this in a heartbeat if I had too. For me it’s a great release and a must own.

Arrow Video’s American Horror Project Vol. 1 Review

American Horror Project vol. 1 Review

By DeadRat

 

This is the first of what will hopefully be a long run of Blu-ray sets that Arrow Video is releasing. The idea behind American Horror Project is to highlight overlooked American horror films. As Arrow puts it “American Horror Project proudly presents an alternative history of American horror and film heritage.”

This box set includes three films; Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood, The Witch Who Came from the Sea and The Premonition. The set also includes a 60 page booklet featuring articles about the three films. All three Blu-rays and the booklet are housed in a side loader box with great artwork by Twins of Evil. Each Blu-ray also has newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil with reversible original cover. Each film has a brand new 2K restoration which looks great. There is scratching and blemishes throughout but considering the source material, this is very acceptable. Each film has a short introduction by musician and author, Stephen Thrower. I highly recommend watching these because Mr. Thrower is incredibly knowledgeable and offers a great perspective on the film.

 

Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood (1973)

The Norris family takes a job at a shady dilapidated carnival. Their real reasoning for taking said job is to find their missing son who they believe is somewhere on the carnival grounds. The carnival is staffed by an increasingly weird group of ghoulish carneys and the farther the Norris’s penetrate the creepy carnival the more horrifying it becomes. With lots of hallucinatory cannibalism and a very loose plot, this movie really captures the experimental 70s film vibe.

IMG_4857Overall Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood is trippy, experimental, weirdo nonsense and I mean that in the best possible way. From the bizarre soundtrack to the hallucinatory scenes of cannibals, this movie is a lot of fun. Trying to pin down a solid picture of what this movie is would be quite difficult. It’s almost a stream of conscience of a lunatic on LSD. The director, Christopher Speeth didn’t do any other films which I feel is a great tragedy because there was definitely a possibility for him to create a catalog of horror madness. The crazy eyed groundskeeper is a particular highlight of the movie for me. He’s genuinely creepy and oozes insanity. I’m also particularly fond of the great abandoned carnival footage throughout the movie.

Special features are audio commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith, various interviews, outtakes, draft script and a stills gallery. The outtakes are definitely worth a watch and add to the bizarre feeling of the movie. The interview with the director is great as well because it kind of puts into perspective what was going on when he was trying to make this film.

 

The Witch Who Came From the Sea

A very disturbed but loved woman, Molly, played by Millie Perkins, is haunted by childhood memories of rape by her own father. She fantasizes about mutilating and killing strong men and soon her fantasies seem to be coming true. From football players to a macho TV actor, no one is safe from her wrath.

Unlike the previous film in this set, this movie is not fun. It’s an uncomfortable, tragic and dirty movie. It is also my favorite film out of the three and is also the most well made. What starts out as campy ridiculousness, with muscly men in speedos causing our leading lady to go into a quiet manic frenzy, quickly turns into a grimy incest filled fever dream. This film was included on the notorious “Video Nasties” list and of all the “Video Nasties” I’ve seen, this is the least gory yet most disturbing I’ve seen. Interspersed throughout the film are flashbacks to her IMG_4859childhood abuse at the hands of her father, which are truly upsetting and spectacular. The audio for these scenes is of a storm at sea and each time Molly is hit or abused the horrifying sound of violent waves replace the sounds you’d expect. Her screams are howling winds. The effect of this really messed with my head.

I’ve only watched this movie the one time but there will most definitely be repeat viewings of it and I’m particularly excited to watch it with the director commentary. Special features include an audio commentary with cast and crew, a brand new making-of documentary, an archive featurette and a featurette that is the director reflecting on the movie.

 

The Premonition

Sheri Bennet (Sharon Farrell, Night of the Comet), her husband and her daughter are the typical happy American family. This all changes when one night she discovers a deranged woman trying to kidnap her child. After this traumatic event, she begins experiencing nightmarish visions. Now the question of whether these are just hallucinations or something more must be answered.

Of the three films in this set this is my least favorite. In general I am not a fan of parapsychological movies and this is no different. The movie is well acted and filmed and the score is great so I understand peoples affection for this movie but it’s just not for me. There are some really great and genuinely creepy hallucination scenes and Richard Lynch (Invasion USA) is slimy and creepy as hell. Like Malatesta’s Blood Carnival there is also some great carnival footage which I’m always a sucker for. In short, I don’t regret watching this but I don’t see any future viewing of it happening.

Special features include: an isolated score, audio commentary with the director, a brand new making-of documentary, archive interviews with cast and crew, three short films by Robert Allen Schnitzler, 4 Peace spots, and trailers and TV spots. The short films, which are early work of the director, are the most intriguing special feature in my opinion but I’m saving those for another day.

FullSizeRenderOverall, I highly recommend this set, you really won’t be disappointed. Arrow may be making these titles available individually later on but it is definitely worth it to get this limited box set edition. The 60 page, full color, booklet that comes with the set is a real treat. It’s full color and printed on beautiful glossy pages. It includes four short pieces, one about American Horror Project and then one for each movie. There is also some full color stills and credits for each movie. As of the writing of this article, Diabolikdvd.com has this set available for $62.99, so at about $20 a movie you really don’t have much of an excuse to not pick up this set.

KILLER THRILLERS COLLECTION Coming Blue Underground

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BABA YAGA:

Legendary sex symbol Carroll Baker stars as a mysterious sorceress with an undying hunger for sensual ecstasy and unspeakable torture. But when she casts a spell over a beautiful young fashion photographer (the gorgeous Isabelle De Funès), Milan’s most luscious models are sucked into a nightmare world of lesbian seduction and shocking sadism. Are these carnal crimes the result of one woman’s forbidden fantasies or is this the depraved curse of the devil witch known as BABA YAGA?

 

NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS:

It was released as SECOND HOUSE ON THE LEFT, NEW HOUSE ON THE LEFT, and TORTURE TRAIN. The ads screamed, “Most movies last less than two hours! This is one of everlasting torment!” It remains one of the most graphically fiendish films in exploitation history, the story of two teenage girls traveling through Europe, forced into a nightmare of sexual assault and sadistic violence.

 

STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER:

The stunning Edwige Fenech stars in this infamous shocker that packs more grisly violence and sexual depravity into each frame than most any other film in the entire giallo genre. There’s succulent flesh aplenty as a mysterious killer dressed in black leather and wearing a motorcycle helmet begins butchering beautiful young fashion models with no mercy and one deranged request: STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER!

 

BABA YAGA Extras:

  • Farina & Valentina – Interview with Co-Writer/Director Corrado Farina
  • Freud in ColorGuido Crepax Documentary
  • Deleted and Censored Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Comic Book-to-Film Comparison

NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS Extras:

  • Riding the Night Train – Interview with Co-Writer/Director Aldo Lado
  • U.S. Trailer
  • International Trailer
  • Radio Spots
  • Poster & Still Gallery

STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER Extras:

  • Strip Nude For Your Giallo – Interviews with Actress Solvi Stubing and Co-Writer Massimo Felisatti
  • International Trailer
  • Italian Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery

 

Sell Points:

  • Three sexy “Killer Thrillers” for one low price!
  • Incredible value: 3-Disc set features high quality video & audio and comes loaded with special features
  • Full 1080p HD Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio for the ultimate home theater experience
  • Multi-feature packs are popular with consumers

 

Episode 128

Episode 128

Back from the dead! Happy to be back and telling Chuck to shut up once more. In our first episode back we take a look at Arrow Video’s blu-ray release of The Mutilator and their box set Death Walks Twice (Death Walks On High Heels & Death Walks At Midnight). We talk about all sorts of things including the state of Exorcast and what we have been up too and also whats going on in the world of horror.

We also talk about our good friend James “Doc Terror” Harris and his diagnosis of cancer. We mention his Go Fund Me page that his friend started for him and here is the link. Please, if you can help out our friend and one of the best fucking horror reviewers on the web!

https://www.gofundme.com/xtwy9qb8
****there is a strange noise throughout this episode and I have no idea what it is. Sounds like a goddamn helicopter. Will try and get it fixed for the next episode. Sorry. Blame Chuck. #ShutUpChuck ***

Call Girl of Cthulhu Review

CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU 2015 Camp Motion Pictures

Directed by: Chris LaMartina

Starring: David Phillip Carollo, Melissa O’Brien and Nicolette le Faye

 

Anything even loosely based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft and I am 100% on board! I don’t care what it is really. There are so many amazing Lovecraft adaptions out there and some really awful ones as well. This little indie does not fall into that latter category.unnamed

Our hero Carter (Carollo) is a timid, nerdy, artist who is madly in love/lust with a local prostitute, Riley (O’Brien) who he see’s visiting other gentlemen in his apartment building. He is saving his V-card for the right girl and he hopes it will be Riley. His noise musician roommate, Erica (le Faye) and her boyfriend make fun of him for saving himself, but you can tell the two of them have a good relationship with one another despite her douchebag boyfriend. Carter finds himself in an odd, sexless relationship with Riley. She is not only special to him, she’s also very special to the secret society of Cthulhu worshipers. They believe she is the chosen one who will bring their God to earth. Carter and Erica go on a monster filled adventure to defeat the cult and save Riley.

So this little indie is filled with a fun cast, some good comedy and a lot of fantastic special effects! The acting is good for the most part, especially with our main characters. I was really impressed with the use of IMG_4836practical effects. There are some great creature designs and effects in this film that will easily stack up against some much larger budget films. The BD/DVD combo comes with two audio commentary tracks, a great making of featurette, outtakes and tons of features from the Kickstarter campaign.

This film isn’t for everyone and it’s obviously not a Lovecraft film directed by Stuart Gordon or the Lovecraft Historical Society so don’t go into it expecting that. What you will find is a fun little original flick that I think will go down with a bit of a cult status in the indie scene. I think these guys are going to go on to do some great things in the industry.

 

CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU gets Absolution.

The Barn Soundtrack Review

The phrase “what’s old is new again”, gets kicked around a lot, but it’s pretty true. We are currently living in an age of throwbacks. You have throwback soda, video games, horror films, and soundtracks. Depending on your perspective that can be a good or bad thing.

image1Me personally I have a soft spot for the films of the 80s, but more specifically I love the synth sounding scores that dominated that decade. However, with a lot of great throwbacks, they usually don’t come across as genuine as the real thing. Not saying they are bad (actually most are pretty great), but it is hard to get it exactly right. That’s where the score to the 2016 film THE BARN succeeds. It actually sounds and feels like something that really came out of 1989, the year the film supposedly takes place.

THE BARN’s soundtrack caught my eye in two different ways. The first was the company that released the LP, Lunaris Records. Based out of Pittsburgh, PA they are a small company that as put out some great releases such as NIGHT OF THE DEMONS, DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE (CEMETERY MAN), and STREET TRASH. I’ve been impressed with their quality of releases and expected no different than the release of THE BARN.image2

Second, is the composer himself Rocky Gray, whom I am familiar with as the guitarist of the metalcore band Living Sacrifice. After checking out some samples, I picked this album up right away. The actual score is a mix of synthesizer and rock guitar. This is what adds to the genuine 80’s feel. While not every track features the guitar, the ones that don’t sound like the love child between the HALLOWEEN and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET scores. The track “Meat Grinder” really sounds like a tribute to John Carpenter, and there is even a semi-power balled song called “Seduction”. If I played this for you and told you it was the soundtrack to a long lost 80s film, I’m pretty sure image3you would believe me. Having not seen the film, I’m not sure where all of the songs fit, but it is really enjoyable on it’s own.

Lunaris Records released this album on 150g orange marble colored vinyl or standard black vinyl. There was also a test pressing released, but has long sold out. The copy I purchased was the orange marble. The record itself sounds really good, I didn’t pick up any surface noise, and everything sounded really crisp.  While I prefer 180g vinyl, but didn’t notice any limitations from this being 150g. I did get a little alarmed at the fourth track, that was producing a lot of crackling, but it is actually supposed to sound like that. I was able to confirm this by listening to the included digital download. 

The LP comes with pretty standard packaging. It comes in a standard record sleeve and features a paper insert. The insert looks like barn doors opening, so that is a nice touch. 

While I have yet to see the film, the soundtrack to THE BARN gets a recommendation from me. If you are a fan of the 80s scores, or the ELM STREET and HALLOWEEN soundtracks, I think you’ll really dig this release. It is a great album to listen to in the fall, or even on Halloween. If you would like to hear some samples, Lunaris set up a soundcloud page here, https://soundcloud.com/lunarisrecords/sets/the-barn-original-score-by-rocky-gray

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-Dance Commander Matt Hatfield

You can also find me twice a month hosting the CinemaVillainy podcast, where we ramble about all kinds of films and drink weird coffee.

Blood Rage Blu-Ray Review

Blood Rage (1987) Arrow Blu-Ray Review

By DeadRat

It’s 1974 and young twins Todd and Terry are at the drive in with their mother and her male companion. While mom is preoccupied with some necking, the twins sneak away. They come upon a couple going at it in the back seat of their car, when without warning Terry hacks the man to death with a hatched. Terry then gives his brother the murder weapon and accuses him of the murder. As a result, Todd is institutionalized while his murderous brother goes free. Ten years have passed and on one fateful Thanksgiving Todd escapes the institution and the murdering starts up once again.

IMG_4840This slasher is one of the few that has escaped me in my many years of horror movie watching and boy it was a treat that Arrow Video introduced me to it. Directed by John Grissmer (Scalpel 1977) and Penned by Bruce Rubin (Zapped! 1982), this movie has everything you could ask for in an 80’s slasher. With an awesome synth soundtrack, ample nudity (first boob is 4:10 in), Ted Rami hustling condoms and tons of bright red blood and ridiculous kills, this movie hits all the bases. The star of this flick is Mark Soper (Graveyard Shift II 1988), who plays both Terry and Todd. As Terry he is a cocky asshole who loves to hack and slash. As Todd he is a timid misunderstood dweeb. Most of the kills are done with a machete, the best being a woman who gets cut in half at the waist and while she’s laying on the ground in two pieces, she lets out a long scream before finally dying.

As for Arrow’s release of the movie, they continue the excellence that they are known for. The limited edition 3-disc set is beautifully packaged with a slick slip cover and new cover art, and as usual the original artwork is on the reverse side. There is also a great collector’s booklet that is IMG_4843written by Joseph A. Ziemba. The first disc includes the 2K restoration of the “hard” home video version. There is also a commentary with the director, lots of interviews and a featurette that revisits some of the original shooting locations. My favorite of these featurette’s is Man Behind the Mayhem, which is an interview with the make-up effect artist, Ed French. I’m a sucker for hearing gore effect artist talk about their work and this doesn’t disappoint. There is also alternate opening titles and a still gallery.

The second disc is the same as the first except on DVD. The third disc which is limited edition exclusive has the 1987 re-edited version of the film that was done for theatrical release under the alternate title, Nightmare at Shadow Woods. It also has a composite cut which combines the two versions of the film and some outtakes.

I highly recommend picking up this movie. I’ve already watched the two different versions of the film and I’m positive I’ll be watching it many more times. Definitely get the limited edition while you still can so you can see the re-edit.

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TENEBRAE Synapse Steelbook Review

Tenebrae (1982) Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook Limited to 3000 from Synapse Films

Directed By: Dario Argento

Starring: Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon, Giukiano GemmaIMG_4582

So I am not going to go into an actual film review, because we’ve talked about this film on the show numerous times and if your visiting this review you have probably listened to Exorcast before and know I have a major hard-on for all things Argento. While TENEBRAE is one of Argento’s finest films I feel like we have all seen it before and hopefully all love it.

That being said we have been waiting for Synapse to release this beauty for quite some time now, maybe not as long as their SUSPIRIA release but this will hold us over in the meantime. Synapse took their time to bring us one beautiful transfer. They supervised the color correction and restoration from the original uncut negative. The film itself has never looked better. This makes my seventh copy of TENEBRAE and my second on blu-ray. As much as I love Arrow’s UK blu-ray release for the packaging, the transfer and sound isn’t spectacular. Synapse took it to the next level, the entire film is damn near crystal clear. Every drop of blood is the perfect shade of rosso. Even the chase scene with the guard dog looked great and typically that’s the scene that looks the darkest on all of the previous releases.

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Ok, so you get the point. The release is great and worthy of all of your collections. This blu-ray release also includes; the feature-length documentary, Yellow Fever: The Rise and Fall of The Giallo, original UNSANE end credits, an alternate opening credit sequence and the Japanese Shadow theatrical trailer. We are also treated to a bonus audio CD with the original motion picture soundtrack that contains some songs not on the original release.

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Final Thoughts: This is an outstanding release and I am very happy it received the treatment it deserved from Synapse. TENEBRAE will set you back just under $50.00 (US) and you can get it from www.diabolikDVD.com For me it is hands down a must own and a contender for release of the year in my opinion.

New Stuff Coming from Arrow USA in May!

New from Arrow Video US
Hired To Kill (Director Approved Special Edition Blu-ray + Dvd)
Blood Bath (2 Disc – Limited Edition)
via MVD Entertainment Group
MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with several new titles in May…
HIRED TO KILL (Director Approved Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD)
No man on earth could get him out of prison alive. Seven women will try.
Release Date: May 17th
List Price: $29.95
 
Starring legendary actors Oliver Reed (Gladiator, The Brood) and George Kennedy (The Delta Forceand the Naked Gun series), Hired to Kill is a hugely entertaining action flick featuring guns, girls and a plethora of budget-busting explosions for good measure.
 
Action movie staple Brian Thompson (whose brief turn in 1984’s The Terminator led to a starring role in the 1986 Sylvester Stallone vehicle Cobra) stars as Frank Ryan, a mercenary sent to track down a rebel leader in hostile territory. Posing as a fashion designer, he’ll be aided by a posse of beautiful – but deadly – women.
 
Whilst the opportunity to see Oliver Reed chewing up the scenery behind an elaborate moustache merits the price of admission alone, Hired to Kill is also noteworthy as being co-directed by Nico Mastorakis – the man behind such cult favourites as Island of Death and The Zero Boys.
 
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
  • Brand new 4K restoration of the film, approved by writer-director Nico Mastorakis
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 DTS-HD MA audio options
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with editor Barry Zetlin
  • Hired to Direct – a brand new interview with director Nico Mastorakis on the making ofHired to Kill
  • Undercover Mercenary – a brand new interview with star Brian Thompson
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Original Screenplay, entitled Freedom or Death (BD/DVD-ROM Content)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newlycommissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Fully-illustrated collector’s bookletfeaturing new writing on the film by critic James Oliver
Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon
 
4 disc Limited Edition box set containing The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
Release Date: May 24th
List Price: $69.95
At the height of the Italian giallo boom in the early 1970s, scores of filmmakers turned their hand to crafting their own unique takes on these lurid murder-mystery thrillers. This limited edition double pack features two distinctive offerings by Emilio P. Miraglia, which meld twisty whodunit narratives with gothic chills. In The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, troubled aristocrat Alan Cunningham (Anthony Steffen, Django the B*stard), haunted by the death of his first wife Evelyn, tries to move on by marrying the seductive Gladys (Marina Malfatti, All the Colours of the Dark). Marital bliss is short-lived, however, as various relatives meet untimely and gruesome deaths, prompting speculation that a vengeful Evelyn has risen from the grave… Meanwhile, in The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, an age-old family curse hits sisters Kitty (Barbara Bouchet, Milano Calibro 9) and Franziska (Marina Malfatti) following the death of their grandfather Tobias (Rudolf Schündler, The Exorcist, Suspiria). Every hundred years, so the legend goes, the bloodthirsty Red Queen returns and claims seven fresh victims. Was Tobias just the first… and are Kitty and Franziska next? With both films making their worldwide Blu-ray debuts in stunning new 2K restorations, there has never been a better time to explore these little-seen giallo gems!
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
  • Limited Edition box set (3000 copies) containing The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Graveand The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
  • 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 (lossless DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray Discs)
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
  • Limited Edition 60-page booklet containing new writing by James Blackford, Kat Ellinger, Leonard Jacobs and Rachael Nisbet
THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE
  • New audio commentary by Troy Howarth
  • Exclusive introduction by actress Erika Blanc
  • Writer Stephen Thrower on The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave
  • The Night Erika Came Out of the Grave – exclusive interview with Erika Blanc
  • The Whip and the Body – archival interview with Erika Blanc
  • Still Rising from the Grave – archival interview with production designer Lorenzo Baraldi
  • Original Italian theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES
  • New audio commentary by Alan Jones and Kim Newman
  • Exclusive new interview with actress Sybil Danning
  • Writer Stephen Thrower on The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
  • Archival introduction by production/costume designer Lorenzo Baraldi
  • Dead à Porter – archival interview with Lorenzo Baraldi
  • Rounding Up the Usual Suspects – archival interview with actor Marino Masé
  • If I Met Emilio Miraglia Today – archival featurette with Erika Blanc, Lorenzo Baraldi and Marino Masé
  • My Favorite… Films – archival interview with actress Barbara Bouchet
  • Alternative opening
  • Original Italian theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon
BLOOD BATH (2 Disc – Limited Edition)
For this release Arrow Video has searched through the vaults to bring you all four versions of Blood Bath
Release Date: May 31st
List Price: $49.95
The films of Roger Corman are often as well-known for their behind-the-scenes stories as they are the ones unfolding on the screen. He famously made Little Shop of Horrors in just two days using sets left over from A Bucket of Blood and shot The Terror over a long weekend because bad weather prevented him from playing tennis. But none of these tales is quite so complex, or quite so extraordinary, as the making of Blood Bath. The saga began when Corman invested in a Yugoslavian Krimi-like picture entitled Operation Titian just prior to it going into production. Insisting it be filmed in English, he sent actors William Campbell and Patrick Magee, and uncredited story editor Francis Ford Coppola (all fresh from Dementia 13), to Dubrovnik to make a US-friendly movie but wasn’t satisfied with the end results. First it was re-cut and re-scored to create Portrait in Terror, a film more in line with drive-in tastes, then it was handed over to Jack Hill (Spider Baby), followed by Stephanie Rothman (Terminal Island), each undertaking reshoots that resulted in a vampire picture by the name of Blood Bath. One final twist was provided when a TV version was required, chopping scenes and adding others to create Track of the Vampire. For this release Arrow Video has searched through the vaults to bring you all four versions of Blood Bath, newly restored from the best materials available to provide a definitive release of one of Corman’s craziest ventures.
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
  • Limited Edition collection of the complete ‘Blood Bath’
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of four versions of the film: Operation Titian, Portrait in – Terror, Blood Bath, and Track of the Vampire
  • Brand new 2K restorations of Portrait in Terror, Blood Bath and Track of the Vampire from original film materials
  • Brand new reconstruction of Operation Titian using original film materials and standard definition inserts
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on all four versions
  • The Trouble with Titian Revisited – a brand new visual essay in which Tim Lucas returns to (and updates) his three-part Video Watchdog feature to examine the convoluted production history of Blood Bath and its multiple versions
  • Bathing in Blood with Sid Haig – a new interview with the actor, recorded exclusively for this release
  •  Archive interview with producer-director Jack Hill
  • Outtakes from Track of the Vampire, scanned from original film materials
  • Stills gallery
  • Double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artworks
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford
  • Limited edition booklet containing new writing on the film and its cast by Anthony Nield, Vic Pratt, Cullen Gallagher, and Peter Beckman
Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

An Update on Exorcast

So we are back and doing things a bit differently. As some of you know I had another child (daughter) so I had to take some time off for that and in all honestly as I told Chuck I was getting burnt out on having so many screeners and being obligated to review them in a certain span of time. All of my free time was coming down to things I had to watch rather than what I wanted to watch. So with that being said we will still be reviewing films and screeners just not as many companies. We will be reviewing films we actually want to review. That doesn’t mean that we won’t be diving into the indie scene any longer, because let’s face it a lot of the best new stuff is on the indie market.   
So the podcast will be back in action with Chuck and myself and the Newsfinder whenever he is available. We plan on doing more interviews on the show to change it up a bit and already have a few lined up. The show will not be weekly any longer as I have much less time on my hands now. So to keep you guys coming back between shows we will be doing some written reviews, conversation topics and interviews on the site. The Newsfinder General, Deadrat & myself will be writing reviews. I have enlisted The Dance Commander Matt Hatfield to be our official vinyl reviewer, so he will be bringing you all the horror wax out there. I have also given Adam Ahlbrandt (The Cemetery/Hunters) free reign to do whatever he wants! Adam has been a big supporter of ours since we started this thing and I’m very happy that he wants to be apart of our new venture. 

I will try and have some sort of new content on the site every other day or so. I do appreciate everyone’s patience with this and look forward to starting up again later this month! 
See you all soon,
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Details on Scream Factory’s Return of the Living Dead Release

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**BIG RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD NEWS + SITE EXCLUSIVE OFFER**

The wait is finally over! We’re proud to present our plans today for the 1985 zombie classic THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. There’s a lot of info to spell out so let’s get right to it!

Official street date for the 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray is 7/19/16.

Full list of extras are follows:

Disc 1:
• NEW 2K scan of the inter-positive
• NEW Audio Commentary with Gary Smart (co-author of The Complete History of the Return of the Living Dead) and Chris Griffiths
• Audio Commentary with director Dan O’Bannon and Production Designer William Stout
• Audio Commentary with the cast and crew featuring Production Designer William Stout and actors Don Calfa, Linnea Quigley, Brian Peck, Beverly Randolph, Allan Trautman
• The Decade of Darkness – featurette on ‘80s horror films (23 minutes)
• Theatrical Trailers
• TV Spots
• Still Gallery – Posters, Lobby Cards, Movie Stills and Behind-the-Scenes photos
• Still Gallery – Behind-the-Scenes photos from special make-up effects artist Kenny Myers’ personal collection
• Zombie Subtitles for the Film
• In Their Own Words – The Zombies Speak

Disc 2:
• NEW The FX of the Living Dead with Production Designer William Stout, FX make-up artists William Munns, Tony Gardner, Kenny Myers and Craig Caton-Largnet, Visual Effects artists Bret Mixon and Gene Warren Jr. and actor Brian Peck (Expanded Version) (30 minutes)
• NEW Party Time: The Music of The Return of the Living Dead with music consultants Budd Carr and Steve Pross and soundtrack artists Dinah Cancer (45 Grave), Chris D (The Flesh Eaters), Roky Erickson, Karl Moet (SSQ), Joe Wood (T.S.O.L.), Mark Robertson (Tall Boys) plus musicians Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks) and John Sox (The F.U.’s, Straw Dogs), (Expanded Version) (30 minutes)
• NEW HORROR’S HALLOWED GROUNDS – revisiting the locations of the film
• Return of the Living Dead Workprint – includes 20 minutes of additional footage (in Standard Definition)
• More Brains: A Return to the Living Dead – The definitive documentary on The Return of the Living Dead (120 minutes)
• A Conversation with Dan O’Bannon – His final interview (28 minutes)
• The Origins of the Living Dead – an interview with John A. Russo (16 minutes)
• The Return of the Living Dead – The Dead Have Risen – interviews with cast members Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Brian Peck, Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph, Linnea Quigley and more… (21 minutes)
• Designing the Dead – interviews with writer/director Dan O’Bannon and production designer William Stout (15 minutes)

1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)/ DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/1985/Color/R/91 mins./Region A/Subtitles: English/Special Features are Unrated

*** SHOUT FACTORY.COM SITE EXCLUSIVE OFFER***

Avid fans will want to take note of two exclusive offers on the release—which are only available at www.shoutfactory.com while supplies last.

STANDARD OFFER
– Receive the 2-disc Collector’s Edition
– Receive a limited-edition 18” x 24” poster of the newly-designed art that is on the Collector’s Edition from artist Graham Humphries
– Product will be shipped two weeks earlier than national sreet date of July 19th
Pre-order @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/…/the-return-of-the-living-dea…

DELUXE OFFER (Limited to 1,000 orders only)
– Receive the 2-disc Collector’s Edition
– Receive a limited-edition 18” x 24” poster of the newly-designed art from artist Graham Humphries
– Product will be shipped three weeks earlier than national street date of July 19th
– Receive a second slipcover—made exclusively for this promotion and newly-designed from artist Joel Robinson
– Receive a second 18” x 24” poster of the newly designed art from Joel Robinson
Pre-order @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/…/the-return-of-the-living-dea…

And finally, we’d like to address the question of the soundtrack, which we know many of you have asked about: For our new transfer we have gone back to the original audio tracks to create a new soundtrack. Only one song – The Damned’s “Dead Beat Dance” – could not be cleared for inclusion on the disc unfortunately. Otherwise, the rest will be the original audio as heard in the theaters when the film played first-run.

BUNNY THE KILLER THING Is Released on DVD/Blu-ray and Coming Soon on VOD

 

Is America Ready for a Rampaging Sexually Deviant Bunny?

PHILADELPHIA, PA, March 25, 2016 – If American did not self-implode when Donald Trump proclaimed his appendage was nothing short of monumental, than sure, America and all its genre film-loving fans will welcome star of BUNNY THE KILLER THING- a six foot tall fucking and killing rabbit with an 18-inch long schlong.

Artsploitation Films, in conjunction with FilmRise, has released the Finnish horror comedy on DVD and Blu-ray March 22nd and the film will enjoy its VOD premiere on most of the prime VOD outlets beginning May 16, 2016.

Filmed mostly in English by promising young director Joonas Makkonen, the bloody hilarious spoof follows a group of young adults who head to a remote cabin for a winter weekend. But soon they are confronted a half man, half creature who is compelled to stick his dangerously large penis into anything that resembles female genitals. Naked women (and men) are forced to flee into the snowy wilderness, Blood is soon shed and all kinds of human orifices are violated as the vocabulary-challenged Mr. Bunny (“Pussy!” is the limit of his words)  wreaks havoc on the unsuspecting vacationers. Equal parts camp, gore, and comedy, Bunny has been described as, “Goofy, irreverent, and delightfully perverted” by cinemaslasher.com 

Artsploitation’s Ray Murray warns concerned parents, cinematic conservatives and sense-of-humor-deprived feminists that Bunny can be seen as a horribly offensive film that wallows in scenes of rape, gratuitous nudity, bloody murders and all forms of sexual depravity. But for amoral genre film fans it is simply a hilarious, inventive and blood-drenched spoof of monster movies…with gratuitous nudity.

 

Discover THE HORROR on Digital VHX and Limited Edition VHS April 1

The Horror is Unleashed April 1
Moondog Media Releases Acclaimed Indie
On Digital VHX and Limited Edition VHS

“New-Wave Lynchian Storytelling” — Bloody Disgusting

Los Angeles, CA – Moondog Media is excited to announce the April 1 digital VHX and limited edition VHS release of their first feature The Horror. Jerry White III’s first film follows freshly orphaned twins made to fight for their survival; a fight that continues long after the violence ends. Anchored by stars Callie Ott (WTF!) and Raymond Creamer in his debut performance, The Horror and its leads have been hailed by critics since the world premiere at Dances With Films. Bloody Disgusting called Creamer a “modern take on Norman Bates” while Modern Horrors applauded White for making “one of the more impressive genre debuts [of the] year”.

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Still reeling from the loss of their parents, Malcolm (Creamer) and Isabel Rademacher (Ott) head to their family’s lake house for a weekend with their friends. What starts as a fun trip is cut short when Malcolm and Isabel ultimately push their companions away. Abandoned, Malcolm and Isabel’s isolation is exploited by two masked assailants who invade their home. Malcolm kills one of them in self-defense, but becomes obsessed with tracking his escaped partner down.

A year later, Isabel is attempting to put her life back together but memories of the invasion cast a long shadow. As Malcolm continues his hunt for the second assailant, Isabel becomes aware of the darkness that he carries inside and, while he claims to be protecting her, she worries that he may be the biggest threat of all.

The VHS release of The Horror ($20) will exclusively include an introduction by Jerry White III and a digital download of the film.  VHX downloads of The Horror ($5) can be played on any home entertainment system, as well as Roku, AppleTV, Android, iOS, Chromecast, AirPlay and more.

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CIRCUS OF FEAR / FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS Coming from Blue Underground

Coming June 28 from Blue Underground!

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CIRCUS OF FEAR:

The Most Horrifying Syndicate Of Evil In History!

What begins as a daring daylight armored car heist on London’s Tower Bridge leads to a sinister circus where a disfigured lion tamer (Christopher Lee) is one of several suspects in a three-ring nightmare of red herrings, grisly ‘accidents’ and cold-blooded murder. Klaus Kinski (VENOM), Suzy Kendall (BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE), Margaret Lee (FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS) and Leo Genn (THE BLOODY JUDGE) co-star in this gripping thriller directed by John Moxey (HORROR HOTEL, THE NIGHT STALKER) and based on a novel by legendary mystery writer Edgar Wallace.

Originally released in America as PSYCHO-CIRCUS in black & white and cut by more than 22 minutes, Blue Underground has now restored the film to its full running time. Presented in a stunning new 2K High Definition transfer from the original British color negative, this is CIRCUS OF FEAR as you’ve truly never seen it before!

FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS:

Girls! Gold! Intrigue!

After arriving in Hong Kong, wealthy American playboy Bob Mitchell is the recipient of a strange note found on the body of a dead man. A clue to an illegal gold-trafficking operation, Mitchell is unwittingly thrust into a deadly power struggle between a secretive global crime syndicate and brutal local mobsters. Can he survive long enough to unmask the mysterious FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS?

An international all-star cast including Bob Cummings (DIAL M FOR MURDER), Margaret Lee (THE BLOODY JUDGE), Rupert Davies (WITCHFINDER GENERAL), Klaus Kinski (FITZCARRALDO), Maria Rohm (EUGENIE), Maria Perschy (THE GHOST GALLEON), Brian Donlevy (HANGMEN ALSO DIE), Dan Duryea (WINCHESTER ’73), George Raft (SOME LIKE IT HOT) and Christopher Lee (COUNT DRACULA) star in this thrilling mystery from producer Harry Alan Towers (VENUS IN FURS) and director Jeremy Summers (VENGEANCE OF FU MANCHU). Based on a story by legendary author Edgar Wallace, FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS has been newly remastered in High Definition from the original uncut negative for its U.S. home video debut!

CIRCUS OF FEAR Extras:

  • Audio Commentary with Director John Moxey
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Poster & Still Gallery

FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS Extras:

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery

 

Sell Points:

  • Christopher Lee! Klaus Kinski! Edgar Wallace! Double Feature Blu-ray features two thrilling mysteries from the swingin’ sixties!
  • Brand new High Definition transfers from the original camera negatives
  • Full 1080p HD Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio for the ultimate home theater experience
  • Extensive online exposure on top websites, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, DVD Talk, Blu-ray.com, and many more
  • From prolific producer Harry Alan Towers (VENUS IN FURS, TEN LITTLE INDIANS)

CIRCUS OF FEAR:

  • Stars Christopher Lee (THE MUMMY, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN), Leo Genn (THE LONGEST DAY, THE BLOODY JUDGE), Klaus Kinski (NOSFERATU, VENOM), Margaret Lee (FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS, VENUS IN FURS), and Suzy Kendall (THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, TORSO)
  • “Intriguing, Original And Chock Full Of Twists!”Classic-Horror.com
  • “A Slick Mystery/Thriller… A Lot Of Red Herrings Amongst The Large Cast!”DVD Drive-In

FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS:

  • International all-star cast includes Bob Cummings (SABOTEUR, DIAL M FOR MURDER, ), Margaret Lee (CIRCUS OF FEAR, THE BLOODY JUDGE), Rupert Davies (THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, WITCHFINDER GENERAL), Klaus Kinski (A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL, FITZCARRALDO), Maria Rohm (99 WOMEN, EUGENIE), Maria Perschy (THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU, THE GHOST GALLEON), Brian Donlevy (HANGMEN ALSO DIE, PIT STOP), Dan Duryea (PRIDE OF THE YANKEES, WINCHESTER ’73), George Raft (SCARFACE, SOME LIKE IT HOT) and Christopher Lee (COUNT DRACULA, THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy)
  • “Plenty Of Mystery… Will Keep You Guessing Up Until The Final Moments!”Mondo Esoterica
  • “An Effective Thriller That Will Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat!”Mondo Esoterica
  • “Well Made And Suspenseful… Packed With Top Name Stars!”Mondo Esoterica
  • “Klaus Kinski Is Suitably Sleazy!”Blueprint

Satan and Christ Battle on Land and Sea in the Brand-New Trailer for SHARK EXORCIST

Satan Swims to Shore for June Release
 In Brand-New Trailer and Key Art for Shark Exorcist
New York, NY – WildEye Releasing is shoring up the release of cult director Donald Farmer’s latest, Shark Exorcist, with a brand new trailer and key art.
Farmer (Demon Queen, Cannibal Hookers, Dorm of the Dead) turns his camera to the creature feature genre with a twist.  A deadly great white shark terrorizes the small village of Paris Landing.  The beast is driven not by rage or revenge, but by the Devil himself.  Instead of a hardened shark hunter, the fishermen and swimmers must look to a Catholic priest to save their souls and his own.

A demonic nun summons Satan to a small fishing village, where he takes over the bodies of a great white shark and a young woman. A chain reaction of evil grips the tiny community as shredded bodies wash ashore. A Catholic priest arrives, and he must fight both teeth and temptation on land and sea in order to send these man-killers back to Hell before the tide comes in for good!

See What’s Coming from Arrow USA in April!

The Stuff (April 19)
Dillinger (April 26)
The Zero Boys (April 26)
via MVD Entertainment Group
MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with several new titles in April…
The Italian horror classics finally premiere on Blu-ray in this beautifully restored, limited edition collection.Emerging at the peak of the giallo boom of the early ’70s, Luciano Ercoli’s Death Walks films are two superlative examples of the genre linked by their shared casting of the stunning Nieves Navarro (billed under her adopted stage name of Susan Scott) as the lead woman in peril. In Death Walks on High Heels (1971), exotic dancer Nicole (Navarro), the daughter of a murdered jewel thief, finds herself terrorised by a black-clad assailant determined on procuring her father’s stolen gems. Fleeing Paris and her knife-wielding pursuer, Nicole arrives in London only to discover that death stalks her at every corner. Returning in Death Walks at Midnight (1972), Navarro stars as Valentina – a model who, in the midst of a drug-fuelled photoshoot, witnesses a brutal murder in the apartment opposite hers. But when it becomes clear that the savage slaying she describes relates to a crime that took place six months earlier, the police are at a loss – forcing Valentina to solve the mystery alone. Offering up all the glamour, perversity and narrative twists and turns that are typical of the giallo genre at its best, Luciano Ercoli’s Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks atMidnightanticipate the super-stylized trappings of Brian De Palma’s early psycho thrillers (most notably, Dressed to Kill).
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
  • Limited Edition boxed-set (3000 copies) containing Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight
  • Brand new 2K restorations of the films from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
  • Limited Edition 60-page booklet containing new writing on the films from authors Danny Shipka (Perverse Titillation: The Exploitation Cinema of Italy, Spain and France), Troy Howarth (So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films) and writer Leonard Jacobs
DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS
  • Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
  • Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • From Spain with Love – featurette comprising newly-edited archive footage of director Luciano Ercoli and actress Nieves Navarro, interviewed at their home in Barcelona
  • Master of Giallo – screenwriter Gastaldi on Death Walks on High Heels and how to write a successful giallo
  • Death Walks to the Beat – a career-spanning interview with High Heels composer Stelvio Cipriani
  • Original Italian and English trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT
  • Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
  • Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Extended TV version of the feature
  • Crime Does Pay – screenwriter Gastaldi reflects on his career in the crime film-writing business, including a look at Death Walks at Midnight
  • Desperately Seeking Susan – visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the distinctive giallo collaborations between director Luciano Ercoli and star Nieves Navarro
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon
BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR [Blu-ray & DVD Limited Edition]
DATE. MATE. RE-ANIMATE. The success of Stuart Gordon’s hit horror-comedy Re-animator meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, Bride of Re-animator – this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead 3) – would prove that there was a good deal more life left in the story of Dr. Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits. It is 8 years since the Miskatonic massacre. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr. West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life – starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan’s dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong? With special effects master Screaming Mad George (the man behind the infamous “shunting” sequence in Society) on hand to contribute a host of characteristically weird and wonderful creations – including zombified bats and a one-eyed finger spider – Bride of re-animator is a more than worthy successor to Gordon’s original cult classic.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED 3-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
  • Brand new 2K restorations of the Unrated and R-rated versions of the film, approved by director Brian Yuzna
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Stereo 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
  • Limited Edition Collector’s Booklet
  • Limited Edition Packaging to be revealed
DISCS 1 & 2 – BLU-RAY/DVD – UNRATED VERSION
  • Brand new 2K restoration of the Unrated version
  • Brand new audio commentary with Brian Yuzna
  • Audio Commentary with Brian Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, visual effects supervisor Tom
  • Rainone and the effects team including John Buechler, Mike Deak, Bob Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George
  • Audio Commentary with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott
  • Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-animator – brand new featurette in which the director looks back at the making of the first Re-animator sequel
  • Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-animator – Brand new FX featurette with a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Buechler
  • Getting Ahead in Horror – archive making-of featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
DISC 3 – BLU-RAY – R-RATED VERSION
  • Brand new 2K restoration of the R-rated version
PLUS more to be announced!
 
Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon
In 1968, acclaimed director Toshio Masuda (Rusty Knife, Tora! Tora! Tora!) and rising star Tetsuya Watari (Tokyo Drifter) teamed up for Outlaw: Gangster VIP, a gritty yakuza yarn based on the writings of real life ex-gangster Goro Fujita. The series offers up a depiction of the Japanese underworld that was unprecedented in its realism and its sympathetic portrayal of its protagonist as a man haunted by his past, unable to escape a life of crime. The success of the initial instalment spawned five sequels, continuing the story of the lone wolf “Slasher” Goro and his quest for redemption. The films presented a new kind of realism and violence that would prefigure Kinji Fukasaku’s Battles Without Honor and Humanity series, with their winning combination of brutal violence, gang warfare and sweeping romance, these films make for a unique and unforgettable viewing experience. The set includes six films in the Outlaw series released for the first time in the west: Gangster VIP, Gangster VIP 2, Heartless, Goro the Assassin, Black Dagger, and Kill!

BONUS MATERIALS
  • Limited Edition Box Set (3000 copies) containing all six films in the Outlaw series, available with English subtitles for the first time on any home video format
  • High Definition digital transfers of all six films, from original film elements by Nikkatsu Corporation
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • Audio commentary on Outlaw: Gangster VIP by Jasper Sharp
  • Visual essay covering the entire series by Kevin Gilvear
  • Original trailers for all six films
  • Extensive promotional image galleries for all six films
  • Exclusive gatefold packaging featuring brand new artwork by Tonci Zonjic
  • Booklet featuring an interview with director Toshio Masuda by Mark Schilling, plus new writing by Schilling, Chris D and Kevin Gilvear
Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

THE STUFF [Blu-ray + DVD]

Are you eating it …or is it eating you? The Stuff is the new dessert taking supermarket shelves by storm. It’s delicious, low in calories and – better still – doesn’t stain the family carpet… What’s not to like?! Well, for a start it has a life of its own, and we’re not talking friendly live bacteria… Young Jason seems to be the only one who doesn’t love The Stuff – in fact he won’t go anywhere near it, after having seen the pudding crawling around the fridge one night. What’s more, everyone who eats The Stuff has started acting really weird… Now, teaming up with wise-cracking industrial saboteur “Mo”, Jason must put a stop to The Stuff and the organisation behind it or face a gooey, gloopy demise. Coming courtesy of horror auteur Larry Cohen (director of the It’s Alive series and scribe behind the Maniac Cop trilogy), The Stuff is a titillating treat for the taste-buds which blends elements of films such as Street Trash with the straight-up B-movie flavour of The Blob. So grab a spoon and dig on into The Stuff – the taste that delivers… much more than you bargained for!
BONUS MATERIALS
  • New High Definition restoration of the film from a brand new 2K scan of the original camera negative
  • Original stereo 1.0 uncompressed PCM Mono audio
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Can’t Get Enough of The Stuff: Making Larry Cohen’s Classic Creature Feature – Documentary featuring Larry Cohen, producer Paul Kurta, actress Andrea Marcovicci, Steve Neill (mechanical makeup effects) and Kim Newman
  • Introduction and trailer commentary by director and The Stuff fan Darren Bousman (Saw II, Saw III)
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Joel Harley, illustrated with original stills and promotional materials
Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

DILLINGER [Blu-ray + DVD]

NOBODY DID IT LIKE DILLINGER! The runaway success of Bonnie and Clyde in 1967 proved massively influential: it made stars of Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, introduced a new form of violence to the movies, and inspired a stream of imitators, including Bloody Mama, Martin Scorsese’s Boxcar Bertha and the directorial debut of John Milius, Dillinger. Milius presents John Dillinger as an almost mythical figure, tracing the rise and fall of the Depression era’s Public Enemy Number One as he takes on the banks and the G-men, led by the infamous Melvin Purvis. Starring Sam Peckinpah favourites Warren Oates and Ben Johnson as Dillinger and Purvis, and with a supporting cast including Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Dreyfuss and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas, Dillinger is a top drawer gangster picture: explosive, stylish and hugely entertaining.

BONUS MATERIALS
  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from original film materials
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the film
  • Original mono soundtrack (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by Stephen Prince, author of Savage Cinema and Screening Violence
  • Shooting Dillinger, a newly-filmed interview with director of photography Jules Brenner
  • Original Gangster, a newly-filmed interview with producer Lawrence Gordon
  • Ballads and Bullets, a newly-filmed interview with composer Barry De Vorzon
  • Stills gallery
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
  • Collector’s booklet containing new writing by Kim Newman on fictional portrayals of John Dillinger, plus an on-set report containing interviews with writer-director John Milius and others, illustrated with original production stillsLimited Edition Box Set (3000 copies) containing all six films in the Outlaw series, available with English subtitles for the first time on any home video format
Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

THE ZERO BOYS [Blu-ray + DVD]

DAWN OF A NEW BREED OF HEROES From cult director Nico Mastorakis, the man behind such eclectic offerings as the controversial Island of Death and the Oliver Reed-starring actioner Hired to Kill, comes The Zero Boys – the genre-bending ’80s classic with gruesome sequences that anticipate the torture porn horrors of Hostel and Saw. For a group of young friends, a weekend of survival games in the wilderness turns into a genuine battle of life and death when one of their number turns up dead. Finding themselves hunted by a bloodthirsty band of maniacs intent on slaughtering them one-by-one, the self-styled “Zero Boys” must now play their war games for real. Starring Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet, Chopping Mall) and featuring an early score from the legendary Hans Zimmer (Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy), The Zero Boys mixes action, survival and all-out slasher movie elements in a thrilling horror yarn that falls somewhere between Friday the 13th and Deliverance.
BONUS MATERIALS
  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film, approved by writer-director Nico Mastorakis
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio Commentary with star Kelli Maroney, moderated by Shock Till You Drop’s Chris Alexander
  • Nico Mastorakis on… Nico Mastorakis – brand new interview with Mastorakis on the making of The Zero Boys
  • Brand new interview with star Kelli Maroney
  • Brand new interview with star Nicole Rio
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver
Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

SCHRAMM ON BLU-RAY AND SEX MURDER ART BLU-RAY SET FROM CULT EPICS

 

Cult Epics April 2016 New Releases

Schramm
DVD
Label: Cult Epics

Pre-book: 03/08/2016 Streets: 04/12/2016 SRP: 29.95 UPC: 881190014493
Cat: CE144 Run Time: 65 Minutes In German with English subtitles
Color Full Screen 1.33:1 DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Region 0
Horror Not Rated Production Year: 1978
Director: Jorg Buttgereit
Cast: Florian Koemer von Gustorf, Monika M.

SCHRAMM The story of a deranged serial killer from the director of Nekromantik. Lothar Schramm (Florian Koemer von Gustorf) is dying, face down in a pool of his own blood. Behind his closed eyes, fractured memories repeat themselves. He runs by the sea. He lusts after the whore (Nekromantik 2’s Monika M.) across the hall. He staggers through life uncertainly. He kills. Schramm is the story of the notorious Lipstick Killer Lothar Schramm’s last days on earth. Revealed in a series of tightly constructed flashbacks, the film offers an unflinching look into the mind of a serial killer. Uncompromising in its depictions of violence and perversion, Schramm is a poetic masterpiece of horror guaranteed to make you squirm.

Cult Epics presents Jorg Buttgereit’s last directed horror feature SCHRAMM. Uncut, Uncensored in new High Definition and with new bonus features, including the early horror short films by Jorg Buttgereit.

Bonus Features:

  • New director’s approved HD transfer (taken from the original 16mm negative)
  • Exclusive introduction by Jorg Buttgereit
  • Audio commentary by Jorg Buttgereit and writer Franz Rodenkirchen
  • Audio commentary 2 by actors Florian Koemer von Gustorf and Monika M.
  • The Making Of Schramm
  • Still photo gallery
  • JB HD trailers
  • Short films: Horror Heaven HD with optional Audio Commentary by Jorg Buttgereit
    Blutige Exzesse im Fuhrerbunker (Bloody Excess in the Leaders Bunker) HD
    Mein Papi (My Father)
  • Original motion picture soundtrack
  • New DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround

Schramm
Blu-ray
Label: Cult Epics

Pre-book: 03/08/2016 Streets: 04/12/2016 SRP: 34.95 UPC: 881190014592
Cat: CE145 Run Time: 65 Minutes In German with English subtitles
Color Full Screen 1.33:1 DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Region A
Horror Not Rated Production Year: 1978
Director: Jorg Buttgereit
Cast: Florian Koemer von Gustorf, Monika M.

SCHRAMM The story of a deranged serial killer from the director of Nekromantik. Lothar Schramm (Florian Koemer von Gustorf) is dying, face down in a pool of his own blood. Behind his closed eyes, fractured memories repeat themselves. He runs by the sea. He lusts after the whore (Nekromantik 2’s Monika M.) across the hall. He staggers through life uncertainly. He kills. Schramm is the story of the notorious Lipstick Killer Lothar Schramm’s last days on earth. Revealed in a series of tightly constructed flashbacks, the film offers an unflinching look into the mind of a serial killer. Uncompromising in its depictions of violence and perversion, Schramm is a poetic masterpiece of horror guaranteed to make you squirm.

Cult Epics presents Jorg Buttgereit’s last directed horror feature SCHRAMM. Uncut, Uncensored in new High Definition and with new bonus features, including the early horror short films by Jorg Buttgereit.

Bonus Features:

  • New director’s approved HD transfer (taken from the original 16mm negative)
  • Exclusive introduction by Jorg Buttgereit
  • Audio commentary by Jorg Buttgereit and writer Franz Rodenkirchen
  • Audio commentary 2 by actors Florian Koemer von Gustorf and Monika M.
  • The Making Of Schramm
  • Still photo gallery
  • JB HD trailers
  • Short films: Horror Heaven HD with optional audio commentary by Jorg Buttgereit
    Blutige Exzesse im Fuhrerbunker (Bloody Excess In The Leaders Bunker) HD
    Mein Papi (My Father)
  • Original motion picture soundtrack
  • New DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround
  • Collectible new Blu-ray artwork

Sex Murder Art: The Films Of Jorg Buttgereit
Blu-ray (4 Blu-rays + 2 CDs)
Label: Cult Epics

Pre-book: 03/08/2016 Streets: 04/12/2016 SRP: 99.95 UPC: 881190014691
Cat: CE146 Run Time: 319 Minutes In German with English subtitles
Color Full Screen 1.33:1 DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Region A
Horror Not Rated Production Years: 1987/1990/1991/1993
Director: Jorg Buttgereit
Cast: Florian Koemer von Gustorf, Monika M., Beatrice M., Daktari Lorenz, Mark Reeder

Cult Epics presents Sex Murder Art: The Films of Jorg Buttgereit a collection of his four horror underground films; the necrophilia classics Nekromantik & Nekromantik 2, the death and suicide anthology Der Todesking (The Death King) and the premiere of the serial killer film Schramm on Blu-ray. Includes exclusive Soundtrack CD’s of the films and a 40-page booklet containing interviews and photos with Jorg Buttgereit and collaborators. Fully Uncut & Uncensored versions.

Bonus Features:

  • New director’s approved HD transfers
  • Two versions of Nekromantik
  • Exclusive introductions for each film by Jorg Buttgereit
  • Q&A with Jorg Buttgereit
  • Audio commentaries
  • The Making Ofs
  • Featurettes
  • Still photo galleries
  • Jorg Buttgereit trailers
  • Documentary: Corpse Fucking Art
  • Short films: Hot Love, A Moment of Silence at the Grave of Ed Gein, Horror Heaven, Bloody Excess in the Leaders Bunker, My Father
  • Music Video: Half Girl by Jorg Buttgereit
  • Original motion picture soundtracks
  • Live concert of Nekromantik 2
  • BD exclusive new art design by Silver Ferox
  • Exclusive CD soundtrack of Nekromantik & Nekromantik 2
  • Exclusive CD 2 soundtrack of Der Todesking & Schramm
  • BD Exclusive 40-page perfect-bind booklet with interviews & exclusive photos

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.

http://www.artsploitation.com

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

REQUIESCANT AND MUTILATOR IN SEPTEMBER FROM ARROW VIDEO USA!

New from Arrow Video US
Requiescant (September 22)

and The Mutilator(September 29

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…
Requiescant – Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray – ORDER HERE
Directed by Carlo Lizzani (Wake Up and Kill, The Hills Run Red) and with a superb soundtrack by Riz Ortolani (Day of Anger, Cannibal Holocaust), Requiescant – Latin for ‘Rest in Peace’ – ranks among the finest Spaghetti Westerns. Alex Cox named it the “one film to prove that the Italian Western was not solely Sergio Leone’s”. Lou Castel (Fists in the Pocket, A Bullet for General) plays a young man who was raised to be a pacifist by a travelling preacher after Confederates massacred his family. But when his step-sister runs away, the pursuit reveals a natural talent as a sharp-shooter as well as a bloody and unexpected confrontation with his past. Joining Castel are an impressive array of performers, including Mark Damon (Black Sabbath, The Fall of the House of Usher) as the sadistic aristocratic villain, Franco Citti (Accattone, The Godfather) as his henchman, and the great Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salò) in a rare acting role as a revolutionary priest.
Bonus Materials
– Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Optional English and Italian soundtracks in uncompressed PCM mono audio
– Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
– An all-new interview with Lou Castel, recorded exclusively for this release
– Archive interview with director Carlo Lizzani
– Theatrical Trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

– Illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing on the film by Pasquale Iannone

Product Details
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV022
UPC: 760137776093
Street Date: 09/22/15
PreBook Date: 08/18/15
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Western
Run Time: 106 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: MONO
Year of Production: 1967
Director: Carlo Lizzani
Actors: Lou Castel, Mark Damon and Pier Paolo Pasolini
Box Lot: 30
Territory: US
Language: English / Italian
SRP: $39.95

The Mutilator – Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray – ORDER HERE

Although the slasher film was in decline by the mid-1980s, there were still some grisly delights to be had… and they don’t come much grislier than writer-director Buddy Cooper’s sickening stalk-and-slash classic The Mutilator! When Ed receives a message from his father asking him to go and lock up the family’s beach condo for the winter, it seems like the perfect excuse for an alcohol-fuelled few days away with his friends. After all, his dad has forgiven him for accidentally blowing mom away with a shotgun several years ago… hasn’t he? But no sooner are the teens on the island than they find themselves stalked by a figure with an axe (and a hook, and an onboard motor) to grind… Originally entitled Fall Break (watch out for the incongruous theme song of the same name!), The Mutilator has earned a reputation amongst horror fans as one of the ‘holy grails’ of 80s splatter mayhem due to its highly inventive (and not to say, decidedly gruesome) kill sequences, courtesy of FX wizard Mark Shostrom (Videodrome, Evil Dead II). Finally making its long-awaited bow in High-Definition, The Mutilator has returned to terrorise a whole new generation of horror fans!

Bonus Materials
– Brand new 2K restoration from original vault materials of the R-rated and Unrated versions of the film
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Brand new interviews with cast and crew
– Reversible sleeve featuring original artwork to be revealed
– Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film alongside archive articles from Fangoria magazine
– PLUS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Product Details
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV023
UPC: 760137775997
Street Date: 09/29/15
PreBook Date: 08/25/15
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Horror
Run Time: 86 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: MONO
Year of Production: 1985
Director: Buddy Cooper
Actors: Matt Mitler, Ruth Martinez, Bill Hitchcock
Box Lot: 30
Territory: US
Language: English
SRP: $39.95

Episode 127

Episode 127

It’s a short one this week. I am leaving today to go out of town for the weekend and have been working over time this week to be able to leave early. So with that said my time was very limited watching movies this week, sadly. If you are playing along to the drinking game that The Horror Underground suggested to do with our show, I apologize in advanced for the alcohol poisoning. This week Chuck and I tackle Artsploitation Films blu-ray release of Romain Basset’s psycho-sexual nightmare ridden Horsehead! We also take quick look at Grindhouse Releasing’s of Umberto Lenzi’s Cannibal Ferox!

RECKLESS Coming from Artsploitation

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RECKLESS, based on the 2009 thriller The Disappearance of Alice Creed, is a stylish, sexually charged kidnapping drama from the Netherlands that is not for the faint of heart. Two masked men kidnap a young woman and after stripping and bounding her to a bed, demand a ransom from her father. A seemingly well-trained criminal plan. But nothing is as simple as it seems as loyalties are tested, secrets revealed and treachery rears its calculating head. Fun for the whole family – if your family can deal with nudity, violence and deceit!

  • Order date: 6/23/15
  • Street date: 7/14/15
  • DVD UPC: 854555004903
  • DVD SRP: $19.99
  • Synopsis: Everyone’s heard of inferior American remakes of European films, but this is a real twist: a superior European (Dutch) remake of an English-language (British) film that even improves on the original! RECKLESS [Bloedlink] is a riveting retelling of a story first explored in the 2009 thriller The Disappearance of Alice Creed, but director Joram Lürsen’s new version is even more stylish, sexually charged, and tightly wound than its source of inspiration. Laura Temming wakes up to find herself bound to a bed in a sound-insulated vacant apartment. Two masked men strip the clothes from her body, place her in a track suit, and take photos that will be used to obtain ransom money from Laura’s wealthy father. As the clock ticks, Laura discovers that she may have a relationship with one of the kidnappers that she never expected…and that the two men hold a secret that one could not have expected. With more twists than one could imagine, RECKLESS is ingeniously seductive.

Episode 126

Episode 126

This week on Exorcast, Chuck and I are reunited with The Newsfinder General and he actually does his job for once. We tackle The House With 100 Eyes from Artsploitation Films, Vinegar Syndromes blu-ray release of Madman, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne from Arrow Video and Severin’s fantastic looking blu-ray release of Franco’s Vampyros Lesbos kinda puts me to sleep. Of all people how can Jess Franco make something like this boring? I also threaten to replace Chuck.

Episode 125

Episode 125

This week on Exorcast we take a look at Artsploitation Film’s first blu-ray release of Der Samurai, Wild Eye Releasing’s new indie slasher that isn’t Morbid, Blood Slaughter Massacre. We also dive into a two Arrow Video (US) releases of Massacre Gun and the amazing release of Brian Yuzna’s Society and talk about why it may just be the best release of this year. We hear from our good friend Uwe Bowl or however you spell that hack’s name and Chuck gives us the run down on some newly announced Scream Factory news.

Arrow Video brings Pit Stop, La Grande Bouffe, and Blood Rage to the US

Arrow Video US to release Pit Stop on June 30th,
plus La Grande Bouffe and Blood Rage in August 
all via MVD Entertainment Group

MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with a strong schedule of new titles…
Pit Stop – Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray – ORDER HERE
RAW GUTS FOR GLORY! FLESH AGAINST STEEL!The most dangerous game ever devised, to pit man against man, flesh against steel – the figure-8 race! Jack Hill (Coffy, Foxy Brown) follows up Spider Baby, once again teaming up with Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses) in one of his greatest roles for this action-spectacular crash-o-rama!

Richard Davalos (East of Eden) stars as Rick Bowman, a street punk who winds up in jail after a street race goes wrong. Bailed out by race promoter Grant Willard, Davalos is put in the deadly track where he comes up against Haig’s maniacal winner Hawk Sidney. Featuring an outstanding supporting cast including Brian Donlevy (The Quatermass Xperiment) in his last film appearance, Ellen Burstyn, billed as Ellen McRae (The Exorcist), and Beverly Washburn (Spider Baby), Pit Stop is one of Hill’s lesser known films but arguably his greatest.

Filmed on a real figure-8 track, Hill and his crew were able to capture gripping real-life car wreck scenes lending the film a brilliant sense of realism. You’ve never seen a motion picture like this before – can you take it?

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
* New High Definition digital transfer supervised and approved by director Jack Hill
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
* Original Mono 1.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
* New UK exclusive audio commentary with director Jack Hill moderated by his biographer Calum Waddell
* Crash and Burn! – Jack Hill on the making of Pit Stop
* Drive Hard – Actor Sid Haig speaks about his experience of acting in Pit Stop
* Life in the Fast Lane – producer Roger Corman on the genesis of Pit Stop
* Restoring Pit Stop – Restoration demonstration with Technical Supervisor James White
* Original Trailer
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw
* Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Glenn Kenny and musicologist and writer Gray Newell on the film’s soundtrack, illustrated with original stills and artwork

Release Date: June 30, 2015
Duration: 91 mins
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: Mono
Discs: 2
SRP: $39.95
Barcode: 760137764298
Cat Number: AV016

La Grande Bouffe – Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray – ORDER HERE

The most famous film by Italian provocateur Marco Ferreri (Dillinger is Dead), La Grande bouffe was reviled on release for its perversity, decadence and attack on the bourgeoisie yet won the prestigious FIPRESCI prize after its controversial screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

Four friends, played by international superstars Marcello Mastroianni (Fellini’s 8½), Michel Piccoli (Belle de jour), Ugo Tognazzi (Barbarella) and Philippe Noiret (Zazie dans le métro) retreat to a country mansion where they determine to eat themselves to death whilst engaging in group sex with prostitutes and a local school teacher (Andréa Ferréol, The Tin Drum), who seems to be up for anything…At once jovial and sinister, the film’s jet-black humour has a further twist as the reputed actors (whose characters use their own names) buck their respectable trend for a descent into fart-filled chaos that delivers a feast for the eyes and mind.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
* Brand new 2K restoration of the original camera negative
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
* Original French audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
* Newly translated English subtitles
* The Farcical Movie – A French television profile of Marco Ferreri from 1975 in which the director discusses, among other things, the influence of Tex Avery, Luis Buñuel and Tod Browning’s Freaks
* Behind-the-scenes footage of the making of La Grande bouffe, containing interviews with Ferrari and actors Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Ugo Tognazzi and Philippe Noiret
* Extracts from the television series Couleurs autour d’un festival featuring interviews with the cast and crew recorded during the Cannes Film Festival
* A visual essay on the film with by Italian film scholar Pasquale Iannone
* Select scene audio commentary by Iannone
* News report from the Cannes Film Festival where La Grande bouffe caused a controversial stir, including Ferreri at the press conference
* Original Trailer
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
* Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Johnny Mains, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

Release Date: August 18, 2015
Rating: TBC
Duration: 130 mins
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Discs: 2
SRP: $39.95

Barcode: 760137764397
Cat Number: AV017Blood Rage – Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray  – ORDER HERE

IT’S NOT CRANBERRY SAUCE!

What do you get if you combine Thanksgiving, American TV star Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), killer 80s synths and some of the most gruesome special effects in all of slasher history courtesy of Ed (Terminator 2) French. Why, it’s Blood Rage of course!
Todd and Terry seem like sweet kids – that is, until one of them takes an axe to face of a fellow patron at the local drive-in. Todd is blamed for the bloody crime and institutionalised, whilst twin brother Terry goes free. Ten years later and, as the family gathers around the table for a Thanksgiving meal, the news comes in that Todd has escaped – and he’s heading their way. But has the killer twin in fact been in their midst all along? One thing’s for sure, there WILL be blood…
Filmed in 1983 at the tail-end of the slasher golden era but not released until 1987, Blood Rage (also re-cut and released to theatres as Nightmare at Shadow Woods) has been lovingly restored from the original vault materials for its first ever appearance on Blu-ray and DVD. Happy Thankskilling!
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
* Brand new 2K restoration from original vault materials of three versions of the film: Blood Rage, the original “hard” version, completely uncut and uncensored in a Blu-ray/DVD world premiere; the R-rated Nightmare at Shadow Woods 1987 re-cut, and a third “composite” cut combining all the footage from both Blood Rage and Nightmare at Shadow Woods
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
* Brand new extensive making-of documentary featuring interviews with various cast and crew
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork from Marc Schoenbach, to be revealed
* Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film
* PLUS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!Release Date: August 25, 2015
Duration: 84 minutes
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
Discs: 2
SRP: $39.95
Barcode: 760137764496
Cat Number: AV018

Episode 124

Episode 124

This week Chuck and I talk about all sorts of things from what we’ve been watching and what is coming soon. Chuck also mentions Morbid about 32 times. We do however have a few reviews this week. Up first is Blue Underground’s upcoming blu-ray release of Man, Pride and Vengeance (a.k.a. With Django Comes Death) starring Franco Nero, Tina Aumont & Klaus Kinski directed by Luigi Bazzone. Then we have a look at Wild Eye’s release of the documentary Snuff: A Documentary About Killing on Camera directed by Paul von Stoetzel. This is not one that we recommend for everyone!

THEY WILL OUTLIVE US ALL Invades New York and DVD May 19th

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They Will Outlive Us All Infests New York

Spreads Nationwide May 19th on DVD and VOD

“Exactly the type of gem I look for in indie cinema. Don’t miss this film!”
-Ain’t It Cool News

New York, NY – After screening at over two dozen film festivals worldwide, the infestation is coming into your home. They Will Outlive Us All will be available nationwide on DVD and VOD May 19th from Wild Eye Releasing. Dealing with the all-too-common problem of a messy roommate, Daniel and Margot find something far more insidious and disgusting growing in their apartment. They must put their differences aside and fight the bugs before they outlive us all.

New York City has been devastated by a series of ‘Frankenstorms,’ food is scarce and all the bridges and tunnels are closed. In this post-apocalyptic city, roommates Margot and Daniel are bracing themselves for not only the next storm, but for something much more gruesome and undead – something growing right inside their apartment building. Can they survive each other long enough to stop it?

Episode 123

Episode 123

This week we tackle the 13 hour release of Severin’s The Video Nasties The Definitive Guide: Part 2 and Vinegar Syndrome’s Supersoul Brother (The Six Thousand Dollar Nigger)! Those are our only two reviews for this week but we talk at great lengths about all sorts of shit from records to things we have recently watched and purchased. Also, Chuck ruins the ending of the show and for that I apologize because he is a bastard.

Long Out of Print Snuff: A Documentary About Killing on Camera Returns to DVD from Wild Eye

New York, NY – Wild Eye Releasing has announced the April 21st DVD and VOD release of Snuff: A Documentary About Killing on Camera.  Long out of print and sought after since its initial release, Paul von Stoetzel’s documentary seeks to uncover the “truth” about snuff films, and how serial killers and horror classics like Cannibal Holocaust, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre play into the pervasive cultural rumors about these taboo and near-mythical films.

Explore the disturbing urban legend of the “snuff” film, an alleged film where someone is purposely murdered on camera for profit. This compelling documentary features interviews with film professionals, FBI profilers and academics, who all help examine the myths and evidence of snuff films, and its relationship to cult horror movies, serial killers and pornography in our culture.

Episode 122

Episode 122

This week we watched 55 (!!!) outstanding trailers from Severin Films with their new release of Grindhouse Trailer Classics on DVD. We also go to town on the first batch of Arrow Video releases for the U.S. which include Mark of the Devil, Blind Woman’s Curse and Day of Danger! 

JONAH LIVES Returns from the Grave on DVD April 21st

Coming from Wild Eye Releasing!

Luis Carvalho’s Jonah Lives

Starring Horror Icon Brinke Stevens

Available Nationwide On DVD April 21st 

 

New York, NY – Wild Eye Releasing has announced the April 21st DVD release of film festival hit Jonah Lives.  Hailed as “a fine cinematic debut” by Horrornews.net,  Jonah Lives stars B-movie legend Brinke Stevens (Nightmare Sisters, Teenage Exorcist, Bad Girls from Mars) as a woman who thought she’d gotten away with murder, until some bored teens with a ouija board accidentally bring her buried secret back with a vengeance.  The film was shot in Fall River, MA, the home of Lizzie Borden and site of the infamous Borden family murders that remain unsolved to this day.

A group of suburban teenagers find themselves embroiled in a story of revenge from beyond the grave.  Foolishly playing with a ouija board, they contact the spirit of a murdered man. Jonah rips his way out of the earth in the form of a murderous zombie, intent on avenging his untimely demise. Before he can rip out the heart of his killer, he must claim the lives of the teens that disturbed his rest.

Awsome Titles Coming from Arrow USA

Check-out these amazing titles coming to Blu-ray from Arrow USA!

Stray Cat Rock: The Collection

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SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
– Limited Edition Blu-ray (3000 copies only)
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of all five films in the Stray Cat Rock series
– Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
– New English subtitle translation of all five films
– Interview with Yasuharu Hasebe director of Delinquent Girl Boss, Sex Hunter and Machine Animal
– Interview with actor Tatsuya Fuji, star of all five films
– Interview with actor Yoshio Harada, star of Beat ’71
– Original Trailers
– Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp

Release Date: 14th July 2015
Region: Free
Format: Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD
Starring: Meiko Kaji, Bunjaku Han, Tatsuya Fuji
Directed by: Yasuharu Hasebe, Toshiya Fujita

Cemetery Without Crosses

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SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
– Brand new 2K restoration of the film from original film elements
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Original Italian and English soundtracks in uncompressed PCM mono audio
– Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
– Remembering Sergio – an all-new interview with star and director Robert Hossein, filmed exclusively for this release
– French television news report on the film’s making, containing interviews with Hossein, and actors Michèle Mercier and Serge Marquand
– Archive interview with Hossein
– Trailers
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by James Flames
– Illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing by Ginette Vincendeau and Rob Young

Eaten Alive

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DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
– Brand new 2K transfer from the original camera negative
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Audio commentary with co-writer and producer Mardi Rustam, make-up artist Craig Reardon and stars Roberta Collins, William Finley and Kyle Richards
– New introduction to the film by director Tobe Hooper
– Brand new interview with Hooper
– My Name is Buck: Star Robert Englund discusses his acting career
– The Butcher of Elmendorf: The Legend of Joe Ball – The story of the South Texas bar owner on whom Eaten Alive is loosely based
– 5ive Minutes with Marilyn Burns – The star of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre talks about working on Eaten Alive
– The Gator Creator: archival interview with Hooper
– Original theatrical trailers for the film under its various titles Eaten Alive, Death Trap, Starlight Slaughter and Horror Hotel
– US TV and Radio Spots
– Alternate credits sequence
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
– Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
– More to be announced!

BLOOD RAGE (aka Nightmare at Shadow Woods)

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Coming to UK/US Blu-ray and DVD later this year from Arrow Video

Here Comes The Bronx Warriors and New Barbarians from Blue Underground

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THE FIRST TO DIE WERE THE LUCKY ONES!

It’s 1990 and the Bronx has officially been declared a “No Man’s Land.” The authorities have given up all attempts to restore law and order. When a beautiful young woman runs away from Manhattan into this wasteland of motorcycle gangs and marauding warriors, her corrupt father sends a ruthless mercenary to bring her back at all costs. But gang leader Trash has other plans, uniting the rival outlaws to wage an all-out guerilla war against their corporate oppressors.

Co-written and directed by Enzo G. Castellari (THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS), this action-packed post-apocalyptic cult classic is a delirious mix of elements from THE WARRIORS and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. Starring Vic Morrow (TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE), Christopher Connelly (MANHATTAN BABY), Fred Williamson (VIGILANTE), and Mark Gregory (ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX), 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS has been newly transferred in High Definition and includes exclusive new Extras created especially for this release!

Extras:

  • Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Enzo G. Castellari
  • Enzo G. Castellari and Fabrizio De Angelis In Conversation Part 1
  • Sourcing The Weaponry Enzo G. Castellari visits the Italian Weapons Rental House of Paolo Ricci
  • Adventures In The Bronx – Interview with Actor/Stuntman Massimo Vanni
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Poster & Still Gallery

Sell Points:

  • The action-packed post-apocalyptic cult classic arrives in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack!
  • Brand new High Definition master created from the original camera negative
  • Full 1080p HD Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio for the ultimate home theater experience
  • Includes exclusive new Extras created especially for this release
  • Extensive online exposure on top websites, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, DVD Talk, Blu-ray.com, and many more
  • From cult Italian filmmaker Enzo G. Castellari (THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, STREET LAW, THE BIG RACKET, THE HEROIN BUSTERS, KEOMA)
  • Starring Vic Morrow (TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE, HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP), Christopher Connelly (MANHATTAN BABY, DJANGO STRIKES AGAIN), Fred Williamson (VIGILANTE, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN), Mark Gregory (ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX), Stefania Girolami (SINBAD OF THE SEVEN SEAS), George Eastman (ANTHROPOPHAGUS, BABA YAGA), and Massimo Vanni (RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR, ZOMBIE 3)
  • “Surprisingly Stylish And Exciting… A Minor Classic Of Testosterone Cinema!”Rovi
  • “A Very Strong, Well-Paced And Extremely Entertaining Flick!”Rotten Tomatoes
  • “If You Love Italian Exploitation Films You’re In For A Treat Here!”10k Bullets

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THEY’RE BACK AND OUT FOR BLOOD!

The year is 2000 and the Bronx has been reduced to a decaying, desolate wasteland infested with swarms of vicious street gangs and outcast scavengers. When an imperialistic mega-corporation plans to rebuild the doomed “No Man’s Land” into a perfect metropolis, they unleash their secret army of sadistic death squads to wipe out the few remaining inhabitants. But beneath the twisted rubble, fierce legions of resistance fighters arm themselves for the final onslaught – ready to die for their homeland. And ready to kill for it.

Co-writer/director Enzo G. Castellari (STREET LAW) and star Mark Gregory (THUNDER) return for this thrilling sequel to the post-apocalyptic cult classic 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS. Also starring Henry Silva (ABOVE THE LAW), Timothy Brent (THE NEW BARBARIANS), Paolo Malco (THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY), and Antonio Sabato (SEVEN BLOOD-STAINED ORCHIDS), ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX is presented in a brand-new High Definition transfer along with exclusive Extras for the first time ever in North America!

Extras:

  • Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Enzo G. Castellari
  • Enzo G. Castellari and Fabrizio De Angelis In Conversation Part 2
  • The Hunt For Trash – Interview with BRONX WARRIORS Superfan Lance Manley
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Poster & Still Gallery

Sell Points:

  • The action-packed post-apocalyptic cult classic arrives in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack!
  • Full 1080p HD Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio for the ultimate home theater experience
  • Includes exclusive new Extras created especially for this release
  • Extensive online exposure on top websites, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, DVD Talk, Blu-ray.com, and many more
  • From cult Italian filmmaker Enzo G. Castellari (THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, STREET LAW, THE BIG RACKET, THE HEROIN BUSTERS, KEOMA)
  • Starring Mark Gregory (1990: BRONX WARRIORS, THUNDER), Henry Silva (ABOVE THE LAW, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE), Valeria D’Obici (MIDNIGHT KILLER), Timothy Brent (THE NEW BARBARIANS, STREET LAW), Paolo Malco (THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, THE NEW YORK RIPPER), Antonio Sabato (SEVEN BLOOD-STAINED ORCHIDS, GRAND PRIX), and Massimo Vanni (RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR, ZOMBIE 3)
  • “Entertaining… The Action Is Non-Stop!”Moria
  • “A Dirty, Stripped-Down Action-Fest!”Horrorview
  • “Castellari Stages The Action Well, Giving Certain Shots A Peckinpah-esque Quality!”Digital Retribution

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Extras:

  • Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Enzo G. Castellari
  • Enzo G. Castellari and Fabrizio De Angelis In Conversation Part 2
  • The Hunt For Trash – Interview with BRONX WARRIORS Superfan Lance Manley
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Poster & Still Gallery

Sell Points:

  • The action-packed post-apocalyptic cult classic arrives in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack!
  • Full 1080p HD Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio for the ultimate home theater experience
  • Includes exclusive new Extras created especially for this release
  • Extensive online exposure on top websites, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, DVD Talk, Blu-ray.com, and many more
  • From cult Italian filmmaker Enzo G. Castellari (THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, STREET LAW, THE BIG RACKET, THE HEROIN BUSTERS, KEOMA)
  • Starring Mark Gregory (1990: BRONX WARRIORS, THUNDER), Henry Silva (ABOVE THE LAW, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE), Valeria D’Obici (MIDNIGHT KILLER), Timothy Brent (THE NEW BARBARIANS, STREET LAW), Paolo Malco (THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, THE NEW YORK RIPPER), Antonio Sabato (SEVEN BLOOD-STAINED ORCHIDS, GRAND PRIX), and Massimo Vanni (RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR, ZOMBIE 3)
  • “Entertaining… The Action Is Non-Stop!”Moria
  • “A Dirty, Stripped-Down Action-Fest!”Horrorview
  • “Castellari Stages The Action Well, Giving Certain Shots A Peckinpah-esque Quality!”Digital Retribution
    • Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Enzo G. Castellari
    • Enzo G. Castellari and Fabrizio De Angelis In Conversation Part 3
    • Tales Of The Hammer – Interview with Star Fred Williamson
    • Theatrical Trailers
    • Poster & Still Gallery

    Sell Points:

    • The action-packed post-apocalyptic cult classic arrives in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack!
    • Brand new High Definition master created from the original camera negative
    • Full 1080p HD Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio for the ultimate home theater experience
    • Includes exclusive new Extras created especially for this release
    • Extensive online exposure on top websites, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, DVD Talk, Blu-ray.com, and many more
    • From cult Italian filmmaker Enzo G. Castellari (THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, STREET LAW, THE BIG RACKET, THE HEROIN BUSTERS, KEOMA)
    • Starring Timothy Brent (STREET LAW, LADYHAWKE), Fred Williamson (VIGILANTE, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN), George Eastman (ANTHROPOPHAGUS, BABA YAGA), Anna Kanakis (2019: AFTER THE FALL OF NEW YORK), Venantino Venantini (SEVEN DEATHS IN THE CAT’S EYE, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES), Massimo Vanni (RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR, ZOMBIE 3), and Giovanni Frezza (THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, MANHATTAN BABY)
    • “NEW BARBARIANS Is A Blast… The Action Is Non-Stop!”DVD Talk
    • “The Ultimate 80s Post-Apocalyptic Movie!”Post-Apocalypse
    • “A Guilty Pleasure For Sure!”10k Bullets

These three titles will hit the streets on June 30th!

Episode 121

Eipsode 121

In this weeks episode we have reviews for Vinegar Syndrome’s Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff, Jess Franco’s Devil Hunter & Collar from Unearthed Films! Newsfinder goes on a rant about the Rondo’s and much more!

Episode 120

Episode 120

120 episodes…that’s just crazy! This week the Newsfinder couldn’t be with us because he had grown up things to do and we forgive him…this time. Chuck and I tackle Vinegar Syndrome’s blu-ray release of Punk Vacation, Mondo Macabro’s blu-ray release of The Slave and a little cannibal film from Severin Films called In The Land of the Cannibals directed by Martin Miller a.k.a. Bruno Mattei (who else?)! It’s a short one this week and I don’t even think I tell Chuck to shut up…weird.

Update on Frankenstein Created Bikers

Here is a press release update for Frankenstein Created Bikers!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported this amazing project. Please boast, brag and let all your friends know that you’re a 35mm film awesomologist. Due to your generous support, independent genre film and 35mm remains alive. We have a long way to meet our goal so we’re kicking this campaign into overdrive!

We’ve added director Jill Sixx Gevargizian (CALL GIRL, THE STYLIST) to our team as Assistant Director and Corey Poucher (THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY 1&2) as Key Grip.

Now the big news you’ve been waiting for:

(Official Press Release)

TRISTAN RISK JOINS CAST OF FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS ATLANTA

March 3, 2015 – Big World Pictures is pleased to announce the casting of actress Tristan Risk in their upcoming production FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS. Vancouver B.C. actress, Tristan Risk (aka Little Miss Risk) has been a burlesque, sideshow and fetish performance artist for ten years – touring North America and Europe with her heathen charms. Tristan’s breakout film role was in the Soska sister’s AMERICAN MARY (2012) as a surgically altered stripper with a Betty Boop obsession. She recently completed Jill Sixx Gevargizian’s CALL GIRL (2014), The Astron-6 production THE EDITOR (2014) and continues to tease audiences from both stage and screen.

“Ever heard of the term “hopeful monster”? It’s a biology term when there is a spontaneous mutation that has positive traits for the species. FRANKENSTEIN CRETED BIKERS is one such hopeful monster,” says Tristan. “The script is a shout out to every grindhouse spot and drive-in screen – with enough curves you’d think you’re in a Texas bawdy house. You don’t get offers to do films like this all the time. When the opportunity presents itself, you pin that sucker down, bend it over, and make it yours. I have every intention of doing just that with this role. ”

Tristan will be performing the lead role of thrill-killer Val, a dominant femme fatale with a passion for blowing-up law enforcement officers with dynamite. When she isn’t killing cops, Val cuts men to ribbons with her acidic wit and seduces them into ruin.

“When an actress drops a SWITCHBLADE SISTER quote in the first meeting, your job just got a whole lot easier,” explains director James Bickert. “Val begins as a stock character from a pulp novel. Slowly her layers are peeled back to reveal a disturbingly complex individual. I’m looking forward to working with Tristan and watching this idea gain a voice. Through her creativity this character will be unleashed upon our world and she will be legendary. Tristan’s experience developing personas for the stage is a great asset to this production and our team of late-night creature-feature misfits enthusiastically welcome her to FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS.”

FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS, is the 35mm sequel to Big World Pictures award-winning Super 16mm film DEAR GOD NO! Cast members include Laurence Harvey (HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 & 3), Celebrity Chef Jim Stacy (DEEP FRIED MASTERS, OFF BEAT EATS) and Ellie Church (TIME TO KILL, HEADLESS). The majority of the DEAR GOD NO! cast will be returning to reprise their roles. The Atlanta based Big World Pictures was formed to create films by horror fans for horror fans. Shooting on film has been a binding force for the group who enthusiastically tour the country to horror conventions, festivals and theatrical screenings.

All the best,
James Bickert

Tristan Risk

Tristan Risk

Episode 119

Episode 119

This week we have a jam packed show for you. We start off with Vincent Dawn a.k.a. Bruno Mattei’s Mondo Cannibal from Intervision/Severin Films, we then dive into Blue Undergrounds newest blu-ray release of Larry Cohen’s God Told Me To! We get a bit side tracked as per usual, but we jump into one of the goriest love stories ever made, Jorg Buttrereit’s Nekromantik 2 (The Return of the Loving Dead) on blu-ray from Cult Epics and since it’s been looking like Christmas outside every where with all this damn snow everyone has been getting I decided why don’t we just take a peak at the blu-ray release of Christmas Evil (You Better Watch Out) from our pals at Vinegar Syndrome! It’s a fun episode and Chuck pushes me to the boiling point, I hope you all enjoy it.

MORBID comes to DVD July 21st!

By way of Horror Sexy, we have the news of the MORBID DVD release along with this awesome cover art! This will be released on July 21st from Wild Eye Releasing!

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In this low budget 80s slasher homage, a small Tennessee town becomes the playground to a sadistic, masked killer. But with the town’s sheriff and locals more worried about the big high school football game than getting to the bottom of the murders, a detective from out of town must rush to save the lives of a group of teens throwing a party in the middle of all the mayhem.

Big World Pictures In-Production on FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS

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BIG WORLD PICTURES TO SHOOT ‘FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS’ ON 35MM FILM

ATLANTA – Feb. 23, 2015 – Big World Pictures announces its latest production, FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS, will be shot on 35mm motion picture film. The producers have unearthed 20,000 feet of unexposed Kodak Vision 3 film stock leftover and carefully stored from a major Hollywood production. FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS is the sequel to the award-winning internationally distributed Super 16mm film DEAR GOD NO! and will be shot with Arri cameras and Zeiss lenses.

“We’re really excited to extend our love affair with film.The medium injects our production crew with a hand-crafted sense of pride that we don’t often experience from using digital equipment,” explains director James Bickert.  “Film is a real motivator; it reminds me of soda made with real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. You forget what you’re missing until you experience it.”
35mm Film Brings New Challenges

With film becoming obsolete, development and telecine post-production houses disappearing, the race is on to start principal photography on what may be the last “shot on film” horror genre picture for the production team. Big World Pictures has started a Kickstarter campaign to help get the project in motion.

“We don’t want to waste this opportunity on teenagers stalked in the woods or flying CGI sharks,” adds Bickert. “Our script is very ambitious with a production design that will maximize the natural properties of the medium. We’re using practical effects and we really hope the fans of our previous film will contribute to getting this unique vision in the can. We believe there is a market for the films we love, making the public aware of what we’re doing is the hurdle and hopefully the Kickstarter campaign can bring attention to our cause. We’re offering some really great rewards for investors. ”
Old School Ballyhoo and a Twisted Vision

FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS centers on the re-animation of the South’s most notorious biker gang – The Impalers. Dr. Marco and his assistant are performing gruesome experiments in their asylum lab and have resurrected the thrill-kill Motorcycle Club to capture a Bigfoot containing a pathogen that will allow them to perform a human head transplant. When news of the gang resurrection draws the attention of bounty hunters, law enforcement and rival gangs, the lofty aspirations of these mad scientist starts to spiral out of control. Things get even worse for the occupants when past failed- experiments escape from the basement and the lab is attacked by a bomb-happy femme fatale named Val. Stylistically FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS pays homage to several of the production team’s favorite films such as the Hammer Studio’s Frankenstein series, FASTER PUSSYCAT KILL KILL!, THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE, HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB, THE RE-ANIMATOR and Biker drive-in pictures from the 70s. Blood, scares, nudity, action, weirdness and real explosions are on the menu, and the dessert is an underlying theme about addiction and what hampers humanity from feeling fulfilled in life. These issues are explored through the actions of really rotten characters doing rotten things – all in the context of a fun-filled smorgasbord of entertainment.
Dedicated Professionals

The self-proclaimed team of “awesome” fanatics at Big World Pictures are made up of crew members from other productions, including THE WALKING DEAD, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, CONSTANTINE, Adult Swim’s YOUR PRETTY FACE IS GOING TO HELL and TOO MANY COOKS. The camera crew worked on HBO’s THE WIRE and the grip department has worked on productions that include the HUNGER GAMES and THE FAST & THE FURIOUS series. Cast members include Laurence Harvey (HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 & 3), Celebrity Chef Jim Stacy (DEEP FRIED MASTERS, OFF BEAT EATS) and Ellie Church (TIME TO KILL, HEADLESS). The majority of the DEAR GOD NO! cast will be returning to reprise their roles.

For the Love of the Genre

The Atlanta based Big World Pictures was formed to create films by horror fans for horror fans. Shooting on film has been a binding force for the group who enthusiastically tour the country to horror conventions, festivals and theatrical screenings.

“It’s all about comradery and being part of a bigger community.  Due to the bottom line of larger productions, the horror genre gets stuck in trends. Our fan base is growing quickly, and we hope to keep delivering the solid entertainment that we enjoy making. We have a deep sense of pride in what we’re doing and love sharing the experience with like-minded audiences. FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS is going to electrify them,” concludes Bickert.
How to Contribute
If you love film, horror movies and crazy spectacle, you can help by contributing at www.kickstarter.com/projects/1334887287/frankenstein-created-bikers-a-35mm-feature-film.
Also, stay up-to-date on our latest news and happening by following us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DearGodNoMovie, Twitter (@jamesbickert) and our website http://www.bigworldpictures.us

MAN, PRIDE AND VENGEANCE coming from Blue Underground

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Coming to Blu-ray & DVD on May 26th:

Blue Underground is proud to present the North American home video premiere of MAN, PRIDE AND VENGEANCE. Long thought lost, this classic Spaghetti Western – also known as WITH DJANGO COMES DEATH – has been painstakingly restored in HD from the recently discovered original negative. Directed by Luigi Bazzoni (THE FIFTH CORD) and starring Franco Nero (DJANGO), Tina Aumont (TORSO), & Klaus Kinski (FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE). Extras include:

• Audio Commentary with Journalists C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke
• “Luigi, Vittorio & Franco” – New interviews with Star Franco Nero and Camera Operator Vittorio Storaro
• International Trailer
• Italian Trailer
• Poster & Still Gallery

Blu-ray Video Specs: 1080p HD; Widescreen 2.35:1; All Regions
Blu-ray Audio Specs: English & Italian DTS-HD Mono
Optional Subtitles: English SDH, Francais, Espanol, English Subtitles for Italian Version

Arrow Films US May releases: Retaliation, Society, and Island of Death

Arrow Films US May releases to include
RetaliationSociety, and Island of Death
all via MVD Entertainment Group

 MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with a strong schedule of May titles…

Retaliation – Limited Edition Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD

 

Trailer: http://youtu.be/lqfUHj9AjDI?list=PLO3U_ZE37EE50zXFxtFC2kDntQVWPrFOb

In 1969 future sexploitation specialist Yasuharu Hasebe (Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter) teamed up with the inimitable Jô Shishido (Tokyo DrifterBranded to Kill) for a follow up to their yakuza hit Massacre Gun.

 

A tale of gang warfare that features a raft of the period’s most iconic stars, Akira Kobayashi (Battles Without Honor and HumanityThe Flowers and the Angry Waves) is a yakuza lieutenant who emerges from jail to find his gang dispersed and his aging boss in his sickbed. Shishido is the rival waiting to kill him and a young Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood) is the girl caught in the crossfire.

 

Gritty and cynical, Retaliation is a hardboiled precursor to Kinji Fukasaku’s revisionist yakuza pictures of the 1970s.

 

Special Edition Contents:

  • Limited Edition Blu-ray (3000 copies only)
  • Restored High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation, on Blu-ray for the first time in the world!
  • Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • Brand new interview with star Jô Shishido
  • Interview with renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Gallery featuring rare promotional images
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp, newly illustrated by Ian MacEwan and featuring original archive stills

Region: A+B/1+2

Duration: TBC

Language: Japanese

Subtitles: English

Audio: Mono

B&W

Discs: 2

MSRP: $39.95

Release Date: 5/12

 

Society – Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD

 

Trailer: http://youtu.be/sEzMMJSkEHE

IT’S ALL ABOUT FITTING IN

 

After producing Stuart Gordon’s hit Re-Animator, Brian Yuzna (Bride of Re-Animator, Return of the Living Dead III) turned his hand to directing with 1989’s Society, and gave birth to one of the ickiest, most original body horror shockers of all time.

 

Teenager Bill Whitney (Billy Warlock) has always felt like the odd one out in his wealthy, upper-class Beverly Hills family. For some reason, he just doesn’t seem to fit in. But his sense of alienation takes a sinister turn when he overhears a surreptitious audio recording of his sister’s coming-out party, which seems to implicate his family and others in a bizarre, ritualistic orgy. And then there are the strange things he’s been seeing – glimpses of people with their bodies contorted impossibly out of shape… Is Billy going mad or is there something seriously amiss in his neighbourhood?

 

Packing stomach-churning grue and thought-provoking social commentary in equal measure, Society is a biting horror satire which culminates in one of the most leftfield, gag-inducing “climaxes” in all of horror history – just don’t eat beforehand!

 

Special Edition Contents:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • New Audio Commentary with Director Brian Yuzna
  • Governor Of Society with Brian Yuzna
  • The Masters Of The Hunt with stars Billy Warlock, Devin Devasquez, Ben Meyerson and Tim Bartell
  • The Champions Of The Shunt with FX Artists Screaming Mad George, David Grasso and Nick Benson
  • Screaming Mad George music video
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

Region: Free

Duration: 99 mins

Language: English

Subtitles: English SDH

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Audio: 2.0

Colour

Discs: 2

MSRP: $39.95

Release Date: 5/19

 

Island of Death – Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD

 

Trailer (warning, this is extreme!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEy9_YS5DVc

THE LUCKY ONES GOT THEIR BRAINS BLOWN OUT!!

 

Welcome to Mykonos, the holiday destination of choice for sun, sea and slaughter! From cult director Nico Mastorakis, Island of Death is a travelogue of atrocities with scenes so strong that the British Government was once compelled to ban it as a “video nasty”.

 

Arriving on the idyllic Greek island, Christopher and Celia appear to be every inch the perfect, handsome young couple. Little do the welcoming locals realise that they are in fact a pair of murderous degenerates, determined to spread their own particular brand of perversion across the island. DIY crucifixions, opportunistic bestiality, sexual peeing and murder by all conceivable forms ensue – including death by makeshift blowtorch, samurai sword, dump truck and more!

 

Shocking, brutal and totally politically incorrect in its outlook, Island of Death is a gruelling cinematic experience devised by director Mastorakis to out-do the excesses of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which he was hugely inspired by. Now fully uncut and newly-restored from the original negative, fans can enjoy Island of Death in all its sleazy, lurid glory.

 

Special Edition Contents:

  • Brand new restoration from the original negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new interview with director Nico Mastorakis
  • The Films of Nico Mastorakis – the director hosts this documentary covering his varied career in cinema, including a look at Island of Death
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

Region: Free

Duration: TBC

Language: English

Subtitles: English SDH

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Audio: Mono

Colour

Discs: 2

MSRP: $39.95

Release Date: 5/26

Arrow’s global reputation as one of the finest labels in the world has come about through consistent high quality product and a focus on fan-based products always at its core. This includes a major investment on restoring original material through modern techniques as well as pioneering packaging solutions and newly commissioned artwork for each release.

Episode 118

Episode 118

This week on Exorcast we are back with some actual reviews! It’s a very short episode so I apologize in advanced. This week we reviewed Matthew Garrett’s Morris County from Unearthed Films, Dustin Wade Mills gore soaked Skinless and HI-8 (Horror Independent Eight) directed by Tony Masiello, Ron Bonk, Chris Seaver, Todd Sheets, Donald Farmer, Brad Sykes, Tim Ritter and Marcus Koch! Wild Eye brings us one hell of a true analog anthology!

More Titles from Arrow Video Coming to the USA!

    
       
MVD Entertainment Group announced the distribution of Arrow Video in North America last month with a host of cult titles receiving deluxe treatment in video, audio, supplements and artwork.
A strong schedule of April titles follows suit with MASSACRE GUN (limited to 3k copies) starring genre icon Jo Shishido on the 7th; BLOOD AND BLACK LACE, the Italian classic that would spearhead the giallo genre and provide a prototype for the slasher movie will be available as a Limited Edition Steelbook and on dual format Blu-ray / DVD on the 14th; and finally, THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE, Walerian Borowczyk’s visually stunning adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s much-filmed tale will follow on the 21st.
Arrow’s global reputation as one of the finest labels in the world has come about through consistent high quality product and a focus on fan-based products always at its core. This includes a major investment on restoring original material through modern techniques as well as pioneering packaging solutions and newly commissioned artwork for each release.
BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (Blu-ray / DVD) and LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK:
The Cristiana Haute Couture fashion house is a home to models… and backstabbing… and blackmail… and drug deals… and now MURDER. Having established a template for the giallo with The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Mario Bava set about cementing its rules with Blood and Black Lace. In doing so he created one of the most influential films ever made – an Italian classic that would spearhead the giallo genre, provide a prototype for the slasher movie, and have a huge effect on filmmakers as diverse as Dario Argento and Martin Scorsese. Newly restored from the original camera negative and presented here in its original, uncut Italian form, this dual-format release allows fans to see Blood and Black Lace afresh and offers newcomers the ideal introduction to a major piece of cult filmmaking..

MASSACRE GUN (Blu-ray / DVD):
Genre icon Jo Shishido stars in this tense and violent yakuza yarn from genre stalwart and Seijun Suzuki’s former assistant, Yasuharu Hasebe (Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701’s Grudge Song). Shishido stars as Kuroda, a mob hitman who turns on his employers after being forced to execute his lover. Joining forces with his similarly wronged brothers, hot-headed Eiji (Tatsuya Fuji, In the Realm of the Senses) and aspiring boxer Saburô (Jirô Okazaki, Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter), the trio escalate their mob retaliation to all-out turf war where no one will stop until one faction emerges victorious. Strikingly violent for the period and gorgeously photographed in monochrome like genre siblings Branded to Kill and A Colt is My Passport (Shishido’s other films from 1967), Massacre Gun is a bold iteration on the genre featuring some stunning compositions and the assured direction of Hasebe.
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE (Blu-ray / DVD):
“Potent and poetic, mischievous and macabre, Borowczyk’s film shows how many imaginative worlds the horror movie can open up when the right artist holds the keys” (Nigel Andrews, Financial Times) It’s the engagement party for brilliant young Dr Henry Jekyll (Udo Kier) and his fiancée, the beautiful Fanny Osbourne (Marina Pierro), attended by various pillars of Victorian society, including the astonishing Patrick Magee in one of his final roles. But when people are found raped and murdered outside and ultimately inside the house, it becomes clear that a madman has broken in to disrupt the festivities – but who is he? And why does Dr Jekyll keep sneaking off to his laboratory? We know the answer, of course, but Walerian Borowczyk’s visually stunning adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s much-filmed tale is crammed with wildly imaginative and outrageously perverse touches characteristic of the man who scandalised audiences with Immoral Tales and The Beast, not least the explicitly sexualised nature of Mr Hyde’s primal urges.

Info / Assets http://mvdb2b.com/s/StrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMissOsbourneTheDualFormatBluRayDVD/MVD7208BR

Episode 117

Episode 117

This week we have our interview with Rob from Wild Eye Releasing! It is a lengthy one so I hope you are ready for it. Before anyone asks, yes, Morbid is mentioned and what happens is a battle of verbal fists being thrown across the air waves! It’s pretty intense! Or maybe it isn’t, maybe I am just getting you hyped to let you down! I am an asshole after all. Regardless, Rob gives us some great information about himself , Wild Eye and the business in general and he also answers all of your questions and some of Chuck’s too. He also gives Exorcast two Wild Eye exclusives that you will only find in this episode!

Info on Arrow’s First US Releases!

Arrow Films (UK) to release Day of Anger
Blind Woman’s Curse, and Mark of the Devil in the US
via MVD Entertainment Group

 

MVD Entertainment Group announces the distribution of Arrow Video in North America with a host of cult titles receiving deluxe treatment in video, audio, supplements and artwork. Arrow’s global reputation as one of the finest labels in the world has come about through consistent high quality product and a focus on fan-based products always at its core. This includes a major investment on restoring original material through modern techniques as well as pioneering packaging solutions and newly commissioned artwork for each release.

Arrow launch titles include Tonino Valerii’s Spaghetti Western Day of Anger [I Giorni dell’ira, aka Gunlaw] starring genre icons Lee Van Cleef and Giuliano Gemma; Michael Armstrong’s bloody and brutal critique of state-funded religious corruption Mark of the Devil in a director-approved release; and the thrillingly bizarro yakuza-samurai-ghost story-horror hybrid from Teruo Ishii, Blind Woman’s Curse (1971, also known as Black Cat’s Revenge). Future releases include films never-before-released on DVD and/or Blu-ray from European and Japanese cult directors.

The launch l kicks-off with North American Blu-ray premieres of Mark of the Devil on March 17th, followed by Blind Woman’s Curse on March 24th and Day of Anger on March 31st.

DAY OF ANGER (Blu-ray / DVD):
When Sergio Leone turned Lee Van Cleef into a major star with For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the actor sensibly stayed in Italy to make several more spaghetti westerns, including this one from Leone’s former assistant Tonino Valerii that genre aficionados rank amongst the best ever made. Giuliano Gemma plays street cleaner Scott Mary, relentlessly bullied by the people of the small town of Clifton. When legendarily ruthless master gunfighter Frank Talby (Van Cleef) rides into town, Scott seizes the opportunity to lift himself out of the gutter, and possibly even surpass Talby’s own skills. But what is Talby doing in Clifton in the first place? This lively, intelligent western, notable for the chemistry between its charismatic leads, some memorable action set-pieces (including a rifle duel on horseback that has to be seen to be believed), and a jazzy Riz Ortolani score, is presented here in an exclusive high-definition restoration from the original Techniscope negative.

BLIND WOMAN’S CURSE (Blu-ray / DVD):
A thrilling Yakuza film featuring eye-popping visuals, sensational fight sequences and the gorgeous Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood, Stray Cat Rock), in her first major role. Akemi (Kaji) is a dragon tattooed leader of the Tachibana Yakuza clan. In a duel with a rival gang Akemi slashes the eyes of an opponent and a black cat appears, to lap the blood from the gushing wound. The cat along with the eye-victim go on to pursue Akemi’s gang in revenge, leaving a trail of dead Yakuza girls, their dragon tattoos skinned from their bodies. A bizarre blend of the female Yakuza film and traditional Japanese ghost story, with a strong dash of grotesque-erotica (the same movement was a sensibility of Edogawa Rampo whose works were adapted by Ishii in Horrors of Malformed Men), Blind Woman’s Curse is a delirious mash-up of classic genre tropes, of which Ishii was no stranger, having directed everything from Super Giant films to Biker movies!

MARK OF THE DEVIL (Blu-ray / DVD):
Once proclaimed as “positively the most horrifying film ever made”, Mark of the Devil arrives in a director-approved edition featuring a new restoration of the feature. A bloody and brutal critique of religious corruption, Mark of the Devil sees horror icon Udo Kier (Flesh for Frankenstein, Suspiria) play a witchfinder’s apprentice whose faith in his master (Herbert Lom) becomes severely tested when they settle in an Austrian village. Presided over by the sadistic Albino (a memorably nasty turn from Reggie Nalder), the film presents its morality not so much in shades of grey as shades of black. Written and directed by Michael Armstrong, who would later pen Eskimo Nell, The Black Panther and House of the Long Shadows, this classic shocker has lost none of its power over the years.

DAY OF ANGER (Blu-ray / DVD):
When Sergio Leone turned Lee Van Cleef into a major star with For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the actor sensibly stayed in Italy to make several more spaghetti westerns, including this one from Leone’s former assistant Tonino Valerii that genre aficionados rank amongst the best ever made. Giuliano Gemma plays street cleaner Scott Mary, relentlessly bullied by the people of the small town of Clifton. When legendarily ruthless master gunfighter Frank Talby (Van Cleef) rides into town, Scott seizes the opportunity to lift himself out of the gutter, and possibly even surpass Talby’s own skills. But what is Talby doing in Clifton in the first place? This lively, intelligent western, notable for the chemistry between its charismatic leads, some memorable action set-pieces (including a rifle duel on horseback that has to be seen to be believed), and a jazzy Riz Ortolani score, is presented here in an exclusive high-definition restoration from the original Techniscope negative.

NEKROMANTIK 2 Coming to Blu-ray & DVD!

Jorg Buttgereit’s NEKROMANTIK 2 Premieres on Blu-ray and new DVD February 10, 2015

 

NEKROMANTIK 2 The Return of the Loving Dead

From director Jorg Buttgereit comes Nekromantik 2, the gore horror sequel to his 1987 classic Nekromantik (now available thru Cult Epics.) Monika (Monika M.) is a beautiful necrophiliac who lives alone in Berlin. By day she works as a nurse. By night she prowls through cemeteries while searching for fresh corpses. When she reads about the suicide of Rob (Nekromantik’s Daktari Lorenz) she finds his grave to dig up his body and brings it home. Mark (Mark Reeder) lives across town and makes his living dubbing “sex films”. After meeting Monika, romance blossoms and they fall in love. But all is not well in Monika’s world. Her relationship with Mark begins to falter and she has to make a final choice between loving the living or the dead. Officially banned in Germany for years upon release, Cult Epics is proud to present Nekromantik 2, Uncut and Uncensored in a new High Definition transfer, with new Bonus Features including new work by Buttgereit. First 5000 Blu-ray copies (2000 DVDs) include original collectible new artwork of Nekromantik 2 by Johnny Ryan & Nekrophilia gore photo of Monika M.

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NEKROMANTIK Blu-ray/DVD

Price:                                    $34.95 (Blu-ray) / $29.95 (DVD)

Street Date:                              February 10, 2015

Production Year:                  1991

Film run time:                      Approx. 104 minutes

Bonus features run time:         Approx. 4 ½ hours

Language:                             German language with optional English subtitles

Aspect Ratio:                          1.33:1

Audio:                                    Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo/Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/Original Mono

Label:                                    Cult Epics

Distributor:                            CAV

DVD Catalog Number           CE-132

DVD UPC:                     881190013298

Blu-ray Catalog Number         CE-133

BD UPC:                                881190013397

Rating:                                   Not Rated

 

SPECIAL FEATURES

New Director’s Approved HD transfer (taken from the original 16mm negative)

New Introduction by Jorg Buttgereit (2014)

Audio Commentary by Jorg Buttgereit, co-author Franz Rodenkirchen, and actors Monika M. and Mark Reeder

The Making of Nekromantik 2

Still Photo Gallery

JB Trailers

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2011) Live

20th Anniversary Live Concert performed by Monika M. and Friends – Video (2011)

A Moment of Silence At the Grave of Ed Gein, Short film by Jorg Buttgereit (2012)

Half Girl – Lemmy, I’m A Feminist, Music video by Jorg Buttgereit (2014)

 

Episode 116

Episode 116

This week we are back to pick on Chuck some more, no we don’t give his personal email out again, but if you want you can go back to last weeks show and get it. This week Chuck rants about something, I don’t recall what and Newsfinder goes off on one of the films. The films this week are Wild Eye’s newest DVD for Bill Oberst Jr’s Coyote, Blue Undergrounds blu-ray of Going Under and The Period from SRS Cinema.

 

Next week Rob Hauschild of Wild Eye Releasing’s will be on the show with us, so if you have any questions (pertaining to Morbid or not) please email them to Exorcast@gmail.com, hit us up on twitter or facebook!

Episode 115

Episode 115

Alright, after a nice delay with work and family problems we are here in 2015 to give you our best of lists from 2014! Yes! The day you have all been waiting for! I am joined with Chuck and the Newsfinder General and Chuck says something stupid and I give out his email address so you can address all your hate mail out to him. Enjoy!

Announcing: Indiegogo Campaign for VinegarSyndrome.tv

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We’re Proud to Announce our Indiegogo Campaign for VinegarSyndrome.tv!

For much of the past year, we’ve been promoting a streaming site with the name Skinaflix. In the early development stage, it was decided that as wonderful as the Skinaflix concept was, it seemed a mistake to limit it only to sexploitation. With that in mind, we have revamped the concept into VinegarSyndrome.tv, a more diverse streaming service with the inclusion of ALL genres distributed by Vinegar Syndrome and our new label, Etiquette Pictures.

Launching with over 200 titles presented in HD, VinegarSyndrome.tv promises to be a streaming powerhouse for all things exploitation and sleaze, from G rated to full hardcore. Including informative blogs, exclusive titles, and special discounts on DVDs and Blu-rays.

To help speed up the development process and add features such as Roku, iOS and Android apps, we’re launching an Indiegogo campaign. If our goal is met, the site will go live on May 1st. Much of the legwork has already been done, but with a successful campaign, the process could be sped up exponentially. Please give what you can, and if not please promote the campaign and spread the word in any way possible.

For more information and to view the Indiegogo campaign, visit: