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

unnamed-8The Hills Have Eyes [Blu-ray] (September 27th)

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

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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

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

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).

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.

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.