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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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.

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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