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PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES on Blu-ray!
Another great title suggested to Kino by Scorpion Releasing, is one of my most anticipated classic horror/sci-fi releases for Blu-ray, Mario Bava's PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES! This will come out on both Blu-Ray and DVD and the tentative release date is scheduled for late October, and Scorpion is working on extras with Bava historian Tim Lucas (who will be recording an audio commentary) as we post this. More info to follow as it comes in, and don’t forget to catch the film in 35mm on the big drive-in screen during the Mario Bava Night at this September’s Drive-In Super Monster-Rama!
NYC Area Guilty Pleasures Marathon!
Exhumed Films is proud to present five of the craziest films they have ever screened, back-to-back in an all-day assault of outrageousness. Taking place at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers, NY on August 2, presented here are five fan favorites, films that have had their audiences laughing, screaming, and cheering — sometimes all at once — when they played at past marathon or double feature screenings. Titles on this program, all presented in 35mm, include 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS, FLESHEATER, THE NO MERCY MAN, DEATH PROMISE (with director Q&A) and NIGHT OF A THOUSAND CATS. These movies are all low-budget affairs, but because of earnest filmmaking, tongue-in-cheek performances, and sheer audacity, they rise above their limitations and epitomize everything that is joyous about genre cinema. For more information, click HERE.
JENNIFER on Blu-ray!
Thanks to Scorpion Releasing suggesting it to them, Kino Lorber will be licensing JENNIFER from MGM for a first-time Blu-ray and DVD release. The 1978 American International Pictures release hasn’t been available since the days of VHS, and MGM is doing a brand new HD transfer for the titles. The film, which was released with a tagline that bragged, “Makes ‘CARRIE’ Look Like An Angel!”, stars Lisa Pelikan, Bert Convy, Nina Foch, John Gavin and Jeff Corey and was directed by former Disney animator Brice Mack. Just in time for Halloween, Jennifer will street on Blu-ray and DVD on October 14th. Could BLOOD AND LACE possibly be next? We certainly hope so!
Kino Lorber to Release Corman's BLOODY MAMA on Blu-ray!
On September 23rd Kino Lorber will release to Blu-ray and DVD, Roger Corman's 1970 Cult Classic BLOODY MAMA starring Shelley Winters, Don Stroud, Bruce Dern, Diane Varsi, Pat Hingle, Robert Walden and Robert De Niro. This American International Pictures release, the first of a reported handful that Kino will be licensing from MGM, was produced and directed by Corman and will be available as a single release for the first time (it was previously only available on DVD as part of a box set of Corman films). Scorpion Releasing has recommended this title to Kino Lorber, and will be producing the disc and its extras, which includes a NEW on-camera interview with Corman and the original theatrical trailer.
Scream Factory Announces VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION 2!
Scream Factory has just announced that THE VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION II Blu-ray set is now no longer a rumor and will officially arrive on October 21! Sales were great on the first volume and Scream is thrilled to be able to bring more of the legendary star’s films to light in HD. Titles in the set include THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, THE COMEDY OF TERRORS, DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN, TOMB OF LIGEIA, THE RAVEN, RETURN OF THE FLY and…the William Castle favorite THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL. Exact street date, pre-order link and artwork will be show up sometime in July. Extras will be announced sometime later this Summer.
"Big Holiday Chill Fest" and "Forgotten Film Festival"!
If you’re having drive-in withdrawal and can’t wait all the way until September for Drive-In Super Monster-Rama, another great dusk-to-dawn retro horror show is coming to an outdoor theater in the New York area just before the big 4th of July weekend! On Thursday July 3, Nostalgic Drive-in Theater Newspaper Ads will be co-sponsoring the “Big Holiday Chill Fest of 35mm Drive-In Horrors" at the Finger Lakes Drive-In Theater in Auburn, NY (near Syracuse). The all-35mm four-feature program will include Curtis Harrington’s RUBY, a “surprise” second 1970s shocker (and trust us, it’s a good one!), the Italian zombie gut muncher BURIAL GROUND and Bob Clark’s DEATHDREAM. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page HERE. Also, for those who have an appetite for all things obscure, you won’t want to miss Exhumed Films’ “The Forgotten Film Festival” at International House Philadelphia on Sunday, July 20. The five-film all-35mm schedule consists of titles never officially released on video or DVD in any form, and in some cases, the movies have never even received a theatrical release: SKATETOWN U.S.A., SON OF DRACULA (with Harry Nilsson and Ringo Starr), Andy Milligan’s BLOOD, Alan Ormsby’s MURDER ON THE EMERALD SEAS and THE SATANIST. For more information on that event, check out Exhumed Film’s Facebook page HERE.
SQUIRM and SEIZURE on Blu-ray!
Two 1970s drive-in horror favorites will make their Blu-ray debut in the latter half of 2014. First up, the worms crawl in and out when Scream Factory releases AIP’s 1976 nature-gone-berserk classic SQUIRM to Blu-ray for the first time in the U.S. and Canada. No details on extras yet, but this will be part of Scream Factory’s “Collector’s Edition” series and new artwork will be revealed soon. Expect exact street date and pre-order links to go up sometime in July. Also, on Sept 9th, Scorpion Releasing in conjunction with TVA Films, presents Oliver Stone’s SEIZURE featuring Jonathan “Dark Shadows” Frid and legendary scream queen Martine Beswick. Featuring a brand new HD master from the original elements, the disc will include brand new interviews with stars Mary Woronov and Richard Cox. The Blu-ray's MSRP is $29.95 and the DVD is $19.95.
Scorpion Announces NIGHT OF THE COBRA WOMAN!
On June 17th, Scorpion Releasing in conjunction with New Horizons, from legendary producer Roger Corman comes a drive-in horror classic NIGHT OF THE COBRA WOMAN on DVD! After being bitten by a very unusual cobra, a beautiful nurse (Marlene Clark) can turn herself into a snake and remain eternally young. However, to keep her youthful exterior, the cursed priestess requires a steady supply of venom – and lusty young men at her beck and call to steal their youth! But trouble occurs when she falls for the boyfriend of a beautiful snake expert (Joy Bang), and he brings along a pet eagle. Can she make a choice between a mortal male and her cobra god Movini? Now watch this long-unavailable cult classic from a brand new HD master from the original vault elements! Extras include on camera interview with star Marlene Clark and producer Roger Corman! The MSRP is $19.95.
Scream Factory Announces Amicus Anthologies on Blu-ray!
To celebrate the occasion of their second anniversary, Scream Factory has just announced that they will be releasing two well-loved Amicus titles: 1972’s TALES FROM THE CRYPT (featuring Peter Cushing and Joan Collins) and 1973’s VAULT OF HORROR. These two classic British anthology films will be a housed together as a double feature on Blu-ray (both for the first time) and VAULT will be presented in its uncut form! Also coming from Scream is 1985’s THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS, directed by Freddie Francis. This underrated grave robber thriller was produced by Mel Brooks and stars Timothy Dalton, Patrick Stewart, Stephen Rea, Jonathan Pryce…and even Twiggy! Also on Blu-ray for the first time. Both will arrive sometime this Fall with more updates to follow!
Scream Factory Reveals LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE Extras!
Scream Factory has just announced the extras for their upcoming Blu-ray edition of THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE (1973), one of our all-time favorite Haunted House films and a British Horror classic for certain. It sits here, shrouded in mist and mystery, a nesting place for living evil and terror from the dead. It's Hell House. Roddy McDowall heads the cast of this exciting chiller about four psychic investigators and the dark, brooding mansion they call "the Mt. Everest of haunted houses." An ingeniously devised ghost story, THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE will thrill and delight veteran horror fans from the first creaking door to the very last slithering shadow. Special features include a new interview with director John Hough, a new audio commentary with actress Pamela Franklin and the original theatrical trailer. The Blu-ray will street on August 26, 2014.
Kino and Redemption to Release More Peter Walker Blu-rays!
Kino Lorber and Redemption are pleased to announce the release of two more 1970s cult classics from British exploitation filmmaker Pete Walker: HOME BEFORE MIDNIGHT, a serious look into an illicit affair between a songwriter and an underage fan, and HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN (aka THE CONFESSIONAL), about a corrupt priest who uses his power for his own sinister gain. Continuing their tradition of releasing the best in European horror and cult classics in new HD transfers, with informative special features, Kino Lorber and Redemption bring HOME BEFORE MIDNIGHT and HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN to Blu-ray on June 17th, individually priced at $24.95 each. Both Blu-rays come packed with bonus features that will offer something new for long-time fans of these films, including interviews with Pete Walker by horror film expert Elijah Drenner and, on HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN, an audio commentary with director Pete Walker and Jonathan Rigby, author of English Gothic. Check back this site soon for reviews of both Blu-ray releases from one of our favorite directors of all time.
Grindhouse Announces CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST Blu-ray Release
Grindhouse Releasing will release Ruggero Deodato’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST on July 1, 2014 on Blu-ray in an all-new deluxe edition 3-disc set. The set includes two Blu-ray discs loaded with special features, and a newly remastered soundtrack CD of the original score by Riz Ortolani (MONDO CANE). Grindhouse Releasing’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST Deluxe Edition Blu-ray is the ultimate home video presentation of this notorious classic named by Entertainment Weekly as “one of the most controversial films ever made”. Specs for the new CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST Blu-ray are as follows: New high definition digital restoration of the uncensored director’s cut, Spectacular digital stereo re-mix and original mono mix; Commentary tracks with director Ruggero Deodato and star Robert Kerman, stars Carl Yorke and Francesca Ciardi; New in-depth interviews with Ruggero Deodato, Francesa Ciardi, assistant director Salvo Basile and cameraman Roberto Forges Davazati, as well as classic interviews with Robert Kerman, Carl Yorke and composer Riz Ortolani; Liner notes by director Eli Roth and legendary horror journalist Chas. Balun; Extensive still galleries and theatrical trailers from around the world and more! For more information visit us online at (www.GrindhouseReleasing.com).
Severin Announces VIDEO NASTIES - ULTIMATE COLLECTION!
Severin Films has announced June 3rd as the street date for the U.S. DVD debut of the U.K. smash hit VIDEO NASTIES - THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION. The set includes the acclaimed documentary by Jake West and Marc Morris, "MORAL PANIC, CENSORSHIP & VIDEO TAPE", newly remastered trailers for all 72 movies on the banned list which caused witch hunts and widespread hysteria in the early 1980s, plus commentary from critics, scholars and filmmakers on each title. Across 14 hours, the full shameful story, the political lies, the corrupt press and the denial of basic freedoms are laid bare in this monumental three-disc set. Also on June 3rd, Severin’s sub-label Intervision will release UNCUT SPECIAL EDITION DVDs of two notorious ‘nazisploitation’ titles: GESTAPO’S LAST ORGY and DEPORTED WOMEN OF THE SS SPECIAL SECTION. Bundles of all three (VIDEO NASTIES, GESTAPO’S LAST ORGY & DEPORTED WOMEN OF THE SS) purchased through the Severin Films store will come with a free VHS replica of the GESTAPO’S LAST ORGY video nasty original release as well as a postcard of the original art designed by notorious nasty cover artist Graham Humphreys signed by Jake West and Marc Morris (www.severin-films.com).
On July 8, Synapse Films will release the Canadian thriller CURTAINS on Blu-ray and DVD. John Vernon (ANIMAL HOUSE) and Samantha Eggar (THE BROOD) star in this horror classic from the golden age of the slasher genre. A group of women gather for a weekend casting call at the secluded mansion of director Jonathan Stryker (Vernon). He’s searching for the perfect woman to play the role of the crazed character “Audra”, and these women are just dying for the chance to play her! Stryker’s last star, Samantha Sherwood (Eggar), is so determined to get the part, she committed herself to an asylum to prepare for the role. Unfortunately for all, a crazed killer in a disgusting “hag” mask is viciously murdering everyone one by one. Lovingly re-mastered in 2K resolution from original vault materials virtually untouched for over 30 years, CURTAINS makes its high-definition world premiere from Synapse Films. Special Features: The Ultimate Nightmare: The Making of CURTAINS Retrospective, Audio Commentary with Stars Lesleh Donaldson and Lynne Griffin, Audio Interviews with Producer Peter R. Simpson and Star Samantha Eggar, Theatrical Trailer and new 5.1 Surround Remix.
Kino Announces Kino Lorber Studio Classics!
Kino Lorber has the start of a new line of classic studio films on Blu-ray called Kino Lorber Studio Classics, and they have already announced such classic films as WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION, MARTY, PARIS BLUES, DUEL AT DIABLO, THE SCALPHUNTERS and THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. The good news for DVD Drive-In readers is that they have struck a deal with MGM, so there is some hope that they will release some AIP horror and sci-fi classics on the label. In fact, they have already announced plans for the AIP versions of BLACK SUNDAY and BLACK SABBATH are in the works for this year as part of Kino’s Mario Bava line! You can join their Facebook page, give your feedback and suggestions HERE.
Scream Factory Lands WITHOUT WARNING!
Scream Factory has just announced on its Facebook page that they are bringing Greydon Clark’s 1980 alien/slasher cult classic WITHOUT WARNING to DVD & Blu-ray for the first time this August! According to Scream Factory, “This long-overdue release has been requested several times since we started the brand so we know many of you just jumped for joy. (We're jumping too!) What makes this even more exciting is that this title has never been released on ANY home entertainment format in the U.S. or Canada (and is often bootlegged as some of you can attest to) so to be able to bring this out period is a feat in itself.” They went on to say, “No further details to report back at this time but we'll keep you posted on developments in a few months. The artwork you see - which uses the original theatrical poster - is final.” This surprise announcement comes as the final title in their “Summer of Fear” schedule which also includes such gems as THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, DEADLY EYES and MOTEL HELL.
Scorpion to Release SCREAMERS, NIGHT OF THE COBRA WOMAN!
In June , Scorpion Releasing, in conjunction with New Horizons, presents SCREAMERS on Blu-Ray and DVD! This is the American version of the Italian horror film known as “Island of the Fishmen” and it stars Barbara Bach, Richard Johnson, Joseph Cotten, Mel Ferrer and Cameron Mitchell. The specs for this release are: New 16x9 (2.35:1) HD Master from the original IP; Interview with Joe Dante; Interview with Miller Drake; Interview with Jim Wynorski; Interview with Roger Corman; Interview with Clark Henderson; Original trailer; SOMETHING WAITS IN THE DARK (alternate title) trailer; Behind the Scenes Still Gallery from Miller Drake’s personal collection; and the sleeve will feature a reversible SOMETHING WAITS IN THE DARK front art. The Blu-Ray MSRP is $29.95,. DVD is $19.95. And… on June 17th, in conjunction with New Horizons, Scorpion presents NIGHT OF THE COBRA WOMAN, a 1972 drive-in horror film from the old New World Pictures library. Special Features include; Brand New HD transfer (16x9, 1:78) from the original IP; Interview with star Marlene Clark; Interview with Roger Corman; and an Original trailer. The MSRP for the DVD is $19.95.
COUNTESS DRACULA Blu-Ray/DVD Details!
On May 6, Synapse Films will release COUNTESS DRACULA as a Blu-ray/DVD combo, as part of their “Hammer Horror Collection”, retailing for $29.95. The beautiful Ingrid Pitt (THE VAMPIRE LOVERS) stars as Elisabeth Nádasdy, an aging Hungarian Countess who discovers she can reverse her aging by bathing in the blood of young women. While in her youthful state, the Countess falls for the handsome Imre Toth (Sandor Elès), and impersonates her own daughter to win his actions. Soon, girls in the village go missing… kidnapped and murdered by the Countess and her steward, Julie (Patience Collier) to satiate her horrifying bloodlust. Can Elisabeth live a life of deception with her grotesque lust for blood to stay eternally young, or will her ghoulish secret nally be revealed? Co-starring Nigel Green, this is considered “one of the more underrated films from the latter days of the Hammer Films dynasty“ (Donald Guarisco, Allmovie.com), COUNTESS DRACULA is based on the real-life Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory, a woman accused of torturing and murdering more than 600 girls. The film will be presented 1080p HD (Blu-ray) in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio, and extras include: Audio commentary with actress Ingrid Pitt, director Peter Sasdy, screenwriter Jeremy Paul and author Jonathan Sothcott; Immortal Countess: The Cinematic Life of Ingrid Pitt – Featurette; Archival Audio Interview with Ingrid Pitt Still Gallery; Theatrical Trailer; Reversible Cover Artwork.
NOSFERATU THE VAMPIRE Blu-Ray Details!
Since its release in 1979, Wener Herzog’s NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE has not only become one of the director’s most acclaimed films, but one of the most compelling and visually-striking interpretations of the Dracula story ever committed to film. In his haunting interpretation of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 classic, Herzog eschews the popular conception of the vampire as confident and alluring, and instead focuses on the tragedy of the creature: doomed to immortality, weary, and disgusted at his own existence. A must for both cinephiles and horror-fans alike, the award-winning film makes its Blu-ray debut on May 20th, 2014 from Scream Factory/Shout! Factory. Starring Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani and Bruno Ganz, NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE comes loaded with extras, including two audio commentaries with Werner Herzog (one in German with English subtitles), a vintage featurette on the making of Nosferatu, theatrical trailers, as well as both German and English versions of the film.
Toho Monster Blu-Rays from Universal!
Above are the Blu-ray covers for KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES, coming on April 1, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. This marks the first time both titles will be available on Blu-ray in the U.S. (they are being re-released on DVD as well) and these will of course be the American versions of the films. Each film will be presented widescreen (2.35:1) and feature English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono, with optional English SDH subtitles. You can expect reviews of both titles on this site this Spring.
Film Chest's HD Restoration of BLOODLUST!
A wealthy hunter meets his new prey when two couples dock their boat on his private island in BLOODLUST – available for the first time in full HD restoration from the original 35mm film elements – coming to DVD March 4 from Film Chest Media Group. Filmed in 1959 and released in 1961, the film – starring Robert Reed (“The Brady Bunch”), Wilton Graff (LUST FOR LIFE), June Kenney (EARTH VS. THE SPIDER), Joan Lora (SORORITY GIRL) and Eugene Persson (THE PARTY CRASHERS) – was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1994, quickly becoming a cult classic. In this thrilling drama, a group of young adults on a boat excursion become the prey of a sadistic hunter when the two couples come across an uncharted tropical island, which they soon find is inhabited by a wealthy recluse and his staff. BLOODLUST is presented in full screen with an aspect ratio of 4x3 and original sound. The SRP is $11.98.
Kraken Licenses 3 Classic Godzillas for Blu-Ray!
1967 may have been the Summer of Love, but 2014 will be the Summer of Godzilla®, and Kraken Releasing is spreading the kaiju (giant monster) goodness with the first U.S. Blu-ray release of three classic films featuring the world's most famous giant reptile. Also available on DVD, and including both the English dubbed and original Japanese versions with English subtitles, these are three of the big G's wildest adventures ever and showcase why, sixty years after his atomic birth at Japan's TOHO Studios, Godzilla® is still one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry! (READ MORE)
Grindhouse to Release THE SWIMMER on Blu!
Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present Burt Lancaster in the 1968 classic THE SWIMMER, based on the acclaimed short story by John Cheever. Newly restored in high definition from 4K scans, the deluxe Blu-ray/DVD edition of THE SWIMMER arrives on March 11, 2013. Bonus features on the Blu-ray/DVD include THE STORY OF THE SWIMMER, a brand-new 2 1/2 hour documentary by Oscar winner Chris Innis. This comprehensive, five-part making-of documentary includes in-depth interviews with stars Janet Landgard, Joan Rivers, and Marge Champion, composer Marvin Hamlisch, film editor Sidney Katz, assistant directors Michael Hertzberg and Ted Zachary, UCLA swim coach Bob Horn, and Joanna Lancaster. Also included a rare vintage audio recording of author John Cheever reading his original NEW YORKER short story, a 12-page booklet with liner notes by director Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR), rare production stills from the lost alternate scenes, extensive still galleries, trailers, TV spots, and more.
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE Comes to Blu-ray!
Scream Factory made a surprise announcement on their Facebook page, in which they stated, "We're thrilled to report today that we are planning to release Brian DePalma's classic 1974 film PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE sometime in the later half of the Summer! This marks the first time the film will be on blu-ray for the first time in the U.S. and Canada. Expect this to be in the 'Collector's Edition' series with new extras but we have no other details to report at this time as our deal for this was literally just signed so stay tuned here in the Spring of next year for more info to emerge." Great news to go into the holidays with! We'll keep you posted of course!
FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN on Blu-ray!
To kick-off the upcoming New Year, Millennium Entertainment is pleased to reveal their plans for a high-definition release of the cult classic 1967 Hammer Film, FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN on January 28th. Directed by Terence Fisher and starring horror icon Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg and Thorley Walters, Millennium's Collector's Edition of FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN marks the first time that US fans will be able to enjoy the film on Blu-ray here in the States. Special features for the Collector's Edition Blu-ray of FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN include a brand new documentary entitled "Hammer Glamour," an audio commentary featuring actors Derek Fowlds (“Johann”) and Robert Morris (“Hans”) as well as Hammer historian Jonathan Rigby, two World of Hammer episodes celebrating both the iconic character Frankenstein and the immortal Cushing who portrayed Dr. Frankenstein several times throughout his esteemed career, an original theatrical trailer, an animated stills gallery and exclusive collectible cards celebrating this timeless classic, perfect for any Hammer fan's collection.
Just in Time For the Holidays!
It’s Christmas Eve in a small town, but the local children aren’t dreaming of sugarplum fairies in SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT, on DVD Dec. 10, from Film Chest. A 1970s drive-in B-movie flick, SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT gained notoriety in the mid-1980s when it was featured on Elvira’s Movie Macabre, gaining a dedicated cult following. Now don’t miss a bloody drop … Enjoy this thriller in HD for the first time ever! In SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT, a young man inherits a mansion once used as an insane asylum … and in which his grandfather died in a fire. When he puts it up for sale, an axe-wielding madman – who has been hiding in the residence – threatens anyone who comes near. Who is this deranged murderer … And why are the local townspeople acting so strange? Starring John Carradine, Mary Woronov, Patrick O’Neal and Walter Abel , SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT is presented 16x9 widescreen and mono sound.
Greydon Clark's THE RETURN on DVD!
On November 19th, Scorpion Releasing, in conjunction with Camelot Entertainment, presents Greydon Clark's THE RETURN! Two young children and an adult in a small town have an encounter with an alien spaceship. Twenty-five years later, the children are reunited as adults in the same town which is now beset by strange cattle mutilations. Matters become worse when the cattle mutilations are joined by human murders and mutilations. Jan Michael Vincent, Cybill Shepherd, Martin Landau and Raymond Burr star in this sci-fi terror from the director of WITHOUT WARNING (which is still unavailable on DVD or Blu-ray). Neville Brand and Vincent Schiavelli co-star. Special features include a brand new 16x9 master from the original camera negatives, an audio commentary with director Greydon Clark, on-camera interview with Greydon Clark, Fun Facts and Trivia Segment and the Original Theatrical Trailer. The MSRP is $19.95.
Synapse Acquires SUSPIRIA for Blu-Ray and DVD!
Synapse Films, Inc. has acquired the North American home-video rights to Dario Argento's 1977 classic horror film SUSPIRIA. “I’ve been involved in the restoration and release of many films in my career, but SUSPIRIA has always eluded me, until now,” says Donald May, Jr., President of Synapse Films. “It’s one of my favorite horror films and I’m ecstatic that my business partner, Jerry Chandler, was able to negotiate with the rights holders to release this film. This is going to be an amazing project for us.” Synapse Films, Inc. will work closely with Technicolor Rome and Technicolor Los Angeles to create an all-new high-definition 2K scan from the original negative for a possible 2014-15 video release. “It’s important to spend as much time as possible to create the definitive high-definition home video version for the fans,” May explains. “We’re going to take our time with this one.” Synapse is currently planning the extensive work on SUSPIRIA in conjunction with Technicolor, utilizing both their Rome and Hollywood facilities. The film scanning will be coordinated and supervised by Technicolor Hollywood’s Director of Restoration Services, Tom Burton. Final specifications, retail pricing, and extras for the this release will be announced closer to the as yet to be determined release date.
THE BAT Flies onto DVD in November!
Mystery, murder and mayhem take flight in THE BAT – restored and in HD for the first time ever – debuting on Turner Classic Movies Oct. 24 and DVD November 12 from Film Chest Media Group. Featuring an all-star cast, this suspenseful cult favorite from 1959, will keep you on the edge of your seat! The film stars horror icon Vincent Price, as well as Agnes Moorehead, Lenita Lane, Gavin Gordon, John Sutton and Darla Hood (of “The Little Rascals” in her last film appearance), and it concerns a town terrorized by a mysterious murderer known only as “The Bat,” said to be a man with no face who kills women at night by ripping out their throats with steel claws. THE BAT will be presented in widescreen (16x9) and mono sound and the SRP is $11.98.
Kino to Release NIGHT TIDE on Blu-ray!
Kino Classics is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Curtis Harrington's landmark independent horror classic, NIGHT TIDE, starring Dennis Hopper in a new edition mastered in HD from 35mm elements restored by the Academy Film Archive, with support from The Film Foundation and Curtis Harrington. NIGHT TIDE tells the story of a sailor on shore leave who becomes fascinated by a woman who poses as a mermaid in an oceanfront carnival. As their relationship blossoms, Johnny (Dennis Hopper) realizes that Mora (Linda Lawson) is more than a sideshow illusionist. She seems to be a descendent of the mythical sirens of the sea, and is under the mesmeric control of a mysterious woman who beckons Mora to return to her home beneath the waves. This edition streets on October 15th with a SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $24.95 for the DVD. It includes audio commentary by Curtis Harrington and Dennis Hopper; a two-part interview with Curtis Harrington by David Del Valle (1987, 55 min.); and the original theatrical trailer.
Shout! to release Karloff Classic on Blu-ray!
According to Shout! Factory’s Facebook page, they will be releasing a Blu-ray of the 1965 AIP horror classic DIE, MONSTER, DIE! in the early part of 2014. Directed by Daniel Haller (THE DUNWICH HORROR), the films stars horror legend Boris Karloff and Nick Adams (MONSTER ZERO). Check out the cover artwork (left), which uses the original theatrical poster art. No other details at this time, but hopefully this means more vintage AIP drive-in horror on Blu-ray in the future (how about a Blu-ray of Karloff in THE CRIMSON CULT, aka THE CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTAR, another H.P. Lovecraft adaptation which has still never seen DVD release in the U.S.?!).
Kino to Release More Bava Horrors on Blu-ray!
Kino Classics is proud to announce the releases of Mario Bava's A BAY OF BLOOD and FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON on Blu-ray and DVD, both with street of September 3rd, with individual SRPs of $29.95 each for the Blu-ray editions and $24.95 for the DVDs. Both are mastered in HD from the 35mm negatives of the English language versions, and feature an audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava, All the Colors of the Dark. A BAY OF BLOOD also includes an alternate European release version (in Italian with English subtitles), the theatrical trailer, and trailers of other Bava films. (READ MORE)
Olive Films To Release TAM LIN!
On September 24, Olive Films will release TAM LIN (aka THE DEVIL’S WIDOW) on both Blu-ray and DVD (newly mastered in HD). Legendary Hollywood goddess, Ava Gardner (ONE TOUCH OF VENUS) delivers a mesmerizing performance in director Roddy McDowall’s wickedly suspenseful tale of decadent young thrill-seekers and the sinister seductress who holds them spellbound. Amid the dawn-to-dusk revelry at the fabulous country estate of wealthy and sophisticated Mrs. Cazaret (Gardner), the impulsive Tom Lynn (Ian McShane, TV’s "Deadwood") discovers that being the life of this party… could have murderous consequences. The top-notch cast includes Stephanie Beacham (DRACULA A.D. 1972), Cyril Cusack (FAHRENHEIT 451), Richard Wattis (THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST) and Joanna Lumley (THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA). Acting great Roddy McDowall’s one and only directorial effort. Beautifully shot in scope by Billy Williams (GHANDI).
Monster-Rama T-Shirts and Special Guest!
Official apparel for the the 7TH Annual DRIVE-IN SUPER MONSTER-RAMA at the RIVERSIDE DRIVE-IN is now available! As you already know, the September 6-7 big screen event celebrates 100 years of Peter Cushing, and all proceeds from apparel sales will go to the The Riverside Drive-In Theatre to support the studio imposed conversion to Digital Projection. To visit the online shop, click HERE. Also note that Christopher Gullo author of The Films of Donald Pleasence and In All Sincerity, Peter Cushing, and President of the Peter Cushing Association, will be in attendance to greet fans and sign copies of his books! For more about this year’s Drive-In Super Monster-Rama, click HERE.
Full CORRUPTION Details!
Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present the first-ever U.S. home video release of CORRUPTION, the gory swinging ‘60s British thriller starring the legendary Peter Cushing as a surgeon driven to murder and madness. The special edition Blu-ray/DVD combo streets October 8 and is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com and Diabolik DVD. Grindhouse Releasing’s spectacular new hi-def presentation of CORRUPTION was created from original vault elements and restores scenes originally deemed too graphic for American audiences. Packed with a wealth of amazing bonus features, the disc is an essential purchase for horror fans on the occasion of Cushing’s centenary. (READ MORE)
DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS Blu-ray!
Millennium Entertainment is pleased to reveal the final artwork and announce details for their upcoming high-definition release of the classic 1966 Hammer Film, DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS on September 3rd. Directed by Terence Fisher and starring the iconic Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Andrew Keir, Millennium's Collector's Edition of Dracula: Prince of Darkness marks the first time that horror fans in the US will be able to enjoy the film on Blu-ray. Millennium is also planning to release several other Hammer Films on Blu-ray later this year including QUARTERMASS AND THE PIT, THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES and THE DEVIL RIDES OUT. (READ MORE)
Vinnie Price Halloween Blu-Rays!
It looks like October is turning out to be Vincent Price month on Blu-ray! With Scream Factory’s VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION already slated for 10/8, here is the cover art for two more Blu-rays we’re really excited about. First, Warner Home Video will be unleashing the iconic HOUSE OF WAX in 3D Blu-ray on 10/1. Featuring special 3D lenticular packaging, the disc will include a new featurette, an audio commentary, vintage newsreel, theatrical trailer, and the 1933 feature MYSTERY IN THE WAX MUSEUM. Also on the same date comes THE MONSTER CLUB from Scorpion Releasing. With a new HD transfer, the early 1980s British anthology favorite will now look better than ever, and the disc will include David Del Valle’s vintage video an audio interviews with Price, an interview with Del Valle, and more!
Shout! Factory to Release Two MGM Sci-Fi Sets!
It is come to our attention that up for pre-order on Amazon.com are two science fiction DVD collections from Shout! Factory containing classics from MGM’s vault of AIP and UA titles (some, never before on DVD). Both are set for release on September 3 (and retailing for under $10 each), the two collections are “Movies 4 You – Sci-Fi Classics” which will include THE MAN FROM PLANET X, BEYOND THE TIME BARRIER, THE TIME TRAVELERS and THE ANGRY RED PLANET as well as “Movies 4 You - More Sci-Fi Classics” which will include THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN, REPTILICUS, THE NEANDERTHAL MAN and THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE. No further details yet, but THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE is reported to include a bonus scene which was deleted from International prints! Expect to see reviews of both collections here at a later date.
Kino Lorber and Redemption Films Celebrate Jess Franco Legacy!
Kino Lorber and Redemption Films celebrate the cinematic legacy of director Jess Franco with deluxe Blu-ray and DVD editions of three of his most important films, presented in association with Eurociné: THE AWFUL DR. ORLOF (1962), A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD (1973) and NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT (1970). Though highly regarded among cult movie enthusiasts, Franco is a notorious figure within the world of horror, for the savage eroticism and obsessive nature of his films, which defy the conventional structure and tone of the typical thriller. "Too arty for the horror crowd and too macabre and lowbrow for the art crowd," Fangoria editor Chris Alexander wrote, "He existed in a world of his own, a class of his own." (READ MORE)
Grindhouse To Release CORRUPTION!
Grindhouse Releasing has just announced CORRUPTION, the rarely seen 1968 shocking British feature starring Peter Cushing as a mad surgeon, which will hit Blu-ray and DVD on September 10. The Grindhouse Releasing special edition of CORRUPTION coincides with the legendary Hammer Films star's 100th birthday, and will be preceded by a series of theatrical playdates. Grindhouse will also release the recent Midnite cult favorite AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL which will also hit Blu-ray and DVD on September 10. Four additional titles will follow in late 2013 and late 2014: Sergio Sollima's THE BIG GUNDOWN, THE SWIMMER, starring Burt Lancaster, Duke Mitchell's GONE WITH THE POPE and S.F. Brownrigg's SCUM OF THE EARTH (a.k.a. POOR WHITE TRASH PART 2). According to co-founder Bob Murawski, the company's entire back catalog will also appear in new Blu-ray editions soon thereafter.
Synapse To Release HANDS OF THE RIPPER!
Synapse Films continues its fine series of Hammer Horror Collection discs with a Blu-ray/DVD combo of HANDS OF THE RIPPER this sunmer. Restored in high definition and presented uncut in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio, it will see release on July 9. The 1971 gothic British classic will be accompanied by the following bonus materials (all produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures): • “The Devil’s Bloody Plaything: Possessed by HANDS OF THE RIPPER”- All-new 30 minute documentary featuring interviews with director Peter Sasdy, co-star Jane Merrow, Hammer historian Wayne Kinsey, Little Shoppe of Horrors Editor Richard Klemensen, film historian Kim Newman, Video Watchdog Editor Tim Lucas, and more!; • “Slaughter of Innocence: The Evolution of Hammer Gore” (a chronological history of Hammer's use of make-up effects in film); • U.S. television introduction; Original theatrical trailer and TV spots; • HANDS OF THE RIPPER motion still gallery; and Isolated music and effects audio track.
Scorpion's April Releases!
On April 30th, Scorpion Releasing presents a pair of Ozploitation DVD releases, as well as a wacky British comedy. First up, BODY MELT! It's a sunny day in suburbia. Suddenly, a hideously deformed dying man disrupts the peace, crashing his car in the neighborhood of Pebbles Court, the better part of Homesville. He's the victim of the experimental drug Vimuville, marketed as a "dietary supplement", which has apparently malfunctioned. He arrives too late to warn the population of Homesville against trying the pill that was dropped in their mailbox by a respectable pharmaceutical company. Unfortunately, the folks of Homesville are suckers for freebies and they too start deforming, mutating and exploding. (READ MORE)
Scream Factory to Release Price Blu-ray Set!!
Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory arm have just announced some vert exciting news! They will be releasing a Blu-ray collection box set before Halloween that showcases some of legendary horror star Vincent Price's greatest films which include: FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, THE HAUNTED PALACE, THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, WITCHFINDER GENERAL (and its alternate U.S. version of the film, THE CONQUEROR WORM) and THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES. More details (artwork, exact street date, pricing, extras, etc.) to be revealed in June-July so stay tuned!
Severin To Release Two '70s "House" Horrors!
Severin Films have announced the long awaited (date postponed) Blu-ray + DVD combo US debut release of the controversial shocker HOUSE ON STRAW HILL and the creepy classic THE HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES. “Eight graves! Seven bodies!” screamed the ads, “One killer... and he's already dead!” Hollywood legends John Ireland, John Carradine and Howard Hughes’ paramour Faith Domergue star in the THE HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES, the much-loved ‘70s shocker about a film crew shooting an occult drama in a sinister manor with its own grisly history of family bloodshed. (READ MORE)
Millenium Entertainment To Release Hammer Films on Blu-Ray in the U.S.!
Millennium Entertainment will distribute titles from Exclusive Media’s Hammer library in the U.S., which means they will eventually be released on Blu-ray disc. According to Steve Nickerson, President of Millennium Entertainment, “Hammer is one of the most renowned and beloved film brands in the world and we are thrilled to bring the Hammer Films library to U.S. fans.” With this new distribution deal, a number of Hammer classics will be made available to the public in new configurations for the first time in almost 10 years. With a multi-tiered approach, a full release schedule is planned to provide high end, limited edition Blu-rays and Collector’s Sets to the loyal horror fan over the next several years. The releases will commence April 2nd with DVD release of the “Hammer Horror 3 Feature Film Set” featuring DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1966), THE LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES (1974) and FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN (1967). “We are really pleased to be in business with Millennium to bring the newly restored titles from our library to the United States in HD for the first time,” said Peter Naish, Senior VP, Distribution, Hammer. “Alongside the new extras we have created, we hope that our American Hammer fans will love the Blu-Ray collector’s editions and that these editions will also help new fans discover our rich history.”
Celia, Child of Terror!
On 2/26, Scorpion Releasing presents CELIA, CHILD OF TERROR! Celia is a lonely nine-year-old girl growing up in the Melbourne suburbs in the late 1950s. She is the victim of several traumas that led to horrific results, and she suffers from nightmares from a book read to her at school. For a spell, her troubles are abated when a new family moves in next door with three children for Celia to play with. But her parents forbid her to play with the children, because the parents are members of the Communist Party. It all comes to a head when, because of a national plague of rabbits, the Victoria State government orders a turning over of all domestic rabbits. When her uncle confiscates her beloved pet rabbit, Celia’s world explodes with terrifying results. The DVD features include a 16x9 anamorphic widescreen (1:78), Option to watch Katarina's Nightmare Theater with our hostess Katarina or play film only, an audio interview with director Ann Turner, Vintage Featurette and a German Trailer. The MSRP is $17.95.
Help Save the Riverside Drive-In Theatre!
The Riverside Drive-In Theatre, the wonderful PA venue which hosts our Drive-In Super Monster-Rama every September since 2007, and now April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama in the Spring, needs your help as the major studios are forcing digital conversion on them and they need financing for a Digital Projector. Help keep the drive-in alive by making a donation to this great cause, and remember, they plan to keep their 35mm projection system so the retro shows can continue! To make a donation and be part of the 60-day campaign, please click HERE.
1968 Psychological Thriller Gets DVD Release!
Exploitation film distributor Joe Solomon's 1968 psychological thriller, THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL will be released by VCI Entertainment on 4/2/13 as a special edition DVD. After being lost for over four decades, audiences will at last be able to experience this drive-in suspense film, restored for archival film elements and loaded with exclusive bonus features. While hitchhiking along a desert highway in rural Arizona, refugee and drifter (Jack Lord) is given a lift by an attractive young girl (Susan Strasberg) to a nearby 'ghost town' where her family runs an old gas station. One by one, the sisters reveal to him clues to their shattered past as the drifter becomes entangled in their web of deceit and desire, leading to "one of the most surprise shock endings ever filmed!" Bonus Materials (Produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures) include an introduction by documentary filmmaker Daniel Griffith; an audio commentary with screenwriter Gary Crutcher, moderated by Daniel Griffith; the all new documentary PSYCHO'S SISTER: MAKING THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL"; "SCHLOCKMEISTER: JOE SOLOMON ON REELS" (the cinematic history of producer/distributor Joe Solomon told through trailers); Extensive Promotional Gallery; TV Spot; Original “Pledge Card” insert and more! The DVD will be presented in a 1.78:1 transfer and retail for $19.99.
THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN and THE BURNING Blu-Ray Details!
Disfigured and hooded mad killers are on the loose this spring as SCREAM FACTORY™ invites loyal fans and collectors to embark on a nostalgic trip filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense and terror! On May 21, 2013, the gory summer camp slasher The BURNING created and produced by Harvey Weinstein and features Fisher Stevens (The Cove), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) and Holly Hunter (The Piano) in their early film roles and Charles B. Pierce’s long sought-after THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (including the debut of THE EVICTORS on DVD!) starring Oscar®-winner Ben Johnson and Dawn Wells (Gilligan's Island) , arrive on home entertainment shelves everywhere from Shout! Factory. (READ MORE)
VCI To Release GORGO plus B Monster Flicks!
VCI Entertainment has announced that they will release the 1961 British science fiction classic GORGO on Blu-ray and DVD in a new HD film transfer. The street date will be March 19, 2013. The release will be loaded with extras, including "Ninth Wonder Of The World: The Making Of Gorgo" a new documentary by Daniel Griffith; Gorgo - Video Comic Book and Comic Book Cover Gallery; Extensive Lobby Card & Poster Gallery; Photo Gallery; Gorgo Toys & Collectibles Gallery; Production Notes; Original Theatrical Trailer; Pressbook Gallery; Star Ciné Cosmos - French-language "fumetto" (comic book); and a Before & After Restoration Video. The Blu-ray will be HD 1080p and the DVD will be anamorphic. On the same date, VCI has more monster-rific thrills in store with two “Creature Feature Double Feature” DVDs: MONSTER FROM THE OCEAN FLOOR/SERPENT ISLAND (both presented 1.33:1 full screen) and THE CRAWLING HAND/THE SLIME PEOPLE (both presented 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen). MONSTER FROM THE OCEAN FLOOR will include Tom Weaver’s audio interview with Roger Corman, deleted scenes, trivia and a theatrical trailer. THE SLIME PEOPLE will include Tom Weaver’s audio interview with actress Susan Hart and the original theatrical trailer (THE CRAWLING HAND will also include its trailer).
VAMPIRE LOVERS & LIFEFORCE Blu-Ray Details!
Horror, sci-fi enthusiasts and movie collectors rejoice! SCREAM FACTORY™ will unleash the special effects extravaganza LIFEFORCE from Director Tobe Hooper and THE VAMPIRE LOVERS from Hammer Film Productions on April 30, 2013. These two much-loved cult film classics debut for the first time on Blu-ray. LIFEFORCE will be presented as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack that boasts the rare original theatrical version of the film (available on the Blu-ray disc only) and its longer international cut, plus newly rendered retro-style artwork and a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art . Both home entertainment collections of LIFEFORCE and THE VAMPIRE LOVERS feature high-definition anamorphic widescreen presentations and new exciting bonus content! (READ MORE)
Kino Classics Releases Bava's BARON BLOOD!
Kino Classics is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Mario Bava's cult horror classic BARON BLOOD, starring Elke Sommer and Joseph Cotten, in a new HD transfer mastered from the 35mm negative. After spending several years exploring more contemporary genres, director Mario Bava (BLACK SUNDAY) returned with BARON BLOOD to the gothic as a setting for a gruesome thriller. Working with producer Alfredo Leone, Bava crafted a film that is loyal to the bylaws of traditional horror, but is infused with a more modern visual style. BARON BLOOD comes to Blu-ray and DVD on December 11th, with a SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $24.95 for the DVD. It comes packed with special features, including audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark, alternate title sequences, original theatrical trailers, radio spots, and original trailers of other Bava films. Look for a review of the Blu-ray here soon!
Scream Factory Releases AIP Classics on Blu-Ray!
Shout! Factory, through its new Scream Factory line, is acquiring a bunch of cult titles from the MGM library, and they’ve already started to announce some of the ones to expect in the next year via their Facebook page. Some of the American International Pictures (AIP) titles headed to Blu-ray from Scream are Hammer’s THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN and the Charles B. Pierce Americana thrillers THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN and THE EVICTORS. 2013 already looks to be a great year for releases… stay tuned!
Kino Classics Stuffs Stockings with Holiday Gem!
Kino Classics is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of the 1964 holiday cult classic, SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS in a new HD transfer. Filled with kitschy set design, outrageous costumes and amiable acting, the film is nonstop fun and is worthy of its status as a holiday staple. This special edition comes packed with bonus features, including a collection of holiday-themed archival rarities (1936-68) including Jam Handy's animated "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Howdy Doody's Christmas" (1951), a charity PSA starring Abbott & Costello and Charles Laughton, and vintage theatrical "Season's Greetings" spots, and much more, as well as a trailer and stills gallery. The street date is October 30th, with a SRP of $24.95 for the Blu-ray and $19.95 for the DVD.
Warner Archive Releases 1960s Horrors!
Just in time for Halloween, Warner Home Video, through its Warner Archive Collection, is releasing a batch of new 1960s horror DVD starring the superstars of the genre. Included in this new batch are Christopher Lee in THE FACE OF FU MANCHU and THE VENGEANCE OF FU MANCHU (the only two of Lee’s Fu Manchu series previously unavailable on DVD) Boris Karloff in Michael Reeves’ THE SORCERERS and Vincent Price in one of his most rarest and strangest films, CONFESSIONS OF AN OPIUM EATER. These titles will all be 16x9 widescreen and are available online to order now. Look for reviews of all four on this site very soon.
William Grefé's THE DEVIL'S SISTER on DVD!
The long lost feature film from director William Grefé (DEATH CURSE OF TARTU, STANLEY), THE DEVIL'S SISTER, will finally be released this fall on DVD, from Ballyhoo Motion Pictures and Film Artists, Inc! Inspired by the real-life exploits of two diablolical sisters in New Mexico who lured women into their web of drugs, slavery and prostitution, this drive-in shocker pulls no punches with a story ripped straight from the headlines! For the first time ever, this long-lost cult classic will be available on DVD in its only existing form, with the final “missing” eight minutes lovingly recreated using rare stills and storyboards. Extras include a “making of” featurette, an audio commentary with the director, a radio spot, a still gallery and liner notes by film historian Chris Poggiali. For more information, visit realitysedgefilms.net.
RaroVideo to Debut NIGHT OF THE DEVILS!
Italian Film Boutique RaroVideo announces horror fan favorite NIGHT OF THE DEVILS (1972) restored to its original splendor for the first time ever on DVD and Blu-ray September 25, 2012 (NOTE: this release has been a bit delayed to late October). Italian genre film legend Gianni Garko stars in this terrifying masterpiece of the macabre, based on Tolstoy’s story The Wurdulak, itself previously adapted in Mario Bava’s BLACK SABBATH. A nameless mentally ill man (Garko) is found wandering in the woods, his mind lost in fever dreams of gruesome, sexual imagery. After admitted into a psychiatric hospital, the man flashes back to his nightmarish encounter with a backwoods family whose dynasty holds a centuries old curse. What follows is a night of unrelenting horror. Includes music by Giorgio Gaslini, composer of and special effects by the late Carlo Rambaldi. Specifics include: new HD transfer; the original trailer; a video interview with Chris Alexander, Fangoria Magazine; new and improved English subtitle translation; a fully illustrated booklet on genesis and production of the film; and a video interview with composer Giorgio Gaslini. The Blu-Ray will retail for $29.98 and the DVD for $19.98.
Kino Lorber to Release Bava Blu-Rays and DVDs!
Kino Lorber is proud to announce the release of three films by the master of Italian giallo film, Mario Bava: HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON (1970), BLACK SUNDAY (1960), and LISA AND THE DEVIL (1973). The latter was re-cut and reissued as THE HOUSE OF EXORCISM, and both films are included on this double-feature disc. Each film comes to Blu-ray and DVD with special features and mastered in HD from original elements. (READ MORE)
SWEET KILL and NAKED ANGELS from Shout!
Shout! Factory has just announced that they will be releasing SWEET KILL and NAKED ANGELS, from the Roger Corman’s Cult Classics line, on August 21. The DVDs will be available exclusively from ShoutFactory.com. In SWEET KILL (aka THE AROUSERS), former 1950s teen idol Tab Hunter gives a superbly chilling performance as Eddie Collins, a lonely and frustrated high school gym teacher who finds that he is unable to perform sexually with women because of repressed memories of his mother, leading to a series of murders to fuel his sexual gratification. Also, get an inside look at the bizarre lifestyles of the outlaw bikers in NAKED ANGELS, where many of the roles are played by actual members of the notorious Hells Angels in this classic Roger Corman production. The story revolves around a death feud between two rival biker gangs. Also starring Jennifer Gan (WOMEN IN CAGES), Richard Rust (THE STUDENT NURSES) and directed by Bruce Clark (GALAXY OF TERROR). Both titles are available for pre-order online for $19.99 a piece.
Exploitation Treats from Scorpion!
On August 21st, Scorpion Releasing and Camelot Entertainment presents KILL AND KILL AGAIN! James Ryan is back! Now see this follow up to the box office hit KILL OR BE KILLED, presented for the first time in widescreen from a brand new HD master! Special features will include a brand new anamorphic (1.78:1) widescreen HD master from the original InterPositive, an isolated music track from the original 3 track Mag sound, an audio interview with star James Ryan, an on-camera interview with writer John Crowther and the original trailer. On the same day, Scorpion Releasing and Camelot Entertainment presents JOYSTICKS, the wild early 1980s comedy starring Joe Don Baker. Special features will include a new anamorphic (1.78:1) widescreen transfer, an on-camera interview with director Greydon Clark, a commentary with Clark and the original trailer. The MSRP on each is $19.95.
Details on Upcoming Scorpion DVD Horrors!
On July 24th, Scorpion Releasing, in conjunction with Crown International/Mill Creek, presents THE HEARSE, starring Trish Van Devere, double-billed with Al Adamson’s BLOOD OF DRACULA'S CASTLE, which features John Carradine. This “Katarina's Nightmare Theater” release includes, for THE HEARSE, a brand new 16x9 widescreen (1.78:1) transfer in HD from the original negatives for the first time anywhere in the world, an audio interview with writer Bill Bleich, and an original trailer. DRACULA’S CASTLE will include a brand new 16x9 master (1.78:1) of the version with the werewolf footage, plus an on-camera interview with John Bud Cardos, conducted by Katarina Leigh Waters. The MSRP is $16.95. Also on July 24th, Scorpion Releasing, in conjuction with IFM Films, presents THE DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN. Now see this Ozploitation film in its original Scope format – for the first time anywhere in the world! Special features on this “Katarina's Nightmare Theater” disc include a brand new 16x9 widescreen (2.35:1) in its correct Scope ratio, of the U.S. cut, for the first time anywhere in the world; bonus international cut SNAPSHOT in a 16x9 (1.78:1) transfer; an audio commentary with Producer Anthony I. Ginnane moderated by Katarina Leigh Waters and an alternate title card (DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN). The MSRP is $19.95.
"Dark Shadows" Films To Arrive on Blu-Ray, DVD!
Warner Bros has officially announced that they will be releasing HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS (1970), the feature film version of the popular TV serial involving a vampire's quest for a cure to marry a lovely mortal, and its follow-up NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS (1971), about a man and his wife moving into a home and finding themselves plagued by spirits of his ancestors that used to be witches, on both Blu-Ray and DVD. The street date is October 30, 2012. The retail price for the Blu-Rays will be $19.98 each, while the DVDs will be $14.96 each. NIGHT will be the standard theatrical version and not a restored director’s cut. Both titles are expected to include their trailers. Click HERE for cover art and more details.
"Hammer House of Horror" DVD Details!
Here is the cover art for Synapse Films’ upcoming 5-DVD collector's edition of the complete HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR series. The official street date for the disc set is September 11 (with a SRP of $39.95) and it will include all 13 original episodes. DVD Drive-In has been given the official lists of extras, which will all be produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures. They include: Episode Introductions with Film Historian Shane M. Dallman; GRAVE RECOLLECTIONS: A VISIT WITH KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT (Featurette); HAMMER HOUSEKEEPING: A VISIT WITH MIA NADASI (Featurette) and an Animated Still Gallery. We look forward to revisiting Hammer’s classic 1980 anthology series all over again!
VCI To Release Early 1970s British Thriller!
On September 11, VCI Entertainment will release the British horror film IN THE DEVIL’S GARDEN on DVD for the first time in the U.S. In this slickly made thriller, a 16-year-old girl is assaulted in the woods near her London school. Struck dumb by her experience, she remains so until a second girl is murdered. The school art teacher (Suzy Kendall) claims to have seen the killer – who looks like Satan himself – and she decides to set a trap for him using herself as bait. A British flavored giallo, and a ripping good whodunit. The film also stars Leslie-Ann Downe (COUNTESS DRACULA), Freddie Jones (FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED) and Frank Finley (THE DEADLY BEES). Directed by Sidney Hayers (REVENGE). Also known as ASSAULT and TOWER OF TERROR. The disc will carry a 1.85:1 transfer with 2.0 and enhanced 5.1 English audio tracks. The SRP is $14.99.
BLOOD BEAST TERROR, BURKE & HARE Details!
Kino Lorber and Redemption are proud to announce the release of two cult horror films from director Vernon Sewell: THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR (1968), starring horror icon Peter Cushing, and BURKE & HARE (1972), on Blu-ray and DVD in new HD transfers mastered from the original 35mm negatives. THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR comes to Blu-ray and DVD on July 17th, with a SRP of $19.95 for the Blu-ray and $14.95 for the DVD. Special features include the original theatrical trailer and a gallery of production stills. (READ MORE)
A&C MEET FRANKENSTEIN Blu-Ray Cover!
Universal has just revealed the cover art for their upcoming Blu-Ray release of ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, which has a street date of 8/28/12. The world of baggage handlers Chick Young (Bud Abbott) and Wilbur Grey (Lou Costello) is turned upside down when they receive the remains of Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and the Frankenstein monster (Glenn Strange) bound for the House of Horrors museum. When Dracula and the monster escape, complete chaos ensues as Chick and Wilbur get mixed up in an evil plot to switch Wilbur’s brain with Frankenstein’s and are aided by Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.), who turns into The Wolf Man when the moon is full! This Blu-Ray package (which includes DVD + Digital Copy) will contain bonus material of the featurette, “Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters”, the Feature Commentary with Film Historian Gregory W. Mank and Production Photographs.
Vincent Price is THE MAD MAGICIAN!
On July 3, another Vincent Price horror classic makes it was to DVD when Sony releases THE MAD MAGICIAN (1954) under it “Columbia Classics” banner. Price is at his terrifying best as Gallico the Great, an inspired inventor of magic acts who longs to perform his creations himself. When he finally gets his chance, the production is closed by Gallico’s cruel manager, who wants a rival magician to perform Gallico’s greatest trick, The Lady and the Buzz Saw. An enraged Gallico turns into a homicidal maniac, taking out his victims with the same methods he used to create his illusions. The film also stars Mary Murphy, Eva Gabor and Patrick O’Neal (CHAMBER OF HORRORS). Originally shown in 3-D, the DVD will be the flat version, but presented widescreen anamorphic.
Shout! Unveils New "Scream Factory" Line!
Debuting this September, Shout! Factory’s SCREAM FACTORY DVD and Blu-Ray series boasts a scary slate of fan-favorite thrillers from the 1980s, many of which have never been available on Blu-Ray before. Titles include HALLOWEEN II and TERROR TRAIN, (both starring “Scream Queen” Jamie Lee Curtis); the 30th Anniversary release of HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH; THEY LIVE from director John Carpenter; Peter Benchley’s THE ISLAND starring Michael Caine, THE FUNHOUSE from director Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist); the nightmarish Phantasm II; and the much-anticipated DVD debuts of DEADLY BLESSING, directed by Wes Craven and featuring Sharon Stone in an early role, and DEATH VALLEY starring Peter Billingsley (A CHRISTMAS STORY). Each title will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, and most will be released in a “Collector’s Edition” packed with new bonus content, archival materials, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art and more! The first releases will bow on September 18 with the HALLOWEEN II COLLECTOR’S EDITION and HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION, available on both Blu-ray and DVD.
Olive Films to Release THE BOOGENS!
On August 8th, Olive Films will release “one of the most requested horror films”, THE BOOGENS (1981) on both Blu-Ray and DVD. In a small town near Denver, two young men begin to explore a long-abandoned old mine recently re-opened by a group of miners. When one the men is discovered missing, his friends begin a search that leads them to horrifying consequences. They’re all unaware of the evil that’s been unleashed and soon, one by one, a monster that no one has seen snatches up the townspeople. Suddenly, the grisly truth is revealed and a young couple is forced to confront the unknown in order to save their lives… and the entire town. Directed by James L. Conway (HANGER 18). The film will be newly mastered in HD from an archival 35mm print, and the release will include an audio commentary with director Conway, star Rebecca Balding and screenwriter David O’Malley. The Blu-Ray will retail for $29.95 and the DVD for $24.94.
Mondo Releases Franco's COUNTESS PERVERSE!
Mondo Macabro is proud to present the official director’s cut of Jess Franco's outrageous and delirious COUNTESS PERVERSE. Newly restored from a rare camera negative, this limited-edition DVD arrives on June 12th with a S.R.P. of $24.99. In the 1973 film starring Howard Vernon and Alice Arno, a pair of decadent and debauched aristocrats turns their private island into a human hunting ground where they can stalk their naked prey. As each victim is murdered, their carcass is then cooked and fed to their guests; simply delicious! What the unsuspecting visitors don't realize is that they will soon become the next evening’s “meal”, eventually fighting for their lives in a shocking and flesh-baring cat-and-mouse game. The disc will carry a brand new transfer from the original negative, and extras include an interview with actor Robert Woods, extensive production notes and introduction by film critic Stephen Thrower and Mondo Macabro DVD previews.
Synapse Sets Date and Details for TWINS OF EVIL!
some information on Synapse Films’s upcoming Blu-ray/DVD combo
of the Hammer classic TWINS OF EVIL (which
also be part of a great drive-in 35mm film festival this fall). It will
be released on July 10 in 1080p resolution with a 1.85:1 anamorphic
transfer. Special Features will include:
Olive Films to Release BODY SNATCHERS!
On July 17, Olive Films will release the original INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) on both Blu-ray and DVD. It will be restored in HD from the finegrain 35mm film element. One of the greatest and most influential Sci-Fi films of all time stars Kevin McCarthy as a doctor in a small California town whose patients are becoming hysterical and accuse their loved ones as emotionless imposters. Plant-like extra-terrestrials have invaded Earth, replicating the villagers in giant seed “pods” and taking position of their souls while they sleep. Realizing that the epidemic is out of control, in a terrifying race for his life, he escapes to warn the world of the deadly invasion of the pod people! Directed by the great Don Siegel (DIRTY HARRY) and co-starring Dana Wynter, Carolyn Jones, Larry Gates and King Donovan. Presented in anamorphic Superscope (2.00:1) widescreen, the DVD will retail for $19.95 and the Blu-ray for $29.95.
Olive Films to Release Brit Horror Anthology!
On June 26, Olive Films will release the 1973 British horror anthology TALES THAT WITNESS MADNESS on both Blu-ray and DVD. The film will be remastered in HD from a 35mm archival print. Stroll down the corridors of a mental asylum, where your mind won’t believe what your eyes see. In the tradition of TALES FROM THE CRYPT and CREEPSHOW… this anthology of pulp horror tales, helmed by the ever-reliable horror master, Freddie Francis (DR. TERROR’S HOUSE OF HORRORS). The film features a quartet of eerie vignettes involving four patients in the care of psychiatrist Donald Pleasance (HALLOWEEN), who’s attempting to justify his strange theories to colleague, Jack Hawkins (THEATRE OF BLOOD). The all-star cast includes Kim Novak, Joan Collins, Peter McEnery and Suzy Kendall. One the same date, Olive Films will also release William Castle’s THE SPIRIT IS WILLING on both Blu-ray and DVD. The Blu-rays on both titles will retail for $29.95 and the DVDs will retail for $24.95.
DVD Drive-In Editor Wins Rondo Award!
DVD Drive-In Editor George Reis has won a 2012 Rondo Award (The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards) for "DVD Reviewer of the Year". I'm in fine company, and this a great honor! Thanks for all who voted for me and has frequented the site over the past decade! For more on this year's Rondo Award winners, click HERE.
MGM Bows SAVAGE SISTERS!
In their next batch of MOD DVD releases (March), the MGM Limited Edition Collection will unleash SAVAGE SISTERS, the 1974 AIP exploitation/drive-in film shot in the Phillipines by director Eddie Romero. “Three beautiful women become involved in an island revolution and find themselves battling soldiers, revolutionaries and bandits.” The film stars Gloria Hendry (LIVE AND LET DIE), Cheri Caffaro (TOO HOT TO HANDLE), John Ashley (BEAST OF BLOOD) and Sid Haig (GALAXY OF TERROR).
You Can't Keep a Bad Monster Down!
Is the monster man, fish or devil? Everyone’s dying to know (literally) in ZAAT – restored and in HD for the first time ever – available in a special DVD/Blu-ray combo pack Feb. 21 from Film Chest on the CULTRA and HD Cinema Classics labels. Find out why ZAAT is an underground cult favorite, amassing an ever-growing legion of loyal followers. See why scores of fans have refused to let this funky classic from the ’70s die in obscurity! In ZAAT (also known as THE BLOOD WATERS OF DR. Z), an obsessed scientist, Dr. Kurt Leopold (Marshall Grauer) – who has been scorned by his peers – is convinced he can transform humans into fish. In his isolated backwoods laboratory, he proves his hypothesis by turning himself into a horrible, vengeful creature (played by Wade Popwell) that is part man, part walking catfish! It’s a southern fried fight to the finish (Florida style!) with the ecological state of the entire planet at stake! ZAAT will be digitally restored in HD and transferred from original 35mm elements, and this DVD/Blu-ray combo pack contains a whole tackle box full of extras, including: feature-length audio commentary by cast and crew; original 35mm trailer; television spots; outtakes; radio interview; before-and-after restoration demo; and an original movie art postcard. ZAAT is presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16x9 and Standard Dolby Audio (Spanish subtitles included). The SRP is $19.99.
Book Review: Fright Night on Channel 9!
From 1973 to 1987, Fright Night was a fixture of the late Saturday evening schedule on independent New York television station WOR-TV. A genre fan's nightmare come true, the modestly produced showcase featured horror films both classic and obscure. Fright Night suffered no delusions of grandeur, and never claimed to be anything more than what it was: great entertainment on a Saturday night. This affectionate tribute to Fright Night's glory days includes a complete listing of all films shown on the series, as well as discussion of WOR-TV's other horror movie programs from the 1970s and 1980s. Read our review of Fright Night on Channel 9 HERE.
MGM Opens HOUSE OF 1000 DOLLS!
The December batch of MGM Limited Edition Collection DVD titles will include the 1967 AIP exploitation film HOUSE OF 1000 DOLLS starring Vincent Price. Produced by Harry Alan Towers and directed by Jeremy Summers, HOUSE concerns two professional illusionists helping to abduct unsuspecting female victims with their magic tricks for an international ring of white slave traders. The film also stars Martha Hyer, George Nader and Maria Rohm. It will be presented 16x9 widescreen. Other titles forDecember include THE MAGNETIC MONSTER, SAVAGE EYE, SAFARI 3000 and BUSTING.
More Drive-In Madness from New World Pictures!
On January 24, 2012, Shout! Factory will present ROGER CORMAN’S CULT CLASSICS: LETHAL LADIES COLLECTION, VOL. 2. The DVD set will include THE ARENA, COVER GIRL MODELS and FLY ME. THE ARENA: Kidnapped by Roman soldiers, four beautiful women must battle for their while attempting to beat the Romans at their own game. Starring Pam Grier and Margaret Markov. COVER GIRL MODELS: A fashion photography assignment teams three American models and inadvertently plunges them into the mystery and danger of international espionage. Starring Tara Strohmeier, Pat Anderson, Lindsay Bloom and Vic Diaz. FLY ME: a group of martial arts assassins board a passenger plane and terrorize the passengers. But they picked the wrong plane to hijack, as these stewardesses don’t just serve meals and beverages — their hands and feet are lethal weapons! Starring Pat Anderson, Lenore Kasdorf and Vic Diaz. Special Features include an audio commentary with director Steve Carver (THE ARENA); interviews with Roger Corman, director Steve Carver, producer Mark Damon and actress Margaret Markov (THE ARENA); and trailers ad TV spots.
New Street Date: HORROR EXPRESS Blu-ray/DVD!!
Severin Films is pleased to announce the Blu-Ray debut of 1970s terror classic HORROR EXPRESS (which will now see a release date of November 29th) starring genre titans Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing with an unforgettable supporting turn from Telly Savalas. Loved by fans and critics alike, this gory masterpiece has been transferred in hi-definition from the original camera negative and is packed with exclusive new special features as well as the first in-depth interview with Cushing ever to emerge on disc, unearthed from a British archive. The film will be released as a Blu-Ray/DVD 2-disc combo pack. Extras will include • Murder On The Trans-Siberian Express: New Interview with Director Eugenio Martin, • Notes From The Blacklist: Producer Bernard Gordon Discusses te McCarthy Era, • 1973 Audio Interview wth Peter Cushing, • Telly And Me: New Interview wth Composer John Cacavas, • Introduction by Fangoria Editor Chris Alexander and • Theatrical Trailer. SRP is $29.98.
SATAN'S BLOOD and THE CARPENTER Details!
On November 8th, Scorpion Releasing and Katarina's Nightmare Theater presents THE CARPENTER and SATAN'S BLOOD! In THE CARPENTER, Wings Hauser builds a hallucinogenic house of horrors in this bloodcurdling thriller! Special Features: • Play with or without Katarina's Nightmare Theater, • Brand New 16x9 1:78 Uncut widescreen master and • Reversible sleeve with and without Katarina's banner. Terror, sex and Satanic rituals are on a one-way ride to Hell in SATAN'S BLOOD, one of the most horrific and sexiest thrillers from Spain! In this occult chiller, Andy and Anna are a bored couple who decide to go for a drive in the country. On the way, they meet another couple who claim to know them from many years before. Despite their uncertainty, Andy and Anna agree to visit the mysterious couple's country house and end up staying the night. Thus begins a twisted night of sex, satanic rituals, and gruesome horror. Pray for daylight. Special Features: • Play with or without Katarina's Nightmare Theater, • 16x9 1:66 widescreen from a HD master, • Still Gallery, • Reversible sleeve with and without Katarina's banner. MSRP for THE CARPENTER is $19.95 and $14.95 for SATAN'S BLOOD.
NO BLADE OF GLASS No Longer a No-Show!
As part of its of its Warner Bros Archive Collection, WB has just announced the availability of the gory 1970 Brit sci-fi flick NO BLADE OF GRASS on DVD. Directed by acting legend Cornel Wilde, the film takes place after an environmental catastrophe destroys civilization. A couple (Nigel Davenport and Jean Wallace) try to lead their family to safety in a savage world, but sometimes a flight for salvation can become a journey to damnation! Raw, uncompromising and violent, the film was years ahead of its time. Rare screenings of the film over the years have been eagerly sought out by fans of extreme cinema, and its now available on home video in a full, uncut remastered 16x9 edition. The Archive Collection is also making available the 1981 slasher pic NIGHT SCHOOL, with Rachel Ward making her “scream” debut. The film will also be presented remastered and 16x9.
NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT and THE PYX Details!
On 10/18, Scorpion Releasing and Katarina's Nightmare Theater present NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT and THE PYX! In NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT, the masters of horror Sir Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing pair up in this spine-tingling gothic thriller! When a Scottish island orphanage is inundated by a rash of cold-blooded murders, Special Bureau Chief Bingham (Lee) of Scotland Yard is dispatched to investigate. He and his ally (Cushing), a hospital pathologist, begin to uncover a series of bizarre and baffling clues. Special Features: Play with or without Katarina's Nightmare Theater; 16x9 widescreen; Liner Notes by Christopher Gullo, author of Peter Cushing biography, In All Sincerity...Peter Cushing; Original Trailer; and Reversible sleeve with and without Katarina's banner. THE PYX has two Academy Award® nominated actors, CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER And KAREN BLACK, join forces in this suspense thriller about the murder of a prostitute with satanic overtones. Police sergeant Henderson (Plummer) investigates the murder a prostitute (Black). Around her neck she was wearing an upside down cross, and clutched in her fist, a locket, both unusal for a high class call girl. Will Henderson solve her murder? Now watch this in an all new HiDef master from the original camera negatives, in its original scope ratio! Special Features: Play with or without Katarina's Nightmare Theater; 16x9 2:35 scope widescreen from a Brand New HD master from the original Camera Negatives; Audio commentary from star Karen Black; Original Trailer; and Reversible sleeve with and without Katarina's banner. The MSRP on both is $14.95.
October MGM Limited Edition Collection Titles!
MGM just keeps belted ‘em out! Due out in October are another batch of long-awaited classics which will be available on DVD through the MGM Limited Edition Collection, including some American International Pictures (AIP) and United Artists (UA) releases. We’re so excited that we’ll finally get to see a 2.35:1 anamorphic disc of Daniel Haller’s biker epic DEVIL’S ANGELS, and other titles include DR. BLOOD’S COFFIN, GOLDEN NEEDLES, ENTER THE NINJA and GHOST WARRIOR. Retail price for each is $19.95.
Warner Hammers Out More Cult Titles!
The Warner Archive Collection is making available a number of cult films from the 1960s and 1970s. A batch of “60s Psycho-Delic” includes Antonio Margeriti’s Gamma Station sci-fi epic THE SNOW DEVILS (1967), producer Herman Cohen’s long-awaited shocker BLACK ZOO (1963) starring the great Michael Gough and THE COUCH (1962), from a story by Robert Bloch. A duo of “Hammer It Home” features from Britain’s famous house of horror, gives us Freddie Francis’ psychological thriller HYSTERIA (1965) and Roy Ward Baker’s space adventure MOON ZERO TWO (1969) (previously available as a Best Buy Exclusive double feature disc with WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH). A batch of “70s Crime-Fightin’ City Slickers” includes COPS AND ROBBERS (1974), BLACK EYE (1974) with Fred Williamson and SHAFT: THE TV MOVIE COLLECTION (1974) with Richard Roundtree. All titles will be presented 16x9 widescreen except for the last one. For more information, visit wbshop.com.
Sony Goes BERSERK!
Sony is releasing the 1967 circus horror classic BERSERK as part of its “Screen Classics By Request” collection. Joan Crawford stars as Monica Rivers, the owner of a traveling circus plagued by a series of mysterious deaths. When a high-wire performer becomes the first victim, he is replaced by Frank Hawkins (Ty Hardin), an even more daring aerialist. But Frank's attentions to Monica make her business manager, Dorando (Michael Gough), jealous. After Dorando becomes the brutal killer's next victim, Police Superintendent Brooks (Robert Hardy) arrives at the scene, but the mystery is not so easy to unravel with a cast of suspects with motives including jealousy and revenge. Directed by Jim O'Connolly (TOWER OF EVIL) and produced by Herman Cohen (TROG). Newly remastered. Oldies.com has the DVD up for order now.
More MGM Limited Edition Collection Titles!
Due out in September are another batch of long-awaited classics from the MGM Limited Edition Collection, including some American International Pictures (AIP) releases. The September batch will include the 1974 zombie blaxploitation epic SUGAR HILL (starring Robert Quarry), the AIP biker flick THE SAVAGE SEVEN, the revenge flick ACT OF VENGEANCE (directed by Bob COUNT YORGA Kelljin), Angel Tompkins in the amusing “little people” crime comedy LITTLE CIGARS, Charles B. Pierce’s Americana drama GREY EAGLE, William Beaudine’s Monogram programmer THE LIVING GHOST, the exploitive docu-drama THE CHRISTINE JORGENSEN STORY, Ken Russell’s essential classical music bio pic THE MUSIC LOVERS, as well as the Hammer sci-fi masterpiece THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT (aka THE CREEPING UNKNOWN).
DEVIL WITHIN HER and FINAL EXAM Details!
Here are the full details of the upcoming DVDs of THE DEVIL WITHIN HER and FINAL EXAM, both due out on 9/20 from Scorpion Releasing. THE DEVIL WITHIN HER: Hollywood legend JOAN COLLINS teams up with cult stars DONALD PLEASENCE and CAROLINE MUNRO in this terrifying tale of a demonic baby! A male baby is born with an in-built hatred of people. For his parents, Lucy and Gino (Joan Collins and Ralph Bates), his hatred is particularly strong and soon his strength has increased to almost super-human proportions. As he continues to inflict injury, doctors are baffled as to the cause. But a nun (Eileen Atkins) is convinced that the baby is possessed. Initially dismissed by the medical establishment, the events take such a murderous turn that few can afford to ignore the nun’s warnings. Special Features: Play with or without Katarina's Nightmare Theater; 16x9 widescreen; Interview with star John Steiner; Original Trailer and Reversible sleeve with and without Katarina's banner. FINAL EXAM: At Lanier College, the semester is almost over. Exam week is coming to a close when some upper classmen play a prank by staging a phony terrorist attack. But the next excitement in the school won't be a prank. It's something a lot more final than an exam. Students are falling prey to the knife-wielding maniac who is hell bent on making sure that school is out... forever! Now watch the slasher classic in an all new HiDef master from the original camera negatives! FINAL EXAM is back, with a vengeance! Special Features: Play with or without Katarina's Nightmare Theater; 16x9 widescreen from a Brand New HD master from the original Negatives; Audio commentary from producer Myron Meisel moderated by Katarina Leigh Waters; On Camera Interviews with stars Cecil Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice and Sherri Willis Burch; Original Trailer and Reversible sleeve with and without. Katarina's banner. MSRP on both is $19.95. Katarina Leigh Waters is a former WWE Diva, and current star of Impact Wrestling, as well as an actress in several upcoming projects. Scorpion's next release, a special edition DVD of WHERE THE BOYS ARE '84, will be released on 8/23.
MGM Limited Edition Collection August Titles!
Screen Archives Entertainment has a new summer batch of MGM Limited Edition Collection DVD titles now up for pre-order (due out August 23). Included in this batch is the drive-in schlock classic THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN, Vincent Price in the Jules Verne fantasy favorite MASTER OF THE WORLD, the Dennis Hopper AIP biker rally THE GLORY STOMPERS, the Italian made cult item A QUIET PLACE IN THE COUNTRY with Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero, and Boris Karloff in DOOMED TO DIE, one of the “Mr. Wong” entries.
Criterion to Release ISLAND OF LOST SOULS!
The Criterion Collection has just announced on its website that it release the 1932 horror classic ISLAND OF LOST SOULS. Directed by Erle C. Kenton and starring Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi, the film has been one of the most long-awaited cult gems to make it to the digital format, and Criterion is releasing it to both DVD and blu-ray on October 25. It will contain a new high-definition digital restoration of the uncut theatrical version (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) and extras include an audio commentary by film historian Gregory Mank, new video conversations with John Landis, Rick Baker, Bob Burns, David J Skal, Richard Stanley and others, as well as the original theatrical trailer and a booklet featuring a new essay by critic Christine Smallwood.
"Manos" Special Edition Now a Reality!
Shout! Factory, in association with Best Brains Inc., have announced the September 13 release of the 2-DVD set Mystery Science Theater 3000 “MANOS” THE HANDS OF FATE Special Edition. Consider this legendary low point in film history, widely regarded as the worst film ever made, which depicts a family that gets lost en route to a vacation and stumbles into the lair of a cult. Glorious it is, as the film’s characters battle a half-man, half-goat and an evil man in a robe, and the members of the SoL battle terrible writing and acting. Disc 1 of the set includes Mystery Science Theater 3000 “Manos” The Hands Of Fate, and bonus features Group Therapy, wherein Joel, Trace, Frank & Mary Jo relive the horror; MST Hour wraps; and an exclusive mini-poster by artist Steve Vance. Disc 2 offers the original “Manos” The Hands Of Fate feature film, and bonus features Hotel Torgo, a documentary on the making of “Manos” The Hands Of Fate; Jam Handy To the Rescue!: a Ballyhoo production; Hired!, (featuring parts 1 and 2 together at last); and more!
More Cult Drive-In Classics Coming from MGM!
MGM’s Limited Edition Collection marches on, with another batch of 29 library titles to be released on manufactured-on-demand DVD sometime in June. Of great interest to readers of this site are Edward L. Cahn’s THE CURSE OF THE FACELESS MAN (A stone figure unearthed in Pompeii followed by a series of skull crushing murders. Stars Richard Anderson; Elaine Edwards; Adele Mara) and the AIP counterculture classic RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP (A crowd of undisciplined young people gather for kicks on the Sunset Strip. Aldo Ray plays a police lieutenant who is sympathetic to the kids but is pressured by businessmen to clear them out. Also stars Mimsy Farmer and Michael Evans. Directed by Arthur Dreifuss) which features performances by two of our favorite groups, The Standells and The Chocolate Watchband. Look for reviews of both in the coming months.
THE WOMEN IN CAGES COLLECTION: Full Details!
Here are the details on Shout! Factory’s much anticipated three-film WOMEN IN CAGES COLLECTION which will bow on both Blu-ray (August 23) and DVD (June 21). THE BIG BIRD CAGE will feature an audio commentary with director Jack Hill, a trailer, a TV spot and a photo gallery. THE BIG DOLL HOUSE will feature an audio commentary with Hill, “Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman”, a trailer, TV spot, radio spot and a photo gallery. DOLL HOUSE will also include “From Manila With Love” – A new documentary on the making of both DOLL HOUSE and BIRD CAGE featuring interviews with Hill, screenwriter James Gordon White, actors Sid Haig, Judy Brown, Anitra Ford, Roberta Collins, Candice Roman and Teda Bracci, and producers Roger Corman and Jane Schaffer! The third film on the set, WOMEN IN CAGES, will include a trailer, TV spot and a photo gallery. Shout! is also releasing THE WILD WEST COLLECTION, a DVD featuring anamorphic presentations of two Jim Brown westerns: RIO CONCHOS and TAKE A HARD RIDE, the latter which will include new interviews with stars Fred Williamson and Jim Kelly, as well as a theatrical trailer.
COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK Coming to DVD!
Olive Films has just confirmed to us that they will be releasing the 1958 Paramount science fiction classic THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK on DVD this August. Directed by Eugène Lourié (THE GIANT BEHEMOTH, GORGO), the film stars Ross Martin, Otto Kruger, John Baragrey and Mala Powers, and this will be the first time the tale of a dead scientist who's brain is transplanted into that of a giant robot has been given a legit home video release in the U.S. Olive Films will also be working on a DVD release of the 1952 Paramount film THE ATOMIC CITY, starring Gene Barry. More details to follow!
More AIP Drive-In Classics Coming to DVD!
Screen Archives Entertainment has a new batch of MGM Limited Edition Collection DVD titles up for pre-order (due out in May). Included in this batch is the British horror classic BURN, WITCH, BURN! (aka NIGHT OF THE EAGLE). A college psychology professor sets out to debunk the occult, only to find himself under attack by a practitioner of the supernatural. Also due in this batch Jack Hill's BLOOD BATH (the theatrical version of the film shown on TV as TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE) and the 1950s AIP exploitation flick HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS.
More Hammer Plus Amicus on Blu-Ray!
Legend Films has surprised us with a May 3 street date for a blu-ray double feature disc containing THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH and THE SKULL. This two-disc collection is filled with suspense and terror as it features classic, bone-chilling tales from two of the biggest horror powerhouse producers: Hammer Studios and Amicus Productions. THE SKULL weaves a chilling tale surrounding the real-life terrors of the Marquis de Sade. Featuring outstanding performances by Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, this tale introduces Dr. Christopher Maitland (Cushing) who purchases the infamous skull of the Marquis de Sade, a decision that he was warned against by his good friend - and previous skull owner - Matthew Phillips (Lee). The question is whether or not Dr. Maitland will live to regret his decision. THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH features a horror filled tale starring Anton Diffring as Dr. Georges Bonnet, a man with a hideous obsession to live forever all he needs are the glands of some very unwilling donors. Also starring Christopher Lee and the beautiful horror legend Hazel Court, this film is a suspense-filled ride for all who enjoy classic horror cinema.
RaroVideo To Release Euro DORIAN GRAY!
On May 17, RaroVideo U.S. will release THE SECRET OF DORIAN GRAY (1970) on DVD. Never before released on DVD in the U.S., this is a 1970s classic Italian film restored to its original splendor. In London, a wealthy, god-like, young man, Dorian Gray, loves Sybil, an aspiring actress; thanks to her, he’s momentarily less self-centered. He’s also sitting, scantily clad, for a portrait painted by his ascot-wearing friend, Basil. When it’s done, Dorian complains he’ll grow old while it stays unchanged – the classic plight of the vain. On the same night, as if he has sold his soul to the devil, exchanging vanity for morality, he ends it with Sybil, and then accepts the seductive offer of a party’s hostess to sleep with her. The next day, the painting looks slightly older. In horror and fascination, Dorian hides it away and continues a life of degradation. Over time, as the portrait becomes hideous, he’s unchanged by his ever-increasing libidinal life; finally, he and Basil face the painting. The exceptionally groovy score by Giuseppe De Luca enhances the seventies milieu. The film stars Helmut Berger, Richard Todd, Herbert Lom, Marie Liljedahl and Margaret Lee. DORIAN GRAY has been restored from the original 35mm negative and will include an interview with the assistant director Maurizio Tanfani.
OLD DRACULA Bites His Way To DVD!
Screen Archives Entertainment has a new batch of MGM Limited Edition Collection titles up for pre-order (due out in April). Included in this batch is OLD DRACULA (aka VAMPIRA). In this spoof of the Transylvanian legend, David Niven stars as Count Dracula, who sinks his fangs into a bevy of Playboy Bunnies in order to find the right blood type to resurrect his dear-departed wife. Also due in this batch is the AIP drive-in classic BOBBIE JO & OUTLAW starring Marjoe Gortner and Lynda Carter, the latter-day AIP vigilante flick DEFIANCE with Jan Michael Vincent and the Hammer film CLOUDBURST with Robert Preston.
Uncut THE LAST DINOSAUR Now Available!
The Warner Archive Collection has just made available the long-awaited cult monster movie, THE LAST DINOSAUR (1977). Originally shown on prime time TV in the United States, the film stars Richard Boone as a big game hunter who finds himself being hunted by really big game when he leads a scientific expedition inside a time lost valley hidden below the polar ice cap. Does the mighty hunter have the skills to take down T. Rex? This Japanese/American co-production combines the talents of animation studio Rankin/Bass with Tsuburaya Productions, the makers of Ultraman and is now available for the first time in the U.S. in the original 106 minute theatrical cut. See what you've been missing! 16x9 WIDESCREEN.
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During the 1980s, one of the most exciting and influential movie experiences to ever hit Saturday afternoon television was Drive-In Movie on WNEW channel 5 in New York. The programming was unbeatable: motorcycle movies, teen sex comedies, Japanese giant monster epics, Hammer horror films, AIP classics and, most importantly, kung fu movies. Lots and lots of kung fu movies. Chris Poggiali gives us the full story -- as well as complete listings -- of one of the first programs to drag Chinese kung fu flicks out of the grindhouses and into the living rooms of mainstream America! Click HERE to read more.
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