Italian horror maestro's rare classic makes North American DVD premiere March 31

Grindhouse Releasing and Box Office Spectaculars are proud to present the North American DVD premiere of Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci's ultra-violent classic CAT IN THE BRAIN.

The late, great Lucio Fulci is revered by horror movie fans around the world as the Italian “Godfather of Gore" for directing such films as ZOMBIE, THE BEYOND, and THE GATES OF HELL. CAT IN THE BRAIN is Fulci's ultimate statement about his own work, a masterpiece of cinematic dementia that echoes Hitchcock's PSYCHO, William Castle's STRAIT-JACKET, David Lynch's ERASERHEAD and Fellini's 8 1/2.

CAT IN THE BRAIN stars Fulci as himself in the twisted tale of a horror film director driven insane by his own creations. Tormented by visions of bizarre violence, murder and mayhem, Fulci seeks help from a sinister psychiatrist who draws him into a vortex of madness and a cat, stalking the darkest corridors of the director's mind and clawing his sanity to bloody shreds.

Since its original release in 1990, CAT IN THE BRAIN has become a sought-after gem for Fulci fanatics, difficult to find and banned in the UK for its extreme graphic violence. The movie has won acclaim from modern masters of the macabre including Clive Barker and Eli Roth, director of HOSTEL and CABIN FEVER.

Grindhouse Releasing's deluxe edition of CAT IN THE BRAIN boasts a high-definition, widescreen anamorphic transfer of Fulci's uncensored director's cut, along with an amazing collection of bonus features.

Produced by Bob Murawski, the film editor of Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN 1, 2 & 3 and ARMY OF DARKNESS, this long-awaited release continues the commitment to excellence that established Grindhouse as a leader in the horror DVD market with its definitive releases of THE BEYOND, I DRINK YOUR BLOOD, PIECES, and CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST.
The 2-disc CAT IN THE BRAIN collector's set includes:
- An eye-popping, psychedelic lenticular 3-D cover, limited to the first 2,500 units only!
- Never-before-seen, in-depth interviews with Lucio Fulci and star Brett Halsey (REVENGE OF THE CREATURE, RETURN OF THE FLY, GODFATHER 3)
- English and original Italian-language soundtracks
- Lucio Fulci's heroic appearance at the 1996 FANGORIA Weekend of Horrors in New York City
- An extensive gallery of stills and poster art from around the world
- Liner notes by Antonella Fulci, acclaimed horror novelist David J. Schow, and director Eli Roth
- Original theatrical trailer
And more surprises!

CAT IN THE BRAIN arrives in stores March 31 through Ryko Filmworks. For more information, visit




Grindhouse Releasing Presents ’80s Horror Classics “Pieces” and “The Beyond”

This Halloween, Grindhouse Releasing and Ryko Filmworks present brand-new deluxe edition DVDs of two gory ’80s horror classics: “Pieces” and “The Beyond.”

One of the most violent and outrageous entries in the ’80s slasher craze, “Pieces” tells the story of a chainsaw killer who collects body parts from his victims to create a grisly human jigsaw puzzle. The movie’s graphic gore was so hardcore that it was originally released to theaters without an MPAA rating.

Grindhouse Releasing now presents “Pieces” as it has never been seen before on home video, uncensored and vividly restored in a state-of-the-art, high-definition transfer. Years in the making, the collector’s edition 2-disc set is packed with rare, exclusive bonus material, including new interviews with director Juan Piquer Simon (”Slugs”) and star Paul L. Smith (”Popeye,” “Midnight Express.”)

“Pieces” was produced by exploitation masters Steve Minasian (”Last House on the Left,” “Friday the 13th”) and Dick Randall. The film features a cast of cult favorites including Smith, Christopher George (”City of the Living Dead”), Edmond Purdom (”Don’t Open Til Christmas”), and Lynda Day George (”Day of the Animals”).

“Hostel” director Eli Roth hails “Pieces” as one of his favorite horror films of all time. He’s personally endorsed the disc and screened the movie to an enthusiastic crowd in 2008 at his “Greats of Roth” festival in Los Angeles. The movie has packed houses at midnight shows across the U.S.

To celebrate this landmark DVD release, Grindhouse is bringing “Pieces” back to theaters in October. Catch the movie on the big screen at the following venues:

Oct. 11: Emagine Novi, 44425 W. 12 Mile Road, Novi, MI 48377
Oct. 17 - 18: Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Avenue, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Oct. 25: Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Oct. 31: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

Additional screenings will be announced soon.

Grindhouse is also bringing back “The Beyond,” Italian director Lucio Fulci’s masterwork of supernatural horror, at last available again in the ultimate DVD edition. A cursed hotel devours the bodies and souls of all who enter, as the gates of Hell open to unleash an onslaught of bizarre mayhem: Graphic crucifixions, deadly tarantula attacks, acid baths, eyeball impalements, throat-shredding demon dogs and hordes of flesh-eating zombies are among the film’s many horrors.

For many years, U.S. audiences could not see “The Beyond” in its original uncut form. Grindhouse brought the movie back to life, restoring Fulci’s nightmarish vision of Hell in all its graphic glory. Grindhouse then teamed with Quentin Tarantino’s Rolling Thunder Pictures and Miramax Films to release the film in U.S. theaters, introducing Fulci to a new generation of fans.

The new Grindhouse “Beyond” DVD features a high-definition, widescreen transfer of the unrated director’s cut, with a massive collection of extras including a new 2008 introduction by star Catriona MacColl, added cast and crew interviews and a classic interview with the late maestro Fulci himself.

“Pieces” and “The Beyond” arrive Oct. 28 through Ryko Filmworks.

Grindhouse Releasing is an independent DVD label run by Sage Stallone (director of the acclaimed film “Vic”) and Bob Murawski (editor of Sam Raimi’s “Spider Man 1-3? and “Army of Darkness”.) Founded in 1996, the company is dedicated to preserving and restoring the best in exploitation cinema, with an emphasis on Italian films of the ’70s and early ’80s.

Grindhouse was one of the first video labels to apply Criterion-level standards of excellence to traditionally maligned exploitation films. The company’s catalog of releases includes lavish, restored home video editions of such notorious cult classics as Ruggero Deodato’s “Cannibal Holocaust,” Lucio Fulci’s “The Beyond” and “Cat in the Brain,” Umberto Lenzi’s “Cannibal Ferox” (a.k.a. “Make Them Die Slowly”) Juan Piquer Simon’s “Pieces,” and David Durston’s “I Drink Your Blood.”

Grindhouse is also committed to releasing its films in theaters. The company successfully teamed with Quentin Tarantino’s Rolling Thunder and Miramax to release “The Beyond” in a series of midnight shows. Later, Tarantino prominently used Stallone’s distinctive Grindhouse logo (modeled on the vintage “Astro-Dater” movie theater trailer) in “Kill Bill” and went on to make the movie “Grindhouse.”

Upcoming Grindhouse Releasing titles include “The Tough Ones,” “Massacre Mafia Style,” “Gone With the Pope,” “An American Hippie in Israel” and many more.

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