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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 June 11th 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)
Scorpion's March Releases!
On March 26th, Scorpion Releasing, in conjunction with Camelot Entertainment, presents ALLEY CAT! The beautiful Karin Mani stars as Billie Clark, a young woman who must use her black belt prowess after a street gang attacks her grandparents. Presented from a brand new 16x9 HD master from the original IP, special features include play with or without Kat Skratch Cinema mode, original trailer and an interview with cult producer Igor Kantor. Also on the same day, Scorpion, in conjunction with Camelot Entertainment, present ANGELS' BRIGADE (see our review HERE)! It's the ladies to the rescue in this actioner about a team of sexy avengers, directed by cult filmmaker Greydon Clark. Presented in the 96-minute SEVEN FROM HEAVEN cut from a brand new 16x9 HD master, special features include play with or without Kat Skratch Cinema mode, an interview with acclaimed cinematographer Dean Cundey as well as the 86-minute ANGELS BRIGADE cut. The MSRP on both titles is $19.95 each.
Win Free Passes to April Ghouls Monster-Rama!
As you all get ready for your trip to Vandergrift PA to attend April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama, which is now only a few weeks from now, Daily Dead has set up a contest as a sponsorship of our screening of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. The Grand Prize winner will receive (2) free passes good for both nights at April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama, which of course takes place on April 5th and 6th at the Riverside Drive In Theatre in Vandergrift, PA. Click HERE for more details on how you can enter.
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.
Scorpion Visits the MORTUARY!
On May 15th, Scorpion Releasing, in conjunction with Camelot Entertainment, presents MORTUARY. Bill Paxton, Christopher George, and Lynda Day George star in this chilling tale of horror-filled nightmares that comes startlingly close to reality! Christie Parson (Mary McDonough) has been having terrifying nightmares ever since her father drowned in the family swimming pool. She knows his death was not an accident, but no one believes her. That is, until her boyfriend Greg (David Wallace) sees a hooded figure, identical to the one that Christie has described as being in her nightmares, in the town's mortuary. But is it real, or is it all in Christie's mind? Special Features include: Play with or without the "Nightmare Theater" experience; Brand New 16x9 (1.78:1) HD master from the original InterNegative; On camera interview with composer John Cacavas; Original Trailer; and Reversible sleeve with and without the banner. The MSRP is $19.95.
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 for December include THE MAGNETIC MONSTER, SAVAGE EYE, SAFARI 3000 and BUSTING.
Hungry for those HUMONGOUS DVD Details!
On November 15th, Scorpion Releasing and Katarina's Nightmare Theater present HUMONGOUS. A group of teens on a boat find themselves in a fogbound night only to run aground on the rocks of the mysterious 'Dog Island' right before their boat goes up in flames. As they gather on the shoreline, one of them goes missing, another is critically injured and four go searching for shelter. They then decide to venture into the still standing house to summon help from its occupants...if any. Luckily, there is someone still dwelling there, but unfortunately there's something else out on the island growling in the dark and it ain't no dog! And it is HUNGRY! Special Features include: Play with or without Katarina's Nightmare Theater; 16x9 1:78:1 uncut master, audio commentary with director Paul Lynch, writer William Gray, horror historian Nathaniel Thompson, moderated by Katarina Leigh Waters; original trailer and a reversible sleeve with and without Katarina's banner. The MSRP is $19.95.
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.
COUNTESS DRACULA Coming to Blu-ray/DVD!
Fangoria has just unveiled on their website that Synapse Films will be releasing the Hammer classic COUNTESS DRACULA as a Blu-ray/DVD combo release. According to Fango’s Michael Ginghold, “While attending the Fantasia festival in Montreal, Fango sat down with Don May Jr. of Synapse Films, who informed us of a few new horrific acquisitions for forthcoming Blu-ray/DVD release — including an addition to the company’s Hammer line. May confirmed that Synapse has picked up COUNTESS DRACULA (pictured), the 1971 erotic vampire opus directed by Peter Sasdy and starring the late Ingrid Pitt. ‘We just got the HD master from MGM,’ May tells Fango, adding that the COUNTESS release will follow TWINS OF EVIL, coming this November or December, and HANDS OF THE RIPPER, out mid-next year.”
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.
Shout! Presents an Action-Packed Double Feature!
Shout! Factory has been releasing a string of memorable cult-classic film gems that deserve much attention. On May 24, 2011, Shout! Factory will release two memorable classic films FIGHTING MAD, a film by Academy Award®-winner Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) and MOVING VIOLATION, a film by award-winning director Charles S. Dubin (M*A*S*H) in an action-packed double feature DVD presentation. Featuring anamorphic widescreen transfer and insightful bonus content, FIGHT MAD/MOVING VIOLATION action-packed double feature DVD is a must-have for movie fans and collectors and is priced to own with a suggested retail price of $19.93. This DVD is now available to preorder at Amazon.com, ShoutFactoryStore.com, and other online retailers. (READ MORE)
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.
THE WITCHMAKER Makes it to DVD!
In June, Retromedia Entertainment will present the long-awaited DVD release of the 1969 drive-in horror favorite, THE WITCHMAKER (aka THE LEGEND OF WITCH HOLLOW). The film stars Anthony Eisley (DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN), Thordis Brandt, Alvy Moore (THE BROTHERHOOD OF SATAN) and John Lodge as Luther the Beserk. It was directed by William O. Brown. THE WITCHMAKER will be presented 16x9 widescreen and will include the original trailer, radio spots and some other surprise extras to be announced at a later date. In the meantime, check out the marvelous DVD cover art!
Sony Releases Another Hammer Cult Classic!
Sony has just made CREATURES THE WORLD FORGOT available as part of its “Screen Classics By Request” Collection. This singular film from Hammer Studios, set in the Stone Age, has almost no dialogue — the people speak in grunts — but it is strangely effective. Focused on a tribe of cavemen, and specifically a pair of twin brothers who become rivals for the leadership of the tribe following the impact of a devastating earthquake, the human struggles are portrayed fairly realistically (no dinosaurs roaming the earth). Directed by Don Chaffey (JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.), whose ability to craft an engaging, human story with mythical characters and beasts was well-proven by the time he undertook this feature. Written by veteran Hammer producer and writer Michael Carreras (THE SNORKEL, MANIAC, ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.), and starring beautiful Julie Ege (THE LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES), Brian O'Shaughnessey (THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY), and Tony Bonner (QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER); another lesser-known film that deserves its cult status. Newly remastered in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. For more information, click HERE.
Roger Corman's Cult Clasics: JACKSON COUNTY JAIL/CAGED HEAT!
Advertising executive Dinah Hunter (Yvette Mimieux – THE TIME MACHINE) leaves a promising career in Los Angeles to start a new life in New York City. She heads east on a long cross-country drive that becomes a nightmare after she picks up some hitchhikers and finds herself beaten up and stranded in a small town, then is thrown in the jailhouse on vagrancy charges. Dinah finds herself at the mercy of some bad cops, but she finds a way to escape with another prisoner, Coley Blake (Tommy Lee Jones – ROLLING THUNDER). Now the two embark on a wild car chase with the police . . . Also starring Robert Carradine, Howard Hesseman and Mary Woronov (DEATH RACE 2000). (READ MORE)
CAPONE On DVD For the First Time!
Shout! Factory will release CAPONE, the legendary cult biopic of the world’s most infamous gangster, Al Capone, on DVD March 29. This will mark the first time that the long-sought-after 1975 film has ever been released on DVD in the United States. Ben Gazzara is Al Capone, immersed in the bustling bootlegging underbelly of the 1920s. He’s surrounded by a gritty ensemble cast featuring Sylvester Stallone as archcriminal Frank Nitti, John Cassavetes as New York gang lord Frankie Yale, Susan Blakely as Capone’s flapper love interest Iris Crawford and Harry Guardino as Chicago crime boss Johnny Torrio. Produced by Roger Corman, this feverishly paced and stylistic crime drama in the spirit of THE GODFATHER and a precursor to GOODFELLAS holds no punches when it comes to portraying the violence and brutality that came with the territory and the times. Capone tells the story of the man’s life from his ’hood roots in New York to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and “king of racketeering” reign in Chicago, to the end of his days in Florida. Bonus features include a commentary by Director Steve Carver, and original theatrical trailers.
More Horror Classics Coming from MGM!
Screen Archives Entertainment already has up for pre-order a few long awaited horror classics from MGM’s line of MOD DVD releases. THE BLACK SLEEP (1956): The masters of classic horror (Basil Rathbone, John Carradine, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney, Jr.) gather together and meet in a spooky old house in which a crazed scientist creates frightening human mutants. QUEEN OF BLOOD (1966): When an alien ship crash-lands on Mars, a rescue ship sent to look for survivors. They find just one: an alien vampire, who starts killing the crew by sucking their blood. DAUGHTERS OF SATAN (1972): An antique dealer living in Manila falls victim to an ancient Satanic curse -- the result of his wife joining a cult. Seeking help from a local historian, he disbands the coven and rescues her. These are due out some time in March, and other titles slated for this month include the AIP western GREAT SCOUT AND CATHOUSE THURSDAY and the 1990 Poe horror film BURIED ALIVE starring Donald Pleasence and John Carradine.
Gamera Marches on In March!
The wait is over! On March 15, 2011, Shout! Factory will unleash the final two films in the illustrious Gamera franchise: GAMERA VS. ZIGRA and GAMERA: THE SUPER MONSTER! Witness twice the excitement as Gamera takes on the malevolent underwater alien creature Zigra and then revists each of his deadliest foes on by one while trying to save the world! Both films feature newly remstered transfers in their original Japanese language as well as English dubs. The disc contains newly restored anamorphic widescreen transfers for both titles and a Publicity Gallery.
Code Red to Release Claudia Jennings Cult Favorite!
On 2/8, Code Red will release to DVD GROUP MARRIAGE. Cult icon Claudia Jennings stars in this amusing insight into modern day living. A group of six people find out the joy and tribulations of not only sharing a house together, but also each other’s partners! When Chris starts getting bored with her boyfriend, Sander, she starts looking for someone else. On the way home from work, she hitches a ride with Dennis. Chris invites Dennis back to dinner in Sander’s house. The three of them get along quite well together and Dennis asks to spend the night. Chris realizes that there is more to Dennis than what’s between his ears, and later in the night goes to check him out! Sander discovers that his girlfriend has slept with Dennis and does not seem that upset, especially when he meets Dennis’ girlfriend, Jan. And so the group begins living together and find that sharing can be fun! Starring Jeff Pomerantz (SAVAGE WEEKEND), Solomon Sturgess (WORKING GIRLS), Victoria Vetri (WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH), Aimee Eccles (CONCRETE JUNGLE), Jayne Kennedy (BODY & SOUL), Ron Gans, and Pepe Serna! Directed by Stephanie Rothman! Special features include a progressively scanned brand new 16x9 HD master supervised by director Stephanie Rothman herself from her/UCLA's archival print, the original theatrical trailer and Code Red trailers. The MSRP is $19.98.
Severin To Release Duo of Slashers and THE BABY!
Severin Films recently announced that its future release slate includes the slasher classic BLOODY BIRTHDAY (perhaps best remembered for the before-she-was-famous topless dance of MTV star Julie Brown) directed by Canadian exploitation auteur Ed Hunt. In a recent interview recorded exclusively for this DVD, Hunt discusses his entire career and the film was transferred from the original negative in hi-definition, so this will be BLOODY BIRTHDAY as you’ve never seen it before! Severin is also planning a DVD of John Lamond’s Australian horror flick NIGHTMARES (aka STAGE FRIGHT) and the disc will include an audio commentary with Lamond, with the film being presented fully uncut and transferred in 2.35:1 from the original negative. Then there’s THE BABY, truly one of the most bizarre films to come out of Hollywood in the 1970s. Helmed by A-list director Ted Post (MAGNUM FORCE, BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES), the original ads screamed, “What goes on in this nursery isn’t for kids!” Again, expect a new transfer from the original negative so you can fully enjoy the perverse delights of THE BABY.
Al Adamson's "Family Film" Arrives in January!
A supernaturally skilled conjurer and his simian sidekick, the stars of a small-time circus, must defeat a jealous rival and evil doctor to stay together in the cult classic CARNIVAL MAGIC, being released in a special DVD/Blu-ray combo pack Jan. 25 from Film Chest on the CULTRA label (distributed by Virgil Films & Entertainment). The late Al Adamson’s (DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN) G-rated talking monkey movie has been the source of rumors and wild speculation for nearly 30 years. Some insist only a single print was ever made, while others claim the film never saw the light of day until a copy was “found” in Adamson’s Florida home shortly after he was murdeed. (READ MORE)
Code Red Releases T.V. Mikels Cult Classic!
On 1/18, Code Red will release the first official DVD release of Ted V. Mikel's THE BLACK KLANSMAN. A light-skinned African-American impersonates a Caucasian and joins the notorious Ku Klux Klan to get revenge on the bigots who bombed a church and killed his daughter! It's a controversial melodrama that exploits racial tensions and bigotry. Starring Max Julien (THE MACK), James McEachin (TV's “Tenafly”), Richard Gildren (TV's “Death Valley Days”), Whitman Mayo (TV's “Sanford And Son”), and directed by Ted V. Mikels (THE ASTRO ZOMBIES). Special Features include a brand new progressively scanned 16x9 widescreen telecine from the original camera negatives, an audio commentary with director Ted V. Mikels, a second audio commentary with make-up artist Byrd Holland, an on-camera interview with star Richard Gildren, the original theatrical trailer, the alternative opening credit as well as Code Red trailers! The MSRP $19.98.
"Drive-In Movie" Article!
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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