Monday, September 30, 2013

Arrow's December

Arrow Video has some fantastic releases lined up for December. A couple of my favorites actually, Tenebre (or Tenebrae, if you prefer) is my favorite Argento film, and Big Trouble in Little China is my favorite Carpenter film that isn't called The Thing. You can find the list with extra features below, and if you're wondering, yes they've done a new transfer for Tenebrae for this release.

A notorious horror classic returns in all its depraved glory. This infamous video nasty updated the classic Giallo blueprint for the gorified 80s, courting controversy and drenching the viewer in crimson arterial spray.

A razor-wielding psycho is stalking the horror writer Peter Neal, in Rome to promote his latest work, Tenebre. But the author isn't the obsessive killer's only target, the beautiful women who surround him are doomed as one by one, they fall victim to the murderer's slashing blade…

Will fiction and reality blur as fear and madness take hold? Watch in terror as by turns the cast fall victim to the sadistic imagination of Dario Argento, Italy's master of horror.

Special Features:
  • Limited Edition SteelBook packaging featuring original artwork
  • Newly remastered High Definition digital transfer of the film
  • Presented in High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD
  • Optional original English & Italian Mono Audio tracks (uncompressed PCM Mono 2.0 Audio on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for Italian audio and English SDH subtitles for English audio for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio Commentary with authors and critics Kim Newman and Alan Jones
  • Audio Commentary with Argento expert Thomas Rostock
  • Introduction by star Daria Nicolodi
  • The Unsane World of Tenebrae: An interview with director Dario Argento
  • Screaming Queen! Daria Nicolodi remembers Tenebrae
  • A Composition for Carnage: Composer Claudio Simonetti on Tenebrae
  • Goblin: 'Tenebrae' and 'Phenomena' Live from the Glasgow Arches
  • Original Trailer
  • Exclusive collector's booklet featuring brand new writing by Alan Jones, author of Profondo Argento
  • More to be announced!
  • Street Date: December 16th
Following Escape from New York and The Thing, John Carpenter and Kurt Russell re-unite for this mystical, action, adventure, comedy, kung-fu, monster, ghost story!

Russell plays Jack Burton, a reasonable guy who is about to experience some unreasonable things in San Francisco's Chinatown. As his friend's fiancée is kidnapped Jack becomes embroiled in a centuries-old battle between good and evil. At the root of it all is Lo Pan, a 2000-year-old magician who rules an empire of evil spirits. Jack goes to the rescue dodging demons, goblins and the unstoppable Three Storms as he battles through Lo Pan's dark domain.

One of Carpenters most enjoyable and best loved films, Big Trouble in Little China brilliantly juggles delirious set-pieces, comedy and kung-fu action with a razor sharp script of corking one-liners, as Jack would say "It's all in the reflexes".

Special Features:
  • Limited Edition SteelBook packaging
  • High Definition presentation of the film from a digital transfer prepared by Twentieth Century Fox
  • Optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and uncompressed Stereo 2.0 Audio
  • Isolated 5.1 DTS-HD Isolated Score Soundtrack
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio Commentary with director John Carpenter and star Kurt Russell
  • Return to Little China – A brand new interview with John Carpenter
  • Being Jack Burton – A brand new interview with Kurt Russell
  • Carpenter and I – A brand new interview with cinematographer Dean Cundey
  • A new interview with producer Larry Franco
  • Interview with visual effects producer Richard Edlund
  • Vintage Making-of featurette featuring cast and crew
  • Extended Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Music Video
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes images
  • 3 original trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by John Kenneth Muir, author of The Films of John Carpenter, a re-print of an article on the effects of the film from American Cinematographer, illustrated with archive stills and posters
  • Street Date: December 2
When private eye Philip Marlowe (Elliott Gould) is visited by an old friend, this sets in train a series of events in which he's hired to search for a missing novelist (Sterling Hayden) and finds himself on the wrong side of vicious gangsters.

So far so faithful to Raymond Chandler, but Robert Altman's inspired adaptation of the writer's most personal novel takes his legendary detective and relocates him to the selfish, hedonistic culture of 1970s Hollywood, where he finds that his old-fashioned notions of honour and loyalty carry little weight, and even his smoking (universal in film noir) is now frowned upon.

Widely misunderstood at the time, The Long Goodbye is now regarded as one of Altman's best films and one of the outstanding American films of its era, with Gould's shambling, cat-obsessed Marlowe ranking alongside more outwardly faithful interpretations by Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum.

Special Features:
  • High Definition presentation of the film from a digital transfer by MGM Studios
  • Original uncompressed mono 2.0 PCM audio
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Rip Van Marlowe – An interview with director Robert Altman and star Elliott Gould
  • Vilmos Zsigmond Flashes The Long Goodbye – An interview with the legendary cinematographer
  • Giggle and Give In – Paul Joyce's acclaimed documentary profile of Robert Altman, with contributions from Altman, Elliott Gould, Shelley Duvall, assistant director Alan Rudolph and screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury
  • David Thompson on Robert Altman - David Thompson, editor of 'Altman on Altman' and producer of the BBC's 'Robert Altman in England', talks about The Long Goodbye 's place in Altman's filmography
  • On Raymond Chandler - Raymond Chandler's biographer, Tom Williams, outlines the author's life and work and discusses Altman's adaptation of The Long Goodbye
  • On Hard Boiled Fiction - Crime writer and critic Maxim Jakubowski discusses the emergence of hard boiled detective characters from the pages of the pulp magazines from the 1920s through to the 1950s.
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spots
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Brad Stevens, a new interview with assistant director Alan Rudolph and an extract from American Cinematographer discussing Zsigmond's unique treatment of the film, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
  • Street Date: December 2

Neil Jordan's Byzantium - October 29th

Just in time for Halloween, director Neil Jordan's latest vampire film Byzantium is due out October 29th from IFC. No features have been announced yet, but you can preorder today from Amazon. Those of you not interested in the Blu-ray should note that you can preorder the DVD today for just $10.

In director Neil Jordan's vampire thriller a mother and daughter struggle to hide their bloody secret from their adopted community. Having survived for over 200 years, itinerant single mother Clara (Gemma Arterton) and her daughter Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) are offered shelter at the down-at-heel Byzantium guest house when they arrive at a rundown seaside resort. Whilst her cold-hearted mother plies her trade as a prostitute to keep their heads above water and indulges her bloodletting at any opportunity, Eleanor wrestles with keeping her secret from her latest love, Frank (Caleb Landry Jones). But when the truth finally spreads its way through the local population, the arrival of two strangers belonging to an all-male vampire sect known as 'The Brotherhood' heralds a reckoning neither woman is prepared for.


Drive-In Collection: Blood Thirst + The Thirsty Dead Review

Vinegar Syndrome's Drive-In Collection continues with this pair of 70's films shot in Manila.

Blood Thirst
Director: Newt Arnold
Writer: N.I.P. Dennis
Stars: Robert Winston, Katherine Henryk, Yvonne Nielson, Vic Diaz
Year: 1971
Running Time: 74 Minutes
Studio: Vinegar Syndrome
Region: ALL

A series of murders has begun plaguing Manila. The latest has taken place just outside of the Barrio Club - a happening club with a distractingly odd entrance that can't be more than 4 feet high, which means that everyone entering or exiting the club has to bend over on the way in or out. Really, what is the deal with this door? Filipinos aren't exactly what you'd call "heighty" people - well documented short dude Michael J. Fox is as tall as the average citizen of the Phillippines, but even still, this door is ridiculously small, like the Barrio Club is run and frequented by Filipino midgets or something. Anyway, shortly after this latest murder a cocky American journalist shows up looking to crack the case and discovers something far more sinister than your everyday run of the mill Filipino serial killer.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Scream Factory: The Shirt - Buy One Now!

Due to a high demand for Scream Factory T-Shirts from their Facebook fans Scream has just added the very cool SF logo shirt to their store. You can pick one up now for just $15.

I think this is a great idea, and I'd love to see other companies like Vinegar Syndrome, Synapse or Severin put some shirts up for sale on their sites as well.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The World's End - Own It November 19th

I finally got around to seeing Edgar Wright's The World's End yesterday, and I wake up today to find the press sheet for the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release. Spooky.

From the Press Release
Five middle-aged friends set out to relive a beer-fueled odyssey from their youth, and end up in an epic battle to save humankind in the outrageous comedy The World’s End, available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™, DVD and On Demand on November 19, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Now fans can truly watch The World’s End anywhere, on any device!

Directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), The World’s End’s irresistible humor has made it the toast of film reviewers across the nation. Labeled “sheer comic perfection!” by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone and called “Hilarious!” by Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawaty, The World’s End stars Simon Pegg (Star Trek Into Darkness, Paul) and Nick Frost (Snow White and the Huntsman, Paul). This is the third and final film in Wright’s The Ultimate Three Flavors Cornetto® Trilogy, which also features hits Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz starring Pegg and Frost, available exclusively on Blu-ray™ November 19th. 
The World’s End also stars Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes), and Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher). The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack serves up more than two hours of bonus content, including a gag reel, feature commentary with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and an insider’s look at the making of the funniest reunion picture ever made.

The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack of The World’s End includes a Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™

  • Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
  • DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™ lets fans watch movies anywhere, on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download movies to watch on iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray™ players, game consoles, and more.  

  • Special Features
  • Cast Commentary with stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Paddy Considine (Blu-ray only)
  • Technical Commentary with director Edgar Wright and director of photography Bill Pope (Blu-ray only)
  • Filling in the Blanks: The Stunts and FX of The World's End – Cast and crew discuss the prowess of
    The World’s End stunt and VFX teams. Watch rehearsals of intricate fight scenes choreographed by some of the movies’ best stuntmen. Learn how the VFX team enhances the existing footage to perfect the film’s look and style. (Blu-ray only)
  • Hair and Make-Up Tests (Blu-ray only)
  • Rehearsal Footage (Blu-ray only)
  • Stunt Tapes – Behind-the-scenes of the bathroom fight, the twinbot fight and the beehive fight (Blu-ray only)
  • VFX Breakdown – VFX Supervisor Frazer Churchill compares production footage with final shots to take viewers behind the veil of the outrageous visual effects sequences. (Blu-ray only)
  • There's Only One Gary King - osymyso's Inibri-8 Megamix – A mash-up of Gary King’s (Pegg) best moments. (Blu-ray only)
  • The Man Who Would Be (Gary) King (Blu-ray only)
  • Signs & Omens – A film clip montage highlighting all the hidden clues and hints throughout the film. (Blu-ray only)
  • Edgar & Simon's Flip Chart –Writers Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg bring back the trusty flip chart to reveal their step-by-step process of creating the story. (Blu-ray only)
  • Deleted Scene, Outtakes, Alternate Edits and more! (Blu-ray only)
  • Completing the Golden Mile - The Making of The World's End – While on the surface The World’s End looks like a movie about a bunch of old friends getting drunk on a pub crawl, it’s actually about much more. Look through the eyes of these frequent collaborators at the depth of the themes and the relationships between characters.
  • Feature Commentary with Screenwriters Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg Bonus Features Exclusive to The Ultimate Three Flavors Cornetto® Trilogy Blu-ray™:
  • Interactive Screenplays for The World’s End, Hot Fuzz, and Shaun of the Dead

  • I'm not going to go into a whole review or anything here, it's a pretty complex film that I think will demand a second viewing to take it all in. I will say that it doesn't have the mass appeal of Shaun of the Dead or even Hot Fuzz, but I found it to be rather excellent despite a few minor flaws. It's very funny, but it's also the darkest thing Edgar Wright has done so far, perhaps a bit too dark to where it might turn off some viewers. I also have to say Wright seems to be getting better and better at action scenes, the fight scenes are pretty exhilarating. And here's something I discovered; Nick Frost can kick some absolute ass if he needs to.

    Do yourself a favor, check it out yourself November 19th.

    Jug Face - Own it October 15th

    I've been really looking forward to this, I've seen a lot of very positive reviews. I'm actually very surprised to see it's coming out in just a couple of weeks.

    MVD Entertainment Group and Modern Distributors announced today that the Slamdance Film Festival favorite JUG FACE, written and directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle, will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on October 15th, 2013. The film was produced by Andrew van den Houten (“Funeral Kings,” ‘’The Woman”) and Robert Tonino (‘’Home Movie,” “The Girl Next Door”) for Modernciné, and stars Lauren Ashley Carter (“The Woman”), Sean Bridgers (“Deadwood”), Sean Young (“Blade Runner”), Larry Fessenden (“You’re Next”) and Daniel Manche (“The Girl Next Door”). The film was executive produced by Lucky McKee, Arrien Schiltkamp and Loren Semmens. JUG FACE won the Slamdance Grand Prize Screenwriting Award in 2011 and debuted as a Special Screening selection at this year’s festival. The critically acclaimed film was released nationally in theaters on August 9th. This marks the first title under the newly minted home video output deal between Modern Distributors and MVD Entertainment Group.

    Put in your preorder now at Amazon.

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    Check Out Skeletonwitch's Slasher Themed Video

    If you love horror and metal as much as I do you'll surely get a kick out of Skeletonwitch's slasheriffic video for their song I Am Of Death from their forthcoming Serpents Unleashed album, due out towards the end of October. The video is a great mix of backwoods slashing, beards, and fire and it even has it's own end credits. How awesome is that? Very. Why are you still reading  this? Watch it now!

    Drinking Game Inspired By The Video: Take a drink every time vocalist Chance Garnette nearly catches his beard on fire.

    Big Ass Spider Trailer Promises A Big Ass Spider. Delivers.

    Mike Mendez's Big Ass Spider is coming to theaters and VOD October 18th, and you can take a peek at the full trailer below. Looks like it could be okay, though it is rated PG-13. I don't need tits and gore to enjoy a movie, but the last giant spider movie I saw was Eight Legged Freaks, which was also PG-13 and we all know how that turned out.

    Hitting Shelves 9.24

    Okay, so I'm a day late on this. Sorry about that, but here we go. There's some really good stuff out there today, here are a few of the highlights.
    For starters, this is a big week for releases for Scream Factory, with three anticipated titles making their Blu-ray debuts. (Also on DVD, for those of you who have not yet converted to the Hi-Def system).

    Directed by Australian Richard Franklin, Psycho II finds Norman released by Dr. Raymond (Robert Loggia) after 22 years in the freak wharf (sorry Paul F. Thompkins came on Pandora a lot today). He begins working at a diner and soon befriends one of his coworkers, a cute but inept young waitress named Mary. Mary is played by Jennifer Tilly's sister Meg, who I think bears a pretty striking resemblance to a young Edward Furlong. Anyone else think she's a bit Furlongian in the face, or am I just insane here?

    Soon Mary breaks up with her boyfriend and reluctantly decides to accept Norman's offer of a room FOC (free of charge). Very shortly after Mary moves in people start turning up murdered and Norman again begins to question his sanity.

    Psycho II is rather fun entry in the series with a great performance from Perkins, some rather shocking deaths and a great story that will keep you guessing. It's way better than you'd think, and anyone who hasn't seen it should be sure to pick this one up. If you only see one Psycho sequel, make it this one. Scream Factory hasn't piled on the extras for this release, but the commentary from Fright Night director Tom Holland is a great listen.

    Things to watch for:
    Meg Tilly's Wifebeater. Furlongian or not, she's cute
    Drugs and hookers? You're gonna taint the reputation of the Bates Motel!
    A shockingly Fulcian skull knifing, sort of a reverse of the opening death is House By The Cemetery

    Bonus features:

  • All-new Audio Commentary with Screenwriter Tom Holland
  • Vintage interviews with cast and crew including Anthony Perkins and director Richard Franklin
  • Vintage audio interviews with cast and crew
  • TV Spots
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

  • Monster Cereals Available Now!

    I mentioned earlier this month that General Mills was resurrecting their classic Frute Brute and Yummy Mummy lines, and they've finally made their way into stores. The best part of this is that Target has a deal with General Mills to carry exclusive throwback boxes that looks exactly like they did 30 years ago. The current boxes have gotten to swanky for my liking, I prefer the crappier and more dangerous look of the 80's boxes. For example:

    Excuse the crappy quality of this photo. My house has bad lighting 
    and my camera phone is super cheap.

    After sampling Yummy Mummy and Frute Brute for the first time, I have to say that Count Chocula is still the king of all monster cereals, but the creamsicle flavored Yummy Mummy, and the cherry flavored Frute Brute are still quite tasty. Well worth the $2.50 I paid for them. Get out there and get some boxes of your own.

    Monday, September 23, 2013

    Get Assaulted 11/19

    Speaking of Mr. John Carpenter, the complete list of extra features for the 11/19 release of Assault on Precinct 13 was posted by Scream a few days ago, for those of you who missed the list:

    - NEW Commentary with Art Director & Sound Effects Editor Tommy Lee Wallace
    - NEW interview with actress Nancy Loomis Kyes
    - NEW interview with actor Austin Stoker
    - Commmentary with writer/director John Carpenter
    - Interview with John Carpenter and Austin Stoker
    - Theatrical Trailer
    - Radio Spots
    - Still Gallery

    Pre-order now at to receive a limited edition 18" x 24" poster of the newly-designed key art!

    Arrow Video's Big Trouble

    Arrow Video has just posted the first look at their Big Trouble in Little China steelbook, and it's a beauty. I consider The Thing to be Carpenter's greatest film, but Big Trouble is certainly his most fun, it's a goddamn blast and I can't wait to get my hands on Arrow's upcoming release.

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

    Devil's Express Available Now From Code Red

    There are actually a couple of brand new releases that have just been posted on the Code Red Big Cartel store, but one of the releases is a triple feature and I didn't want the post title to be 37 words long. Up first a triple feature consisting of The Female Bunch, Piranha Piranha, and Tarzana The Wild Girl. The second, and most awesome looking new release is Devil's Express, starring a real crazy looking son of a bitch named Warhawk Tanzania. It seems like something I would've checked out before, but somehow I've never seen Devil's Express. It sounds kinda like a Kung-Fu C.H.U.D., and that sounds pretty great to me.

    DEVIL'S EXPRESS - $19.99
    New York Master Martial Artist Luke (Warhawk Tanzania) goes to Hong Kong to earn his next level in the Martial Arts world. He convinces his student Rodan (Wilfredo Roldan) to accompany him. Once they arrive, they come across an ancient burial site and find an amulet that holds a horrific demon creature in its power. Not knowing what the amulet was for, Rodan steals it and takes it back to gang infested New York City, only for the demon to come to New York to find it! The demon travels through the New York city subway tunnels as it preys on it's victims, including Rodan himself! The police think all the killings are a result of gang wars, but Luke soon finds out the terrifying truth and seeks out to avenge the death of his student! Luke must confront the horrifying demon face to face and do battle in the underground subways, where the only train that runs that late is the Devil’s Express! This gritty action, grindhouse, martial-arts, horror classic has finally arrived at the Code Red station! When the film THE WARRIORS was released theatrically, the distributor of DEVIL’S EXPRESS re-titled it as GANG WARS to make it look like a gang fight movie. It took CODE RED DVD many, many years to locate the camera Negatives and the film is now restored in HiDef! Also starring Brother Theodore and David Durston (I DRINK YOUR BLOOD). Directed by Barry Rosen (YUM YUM GIRLS)

    ACTION 3 PACK - $16.99
    FEMALE BUNCH 1971/R/ 16x9/1.78:1

    Executive producer Mardi Rustam and producer Raphael Nussbaum presents an Al Adamson film! Messed up with multiple men, Sandy (Nesa Renet) tries to kill herself. Co-waitress Libby (Regina Carrol, Ms. Adamson) saves her and takes her to meet some female friends of hers who live on a ranch in the desert. Grace (Jennifer Bishop, MAKO JAWS OF DEATH), the leader of the gang, puts Sandy through her initiation and they get on with the real job of running drugs across the Mexican border, hassling poor farmers, taking any man they please, and generally raising a little hell. Soon, Sandy becomes unsure if this is the life for her, but it may be too late to get out. Russ Tamblyn (WEST SIDE STORY, SATAN'S SADISTS), Lon Chaney Jr. (THE WOLFMAN), Geoffrey Land (REDNECK MILLER), Albert Cole (TERMINAL ISLAND), John Bud Cardos (KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS), and Jacqueline Cole (ANGELS’ BRIDGADE) co-star. Master taken from the only surviving 35mm we could find in 5 years!

    PIRANHA PIRANHA 1972/ PG/ 16x9/1.78:1

    Wildlife photographer Terry (Ahna Capri, ENTER THE DRAGON, BROTHERHOOD OF SATAN, PAYDAY, DARKER THAN AMBER) and her brother Art (Tom Simcox, TV's GUNSMOKE) go to Venezuela for a photo shoot. They hire Jim Pendrake to guide them through the jungle. However, the trio run afoul of evil local hunter Caribe (William Smith, RED DAWN, DARKER THAN AMBER, ULTIMATE WARRIOR) . 50's teen heartthrob Peter Brown (RAPE SQUAD) co-stars!

    TARZANA THE WILD GIRL 1970 / R/ 16x9/1.78:1

    Foxy Femi Benussi plays Tarzana in a low rent italian film co-starring Ken Clark, Beryl Cunninghan, and Franca Polesello, directed by Father Guido Malatesta! Dying 35mm print presented in a grindhouse version - a run to death print in nightmare mode!

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013

    Vinegar Syndrome Now Offering Digital Downloads

    Vinegar Syndrome just announced yesterday that they'll be offering up 1080p digital downloads of some of their films.  They're just testing the waters with this so there are only a handful of movies up as of right now, you can find the list of downloadable titles here.

    From Facebook:
    "Watch THE SUCKERS in HD! We're now offering 1080p digital downloads on the site. Starting with the first four drive-in releases + A LABOR OF LOVE. Priced at $4 per film.

    The 1080p mp4 files are DRM-free and playable on most all computers, mobile devices, smart TVs and streaming media platforms such as Roku, Boxee, Chromecast and Apple TV."

    The Baffling Remake of the Year Award Goes To...

    Embrace of the Vampire, coming October 15th from Anchor Bay. I say that this is a baffling remake because the original has no fanbase. You usually remake a film that has at least a bit of a following so you can pull some people in with name recognition, but Embrace of the Vampire has no real fans that I know of, it's a pretty terrible film with one saving grace; Alyssa Milano's tits. That's it. That's literally the only reason anyone who has seen Embrace of the Vampire has seen Embrace of the Vampire and anyone who has seen it didn't like it apart from the nudity. Samantha Micelli grew up hot, and then starred in a movie fucking a vampire so lame they didn't even bother to give his character a name and perverts like myself thought "Yes, I will watch this movie". Then immediately following the movie "Well, that wasn't very good, now was it?"

    I don't know, the girl in this remake seems attractive enough, and there seems to be more vampire action involved, so this should be a remake that surpasses the original pretty easily, though it still looks pretty crappy from the trailer.

    October 15th also sees the Blu-ray debut of the original Embrace, which is also coming from Anchor Bay, so don't expect many, if any, features. It's too bad that they couldn't have added the Joe Bob Brigg's Monstervision segments on the disc as a bonus, but luckily a dude named Ian was nice enough to upload a clip of it on Youtube. In fact I say just skip both movies and watch this clip, you'll be more entertained.

    Lurkers, Die Sister, Die and The Power From Scorpion

    During my daily horror forum perusal I stumbled upon an announcement for some very cool releases just announced by Scorpion Releasing.

    Some news on upcoming SD DVD releases. Originally I was going to double bill THE POWER with LURKERS due to poor elements on THE POWER, but we uncovered a much better element, so now we are going to release THE POWER as a standalone on DVD. LURKERS, which has been remastered from the original IP and the 3 trk mag in HD 16x9, will now be paired with the first officially licensed version of DIE SISTER DIE, taken from the original negatives and the 3 trk mag, and both releases will be a Katarina's Nightmare Theater title ! LURKERS/DIE SISTER DIE will be released on 11/26, THE POWER will be released 12/17.

    Argento's Dracula Gets Misleadingly Awesome Poster

    Pretty much everyone who has seen Dario Argento's 3-D Dracula knows that it's anything but awesome. Dreadful, ridiculous and hilarious, sure. Awesome? Nope. For the US theatrical release (why?) IFC has decided to try and dupe everyone into thinking otherwise by commissioning this incredible piece of art for the theatrical poster.

    I say avoid this one. As do these people. But for those of you who aren't swayed by those negative reviews and are still interested in seeing one of the worst Dracula movies you'll ever see, you will be able to do so starting October 4th.

    Night of the Comet - Full List of Blu-ray Extras Announced

    Scream Factory's highly anticipated Night of the Comet Blu-ray is just a couple of months away, and they've just announced the specs and the full list of bonus features. The full press release can be found below:

     SCREAM FACTORY™ invites loyal fans and movie collectors to feast on sci-fi gory goodness and high-camp spills from 80s when Thom E. Eberhardt’s end-of-the-world cult classic NIGHT OF THE COMET Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™+DVD combo pack finally lands on home entertainment shelves everywhere on November 19, 20013. This highly entertaining fantasy classic debuts for the first time on Blu-ray™. Featuring anamorphic widescreen movie presentation, NIGHT OF THE COMET Collector’s Edition boasts newly rendered retro-style artwork, exciting bonus content, and a reversible wrap with theatrical key art and more! 

    ***Avid fans and collectors please take note: those who order NIGHT OF THE COMET Collector’s Edition from will receive the respective exclusive 18”x24” poster featuring the newly commissioned artwork!  These are only available while supplies last.***

    BD: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/Mono
    DVD: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)/Dolby Digital 5.1/Mono

    Bonus content
    ·           Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Thom Eberhardt
    ·           Audio Commentary with Stars Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart
    ·           Audio Commentary with Production Designer John Muto
    ·           Valley Girls At The End Of The World – Interviews with Stars Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart
    ·           The Last Man On Earth? – An Interview with Actor Robert Beltran
    ·           Curse of the Comet – An Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Creator David B. Miller
    ·           Still Galleries (Behind the Scenes and Official Stills)
    ·           Theatrical Trailer

    Monday, September 09, 2013

    Random Incredible Deal Alert - Ninja III $8.99

    Just a heads up on an awesome deal I just discovered, Scream Factory's Blu-ray of the truly awesome Ninja III has just temporarily dropped to $8.99. I can't recommend this one enough (review here), if you haven't gotten this one yet then do yourself a favor and click here to grab a copy now before Amazon jacks the price back up.

    Thursday, September 05, 2013

    Dead or Alive You're Coming With Me. Robocop Trailer Premieres

    Hey, I kind of forgot they were doing a remake of this until this brand new trailer popped up online. A lot of people were against this remake (though not as many as with the Ninja Turtles - there's a franchise with an unexpectedly hardcore fanbase), but you know what, I like Robocop, I like Gary Oldman, and I like Michael Keaton and the trailer looks pretty good to me. Count me in for this one.

    Wednesday, September 04, 2013

    Bodacious Boobies Sis! Night of the Demons Gets New Cover Art

    Scream Factory just posted the newly designed Nathan Thomas Milliner art for their upcoming 2014 Blu-ray release. As usual with these newly designed covers the flipside will feature the original artwork. 

    Mr. Beardsley?! Squirm From Arrow September 23rd

    Starring: Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow
    Directed by: Jeff Lieberman


    One of the most original and entertaining of the revenge-of-nature films that characterised mid-1970s American horror, Squirm begins with a pylon being downed by a thunderstorm, sending millions of volts into the wet, conductive mud, which naturally gives hundreds of thousands of its wriggly inhabitants an insatiable hunger for human flesh.

    And since the accident has also inconveniently cut off the electricity to Fly Creek, Georgia, its population could hardly be more vulnerable when the sun goes down. Houses can be barricaded against most intruders, but what happens when they're small enough to get into the water supply?

    Writer-director Jeff Lieberman (who also made the cult classics Blue Sunshine and Just Before Dawn) achieves a near-perfect blend of knowing wit and good old-fashioned scares, with make-up genius Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London) on hand for some of the memorably disgusting special effects.

    Special Features:
    -High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD uncut presentation, available in the UK for the first time!
    -Original Uncompressed Mono Audio
    -Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    -Audio commentary with director Jeff Lieberman
    -Filmed Live Q&A session with Lieberman and star Don Scardino from New York’s Anthology Film Archives (2011)
    -The Esoteric Auteur - Kim Newman on Jeff Lieberman and Squirm
    -Original Trailer
    -Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
    -Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Lee Gambin, author of Massacred by Mother Nature and an interview with Jeff Lieberman by Calum Waddell, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

    Region B/2

    I'm hoping that Scream might get this one in the future. Not because I like the movie, I know it's supposed to be tongue in cheek and I mean no offense to Jeff Lieberman by this but I personally think that Squirm is a turd of a movie with bad acting performed by unappealing actors. But if Scream puts this one out they'd probably put out the Squirm episode of MST3K as well and I'm 100% for anything that gets that episode released.
    • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD uncut presentation, available in the UK for the first time!
    • Original Uncompressed Mono Audio
    • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • Audio commentary with director Jeff Lieberman
    • Filmed Live Q&A session with Lieberman and star Don Scardino from New York’s Anthology Film Archives (2011)
    • The Esoteric Auteur - Kim Newman on Jeff Lieberman and Squirm
    • Original Trailer
    • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
    • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Lee Gambin, author of Massacred by Mother Nature and an interview with Jeff Lieberman by Calum Waddell, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
    You can pre-order the Blu-Ray/DVD dual-edition release right HERE.
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    Cockneys Vs. Zombies Scream Factory Blu-ray Review

     Director: Matthias Hoene
    Writer: James Moran
    Year: 2012
    Running Time: 88 Minutes
    Studio: Scream Factory
    Region: A

    A pair of brothers Andy (Harry Treadaway) and Terry (Rasmus Hardiker) learn that their grandfather's retirement home is soon to be demolished to make room for a couple of apartment buildings. The guys figure that if they can just come up with a fuckton of cash they should be able to keep the home from being torn down. The only problem is that they both work for a Meals on Wheels-type operation, so a fuckton is not an easily attainable amount of cash for them to amass in a short period of time. So the guys do what any level headed siblings would, they concoct a plan to pull off a bank heist.

    As anyone who has robbed a bank before knows it takes more than two guys to properly heist a bank, so they've brought some help:

    - Chubby friend (and Nick Frost look-a-like) Davey (Jack Doolan) - in charge of Wardrobe/Mustaches.
    - Hot cousin Katy (Michelle Ryan) - a master of unlocking.
    - Mental Mickey (Ashley Thomas) - a completely deranged steel-plate-headed guy who they put on weapons duty because he owns an entire Storage Wars sized storage container packed completely full of weapons. It's an unbelievable amount of weapons really, just a T2 underground bunker amount of weapons. Mickey's a real wild card whose inclusion in the plan is questionable, even with the mass weaponry because, sure, he'll help you rob a bank, but he also might shoot you in the face just for the hell of it.

    Jose Ramon Larraz - 1929 - 2013

    2013 has claimed yet another beloved horror personality, this time we've lost Jose Ramon Larraz, director of horror titles such as Symptoms, The House That Vanished, Black Candles, Edge of the Axe and one of the ultimate lesbian vampire films Vampyres.

    I'm not an expert of Larraz's body of work Edge of the Axe is a lot of fun, and Vampyres is pretty great - he didn't have a huge filmography, but his work that I've seen was always interesting and entertaining. He retired from directing many years ago, but it's always upsetting to lose anyone from the world of horror, especially a horror director who was also a big horror fan like Larraz. 

    The only articles I can find about this news are in Spanish, but here's a link to one of them at SciFiWorld. 

    Tuesday, September 03, 2013

    The Fog - Scream Factory Blu-ray Review

    Director: John Carpenter
    Writer: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
    Stars: Hal Holbrook, Tom Atkins, Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Buck Flower
    Year: 1980
    Running Time: 90 Minutes
    Studio: Scream Factory
    Region: A

    The Fog was Carpenter's second shot at Horror after the amazing success of Halloween. John shot the film in 1980, right between his Elvis film with Kurt Russell and Escape From New York with Kurt Russell. The plot is your pretty standard ghost revenge story; a small coastal town called Antonio Bay  feels the wrath of a curse in the form of a deadly fog that brings forth the ghosts of vengeful leprous mariners who were murdered there exactly 100 years earlier. The town priest, whose great grandfather was directly responsible for the mariner's deaths must find a way to stop them before the entire town is doomed.

    I've been a horror fan for as long as I can remember, but I seemed to have stuck strictly to the Freddy and Jason stuff that was so abundantly popular when I was a kid. A lot of great stuff was being released when I was a young horror fan, but I missed so much of it the first time around. The Fog was one of these movies. I  first saw The Fog roughly a decade ago, shortly after the August 26, 2003 MGM DVD release - which, by the way, was an absolutely ridiculous day for MGM horror releases; The Brood, Burnt Offerings, Comedy of Terrors/The Raven, Countess Dracula/The Vampire Lovers, The Ghoul, Ghoulies, Haunted Palace/Tower of London, The Howling, I, Madman, Poltergeist 2/Poltergeist 3, Raw Meat, Squirm, Tomb of Ligeia, and Troll/Troll 2 all came out on that same day. I think I spent like $130 that day.

    Blood Farmers + Silent Night Bloody Night Out Now From Code Red


    This dreadful, but oddly engaging horror Black comedy film from director Ed Adlum (SHRIEK OF THE MUTILATED) and co-writer Ed Kelleher deals with a cult of modern-day Druids on a farm in upstate New York. In order to keep their catatonic queen alive in her glass coffin, the cultists drain the blood from passersby with the aid of some cheap plastic tubing. The leader of the cult is a flamboyantly effeminate priest whose hilariously silly explanations of his beliefs provide most of the film's minimal entertainment value. Outlandish Paul Craig Jennings as Creaton lights up the insane film in this campy cult favorite. Co-produced by Jack Bravman (SNUFF, ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE)

    Audio commentary with Ed Adlum
    Brand New transfer from a 35mm grindhouse prints from Ed Adlum's garage
    Theatrical Trailer
    UNRATED/ 1.78.1 (16 x 9) /77min

    The secrets of a small New England town are violently exposed on Christmas Eve in this proto-slasher shocker. The owner of the long-abandoned Butler estate is desperate to sell, and dispatches his lawyer from New York to negotiate its purchase by the town council. Meanwhile, an inmate from a nearby insane asylum breaks loose and makes his way to the old mansion to take bloody revenge for a crime kept hidden for 35 years. The maniac makes mysterious phone calls to various prominent citizens, telling them that "Marianne" has returned, and lures each to the Butler house to meet their doom. The mayor's daughter, Diane, receives a visit from a man who claims to be Jeremy Butler, the mansion's owner, in town to investigate his lawyer's disappearance. Together they attempt to unravel the sinister mystery of the Butler house, which turns out to be a harrowing tale of incest, insanity and mass murder. Hollywood star Patrick O'Neal (CASTLE KEEP, KREMLIN LETTER), Cult favorites Mary Woronov (EATING RAOUL), John Carradine (GRAPES OF WRATH), Asrid Heeren (CASTLE KEEP). Written by Jeffrey Konvitz (THE SENTINEL) Directed by Theodore Gershuny

    Theatrical Trailer

    Rated R/ 1.85.1 (16x9) / 85min

    Get it now from Code Red. Also, while I'm talking Code Red I wanted to mention that it appears the absolutely terrific Retribution is currently back in stock. I recommend that one to everyone out there, in my opinion it's up there with Sole Survivor and Messiah of Evil as one of the very best films Code Red has released.

    Die, Monster, Die From Scream in 2014

    Here's a nice little surprise title announcement Scream Factory has just posted on their Facebook page. Die, Monster is one of the 40 or so DVDs I own from MGM's Midnite Movies line. I've owned it for years but never got around to watching it, looks like I'll just wait a bit longer and check it out in high definition.

    "Ready to cruise back to the 60s? We are! The 1965 shocker DIE, MONSTER, DIE! (starring Frankenstein's monster himself, Boris Karloff) will be coming to Blu-ray for the first time from us in the early part of 2014. No other details to report at this time.

    Check out the artwork, which uses the original theatrical poster art--that we always find groovy."

    Hitting Shelves 9.3

    There's a lot of great stuff coming out today, too much for me to list them all in fact.  Here are some that I think are well worth a look:

    From Scream comes the stateside Blu-ray and DVD release of Cockneys vs. Zombies. Cockneys is kind of like a less funny (though still funny) Shaun of the Dead mixed with the inept thuggery so frequently found in the work of Guy Ritchie - in fact it utilizes a few quick editing techniques found in Ritchie films like Snatch and Lock, Stock. I'm working on a review for it now, but to sum up it's a bit derivative but still a very entertaining zombie comedy for those of you out there who aren't sick of comedic zombies.

    Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

    Thanks to Shout! Factory we also finally get one of my most eagerly awaited releases of the year, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie . In my opinion The Movie is lesser MST (thanks to the studio interference and shortened running time) but it's still a lot of fun, and we finally, finally get a release with some proper extra features. I'm particularly excited to get a chance to see the deleted scenes after all these years.

    Also out there today are a couple more Bava titles from Kino; Five Dolls For an August Moon & A Bay of Blood Both are fairly light on features, but each title does include a Tim Lucas commentary.

    FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON is Mario Bava's deliriously mod spin on an Agatha Christie style whodunit.

    Bava was so closely associated with the horror genre that this twisting mystery was never released theatrically in the U.S., but it is deliciously entertaining all the same. A space age island retreat is visited by a group of friends and business associates, one of whom is a scientist who has invented a revolutionary chemical process, and is fending off various offers to buy it. Soon the vacationers start dying, and the survivors begin to wonder who has the most to gain from these murders most foul.

    One of the most influential horror films of all time, Mario Bava's A BAY OF BLOOD (1971, aka Twitch of the Death Nerve) is the spurting artery from which all future slasher films would flow.

    When crippled Countess Federica is murdered at her isolated mansion, a gruesome battle ensues to secure the rights to her valuable property around the bay. Everyone, from illegitimate children to shady real estate agents, stakes a claim, only to be killed in increasingly bizarre ways, from simple shootings to impalement by fishing spear. The makeup effects are by Carlo Rambaldi, who would later earn Oscars for his work in Alien (1979) and E.T. (1982).

    Rodman Flender's stupidly hysterical satanic stoner possession comedy Idle Hands finally makes its Blu-ray debut from Image. I actually just saw this again for the first time in several years, and it's not as funny as it was to me when I was 18, but there are still plenty of great jokes and references to a ton of classic horror films, and even a quick nod to The French Connection. It's also worth a look for an early appearance by Jessica Alba who in my opinion never looked hotter than she does here. The Blu-ray looks and sounds great, but we get totally dicked in the extra features department. The old DVD has some pretty great bonus material, so if you have the DVD you'll want to hang on to it.

    And finally, Twitter's favorite shark film Sharknado hits Blu-ray and DVD today. This one really blew up on the internet and I'm not sure why because SyFy has been making these kinds of dumbass CGI-tacular pieces of crap for a decade. Look it up, there's a hundred of these things. I caught this one on one of its many repeat showings, and it's not nearly terrible enough to have caused such an uproar online. It's a bad movie, sure, but while it's bad enough to be enjoyable, it's not bad enough to be hilarious, certainly not enough to have garnered as much attention as it did. Still, it's entertaining enough to be worth a look, though I don't see myself picking it up unless I can get it for $2 from a Hastings sale or something, especially since it'll probably air on SyFy many, many times. For the best in terribly awful CGI shark cinema, might I recommend Shark Attack 3: Megalodon.


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