Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Hitting Shelves 10.01

From Leprechaun: Origins writer Matt Venne and Stash House director Eduardo Rodriguez comes Fright Night 2: New Blood. I guess the Fright Night remake made enough cash to warrant a sequel, but not enough for a theatrical sequel. Pick it up today, the Blu-ray is on sale at Amazon for $14.99. I haven't seen this one yet, but apparently this is a thing that happens in it:

If you're looking for some classic MGM horror at a discount price, Shout! Factory has just released this set they're calling Timeless Horror, which is the latest release in their "Movies 4 You" line. The set is currently only $5 at Amazon and features the following films:

The Face of Marble (1946)
Engrossed in his mission to bring the dead back to life, Dr. Randolph fails to notice his wife Elaine's interest in his young lab associate, Dr. Cochran. However, their old housekeeper Maria does take note and will do anything, including using her voodoo powers, to see to it that Elaine is happy. B&W 72 Min. I Bury the Living (1958)
Through a series of chilling coincidences, the newly-elected director of a cemetery (Richard Boone) begins to believe that he can cause the deaths of living owners of burial plots by merely changing the push-pin color from white (living) to black (dead) on a large wall map of the cemetery. B&W, 67 Minutes
The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959)
While attending his brother's funeral Jonathan Drake is shocked to find the head of his sibling is missing. When his brother's skull shows up later in a locked cabinet, Drake realizes an ancient curse placed upon his grandfather by a tribe of South American Indians is still in effect and that he is probably the next victim. B&W, 70 Minutes
The Snake Woman (1961)
A doctor in 1890 England, in order to cure his wife's "sick mind", injects her with snake venom. She later gives birth to a daughter whom the villagers call "The Devil's Baby" and in a fit of fear they end up burning the family's house down. Years later a Scotland Yard detective is sent to the village to investigate a rash of deaths that are caused by snakebite. B&W, 68 Minutes

Scream Factory is kicking off Halloween Month with this box set of the first three Amityville films, including the third film in 3-D. The first film has already been put out on Blu-ray, but this is the debut for Amityville II and Amityville 3-D.

The Amityville Horror is one of the few books I've actually read, and I hate to be the "book is better than the movie" guy, but, yeah, the book is better than the movie. In my opinion, the book was quite frightening at times. The film is a pretty well made and entertaining haunted house flick, but it really never at any point becomes a legitimately scary movie.

There aren't a lot of features included on the disc, but there's a commentary by a parapsychologist (whatever the hell that is) and a couple of nice bonuses, totaling about 38 minutes:
  • "For God's Sake, Get Out!" - A Look at The Amityville Horror
  • Haunted Melodies with Lalo Schifrin
  • Theatrical Shower and TV Spot
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery
  • Commentary by Dr. Hans Holzer Ph.D. in Parapsychology
Thanks to a pretty remarkable amount of unbelievable sleaze (child beating, sister fucking and a slimy C.H.U.D. creature) Amityville II ends up being the most entertaining of the original trilogy (though it does lose me a bit after the massacre), and it's got substanially more bonus features than the first and third film.
  • The Possession of Damiani: Interview with The Film's Director
  • Adapting Amityville: Interview with Screenwriter Tommy Lee Wallace
  • A Mother's Burden: Interview with Rutanya Alda
  • Family Matters: Interview with Diane Franklin
  • Father Tom's Memories: Interview with Andrew Prine (this guy loves to interview for Scream releases)
  • Continuing the Hunt: Interview with Alexandra Holzer (the parapsychologist's daughter)
  • Trailers
  • Still Gallery
  • Commentary with Alexandra Holzer

The third film is low on extra features, though it is a 3D Blu-ray, so that's a pretty great huge bonus in itself. I wasn't able to view the whole thing in 3-D, though I did borrow a friend's living room for about 10 minutes just to check it out. Honestly the transfer is pretty rough, but 3-D does look pretty good.

  • A Chilly Reception: Interview with Candy Clark
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailer
If you're are a fan of the Amityville films and don't own the first film on Blu-ray already then this set is a must have. Grab yourself a copy directly from Scream, or get it at Amazon, though Scream is actually the cheaper option as of this post.

Amityville Trilogy screenshots anyone?

The Amityville Horror

Amityville II: The Possession

Amityville 3-D

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