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Kino to Release WAR GODS OF THE DEEP on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just announced that in August they will release on Blu-ray (as well as DVD) Jacques Tourneur’s WAR GODS OF THE DEEP (aka THE CITY UNDER THE SEA) from 1965. The AIP gothic science fiction classic stars Vincent Price, Tab Hunter, David Tomlinson, Susan Hart and John Le Mesurier. This will be transferred from a brand new 2015 HD master and will include a brand new video interview with actor Tab Hunter! Check back here for a full review in the coming months!
Kino to Release THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics have announced that they will release to Blu-ray only, the 1950s science fiction "creature feature" THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD (1957). Directed by Arnold Laven, this Gramercy Pictures production and United Artists release stars Tim Holt (THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE), Audrey Dalton, Hans Conried, Harlan Warde and Max Showalter. The plot involves giant mollusks that emerge from the Salton Sea in California and this former MGM “Midnite Movies” release will now be available on home video for the first time in HD! More details to follow.
Olive Films To Release AIP's COOLEY HIGH on Blu-Ray!
On April 21, Olive Films will release the 1975 AIP movie COOLEY HIGH on Blu-ray (as well as standard DVD). A more serious entry in AIP’s Blaxploitation cycle, COOLEY HIGH is a slice-of-life tale of 1960s high school students coping with the challenges of everyday life growing up in the Chicago housing projects. “Preach’ (Glynn Turman) and “Cochise” (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs) are two black high school students, and best friends, who see their lives irrevocably changed by circumstance in this dramatic-comedy which also stars Garrett Morris and Jackie Taylor. Mastered in 1080p HD, this will be the first time the film will presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio on home video. In other AIP Blu-ray news, Kino Lorber has confirmed that in July they will release the American version of Mario Bava’s BLACK SABBATH starring Boris Karloff and Mark Damon on Blu-ray. More details to follow.
TENTACLES/REPTILICUS Blu-ray Cover Art!
Scream Factorys has just unleashed the stunning cover art for their Blu-ray double feature of TENTACLES and REPTILICUS which swims ashore on June 16. Also for thos keeping track, Scream Factory has reveladed that their Blu-ray of FOOD OF THE GODS (paired with FROGS) will inlcude a commentary with director Bert I. Gordon and an interview with actress Belinda Balaski and that their Blu-ray of EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (paired with JAWS OF SATAN) will also include a commentary with Gordon. Those two double features see release on May 26.
Kino Reveals Ray Milland/Roger Corman Blu-ray Cover Art!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just unleashed the lovely cover art for their upcoming Blu-rays of PREMATURE BURIAL and X -THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES. These are due out in May, and you can expect reviews of them here!
Kino to Release HOUSE OF 1,000 DOLLS on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics have just announced another AIP Vincent Price film coming to Blu-ray only: HOUSE OF 1,000 DOLLS (1967). Also starring Martha Hyer, George Nader and Maria Rohm, the film was directed by Jeremy Summers (THE VENGEANCE OF FU MANCHU) and produced by Harry Alan Towers. With a plot concerning a gang of international white slavers, this is one of the more exploitative films Price did for AIP and will be released on Blu-ray the same month that Kino unleashes Price in MADHOUSE. HOUSE OF 1,000 DOLLS will be transferred from a brand new 2015 HD master, and you can expect to see a review of the Blu-ray here in the coming months!
Kino to Release THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber has just announced that they will release to Blu-ray only Edgar Rice Burroughs' THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT (1975) in June. The British-made (an Amicus/AIP co-production) giant monster epic stars Doug McClure, John McEnery, Susan Penhaligon and Keith Barron and was directed by Kevin Connor (AT THE EARTH’S CORE). This exciting title was recommended to Kino by Scorpion Releasing, who will be producing the disc, including the packaging, authoring and all the extras which will include an audio commentary with director Connor moderated by director Brian Trenchard Smith. The reversible cover art (shown above) is awaiting final approval from the studio. Expect full coverage and a Blu-ray review here!
Kino to Release MADHOUSE on Blu-ray!
Kino has just announced that in July they will release the British horror classic MADHOUSE (1974) on Blu-ray and DVD. This is the final film that Vincent Price did for AIP (as a co-production with Amicus), and for the transfer they will be using a brand new 2015 HD master! The film also stars “horror legends” Peter Cushing, Robert “Count Yorga” Quarry, Adrienne Corri (VAMPIRE CIRCUS) and Linda Hayden (TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA). Directed by Jim Clark, the film is based on the Angus Hall novel “Devilday”. Expect to see more information here when we get it, as well as a review of the Blu-ray in a few months time.
Kino to Release TRUCK TURNER on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has announced that in July they will release on Blu-ray (as well as DVD) Jonathan Kaplan’s AIP Blaxploitation classic TRUCK TURNER (1974). The film stars Issac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Nichelle Nichols (from “Star Trek”), Charles Cyphers, Dick Miller and Scatman Crothers. Extras will include a brand new audio commentary with director Jonathan Kaplan, “Trailers From Hell” with Ernest Dickerson and the original theatrical trailer. You can also expect the film to be presented in 1080p HD in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
Kino to Release SUGAR HILL on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber have just confirmed that they will be releasing (to Blu-ray only) the 1974 AIP Blaxploitation zombie drive-in classic SUGAR HILL in June. The film stars Marki Bey, Robert “Count Yorga” Quarry, Don Pedro Colley, Richard Lawson and Charlie Robinson. Another AIP goodie that Scorpion Releasing recommended to Kino to license from MGM, the Blu-ray (which will be produced by Scorpion) will have brand new extras including an audio commentary with director Paul Maslansky, an on-camera interview with Maslansky, and on-camera interviews with actors Charlie Robinson and Richard Lawson. The film will be presented in 1080p utilizing MGM’s HD transfer. Pictured here is the tentative Blu-ray cover art (to be approved by the studio), but we hope they decide to keep it (as it’s the original AIP one-sheet poster art).
Kino to Release DERANGED on Blu-ray!
And the AIP hits keep coming from Kino Lorber Studio Classics! They have just announced that in July they will release Alan Ormsby's DERANGED (1974) to Blu-ray only. The film stars the great Roberts Blossom and was directed by Jeff Gillen and Alan Ormsby (both of CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS fame) and written by Alan Ormsby. Kino Lorber has also confirmed that this will be the fully uncut version, utilizing MGM’s stunning HD master! Expect more details and a review on this site some time in the summer.
Scream Factory Blu-ray Double Feature Cover Art!
Scream Factory has just unleashed the great cover art for these upcoming Blu-ray double features, so we just had to post them here. The street date for both will be May 26, and you can expect reviews of them here!
Kino to Release THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just announced that they will release H.G. Wells’ THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (1977) on Blu-ray exclusively. This American International Pictures (AIP) version stars Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Barbara Carrera and Richard Basehart. Directed by Don Taylor (ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES). The Blu-ray will be released in June, and expect there to be some extras and a review on this site!
Kino's THE CRIMSON CULT Blu-ray Delayed!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has postponed their April 14 Blu-ray release of THE CRIMSON CULT (aka CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTAR). Kino has also stated on their Facebook page: "We have a beautiful HD master of the uncensored version of the film, compiled all the bonus content from the recent UK Blu-ray release, and will be adding one or two new extras of our own. Unfortunately, we've been unsuccessful at clearing the rights to Peter Knight's original score. Therefore, if and when we reschedule the release, it will be accompanied by Kendall Schmidt's 1980s-era score. While we recognize this subtly changes the tone of Vernon Sewell's film, we hope that it will not diminish your interest in owning a copy. We have two choices, release the Blu-ray with the Schmidt score or cancel the release."
Arrow to Release Bava's BLOOD AND BLACK LACE on Blu-ray!
Arrow Films and Video have just announced Mario Bava’s BLOOD AND BLACK LACE for a North American dual format Blu-ray and DVD release (available April 14). The film will be newly restored from the original camera negative and presented here in its original, uncut Italian form and specifics include: New 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative; High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations; Optional Italian and English soundtracks presented in original uncompressed mono PCM audio; Newly translated subtitles for the Italian audio; Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English audio; Brand new audio commentary by Tim Lucas; Psycho Analysis – a new documentary on the film; An appreciation by Hélène Cattet & Bruno; Yellow – the much-acclaimed neo-giallo by Ryan Hansom & Jon Britt; Gender and Giallo – a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie; Panel discussion on Mario Bava featuring Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and Steve Della Casa; The alternative US opening titles; an Original theatrical trailer and more (this title will also be available in a “Steelbook” edition). Other Arrow North American releases include MARK OF THE DEVIL (March 24), DAY OF ANGER (March 31) and THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE (April 21). For more information, visit Arrow’s Facebook Page.
BLACULA Blu-ray Special Features Announced!
The eternally cool William Marshall puts a fresh spin on the age-old legend of the vampire, condemned to wander the Earth with an insatiable lust for blood in the riveting Blaxploitation classics BLACULA and SCREAM, BLACULA, SCREAM. Available on March 3rd, 2015 for the first time on Blu-ray, the double feature release also includes a brand-new audio commentary track by author/film historian/filmmaker David F. Walker (Reflections on Blaxploitation: Actors and Directors Speak), a new interview with actor Richard Lawson (SCREAM, BLACULA, SCREAM) and the original theatrical trailers. Fans can pre-order their copies by visiting ShoutFactory.com.
Kino to Release X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES on Blu-ray!
And the hits just keep on coming from Kino Lorber Studio Classics! Kino has just announced that in May they will release Roger Corman’s X: THE MAN WITH X-RAY EYES on both Blu-ray and DVD. The film stars - Starring Ray Milland, Diana Van Der Vlis, Harold J. Stone, John Hoyt, Dick Miller and Don Rickles. The transfer will be taken from a brand new HD master and the film will be presented in 1080p in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Extras will be announced at a later date.
Kino to Release Corman's THE PREMATURE BURIAL on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics have just announced that in May they will release Roger Corman’s THE PREMATURE BURIAL on Blu-ray (as well as remastered DVD). The 1962 American International Pictures Edgar Allen Poe adaptation stars Ray Milland, Hazel Court, Richard Ney, Heather Angel and Alan Napier. No other information available at this time, but the film will be presented in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio in 1080p HD and will include a few extras.
Olive Films to Release AIP Counter-Culture Classics on Blu-ray!
On February 17, Olive Films will be releasing Roger Corman’s THE WILD ANGELS and Richard Rush’s PSYCH-OUT on Blu-ray for the first time! Bikers. Babes. Revenge. Nothing could better sum up this Hells Angels actioner starring Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern and Nancy Sinatra. The action is set in motion when a bike is stolen from the Hells Angels. An epic chase to retrieve the bike ensues as the bikers spread fear and trembling wherever they ride. THE WILD ANGELS delivers wall-to-wall biker action at its best. Set during the height of the 60’s counterculture revolution, PSYCH-OUT stars Susan Strasberg as deaf runaway Jenny who arrives in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco in search of her brother Steve, an artist who has disappeared. With the aid of musician Stoney (Jack Nicholson), Jenny sets out to discover the whereabouts of her brother while navigating the psychedelic world of drugs, music and free love. The supporting cast includes Adam Roarke, Max Julien. Dean Stockwell and Bruce Dern. Both films will be presented in 1080p HD in their original aspect ratios, and PSYCH-OUT will be the full-length version previously unavailable on DVD!
Full AT THE EARTH'S CORE Blu-ray Details!
On 1/13, Kino presents the U.S Blu-ray debut of AT THE EARTH'S CORE. Now They're In Deep! Marauding monsters, scantily-clad prehistoric playmates and telepathic pterodactyls await in this colorful fantasy-adventure about a manned "drill-craft" boring its way to the center of the Earth! Starring sci-fi superstars Doug McClure, Peter Cushing and Caroline Munro (Maniac), this subterranean thrill ride directed by sci-fi specialist Kevin Connor is the most endearingly whimsical entertainment on - or under - the Earth! Prepare to journey to Pellucidar: an empire where gargantuan dinosaurs torture and enslave all humanoids - including the lovely Dia (Munro). But all that could change when a surface-dwelling scientist (Cushing) and an American businessman (McClure) drive a powerful machine straight into Pellucidar, stirring up adventure that only comes along once in a lifetime! The Blu-ray will feature extras produced by Scorpion Releasing, which includes an half an hour on camera interview with star Caroline Munro, audio commentary and on camera interview with director Kevin Connor, vintage featurette , original trailer and the sleeve will have a reversible front art shown above. The MSRP is $29.95.
Olive Films to Release Duo of AIP Beach Movies on Blu-ray!
Fans of AIP drive-in flicks will be happy to hear that Olive Films is now licensing some library titles from MGM, and they will be release MUSCLE BEACH PARTY (1964) and BEACH BLANKET BINGO (1965) on February 17. Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello star in MUSCLE BEACH PARTY as fun-loving surfer Frankie and beach bunny Dee Dee. The pair is ready to surf some waves, soak up some sun and dance the day away, and joining in on the fun are Luciana Paluzzi, Don Rickles and Buddy Hackett. Then, Avalon and Funicello are back on the beach in BEACH BLANKET BINGO. Frankie (Avalon) and Dee Dee (Funicello) hit the beach for fun and sun with a supporting cast that includes Paul Lynde, Harvey Lembeck and Deborah Walley adding to the comic hijinks. No other details at this time, other than that the films will be presented in 1080p HD in their original 2.35:1 aspect ratios.
Kino to Release Roger Corman's TALES OF TERROR on Blu-ray!
It looks like 2015 is starting off to be a great year for vintage AIP titles on Blu-ray! Kino Lorber Studios Classics has made another surprise announcement, as they will be releasing Roger Corman’s classic trilogy based on tales by Edgar Allan Poe, TALES OF TERROR on Blu-ray and DVD in April. The film stars Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, Maggie Pierce, Joyce Jameson and Debra Paget. Kino will be using MGM’s HD master (2.35:1 widescreen) transfer and extras will include new on-camera interview with producer/director Roger Corman, new audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas, new audio commentary by Vincent Price historian David Del Valle and actor David Frankham, an original theatrical trailer and maybe more.
Kino to Release AIP's CULT OF THE DAMNED on Blu-ray!
Another title Scorpion Releasing recommended to Kino Lorber, 1969's CULT OF THE DAMNED (aka ANGEL ANGEL DOWN WE GO) will see Blu-ray release on February 17. Brace yourself for the maddest Hollywood story ever with this stylish, decadent look at what happens when the upper crust meets the down and dirty. Full-figured debutante Tara Nicole (folk singer Holly Near) returns home to her former stag film star mother (Jennifer Jones) only to fall under the influence of a charismatic, dangerous rock singer (Jordan Christopher) and his way-out deviant band mates (including Roddy McDowall and Lou Rawls). Making its first-ever release on home video, this colorful AIP cult shocker from Robert Thom (the writer of BLOODY MAMA and WILD IN THE STREETS), CULT OF THE DAMNED is part horror, part pop musical, part black comedy, and all outrageous! Extras will include still gallery and an audio commentary by film historian Nathaniel Thompson and Tim Greer. MSRP for the Blu-Ray is $29.95, DVD is $24.95.
Grindhouse Announces THE BEYOND Blu-ray Extras!
Grindhouse Releasing has announced the full specs for Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND Blu-ray which will be available on February 10, 2015 in a lavish 3-disc set with GLOW-IN-THE-DARK artwork housing two Blu-ray discs and a bonus CD of the classic Fabio Frizzi soundtrack, remastered from the original studio tapes. Special features include a Hi-definition digital transfer of the original UNCENSORED director’s cut; 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound re-mix by Academy Award winner Paul Ottoman; commentary by stars Catriona MacColl and David Warbeck; Optional Italian language soundtrack and original mono mix; New in-depth interviews with stars Catriona MacColl, Cinzia Monreale and Giovanni De Nava, U.S. production manager Larry Ray, make-up artists Giannetto DeRossi and Maurizio Trani, cinematographer Sergio Salvati, writer Dardano Sacchetti, producer Fabrizio De Angelis, composer Fabio Frizzi, original U.S. distributor Terry Levene, and Antonella Fulci; Rare archival interviews with Fulci and Warbeck; Lost German pre-credit sequence in FULL COLOR; Liner notes by Chas. Balun and Martin Beine; Extensive still galleries and theatrical trailers and other surprises!
Blue Undergound to Release GOD TOLD ME TO on Blu-ray!
Blue Underground will release GOD TOLD ME TO (aka DEMON) on Blu-ray and Special Edition DVD on Feb. 24, 2015. Written, produced and directed by Larry Cohen (Q - THE WINGED SERPENT), this critically acclaimed cult classic remains one of the most disturbing and thought-provoking horror films of our time. Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis, Sylvia Sidney, Mike Kellin, Richard Lynch and Andy Kaufman star in this one-of-a-kind chiller, now featuring a brand-new 4K 1080p High Definition transfer from the original uncensored negative along with exclusive new Extras created especially for this release! Specs are as followed: Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen, "Heaven & Hell On Earth" – Interview with Star Tony Lo Bianco, "Bloody Good Times" – Interview with Special Effects Artist Steve Neill, "God Told Me To Bone" – New Beverly Q&A with Larry Cohen, Lincoln Center Q&A with Larry Cohen, Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots and a Poster & Still Gallery.
Film Chest to Release "Digitally Restored" DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT!
A young, psychiatric nurse struggles under the worst of institutional conditions in DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT, digitally restored and available on DVD Dec. 16 from Film Chest Media Group. In this ‘1973 cult classic, a young, psychiatric nurse, Charlotte Beale (Rosie Holotik), goes to work at an isolated sanitarium only to learn the proprietor, Dr. Stephens, was murdered by one of the patients. Struggling under the horrendous conditions at the severely understaffed asylum – and the torment heaped upon her by the patients – she is puzzled by the resistance of Stephens’ successor, Dr. Geraldine Masters (Annabelle Weenick), to hiring new staff and by the woman’s efforts to keep outsiders at bay. Soon, the patients may truly be running the asylum! Also known as THE FORGOTTEN, DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT is considered one of the best low-budget movies in the horror/thriller genre … and there is no other film quite like it! Also starring Bill McGee, Jesse Lee Fulton and Robert Dracup, the film will be presented in full screen with an aspect ratio of 4 x 3 and original sound.
Scream Factory Reveals TALES FROM THE CRYPT/VAULT OF HORROR Blu-ray Details!
Scream Factory has announced the final list of extras for their highly anticipated Blu-ray double feature of the classic British horror films TALES FROM THE CRYPT and VAULT OF HORROR, which will arrive on December 2nd, 2014. Featuring the rare, uncut version of VAULT OF HORROR, the two disc set includes three different cuts of the cult classic. The first disc will include TALES FROM THE CRYPT and VAULT OF HORROR’s uncut widescreen presentation. The second disc will include VAULT OF HORROR’s theatrical PG cut and a rare open-matte version of the BFI master. The release also includes an original trailer and an alternate opening scene for VAULT OF HORROR.
Available Now: TO ALL A GOODNIGHT!
Kino Lorber presents the Blu-ray and DVD debut of the Santa Clause slasher TO ALL A GOODNIGHT! ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, Santa Claus is stirring, and he’s not bringing gifts. Five young female boarders at the Calvin Finishing School have set their sights on a festive Christmas holiday romp. They have just drugged their housemother and smuggled their boyfriends into the house. But their fun-filled promiscuous frolic will soon turn into a blood-soaked nightmare when a sadistic maniac dressed as Santa Claus arrives to deliver some holiday cheer, or maybe that’s FEAR. The insane Santa Claus starts slashing his way through the house, and the gory body count begins. So you better watch out, as this Santa knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake! Jennifer Runyon (in her film debut) stars in this 1980 slasher cult-horror favorite, directed by David Hess (Krug in Wes Craven’s LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT). Now see it in glorious HD for the first time ever. Featuring extras produced by Scorpion Releasing, including on camera interviews from stars Jennifer Runyon, Katherine Herrington and writer/producer Alex Rebar. MSRP for the Blu is $29.95, DVD is $24.95. What a great holiday stocking stuffer this will make....along with the dead bodies! Expect a review of the Blu-ray here shortly!
Scream Factory To Unleash "Animal Attack" Blu-ray Double Features!
Since Scream Factory’s announcement earlier this week of a double-bill of FOOD OF THE GODS and FROGS went over so well, they thought it would be exciting to follow it up and reveal FOUR more “Animal-Creature attack” films coming sometime next Summer for the first time on the Blu-ray format! So without further ado…Bert I Gordon’s EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (with “Dynasty’s” Joan Collins battling radioactive insects) will be paired with 1982’s devil-possessed cobra film JAWS OF SATAN (with Fritz Weaver as a priest and a young Christina Applegate) as a double feature. The Italian-made prehistoric campy octopus flick TENTACLES (starring John Huston and Shelly Winters) will share ocean space with another prehistoric campy water creature — the Danish-made REPTILICUS — on a double feature as well.
Scream Factory To Release FROGS/FOOD OF THE GODS Blu-ray Double Feature!
Scream Factory has just stated this on their Facebook page: Our month-long "Shocktober" celebration and countdown to Halloween continues with two more films to reveal: We are pairing 1972’s swampy FROGS (starring Sam Elliott) and 1976’s giant animal-ridden FOOD OF THE GODS (starring Pamela Franklin) together on the Blu-ray format as a double-feature! Expect to see the release emerge next Summer.
The Drive-In Super Monster-Rama Facebook Page!
Want to share your comments, suggestions, photos and memories of Drive-In Super Monster-Rama and April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama events past, present and future? The Drive-In Super Monster-Rama Page is now on Facebook and you can like it by clicking HERE! And since you've been wanting to know, the April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama will take place on April 24-25, 2015, as always, at The Riverside Drive-In Theatre in Vandergrift, PA!
Want More AIP Cult Classics on Blu-ray?
Blu-ray collectors who want more AIP classics on the format, please take note! We have on very good word that Kino is willing to release more of these from the MGM library (and trust us, you will salivate over some of the possible titles), but a lot depends on how well the initial batch of titles sells, especially BLOODY MAMA, which is a terrific Roger Corman epic. The film is available for pre-order from Amazon HERE, so your instant purchase could make the difference and it comes highly recommended from us! Also, please support such upcoming Kino AIP releases from the MGM library such as PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES and JENNIFER. We also suggest visiting Kino’s Facebook page and making your requests for AIP classics from the MGM library on Blu-ray known, HERE!
Raro To Unleash WEREWOLF WOMAN on Blu-ray!
From notorious Italian exploitation filmmaker Rino Di Silvestro (DEPORTED WOMEN OF THE SS SPECIAL SECTION) comes WEREWOLF WOMAN, which will be released on Blu-ray from Raro Video on October 25. In it, a mentally unstable young woman named Daniela (Annik Borel) fantasizes that she is the reincarnation of her long-dead ancestor, a woman who was thought to have been a werewolf. Dealing with her lifetime of sexual abuse, she seduces men before transgressing into a feral monster, screaming, cursing and ripping them to shreds. When she meets the man of her dreams, Daniela seems ready to forgive her past and bury the beast within until another traumatic encounter seals both her own fate and the collective fates of the Werewolf Woman’s wild wrath. A strange, erotic, outrageously sleazy and provocative Eurohorror classic about a woman pushed well-past the edge of sanity, WEREWOLF WOMAN is finally presented here with the respect it deserves, in beautifully realized, remastered high-definition. Extras include an interview with the director Rino Di Silvestro (19 min. 22 sec.), original Italian theatrical trailer (3 min. 58 sec.), the original English theatrical trailer (3 min. 58 sec.), and a fully illustrated booklet on the genesis and production of the film by Chris Alexander. It will contain an HD transfer from the original 35mm negative and include both English and Italian language tracks.
Scream Reveals SQUIRM Blu-ray Details!
Director Jeff Lieberman’s classic drive-in worm-a-thon film, SQUIRM, is getting the “Collector’s Edition” HD Blu-ray treatment on October 28th from Scream Factory and they just announced the list of extras that will be on it! The disc will include: DIGGING IN (New!): 2014 Interviews with writer/director Jeff Lieberman and lead actor Don Scardino, EUREKA (New!): An exclusive look at where the idea for SQUIRM came from with Jeff Lieberman, Original Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Jeff Lieberman (ported over from the prior MGM DVD release), the Original Theatrical Trailer, a Vintage TV spot and a Still Gallery. The reversible cover will reveal the original 1976 poster art on the opposite side.
Kino to Release THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT!
If you're not on Facebook 24/7 and would like to know, Kino Lorber Studios has just announced that they will release THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT (aka THE CREEPING UNKNOWN) on Blu-ray on December 2. The early Hammer Films classic (produced several years before THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN) stars Brian Donlevy as Professor Quatermass, Jack Warner, Margia Dean, Gordon Jackson, David King-Wood and Lionel Jeffries. The film was written and directed by the legendary Val Guest (THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE, WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH). Kino has licensed thia United Artists release from MGM (who previously issued it as a barebones MOD disc), and it will of course be in HD. Aspect ratio and supplement information will follow!
Olive Films to Release CAULDRON OF BLOOD!
On October 14, Olive Films will release CAULDRON OF BLOOD (aka "Blind Man’s Bluff") on both Blu-ray and DVD. Starring legendary horror icon Boris Karloff and Viveca Lindfors, the film presents a clever twist on the sculptor/murderer theme that runs throughout horror film history. Karloff stars as blind artist Franz Badulescu, who creates startlingly lifelike statues with the help of his protective daughter, Viveca Lindfors (CREEPSHOW). Jean-Pierre Aumont (DAY FOR NIGHT) co-stars as a jet-setting photographer sent to photograph the reclusive artist at his Spanish castle, but unearths a horrible secret at the core of Badulescu’s haunting sculptures. Plotted like an Italian giallo, seasoned with American jazz and bursts of psychedelia, CAULDRON OF will be presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, with a running time of 99 minutes.
PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES on Blu-ray!
Another great title suggested to Kino by Scorpion Releasing, is one of my most anticipated classic horror/sci-fi releases for Blu-ray, Mario Bava's PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES! This will come out on both Blu-Ray and DVD and the tentative release date is scheduled for October 28, and Scorpion is working on extras with Bava historian Tim Lucas (who will be recording an audio commentary) as we post this. More info to follow as it comes in.
JENNIFER on Blu-ray!
Thanks to Scorpion Releasing suggesting it to them, Kino Lorber will be licensing JENNIFER from MGM for a first-time Blu-ray and DVD release. The 1978 American International Pictures release hasn’t been available since the days of VHS, and MGM is doing a brand new HD transfer for the titles. The film, which was released with a tagline that bragged, “Makes ‘CARRIE’ Look Like An Angel!”, stars Lisa Pelikan, Bert Convy, Nina Foch, John Gavin and Jeff Corey and was directed by former Disney animator Brice Mack. Just in time for Halloween, Jennifer will street on Blu-ray and DVD on October 14th. Could BLOOD AND LACE possibly be next? We certainly hope so!
Kino Lorber to Release Corman's BLOODY MAMA on Blu-ray!
On September 23rd Kino Lorber will release to Blu-ray and DVD, Roger Corman's 1970 Cult Classic BLOODY MAMA starring Shelley Winters, Don Stroud, Bruce Dern, Diane Varsi, Pat Hingle, Robert Walden and Robert De Niro. This American International Pictures release, the first of a reported handful that Kino will be licensing from MGM, was produced and directed by Corman and will be available as a single release for the first time (it was previously only available on DVD as part of a box set of Corman films). Scorpion Releasing has recommended this title to Kino Lorber, and will be producing the disc and its extras, which includes a NEW on-camera interview with Corman and the original theatrical trailer.
Scream Factory Announces VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION 2!
Scream Factory has just announced that THE VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION II Blu-ray set is now no longer a rumor and will officially arrive on October 21! Sales were great on the first volume and Scream is thrilled to be able to bring more of the legendary star’s films to light in HD. Titles in the set include THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, THE COMEDY OF TERRORS, DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN, TOMB OF LIGEIA, THE RAVEN, RETURN OF THE FLY and…the William Castle favorite THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL. Exact street date, pre-order link and artwork will be show up sometime in July. Extras will be announced sometime later this Summer.
SQUIRM and SEIZURE on Blu-ray!
Two 1970s drive-in horror favorites will make their Blu-ray debut in the latter half of 2014. First up, the worms crawl in and out when Scream Factory releases AIP’s 1976 nature-gone-berserk classic SQUIRM to Blu-ray for the first time in the U.S. and Canada. No details on extras yet, but this will be part of Scream Factory’s “Collector’s Edition” series and new artwork will be revealed soon. Expect exact street date and pre-order links to go up sometime in July. Also, on Sept 9th, Scorpion Releasing in conjunction with TVA Films, presents Oliver Stone’s SEIZURE featuring Jonathan “Dark Shadows” Frid and legendary scream queen Martine Beswick. Featuring a brand new HD master from the original elements, the disc will include brand new interviews with stars Mary Woronov and Richard Cox. The Blu-ray's MSRP is $29.95 and the DVD is $19.95.
Scorpion Announces NIGHT OF THE COBRA WOMAN!
On June 17th, Scorpion Releasing in conjunction with New Horizons, from legendary producer Roger Corman comes a drive-in horror classic NIGHT OF THE COBRA WOMAN on DVD! After being bitten by a very unusual cobra, a beautiful nurse (Marlene Clark) can turn herself into a snake and remain eternally young. However, to keep her youthful exterior, the cursed priestess requires a steady supply of venom – and lusty young men at her beck and call to steal their youth! But trouble occurs when she falls for the boyfriend of a beautiful snake expert (Joy Bang), and he brings along a pet eagle. Can she make a choice between a mortal male and her cobra god Movini? Now watch this long-unavailable cult classic from a brand new HD master from the original vault elements! Extras include on camera interview with star Marlene Clark and producer Roger Corman! The MSRP is $19.95.
Scream Factory Reveals LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE Extras!
Scream Factory has just announced the extras for their upcoming Blu-ray edition of THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE (1973), one of our all-time favorite Haunted House films and a British Horror classic for certain. It sits here, shrouded in mist and mystery, a nesting place for living evil and terror from the dead. It's Hell House. Roddy McDowall heads the cast of this exciting chiller about four psychic investigators and the dark, brooding mansion they call "the Mt. Everest of haunted houses." An ingeniously devised ghost story, THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE will thrill and delight veteran horror fans from the first creaking door to the very last slithering shadow. Special features include a new interview with director John Hough, a new audio commentary with actress Pamela Franklin and the original theatrical trailer. The Blu-ray will street on August 26, 2014.
Kino and Redemption to Release More Peter Walker Blu-rays!
Kino Lorber and Redemption are pleased to announce the release of two more 1970s cult classics from British exploitation filmmaker Pete Walker: HOME BEFORE MIDNIGHT, a serious look into an illicit affair between a songwriter and an underage fan, and HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN (aka THE CONFESSIONAL), about a corrupt priest who uses his power for his own sinister gain. Continuing their tradition of releasing the best in European horror and cult classics in new HD transfers, with informative special features, Kino Lorber and Redemption bring HOME BEFORE MIDNIGHT and HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN to Blu-ray on June 17th, individually priced at $24.95 each. Both Blu-rays come packed with bonus features that will offer something new for long-time fans of these films, including interviews with Pete Walker by horror film expert Elijah Drenner and, on HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN, an audio commentary with director Pete Walker and Jonathan Rigby, author of English Gothic. Check back this site soon for reviews of both Blu-ray releases from one of our favorite directors of all time.
Grindhouse Announces CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST Blu-ray Release
Grindhouse Releasing will release Ruggero Deodato’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST on July 1, 2014 on Blu-ray in an all-new deluxe edition 3-disc set. The set includes two Blu-ray discs loaded with special features, and a newly remastered soundtrack CD of the original score by Riz Ortolani (MONDO CANE). Grindhouse Releasing’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST Deluxe Edition Blu-ray is the ultimate home video presentation of this notorious classic named by Entertainment Weekly as “one of the most controversial films ever made”. Specs for the new CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST Blu-ray are as follows: New high definition digital restoration of the uncensored director’s cut, Spectacular digital stereo re-mix and original mono mix; Commentary tracks with director Ruggero Deodato and star Robert Kerman, stars Carl Yorke and Francesca Ciardi; New in-depth interviews with Ruggero Deodato, Francesa Ciardi, assistant director Salvo Basile and cameraman Roberto Forges Davazati, as well as classic interviews with Robert Kerman, Carl Yorke and composer Riz Ortolani; Liner notes by director Eli Roth and legendary horror journalist Chas. Balun; Extensive still galleries and theatrical trailers from around the world and more! For more information visit us online at (www.GrindhouseReleasing.com).
Severin Announces VIDEO NASTIES - ULTIMATE COLLECTION!
Severin Films has announced June 3rd as the street date for the U.S. DVD debut of the U.K. smash hit VIDEO NASTIES - THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION. The set includes the acclaimed documentary by Jake West and Marc Morris, "MORAL PANIC, CENSORSHIP & VIDEO TAPE", newly remastered trailers for all 72 movies on the banned list which caused witch hunts and widespread hysteria in the early 1980s, plus commentary from critics, scholars and filmmakers on each title. Across 14 hours, the full shameful story, the political lies, the corrupt press and the denial of basic freedoms are laid bare in this monumental three-disc set. Also on June 3rd, Severin’s sub-label Intervision will release UNCUT SPECIAL EDITION DVDs of two notorious ‘nazisploitation’ titles: GESTAPO’S LAST ORGY and DEPORTED WOMEN OF THE SS SPECIAL SECTION. Bundles of all three (VIDEO NASTIES, GESTAPO’S LAST ORGY & DEPORTED WOMEN OF THE SS) purchased through the Severin Films store will come with a free VHS replica of the GESTAPO’S LAST ORGY video nasty original release as well as a postcard of the original art designed by notorious nasty cover artist Graham Humphreys signed by Jake West and Marc Morris (www.severin-films.com).
On July 8, Synapse Films will release the Canadian thriller CURTAINS on Blu-ray and DVD. John Vernon (ANIMAL HOUSE) and Samantha Eggar (THE BROOD) star in this horror classic from the golden age of the slasher genre. A group of women gather for a weekend casting call at the secluded mansion of director Jonathan Stryker (Vernon). He’s searching for the perfect woman to play the role of the crazed character “Audra”, and these women are just dying for the chance to play her! Stryker’s last star, Samantha Sherwood (Eggar), is so determined to get the part, she committed herself to an asylum to prepare for the role. Unfortunately for all, a crazed killer in a disgusting “hag” mask is viciously murdering everyone one by one. Lovingly re-mastered in 2K resolution from original vault materials virtually untouched for over 30 years, CURTAINS makes its high-definition world premiere from Synapse Films. Special Features: The Ultimate Nightmare: The Making of CURTAINS Retrospective, Audio Commentary with Stars Lesleh Donaldson and Lynne Griffin, Audio Interviews with Producer Peter R. Simpson and Star Samantha Eggar, Theatrical Trailer and new 5.1 Surround Remix.
Kino Announces Kino Lorber Studio Classics!
Kino Lorber has the start of a new line of classic studio films on Blu-ray called Kino Lorber Studio Classics, and they have already announced such classic films as WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION, MARTY, PARIS BLUES, DUEL AT DIABLO, THE SCALPHUNTERS and THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. The good news for DVD Drive-In readers is that they have struck a deal with MGM, so there is some hope that they will release some AIP horror and sci-fi classics on the label. In fact, they have already announced plans for the AIP versions of BLACK SUNDAY and BLACK SABBATH are in the works for this year as part of Kino’s Mario Bava line! You can join their Facebook page, give your feedback and suggestions HERE.
Scream Factory Lands WITHOUT WARNING!
Scream Factory has just announced on its Facebook page that they are bringing Greydon Clark’s 1980 alien/slasher cult classic WITHOUT WARNING to DVD & Blu-ray for the first time this August! According to Scream Factory, “This long-overdue release has been requested several times since we started the brand so we know many of you just jumped for joy. (We're jumping too!) What makes this even more exciting is that this title has never been released on ANY home entertainment format in the U.S. or Canada (and is often bootlegged as some of you can attest to) so to be able to bring this out period is a feat in itself.” They went on to say, “No further details to report back at this time but we'll keep you posted on developments in a few months. The artwork you see - which uses the original theatrical poster - is final.” This surprise announcement comes as the final title in their “Summer of Fear” schedule which also includes such gems as THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, DEADLY EYES and MOTEL HELL.
Scorpion to Release SCREAMERS, NIGHT OF THE COBRA WOMAN!
In June , Scorpion Releasing, in conjunction with New Horizons, presents SCREAMERS on Blu-Ray and DVD! This is the American version of the Italian horror film known as “Island of the Fishmen” and it stars Barbara Bach, Richard Johnson, Joseph Cotten, Mel Ferrer and Cameron Mitchell. The specs for this release are: New 16x9 (2.35:1) HD Master from the original IP; Interview with Joe Dante; Interview with Miller Drake; Interview with Jim Wynorski; Interview with Roger Corman; Interview with Clark Henderson; Original trailer; SOMETHING WAITS IN THE DARK (alternate title) trailer; Behind the Scenes Still Gallery from Miller Drake’s personal collection; and the sleeve will feature a reversible SOMETHING WAITS IN THE DARK front art. The Blu-Ray MSRP is $29.95,. DVD is $19.95. And… on June 17th, in conjunction with New Horizons, Scorpion presents NIGHT OF THE COBRA WOMAN, a 1972 drive-in horror film from the old New World Pictures library. Special Features include; Brand New HD transfer (16x9, 1:78) from the original IP; Interview with star Marlene Clark; Interview with Roger Corman; and an Original trailer. The MSRP for the DVD is $19.95.
COUNTESS DRACULA Blu-Ray/DVD Details!
On May 6, Synapse Films will release COUNTESS DRACULA as a Blu-ray/DVD combo, as part of their “Hammer Horror Collection”, retailing for $29.95. The beautiful Ingrid Pitt (THE VAMPIRE LOVERS) stars as Elisabeth Nádasdy, an aging Hungarian Countess who discovers she can reverse her aging by bathing in the blood of young women. While in her youthful state, the Countess falls for the handsome Imre Toth (Sandor Elès), and impersonates her own daughter to win his actions. Soon, girls in the village go missing… kidnapped and murdered by the Countess and her steward, Julie (Patience Collier) to satiate her horrifying bloodlust. Can Elisabeth live a life of deception with her grotesque lust for blood to stay eternally young, or will her ghoulish secret nally be revealed? Co-starring Nigel Green, this is considered “one of the more underrated films from the latter days of the Hammer Films dynasty“ (Donald Guarisco, Allmovie.com), COUNTESS DRACULA is based on the real-life Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory, a woman accused of torturing and murdering more than 600 girls. The film will be presented 1080p HD (Blu-ray) in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio, and extras include: Audio commentary with actress Ingrid Pitt, director Peter Sasdy, screenwriter Jeremy Paul and author Jonathan Sothcott; Immortal Countess: The Cinematic Life of Ingrid Pitt – Featurette; Archival Audio Interview with Ingrid Pitt Still Gallery; Theatrical Trailer; Reversible Cover Artwork.
NOSFERATU THE VAMPIRE Blu-Ray Details!
Since its release in 1979, Wener Herzog’s NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE has not only become one of the director’s most acclaimed films, but one of the most compelling and visually-striking interpretations of the Dracula story ever committed to film. In his haunting interpretation of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 classic, Herzog eschews the popular conception of the vampire as confident and alluring, and instead focuses on the tragedy of the creature: doomed to immortality, weary, and disgusted at his own existence. A must for both cinephiles and horror-fans alike, the award-winning film makes its Blu-ray debut on May 20th, 2014 from Scream Factory/Shout! Factory. Starring Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani and Bruno Ganz, NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE comes loaded with extras, including two audio commentaries with Werner Herzog (one in German with English subtitles), a vintage featurette on the making of Nosferatu, theatrical trailers, as well as both German and English versions of the film.
Toho Monster Blu-Rays from Universal!
Above are the Blu-ray covers for KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES, coming on April 1, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. This marks the first time both titles will be available on Blu-ray in the U.S. (they are being re-released on DVD as well) and these will of course be the American versions of the films. Each film will be presented widescreen (2.35:1) and feature English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono, with optional English SDH subtitles. You can expect reviews of both titles on this site this Spring.
Film Chest's HD Restoration of BLOODLUST!
A wealthy hunter meets his new prey when two couples dock their boat on his private island in BLOODLUST – available for the first time in full HD restoration from the original 35mm film elements – coming to DVD March 4 from Film Chest Media Group. Filmed in 1959 and released in 1961, the film – starring Robert Reed (“The Brady Bunch”), Wilton Graff (LUST FOR LIFE), June Kenney (EARTH VS. THE SPIDER), Joan Lora (SORORITY GIRL) and Eugene Persson (THE PARTY CRASHERS) – was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1994, quickly becoming a cult classic. In this thrilling drama, a group of young adults on a boat excursion become the prey of a sadistic hunter when the two couples come across an uncharted tropical island, which they soon find is inhabited by a wealthy recluse and his staff. BLOODLUST is presented in full screen with an aspect ratio of 4x3 and original sound. The SRP is $11.98.
Kraken Licenses 3 Classic Godzillas for Blu-Ray!
1967 may have been the Summer of Love, but 2014 will be the Summer of Godzilla®, and Kraken Releasing is spreading the kaiju (giant monster) goodness with the first U.S. Blu-ray release of three classic films featuring the world's most famous giant reptile. Also available on DVD, and including both the English dubbed and original Japanese versions with English subtitles, these are three of the big G's wildest adventures ever and showcase why, sixty years after his atomic birth at Japan's TOHO Studios, Godzilla® is still one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry! (READ MORE)
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE Comes to Blu-ray!
Scream Factory made a surprise announcement on their Facebook page, in which they stated, "We're thrilled to report today that we are planning to release Brian DePalma's classic 1974 film PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE sometime in the later half of the Summer! This marks the first time the film will be on blu-ray for the first time in the U.S. and Canada. Expect this to be in the 'Collector's Edition' series with new extras but we have no other details to report at this time as our deal for this was literally just signed so stay tuned here in the Spring of next year for more info to emerge." Great news to go into the holidays with! We'll keep you posted of course!
FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN on Blu-ray!
To kick-off the upcoming New Year, Millennium Entertainment is pleased to reveal their plans for a high-definition release of the cult classic 1967 Hammer Film, FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN on January 28th. Directed by Terence Fisher and starring horror icon Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg and Thorley Walters, Millennium's Collector's Edition of FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN marks the first time that US fans will be able to enjoy the film on Blu-ray here in the States. Special features for the Collector's Edition Blu-ray of FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN include a brand new documentary entitled "Hammer Glamour," an audio commentary featuring actors Derek Fowlds (“Johann”) and Robert Morris (“Hans”) as well as Hammer historian Jonathan Rigby, two World of Hammer episodes celebrating both the iconic character Frankenstein and the immortal Cushing who portrayed Dr. Frankenstein several times throughout his esteemed career, an original theatrical trailer, an animated stills gallery and exclusive collectible cards celebrating this timeless classic, perfect for any Hammer fan's collection.
Just in Time For the Holidays!
It’s Christmas Eve in a small town, but the local children aren’t dreaming of sugarplum fairies in SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT, on DVD Dec. 10, from Film Chest. A 1970s drive-in B-movie flick, SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT gained notoriety in the mid-1980s when it was featured on Elvira’s Movie Macabre, gaining a dedicated cult following. Now don’t miss a bloody drop … Enjoy this thriller in HD for the first time ever! In SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT, a young man inherits a mansion once used as an insane asylum … and in which his grandfather died in a fire. When he puts it up for sale, an axe-wielding madman – who has been hiding in the residence – threatens anyone who comes near. Who is this deranged murderer … And why are the local townspeople acting so strange? Starring John Carradine, Mary Woronov, Patrick O’Neal and Walter Abel , SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT is presented 16x9 widescreen and mono sound.
Synapse Acquires SUSPIRIA for Blu-Ray and DVD!
Synapse Films, Inc. has acquired the North American home-video rights to Dario Argento's 1977 classic horror film SUSPIRIA. “I’ve been involved in the restoration and release of many films in my career, but SUSPIRIA has always eluded me, until now,” says Donald May, Jr., President of Synapse Films. “It’s one of my favorite horror films and I’m ecstatic that my business partner, Jerry Chandler, was able to negotiate with the rights holders to release this film. This is going to be an amazing project for us.” Synapse Films, Inc. will work closely with Technicolor Rome and Technicolor Los Angeles to create an all-new high-definition 2K scan from the original negative for a possible 2014-15 video release. “It’s important to spend as much time as possible to create the definitive high-definition home video version for the fans,” May explains. “We’re going to take our time with this one.” Synapse is currently planning the extensive work on SUSPIRIA in conjunction with Technicolor, utilizing both their Rome and Hollywood facilities. The film scanning will be coordinated and supervised by Technicolor Hollywood’s Director of Restoration Services, Tom Burton. Final specifications, retail pricing, and extras for the this release will be announced closer to the as yet to be determined release date.
THE BAT Flies onto DVD in November!
Mystery, murder and mayhem take flight in THE BAT – restored and in HD for the first time ever – debuting on Turner Classic Movies Oct. 24 and DVD November 12 from Film Chest Media Group. Featuring an all-star cast, this suspenseful cult favorite from 1959, will keep you on the edge of your seat! The film stars horror icon Vincent Price, as well as Agnes Moorehead, Lenita Lane, Gavin Gordon, John Sutton and Darla Hood (of “The Little Rascals” in her last film appearance), and it concerns a town terrorized by a mysterious murderer known only as “The Bat,” said to be a man with no face who kills women at night by ripping out their throats with steel claws. THE BAT will be presented in widescreen (16x9) and mono sound and the SRP is $11.98.
Kino to Release NIGHT TIDE on Blu-ray!
Kino Classics is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Curtis Harrington's landmark independent horror classic, NIGHT TIDE, starring Dennis Hopper in a new edition mastered in HD from 35mm elements restored by the Academy Film Archive, with support from The Film Foundation and Curtis Harrington. NIGHT TIDE tells the story of a sailor on shore leave who becomes fascinated by a woman who poses as a mermaid in an oceanfront carnival. As their relationship blossoms, Johnny (Dennis Hopper) realizes that Mora (Linda Lawson) is more than a sideshow illusionist. She seems to be a descendent of the mythical sirens of the sea, and is under the mesmeric control of a mysterious woman who beckons Mora to return to her home beneath the waves. This edition streets on October 15th with a SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $24.95 for the DVD. It includes audio commentary by Curtis Harrington and Dennis Hopper; a two-part interview with Curtis Harrington by David Del Valle (1987, 55 min.); and the original theatrical trailer.
Shout! to release Karloff Classic on Blu-ray!
According to Shout! Factory’s Facebook page, they will be releasing a Blu-ray of the 1965 AIP horror classic DIE, MONSTER, DIE! in the early part of 2014. Directed by Daniel Haller (THE DUNWICH HORROR), the films stars horror legend Boris Karloff and Nick Adams (MONSTER ZERO). Check out the cover artwork (left), which uses the original theatrical poster art. No other details at this time, but hopefully this means more vintage AIP drive-in horror on Blu-ray in the future (how about a Blu-ray of Karloff in THE CRIMSON CULT, aka THE CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTAR, another H.P. Lovecraft adaptation which has still never seen DVD release in the U.S.?!).
Kino to Release More Bava Horrors on Blu-ray!
Kino Classics is proud to announce the releases of Mario Bava's A BAY OF BLOOD and FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON on Blu-ray and DVD, both with street of September 3rd, with individual SRPs of $29.95 each for the Blu-ray editions and $24.95 for the DVDs. Both are mastered in HD from the 35mm negatives of the English language versions, and feature an audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava, All the Colors of the Dark. A BAY OF BLOOD also includes an alternate European release version (in Italian with English subtitles), the theatrical trailer, and trailers of other Bava films. (READ MORE)
Olive Films To Release TAM LIN!
On September 24, Olive Films will release TAM LIN (aka THE DEVIL’S WIDOW) on both Blu-ray and DVD (newly mastered in HD). Legendary Hollywood goddess, Ava Gardner (ONE TOUCH OF VENUS) delivers a mesmerizing performance in director Roddy McDowall’s wickedly suspenseful tale of decadent young thrill-seekers and the sinister seductress who holds them spellbound. Amid the dawn-to-dusk revelry at the fabulous country estate of wealthy and sophisticated Mrs. Cazaret (Gardner), the impulsive Tom Lynn (Ian McShane, TV’s "Deadwood") discovers that being the life of this party… could have murderous consequences. The top-notch cast includes Stephanie Beacham (DRACULA A.D. 1972), Cyril Cusack (FAHRENHEIT 451), Richard Wattis (THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST) and Joanna Lumley (THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA). Acting great Roddy McDowall’s one and only directorial effort. Beautifully shot in scope by Billy Williams (GHANDI).
Full CORRUPTION Details!
Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present the first-ever U.S. home video release of CORRUPTION, the gory swinging ‘60s British thriller starring the legendary Peter Cushing as a surgeon driven to murder and madness. The special edition Blu-ray/DVD combo streets October 8 and is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com and Diabolik DVD. Grindhouse Releasing’s spectacular new hi-def presentation of CORRUPTION was created from original vault elements and restores scenes originally deemed too graphic for American audiences. Packed with a wealth of amazing bonus features, the disc is an essential purchase for horror fans on the occasion of Cushing’s centenary. (READ MORE)
DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS Blu-ray!
Millennium Entertainment is pleased to reveal the final artwork and announce details for their upcoming high-definition release of the classic 1966 Hammer Film, DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS on September 3rd. Directed by Terence Fisher and starring the iconic Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Andrew Keir, Millennium's Collector's Edition of Dracula: Prince of Darkness marks the first time that horror fans in the US will be able to enjoy the film on Blu-ray. Millennium is also planning to release several other Hammer Films on Blu-ray later this year including QUARTERMASS AND THE PIT, THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES and THE DEVIL RIDES OUT. (READ MORE)
Vinnie Price Halloween Blu-Rays!
It looks like October is turning out to be Vincent Price month on Blu-ray! With Scream Factory’s VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION already slated for 10/8, here is the cover art for two more Blu-rays we’re really excited about. First, Warner Home Video will be unleashing the iconic HOUSE OF WAX in 3D Blu-ray on 10/1. Featuring special 3D lenticular packaging, the disc will include a new featurette, an audio commentary, vintage newsreel, theatrical trailer, and the 1933 feature MYSTERY IN THE WAX MUSEUM. Also on the same date comes THE MONSTER CLUB from Scorpion Releasing. With a new HD transfer, the early 1980s British anthology favorite will now look better than ever, and the disc will include David Del Valle’s vintage video an audio interviews with Price, an interview with Del Valle, and more!
Shout! Factory to Release Two MGM Sci-Fi Sets!
It is come to our attention that up for pre-order on Amazon.com are two science fiction DVD collections from Shout! Factory containing classics from MGM’s vault of AIP and UA titles (some, never before on DVD). Both are set for release on September 3 (and retailing for under $10 each), the two collections are “Movies 4 You – Sci-Fi Classics” which will include THE MAN FROM PLANET X, BEYOND THE TIME BARRIER, THE TIME TRAVELERS and THE ANGRY RED PLANET as well as “Movies 4 You - More Sci-Fi Classics” which will include THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN, REPTILICUS, THE NEANDERTHAL MAN and THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE. No further details yet, but THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE is reported to include a bonus scene which was deleted from International prints! Expect to see reviews of both collections here at a later date.
Kino Lorber and Redemption Films Celebrate Jess Franco Legacy!
Kino Lorber and Redemption Films celebrate the cinematic legacy of director Jess Franco with deluxe Blu-ray and DVD editions of three of his most important films, presented in association with Eurociné: THE AWFUL DR. ORLOF (1962), A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD (1973) and NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT (1970). Though highly regarded among cult movie enthusiasts, Franco is a notorious figure within the world of horror, for the savage eroticism and obsessive nature of his films, which defy the conventional structure and tone of the typical thriller. "Too arty for the horror crowd and too macabre and lowbrow for the art crowd," Fangoria editor Chris Alexander wrote, "He existed in a world of his own, a class of his own." (READ MORE)
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.
Scream Factory to Release Price Blu-ray Set!!
Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory arm have just announced some vert exciting news! They will be releasing a Blu-ray collection box set before Halloween that showcases some of legendary horror star Vincent Price's greatest films which include: FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, THE HAUNTED PALACE, THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, WITCHFINDER GENERAL (and its alternate U.S. version of the film, THE CONQUEROR WORM) and THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES. More details (artwork, exact street date, pricing, extras, etc.) to be revealed in June-July so stay tuned!
Severin To Release Two '70s "House" Horrors!
Severin Films have announced the long awaited (date postponed) Blu-ray + DVD combo US debut release of the controversial shocker HOUSE ON STRAW HILL and the creepy classic THE HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES. “Eight graves! Seven bodies!” screamed the ads, “One killer... and he's already dead!” Hollywood legends John Ireland, John Carradine and Howard Hughes’ paramour Faith Domergue star in the THE HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES, the much-loved ‘70s shocker about a film crew shooting an occult drama in a sinister manor with its own grisly history of family bloodshed. (READ MORE)
Millenium Entertainment To Release Hammer Films on Blu-Ray in the U.S.!
Millennium Entertainment will distribute titles from Exclusive Media’s Hammer library in the U.S., which means they will eventually be released on Blu-ray disc. According to Steve Nickerson, President of Millennium Entertainment, “Hammer is one of the most renowned and beloved film brands in the world and we are thrilled to bring the Hammer Films library to U.S. fans.” With this new distribution deal, a number of Hammer classics will be made available to the public in new configurations for the first time in almost 10 years. With a multi-tiered approach, a full release schedule is planned to provide high end, limited edition Blu-rays and Collector’s Sets to the loyal horror fan over the next several years. The releases will commence April 2nd with DVD release of the “Hammer Horror 3 Feature Film Set” featuring DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1966), THE LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES (1974) and FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN (1967). “We are really pleased to be in business with Millennium to bring the newly restored titles from our library to the United States in HD for the first time,” said Peter Naish, Senior VP, Distribution, Hammer. “Alongside the new extras we have created, we hope that our American Hammer fans will love the Blu-Ray collector’s editions and that these editions will also help new fans discover our rich history.”
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!
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.
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.
"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)
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.
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:
Scene (Blu-ray Exclusive)
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 hafrequented the site over the past decade! For more on this year's Rondo Award winners, click HERE.
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.
"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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