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NEWS IS NOW UPDATED ON THE HAMMER HORROR ON BLU-RAY PAGE so we can share the information as soon as it comes in! Want to know the latest on upcoming Blu-ray release news such as X THE UNKNOWN, RASPUTIN THE MAD MONK, KONGA, DEMONS OF THE MIND, THE MUMMY'S SHROUD, DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE, TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER and much more? Make sure you follow us on our Hammer Horror on Blu-ray Facebook page!
Garagehouse Pictures to release Andy Milligan’s MONSTROSITY and THE WEIRDO on Blu-ray in December!
For many years, much of the work of Andy Milligan has been unavailable, out-of-print or lost, but lately there's been a resurgence of interest, thanks in large part to Jimmy McDonough's exemplary biography, The Ghastly One. Often maligned and misunderstood by critics and genre movie fans alike, the films of the "Gutter Auteur" have been gaining interest, and Garagehouse Pictures is proud to offer two of Milligan's final features in HD for the first time ever. These robust special edition Blu-ray releases not only serve as the definitive versions of MONSTROSITY and THE WEIRDO, but also offer an exhaustive in-depth look at one of cinemas strangest fringe characters. For full details and pre-order information on these Andy Milligan titles, go to Diabolik DVD.
BLOOD ISLAND Blu-ray Collection!
On November 13th, Severin Films is plunging horror fans into uncharted waters with THE BLOOD ISLAND COLLECTION, featuring 4 Blu-Rays and 1 CD. BRIDES OF BLOOD, MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND, BEAST OF BLOOD and TERROR IS A MAN will make their eye-popping HD debut on home video, packed with a truly monstrous slate of new bonus features. For more than fifty years, these four monster shockers from Filipino directors Gerry de Leon and Eddie Romero have stunned drive-in, grindhouse and VHS audiences, became the foundation of infamous exploitation distributors Hemisphere Pictures and Independent-International, and remain among the most insane/esteemed classics in horror history. Severin Films is now proud to present The BLOOD ISLAND Trilogy and its celebrated prequel, all featuring uncut scans from recently discovered film elements and oozing with all-new Special Features! BRIDES OF BLOOD, MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND and TERROR IS A MAN are available as individual Blu-Ray or DVD releases. BEAST OF BLOOD is exclusive to the box set, as is a soundtrack CD for MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND. Also available exclusively from the Severin webstore are bundles including blood-soaked merch such as a Blood Island treasure map, a beastly enamel pin, and a “Secret Oath of Green Blood” cocktail recipe to quench your thirst for mayhem! Pre-orders from the Severin webstore will start shipping the last week of October! For more information, visit Severin Films.
Hammer's DRACULA A.D. 1972 and THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA Coming To Blu-ray!
The Warner Archive Collection has just announced that they will be releasing Hammer’s DRACULA A.D. 1972 (1972) and THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA (1974) on Blu-ray this October. This was announced on their Facebook page, with other upcoming Blu-ray titles of interest being the telefilm BAD RONALD, THE CYCLOPS, THE SWARM, LOOKER and QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE (see our review). If you would like to discuss these Dracula Blu-ray releases and more, please join DVD Drive-In’s Hammer Horror on Blu-ray group where the majority of our release news is now being posted.
The Campaign To Get Hammer's LUST FOR A VAMPIRE Released On Blu-ray!
Over a year ago, DVD Drive-In posted a campaign to show StudioCanal that there was interest in releasing their dormant 1970s EMI Hammer titles on Blu-ray: SCARS OF DRACULA, HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN, LUST FOR A VAMPIRE, DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE, BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB, DEMONS OF THE MIND, FEAR IN THE NIGHT, STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING and TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER. Thanks to your email requests and Facebook posts, the campaign was a success with StudioCanal quickly releasing 8 of the 9 titles mentioned above as Region B UK Blu-rays (they were also released on Blu-ray in Australia and six of the titles were released as a Blu-ray box set in Germany). Fans with region free Blu-ray players have been delighted with the HD transfers on these releases, all of them including new featurettes and we are very grateful to StudioCanal for their efforts. (READ MORE)
Scream Factory's DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS Blu-ray!
As you've probably already heard, Scream Factory is planning a new U.S. Collector’s Edition Blu-ray edition of Hammer's DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS to be released this December. Some more details as follows: Official street date is December 18th for U.S. and Canada territories (Region A), Release will come with a slipcover (guaranteed for three months after its original release date), The newly-commissioned artwork pictured comes to us from artist Mark Maddox. This art will be front-facing and the reverse side of the wrap will showcase the original theatrical poster art design. Extras are still underway and will be announced later in November. Scream Factory has also confirmed that they have an all-new High-Def transfer in the works. The release date is planned for 12/18/18. However, if you pre-order now for early shipping directly from the Shout! Factory site, you will also receive an 18' x 24" rolled poster of the newly-commissioned art. Only 500 of them are being produced. Scream Factory also promises more Hammer Blu-ray releases in 2019, and if you haven’t already, please join DVD Drive-In’s Hammer Horror on Blu-ray group where the majority of our release news is now being posted.
Severin Announces THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH On Blu-ray!
On August 28th, Severin Films invites you to the bloodiest beach bash of the year. THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH is ready to rock the viewer’s eyeballs in sparkling HD on Blu-ray, leaving no grain of sand unstained by the gory aftermath of its shock-and-roll shenanigans! In 1964, 20th Century Fox released an independent shocker – shot in two weeks for $50,000 outside Stamford, Connecticut by local producer/director Del Tenney – advertised as ‘The First Horror-Monster Musical’. More than 50 years later, this “absolute classic of exploitation cinema” (Legends Magazine) returns like you’ve never seen or heard it before: When nuclear waste dumped into the ocean mutates a shipwreck full of corpses, it will unleash an onslaught of bikini teens, surprising gore, dubious science, an intrepid maid, The Del-Aires, and arguably the greatest worst monsters in horror movie history. Severin Films is proud to present this cult favorite from “Connecticut’s own Ed Wood” (Stamford Advocate), now featuring a new 2K scan from the original negative and loaded with all-new Special Features like nothing that ever stalked this earth! Special Features: Return to Party Beach: A Retrospective Documentary on The Horror of Party Beach, It's the Living End: An Encounter with The Del-Aires, Shock & Roll: Filmmaker Tim Sullivan On Rock & Roll Horror Movies, Archival Interview With Director Del Tenney and the Theatrical Trailer.
Warner Archive Collection To Release VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED On Blu-ray!
If you’re not on Facebook and message boards all day and night, you might have not heard that Warner Archive Collection will be releasing the British horror/sci-fi classic VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960) on Blu-ray from a new 2018 HD master. From its seemingly placid opening, VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED keeps piling one eerie and disquieting detail upon another, creating the rarest of achievements – an utterly believable masterpiece of horror! Starring the ever-imperturbable George Sanders (who does not remain that way for long), this classic, havoc-filled take of mind reading and hypnotism will have you complete hypnotized…and shaken to the core! The “monsters” of this film are a band of innocent-faced, platinum-blond children, all of whom are born in a small, peaceful village on the same day. Their rapid physical development is matched by their fast-growing mental powers, and with calm, bloodcurdling efficiency, they are soon terrorizing the tiny hamlet. They Can read the thoughts that are forming in your mind…which makes them an altogether unstoppable enemy. Capped by a mental “tug of war” you will never forget, VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED is “an extremely compelling, startling picture!” (New York Post). Special Features: Commentary by Chronicles of Terror - Silent Screams Author Steve Haberman; HD Trailer.
Scream Factory To Release THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II On Blu-ray!
More zombies and “more brains!” are shambling into our factory this Summer! Scream Factory is super excited to report that the highly-requested undead sequel RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II is (finally) coming to Blu-ray!! Here are the early details we have at present time: • This will be branded as a “Collector’s Edition” that will come with a slipcover (guaranteed for three months after its original release date). U.S. and Canada territories (Region A). • The newly-commissioned artwork pictured comes to us from Graham Humphreys (who also illustrated the ROTLD Blu-ray cover back in 2016). This art will be front-facing and the reverse side of the wrap will the original theatrical poster design. • Extras and specs are still in progress and will be announced later in early July. However, we can confirm today that we will be doing a brand-new HD film transfer and will be correcting the soundtrack issues that were present on the previous DVD release. • National street date is planned for August 14th. However, if you pre-order from Shout! Factory for early shipping HERE you will also receive an 18' x 24" rolled poster of the newly-commissioned art. They will only be producing 1,000 of the posters so act fast!
WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? Coming To Blu-Ray From Mondo Macabro!
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At long last - what you've all been waiting for! WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? is coming to Blu-ray soon from Mondo Macabro! The pre-order will arrive sometime in April (keep checking back their site HERE), but in the meantime here are the two covers for the limited edition plus all the specs for the disc and the packaging! Limited to this red case edition will be a reversible cover with both images unique to this version, a booklet featuring a brand new essay by horror film expert Lee Gambin, and a series of postcards reproducing the US lobby cards! The region-free disc itself will feature: Brand new 4K restoration from the original negative, Two different English language tracks - the Spanish export version and the US 'ISLAND OF THE DAMNED' dub - as well as the Spanish language track with optional English subtitles, Two options for the opening credits; the longer 'mondo'-style opening of the Spanish/export version and the shorter US 'ISLAND OF THE DAMNED' opening, Brand new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan of the Daughters of Darkness podcast, Brand new interview with horror historian and critic Kim Newman, Archival Spanish TV documentary on the film, Archival interviews with director Narciso Ibanez Serrador and cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine and Trailers and radio spots.
John Landis' SCHLOCK Unpeels On Blu-Ray in Exclusive Limited Mediabook Edition!
Turbine Media Group in association with director John Landis present his long out-of-print first feature film, the cult comedy SCHLOCK, in its Blu-ray world premiere in an exclusive dual-format mediabook Blu-ray/DVD combo set limited to 2000 copies, releasing April 27th, 2018. A love stronger, and stranger, than King Kong and Fay Wray! The long-slumbering banana monster Schlock wakes up after 20 million years and escapes from his cave, befriending a blind girl who thinks he's a dog, and causes mass panic in the small town with a shocking bloody massacre setting the scene. Schlock tries to escape but the military is fast approaching! This exclusive limited 2000-copy Blu-ray/DVD combo mediabook edition contains the main feature in full HD sourced from an all-new, detailed 4K frame-by-frame restoration on Region Code–Free Blu-ray for worldwide playback, and an NTSC SD 4:3 full-frame open-matte DVD version, just like in the good old days of VHS. The mediabook packaging features original artwork and a bound-in, fully illustrated booklet with rare pictures and new writing on the film in German and English. “Schlocktastic” extras include: a new introduction by creator John Landis, a newly shot 41-minute interview with John Landis, a vintage audio commentary by John Landis and Rick Baker, a “Trailers from Hell” clip: John Landis on SCHLOCK, original trailers (theatrical release, re-release, "Banana Monster" title, the original German 35mm trailer, and a new transfer of the German version), and original 1970s radio spots. This will be a bilingual edition with menus and the booklet in English and German.
Kino Lorber To Release THE PSYCHOPATH on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber has announced that on April 10th, they will release the Amicus horror classic THE PSYCHOPATH on both Blu-ray and DVD from a brand new 4K Restoration! Legendary horror director and two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Freddie Francis (THE SKULL, TALES FROM THE CRYPT) directed this classic Amicus chiller which is filled with surprises and keeps its viewers on the edge of their seats. With a serial killer on the loose, Police Inspector Halloway (Patrick Wymark) investigates a pattern of grisly murders whose perpetrator leaves a small doll by the body of each victim. The four victims are all brutally murdered in different grotesque ways… a knife, a blow-torch, a rope and a car. The case leads Halloway to disabled doll collector Mrs. Von Sturm (Margaret Johnston, BURN, WITCH, BURN) who knows a set of dark secrets that may hold the key to the shocking truth. Beautifully shot in Scope by the great John Wilcox (THE THIRD MAN) with a screenplay by Robert Bloch (PSYCHO) and co-starring John Standing (THE LEGACY), Alexander Knox (WOMAN OF STRAW) and the lovely Judy Huxtable (SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN). Special features include an Audio Commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth, Reversible Blu-ray Art and the Original Theatrical Trailer.
Scream Factory To Release DOCTOR BLOOD'S COFFIN and THE VAMPIRE AND THE BALLERINA on Blu-ray!
Scream Factory has announced the release of two early 1960’s shockers, both which make their Blu-ray format debuts in the U.S. & Canada this May! DOCTOR BLOOD’S COFFIN (Street Date: 5/15): After being dismissed from medical school because of his devious experiments, Doctor Peter Blood returns home to join his father's practice. He still believes he can create the perfect human, so he continues his experiments in an abandoned mine where he attempts to revive a rotting corpse. But Dr. Blood needs a living "donor" to create his "perfect human" and soon people start to disappear from the nearby village. The film stars Kieron Moore and Hazel Court and was directed by Sidney J. Furie. THE VAMPIRE AND THE BALLERINA (Street Date: 5/22): Shot in and around the grounds of an ancient Italian castle, this creepy and atmospheric thriller follows a company of beautiful ballerinas on tour, when they become stranded within its sinister, stony old walls. They have no idea that a horror legend two thousand years old is about to come alive in the form of a group of vampires, all thirsting for blood ... especially their nefarious and brutal queen. "Coupled with the smooth direction of Renato Polselli is some really fantastic cinematography that uses lighting and shadow effectively to make this film really come alive" (The Telltale Mind) ... and keep you firmly transfixed at the edge of your seat! You can pre-order DOCTOR BLOOD’S COFFIN HERE and THE VAMPIRE AND THE BALLERINA HERE.
Scream Factory To Release THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD on Blu-ray!
Vampires! Voodoo! Vixens! And Victims! You’ll find them all in the 1971 Amicus film THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD. Coming to Blu-ray this Spring and newly-remastered. A Scotland Yard inspector's search for a missing film star leads him to a haunted house. The house sets the framework for four separate tales of terror written by the author of PSYCHO, Robert Bloch, and starring horror icons Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pitt. All four stories center on the mysterious fates of tenants who have leased the mansion over the years. Extras are in progress and will be announced at a later date. National street date is May 8th. You can pre-order this Blu-ray directly from the Shout! Factory site HERE.
Scream Factory To Release the IT'S ALIVE Trilogy on Blu-ray!
In case you’re not on Facebook or message boards all day and actually still come to this site for some Blu-ray news, Scream Factory has announced that they are releasing all three original IT’S ALIVE films on Blu-ray this Spring as a boxed set! A proud couple's bundle of joy is really a newborn terror in filmmaker Larry Cohen's cautionary original IT'S ALIVE that tapped into environmental fears. The horror grows when multiple child monsters rampage in the first sequel IT LIVES AGAIN as two brave parents try to stop them by becoming the bait for their spree. The now global mutants are rounded up and relocated to a far-flung island in IT’S ALIVE III: ISLAND OF THE ALIVE. Will a parent's greatest nightmare become the world's gravest fear? Find out ... if you dare. Extras are in progress and will be announced at a later date. The art you see showcased (illustrated by Joel Robinson) will be on the slipcase. Although it’s not shown, the plan is to have the original theatrical key art for each of the films on the three separate Blu-ray cases that will be inside of the case. National release date is May 15th but if you pre-order now directly from Shout! Factory you’ll receive the set two weeks early!
Severin To Release Umberto Lenzi's EATEN ALIVE on Blu-ray!
On February 13th, Severin Films is taking a meaty bite out of the sinewy flesh of Italian exploitation history with a blood-soaked release of Umberto Lenzi’s EATEN ALIVE! One of the maestro’s most beloved throat-rippers has never looked better, and gluttonous gorehounds will be gifted with a generous grab-bag of gruesome goodness in the Special Features department. EATEN ALIVE! is now presented uncut, uncensored and fully remastered in HD for the first time ever, with all-new Special Features that slit open the legacy of this definitive cannibal classic. In addition to the standard release, there will be a limited edition of 2,500 units with an exclusive slip cover and CD soundtrack. Also available exclusively from the Severin webstore - A gut-splattered EATEN ALIVE! t-shirt and a new entry in the Severin Hall of Fame enamel pin series spotlighting Umberto Lenzi. Special Features: Welcome To The Jungle: Interview with Director Umberto Lenzi; Me Me Lai Bites Back: Feature Documentary on the Queen Of Cannibal Movies; The Sect Of The Purification: Interview with Production Designer Antonello Geleng; Archive Interviews with Actors Ivan Rassimov and Robert Kerman; 2013 Q&A with Umberto Lenzi from the UK Festival of Fantastic Films.
Criterion To Release NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD on Blu-ray!
By the time you read this, it is already being geeked about all over the net, but for those of you not on Facebook and message boards 24/7, The Criterion Collection will be releasing George Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD on Blu-ray on February 13, 2018. Shot outside Pittsburgh on a shoestring budget by a band of filmmakers determined to make their mark, the film is one of the great stories of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time. A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of recently dead, flesh-eating ghouls, Romero’s claustrophobic vision of a late-1960s America literally tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combined gruesome gore with acute social commentary, and quietly broke ground by casting a black actor (Duane Jones) in its lead role. Stark, haunting, and more relevant than ever, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is back, in a new 4K restoration supervised by director George A. Romero, co-screenwriter John A. Russo, sound engineer Gary R. Streiner, and producer Russell W. Streiner. Details: New restoration of the monaural soundtrack, supervised by Romero and Gary R. Streiner, and presented uncompressed on the Blu-ray; “Night of Anubis”, a never-before-presented work-print edit of the film; New program featuring filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez; Never-before-seen 16 mm dailies reel; New piece featuring Russo about the commercial and industrial-film production company where key NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD filmmakers got their start; Two audio commentaries from 1994, featuring Romero, Russo, producer Karl Hardman, actor Judith O’Dea, and more; Archival interviews with Romero and actors Duane Jones and Judith Ridley; New programs about the editing, the score, and directing ghouls; New interviews with Gary R. Streiner and Russel W. Streiner; Trailer, radio spots, and TV spots and more! PLUS: An essay by critic Stuart Klawans.
Amicus Blu-ray Collection Coming From Severin Films!
Just in time to offer horror fans hope of a spooky future beyond the Halloween season, Severin Films is proud to announce the December 5th release of The Amicus Collection: a terrorizing triple feature of ghastly tales from the twisted side of the Thames, newly remastered and packed to the brim with special features. Known as ‘The Studio That Dripped Blood’, the British film company Amicus Productions – founded by American writer/producers Max J. Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky – built a legacy of horror anthologies and twisted thrillers that remains among the very best genre movies of the ‘70s. In this trio of Amicus classics you’ll discover the studio’s legendary portmanteau ASYLUM, their insane gothic shocker AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS, and – exclusive to this set – the infamous werewolf whodunit THE BEAST MUST DIE, as well as a Bonus Disc of Amicus trailers, TV commercials, rare interviews and more. The Amicus Collection is a limited, numbered edition release of only 3500 units. To celebrate the momentous reintroduction of these classics, a special Amicus Bundle will be available from the Severin webstore, which includes a set of four Amicus enamel pins (designed by Pseudo Ludo), a T-Shirt and framed picture featuring brand new Amicus artwork, and "Amicus: The Friendly Face of Fear" book. All items other than THE BEAST MUST DIE and The Vault of Amicus sold individually as well. For more information, click HERE.
Scream Factory To Release THE PROJECTED MAN on Blu-ray!
Scream Factory is serving up more chills in the new year, as they have revealed that the 1966 British sci-fi thriller THE PROJECTED MAN will be coming to Blu-ray! Dr. Paul Steiner and Dr. Christopher Mitchell have created a projection device that can transmit any object within a few miles of their new device. The device works well on inanimate objects, but using it on a living device causes death. When Steiner is accidentally projected, he becomes a disfigured monster who has the ability to kill by electrification. This first-time-on-home-video release features a new 2K scan of the film's interpositive. Extras are still in progress and will be announced at a later date. National street date is January 30th. However, you can pre-order now directly through Shout! Factory HERE to have it shipped two weeks early!
Garagehouse Pictures to bring WEB OF THE SPIDER to Blu-ray in October!
Edgar Allan Poe invites you to spend one night in the WEB OF THE SPIDER! An intrepid reporter by the name of Alan Foster (Anthony Franciosa, TENEBRE), accepts a wager from Poe (Klaus Kinski, NOSFERATU THE VAMPIRE) and his companion, Thomas Blackwood, to spend a single night in the reputedly haunted Blackwood Castle. Shortly after settling into the spooky abode, the reporter meets the beautiful Elisabeth Blackwood (Michele Mercier, BLACK SABBATH), and begins to witness ghostly phenomena and visitations from beyond the grave, as an assortment of specters relive the last moments before their ghastly murders. Soon, Foster realizes that the damned spirits require human blood to continue their unnatural existence! One of the last Italian gothic horror films, WEB OF THE SPIDER is a color remake of 1964’s CASTLE OF BLOOD, also directed by Antonio Margheriti, under the anglicized alias Anthony M. Dawson. Previously only available in the US in a cropped television master, Garagehouse Pictures is pleased to finally offer this Euro-horror classic in HD for the first time ever, fully restored and mastered from an uncut, domestic theatrical negative in its original 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio! Special Features: Audio Commentary by George Reis & Keith Crocker, Audio Commentary by Stephen Romano, 2 German Super 8 movie digests, Antonio Margheriti trailer reel, Deleted scenes, Uncut Italian version (standard def), Art Gallery, Garagehouse Pictures trailers, New artwork by Stephen Romano, All region Blu-ray disc. 1971 / 93 mins. / Color / Mono / 2.35:1 / Not Rated. Blu-ray street date: 10/24/2017.
Blue Underground To Release Bob Clark's DEATHDREAM On Blu-ray!
Produced and directed by Bob Clark (BLACK CHRISTMAS) and written by Alan Ormsby (DERANGED), DEATHDREAM (1974) was one of the very first films to confront the domestic ravages of the Vietnam War. More than forty years later, it remains one of the most chilling horror films of all time. DEATHDREAM was released under several different titles, including DEAD OF NIGHT, THE NIGHT WALK and THE NIGHT ANDY CAME HOME, and marked the grisly debut of gore effects legend Tom Savini (DAWN OF THE DEAD). Blue Underground is proud to present this acclaimed zombie shocker in a new 2K restoration from the 35mm negative in its most complete version ever, along with original and brand-new Extras exclusive to this release which include; Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Producer/Director Bob Clark, Audio Commentary #2 with Writer/Make-Up Artist (Uncredited) Alan Ormsby, A Recollection With Star Anya Liffey and Writer/Make-Up Artist Alan Ormsby, Notes For A Homecoming – Interview with Composer Carl Zittrer, Flying Down To Brooksville – Interview with Production Manager John ‘Bud’ Cardos, Tom Savini: The Early Years, Deathdreaming – Interview with Star Richard Backus, Alternate Opening Titles, Theatrical Trailer, Still Galleries, Alan Ormsby Student Film and BONUS Collectable Booklet with new essay by critic Travis Crawford. The street date for this Blu-ray/DVD combo is 11/28/17.
Olive Films Bows Two 1940s "Poverty Row" Horrors On Blu-ray!
Olive Films will be releasing Monogram’s RETURN OF THE APE MAN (1944) and Republic’s THE VAMPIRE’S GHOST (1945) on Blu-ray (and DVD) this October! RETURN OF THE APE MAN: Looking to prove their widely decried theories on cryogenics, researchers Dexter (Bela Lugosi) and Gilmore (John Carradine) returned from the Arctic with the frozen form of a caveman (Frank Moran)... and succeeded in reviving him. With the primitive's capacity for reason gone, however, Dexter concluded that a brain transplant would be a proper fix... and that the donor's willingness wouldn't be an issue. Second-bill shockfest from Monogram co-stars Teala Loring, Tod Andrews; George Zucco, despite having bowed out, still got billing! THE VAMPIRE’S GHOST: A West African port town is plagued by murders where the victims are drained of blood... and plantation manager Roy Hendrick (Charles Gordon) wants answers. His quest leads to the sleazy local speakeasy run by dapper, world-weary oldster Webb Fallon (John Abbott), who's got stranger-and more unholy-secrets than your average barkeep. Singular Republic "B" scarefest co-stars Grant Withers, Peggy Stewart, Roy Barcroft, Adele Mara. Both titles are slated for release on October 31.
Scream Factory Announces THE PAUL NASCHY COLLECTION II On Blu-ray!
For fans of horror legend Paul Naschy, Scream Factory has more in store from him this Fall! THE PAUL NASCHY COLLECTION II – a 5-Disc Blu-ray set featuring five films - is scheduled for a November 14th Release date. Titles in this collection will include: HUNCHBACK OF THE MORGUE (1973), DEVIL’S POSSESSED (1974), THE WEREWOLF AND THE YETI (1975), EXORCISM (1975), A DRAGONFLY FOR EACH CORPSE (1975). The final extras and specs are in progress and will be announced sometime in October, but you can already pre-order it on the Shout! Factory site HERE.
Kino Lorber To Release CYBORG 2087 and DIMENSION 5 On Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has announced that on September 26 they will release on Blu-ray (as well as DVD) the 1966 science fiction pic CYBORG 2087. The film stars Michael Rennie, Karen Steele, Wendell Corey and Warren Stevens, and was written by Arthur C. Pierce. The Blu-ray will be transferred from a new HD master and include an audio commentary by writer and filmmaker Chris Alexander as well as a trailer gallery. On the same date, they will also release DIMENSION 5 (1966) on Blu-ray (as well as DVD) from a 4K Scan by Paramount Pictures Archives! The film stars Jeffrey Hunter, France Nuyen, Harold Sakata, and was directed by CYBORG 2087’s Franklin Adreon. The release will include an audio commentary by Videodrome (Gideon Kennedy, Matt Owensby and John Robinson) – opened in 1998, Videodrome is now Atlanta, Georgia's only video rental store – as well as a trailer gallery.
Scream Factory To Release THE MANSTER On Blu-ray!
If you’ve been enjoying some of Scream Factory’s recent Blu-ray releases from the 1950s (THE VAMPIRE, I BURY THE LIVING, THE SCREAMING SKULL, etc.) then they have another fun one for you: THE MANSTER! American reporter Larry Stanford is assigned to a story on evolutionary theorist Dr. Suzuki and visits his secluded laboratory high in the mountains for Japan. Unwittingly injected with an experimental drug, Stanford becomes increasingly bitter and irritable towards his boss and his wife. Then one day, the appearance of a third eye on his shoulder hurls the reporter into a state of terror. The eye soon develops into a second head setting in motion a rampage of mayhem, madness and murder! Official street date is August 29th but you can get it shipped two weeks early if you order directly from the Shout! Factory website.
Blue Underground Sets Date and Details Extras for DEATH LINE (aka RAW MEAT) Blu-ray!
Blue Underground has set June 27 when we will see the Blu-ray/DVD Combo release of one of our favorite British horror films: DEATH LINE (aka RAW MEAT). When a prominent politician and a beautiful young woman vanish inside a London subway station, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Calhoun (Donald Pleasence) investigates and makes a horrifying discovery. Not only did a group of 19th century tunnel workers survive a cave-in, but they lived for years in a secret underground enclave by consuming the flesh of their own dead. Now the lone descendant of this grisly tribe has surfaced, prowling the streets for fresh victims… and a new mate. Norman Rossington, David Ladd, Sharon Gurney, and the legendary Christopher Lee also star in this heart-stopping horror classic co-written and directed by Gary Sherman (DEAD & BURIED). Originally recut and released as RAW MEAT in the United States, now DEATH LINE has been freshly transferred and fully restored in 2K from the original uncensored camera negative and comes fully loaded with exclusive new Extras produced for this release! Extras will include: Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Gary Sherman, Producer Paul Maslansky, and Assistant Director Lewis More O’Ferrall; Tales From The Tube – Interview with Co-Writer/Director Gary Sherman and Executive Producers Jay Kanter & Alan Ladd Jr.; From The Depths – Interview with Star David Ladd and Producer Paul Maslansky; Mind The Doors – Interview with Star Hugh Armstrong; DEATH LINE Trailer; RAW MEAT Trailer; RAW MEAT TV Spots; RAW MEAT Radio Spots; Poster & Still Gallery; BONUS Collectible Booklet featuring new writing by authors Michael Gingold and Christopher Gullo.
Severin Films To Release BLACKENSTEIN On Blu-ray!
On May 30th, Severin Films, in association with Xenon Pictures and Vinegar Syndrome, invites you to experience Mary Shelley's horror classic through a Vietnam-shattered, micro-budget, entrail-smothered lens. After years of lifeless home video presentations, Severin is proud to re-animate BLACKENSTEIN with an immaculate transfer of the rarely seen original theatrical cut AND a new assembly of the home video release version, Frankensteined together from the best existing elements! (The home video version has been the most widely seen version over the past few decades. It's entirely possible that the original video master was created using a longer, unfinished cut of the movie, with the producer's tighter edit being the version that was officially released to cinemas in the 1970s) You may have heard of this infamous Blaxploitation/Horror hybrid, but the real story is even more bizarre: In 1973, criminal-lawyer-turned-wannabe-monster-movie-mogul Frank R. Saletri wrote and produced this grindhouse hit about a Black soldier mortally wounded in Vietnam transformed into a rampaging monster by an L.A. mad scientist. Almost a decade later, Saletri himself would be murdered gangland-style in a crime that remains debated – and unsolved – to this day. John Hart (TV’s “The Lone Ranger”), ‘40s Hollywood starlet Andrea King and even former mob moll/stripper Liz Renay star in this jaw-dropper directed by William A. Levey, now with all-new Special Features that spotlight the entire twisted saga! Special Features: *Theatrical Release Version (78 Mins.) and Video Release Version (87 Mins.); *Monster Kid: Interview with Writer / Producer Frank R. Saletri’s Sister, June Kirk; *Archive News Broadcast On The Murder Of Writer/Producer Frank R. Saletri; *Producer/Directors/Actors Ken Osborne And Robert Dix Remember Writer/Producer Frank R. Saletri; *Bill Created Blackenstein: Interview With Creature Designer Bill Munns; *Theatrical Trailer.
Garagehouse Pictures To Release Lost 1960s Horror Comedy On Blu-ray!
After a daring jewel heist, a trio of thieves hold up in an old dark house inhabited by a motley bunch of restless ghosts that only want to dispatch their new guests in the most horrible manner possible – that is if they can get to them before the spirits of an unruly group of dismembered corpses from the nearby cemetery! Shot in Philadelphia in 1962, THE DISMEMBERED claws its way out of the grave of cinematic obscurity to debut on home video for the very first time courtesy of a new HD Blu-ray from Garagehouse Pictures. THE DISMEMBERED is a film so forgotten that at the time of this writing it doesn’t even have a listing on the Internet Movie Database. Directed by Ralph S. Hirshorn, THE DISMEMBERED is an offbeat ghosts-and-gangsters satire that evokes the spirit of American International Pictures and the drive-in B movie. Featuring homicidal ghosts, creeping severed limbs, cobwebbed sets, graveyard atmosphere and weird musical improvisations by the Main Street Ghouls, THE DISMEMBERED is one strange little movie with lots of ghoulish charm. The Blu-ray will be available April 25th from Garagehouse Pictures. Specs are as follows: • Transferred & digitally mastered in 4K from the director’s only 16mm film print, • Sound digitally remastered from the original optical tracks, • Audio commentary with director Ralph S. Hirshorn and Andrew Repasky McElhinney (CHRONICLE OF CORPSES), • THE END OF SUMMER (1959) – 11 minute short film by Ralph S. Hirshorn, • Liners notes by Dan Buskirk, •Trailers for Garagehouse Pictures releases, • Art by Stephen Romano, • All regions. 1962 / 65 mins./B&W / Mono/1.66:1/Not Rated.
Scream Factory Announces Spanish Horror Double Feature On Blu-ray!
Fans of vintage Spanish horror will be delighted to hear that Scream Factory has a new Blu-ray double-feature coming on July 18 featuring two 1974 films from the director of The Blind Dead Series, Amando de Ossorio! THE NIGHT OF THE SORCERERS: A group of explorers arrive in Africa to study the wildlife in the same area where a brutal native ritual occurred in 1910. All is tranquil until night falls and distant drumming draws one of the female members of the group to investigate the jungle. From there, a nightmare will be awakened … a nightmare of zombie natives and scantily-clad vampire women who prowl the moonlight jungle in search of fresh blood and more victims to sacrifice. THE LORELEY'S GRASP: In a town by the Rhine river, young women are turning up dead … savagely torn to pieces and their hearts missing. Concerned that whatever beast is doing these horrible murders will end up attacking the female students, a nearby school for women hires a hunter to find and kill the creature. The hunter will soon find out that this is no ordinary beast that craves human hearts, but rather a deceptive, alluring and mysterious being – The Loreley – who is already looking for another heart to use in a gruesome ancient ritual.
Kino Lorber To Release Mario Bava's KILL, BABY...KILL! On Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber has announced that they will release director Mario Bava’s KILL, BABY...KILL! (1966) on Blu-ray (as well as DVD) from a brand new HD master on June 13th. KILL, BABY…KILL! stars Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Erika Blanc and Fabienne Dali. The extras on this release include: an audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark, English-language soundtrack, Italian-language soundtrack, optional English subtitles, "Kill, Bava…Kill!" (a 2007 documentary by David Gregory, in which Lamberto Bava revisits the location where the film was shot, 25:02), a theatrical trailer (2:32), three TV spots (:60 :30 :10) and the German title sequence (3:30).
Blue Underground To Release Christopher Lee Fu Manchu Double Feature On Blu-ray!
Blue Underground has announced that they will release “The Fu Manchu Double Feature” Blu-ray on May 30, 2017, which will feature the great Christopher Lee in THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU (the unrated European version!) (1968) and THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU (1969), directed by Jess Franco. Also known as KISS AND KILL, AGAINST ALL ODDS, and KISS OF DEATH, BU presents THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU in High Definition, complete with additional scenes of nudity and violence and CASTLE OF FU MANCHU also in High Definition (both 1080p and 1.66:1). THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU extras include: The Rise of Fu Manchu - Interviews with Director Jess Franco, Producer Harry Alan Towers, and Stars Christopher Lee, Tsai Chin, & Shirley Eaton, Theatrical Trailers and Poster & Still Gallery. THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU extras include: The Fall of Fu Manchu - Interviews with Director Jess Franco, Producer Harry Alan Towers, and Stars Christopher Lee & Tsai Chin, Theatrical Trailer, Poster & Still Gallery.
The Year of Naschy On Blu-ray Begins!
Scream Factory has set a June 20 release date for their “The Paul Naschy Collection”, a 5-disc Blu-ray collection of horror classics from the legendary King of Spanish Horror. Title in this initial collection include VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES, HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB, BLUE EYES OF THE BROKEN DOLL (aka HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN), NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF (aka THE CRAVING) and HUMAN BEASTS. All the films will be remastered in HD and include both English and Spanish tracks. And if you’re not on message boards and Facebook 24 hours of day, you may not have heard that Code Red has announced three highly desirable Naschy monster titles on Blu-ray: THE MUMMY’S REVENGE, THE FURY OF THE WOLFMAN, ASSIGNMENT TERROR. These will be new HD transfers of the films with the elements coming from the Spanish licensor (the street dates on these TBA). And last but not least, Mondo Macabro will release the Naschy favorites EL CAMINANTE and INQUISITION for some time in early 2017. Yes, “The Year of Naschy” on Blu-ray is certainly upon us!
Warner Archive Collection to Release THE VALLEY OF GWANGI On Blu-ray!
The Warner Archive Collection has been on a role lately, as they just announced a Blu-ray of THE VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969), the only major Ray Harryhausen stop-motion-animated feature never given a domestic Blu-ray release. The disc will boast a new 1080p HD remaster (in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio) with DTS HD-Master English 2.0 Mono audio (and English SDH subtitles). Extras will include the “Return to the Valley” featurette with the late, great SFX wizard Ray Harryhausen as well as the theatrical trailer (HD). Warner Archive Collection has also announced Blu-ray of Donald Cammell’s DEMON SEED (1977) starring Julie Christie and the 1950s science fiction adventure WORLD WITHOUT END (1956) starring Hugh Marlowe and Rod Taylor. Expect these Blu-rays to appear in March, and they should retail for under $20.
Severin Films To Release CATHY'S CURSE On Blu-ray!
On April 11th, Severin Films will possess the souls of genre fans with the first ever fully restored presentation of Canadian nightmare generator CATHY’S CURSE on Blu-ray. Fans can now experience one of the strangest EXORCIST/OMEN/CARRIE-inspired grindhouse hits like never before, transferred in 2k from recently-found film elements and featuring revealing new Extras with long-lost star Randi Allen and producer/director/co-writer Eddy Matalon. Forget what you’ve seen in blurry bootlegs and crappy budget packs. This first-ever restoration of the depraved Canadian shocker is being hailed as the genre rediscovery of the year. Special Features will include: Director’s Cut and Alternate U.S. Release Cut, “Tricks And Treats”: An Interview with Director Eddy Matalon, “Cathy & Mum”: Interview with Actress Randi Allen and Costume Designer Joyce Allen, Audio Commentary on U.S. Cut by critic Brian Collins and Filmmaker Simon Barrett, Introduction to Cinematic Void Screening At American Cinematheque by BirthMoviesDeath Critic Brian Collins and a Theatrical Trailer.
Mill Creek To Release THE CREEPING FLESH and TORTURE GARDEN On Blu-ray!
Mill Creek Entertainment is releasing a “Psycho Circus” Blu-ray on April 4, which will contain the HD debuts of Freddie Francis’ THE CREEPING FLESH (1973) starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and the second Amicus anthology (also directed by Francis) TORTURE GARDEN (1967) starring Burgess Meredith, Jack Palance and Peter Cushing. The Blu-ray will also contain the previously released THE BROTHERHOOD OF SATAN starring Strother Martin. This release will retail for well under $20, and you can expect to see a full review of it here in a few months.
Severin Films To Release DRIVE-IN MASSACRE On Blu-ray!
On March 14th, Severin Films invites you to load up your car and race as fast as you can to the DRIVE-IN MASSACRE, newly restored from the original camera negative recently discovered in the ruins of the Sky View Drive-In near Oxnard! Every slash, cut and hack is now rendered in beautiful high-definition, ready to splatter blood across the screens of eager genre fiends. Pre-orders through the Severin site will come signed by director Stu Segall! John F. Goff (THE FOG), Bruce Kimball (LOVE CAMP 7) and co-writer George ‘Buck’ Flower (BACK TO THE FUTURE) star in this nasty slab of ‘70s sleaze directed by adult film and episodic television veteran Stu Segall (INSATIABLE), now packed with all-new Special Features which include: Audio Commentary With Director Stu Segall, Drive-In Days: Interview With Star/Co-Writer John F. Goff, Norm Sheridan Recalls Drive-In Massacre, Making the Massacre: Interview With Director Stu Segall, and a Theatrical Trailer.
Warner To Release WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH On Blu-ray!
The Warner Archive Collection has just announced that they will release Hammer's WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH on Blu-ray this February. The film will be remastered in 1080p from a new HD remaster and will be presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio with a DTS HD-Master English 2.0 Mono track and English SDH subtitles. The great news is that this will be the full 100-minute International Theatrical release version which contains all the nudity and violence missing from the U.S. G-rated version. After Raquel Welch conquered the screen in ONE MILLION YEAR B.C., Hammer Studios followed up with WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH, written and directed by Val Guest (THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT) and based on a story by J.G. Ballard (Crash). Victoria Vetri stars as Sanna, rescued from ritual sacrifice by Tara (Robin Hawdon), a member of a rival tribe. Her survival coincides with the mysterious formation of a new “fire” in the sky: the moon! Sanna’s old tribe blames her for this affront to the sun; Sanna flees their wrath and Tara follows. Their shared adventures loom as large as the giants who once ruled the earth! The disc will include an original theatrical trailer in HD and is expected to retail for under $20.
Garagehouse Pictures To Release Trailer Trauma 3 On Blu-ray!
On December 21, Garagehouse Pictures will be releasing on Blu-ray, TRAILER TRAUMA 3: ‘80s HORROR-THON! The third volume in the TRAILER TRAUMA series is an unprecedented, chronological exploration of the history of horror from the 1980s, featuring the scariest, goriest, and craziest trailers from the era! With over 250 trailers (including many red band favorites) and a running time of nearly 7.5 hours, this epic 2-disc set is by far the most ambitious and comprehensive trailer package ever assembled! Including enlightening commentary from fans, filmmakers, journalists, authors, and cult cinema experts, this collection serves as a means of critiquing and educating about the most apocryphal and mind-blowing era of horror movie madness. The Blu-ray is currently available for pre-order only from DiabolikDVD.com. Special Features: • 2-disc limited edition (of 1500) set; •Audio commentary by Chris Poggiali, Ted Geoghegan, Michael Gingold, Tim Ferrante, Grady Hendrix, Stephen Romano, Dan Buskirk, James (Doc Terror) Harris and Exhumed Films’ Dan Fraga, Harry Guerro and Jesse Nelson; •Trailers for Garagehouse Pictures releases; • Art by Stephen Romano; • Original music by Ian Zapczynski; • All regions. 2016 / 439 mins. / Color / Mono & Stereo / Not Rated.
Kino Lorber Confirms Release Date and Details for Hammer's ONE MILLION YEAR B.C. on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber's Blu-ray release of ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (1966) will bow on February 14, 2017. The film stars Raquel Welch, John Richardson, Percy Herbert, Robert Brown, Martine Beswick and Yvonne Horner and was directed by Don Chaffey. The Hammer Films classic is known for its stellar special effects by the great Ray Harryhausen. Details and extras are as follows: 4K Restoration of the "100-minute International Cut", 4K Restoration of the "91-minute U.S. Cut", Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas, "In the Valley of Dinosaurs"– Interview with Star Raquel Welch, An Interview with SFX Legend Ray Harryhausen, Interview with Actress Martine Beswick, Animated Montage of Posters and Images and Trailers. And speaking of Hammer, if you haven’t done so already, please join in on our online campaign to get StudioCanal to get the rest of their Hammer titles released on Blu-ray HERE. Kino has also announced a number of favorites for Blu-ray in 2017, including new editions of Hammer’s THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH and Amicus’ THE SKULL, THE PIED PIPER (starring Donovan) and Z.P.G. (ZERO POPULATION GROWTH. Scream Factory has also announced a bunch of vintage drive-in Blu-ray announcements for 2017, including THE ANGRY RED PLANET, THE SCREAMING SKULL, WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH HELEN?, THE VAMPIRE (1957), INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS and I BURY THE LIVING.
Arrow Video To Release PSYCHOMANIA On Blu-ray!
Arrow Video has announced 1972’s PSYCHOMANIA on dual format Blu-ray & DVD on February 21. The Living Dead are a delinquent biker gang, fond of causing havoc on British roadways and making out in graveyards. Gang leader Tom (Nicky Henson) also has a Satanist for a mother, and when he discovers the secret of immortality, the name of his motley crew takes on a more literal meaning…Directed by Hammer veteran Don Sharp (THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE) and co-starring Beryl Reid (DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN) and George Sanders (VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED), PSYCHOMANIA is a wonderfully offbeat gem, outlandish and eccentric in equal measure. Details are as follows: 2K restoration from preservation negatives, High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations, Original 1.0 mono audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray), Optional SDH English subtitles, Brand-new interview with star Nicky Henson, “Return of the Living Dead”, an archive featurette containing interviews actors Henson, Mary Larkin, Denis Gilmore, Roy Holder and Rocky Taylor, “Sound of Psychomania”, an archive interview with composer John Cameron, “Riding Free”, an archive interview with ‘Riding Free’ singer Harvey Andrews, “Hell for Leather”, a brand-new featurette on the company who supplied the film’s costumes, “Remastering Psychomania”, a look at the film’s restoration from the original 35mm black and white separation masters, Theatrical trailer and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil. The first pressing only will include a collector’s booklet containing writing by Vic Pratt, William Fowler and Andrew Roberts.
Blue Underground To Release LOVE CAMP 7 On Blu-ray!
On January 31 2017, Blue Underground will release 1969’s LOVE CAMP 7 as a Blu-ray/DVD double-disc set. Launching the notorious “Nazisploitation” craze of the 1970s (including ILSA: SHE WOLF OF THE SS), LOVE CAMP 7 was the demented dream child of Writer/Producer/Star Bob Cresse (THE SCAVENGERS), Producer Dave Friedman (BLOOD FEAST), and Director/Cinematographer Lee Frost (CHROME AND HOT LEATHER, THE BLACK GESTAPO). One of the 72 UK video nasties – banned in Britain to this day – Blue Underground “shamelessly” presents the original uncensored version of LOVE CAMP 7 in a brand-new 4K restoration from its recently discovered camera negative! Extras will include “Nazithon: Decadence And Destruction”, an original theatrical trailer, a poster & still gallery and a Bonus Collectable Booklet featuring “The History of Nazi-Exploitation” by Paolo Zelati.
Media Blasters To Release DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN On Blu-ray!
In a surprise announcement that will bring holiday cheer to all schlock movie fans, Media Blasters and its Shriek Show label have announced the Blu-ray debut of DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN, the 1970s drive-in classic from cult movie maestro Al Adamson, on December 13. With a sudden slash of an axe, a woman named Joan is decapitated on the desolate beach at midnight. In a hellish laboratory hidden below the boardwalk “Freak Emporium,” Dr. Durea (aka Dr. Frankenstein!) drains his corpses to distill the all powerful blood serum. Count Dracula craves the serum and offers the doctor the hulking body of the original Frankenstein monster in exchange. With a blast of spine-tingling electricity they shock the monster to life and send him on a bloody spree for fresh victims. Joan’s sister sets out to find her missing sibling and becomes a hostage in Dr. Durea’s torture chamber. In her efforts to escape, she falls into Dracula’s clutches and witnesses of the monster clash of the century as the Frankenstein monster and Count Dracula clash in a gut-wrenching, limb-ripping, gruesome brawl to the bloody end! DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN features an all-star cast of veteran genre greats: Lon Chaney Jr. in one of his final performances, J. Carrol Naish (HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN), Anthony Eisley (THE WITCHMAKER), Regina Carrol (SATAN’S SADISTS) and Angelo Rossitto (Tod Browning’s FREAKS)! The film also famously features the iconic laboratory props and equipment from the original FRANKENSTEIN and BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN designed by Ken Strickfaden! The special edition Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by writer/producer Sam Sherman, a documentary on Independent International Pictures, a rare alternate ending, deleted scenes, a deleted scene with Famous Monsters’ editor Forrest J Ackerman & Dracula, rare 8mm movie location footage, the original theatrical trailer, TV Spot and an extensive photo gallery.
Garagehouse Pictures To Release THE SATANIST On Blu-ray!
This October, Garagehouse Pictures will follow up their NINJA BUSTERS release with another lost film on Blu-ray for the very first time ever on home video in the world. THE SATANIST was the first of a series of “black and white dirties” made by Zoltan G. Spencer (Spencer Crilly). The film last played theatres in 1970 and hasn’t been seen or heard of since. Combining softcore sexploitation and horror elements, THE SATANIST tells the story of a writer recovering from a nervous breakdown who moves to the country with his wife for a rest cure that turns into a nightmare when the two become unwilling participants in an ancient Satanic ritual and a wild bacchanal of the flesh. Weird forbidden rites, erotic succubi, obscene devil dances: THE SATANIST will take you to the edge of madness! As an added bonus, the release of THE SATANIST will also include SISTERS IN LEATHER, Zoltan G. Spencer’s third film, from an all new 4K transfer from the original camera negative. The Blu-ray debuts on October 31, 2016, and is currently available for pre-order from Diabolikdvd.com and Amazon.com. Feature Specifications and Special Features: • Transferred in 4K and digitally mastered from the only surviving 35mm print, • Sound digitally remastered from the original optical tracks, • Optional audio commentary by Chris Poggiali and Ashley West, • Liner notes by Chris Poggiali, • Bonus feature film: SISTERS IN LEATHER from a 4K scan of the original camera negative, • Trailers for other Garagehouse Pictures releases, • All new artwork by Stephen Romano, • All region BD.
Severin Films To Release BURIAL GROUND On Blu-ray!
On October 25th, 2016 Severin Films will unleash the definitive Blu-ray of psychosexual sleaze maestro Andrea Bianchi's zombie gut n' boob-chomper BURIAL GROUND. Severin is improbably proud to present this gorehound/sex-fiend favorite, now packed with all-new exclusive Extras, reversible sleeve art, and a Limited Edition (3000) O-Sleeve with new art by Wes Benscoter and featuring a 2k scan with new restoration and color correction from a negative element. For his only foray into the zombie genre, celluloid grime guru Andrea Bianchi (STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER) unleashes enough flesh-ripping, innard-munching and depraved oedipal mayhem to set insane new standards in Italian horror: Mariangela Giordano (SATAN’S BABY DOLL) stars in the splatter classic about a cursed country estate besieged by horny houseguests, undead Etruscans and the unusual relationship between a mother (Giordano) and her mega-creepy young son (disturbingly portrayed by diminutive adult actor Peter Bark) that will trigger perhaps the most jaw-dropping scenes in grindhouse history. Full Specs are as followed: New restored 2k scan with full shot by shot color correction, English and Italian Language Audio Tracks, “Villa Parisi - Legacy of Terror”: Featurette on the historic house location, “Peter Still Lives”: Festival Q&A with actor Peter Bark, “Just for the Money”: Interview with actor Simone Mattioli, “The Smell Of Death”: Interviews with Producer Gabriele Crisanti and Actress Mariangela Giordano, Deleted/ Extended Scenes/Shots, and a Theatrical Trailer.
Blue Underground To Release Jess Franco's 99 WOMEN On Blu-ray!
Blue Underground will release 99 WOMEN (1969) as a 3-Disc (Blu-ray/DVD/CD) Unrated Director’s Cut on December 13. For his epic shocker of caged women gone wild, legendary director Jess Franco brought together a once-in-a-lifetime cast of International beauties including Maria Schell (THE BLOODY JUDGE), Luciana Paluzzi (THUNDERBALL), Rosalba Neri (LADY FRANKENSTEIN) and Maria Rohm (VENUS IN FURS). Oscar winner Mercedes McCambridge and Herbert Lom co-star as the sadistic wardens of an island prison where abused yet luscious young lovelies surrender to their own depraved desires. Behind bars… without men… experience the unchained passion of 99 WOMEN! Long censored around the world, Blue Underground is proud to present the Unrated Director’s Cut of 99 WOMEN in a brand new 4K restoration, along with startling Extras including “Jess’ Women” - Interview with Director Jess Franco, “Jess, Harry & 99 WOMEN” - Interview with Stephen Thrower, Deleted & Alternate Scenes, Theatrical Trailer, Poster & Still Gallery, BONUS Collectable Booklet with writing by author Stephen Thrower and a BONUS CD – 99 WOMEN Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Bruno Nicolai.
Grindhouse To Release I DRINK YOUR BLOOD on Blu-ray!
Grindhouse Releasing has set a November 8 street date for the new deluxe Blu-ray edition of David E. Durston's gruesome and graphically violent 1971 horror favorite I DRINK YOUR BLOOD. The deluxe 2-disc Blu-ray set not only presents the ultra-violent, uncensored director's cut of I DRINK YOUR BLOOD in a new hi-def transfer but also includes two more vintage exploitation films in their HD debut: Del Tenney's I EAT YOUR SKIN (1964) and Durston's long-unseen, X-rated psychedelic shocker BLUE SEXTET (1969). Packed with new bonus features not seen on Grindhouse Releasing's 2002 DVD release, the I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Blu-ray is the ultimate edition of a notorious "Blood Horror" classic. (READ MORE)
Vinegar Syndrome To Release COUNT DRACULA'S GREAT LOVE on Blu-ray!
On September 27, Vinegar Syndrome will release the Paul Naschy Spanish horror classic COUNT DRACULA’S GREAT LOVE as a Blu-ray DVD combo. Presented in its full strength ‘unclothed’ export version, Vinegar Syndrome brings this classic piece of Spanish horror cinema to Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world, fully restored from its uncut International negative and featuring a never released feature length audio commentary track with star Naschy and director Aguirre. Bonus Features will include: Scanned & restored in 2k from 35mm internegative, Commentary track with director Javier Aguirre and lead actor Paul Naschy, New video interview with actress Mirta Miller, Both the English dub and original Spanish language soundtrack, International theatrical trailer, Still gallery, 8 page booklet by Mirek Lipinski, English and Spanish subtitles, Reversible cover artwork, and English & Spanish Closed Captioning.
Olive Films To Release THE RETURN OF DRACULA on Blu-ray!
Olive Films has just announced that they will release THE RETURN OF DRACULA (1958) on Blu-ray (as well as DVD) on October 18 (SRP: $29.95). For those who like their vampires with that certain European panache, Francis Lederer (TERROR IS A MAN) is sure to thrill as the titular Count – this time using the pseudonym Bellac Gordal – as he travels from his Transylvania home to the United States. In the guise of being a distant relative on vacation, The Count takes up residence at the home of the Mayberry family in sunny California. Quicker than you can say “I like my stake rare,” The Count … er … Gordal is up to his old nocturnal tricks and comes under the scrutiny of young Rachel Mayberry (Norma Eberhardt) whom Gordal has set his sights on, which may be her undoing. The film was directed by Paul Landres (THE VAMPIRE) from Pat Fiedler’s script, co-stars Ray Stricklyn (THE LOST WORLD), Virginia Vincent (THE HILLS HAVE EYES), John Wengraf , Gage Clarke (THE BAD SEED), Jimmy Baird and Greta Granstedt. RETURN will be presented in 1080p HD in its original 1.85:1) aspect ratio. On the same date, Olive will also release (on Blu-ray and DVD) Larry Cohen’s SPECIAL EFFECTS and Roger Corman’s GAS-S-S-S.
Scream Factory Announces Massive Title Slate including WILLARD and BEN!
Scream Factory has just announced an amazing new slate of upcoming Blu-ray titles, including ones which readers of this site have been eagerly awaiting for a very long time. The biggest surprises are WILLARD (1971) the rare 1970s rat-revenge film and its sequel BEN (1972), as well as the AIP-released Spanish-made horror classic THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED (1970). Other upcoming titles include BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) (Collector’s Edition), RABID (1977) (Collector’s Edition), POLTERGEIST II (1986) (Collector’s Edition), POLTERGEIST III (1988) (Collector’s Edition), SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE II (1987) & III (1990) double feature, DREAMSCAPE (1984) (Collector’s Edition), DEAD RINGERS (1988) (Collector’s Editon), DEAD OF WINTER (1987) and BUBBA HO-TEP (2002) (Collector’s Edition). Scream Factory has stated that these titles will start to see release in November.
Universal To Release "Frankenstein" and "The Wolf Man" Collections on Blu-ray!
Universal has just announced a FRANKENSTEIN: COMPLETE LEGACY COLLECTION and a THE WOLF MAN: COMPLETE LEGACY COLLECTION, both to be released on Blu-ray on September 13. The FRANKENSTEIN set will include FRANKENSTEIN, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN, FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, HOUSE OF DRACULA and ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. THE WOLF MAN set will include WEREWOLF OF LONDON, THE WOLF MAN, FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, HOUSE OF DRACULA, SHE-WOLF OF LONDON and ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN.
Mill Creek Announces Two "Hammer Films Double Features" on Blu-ray!
Mill Creek Entertainment has announced that they will be releasing two “Hammer Films Double Feature” sets on Blu-ray containing Hammer titles from the Columbia Pictures/Sony library. The first set will contain THE TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL and THE GORGON and the second set will contain THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN and THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY’S TOMB. Each set will retail for $14.98 and the release date is September 6. In the meantime, dig these terrific covers!
Universal Announces "Hammer Horror 8-Film Collection" on Blu-ray!
Universal Pictures has announced a “Hammer Horror 8-Film Collection” on Blu-ray, and the street date is September 13. The set will include on Disc 1: BRIDES OF DRACULA and CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF, Disc 2: NIGHT CREATURES and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Disc 3: PARANOIAC and KISS OF THE VAMPIRE, Disc 4: NIGHTMARE and THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN. All titles will be presented letterboxed in 1080p HD and feature English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono tracks, as well as optional English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles.
Kino Lorber To Release DOOMWATCH on Blu-ray and DVD!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just announced that they will release the 1972 British sci-fi thriller DOOMWATCH on Blu-ray and DVD in the near future. The film, never released theatrically in the U.S., stars Ian Bannen, Judy Geeson, John Paul. Norman Bird, Percy Herbert, James Cosmo and George Sanders and was directed by Peter Sasdy of Hammer Films fame.
Olive Films Announces Its September Blu-ray Slate!
Olive Films has just announced their slate of September Blu-ray releases, and they include a few cult gems (they will also be available on DVD). The 1958 B-monster movie classic THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS will be presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK will be the American version (77 minutes) of the Italian horror classic starring Barbara Steele and Robert Flemyng, directed by Riccardo Freda (as Robert Hampton). It will be the English language version (with optional English subtitles) and presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Also, yet another Republic Pictures serial: COMMANDO CODY: SKY MARSHAL OF THE UNIVERSE from 1955. It will be presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Each Blu-ray retails for $29.95, while the DVDs will retail for $24.95.
Blue Underground To Release Jess Franco's 99 WOMEN on Blu-Ray!
Blue Underground has just confirmed that their next Jess Franco Blu-ray upgrade is 99 WOMEN! It will be another deluxe 3-Disc Limited Edition similar to MARQUIS DE SADE'S JUSTINE and EUGENIE. Here's a peek at the cover art, featuring a new original painting on the front and the theatrical poster art on the reverse.
Kino Lorber Reveals BEWARE! THE BLOB Cover Art and Details!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics will be releasing BEWARE! THE BLOB (1972) (aka SON OF BLOB) on Blu-ray and DVD on September 20, 2016. A drive-in and late night television schlock favorite if there ever was one, the film stars Robert Walker Jr., Gwynne Gilford, Godfrey Cambridge, Carol Lynley, Larry Hagman, Dick Van Patten, Shelley Berman, Gerrit Graham, Richard Stahl, Richard Webb, Cindy Williams, Sig Haig and Burgess Meredith, and was directed by Hagman! A Brand New 2016 HD master will be used for the transfer, and special features include an audio commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith, an alternate title sequence and trailers.
Severin To Release 2-Disc ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST/DR. BUTCHER MD Blu-ray and DVD Collections!
It sparked riots on 42nd Street, spawned a generation of gorehounds on VHS, and forever set an insane standard for Italian mad doctor/zombie/cannibal carnage worldwide: Ian McCulloch, Alexandra Delli Colli, Sherry Buchanan and Donald O’Brien star in this blood orgy of gut-munching, eyeball-gouging and face-chopping originally known as ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST, which a notorious American distributor would then re-edit, re-title and re-release as a certified grindhouse masterpiece. Severin Films now presents both films fully restored for the first time ever from original vault elements discovered in Manhattan and Rome, and loaded with all-new Bonus Features that finally reveal the unbelievable truth behind its bizarre history, infamous marketing andstill-deviant legacy. (READ MORE)
Kino Lorber To Release Peter Cushing's Final Film on Blu-ray!
On this day, May 26, the birthday of Peter Cushing, Kino Lorber has announced that they will be releasing the legendary actor’s final feature film on both Blu-ray and DVD. BIGGLES: ADVENTURES IN TIME (1986) also stars Neil Dickson, Alex Hyde-White, Fiona Hutchison and is based on the classic novels of W. E. Johns. The film was directed by John Hough (TWINS OF EVIL, THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE). Bonus features and the street date will be announced soon.
Grindhouse To Release Lucio Fulci's CAT IN THE BRAIN on Blu-ray!
Grindhouse Releasing has set a July 12 street date for the new deluxe 3-disc Blu-ray edition of Lucio Fulci's nightmare classic CAT IN THE BRAIN. Here Fulci stars in this blood-soaked epic as a director being driven insane by his own movies. Fulci is thrust into an ultra-violent nightmare of death and depravity where murder and madness consume his sanity in a vortex of violence. CAT IN THE BRAIN will be issued in two versions: the standard release, and a special edition for collectors limited to 3,000 copies. Blu-ray specs: - HD digital restoration of the original UNCENSORED DIRECTOR'S CUT,- Presented with English and original Italian language soundtracks,- In-depth interviews with director Lucio Fulci and cult superstar Brett Halsey, - New interviews with composer Fabio Frizzi, screenwriter Antonio Tentori, cinematographer Sandro Grossi and poster artist Enzo Sciotti, - Lucio Fulci's heroic appearance at the 1996 NYC Fangoria Weekend of Horrors, - Original Italian theatrical trailer & gallery of stills and poster art, - Liner notes by Antonella Fulci, David J. Schow, Eli Roth and Martin Beine, - BONUS CD - the original soundtrack by Fabio Frizzi!, - Chilling GLOW-IN-THE-DARK slip cover, - limited to first 3000 copies, - Mini portrait of Lucio Fulci - suitable for framing - limited to first 3000 copies, - PLUS OTHER SURPRISES! Available for pre-order at Diabolik DVD.
Kino Lorber To Release CHOSEN SURVIVORS On Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just announced that they have licensed CHOSEN SURVIVORS (1974) from Fox, and that they will be releasing it on Blu-ray on October 4! The film stars Jackie Cooper, Alex Cord, Richard Jaeckel, Bradford Dillman, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Diana Muldaur, Lincoln Kilpatrick and Barbara Babcock and was directed by Sutton Roley.
Kino Lorber To Release THE EARTH DIES SCREAMING On Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just announced that they have licensed THE EARTH DIES SCREAMING (1964) from Fox, and that they will be releasing it on Blu-ray on October 4! The British sci-fi thriller stars Willard Parker, Virginia Field, Dennis Price and Thorley Walters and was directed by the great Terence Fisher of “Hammer Horror” fame.
William Castle Blu-ray Double Features Coming From Mill Creek Entertainment!
Mill Creek Entertainment has just announced to William Castle Blu-ray double features that will both be released on July 5, 2016. HOMICIDAL will be paired with MR. SARDONICUS and 13 GHOSTS will be paired with 13 FRIGHTENED GIRLS. Each double feature will retail for $14.98. Could this mean that the Hammer Sony titles that Mill Creek have the rights to be next on Blu-ray? Join in on the conversation HERE.
New DVD Documentary on Exploitation Legend William Grefé!
The all-new feature-length documentary, THEY CAME FROM THE SWAMP: THE FILMS OF WILLIAM GREFÉ will be available on DVD on April 19th. When it came to independent filmmaking in the sunshine state, William Grefé was the wildest of the wild! During the 1960s and ‘70s, the Miami-based producer/director transformed the darkest corners of the Florida swamps into his own personal backlot. From rampaging crocodiles possessed by an ancient Seminole witch doctor (DEATH CURSE OF TARTU) to a slithering serpent named STANLEY, Grefé would grind out low-budget exploitation films for drive-ins and hardtops around the world. Featuring over 20 interviews, plus a special guest appearance by William Shatner, this explosive documentary was produced and directed by Daniel Griffith (IT WAS A COLOSSAL TEENAGE MOVIE MACHINE: THE AIP STORY). This Limited Edition (1,000) two-disc set features over three hours of bonus materials, including the 1977 film, WHISKEY MOUNTAIN (in widescreen for the first time on home video)! Other features include a NEW documentary short on the history of Crown International, two vintage Grefé short films (one starring Shatner), one vintage promo film, a special Legends Award intro from actor Bruce Campbell, deleted scenes, a Grefé trailer gallery, still gallery and more! The first 100 copies sold will receive a FREE "STANLEY" insert booklet signed by Grefé and Griffith! You can pre-order your copy HERE.
Kino Lorber Reveals INVISIBLE INVADERS Blu-ray Cover Art!
Here is the Blu-ray and DVD cover art for INVISIBLE INVADERS, the 1959 science fiction classic that Kino Lorber Studio Classics will be releasing from a new HD Master on July 12! The cult monster movie stars John Agar, Jean Byron, Robert Hutton and John Carradine and was directed by Edward L. Cahn. Extras will include a brand new audio commentary by film historians Tom Weaver and Dr. Robert J. Kiss.
Scream Factory To Release THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF on Blu-ray!
Scream Factory is giving us something to howl in joy about: 1973’s long-lost THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF will be making its home video debut on the Blu-ray format on July 26th and will sport a brand-new HD transfer! Richie Bridgestone’s parents are getting a divorce, but that’s the least of his problems at the moment. Richie is hoping his parents will reconsider and on a visit to his father’s secluded cabin, he witnesses his dad being attacked by a werewolf. Much like the tale of the boy who cried wolf, no one in the town will believe Richie’s claims that his father will change into a werewolf at the next full moon. This was the third and final pairing of actor Kerwin Matthews and cult filmmaker Nathan Juran (ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN, THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS). The two had also worked together on the classic 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD and JACK THE GIANT KILLER.
Redemption To Release Paul Naschy's CRIMSON on Blu-ray!
Spanish horror movie legend Paul Naschy (FRANKENSTEIN’S BLOODY TERROR) stars as a criminal gang leader who undergoes a radical surgery in Juan Fortuny’s1973 Eurociné thriller CRIMSON (aka THE MAN WITH THE SEVERED HEAD, LAS RATAS NO DUERMEN DE NOCHE), which will be available on Blu-ray from Redemption on June 14. When a jewel heist goes awry, Jack Surnett (Naschy) and his fellow thieves take shelter at the home of a scientist experimenting in brain replacement. Through the surgical finesse of the doctor’s wife (Silvia Solar), Surnett is restored to health, but suffers irresistible pangs of bloodlust and conventional lust as well after the brain of a criminal known as The Sadist (Roberto Mauri) is grafted onto his own. This edition will include both the English dubbed version as well as the extended international version (French with optional English subtitles), which features additional (sexually provocative) footage. Special Features: mastered in HD from the original 35mm film elements, standard 89-minute version and the complete, more sexually explicit 98-minute version, and an audio commentary by horror film historian Richard Harland Smith.
THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT and THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE Blu-ray Specs!
Scorpion Releasing has just announced the final specs for the Kino Lorber Blu-ray releases of THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT and THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE that they are producing. THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT (due out on May 24) will include an on-camera interview with star Sarah Douglas, an on-camera interview with star Dana Gillespie, an audio commentary with director Kevin Connor moderated by Brian Trenchard-Smith, the original trailer, and the disc will be dual-layered for maximum enjoyment. THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE (due out on May 10) will feature an on-camera interview with star Martin Sheen, an audio commentary with director Nicolas Gessner, a conversation between Sheen and Gessner, the original trailer, and the disc will be dual-layered for maximum enjoyment (it will also include reversible cover art).
Drive-In Monster-Rama Gets Its Own Blu-ray!
Named for our very own bi-annual event, TRAILER TRAUMA 2: DRIVE-IN MONSTERAMA, the third Blu-ray release from Garagehouse Pictures, is coming get you on May 1st! Pre-sales through DiabolikDVD.com will begin on March 15th. TRAILER TRAUMA 2: DRIVE-IN MONSTERAMA is a giant compilation of 95 terrifying trailers from the twilight days of the drive-in era, featuring an optional audio commentary by Keith J. Crocker, director of THE BLOODY APE and BLITZKRIEG: ESCAPE FROM STALAG 69, and George Reis of DVD Drive-In. If the original TRAILER TRAUMA (also available from DiabolikDVD.com) left you hungry for more, TRAILER TRAUMA 2: DRIVE-IN MONSTERAMA is sure to satisfy your craving for more unseen, rare and spectacular previews from hell mastered in full HD – many for the first time anywhere! And those who attend this year’s April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama (April 29-30) will be able to pick up the Blu-ray before the street date.
Kino Lorber Blu-ray Updates!
Here are some updates on Kino Lorber Studio Classics’ latest cult movie announcements. From a brand new 2016 HD master comes THE LEGEND OF HILLBILLY JOHN (1972) on Blu-ray and DVD. The film stars Hedges Capers, Severn Darden, Susan Strasberg, Percy Rodrigues, Denver Pyle, R.G. Armstrong, Harris Yulin and Val Avery - Based on a Book by Manly Wade Wellman and directed by John Newland. Also arriving from a new HD master on DVD and 3-D/2-D Blu-ray is the 1976 Jack Harris release of the giant gorilla spoof A*P*E (aka APE) starring Rod Arrants, Joanna Kerns and Alex Nicol and directed by Paul Leder. And on June 14 (on Blu-ray only) comes THE MAGNETIC MONSTER (1953) from a new 2016 HD master. The release will include an audio commentary by film historian Derek Botello and a science fiction trailer gallery.
Kino Lorber To Release Ted V. Mikels' THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just announced that they will release the drive-in cult classic THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES (1968) on Blu-ray and DVD from a Brand New 2016 HD Master. The film stars Wendell Corey, John Carradine, Tom Pace, Joan Patrick, Victor Izay and Tura Satana as Satana and was written and directed by the legendary Ted V. Mikels.
Blue Underground Announces More Christopher Lee, Klaus Kinski and Lucio Fulci on Blu-ray!
Blue Underground has revealed that they are working on new HD restorations of CIRCUS OF FEAR and FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS, both featuring Christopher Lee and Klaus Kinski and based on stories by Edgar Wallace. Above is a sneak peek of the Double Feature Blu-ray artwork! They have also revealed that their next Lucio Fulci Blu-ray upgrade will be... MANHATTAN BABY! Blue Underground is working on a new 2K restoration from the original negative, as well as producing a bunch of new special features. More details later, but here's a sneak peek of the 3-Disc Limited Edition cover artwork, along with the alternate "Eye of the Evil Dead" art featured on the reverse side.
Arrow Video Announces Its May Blu-ray Slate!
Arrow Video has announced that they will release Jack Hill’s AIP 1966 cult classic BLOOD BATH on Blu-ray on May 31. This special edition will feature the four various versions (BLOOD BATH, TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE, OPERATION TITIAN, PORTRAIT IN TERROR) newly restored from the best materials available to provide a definitive release. There will be plenty of extras, including a brand new visual essay by writer Tim Lucas and a new interview with actor Sid Haig. On May 24, Arrow will bow KILLER DAMES: TWO GOTHIC CHILLERS BY EMILIO P. MIRAGLIA, a Blu-ray/DVD double feature of two early 1970s giallos: THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES and THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE. The two films will be remastered in new 2K restorations and the box set will be limited to 3000 copies, and will include plenty of extras including audio commentaries with film historians and interviews with some of the actors involved (including a new one with actress Erika Blanc). Also, arriving May 16 is a Blu-ray/DVD combo of the 1990s action movie HIRED TO KILL starring Oliver Reed and George Kennedy.
Mondo Macabro To Release Joseph Larraz's SYMPTOMS!
Mondo Macabro is extremely proud to present for the first time ever on home video a lost classic of Euro-horror cinema, Jose Ramon Larraz’s SYMPTOMS. For years only viewable as a blurry bootleg derived from an early 80s British TV broadcast, now this haunting thriller can be seen as it was intended with a brand new HD transfer of the recently discovered negatives. It’s taken us more than 15 years of searching and negotiating to get here, but with the indispensable assistance of the BFI we can finally bring this film to the world on Blu-ray and DVD. SYMPTOMS is an intense and claustrophobic study of a woman’s descent into madness and murder. Made in the same years as Larraz’s better known VAMPYRES with much of the same crew and a similar vibe, SYMPTOMS is more atmospheric and ambiguous, and less exploitative. But it casts a powerful spell and is perhaps the most potent example of director Jose Larraz’s unique style. (READ MORE)
Scream Factory To Release I SAW WHAT YOU DID On Blu-ray!
It starts as a game…and there’s no end in fright! A simple prank call turns into a night of person-to-person terror in 1965's I SAW WHAT YOU DID — which streets on Blu-ray for the first time on May 17th from Scream Factory. The legendary Joan Crawford (WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?) and John Ireland are among the stars in this chiller produced and directed by the legendary Master of the Macabre, William Castle (HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, THE TINGLER, STRAIT-JACKET). Scream Factory has also revealed the Blu-ray cover art for YOU’LL LIKE MY MOTHER (see above) which has a street date of May 10.
Synapse Films To Release Dario Argento's TENEBRAE as a Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD/CD Steelbook!
Italian terror master Dario Argento elevates the Giallo genre to new heights with 1982’s TENEBRAE, a darkly humorous, futuristic and notoriously grisly horror film many consider to be one of his finest works. This all-new 1080p high-definition release of TENEBRAE is presented here, for the FIRST TIME EVER, with rare English insert shots never-before-seen on any optical disc release! Starring John Saxon (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), Daria Nicolodi (Dario Argento’s PHENOMENA) and John Steiner (CALIGULA), this slasher-horror classic also features an amazing music score from Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli and Massimo Morante (formerly of Italian progressive-rock band, Goblin). (READ MORE)
Kino Lorber To Release KILLER FORCE on Blu-ray and DVD!
Kino Lorber has announced that they will be releasing the 1975 AIP action movie KILLER FORCE (aka THE DIAMOND MERCENARIES) on both Blu-ray and DVD. The all-star case includes Telly Savalas, Peter Fonda, Hugh O'Brian, Christopher Lee, O.J. Simpson and Maud Adams, and it was co-written and Directed by Val Guest. Scorpion Releasing, who are producing this release, has revealed that they found an alternate ending (which changes the outcome) which will be the sole extra. Seen here is the tentative art (awaiting approval) and you can expect it to street some time in May.
Grindhouse Reveals PIECES Blu-ray Details!
Releasing is blazing a bloody trail of chainsaw carnage in 2016 with
the company’s best home video release to date: the highly anticipated
3-disc deluxe Blu-ray edition of the 1980s slasher classic PIECES.
stores March 1, this jam-packed, definitive hi-def set (specs below)
comes complete with an eye-popping PIECES jigsaw puzzle (limited to
the first 3000 copies, available now for pre-order at Diabolik DVD and
Amazon.com. Through an exclusive deal with Grindhouse Releasing, Diabolik
DVD customers will receive PIECES a week early on February 23 –
and get first crack at the limited edition, which is projected to sell
out fast. (READ MORE)
Kino Lorber Reveals JOURNEY TO THE 7TH PLANET and PANIC IN YEAR ZERO Cover Art and Details!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just unveiled the extras and cover art for two of their upcoming AIP science fiction classics! JOURNEY TO THE SEVENTH PLANET (which sees Blu-ray and DVD release on April 5th) will include: A Brand New 2015 HD Master, Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas and a Trailer Gallery. PANIC IN YEAR ZERO (which sees Blu-ray and DVD release on April 19) will include: A Brand New 2015 HD Master, "Atomic Shock" Legendary Filmmaker Joe Dante on "Panic in Year Zero", Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith and a Trailer Gallery.
Arrow Video To Release AIP's DILLINGER on Blu-ray!
Arrow Video has announced that they will release DILLINGER, the 1973 American International Pictures release, on Blu-ray on April 26. A top drawer gangster picture which is also stylish and hugely entertaining, DILLINGER was the directorial debut of John Milius, who presents John Dillinger as an almost mythical figure, tracing the rise and fall of the Depression era’s Public Enemy Number One as he takes on the banks and the G-men, led by the infamous Melvin Purvis. Starring Warren Oates and Ben Johnson as Dillinger and Purvis, the supporting cast includes Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Dreyfuss, Cloris Leachman and Michelle Phillips. Specifics for this Blu-ray are as follows: •Brand new 2K restoration of the film from original film materials, •High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the film, •Original mono soundtrack (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray), •Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, •Audio commentary by Stephen Prince, author of Savage Cinema and Screening Violence, •Newly-filmed interview with producer Lawrence Gordon, •Newly-filmed interview with director of photography Jules Brenner, •Newly-filmed interview with composer Barry De Vorzon, •Stills gallery, •Theatrical trailer, •Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips, •Collector’s booklet containing new writing by Kim Newman on fictional portrayals of John Dillinger, plus an on-set report containing interviews with writer-director John Milius and others, illustrated with original production stills
VCI Reveals CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS Blu-ray Details!
VCI is set to release the micro-budgeted, horror classic, CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS, on February 23, 2016. A big hit with the drive-in crowd of the early 70's, this little gem, directed by Bob Clark, has become a big success on home video in the years since, earning true cult-film status along the way. VCI decided it was high-time to give "CSPWDT" the special Blu-ray attention adoring fans have been asking for, and it certainly paid off. (READ MORE)
Olive Films to Release THE TRIP on Blu-ray!
Olive Films have announced that they will release Roger Corman’s THE TRIP on Blu-ray (as well as DVD) on March 22. The 1967 AIP psychedelic classic features a cast and crew of Academy Award winners and nominees including screenwriter Jack Nicholson (Best Actor winner for AS GOOD AS IT GETS and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST); Peter Fonda (Best Actor nominee, ULEE’S GOLD; Best Screenplay, EASY RIDER – a nomination shared with THE TRIP co-star Dennis Hopper); Bruce Dern (Best Actor nominee, NEBRASKA) and Dennis Hopper (Best Supporting Actor nominee, HOOSIERS). The film also stars Susan Strasberg (PSYCH-OUT). Olive Films will release another AIP film (on Blu-ray as well as DVD) on the same date: BREAKER, BREAKER (1977) starring Chuck Norris.
Scream Factory to Release YOU'LL LIKE MY MOTHER on Blu-ray!
Scream Factory has just announced that the rare and somewhat forgotten 1972 Universal thriller YOU'LL LIKE MY MOTHER will be joining their roster on Blu-ray near Mother's Day (Of course!). The film stars Academy Award-winning actress Patty Duke Astin, Rosemary Murphy (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD) and Richard Thomas (“The Waltons”). No word on exact street date or if any extras will be planned but keep an eye out for updates later on in the winter.
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!
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 have frequented 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 ofgrandeur, 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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