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HORROR ON DVD NEWS:

HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray: Who's Winning?

August 30, 2007 -- I picked up the "Dawn of the Dead" remake HD-DVD this week and it's amazing. Seeing a horror film on HD is like seeing it for the first time again. Needless to say, as a horror fan, you realize that HD will take over. I have "The Fog" as an HD import as well and, again, it's fantastic. "DOTD 2004" won't be hitting Blu-Ray because there's a format war going on. DOTD 2004 is a Universal film, and Universal supports HD-DVD, not Blu-Ray. Now, DOTD 2004 is not the greatest horror film of all time, so seeing it again for the first time isn't mind boggling. But the picture is amazing. What bites for us non-Blu Ray owners is that some of the holy grails of horror -- the original "Dawn of the Dead", "Halloween", "Evil Dead 2" and now the "Masters of Horror" series -- are heading to Blu-Ray but not HD-DVD. We HD-DVD get "Dawn of the Dead" the 2004 version, but not the 1978 version. Which would you rather have? A no brainer. Given that "28 Weeks Later" is heading the same direction -- Blu-Ray but not HD-DVD -- it does look like HD-DVD is catching up very well for horror fans. When these Anchor Bay titles strike on Oct. 2, it's going to be difficult to say "no" to Blu-Ray. I'd really like to see how Blue Underground comes down. If they support HD-DVD, then horror fans will have a real choice. "Suspiria" on HD. Will it be HD-DVD or Blu-Ray? It all depends how Blue Underground founder William Lustig feels. If he comes down in support of Blu-Ray, well the battle will be over for horror fans and I'll have to buy a Blu-Ray player.

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HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray

August 21, 2007 -- Today, Tuesday August 21, is a pretty mild one for horror on DVD, what with Rob Zombie's double pack of "House of 10000 Corpses" and "Devil's Rejects" the only major title of the week. (Paul Naschy's "Exorcism" is also coming out today, along with Spanish horror film "Night of the Sorcerers".) But the big news on the DVD front is that Paramount, makers of the original "Friday the 13th" franchise, have come out totally in favor of HD-DVD -- so don't expect to see Jason in Blu-Ray anytime soon. Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox is unleashing "28 Days Later," the 1980s "The Fly" and 1979's "Amitvyille Horror" to Blu-Ray on Oct. 9. So Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD. Decisions, decisions.

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Clips for 'Vacancy'

August 13, 2007 -- This fairly well received mainstream horror film hits DVD on Tuesday. Here are some clips we were provided with.

I'll Give You The Honeymoon Suite
I'll Check It Out For You
Looking For Mistakes
Banging Doors
Checking In On The Cast & Crew of Vacancy: Mason
Mason's Video Picks

Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale play a married couple on the brink of divorce is forced to stay at a roadside motel when their car breaks down. Inside their room, the couple finds a stack of snuff films which were filmed in the very room in which they’re sitting. They quickly discover that their room is rigged with cameras, and if they don’t escape, they’ll end up the next victims on tape. DVD special features include deleted scenes and extended "snuff" films.

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'Planet Terror' Art and Special Features

August 8, 2007 -- Striking DVD October 16 is the first half of "Grindhouse", "Planet Terror" will be uncut -- apparently including the missing sex scene reel. Other features include:

Just when you thought it was safe to rent movies about Rome again, Bob Guccione's ultra-disgusting "Caligula" is heading to DVD, this time with commentary and participation from star Malcolm McDowell. Supplements of the October 2 Image Entertainment release include:

 * Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Robert Rodriguez
* International trailer
* Deleted Scenes
* Cooking School
* 10-Minute Film School
* The Stunts
* The Make-up and Effects
* The Badass Babes
* The Renegade Guys
* The Costumes
* The Production Design

Great cover art too.

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Box Set Captures Entire 'Twin Peaks' Series

August 8, 2007 -- While it's not exactly a horror show, David Lynch's series "Twin Peaks" does appeal to horror fan. The first season DVD set is out of print and fetching hundreds on eBay while the pilot episode has never been released in the USA.

Well all that changes on Oct. 30 , when the series finally strikes DVD in a box set courtesy of Paramount. Special features will include Log Lady Intro For Pilot International Version With Alternate Ending, Log Lady Intros for each episode, A Slice of Lynch featurette, a Northwest Passage: Creating The Pilot featurette, a Freshly Squeezed: Creating Season 1 featurette, a Where We're From: Creating The Music featurette, and an Into The Night: Creating Season 2 featurette. Completing the package will be Saturday Night Live Featuring Kyle MacLachlan (Monologue and Twin Peaks Sketch), a Return To Twin Peaks feature, an Interactive Map, a "Falling" Music Video, Georgia Coffee Commercials (5 Spots), image galleries, and TV spots. The cover art, rumored a while back then denied as inaccurate, has shown up again on DVDActive. It's called the Gold Edition. Weak cover. Great series though and it'll be excellent to have the whole show, pilot included, in a single set.

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Blue Underground: 'Cannibal Man' on Nov. 13

August 7, 2007 -- One of the strangest, best Euro-horror films of the 1970s -- "Cannibal Man" -- is finally getting re-released to disc again courtesy of Blue Underground. The only special feature will be the trailer. Click here for our review of this great movie. On October 30, meanwhile, Blue Underground will re-release the cult classic (and really bad film) "Hell of the Living Dead." Click here for our review of that one.

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'Saw Trilogy' DVD Box Cover Art

August 3, 2007 -- Hitting stores October 23, just in time for the release of "Saw IV," comes the "Saw Trilogy" DVD box set, featuring the 120-minute "Director's Cut" of "Saw III," along with commentary and the usual special features.

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Sick Flick 'Caligula' Strikes DVD in October

July 24, 2007 -- Just when you thought it was safe to rent movies about Rome again, Bob Guccione's ultra-disgusting "Caligula" is heading to DVD, this time with commentary and participation from star Malcolm McDowell. Supplements of the October 2 Image Entertainment release include:

• Audio commentary with on-set writer Ernest Volkman
• Two new full-length audio commentaries with stars Malcolm McDowell and Helen Mirren
• "The Making of Caligula" documentary (two versions)
• New video interviews with director Tinto Brass and actors John Steiner and Lori Wagner
• An alternate pre-release version of the film with never-before-seen footage
• Hundreds of never-before-seen photographs from the set
• Theatrical trailers
• The first-ever CD soundtrack with 40 minutes of film score never before available
• DVD-ROM extras including Gore Vidal's original screenplay, three Penthouse magazine features, an interview with Bob Guccione, press kit notes, cast & crew bios, filmographies and more

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DVD Specs for 'Disturbia'

July 24, 2007 -- "Disturbia" was a PG-13 horror hit, proving that horror and kiddie afternoon movie fare are a match made in heaven. It actually is a decent movie and it's hitting DVD, naturally. Disturbia is hitting DVD August 7. Here's the press release:

The $65+ million box office hit that Maxim called “a scorching nail-biter that will have you jumping out of your seat”, DISTURBIA, moves into the neighborhood on DVD, Blu-ray and HD DVD August 7, 2007 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Shia LaBeouf (Transformers) stars as Kale, a troubled teen under house arrest who begins to suspect that one of his neighbors is not what he seems. Joined by friends Ronnie (Aaron Yoo) and Ashley (Sarah Roemer), Kale sets up a high-tech stake out that may very well turn deadly. A “blockbuster of suspense” (Maxim), the film also stars Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) as Kale’s concerned mom and David Morse (“House”) as the mysterious neighbor who becomes the object of Kale’s obsession. “A cool thriller with big scares” (Richard Roeper, “Ebert & Roeper”), DISTURBIA delivers nail-biting suspense and will leave you wondering just how well you really know your neighbors. The DISTURBIA DVD, Blu-ray and HD DVD presentations feature thrilling bonus material including “The Making of DISTURBIA”, deleted scenes, Serial Pursuit Trivia Pop-Up/Quiz, outtakes, “Don’t Make Me Wait” music video, a photo gallery and the theatrical trailer.

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Obscure Slasher Sleaze Fest 'The Mutilator' Striking DVD

July 22, 2007 -- Once again, a popular bootleg title on eBay is hitting DVD as an official release. The ultra-nasty "The Mutilator" is striking disc courtesy of Code Red, according to RetroSlashers.net. It's never been available on DVD in the USA -- expect in the form of rips of the laserdisc or possibly as import DVDs. No, it's not a good movie -- but very politically incorrect and something of a must see if you want to experience how gruesome slasher movies were in the 1980s.

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'28 Weeks Later' Cover Art

July 9, 2007 -- The best horror movie of the year strikes DVD October 2:

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Anchor Bay Unleashes 'Unholy' Sept. 4

July 9, 2007 -- Here's the AB press release:

An infernal legacy that spans decades. A deadly conspiracy that stretches across oceans and continents. And now, the battle to release an unimaginable secret reaches out to YOU! On September 4th, Anchor Bay Entertainment presents the DVD premiere of Unholy, a new film documenting a sinister secret…and the government that will stop at nothing to keep it!

Starring legendary horror queen Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, Swamp Thing, Creepshow), Nicholas Brendon (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” Children of the Corn III) and Joseph McKenna (The Long Kiss Goodnight, Twelve Monkeys), Unholy is a story of supernatural controversy and intrigue…and of those willing to learn the horrifying truth! SRP is $26.97 and pre-book is August 2nd.

Following World War II, a classified U.S. military document recounting the results of a Nazi occult experiment was uncovered and smuggled into an underground facility in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Many years later, a mother (Adrienne Barbeau) is confronted with the grisly reality of her daughter’s suicide. Are these events linked? What seems like a random family tragedy leads to a conspiracy of bizarre crimes, occult carnage and a necromancer who may control a new arsenal of demonic warfare including paranormal powers, time travel and satanic rituals. Just how far will our government go to harness a Nazi legacy that will not die? Has the U.S. Military experimented in the occult? For anyone brave enough to seek the answers, prepare for a mind-blowing journey that will take viewers from unthinkable trauma to unspeakable horror – that is the Unholy.

The Unholy DVD not only presents the film they don’t want you to see, but also includes such forbidden bonus features as:

Audio Commentary with Writer/Director/Producer Daryl Goldberg and Writer/Executive Producer Sam Freeman
Trailer
Poster and Still Galleries
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Vincent Price Box Set on Sept. 11

July 7, 2007 -- If you don't own the titles already, you may want to check out the Vincent Price Box Set coming from MGM on Sept. 11. MGM owns the best Price titles and a box set of them all is long overdue. It looks like, however, this will be the first of two volumes. The set will include "The Abomininable Dr. Phibes," "Dr. Phibes Rises Again," "Tales of Terror," "Twice Told Tales, "Theater of Blood", "Madhouse" and "Witchfinder General" -- all of which have been available before except "Witchfinder" which hits streets the same day. A bonus disc will be the documentary "Vincent Price: Renaissance Man" and two featurettes.

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Anchor Bay to Re-Release 'Demons'

July 3, 2007 -- Anchor Bay is bringing "Demons" and "Demons 2" (both by Lamberto Bava) back to DVD this September. The first one is one of the best Italian horror films of the 1980s. Click here for our review of "Demons" and here for our review of "Demons 2." Here is the official press release:

On September 25th, Anchor Bay Entertainment will be re-releasing Demons and Demons 2, two Euro-horror classics directed by Lamberto Bava, son of legendary Italian filmmaker Mario Bava (Black Sunday, Black Sabbath) - each with brand-new anamorphic widescreen (1.66:1) transfers, repackaged and set at the devilishly low SRP of $14.98 each. Pre-book date is August 26th.

Written by Bava and Master of Horror Dario Argento (“Jenifer,” “Pelts,” Suspiria), 1985’s Demons set a new standard for inventive special makeup effects and atmospheric horror cinema. Several people are invited to the grand opening of a new movie theatre, unspooling a particularly grisly horror film. As the events on-screen become more and more violent, the unsuspecting movie goers start to transform into bloodthirsty demons – killing and possessing those they attack, thus multiplying their numbers. Now surrounded with seemingly every escape blocked, the remaining guests begin a desperate battle for their lives.

Bava and Argento reunited to continue the horrific story with 1986’s Demons 2. In a seemingly harmless apartment complex, tenants watch a TV documentary about a group of teens who set out to investigate the legendary forbidden zone where a demon infestation once took place. A strange turn of events facilitates a demon resurrection and spells disaster for all occupants in the building – now plunged into darkness from a blackout and a haven for the demons to replenish their numbers…

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What's Left for DVD?

June 26, 2007 -- With DVD set to be replaced either by HD DVD or Blu-Ray in the coming years (or maybe both), some essential catalog titles never released to disc are finally hitting shelves this fall. Mostly, we're talking about Sept. 11, 2007, when a ton of great titles hit shelves.

"From Beyond," "The Burning," "Witchfinder General," "Scarecrows", "Mephisto Waltz" and 1972's "Tales From the Crypt" will at last be available. It will be a huge, huge day for horror on DVD. Many essential titles that needed to see a release date have made it to disc over the years, including "Island of the Damned" and "Night of the Comet" this year. But what's left? A hell of a lot. Here's a rundown of some essential '70s and '80s titles that deserve release dates, but none are in site:

"Blood on Satan's Claw": A classic of 1970s, Hammer-style horror. MGM has the rights to this, apparently, but no word of a release.

"Vampire Circus": One of the best of the Hammer films in the 1970s, this title has hit stores in Europe but not in the U.S.

"Blood and Lace": An eerie, unbelievably nihilistic slasher from 1972 starring Melody Patterson, not to be confused with "Blood and Black Lace." MGM again. No sign of a release.

"The Gorgon": Pretty much all the essential Peter Cushing/Christopher Lee Hammer horror films are on DVD in the U.S. except this one. This was directed by the best Hammer helmer of them all, Terence Fisher.

"Hands of the Ripper": Another minor classic Hammer film. It's out in Europe, but not over here.

"Incredible Melting Man": A camp classic that garnered a lot of attention when it screened on Mystery Science Theater, it's a pretty gory affair. Never released to DVD. MGM has the rights.

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On DVD Today: 'Island of the Damned'

June 26, 2007 -- There's at least one essential title hitting stores today: "Island of the Damned" or as it's known on DVD "Who Can Kill a Child."

"Island of the Damned" is one of the best horror films of the 1970s and served as the basis for "Children of the Corn." Meanwhile, the less-than-spectacular "Dead Silence" is also hitting stores. Also out today, the 1970s Joan Crawford cheesefest "Trog"!

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Out Today on DVD

June 19, 2007 -- An interesting day for DVD releases, highlighted mostly by the sublime "The Abandoned," one of the best horror films of the year to be exact. An absolute must grab.

Also hitting stores today is the 1970s shocker "The Nightcomers," starring Marlon Brando and Stephanie Becham. It was kind of a prequel to "The Innocents" and was directed by "Sentinel" helmer Michael Winner. Clearly the film shares some similarities with "Last Tango in Paris," released around the same year (1972).

 

Released last week, and well worth the purchase, is the latest edition in the Masters of Horror series, this one helmed by Joe Dante of "Howling" fame, who also directed the excellent "Homecoming" episode of MOH. Elliott Gould investigates the apparently organized mass murder of women by men. A great episode.

 

 

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'Tales From the Crypt' on Sept. 11

June 17, 2007 --

Now, "Tales From the Crypt" from 1972 and its Amicus anthology sequel "Vault of Horror" are hitting DVD on Sept. 11 as well as the great titles hitting stores from MGM that day. "Tales" and "Vault" will be sold as a double feature. So says DVDDrive-in. The titles are being released by 20th Century Fox. Also hitting stores that day from Fox is "The Fly" collection, featuring the original classic with Vincent Price, its sequel "Return of the Fly" and the never-before-available "Curse of the Fly."



Sept. 11 Gets Better

June 7, 2007 -- More MGM titles have been announced for DVD in the USA for Sept. 11. MGM is resurrecting its Midnite Movie series to give us, uncut and anamorphic for the first time in the USA, the legendary Vincent Price-starring and Michael Reeves helmed "Witchfinder General" (aka, "The Conqueror Worm"). Also up the same day from the same series is "Food of the Gods," that long sought-after giant-rats schlock film from the 1970s. As previously reported here, MGM is also releasing "Scarecrows" the same day, along with the uncut never-before-seen version of "From Beyond."


Sept. 11 Sees 'The Burning,' 'From Beyond' and 'ROTLD' Special Edition

May 29, 2007 -- Plus, on Sept. 25, Warner Bros. is releasing the acclaimed 1977 BBC miniseries "Dracula." But the big news of the day was from MGM, which announced via Fango today that "The Burning," "From Beyond" and a special edition of "Return of the Living Dead" will hit DVD shelves Sept. 11. "From Beyond" has never been available on DVD before anywhere -- and neither has "The Burning," although the latter did turn up in Europe in a full-frame edition. "Beyond" will feature scenes cut from the first release and it's a masterpiece of a movie, to put it mildly.

Rumour has it that "Scarecrows" might be heading to stores from MGM at that time too. But it will be a bare-bones release. Still given just how hard-to-find this title has been for nearly 20 years, it's well worth a purchase.

Meanwhile, not long after, on Sept. 25, Warner Bros. will release the acclaimed BBC miniseries of "Dracula" starring Louis Jourdan to DVD for the very first time in the USA. This 1977 version of the story sticks very close to the original novel and is considered one of the best productions of the story ever filmed.

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Out Today on DVD

May 15, 2007 -- The big title of the week is clearly Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth." But also hitting stores this Tuesday is "Thirst" -- promised as a cross between "Requiem for a Dream" and "Near Dark" -- and "Creepshow 3." "Right to Die" is one of the best editions of last season's "Masters of Horror" series, directed by Rob Scmidt who helmed "Wrong Turn." Here's the story: Her flesh has been charred and her body remains comatose, but from a strict medical perspective, Abby is still alive. Beset by guilt, her conflicted husband Cliff (MARTIN DONOVAN) is determined to get a court order to cease her pain. Her condition worsening, she repeatedly flat-lines and is revived. But each time Abby’s body dies, her apparition grows stronger, violently attacking those that have taken advantage of her plight. If Cliff pulls the plug, he’s next on the list. This topical horror story takes a supernatural stand on the right-to-life debate. CORBIN BERNSEN also stars.

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Confirmation that 'Burning' Is Heading to DVD in the USA

May 14, 2007 -- At last: Confirmation for the upcoming DVD release of "The Burning." It's happening. This is real. One of the most hotly anticipated, totally unavailable slasher classics from the 1980s is arriving on DVD. This now-classic "Friday the 13th" clone, with special effects by Tom Savini, was the first film ever produced by Miramax. Now on UK journalist Alan Jones' official blog, we have confirmation that commentary for the film has been recorded for a U.S. release on disc. The film has been out-of-print on video here for more than 20 years, although an uncut, widescreen version of the filmd did run on Monster HD:

Speaking of Harvey and Bob Weinstein, I moderated the US DVD commentary of The Burning with director Tony Maylam the other day as mentioned last time. It was the first ever Miramax production, the one that set the brothers on their rise to Hollywood royalty after being successful rock concert promoters. Maylam was a prickly character it must be said but he did reveal all about how he got the Weinstein’s into the film industry with this Friday the 13th clone that became a Video Nasty because of it’s finger-severing raft massacre. Maylam would only talk about this one film. He did not want any other career facts spoken about. His prerogative of course, but I did try and convince him people would be interested in what he’d been up to for the last 25 years. Why did he only make this one, very successful horror film for example? My argument cut no ice though, so admittedly highly interesting facts about the making of The Burning was the sum total.

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Anchor Bay's New DVD Lineup

May 7, 2007 -- Anchor Bay is now changing its name to Starz Entertainment, but they're still cranking out horror and genre titles on DVD like there's no tomorrow. Here's the latest crop of titles heading to stores.

The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky Limited edition box set includes the mind-bending cult classics, El Topo, The Holy Mountain and Fando Y Lis, fully restored and remastered on DVD for the first time ever!

Masters of Horror: Right to Die This is one of the best episodes of the last season of the series, and it's well worth catching. Drawing inspiration from the Scott Petersen case, not to mention Terry Schiavo, it delivers a topical "Twilight Zone" on crack mentality from the twisted mind of director Rob Schmidt (Wrong Turn) and an excellent installment from the Emmy®-award winning horror anthology. Starring Martin Donovan and Corbin Bernsen.

The Thirst Matt Keeslar and Clare Kramer star as recovering drug addicts recruited by a clan of vampires. Jeremy Sisto, Adam Baldwin, Erik Palladino, and Ellie Cornell co-star in this shocker from director Jeremy Kasten.

Hellboy: Blood and Iron (Animated) When Hellboy, Liz Sherman and Abe Sapien are assigned to investigate the ghost-infested mansion of a publicity- hound billionaire, they uncover a plot to resurrect a beautiful yet monstrous vampire from Professor Bruttenholm’s past. But before they can stop her bloodbath, Hellboy will have to battle harpies, hellhounds, a giant werewolf and even the ferocious goddess Hecate herself.How much crap does a guy have to take from a Hungarian Blood Countess before he and his surrogate father can avenge the souls of the damned? It’s going to take more than just a horde of very pissed-off demons for our heroes to see the light in this animated adventure from Creative Producers Guillermo Del Toro (writer/director of the HELLBOY movie) and Mike Mignola (creator of HELLBOY comics), now loaded with all-new Bonus Features.s.

In addition, you can catch Anchor Bay at Fangoria Weekend of Horrors, May 18 - May 20

In association with the show's producer Creation Entertainment and Fangoria Magazine, Anchor Bay Entertainment is once again proud to be a sponsor of the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors West Coast convention, this year taking place Friday, May 18 - Sunday, May 20 at the Burbank Marriott Hotel convention center. And once again, Anchor Bay Entertainment is reaching out to the fans with no less than four major discussion panels taking place at the show.

Hatchet - Adam Green will update fans with the latest news on the upcoming September 7 nationwide theatrical release of Hatchet. Joining Adam will be none other than Kane Hodder and veteran makeup/prosthetics genius John Carl Buechler, who designed the special effects makeup for the film!

Phantasm Reunion - Don Coscarelli will be appearing, along with convention favorites Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury, Gloria Lynn Henry from Phantasm III and - in a rare convention appearance - the Lady in Lavender herself - Kat Lester!

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon - This ingenious mock and shockumentary chronicles the training of up and coming psycho killer Leslie Vernon (Nathan Baesal), who allows a documentary crew led by Taylor Gentry (Angela Goethals) to record his every move. The film's director, Scott Glosserman, and the two lead actors, Nathan Baesal and Angela Goethals, will be on hand to provide their own commentary on the film, as well as what fans can expect from the June 26 DVD release.

Masters of Horror Season Two - Series creator / co-Executive Producer Mick Garris will be in attendance, discussing his latest MOH episode "Valerie of the Stairs." Joining Mick are Tom Holland (Child's Play, Fright Night) who directed "We All Scream for Ice Cream;" and Peter Medak (The Changeling, Species II), director of "The Washingtonians." Garris, Holland and Medak will give fans a taste of what to expect when their episodes hit DVD later this year.

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Striking DVD May 22: 'The Breed'

May 4, 2007 -- The latest "Wes Craven" presents movie is entitled "The Breed" and it's about killer dogs! It's hitting DVD shelves on May 22. Here's the official press release:

First Look Home Entertainment, proudly announces the DVD release of the horror thriller THE BREED. THE BREED stars the talented Michelle Rodriguez (Fast and the Furious), Taryn Manning (Hustle and Flow), Hill Harper (In Too Deep, The Visit) and Oliver Hudson (Black Christmas). THE BREED will be available on DVD on May 22, 2007 and will be offered in a limited edition hologram cover. A group of friends (Michelle Rodriguez, Taryn Manning, Hill Harper and Oliver Hudson) fly away to a deserted island for the weekend, an island once controlled by a special canine research unit. They soon realize that this beautiful getaway will become their biggest nightmare. Inspired by the horror classics, Cujo and The Birds. THE BREED takes you into the jaws of a flesh eating pack of wild dogs, genetically engineered to hunt and kill. Outnumbered and trapped the friends must stick together as they struggle to outsmart and outrun this terrifying species.

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Follow-up to 'Daughters of Darkness' Heading to DVD

April 30, 2007 -- "Malpertuis," from the director of the lesbo vampire masterpiece "Daughters of Darkness," is heading to DVD after decades of unavailability. Director Harry Kümel's odd follow up "Daughters of Darkness" also goes by the title "Legend of the Doom House" and included invovlement from Orson Welles!

As a weary sailor named Jan (Matthieu Carrière) sets foot on dry land, he is mysteriously abducted and awakens in the isolated mansion of Malpertuis. There, he is reunited with his sister Nancy (Susan Hampshire) and an eclectic group of distant relatives, each summoned by his dying uncle Quentin Cassavius (Orson Welles). Cassavius wishes to will all of his heirs an equal portion of his fortune. However, in return, each must honor his dying request: They are to remain within Malpertuis for the rest of their lives, the last couple to marry.

Trapped on the grounds of the sprawling mansion, Jan investigates as those who try to flee are dispatched in peculiar ways. Jan slowly spirals into madness as he realizes his uncle’s true intent and the nightmare world of Malpertuis takes hold.

Based on the classic fantasy novel by Belgian author Jean Ray, Malpertuis was director Harry Kümel’s follow up to the acclaimed Daughters of Darkness. Barrel Entertainment is proud to present Kümel’s surrealist masterpiece in two distinct versions: The quickly-assembled English-language edit that premiered at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, and the newly restored Dutch-language director’s cut — re-edited to 119 minutes as Kümel intended and presented here in a new high definition transfer.

The two-disc set hits stores on June 24.

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On DVD Tuesday: 'Alice Sweet Alice'

April 30, 2007 -- A pretty small number of films are striking DVD this week, but the one title not to pass up is "Alice Sweet Alice."

The movie has been out of print for years with Anchor Bay's release featching big bucks on eBay. Twelve-year-old Alice (Paula Sheppard) is the prime suspect when her younger sister (played by a child Brooke Shields) winds up dead during a Catholic communion.

Wearing a rain coat and mask like the one Alice had been wearing earlier, the killer sure looked like the snot-nosed kid. What follows is an intriguing mystery with heavy Catholic overtones and an emphasis on our subconscious fear of children. Alice is portrayed as a "bad seed" who very well could have killed her sister.

The film was certainly way ahead of its time. Well-made and well-acted, it almost stacks up as a classic, although it plays a little too much like a police drama toward the end of the film. Still, it's a must see. Dante Tomaselli, who is related to the director, became a horror filmmaker in his own right and is at work on a remake of this movie.

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This Tuesday on DVD: 'Let Sleeping Corpses Lie'

April 24, 2007 -- A big week for horror re-releases on DVD, with Blue Underground re-releasing a slew of out-of-print horror titles, including the campy zombie gem "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie," the Lucio Fulci sleazefest "House by the Cemetery" and another sick pick, "Macabre." The pick of the litter has to be "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie", a gory and reasonably suspenseful, if slow-paced, Spanish film. It far surpasses so many other European movies in the cannibal zombie genre that it's amazing this doesn't enjoy a massive cult following of its own. If you're a zombie fan, you simply must see this movie. Released before "Dawn of the Dead" but after "Night of the Living Dead," the film follows the exploits of two rebellious hippie strangers, who are forced to travel with one another after an accident in the British countryside.

Lamberto Bava's "Macabre" is another decent fear film, previously available from Anchor Bay (which was run by William Lustig, who now runs Blue Underground). It's back in print with this release. All in all, "Macabre" is a movie strictly for Bava fans and lovers of cheesy early 1980s Italian horror, and doesn't come close the greatness of Bava's "Demons" films or even his slasher film "A Blade in the Dark." General viewers won't find much to cheer here. The film came out on VHS long ago as "Frozen Terror."

While I don't have a review up of Fulci's "House by the Cemetery," it's a very enjoyable sleazefest, well worth catching for fans of this stuff. It's your standard, early 1980s trash slasher film, not a very hard film to come by on DVD (a lot of public domain houses have it), but Blue Underground always does an excellent job with its releases.

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The First Six Minutes of 'Marsh'

April 22, 2007 -- Out now on DVD, "The Marsh" is a Sony horror film that may be worth catching. Sony is so gung-ho about it that they placed the first six minutes of the film online. Click here to check the movie out. Directed by Jordan Baker, "The Marsh" is about Claire Holloway, a young, sophisticated author of a series of successful children’s books. Her personal life, however is far from a storybook tale. Visions of violence and death haunt Claire. She is tortured by a darkness that seems to seep from the corners of her subconscious. In hopes of clearing her mind, Claire takes her doctor’s advice to go on a sabbatical. She decides to stay at the Rose Marsh Farmhouse in the countryside, which looks suspiciously like the house she sees in her nightmares. Almost immediately upon arriving at the farmhouse, Claire is jarred by a series of escalating and unexplained happenings. She has plunged into a frightening world controlled by the ghost a ten year old girl—the very girl that Claire has seen in her dreams many nights before. In her search for clarity, Claire is joined by Noah Pitney (Justin Louis), a charming and handsome publisher of the small town newspaper and by Hunt (Forest Whitaker) a paranormal consultant. Claire and Hunt start to unravel the village’s dark secret.

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On DVD This Tuesday: Christmas Comes Early

April 17, 2007 -- "Black Christmas" leads the crop of new DVD releases hitting stores today. Other interesting titles include "Family," John Landis' awesome entry in the "Masters of Horror" series. A fun-looking water-bound monster movie.

In fact, "Family" is the best horror film that Landis has made since "An American Werewolf in London." Get it! Another interesting title this week is "Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep."

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'Screwfly Solution' Heading to DVD

April 16, 2007 -- The interesting Joe Dante entry in the Masters of Horror series gets a release date. Written by Sam Hamm (of the original 1989 "Batman" fame, who also wrote Dante's exquisite "Homecoming" episode of "Masters of Horror"), the hour-long episode is an unsettling one.

When a virus overcomes the male population of the world and turns them into murderous psychopaths, a mother and daughter escape across a country where their safety is in question. Starring Elliott Gould, the episode hits stores courtesy of Anchor Bay June 12.

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Demons Attack Thora Birch

April 13, 2007 -- Demons invade Thora Birch's "Dark Corners" on DVD May 22. In the traditions of films such as Dead Again and Lost Highway, Dark Corners blurs the line between a troubled young woman’s idyllic suburban conscious world and her horrific and dangerous unconscious one. The truly terrifying demons explored in Dark Corners leave us wondering which world is the real nightmare.

First time writer/director Ray Gower explodes out of the gate with this "wonderfully explosive head trip, and Thora Birch gives the most electrifying performance of her career," according to the press release. Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) and Christien Anholt (The Relic Hunter) also star in the film.

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On Disc Today: 'Phantasm,' 'Phantasm III' and 'Beneath Still Waters'

April 10, 2007 -- New to U.S. shores this week is Brian Yuzna's "Beneath Still Waters." But the big titles are the anamorphic widescreen debut of "Phantasm" and the DVD debut of "Phantasm III."

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The Trailer for 'Species 4'

April 7, 2007 -- It's sure to be a direct-to-DVD movie. "Species 4" follows the DTV clunker "Species 3." Here's the trailer, for those that are intersted.

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DVD Date for 'Behind the Mask'

April 6, 2007 -- "Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon" is hitting DVD June 26, courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment.

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Mario Bava Headlines Tuesday DVD Releases

April 3, 2007 -- A huge Mario Bava box set from Anchor Bay is the highlight of this week's slate of DVD releases. Two "Godzilla" classics are also hitting and -- for those of you with Playstation 3 sets -- Blu-Ray editions of David Cronenberg's "The Fly" and the very cool "Identity," a big-budget horror hit from the writer of the low-budget turkey "Jack Frost."

More than a quarter of a century after his death, director Mario Bava remains one of international cinema’s most controversial icons. Today his influence — marked by stunning visuals, daring sexuality and shocking violence — can still be seen in the works of Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Tim Burton, Dario Argento and countless others in a legacy that extends far beyond the horror genre. This collection brings together 5 landmark movies from the first half of Bava’s career — encompassing the original giallo, a bold Viking epic, and his three gothic horror masterpieces — featuring new transfers, original European versions, and exclusive featurettes to create the definitive celebration of one of the most important filmmakers of all time. Unfortunately, we may not be hearing Boris Karloff's voice on "Black Sabbath," the excellent anthology horror film he hosted, because it's the European version where his voice was sadly dubbed.

Also worth catching: Season 2 of "Twin Peaks." Fans have waited a long six years since the release of the first season, which is now out of print! What we really need now is a release of the pilot episode that started it all.

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Two Rare Naschy Titles Heading to DVD

March 29, 2007 -- On May 8, Paul Naschy's "Night of the Werewolf" and "Vengeance of the Zombies" will be released in special edition DVDs, remastered from the original negatives in high definition. Naschy's films are pretty cheesy, but for fans of Euro-trash horror from the 1970s, they're masterpieces. Some titles are certainly better than others, and I don't think I've seen these two. Here is the full press release:

BCI Eclipse, a Navarre Corporation Company, under their Deimos label, proudly announces the May 8th DVD premiere of two cult classics from Spain’s legendary horror star Paul Naschy: NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF (aka, "El Retorno Del Hombre Lobo" and "The Craving") and VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES (aka "La Rebelion de las Muertas" and "The Walk of the Dead"). Long sought after by legions of Naschy’s fans all over the world, Deimos will be releasing all-new special edition DVDs of these two Euro-Horror classics, remastered from the original negative in high definition and presented complete and uncut for the first time on DVD.

In addition, each release boasts a coffin-full of value-added bonus features, including the original Castilian and English-dubbed audio tracks, a new video introduction by Paul Naschy, still and advertising galleries, alternate scenes and extensive liner notes from Paul Naschy expert Mirek Lipinski.. SRP is a devilishly low $19.98 each. The announcement was made by Cliff MacMillan, Director of Acquisitions, BCI.

“We’re thrilled to present these horror classics for the first time on DVD in their original versions,” noted MacMillan. “From the presentation to the supplements, we wanted to make sure the DVD releases honor the imagination and artistry of Paul Naschy.”

For nearly four decades, Paul Naschy has been one of the true legends of Euro-Horror. Thrilling both fans and critics the world over from genre to mainstream, Naschy has created some of the most frightening and enduring horror films made, often serving as writer, director and star. His portrayal of the doomed lycanthrope (werewolf) Waldemar Daninsky has gained him instant recognition among horror fans everywhere and his depictions of other classic monsters – Dracula, a Mummy, Mr. Hyde, as well as a host of demons – have earned him the title of “the Spanish Lon Chaney.”

Released in 1980 and filmed in authentic Spanish castles, “Night of the Werewolf” (El Retorno Del Hombre Lobo) remains one of Naschy’s most impressive films. A sumptuous Gothic horror fest, “Night” pits Naschy’s werewolf, Waldemar Daninsky, against the (real-life) Hungarian blood countess Elizabeth Bathory. Filled with werewolf transformations, seductive vampire women, bloody stakes through the heart and piercing silver daggers, the film has garnered praise over the years for its inventiveness with the genre and inspired use of macabre imagery.

1972’s “Vengeance of the Zombies” (La Rebelion De Las Muertas) offers a triple threat performance by Naschy as a Hindu mystic, his evil brother and the Devil himself. Zombies, satanic voodoo rituals and gruesome killings combine to make “Vengeance” a bizarre ride in the best horror tradition, a film that defines the term “Euro-Cult” as few other films can. Reportedly, practitioners of black magic have found hidden meanings in the film – adding a new level of fear and terror to “Vengeance’s” reputation. Because of censorship rules in Spain during the film’s initial theatrical release, Naschy filmed alternate “clothed” scenes to replace the nude scenes filmed for international theatrical release. Deimos found these lost scenes and presents them as a bonus feature on the DVD.

BCI dug deep into the film vaults in Spain to find bonus features that are worthy of these cult film masterpieces, exhuming rare stills, lost footage, theatrical trailers and artwork guaranteed to sink your teeth into!

“Night of the Werewolf” Special Features:

* Complete, uncut version presented for the first time

* Widescreen (1.85:1) Presentation, enhanced for 16x9 televisions

* New video introduction by Paul Naschy (in Castilian with English subtitles)

* Two audio tracks: In Castilian with English subtitles and English-dubbed track

* International theatrical trailer

* Original Spanish-language opening and closing credit sequences

* Extensive still gallery of photos from the film, poster art and advertising materials from around the world

* Liner notes from noted Paul Naschy expert Mirek Lipinski (www.naschy.com) with rare photos and stills



“Vengeance of the Zombies” Special Features:

* Complete, uncut version presented for the first time

* Full-screen (1.33:1) Presentation

* New video introduction by Paul Naschy (in Castilian with English subtitles)

* Two audio tracks: In Castilian with English subtitles and English-dubbed track

* International theatrical trailer

* Original Spanish-language opening and closing credit sequences

* Alternate “clothed” versions of the nude scenes used for the original Spanish theatrical release

* Extensive still gallery of photos from the film, poster art and advertising materials from around the world

* Liner notes from noted Paul Naschy expert Mirek Lipinski (www.naschy.com) with rare photos and stills

For more information, please visit www.deimosdvd.com.

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Huge DVD News: 'Island of the Damned'

March 26, 2007 -- "Island of the Damned" -- also called "Who Can Kill a Child? -- is at last heading to DVD in the USA courtesy of Dark Sky Films.

"Island of the Damned" is one of the best horror films of the 1970s and has never had a decent DVD release. It did make it to disc in Europe, but the picture quality was less than spectacular. Dark Sky generally produces excellent DVDs so this title will be awesome. The film will hit stores on June 26.

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A Giant 'Turistas' Tuesday for DVDs

March 25, 2007 -- This Tuesday sees the Afterdark Film Fest hitting disc, along with a dozen or so other horror titles. Among the big titles being released on Tuesday are all the Afterdark Horror Fest titles, with the notable exception of the best of the bunch, "The Abandoned," which will be released on disc separately later. One of the better titles in the After Dark line-up is "Penny Dreadful," which stars Mimi Rogers and, for a horror film set for the most part in a car, delivers some genuine suspense. Click here to read our interview with the director. Also in the After Dark lineup is "Gravedancers," about a trio of college friends who reunite for the funeral of their former comrade. They make the mistake of taking the advice found on a mysterious sympathy card, a poem suggesting that life is for the living, who should dance on the graves of the dead. Somewhat predictably – but very effectively – this precipitates a trio of hauntings, one for each offender. The movie kicks off with a nice shock sequence, perhaps slightly reminiscent of "Suspiria"'s killer opening, then moves into a nicely handled building for the first act, establishing the characters and hinting at the presence of unseen ghosts through camera movement and sound effects, before pulling out all the stops in the later portions. If at times, the film gets a bit too special effects heavy, creating an atmosphere that feels more fanciful than frightening, it mostly works as a creepy nail-biter, with only a couple of graphic moments in what would otherwise warrant a PG-rating.

Also out this week is "Turistas" in a special edition unrated version.

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DVD Pick of the Week: 'Pro Life'

March 21, 2007 -- Undeniably, the DVD to pick up this week is John Carpenter's "Masters of Horror" episode "Pro Life," one of the weirdest episodes of the series and the best thing Carpenter has done since his last MOH episode. Truth is, Carpenter hasn't been directing much good stuff since the 1980s and his work on MOH proves it isn't his fault. He just hadn't been given the creative licence to make what he really wanted to make. His first episode of "Masters of Horror," "Cigarette Burns," was a genuinely terrifying -- touching on themes from "In the Mouth of Madness" but going way, way beyond them. "Pro Life" is similarly sick and twisted, taking on the subject of abortion in a way that no show or movie has or probably ever will again. "Pro Life" has as much contempt for abortion doctors as it does for the anti-abortion movement. Ron Perlman was cast as a radical anti-abortionist who violates a court order by stalking a clinic. But he has a reason: His teenage daughter is inside getting an abortion. What he doesn't know is that she was impregnated -- raped -- by a demon. He gets a team of young rednecks to break into the clinic with him and exact justice on the medical team there, killing off one with an abortion vacuum, shooting others. Meanwhile, two meds deal with the monster his daughter has given birth to.

They don't make 'em this good anymore -- except on Masters of Horror. Like the best episodes of that series, this one just gets sicker and more twisted as it goes along, and clocking in at a full hour, it almost feels like a full-length movie. So head on over to your local Blockbuster, Target, or whatever and pick this one up. It hit stores Tuesday.

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Contest for 'Open Water 2'

March 19, 2007 -- The drunks-versus-sharks movie's been out on DVD for a while, but we've been given some copies to give away. This is a super easy trivia contest, people. What Lucio Fulci movie pits a zombie against a shark? Too easy. Quick, send your answer to and include your full mailing address in the email.

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On DVD Next Week: 'Re-Animator'

March 13, 2007 -- If you haven't already seen this masterpiece, you owe to yourself to pick up a copy of the latest incarnation on DVD when it shows up next week. But how does the new Anchor Bay release stack up to previous incarnations on DVD?

As far as we can tell, the print is the same one that showed up on the Millenium Edition that came out a few years ago from Image Entertainment. The DVD also doesn't have a music-only track like that edition did. It does feature some interesting extras not seen on that disc, mainly in the form of lost still photographs, and a copy of the screenplay and even the H.P. Lovecraft story upon which the film was based. But if you already have a copy of the Millenium Edition and were hoping for a better, remastered print of the film, you won't find that here. Still, if you haven't had the pleasure of seeing this movie yet or don't own it, this is absolutely worth picking up. It comes with a collectible highlighter pen for a limited time as well.

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Coscarelli's 'Survival Quest' Heading to DVD

March 8, 2007 -- On the heels of the coming special edition of his masterpiece "Phantasm," Don Coscarelli's "Survival Quest" is also heading to disc. Click here for DVDActive's cover art from the upcomng "Phantasm" DVD. Meanwhile, Starz Home Entertainment announces the April 10th DVD premiere of Don Coscarelli’s 1989 thriller Survival Quest -- fully restored from original vault elements under the personal supervision of Mr. Coscarelli and remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Ex sound. SRP is $14.98 and pre-book is February 28th. Survival Quest will be released on the same day Anchor Bay Entertainment releases Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm and Phantasm III on DVD. Packed with suspense, breath-taking action and boasting an all-star cast – many at the start of their film careers -- including Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend's Wedding), Catherine Keener (The 40 Year Old Virgin, 8MM), Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Pumpkinhead, Abominable), Mark Rolston (The Departed, The Shawshank Redemption), Steve Antin (The Goonies), Ben Hammer (The Beastmaster) and veteran Coscarelli collaborator Reggie Bannister (Bubba Ho-Tep, Phantasm I-IV), there’s no guessing why Amazon.com declared Survival Quest “well worth your time.” For five strangers from the city, it was supposed to be the ultimate wilderness challenge: Four weeks at the North Rockies Survival Quest School led by a tough-as-nails instructor (Lance Henriksen). When the group crosses paths with a sadistic paramilitary squad, a shocking accident transforms their nature trek into a desperate life-and-death struggle. Armed only with the survival skills they have just learned, they must make their way through the wilderness, surviving the brutal elements while keeping one step ahead of their vicious pursuers!

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Peter Cushing's 'Last' Horror Film Heading to DVD

March 5, 2007 --  Peter Cushing's final horror film to see the light of day at last: Welsh Film Company sets DVD release. But we only hear Cushing's voice in the film. Still, last is last. Welsh film company, Burn Hand Film Productions Ltd, have set the horror world alight with their stunning announcement that they are releasing on DVD one final performance by horror legend Peter Cushing! Peter is best known for his performances in Star Wars and the hammer horror movies, passed away in 1994, age 81. But now over 10 years later, he has managed yet again to be at the front of the movie business.

Director Neil Jones explains how the film came about, and the involvement of Peter Cushing: “It all happened rather quickly actually, one of the movies Producers, was having dinner with a poet who mentioned he owned a recording of Peter Cushing reading a haunting anti-war poem that he had written. Well such things don’t get mentioned every day, and seeing the opportunity the Producers obtained the rights off the poet (Peter Kayne) and approached me to direct the film, using the poem as a voice over throughout the films disturbing climax.” Neil continues: “it was lucky timing really, as I was just about to start the Howard Winstone movie ‘Risen’, and had just finished screenings of a short film I’d done at Cannes, so had a month or so free, that being said we ended up only being able to film for a total of 48 hours, over two days, so the finished film really is a remarkable achievement.”

The film follows Private Scott slowly losing his mind, during WWI as he tries to take a lost girl to safety.

The Producer Yuen-Wai Liu explains the reasons for such an incredible time scale: “48 hours? Everyone I spoke to said it couldn’t be done, but that was the only amount of time we could get with our lead actor Stuart Brennan, and so it became a challenge, could we do it in 48 hours? The answer is of course; yes. I do think though it took everyone about three days to recover after the shoot, as we were all exhausted!”

Stuart Brennan described the whole affair as “exhilarating, absolutely extraordinary. I have never heard of a film being shot this quickly, it’s an amazing achievement, and something I’m immensely proud of being involved with.” When questioned about being on the same poster as horror legend Peter Cushing, Brennan couldn’t help but grin; “what can I say, there are actors you look back and say, wow, I wish I could have worked with him, and you know this is one way of making that dream come true. Seeing my name next to his is something I am very proud of.”

Grainne Joughin, the lead actress in the film echoed Brennan’s sentiments; “I am quickly meeting and working with some amazing people, and to do this, to have my name next to Peter’s, it really is incredible.” Grainne, who hails from the Isle of Man, and is starring in two other feature films at the moment, went on to explain the rigours of shooting a horror film; “this was different, that’s the only way to describe it. We shot chronologically for the most part, which is a great help, but one minute I’m running around scared for my life, the next I’m hiding, the next I’m being attacked, raped, shot, stabbed, blood flowing from my mouth, and then I’m sat in a pub discussing the next days photo shoot! It’s bizarre, and something I’ve really enjoyed. It’s pushed me.”

The film has created a huge buzz around the internet, as fan sites and horror blogs have been filling up with questions, remarks and rumours about the film. Neil Jones said “this is why this film will be a cult hit, it’s a pub question; what was the last film to star Peter Cushing?”

The film is being released by newly formed Independent horror company ‘British Phoenix Films’ and can be found for sale on DVD at it’s website, www.britishphoenix.co.uk

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More DVD News: ROTLD Special Edition on Its Way

February 20, 2007 -- First Anchor Bay announces anamorphic widescreen editions of "Phantasm" and "Phantasm III." Now, MGM is coming out with a new special edition of "Return of the Living Dead." A "Return of the Living Dead" fanpage reports the following: Beverly Randolph and other actors from the film are going into the studio Feb. 26 to record commentary and do interviews for a new DVD edition. Since MGM is owned by Sony -- and since an HD version of "Return" just appeared on cable, maybe we can expect a Blu-Ray edition soon?

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The Latest -- and Future -- Horror Offerings From Anchor Bay

February 19, 2007 --

The German-made, English-dubbed "Night of the Living Dorks" (aka "Die Nacht der lebenden Loser") is a masterpiece of dubbed tasteless horror comedy. If it weren't for the dubbing you might be fooled into thinking this was a John Hughes film. Three not-so-cool school friends decide to try a old voodoo ritual. Later, they die in a car accident, but live on as zombies. But being a zombie has advantages, too.ges, too.

Meanwhile, out in stores last week (Feb. 13) came the Ken Foree starrer "Devil's Den," which bears more than a passing resemblance to "From Dusk Till Dawn." Some guys coming from Mexico with some Spanish Fly want to try it out on some strippers. They stop at a gentlemen's club called The Devil's Den and decide to test out their product on the unsuspecting women there. Only, these women aren't really human, and the two men find themselves in a very fatal position. Also tossed in are a female-assassin on the hunt for Quinn, a monster hunter who just happened to stumble into everything, a Japanese swordsman who doesn't really exist and even Satan himself who have to deal with the situation once all hell breaks loose. Director Jeff Burr also made the excellent film "The OffspAlso out last week, Dario Argento's "Masters of Horror" episode "Pelts" didn't pack the punch of his sublime "Jennifer," but it's a heck of a lot better than much of the horror stuff being pumped out today -- and better than some of the full-length feature films Argento has made in recent years. Meatloaf stars as Jake, a sleazy furrier whose obsession for a lesbian stripper named Shannon results in his attempting to make the finest fur ever for her to wear at an upcoming fur trade show. John Saxon (Tenebre) plays a trapper who comes through for Jake by setting traps in sacred raccoon territory to capture the most beautiful animals imaginable. However, as these raccoons are magical guardians of a lost raccoon city, they curse all associated with the deaths of their brethren with the desire to commit gory suicides using techniques employed in the manufacturing of fur coats. Quite disgusting are scenes of a seamstress sewing her eyes and nose shut with thread, or of a man cutting his belly open with shears to gut himself.

Meanwhile, coming March 6 from Anchor Bay, the long-lost horror film from 1977, "The Manitou," made from a best-selling novel -- back when big-budget horror films were being cranked out that were based on best-selling novels. This one hasn't seen the light of day in decades. What surgeons thought to be a tumor growing on the neck of patient Karen Tandy (Susan Strasberg of PSYCH-OUT) is actually a fetus growing at an abnormally accelerated rate. But when Karen reaches out to former lover and phony psychic Harry Erskine (Academy Award® nominee Tony Curtis), he discovers that she is possessed by the reincarnation of a 400-year old Native American demon. Now with the help of a modern-day medicine man (Michael Ansara), Erskine must survive this ancient evil’s rampage of shocking violence, and forever destroy the enraged beast known as THE MANITOU. Stella Stevens, Ann Southern and Burgess Meredith co-star in this infamous horror shocker produced and directed by William Girdler (GRIZZLY, DAY OF THE ANIMALS) from the best-selling novel by Graham Masterton.

Most importantly, on April 10, Anchor Bay will release "se "Phantasm" and "Phantasm III," which was never previously available. The only version of "Phantasm" on disc before was non-anamorphic.

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DVD Roundup From Dark Sky

February 8, 2007 -- Dark Sky Films is one of the best distributors of vintage horror films around, and their slate of upcoming titles is impressive, featuring films from Jess Franco, Mario Bava and Ricardo Fredda.

Jess Franco's Count Dracula Special Edition 1970 A highly atmospheric adaptation of the classic Bram Stoker novel, directed with panache by auteur Jess Franco Venus in Furs, The Diabolical Dr. Z). Screen icon Christopher Lee Horror of Dracula, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings) portrays the titular Count Dracula. The first time this title has been released on DVD in the U.S. Release Date: February 27, 2007

Prayer Beads 2004 No prayer goes unanswered... and no nightmare goes unfulfilled. CGI/SFX master Masahiro Okano presents this disturbing and graphically shocking horror anthology, whose nine creepy chronicles of bad karma and nightmare logic are bound to a string of PRAYER BEADS. Release Date: February 27, 2007

Kill Baby Kill 1966 An Italo-Gothic classic from the macabre mind of Mario Bava, the maestro who gave us Black Sunday, Black Sabbath and Blood and Black Lace. Now available for the first time on DVD in Widescreen Format. Release Date: March 27, 2007

Ricco The Mean Machine 1968 Released from prison after a 2-year stretch, Ricco Aversi (Christopher Mitchum, son of legendary actor Robert Mitchum) goes gunning for merciless drug smuggler Don Vito (Arthur Kennedy), who not only had his father brutally murdered but also stole his drop-dead gorgeous girlfriend (Malissa Longo, Black Emanuelle, White Emanuelle). Presented complete and uncut by Dark Sky Films. Release Date: April 24, 2007

Naked You Die 1968 From the minds of Italian horror kings Mario Bava (Twitch of the Death Nerve) and Antonio Margheriti (Cannibal Apocolypse) comes this macabre tale of murder at an all girls school.. Dark Sky Films presents this early Italian giallo complete and uncut for the first time in North America. Release Date: April 24, 2007

Tragic Ceremony 1968 Once upon a time in the dark... From the twisted mind of Riccardo Freda, first maestro of Italian Gothic horror.... Toss out those fuzzy bootleg tapes, Dark Sky Films presents this EuroHorror rarity in a pristine transfer from original elements for the first time ever in North America. Release Date: April 24, 2007

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'Planetfall' Hits DVD Earth February 17

February 7, 2007 -- Check out the trailer to this movie about: When a military transport crash-lands on a war-torn planet, competing factions seek the last, lost stockpile of the illicit psychic-power enhancing drug Psylenol. Set against a backdrop that combines the apocalyptic worldview of the MAD MAX trilogy with the lawless antihero psychology of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns, PLANETFALL packs a dark science fiction punch. The trailer can be found here. Directed by Michael Heagle, "Planetfall" is coming from Heretic Films.

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Director's Cut of '28 Days Later'

February 2, 2007 -- A British DVD site reveals that a "director's cut" is due in April. Play.com lists "28 Days Later: The Director's Cut" as coming out April 30. Sounds intriguing, given that two versions of the now-classic 2003 film were made. No other information is available.

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'Devil's Den' Hits on the 13th

February 2, 2007 -- On February 13, 2007, Starz Home Entertainment dares you to enter a place where there’s no cover charge and the cost of a lap-dance is eternal damnation! The final battle for the souls of mankind is upon us and will be fought in a bar full of possessed strippers. It is a place called…Devil’s Den. Starring Kelly Hu (X-Men 2, The Scorpion King), Devon Sawa (Idle Hands, Final Destination) and horror veteran Ken Foree (the original Dawn Of The Dead, The Devil’s Rejects), Devil’s Den promises eroticism at its most evil, scantily clad in a special foil O-Card package! SRP is $19.98 with a pre-book date of January 16, 2007

During a routine Spanish Fly-smuggling trip back from Mexico, two friends stumble upon an out-of-the-way gentlemen’s club with no cover charge and plenty of sexy, friendly ladies. But what feels like lap dance heaven is actually a recruiting station for an army of the flesh eating undead. Now, a drug dealing film geek (Devon Sawa), a trigger-happy assassin (Kelly Hu), a samurai demon hunter (Ken Foree) and an airhead cocktail waitress (Karen Maxwell) must battle ferocious hordes of gut-ripping strippers whose pimp-daddy is Satan himself. FHM and “Deal Or No Deal” model Dawn Olivieri co-stars in this skin-baring bloodbath where the horny meets the horned, beautiful women become soul-sucking ghouls, and every man’s road to Hell leads straight into the Devil’s Den!

DEVIL’S DEN delights with the following devilish supplements:

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McKee and Bettis' 'Roman'

January 30, 2007 -- She starred in "May" and Lucky McKee's "Masters of Horror" episode. Now she's turning the tables and filming Lucky McKee for a change. "May," of course, is a modern classic. Now that film's director (McKee) is starring in his actress' (Angela Bettis) new movie, "Roman." McKee plays a gu who murders his significant other before heading off to the deep end. Echo Bridge Home Entertainment will be releasing the Roman DVD on March 27.

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DVD Picks for Tuesday

January 29, 2007 -- The big release of the week, undeniably, is William Lustig's "Maniac," finally returning to DVD after years of being out of print. The long lost, Hammer-like "Slaughter of the Vampires" is another find.

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'Creepshow 3' Creeps to Disc in May

January 29, 2007 -- The second sequel to the Romero classic will finally hit disc in May through HBO Video. It's from the makers of "Day of the Dead 2: Contagion" (Ana Clavell and James Dudelson).

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'Shaun' and 'Dawn' Remake Heading to HD-DVD

January 26, 2007 -- With horror titles a rarity on HD-DVD, two big titles are coming to disc courtesy of Universal. The company announced today that the "Dawn of the Dead" remake and "Shaun of the Dead" will be heading to HD-DVD sometime in 2007, with no official release date set yet.

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Yuzna's 'Beneath Still Waters' Hits DVD in April

January 18, 2007 -- Brian Yuzna's 'Beneath Still Waters' is finally hitting DVD in the U.S., courtesy of Lion's Gate Entertainment. Wath the trailer here.

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Ricci's 'Gathering' on DVD Jan. 30

January 18, 2007 -- The long-overdue horror film "The Gathering" with Christina Ricci hits shelves Jan. 30. While going to the town of Ashby Wake, the drifter Cassie (Christina Ricci) is hit by a car driven by Marion Kirkman (Kerry Fox) and loses her memory. Marion invites Cassie to stay in her huge old house with her family, while recovering from the trauma. Cassie becomes very close to Michael, the young son of Marion's husband Simon Kirkman (Stephen Dallane). He is researching a recently discovered buried church from the First Century, with images of the crucifixion of Jesus and many anonymous persons watching it. Cassie starts having visions and premonitions with some locals, and decides to investigate the weird and nasty mechanic Frederick Michael Argyle (Peter McNamara). Her findings about who she is and the mystery relative to the locals and the town surprises her. The Weinstein Company produced director Brian Gilbert's film.

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Blue Underground Unleashes a Slew of Classic Titles

January 10, 2007 -- Blue Underground is presenting new editions of "Deep Red," "House By the Cemetery" and other titles to DVD. The titles were previously available from Anchor Bay Entertainment, with presumably superior picture quality and potentially cut scenes. (When BU released "Vampyres" a few years back, it included scenes not previously seen in the "uncut" Anchor Bay edition.) On Feb. 27, we'll see new editions of Dario Argento's "Deep Red" and "Inferno , Lucio Fulci 's "Don't Torture a Duckling", and Mario Bava's "Shock" . On April 24, we'll see new releases of "Let sleeping Corpses Lie" , "Macabre" , and Fulci's "The Black Cat and "House by the Cemetery". These will finally see Anamorphic transfers and extras for the most part featured the last time they were on DVD.

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Zombie 'Deadlands' Dawns on DVD

January 8, 2007 -- The zombie apocalypse DTV film is hitting DVD in April. "Deadlands: The Rising" from director Gary Ugarek, is Splatter Rampage's slate for DVD release on April 17, 2007. Here's the story: "Unexplained explosions rock several major U.S. cities. As the night unfolds, more mysterious events are yet to come. In Baltimore, five strangers take a stand as the world is rapidly consumed by the living dead! A man stuck in a traffic jam narrowly escapes to warn others of what's heading their way... best friends fight to return home and find the fate of their families... a mother and son desperately seek to escape the horrors gathering outside. While each human stands to fight and survive, the army of the dead continues to grow..." Sound familiar?

"Best Zombie Movie" winner at the 2006 Fright Night Film Festival, DEADLANDS: THE RISING comes overflowing with bloody extras, including two audio commentaries, producer & director interviews, "I Am Zombie Man" short film and loads of trailers! The feature is presented in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen with 2.35:1 aspect ratio and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound.

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After Dark Horrorfest Heading to Disc

January 4, 2007 -- Lionsgate is releasing seven films from the Afterdark Horrorfest on March 27. Titles include "Dark Ride," "Gravedancers," "The Hamiltons," "Penny Dreadful," "Reincarnation," "Unrest" (apparently the first horror film ever to use real human corpses), and finally "Wicked Little Things."

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MGM to Finally Release 'Night of the Comet'

December 28, 2006 -- You can toss out those eBay bootlegs at last. The eighties zombie film "Night of the Comet" is at long last heading to DVD in 2007, courtesy of MGM. "Night of the Comet" pits two valley girls against an apocalyptic post-comet zombie future. It's not a masterpiece but a decent zombie flashback film. It will be on DVD for the very first time March 6, 2007. Meanwhile, "Return of the Living Dead 5: Rave to the Grave" is also heading to DVD. It'll hit March 20, two weeks later, courtesty of Lionsgate. The story focuses on a drug, presumably related to the reanimating element of the first film, which has a stronger impact than ecstasy, but also kills kids at a rave, bringing them back to life as brain-obsessed zombies.

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Play 'Snakes on a Babe'

December 19, 2006 -- "Snakes on a Plane" strikes DVD January 2. To celebrate, you can win your own airline trip by playing an online game. Check out the game contest called Snakes on a Babe. The grand prize for this campaign is a trip for 2 to hawaii! Check the contest out at SnakesonaBabe.com. Once the game is finished, you will then be prompted to a sign up sheet to enter to win the trip. Contest reportedly ends Jan. 7.

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Dimension Gets 'Alone with Her'

December 18, 2006 -- Dimension has launched an official Web site for the horror film "Alone with Her," which strikes New York next year. Alone With Her is shot through the eyes and camera lenses of a young man (Doug, played by Colin Hanks) who begins to stalk a beautiful woman (Amy, played by Ana Claudia Talancón). He watches her every action and slowly manipulates her into a relationship. Chilling and creepy, writer/director Eric Nicholas has created a psychological look into an obsessive love-affair and its destructive effects. The film is ingeniously shot through the perspective of the stalker by cinematographer Nathan Wilson. The film opens Wednesday, January 17th, 2007 at the IFC Theater in New York City. Click here for the official Web site.

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David Lynch: No New 'Twin Peaks'

December 7, 2006 -- The second season of the cult series may be heading to DVD, but David Lynch confimred with SuicideGirls.com that there's no new Twin Peaks project in the works. "Twin Peaks" was, of course, Lynch's ultra-seminal, horror-like TV series from the early 1990s. Lynch told SuicideGirls.com that, no, a new Twin Peaks is not in the works. Click here for their report.

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Hellsing Ultimate OVA Series Hits DVD

December 6, 2006 -- An official site has gone up to promote the "Hellsing Ultimate OVA" series DVD which went on sale yesterday. The site can be found here. The stylish story of a secret organization that battles the undead with the "help" of a rogue vampire, the original Hellsing was action/horror at its bloody best, earning a devoted following among the anime community, as well as acclaim outside its niche audience. Based on the original comic, HELLSING ULTIMATE OVA SERIES threatens to be even more gruesome than its predecessor, with the promise of lush visuals from the animators at SATELIGHT Inc. Click here for the trailer.

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Striking DVD Today

December 5, 2006 -- "Pulse" hits disc today, along with an interesting triple box set devoted to demons-themed films, including "Black Demons." But the pick of the litter has to be "Black Christmas." The 1974 classic is hitting disc in America in Anamorphic widescreen for the first time. Note: The "Silent Scream" film shown here is not the early '80s one.

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1987 Film 'Doom Asylum' Heading to DVD

December 4, 2006 -- The rather obscure 1987 horor film "Doom Asylum" is heading to DVD Jan. 9 courtesy of Code Red -- uncut for the first time.

The film was cut in '87 to net an R rating, but the gore-drenches uncut version is heading to disc for the time in the USA. The film stars Kristin Davis of "Sex and the City" fame, and features director commentary from Richard Friedman.

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Film Festival Fave 'Night of the Dead' Announces DVD Release

December 3, 2006 -- "Night of the Dead: Leben Tod," a new horror film from Eric Forsberg, is hitting DVD this winter, according to distributors The Asylum. Forsberg directed "Alien Abduction" and "Hillside Cannibals." The film features Louis Graham, Joey Jalalian and David Reynolds. Here's the plot:

Pregnant and frightened, Anais is not allowed to leave the specialized hospital where her husband, Peter has a medical internship with his uncle, Dr. Gabriel Schreklich, a man with a serum that can resurrect the dead. But things go terribly wrong and the undead creatures (the Leben Tod) take over the hospital. Now, Anais get one of the Ghouls to help her to escape.

Winner at CHICAGO HORROR FILM FESTIVAL and SHRIEKFEST, this is possibly the bloodiest movie on the DVD shelves to date, according to distributors

Executive Producer Karen Forsberg, Music Score by Robert Bayless, with make up effects by Tom Devlin & 1313 FX

Extras include the Music Video of “FEEL THE DISEASE” by the band “Kissing Violet”. This film is distributed by The Asylum.

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Lionsgate's 'Open Water 2' Splashes in Feb

December 1, 2006 -- The official sequel to "Open Water" will hit DVD shelves on Feb. 20. Based on a true story (like the original), the film's about a luxury yacht cruise that goes horribly awry when a group of old high school friends forgot to lower the ladder before jumping in the ocen for a swim. They can't get back in the boat! The trip becomes a fight for survival. Sounds good!

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Unrated 'Saw III' Hits Jan. 23

December 1, 2006 -- On Jan. 23, you'll be able to sink your teeth into the "Saw III" DVD. This one is from Lionsgate, and it'll feature an expanded unrated cut of the flick.

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Out on DVD This Week and Last

November 27, 2006 -- "Devil Times Five" has hit stores already, with "See No Evil" hitting markets on Tuesday. "See No Evil"</ was a decent 2006 slasher film to be sure, but "Devil Times Five" is a classic killer kids film and probably the pick of the litter.

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'Darkroom' Hits DVD Next year

November 20, 2006 -- From the director of "Room 6," comes another room-themed horror film: "Darkroom," hitting disc in January. From Michael Hurst, the writer/director of "Room 6" and renowned special make-up and creature effects artist Robert Hall (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” Voodoo Moon) comes an all-new mind blowing nightmare with the January 2, 2007 DVD release of "The Darkroom" from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Starring Reed Diamond (“Homicide: Life on the Street”), Greg Grunberg (“Alias,” “Heroes”), Shawn Pyfrom (“Desperate Housewives”) and Lucy Lawless (“Xena Warrior Princess,” “Battlestar Galatica”), "The Darkroom" promises viewers a horrifying journey into the mind of an escaped mental patient who, after taking some experimental medication, finds himself discovering that certain things about his past are better left in the dark.

He was found fifteen years ago, aimlessly wandering the road, covered in dirt and blood with no name or memory. But when this now-grown mental patient (Reed Diamond) is given an experimental new drug, he’s plagued by horrific visions of a beast that slaughters beautiful young women. Escaping from the institution, he is befriended by Stanley, a teenage outcast (Shawn Pyfrom) who needs the stranger’s help to unlock a few buried secrets of his own. Together, the two will discover the violence of their pasts, the evil in their future, and the shocking secret that waits deep inside The Darkroom.

Viewers will find the following bonus features coming to light in "The Darkroom" DVD:

•Widescreen (1.78:1) presentation, enhanced for 16x9 TVs

•Audio commentary with Writer/Director Michael Hurst and Producer Mark A. Altman

•Featurette: “The Darkroom” Exposed

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Out on DVD This Week

November 9, 2006 -- It's the week after Halloween, but still a good number of interesting titles hit disc on Tuesday, including the trash classic "The Seduction" and new festival fave "Freak Out."

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On DVD This Halloween

October 30, 2006 -- "Daughters of Darkness" hits DVD this week in a doublepack with "Blood Spattered Bride." "Blood Spattered Bride" appears as an "extra" on the "Daughters of Darkness" DVD set. "Daughters" is a major classic, out-of-print on disc for along, long time. "Spattered" has been missing from disc for a long time too and fetches a lot of Ebay.

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What's Out on DVD

October 24, 2006 -- "An American Haunting" and "Slither" hit shelves today, along with the HD release of John Carpenter's "The Thing." Here is this week's roundup of new releases, along with some titles from last week, like Frank Henenlotter's classic "Frankenhooker."

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The Latest DVD Offerings

October 18, 2006 -- It's been a busy couple of weeks, and we haven't had a chance to update y'all on the latest DVD offerings, although plenty have been streeting in the ramp up to Halloween. Of particular note is the recent release of the complete "Subspecies" series on DVD from Full Moon. The "Subspecies" franchise was a highlight of the otherwise moribund 1990s, and although it was a direct-to-video series, the second film in the franchise was one of the best vampire movies of that decade. Also, check out the uncut versions of "Don't Answer the Phone" and "

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Win the New Englund Flick on DVD

October 17, 2006 -- The new Robert Englund movie heading to DVD Oct. 31 is called "Heartstopper," and it's about two hospitalized young people who discover that things can get even worse when the dilapidated institution is stranded by a severe storm and a maniac stalks the corridors butchering the patients and staff. We have TWO copies of the DVD to give away, and the trivia question we're asking is this: What was the very first horror film that Robert Englund (aka Freddy Krueger) starred in and who directed it? Email you answer to .

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'Maniac' Returning to DVD

October 17, 2006 -- Before you shell out more than $50 for the Anchor Bay release of "Maniac" on DVD, wait. The now-classic uber-sleazy slasher is heading back to DVD courtesy of William Lustig's Blue Underground on January 30. Lustig directed the movie. This word comes from Fangoria.

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'Blair Witch' Director's 'Altered' Heading to DVD

October 13, 2006 -- "Altered," from the co-writer and director of "The Blair Witch Project," is heading direct-to-dvd in December. Click here for the story from DVDActive. The film revolves around UFO abductees in a forest.

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'Heartstopper' Features Robert Englund

October 12, 2006 -- The latest direct-to-DVD with the "Freddy" actor hits stores on Oct. 31. Here's the official press release:

Heartstopper, Coming to DVD Oct. 31st, Features Horror Royalty Robert ‘Freddy’ Englund

Featuring one of horror’s most celebrated actors, Robert “Freddy” Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Heartstopper will haunt DVD Oct. 31st, from Union Station Media (distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment).

In Heartstopper, two hospitalized teens discover that things can – and do – get even worse. When the dilapidated institution is isolated by a severe storm, a maniac with supernatural demonic powers stalks the darkened corridors butchering patients, staff and anyone else who crosses his relentless and seemingly unstoppable path of evil.

Adults dismiss the warnings of young Sara (Meredith Henderson) – who has been chosen to share an unholy bond with the blood thirsty fiend – as hallucinations resulting from a head injury. Even after they can no longer deny the deadly truth, it is ultimately up to Sara alone to stop the carnage and reclaim her soul.

Heartstopper, which is not rated, is available with two key art campaigns: the family-friendly “Flatliner” box art and the more graphic “Heart” box art.

Heartstopper is presented in 16 x 9 full-frame 1.78 format and Dolby Digital Stereo 5.1.

Special features include interviews with Robert Englund and director Bob Keen, also a talented special effects and make-up guru whose feature film credits include Alien, Star Wars (Episodes IV, V and VI), Hellraiser (I, II and III), Children of the Corn II and Waxwork (I and II), to name a few.

Independent entertainment distributor Union Station Media (USM), based in Los Angeles, Calif., releases titles theatrically and for DVD, television, cable, VOD and electronic down-load markets. USM is a joint venture of Canada's Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution and Australia's Arclight Films.

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On DVD This Tuesday, Oct. 3

October 3, 2006 -- A very busy week for horror indeed. The most interesting titles may be the ultimate "Twilight Zone" definitive collection, containing every episode of Rod Serling's classic series, Hollywood's Legends of Horror collection, another release of "Ganja and Hess," and the hilarious Bigfoot movie "Abominable," directed by Lalo Schifrin's son.


'Future Kill' Heading to DVD

October 2, 2006 -- On Oct. 31, the eighties horror film "Future Kill" makes its way to DVD courtesy of Subversive Cinema on Halloween. The 1985 movie reunited "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" actors Edwin Neal and Marilyn Burns, and is about a group of college students targeted by a mutated killer in a post-apocalyptic setting. The new DVd features an anamorphic widescreen transfer, commentary and other goodies.

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'Maniac Cop' Heads to DVD for Xmas

September 29, 2006 -- William Lustig's and Larry Cohen's "Maniac Cop" is heading to DVD at long last this November. Long out of print on video and DVD the Larry Cohen-written and William Lustig-directed "Maniac Cop" enjoys a nice, well-deserved cult following. They don't make 'em like this any more and maybe never will. It's heading to DVD finally, courtesy of Synapse Films, in November with some extra features:

* Audio commentary by Campbell, producer/writer Larry Cohen and others
* New featurette with Z’Dar
* Additional scenes filmed for Japanese TV broadcast
* Theatrical trailer
* TV spots

The disc is going to retail at $24.95 and should be available on November 14th.

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On DVD This Tuesday, Sept. 26

September 26, 2006 -- A bitchin' week for terror on DVD, with the release of the Infifilm two-disc "Nightmare on Elm Street," the four "Blind Dead" films in Anamorphic widescreen from Blue Underground, the re-release of "The Last Broadcast" and of course a new edition of the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre."


Anchor Bay Releases 'Baby Blood' in October

September 21, 2006 -- This just in from the folks at Anchor Bay: Three vintage horror films due on DVD for the first time in the USA this October, including the French evil baby minor classic "Baby Blood" (aka, "The Evil Within"). Here's the official release:

Anchor Bay Entertainment is releasing three spine-tingling horror titles for the first time on DVD this October, giving genre fans three more reasons to look forward to the scariest month of the year. October 3rd brings The Norliss Tapes and October 10th finds Baby Blood and Superstition hitting DVD shelves. Three horror must-haves at the insanely low SRP of $14.98 each!

THE NORLISS TAPES
Originally broadcast in 1973, this made-for-TV chiller by veteran horror producer Dan Curtis (“Dark Shadows,” “The Night Stalker,” “Trilogy of Terror”) stars Roy Thinnes as David Norliss, an investigative reporter exposing supernatural hoaxes and paranormal phenomena. But after a frightened phone call to his publisher, Norliss disappears leaving only a stack of cassettes where he dictated his strange findings: When a wealthy widow is attacked by the crazed corpse of her recently deceased husband, Norliss discovers a horrific case of empty crypts, blood-drained bodies and occult violence. Moviesandtvnews.com calls The Norliss Tapes “one of the good ones that slipped under the radar.”

BABY BLOOD
Fully restored for the first time in the U.S.! When a voracious parasite finds the host that it has been searching for since the dawn of time, a sexy circus performer (voluptuous French starlet Emmanuelle Escourrou) gets the surprise of her life and finds that she is now eating for two with a catch -- the mutant fetus demands gallons of fresh blood everyday to grow stronger. The “expectant” mom goes on a cross-country killing spree. With pre-natal care now requiring bloodshed and violent carnage, Baby Blood is the French splatter fest that will leave viewers gasping in disbelief.

Special features:
•Widescreen presentation (1.85:1), enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions
•Theatrical trailer

SUPERSTITION
Something horrible is happening at the old house on Mill Road, where a series of ghastly accidents have occurred, near the site where a witch was drowned centuries earlier. When an alcoholic minister and his family move into the cursed residence, an idealistic young priest (James Houghton) and a cynical police detective (Albert Salmi, Empire of the Ants) investigate the seemingly unexplainable carnage. Has the daughter of Satan returned for a violent rampage?

Special features:
• Widescreen presentation (1.85:1), enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions
•Theatrical trailer

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Media Blasters Enters 'The Forest' … 'Don't Answer the Phone' Now Uncut

September 21, 2006 -- Two rare cult artificats from a quarter century ago -- "The Forest" and "Devil Times Five" -- are hitting DVD this November courtesy of Media Blasters, which just revealed the cover art. Media Blasters unveiled cover art for "The Forest," due Nov. 7, and "Devil Times Five," due Nov. 21. "Forest" is about two couples terrorized in the woods by a psycho who killed his own kids (who now happen to haunt the woods as ghosts). "Devil" (akaa "The Horrible House on the Hill"), is about a group of teens, including teen sex symbol Leif Garrrett, who kill adults at a remote resort. "Devil Times Five" will include these extras:
• Audio commentary by actress Joan McCall, producer Mickey Blowitz and co-director FF0000, moderated by Darren Gross
• Interviews with Blowitz, Sheldon and actors McCall, Tierre Turner and Dawn Lyn
• Alternate main title sequence
Retail price for each will be $19.95.

Meanwhile, on Oct. 10, BCI Eclipse is releasing "Don't Answer the Phone," uncut for the first time on DVD, and with (for the first time) Anamorphic widescreen enhancement. The film's previous incarnation on DVD used the heavily edited TV print.

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•Theatrical trailer

SUPERSTITION
Something horrible is happening at the old house on Mill Road, where a series of ghastly accidents have occurred, near the site where a witch was drowned centuries earlier. When an alcoholic minister and his family move into the cursed residence, an idealistic young priest (James Houghton) and a cynical police detective (Albert Salmi, Empire of the Ants) investigate the seemingly unexplainable carnage
Anchor Bay UK is releasing a Dario Argento box set and, for the first time, Argento's "Stendhal Syndrome." The box set is due out Oct. 2 and features Suspiria, Tenebre, Terror at the Opera, The Stendhal Syndrome and The Card Player. The special features include the classic 76 minute documentary Dario Argento's World of Horror featuring Michele Soavi director of The Church and The Sect, Jessica Harper star of Suspiria, Urbano Barberini star of Demons 1 & 2, Tom Savini Make-up on Dawn of the Dead and also Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence and David Hemmings.

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Double Dose of Jess Franco to Hit DVD

September 20, 2006 -- A pair of sick and sexy films from Jess Franco are heading to DVD, including the 1980s video grindhouse classic (or non-classic, depending how you look at it) "Mansion of the Living Dead". The titles hit stores Oct. 31, naturally. Here's the press release on the new DVDs:

Jess Franco is one of the cinema’s greatest provocateurs, loved by some, despised by others. The saying goes, you haven’t seen one Jess Franco film until you’ve seen them all, and considering that Jess Franco is also one of the most prolific filmmakers of all time, with close to 200 films under his belt (and still going strong), that’s a lot of films to watch! So this October 31, Severin Films proudly brings you two Jess Franco fever dreams of horror and eroticism, both never before available on DVD, 1985’s MANSION OF THE LIVING DEAD and 1983’s MACUMBA SEXUAL. If you’ve never seen a Franco film before, this is the perfect way to experience his one-of-a-kind method of cinematic obsession in two new special edition DVDs!

Franco’s collaboration with Spain’s Golden Films in the early 80’s is a period he recalls fondly because for the first time in his career he had total artistic freedom. And in Jess Franco’s world that means he takes his bizarre content and imagery to the absolute extreme. Franco and his very willing partner, actress Lina Romay, shot several outrageous features over four years, most of which were only released in Spain... Until now! These director approved (a rarity in the world of Franco) versions of the films the fans have been rabidly waiting for are fully uncut and uncensored, painstakingly restored and transferred from the original negatives in Madrid.

MANSION OF THE LIVING DEAD

“A CRAZY JESS FRANCO EXPERIMENT MIXING LESBIAN SEX & EXTREME SADISM WITH EFFECTIVE SCENES OF HORROR!” – Latarnia.com

Get ready to experience notorious writer/director Jess Franco at his most wild, perverse and extreme! Four wanton waitresses – including Eva Leon of HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN, Mamie Kaplan of LILLIAN, THE PERVERTED VIRGIN and the legendary Lina Romay (billed here as ‘Candy Coster’) of BARBED WIRE DOLLS – arrive for vacation in the Canary Islands where they soon indulge their hungers for masturbation, lesbian lust, bondage and beyond. But the ultimate depravities are still to come, as a nearby 17th Century monastery unleashes a horde of zombie Templars crazed for the taste of hot female flesh!

Robert Foster (MACUMBA SEXUAL) co-stars in this jaw-dropping saga of sex and sadism that Franco scholars have called an insane homage to the BLIND DEAD series. Severin Films is proud to present it now fully restored from original Spanish elements, featuring all-new Bonus Materials and presented totally uncut & uncensored for the first time ever in America and on DVD for the first time anywhere in the world!

Extras Include:

The Mansion Jess Built - Interviews with Director Jess Franco and Star Lina Romay, produced exclusively for this DVD by Severin Films.

MACUMBA SEXUAL

“FRANCO’S LAST EXTENDED TRIP INTO DELIRIUM…One Of The Last Glorious Death Throes Of European Sexploitation!” – Immoral Tales

It is the film that shocks even the most hardcore connoisseurs of Euro-Sex sagas, a fever dream of unbridled depravity from the bizarre mind of writer/director Jess Franco! The ever-alluring Lina Romay – as her alter ego ‘Candy Coster’ – stars as a young wife haunted by erotic hallucinations of the mysterious Princess Obongo (an eye-popping performance by allegedly transsexual Ajita Wilson of Franco’s SADOMANIA fame). But this self-proclaimed ‘Goddess Of Unspeakable Lust’ has still more in store for this yuppie sexpot and her unsuspecting husband, including lesbian ecstasy, frenzied threesomes, bisexual orgies and beyond!

Robert Foster (MANSION OF THE LIVING DEAD) and Jess Franco himself co-star in this lushly atmospheric and relentlessly erotic shocker, now fully restored from the recently discovered original negative, with all-new Bonus Materials featuring Jess & Lina, and presented totally uncut & uncensored for the first time ever in America and on DVD for the first time anywhere in the world!

Extras Include:

Voodoo Jess - Interviews with Director Jess Franco and Star Lina Romay, produced exclusively for this DVD by Severin Films.

Both MANSION OF THE LIVING DEAD and MACUMBA SEXUAL are presented in their original 2.35:1 aspect ratios with 16x9 enhancement and in Spanish with optional English subtitles.

Look for Severin Films’ MANSION OF THE LIVING DEAD and MACUMBA SEXUAL DVDs in stores on October 31, 2006 at a retail of $29.95 each. Please visit our MySpace page at www.myspace.com/severinfilmsdvd and check out our web site at www.severin-films.com.

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