January 4, 2010
Now that the holiday season is behind us, we can get back to the business of vintage horror and exploitation striking DVD. Despite the fact that some essential, unreleased titles remain unreleased, some pretty decent horror titles are slated for DVD this month for the first time in a long time. Most interesting: "Goodbye, Gemini," also known as "Twinsanity," and the original "House on Sorority Row." Plus, a 1973 film called "Doctor Death" is hitting stores.
"Goodbye Gemini" is a lost horror film from Alan Gibson, who directed "Dracula AD 1972" and apparently has never seen a DVD release before. Judy Geeson, Martin Potter and Alexis Kanner star in the 1970 thriller, which is known for its portrayal of "swinging London." Look for it January 26.
The '80s slasher film "House on Sorority Row" isn't too fantastic a movie, but it is a title that has been hard to find for some time -- although it was on DVD once before. It was of course just remade as the less than interesting "Sorority Row". Look for it January 12.
Also out this month, Sergio Martino's 1971 giallo "Blade of the Ripper" (aka, "The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh") starring the lovely Edwige Fenech. This one has been out on DVD before. It should be a good transfer given that it is coming from Mya. Look for it January 26.
Also out this month from Mya: "Satan's Wife," also known as "Ring of Darkness," an "Exorcist" ripoff from 1979. Look for this one January 26 as well.
Last but not least: 1973's "Doctor Death." This hasn't been on DVD before and apparently there's a reason: It's no masterpiece. But it's always a welcome sign when a vintage horror title gets a long overdue DVD release.
In terms of "new release" horror films, we have two clunkers from 2009: The somewhat underrated (but still mediocre) "Halloween II" from Rob Zombie, along with "The Final Destination," a bad movie that had good box office because it was released in splendid 3D. Don't expect the 3D effects to transfer well to the small screen though.
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