May 11, 2012 It's been quite some time since we dove into the situation with classic horror Blu Rays. It seems like the economic downturn -- combined with the meteoric rise of piracy -- prevented a number of the best, unreleased, classic horror titles from getting releases.
Well, it feels like some of them are starting to show up again. Just not always in the USA.
The big news for U.S. residents is that "Twins of Evil" is finally, really getting a release this July -- to be followed by "Countess Dracula" -- courtesy of Synapse. While "Countess" has been released on DVD in the past decade, "Twins" never saw a DVD release anywhere but Europe.
Meanwhile, overseas, the 1966 classic "Dracula Prince of Darkness", "Plague of the Zombies" and "The Reptile" are getting the Blu Ray / DVD combo pack. "Dracula" has already been released, while "Plague" and "Reptile" are due out in the UK June 18. "Quartermass and the Pit" (1967), "Witchfinder General" (1968) and "Paranoiac" have already been released in the format.
It seems like the future of classic splatter and horror on DVD isn't going to be in the U.S., but rather overseas. The same situation was true back in the 1990s when DVD first hit the scene. But it seems more pronounced now, especially when it comes to '60s titles.