Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Psychic Killer (Blu-ray/DVD Vinegar Syndrome) - The Astral Projection Killer

Ray Danton directed a bunch of movies and TV shows but was actually a prominent actor appearing in over 100 different works of TV and film. Danton directed The Psychic Killer as his third effort behind two other Horror pictures the first featuring Robert Quarry called The Deathmaster. After The Psychic Killer Danton began a long career working on TV episodes. He worked as an actor in a previous Vinegar Syndrome release, the camp creepout, Crypt of the Living Dead. Today we're here to discuss The Psychic Killer as it has been released on Blu-ray. While Danton may have had a very short career directing features it wasn't because his work isn't appealing to gore hounds like ourselves. His work on this movie is the kind of thing that make us long for the days where the drive-in was the way to make babies and memories.

The Psychic Killer takes the form or revenge flick that focuses on the very popular mid-70's phenomena of psychic attack. The 70's were full of this new found gimmick as a way to shock people. Carrie was just being released in the theater and the Dead Zone would follow. Fulci's The Psychic would come shortly after that. These were well thought out stories that used psychic ability or in the case of The Psychic Killer, astral projection to fascinate the audience. While the aforementioned titles used the psychic element as an element of story telling and attack, The Psychic Killer seemed to play the astral projection card as a gimmick. The production value probably has something to do with it. Perhaps the writing isn't quite up to snuff, but neither of those points actually puts a dent into the real value of a movie like this. The value of The Psychic Killer lies in its ability to brandish gratuitous elements successfully as a b-roll part of a double feature. Show the boobs in a shower scene and make sure to give the audience some luscious gruesome gore. We get that even if the MPAA saw fit to give this one a PG rating upon its release. This is one of the few victories for the a Horror film in the wake of self-censoring Hollywood giving up the power to the dreaded four letter agency. 

While I wasn't thrilled with the picture as whole, favoring its baser elements to that of the story, I can appreciate the story that underlines those elements from writer Greydon Clark. You guys know how much I love Clark's work as a director. I seem to go on unplanned mini-marathons of his work accidentally. Black Shampoo, Satan's Cheerleaders, Without Warning... all of these have seen releases on DVD or Blu-ray in recent years and are to be enjoyed. With this release you actually get a sit-down with Clark as an extra. While Ray Danton passed in 1992, there's a featurette that includes interviews with some of the cast and crew to discuss the movie. There's an abundance of trailers and TV spots as well as reversible cover art. The main cover art really pops with bright colors and grindhouse elements that invite the audience into the movie as if it were a movie on a video store shelf in the mid-80's. 

The transfer looks great and comes from the original 35mm camera negative. It's impressive given the vintage and relatively obscure nature of the movie that we get such a nice print from which to enjoy the movie. It contains minimal flaws, is clean and has been held to the high standards of Vinegar Syndrome. They don't skimp on obscurity. They shine.

The is really a pre-slasher movie with supernatural elements. Fans of drive-in fare or grindy movie from the 70's are sure to dig it. Aldo Ray (from everything awesome from the 70's) and Julie Adams (Creature from the Black Lagoon) as well as Neville Brand (in every war and western picture from the 60's on) head this one up.

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From Vinegar Syndrome:

Arnold Masters (Jim Hutton) is a mild-mannered man who obsesses over his mother, but finds himself implicated in a murder he didn’t commit, and is sent to an asylum. While incarcerated, a fellow patient teaches him the techniques of Astral Projection, also known as the Kirlian Effect, which is the ability to use his mind to control objects at will. When the real killer is found and Arnold is released, only to find that during his time in the asylum his mother has died, he vows vengeance against those responsible for setting him up and begins to use his powers to exact a bloody revenge.

Directed by character actor Ray Danton (Crypt of the Living Dead) and co-starring Julie Adams, Neville Brand, Aldo Ray, and Mary Wilcox, THE PSYCHIC KILLER is a mid 70s Drive-In classic that, despite frequent gore and a blood and nudity filled shower death scene, somehow received a PG rating from the MPAA and is presented here fully uncut and newly restored in 2K from its original 35mm camera negative.

Directed by: Ray Danton
1975 / 90 minutes / Color / 1.85:1
Actors: Jim Hutton, Julie Adams, Greydon Clark, Paul Burke, Neville Brand, Mary Wilcox

Features Include:
• Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack.
• All extras on both formats.
• Scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative.
• “The Danton Force” featurette with Mitchell & Steve Danton, co-star Julie Adams and 1st Assistant Director Ronald G. Smith.
• “The Psychic Killer Inside Me” featurette w/ Greydon Clark.
• “The Aura of Horror” featurette w/ Mardi Rustam.
• Mutiple TV Spots
• Original theatrical trailer
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH Subtitles

The Human Tornado (Vinegar Syndrome DVD/Blu-ray) - Cat 5 Mucho Strange-O Blaxploitation Awesome

Vinegar Syndrome has a pile of Rudy Ray Moore movies hitting Blu-ray over the next couple of months which is a fantastic thing for all you Blaxploitation fans out there. They started off with Dolemite and have worked their way up to The Human Tornado. While I had seen Dolemite before, I had only ever enjoyed (with hearty belly laughs) the trailer for The Human Tornado albeit projected from a 35mm trailer. I knew what to expect because the trailer was like mini version of the movie and it looked like it ws going to be Dolemite vs. the Mafia with plenty of gratuity to keep me occupied for over 90 minutes of runtime. This one was a no brainer. The only thing that could possibly happen would be to NOT enjoy The Human Tornado for some unforeseen reason.

I suppose the question on everyone's mind is is Tornado gratuitous enough? Does it live up to the hype of a sequel to a completely gonzo blax picture. It sure does. I still prefer Dolemite to The Human Tornado as it feels like the idea was more fresh and the concepts in Tornado are somewhat recycled from the original picture as well as other previous representatives of the blax genre I suppose that's to be expected. It was not really an upset. Even I knew that it would be hard to reinvent a genre that was built on its stereotypes as the foundation of its success. Sure you could go Horror. Dolemite could have shown up as Frankenstein but even that had been done. What we get in The Human Tornado is a solid follow up that gives the audience what they want, gives the producers a fast track to some cash and, in the case of the re-release by Vinegar Syndrome, another great addition to our well preserved collection of cult classics.

The transfer is great. Vinegar Syndrome always takes care of their Blu-rays, preserving and correcting prints for consumption with a high level of accuracy and attention to creating a pristine movie watching experience. This disc includes the second part of the I, Dolemite documentary, a making of feature that spans the length of several of the releases from VS. While some of the standard extras are here with trailers included, there's a commentary track with a Rudy Ray Moore historian, an audio interview with the director and a martial arts champion. You absolutely must check out the German dubbed version Der Bastard! Think about what that would be like. A German dubbed version of The Human Tornado and then insert the sound of your own laughter over the top. The new artwork for the cover is just great. I loved what was done with Dolemite and am more than happy with The Human Tornado's updated artwork. The reverse has the traditional artwork for purists. The simplicity of the blue background with Rudy Ray Moore's face atop a black tornado is too damn funny, but very "tasteful". 

This is a great followup to Dolemite in quality, presentation (the cover art by Jay Shaw is always exceptional) and in terms of the importance to the blaxploitation set of movies. It's not the first time you'll see a movie like this, but there's something about the group Dolemite assembles to fight the mafia combined with the absolute gonzo of a finish that sets this one apart from other movies in the genre. As I said before, I prefer the original movie, but there's so much to love in this movie. It'd be like comparing strawberry jam to strawberry jelly.

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From Vinegar Syndrome:

Dolemite (Rudy Ray Moore) is back and badder than ever in THE HUMAN TORNADO! After being run out of town by a racist sheriff, Dolemite returns to LA only to discover that Queen Bee’s (Lady Reed) club has been taken over by the mafia. On top of that they have also kidnapped two of Queen Bee’s top girls! With the law hot on his tail, Dolemite rounds up the toughest Kung-Fu fighting badasses in Southern California to take on the mob, culminating in one of the craziest surprise endings in blaxploitation film history!

Wilder and more over the top than its predecessor, THE HUMAN TORNADO is a non-stop assault on the senses, combining comedy, action, horror, and jawdropping weirdness, featuring supporting performances from Ernie Hudson, Jimmy Lynch and world karate champion Howard Jackson. Vinegar Syndrome proudly presents THE HUMAN TORNADO on Blu-ray, restored from original 35mm vault elements.

Directed by: Cliff Roquemore
1976 / 96 minutes / Color / 1.85:1
Actors: Rudy Ray Moore, Ernie Hudson, Jimmy Lynch, Lady Reed, Jerry Jones

Features Include:
• Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack.
• All extras on both formats.
• Scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm vault elements.
• “I, Dolemite Part II” making-of documentary.
• Commentary track w/ Rudy Ray Moore’s biographer, Mark Jason Murray and co-star Jimmy Lynch.
• Audio interview w/ director Cliff Roquemore and martial arts champion Howard Jackson.
• “Der Bastard” – German dubbed version.
• Promotional still gallery
• Soundtrack
• Radio spot
• THE HUMAN TORNADO – theatrical trailer
• DOLEMITE – theatrical trailer
• Original cover artwork by Jay Shaw
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH Subtitles

Back In Time - "Back to the Future" Cultural Impact Doc Coming to DVD September

Back In Time
coming to DVD on September 13th

A documentary detailing the impact the "Back to the Future" 
movies have had on modern culture

This documentary is a look at the very real impact the Back to the Future movies have had on our culture. This tightly-focused film shows that what was once a little idea became something truly amazing which resonated through the culture.

Spanning over two years of filming, Back in Time is a cinematic monument to the immensity of the trilogy's fandom. By capturing countless of hours of footage and interviews, the crew watched as the impact of the trilogy became apparent. Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, James Tolkan, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox all give must-see interviews about their experiences with the movie.

Back in Time began as a project conceived by Jason Aron, a fan of the Back to the Future series, that was posted to the crowdfunding website Kickstarter in June 2013. Over 600 people backed the campaign, pledging over $45,000 in order for the documentary to be made The film was shot over a period of two years; while production primarily took place in the United States, another filming location was that of London, England during a Back to the Future fan event. The film opened theatrically on October 21st 2015, the day that the series' protagonist Marty McFly travels to in Back to the Future Part II.

Gregory Weinkauf of The Huffington Post said that the documentary "gets to the heart of the Back to the Future phenomenon, proving as enjoyable as the franchise it affectionately explores", calling it "a delightful return to, and updating of, a beloved story".

Reviewer Logan J. Fowler of the website Pop-Break noted that it was "a well crafted and awesome look back at the movie that changed so many lives in the past, and will continue to do so in the future."

The DVD can be ordered now at the MVD Shop or on Amazon.

CARRIE - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray Hitting in Time for Halloween



Los Angeles, CA - In 1976, Carrie, the “absolutely spellbinding horror movie” (Roger Ebert) directed by Brian DePalma (Scarface, The Untouchables, Dressed to Kill) and based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, premiered in theaters, forever changing the landscape of horror films, and launching much of its outstanding cast into stardom. On October 11, 2016, the SCREAM FACTORY™ home entertainment brand celebrates the 40th anniversary of the film with a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release which includes a brand new 4K scan of the film and nearly 3 hours of bonus material.

The first film adaptation of a Stephen King book, Carrie was a box office hit, garnering Academy Award® nominations for the up and coming star Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner’s Daughter), and film veteran Piper Laurie (The Hustler), a rare accomplishment for the horror genre at the time. Featuring the first major film roles for John Travolta, who was then starring in TV’s Welcome Back Kotter, Nancy Allen (RoboCop) and William Katt (The Greatest American Hero), Carrie was also the big screen debut for AmyIrving (Yentl), P.J. Soles (Halloween) and Betty Buckley (Eight Is Enough).

At the center of the film’s terror is Carrie (Spacek), a high school loner with no confidence, no friends... and no idea about the extent of her secret powers of telekinesis. But when her psychotic mother and sadistic classmates finally go too far, the once-shy teen becomes an unrestrained, vengeance-seeking powerhouse who, with the help of her 'special gift,' causes all hell to break loose in a famed cinematic frenzy of blood, fire and brimstone.

Over the last 40 years the ultimate revenge fantasy has become one of the all-time great horror classics, andCarrie is now, finally, offered as a definitive, two-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray.

Special features:
NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Negative

· NEW interviews with writer Laurence D. Cohen, editor Paul Hirsch, actors Piper Laurie, P.J. Soles, Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley, William Katt, Edie McClurg, casting director Harriet B. Helberg and director of photography Mario Tosi

· NEW Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – Revisiting The Film’s Original Locations

· Acting Carrie - Interviews With Actors Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving, Betty Buckley, Nancy Allen, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Priscilla Pointer and P.J. Soles And Art Director Jack Fisk And Director Brian De Palma

· Visualizing Carrie - Interviews With Brian De Palma, Jack Fisk, Lawrence D. Cohen, Paul Hirsch

· A Look At “Carrie: The Musical”
Original Theatrical Trailer
Carrie Franchise Trailer Gallery

· TV Spots

· Radio Spots

· Still Gallery – Rare Behind-The-Scenes Photos

· Stephen King And The Evolution Of Carrie Text Gallery


Fans of the film will want to take note of two exclusive offers on the release—which are only available while supplies last.


- Receive the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray with slipcover

- Receive a limited-edition 18” x 24” poster of the newly-designed art from artist Nat Marsh

- Product will be shipped two weeks earlier than National Street date of October 11th

Pre-order @

DELUXE OFFER (Limited to 2,000 orders only – pictured below)

- Receive the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray with slipcover

- Receive a limited-edition 18” x 24” poster of the newly-designed art from Nat Marsh

- Product will be shipped three weeks earlier than National Street date of October 11th

- Receive a second slipcover—made exclusively for this promotion and newly-designed from artist Joel Robinson

- Receive a second 18” x 24” poster of the newly designed art from Joel Robinson

Pre-order @

LAKE NOWHERE Coming to Blu-Ray, DVD & VOD on August 16th!

LAKE NOWHERE announces distribution details and amazing new illustrated cover art!

BrinkVision to bring the 80’s-style slasher to Blu-Ray, DVD & VOD on August 16th! 

From BrinkVision:

LAKE NOWHERE, the 80s-style slasher horror film that Fangoria called “a little slice of heaven for fans of vintage bloodfests” has unveiled a brand new, hand-painted poster to the celebrate its August 16th release on Blu-Ray, DVD & VOD!  BrinkVision recently acquired the U.S. Distribution rights to the film and plans to deliver a “Limited Edition” Blu-Ray/DVD combo jam-packed with special features, including a half hour behind-the-scenes featurette documenting the skeleton crew’s six fateful days on location at a remote lakeside cabin.

Fresh off its festival run, LAKE NOWHERE has been lauded for its authentic recreation of the look and feel of a long lost bootleg tape. Preceded by original trailers & commercials, the film resurrects the thrill of gory midnight movies for an hour-long plunge into the depths of horror. LAKE NOWHERE traces the familiar tale of a group of friends who arrive at a desolate lakeside cabin only to be stalked and murdered by a “Masked Maniac.” This age-old tale of senseless slaughter quickly spirals into the realm of supernatural horror and classic monster movies, as we learn the true power that lies within LAKE NOWHERE.

The “Limited Edition” Blu-Ray/DVD combo will include the behind-the-scenes featurette, along with a writer/director commentary, actors’ commentary, and several previously unreleased teaser trailers for HARVEST MAN, one of the trailers which precedes the film.

The film was directed by Christopher Phelps and Maxim Van Scoy, produced by R. S. Fitzgerald and Rose Sambrato in association with Ursidae Parade and The Ravacon Collective. Additional film & VHS processing by Muckraker Productions. The film stars Laura Hajek, Wray Villanova, Nathan Andrew Wright, Oscar Allen, Melody Kology, Paul Gagnon, Charles Gaskins, and Matthew Howk as the “Masked Maniac.” Cover art by Rain Delmar.





From Universal:

Brace yourself for one of the most unflinchingly original wild rides from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and STX Entertainment with the adrenaline-fueled action hit Hardcore Henry. Filled with non-stop action and thrilling adventure, Hardcore Henry is the first film shot completely in first-person shooter perspective. Starring Sharlto Copley (Chappie, District 9, Elysium), and immerse yourself in an exciting new world as you become the title hero. The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature even more explosive thrills with deleted scenes and commentary with the director and actor/producer. Be the first to own Hardcore Henry on Digital HD on July 12, 2016 & on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on July 26, 2016.

Universal City, CA, May 26, 2016 – Brace yourself for one of the most unflinchingly original wild rides when the adrenaline-fueled action hit Hardcore Henry arrives on Digital HD on July 12, 2016 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on July 26, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and STX Entertainment.  Filled with non-stop action and thrilling adventure, Hardcore Henry is the first film shot completely in first-person shooter perspective.  The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature even more explosive thrills with deleted scenes and commentary with the director and actor/producer. Be the first to own Hardcore Henry, starring Sharlto Copley (Chappie, District 9, Elysium), and immerse yourself in an exciting new world as you become the title hero!    

You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife who tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. You’re also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. If you can survive the insanity and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity.  Strap in for a wild ride that critics are calling “a revolutionary movie experience” (Jake Spencer, Indiewire). From the director of the viral first-person shooter music video, Biting Elbows’ Bad Mother F***er (Ilya Naishuller), and the producer of Wanted (Timur Bekmanbetov), Hardcore Henry is a groundbreaking action hit that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before!  

Deleted Scenes
Fan Chat: Director Ilya Naishuller and Star Sharlto Copley answer fan questions about how Hardcore Henry was made.
Feature Commentary with Director/Producer Ilya Naishuller and Star/Executive Producer Sharlto Copley

The film will be available on Blu-ray™ with DIGITAL HD and UltraViolet™ and DVD.
Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6x the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™ lets you watch movies anywhere, on any device. Users can instantly stream or download movies to watch on iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray™ players, game consoles and more.

BAD MOON (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - Get Your Practically-Effected Werewolf, Gore Game On.

As long as the werewolf movie has practical effects you can count me in. I'll watch it, and history shows that there's a good possibility that I'm going to really enjoy the movie. Give me a computer generated wolf with a bunch of CG blood splatter, and I'll throw up on your movie. I mean that. I'll find your movie and vomit on it, or at least there's a good chance that I will. Bad Moon is the second movie in the past couple of days that featured a werewolf created with good ol' fashion makeup and hair and other compounds of the trade (The Boy Who Cried Werewolf was the other one). Luckily, this picture came before EVERYTHING was computer generated, and I consider us lucky to have a movie in the late 90's that wasn't drizzled technology. It was a pleasure to watch Bad Moon, having not seen it in a few years. Scream Factory has put this one out on Blu-ray and filled it with some goodies for the fans. This wolf movie fan is howling at the moon over this one.

What's to love? The gore. Plain and simple. There is an abundance of juicy gore with blood and claw marks. The movie spares the audience nothing. Of course you get the theatrical cut and the director's cut, and I chose to enjoy the director's cut. Do yourself a favor and opt for that one. It's supervised by Eric Red, looks great and feels like it really was meant for fans of its gruesome goodness. The performances are generally fine although I must admit that Mariel Hemmingway felt a little out of place. Bad Moon has less than serious edge, that seems to really conflict with my perception of Hemmingway. She plays the role fine and even delivers a strong bit of exclamatory dialogue toward the end of the picture, but my mind was taken out of the picture by her presence.

The wolf has its good moments, and the wolf has its bad moments. It really depends on whether you're looking at a closeup of the wolf's face. Stay away from that and you're fine. Some of the proportions seems a bit off between eyes and snout and forehead when your in its face, but the actual moving facial expressions are quite good. The full sized, standing Howling style werewolf looks great and its movements feel natural. This is my favorite kind of werewolf. It almost felt as though it was lacking hair at times. Did someone run out of dollar store weave? This is me nitpicking really. The gore is equally good. Plenty of deep claw marks and the red stuff pours in buckets. While I won't always say that it is realistic, the effects are perfectly fun. I prefer fun gore over hyper-realistic gore. There are battles between the family dog and the werewolf that are completely gonzo entertaining. These aren't believable, but they definitely give you some high flying action to enjoy.

The transfer looks great and the extras are strong. You get a new commentary track, the aforementioned new, supervised director's cut and even a new making of featurette. The making of featurette is absolutely worth your time and goes into some of the reasons behind casting that may help to explain why I feel a disconnect with Hemmingway (good thing I connected with the wolf). The unrated opening scene is included though it is sourced from VHS. You have been warned.

I don't consider Bad Moon to be especially scary or suspenseful. It's a standard werewolf story with good effects and a relatively high production value. Is it as good as Dog Soldiers or The Howling? No. It's no American Werewolf in London, but the wolf itself  beats out the wolves in Howling sequels and the wolf looks better than the wolf in The Boy Who Cried Werewolf or Silver Bullet (though Silver Bullet is overall a better movie). This is a mid-high grade wolf picture that entertains.

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From Scream Factory:

Full, crescent, quarter...each is a Bad Moon for Ted Harrison. By day, he's a photojournalist visiting family in the Pacific Northwest. By night, he transfigures into a horrific half-human – a werewolf. Dead men tell no tales, so Ted's sure he alone knows about his vile double life. The secret, however, may be out. The family dog Thor, devoted to defending the household, has his suspicions.

Writer/director Eric Red (Cohen and Tate, Body Parts) delivers a new infusion of thrills with this red blooded shocker. Michael Paré (Streets of Fire) portrays Ted, hiding his accursed condition from his sister (Mariel Hemmingway, Lipstick, Star 80) and nephew (Mason Gamble). What better way to hide it than to create suspicion that the local killings are the work of another – especially if that other is the family's all-too-wise German shepherd!

 Bonus Features

High-definition Theatrical Cut Of The Film Plus A NEW Director’s Version Supervised And Approved By Eric Red
NEW Nature of the Beast: Making Bad Moon Featuring Interviews With Writer/Director Eric Red, Actors Michael Paré And Mason Gamble, Special Effects Make-up Artist Steve Johnson And Stunt Coordinator Ken Kirzinger
NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Eric Red (Director’s Version Only)
Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Eric Red And Actor Michael Paré (Theatrical Cut)
Unrated Opening Scene From The Director’s First Cut (Sourced from VHS)
3 Storyboard Sequences
Original Theatrical Trailer

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

THE STRAIN SEASON 2 Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 23 From 20th Century Fox

The Hunt is on for the Master as THE STRAIN SEASON 2 
Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 23 

From Fox:

From acclaimed horror Showrunner/Executive Producer/Director/Writer Carlton Cuse along with Co-Creators/Executive Producers/Writers Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

The mysterious epidemic transforming the citizens of New York into horrifying creatures continues to rage during the second terrifying season of this acclaimed horror series.  While doctors Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) race to create a biological weapon to destroy the creatures, Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) relentlessly searches for an ancient book that may hold the key to defeating the sinister “Master.” Aware that he is now hunted by his handful of unlikely allies, the Master creates even more unstoppable bloodthirsty monsters in this darkly thrilling show that delivers nonstop chills from the first episode through the climactic season finale!

THE STRAIN SEASON 2 Blu-ray and DVD Features Include:
Deleted Scenes
Meet the Crew of The Strain
The White Room
Audio Commentary on "Night Train" featuring Carlton Cuse
Gag Reel
Beyond the Page
Sentient strigoi


New from Arrow Video US
Microwave Massacre [Blu-ray + DVD] (August 16th)
The Bloodstained Butterfly [Blu-ray + DVD] (August 23rd)
via MVD Entertainment Group

From MVD and Arrow:

MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with several new titles in August...

Microwave Massacre [Blu-ray + DVD] (August 16th)

Microwave Massacre stars legendary stand-up comedian and actor Jackie Vernon as Donald, a disgruntled construction worker whose wife's predilection for haute cuisine drives him to cannibalism.

Donald unwittingly stumbles upon a solution to his two major problems in his life - his nagging wife and his lack of decent meals - when, one night, he bludgeons his better half to death with a pepper grinder in a drunken rage. Thinking on his feet, Donald dismembers the body and sets about microwaving the remains, which turn out to be rather delicious. Trouble is, now he has a taste for human flesh that needs satisfying...

Eschewing all notions of good taste, Wayne Berwick's Microwave Massacre is a deliciously depraved exercise in political incorrectness that has gone on to gain a cult following thanks to a characteristically deadpan performance from Vernon, who delivers such choice lines as "I'm so hungry I could eat a whore." Vegetarians need not apply!

- Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Brand new audio commentary with writer-producer Craig Muckler, moderated by Mike Tristano
- Brand new making-of featurette including interviews with Muckler, director Wayne Berwick and actor Loren Schein
- Trailer
- Original treatment and 8-page synopsis (BD/DVD-ROM content)
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter

Product Details
An MVD Exclusive
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV062
UPC: 760137880295
Street Date: 08/16/16
PreBook Date: 07/12/16
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 76 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Year of Production: 1983
Director: Wayne Berwick
Actors: Jackie Vernon, Loren Schein, Al Troupe
Language: English

Note from DOC: Enjoy the Trailer for this one. Make sure to heat up a Hot Pocket.

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

The Bloodstained Butterfly [Blu-ray + DVD] (August 23rd)

Directed by Duccio Tessari (Death Occurred Last Night, A Pistol for Ringo), The Bloodstained Butterfly melds the lurid giallo traditions popularized by Dario Argento and Mario Bava with courtroom drama, resulting in a film that is as concerned with forensic detail and legal process as it is with grisly murders and audacious set-pieces. 

When a young female student is savagely killed in a park during a thunderstorm, the culprit seems obvious: her lover, TV sports personality Alessandro Marchi (Giancarlo Sbragia, Death Rage), seen fleeing the scene of the crime by numerous eyewitnesses. The evidence against him is damning... but is it all too convenient? And when the killer strikes again while Marchi is in custody, it quickly becomes apparent that there's more to the case than meets the eye... 

Starring 70s heartthrob Helmut Berger (Dorian Gray, The Godfather: Part III) alongside genre mainstays Evelyn Stewart (The Psychic, The Case of the Scorpion's Tail) and Carole André (Colt 38 Special Squad), and featuring a score by Gianni Ferrio (Death Walks at Midnight), The Bloodstained Butterfly is presented uncut and in a sumptuous new 4K restoration that allows this unique and haunting thriller to shine like never before!

- Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- Original Italian and English soundtracks in DTS-HD MA mono 1.0
- Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
- New audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
- Murder in B-Flat Minor, a new visual essay on the film, its cast and crew by author Troy Howarth.
- Mad Dog Helmut, a new interview with actor Helmut Berger 
- Exclusive introduction by Helmut Berger
- New interview with actress Evelyn Stewart/Ida Galli
- Interview with Lorella De Luca, actress and wife of director Duccio Tessari
- Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
- Gallery of original promotional images
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
- Limited edition 36-page booklet (first pressing only) illustrated by Tonci Zonjic, containing writing by James Blackford, Howard Hughes and Leonard Jacobs

Product Details
An MVD Exclusive
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV063
UPC: 760137880394
Street Date: 08/23/16
PreBook Date: 07/19/16
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 99 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: MONO
Year of Production: 1971
Director: Duccio Tessari
Actors: Helmut Berger, Giancarlo Sbragia, Evelyn Stewart
Language: Italian/English

Note from DOC: Some beautiful music from this classic giallo. This is an ear worm if I've ever heard one. Giallo Lives!

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TromaDance Film Festival Shorts Selections Up NOW!

Official Short Movie Selections
17th Annual TromaDance Film Festival 

Friday, July 29th and Saturday, July 30th at

17 Meadow St.
Brooklyn, NY 11206

From Troma:

New York, New York. July 28, 2016. -Greetings from Tromaville!

The Official Short Movie Selections for the 17th Annual TromaDance, which will be held at the Paper Box Theatre in Brooklyn, NY, have been confirmed, it was announced today by Lloyd Kaufman, prexy of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger.

TromaDance is the first film festival wholeheartedly devoted to independent filmmaking and also one which champions contributing artists, producers and directors internationally from all genres of cinema without discrimination. Unlike every other film festival, TromaDance does not charge filmmakers to submit their films. Entrance to The Paper Box Theatre on Friday July 29th and Saturday July 30th is free to all.

Bears Discover Fire  is based on the original science-fiction story from 1990 by Terry Bisson.

Two short title Official Selections that have already peaked the interests of Film Festival enthusiasts are Bears Discover Fire, directed by Ben Leonberg, an adaptation of Terry Bisson's Hugo Award Winning science-fiction story and Portal to Hell!!!, directed by Vivien Caldinelli, which is notable for the cinematic swan-song performance by influential 1980's WWF wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper, who died at age 61 of cardiac arrest in November of 2015. These two highlighted titles are among twenty-seven important films to be featured for the TromaDance attendees.

Portal to Hell!!! is the last onscreen performance by 1980's Pro-Wrestling Legend Rowdy "Roddy" Piper

The 17th Annual TromaDance Film Festival will announce Official Selections for categories in animation and features on June 28th and June 29th.

Bands to perform at the World Famous AfterParty will be announced on June 28th!

The 17th Annual TromaDance Short Movie Official Selections, which represent all genres  of live-action filmmaking shot on video, digital or film formats, were curated with great thoughtfulness and respect from thousands of creative, ingeniously produced and inspirational submissions received by employees and volunteers from represent the Troma Team. These selections are:

A King's Betrayal  / directed by David Bornstein

Bears Discover Fire / directed by Ben Leo

Bride Zombie / directed by Robby Ceusters aka Rob Ceus

Call Girl  / directed by Jill Six Gevargizian

Chicken Happen- Run and Hide / directed by Jimmy Adamson

Cool Aliens / directed by Jakob Skrzypa

Devil / directed by Martin Sonntag

Duellum / directed by Tucker Davila Wood

Fahrstuhl / directed by Rene Schweitzer

Granny Fuckers /directed by Nadine L'Esperance and Trevor "Spud" Hage

Hotline London / directed by Cozzo Jonathan

Leshy / directed by Pavel Soukup

Lucid / directed by Henrik Bjerregaard Clausen

Mayday /  directed by Sebastien Vanicek

Naked Sister / directed by Naoya Tashiro

Platform 13 / directed by Camiel Zwart

Portal to Hell / directed by Vivien Caldinelli

Remember This / directed by Miguel Hernandez Barba

Slow Creep / directed by Jim Hickcox

Tang-Soon-Do / directed by Michael D'Ambrosio

The Call / directed by Alban Ravassard

The Fisherman's Wife / directed by Ben Leonberg

The Indestructible / directed by Kalen Artinian

The Procedure / directed by Calvin Reeder

They Will All Die in Space / directed by Javier Chillon

When Aliens Get Bored and Take Drugs / directed by Erica Crooks

"Disco" by The Death Valley Girls Music Video / directed by Kansas Bowling

The 17th Annual TromaDance Film Festival will be hosted at The Paper Box Theatre in Brooklyn on July 29th and 30th, 2016!


Check out the new releases from Olive coming this September. We picked the selected genre titles that we though might appeal to the Doc Terror readers. There's something for everybody. Looking forward to the October slate that has been historical strong for this distro company.


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(Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, TV’s Fridays)
(The Four Seasons, High Road to China, Pecker)
(Near Dark, Fade to Black, The Wrong Guys)
(Little Darlings, Mortal Passions, The Paper Boy)
Directed by
(Surrender, TV’s The Odd Couple, TV’s Mary Tyler Moore)
Of the more than thirty screen adaptations of the Robert Louis Stevenson tale, the Jerry Belson directed Jekyll and Hyde … Together Again is closest in spirit to The Nutty Professor, a Jekyll and Hyde inspired tale directed by and starring another Jerry … Jerry Lewis.
YEAR: 1982
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
ASPECT RATIO:  1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
The Robert Louis Stevenson classic is turned on its ear, or in this case its funny bone, in the Jerry Belson (TV’s The Odd Couple) directed Jekyll and Hyde … Together Again.  While researching a drug that would make surgeries obsolete, Dr. Daniel Jekyll (Mark Blankfield, Robin Hood: Men in Tights) inadvertently discovers a substance that unleashes the animal that lives inside every man. Using himself as a guinea pig, Jekyll reverts from his shy, self-effacing, serious self to the hyper-sexual, party-‘till-you-drop alter ego, Mr. Hyde.
Jekyll and Hyde … Together Again, written for the screen by Monica Johnson, Harvey Miller, Jerry Belson and Michael Leeson, co-stars Bess Armstrong (High Road to China) as Mary, Jekyll’s loving fiancée; Krista Errickson (Little Darlings) as Ivy, Hyde’s lusty paramour; and Tim Thomerson (Near Dark) as Jekyll’s smarmy colleague Dr. Knute Lanyon.

DVD & 


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(TV’s 77 Sunset Strip, Grease, Troop Beverly Hills)
(TV’s Mannix, TV’s General Hospital)
(The Naked Kiss, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls)
(Doctor Detroit, The Wizard of Speed and Time)
(Deadly Prey, Future Force, Order of the Eagle)
(Death Chase, Illusions, Night Ripper!)
(Young Rebels, The Masque of the Red Death)
Directed by
(Deadly Prey, Deadliest Prey, Relentless Justice)
YEAR: 1987
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
ASPECT RATIO: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
A female homage to The Dirty DozenMankillersfeatures a rag tag group of bottom feeders —murderers, thieves and other assorted miscreants  — who, unless they coalesce into a lean, mean fighting machine to stop a rogue agent and the drug cartel that employs him, have the option of a prison cell or the electric chair. It’s wall-to-wall action and adventure in Mankillers.
Directed and written by David A. Prior (Deadly Prey,Killer Workout), Mankillers stars Edd Byrnes (TV’s77 Sunset Strip), Gail Fisher (TV’s Mannix), Edy Williams (The Naked Kiss), Lynda Aldon (Doctor Detroit), William Zipp (Deadly Prey), Christine Lunde (The Masque of the Red Death) and Suzanne Tegmann (Death Chase).

DVD & 

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(The Devil’s Hand, The Naked Monster, The Three Outlaws)
(North by Northwest, The War of the Worlds, Say One for Me)
(Funny Girl, Monsieur Verdoux, Hitch Hike to Hell)
(The Giant Gila Monster, Teenage Zombies, Paradise Alley)
(The Absent-Minded Professor, All That Heaven Allows)

Directed by
(Hitch Hike to Hell, Malibu High, The 7th Commandment)

YEAR: 1958
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
ASPECT RATIO:  1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W

The sleepy little lighthouse community of Piedras Blancas has a big problem when bodies begin piling up (thankfully there’s the ice room at Kochek’s Store for meats and groceries) and a scale from a thought-to-be-extinct prehistoric amphibian is found nearby. Could this be the work of … The Monster of Piedras Blancas?

For a town photographed in black & white, Piedras Blancas is teeming with colorful characters. There’s Sturges (John Harmon, Monsieur Verdoux), the lighthouse keeper who makes it a ritual to leave food out near a secluded beach cave for, well, something; Lucy (Jeanne Carmen, Born Reckless), Sturges' zaftig daughter, a free thinker who clearly doesn’t pay attention to daddy's warnings about skinny dipping near the cave; Lucy’s boyfriend Fred (Don Sullivan, The Giant Gila Monster), a young man more than willing to keep an eye on Lucy; and the dedicated man of science Dr. Sam Jorgensen (Les Tremayne, The Fortune Cookie) who’s out to solve the mysterious murders. It will become painfully obvious to Sturges (and the unfortunate inhabitants of Piedras Blancas): never miss a feeding! The Monster of Piedras Blancas, directed by Irvin Berwick (Malibu High), co-stars Forrest Lewis (All That Heaven Allows), Frank Arvidson (The 7th Commandment) and Wayne Berwick (The Naked Monster) and is photographed by Philip Lathrop, two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Cinematography (The Americanization of Emily,Earthquake).



STREET:            9/13/16



(Black Sunday, Pit and the Pendulum, Piranha)
(The Quiller Memorandum, Funny Face, Shadowlands)
(Castle of Blood, The Puma-Man, Star Odyssey)
(Class of Iron, The Giants of Thessaly)
Directed by
(Lust of the Vampire, The Ghost, The Witch’s Curse)
YEAR: 1964
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
From director Robert Hampton, (Lust Of The Vampire) comes The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (L’orrible segreto del Dr. Hichcock), the twisted and terrifying tale of Dr. Bernard Hichcock (Robert Flemyng, The Quiller Memorandum) whose secret desires and perverse passions lead to the death of his wife, Margaret (Teresa Fitzgerald, Class of Iron).
Remarrying years later, the doctor’s new bride Cynthia (Barbara Steele, Pit and the Pendulum) is unaware that her husband intends to use her blood to reanimate the corpse of his dearly departed Margaret.