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Exhumed Films presents: Killer Klowns & Deadly Spawn + James Harris Benefit Show!

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    Exhumed Films presents: Killer Klowns & Deadly Spawn + James Harris Benefit Show!

    Sunday, January 15 at 12 PM - 6 PM
    International House Philadelphia
    3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
    Admission: $20

    12pm:  Doors Open and the Fun begins with an Auction, Raffle, and More!
    1pm:    Screenings begin

    Exhumed Films presents: Killer Klowns & Deadly Spawn + James Harris Benefit Show!
    Please join Exhumed Films on Sunday, January 15 to support a worthy cause--and to enjoy an afternoon of silly, surreal sci-fi cinema! EF will be donating all profits from this special matinee double feature to support our good friend James Harris in his fight against cancer. We will also have prize raffles, a 50/50, and other fundraiser opportunities before the movies. Our double feature for the day will be two fun films programmed with James's input:

    KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE
    1988 / 35mm / Dir. Stephen Chiodo / 88 min.

    Brothers Edward and Stephen Chiodo wrote and directed this 1980s cult comedy favorite, and used their expertise as puppeteers and effects artists on movies like CRITTERS and THE SWORD AND THE SORCEROR to create some of the weirdest antagonists in movie history! When a small town is invaded by evil aliens bearing an uncanny resemblance to circus clowns, it's up to a young couple, their friends, and an ice cream truck to save the citizens from the grimacing goons.

    plus:

    THE DEADLY SPAWN
    1983 / 35mm / Dir. Douglas McKeown / 81 min.

    The first and only feature film from writer/director Douglas McKeown has become a low budget horror classic thanks to its naturalistic performances, creative creature effects, and over-the-top gore. A meteroite lands in the woods and unleashes a slew of slimy, slithering alien parasites. Before long, the carnivorous critters take shelter in a suburban basement and start picking off a houseful of horny teenagers. Filmed in the New Jersey suburbs on a miniscule budget by a guy whose previous project was running a haunted house attraction in Seaside Heights, THE DEADLY SPAWN is DIY horror at its finest.

    MORE ABOUT THE FUNDRAISER:

    James "Jimmy Terror" Harris is a longtime friend and supporter of Exhumed Films. He's well-known to many in the Philadelphia & NJ horror community, is the creator of the website Doc Terror.com, and runs HorrorSexy Podcast. James is also the only known human on planet earth to sport an actual, permanent Exhumed Films 24 Hour Horror-thon tattoo! Even the guys in EF aren't that committed! Most importantly, Jimmy is a loving husband to his wife Nicole and a wonderful father to their three young daughters.

    In December 2015, James was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a form of cancer which is rare in adults. Over the last year James has gone through surgery and multiple rounds of chemo and radiation, and he still has a challenging road ahead. The guys in Exhumed Films are consistently inspired by Jimmy's strength, determination, and positive attitude; we are excited to do this screening not only as a way to raise money for James and his family, but also to celebrate his contributions to the horror community. Please share this event with others and help us make the fundraiser a huge success!

    Special thanks to Ted. A. Bohus!
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    Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    Vestron Horror Classic The Lair of the White Worm Arrives on Blu-ray 1/31





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    The Vestron cult classic horror title releases continue with The Lair of the White Worm, coming to Blu-ray on January 31st with all new special features!

    Street Date: 1/31/17
    Blu-ray™ SRP: $34.97
     
    PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
    A terrifying English legend returns when the Vestron Video Collector’s Series brings the British horror classic The Lair of the White Worm to limited-edition Blu-ray™ on January 31 from Lionsgate. In a remote corner of England’s Peak District, a mysterious skull is unearthed, then quickly stolen for use in worshiping a pagan god, the White Worm. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, and starring Hugh Grant, the restored and remastered The Lair of the White Worm Blu-ray has all-new special features, including an audio commentary with Director Ken Russell and Lisi Russell and an interview with actress Sammi Davis. The Lair of the White Worm limited-edition Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.97.
    OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
    Hugh Grant, Amanda Donohoe, and Catherine Oxenberg star in this mix of heart-stopping horror and campy humor. James D’Ampton (Grant) returns to his country castle in England. Legend has it that James’s distant ancestor once slayed the local dragon — a monstrous white worm with a fondness for the sweet flesh of virgins. The young lord dismisses the legend as folklore, until archaeology student Angus Flint explores James’s property and unearths a massive reptilian skull and a pagan snake god’s ancient site of worship. When James’s virtuous girlfriend, Eve Trent (Oxenberg), suddenly disappears, James and Angus set out to investigate the foreboding cavern said to be the worm’s lair, where a centuries-old mystery begins to uncoil.
    BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
    ·       Audio Commentary with Director Ken Russell
    ·       Audio Commentary with Lisi Russell, in conversation with Film Historian Matthew Melia
    ·       “Worm Food: The Effects of The Lair of the White Worm” Featurette
    ·       “Cutting For Ken” – An Interview with Editor Peter Davies
    ·       “Mary, Mary” – An Interview with Actress Sammi Davis
    ·       Trailers From Hell featuring an introduction and commentary with Producer Dan Ireland

     
    PROGRAM INFORMATION
    Year of Production: 1987
    Title Copyright: Lair of the White Worm © 1988 Vestron Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved. Artwork& Supplementary Materials © 2017 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    Type: Theatrical Release
    Rating: R
    Genre: Horror
    Closed-Captioned: N/A
    Subtitles: English SDH
    Feature Run Time: 94 minutes  
    Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition, 16x9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Presentation
    Blu-ray Audio: Original 2.0 Stereo Audio

    Vestron Horror Classic Parents Arrives on Blu-ray 1/31




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    The Vestron cult classic horror title releases continue with Parents, coming to Blu-ray on January 31st with all new special features!

    Street Date: 1/31/17
    Blu-ray™ SRP: $34.97
     
    PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    There’s a new name for terror when the Vestron Video Collector’s Series brings the family back together in Parents, coming to limited-edition Blu-ray on January 31 from Lionsgate. In this black-comedy horror classic, a young boy in 1950s suburbia suspects his parents are cannibalistic murderers. The Parents Blu-ray includes all-new special features, including an audio commentary with director Bob Balaban and producer Bonnie Palef and interviews with screenwriter Christopher Hawthorne and actress Mary Beth Hurt. This limited-edition Parents Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.97.

    OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

    Meet the Laemles. Dad’s got a great job, mom has all the modern conveniences a happy homemaker could ask for, and ten-year-old Michael has great new friends and two parents who kill him with kindness. They’re the all-American family . . . or are they? Michael can’t figure out why his family serves leftovers every night. “Leftovers? Well, what were they before they were leftovers?” questions young Michael. “Leftovers-to-be,” smiles dad. Dad’s bringing home the bacon . . . and a whole lot more! Michael’s parents are getting away with murder — making home where the horror is! 
    BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
    ·       Audio Commentary with Director Bob Balaban and Producer Bonnie Palef
    ·       Isolated Score Selections/Audio Interview with Composer Jonathan Elias
    ·       Featurettes:
    o   “Leftovers to Be” with Screenwriter Christopher Hawthorne
    o   “Mother’s Day” with Actress Mary Beth Hurt
    o   “Inside Out” with Director of Photography Robin Vidgeon
    o   “Vintage Tastes” with Decorative Consultant Yolando Cuomo
    ·       Theatrical Trailer
    ·       Radio Spots
    ·       Still Gallery
     
     
    PROGRAM INFORMATION*


    Year of Production: 1988
    Title Copyright: Parents © 1988 Vestron Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2017 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    Type: Theatrical Release
    Rating: R
    Genre: Horror
    Closed-Captioned: N/A
    Subtitles: English SDH
    Feature Run Time: 82 Minutes 
    Blu-ray™ Format: 1080p High Definition, 16x9 Widescreen 1.85:1 Presentation
    Blu-ray™ Audio: Original 2.0 Stereo Audio




    THE GATE arrives on limited-edition Blu-ray on February 28







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    The Vestron Video Collector’s Series unleashes the horror classic THE GATE for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray on February 28 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.



     



    Street Date: 2/28/17
    Blu-ray™ SRP: $39.97
     
    PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
    The Vestron Video Collector’s Series unleashes unspeakable horrors when The Gate arrives for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray™ on February 28 from Lionsgate. When two suburban kids accidentally open a portal filled with pint-sized demons hell-bent on taking over the planet, it’s up to them to seal the gateway and save mankind! The Gate features all-new, never-before-seen featurettes and audio commentary. A must-have for all classic horror fans, The Gate limited-edition Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97.
     
    OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
    When best friends Glen and Terry stumble across a mysterious crystalline rock in Glen’s backyard, they quickly dig up the newly sodden lawn searching for more precious stones. Instead, they unearth The Gate — an underground chamber of terrifying demonic evil. The teenagers soon understand what evil they’ve released as they are overcome with an assortment of horrific experiences. With fiendish followers invading suburbia, it’s now up to the kids to discover the secret that can lock The Gate forever . . . if it’s not too late.
     
    SPECIAL FEATURES
    ·       Audio Commentaries:
    o   Director Tibor Takacs, Writer Michael Nankin, and Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook
    o   Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Craig Reardon, Special Effects Artist Frank Carere, and Matte Photographer Bill Taylor
    ·       Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with Composers Michael Hoenig and J. Peter Robinson
    ·       Featurettes:
    o   The Gate: Unlocked”
    o   “Minion Maker”
    o   “From Hell It Came”
    o   “The Workman Speaks!”
    o   “Made in Canada”
    o   “From Hell: The Creatures & Demons of The Gate
    o   “The Gatekeepers”
    o   “Making of The Gate
    ·       Teaser Trailer
    ·       Theatrical Trailer
    ·       TV Spot
    ·       Storyboard Gallery
    ·       Behind-the-Scenes Still Gallery
     
     
    THE GATE PROGRAM INFORMATION*
    Year of Production: 1986
    Title Copyright: The Gate © 1986 The Gate Film Productions Inc. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2017 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    Type: Theatrical Release
    Rating: PG-13
    Genre: Fantasy, Horror
    Closed-Captioned: N/A
    Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH
    Feature Run Time: 85 Minutes
    Blu-ray™ Format: 1080p High Definition, 16x9 Widescreen 1.85:1 Presentation   
    Blu-ray™ Audio: Original DTS 2.0 Stereo Audio

    Monday, December 19, 2016

    Being There, Multiple Maniacs, Blow and More From Criterion's March 2017 New Releases



    The Criterion Collection
    March 2017 New Releases
    Brace yourself for John Waters’ gloriously grotesque Multiple Maniacs, plus a counterculture masterpiece from Michelangelo Antonioni, a satirical meditation on American culture from Hal Ashby, an exquisitely acted drama from Andrew Haigh, and a landmark of Mexican political cinema from Felipe Cazals.

    DARK SEDUCTION - A NEW-WAVE, NOIR, LESBIAN VAMPIRE TALE, LOST FOR 30 YEARS!

    Presents

    A NOIR LESBIAN VAMPIRE TALE

    UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU'VE EVER SEEN BEFORE!
    A LOST FILM FOR OVER 30 YEARS,

    AVAILABLE NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!
     
     

    GET THE SCOOP ON THIS INSTANT CULT CLASSIC!
    CONTACT DIRECTOR GREG TRAVIS FOR

    PODCASTS
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    DARK SEDUCTION NOW AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE!
    2016 | English | Noir/Cult/Horror | 81 minutes | 2K 
     
    Hollywood 1944 and 1984. The creeps are crawling out of the woodwork like a bad dream and lone gumshoe private eye Dic Jones is trying to make the long cold crawl out of a short warm whiskey bottle. In this dark black and white underworld there are two lady Vampires on the loose. Vera and Serina, two super fine, rocked out, glammed up, new waved lesbian bloodsuckers, hell bent on a tinsel-town drinking spree.  
     
    Click here for trailer
     
                
    Back Story:
         
    When it was created, it was ahead of it’s time, but it’s time is now.”-Greg Travis"
     
    In the summer of ’84, they feverishly shot with a five-man crew on a 15-day schedule working out of a
    small office on Hollywood Boulevard surrounded by bikers and homeless. It was hard to tell where the
    film ended and the production began. An additional two scenes were shot six months later and the
    filming phase was complete.
    When the shooting phase of the film was over, the post-production wreck left in its wake a vortex dying
    in a storm. Travis and Bishart had no money to hire a real editor, so they tried to tackle that task with a
    sense of impending doom. A year later, a workable cut still had not been found. Their production office
    was closed and the editing was moved to Bishart's home office. After another year, the work was
    transferred to ¾ inch tape and various versions of the film were made in search of the perfect cut.
    Creative disagreements, technical snafus, lack of funding and distractions from the next career step
    were beginning to dilute the ability to finish Dark Seduction. Unable to find the cut, both men
    returned to their other jobs and Dark Seduction was temporarily shelled.
    The real question for Greg Travis was what kind of a movie had he made? Part film noir, part horror
    movie, part comedy and all homage… Dark Seduction was all of those things. Travis was faced with
    putting together what was now beginning to look like a collage of short scenes concocted under the
    umbrella of high concept. It went into storage, a kind of post-apocalyptic hibernation, peaking out of
    its cryogenic chamber every century or so to check and see if the world was habitable once again.
    Travis’ vision, like all dreams to the dreamer upon awakening, lost cohesion in the stark light of day.
    Ownership disputes followed. Now and again, an attempt to resurrect Dark Seduction would come
    along then disappear. At one point, the negative was lost when an editor who had possession of it
    suffered a stroke and went incommunicado for a year, but like Dic Jones, Travis persevered. The digital
    revolution revitalized Dark Seduction just like an infusion of fresh blood reanimates a vampire! A
    high quality restoration of the original footage now made it possible to re-edit! Time, experience and
    perhaps a little wisdom had sharpened Travis’ dark dream into an actionable narrative that could now
    be told. The style of the 40’s and the insanity of the 80’s were once again married, this time into a
    workable relationship, and all the frenetic, quirky energy of the participants, from grip to actor, all of
    their blood, sweat and tears come through in every single frame! All who took part were darkly seduced
    by Travis’ obsession. They’ve had their Dark Seduction. Now it’s time for yours!
    • The film was originally shot in Los Angeles, CA in the summer of 1984 and was never finished due to a long list of mishaps, creative battles, and lost footage.
    • Featuring a classic film Noir detective, two beautiful Vampire Vixens and a supporting cast of hilarious characters; this lost cult classic, thirty years in the making, has the potential to become one of the greatest cult films of all time!
    • Directed by Greg Travis, Industry Veteran, known for his Roles in Starship Troopers, Watchmen, Show Girls, and Man on the moon, and Starring his Sister Stacy Travis: Easy A, Ghost World, Bandits.
    • A Documentary has been produced chronicling the film’s trials and tribulations from 1984 into present day. The documentary release will coincide with the release of the film.
    • Shot on 16mm Black and White, making it a must see film for Purist’s, so good it’ll make them weak at the knees!
    • On April 1st, 2016 a long overdue premier finally had it’s night! In attendance were Celebrities (Robert Townsend, Andy Dick, John Kassir, Vanessa waters). Also in attendance were the members of the cast and crew, that Travis was able to hunt down 30 years later. It was a midnight screening of ‘Dark Seduction’ at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles.
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