Sunday, July 24, 2016

Dead Air: Episode 122 - The Conjuring 2 (2016)

This week on the podcast , Jeff (@DeadAirJeff) and Jesse (@DestroySuperman) talk about old ladies, Pat Wilson, spooky shit, and THE CONJURING 2.

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Wes Craven Retrospective: Episode 02 - Angela: The Fireworks Woman (1975)

This week on the podcast , Jeff (@DeadAirJeff), Jesse (@DestroySuperman), and James (@DOCTERROR_COM) continue the Wes Craven Retrospective series by discussing the Director's little-seen porn film, ANGELA - THE FIREWORKS WOMAN.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Observance will be released on DVD and Blu-ray This October 11th

Psychological Horror Thriller OBSERVANCE to be Released on DVD/Blu-ray

From Artsploitation:

With the dread-infused claustrophobia of Polanski's The Tenant, the taut voyeurism of Hitchcock's Rear Window, and the horrific visuals founds in the works of Cronenberg, Joseph Sims-Dennett's Observance is one seriously intense thriller. The psychological horror tale involves a private detective who, hired to watch a woman across the street, begins to experience a violent mental breakdown.

The English-language Observance will be released on DVD and Blu-ray (and exclusive streaming on Vimeo) August 2, 2016, and on most major VOD outlets beginning October 11th.

Pan's Labyrinth and TRILOGIA From Guillermo Del Toro Hitting Blu-ray in Time for Halloween

Guillermo del Toro is at the center of the exciting October slate, which features a new stand-alone edition of the haunting, Oscar-winning fantasy epic Pan's Labyrinth as well as a set-available in both a DVD edition and a sumptuously designed Blu-ray box that includes a deluxe hardcover book-collecting the writer-director's trilogy of fabulist Spanish-language films: Cronos, The Devil's Backbone, and Pan's Labyrinth.


From Criterion:

An Academy Award-winning dark fable set five years after the end of the Spanish Civil War, Pan's Labyrinth encapsulates the rich visual style and genre-defying craft of Guillermo del Toro (The Devil's Backbone, Cronos). Eleven-year-old Ofelia (Ivana Baquero, in a mature and tender performance) comes face to face with the horrors of fascism when she and her pregnant mother are uprooted to the countryside, where her new stepfather (Sergi López), a sadistic captain in General Franco's army, hunts down Republican guerrillas who refuse to give up the fight. The violent reality in which she lives merges seamlessly with a fantastical interior world when Ofelia meets a faun in a decaying labyrinth and is set on a strange, mythic journey that is at once terrifying and beautiful. In his revisiting of this bloody period in Spanish history, del Toro creates a vivid depiction of the monstrosities of war infiltrating a child's imagination and threatening the innocence of youth.

2006 * 119 minutes * Color * 5.1 Surround * In Spanish with English subtitles * 1.85:1 aspect ratio

Newly graded 2K digital master, supervised by director Guillermo del Toro, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Alternate DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Audio commentary by del Toro from 2007
New interview with del Toro by novelist Cornelia Funke about fairy tales, fantasy, and Pan's Labyrinth
New interview with actor Doug Jones
Four 2007 making-of documentaries, examining the characters, production, special effects, themes, and music of the film
Interactive director's notebook
Footage of actor Ivana Baquero's audition for the film
Animated comics featuring prequel stories for the film's menagerie of creatures
Programs comparing selected production storyboards and del Toro's thumbnail sketches with the final film; visual effects work for the Green Fairy; and elements of the film's score
Trailers and TV spots
PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson

STREET 10/11/16 


From Criterion:

Throughout a career that encompasses both visually arresting art-house hits and big-budget Hollywood spectacles, director Guillermo del Toro has continually redefined and elevated the horror genre with his deeply personal explorations of myths and monsters. These three Spanish-language films, each a tale of childhood in troubled times, showcase his singular fusion of the fantastic and the real. Drawing inspiration from a rich variety of sources, from Alfred Hitchcock to Francisco de Goya, the gothic-infused stories collected here-populated by vampires, ghosts, and a fairy-tale princess-make evident why del Toro is considered the master cinematic fabulist of our time.

High-definition digital restoration of Cronos, 2K digital restoration of The Devil's Backbone, newly graded 2K digital master of Pan's Labyrinth, all supervised and approved by director Guillermo del Toro, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack for Cronos and 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks for The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth on the Blu-rays
Alternate DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround sound-track for Pan's Labyrinth on the Blu-ray
Audio commentaries on all three films
Interviews with del Toro, director of photography Guillermo Navarro, and actors Doug Jones, Federico Luppi, and Ron Perlman
Welcome to Bleak House, a 2010 video tour by del Toro of his personal collections
New piece on Pan's Labyrinth featuring del Toro and novelist Cornelia Funke
Interactive director's notebooks for The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth
Making-of documentaries for The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth
Geometria, a 1987 short horror film by del Toro finished in 2010
Footage of actor Ivana Baquero auditioning for Pan's Labyrinth in 2005
Original Spanish-language voice-over introduction for Cronos
Introductions by del Toro for The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth
Deleted scenes from The Devil's Backbone, with commentary by del Toro
Selected on-screen picture-in-picture presentation of del Toro's thumbnail sketches for The Devil's Backbone
Programs comparing del Toro's thumbnail sketches and production storyboards for The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth with the final films
Piece on The Devil's Backbone's depiction of the Spanish Civil War
Animated comics featuring prequel stories for the creatures of Pan's Labyrinth
Gallery of stills from Cronos, captioned by del Toro
Trailers and TV spots
English subtitle translations approved by del Toro
Deluxe box set for the Blu-ray, featuring new illustrations by Vania Zouravliov
Blu-ray: A 100-page hardcover book featuring an introduction by author Neil Gaiman and essays by critics Michael Atkinson, Mark Kermode, and Maitland McDonagh, along with production notes and sketches by del Toro and illustrators Carlos Giménez and Raúl Monge
DVD: Essays by Atkinson, Kermode, and McDonagh, and production notes for Cronos by del Toro

 STREET 10/11/16

ITALIAN HORROR LIVES! - DARK WAVES gets DVD release in US and Canada This August

Fantasy / Horror feature DARK WAVES gets DVD release in US and Canada

From Euro Obscura/Bayview Entertainment:

14th July 2016, Los Angeles - The fantasy / horror movie DARK WAVES will hit the stores of US and Canada on the 9th of August 2016. Directed by Domiziano Cristopharo, DARK WAVES can be best described as a dark fairytale with dramatic undercurrents set in the world of pirates. It shows a couple in love whose love is tested and torn apart by a succession of strange events and recurring nightmares. Pirates, ghostly figures, sea monsters and golden treasures all enter into action in this movie redolent of ancient myth, legends, sailors and the siren call of the ocean. Completely shot in the south Mediterranean, it features amazing locations and a music score composed by award winner Alexander Cimini with a main theme by Marco Werba.

DARK WAVES will be released by Bayview Entertainment on the 9th of August on DVD. The DVD is in pre-order on Amazon and other web stores. It will be scheduled for VOD release in the following months. The music score is available on CD by Kronos Records.

DARK WAVES - Italy 2016 - 87 min. - Fantasy/Horror
Sophiane, an ex French legionnaire, brings his wife Jazira in a new home: an ancient tower on the open sea. Day by day, they have to deal with strange events, and soon the couple has to face a past that both desired to forget. One day, while he is sailing, Sophiane finds three little gold nuggets, and gives them to his wife. But they are in fact golden teeth that belonged to three pirates... and they rise from the water (and from death) to have them back.


Highlander 30th Anniversary Edition Hitting Blu-ray This September

From Lionsgate

In the end there can only be one Highlander 30th Anniversary edition, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD September 27 from Lionsgate. Starring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, relive the sci-fi epic that launched a TV franchise and captivated millions of fans worldwide! The 30th Anniversary edition features never-before-seen interviews with director Russell Mulcahy and actor Christopher Lambert, a brand-new “making of” documentary, deleted scenes, and audio commentary with director Russell Mulcahy. The Highlander 30th Anniversary Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.99 and $14.98, respectively.


Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the original cult classic that inspired movie and TV franchises! An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponents, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled “Prize.”


● The Making of Highlander

● Deleted Scenes

● Interviews with Director Russell Mulcahy and Actor Christopher Lambert

● Archival Interview with Actor Christopher Lambert

● Audio Commentary by Director Russell Mulcahy

*Subject to change


Christopher Lambert Mortal Kombat, Fortress

Roxanne Hart The Verdict, TV’s “Chicago Hope”

Clancy Brown The Shawshank Redemption, Starship Troopers

and Sean Connery Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 1 Coming to Blu-ray and DVD in August!

From Starz:

From the creators of The Evil Dead comes a new STARZ Original Series, Ash vs Evil Dead. The STARZ Original series is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film The Evil Dead. The series is executive produced by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, The Grudge), Rob Tapert (The Evil Dead, The Grudge), and Bruce Campbell (“Burn Notice,” Oz the Great and Powerful, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness), the original filmmakers, and Craig DiGregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner. Campbell reprises his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons – personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

Bring the terror home on Blu-ray™ and DVD August 23, 2016.



From the creators of The Evil Dead comes a new STARZ Original Series on

Blu-ray™ and DVD August 23, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (July 18, 2016) – “Ash vs Evil Dead,” the 10-episode half-hour STARZ Original series, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film The Evil Dead. The series is executive produced by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, The Grudge), Rob Tapert (The Evil Dead, The Grudge), and Bruce Campbell (“Burn Notice,” Oz the Great and Powerful, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness), the original filmmakers, and Craig DiGregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner. 

Campbell reprises his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons – personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.  

The cast also includes Lucy Lawless as Ruby (“Parks and Recreation,” “Spartacus” franchise, “Battlestar Galactica,” “Xena: Warrior Princess”), a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar (In Time, “Raising Hope,” “Dexter,” Meet the Fockers), an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell (“Impress Me,” A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas), a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones as Amanda Fisher (“Sleepy Hollow,” “Girlfriends”), a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.

With a suggested retail price of $49.99 for Blu-ray™ and $39.98 for DVD, “Ash vs Evil Dead” includes exclusive audio commentaries by Bruce Campbell and more!

MASKS Hits Blu-ray This September from the Director of German Angst

2011 German film Masks directed by Andreas Marschall, director of German Angst, hitting 3 Disc Blu-ray this September!

From Reelgore Releasing










Available for Download on Digital HD August 1, 2016
Blu-ray™ & DVD Debut November 15, 2016

Last year’s Emmy® Award winner for Outstanding Drama Series and currently nominated for 23 2016 Emmy® Awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Directing Outstanding Supporting Actress (Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams) and Outstanding Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington), Game of Thrones is bigger than ever delivering “the power and pathos fans have come to expect” (Los Angeles Times).  The HBO drama has consistently been the top selling TV on DVD/BD for the past five years and now fans can get the most recent season earlier than ever when Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season debuts from HBO Home Entertainment on Digital HD on August 1, 2016 and on Blu-ray™ with Digital HD and DVD November 15, 2016. The set features all 10 episodes, plus extensive bonus content:
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·  Bran’s Journey – A nine-minute feature delving into the shocking and revelatory journey Bran Stark took in Season 6.  
·  The Dothraki World – Behind-the-Scenes featurette bringing viewers up to speed on the Dothraki culture, not seen since Season 1.
·  Inside Game of Thrones: Prosthetics – Behind-the-Scenes featurette detailing what goes into the show’s prosthetics creation.
·  The Game Revealed – Five-part series covering the creation of Season 6’s most epic set pieces and scenes.
Blu-ray™ with Digital Copy – includes all DVD features plus:
·  In-Episode Guide – Dig deeper into the show with this in-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories.
·  Histories and Lore – Learn about the mythology of Westeros and Essos as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves in 18 history pieces.
·  The Old Way: narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)
·  The Kingsmoot: narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)
·  The Sunset Sea: narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)
·  War of the Ninepenny Kings: narrated by Brother Ray (Ian McShane)
·  The Great Tourney at Harrenhal: narrated by Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick)
·  Robert’s Rebellion: narrated by Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
·  Vaes Dothrak: narrated by Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)
·  The Dothraki: narrated by Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)
·  Northern Allegiances to House Stark: narrated by Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)
·  Children of the Forest vs. the First Men: narrated by the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow)
·  Brotherhood Without Banners: narrated by Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye)
·  Oldtown: narrated by Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover) and Qyburn (Anton Lesser)
·  House Dayne: narrated by Young Ned Stark (Robert Aramayo)
·  The Little Birds: narrated by Lord Varys (Conleth Hill)
·  Knights of the Vale: narrated by Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish (Aidan Gillen)
·  House Tarly: narrated by Randyll Tarly (James Faulkner)
·  Riverrun: narrated by Brynden ‘the Blackfish’ Tully (Clive Russell)
·  Great Sept of Baelor: narrated by the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce)

·  The Battle of the Bastards: An In-Depth Look – Behind-the-scenes piece examining the production challenges of creating this epic event, including explorations of VFX, stunts, and interviews with key cast and crew.
·  Recreating the Dothraki World – Behind-the-scenes piece looking at the creation of Vaes Dothrak and its importance to Dany’s evolution.
·  18 Hours at the Paint Hall –Follow all three shooting units as they converge in this behind-the-scenes snapshot of a day in the life of the largest show on television
·  Audio Commentaries – The most commentaries ever recorded for Game of Thrones, featuring:
·  Episode 601: Director Jeremy Podeswa, Director of Photography Greg Middleton, and Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne)
·  Episode 602: Writer Dave Hill, Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), and Ben Crompton (Dolorous Edd)
·  Episode 603: Director Daniel Sackheim, Production Designer Deborah Riley, and Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen Baratheon)
·  Episode 604: Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont),  and Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm)
·  Episode 605 (2 commentaries): Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy), Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy), Ellie Kendrick (Meera Reed), and Kristian Nairn (Hodor); Prosthetics Supervisor Barrie Gower, Camera Operators Chris Plevin and Ben Wilson, and Executive Producer Bernadette Caulfield
·  Episode 606: Director Jack Bender, Director of Photography Jonathan Freeman, John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), and Hannah Murray (Gilly)
·  Episode 607: Producer/Writer Bryan Cogman, Ian McShane (Septon Ray), and Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell)
·  Episode 608: Director Mark Mylod, Essie Davis (Lady Crane), and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister)
·  Episode 609 (2 commentaries): Director Miguel Sapochnik, Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), and Kit Harington (Jon Snow); Director of Photography Fabian Wagner, Visual Effects Producer Steve Kullback, and Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Bauer
·  Episode 610 (2 commentaries): Executive Producers/Writers David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister); Special Effects Supervisor Sam Conway, Camera Operator Sean Savage, and Producer Chris Newman
·  Deleted Scenes – Four deleted scenes.
The most-watched series in HBO history and a worldwide TV phenomenon, Game of Thrones returns with another power season. This year, after the shocking developments at the end of Season 5 – including Jon Snow's bloody fate at the hands of Castle Black mutineers, Daenerys' near-demise at the fighting pits of Meereen, and Cersei's public humiliation in the streets of King's Landing – survivors from all parts of Westeros and Essos regroup to press forward, inexorably, towards their uncertain individual fates. Familiar faces will forge new alliances to bolster their strategic chances at survival, while new characters will emerge to challenge the balance of power in the east, west, north and south.

Psycho IV: The Beginning On Blu-ray August 23, 2016

Scream Factory Presents

Psycho IV: The Beginning

On Blu-ray August 23, 2016

The thrilling prequel to the immortal classic Psycho

Before the terror can end, see how it all began… Psycho IV: The Beginning comes to Blu-ray for the first time on August 23, 2016 from Scream Factory. Anthony Perkins, Henry Thomas and Olivia Hussey star in this chilling prequel to the classic Hitchcock thriller. The release features new extras including audio commentary with director Mick Garris and Henry Thomas and Olivia Hussey, and an interview with make-up effects artist Tony Gardner. 

A seemingly rehabilitated Norman Bates (Perkins) is drawn to a late-night radio show where the host (CCH Pounder, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight) encourages him to share his views on the topic of matricide. Reliving his childhood, Norman recounts his trials as a young boy (Thomas, E.T. The Extra-terrestrial, Ouija 2) living with his widowed schizophrenic mother (Hussey, the original Black Christmas). These haunting memories are more than just disturbing visions of the past; they threaten to rekindle his killing urge in this spine-tingling thriller directed by Mick Garris (The Stand, Masters of Horror).

Special Features:

NEW Audio Commentary with director Mick Garris, actors Henry Thomas and Olivia Hussey
NEW The Making of Mother – an interview with make-up effects artist Tony Gardner (27 minutes)
Rare Behind-the-Scenes footage from director Mick Garris
Photo Gallery of rare photo from Mick Garris

Saturday, July 16, 2016

THE TERROR (Film Detective Blu-ray)

This is another Film Detective Blu-ray. We are dealing with a company that is simply putting out classic Horror Blu-ray that have HD scans, but spend little or no time to actually preserve or restore. Granted The Terror has seen more VHS and DVD releases than the Bible. I was actually impressed with the color in the Film Detectives releases, but it still looked washed out. It's better than I've seen it look before, but in all honesty, every time I've seen The Terror it's looked damn bad, sourcing from tape or produced by a distro company that clearly was bargain basement. 

No extras on this release, the traditional artwork is present but is combined with the distro company's branding which his distracting and not great for collectors. 

There's an older Blu-ray available of this to boot, but I've truly only seen the very worst versions of this movie.

Order The Terror from The Film Detective.
From The Film Detective:

The ghostly apparition of a young woman is witnessed by an 18th Century French Lieutenant in Napoleon's army. After two failed attempts to keep up with her, Lt. Andre Duvalier (Nicholson) heads to the castle of Baron Von Leppe (Karloff), where he notices a painting of the Baron's late wife Ilsa, who looks identical to the ghostly woman. Duvalier is now determined to unravel the castle's mystery, and the Baron's hidden secrets. Though officially credited to Roger Corman, The Terror had a total of five collaborative directors, including Nicholson himself, and Francis Ford Coppola.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Dementia 13 (The Film Detective Blu-ray)

Dementia 13 has hit Blu-ray from The Film Detective. I'll include ordering info below, but I wasn't particularly impressed with the transfer. Is it better than previous DVD's of the release? I'd say it is, but I'm not sure we can call it "crisp" as the notes from Film Detective state. It feels somewhat fade and unsharp. By that token it isn't overly digitized, but I was fishing for fine detail in hair and looking for film grain... my net came up empty and I might as well have been blind to that celluloid stuff.

No extras on this release either.  Still, it's a Blu-ray of a classic Coppola/Corman picture, and the movie itself is worth the watch. The cover art would also be fine, but the distro company's branding is all over it rather than just the original poster art.

Order Dementia 13 from The Film Detective.

From The Film Detective:

Produced by celebrated B-movie icon Roger Corman and directed by the legendary Francis Ford Coppola, the macabre thriller Dementia 13 has been digitally restored from 35mm archival film elements, bringing its terrifying suspense to the screen like never before. The 1963, B-movie classic will be available on Blu-ray July 26 from The Film Detective (distributed by Allied Vaughn).

Written and directed by Coppola (The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation) at just 24-years-old, Dementia 13 is considered his first mainstream, “legitimate” directorial effort. Backed by funds leftover from one of Corman’s (Death Race, The Terror, The Little Shop of Horrors) other projects – on which Coppola worked as a sound technician – the fledgling director wrote the screenplay in one night, bringing Corman’s idea for a low-budget, extremely brutal, gothic-themed Psycho knockoff to life.

Although Coppola promised “lots of sex and violence,” Corman later battled with Coppola and hired the “exploitation master,” director Jack Hill (Foxy Brown, Coffy, Spider Baby), to shoot additional scenes of carnage.

For years, it was rumored the film’s print had mysteriously disappeared. Now, the horror classic has received The Film Detective touch, delivering a crisp picture with quality sound.

Commented film industry veteran Phil Hopkins, owner of The Film Detective, “As a huge enthusiast of Dementia 13, I’m very proud to be releasing the film on Blu-ray for the first time in its correct aspect ratio. The Film Detective team took great care improving the picture and sound quality and the restored 35mm HD transfer looks incredible. I hope fans old and new will appreciate it!”

Dementia 13 centers on the dysfunctional Haloran family, which has converged at the family castle in Ireland to enact a morbid ritual in remembrance of the deceased daughter of Lady Haloran (Ethne Dunn, The Mutations, No Resting Place). Secrets abound and soon there is a mysterious interloper prowling the grounds with a big axe to grind. Extremely engaging and well-photographed, Dementia 13 is a bone-chilling classic sure to thrill horror enthusiasts and Coppola fans alike.

Also starring (Luana Anders, Easy Rider, The Last Detail), William Campbell (Blood Bath, Backlash), Patrick Magee (The Black Cat, A Clockwork Orange) and Bart Patton, (THX 1138, Spider Baby), Dementia 13 is presented in full screen with an aspect ratio of 4 x 3 and original sound.

TRAILER TRAUMA 2: Drive-In Monsterama (Garagehouse Pictures Blu-ray) - More Monsters Than Pokemon Go

I'll make this brief, but I want to give a huge shout out to latest Garagehouse Pictures trailer offering, Trailer Trauma 2: Drive-In Monsterama. My experience with both this and the original Trailer Trauma has been inspirational, providing me with movies to add to my must-see list and offering a steady stream of short clip, mini-Horror movies in the form of some of my favorite trailers from monster kid year zero.

I'm a self confessed trailer junkie, and this is another perfect fix. I've enjoyed Trailer Trauma 2 as my primary viewing experience, focusing on the release as if it were a perfectly crafted portmanteau of Horror. I've also used it as background viewing while writing or organizing the Horror collection in the basement.

I love the George Reis commentary and glad to see director Keith Crocker throw his hat into the fray. The quality of the trailers and transfers are helping to establish Garagehouse as a new force in boutique Horror that is caring with an eye toward preservation while not forgetting the key ingredient to any Horror experience... HORROR IS FUN.

Order your copy of Trailer Trauma 2 now:

From Garagehouse Pictures:

TRAILER TRAUMA was only the beginning - now you must prepare yourself as a fresh assault of gruesome ghouls leaps off of the screen and into the driver’s seat! Return to the horrific heyday of drive-in theaters and dusk-till-dawn spook shows with TRAILER TRAUMA 2: DRIVE-IN MONSTERAMA, a celebration of psychotronic cinema and monster movie mayhem! This disc has it all: campy classics (WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS, THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF), Hammer Films favorites (CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER, FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL), absolute absurdities (BRAIN OF BLOOD, THE COMPUTER KILLERS), and much, much more! Featuring commentary by genre aficionados Keith Crocker and George Reis ( and digitally mastered from vintage 35mm film sources, TRAILER TRAUMA 2 is a mutant movie massacre destined to blow your mind and eat you ALIVE!



Feature Specifications:

- Transferred and Digitally Mastered in 4K from vintage 35mm film sources

- Sound Digitally Remastered from Original Optical Soundtracks

- All trailers presented in their Original Aspect Ratios

- Audio Commentary with Keith Crocker, director of THE BLOODY APE and BLITZKRIEG: ESCAPE FROM STALAG 69, and George Reis, from DVD!

- Original Menu Music by Ian Zapczynski

- New Cover Art from Stephen Romano

- Garagehouse Pictures trailers

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SEX MURDER ART (Cult Epics Blu-ray) - From Soundtrack to Pseudo Snuff

This is the crowning achievement of Cult Epics' releases. If you haven't started becoming familiar with German shock master Jorg Buttgereit, this is how you can become an expert real fast. Sex Murder Art is a collection of previously released Blu-ray from Buttgereit including both Nekromantik films, Der Todesking and Schramm. It also includes CD soundtracks of some haunting music used in the film. With an extra package that was always impressive as single discs and quality transfers that make this the final word in Buttgereit releases, this is a class in Jorg's work, one that should be nominated for collection of the year.

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From Cult Epics:

Cult Epics presents Sex Murder Art: The Films of Jorg Buttgereit a collection of his four horror underground films; the necrophilia classics Nekromantik & Nekromantik 2, the death and suicide anthology Der Todesking (The Death King) and the premiere of the serial killer film Schramm on Blu-ray. Includes exclusive Soundtrack CD's of the films and a 40-page booklet containing interviews and photos with Jorg Buttgereit and collaborators. Fully Uncut & Uncensored versions.

Run Time: 319 Minutes In German with English subtitles

Color Full Screen 1.33:1 DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Region A

Bonus Features:

New director's approved HD transfers
Two versions of Nekromantik
Exclusive introductions for each film by Jorg Buttgereit
Q&A with Jorg Buttgereit
Audio commentaries
The Making Ofs
Still photo galleries
Jorg Buttgereit trailers
Documentary: Corpse Fucking Art
Short films: Hot Love, A Moment of Silence at the Grave of Ed Gein, Horror Heaven, Bloody Excess in the Leaders Bunker, My Father
Music Video: Half Girl by Jorg Buttgereit
Original motion picture soundtracks
Live concert of Nekromantik 2
BD exclusive new art design by Silver Ferox
Exclusive CD soundtrack of Nekromantik & Nekromantik 2
Exclusive CD 2 soundtrack of Der Todesking & Schramm
BD Exclusive 40-page perfect-bind booklet with interviews & exclusive photos





SCHRAMM (Cult Epics Blu-ray) Buttgereit for the Masses

We've had great luck with Cult Epics offering up the works of Jorg Buttgereit on Blu-ray with tremendous extras, quality transfers and a product that is the final word in German shock cinema. While Schramm is not my favorite Buttgereit work, I'm glad to see it released with all the bells and whistles including the soundtrack and a bunch of short movies. 

Given the climate in Germany during the time of its release, we are fortunate that a movie like Schramm exists giving scope to the Euro Censor crazies that spread from Video Nasty to Violent Shit. We can look at Schramm as an art film. It's quite beautiful even in its flaws. While this transfer is special, the original film does show sign of wear. The budget was low and the production distinctly independent. For a thing of beauty it also disgusts and disgusting things are best served raw. You won't find an overabundance of digital correct or alteration here. 

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From Cult Epics:

SCHRAMM The story of a deranged serial killer from the director of Nekromantik. Lothar Schramm (Florian Koemer von Gustorf) is dying, face down in a pool of his own blood. Behind his closed eyes, fractured memories repeat themselves. He runs by the sea. He lusts after the whore (Nekromantik 2's Monika M.) across the hall. He staggers through life uncertainly. He kills. Schramm is the story of the notorious Lipstick Killer Lothar Schramm's last days on earth. Revealed in a series of tightly constructed flashbacks, the film offers an unflinching look into the mind of a serial killer. Uncompromising in its depictions of violence and perversion, Schramm is a poetic masterpiece of horror guaranteed to make you squirm.

Cult Epics presents Jorg Buttgereit's last directed horror feature SCHRAMM. Uncut, Uncensored in new High Definition and with new bonus features, including the early horror short films by Jorg Buttgereit.

Run Time: 65 Minutes In German with English subtitles

Color Full Screen 1.33:1 DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Region A

Bonus Features:

New director's approved HD transfer (taken from the original 16mm negative)
Exclusive introduction by Jorg Buttgereit
Audio commentary by Jorg Buttgereit and writer Franz Rodenkirchen
Audio commentary 2 by actors Florian Koemer von Gustorf and Monika M.
The Making Of Schramm
Still photo gallery
JB HD trailers
Short films: Horror Heaven HD with optional audio commentary by Jorg Buttgereit
Blutige Exzesse im Fuhrerbunker (Bloody Excess In The Leaders Bunker) HD
Mein Papi (My Father)
Original motion picture soundtrack
New DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround
Collectible new Blu-ray artwork

Fever (Artsploitation Films DVD) Available Now

Fever wasn't really my cup of tea, guys. I want to make you aware of it, and where you can pick it up, supporting Artsploitation Films in the process.Their work often includes challenging foreign works of Horror cinema. This really isn't that, and it didn't feel like something I'd get into on DOCTERROR.COM.

From Artsploitation Films:

High school students Damien and Pierre are from wealthy families with nothing seemingly in their lives to leave them disturbed. Yet they plan and carry out the murder of an unknown woman they have previously only spotted on the street. The police are at a loss, confused by this murder without motive. Zoé, an optician in the neighborhood, who is feeling more and more moved by this inexplicable murder, bumps into the teenage murderers by chance. But this chance fleeting encounter reveals inside her a growing and mysterious desire. Although scared (she could easily be a victim of Damien and Pierre), her erotic attraction for the duo goes beyond that. It gives her a chance to find a way out of the loveless rut that her life has ended up in. While Damien and Pierre, thinking no one will catch them, embark on a journey deep within their pasts. Inspired from a real life story of mindless and seemingly meaningless crime, Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment" and from the scandalous Leopold and Loeb case from the 1920s, this thoughtful psychological thriller will enthrall viewers.

Fever is available on DVD now:

Ray Harryhausen Special Effects Titan (Arrow US Blu-ray)

Harryhausen fans should definitely consider checking out Arrow Video's new US release of Ray Harryhausen Special Effects Titan. It's a documentary chock full of interviews from some of your favorite directors in fantasy offering stories about the man, defining the influence he has had on cinema and paying tribute to one of the father's of modern fantasy filmmaking. You kids know who Ray Harryhausen is even though the cinematic world has gone all computer generated everything, right? If not, then consider this your homework assignment.

What should attract you to this release beside the history of Harryhausen is the names associated with the release. My favorites: Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson and John Landis. A more complete list is revealed in the press notes from MVD and even that is a partial list.  What's also great is that you get plenty of supplemental material in true Arrow style. Interviews, interview outtakes and Q&A's as well as deleted scenes! This is disc is like gorging on greatness.

This is up or stop motion Medusa is coming for you.

From MVD and Arrow US:

The remarkable career of the movie industry's most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Penso's definitive documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan.

Leaving no doubt as to Harryhausen's seminal influence on modern-day special effects, the documentary features enlightening and entertaining interviews with the man himself, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more.

These filmmakers, who today push the boundaries of special effects movie-making, pay tribute to the father of Stop Motion animation and films such as 'The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms', 'It Came from Beneath the Sea', 'The 7th Voyage of Sinbad', 'Mysterious Island', 'Jason and the Argonauts' and 'The Golden Voyage of Sinbad' - the films that enthralled them as children and inspired them to become filmmakers in their own right.

Bonus Materials
Interviews with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Peter Lord, Rick Baker
12 Interview outtakes with Joe Dante, John Lasseter, Nick Park and more!
A message to Ray
Deleted Scenes
On the set of Sinbad
Paris Cinematheque Q&A
London Gate Theater Q&A
Audio commentary with the filmmakers
Original Trailer
Ray Harryhausen Trailer Reel

Pre-order at the  MVD SHOP or on Amazon

The Binding (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - Religious Horror That Tries to Makes Its Own Way

I have to give props to the new Scream Factory title The Binding. I did not like this one, but at least it pursued its religious based Horror themes uniquely. The minute that I read that it was “in the tradition of Rosemary’s Baby” I was concerned. We’ve seen plenty of baby Horror and religious demonic possession Horror and religious baby Horror and pregnancy related Horror (usually involving demonic possession or the Devil). The Binding took a different approach and focused in on one individual’s visions and prophecy with hints of newborn involvement as respects the Anti-Christ.

The acting is subpar, there’s nothing visually to grab onto and most of the drama generated by occult related activity may as well have been scripted for the Lifetime network. No visual effects. Some uncomfortable family drama. Some uncomfortable mention of addition and “how to be a preacher” 101. Even the ending, where you expect a pay off in the form of a little baby with devil horns or even an ultrasound picture with the number 666 on it, pops you right in the noogies. Nada. A quick montage to a close with a hint of the evil one, but I had to watch it a few times to realize that nope, I hadn’t missed a damn thing. The ending was just that uneventful and unprofound.

The only thing I’ll leave you with is that it contains 20 minutes of deleted scenes…. 20 minutes deemed unusable that was not already part of the borefest that you spent an hour and half watching containing… well… nothing. One has to ask whether this is one of the religious movies made by a church that wanted to bring new sheep into the fold. I don’t think I’m grasping at straws here.

You can pick up The Binding now.

Once upon a time, God Almighty appeared before one of the chosen, and commanded that he slay his own flesh and blood. Perhaps that time has come again…

Sarah Iman (Amy Gumenick, Arrow, TURN: Washington's Spies) is a young mother and faithful minister's wife. Her religious devotion and idyllic home life, however, are put to the ultimate test when she is forced to uncover the truth behind her husband's horrific visions. As tensions rise and secrets come to light, Sarah soon finds herself spiraling toward a terrifying choice between faith and blood.

A tale of unthinkable horror in the tradition of Rosemary's Baby, writer/director Gus Krieger's journey into the darkest corners of one family's faith features supporting performances by Leon Russom (True Grit, Prison Break) and Larry Cedar (The Crazies, Deadwood), with special guest appearances by Max Adler (Glee), Catherine Parker (Absentia) and Stuart Pankin (The Artist).

Bonus Features

Over 20 Minutes Of Deleted Scenes
Cast Interviews With Amy Gumenick (Sarah Iman), Josh Heisler (Bram Iman) And Leon Russom (Minister Uriel)
Commentary Track With Writer And Director Gus Krieger
Teaser Trailer

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - Flowers for Goldblum

A movie that actually scares me is a rarity, but Invasion of the Body Snatchers does the trick. The original can get under my skin a little, tickling my terror button, but the remake is so pretty, the cast so strong and the effects so lifelike that I believe it. You nearly want to believe that the remake is actually a cover up video, showing what ACTUALLY happened. Scream Factory has given it a new Blu-ray that plays to its visually impressive effects and cinematography while providing a health dose of extras to demand the double dip.

Does everyone lump Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing together? Both remakes, both about alien invaders attempting to takeover for humanity?  Released within a couple years of one another. I always do. Figured I’d mention it from the outset to see if I’m alone.

The pitch perfect paranoia induction and well developed characterisation of late 70’s intellectual stereotypes sells the movie. From Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum playing a dasterdly duo of friends bent on skepticism and scientific intrigue to Brooke Adams caught on an emotional spectrum between love and alienation (literally) we have characters that make sense and make sense together. They feed off one another in a frenzy, forcing our own skeptical valve stuck to open balanced with self doubt and conspiracy theory levels set for stun. Leonard Nimoy will scare you. Veronica Cartwright makes me root for her (difficult for me at times given her role in The Witches of Eastwick). I love this cast. It’s the thing that makes you love this movie.

While I think the new transfer of the interpositive is a far cry above the DVD, it’s the extra package that sells me on this one including some perfect cover art. Art Hindle and Brooke Adams give new interviews for this release as well as the writer. Favorite extra: Interview with composer Denny Zeitlin. I’m a big fan of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers score, and I’m glad to see Scream Factory was able to get the composer on record for this release. The new artwork is spot on. The original artwork is on the reverse if you’re not a fan, but I find the new artwork to be superior to the classic cover. That’s not something I often say. Make sure to check out the included episode of Science Fiction Theater.

I’m a fan boy for Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and this is a damn fine release from Scream Factory.

You can order your copy now from Scream Factory or DiabolikDVD

From Scream Factory

Under cover of darkness, while an unsuspecting city sleeps, an alien life form begins to sow the seeds of unspeakable terror. Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright and Jeff Goldblum star in this shocking, "first-rate suspense thriller" (Newsday).

One by one, the residents of San Francisco are becoming drone-like shadows of their former selves. As the phenomenon spreads, two Department of Health workers, Matthew (Sutherland) and Elizabeth (Adams), uncover the horrifying truth: Mysterious pods are cloning humans — and destroying the originals! The unworldly invasion grows stronger with each passing minute, hurling Matthew and Elizabeth into a desperate race to save not only their own lives, but the future of the entire human race.

Bonus Features

NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
NEW Star-Crossed In The Invasion – An Interview With Actress Brooke Adams
NEW Leading The Invasion – An Interview With Actor Art Hindle
NEW Re-Creating The Invasion – An Interview With Writer W.D. Richter
NEW Scoring The Invasion – An Interview With Composer Denny Zeitlin
NEW Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman
Audio Commentary By Director Philip Kaufman
Re-Visitors From Outer Space, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Pod – Including Interviews With Director Philip Kaufman, Screenwriter W.D. Richter, Director Of Photography Michael Chapman And Actors Donald Sutherland And Veronica Cartwright
Practical Magic: The Special Effects Pod
The Man Behind The Scream: The Sound Effects Pod – An Interview With Ben Burtt And Sound Editor Bonnie Koehler
The Invasion Will Be Televised: The Cinematography Pod
An episode of SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE, "Time Is Just A Place," Based On Jack Finney's Short Story, Directed By Jack Arnold
Theatrical Trailer
TV Spots
Radio Spots
Photo Gallery

Thursday, July 14, 2016

CABIN FEVER (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight Blu-ray) - The Remake

Eli Roth made a terrific semi-body Horror picture called Cabin Fever. He grossed me right the fuck out, and I've never looked back. I love that movie, and his subsequent efforts. I laugh at Cabin Fever. I get scheved out by Cabin Fever. I laugh myself while getting scheved out and then kinda excited and then even more scheved out by Cabin Fever. That's a quality movie watching experience, but
that Cabin Fever was 2002. It then had two sequels. One good. One bad. Now we come to 2016 where the remake machine has been a'churning and a'burning and Cabin Fever has been remade some 14 years after it's initial incarnation with Eli Roth in the producer's chair instead of directing. After several viewings of the remake, I am just not happy to see this happen at all. For those of you that read here often, I am not a remake hater. All remakes get a chance, and I even enjoy unpopular ones. Were Scream Factory and IFC Midnight's efforts wasted to bring this to Blu-ray?

The modern incarnation of Cabin Fever is nearly identical in story and scope, almost down to the scene as the original. The actors are not nearly as good as the ones from the original movie. They aren't as funny. They aren't as killably good. There are moments of gore that could be on par with the original movie, but mostly, the effects are inferior. It isn't more disgusting than the original picture, and what is Cabin Fever first and foremost? A grossout picture. If your remake isn't going to out gross the original, what was your hook supposed to be? Is the sole point to help find a new audience for gore movies or just attract folks to the original Cabin Fever? Perhaps use the remake a jumping off point for a franchise, the original being too old to actually continue generating sequels given the fourteen year window from original to remake? I guess I just don't understand the Cabin Fever remake. You remake a movie, nearly identically to the original, like say the remake of Psycho, and you better have an artistic reason to do so.

I'm not going to lay into the remake any more. I don't think you need to hear me get pissed off about this one, but I think one thing should be said in its defense. If there is a reason for Cabin Fever to exist, it is to generate interest in the original picture and gore movies in general. Modern audiences need a fresh jumping off point every now and again to access classic Horror. if this remake is it, then it was worth it. I truly hope I never hear some tweeny bopper saying that he loved Cabin Fever from 2016 and that there's not reason to watch the original because they're identical. For as true as that statement appears, it does not pick the better movie.

Available to order through Scream Factory.

From Scream Factory:


Executive producer Eli Roth presents this reboot of his instant-classic gorefest, which features all-new characters and all-new kills. The story is familiar: Fresh out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the woods for one last week of partying – only to become snacks for a gruesome, flesh-eating virus. This fresh spin on a horror-comedy milestone stars Gage Golightly (Exeter, Teen Wolf), Nadine Crocker (Deadgirl), Samuel Davis (Machete Kills, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) and Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3).

Bonus Features

The Making Of Cabin Fever Featurette
Theatrical Trailer