Thursday, July 24, 2014

REVIEW: PIT AND THE PENDULUM (ARROW Blu-ray)


Last October I had the pleasure of reviewing the Scream Factory Vincent Price Collection Vol. 1. It contained some favorite AIP Vincent Price Blu-rays, and each one of them had a little something extra to enjoy whether it was an intro from Vincent Price himself from an old PBS affiliate or interview with a historian. Collections are great like that. They allow fans to get a big piece of the pie and sometimes that's perfect. Now when discussing the disc in question to, The Pit and the Pendulum, I'm afraid we also find the fault in big collections... they don't include the same extra feature package, especially not an Arrow package.Sometimes when you want to spend a night with Edgar Allen Poe or even an AIP/Roger Corman Poe adaptation, you need the whole night to do it. 

First off let's throw you  the Synopsis from ARROW: 

THE GREATEST TERROR TALE EVER TOLD!

A horse-drawn carriage pulls up on a deserted beach. A sombre figure dismounts and gazes up towards his destination – a foreboding cliff-top castle perched high above the crashing waves. Thus the perfect Gothic scene is set for Pit and the Pendulum, the second of Roger Corman’s celebrated Poe adaptations once again starring the ever-reliable Vincent Price (The Fall of the House of Usher, Theatre of Blood) alongside the bewitching Barbara Steele (Black Sunday).

Having learned of the sudden death of his sister Elizabeth (Steele), Francis Barnard (John Kerr) sets out to the castle of his brother-in-law, Nicholas Medina, to uncover the cause of her untimely demise. A distraught, grief-stricken Nicholas (Price) can offer only the vaguest explanations as to Elizabeth’s death – at first citing “something in her blood”, but later asserting that she quite literally “died of fright”. What sort of unspeakable horrors are buried within the walls of this castle that could cause one’s heart to stop so? With Francis determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, the terrible truth will not stay buried for long.

Right from its brooding kaleidoscopic opening titles, Pit and Pendulum draws you into its world of cobwebs, secret passageways and dusty suits of armour. All the necessary elements are present and correct and, along with one of Vincent Price’s most tortured performances, make Pit and the Pendulum every inch the Gothic masterpiece.


The quality of the Pit and the Pendulum disc is well beyond anything for which AIP could hope. That is to say that a production company that is notorious for putting out low budget movies with Roger Corman certainly has been given a treatment beyond the breath of its imagination. For example, this disc includes a full making of feature involving Corman and Victoria Price (who I had the chance to see at Monster Mania this past March). The US release of the Scream Factory disc contained an interview with Corman, but this goes above and beyond.  It also includes Vincent Price reading Poe classic which is perfect for October (right around the corner). Truly creepy stuff read by the master of horror himself. The added TV sequence are a nice bonus though I don't know that today's audience will be able to appreciate or remember them from any viewing from 1968. Still perfect for the completist. 

FULL LIST OF SPECIAL FEATURES:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM
Original uncompressed Mono PCM Audio
Optional Isolated Music and Effects Track
Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary with director and producer Roger Corman
Audio commentary by critic Tim Lucas
Behind the Swinging Blade – A new documentary on the making of The Pit and the Pendulum featuring Roger Corman, star Barbara Steele, Vincent Price’s daughter Victoria Price and more!
Added TV Sequence – Shot in 1968 to pad out the film for the longer TV time slot, this scene features star Luana Anders
An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe with Vincent Price [52 mins] – Price reads a selection of Poe’s classic stories before a live audience, including The Tell-Tale Heart, The Sphinx, The Cask of Amontillado and The Pit and the Pendulum (with optional English SDH)
Original Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Gothic Horror author Jonathan Rigby, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

DETAILS:
Region: B
Rating: 12
Cat No: FCD924
Duration: 81 mins
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: Mono PCM
Colour: Colour

The movie itself is pivotal in that it conveys all that is great about a Poe story or several for that matter into one amalgamated work of perfect horror. From madness to sadism with perfect Gothic spook and ghost story in tow, Pit and the Pendulum is a favorite AIP rendition of the Poe story even if it bares little resemblance and takes liberties throughout most of the production. The color palette for this production was perfectly beautiful filled with rich blues and primary colors hefted with a dose of Technicolor that wraps the viewer in a blanket before their bed time story ala EAP. 

It is important to note that this is a Region B disc which is perfect for our Region Free readers or readers from the UK. Given the quality and scope of Arrow line it would behoove any serious collector to invest in a Region Free player to enjoy them if you live in the US. Of course you could always buy them for the beautiful packaging alone which Arrow includes on all its releases. The cover art is absolutely haunting, and while I may always adore the original artwork for this picture, I am impressed by the nightmarish qualities of the new jacket. 

Pit and the Pendulum is available now through Arrow as it was released this past May. 


This is a great compliment to the Scream Factory set released this past October with a full extra package that helps to fill in the gaps from the US release. Perfect for Poe fans and collectors and fans of the almight Vincent Price. 

GUEST POST: "How Many Cigarettes Can You Smoke During the Course of a Movie?!” OR “Jack’s Back.”


DISCLAIMER: The Following Information Is for Entertainment Purposes Only. 100% Medically (and Factually) Inaccurate, (contrary to what the Centipede told you). I’m also gonna be throwing some spoilers at you, seeing as how this movie is almost old enough to buy/drink alcohol or at least buy it for some ornery tweens… 


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AH YES it’s good to be BACK! I must give much thanks to my TWIN BROTHER, the good Dr. Terror himself, for once again allowing THE GROCKLE (that’s me) to grace his awesome blog with my insane ramblings & rantings about movies… Please allow me to bleed a few words of unvaluable wisdumb into the minds of you, his followers. 





"They calls me James Spaderp-Derp
Today, we’re going to talk about the film “Jack’s Back”, a sort-of-crime-thriller-mystery-drama –horror-cigarette -commercial. I discovered this film on NetFlix (instant) and had been ‘eye-balling’ it for some time now (like 2-3 minutes) and finally decided to check it out…Straight outta the 80’s (1988 to be precise), this film centers around a series of murders in L.A. that closely mirror those of the famed “Jack the Ripper” from exactly 100 years ago back in London or in France or in someone’s underpants.

 
This flick stars a very young, attractive and I believe pre-Star Gated James Spader. Spader plays (soon to be) Dr. John Wesford, a young , attractive and obviously fashion-conscious doctor who seems very goodhearted and concerned about his community. He's working in a free clinic to get his internship hours in or whatever doctors do before they become real doctors. 
 


At first, we're meant to believe that John is the copycat killer – and it kinda makes sense because you see how sweet and genuine he is in the public eye and you just know that as soon as the lights go out he's gonna make some huge Jekyll & Hyde transformation into the killer. Yeah... not so much.

*SPOILER ALERT* (Pretty much from here on out LOL)

Not only is John NOT the copycat killer, he's not even the main character for the entirety of the movie. He manages to get himself killed by this goofy guy.


This is a coworker of John's who we (kinda) believe is the actual copycat killer. His name IS Jack. John runs into Jack after he's performed a do-it-yourself-at-home abortion on a woman who eventually turns out to be the last ripper victim. Believing Jack to be the killer, John tries to inform the police but gets taken out by Jack before he can talk to them. The police believe that John was the killer and apparently commited suicide after the last of the ripper murders. The cops didn’t know that goofy Dr Dorkenstein was the person who actually killed john.




We THEN learn that John has an identical twin brother, Richard, who's much cooler and scruffier and edgier and all this other good stuff. Richard has a nightmare about John's murder and sees it through John's eyes. So now the movie becomes Richard's journey as he tries to find John's killer and the person actually responsible for the ripper murders.

Confused yet?


I swear this movie's so confusing it's tough for me to make fun of it. Rotten Tomatoes explains it better than I can: “The "Jack" who's "back" in this contemporary chiller is none other than Jack the Ripper. The scene is Los Angeles: the time is August of 1988, exactly 100 years after the Ripper's original reign of terror in Whitechapel. When several LA prostitutes turn up murdered and disemboweled, young physician James Spader is accused of emulating Spring Heel'd Jack. Before the film is half over, Spader is killed, and so far as the police are concerned, the case is closed. But then, Spader's twin brother appears on the scene, determined to track down the genuine culprit (if it doesn't turn out to be him, that is!).”
What I will say is this: This movie should come with a Surgeon General's Warning about the hazards of smoking.







Even secondary characters like Dr. Carlos Battera, the criminal psychologist on the case, played by
Robert Picardo, smoke...



“Everybody smokes. Nobody quits. You don't smoke a cigarette I'll kill you myself.”

All things being equal, I can think of worse ways to spend 92 minutes. The video & sound quality are sort of rough, at least in the NetFlix streamability of this movie. I'm sure VHS or Beta Max could give you a little higher definition.

If you enjoy watching 80's James Spader and Robert Picardo smoke for an hour and a half, give this flick a watch. It's a pretty good movie if you don't mind being confused. I would have liked to see more gore in it. It also didn't really tie back to the original ripper murders as much as I'd hoped. Overall though, it has some good creepy atmosphere and a few plot twists that would have surprised you in 1988.

BONUS INFO!



Casey Wong (I doubt that's his real name) of Robocop fame also plays the newscaster in this movie.
See if you can spot him!



Thank You for your kind attention!


-THE GROCKLE

REVIEW: FLATLINERS (Mill Creak Blu-ray)


I was ten years old in 1990, and that's when Flatliners came out in the theater, shortly thereafter making its way to pay cable. I taped it off TV during a free preview week, and became a fan. I loved Keifer Sutherland post-Lost Boys. This was my first experience with a Baldwin brother and probably my third experience with Kevin Bacon after Friday the 13th and Animal House. I wonder if I would know who Oliver Platt is today if it wasn't for Flatliners, and I love Oliver Platt.  Most of all, this movie is haunting. It's a complete dark picture that poses excellent questions about the afterlife while still having fun and being a work of pure horror. I can't tell you just how bad I wanted to go to med school after watching Flatliners, but I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't be here to tell you about it if I had made it in.  Mill Creek Entertainment has given it to us on Blu-ray just in time for the spooky season to begin (remember that Halloween starts in August now)

Synopsis from Mill Creek:

At University Hospital School of Medicine, a group of ambitious medical students are about to die... and live to describe the experience. Embarking on a daring and arrogant experiemnt the five students aim to push through the confines of life and touch the face of death. In their search for knowledge, hoever, the five discover the chilling consequences of daring to temper with immortality. 


We're here to talk about the Blu-ray today. The movie itself is one of my all time favorite pictures that features some of the greatest stars of the late 80's and early 90's. I can only tell you that if you watch, you will enjoy it either on a very superficial level or on a more philosophical basis. The Blu-ray looks just fine. Nothing really wrong for it at all. The extras... do not exist. This is where I find fault on the disc. This is a major release of the early 90's with EVERYBODY in it, and not an interview (old or new), trailer, advertisement, still... nothing. This is a real let down, and maybe one I would normally overlook, save for the size and scope of this release in 1990. It's important to understand that this is not a definitive edition and it is very affordable so from a budgetary standpoint it completely makes sense to have it streamlined. So perhaps we will see a more complete release on Blu-ray in the future, but for now, this the transfer is fine, and it's the right price. It also preserves the original cover/poster art I am absolutely thankful for.

So relive Billy Baldwin taking nudie sex tapes of hotties and remember just how amazing Julia Roberts' hair looked. Try to figure out how you too can own that crazy SUV that Kevin Bacon drives and most of all... fear the subway.

You can order Flatliners now.



REVIEW: Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins (ARROW Blu-ray)

It is my understanding that some folks truly identify as fans of Remo Williams and the literature that spawned the films' existence. When I initially started mentioning the Arrow Video disc to friends they seemed awe struck, hearts heavy with anticipation that this movie was hitting Blu-ray. It's not a horror picture mind you, but a Science Fiction-lite movie that is heavy on the action and the comedy, but light on intellectual stimulus or innovation. It's exactly what it was geared to be by a director who created some of the greatest Bond pictures ever made (including my favorite, Goldfinger). What amazed me is that a film I had never had heard of could have such a "hidden in plain sight" fanbase surrounding me and that they were impassioned and excited for this release once they heard about it. They piqued me interest, and I have got to say that Remo is infectious. Remo fever!

Synopsis from Arrow: 

First they faked his death and gave him a new identity. Now a top secret organisation is training a former New York cop to combat corrupt forces operating outside of the law. His mentor, Chiun, is an ageing Korean master of the martial arts who can run on water and dodge speeding bullets.

Born on the pages of Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir’s The Destroyer series of men’s adventure novels, Remo Williams was placed in the capable hands of Bond director Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger, The Man with the Golden Gun) for his big-screen outing. Fred Ward (Tremors) plays the trainee assassin, with Academy Award-winner Joel Grey (Cabaret) occupying the role of Chiun.
With its classic set-piece atop the Statue of Liberty, much-loved score by Craig Safan and a healthy sense of its own silliness, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins… offers up a cracking slice of mid-eighties action.


Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins fits in perfectly with the overwhelming 80's nostalgia excavation we've been experiencing as of late. It's a feel good picture; a film of challenge as we watch Fred Ward overcome a very obvious fear of heights and a film that develops a hero rather than simply throwing a ready-made good guy on the screen. After watching Fred Ward in Southern Comfort earlier in the week I was amazed by his versatility. He goes from scared out of his wits reservist, awaiting his backwoods murder to wise ass New York cop with a bad case of vertigo in only a few years. As a fan of Tremors growing up, I expected more shitkicker in his Remo Williams than reluctant superhero, but that's what makes him... well... lovable. It's easy to commiserate and sympathize with him even though he's a "tough guy". 

While most of the movie is entertaining the Statue of Liberty scene is very powerful. Confession: I have a fear of heights. Ever since I was a kid. I had this crazy, ultra-realistic nightmare that I was falling off Cinderella's castle in Disney World. It stuck. I even thought it was real for a short period of time until I told my second grade class, and my teacher had to set me straight.  It's not so tragic as to paralyze me on a staircase or even on the second story of a building, but beyond that I freeze up, sweat and shutdown. This transfer of Remo is so perfectly beautiful that while watching this thing on a 60 inch TV I got my own case of vertigo. I kid you not. I was literally jumping at Fred Ward dancing around the Statue of Liberty, fighting the bad guys. I won't let on how it all turns out, but it was a rough ten minutes. 

As with all Arrow Video discs you have to check out the extra package. The full length documentary is the perfect way to put this release in perspective and build up your 80's action movie knowledge. We're all a little rusty these days. 

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the film from a digital transfer prepared by MGM
Studios
Original uncompressed Stereo 2.0 PCM audio
Isolated Music and Effects soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary with producers Larry Spiegel and Judy Goldstein
Remo, Rambo, Reagan and Reds: The Eighties Action Movie Explosion – all-new feature-length documentary from High Rising Productions focusing on a decade of cinematic destruction and Remo Williams’s place among the carnage. Includes new interviews with genre expert Bey Logan, Remo producers Larry Spiegel and Judy Goldstein, celebrated directors Sam Firstenberg (American Ninja) and Mark L. Lester (Commando), producers Don Borchers (Angel) and Garrick Dion (Drive), filmmaker and scholar Howard S. Berger and Professor Susan Jeffords (author of Hard Bodies: Hollywood Masculinity in the Reagan Era)
When East Met West – Joel Grey reflects on his turn as Chiun
Changing Faces – make-up expert Carl Fullerton discusses his Oscar-nominated work on Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins…
Notes for a Nobleman – composer Craig Safan talks about his classic score
Theatrical Trailer
Reversible Sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Red Dress
Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the origins of Remo Williams by Barry Forshaw and an on-set report from American Cinematographer magazine

DETAILS:
Region: B
Rating: 15
Cat No: FCD965
Duration: 121 mins
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: 2.0 Stereo
Colour: Colour

If you're looking from an escape from movies that take themselves too seriously or simply an escape from this millennium, I urge you to take a chance on Remo Williams. It's lighthearted fun that will make you feel like it's the mid-80's again, before Fred Ward fought the grabboids. I cannot vouch for true fans of the written series or folks who grew up with this movie, but my understanding is that it holds up well to your memory and won't let your retro-appetite down. 

You can order Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins now from Arrow Video


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

LIMITED EDITION ALERT! - SUB ROSA STUDIOS Brings Carmilla to VHS July 27th at 7pm EST


I can't guarantee that this will work, but I've noticed that everything is limited edition lately. It's a blessing to collectors and a shit storm to fans who simply want to watch a movie that might be out of print or has been OOP for the longest time. So what's there to do about it? Well, the number of items released won't be altered, but maybe we can make more of you aware of them prior to their release. Even the playing field or at least let you realize there's a playing field. I'll try to label those releases LIMITED EDITION ALERT. If it helps you, great. If not, at least we can support some damn cool distro companies like the one in question tonight. SRS, Sub Rosa Studios!

Here's the full release for Carmilla. Gotta love those Sub Rosa covers.

Sub Rosa Studios is excited to bring Jay Lind’s SOV erotic classic “Carmilla” back to VHS this Sunday night, 7/27, at 7pm EST, in a very limited 30 unit edition. Starring Maria Pechukas, Heather Warr and Andy Gorkey, and written and directed by Jay Lind and Jeff Schelenker, this flick was shot on a combination of SVHS and HI8 back in the 90′s and was an instant best seller via its original distributor Draculina back in the day.

“The legendary tale of Carmilla is brought to life once more in a version more daring than ever told before. Now the infamous She-Vampire is living in modern Long Island, NY and her prey are the darling and delicious teenagers who populate her up-scale town. Inspired by the seminal 1871 tale by Irish author J. Sheridan Le Fanu.”

Director Jay Lind has put his own stamp on the legendary story which has seen many incarnations over the years. But unlikely the others, Jay took all the most erotic and bloody elements of the story to an extreme never seen before. This is Carmilla in her most raw form, and the production format adds an extra element to the movie that completes the overall tone and feel of the movie.

Sink your teeth into a copy “Carmilla” HERE once LIVE!

http://srscinema.com/home/?page_id=178&catid=1

PS. The VHS releases have been selling out fast, none have last more than a week over last few months and "Twisted Ilusions" sold out within 2 days, so be there EARLY!

NEW RELEASE UPDATE: HOUSEBOUND from Xlrator Media on VOD October 17th


Ooooo... a ghost story in time for Halloween from Xlrator Media. Now this looks promising. At least the poster and trailer have me interested. Gerard Johnstone may not have a huge resume under his belt just yet, but he seems to have put together a rather complex movie. It looks  fairly straightforward until you actually get to the "house" in Housebound. Then the thing seems to go a little Aussie. A little comedy. A lot of crazy. I like the cast and the look so far and find little to compare it to.

Full release from Xlrator who can be a mixed bag producer, but when they hit, the sledgehammer.

HOUSEBOUND - XLRATOR MEDIA

AVAILABLE IN THEATERS, VOD AND iTUNES: October 17, 2014

CAST: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata and Glen-Paul Waru

WRITTEN BY: Gerard Johnstone

DIRECTED BY: Gerard Johnstone


SYNOPSIS: Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who's convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam's superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she's inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who's not particularly thrilled about her return.

DISTRIBUTOR: XLrator Media

NEW RELEASE UPDATE: AT THE DEVIL'S DOOR on VOD August 8th


Another popular horror subgenre that has been blowing up the theater and VOD scene is the diabolic subgenre. That includes possessions, exorcisms, devil or demon flicks... it's a pretty big net, but all the films are clearly interrelated. IFC Midnight has picked up At The Devil's Door which has a fairly unique plot and feel that seems to separate it from other, perhaps more popular movies hitting the big screen instead of the On Demand scene. 

Check out the trailer for At The Devil's Door. It isn't much until the end, but it doesn't have that exact same formula that we're seeing pumped out of the big movie machine. 

Full Release from IFC Midnight:

A Film by Nicholas McCarthy

On VOD and all digital platforms August 8th / In Theatres September 12th 


Synopsis: When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh's artist sister Vera into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them.

Release: On VOD and all digital platforms August 8th / In Theatres September 12th
Directed By: Nicholas McCarthy

Written By: Nicholas McCarthy

Produced By: Sonny Mallhi
Starring: Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell, Ava Acres

Runtime: TBD           

NEW RELEASE UPDATE; Proxy from IFC Midnight Hits This August on Blu-ray


IFC Midnight has had a great year. Proxy comes to us straight off the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Now I know that everyone may be getting a bit sick of the recent wave of baby horror, but I have been assured that this is one of the more effective entries into that subgenre. The cover is reminscent of the Altered States cover art from the early VHS release. 

Full release notes from IFC Midnight:

PROXY

In the last month of her pregnancy, Esther Woodhouse is savagely beaten in an alleyway by an unknown assailant and loses her baby. To aid in her recovery, she attends a support group for grieving parents where she meets Melanie, who claims her son and husband were killed by a drunk driver.

Esther and Melanie develop a friendship, but soon it becomes clear that both are harboring much darker secrets than they initially let on. And when both their lives are transformed by another shocking act of violence, they find that recovery may be impossible.


With wildly unpredictable twists and turns, PROXY is a "fascinating, unnerving and endlessly unpredictable" (Inkoo Kang, LA Times) psychological thriller.

Release Date: August 12, 2014
SRP: $24.98 (DVD), $29.98 (Blu-ray)
Rating: Not rated
Running time: 122 minutes

NEW RELEASE UPDATE: GRINDHOUSE TRAILER CLASSICS VOL. 1 AND THE WILD GEESE COME THIS AUGUST!


I'm a trailer reel junkie. I collect them. I can't help it. I know that I probably own most of the trailers on any given tape or DVD or Blu-ray but dammit what if there's a hidden gem on one? Consider me very excited about the new Intervision upcoming DVD release of Grindhouse Trailer Classics Volume 1 (which means we get at least a volume 2!). Intervision puts out perfectly brilliant sleaze and exploitation DVD releases on a good day so this is probably going to be packed with the same. 

With a title like this is best to keep a list and try to check out all the movies that interest you or throw it on in the background of your filthy, smutty booze party.

Full release from Intervision.

Grindhouse Trailer Classics Volume 1
DVD
Label: Intervision Picture Corp
Run Time: 130 Minutes Language: English Color
Widescreen 1.85:1 Dolby Digital 2.0
Production Year: 2013 Genre: Cult MPAA Rating: NR
Directed by: Various
Stars: Various

GRINDHOUSE cinemas could once be found in the sleaziest and run-down areas of America's grimiest cities. New York's 42nd Street was one of the most famous trash pit hangouts for denizens of the lower depths. From dusk 'till dawn the theatres would screen a mind-boggling assortment of movies featuring lashings of sex, gore and violence - and if you were lucky, you'd get all three! SEE for the first time ever on DVD in America you can now sit back and take a twisted trip back to the glory days of the sleazy 60s and 70s for a roaring rampage through a two-hour hand-picked collection of some of the most insane examples of trailer trash ever to slash and burn their way through a Grindhouse cinema projector.

MARVEL at the fact that most of the actual films themselves could never live up to the jaw dropping lunacy of these incredible trailers, some of which can today be considered true masterpieces in advertising and marketing. With their often hilarious voice-overs and mind-bending taglines, plus all the best bits from the movies themselves, they add up to one thing - sheer entertainment! BE AMAZED that Contemporary Directors such as Quentin Tarantino (GRINDHOUSE), Eli Roth (HOSTEL) and Rob Zombie (THE DEVIL'S REJECTS) have all since revisited these movies and have made their own supercharged movies relying heavily on the essence of many of these seventies Grindhouse cinema classics. Tarantino in particular has drawn a huge amount of his inspiration from these movies and trailers in many of his films, so we've included some of his favorites here - see if you can spot them!

THRILL to the fact that many of the then unknown actors and filmmakers from these choice cuts went on to much bigger and better things, so it's no surprise that these fantastic flicks have since achieved cult status, making GRINDHOUSE TRAILER CLASSICS a must-own DVD that's ideal for parties in your very own private Grindhouse...

Special Features:
Bump 'N' Grind
Grindhouse Poster Gallery


Also releasing from Severin Films is The Wild Geese. I've been realizing that some of the best gore picture aren't horror movies at all. The Wild Geese is a flick that had caught my eye earlier this year during an Arrow Video scavenger hunt. Now it's coming to DVD from Severin. 

Full release notes:

The Wild Geese
DVD
Run Time: 129 Minutes Language: English Color
Widescreen 1.85:1 Dolby Digital 2.0
Production Year: 1978 Genre: Action MPAA Rating: NR
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: Richard Burton, Roger Moore and Richard Harris

Screen legends Richard Burton, Roger Moore and Richard Harris star as a team of aging mercenaries hired by a wealthy industrialist for one final mission: Recruit and train a squad of desperate commandos, parachute into an unstable African nation, snatch its deposed President from a maximum security army prison, escape via the military- controlled airport, and massacre anyone who gets in their way. Getting to the target will be murder. But when the group is double-crossed, getting out alive may be impossible. Hardy Kruger (A BRIDGE TOO FAR), Frank Finlay ( THE THREE MUSKETEERS), Barry Foster (FRENZY ) and Stewart Granger (KING SOLOMON'S MINES) co-star in this blood & guts action classic, now packed with all-new Bonus Features!

Special Features:
The Wild Geese Director - Exclusive New Interview with Director Andrew V. McLaglen
-The Mercenary - Exclusive New Interview with Military Advisor Mike Hoare
-The Last of The Gentleman Producers Documentary on Producer Euan Lloyd featuring Lloyd, Roger Moore, Joan Armatrading, Ingrid Pitt & more
-Audio Commentary with Producer Euan Lloyd, star Roger Moore, Second Unit Director John Glen. Moderated by Filmmaker Jonathan Sothcott
-The Flight of The Wild Geese -Vintage Featurette
-The Wild Geese Royal Charity Premiere Newsreel
-Theatrical Trailer

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    Exhumed Films is proud to present five of the craziest films we've ever screened, back-to-back in an all-day assault of outrageousness. Here are five fan favorites, films that have had our audiences laughing, screaming, and cheering-sometimes all at once-when they played at our past marathon or double feature screenings. These movies are all low-budget affairs, but because of earnest filmmaking, tongue-in-cheek performances, and sheer audacity, they rise above their limitations and epitomize everything that is joyous about genre cinema.
    1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS
    1982 / 35mm / Dir. Enzo G. Castellari / 89 min.
    FLESHEATER
    1988 / 35mm / Dir. Bill Hinzman / 88 min.
    THE NO MERCY MAN
    1973 / 35mm / Dir. Daniel J. Vance / 90 min.
    DEATH PROMISE- with director Q&A!
    1977 / 35mm / Dir. Robert Warmflash / 95 min.
    NIGHT OF A THOUSAND CATS
    1972 / 35mm / Dir. Rene Cardona Jr. / 63 min.
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    -Exhumed Films Presents: Cannibal Carnage!
    Thursday, August 7-
    Special weeknight screening! International House Philadelphia7:00pm
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    "The greatest cannibal film of them all and the one that started it all!"
    On the 13th anniversary of EF's North American premiere of the restored CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (and in anticipation of the upcoming Blu-Ray release) comes this encore screening of the film, paired up with the movie responsible for kick starting the most notoriously repugnant sub-genre in movie history!

    CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST
    1980 / 35mm / Dir. Ruggero Deodato / 95 min.

    Love it or loathe it, Ruggero Deodato's notorious cannibal shocker is still as potent today as it was when it was made. A group of documentary filmmakers heads to the "Green Inferno" to film the natives, but their techniques anger the cannibals, and the crew soon discovers that this may be their last film. Told in found footage style years before THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST is exploitation filmmaking at its most challenging, and a movie that will undeniably leave you breathless.


    MAN FROM DEEP RIVER (aka SACRIFICE!)
    1972 / 35mm / Dir. Umberto Lenzi / 93 min.

    The Italian cannibal genre started with this early gem from Umberto Lenzi, who later went on to make the notorious CANNIBAL FEROX (aka MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY). Putting an exploitation twist on the Richard Harris film A MAN CALLED HORSE, a photographer travels to the Amazon only to be captured by cannibals and, through a series of bizarre initiation trials, inducted as a member of the tribe. Basically inventing all of the tropes for the entire genre, MAN FROM DEEP RIVER presents both a compelling story and the shocking violence that you have come to expect from Italian grindhouse cinema.

    WARNING: THESE FILMS CONTAIN SHOCKING SCENES OF GRAPHIC VIOLENCE AND ARE NOT FOR THE FEINT OF HEART OR THOSE EASILY OFFENDED-VIEWER DISCRETION IS STRONGLY ADVISED!
    August 23 2014: Exhumed Films presents a double feature of Underrated Science-Fiction Films!Doors at 7:30 pm, Show at 8:00pm - Admission $15
    International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
    STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (30th anniversary screening)
    1984 / 35mm / Dir. Leonard Nimoy / 105 min.
    STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN was one of the biggest box office hits of 1982, so Paramount was anxious to quickly ramp up a sequel. Although Trek fans generally loved KHAN, the film's decision to kill off Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock was a controversial one, to say the least. As its title implies, STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK focuses on Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the crew of the Enterprise as they attempt to retrieve the body of their fallen comrade. However, they run afoul of a cruel Klingon commander (BACK TO THE FUTURE's Christopher Lloyd) who plots to steal the rejuvenating secrets of the planet Genesis for his own nefarious purposes. While not as lucrative as either STAR TREK II or the oddly light-hearted sequel STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME, THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK is an intelligent, enjoyable, and underrated entry in the TREK film series.
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    DUNE (30th anniversary screening)
    1984 / 35mm / Dir. David Lynch / 137 min.
    Frank Herbert's epic science-fiction novel DUNE was long considered unfilmable, though several directors-most famously, Alejandro Jodorowsky-tried to bring the classic to the screen during the 1970s, only to see their projects ultimately fall apart. But in 1984, acclaimed avant-garde filmmaker David Lynch followed his art-house successes ERASERHEAD and THE ELEPHANT MAN with an ambitious, big budget adaptation of Herbert's masterpiece. Lynch's DUNE is infamous in the realm of sci-fi films: it is a divisive movie, one that fans tend to either love or hate. Many of the film's perceived weaknesses can be traced to the fact that producer Dino DeLaurentis forced Lynch to excise over 45 minutes of footage in order to get the running time down to a more reasonable (but still lengthy) 2 hours and 17 minutes. But flawed or not, DUNE's story of political intrigue, galactic warfare and religious allegory set in the far-off future is visually stunning and truly epic in score. Featuring an impressive cast (Kyle MacLachlan, Jurgen Prochnow, Patrick Stewart, Max von Sydow, and Sting, among others) and an orchestral/rock hybrid score by the band Toto (!), DUNE is definitely an interesting film that deserves a second look.


    NEW RELEASE UPDATE: PROM NIGHT from Synapse Films - Take it Home Before Midnight This September

     
    Syanpse Films has been a great partner throughout the past few years and a friend to the horror fan (and smut fan if you delve into some of their Impulse line), but between the release of Prom Night and Curtains as well as upcoming release of a pile of Italian Horror classics and Popcorn, it's best to start collecting now.  Prom Night hits September 9th which is off-Prom season, but it's perfect for the upcoming October Halloween festivies. Best to get your costumes designed now.

    Prom Night was one of the movies that helped to cement Jamie Lee Curtis as a Scream Queen (or perhaps THE Scream Queen) and gave us all a look at what Leslie Nielsen could do when he wasn't trying to fight invisible mental monters in Forbidden Planet. There is a much beloved, fan favorite sequel Hello Mary Lou Prom Night II along with two other sequels and a remake.

    This is a must own for horror fans, slasher fans and will give you plenty to dance about. This movie has one of the best trailers around included on Haunt Love's My Bloody Mixtape, a tribute to Exhumed Films 24 Hour Horrorthon that I listen to at least once a week at the gym. Hope I don't pull something dancing around my living room.

    Full release notes from Syanpse films:

    Prom Night
    Label: Synapse Films
    Prebook: 08/12/2014 Street Date: 09/09/2014

    Blu-ray
    SRP: 24.95 UPC: 654930316597 Cat: SFD0142
    Run Time: 92 Minutes
    Language: English Color Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
    DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Region A

    DVD
    SRP: 19.95 UPC: 654930316696 Cat: SFD0143
    Run Time: 92 Minutes
    Rated R Language: English Color Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
    DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Region 1

    Rated R Genre: Horror Production year: 1980
    Director: Paul Lynch
    Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Leslie Nielsen, Eddie Benton

    Jamie Lee Curtis (the "HALLOWEEN" film series) and Leslie Nielsen ("THE NAKED GUN" film and TV series, FORBIDDEN PLANET) star in this celebrated "slasher" horror classic. Four Hamilton High seniors are hiding a terrible secret. What happened to Robin Hammond six years ago was a game that turned into a horrible tragedy, and someone saw what they did... someone waiting for gruesome revenge! Wearing a black hood and wielding an axe, a killer brutally slaughters the teenagers one by one at their high school prom. As the spotlight falls on the newly crowned prom king and queen, the psychopath will show everyone his new favorite game to play... Are you ready for a bloody night of "Disco Madness"? Synapse Films is proud to present PROM NIGHT in a beautiful new version, remastered and restored in 2K from the original 35mm camera negative with an all-new 5.1 surround mix.

    Bonus Features:
    Brand-New 2K High-Definition Transfer from the Original 35mm Camera Negative
    New 5.1 Surround Remix Specifically Created for This Release (Original 2.0 Mono Included)
    Audio Commentary with Director Paul Lynch and Screenwriter William Gray
    THE HORRORS OF HAMILTON HIGH: The Making of "Prom Night"-- Featurette
    Collection of Additional Scenes Added for Television Broadcast
    Never-Before-Seen Outtakes from "Prom Night" [Exclusive to Blu-ray]
    Motion Still Gallery [Exclusive to Blu-ray]
    Original Theatrical Trailer & Television Spots
    English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    NEW RELEASE UPDATE: SANTA SANGRE from Severin Films on DVD/Blu-ray


    Now this title was previously release, but apparently we shold expect a new release August 12th from Severin Films. Given the frenzied hype (much deserved hype) surrounding Jodorowsky's Dune this summer maybe Severin wanted to make sure everyone got to enjoy one of the Jodorowksy classic.
    This is the perfect chance to get in the know and connect with some surreal bat shit crazy stuff that, whether you enjoy it or not, will have a profound impact on you.

    I do not believe there have been any updates to this release from the last release, however I'll try to highlight anything I notice once we formally review. We should have a review for your shortly.

    From Severin Films/CAV:

    Santa Sangre
    Run Time: 122 Minutes Language: English Color
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Dolby Digital 2.0
    Production Year: 1989 Genre: Horror MPAA Rating: NR
    Directed by: Alejandro Jodorowsky
    Stars: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra and Guy Stockwell

    In the 1970s, his legendary films EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN redefined movies as both art and entertainment while changing the face of cinema forever. And in 1989, visionary writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky returned with his modern masterpiece: It is the story of a young circus performer, the crime of passion that shatters his soul, and the macabre journey back to the world of his armless mother, deaf-mute lover, and murder. It is an odyssey of ecstasy and anguish, belief and blasphemy, beauty and madness. It is unlike any movie you have ever seen before...or ever will. Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra and Guy Stockwell star in this epic of surreal genius. One of the most provocative and unforgettable motion picture experience of our time is now fully restored.

    Special Features:
    -Audio Commentary with Jodorowsky and Journalist Alan Jones
    -Deleted scenes with Jodorowsky Commentary
    -Theatrical Trailer
    -Japanese Trailer


    NEW RELEASE UPDATE: Prince Of The Night Streets September 9th

     
    I thought this was worth mentioning givent he recent surge in interest in Klaus Kinski pictures after the Scream Factory releases of Crawlspace and Nosferatu. Prince of the Night is hitting this September from One 7 Movies. I haven't had the chance to enjoy it yet, but hopefully we will have a review up around the street date. I think the most important thing to note beyond Kinski's involvment is the presence of Christoper Plummer and Donald Pleasence, two of my favorites who are sure to give great performances even in the schlockiest of vamp flicks.

    I suppose the concept was a resprisal of his role from the Herzog film, but Kinski refused to cut his long locks (and then proceeded to get violent with some of the actresses). I'm simply paraphrasing form IMDB here, but I'd believe it if Kinski's legendary bad behaviour is to be believed (and it is).

    The other title for this film is Vampire in Venice. I gotta check this out.

    From One 7 Movies.

    Prince Of The Night
    Label: One 7 Movies
    Prebook: 08/12/2014 Streets: 09/09/2014
    SRP: 19.95 UPC: 812592015238 Cat: 17M023
    Not Rated Run Time: 93 Minutes
    In Italian and English Color Widescreen 1.77:1
    Dolby Digital Mono Region 0
    Production year: 1988
    Director: Augusto Caminito
    Stars: Klaus Kinski, Christopher Plummer, Donald Pleasence, Barbara De Rossi, Yorgo Voyagis

    Helietta Canins (Barbara De Rossi) requests the help and knowledge of professor Paris Catalano (Christopher Plummer) to help her to get rid of all the rumors still surrounding her luxurious venetian mansion. According to the legend, Helietta's grandmother has been abducted by the mighty Nosferatu himself (Klaus Kinski). But when Professor Catalano discovers in the basement of Helietta's palazzo the vampire's crypt, he realizes that there could be some terrible truth to all rumors about the existence of an unholy undead in Venice.

    NEW RELEASE UPDATE: THE SACRAMENT Comes Out on Blu-ray/DVD August 19th


     
     
    One of my favorite releases of the year is about to hit Blu-ray and DVD. The Sacrament is basically a retelling of the Jonestown Massacre in found footage format as directed by Ti West. Even if you aren't a fan of found footage, you will be impressed by the performances. Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz and Kate Lyn Sheil are solid, but Gene Jones as Father knocks it out of the jungle with a full pitcher of kool-aid yelling, "hey hey hey, let's kill ourselves today!"

    This may just be my favorite Ti West picture to date (a close tie with House of the Devil).

    Full notes below from Magnolia/Magnet:


    THE SACRAMENT

    “Bone-chilling” (The Hollywood Reporter) Death-Cult Thriller From Acclaimed Director Ti West Arrives On Blu-ray™ and DVD August 19
    From Magnolia Home Entertainment Under The Magnet Label


    Synopsis
    Two reporters for VICE Media journey to a remote Central American compound hoping to reunite with the photographer’s sister, who feels out of touch after struggling with a drug addiction. They find an isolated community of true believers devoted to a shadowy but charismatic figure called “Father.” Skeptical at first, the journalists begin to come around to the group’s utopian claims, until things rapidly take a very dark turn.

    Bonus Features

    The Making of The Sacrament • AXS TV: A Look at The Sacrament • Theatrical Trailer


    Blu-ray/DVD Basics
    DVD Price: $29.98 (Blu-ray)/$26.98 (DVD)
    Street Date: August 19, 2014
    Running Time: 100 min
    Catalog:10666 (Blu-ray)/10665 (DVD)
    MPAA Rating: R