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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Special Effects, The Return of Dracula and Gas-s-s-s Coming to Blu-ray This October From Olive Films

Coming October 13th! 

From Olive Films:

SPECIAL EFFECTS 

ZOE TAMERLIS (Ms .45, Bad Lieutenant, Exquisite Corpses)
ERIC BOGOSIAN (Talk Radio, Dolores Claiborne, Don’t Go in the Woods)
BRAD RIJN (Smithereens, Perfect Strangers, A Return to Salem’s Lot)
KEVIN O’CONNOR (Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, The Brink’s Job)

Directed by
LARRY COHEN (It’s Alive, God Told Me To, Q)

The multi-talented Eric Bogosian (Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, actor and National Endowment for the Arts recipient) headlines director Larry Cohen’s (It’s Alive) satirical thriller Special Effects.



THE RETURN OF DRACULA 

FRANCIS LEDERER (Stolen Identity, Terror Is a Man, Maracaibo)
NORMA EBERHARDT (Problem Girls; Live Fast, Die Young)
RAY STRICKLYN (The Lost World, The Last Wagon, Young Jesse James)
VIRGINIA VINCENT (The Black Orchid, The Hills Have Eyes, I Want to Live!)
JOHN WENGRAF (The Pride and the Passion, 5 Fingers, Judgment at Nuremberg)
GAGE CLARKE (The Bad Seed, I Want to Live!, The Invisible Boy)
JIMMY BAIRD (The Black Orchid, The Seven Little Foys)
GRETA GRANSTEDT (What a Man, They Never Come Back, Street Scene)

Directed by
PAUL LANDRES (The Vampire, Eyes of the Jungle, Chain of Evidence)

1958 was the year of the vampire film with The Return of Dracula joining two other theatrical releases –  Horror of Dracula and The Vampire’s Coffin (El Ata├║d del Vampiro).


YEAR: 1958
GENRE: HORROR
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  67 mins
RATING: N/R
VIDEO:  1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W
AUDIO: MONO


For those who like their vampires with that certain European panache, The Return of Dracula is sure to thrill. Francis Lederer (Terror is a Man) stars as the titular Count – this time using the pseudonym Bellac Gordal – as he travels from his Transylvania home to the United States. In the guise of being a distant relative on vacation, The Count takes up residence at the home of the Mayberry family in sunny California.

Quicker than you can say “I like my stake rare,” The Count … er … Gordal is up to his old nocturnal tricks and comes under the scrutiny of young Rachel Mayberry (Norma Eberhardt, Problem Girls) whom Gordal has set his sights on, which may be her undoing.

The Return of Dracula, directed by Paul Landres (The Vampire) from Pat Fiedler’s script, co-stars Ray Stricklyn (The Lost World), Virginia Vincent (The Hills Have Eyes), John Wengraf (The Pride and the Passion), Gage Clarke (The Bad Seed), Jimmy Baird (The Black Orchid) and Greta Granstedt (They Never Come Back).
       
GAS-S-S-S 

CINDY WILLIAMS (American Graffiti, The Conversation, TV’s Laverne & Shirley)
BUD CORT (Harold and Maude, Brewster McCloud, Dogma)
BEN VEREEN (All That Jazz, Funny Lady, Once Upon a Forest)
ELAINE GIFTOS (The Student Nurses, Angel, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever)
BOB CORFF (Fright Night, Zig Zag)

Directed by
ROGER CORMAN (The Trip, The Wild Angels, House of Usher)

Gas-s-s-s would be the last film directed by Roger Corman for the American International Pictures label following a prolific resume that includes The Trip, The Wild Angels and Bloody Mama.

It’s the end of the world! Get happy!

Gas-s-s-s, a mash-up of the science fiction and comedy genres, is a post-apocalyptic tale viewed through the lens of director Roger Corman (The Trip) featuring a cast of young talents-of-the-day including Cindy Williams (American Graffiti), Bud Cort (Harold and Maude) and Ben Vereen (All That Jazz).

When a military chemical accident (the gas-s-s-s leak of the title) kills everyone on the planet over the age of twenty-five, Earth is left in the hands of the youth. Hippies Coel (Robert Corff, Fright Night) and Cilla (Elaine Giftos, The Student Nurses) will lead the way on a quest for survival joined by boyfriends & girlfriends Hooper (Bud Cort), Coralee (Tally Coppola, The Godfather), Marissa (Cindy Williams), and Carlos (Ben Vereen) in the trippy and darkly comic Gas-s-s-s.

Directed by Roger Corman (The Trip) from a screenplay by George Armitage (Miami Blues), Gas-s-s-s co-stars Alex Wilson (Dirty Little Billy), Alan DeWitt (Tales of Terror), and in a cameo appearance, Country Joe and the Fish musician “Country Joe” McDonald.


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