Thursday, September 14, 2017

THE ILLUSTRATED MAN and INNOCENT BLOOD are Comign to Blu-ray on September 19th!


Confession time Vault Dwellers: I have never seen THE ILLUSTRATED MAN or INNOCENT BLOOD. Maybe that's not such a big shocker in regards to the 1969 anthology film based upon the works of Ray Bradbury. But as a fan of John Landis' work, I should have seen INNOCENT BLOOD at some point in time! And now I can!

Synopsis: Rod Steiger plays the tattoo-covered title role in this fascinating vision of doom and danger based on the classic short story collection by futurist Ray Bradbury. Robert Drivas portrays a good-natured drifter who can't tear his eyes away from Steiger's freakish illustrations. And Claire Bloom is the mysterious seductress who created the "art" that curses its bearer – and comes to life in a nightmarish trio of tales.

Two spoiled children turn playtime into slay time (from The Veldt). Shipwrecked astronauts wander across a planet cursed by The Long Rain. And loving parents choose their children's fate when the end nears (from The Last Night of the World). Every one of THE ILLUSTRATED MAN's pictures tell a story. And every story ends in terror!

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 103 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

  • Vintage Featurette - Tattooed Steiger
  • Theatrical Trailer
THE ILLUSTRATED MAN will be available for purchase on Tuesday, September 19th! You can order a copy of this long out of print title now (on DVD or Blu-ray) at AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!

Synopsis: This ghoul just wants to have fun! She also wants an occasional bad guy to sink her fangs into – because she never, ever takes INNOCENT BLOOD!

Anne Parillaud is Marie, a vampire who imperils Pittsburgh when she fails to kill off one of her victims, mob boss Sal Macelli (Robert Loggia). Sal realizes what a lucky stiff he is: A vampire with deadly powers! If Marie and her undercover cop boyfriend (Anthony LaPaglia) can't stop the mobster's new "family" of goons, Pittsburgh will be the pits.

As in his AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, director John Landis saw in Michael Wolk's script many "possibilities to be outrageous" – and transforms them into outrageous screen reality! With more than two minutes of never-seen-in-the-US footage, INNOCENT BLOOD is ready to drain you like never before!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 115 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

  • Newly remastered transfer of the film with additional footage!
  • Original Trailer
INNOCENT BLOOD makes its long-awaited Blu-ray debut on Tuesday, September 19th! Though it would have been nice to have two versions of the film on one disc (along with some interviews, featurettes, or even a director's commentary), I guess we can't complain too much, since this is the first time many of us will be seeing the longer cut of John Landis' vampire flick! You can currently order this title from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!

Celebrate He Who Walks Behind the Rows With Arrow Video's Special Edition Blu-ray of CHILDREN OF THE CORN!


CHILDREN OF THE CORN has always been one of my favorite Stephen King adaptations, and it still holds up relatively well over three decades later. (The nine followup films... haven't fared as well.) So naturally I'm pretty stoked for this Arrow release, which boasts a ton of extras, and an all new 2K transfer of the film!

Synopsis: From the mind of celebrated horror author Stephen King, the man behind such classic terror tales as The Shining, Carrie and It, comes one of his most chilling offerings yet: CHILDREN OF THE CORN.

A young couple on a road trip find themselves lost in the back roads of rural Nebraska, eventually winding up in the seemingly abandoned town of Gatlin. But the town is far from empty as the pair soon discover that it's inhabited by a twisted cult of murderous children thirsty for another blood sacrifice...

Adapted from King s eponymous short story first published in 1977 and starring Linda Hamilton (THE TERMINATOR) and Peter Horton (Thirtysomething), CHILDREN OF THE CORN has gone on to spawn one of the most enduring horror franchises of all time.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 92 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original negative!
  • Brand new audio commentary with John Sullivan of and horror journalist Justin Beahm!
  • Audio commentary with director Fritz Kiersch, producer Terrence Kirby, and actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains!
  • Harvesting Horror: The Making of Children of the Corn – A retrospective piece featuring interviews with director Fritz Kiersch and actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains!
  • It Was the Eighties! – An interview with actress Linda Hamilton!
  • Return to Gatlin – A brand new featurette revisiting the film’s original Iowa shooting locations!
  • Stephen King on a Shoestring – An interview with producer Donald Borchers.
  • Welcome to Gatlin: The Sights and Sounds of Children of the Corn – An interview with production designer Craig Stearns and composer Jonathan Elias.
  • Feeling Blue – An interview with the actor who played “The Blue Man” in the fabled excised sequence.
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin!
  • FIRST PRESSING: Collectors booklet featuring new writing in the film!
Wow! Arrow Video went all out for this release, and I hope to add it to my collection in the very near future! CHILDREN OF THE CORN: SPECIAL EDITION will be available on October 3rd (though that release date could be subject to change), and you can order it now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Synapse Films offers up a double dose of Creepers on Blu-ray!


I haven't seen PHENOMENA in years so I'm excited for Synapse Films' 2-disc release! I am also quite curious about THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA, a new documentary about the making of THE CREEPING TERROR, which gained cult status after appearing on Mystery Science Theater 3000! Both titles are now available, so be sure to scroll down to learn about them before you add them to your personal collection!

Synopsis: A creature is haunting the streets of Los Angeles, waiting for the cover of night to stalk innocent young girls. Hungry for fame and fortune, it's fueled by a demonic rage ready to devour anyone attempting to hinder its becoming the most powerful entity in Hollywood. While sometimes called A.J. Nelson, this demon is more commonly known as Vic Savage. This is his story...

In 1964, Vic Savage made THE CREEPING TERROR with a microscopic budget verging on the non-existent. Quickly earning a reputation as the worst movie ever made, it tells of the arrival of an unconvincing alien life-form (a shambling carpet creature made of plastic tubing, wire and soap) that devours its picnicking, dancing and guitar-playing victims. Much like the infamous Ed Wood, Savage managed to pull off a variety of schemes to convince an honest producer to invest in what he promised to be "the biggest monster movie ever made."

Told through re-enactments and containing shockingly true stories of many of the actual people involved with the production, Pete Schuermann's THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA is the funny and ultimately terrifying saga of the making of THE CREEPING TERROR, and a disastrous portrait of a talentless artist who ultimately succumbs to his own self-destructive behavior.

Starring Josh Phillips in the larger-than-life performance as Vic Savage, and Jodi Lynn Thomas (AMC's PREACHER) as his unsuspecting wife Lois, THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA pays vibrant tribute to an inglorious chapter in the history of genre cinema, incidentally exposing one of the most unimaginably radical antitheses of the Hollywood dream.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color and Black & White | 110 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - ?

  • NEW! 2K Scan of the Original Horror Classic, THE CREEPING TERROR (Blu-ray Exclusive!)
  • Audio Commentary with Director Pete Schuermann, Producer Nancy Theken, and Stars Josh Phillips & Jodi Lynn Thomas.
  • How to Build a Carpet Monster
  • Breaking Down Art's Death Scene
  • Monster Movie Homages
  • "One Mick to Another" with Byrd Holland & Allan Silliphan.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Screamfest Black Carpet Q&A with Frank Conniff.
  • The Creep Behind The Camera Original Theatrical Trailer
  • The Creeping Terror Screamfest Promotional Trailer 
THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA (with THE CREEPING TERROR!) is now available wherever discs are sold! Get it now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SYNAPSE FILMS!

Synopsis: The young Jennifer Corvino (played by Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly, in one of her first film roles) is sent to a private Swiss academy for girls where a vicious killer is on the loose, brutally murdering students. Jennifer is a gifted girl with the strange ability to communicate with insects, and Dr. McGregor (Donald Pleasence, John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN series, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK) enlists her to help locate the killer.

Jennifer finds herself in a bizarre murder plot with maggots, mutants, and razor-wielding chimpanzee mayhem! Can she uncover the killer's identity before becoming a victim herself?

Daria Nicolodi (TENEBRAE) and Fiore Argento (DEMONS) also star in this strange, unique and gory film from Italy's Master of Horror, Dario Argento. PHENOMENA also features fantastic soundtrack music from progressive-rock favorite Goblin, British Heavy Metal masters Motörhead & Iron Maiden, Andi Sex Gang, Bill Wyman and Simon Boswell!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 306 minutes (accumulated run-time of all three cuts) | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.66:1)
Audio - English 2.0 DTS-HD and Italian 2.0 DTS-HD.

  • THREE different cuts of PHENOMENA, all available in high-definition for the first time ever in one collector's edition package!
  • Audio Commentary Track on PHENOMENA (110-minute version) from Argento scholar and author, Derek Botelho and film historian, journalist and radio/television commentator, David Del Valle!
  • DARIO ARGENTO'S WORLD OF HORROR Documentary. A fascinating look at the early films of director Dario Argento, including PHENOMENA, SUSPIRIA, DEMONS, DAWN OF THE DEAD, INFERNO and many more! Containing candid interviews and awesome behind-the-scenes footage, DARIO ARGENTO'S WORLD OF HORROR gives us a look into the mind of Italy's Master of Horror and is an essential viewing experience for all Argento fans.
  • Interview with Andi Sex Gang.
  • PHENOMENA International Theatrical Trailer.
  • CREEPERS U.S. Theatrical Trailer & Radio Spots.
This 2-disc release is pretty much the same as Synapse's limited edition steelbook of PHENOMENA that was released last November, and seems like a worthwhile addition to your Italian Horror collection! You can pick up this Synapse release now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SYNAPSE FILMS!

Scream Factory's JACKALS will brainwash you this October!


I have yet to watch JACKALS, but have been hearing mostly positive things about it. It is currently available to stream on Amazon and other VOD platforms, before its DVD & Blu-ray debut in a few short weeks! Let's take a closer look at this release, shall we?

Synopsis: From director Kevin Greutert (SAW: THE FINAL CHAPTER) comes a disturbing vision of a fractured family that will do anything to get the son they love back from the unspeakable evil that has taken control of his mind.

When Justin Powell (Ben Sullivan) is captured by two ski-masked men and dragged back to a secluded cabin, it's anything but a standard kidnapping. Waiting for Justin at the cabin is his father (Johnathon Schaech, THAT THING YOU DO!), mother (Deborah Kara Unger, CRASH, SILENT HILL), brother (Nick Roux), and former girlfriend (Chelsea Ricketts). Together, they are dedicated to freeing him from the sinister brainwashing he's undergone at the hands of a vicious cult known as "The Jackals."

With the help of Jimmy Levine (Stephen Dorff, BLADE), an experienced cult deprogrammer, the family does their best to bring Justin back to reality … but their plans go awry when the cult descends upon the cabin, demanding Justin back. A vicious battle unfolds, testing familial loyalties and unleashing a bloodbath from which no one is safe.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 87 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.39:1)
Audio - TBA

  • Commentary With Director Kevin Greutert And Writer Jared Rivet.
  • Interviews With The Cast And Crew.
  • Original Theatrical Trailers.
JACKALS comes to DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, October 3rd and can be ordered now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY. Not entirely sold on the movie? Then give the trailer a watch below!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 09/12/2017!

Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Welcome back to yet another edition of STOCK YOUR VAULT! We're just about halfway through September, and there's a pretty good number of genre releases out this week! Along with several "must have" titles, there are a bunch of bargain-priced DVD and Blu-ray collections for those of you looking to get more bang for buck!

Arrow Video finally brings their Special Edition of THE GHOUL to DVD & Blu-ray (after numerous release date changes), Synapse unveils their new documentary, THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA (which comes with THE CREEPING TERROR if you buy the Blu-ray!) and new 2-disc release of PHENOMENA, and VCI gives RUBY its Blu-ray debut!

Scream Factory brings the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation, THE RESURRECTED to Blu-ray in a really awesome release (details HERE), and both IT COMES AT NIGHT and the (failed?) flagship film of Universal's "Dark Universe," THE MUMMY, are also now available on all formats!

There's plenty more where that came from, so be sure to scroll down for the full list of this week's DVD & Blu-ray titles!

The Creep Behind the Camera
The Ghoul (Special Edition)
The Hatred
It Comes at Night
The Mummy (2017)
Rebecca (The Criterion Collection)
Tobor the Great

Abbott & Costello Meet The Mummy
Dead Again in Tombstone
Dracula Untold (4K UHD)
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (4K UHD)
Event Horizon
Evil Dead & Evil Dead 2 (Double Feature)
The Fox with a Velvet Tail
Get Out (4K UHD)
King Kong (2005 - Ultimate Edition)
Leonard Part 6
The Mummy (1999 - 4K UHD)
The Mummy Returns (4K UHD)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (4K UHD)
Phenomena (2-Disc Special Edition)
The Purge: 3-Movie Collection
The Resurrected
Spider (Mondo Macabro)
Split (4K UHD)
Van Helsing (4K UHD)

Before the Dark
Cannibal Cop
Creepy Clowns
Dark Shade Creek 2
Drone Wars
Good People (Director's Cut)
Halloween Around the World
Halloween Nightmares, Vol. 1
Johnny Ghost
Kidnapped by Doctors: Female Hostages
Night Gallery: The Complete Series
Silver Cell
Silver Woods
Soul on a String
Voyage of the Unicorn: The Complete Mini-Series

Epicenter with 7 Bonus Movies
Contains: Epicenter, Chain Reaction, Militia, The Day the Sky Exploded, Slipstream, To Survive, Escape from Alaska, and Fire From Below.

Lifetime Scary Movie Set
Contains: Big Driver, Manson's Lost Girls, Hush Little Baby, and Devil's Diary.

Phantasm: 5-Movie Collection
Contains: Phantasm, Phantasm II, Phantasm III, Phantasm OblIVion, and Phantasm: Ravager.

Psycho: Complete 4-Movie Collection
Contains: Psycho, Psycho II, Psycho III, Psycho IV: The Beginning.

The Snow Creature + 4 Bonus Movies
Contains: The Snow Creature, The She-Beast, Chupacabra vs. The Alamo, Blood Predator, and Curse of the Wolf.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

THE SPELL has been cast, and A DARK SONG sung by Scream Factory!


Once again, the powers that be at Scream Factory have delivered more genre films that I am totally unfamiliar with, and that's a good thing! Black magic and chubby girls with special powers await those of you brave enough to pick up either of these releases!

A DARK SONG (2016)
Synopsis: "Two broken souls. An unholy alliance." Grieving Sophia (Catherine Walker) despairs over the tragic loss of her murdered son. Desperate to somehow make contact with the boy she has lost, Sophia believes her prayers are answered when she crosses paths with the reclusive Joseph (Steve Oram, Sightseers).

An expert in the occult, Joseph reluctantly agrees to aid Sophia through a series of dark and forbidden rituals in order to bring her child back to the world of the living. Pushed to their physical and psychological breaking points, Sophia and Joseph make a disturbing descent into the most depraved corners of black magic.

The debut feature from rising horror auteur Liam Gavin, A DARK SONG sustains an air of quiet, creeping dread, tensely building towards a confrontation with evils unknown to our earthly bounds.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 100 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2:40:1)
Audio - English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

  • Interviews With Director Liam Gavin, Actors Steve Oram And Catherine Walker, and Director Of Photography Cathal Watters.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Storyboards
  • Theatrical Trailer
A DARK SONG is now available (on DVD & Blu-ray) at AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, and SHOUT! FACTORY.

THE SPELL (1977)
Synopsis: "Her thoughts cast a deadly spell of terror!" 15-year-old Rita lives in an ordinary town, attends an ordinary high school and wants to lead an ordinary life … but Rita is far from an ordinary teenager. Overweight and self-conscious, Rita (Susan Myers, JAMES AT 16) is the victim of cruel teasing by many of her classmates.

Only her mother (Lee Grant, DAMIEN: OMEN II) and her gym teacher (Lelia Goldoni, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS) seem to understand her. But their understanding is not enough to contain the rage that wells up within Rita. And when it does, the rage causes a supernatural power inside of her to take over.

Those who are against Rita begin to die. There seems to be no way to stop the terror once Rita has cast her spell.

This terrifying television film from 1977 also stars James Olsen (AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION), Helen Hunt (TWISTER) and was written by genre writer Brian Taggert (VISITING HOURS, POLTERGEIST III, and OMEN IV: THE AWAKENING).

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 86 minutes |  Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Audio - ?

  • NEW! High-Definition Transfer Of The Rarely-Seen 86 Minute Cut Of The Film! (Taken From Best Surviving Video And Audio Elements!)
  • NEW! Audio Commentary By Made-For-TV-Movie Historian And Author Amanda Reyes!
  • NEW! Interview With Writer Brian Taggert!
THE SPELL is currently available at most retailers, including AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, and SHOUT! FACTORY.