Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New DVDs & Blu-rays for 09/27/2016!


HOLY SMOKES! IT'S THE B-MOVIE NEWS VAULT'S 200TH POST!

Egads! September just flew by Vault Dwellers, and it is leaving us with a flood of genre titles on DVD and Blu-ray! Put your bank accounts on suicide watch because this week will be a real punch in the gut for those of you who just can't say "no" to awesome Blu-ray releases! Lionsgate finally unveils the first two titles of their flagship Vestron Collector's Series, namely CHOPPING MALL and BLOOD DINER!

Arrow Video fires back with a Special Edition release of Juan Piquer Simon's SLUGS, Scream Factory, finally satisfied with the final product, has released a great Blu-ray disc of LADY IN WHITE, parent company Shout! Factory debuts their first animated feature, HOWARD LOVECRAFT AND THE FROZEN KINGDOM, and sister label Shout Select knocks it out of the park with the highly anticipated BILL & TED'S MOST EXCELLENT COLLECTION!

If that weren't enough, Universal just released a new "Restored Edition" of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, Blue Underground has added THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME to their growing Blu-ray library, and the Warner Archive Collection has brought back numerous genre titles from limbo on DVD, including both live-action GUYVER films, Tobe Hooper's THE MANGLER, and a slew of other Horror classics!

So take a deep breath fellow collectors, and try to remain calm as you scroll down and see everything that's available this week!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Criterion Collection)
Blood Trap
Cell (2016)
Corpse Party
Grimm: Season 5
Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom
Kamikaze '89
The Neon Demon
The Sacrifice
The Shallows
Warcraft


NEW TO BLU-RAY
An American Werewolf in London (Restored Edition)
Bill & Ted's Most Excellent Collection
Blood Diner (Vestron Collector's Series)
The Bunnyman Massacre
Chopping Mall (Vestron Collector's Series)
Darkside Witches
Gut
Hayride
Hell Fire
The Highlander (30th Anniversary Edition)
Honeyspider
House of Horrors: Gates of Hell
How to Kill a Zombie
Lady in White
Motivational Growth
Private Lessons
Sanctuary: Quite a Conundrum (Director's Cut)
The Shape of Things to Come
Sick: Survive the Night
Slugs (Special Edition)
Tekkaman Blade II: The Complete OVA Collection
The Valley of the Dolls (Criterion Collection)
Zombie Resurrection


NEW TO DVD
The 7th Victim / Shadows in the Dark
All Hallow's Eve 3
And Hell Awaits
And Here, No Devil Can Hurt You
B4
Bad City
Berlin: Part 1
Chasing the Devil
Dogman 2: The Wrath of the Litter
Exorcist: The Fallen
First Man on Mars
The Guyver
The Guyver 2
The Halloween Tree
Hollywood Legends of Horror Collection
A House is Not a Home
The Hum
Isle of the Dead / Bedlam
Killer Robots
Killersaurus
The Killing of Jacob Marr
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Lady Libertine / Love Circles
The Leopard Man / The Ghost Ship
Listen
The Mangler
Mike Tyson Mysteries: The Complete Second Season
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume III
Peekarama: Eat at the Blue Fox / Titillation
Phobe: The Xenophobic Experiments
Spirit in the Woods
Street Fighter II: The Animated Series
Zombie Armageddon: I Heard the Darkness


R.I.P. - Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore.


While most of America watched football and/or watched in disbelief at the debate between our two main Presidential candidates, others were mourning the death of a legend. On Monday, September 26th, 2016, Herschell Gordon Lewis, the beloved "Godfather of Gore," passed away in his sleep.

I had a chance meeting with Mr. Lewis years ago at a Monster-Mania Convention. I was walking backwards in the main lobby of the hotel, while talking to my friend Adam, when he suddenly pointed over my shoulder and said "Hey, is that guy someone famous?" I turned and there was H.G. Lewis in the flesh! I excitedly shook Lewis' hand and said "thank you for the films you've made," then got a quick photo. (Sadly said photo is long gone - lost in the memory card of an old cell phone.)

But even before that, H.G. Lewis had a major impact on me. While I am now constantly driving around the tri-state area in search of retro film fests (which are thankfully plentiful these days), I got bit by the 35mm bug back in July of 2014. A now defunct event called Mondo Movie Night kicked off a series of screenings with a 35mm presentation of BLOOD FEAST. Not only was I hooked on seeing films in their original format, but it instantly made me a fan of Lewis' work!


And speaking of which, Herschell Gordon Lewis directed nearly forty films in his lifetime, and was a jack of all trades. He composed music for some of his films, worked on the effects for others, and wrote the screenplays for at least half of the movies he directed! Lewis strove to show moviegoers something they had never seen before, and it all started with his 1963 classic BLOOD FEAST. Though you can't really say it's a good film, it was the first splatter flick in existence, and opened the door for a growing genre that was looking to push the envelope.

Had Lewis not introduced the world to Fuad Ramses and his cannibalistic cuisine, we may never have had the films of George A. Romero, Peter Jackson, Sam Raimi, and the slew of Horror filmmakers that came after. So thank you Mr. Lewis, for your contributions to film, particularly in the realm of exploitation cinema! As long as your films exist, you will never be forgotten. 

By all accounts (and my brief personal experience), Lewis was a kindly gentleman that embraced his fandom, and the world shall not look upon his like again. Here's hoping that his swan song (i.e. BLOODMANIA) finds a new audience once it is released, and helps carry on his memory for years to come. Rest in peace Herschell - we'll miss you.



Monday, September 26, 2016

Warner Bros. Releasing a King's Ransom of Horror Just in Time for the Halloween Season!


I find it very hard to believe that physical media is dying out! Companies like Synapse, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory, Shout Select, Arrow Video, Code Red, 88 Films, and Lionsgate's newly minted Vestron Collector's Series, keep churning out high quality Horror, Cult, and Exploitation releases, boasting 2K or 4K transfers, and loads of special features! If anything, we are clearly entering a Renaissance of physical media, and I for one am embracing it!

Yes, it truly seems like everyone is cleaning out their vaults and jumping in on the action, including Warner Bros.! Just in time for our favorite holiday, WB is finally getting around to releasing a few sought after titles on DVD & Blu-ray! Most notably, they've just released three films adapted from the works of Stephen King, namely SALEM'S LOT (completely uncut!), CAT'S EYE, and STEPHEN KING'S IT!

These discs are currently available at Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Diabolik DVD, and various other stores. (But not Amazon... yet!) At roughly ten bucks apiece, it's a no-brainer to consider these titles for your personal collections!

CAT'S EYE

Film Synopsis: A wandering supernatural feline’s adventures provide the linking story for Stephen King’s CAT'S EYE, a dead-on thrillogy scripted by King and directed by Lewis Teague (CUJO).

The staff at Quitters Inc. promises to help nicotine fiend Dick Morrison (James Woods) kick the habit. Next, a luckless gambler (Robert Hays) is forced into a bet involving a stroll around a building – on the five-inch ledge encircling the 30th floor.

Finally, our wayfarer kitty rescues a schoolgirl (Drew Barrymore) from a vile, doll-sized troll! And be sure to keep an eye out for cameos by Cujo and Christine!


Disc Specs:
Rated PG-13 | Color |  94 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.39:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Lewis Teague.
  • Original Theatrical Trailer.
Order now from: AMAZON.COM, DIABOLIK DVD, WBSHOP



SALEM'S LOT

Film Synopsis: Sinister events bring together a writer (David Soul) fascinated with an old hilltop house; a suave antiques dealer (James Mason) whose expertise goes beyond bric-a-brac; and the dealer’s mysterious, pale-skinned “partner” Mr. Barlow (Reggie Nalder) in SALEM'S LOT – a blood-curdling shocker based on King’s novel and directed by Tobe Hooper (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, POLTERGEIST).

See this classic made-for-TV miniseries fully uncut for the first time in HD!

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 183 minutes |
Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Tobe Hooper.
  • International Theatrical Trailer.
Order now from: AMAZON.COM, DIABOLIK DVD, WBSHOP



STEPHEN KING'S IT

Film Synopsis: IT can be anything. A fanged monster that won't stay on the movie screen. Something ominous lurking in the basement. No matter what your biggest fear is, no one knows IT better than Stephen King.

Based on the King Of Horror's 1986 bestseller, IT is a jittery, jolting excursion into personal fear. A malevolent force in a small New England town takes the shape of a clown named Pennywise (Tim Curry), but he's not clowning around!

Instead, he terrifies youngsters and brings some to their untimely doom - until some wily kids fight back. The evil resurfaces 30 years later: meaner, angrier, deadlier. And friends who vividly remember youthful terrors reunite to fight IT.

Disc Specs: 
Not Rated | Color | 187 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • Apparently this is a bare bones release. However, you can get the "gift set" which contains a collectible Pennywise tee as pictured below!


Order now from: AMAZON.COM, DIABOLIK DVD, WBSHOP.


OTHER GENRE TITLES COMING TO THE WARNER BROS. ARCHIVE COLLECTION ON SEPTEMBER 27TH!

THE 7TH VICTIM / SHADOWS IN THE DARK

THE GUYVER

GUYVER 2: DARK HERO 

HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS OF HORROR COLLECTION (DOCTOR X, THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X, MARK OF THE VAMPIRE, MASK OF FU MANCHU, MAD LOVE, and THE DEVIL DOLL.)

ISLE OF THE DEAD / BEDLAM

THE LEOPARD MAN / THE GHOST SHIP

THE MANGLER

THE SHINING GIFT SET (BLU-RAY W/ COLLECTIBLE T-SHIRT)

Juan Piquer Simon's SLUGS oozes its way to Blu-ray on September 27th!


"THEY SLIME. THEY OOZE. THEY KILL!" 
ON SEPTEMBER 27TH, "SLUGS" MAKES ITS U.S. BLU-RAY DEBUT, COURTESY OF ARROW VIDEO!

Juan Piquer Simon has made some of my favorite b-flicks: POD PEOPLE, PIECES, THE RIFT, and of course SLUGS! I only have a handful of Arrow Video releases in my collection, and I'm gonna make sure this one ends up alongside them!

Film Synopsis: From celebrated Spanish director Juan Piquer Simón, the man behind the truly demented slasher flick PIECES (1982), comes a terrifying tale of mutant slugs on the rampage in small-town America.

The townsfolk of a rural community are dying in strange and gruesome circumstances. Following the trail of horrifically mutilated cadavers, resident health inspector Mike Brady is on the case to piece together the mystery. He soon comes to a terrifying conclusion giant slugs are breeding in the sewers beneath the town, and they're making a meal of the locals!

Based on the novel by acclaimed British horror author Shaun Hutson, SLUGS outdoes its creature feature peers by adding an extra dose of gross-out gore into the equation, culminating in one of the most squirm-inducing animal attack movies ever to slither its way across screens!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 92 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - LPCM 1.0 Mono Audio

Extras:
  • Brand new restoration from original film elements!
  • Original Uncompressed PCM Stereo audio
  • Audio commentary by writer and filmmaker Chris Alexander.
  • Here's Slugs In Your Eye - An interview with actor Emilio Linder.
  • They Slime, They Ooze, They Kill: The Effects of Slugs - An interview with special effects artist Carlo De Marchis.
  • Invasion USA - An interview with art director Gonzalo Gonzalo.
  • The Lyons Den - An interview and locations tour with production manager Larry Ann Evans.
  • 1988 Goya Awards promo reel.
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter.
  • Fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by writer Michael Gingol.
This looks to be a HUGE step up from the old Anchor Bay DVD release of SLUGS, so naturally I MUST OWN THIS! SLUGS will be available at various online retailers on Tuesday, September 27th, and cost between $19.99 - $24.99. You can order a copy now from AMAZON.COM or from DIABOLIK DVD. (Also, may I suggest BULLMOOSE.COM, as they have very competitive pricing!)



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

New DVDs & Blu-rays for 09/20/2016!


Fall begins tomorrow Vault Dwellers, and what better way to celebrate than adding some cool ass genre titles to your collections?! This week Kino Lorber kicks all kinds of ass with the Blu-ray debuts of BEWARE! THE BLOB and THE RIFT (aka ENDLESS DESCENT), Scream Factory adds SACRIFICE to their catalog, Shout Select bestows unto us the must-own BILL & TED'S MOST EXCELLENT COLLECTION, and Arrow Video gives DEAD END DRIVE-IN some major love!

There's plenty of other cool stuff out now, so scroll down to see it all!

NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
The Blackout Experiments
The Cat People (Criterion Collection)
Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary Edition
Mai-Chan's Daily Life: The Movie
The Originals: The Complete Third Season
The Punisher (1989 - Region B)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Beware! The Blob
Bill & Ted's Most Excellent Collection
Dead End Drive-In (Special Edition)
Golgo 13: The Professional
The James Bond Collection
The Rift (aka Endless Descent)
Sacrifice
Twin Peaks: The Complete TV Series & Movies Collection
The Ultimate James Bond Collection


NEW TO DVD
Alienween: Halloween Party Apocalypse
The Caretaker
Doctor Who: Series 8, Part One
Fleas
Haunted Mansion (Tagalog movie)
I Didn't Come Here to Die
The Killer Shrews / The Giant Gila Monster (Widescreen Double Feature)
OMG... We're in a Horror Movie!
Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite
The Sighting
Vamp U


Trailer Round-Up: AT THE DRIVE IN, NEVER HIKE ALONE, PLANET FRANKENSTEIN, TRAIN TO BUSAN, & SHIN GODZILLA!


Hey Vault Dwellers! 2016 has been kind of a letdown for major theatrical releases (though I'm still super pumped for DOCTOR STRANGE and ROGUE ONE), but no need to fear because other countries, and indie filmmakers are keeping the spirit of cinema alive! For this edition of the News Vault's Trailer Round-Up, I'm going to take a look at a new Korean zombie flick, Toho's latest entry in their ongoing Godzilla franchise (Yay!), a cool documentary about drive-ins, a crowdfunded FRIDAY THE 13TH tale, and a teaser for an upcoming ode to exploitation cinema! Enjoy!

TRAILER #1: AT THE DRIVE-IN
During my past visits to The Mahoning Drive-In, I saw a flyer in the concession stand telling us moviegoers not be alarmed if we saw a film crew lurking about, because they were filming a documentary. That doc has turned out to be Alexander Monelli's AT THE DRIVE-IN, which chronicles the history of The Mahoning, and it's big decision to skip going digital, in favor of showing 35mm classics every weekend!

I am definitely looking forward to the eventual release of this documentary as I simply love going to this venue! We can expect a longer trailer later this year during the holidays, and hopefully a release of the finished film sometime in 2017.



TRAILER #2: NEVER HIKE ALONE
I don't quite recall how I discovered it, but I watched the trailer for NEVER HIKE ALONE today and got a real shock about a minute in. Thinking it was some sort of found footage flick, or maybe even a survival film, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is actually a FRIDAY THE 13TH fan film!

A lone hiker named Kyle McLeod decides to pay the long abandoned Camp Crystal Lake a visit, and ends up running into a living legend! Using his survival training, Kyle must use his skills to evade and possibly even defeat the masked maniac Jason Voorhees! Will he succeed?!

Watch the trailer below, then CLICK HERE to help get this 22-minute short Kickstarted! That way, we'll all get a chance to see Kyle vs. Jason sometime next year!



TRAILER #3: PLANET FRANKENSTEIN
Newt Wallen has been working tirelessly on completing his ode to trash cinema, MIDNIGHT SHOW. But now he's also working on a crazy Science-Fiction / Horror extravaganza involving vampires, and the daughters of The Frankenstein Monster... IN SPACE!

Here's a brief synopsis of PLANET FRANKENSTEIN: "During a daring escape from a Vampire stronghold, the daughters of Frankenstein's Monster run into a powerful cosmic storm that has marooned them on a hostile prison planet. For the next 48 hours rescue is impossible. The women have just one option: Survive!"

What you will see below is merely a proof-of-concept teaser trailer for PLANET FRANKENSTEIN, which is still in the very early stages of production. Here's wishing Newt and company all the best in getting their film off the ground! Peep out the teaser below, then give them some love over at the PLANET FRANKENSTEIN Facebook page!



TRAILER #4: SHIN GODZILLA
Toho's smash hit SHIN GOJIRA is coming to U.S. shores for a limited engagement! Between October 11th to the 18th, Funimation is releasing SHIN GODZILLA in select theaters across the country! (Check Fandango to see if a theater near you is screening it! Note: This film will be subtitled, so if you "don't like to read movies," consider waiting for the eventual Blu-ray release.)

This reboot was directed by the creators of EVANGELION: NEON GENESIS, and their new design for the Big-G has been divisive among legions of Godzilla fans. In this new film, modern day Japan is attacked by the biggest (and most nightmarish) incarnation of Godzilla yet. Will modern weaponry and technology be a match for the gargantuan kaiju?!

I've already scored tickets to this and can't wait to see a BRAND NEW JAPANESE GODZILLA FILM ON THE BIG SCREEN! Scope out the awesome new trailer for SHIN GODZILLA and get excited kaiju fans!



TRAILER #5: TRAIN TO BUSAN
The Critical Outcast's very own Chris Beaumont highly recommended this movie, and it's no secret why: It looks really good! Though I am admittedly tired of the zombie sub-genre, every now and again, a movie comes along that reignites my interest. And TRAIN TO BUSAN seems to fit the bill!

This South Korean Action Horror-Thriller features a group of travelers on a train that get caught up in a sudden zombie apocalypse. No place seems safe, and a select few fight to survive as their train barrels towards its final destination. The movie is getting rave reviews, and if the trailer is any indication, TRAIN TO BUSAN is going to be intense!

Well Go USA is currently giving this film a limited release in certain cities across the U.S. (CLICK HERE for dates and theater locations), and will hopefully release it on to DVD & Blu-ray later this year! Check out the newest trailer below, then get on board the hype train!


That's it for now Vault Dwellers, but check back again soon for another round of cool trailers for upcoming genre titles, as well as updates on other upcoming films and Blu-ray releases!