Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New DVDs & Blu-rays for 06/28/2016!

Greetings Vault Dwellers and welcome to your weekly dose of DVD and Blu-ray release news! The current release slate is pretty dismal, but there are a handful of titles you may want to pick up. Criterion just put out a great Blu-ray release for DR. STRANGELOVE, OR: HOW I LEARNED STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB, Blue Underground delivers a double feature of CIRCUS OF FEAR & FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS, and Arrow Video gives some unexpected love to RETURN OF THE KILLER TOMATOES!

Scroll on down to see the full list of this week's releases.

Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Forgotten Tales
Kung Fu Panda 3
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Circus of Fear / Five Golden Dragons (Double Feature)
Elstree 1976
Red vs. Blue: The Chorus Trilogy
Return of the Killer Tomatoes (Special Edition)
Riddle Room
Two Minute Warning

Alien Strain
Five Golden Dragons
Hotel Inferno
Pilot Candidate: The Complete Series
Really Weird Tales
Shark Exorcist
Soul Hunter: The Complete TV Series
A Wind Named Amnesia

Monday, June 27, 2016


This is probably one of the craziest trailer round-ups I've done in a while Vault Dwellers. We've got a good assortment of trailers featuring knife-wielding heroes, zombie apocalypse simulations, slasher flicks and "soap operas," and a tale of an ancient evil ruining a wintry vacation! Let's take a closer look, shall we?

This new title from Wild Eye Releasing focuses on a group of friends who go on a Winter retreat to a secluded resort in Utah. (Here thar be Mormons!) Unfortunately it would seem that their trip is about to be ruined by a cult, and demonic forces. Will they survive, or will they consumed by an ancient evil?! Find out on July 26th when CONSUMPTION hits DVD! Peep the trailer below!

Ten YouTube stars will work together to survive a simulated zombie apocalypse inside an abandoned hospital. I guess this is actually the second season of this reality / survival show, and I'm assuming that in the end, one person walks away with a cash prize? While the first season was free to watch, this one will exclusively be available on YouTube Red in August. Scope out the trailer below and imagine yourself taking part in this insanity!

Producer Peter Litvin stars as the titular character in HECTIC KNIFE! A knife-wielding vigilante battles a supervillain named Piggly Doctor to save the city he calls home. This movies looks like pure chaos, and anything I write about it won't really do it justice. You'll have to experience HECTIC KNIFE for yourself by watching its trailer.

Referred to as a "slasher soap opera" and a "killer serial," HELL TOWN  is a melodramatic tale of high-schoolers "clashing over love, sex, and betrayal." Amidst the teen angst, a murderer known as the "Letter Jacket Killer" is on the prowl and killing students. HELL TOWN currently does not have a release date, but is expected to come out sometime after Summer 2016. CLICK HERE for more info about this flick, and be sure to watch the teaser below!


Jake Johnson seeks vengeance against a serial killer known as "The Laughing Mask" after losing his wife and daughter to the psychopath. Been hearing some pretty good things about this one, so I'll try to check it out as soon as I can. And you can too because this got released to various digital and VOD platforms this past Friday. (Including!) Watch the trailer, then give the film a look!

Well, that's all I've got for you today Vault Dwellers! Check back again soon for more movie news, trialers, posers, and more!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Tom Cat Releasing unleashes Alien Invasions and Exorcisms on DVD and VOD this July!


Hmmm.... I'm getting kind of a mockbuster vibe from INDEPENDENCE WARS: INSURGENCE (seeing as how INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE is hitting theaters soon), and EXORCIST: HOUSE OF EVIL is supposedly "based on true events." Fans of low budget cinema take note of these two ambitious films!

Synopsis: The world falls into panic
as an alien attack begins to lay waste to the planet. From within an underground U.S. Government base, scientist Bruce Kramer and his team combat the alien threat while his daughters struggle to survive on the surface against a populace the aliens have turned into blood-thirsty zombies.

Directed by and starring Marlene McCohen (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Alice in
) with additional performances by Brian Lally (L.A. Confidential, Funny People), Robert Woods (Battle of the Bulge, Savage Guns) and Veronica Ricci (2 Jennifer, Bloody Mary 3D).

INDEPENDENCE WARS: INSURGENCE will be available on DVD (and VOD) on July 12th wherever discs are sold. You can order it now through AMAZON.COM or MVDSHOP.COM!

Synopsis: Amy, a headstrong young woman who returns to her family home to take possession of it, discovers that it was the site of an exorcism in the 1940s and the devil may never have left.

Blurring the line between fact and fiction, the film was shot in a St. Louis, Missouri home in which an actual exorcism was performed on a 14-year-old boy in 1949 and inspired the acclaimed 1973 film THE EXORCIST. These real life events informed the film's narrative and had a chilling effect during the shoot.

“Every member of the crew had a story to tell, our sound mixer had picked up audio no one could explain and the batteries on our equipment couldn't hold a charge,” writer/director David Trotti said of the shoot. Actual paranormal activity was recorded during the shoot and appears in the finished film.

EXORCIST: HOUSE OF EVIL features Amy Holland Pennell (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Lost Angels) and Connor Trinneer (Star Trek: Enterprise, Stargate: Atlantis). This title will be available to purchase (and watch on demand) on July 26th, and is available through AMAZON.COM and MVDSHOP.COM!

Thursday, June 23, 2016


It's that time once again to post a bunch of cool trailers for a variety of genre films! We've got a new film coming from Rob Zombie, a crowdfunded creature feature, an odd new entry into the zombie subgenre, infected campers, deadly video games, and a terrifying visit to the hospital! Let's dig in, shall we Vault Dwellers?!

TRAILER #1: 31
Rob Zombie's latest is like THE RUNNING MAN was thrown into a blender with some white trash (a staple of Zombie films). A group of people are kidnapped and forced to "play" a round of 31. They have twelve hours to survive a maze filled with armed psychopaths painted up as clowns, for the amusement of a few HUNGER GAMES rejects. Now for the record, I am not a big Rob Zombie fan (I think he peaked with THE DEVIL'S REJECTS), but I must admit.... this does look a bit enticing to yours truly. You can see 31 in theaters on September 16th! (Kind of missing the mark by not releasing this one closer to Halloween, no?) Peep out the trailer below.

A teenager trying out the beta version of a brand new first person shooter, soon discovers that he is controlling the movements of an actual human being. After committing various crimes, the video game champion and his human "avatar" team up to take down the corrupt creators of the alleged video game. Watch the trailer below and look for BETA TEST in select theaters on July 22nd!

In the apocalyptic future, the remnants of humanity are creating zombie/human hybrids to find a cure for the virus that has been reanimating the dead, and pushing humanity to the brink of extinction. One little girl may hold the key to saving the world, leading to a race against time as the living and the dead clash in this, dare I say, fresh take on the zombie subgenre. This film features Glenn Close and Gemma Arterton, and will be hitting UK theaters on September 23rd. I think it looks interesting, and will be glad to give it a whirl once it comes to the U.S.!

Danielle Harris stars in this new horror flick, where a young woman finds herself trapped in a seemingly evacuated hospital just as a hurricane is about to hit. It appears that patients are being experimented on and tortured by the hospital staff, but is it all real? Or is it a dream? Or is there something supernatural going on? Well, until INOPERABLE gets a release date, we'll never know for sure! Check out the promising trailer below!

Sandy Collora made a name for himself years ago, when he created BATMAN: DEAD END (watch it HERE). Now he's setting out to create an all new creature feature that is supposed to be just the first part of an anthology! This film will focus on a group of people being attacked by the Tiburonera, or Hunter of Sharks, an amphibious menace that looks like a cross between the Gill-Man and a snapping turtle!

Sandy is still working on raising funds on Kickstarter, and will hopefully get his production underway once he (hopefully) hits his funding goal of $85,000! Scope out the proof of concept trailer below and consider pledging a few bucks to get this project off the ground!

American counselors at a European summer camp, fight for their lives when the kids they are supervising become infected by a "rage virus." Personally, I'm a bit tired of infected/zombie flicks, but this film shows some promise, and looks to have some cool nods to other Horror classics. (e.g. the dog scene kind of reminded me of THE THING, and the final shot of the trailer is a definite homage to a classic EVIL DEAD poster.)

SUMMER CAMP just had it's theatrical release in Spain, and will be coming out on DVD here in the United States on August 2nd! Watch the trailer below!

That's all I've got for you today Vault Dwellers! Check back again soon for more trailers, news, and more here at the News Vault!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Debbie Rochon makes her directorial debut with MODEL HUNGER!


Debbie Rochon is awesome! Having met her just once, she made a huge impression on yours truly, and I'm happy to see that she has jumped behind the camera for a change! I am definitely looking forward to watching her directorial debut when it's released next month!

Film Synopsis: Former pinup model Ginny (Lowry) had been cast aside by the heartless and exploitative modeling industry. Ginny didn't take rejection well and grew into a revenge-seeking, bloodthirsty, broken woman. When her new neighbors Debbie (Shepis) and Sal (Capobianco) move in, Debbie begins to notice strange things going on.

Sal believes she is mentally unstable, but Debbie becomes determined to figure out what secret life Ginny is leading. Her new nosy neighbor throws a damper on Ginny's private life: Her cannibalistic addictions and ever-growing body count. Both women become determined to put an end to the other's obsession.

After nearly 300 films, Rochon (RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH, PHOBIA, THE THEATER BIZARRE) steps behind the camera to skewer audiences with her blood-curling take on an actress' response to forced retirement. She brings with her composer Harry Manfredini (The FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise) and a cast of genre favorites.

B-movie legends Lynn Lowry (SHIVERS, THE CRAZIES, THE CAT PEOPLE) , and Tiffany Shepis (TALES OF HALLOWEEN, THE VIOLENT KIND, SHARKNADO 2) headline as two women on a deadly collision course. Supported by Brian Fortune (HBO's Game of Thrones), Suzi Lorraine (WRATH OF THE CROWS) Carmine Capobianco (GALACTIC GIGOLO), and Voltaire (ABCS OF DEATH 2).

DVD Extras:
  • Audio commentary with director Debbie Rochon.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • A Babette Bombshell short.
  • Interview with Voltaire.
  •  And much more!
MODEL HUNGER is available to order now wherever discs are sold (like AMAZON.COM), and will be available on July 12th! If you're sick of the same old boring possession flicks at your local cineplex, then grab a copy of this (or watch it on VOD) and support independent Horror!

MST3K Live Reunion on June 28th + Rifftrax's THE LAST SHARK commentary now available!

On Tuesday, June 28th, three generations of Mystery Science Theater alumni will be coming together for a reunion show! Original cast members Joel Hodgson (who pretty much single-handedly created the show), Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo), Trace Beaulieu (the original Crow T. Robot & Dr. Clayton Forrester), and Frank Conniff (TV's Frank), will team with Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett (2nd gen Crow T. Robot), Mary Joe Pehl (Pearl Forrester), Bridget Nelson, and newcomer Jonah Ray for a once in a lifetime event! Tickets for the live event in Minneapolis are sold out at this point, but the show will be broadcast to hundreds of movie theaters across the country the same night!

I have no idea what is in store for us fans, but I wouldn't be shocked if there was some live-riffing on some shorts and maybe even a secret feature film. I guess we'll all find out eventually, as this show will be rebroadcast on July 12th, and eventually be available for purchase.  Scope out the teaser trailer below and get excited fellow MSTies!

And speaking of movie riffing, Rifftrax just released a new commentary for the long-lost JAWS rip-off THE LAST SHARK (a.k.a. GREAT WHITE). Banned from U.S. theaters shortly after its brief theatrical run (thanks to Universal Pictures), THE LAST SHARK has never seen a legitimate wide release. But now it is available with an all new and (most likely) hilarious commentary featuring Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy, and Michael J. Nelson! You can DOWNLOAD OR STREAM IT NOW for $9.99, but before you spend your money, WATCH THE PREVIEW!

It's a good time to be an MST3K / Rifftrax fan Vault Dwellers, so indulge yourselves! And while you wait for June 28th (or July 12th) to come around, and/or wait to download THE LAST SHARK, then give the MST3K-themed Vault-Cast a listen to help get you in the mood!

New DVDs & Blu-rays for 06/21/2016!

Welcome to the first slate of new genre releases for the Summer of 2016 Vault Dwellers! Apparently no one wants you to stay indoors and watch movies, because there's not much to get excited for here. Scream Factory releases THE CRUSH to Blu-ray for the first time, while parent company Shout! Factory gives ROLLERCOASTER its Blu-ray debut.

Criterion unveils their new FANTASTIC PLANET Blu-ray (and DVD) and Arrow Video delivers another trio of films in Volume II of their new NIKKATSU DIAMOND GUYS Limited Edition. This set contains TOKYO MIGHTY GUY, DANGER PAWS, and MURDER UNINCORPORATED.

There's not much else, so scroll on down to see what's new!

Cross Ange 1
Fantastic Planet (Criterion Collection)
Midnight Special

The Crush
Dead in Tombstone (Unrated Edition)
Doctor Who: The Complete First Series
Nikkatsu Diamond Guys: Volume 2 (Limited Special Edition)

All-American Bikini Carwash
Dark Amazon
Dark Awakening
Demon Tongue
Gaiking: The Complete 1976 Series
The Midnight After
Model for Murder: The Centerfold Killer
Power Rangers Ninja Storm: The Complete Series

German Expressionism 5-Film Collection
Contains: Nosferatu, The Golem, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Genuine: The Tragedy of a Vampire, The Haunted Castle, and Wolf Blood.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Scream Factory's spores silently invade your Blu-ray collection this August!


You may find this hard to believe, but I have never seen the original INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS starring Kevin McCarthy. However, I have seen this 1978 remake, which is a classic in its own right, and I am super excited that it is getting the royal treatment by those magnificent folks at Scream Factory! It's time to point and shriek with joy fellow pod people!

Film Synopsis: 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.

Disc Specs:
Color | Rated PG | 115 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and/or 2.0 (?)

  • 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
Scream Factory appears to have outdone themselves yet again! A new transfer, a new commentary, and numerous new interviews help bolster an already impressive list of extras ported over from MGM's previous release. INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS will be available everywhere on August 2nd, but you can get it two weeks early with a limited edition poster (only 500 available)  if you order it ASAP from SHOUT! FACTORY!

If you don't mind waiting, you can order it from AMAZON.COM instead and save a few bucks! Either way, you should highly consider adding this to your collection Vault Dwellers!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BAD MOON rises on Blu-ray this July with lots of great extras!


The terrible transformation scene aside, BAD MOON is one of the better entries in werewolf cinema. It's a different kind of lycanthrope flick with a cool were-monster design, and a canine protagonist! I can't wait for this disc!

Film Synopsis: Full, crescent, quarter... each is a Bad Moon for Ted Harrison (Michael Pare). By day, he's a photojournalist visiting family in the Pacific Northwest. By night, he transfigures into a horrific half-human – a werewolf.

Dead men tell no tales, so Ted's sure he alone knows about his vile double life. The secret, however, may be out. The family dog Thor, devoted to defending the household, has his suspicions.

Writer/director Eric Red (COHEN AND TATE, BODY PARTS) delivers a new infusion of thrills with this red blooded shocker. Michael Paré (STREETS OF FIRE) portrays Ted, hiding his accursed condition from his sister (Mariel Hemmingway - LIPSTICK, STAR 80) and nephew (Mason Gamble - DENNIS THE MENACE). What better way to hide it than to create suspicion that the local killings are the work of another – especially if that other is the family's all-too-wise German shepherd!

Disc Specs:
Color | Rated R | 79 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - DTS HD Master Audio 5.1(?)

  • High-definition Theatrical Cut Of The Film Plus A NEW Director’s Version Supervised And Approved By Eric Red!
  • NEW Nature of the Beast: Making Bad Moon - Featuring Interviews With Writer/Director Eric Red, Actors Michael Paré And Mason Gamble, Special Effects Make-up Artist Steve Johnson And Stunt Coordinator Ken Kirzinger.
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Eric Red (Director’s Version Only).
  • Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Eric Red And Actor Michael Paré (Theatrical Cut).
  • Unrated Opening Scene From The Director’s First Cut (Sourced from VHS).
  • 3 Storyboard Sequences 
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
BAD MOON arrives on Blu-ray on July 16th, and is easily a must-own, if only because there's two versions of the film on this release! You can order this title directly from SHOUT! FACTORY, or from AMAZON.COM right now! Damn, I can't wait to get my paws on this disc!

New DVDs & Blu-rays for 06/14/2016!

Hey Vault Dwellers! It's mid-June and we've got ourselves a pretty big week for genre releases! Scream Factory has released RABID DOGS, as well as controversial (i.e. known pedophile) director Victor Salva's two JEEPERS CREEPERS movies. Kino Lorber gives us the Blu-ray debut of THE MAGNETIC MONSTER, the latest STAR TREK films arrive on 4K UHD, and Universal finally catered to fans and put the remaining JAWS sequels out on Blu-ray. (As an added bonus, JAWS 3 has the 3D version of the film as an extra!)

There's a few other cool titles out now (e.g. 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE), so scroll down to see what's new!

10 Cloverfield Lane
Blood on the Reel
Bodacious Space Pirates
Dark Matter: Season 1
Sorceress (Uncensored Director Approved Version)

Airport: The Complete Collection
The Blues Brothers (2-Movie Collection)
Bodyguards and Assassins
Clint Eastwood 3-Movie Western Collection
Conan: The Complete Quest
JAWS: The Revenge
Jeepers Creepers (Collector's Edition)
Jeepers Creepers 2 (Collector's Edition)
The Magnetic Monster
Rabid Dogs
Star Trek: The Complete Original Series
Star Trek (2009 - 4K UHD)
Star Trek into Darkness (4K UHD)
The X-Files: The Event Series

666: Teen Warlock
Cannibal Attack: Real Zombies in America
Deadman Apocalypse
The Dooms Chapel Horror
Evil Exhumed
Sensoria (Special Edition)
Street Fighter: The New Challengers

Scream Factory's SUMMER OF FEAR SALE has 14 days of awesome deals!

I love the hell out of Scream Factory (and parent company Shout! Factory)! They've brought so many classic Cult, Horror, and Exploitation titles to Blu-ray over the years, and have really been doing a great service for us fans. Because of them, we've gotten a director's cut of NIGHTBREED, will soon be getting definitive releases of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and THE THING, and have already been gifted the ultimate Blu-ray release of ARMY OF DARKNESS.

Currently, our friends at Scream Factory are having their SUMMER OF FEAR SALE! For the next two weeks, each day a different Scream Factory title will be available for a reduced price! Yesterday kicked things off with ARMY OF DARKNESS, and today's choice is THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW. (Currently $18.99 on the site!)  CLICK HERE daily to see new deals, and CLICK HERE for "SUN SCREAMS" deals, which features a multitude of titles that are $14.99 and less! And to further sweeten the deal, if you order $30 worth of flicks or more, you get free standard shipping!

I myself just picked up THE DUNGEONMASTER / THE ELIMINATORS (Double Feature), THE HOUSE WHERE EVIL DWELLS / GHOST WARRIOR (Double Feature), and R.O.T.O.R. / MILLENNIUM (Double Feature) for a mere forty-one dollars!

Hurry and take advantage of these deals now because there's only thirteen days left!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New mini Vault-Cast is live and full of Game of Thrones theories!

Some gave up hope. Some said there would never be another episode. Well Vault Dwellers, those naysayers were wrong! Allow me to present to you an all new Vault-Cast! Recorded just after the second episode of this current season of GAME OF THRONES, Jordan (your humble Vault Master) and "Silent" Steve discuss various theories of where the show may go. At the moment, there aren't any more books to read, so all of us are flying blind!

Some additional notes before you click play on our new cast: This was recorded while we were on a road trip so there is some background noise. We did our best to reduce it without sacrificing the audio quality too much. Also, there are a lot of spoilers, so if you're lagging behind the rest of us, you may want to hold off on listening until you catch up. And again, this was recorded just after episode two of season six, so certain things have since come to pass ("Hold the door!") that we were unaware of at the time.

Give it a listen, and if you enjoy it be sure to check out out previous episodes, which are all available on YouTube, libsyn, and iTunes! Also be sure to share any of your own Game of Thrones theories with us below!

Stayed tuned for another new Vault-Cast episode in just a few weeks! Thanks for listening Vault Dwellers!

Friday, June 10, 2016

On September 13th, Shout! Factory Transforms and Rolls Out their Blu-ray of TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE!


Shout! (and Scream) Factory keep hitting it out of the park! Just yesterday, I found out that they're releasing a definitive Blu-ray of John Carpenter's THE THING, and now this! TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE is one of the greatest animated films of all time! It boasts some of the most traumatizing moments ever seen in a children's film (this movie made an entire generation of kids weep), and has one of the greatest soundtracks ever!

Film Synopsis: The AUTOBOTS, led by the heroic OPTIMUS PRIME (Peter Cullen), prepare to make a daring attempt to retake their planet from the evil forces of MEGATRON (Frank Welker) and the DECEPTICONS. Unknown to both sides, a menacing force is heading their way – UNICRON (Orson Welles).

The only hope of stopping UNICRON lies within the Matrix of Leadership and the AUTOBOT who can rise up and use its power to light their darkest hour. Will the AUTOBOTS be able to save their native planet from destruction or will the DECEPTICONS reign supreme?

TRANSFORMERS – THE MOVIE is co-produced and directed by Nelson Shin; produced by Joel Bacal and Tom Griffin; supervising producer, Jay Bacal; executive producers, Margaret Loesch and Lee Gunther; music score by Vince DiCola.

Disc Specs:
Color | Rated PG | 84 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen
Audio - ?


At this time, there isn't any other information about this Blu-ray, other than it will have an all new high-def transfer from the original negatives, a "full range" of bonus content, and collectible packaging. As this highly anticipated disc gets closer to release, and I get more updates on extras, I'll be sure to update this post! Until then get excited Transformers fans and mark September 13th on your calendars!

This October, Blu-ray is the warmest place to hide!


UPDATE: The original street date of September 20th has been pushed back until October 11th! Glaring audio issues were found in the main audio track, so all of us fans will have to wait just a bit longer to get the best possible release of this Carpenter classic!

THE THING is one of my all-time favorite films, so I'm ok with having to buy it again. (I've previously owned it on VHS, DVD, and currently own the Universal Blu-ray.) But now it's time to upgrade again to the last THING release (you and) I will ever need!

Film Synopsis: In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Soon unfrozen, the form-changing alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and takes on the appearance of those it kills.

Paranoia strikes deep, and the stakes are high as the military personnel attempt to flush out the creature and kill it before it can assimilate them all. If they fail, "this Thing" could possibly make its way to civilization, where it could wipe out all of humanity in mere months!

Directed by Carpenter, THE THING stars Kurt Russell (ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA) and features special visual effects by Albert Whitlock (DUNE) and special makeup effects by Rob Bottin (THE HOWLING, FIGHT CLUB).

Disc Specs:
Color | Rated R | 109 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

  • NEW 2K scan of the Inter-positive supervised and approved by director of photography Dean Cundey!
  • NEW 5.1 created from the original 70MM Six Track Dolby Stereo soundtrack.
  • NEW Audio Commentary with director of photography Dean Cundey.
  • NEW The Men of Outpost 31 - Interviews with Keith David, Thomas Waites, Peter Maloney and more!
  • NEW Assembling and Assimilation – An interview with editor Todd Ramsay.
  • NEW Behind the Chameleon – interviews with visual effects artists Peter Kuran and Susan Turner, special make-up effects artists Rob Burman and Brian Wade, and more!
  • NEW Sounds from the Cold – interviews with supervising sound editor David Lewis Yewdall and special sound effects designer Alan Howarth.
  • NEW Between the Lines – an interview with novelization author Alan Dean Foster.
  • Audio Commentary by director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell.
  • John Carpenter’s The Thing: Terror Takes Shape – A documentary on the making of THE THING featuring interviews with John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, special effects make-up designer Rob Bottin, legendary matte artist Albert Whitlock plus members of the cast and crew (80 minutes – SD)
  • Outtakes (5 minutes - SD)
  • Vintage featurettes from the electronic press kit featuring interviews with John Carpenter, Kurt Russell and Rob Bottin (12 minutes - SD)
  • Vintage featurettes – The Making of a Chilling Tale and The Making of THE THING (1982 – 14 minutes - SD) 
  • Vintage Product Reel – contains a promotional condensed version of the film with additional footage not in the film (19 minutes - SD)
  • Vintage Behind-the-Scenes footage (2 minutes - SD)
  • Annotated Production Archive – Production Art and Storyboards, Location Scouting, Special Make-up Effects, Post Production (48 minutes - SD)
  • Network TV Broadcast version of THE THING (92 minutes - SD)
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailers (U.S. and German Trailer)
  • TV spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery (behind-the-scenes photos, posters and lobby cards)
A new HD transfer?! A newly created 5.1 audio track?!! The Network TV Edit of the film?!?! And supposedly, there may be even MORE extras piled on before September draws near! Clearly this is the last release of this film any of us will ever need, so naturally you'll want to order your copy ASAP.

Shout! Factory did have a limited (to 1,500) edition up for pre-order on their site the other day, but that is currently gone! (All it came with was a second slipcover and an additional poster featuring alternate poster art, plus you would have gotten the disc three weeks early!)

However, all is not lost for you can still order the regular Collector's Edition directly from Shout! Factory, and get it two weeks early with an 18 x 24 poster of the new key artwork!

And for those of you who aren't in a rush to get your paws on this Blu-ray (HA!), you can always order a copy from AMAZON.COM!

Regardless, order your copy of THE THING: COLLECTOR'S EDITION and then start counting down to OCTOBER 11TH (or September 20th if you ordered the Deluxe Edition from Shout! Factory, or September 27th if you ordered the standard Collector's Edition)!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

New DVDs & Blu-rays for 06/07/2016!

Welcome to June Vault Dwellers! Summer is almost here and many of us will be spending more time outdoors (and at the multiplex), but that isn't stopping DVD & Blu-ray distributors from cranking out some cool stuff! Though there isn't a lot to be excited for this week, there are still some quality titles you may want to add to your collection! Scream Factory gives us two new releases this week, namely THE ABANDONED, and THE FUNHOUSE MASSACRE!

GHOSTBUSTERS and GHOSTBUSTERS II both make their Ultra 4K debuts, there's a ton of new anime titles now available (PSYCHO-PASS: THE MOVIE, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM ZZ, et al.), and various bargain-priced DVD boxed sets full of classic Horror and Sci-Fi titles!

Scroll on down to see the full roster of this week's new releases!

The Abandoned
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc Movie Collection
Killer Your Friends
The Martian (Extended Edition)
Mobile Suit Gundam Zz: Collection 1
The Other Side of the Door
Psycho-Pass: The Movie
Rick & Morty: Season 2

The Funhouse Massacre
Game of Thrones: Season 4 (Special Edition)
Ghostbusters (Ultra 4K HD)
Ghostbusters II (Ultra 4K HD)
Independence Day (Ultra 4K HD)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Director's Cut)
Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Complete Series

1.7 Alpha
After War: Gundam X - Collection 1
Altered Minds
Dead 7
The Devil Incarnate / The Poltergeist of Borley Forest / Phobia (Triple Feature)
Independents' Day
The Offering
The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1
Tarzan, the Ape Man
The Tremors Anthology

5-Movie Horror & Action Collection
Contains: Slipstream, To Survive, Night Train to Terror, The Devil's Messenger, and Rise of the Undead.

Beasts from the Darkside: 5-Movie Collection
Contains: Dragon Wars, She Creature, The Day the World Ended, Anaconda, and The Cave.

Buckets of Blood: 25 Movie Collection - View contents HERE.

Killer Creature Features: 50-Movie Mega Pack - View contents HERE.

Mad Scientist Theatre: 50-Movie Mega Pack - View contents HERE.

Midnite Movie Madness: 50-Movie Mega Pack - View contents HERE.

Monsters Attack: 25-Movie Collection - View contents HERE.

Nightmare Fuel: 20-Movie Collection - View contents HERE.

Possessed by Evil: 5-Movie Collection
Contains: Wind Chill, DeVour, Insanitarium, The Plague, and Vinyan.

Savage Predators: 20-Movie Collection - View contents HERE.


Yeesh! It's been a while since I posted some movie trailers at the News Vault! To make up for it, here are six trailers for upcoming genre films that I'm (mostly) excited for! Killer clowns, fearsome Great White sharks, Bratwurst Nazis, and a monster apocalypse await you in this newest collection of cinematic previews! Enjoy!

Originally conceived as a fake trailer, CLOWN has become a legit feature-length horror film that is destined to become a cult classic. Produced by Eli Roth, this film follows a well-meaning dad who dons a clown costume to save his child's birthday party. But in a horrifying twist, the costume begins to become part of his body, as an evil presence begins to possess and transform him into a terrifying clown-monster!  Peep out the trailer below and look for CLOWN on VOD (and in select theaters) on June 17th!

The Monster Apocalypse is upon us, and humanity is now on the bottom of the food chain. One survivor takes refuge inside a movie theater to buy himself a few more moments of precious life, while a motley assortment of creatures feasts upon mankind! This actually looks pretty crazy and fun (enormous jellyfish monsters!!!) and comes out on DVD..... yesterday! That's right, MONSTERLAND is now available on DVD and VOD! Watch the trailer below, then give this flick a look if you are feeling enticed!

I never thought I'd be interested in seeing  a movie like this. It sounds batshit crazy on paper: Friendly alien creatures crash-land on Earth, and befriend some truck-loving teens. Said aliens climb inside a trio of trucks, allowing the heroic teens to drive the alien-powered vehicles away from pursuing government agents. As dumb as it sounds, MONSTER TRUCKS seems kind of fun and even... endearing? If anything, this looks better than it has any right to be, and may actually find an audience despite ROGUE ONE hitting theaters a month before it. Take a look for yourself, then get excited(?) for MONSTER TRUCKS' premiere on January 13th, 2017!

Blake Lively stars as a surfer that is trapped in a shallow bay by a hungry Great White Shark. Injured, alone, and stranded on a tiny piece of land, she'll have to figure a way out of her ordeal before the tide comes in and makes her easy pickings for the predatory fish. It's been a long time since there has been a quality killer shark flick at the multiplex, so I am quite excited to see this flick! Could this be the scariest shark flick since JAWS?! I guess we'll all find out on June 29th!

A group of hikers are assaulted by an unseen force in Adam Wingard's THE WOODS. The trailer is mostly quiet hype for the film, which appears to be a found footage flick. While I'm not a big fan of that sub-genre, I will give this film a chance because I have enjoyed Wingard's other efforts (e.g. YOU'RE NEXT, THE GUEST) up to this point. Here's hoping that it's not just a found footage film with killer trees! THE WOODS is set to have a limited theatrical release on September 16th!

Kevin Smith's latest is one of the most bizarre things I've ever laid eyes on. YOGA HOSERS follows two high school sophomores who love texting and yoga. The two Colleens team up with a Nazi-hunting Johnny Depp to battle "Bratzis:" Miniature Nazi Bratwurst Hitlers! I... really don't know how I feel about this movie yet. It's so weird! It could work, but then again, this could be a completely awful idea for a movie! Only those of us who are brave enough to experience Kevin Smith's cinematic oddity on July 29th, will ever truly know for sure!

That's it for now, but stay tuned for more movie news, trailers, posters, and more Vault Dwellers!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

New DVDs & Blu-rays for 05/31/2016!

Sorry I'm so late with this news post Vault Dwellers! Luckily there's not much to report on as May 2016's final week was pretty lackluster. For major releases, you can choose between GODS OF EGYPT (not as awful as you may have heard) and PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES. For those looking for classic fare in high-definition, Blue Underground's got you covered with their new Blu-ray release of VENOM, and Arrow Video has put out a Limited Special Edition of BLOOD BATH that seems like a definite must-own, boasting FOUR versions of the film and a plethora of extras!

And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Vinegar Syndrome's two major releases: THE HUMAN TORNADO (Rudy Ray Moore's followup to DOLEMITE) and PSYCHIC KILLER.

That's really all that seems worth mentioning, so scroll on down to see what's new this week!

Gods of Egypt
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

An American Terror
Army of the Damned
Blood Bath (2-Disc Limited Special Edition)
Blood Moon
Deep Dark
Girl House
The Human Tornado
Kingdom Come
Krampus: The Reckoning
Psychic Killer
Reefer Madness: The Musical
The Terror (1963)
Venom (Blu-ray/DVD combo)
When Black Birds Fly

8-Man After: The Complete Collection
Do No Harm
Gehenna: Darkness Unleashed
Harlot / Tijuana Blue
It Came from Yesterday
Physical Attraction / Classical Romance
Unhallowed Ground

12 Sci-Fi Cult Classics
Contains: Metropolis, Phantom from Space, Attack of the Giant Leeches, The Giant Gila Monster, The Killer Shrews, Teenagers from Outer Space, The Amazing Transparent Man, The Wasp Woman, Phantom Planet, The Brain that Wouldn't Die, The Atomic Brain, and Destroy All Planets.