Wednesday, April 26, 2017

VAULT VID-O-RAMA: ALIEN DAY EDITION!



It's April 26th, and you know what that means Vault Dwellers! IT'S ALIEN DAY ONCE AGAIN!

To celebrate, 20th Century Fox is apparently doing a lot of cool stuff today, including a Live Stream Event featuring interviews with ALIEN: COVENANT cast & crew members, plus exclusive footage from the film. There are also plans for some trivia challenges, a fan art contest, special screenings of ALIEN & PROMETHEUS (check Fandango for theaters and showtimes), and more! For more details, head over to PopCultureHQ!

In honor of this relatively new Xenomorph fan-centric "holiday," we here at The B-Movie News Vault present to you a series of ALIEN-themed YouTube videos that will have you waxing nostalgic, and get you pumped for the upcoming ALIEN: CONVENANT (in theaters May 19th)!

TOY COMMERCIALS
"A-LI-ENS! SEND IN THE MARINES!" Man I loved hearing that phrase emanating from my TV's speakers back in the '90s! When the run of toys based on ALIENS came out, I was only nine years old, and well on my way to being a Sci-Fi and Horror junkie. My parents fed my addiction, and that's why I (at one time) had a ton of ALIEN action figures!

Oddly enough, I didn't have any of the human characters, but did have a good mix of Xenomorphs, including the Queen (which sadly fell apart after falling off a shelf), the water-spitting "gorilla" alien, and spiky green "mantis" alien! Scope out these cool commercials and wish you had these toys!








 
And here's a classic commercial for the ALIEN toy made by Kenner way back in the day!



ALIEN PARODIES
Sure the hive-mind swarms of Xenomorphs are supposed to be terrifying, but that hasn't stopped various comedic minds from poking fun at the acid-blooded space "bugs." Here's a collection of hilarious ALIEN parodies (and musicals!) that should elicit a few good chuckles.













ALIEN RIP-OFFS (TRAILER REEL!)
The most enduring legacy of ALIEN, and its sequels, is the seemingly endless army of rip-offs it has generated. Below is a playlist I created, of numerous films that said "screw it, we're gonna copy ALIEN and ALIENS, but at a fraction of the price!"




BONUS VIDEO: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - THE CASE OF THE KILLER PIZZAS 
The classic '80s Turtles cartoon series poked fun at numerous Horror and Sci-Fi characters during its ten season run. But in Season 2, Episode 6, the fearsome foursome tangled with monsters (hatched from meatball-like eggs) that look sort of familiar....


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 04/25/2017!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Holy cow Vault Dwellers! This is the 300TH POST since The B-Movie News Vault went live! And I can think of no better way to celebrate this milestone, than a nice, meaty STOCK YOUR VAULT entry!

This week is chock full of awesome stuff: Severin Films brings DARK WATERS and THE OTHER HELL to Blu-ray and DVD, Arrow Video gives us new Special Editions of CALTIKI: THE IMMORTAL MONSTER and DJANGO PREPARE A COFFIN, and Scream Factory gives two '50s classics a new lease on life, namely I BURY THE LIVING and THE SCREAMING SKULL!

Also worth mentioning are Warner Archives' Blu-ray of FROM HELL IT CAME, Garagehouse Pictures release of the long-forgotten (and never before released!) fright flick THE DISMEMBERED, Shout! Factory's EXTERMINATOR 2, and a cool new documentary called 24x36: A MOVIE ABOUT MOVIE POSTERS!

There are a lot of other cool DVDs and Blu-rays out today, so scroll down for the full list!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters
Daredevils of The Red Circle
Dark Waters
Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters Part One
Freedom: The Complete OVA Series
The Girl With All the Gifts
The Marine 5: Battleground
One-Punch Man: Season One
The Other Hell
The Pied Piper (1972)
Underworld: Blood Wars


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Blood of the Tribades (Release date: 4/30/17)
Caltiki: The Immortal Monster (2-Disc Special Edition)
The Dismembered
Django Prepare a Coffin (2-Disc Special Edition)
Exterminator 2
From Hell It Came
I Bury the Living
Man of La Mancha
Rumble Fish (Criterion Collection)
The Screaming Skull
Tampopo (Criterion Collection)
Underworld: The Ultimate Collection
The Vampire Bat (Special Edition)


NEW TO DVD
Abandoned Dead
Bokeh
Crusher Joe: The Movie
Fritghtmares
Goregasm
Mammoth Kong vs. Gekko Kamen
Mifune: The Last Samurai
Naked Lunch (Criterion Collection)
Portal
Power Rangers: Gekisou Sentai Carranger - The Complete Series
True Crime Triple Feature
The Wicked One


Trailer Round-Up: Hollywood Blockbuster Edition Volume 3!


It's been quite a while since I posted a new Trailer Round-Up, so it's high time I get things back on track! Hollywood has been churning out some quality entertainment this year, and it looks like this trend will continue right up until December! Take a few minutes to peep the four trailers below and get excited for films featuring gladiatorial duels (in space!), secret British spy organizations, wisecracking hitmen, and the next chapter of the ongoing STAR WARS saga!

TRAILER #1 - THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD
Release Date: August 18, 2017

Ryan Reynolds is a skilled bodyguard that is tasked with protecting the world's most-wanted hitman, portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson. Explosions, violence, death, and hilarity ensue as they struggle to stay alive, and maybe even become friends! In a year crowded with great action films, it'll be curious to see if this particular one holds its own. Scope out the mothaf*ckin' trailer for THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD below!




TRAILER #2 - KINGSMAN 2 - THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Release Date: September 29th, 2017

This sequel to the surprise hit, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, has the surviving members of Britain's spy organization teaming up with the American "Statesmen" to battle an all new threat! The trailer doesn't give away too much, but I'm definitely excited to see it later this year!




TRAILER #3 - STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Release Date: December 17, 2017

The next chapter of the STAR WARS saga continues the story of the Rebellion's efforts to defeat The First Order and its Sith leader. If they use the typical trilogy template, this will be a very dark entry into the series. Luke Skywalker appears to train Rey in the ways of The Force (though he seems pretty intent on ending the Jedi gig altogether), Kylo Ren heads further down the path to the Dark Side, and lots of cool space battles ensue!

I was a pretty big fan of THE FORCE AWAKENS (though rather lukewarm towards ROGUE ONE), so I'm eager to see what happens next. I just hope it isn't a lazy retread of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.




TRAILER #4 - THOR: RAGNAROK
Release Date: November 3, 2017

The third entry into Marvel's THOR franchise looks to push further into the cosmic realm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When the evil goddess Hela (hot, emo Cate Blanchett) destroys Mjolnir and casts Thor out of Asgard, our hero must find  a way back in order to prevent Ragnarok. (i.e. The Norse Apocalypse) Thor finds himself stranded on an alien world, where he's forced to battle in a gladiatorial arena for the entertainment of the planet's ruler. But as luck would have it, he also ends up running into an old friend....


That's all I got for you today Vault Dwellers! Make sure you mark all of these cool-looking flicks down on your calendars, and be sure to check back to the News Vault soon for more trailers, Blu-ray news, and more!

Monday, April 24, 2017

This trio of Blu-rays will make you SCREAM & SHOUT on April 25th!


TOMORROW, SHOUT! FACTORY SERVES UP SOME VIGILANTE JUSTICE, WHILE SCREAM FACTORY DELIVERS CLASSIC HORROR TALES IN HIGH-DEF!

It's a good time to be a fan of Horror and Exploitation cinema, as well as a collector of physical media! Shout! Factory and its subsidiaries (i.e. Scream Factory and Shout Select) are doing a bang-up job in keeping a constant flow of awesome titles coming to Blu-ray. Speaking of which, here's three more for your ever-growing movie collections!

EXTERMINATOR 2 (1984)

Synopsis: The Exterminator is back… and he's burning with vengeance! John Eastland (Robert Ginty) is back! The torch-wielding outlaw vigilante is cleaning up the urban jungle again. Drug lord X and his army of thugs have declared war on New York City, but they have yet to meet someone like The Exterminator. This fiery sequel also stars Mario Van Peebles (NEW JACK CITY), Frankie Faison (Banshee) and Deborah Geffner (ALL THAT JAZZ).

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 89 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - TBA

Extras:
  • Audio Commentary With Director Mark Buntzman And Actor Mario Van Peebles!
  • Original Radio Spots
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Photo Gallery
Order EXTERMINATOR 2 now at AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY




I BURY THE LIVING (1958)

Synopsis: A Creature to Freeze Your Blood! A Story to Chill Your Soul! Through a series of chilling coincidences, the newly-elected director of a cemetery (Richard Boone) begins to believe that he can cause the deaths of living owners of burial plots by merely changing the push-pin color from white (living) to black (dead) on a large wall map of the cemetery.

This chilling tale is co-produced and director by cult filmmaker, and father to Empire/Full Moon founder Charles, Albert Band (DRACULA'S DOG, GHOULIES II).

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Black & White | 76 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - TBA

Extras:
  • NEW! High-Definition Film Transfer From A Fine Grain Print!
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Gallery
Order I BURY THE LIVING now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY!




THE SCREAMING SKULL (1958)

Synopsis: Get ready for such a fright when the Screaming Skull arises! When widower Eric (John Hudson) bring his mentally fragile new bride Jenni home to the palatial estate of his first wife, strange things begin to happen. Jenni is certain she is being tormented by Eric's former wife who died under mysterious circumstances.

But no one else seems to hear the ominous screams or see the rolling skull that comes knocking at the front door. Much like master showman William Castle, the producers of the film promised a free burial service for anyone who died while watching the film. Of course, this never happened.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Black & White | 68 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - TBA

Extras:
  • NEW! High-Definition Film Transfer From A Fine Grain Print!
  • MST3K Episode
  • This Film May Kill You: The Making Of The Screaming Skull 
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
You can order THE SCREAMING SKULL now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or direclty from SHOUT! FACTORY!



See Sonny Chiba as a crimefighting lycanthrope in WOLF GUY! Available on Special Edition Blu-ray on May 23rd!


ON MAY 23RD, SONNY CHIBA UNLEASHES HIS LYCANTHROPE RAGE IN STUNNING HD, COURTESY OF ARROW VIDEO!

I have known about the existence of WOLF GUY for some time now, but have been unable to procure a decent copy of it.... until now! Thanks to those magnificent folks at Arrow Video, WOLF GUY will finally be making its international debut! As a devout lover of all things Sonny Chiba, I simply must add this film to my personal collection!

Synopsis: Shinichi ‘Sonny’ Chiba is a martial arts ‘manimal’ in the ultra-70’s, 100% bizarre mixture of horror, action and sci-fi that is WOLF G UY, one of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan’s Toei Studio. Based on a manga by Kazumasa Hirai (creator of 8 MAN), and never before released outside of Japan, it’s a genre film classic waiting to be discovered and a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk.

Chiba stars as Akira Inugami, the only survivor of a clan of ancient werewolves who relies on his supernatural powers to solve mysterious crimes. After a series of bloody killings perpetrated by an unseen force, Inugami uncovers a conspiracy involving a murdered cabaret singer, corrupt politicians, and a plot by the J-CIA to harvest his blood in order to steal his lycanthropic powers! At the same time, Inugami also discovers the truth behind his family heritage, and that he may not be the last of his kind.

Directed by B-movie genius Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (SISTER STREETFIGHTER, WANDERING GINZA BUTTERFLY, KARATE BEAR FIGHTER), WOLF GUY truly is one-of-a-kind, with Chiba in full effect as the part-man, part-wolf, all-karate action hero and a collection of familiar 1970’s Toei actors in support. Violence, action, nudity, real surgical footage, and a psychedelic musical score all work together to create an unforgettable trip to the heights of Japanese cinematic weirdness.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 86 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - Japanese (and English?) LPCM Mono

Extras:
  • Original uncompressed mono audio and new optional English subtitle translation!
  • NEW! Video interview with actor Shinichi ‘Sonny’ Chiba!
  • NEW! Video interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi!
  • NEW! Vdeo interview with producer Tatsu Yoshida!
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter!
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Patrick Macias and a history of Japanese monster movie mashups by Jasper Sharp!
Initially planned for release on April 25th, WOLF GUY will now be available on Tuesday, May 23rd! Order your copy of this never-before-seen (outside of Japan) Action/Horror mash-up featuring the legendary Sonny Chiba now, from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from ARROW VIDEO!


Arrow Video awakens CALTIKI: THE IMMORTAL MONSTER on April 25th!


WHAT IS CALTIKI? FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF ON APRIL 25TH, WITH ARROW VIDEO'S SPECIAL EDITION RELEASE OF THIS SCI-FI CLASSIC!

It's been decades since I caught a late-night airing of CALTIKI on television. While I don't recall much about the film overall, I do have fond recollections about the movie's antagonist. A big thanks to Arrow Video for giving this film so much TLC. I can't wait to eventually add it to my collection!

Synopsis: A team of archaeologists led by Dr John Fielding (John Merivale, CIRCUS OF HORRORS) descends on the ruins of an ancient Mayan city to investigate the mysterious disappearance of its inhabitants. However, the luckless explorers get more than they bargained for when their investigation of a sacrificial pool awakens the monster that dwells beneath its waters – the fearsome and malevolent god Caltiki!

Though Riccardo Freda received sole directing credit, a significant portion of the film was in fact the work of Mario Bava, who also served as its cinematographer and was responsible its striking special effects. Drawing on a diverse array of influences, from THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT to the works of HP Lovecraft, CALTIKI: THE IMMORTAL MONSTER is a unique and unforgettable sci-fi chiller which showcases these two legendary filmmakers at their most inventive. Presented here for the first time in a newly restored high definition transfer, Caltiki shines – and terrifies! – like never before.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Black & White | 76 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.66:1)
Audio - English and Italian LPCM Mono

Extras:
  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative!
  • Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc), plus newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack!
  • NEW! Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark.
  • NEW! Audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of The Haunted World of Mario Bava and So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films. 
  • From Quatermass to Caltiki, a new discussion with author and critic Kim Newman on the influence of classic monster movies on Caltiki.
  • Riccardo Freda, Forgotten Master - An archival interview with critic Stefano Della Casa.
  • The Genesis of Caltiki - An archival interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi!
  • Archival introduction to the film by Stefano Della Casa.
  • Alternate opening titles for the US version.
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys!
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Kat Ellinger and Roberto Curti!
Arrow Video once again delivers the goods, and hopefully finds an all new audience for this classic Italian Sci-Fi effort! This Special Edition release of CALTIKI will be available wherever discs are sold on Tuesday, April 25th! You can order it right now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 04/18/2017!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings Vault Dwellers, and welcome to another edition of our weekly STOCK OUR VAULT posts. This is an extremely light week for genre releases, so plan accordingly, because I assure you there are some really cool titles coming out over the Summer!

This week, Scream Factory gives us a Blu-ray release of the godawful CONTAMINATION .7 (aka THE CRAWLERS) and a Collector's Edition of the urban Horror anthology film, TALES FROM THE HOOD, which is easily one of the best Horror flicks to come out of the '90s!

Arrow Video currently rules the roost with their Limited 4-Disc release of DONNIE DARKO, as well as Special Edition Blu-rays of THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF HER GRAVE and THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES. Kino Lorber also leaps into the fray this week, with their Blu-ray of THE MEPHISTO WALTZ, and RatPac gives us THE ROMAN POLANSKI COLLECTION, which contains THE FEARLESS VAMPIRES KILLERS, ROSEMARY'S BABY, CHINATOWN, THE TENANT, FRANTIC, and THE PIANIST.

To see the remainder of this week's short release roster, scroll down!


NEW TO DVD  & BLU-RAY
Arbor Demon
Killjoys: Season 2
The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave (Special Edition)
The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (Special Edition)
Soldiers of the Damned
Split
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
Undefeated Bahamut Chronicles


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Contamination .7
Donnie Darko (4-Disc Limited Edition)
The Mephisto Waltz
Tales from the Hood (Collector's Edition)


NEW TO DVD
Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies
Blood of the Tribades
Gatchaman II
The Roman Polanski Collection
Shock Festival: Coming Attractions Extravaganza
The Watcher


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Doc Terror Forever - JOIN US as We Celebrate James Harris' Legacy and Help Out His Family!


#DocTerrorForever
On April 13, 2017, my friend James Harris (proprietor of Doc Terror.com and HorrorSexy.com) lost his long battle against Ewing Sarcoma.

In the time I knew him, James was pure inspiration: A devout family man, he was passionate about all things Horror, and overflowing with positive energy. Jimmy's enthusiasm was infectious, and everyone (including Jimmy himself) truly thought that he was going to come out on top in the end.

But the tide suddenly turned a few weeks before his untimely demise, and now the world seems a bit darker without him. Jimmy was one of a kind - a diamond in the rough. He was the sort of person (and Horror fan) that the rest of us all aspire to be.

Since his passing, I've seen an enormous outpouring of love and sorrow on social media. It is absolutely incredible how many lives Jimmy has touched in his short time here on Earth, so it comes as no surprise that many are rallying to help his family and keep his memory alive!

Here is a list (thus far) of various folks in the Horror community that are doing special film screenings, art prints, t-shirts, and more to raise funds for the Harris clan. I'll try and keep it all updated and current as events are announced:
  • Hudson Horror Show's Chris Alo hosted a late-night Italian Horror double feature on Saturday May 6th at the Empire South Hills 8 in Poughkeepsie, NY. The event featured TWO mystery Italian Horror films in 35mm! Between ticket, merchandise, and raffle ticket sales, a total of $2,000 was raised!
  • Quiltface Studios' Chris Garofalo did a limited edition art print that pays tribute to James Harris and his love of Creepshow. It is now available HERE for a mere $20, and it is pretty damned cool - Jimmy would have definitely approved! Please pick one up because all money raised will be going to the Harris family! If you donated to the GoFundMe campaign to make this print possible, contact Danny over at The SHOCK Chamber with your mailing address to ensure that you get one!
  • The gentlemen at Vinegar Syndrome did a silent auction, and the winner (who spent a whopping THREE-THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!) got themselves a single MASSIVE package that will include all of VinSyn's releases from May thru the end of the year (including all secret and limited titles), a film canister with a VS shirt, VS hoodie and other added surprises inside. Congrats to the winner - thank you for your generosity!
  • For one week only, FRIGHT RAGS' did pre-orders for a Tribute tee to Jimmy "Doc Terror" Harris, designed by the uber-talented Jeff Zornow! The t-shirt was $20, the hoodie was $40, and every penny of that $2,000 going to Jimmy's family!
  • The folks from Exhumed Films dedicated Ex-Fest: Part VII to James. The event took place at the International House in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, April 29th!
  • I've also heard that the folks that put on the Italian All-Night Splatter Fest at The Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, PA are dedicating their next big event in honor of Jimmy Terror. More details when I get them!
  • Chad from The Horror Movie BBQ put together a charity raffle to raise money for Jimmy's family, comprised of three enormous prize packs donated by various companies, bloggers, and other do-gooders. In the end, a whopping $1,435 was raised! Congrats to the winners!
  • On Friday, May 26th at 7:30 PM, The Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers, NY did a James Harris Memorial Screening of CREEPSHOW!
  • Danny "Mozz" Monserrate from The SHOCK Chamber started up a GoFundMe for James last March. CLICK HERE to visit the page and make a donation. 
  • Dan Terr of Inked Up Merch will be selling more Doc Terror beanies and baseball caps to raise money for Jimmy's family. The first batch has sold out but more are now available!

Further details (and hopefully more new events) will be posted soon. In the meantime, explore Jimmy's legacy on the web:

DOCTERROR.COM - Jimmy's home base on the internet. Even as his health deteriorated, he continued plugging away at it.

HORRORSEXY.COM - Home of the HorrorSexy podcast and the short-lived HorrorSexy Web-mag.

DOC TERROR YOUTUBE CHANNEL - Those 8-bit Horror game previews James and Frank Browning created are to die for!

CINEPUNX INTERVIEW WITH DOC TERROR - Cool interview with Doc Terror!

Jimmy, it was a distinct honor to call you my friend. I miss you terribly, but hope that someday, in some way, our paths will cross again. Rest in peace my friend, and thank you for being a shining example for so many of us.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 04/11/2017!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
Holy cow Vault Dwellers! Last week was kind of light on releases, but this week is chock full of awesome new titles that you will want in your personal film collections!

It's boxed set city with Well Go USA's release of their impressive PHANTASM COLLECTION, Synapse's VIOLENT SHIT COLLECTION, Arrow Video's DEAD OR ALIVE TRILOGY, and their HOUSE: TWO STORIES set. (They also have a gorgeous complete boxed set of the HOUSE films, and it is worth picking up because supposedly every disc is playable on Region A and B players!!!)

Not to be outdone, Scream Factory gives us THE VAMPIRE and DEMENTED, while their parent company Shout! Factory, delivers cult favorite NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE in high-definition! Severin saves CATHY'S CURSE from obscurity, Full Moon just released LURKING FEAR in a remastered Blu-ray, and Troma leaps into the fray with a crazy double feature of FEARTOWN U.S.A. and THE SLASHENING!

There's actually a lot of other cool titles, so scroll on down to see them all!

NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
The Bye Bye Man
Chupacabra Territory
Monster Trucks
Sword Master


NEW TO BLU-RAY
100 Girls by Bunny Yeager
Cathy's Curse
Dead or Alive Trilogy
Demented
Feartown U.S.A. & The Slashening (Double Feature)
House: Two Stories
Lurking Fear (Remastered)
Never Too Young To Die
The Phantasm Collection
The Vampire


NEW TO DVD
Anarchy U.S.A.
The Best of "Dark Dreamers"
Blackhearts
Coming Attractions: The Classic Cliffhanger Collection
The Covenant
Death on the Highway: Driver's Ed Scare Films
Devil in White
Dream Stalker / Death by Love (Double Feature)
Empire State of the Dead
Fantom Killer
Female Zombie Riot
Forbidden Cinema: Volume 16
Heidi
Horror Factory: Volume 1
Journey into the Beyond / Mondo Balardo! (Double Feature)
Lake Eerie
The Mildew from Planet Xonader
Naciye
Robot Wars
Seizure
The Ungovernable Force
The Violent Shit Collection


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Shout! Factory Proves That You're NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE on April 11th!


ON APRIL 11TH, JOHN STAMOS BEDS VANITY AND BATTLES GENE SIMMONS IN "NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE!"

Holy crap! I remember seeing this movie decades ago on VHS and I never thought I would see it get a legit Blu-ray release! Now that it has... I suddenly have the urge to revisit. I wasn't a big fan of it during my first viewing, but that may change once I've had a refresher!

Synopsis: When a top secret agent (George Lazenby, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE) is murdered, his estranged gymnast son Lance Stargrove (John Stamos, Full House) teams up with his dad's seductive and deadly associate, Danja Deering (Vanity, ACTION JACKSON, THE LAST DRAGON) to face his father's killer… the fiendish mastermind Velvet Von Ragner (KISS' very own Gene Simmons.) The hermaphroditic heel is hell-bent on a scheme to poison the city's water supply — and it's up to Stargrove to crush Velvet once and for all!

This cult favorite was directed by Gil Bettmann (CRYSTAL HEART, NIGHT VISION) and features Peter Kwong (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA), Robert Englund (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST.), and enough leather-clad, mohawked henchmen to fill a dozen ROAD WARRIOR knock-offs. You think you've seen it all? It's never too late to see NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 97 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - TBA

Extras:
  • None listed. 

As happy as I am to see this title released to Blu-ray, I am quite shocked that it seems to be a bare bones release, as there's no mention anywhere online about trailers, commentaries, or interviews for NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE! Regardless, if you're a diehard fan of this film, then you need to own this Blu-ray/DVD combo pack! It will be available on Tuesday, April 11th, and can be ordered now at AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.





On April 11th, Get DEMENTED with Sallee Young!


SCREAM FACTORY BRINGS FORGOTTEN RAPE-REVENGE FLICK "DEMENTED" 
TO BLU-RAY ON APRIL 11TH!

Having seen I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, MS.45, and numerous other rape and revenge films, I didn't realize this particular entry into the sub-genre even existed! And as an added bonus, porn legend Harry Reems has a role in this movie! I'm filing this under "must see" right now!

Synopsis: She has lost everything. Hope…control…and her mind!

After surviving a brutal and devastating assault, Linda Rodgers (Sallee Young) is institutionalized in order to deal with her intense trauma. By the time she is finally released, her attackers have been brought to justice and imprisoned…but the psychological scars remain.

Tormented by visions of her attackers, and mistreated by her philandering husband (Harry Reems!), Linda is pushed over the edge when she encounters four young men whom she confuses with the men who assaulted her. Consumed with madness, Linda attempts to enact a bloody retribution for the disgusting crimes committed upon her… and no one is safe in this shocking 1980 exploitation film in the tradition of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE!

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

Extras:
  • NEW! High-Definition Film Transfer From The Interpositive!
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
DEMENTED hits stores on Tuesday, April 11th, and is available to order at AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, and SHOUT! FACTORY's online store! I am intrigued by this movie, and plan on picking it up later on this year. (Crossing my fingers for a Scream Factory sale this Summer or sometime in October!) Peep out the trailer and get excited Vault Dwellers! 



Soldiers Face Their Phobias in the Apocalyptic World of TANK 432! Now available on DVD & Blu-ray!


SCREAM FACTORY AND IFC MIDNIGHT WANT YOU TO GO CRAZY WITH 
THE CREW OF 
"TANK 432!"

IFC Midnight titles are hit and miss, but this one seems like it'll be pretty cool. I'm guessing it is one of those types of films where you'll be trying to figure out if there is actually a physical threat (i.e. mutant soldiers or a bio-weapon), or if everyone is just slowly going mad! Either way, I'm down!

Synopsis: From executive producer Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST, HIGH-RISE) comes a mind-bending plunge into hallucinatory terror. Under siege by a mysterious enemy in an apocalyptic, war-torn landscape, a band of mercenary soldiers, hooded hostages in tow, seek refuge inside an abandoned military tank. 

But their sanctuary soon reveals itself to be a steel-walled prison. As the group succumbs to claustrophobia, paranoia, and increasingly disturbing delusions, it becomes clear that the real threat may lie not outside, but within. The directorial debut from longtime Wheatley collaborator Nick Gillespie unfolds like a delirious, pulse-pounding puzzle.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 88 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - TBA

Extras:
  • N/A. (This seems like another bare bones release, but it may at the very least contain a trailer.)

TANK 432 is now available wherever Blu-rays and DVDs are sold, including AMAZON, BULLMOOSE (which is currently offering the cheapest price), and SHOUT! FACTORY. Not sure if you're game for this one? Then check out the trailer below!



Friday, April 7, 2017

Scream Factory Helps The Bee Girls Invade Blu-ray and DVD!


WITNESS THE "INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS!" SEX-STARVED HYBRIDS SEDUCE AND KILL MEN IN THIS CLASSIC SOFTCORE SCI-FI CLASSIC FROM SCREAM FACTORY!

I count myself fortunate to have seen INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS in 35mm! It's a fun, and oddly erotic little sci-fi film that rises above its ludicrous (and sometimes hilarious) plot! And yes, before you even ask, you see plenty of "Boo-Bees" in this flick!

Synopsis: "INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS is the best schlock soft-core science fiction movie since The Vengeance of She," claimed film critic Roger Ebert. And who wouldn't be terrified by the very thought of watching these lovely bee-hived beauties love their chosen mates to death?

A government inspector, that's who. And now he alone must stop their lust for killing, before he becomes one of the Queen Bee's honeys! This bee-witching tale stars a pair of bee-uties: Anitra Ford (THE BIG BIRD CAGE) and Victoria Vetri (WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH).

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 86 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - TBA (Guessing DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0)

Extras:
  • NEW! High-Definition Film Transfer From The Internegative!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Gallery
  • Radio Spots

INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS is now available on DVD & Blu-ray from those magnificent folks at Scream Factory! Though light on extras, I'm excited to own this movie because of the new HD transfer! If you haven't seen it yet, then check out the trailer below before you order this title from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dolph Lundgren Hunts Demons in DON'T KILL IT! Now available on Blu-ray and DVD!


WATCH DOLPH LUNDGREN HUNT A BODY-HOPPING DEMON IN MIKE MENDEZ' "DON'T KILL IT!"

I posted about this film a while back and I'm happy to report that it is now available on DVD and Blu-ray! I'm looking forward to watching DON'T KILL IT at some point, and think it would definitely make a great double feature with 1998's similarly-themed Dolph Lundgren vehicle, THE MINION (aka KNIGHT OF THE APOCALYPSE).

Synopsis: An ancient evil is unleashed in a small Mississippi town leaving a trail of death and destruction as it passes from host to host. The only hope of survival lies with a grizzled demon hunter (Dolph Lundgren) who has faced this terror before. Together with a reluctant FBI agent he has to figure out how to destroy a demon with the ability to possess its killer.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 83 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.39:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Extras:
  • None.
DON'T KILL IT is sadly a bare bones disc, but comes relatively cheap (between $13 - $16). It is currently available wherever discs are sold, including AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, and DIABOLIK DVD! Scope out the trailer below before you buy it!



STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 04/04/2017!



Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
Welcome to April Vault Dwellers! Not sure how the weather is in your neck of the woods, but we're getting plenty of those accursed "April Showers" here at Vault HQ. Unfortunately, we're not also being showered with awesome genre titles, because this week's release slate is pretty slim.

Scream Factory leads the pack with Blu-ray and DVD releases of INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS and TANK 432, Mill Creek Entertainment serves up an awesome trio of films on a cheap Blu-ray set (which includes BROTHERHOOD OF SATAN, TORTURE GARDEN, and THE CREEPING FLESH), and Disney quietly debuts ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital!

There's a few other cool titles worth investigating (like DON'T KILL IT, starring Dolph Lundgren!) so scroll on down to see the full list of this week's new DVDs and Blu-rays!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
The Bigfoot Project
Don't Kill It
The Institute
Martian Successor Nadesico: The Complete Collection
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Collection
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Tank 432
Three
We Go On


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Invasion of the Bee Girls
Psycho Circus: 3 Rings of Terror (Brotherood of Satan, Torture Garden, & The Creeping Flesh)
Wind Chill / Closure / Perfect Strangers - Triple Feature


NEW TO DVD
DeVour
Don't Hang Up
Edgar Allen Poe's The Lighthouse Keeper
The Evil Within
Extreme Measures
Ghost of New Orleans
The Island of Dr. Moreau (Unrated Director's Cut)
Lavender
The Legend of Bruce Lee, Vol. 2
A Room to Die For
The Shadows Collection (8-Films)
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (Warner Archive Collection)