Friday, March 23, 2018



Rated R | Color | 89 minutes

In October of 2016, at the behest of my friends Chris Alo (of Hudson Horror Show fame) and the late James "Doc Terror" Harris, I attended my first Exhumed Film's 24-Hour Horrorthon! It was  awesomely insane to say the least!

I sat in the (sweltering) theater all day, pounding energy drinks, and successfully fought to stay awake through all fourteen feature films! And out of that amazing roster (mentioned HERE), one movie in particular took us all by complete surprise, and became the event's "crowd favorite." I'm speaking of course about Michael Winner's 1984 thriller, SCREAM FOR HELP!

Synopsis: Christie (Rachael Kelly) seems to live an idyllic life with her mother Karen (Marie Masters), and her stepfather Paul Fox (David Allen Brooks) in a beautiful house in New Rochelle, NY. But Christie has recently begun to suspect that her new dad has an insidious plan to murder her mother! And worse yet, no one seems to believe her!

After a series of deadly accidents, Christie begins sleuthing for evidence to prove that Paul is planning to commit uxoricide. Dragging a few friends along for the ride, she skips school to spy on her stepdad, which eventually leads to the discovery that he's having an affair, and in cahoots with some very shady characters. It all builds to a tense home invasion during the climax, where Christie has to use her wits to either escape and get help, or kill the intruders.

Yup, those sheets are ruined.

SCREAM FOR HELP's screenplay was penned by Tom Holland (FRIGHT NIGHT, CHILD'S PLAY), and directed by Michael Winner (DEATH WISH 1 - 3), who took some liberties with the script (much to Holland's chagrin). The film has the bizarre feel of a made-for-TV after school special, but contains a surprising amount of violence, nudity, and awkward teen sexuality. The end result is an outrageous crowd pleaser that is often both funny and sleazy.

Availability: As is the case with the vast majority of films mentioned in our WANTED ON BLU-RAY column, SCREAM FOR HELP is currently out of print. VHS copies are a little hard to find: There aren't any up for grabs on AMAZON at the moment (but you can obtain the film's soundtrack on CD, Vinyl, or Cassette!), and there only a handful of (mostly overpriced) copies on EBAY. Luckily, someone has uploaded a VHS-rip of the full film to YouTube! (You can also watch a much better copy HERE for $2.99.)

Current Rights Holder: After its theatrical run in July of 1984, SCREAM FOR HELP came to VHS in 1986 from Lorimar. Three years later, Warner Communications purchased Lorimar, who continued to produce films and television programs until 1993, when they were engulfed by Warner Bros. Television. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that SCREAM FOR HELP is currently owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment, and hopefully a future candidate for the Warner Archive Collection!

An employee at Warner Bros. searches the vaults for an elusive print of SCREAM FOR HELP.

Blu-ray Wishlist:
  • A remastered 2K transfer made from an original print.
  • Original 2.0 Mono & newly created 5.1 Surround Sound audio tracks.
  • Audio commentary with screenwriter Tom Holland and lead cast members!
  • A new making-of featurette containing interviews with stars Rachael Kelly, Marie Masters, David Allen Brooks, Lolita Lorre (aka Lola Lesheim), and/or Rocco Sisto! Also Tom Holland, Producer Irwin Yablans, Composer John Paul Jones, and special effects artist David H. Watkins!
  • Poster & Still Galleries
  • Original Theatrical Trailer  

SCREAM FOR HELP has built up a large cult following over the years, and is long overdue for a new home video release! If you're a fan of the film (or just super curious about it) then we must work together to hound Warner Bros. on social media! Let's make some noise and tag the WB on Facebook and Twitter, and tell them that we want SCREAM FOR HELP ON BLU-RAY!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Duck You Suckers! A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE Now Available on Blu-ray from Kino Classics!

Blu-ray Cover: SIDE A

When you hear Sergio Leone's name, it instantly conjures up memories of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE, THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY, and perhaps even ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST. However, I expect that very few of you Vault Dwellers would have recalled Leone's A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE (aka DUCK, YOU SUCKER), which sadly doesn't seem to get the same widespread love that his other films enjoy. But that may all change now that Kino Classics has given this oft-overlooked Spaghetti Western a fantastic, extras-packed Blu-ray!

Synopsis: From acclaimed director Sergio Leone comes his final Western--a relentlessly entertaining film that teams an Irish explosives specialist with a Mexican peasant-turned-revolutionary leader with thunderously explosive results! Starring acting giants Rod Steiger (IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT) as Juan Miranda, a cigar-chomping, salt-of-the-earth peasant with a Robin Hood heart and James Coburn (HARRY IN YOUR POCKET) as John Mallory, a dynamite-tossing Irish revolutionary who has fled to Mexico to practice his skills.

Together, they're a devilishly volatile mix of anti-establishment philosophies and violent tendencies as they attempt to liberate political prisoners, defend their compatriots against a well-equipped militia, and risk their lives on a train filled with explosives. Featuring a haunting and rousing score by iconic composer Ennio Morricone (DEATH RIDES A HORSE, NAVAJO JOE).
Blu-ray Cover: SIDE B

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 157 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0

  • NEW! Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Alex Cox!
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Sir Christopher Frayling!
  • Featurette: The Myth of the Revolution 
  • Featurette: Sergio Donati Remembers 
  • Featurette: Once Upon a Time in Italy (The Autry Exhibition) 
  • Featurette: Sorting Out the Versions 
  • Featurette: Restoration Italian Style 
  • Featurette: Location Comparisons 
  • 'Trailers From Hell' with Brian Trenchard-Smith.
  • Two Animated Image Galleries 
  • Reversible Cover Art 
  • 5 Radio Spots 
  • Trailers for all 5 Sergio Leone Westerns 
Kino Classics' A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE seems to be a port of MGM's previous Blu-ray release of the film, however, the audio commentary with Alex Cox, image galleries, and Trailers From Hell segment are all brand new! A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE is now available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold, and costs around $20! You can order yourself a copy now (to complete your Sergio Leone collection) from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD! Not too familiar with this movie? Then be sure to check out the trailer below before buying!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 03/20/2018!

Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Well Vault Dwellers, March is coming to a close, and while it came in like a lion, it seems like it is going out like a lamb. This week there's a few major studio titles (DOWNSIZING and JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE) plus some worthwhile releases from several of our favorite labels.

Arrow Academy gives Robert Altman's IMAGES its Blu-ray debut, Scorpion Releasing gives Michele Soavi's THE CHURCH a nice HD release, Well Go USA unveils their remastered ICHI THE KILLER, and Kino Lorber drops OFFERINGS on Blu-ray. It is also worth noting that Warner Archive Collection has brought the 1957 creature feature THE BLACK SCORPION to Blu-ray today as well!

While that's definitely a good mix of stuff to choose from, Shout! Factory's sister labels, Scream Factory and Shout Select, conquer this week with the Blu-ray debuts of NIGHTMARE AT NOON, ROCKULA, and THE 'BURBS (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)!

There's not much else to be excited for, but feel free to scroll down to see all of this week's new DVDs and Blu-ray discs!

Altered Hours
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

The Black Scorpion (1957)
The 'Burbs (Collector's Edition)
The Church
Ichi the Killer (Remastered Edition)
Images (Arrow Academy)
Nightmare at Noon

Archer: Season 8 - Dreamland
Duckmkan: The Complete Series
The Ghoul (1975 - Rogue Video)
H.P. Lovecraft's Two Left Arms
Legend of Demoniac
One Piece: Season Nine, Voyage Four
Prom Night Triple Feature
The Timeline Shifters: Space Marines - Season One
TNT Jackson (+ 7 Bonus Movies)
The Transparent Woman

The Strange Case of the BLUE MONKEY Crowdfunding Campaign.

Please note, my goal with this post is not to sling mud at Bill Olsen and Code Red DVD. I appreciate the efforts made by Bill's company, and plan to continue promoting their new Blu-ray releases when possible. However I do feel the need to draw attention to an unfortunate situation that I inadvertently became part of, and make sure to aid those that were affected by it.

Just over a week ago, yours truly shared THIS POST promoting a crowdfunding campaign started by Code Red DVD's proprietor, Bill Olsen, to raise money for an HD restoration of William Fruet's BLUE MONKEY. Days later, after receiving some negative feedback from people on social media (and the GoFundMe page), Bill canceled the campaign. Being one of the unfortunate donors of said campaign, I expected to be notified by Mr. Olsen at some point about the fate of my $30 pledge.

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After about four days, I tried to contact Bill via private message on Facebook, sent an e-mail, and even attempted to hail him on Twitter, but to no avail. I politely inquired if my thirty dollars was going to be refunded, or if it was going to go towards the eventual Blu-ray release of BLUE MONKEY. While patiently waiting for any sort of reply, I visited the Code Red DVD thread over at the forums to see if any news could be found there.

While pouring through page after page of posts, (some of which took potshots at Code Red's head honcho) I eventually came across this exchange:

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Yep, you just read all of that correctly: Bill Olsen claimed publicly that he did not create the account and didn't have access to the $400+ that was raised before the "mysterious GoFundMe organizer" shut the whole operation down! It is odd that Bill is trying to claim immunity from the short-lived campaign, especially when he had no problem promoting it weeks ago:

EXHIBIT C - Bill promoting the GoFundMe campaign.
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EXHIBIT D - Code Red DVD (presumably Bill?) retweets my BLUE MONKEY post.
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So here's what I've gleaned from everything I've read online: I'm assuming someone talked Bill into trying crowdfunding to pay for BLUE MONKEY's restoration. Having never attempted it before, he chose GoFundMe instead of IndieGoGo or Kickstarter. Bill then failed to put enough information on his GoFundMe page, resulting in criticism for the unintended "shadiness" of the campaign (and for the $30 price tag for the planned Blu-ray), so he became angry, and deleted the page.

Then instead of reaching out to donors, or rectifying the situation in any manner, Bill attempted to distance himself from the entire thing. His claim that he didn't start the account or have access to the money is questionable to say the least. And even if that were true, Bill clearly supported the crowdfunding endeavor (as proven by the above Facebook post and Retweet), so you'd figure he would take the time to get things sorted out. But as far as I can tell, nothing is being done, so what are the dozen or so donors supposed to do? Contact GoFundMe and get a refund immediately!

To accomplish this you have two options:
First, go to GoFundMe's REQUEST A REFUND PAGE and click on the CONTACT US button. From there, you'll have to fill out a form filled with drop-down menus. Here's a step-by-step:
  • WHAT BEST DESCRIBES YOU? - I am a donor and I have a question about donating.
  • PLEASE SELECT THE ITEM YOU NEED HELP WITH - I would like to refund my donation. You'll get an automatically generated "answer" with two buttons beneath it. Click on the I STILL NEED HELP button.
  • Fill out the new form and follow the prompts.

Another option is to go to the REQUEST A REFUND PAGE, and click on the CONTACT US button. After that....
  • Choose the I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT FRAUD, TRUST, AND SAFETY option from the drop-down menu. 
  • After you reach this point, click on the I STILL NEED HELP button.
  • Fill out the form and use this link for the campaign PAGE URL:
  • Answer all the questions and follow the prompts and then send in your report.

You may be asked for "proof" during this process, so feel free to share this News Vault post (and/or any of the screen grabs above) as your evidence. If all goes well, you should have the money transferred back to your account within 3 - 7 business days (or sooner). Here's hoping everyone gets their cash back, and that we eventually do get a nice shiny Blu-ray of BLUE MONKEY later on down the road!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Arrow Video's Limited Edition Release of Dario Argento's CAT O' NINE TAILS is Now Available!


Continuing their ongoing streak of excellence, Arrow Video released their long-delayed 2-Disc Limited Edition of CAT O' NINE TAILS back on March 6th! Along with their Blu-ray of BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (available in Limited and Special Editions), Arrow need only release FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET to complete the "Animal Trilogy."

Synopsis: Following the success of his debut feature, THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, distributor Titanus tasked writer/director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as ''nine times more suspenseful'' than its predecessor, was THE CAT O' NINE TAILS.

When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arno (Karl Malden - PATTON, ONE-EYED JACKS), who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institute's scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus - THE VALLEY OF GWANGI, BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES) to crack the case. But before long the bodies begin to pile up and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives imperiled in their search for the truth. And worse still, Lori (Cinzia De Carolis - CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE), Franco's young niece, may also be in the killer's sights…

This second entry in the so-called ''Animal Trilogy'' found Argento further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as the master of the giallo thriller. Co-starring Catherine Spaak (IL SORPASSO) and Rada Rassimov (BARON BLOOD), and featuring another nerve-jangling score by Academy Award Winner Ennio Morricone (THE HATEFUL EIGHT, THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, Sergio Leone's "Man with No Name" Trilogy), THE CAT O' NINE TAILS remains one of Argento's most suspenseful and underrated films.

Malden and Franciscus are a crime-solving team in THE CAT O' NINE TAILS!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 112 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English & Italian DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

  • NEW! 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative!
  • Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)! 
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack! 
  • NEW! Audio commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman! 
  • NEW! Interviews with co-writer/director Dario Argento, co-writer Dardano Sacchetti, actress Cinzia De Carolis, and production manager Angelo Iacono! 
  • NEW! Script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time! 
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers 
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp
  • Double-sided fold-out poster 
  • 4 lobby card reproductions 
  • Limited edition booklet illustrated by Matt Griffin, featuring an essay on the film by Dario Argento, and new writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth, and Howard Hughes!
Arrow Video's Limited Edition of THE CAT O' NINE TAILS is currently available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold! This title is going for $40 - $50 at the moment, but if that's too rich your blood, a cheaper Special Edition will most likely be issued later this year. For those of you that simply must have the absolute best of everything, get yourself a copy of THE CAT O' NINE TAILS now at AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Berryman, Courtney Gains, and Other Genre Favorites Star in HELL'S KITTY!


There is a distinct lack of killer cat movies in the world Vault Dwellers. Off the top of my head all I can think of is STRAYS, UNINVITED, NIGHT OF 1,000 CATS, PET SEMATARY, TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE, and THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE! And now Nicholas Tana's HELL'S KITTY proudly joins their ranks!

Synopsis: Doug Jones (THE SHAPE OF WATER), Dale Midkiff (PET SEMATARY), Michael Berryman (THE HILLS HAVE EYES), Courtney Gains (CHILDREN OF THE CORN), Lynn Lowry (THE CAT PEOPLE), Kelli Maroni (NIGHT OF THE COMET), Ashley C. Williams (THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE), Barbara Nedeljakova (HOSTEL), Adrienne Barbeau (THE FOG), John Franklin (THE ADDAMS FAMILY, CHILDREN OF THE CORN) and a ‘Killer Klown’ team up for some "Pawplay" this March!

Based on the web series and comic book of the same name, and inspired by writer-director Nicholas Tana’s experiences living with a professedly possessed cat, HELL'S KITTY tells of a covetous feline that acts possessed and possessive of his owner around women. The results are as funny as they are frightening!

Nick (Writer/Directo Nicholas Tana), a Hollywood screenwriter, discovers his cat has become murderously possessed, and will stop at nothing to rid him of any women in his life. As his life unravels out of control, and the body count rises, Nick must find a way to have his cat exorcised of the demonic spirit haunting her.

With characters named after classic horror movie characters (Jones plays Father Damien, Berryman is Detective Pluto, Nina Kate is Dr. Laurie Strodes, Barbeau is Mrs. Carrie), and a tone reminiscent of some of the ‘80s greatest horror-comedies, HELL'S KITTY is undoubtedly the horror hiss of March!

Stills & Trailer:
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HELL'S KITTY is now available to watch on various Video on Demand platforms (like Amazon Instant Video), and makes its DVD debut on Tuesday, March 27th! You can order a copy of HELL'S KITTY now from AMAZON or BULLMOOSE!

Roger & Julie Corman Have Sold the Entire New Horizons Library to Shout! Factory and ACE Films HK!


Ack! I got this news just before I had to head off to the day job, so I missed the opportunity of being one of the first to report it! This announcement is HUGE, because it looks like a large number of Corman flicks may finally make their way to Blu-ray Vault Dwellers!

It was announced earlier today that both Shout! Factory and China-based Ace Film HK Company Limited (henceforth known as ACE) purchased the entire New Horizons library of TWO-HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FILMS (plus an action Sci-Fi TV series) from Roger and Julie Corman. The deal gives Shout! distribution rights in North America, Europe, Australia, and Russia, while ACE will handle distribution in Asia, Africa, and South America!

Shout! Factory has already released a number of Roger Corman Cult Classics to DVD & Blu-ray in the past (e.g. BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, PIRANHA, HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP, SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE, DEATH RACE 2000, et al.), so I'm assuming that we can expect Blu-ray and DVD releases of these newly acquired titles! On top of that, both companies are planning to license the New Horizons catalog to video on demand and streaming platforms, and are planning on remaking several Corman classics (via Shout! Studios and/or ACE Films)!

Here's what all parties involved had to say about this massive acquisition:
“We’ve been huge fans of the Cormans. Their great ingenuity and independent spirit have inspired us throughout our careers. We’ve loved working with them over the last eight years and are thrilled to now be the custodians of these beloved films, making sure that film buffs and fans everywhere discover them like we did."

“We have been fortunate to be professionally and personally associated with Roger and Julie for the past decade and the purchase of their film library means our relationships will not only continue, but accelerate."

"During the past decade our personal and professional relationships with Shout! Factory's Bob Emmer, Richard and Garson Foos, and Ace Film's Henry Luk and Adam Yuchen Ren have shown us that their independent, entrepreneurial spirit, respect for our work and creative methods of distribution and production make them especially well-suited to carry on with the New Horizons film library."
Roger and Julie signing over the New Horizons library.
(Image borrowed from Variety.)

I guess this means that Roger Corman is finally retiring from the film business, after a lengthy career of making and producing hundreds of movies and never losing a dime. While I realize the sad truth that Roger Corman is turning 92 years old in a few weeks, it is still sad to see this living legend call it quits. But on the bright side, we may finally get legit releases of various titles that have been long out of print! I'm not sure if any of the old New World Pictures-era films are part of the deal, but if they are, here's a brief list of Corman movies I'd love to see on Blu-ray:
  • GODZILLA 1985 (Long out of print American cut!)
  • MUNCHIE & MUNCHIE STRIKES BACK (Guilty pleasures from my childhood!)
  • PIN
  • THINK BIG (Trucker comedy featuring The Barbarian Brothers!)

The saga of legendary producer-director Roger Corman, recipient of a 2009 Honorary Academy Award, ranks as one of the most amazing motion picture success stories. Having produced more than 350 films and directed 60 others, his influence on American film goes far beyond his own energetic, creative low-budget movies. He is arguably one of Hollywood’s most gifted and masterful filmmakers, having launched the career of many others.

Noted for his keen ability to spot young talent, Corman’s most lasting legacy will undoubtedly be the legion of producers, directors, writers and actors he has fostered, among them: Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Peter Fonda, Jonathan Demme, Gale Anne Hurd, Diane Ladd, Tommy Lee Jones, Harry Dean Stanton, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Talia Shire, Charles Bronson, Joe Dante, Peter Bogdanovich, and Sally Kirkland.

Julie Corman's career spans 45 years with New Horizons. As the producer of over 35 films she has worked with: Jonathan Demme, John Sayles, Catherine Hardwicke, Robert King, Bill Pullman, Martin Sheen, Peter Billingsley, Jon Lovitz, and Mario Van Peebles, among others. She was Chair of the Graduate Film Department at NYU.

For a more complete history of Roger Corman and his colorful career as an independent Producer and Director, I highly suggest the documentary, CORMAN'S WORLD!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fans of Spanish Horror Rejoice! Scream Factory's FANGS OF THE LIVING DEAD Blu-ray is Now Available!


I have seen a handful of Paul Naschy's werewolf flicks, several of Juan Piquer Simon's films (e.g. PIECES and SLUGS), and all of Ossorio's BLIND DEAD movies, but I'm still very much a novice when it comes to Spanish horror Vault Dwellers! Therefore, it is almost imperative for me to pick up a copy of FANGS OF THE LIVING DEAD so that I can further broaden my Horror horizons!

Synopsis: Beautiful fashion model Sylvia Morel (Anita Ekberg) receives news that she has inherited a castle from her uncle. Her curiosity leads her to journey to a remote village to see her new house. Once there, she learns of her family's history and soon falls under the spell of her uncle. He wants her to become the new matriarch of the family … a clan of vampires! This chilling tale of bloodsuckers was directed by Spanish horror director Amando de Ossorio (THE LORELEY'S GRASP, NIGHT OF THE SORCERERS, THE BLIND DEAD series).

Cleavage of the Living Dead.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 93 minutes | Region A
Video: 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - N/A

  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Author Troy Howarth!
  • Theatrical Trailer (In Spanish)
  • Spanish Credit Sequence
  • Alternate Ending (In Standard Definition – VHS Quality)
FANGS OF THE LIVING DEAD is now available on Blu-ray from Scream Factory, and costs between $18 - $23! You can order a copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.

Shout! Studios Set to Distribute the Soska Sisters' Remake of Cronenberg's RABID!

Original promo poster for David Cronenberg's RABID.
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Hey Vault Dwellers! We recently got word that Jen and Sylvia Soska, the duo behind AMERICAN MARY, SEE NO EVIL 2, and VENDETTA, are prepping to remake David Cronenberg's 1977 film, RABID! The original film stars Marilyn Chambers as Rose, a young woman that receives an experimental surgery after a terrible motorcycle accident. Though it seems like a success at first, the series of skin grafts that Rose underwent result in a mutation, essentially cursing her with a blood-sucking vagina under her armpit, that infects people and turns them.... rabid!

The Soska Sisters are currently in the pre-production stage, and are planning to start principal photography in April. Working alongside screenwriter John Serge (who has worked exclusively on made-for-TV movies until now) the Soskas have adapted their screenplay from the original film. Shout! Studios has secured the U.S. rights to distribute the RABID redo across all digital platforms, while Back 40 Pictures will be handling theatrical distribution.

Jen and Sylvia had this to say about their latest production:
"It's a tremendous honor to be re-imaging David's 1977 body horror classic, RABID, with such incredible support behind us. We are not fans of soulless remakes as seems to be the trend these days as they disrespect the fans and the original body of work. Our RABID is a continuation of the thoughts and conversation David started with his original piece and modernized through a female perspective.
This film will truly honor not only the original, but Cronenberg's entire body of work which would not have been possible without a team behind us that cares about the artist and well as the fans. Shout! Studios has always put the fans first and this film will blow audiences away with its authenticity and elevated horror."
Currently, this is all the information that is available on the upcoming RABID remake, so stay tuned for more details as they are released Vault Dwellers! For additional details and future updates, be sure to like the RABID Facebook Page! And while you wait for the remake, why not give the original film a look if you haven't already? Watch the trailer below, and considering buying it on Blu-ray HERE! Hate remakes? Well maybe this article from the Vault archives will help put your mind at ease!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 03/13/2018!

Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings Vault Dwellers! We're about halfway through March, and in my neck of the woods, Old Man Winter is doing his level best to make our lives difficult. However, even he cannot stop the awesome power of our favorite Cult, Horror, and Exploitation labels!

Arrow Video broke up their George A. Romero boxed set to give THE CRAZIES, SEASON OF THE WITCH, and THERE'S ALWAYS VANILLA separate Special Edition releases, Scream Factory brings THE AMBULANCE to Blu-ray for the first time ever, and VCI gives TWILIGHT PEOPLE its Blu-ray debut!

But the real juggernaut this week is Synapse Films who have just unleashed their 2-disc Special Edition of Argento's SUSPIRIA, the highly-anticipated UNEARTHED AND UNTOLD: THE PATH TO PET SEMATARY documentary, and an animated feature called PATH OF BLOOD!

The rest of this week's new titles are rounded out with classic TV shows (e.g. ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, AMAZING STORIES), indie fare, and several worthwhile mainstream titles, including JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE DISASTER ARTIST, and Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-Winning film THE SHAPE OF WATER!

To see the full list of this week's new DVD & Blu-ray releases, continue onward!

Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies
Birdboy: The Forgotten Children
Children of the Corn: The Runaway
The Disaster Artist
Fear the Walking Dead: Season 3
Into the Badlands: Season 2
Justice League
Kickboxer: Retaliation
LEGO DC Super Heroes: The Flash
The Shape of Water

The Ambulance
The Crazies (Special Edition)
Hentai Heaven Vol. 2: Too Hot For Teacher / Sexual Sacrifice
Hideous! (aka Deformed Freaks)
Initial D Legend 2: Racer
Mad Max: Fury Road (Ready Player One Edition)
Path of Blood (Special Edition)
Season of the Witch (Special Edition)
Suspiria (2-Disc Special Edition)
There's Always Vanilla (Special Edition)
Twilight People
Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season One
Alien Swamp Beast
Amazing Stories: Season One
Bedroom Eyes
Channel Zero: No-End House (Season Two)
Evil Bong 666
The Hand That Feeds the Dead
Hellcat's Revenge
Lust for a Witch
Monsters At Large
The Oblongs: The Complete Series
Penny Pinchers: The Kings of No-Budget Horror
Revenge of the Cheerleaders
Snuff (1975)
The Soultangler (AGFA Special Edition)
Twisted Minds

New NOSFERATU and EVIL DEAD 2 Prints Now Available from Grey Matter Art!

Egads! It's been an incredibly long time since I heard from the gang over at Grey Matter Art, and it seems like they are busier than ever! Along with a variety of officially licensed Marvel Comics prints, they've continued to keep a firm focus on the Horror genre as well. Though I'm a few weeks late (sorry guys!), I just had to share two of Grey Matter Art's most recent posters, celebrating NOSFERATU and EVIL DEAD 2!

First up is Sara Deck's gorgeous NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF HORROR (24 x 36) print. At first glance, it appears to be a simplistic black & white poster, but once the lights go out, the eyes of Count Orlock and his rodent pals glow in the dark! Limited to 100 prints, NOSFERATU is now available to purchase HERE for $50. Take a peek at Sara's print below and then start looking around for a spot to hang it in your house!

Nosferatu: Lights on. [Click on image to enlarge.]

Nosferatu: Lights off. [Click on image to enlarge.]

Also new to the Grey Matter Art catalog is a great looking EVIL DEAD 2 poster created by Anthony Petrie. This 24 x 36 print looks like a giant playing card and features our favorite Deadite-slaying hero plus cool imagery from the film. Limited to 160 prints, this fantastic release is.... OUT OF PRINT?! To quote Ash from the alternate ending of ARMY OF DARKNESS: "No. No. Oh God I slept too long!"

Yes, sadly this limited edition release, is no longer available, meaning you'll have to keep an eye out for it on eBay, or hope for a (highly unlikely) reprint in the future. Regardless, behold Anthony Petrie's poster and sketches in all of their groovy glory!

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Six lucky buyers received ONE of these sketches with their Evil Dead 2 print!
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For more awesome limited edition posters and art prints, be sure to visit Grey Matter Art's website and follow them on Facebook!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Umbrella Entertainment's March 2018 New Releases!


I'm a bit late in posting this (everything mentioned below came out on March 7th!) but don't let that stop you from seeking out Umbrella's latest titles! This month, there's a little bit of everything, from Drama (THE CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH, LUCKY), to Action & Adventure (JUNGLE), but what you really want to hear about are Umbrella's latest Ozploitation and Cult releases!

This month we get THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS, which sadly turned out to be Heath Ledger's final film. To complete the movie, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, and Colin Farrell all star as different "versions" of Ledger's heroic character. Umbrella also released the Ozploitation classic MONEY MOVERS, a "ultra-violent" heist film based upon actual events, EMMANUELLE, a legendary piece of softcore erotica that is still generating sequels, documentaries, and spin-offs to this day, and finally a supernatural Western called SILENT TONGUE! Scroll down to learn more about these new releases, and see the full roster of Umbrella's March titles!

  • On April 4th, Umbrella is releasing Brian Yuzna's SOCIETY to DVD with a director's commentary and theatrical trailer as extras. Also look for their new trailer compilation disc, DRIVE-IN DELIRIUM: THE NEW BATCH, which boasts over 150 movie trailers, remastered in HD! 
  • Umbrella has numerous "world first titles" planned in coming months, including a few more movies from the old Cannon Films catalog! Unfortunately I cannot say anything more on this subject, other than GET EXCITED!
  • There is still no set release date for RAZORBACK, but hang in there, because this is going to be the definitive release of the film! Believe me, when I finally get the word from my contact at Umbrella!


Synopsis: The most popular soft porn of all time and a breakout box-office hit around the world, EMMANUELLE stars Sylvia Kristel as the eponymous heroine who is sexually awakened through a series of erotic adventures. Newly married, young, beautiful and naive, Emmanuelle travels to Bangkok to join her older diplomatic husband Jean.

On the plane, which takes off from Paris, she gets a taste of the erotic joys waiting for her in Asia. In Bangkok, the capital of the senses, with the encouragement of her husband, Emmanuelle abandons sentimental love to find fulfillment in her pleasures, first with young girl Marie-Ange, then with new lover Mario.

Emmanuelle revels in this new-found pleasure so much so that excess becomes the word of the hour, especially when Jean goes away on a business trip and leaves Emmanuelle alone in the hands of Mario. Adapted from Emmanuelle Arsan's famous novel, sensitively directed by Just Jaekin (THE STORY OF O), and lushly photographed on location in Thailand, EMMANUELLE is an erotic tale for men and women alike to enjoy.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 94 minutes | Region Free
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 2.0 DTS

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CLICK HERE to order Umbrella Entertainment's DVD of EMMANUELLE!


Synopsis: Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer), the leader of a traveling show, has a dark secret. Thousands of years ago he traded the soul of his daughter, Valentina, to the devil, in exchange for immortality. Now the devil has come to collect his prize.

To save her, Parnassus must make a final wager: Whoever collects five souls first will win Valentina. Tony (Heath Ledger), a man saved from hanging by Parnassus' troupe, agrees to help collect them, with his eye on marrying Valentina.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 122 minutes | Region Free
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

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Synopsis: The counting house at "Darcey's Security Services" is a fortress. Security is intense and any would-be-robbers have little hope... unless they get "inside" help.

MONEY MOVERS is a fast-moving, ultra-violent telling of Australia's biggest and bloodiest armed robbery - the theft of $20 million from a payroll counting office.

Directed by acclaimed film maker Bruce Beresford (BREAKER MORANT, THE CLUB) and boasting a top-notch Aussie cast including Bryan Brown, Charles "Bud" Tingwell, Tony Bonner, Ed Devereaux, and Terrence Donovan, MONEY MOVERS "delivers an intriguing plot and hair-raising suspense with incredible pace and ferocity. A combination that thriller addicts cannot afford to miss!" (MOVIE NEWS).

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 92 minutes | Region Free
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 2.0 Mono

  • Count Your Toes - A making-of featurette with Writer/Director Bruce Beresford, and cast members Bryan Brown, Terence Donovan, Tony Bonner, and Candy Raymond!
  • Theatrical trailer
  • "Umbrella Propaganda"
CLICK HERE to order Umbrella Entertainment's DVD of MONEY MOVERS!


Synopsis: Talbot Roe (River Phoenix), despite the pleas of his father Prescott (Richard Harris), insists on guarding the body of his wife Awbonnie who has died in childbirth. Afraid his son will lose his mind, Prescott goes in search of Eamon MacCre (Alan Bates), the showman who had traded his half-Indian daughter for horses. He intends to buy Eamon's second daughter in the belief that only she can save Talbot from his terrible grief.

When Eamon's son Reeves (Dermot Mulroney) objects, Prescott kidnaps the girl. But before he can get back to the tree a powerful and terrible presence rises from Awbonnie's body demanding that Talbot let it be devoured by animals and, in doing so, allow her spirit to rise and forever rest in peace.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 102 minutes | Region Free
Video - 480p Fullscreen (4:3)
Audio - Dolby Digital 2.0

  • None.
CLICK HERE to order Umbrella Entertainment's DVD of SILENT TONGUE!

These DVD & Blu-rays are also currently available from Umbrella Entertainment:
As always, all of the titles listed above are REGION FREE and exclusively available from Umbrella Entertainment's website!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Help Fund the Restoration, and Blu-ray Release, of William Fruet's BLUE MONKEY!


UPDATE (03/20/2018): Having been unable to reach Bill Olsen via e-mail or social media, I had to take matters into my own hands and get a refund directly from GoFundMe. For the details of what happened with this abruptly cancelled crowdfunding campaign, and learn how you can get your money back, CLICK HERE.

UPDATE (03/13/2018):
Apparently the crowdfunding campaign was canceled by Bill. I've reached out to him on social media to inquire about the status of the restoration, and to see if refunds are going to be issued to the people that donated! Stay tuned for updates!

Our bi-weekly WANTED ON BLU-RAY column has been doing quite well Vault Dwellers, and there are plenty of titles on the short list that I can't wait to shine a spotlight on. Imagine my utter surprise when one of those titles, BLUE MONKEY, suddenly popped up in my Facebook news feed just the other day.

It seems that Bill Olsen, the owner and operator of Code Red DVD, aims to bring this obscure creature feature to Blu-ray. But unlike his previous efforts in releasing Cult, Horror, and Exploitation classics, this time Bill is looking to crowdfund a high-def restoration of BLUE MONKEY! Just what is this mysterious "azure ape" film I keep mentioning?

Synopsis: A handyman working in an eccentric old woman's greenhouse comes into contact with a strange plant and ends up going to a nearby hospital after pricking his finger on the thornless flower. (We later learn it was more likely an insect bite.) Once he arrives in the ICU, he vomits up a rather large larvae, and begins to succumb to an illness that is liquefying his body from the inside out! Soon the disease is spreading throughout the hospital, leading to a government quarantine of the facility.

Trapped and desperately seeking a cure, the hospital staff fails to keep tabs on a group of precocious kids from the pediatric ward. The children find the insect that was birthed from the unfortunate handyman, and end up pouring a substance onto it (later found to be a growth hormone) that causes it to grow to gigantic proportions.

"HA! Your cans of RAID are now useless puny humans!"
Soon, the giant insect makes itself a nest in the utility tunnels beneath the hospital, and begins laying eggs. It's up to Dr. Rachel Carson (Gwynyth Walsh), Detective Jim Bishop (Steve Railsback), and an entomologist named Elliot Jacobs (Don Lake) to stop the creature, and find an antidote for the growing epidemic!

As for the film's misleading title, I've heard two reasons behind it: The first is that the movie was originally going to have a primate-like creature on the loose. The second is that the title (which was originally GREEN MONKEY, but changed because no one wanted people to equate this film with deadly AIDS-carrying monkeys) sort of refers to a creature that one of the kids in the film has nightmares about. Regardless, this movie has absolutely no monkeys in it at all!

The lack of colorful apes aside, if this Canuxploitation flick sounds enticing to you at all, then please consider pledging $30 ($25 for the Blu-ray + $5 for shipping) towards Bill Olsen's GoFundMe campaign for BLUE MONKEY's restoration! Let's work together to give this long-requested film a Blu-ray release worth owning Vault Dwellers! And if you're not too keen on donating any money, please share the crowdfunding page on Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Over the Top Action-Comedy COMMANDO NINJA Coming Later This Year!

Eric Carlesi the Commando Ninja!

COMMANDO NINJA is an ultra-violent action-comedy in the same vein as 2015's Kickstarter-funded indie hit KUNG FURY. Featuring time travel, a muscle-bound hero that waves of machine gun-toting foes cannot seem to hit, and lots of over-the-top action and practical effects, COMMANDO NINJA has rapidly become one of my most anticipated films of 2018!

Synopsis: A Vietnam Green Beret Vet that is "Half Commando, and Half Ninja," (Eric Carlesi, who bears a striking resemblance to actor Karl Urban) goes on a quest to rescue his daughter, who has been abducted by a secret Ninja Organization, led by a Central-American dictator, who wants to create a new-world order... through time...

COMMANDO NINJA's crowdfunding goal has recently been met, and (as of my posting this) has fifteen more days left to reach its stretch goals which include: Stickers, an animated scene, action figures, a release of the film's soundtrack, and even a COMMANDO NINJA video game! If any of that sounds enticing, or if you just want to secure an official poster, t-shirt, and/or Blu-ray (once the film is completed), CLICK HERE to make a pledge!

What's that? OH! Yeah, you're not quite sold on the film right? Well I suppose the only way to win you over is for you to witness COMMANDO NINJA in all its glory! Scope out the (what is essentially a proof of concept) trailer below, and prepare to be dazzled!

Apparently the majority of COMMANDO NINJA is completed, so we shouldn't have to wait too long to see this ode to COMMANDO, PREDATOR, RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II, and various other 80s Action classics! Currently, the digital download of the film is anticipated for a June release, while the Region Free Blu-ray is expected in November!

To keep up to date on the status of the film, be sure to like its Official Facebook Page. For more information about COMMANDO NINJA's director, visit his website, and scope out his YouTube Channel!

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 03/06/2018!

Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

March has certainly come in like a lion Vault Dwellers, at least in regards to the weather. On the DVD & Blu-ray front, this month is starting off rather quietly, with a bunch of re-releases from various labels.

Scream Factory delivers a worthy Collector's Edition of THE STRANGERS (just in time for the theatrical premiere of its sequel) and the Blu-ray debut of FANGS OF THE LIVING DEAD, Arrow Video gives us a single-disc Special Edition of DONNIE DARKO and 2-Disc Limited Edition of CAT O' NINE TAILS, and Kino Lorber drops a cool double feature of HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK & LAST HOUSE ON MASSACRE STREET.

Paramount released a slew of new steelbooks for a bunch of sci-fi and action flicks from their catalog, Mill Creek gifts us classic horror fans with two more Hammer Horror Double Features, Frolic Pictures released more cult movie double features, and Disney/Marvel caps things off with THOR: RAGNAROK (Blu-ray and 4K UHD)!

Scroll down see all of this week's new DVDs and Blu-rays, and put those tax returns to good use!

Donnie Darko (Special Edition)
Fairy Tale: Dragon Cry
Immortal Demon Slayer
Mind and Machine
Mobile Suit Gundam UC Unicorn Collection
My Friend Dahmer (Special Edition)
Scorched Earth
Thor: Ragnarok

Cat O' Nine Tails (2-Disc Limited Edition)
The Dark Crystal (Anniversary Edition)
Fangs of the Living Dead
A Fistful of Dynamite (aka Duck, You Sucker)
Hammer Horror Double Features Vol. 3: Maniac & Die! Die! My Darling!
Hammer Horror Double Features Vol. 4: Never Take Candy From a Stranger & Scream of Fear
House on the Edge of the Park / Last House on Massacre Street (aka The Bride)
The Orchard End Murder (Redemption Films)
the strangers (Collector's Edition)

Aliens Ate My Homework
Angel Gets Even
Beyond the Woods
The Crossbreed
Curse of the Mayans
Ditch Party
Iron Wolf
Knights of the Damned
Orange Man
Raised By Wolves
The Revenge of Robert
The Sandman
Showdown in Manila
Something Creeping in the Dark
The Very Best of Transylvania Television: Season 1

Asian Extreme 3-Pack
Contains: R100, The World of Kanako, and Why Don't You Play in Hell?

9 Lives: 9 Movie Collection
Contains: S.W.A.T., Stealth, Vertical Limit, Universal Soldier: The Return, Last Action Hero, Blind Fury, Silent Rage, White Line Fever, and Into the Sun.

Aeon Flux
Death Wish
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Lara Croft: Tome Raider - The Cradle of Life
Terminator: Genisys
World War Z

A Bucket of Blood / House on Haunted Hill
Count Dracula's Great Love / Jane Eyre
Funeral for an Assassin / Day of the Triffids
Gone With the West / Apache Blood
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time / Wake Me Up When the War is Over
Mooch Goes to Hollywood / Eagle in a Cage
Project Kill / Fighting Mad
Wild Women of Wongo / Virgin Sacrifice