Tuesday, January 16, 2018

HAPPY DEATH DAY to You! Blumhouse's Unexpected Hit from 2017 is now available on DVD & Blu-ray!


WATCH JESSICA ROTHE DIE OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN "HAPPY DEATH DAY!"

I recall seeing the trailer for this film earlier last year and thinking to myself "Huh, this could be fun." Though I have still not had the chance to watch it, by all accounts, HAPPY DEATH DAY indeed turned out to be a total blast to watch!

And now that this critical (and box office) success is out on DVD & Blu-ray, I can finally check it out for myself!

Synopsis: Blumhouse (SPLIT, GET OUT) produces this original and inventive rewinding thriller in which a blissfully self-centered co-ed (Jessica Rothe, LA LA LAND) is doomed to relive the day of her murder unless she can identify her masked assailant and hopefully stop the madness. If she can’t, she will be stuck in an insane loop, reliving a ghoulish nightmare that has become her death day.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG-13 | Color | 96 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Uh oh.... she better make like a Tree and leaf!
Extras:
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes 
  • Worst Birthday Ever! 
  • Behind the Mask: The Suspects 
  • The Many Deaths of Tree 
HAPPY DEATH DAY is now available on DVD and Blu-ray wherever movies are sold! It will set you back about $20 and can be obtained from AMAZON or BULLMOOSE!



BLADE RUNNER 2049 Comes to Blu-ray and 4K UHD on January 16th!


RICK DECKARD RETURNS THIRTY YEARS AFTER THE EVENTS OF RIDLEY SCOTT'S "BLADE RUNNER" IN THIS LONG-AWAITED SEQUEL!

I gotta be honest gang, I was not a big fan of the original BLADE RUNNER. However I think it was because I had certain expectations from the film that weren't met. (I still say the ending is pretty anticlimactic - "It's time to die" indeed!) But now that the sequel is out, I find myself ready to give the original a second look.... but sheesh, what version should I watch?!

Synopsis: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for three decades.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 163 minutes | Region A
Blu-ray & 4K UHD Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.40:1) | 2160p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Blu-ray & 4K UHD Audio - Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

"And this is the Prometheus wing of Ridley Scott's mansion."
Extras:
  • Designing The World of Blade Runner 2049 
  • To Be Human: Casting Blade Runner 2049 
  • PROLOGUES: 2022: Black Out
  • PROLOGUES: 2036: Nexus Dawn
  • PROLOGUES: 2048: Nowhere to Run
  • Blade Runner 101: Blade Runners
  • Blade Runner 101: The Replicant Evolution
  • Blade Runner 101: The Rise of Wallace Corp
  • Blade Runner 101: Welcome to 2049
  • Blade Runner 101: Welcome to 2049
  • Blade Runner 101: Within the Skies: Spinners, Pilotfish and Barracudas.
By all accounts, if you are a fan of the original BLADE RUNNER, then you will most likely enjoy this lengthy followup. BLADE RUNNER 2049 will be available on Blu-ray and 4K UHD on Tuesday, January 16th and should cost around $25! Order your copy now from AMAZON or BULLMOOSE!



Monday, January 15, 2018

New Fan-Made FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3D Documentary Shines a Spotlight on the Late Richard Brooker.


FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3 - THE MEMORIAM DOCUMENTARY FOCUSES ON RICHARD BROOKER, THE FIRST "JASON" TO DON THE TRADEMARK HOCKEY MASK!

Along with NEVER HIKE ALONE, and the upcoming VOORHEES, fans are clearly keeping the torch burning while the FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise remains on hiatus. (Which could end soon if Jason Blum has his way.) And while we wait for the day that Jason Voorhees returns to the silver screen, you can kill an additional half-an-hour with Kevin R. Phipps' all-new FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3 - THE MEMORIAM DOCUMENTARY!

Synopsis: Take a look behind the scenes of FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3D with host, Paul Kratka, in this insightful fan-driven documentary. Featuring untold stories and interviews with several franchise favorites, and never-before-seen location footage and set photography, this documentary is a touching look back on the life of actor Richard Brooker.

This short doc (only 38 minutes!) is hosted by FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3D co-star Paul Kratka (Rick, aka "The Brawny Paper Towel Guy"). It features some fun anecdotes, and interesting tidbits about Brooker, who sadly passed away from a heart attack back in 2013.

Phipps' doc has interviews with numerous FRIDAY THE 13TH alumni, and reveals some of the hardships faced on the set of the 3D sequel. It is also chock full of fond remembrances of the Emmy Award-Winning(!) Richard Brooker, and reveals the sad fate of the cabin most of us Friday fans know best as "Higgins Haven."

FRIDAY THE 13TH - THE MEMORIAM DOCUMENTARY is absolutely free to watch on YouTube! Make sure you scope it out, and maybe you'll learn yourself a thing or two about one of the best Jason Voorhees performers of all time!

 


Freddy Krueger Fans Are Getting Their Own Documentary in Late 2018!


NEW DOCUMENTARY IN THE WORKS  FOCUSES ON THE FANDOM OF THE "NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST." FRANCHISE!

We currently live in an era with an amazing number of documentaries about Horror and cult cinema. And while A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST. has already gotten a fantastic documentary (NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY), the upcoming FREDHEADS focuses exclusively on the series' dedicated fandom!

Synopsis: Wes Craven's A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST. is a global cultural phenomenon that has given eternal life to its legacy and its villain, Freddy Krueger. FREDHEADS is a documentary that shines a spotlight on the fervent fans within the Elm Street community.

This film's central theme analyzes how being a fan can change your life. The filmmakers have been traveling the country to speak with enthusiasts of all types: passionate fanatics, lifelong aficionados, cosplayers, creators, artists, filmmakers, kids, and more.

The documentary also features insight from the stars and creatives of the Elm Street franchise, exploring the enduring legacy, cultural impact, and fan community. Interview subjects include Lisa Wilcox, Robert Kurtzman, Tuesday Night, Miko Hughes, Danny Hassel, Andras Jones, Toy Newkirk, Kelly Jo Minter, Ricky Dean Logan, and Mick Strawn, among others.

Teaser trailer:


Additional Info: Venn Pictures and Northgate Pictures have launched an Indiegogo in order to complete production on the ambitious project. (CLICK HERE to visit the crowdfunding page for more details, and to see what perks are being offered.)

This crowdfunding campaign allows fans to pre-order a limited edition DVD of the documentary, ensuring that they will be among the first to see FREDHEADS. T-shirts, pins, posters, soundtracks, and sunglasses are among the available merchandise. One-of-a-kind perks from Elm Street alumni are also up for grabs, including prop replicas signed by Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund.

FREDHEADS is directed by Paige Troxell, who credits A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET with saving her life. "In my darkest times I have turned to Elm Street. It is a survival story, it is my best friend, it is my comfort, and it is my home," gushes Troxell. "I knew that there were others out there who saw this film for more than just the typical slasher. It is my goal to bring to life each and every story; to show the world that this community stands together, that we are a support team for each other."

The FredHeads team loves to hear from fellow fans, so be sure to visit the film's Facebook page to find out how you can submit your story!


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Shout Select's Highly Anticipated Collector's Edition Blu-ray of MATINEE Will Be Available on January 16th!


JOE DANTE'S ODE TO WILLIAM CASTLE, AND THE ATOMIC MONSTER MOVIES OF THE 1950S, GETS A FANTASTIC BLU-RAY RELEASE FROM SHOUT SELECT!

When you hear Joe Dante's name, you typically think of THE HOWLING, PIRANHA, THE EXPLORERS, THE 'BURBS, or GREMLINS! Heck, you might even recall INNERSPACE! But odds are you, like so many others, have forgotten all about his fantastic 1993 Comedy MATINEE! Taking definite inspiration from William Castle (the undisputed king of the movie gimmick), this Dante classic will put a smile on your face, and make you wish that MANT! were a real 50's b-movie!

Synopsis: John Goodman is at his uproarious best as the William Castle-inspired movie promoter Lawrence Woolsey, who brings his unique brand of flashy showmanship to the unsuspecting residents of Key West, Florida.

It's 1962, and fifteen-year-old fan Gene Loomis (Simone Fenton) can't wait for the arrival of Woolsey, who is in town to promote his latest offering of atomic power gone berserk, Mant! But the absurd vision of Woolsey's tale takes on a sudden urgency as the Cuban Missile Crises places the real threat of atomic horror just 90 miles off the coast.

With the help of Woolsey's leading lady, Ruth (Cathy Moriarty), the master showman gives Key West a premiere they'll never forget. Anything can happen in the movies, and everything does in this hilarious tribute to a more innocent (and outrageous) time in American cinema.



Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 99 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • NEW! Master Of The Matinee – An Interview With Director Joe Dante!
  • NEW! The Leading Lady – An Interview with Cathy Moriarty!
  • NEW! MANTastic! The Making Of A Mant
  • NEW! Out Of The Bunker – An Interview With Actress Lisa Jakub!
  • NEW! Making A Monster Theatre – An Interview With Production Designer Steven Legler!
  • NEW! The Monster Mix – An Interview With Editor Marshall Harvey!
  • NEW! Lights! Camera! Reunion! – An Interview With Director Of Photography John Hora!
  • Paranoia In Ant Vision – Joe Dante Discusses The Making Of The Film.
  • MANT! – The Full Length Version Of The Film With Introduction By Joe Dante!
  • Vintage Making Of Featurette
  • Behind The Scenes Footage Courtesy Of Joe Dante
  • Deleted And Extended Scenes Sourced From Joe Dante’s Workprint
  • Still Galleries
  • Theatrical Trailer

WOW! That is a lot of supplemental material on this release - I am so stoked for this disc! MATINEE comes to Collector's Edition Blu-ray from Shout Select on Tuesday, January 16th! This release currently costs anywhere from $22 - $28, and can be ordered now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY (which will net you a cool 18 x 24 poster featuring Shout Select's new artwork)!



Friday, January 12, 2018

All it Takes is a Few BAD APPLES to Ruin Halloween Night in Bryan Coyne's Upcoming Horror Film!


ON FEBRUARY 6TH, TWO MURDEROUS TEENS PROVE THAT THEY ARE ROTTEN TO THE CORE IN "BAD APPLES!"

Uncork'd Entertainment brings director Bryan Coyne's latest Horror picture to video on demand next month! BAD APPLES features two young girls who decide to terrorize a young couple on Halloween night. I'm not typically big on home invasion flicks but... wait... did I just see Richard Riehle in the trailer?! Cool!

Synopsis: It’s Halloween night, and two “bad apples” decide to play some wicked tricks on the one house in a suburban cul-de-sac that is not celebrating Halloween. They terrorize a young couple in their home and these tricks become increasingly more sinister as the night progresses, finally ending in a Halloween the entire neighborhood will never forget.

Brea Grant (Dexter, A GHOST STORY), Graham Skipper (BEYOND THE GATES), Andrea Collins (THE HOSPITAL) and Danielle Reverman (INFERNAL) star in a Bryan Coyne film!

Stills & Trailer:
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BAD APPLES will be available on Video on Demand services on Tuesday, February 6th!


Scream Factory Will Give You Ailurophobia with EYE OF THE CAT! Coming to Blu-ray on January 16th!


SCREAM FACTORY RESCUES "EYE OF THE CAT" FROM OBSCURITY WITH THIS FANTASTIC NEW BLU-RAY RELEASE!

"It's the EYE OF THE CA-AT, the thrill of the fright! Felines clawing at your face, and pu-king hair-balls!"

Up until Scream Factory announced this release, I had never even heard of EYE OF THE CAT! Written by Joseph Stefano (PSYCHO, THE KINDRED), this tale of conniving relatives and furious felines has definitely piqued my interest! I look forward to eventually adding this title to my collection!

Synopsis: From the screenwriter of PSYCHO comes another terrifying tale of horror! Wylie (Michael Sarrazin, THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD) and Kassia (Gayle Hunnicutt, THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE) are looking for a way to get their hands on the hefty inheritance of Wylie's cat-loving, wealthy Aunt Danny (Eleanor Parker, THE SOUND OF MUSIC).

But there is one little problem: Wylie suffers from a severe case of ailurophobia – the fear of cats! In order for their plot to succeed, the pair must first eliminate Aunt Danny's legions of feline companions ... which ends up being much more difficult than expected.

Killer cats? You gotta be kitten me!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 102 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • NEW! HD Transfer Taken From Original Film Elements!
  • Television Version Of The Film (Standard Definition)!
  • Original Radio Spot
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
Scream Factory has done Horror fans a great service by resurrecting this forgotten Horror title, and given it some major TLC. EYE OF THE CAT will be available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold on Tuesday, January 16th, and will cost between $20 and $25. Order your copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY to get it two weeks early!



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Blumhouse Productions Invites You to Play TRUTH OR DARE on April 27th!


BLUMHOUSE'S LATEST HORROR OFFERING PUTS A DEADLY SUPERNATURAL SPIN ON AN OLD PARTY GAME!

Having watched the trailer for TRUTH OR DARE, it sort of feels like something akin to IT FOLLOWS, in that a curse is passed to a group of unsuspecting teens. The big difference though is that the supernatural villain in this film isn't out to literally screw them!

Blumhouse has been on fire lately with their ongoing INSIDIOUS and THE PURGE series, plus really solid genre efforts like GET OUT, HAPPY DEATH DAY, and SPLIT! TRUTH OR DARE could very well be the start of yet another successful franchise for them, but we'll have to wait until late April to find out!

Synopsis: Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) lead the cast of TRUTH OR DARE, a supernatural thriller from Blumhouse Productions. A harmless game of "Truth or Dare" among friends turns deadly when someone, or something, begins to punish those who tell a lie-or refuse the dare.

Directed by Jeff Wadlow (KICK-ASS 2), the thriller co-stars Violett Beane, Nolan Gerard Funk, Hayden Szeto and Sophia Taylor Ali. The film was produced by Jason Blum and executive produced by writer-director Wadlow.

Trailer:


Look for TRUTH OR DARE in theaters nationwide on Friday, Aril 27th!
 

VOORHEES Promises to be the "Darkest" and "Most Sadistic FRIDAY THE 13TH" Fan Film Yet!



About two weeks ago, I posted about a top-notch FRIDAY THE 13TH fan film called NEVER HIKE ALONE. In that post, I commented that fans are keeping our Horror icons alive while major studios either have mothballed them, or continue to make lackluster prequels and reboots featuring the cinematic boogeymen we love. Which brings me to a new fan film that's in the works...

What initially started as an idea for a FRIDAY THE 13TH short film has grown into a feature-length independent production that I'm very much looking forward to. While Sean S. Cunningham and Victor Miller continue to battle over the rights for my favorite slasher franchise, executive producer Chris Plaushin & Director Cody Faulk are bringing the Crystal Camp slayer back from limbo in VOORHEES!

Synopsis: VOORHEES takes place at and around the old grounds of Camp Crystal Lake. The individuals who we follow are not Summer campers. Far from it. They have found their way to this place in the woods for a much darker purpose, seeking temporary sanctuary from the world.  They foolishly decide to examine the abandoned camp, completely unaware that they are about to get an education in true terror, and learn the name of the most infamous killer in cinema history!

Stills:
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So Jason's victims aren't campers, and are hiding out at Crystal Lake for a "darker purpose?" What could it be? Well, don't ask me because I have no clue, and director Cody Faulk is remaining mum on the subject as well. What I do know is that VOORHEES is still in production, and the cast & crew need our help to finish the film!

While much of the principle photography is completed, a good chunk of the movie still remains unfilmed. Funds are also needed to bolster the film's bloody practical f/x, and cover post-production costs (editing, sound effects, music, etc.), as well as backer rewards for everyone that donates to VOORHEES' Kickstarter campaign.

And now it's time for yours truly to ask all of you Vault Dwellers to support this indie film project. Please consider making a monetary pledge toward the completion of VOORHEES. But if you don't have any expendable income at the moment, then please share the Kickstarter page around on social media so that other interested parties may chip in a few bucks.

As of my posting this, Cody and his team still have a month left to raise approximately six-thousand dollars, and there's some very cool rewards that come with being a backer, including: T-shirts, DVDs, posters, hockey-mask replicas, a machete prop from the set, producer credits, and more!

For updates on the production, and to see the latest behind the scenes stills & videos, be sure to join the VOORHEES Facebook Group. And to fill you in on anything I missed, here's Cody Faulk himself to tell you more about his upcoming film:



STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 01/09/2018!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

2018's second week offers up a few dozen new titles on DVD & Blu-ray ranging from box office smashes to obscure indie offerings. Scream Factory and IFC Midnight released 68 KILL in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, Troma gives HECTIC KNIFE and JUNK BONDS: RETURN OF JUNKBUCKET their Blu-ray debuts, and Kino Lorber releases EMMANUELLE AND THE DEADLY BLACK COBRA in high-def!

Also available today are the original trio of JURASSIC PARK films (as if you didn't already own them), which were given cheap rereleases with new cover art! Also be on the lookout for the Jackie Chan action-revenge flick THE FOREIGNER, and last year's surprise hit, IT (based off Stephen King's popular novel).

Also, Umbrella Entertainment has a pair of highly anticipated new titles coming to Amazon on Friday, January 12th: FAIR GAME and STEPHEN KING'S SILVER BULLET! Both discs feature new HD transfers of the films, are packed with special features, and are region free!

There are some other cool titles out this week. To see the entire list, scroll down!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
68 Kill
Asylum of Fear
The Beyond (2017)
Bullet Head
The Foreigner
Friend Request
IT (also available on 4K UHD!)
November Criminals


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Bad Day for the Cut
Emmanuelle and the Deadly Black Cobra (aka Black Cobra Woman)
Fair Game (Umbrella Entertainment - 1/12)
Hectic Knife
Junk Bonds: Return of Junkbucket
Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III
Lost World: Jurassic Park
Silver Bullet (Umbrella Entertainment - 1/12)
The Witches (Special Edition - Arrow Academy)


NEW TO DVD
The Alien Dead
The Alien Factor (40th Anniversary Edition)
The Concrete Jungle (Special Edition)
DC Mega Starter Pack: Season 1
Nails
Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Truck Stop Women


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

SURGE OF POWER's Star-Studded Sequel is Coming to Select Theaters on January 19th!


CINEMA'S FIRST OPENLY GAY SUPERHERO GETS SEQUALIZED, AND FEATURES A MIND-BOGGLING SUPPORTING CAST!

Over a decade after SURGE OF POWER: THE STUFF OF HEROES was released, its sequel has surfaced and is getting a limited theatrical run. But the most shocking thing about this new indie superhero franchise isn't the fact that its protagonist is a homosexual. No, it's the insane number of celebrities that took part in this production!

Some hail from Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, the never-released FANTASTIC FOUR movie, TV's Incredible Hulk, Gilligan's Island, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and more! At the very least, SURGE OF POWER: REVENGE OF THE SEQUEL has gained my curiosity because no other film on Earth (to my knowledge) features cameos by both "The Soup Nazi" AND Kato Kaelin!

Synopsis: Surge's nemesis, the Metal Master, is out of jail and trying to reconcile with his estranged parents (Blair, Gerard) and tempted to continue a life of crime by Augur (Roberts), archnemesis of the wise Omen (Nichols, Picardo).  Augur sends Metal Master to Las Vegas for mysterious crystals.

Needing more crime fighting help, Surge activates the artificial intelligence in the Surgemobile (Vilanch, Farnon). Augur emerges from the shadows back in Big City, causing Omen to step into the fray, which alerts The Council, a supervillain cabal bent on world domination.  Facing more enemies than ever before, Surge must do whatever it takes to save mankind!

Creator Vincent J. Roth returns to the cape-clad title role of Surge, cinema's first out gay superhero. Roth is joined by a star-studded cast representing the forces of good and evil including Star Trek alums Nichelle Nichols and Robert Picardo, comedian Bruce Vilanch, Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts, THE EXORCIST's Linda Blair, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century star Gil Gerard, and the original Incredible Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno. The award-winning film has screened at festivals and conventions across the globe, taking home prizes for Best Comedy, Best Villain, Best Special Effects and Most Inspirational Lead Character!

Stills & Trailer
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SURGE OF POWER: REVENGE OF THE SEQUEL is currently playing in Los Angeles, and will  expand to New York on January 19th. (As an added bonus, Vincent Roth will introduce the screenings on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each opening.) If you're curious about seeing this low-budget superhero flick, CLICK HERE and see if its playing at a theater near you!


On January 16th, Shout Select Will Show You What Happens When You Cross the MACON COUNTY LINE!


WATCH A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY TURN DEADLY IN SHOUT SELECT'S NEW BLU-RAY RELEASE OF "MACON COUNTY LINE!"

MACON COUNTY LINE is yet another movie that I just haven't gotten around to watching. But now that it's being released by Shout Select, the time may have finally come to experience this film for the first time! With an HD transfer, plus new and vintage special features, this seems like a disc worth owning, whether you're a fan of this cult classic, or a Macon County virgin like myself!

Synopsis: Louisiana, 1954: Brothers Chris & Wayne Dixon (Alan Vint and Jesse Vint) are joyriding through the South before enlisting in the Army. When the wife of a local Sheriff is brutally killed by a pair of psychotic drifters, Chris and Wayne are mistaken for the murderers. Far from home, on the run and out of time, they find themselves hunted by the crazed lawman in a tragedy of rage and revenge that explodes in a shocking climax ... once they cross the MACON COUNTY LINE.

"Not from 'round here, are ya?"
Best known for playing goofy Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies, Max Baer forever changed his image by producing, co-writing and co-starring in this powerful movie. With a strong supporting cast that includes Joan Blackman, Geoffrey Lewis, Cheryl Waters, James Gammon, Doodles Weaver and Leif Garrett, Macon County Line became the hit of 1974 as well as one of the most acclaimed drive-in classics of all time!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 88 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - TBA

Extras:
  • NEW! Interview With Editor Tina Hirsch!
  • Audio Commentary With Director Richard Compton.
  • Vintage Featurette – Macon County Line: 25 Years Down The Road
  • Theatrical Trailer
     
MACON COUNTY LINE is available at most retailers on January 16th, and depending on where you shop, it'll run you about $15 - $20. Order your copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.




Monday, January 8, 2018

Bring IT Home on DVD, Blu-ray, or 4K UHD on January 9th!


ON JANUARY 9TH, ADD THE SURPRISE HORROR HIT OF 2017 TO YOUR COLLECTION!

2017 was a great year for the Horror genre, especially when the new adaptation of Stephen King's IT became the highest grossing R-Rated fright flick of all time! With its great cast of child actors, and strong advertising campaign, IT was destined to do well. But no one expected this!

And if you loved the movie on the big screen, get excited because you can finally add this to your Stephen King film collection! (Right in between the original "IT" TV mini-series and MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE!)

Synopsis: New Line Cinema's horror thriller IT, directed by Andrés Muschietti (MAMA), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

IT stars Bill Skarsgård (ALLEGIANT, NetFlix's Hemlock Grove) as the story's central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (MIDNIGHT SPECIAL), Jeremy Ray Taylor (ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP), Sophia Lillis (37), Finn Wolfhard (NetFlix's Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming COPS AND ROBBERS), Jack Dylan Grazer (TALES OF HALLOWEEN), and Nicholas Hamilton (CAPTAIN FANTASTIC).

Some nights I lie awake in bed and wonder if Pennywise has 99 Red Balloons.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 135 minutes | Region A
Video - 480p (DVD) | 1080p (Blu-ray) | 2160p (4K UHD) | Widescreen (2.39:1)
Audio - TBA

Extras:
  • Pennywise Lives! – Discover how Bill Skarsgård prepared to portray the primordial creature known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown!
  • The Losers' Club – Get up close and personal with the teenage stars of IT as they bond together during the production.
  • Author of Fear – Stephen King reveals the roots of his best-selling novel, the nature of childhood fear, and how he created his most famous monster, Pennywise!
  • Deleted Scenes – Eleven deleted or extended scenes from the film!
IT will be available everywhere on Tuesday, January 9th on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD! Order your copy now from AMAZON or BULLMOOSE! Also be on the lookout for the Best Buy Exclusive IT Steelbook, and a Target exclusive release that has a lenticular cover and "art cards."




This February, Visit the Most Haunted House in the World in The Spierig Brothers' WINCHESTER!


CLICK FOR A CLOSER LOOK.
HEAD TO THEATERS ON FEBRUARY 2ND TO SEE THIS HAUNTING TALE THAT IS BASED UPON  THE VERY REAL WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE IN SAN JOSE, CA!

When I see "based on a true story" used in the advertising for any film (especially Horror movies) I typically tend to roll my eyes. That being said, after doing a bit of research online about the Winchester Mystery House, I have to admit that I'm kind of curious about this new film from Michael and Peter Spierig (JIGSAW, DAYBREAKERS). And the fact that Helen Mirren is in this leads me to believe that it is going to be a fairly decent movie. Here's hoping it is super atmospheric and creepy!

Synopsis: ("Inspired by true events.") On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester, (Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren) heiress to the Winchester fortune, it is a house that knows no end. Constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms.

To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman's madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the troubled Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters...

Stills & Trailer
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WINCHESTER will be released nationwide in theaters on Friday, February 2nd! CLICK HERE to look up movie times (and to pre-order tickets)! If you like to go to the theater as much as I do, CLICK HERE to sign up for Movie Pass, a monthly subscription service that allows you to see one movie a day every month, for just $9.95!


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Scream Factory and IFC Midnight bring 68 KILL to Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on January 9th!


LOVE MAKES PEOPLE DO CRAZY THINGS IN TRENT HAAGA'S "68 KILL," AVAILABLE ON JANUARY 9TH FROM SCREAM FACTORY!

Trent Haaga (whom I last saw as the leader of the "Diaper Mafia" in Troma's CITIZEN TOXIE) writes and directs this ultra-violent romantic comedy about a down-on-his-luck guy that just can't so no to a pretty face! I've heard a lot of good things about 68 KILL, so I'm definitely eager to check it out when it is released this coming Tuesday!

Synopsis: Trailer-dwelling, sewage-pumping Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler, Criminal Minds) may not lead the most glamorous life, but he's got one thing going for him: he's head over heels infatuated with his girlfriend Liza (AnnaLynne McCord, 90210). He's more than willing to overlook her wild streak — the fact that she's hooking up with their landlord, her rather extreme mood swings — so when she proposes a plot to steal $68,000, he goes along with the plan.

Matthew Gray Gubler goes from Criminal Minds to criminal acts in 68 KILL!

But what was supposed to be a simple heist turns into an off-the-rails, blood-spattered crime spree, and Chip learns the hard way just how deranged the love of his life really is. The new film from Troma alum Trent Haaga blends wicked comedy with pure pulp thrills for a no-holds-barred blast of insanity!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 93 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Extras:
  • None.
Though it is a bare bones release, I've read enough positive feedback about 68 KILL to give it a shot. The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will be available at retailers on Tuesday, January 9th, and is going for about fifteen dollars. You can order your copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.



Thursday, January 4, 2018

On January 23rd, Come Out and Play in the HOUSE OF SALEM!


"HOUSE OF SALEM" PREMIERES THIS MONTH ON VIDEO ON DEMAND, COURTESY OF WILD EYE RELEASING!

Having made its debut at 2016's Horror Channel FrightFest in London, HOUSE OF SALEM finally makes its way across the Atlantic! This upcoming Horror title sounds interesting, as it blends home invasion thrills with Satanic chills, and described by some as one of the most ambitious indie Horror flicks of 2016!

Synopsis: DON'T BREATHE meets YOU'RE NEXT in writer-director James Crow’s "brooding and compelling horror with a crime thriller twist." Starring Jessica Arterton, Jack Brett Anderson, and Liam Kelly, HOUSE OF SALEM follows a group of kidnappers who become a child's unlikely protectors after discovering they have unwittingly been set up to take part in a Satanic ritual. As they begin to uncover the truth of the house they find themselves trapped in, they must battle demonic forces and uncover a century-long legacy of murder in the name of the Devil.

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Look for HOUSE OF SALEM on various VOD platforms on Tuesday, January 23rd!


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Umbrella Entertainment's January 2017 releases!


UMBRELLA'S JANUARY 3RD RELEASES PROMISE HOLY WEREWOLVES, CRUEL HUNTERS, AND GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACIES!

Umbrella Entertainment is starting the new year off right with some truly awesome new Blu-ray titles! FAIR GAME pits a young woman against a trio of crazed kangaroo hunters, THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR traps Robert Redford in a deadly CIA conspiracy, and SILVER BULLET has a young wheelchair-bound Corey Haim battling a werewolf to save his quiet town of Tarker's Mill! To learn more about these releases, read on Vault Dwellers!

FAIR GAME (1986)

Synopsis: A young woman running a wildlife sanctuary in the Australian outback is in for trouble when she is confronted by three kangaroo hunters. Bored with killing kangaroos, they decide to kill the animals in the sanctuary.

And when they see how attractive the owner is, they decide to have a little "fun" with her too. But it turns out that they may get a bit more than they bargained for.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 86 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio

Extras:
  • Audio commentary with Director Mario Andreacchio & Writer Rob George.
  • Extended Interview with Cassandra Delaney from NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD.
  • On Location with Fair Game.
  • Behind the Scenes - 1985 TV Report from NWS9, Action News.
  • Behind the Scenes - 1985 TV Report from ADS-7, State Affair.
  • Behind the Scenes with Dean Bennett.
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery
  • Storyboard
  • Mario Andreacchio Short Films: Vandalism (1981 - 14 minutes), Break-In (1983 - 13 minutes), Taken By Storm (1984 - 25 minutes), Abduction.... Who's Next (1984 - 15 minutes), and Under Pressure (1986 - 15 minutes).

ORDER FAIR GAME FROM AMAZON OR DIRECTLY FROM UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT. (ALSO AVAILABLE ON DVD.)




STEPHEN KING'S SILVER BULLET (1985)

Synopsis: When a series of unexplained murders occurs in the normally quiet town of Tarker's Mill, the residents decide to hunt down the killer. Many of these vigilantes end up dead, and those who don't are no closer to finding the assailant.

But, when a young wheelchair-using boy named Marty (Corey Haim) encounters a werewolf one night, the pieces begin to come together. Along with his sister and Uncle Red (Gary Busey), Marty begins a mission to end the werewolf's reign of terror once and for all.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 94 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 2.0 (Not certain if its Mono or Stereo)

Extras:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Daniel Attias!
  • The Wolf Within – An Interview with Actor Everett McGill!
  • Full Moon Fever – Interviews with Special Effects Artists Michael McCracken, Jr. and Matthew Mungle!
  • Dino's Angel Takes on Lycanthropy: Martha De Laurentis Remembers SILVER BULLET 
  • Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway!
  • Theatrical trailer (HD)
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spot
  • Still Gallery

ORDER FAIR GAME FROM AMAZON OR DIRECTLY FROM UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT. (ALSO AVAILABLE ON DVD.)




TARZAN REVISITED (2017)

Synopsis: After his first appearance in 1912 in an American pulp magazine, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ literary character Tarzan became one of the most significant pop culture characters of the 20th century, and the first quintessential superhero. Published in over 20 novels and translated into more than 50 languages, the story of a feral boy raised by great apes was an immediate sensation, spawning radio shows, newspaper comic strips, graphic novels, multiple TV series and countless movies.

Though the vine-swinging Tarzan proved hugely popular among audiences, he was often met with much controversy and criticism. Despite the many heated debates surrounding Tarzan, the character nonetheless became a versatile vehicle for highlighting important topics including animal cruelty, colonialism, slavery and the current morals of society. Even Tarzan's primitivist "return to nature" philosophy remains relevant today, further illustrating why this legendary figure has endured generations of cultural change and continues to be such a compelling and timeless hero.

From past to present, TARZAN: REVISITED explores the character's extraordinary evolution, giving a detailed overview of how he was first created, behind-the-scenes stories surrounding his innumerable media incarnations, and a fascinating insight into his longevity and legacy in pop culture.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 76 minutes | Region Free
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - Dolby Digital 2.0

Extras:
  • None.

ORDER TARZAN: REVISITED FROM UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT.




THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR (1975)

Synopsis: Joseph Turner (Robert Redford - OUT OF AFRICA, THE STING, THE GREAT GATSBY) works for the C.I.A. analyzing espionage novels to find plots that might be useful to investigators. Upon returning from lunch one day, he discovers with terror that his colleagues in the agency have all been ruthlessly murdered.

Slowly a conspiracy inside the C.I.A. unfolds, and Turnertales it upon himself to expose the truth. Masterfully directed by Sydney Pollack (OUT OF AFRICA, THE INTERPRETER), THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR is the story of one mans struggle to discover who are his friends, and who are his enemies.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 117 minutes | Region Free
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras:
  • None.

ORDER THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR FROM UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT.




VISITORS (2003)

Synopsis: Tough, determined and capable, Georgia Perry has long dreamed of joining the elite ranks of those who have sailed solo around the world. Alone on her 38 foot yacht Leander, save for her cat Taco, her one contact with the outside world  is a two-way radio.

Then, strange occurrences begin on the homeland stretch of her solo voyage when the yacht is becalmed and immersed in dense fog in the Indian Ocean. Georgia's nerves are soon stretched to breaking point after several sleep-deprived days pass.

A childhood marred by tragedy has left emotional scars that threaten to resurface under the rigours of such an endeavour. With no breeze to fill her sails, she drifts in fog where her fantasies, demons, fear and phobias start to visit.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 100 minutes | Region Free
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras:
  • Photo galleries.
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Cast and crew biographies

ORDER VISITORS FROM UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT.



Also available on January 3rd from UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT:
As always, all of the titles listed above are REGION FREE and exclusively available from Umbrella Entertainment's website!