Saturday, September 22, 2018

Garrett Elmer Needs YOUR Help to Turn His Cult Classic Short RODENTIA into a Feature-Length Film!


I've always been a sucker for films featuring killer rodents Vault Dwellers: BEN, WILLARD, THE FOOD OF THE GODS, GNAW: FOOD OF THE GODS PART 2, RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR, DEADLY EYES, NIGHT OF THE LEPUS, THE KILLER SHREWS, and everything in between have always held a special place in my heart. So it is with great excitement, that I announce that a new film in the "raging rodent" sub-genre is currently in pre-production: RODENTIA!

RODENTIA began life as an entry into Spokane's 50-Hour Slam Film Festival back in 2002, where entrants must create and submit a three-to-six minute short within fifty hours! Garrett Elmer and friends took part, and ended up winning the "Twitter Award," and had their short broadcasted on local television, allowing RODENTIA to build itself a devoted cult following! And now, these guys are taking the next logical step and expanding their tale of science gone wrong into a feature-length production! That's where you and I come into the picture Vault Dwellers!

Check out the full cut of the original RODENTIA to get a feel for what the bigger-budgeted "remake" might be like.

Film Synopsis: RODENTIA tells the story of three young men having a "bummer summer," until a failed lab experiment is poured into the local river. As their lazy Independence Day drips by, the guys become increasingly aware of something wrong in the woods. It's a Summer they'll never forget...

About the Production: RODENTIA is the latest film from Make Out With Us Productions, a talented group of local artists. Our previous films have screened across the world and were met with critical acclaim. With over six years of collaborating, we're ready to jump into our next creative endeavor that will be our most ambitious to date.

Producers Rachel Baker and Kendra Ann Sherrill will overlook production, and filmmaker Adam Gaulke will be pulling double duty in front and behind the camera. Our beautiful cast includes Adam, Logan Burke, Edward Casto and Cameron Gorman. Cameron, a skilled musician known for projects Pop Goddess Athena and Rollerboy, will also be composing the film's score.

Costs & Perks: The crowdfunding campaign for RODENTIA has about a month to go (as of 09/22/2018) and ANY financial aid you can render would be greatly appreciated! Funds from this campaign will be spent across a variety of departments, including production design, wardrobe, special effects, camera, grip/electric, craft services, and transportation. These are crucial to making the film's world come to life. Funding will also allow them to bring RODENTIA to film festivals. Anything over the budget goal will be distributed across the production.

Those that contribute will receive an excellent variety of perks. Everything from personal postcards, film credit, the soundtrack on cassette tape, a physical copy of the script signed by the cast and crew, invitations to the wrap party and premiere, and much more! Not only do they want you to have cool perks, they want you to personally be a part of RODENTIA!

CLICK HERE to visit the IndieGoGo page now and make a much-appreciated pledge. And if for some reason you aren't too keen on making a donation, please be sure to share Garrett's campaign around! For continued updates on the film's progress, be sure to follow RODENTIA on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter!

Friday, September 21, 2018

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 09/18/2018!

Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

September 2018 is nearly over Vault Dwellers, which means that our favorite month of the year is almost here! And while we here at the News Vault do highly suggest putting money aside for October's seemingly endless number of new Blu-ray and DVD titles, as always there are some new releases this week that you may want to pick up!

Scream Factory gives Michael Winner's SCREAM FOR HELP its Blu-ray debut, and it come HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! I've seen this film in 35mm with a crowd, and it absolutely killed, and I cannot wait to watch it at home with unsuspecting friends and family!

Arrow Video comes out strong this week as well, with new Special Editions of HORRORS OF MALFORMED MEN and THE PYJAMA GIRL CASE, Well Go USA finally releases stand-alone Blu-rays of PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD and PHANTASM: OBLIVION, and Warner Archive Collection pulls 1981's LOOKER out of their vault for its Blu-ray debut.

And if all of those new titles weren't enough, Kino Lorber Studio Classics bombards us with numerous titles this week, including BAT 21, CABIN BOY, GOLD, IMPULSE, and RETROACTIVE! There's also a good variety of indie and anime titles out this week on Blu-ray and DVD, so be sure to scroll down to see the full list of all the newest home video releases!

Cabin Boy
Fahrenheit 451
Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum
Jurassic World: 5-Movie Collection
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Supergirl: The Complete Third Season
The X-Files: Complete Season 11

Alderamin on the Sky: The Complete Series
Assassination Classroom: Season Two
Bat 21
Horrors of Malformed Men (Special Edition)
Into the Woods (Director's Cut)
Looker (1981 - Warner Archive Collection)
Negima! - The Complete Collection
Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously
Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead
Phantasm: OblIVion
The Pyjama Girl Case (Special Edition)
Saga of Tanya the Evil: The Complete Series
Scream For Help
SerVamp: Season One
Twin Star Exorcists: Part Two

666: Seance Hour
American Horror Story: Cult
Chopping Block
Ghosts of Portal 31
Gunparade March
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - The Complete Series
H.H. Holmes: Original Evil
How to Overcome Fears
Magnum P.I. - The Complete Series
The MRG Collective: Horror Volume 1
The MRG Collective: Sci-fi / Fantasy Volume 1
Space People 2

Meg-A-Shark: 8-Movie Collection
Contains: Toxic Shark, Shark in Venice, Shark Attack, Shark Attack 2, Shark Attack 3: Megalodon, Malibu Shark Attack, Shark Man, and Shark Zone.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thanksgiving Dinner Gets a Little Hairy in Indie Horror-Comedy GRANDMA WEREWOLF!


While a large portion of our time here at the News Vault is dedicated to reporting on physical media (i.e. DVD & Blu-ray releases), we do try to sprinkle in news about upcoming films as well - especially independent films that fall into genres that are part of our wheelhouse.

Speaking of which, today we'd like to shine a spotlight on a new micro-budget Horror-Comedy from a young director named Zachary Will. After two successful Kickstarter campaigns, Zachary put together a production crew, assembled a cast, and shot his first feature-length film at his family's cabin. GRANDMA WEREWOLF won "Best Picture (Under $25,000)" at the International New York Film Festival, and is scheduled for numerous theatrical screenings in late October, and early November.

Synopsis: When a dysfunctional family goes to their recently widowed grandmother’s cabin for Thanksgiving, they find out their grandma is actually a werewolf. They must work together, steal a silver sword, and learn magic to stop their werewolf grandmother from causing mayhem.

About the Director: Though this is Zachary Will’s first feature film, he has plenty of experience behind the camera, having directed over 50 short films, including an award-winning documentary. Zach received a Bachelor of Science from Full Sail University, where he wrote the first draft of GRANDMA WEREWOLF. After graduating, he moved to Atlanta, GA to pursue his film career. Prior to the project, Zach worked on TV shows for an Emmy award winning production company and on corporate projects for WebMD, Home Depot, Sears, Bloomberg, Sears, the Atlanta Braves, and more.

Stills & Trailer:
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GRANDMA WEREWOLF is currently scheduled for theatrical screenings at several venues late next month (CLICK HERE for listings), with a possible DVD (and digital) release date in November. For more information about GRANDMA WEREWOLF be sure to visit the Official Site and follow the film on Facebook and Twitter!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 09/11/2018!

Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Well gang, we're about halfway into September and we have yet to have a week of must-have titles. (Which is fine by me because October is stacked with awesome stuff this year!) This week is admittedly pretty lean on new releases, but there are a few things you may want to add to your collections.

Along with a few anime titles, and a bunch of direct-to-DVD junk, this week boasts a nice 35th Anniversary 4K release of John Carpenter's CHRISTINE, the home video release of the poorly received SUPERFLY remake, and Scream Factory's latest additions, namely BRAIN DEAD and THE SEVENTH SIGN.

I should also note that there are a bunch of Region B titles out from companies like Black House Films, Arrow Video, 88 Films, and Umbrella Entertainment as well, including: DRACULA'S DAUGHTER, HEATHERS, FRIGHTMARE, and CARGO. Just make sure that before you buy any of those, you have a REGION FREE BLU-RAY PLAYER. (Which I highly encourage!)

To see the full list of this week's meager DVD & Blu-ray offerings, be sure to scroll down!

American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice
Porky's Revenge (88 Films - Region B)
Superfly (2018)

Brain Dead
Cargo (Umbrella Entertainment - Region B - 09/14)
Christine (35th Anniversary Edition - 4K UHD)
Dracula's Daughter (Black House Films)
Frightmare (88 Films - Region B)
Heathers (Arrow Video - Region B)
ReLIFE: Season One
Robin Hood (2010 - 4K UHD)
Savage (Limited Edition)
The Seventh Sign
Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Sky (Umbrella Entertainment - Region B - 09/14)
Tokyo Ghoul: Season One (Classics)
Vatican Medical Examiner: The Complete Collection
The Witching Season
Yona of the Dawn: The Complete Series

3: An Eye for an Eye
Dead Night
Downrange (Region 2)
Harvest of the Dead
House of Purgatory
House of Terrors / Black Cat Mansion
Inner Demon
The Liquidator
Out of the Shadows
Party Night
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special
People of Earth: The Complete Second Season
Predator World
Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost
The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales
Time Matrix
Watcher in the Woods

The Boris Karloff Collection
Contains: Dance of Death (aka House of Evil), Torture Zone (aka Fear Chamber), Cult of the Dead (aka Isle of the Snake People), and Alien Terror.

Karloff & Lugosi: Horror Classics (Warner Archive Collection)
Contains: The Walking Dead, Frankenstein 1970, You'll Find Out, and Zombies on Broadway.

BRAIN DEAD and THE SEVENTH SIGN Make Their Blu-ray Debuts!


I hope you Vault Dwellers won't think less of me because I've never seen either of these new Scream Factory Blu-ray titles. But rest assured that I plan on remedying that! In particular, I'm very curious about BRAIN DEAD because Bill Paxton's presence in a movie always raises the bar! Plus, I distinctly remember the VHS cover for that particular at my local mom & pop video store from back in the day!


Synopsis: The Eunice Corporation is on the ground floor of an exciting growth industry, utilizing a memory re-sculpting technique pioneered by eccentric neurosurgeon Rex Martin (Bill Pullman, LAKE PLACID, THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW). It envisions nationwide clinics where anyone can lose the hang-ups of an unhappy childhood, a failed romance or a botched career. At Eunice's "New You" outlets, a simple operation will give customers peace of mind. Or it might leave them brain dead.

But when Martin refuses to cooperate with Eunice, he soon finds himself plunged into a surreal existence that intertwines dreams and reality. Has Martin slipped over the edge into madness? Or have corporate profit mongers given him a push, making him the guinea pig in his own experiment? To know the answer is to know true terror!

Director Adam Simon (CARNOSAUR, TV's Salem) brings together an all-star cast including Bill Paxton (ALIENS, NEAR DARK), Bud Cort (HAROLD AND MAUDE) and George Kennedy (COOL HAND LUKE, DEATH SHIP), with a story by TV's The Twilight Zone writer Charles Beaumont.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 85 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

  • NEW! 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Co-Writer/Director Adam Simon And Filmmaker Rodman Flender!
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
BRAIN DEAD is now available to purchase wherever Blu-rays are sold, and currently should cost between $24 - $30! Get your copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.


Synopsis: The time is coming. The seals are breaking. Judgment is at hand. As the signs of the apocalypse come to pass, only one woman can stop the impending supernatural doom in this taut and riveting thriller.

Demi Moore stars as Abby Quinn, a young woman who discovers that she and her unborn child play a terrifying part in the chain of events destined to end the world. Already troubled with a difficult pregnancy, Abby grows more distraught once she and her husband (Michael Biehn, THE TERMINATOR) rent their studio apartment to David (J├╝rgen Prochnow, IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS), an enigmatic drifter.

As Abby becomes ensnared in a series of otherworldly experiences, it becomes apparent that David is carrying out the mythical prophecies of Judgment Day ... and that she has been chosen as the instrument of the Seventh Sign. But can Abby — or anyone — stand between the wrath of God and the future of humanity?

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 97 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - ?

  • NEW! Interview With Actor Michael Biehn!
  • NEW! Interview With Director Carl Schultz!
  • NEW! Interview With Actor Peter Friedman!
  • NEW! Interview With Actor John Taylor!
  • NEW! Interviews With Screenwriters Clifford And Ellen Green!
  • TV Spots
THE SEVENTH SIGN is also readily available on Blu-ray and costs between $24 - $27! Add it to your collection now by picking up a copy from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or SHOUT! FACTORY.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 09/04/2018!

Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Welcome to September 2018 fellow collectors of physical media! August ended with a bang, but September begins with but a whimper. There's not a heck of a lot this week gang, but as usual, there are some diamonds in the rough!

Kino Lorber Studio Classics gives two forgotten comedies their Blu-ray debuts, namely OSCAR and ONCE UPON A CRIME, Arrow Video re-released DEEP RED in a Special Edition (for those of you who missed out on the amazing Limited Deluxe Edition), and Scream Factory brings the new Horror anthology GHOST STORIES to DVD & Blu-ray.

Also out this week and worth a mention: HEREDITARY (supposedly the "scariest movie of the year"), SUMMER OF '84 (a great movie from the creators of TURBO KID), FOUND FOOTAGE 3D, and HOCUS POCUS: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.

There are a bunch of direct-to-DVD titles out today as well, so be sure to scroll down to see the full roster of this week's releases!

The Barn
Beast (2017)
Found Footage 3D
Mobile Suit Gundam 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer
Mobile Suit Gundam 00: The Complete OVA Collection (Special Edition)
Once Upon a Crime
Summer of '84
Supernatural: The Complete Thirteenth Season
Transformers: Ultimate 5-Movie Collection

Death Parade: The Complete Series
Deep Red (Special Edition)
Frame Arms Girl
Future Diary: The Complete Series & OVA
Ghost Stories
Glass Mask: The Complete Original Series
High School DxD New: The Series
Hocus Pocus (25th Anniversary Edition)
Slaughter Drive (Limited Edition)

Alien Code
Any Bullet Will Do
Assassin's Revenge
The Bad Nun
Biography: Al Leong
The Dwarves of Dragon Mountain
The Houses That October Built 1 & 2 (Double Feature)
It Lives Inside
Lake Placid: Legacy
The Lighthouse
Luis and the Aliens
Minutes to Midnight
Ouija House
Root Cause
Trench 11
Truth or Dare
Wolfblood: Season 4