Saturday, September 29, 2018

IFC Midnight's FERAL is Looking to Build a 'Rabid' Following on Blu-ray!


While the plot of FERAL isn't anything new (campers stranded at a cabin in the woods, where one by one they succumb to a deadly virus) it seems like this latest IFC Midnight offering from Scream Factory has a few tricks up its sleeve, and could prove to be an interesting watch. Let's take a closer look at this upcoming Blu-ray title Vault Dwellers!

Synopsis: Your best friend has just been infected with a horrifying virus that will soon turn her into a rabid, rampaging cannibal zombie. Do you: a) try to save her? Or b) kill her before she kills you? That's the nightmarish scenario six students find themselves facing when their celebratory camping trip goes terrifyingly wrong.

One by one, each falls victim to the "feral" disease, until only Alice (Scout Taylor-Compton, Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN) and Jules (Olivia Luccardi, IT FOLLOWS) — two girlfriends testing the waters of their new relationship — are left standing, armed with a shotgun and holed up in a remote cabin. They've got a hell of a fight before them if they hope to survive in this grisly blend of survival thriller and contagion shocker.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 91 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - ?

  • None.
FERAL will be available on Tuesday, October 2nd wherever Blu-ray discs are sold, and should cost between $17 - $19. You can order a copy today from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.

The Early Adventures of Carl Kolchak Are Coming to Blu-ray on October 2nd!


I was pretty late to the game with Kolchak: The Night Stalker Vault Dwellers, but I instantly fell in love with this classic (but sadly short-lived) TV series after catching an episode on the OLD Sci-Fi (not SyFy) Channel back in the day. The episode was titled Chopper (Episode 15 of Season 1) and featured a headless motorcyclist seeking vengeance from the grave!

I wouldn't reacquaint myself with Kolchak until decades later when I was in my early twenties. At the time I was a devout collector of MGM Midnight Movies, and I picked up the double-feature release of THE NIGHT STALKER and THE NIGHT STRANGLER! Then the following year, I immediately purchased the complete series on DVD and marathoned the films and episodes throughout the course of a few days - I had Kolchak fever!

And now the TV films that started it all are coming to Blu-ray, fully restored (in 4K!) and packed with special features! If you're a Kolchak fan, a.) you have great taste and b.) YOU NEED THESE BLU-RAYS IN YOUR COLLECTION!


Synopsis: After several high-profile newspapers fire him for his difficult attitude, investigative journalist Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin - A CHRISTMAS STORY), finds a job following the police beat for a small Las Vegas publication. When Carl discovers a series of dead showgirls drained of blood with bite marks on their necks, the police hesitate to take the case any further, and his boss wants nothing to do with the story, leading Carl to believe there may be a real vampire prowling the city streets.

Also starring, Carol Lynley (THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE), Simon Oakland (PSYCHO), Ralph Meeker (THE FOOD OF THE GODS, WITHOUT WARNING), and Claude Akins (TENTACLES, THE CURSE).

The power of Kolchak compels you... to buy this Blu-ray!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 74 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Audio - ?

  • NEW! Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas!
  • NEW! Interview with Director John Llewellyn Moxey!
  • NEW! Interview with Composer Bob Cobert!
  • "The Night Stalker: Dan Curtis Interview" featurette
  • Limited Edition Booklet essay by Film critic and author Simon Abrams!
  • Newly Commissioned Art by Sean Phillips!
  • Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase!
THE NIGHT STALKER will be in stock at all your favorite retailers on Tuesday, October 2nd, and should cost you between $18 - $20. Order yourself a copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!


Synopsis: Supernatural phenomena, baffling murders and offbeat humor mark this second Night Stalker offering with a great cast and suspense so palpable, it'll feel like a presence right there in the room with you. Surfacing in Seattle, Kolchak (Darren McGavin) uncovers another maddening mystery: Every 21 years - for the past century - a serial killer commits a spree of murders, drains his victims' blood and then quietly disappears.

But Kolchak is on to this monster and is about to discover a shocking underground lair... an army of rotting corpses... and the ageless madman behind it all. The great Dan Curtis (BURNT OFFERINGS) produced and directed this highly-rated TV movie written by legendary sci-fi/horror writer Richard Matheson (I Am Legend).

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 90 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Audio - ?

  • NEW! Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas!
  • NEW! Interview with Composer Bob Cobert!
  • "Directing 'The Night Strangler'" Featurette!
  • Limited Edition Booklet essay by film critic and author Simon Abrams!
  • Newly Commissioned Art by Sean Phillips!
  • Limited Edition O-Card Slipcas!
THE NIGHT STRANGLER will be available the same day as its predecessor and should cost approximately $20. Order your copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Mill Creek Entetainment's Double Feature of NIGHTWING and SHADOW OF THE HAWK Comes to Blu-ray on October 16th!


UPDATE (10/02/2018): The street date for Mill Creek's NIGHTWING / SHADOW OF THE HAWK Blu-ray has been pushed back yet again! Now it is due out on October 23rd.

I am so overcome with joy Vault Dwellers! When I saw this double feature Blu-ray pop up for pre-order on Amazon,  there was absolutely NO hesitation when I added it to my cart. Both NIGHTWING and SHADOW OF THE HAWK were both staples of my youth, and I have fond memories of watching them late at night on TNT.

NIGHTWING is a supernatural thriller disguised as a "nature strikes back" flick, and has flocks of vampire bats attacking people in the deserts of New Mexico. SHADOW OF THE HAWK is an adventure tale about Jan-Michael Vincent accepting his role as a medicine man in order to defeat an evil witch! This one has some truly eerie moments, and one particularly memorable scene where a demonic car crashes into an invisible wall! (Such a cool effect!)

I haven't seen any reviews about the film transfers yet, but they have to be better than the VHS-rips I've been watching for the past decade! Regardless, next week I'll be excitedly popping this disc into my Blu-ray player, and taking a trip down memory lane!

NIGHTWING Synopsis: A wave of mysterious deaths on a Native American reservation in New Mexico are being investigated and…it's killer bats! Directed by Arthur Hiller, and starring Nick Mancuso (DEATH SHIP, UNDER SIEGE), David Warner (WAXWORK, TIME AFTER TIME), Kathryn Harrold (RAW DEAL), Stephen Macht (GRAVEYARD SHIFT, THE MONSTER SQUAD), and Strother Martin (COOL HAND LUKE, THE WILD BUNCH).

SHADOW OF THE HAWK Synopsis: The aging Indian medicine man Old Man Hawk arrives in the city to request help of his grandson Mike, a successful business executive. Old Man Hawk is fighting a sorcerous war with the witch Dsonqua who was executed two hundred years before and is now seeking revenge. Mike, who has no interest in the Indian ways, is reluctantly drawn in to helping.

Joined by a woman journalist named Maureen, Mike agrees to drive his grandfather three hundred miles home. But along the way Dsonqua increases her efforts and summons magical forces to destroy them. Directed by George McCowan and Daryl Duke, and starring Jan-Michael Vincent (THE MECHANIC, WHITE LINE FEVER), Chief Dan George (LITTLE BIG MAN, OUTLAW JOSEY WALES), Anna Hagan, and Marilyn Hassett (TWO-MINUTE WARNING, MESSENGER OF DEATH).

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 105 & 92 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

  • None.
Despite the lack of extras, I can't complain about this release because neither film has been released in HD before, and the cost is pretty darned low. (Between $8 - $15.) Order yourself a copy of this super cool double feature now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT!

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 09/25/2018!

Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

This is it Vault Dwellers, the last batch of new DVDs & Blu-rays for September 2018! While the month started out rather slow, it is ending on a high note with a slew of awesome new titles!

Severin Films delivers new Blu-rays of two Joe D'Amato classics, namely ANTHROPOPHAGUS (aka THE GRIM REAPER) and ABSURD, Arrow Video delivers new Special Edition Blus of THE BABY and DAY OF THE JACKAL, and MVD Rewind Collection gives ANGEL TOWN a shiny new Special Edition Blu-ray release.

Warner Archive Collection delivers the goods as well with their new DVDs of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS and Alfred Hitchcock's STAGE FRIGHT, plus the Blu-ray debuts of THE CYCLOPS, QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE, and THE SWARM!

But hold onto your butts, because we are not done yet! Scream Factory gave THE BRIDE its Blu-ray debut, and released the complete [REC] COLLECTION, plus a new Collector's Edition Blu-ray of EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC. And for you MSTies out there, Scream's parent company Shout! Factory just released the MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: LOST & FOUND COLLECTION which contains six episodes that were formerly out of print!

There are plenty of other new titles out this week Vault Dwellers, so be sure to scroll down to scope out the full list of this week's new DVDs & Blu-rays!

Absurd (Severin Films)
Anthropophagus (Severin Films)
DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season Three
Fraggle Rock: The Complete Series
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich
The Row
Scarlet Diva
Solo: A Star Wars Story

Angel Town (Special Edition)
The Baby (Special Edition)
Bad Dreams (88 Films - Region B)
The Battle in Outer Space
Brave Witches: The Complete Series
The Bride
Bubblegum Crisis: High-Definition Discotopia
City Hunter (Eureka Films! - Region B)
The Cyclops (Warner Archive Collection)
The Day of the Jackal (Special Edition)
The DePatie / Freleng Collection
Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time (4K UHD)
Exorcist II: The Heretic (Collector's Edition)
Eyeball (88 Films - Region Free!)
Gintama: Series Three - Part 2
Gore Theatre (Limited Edition)
The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday
Halloween (1978 - 4K UHD)
High School DxD BorN: Season 3
The Principal
The Punisher (2004 - 4K UHD)
Punisher: War Zone (4K UHD)
Queen of Outer Space (Warner Archive Collection)
Quigley Down Under (Shout Select)
The [REC] Collection
Stellvia: The Complete TV Series
The Swarm (Warner Archive Collection)
Tetsujin 28: The Complete 2004 TV Series
Tokyo Ghoul: Season Two
World End: What Do You Do At The End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? - The Complete Series
The X-Men Trilogy (4K UHD)

Angel Cop: The Complete OVA Series
Around the World in 80 Days (Warner Archive Collection)
Bite School (Unrated)
Demon House
Devilman: The Complete OVA Series
The Gifted: Season One
An Idle Mind is the Devil's Playground
Killer Waves
The Litch
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Lost & Found Collection
Power Rangers: Choujin Sentai Jetman - The Complete Series
Ravenwolf Towers
Red Eye
Red Scare Double Feature: Invasion U.S.A. & Rocket Attack U.S.A.
Sleepless Nights
Stage Fright (1950 - Warner Archive Collection)
Weed Wolf (Unrated)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN Comes to 4K Ultra HD on September 25th!


One of the constant headaches of being a collector is that you always feel compelled to upgrade something you already own, either because a newer release offers up more extras and better picture quality, or because it is coming out in a new format. Case in point, the latest re-release of John Carpenter's eternal classic, HALLOWEEN!

Synopsis: On a black and unholy Halloween night years ago, little Michael Myers brutally slaughtered his sister in cold blood. But for the last fifteen years, town residents have rested easy, knowing that he was safely locked away in a mental hospital — until tonight. Tonight, Michael returns to the same quiet neighborhood to relive his grisly murder again…and again…and again. For this is a night of evil. Tonight is Halloween!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 91 minutes | Region A
Video - 2160p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - Dolby TrueHD 7 & Dolby Digital Mono

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director John Carpenter and Actor Jamie Lee Curtis.
  • The Night She Came Home Featurette
  • On Location: 25 Years Later Featurette
  • TV Version Footage
  • Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots
Lionsgate's new 4K UHD of HALLOWEEN also includes the film on Blu-ray disc and will be available on Tuesday, September 25th. This two-disc release should cost approximately $18.00, and is readily available from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Umbrella Entertainment's September 2018 New Releases!


After a rather quiet August, Umbrella Entertainment strikes back with some great titles this month! Martin Freeman stars in CARGO as a man desperately seeking to find someone to take care of his infant daughter before he succumbs to a zombie virus. Also available are the cult classic HEATHERS on Blu-ray ("F*ck me with a chainsaw!"), plus the Australian DVD debuts of CITY OF LOST CHILDREN, IMMORTAL WARS, and TO CATCH A KILLER (featuring Brian Dennehy as John Wayne Gacy)!

For their Beyond Genres label, Umbrella released a relatively unknown cinematic oddity from director Alex Proyas (THE CROW, DARK CITY) called SPIRITS OF THE AIR, GREMLINS OF THE CLOUDS, which boasts a new 2K transfer and extras! For more information on these titles, plus all of Umbrella's other September releases, continue reading!

* On October 3rd, Umbrella Entertainment unleashes the following Horror titles, just in time for the Halloween season: HELLRAISER, HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II, HELLRAISER III: HELL ON EARTH, LOST GULLY ROAD, QUIJA HOUSE, and NEXT OF KIN (under their Ozploitation Classics label)!

* Also due out on October 3rd is their next title in their Beyond Genres line: THE QUIET EARTH. This release boasts a new restoration of the film and comes with new cover art plus several extras!

* On November 7th, Umbrella's got quite a few titles of interest including: EMMANUELLE 2, DAY OF THE DEAD (ULTIMATE EDITION), SINGLE WHITE FEMALE, HEAVEN'S BURNING, DEVIL'S GATE, and CHAIN REACTION.


Synopsis: Set against an overwhelming desert landscape, Felix (Michael Lake, SWEETIE) and Betty Crabtree (Rhys Davis, DEAD END DRIVE-IN) are eccentric siblings living together in an isolated homestead in a post-apocalyptic era. Modern technology is absent, with wheels and gears operating a variety of broken devices to assist their struggle to survive.

When they encounter a wandering stranger named Smith (Norman Boyd), their simple lives become tumultuous as the wheelchair-bound Felix dreams of flying and Betty believes their new arrival to be a demonic presence - the characters all yearning for escape but seemingly do not know how.

The debut feature from Alex Proyas, SPIRITS OF THE AIR, GREMLINS OF THE CLOUDS is presented here in its original 4:3 ratio from a 2K scan of the original 16mm negatives. This audio and visual feast has been resurrected from cinematic obscurity to coincide with its 30th anniversary of production!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 96 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (4:3)
Audio - 5.1 DTS-HD

  • Audio Commentary with Director Alex Proyas
  • Audio Commentary with Composer Peter Miller and Editor Craig Wood
  • Interview with cast member Michael Lake
  • Interview with cast member Rhys Davis
  • SPIRITS: Making a Post-Apocalypse Western featurette
  • SPIRITS SONG music video
  • Image Gallery


CARGO (2017)

Synopsis: In a desperate bid to outrun a violent pandemic, Andy and Kay have holed up on a houseboat with their one-year-old daughter, Rosie. When their peaceful river existence is shattered by a violent attack, Andy takes his family ashore to seek help for his badly injured wife. But this decision ends in tragedy when Kay meets a grisly demise and Andy is not only infected himself but left with only 48 hours to find a new guardian for their child, before he transforms into one of the creatures they have fought so long to evade.

As Andy travels further inland, it becomes apparent that Rosie’s best chance of survival may be with a flourishing Aboriginal community. But their merciless attitude toward the afflicted also poses a grave threat. Andy’s fate soon becomes entwined with that of a young Indigenous girl, Thoomi, who could be his safe passage into this community. But unfortunately, the girl has no desire to return to her people – she is on a quest to cure her own infected father by returning his stolen soul. Each in their own way, Andy and Thoomi are both seeking salvation... but they will need to work together if they truly hope to achieve it.

Disc Specs:
Rated MA 15+ | Color | 105 minutes | Region B
Video - 1080p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

  • Cargo: Shaping a Fragile Future featurette
  • Cargo: Maternal Combat featurette
  • Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • Q&A - May 9 2018, Melbourne GPO
  • Tropfest 2013 Short
  • Theatrical trailer


Synopsis: THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN is a dazzling fantasy adventure from Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, creators of DELICATESSEN. They bring their surreal vision to the story of Krank, a tormented scientist who sets about kidnapping local children in order to steal their dreams and reverse his accelerated aging process. When Krank's henchmen kidnap his brother, local fisherman and former circus strongman One (Ron Perlman) sets out on a journey to Krank's nightmarish laboratory, accompanied by a little orphan girl called Miette.

With stunning visuals from Darius Khondji, costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier and a haunting score by David Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti, THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN cemented Jeunet and Caro's reputation as film-makers with a unique vision.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 112 minutes | Region 4
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 5.1 Surround Sound

  • Audio commentary with Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Making-of Featurette
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Interview with Jean-Paul Gaultier
  • Trailer
  • Teasers



Synopsis: Watch your back as the trendsetters of Westerberg High School are chewing up the scenery and may just have you in their evil sights in this razor-sharp black comedy about peer group peril. Up to her neck in vitriol and sick of it, popular teenager Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder, BEETLEJUICE, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS) finds herself in a tiresome tide of ins and outs, part of a cruel social clique so wrapped up in their own making that no one else stands a chance.

She decides to challenge the malevolent rule of the self-appointed divas of the school scene, the Heathers (Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk and Kim Walker), and begins a torrid journey of blackmail, sex, revenge and murder. With the aid of rebellious newcomer Jason Dean (Christian Slater, TRUE ROMANCE) Veronica is set to revolutionise the classroom and turn popular perception upside down.

Crackling in high definition, the original '80s cult classic is in top form and returns us to a time of 'swatch dogs,' 'diet coke heads,' and a bunch of croquet playing queen bees that will have you laughing to the last despicable gasp!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 103 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

  • Return to Westerburg High Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer


Synopsis: Set in the future the world has been split into sectors, humans have captured Deviant and force them to fight to the death. Madman, Dominion Harvey, (Eric Roberts, THE DARK KNIGHT) hosts the Immortal Wars and televises the show to the entire planet. Trikalypse and fellow deviants will not only fight to survive but to bring down Dominion Industries.

Disc Specs:
Rated M | Color | 92 minutes | Region 4
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 2.0 Stereo

  • None.



Synopsis: In a quiet subruban street, in a nice middle-class suburb, a vicious killer stalks. Behind the face of a respected, well-liked man, a loving husband and father hides the mind of a sadistic, cold-blooded serial killer responsible for the torture-deaths of more than two dozen children and young men. Brian Dennehy stars in this chilling tale of suspense as the notorious John Wayne Gacy.

Police Lieutenant Joseph Kozenczak, assigned to a routine disappearance case, begins to suspect that this pillar of the community has something to hide. Suspicion turns to obsession as Kozenczak is pressured by his superiors to give up the investigation while he is locked in a taunting cat-and-mouse game with the calculating Gacy. Even as the tenacious detective closes in, Gacy plots his next unspeakable act, sizing up his next victim.

Also starring Margot Kidder (SUPERMAN, BLACK CHRISTMAS), Meg Foster (THEY LIVE, LEVIATHAN) and Michael Riley (This is Wonderland) TO CATCH A KILLER is genuine edge-of-your-seat suspense, all the more chocking because it's based on the facts of John Wayne Gacy's real-life reign of terror.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 189 minutes | Region 4
Video - 480p Fullscreen (4:3)
Audio - 2.0 Stereo

  • Promotional trailer

Also available this month from UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT:
As usual, all of the DVDs and mentioned in this post can be ordered directly from UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT, and are typically Region Free (unless otherwise noted)!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Brace Yourselves for a FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3 Parody: CAMP DEATH 3 IN 2D is Coming!


Amid the constant stream of press releases and spam e-mails that reach the Vault's inbox, there lurks correspondences and greetings from multiple indie filmmakers from across the globe. While I do try my best to answer back and help them spread the word about their films, it is a daunting task! But the reward is that films I would have otherwise been unaware of are brought to my attention, like CAMP DEATH 3 IN 2D!

The brainchild of Canadian filmmaker Matt Frames, CAMP DEATH 3 IN 2D is a low-budget (i.e. $35,000) Horror-Comedy that pokes fun at (arguably) one of the greatest 3D Horror films of all time! (Having seen it in legit 3D twice on the big screen, I can vouch for its awesomeness!) CAMP DEATH 3 IN 2D is making its big debut at the Requiem FearFest in Montreal (which kicked off yesterday), followed by screenings at other film festivals as the months tick by. There's word yet on a DVD, Blu-ray, or digital release at this time, so be on the look out for updates once I have more information!

Film Synopsis: Camp Crystal Meph has reopened but the curse of killer Johann Van Damme continues. Camp 'Death' has been given a new life as rehab center for mentally ill adults yet an unseen evil begins to murder campers and staff alike. Has Johann risen from the grave or is this the work of a copycat?

Stills & Trailer:
(Click on images to enlarge them.)

For more details about this film, and to find out where CAMP DEATH 3 IN 2D will be screening, be sure to follow their Facebook page! Stay tuned for more updates about this movie Vault Dwellers!

Attention Nicholas Cage Fans: You NEED This Poster on Your Wall!

Nicholas Cate in MANDY!

I enjoy a good (or bad) Nicholas Cage flick as much as anyone, but I would NEVER dare to watch ALL of his movies in one endless marathon! But that's exactly what artist John Rooney did!

Inspired to create a caricature of every character Nic Cage has ever portrayed, John sat down and worked this way through Cage's entire filmography. The end result? A super cool poster devoted to every family man and mad man that Nic Cage has ever played onscreen! (John even included Nic Cage Superman from the film that never was!)

Sound incredibly enticing, and almost too good to be true? Well then feast your eyes upon this:

Click to enlarge.
If you've fallen in love with this poster, you can buy one from John Rooney's Etsy store HERE. The cost is a smidge under $55.00 and it will be mailed within a heavy duty shipping tube for protection. Then all you'll need is a nice poster frame so that you can hang this on your living room wall as the ultimate conversation piece!

Poster Specs: This print is signed by the artist and has been professionally printed on 150gsm matte finish paper. The paper size of the print is A2: 420mm (width) X 594mm (height) / 16.5 x 23.3 inches. (A 17 x 24 frame would most likely suit this poster best.)

Be sure to check out John's other artistic works on his Official Website, and don't forget to follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see his current works in progress! And if you're curious if he does commissions, well he does!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

SCREAM FOR HELP Finally Makes Its Triumphant Debut on Blu-ray!


Few announcements shocked and excited me as much as Scream Factory's declaration that they were adding SCREAM FOR HELP to their catalog at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. (This of course, came just several months after we highlighted this bizarre film in our WANTED ON BLU-RAY column so.... I'll take a bit of the credit. Haha!)

I had first experienced this film several years ago during Exhumed Film's 24-Hour Horrorthon in Philadelphia, where SCREAM FOR HELP energized the audience, and instantly became a crowd favorite! This movie is a must buy for yours truly, but if you're still on the fence, read more about it below!

Synopsis: Terror invades an upper-class New York community as 17-year old Christie Cromwell cleverly uncovers her stepfather's horrifying plot to murder her wealthy mother. She's on to him, yet no one will believe her because she's just a kid: smart, imaginative, maybe she's just taken a crazy idea to the limit. Suspense builds when a series of shocking events confirms her worst fears. Alone, afraid and helpless, terrified Christie and her mother are held prisoner in their own home at the mercy of ruthless killers.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 89 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ? 

  • NEW! 2K Scan From The Original Film Elements!
  • NEW! Stepfather Of The Year – An Interview With Actor David Allen Brooks!
  • NEW! Cruel Intentions – An Interview With Writer Tom Holland!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary Featuring Justin Karswell (Hysteria Lives!, The Slasher Movie Book) And Amanda Reyes (Are You In The House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium)
  • Theatrical Trailer
SCREAM FOR HELP is currently available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold and is going for $24 - $28 at the moment! If you're a fan of this cult classic, or just super curious, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this movie ASAP from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.

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.