Friday, January 18, 2019

The 17th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards Are Coming!



THE RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR NOMINEES! VOTING BEGINS NEXT MONTH!

The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards have been on my radar for at least a decade now, and part of me always wanted to win one: Partially for bragging rights (don't judge, everyone's ego needs a little boost every now and again), but mostly for vindication. (Ha! You see?! Writing about movies and Blu-rays IS a worthwhile pursuit!) Imagine my complete shock when The B-Movie Film Vault showed up as a nominee last year for BEST WEBSITE OR BLOG OF 2017! Here's a quick video of my reaction:


Now I did not even come CLOSE to winning a Rondo (I had some pretty stiff competition from much larger sites that have writing staffs), but just to be included in the running was amazing! This year I'm hoping The Vault gets nominated again, even though I didn't create much content throughout 2018 on the main site. (But in my defense, I was very active on social media AND updated The News Vault quite frequently, so that has to count for something, right?) While I have no illusions about winning a Rondo, I would be very proud to be nominated again!

Speaking of which, the nomination process has already begun! So if you'd like to suggest a film, or magazine, or article, artist, "monster kid," or website (like The B-Movie Film Vault perhaps?) there are two ways to get your choices on the ballot:
  1. You may privately e-mail suggestions to David Colton at taraco@aol.com
  2. Join the Classic Horror Film Board, login, and make your suggestions in THIS THREAD.
Yes, it really is that easy Vault Dwellers! So if you have a few free minutes, please take the time to send in a list of nominees, and stay tuned for further updates on when the actual voting will begin in February! And for those of you who think I'm good enough to end up on this year's ballot, from the bottom of heart I thank you!


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 01/15/2019!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings Vault Dwellers, and welcome to another edition of our STOCK YOUR VAULT column! This week offers up a good mix of titles, and is one of those rare times where new Blu-ray releases outnumber DVDs!

Kino Classics adds to their Mario Bava Collection this week with the releases of KNIVES OF THE AVENGER and FOUR TIMES THAT NIGHT, Severin Films gives JACK THE RIPPER new life on Blu-ray, and Arrow Video delivers a 2-disc Limited Edition of Guillermo del Toro's CRIMSON PEAK and brings THE FORBIDDEN PHOTOS OF A LADY ABOVE SUSPICION to Blu!

Mill Creek Entertainment shows some muscle this week with six new releases, all housed within cool retro VHS-style packaging, including: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, HARDBODIES, KRULL, LAST ACTION HERO, SILENT RAGE, and WHO'S HARRY CRUMB?

Scream Factory and Shout Select have a very strong presence this week as well, and we get no less than six new titles from them: HOWLING III, THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, SATURDAY THE 14TH, OBSESSION (COLLECTOR'S EDITON), THE PLAGUE DOGS, and THE GLASS KEY! And for all you Region Free folks, 88 Films has you covered with INFRA-MAN, IRONMASTER, and KILLER CONSTABLE!

There's plenty of other new releases out this week on DVD & Blu-ray, so be sure to scroll down to see them all!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
The Basement
Four Times That Night (Kino Classics)
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
Halloween (2018)
Hunter x Hunter: Vol. 5
Jack the Ripper (Severin Films)
Jonathan


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
Airport (1970)
Black Clover: Season 1 Part 3 (Standard & Collector's Editions)
Cliffhanger (4K UHD)
Crimson Peak (2-Disc Limited Edition)
The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (Arrow Video)
The Glass Key (Shout Select)
Happy Birthday to Me (Retro VHS-style)
Hardbodies (Retro VHS-style)
Howling III
Infra-Man (88 Films - Region B)
Ironmaster (88 Films - Region B)
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Season One
Killer Constable (88 Films - Region B)
Knives of the Avenger (Kino Classics)
Krull (Retro VHS-style)
Last Action Hero (Retro VHS-style)
Mob Psycho 100: The Complete Series 
Obsession (Collector's Edition)
Once Upon a Deadpool
Overlord II: Season 2
The Plague Dogs (Shout Select)
The Plague of the Zombies
Rocket Girls: The Complete Collection
Saturday the 14th
Silent Rage (Retro VHS-style)
Who's Harry Crumb? (Retro VHS-style)


NEW TO DVD
The 6th Friend
After Darkness
Beyond White Space
Blood Alley
Cannibals and Carpet Fitters
The Dark
Fiend (Massacre Video)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume IX (reissue)


Mill Creek Taps into Your Nostalgia With These Collectible Blu-ray Covers!


MILL CREEK GOES RETRO! CHECK OUT THE AWESOME VHS-STYLE COVER ART FOR THESE TEN BLU-RAY TITLES!

I have to say that Mill Creek Entertainment has come a long way over the years. They've gone from a fledgling company specializing in bargain-priced DVD sets, to a Blu-ray powerhouse, offering low prices on Blu-ray titles that have surprisingly good audio and video quality! (They officially won me over last year with their Blu-rays of YOR, THE HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE and a double feature of NIGHTWING / SHADOW OF THE HAWK!) And now they're tapping into the nostalgia of the VHS generation with a series of cool Blus that are both cheap and highly collectible! Continue reading for a closer look!


JANUARY 15, 2019 TITLES



HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME (1981)

Synopsis: Get ready for a taut mystery-shocker that will keep you at your wit’s end and at the edge of your seat. Popular high school senior Virginia Wainwright (Melissa Sue Anderson - MIDNIGHT OFFERINGS, SKATETOWN U.S.A.) survives a freak accident, but suffers from memory loss and traumatic blackouts.

As she attempts to resume a normal life, something terrible is happening - her friends are ruthlessly murdered one-by-one. Will she be the next victim or is she the killer? The terrifying truth is finally uncovered at Virginia’s 18th birthday party and you’re invited!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 111 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Extras:
  • None.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME is now available and should cost between $7.50 - $14.99! Get yours now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from MILL CREEK!




HARDBODIES (1984)

Synopsis: When three middle-aged geezers move into a swinging beach house, they hire a young stud to teach them how to score with the local beauties. 80s band Vixen and hundreds of Southern California's hottest swimsuit models co-star in the legendary cult comedy.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 87 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • None.


HARDBODIES should cost between $7.50 - $15 and is available now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from MILL CREEK!




KRULL (1983)

Synopsis: Journey into a mystical time and place that belongs to neither the past nor the present, where extraordinary creatures of myth work their incredible magic, and where a horrific, omnipotent Beast is the ruler. This is the planet of Krull!

Prince Colwyn sets out on a daring mission to rescue his young bride who is held captive by the Beast. But slayers and alien beings under the command of the Beast oppose him at every turn. Colwyn must first reach a faraway cavern to recover the legendary Glaive, a flying blade capable of phenomenal powers.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 121 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Extras:
  • None.
KRULL costs between $7.50 - $15, and is currently available at AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, and directly from MILL CREEK!




LAST ACTION HERO (1993)

Synopsis: Danny Madigan (Austin O’Brien) knows the first three Jack Slater movies by heart and the fourth one is just about to be released. With the aid of a magical ticket, Danny gets to know the latest movie really well, literally speaking. While watching the opening action sequence during an advance screening, Danny is transported right into the movie!

While on the other side of the silver screen, Danny becomes the sidekick of Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger), the toughest cop on the police force. Complications arise while Jack and Danny are working on the case, when one of the bad guys gets a hold of Danny’s magic ticket and escapes out of the movie into the real world. Now Danny and his hero Jack Slater must chase the arch villain in the real world, a world where evil guys can actually win!

Disc Specs:
Rated PG-13 | Color | 131 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras:
  • None.
Depending on where you shop, LAST ACTION HERO will cost you between $7.50 - $15! Grab a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or directly from MILL CREEK!




SILENT RAGE (1982)

Synopsis: Chuck Norris, six time World Karate Champion, stars in his first suspense film as the tough, street-fighting sheriff of a small Texas town terrorized by a psychotic killer.  Norris is faced with the dilemma of stopping the invincible murderer, made virtually indestructible through genetic engineering.  A young group of researchers are responsible for developing the serum, and the head of the research institute is determined to continue the genetic experiments regardless of the consequences.

Norris displays fighting brilliance as he singlehandedly routs a dozen brutal bikers from a truck stop hangout, while revealing a warm and sexy side when he rekindles an old romance with Alison Halman (Toni Kalem), a researcher at the institute.  Excitement, horror and romance prevails as Norris combats the killer.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 100 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • None.
SILENT RAGE costs between $7.50 - $15 and is readily available from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from MILL CREEK!




WHO'S HARRY CRUMB? (1989)

Synopsis: John Candy is bigger, better and more bumbling than ever as the hilarious Harry Crumb - a big-hearted, soft-headed private eye and mixed-up master of disguise. When Harry, the last of the great sleuthing Crumbs - and the last person in the firm to ever get an assignment - finally gets a shot at a frontpage kidnapping, it’s only because his beady-eyed boss Eliot Draisen (Jeffrey Jones) doesn’t want the case solved.

At stake is the gorgeous daughter of multi-millionaire P.J. Downing, a $10 million ransom, and Eliot’s hot-to-trot mistress (Annie Potts). Attired in a bizarre array of goofball disguises, from a Hungarian hairdresser to a hefty housewife - Harry is bound, gagged and determined to crack the case and prove that when it comes to crime, he’s one Crumb that won’t be swept under the carpet.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG-13 | Color | 90 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • None.
WHO'S HARRY CRUMB? finally debuts on Blu-ray, and will only cost you between $7.50 - $15! Add this disc to your collection now by ordering it from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or directly from MILL CREEK!



FEBRUARY 19TH, 2019 TITLES



THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN (1985)

Synopsis: When local rich kid Hubie Pyatt (Barry Tubb) steals and wrecks Binx Davy's beloved motor scooter, Binx's older sister Billie Jean (Helen Slater) demands the $608 it costs to fix it. Binx shoots Mr. Pyatt (Richard Bradford) by accident and he and Billie Jean flee town, accompanied by Billie Jean's girlfriends Ophelia (Martha Gehman) and Putter (Yeardley Smith).

They become fugitives and when they pick up a very willing hostage, Lloyd (Keith Gordon), they become criminals. Billie Jean becomes a legend in her own time, a symbol of freedom to teenagers everywhere.


Disc Specs:
Rated PG-13 | Color | 95 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - Dolby Digital 2.0 (?)

Extras:
  • None listed. However, the previous Blu-ray release had an audio commentary with stars Helen Slater and Yeardley Smith so that may be ported over for this VHS-style release.
THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN costs between $9 - $15, and will be released on Tuesday, February 19th! Order your copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or direct from MILL CREEK!




NEIGHBORS (1981)

Synopsis: Earl Keese (John Belushi - THE BLUES BROTHERS, NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE) is a slightly overweight, fairly average guy who is approaching middle age. He leads a reasonably comfortable life with his family in their suburban home. . . until the house next door is bought by a truly odd couple, Vic (Dan Aykroyd - GHOSTBUSTERS) and Ramona (Cathy Moriarty - RAGING BULL), who quickly proceed to drive Earl crazy.

Vic's lunatic behavior has Earl running in circles while Ramona's coarse seductiveness leaves him panting. In short, Earl's tranquil life is suddenly turned upside down. If it's laughs you want, these are the neighbors to look in on. John G. Avildsen (THE KARATE KID) directs a dream comedy cast (including SNL regular Tim Kazurinsky) from a screenplay by the one and only Larry Gelbart (TOOTSIE, THE WRONG BOX).

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 95 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • None.
NEIGHBORS returns to Blu-ray on February 19th and should cost between $9 - $15! Order a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or MILL CREEK!




SHEENA (1984)

Synopsis: She is an ancient prophecy fulfilled. A golden God child possessed with a mystic gift. A gift which grew in strength as she grew in years. A gift about to be put to the ultimate test. Innocence against evil. Part Animal. Part Legend. All Woman.

Journey to deepest, darkest Africa for thrills, romance and high adventure! Orphaned in Zambouli territory, the blonde Sheena (Tanya Roberts) is raised by a noble tribe and taught to communicate telepathically with all creatures. She gets a firsthand lesson in love from Vic Casey (Ted Wass), a wisecracking TV journalist.

In Africa for a story on a royal football player, Prince Otwani (Trevor Thomas), Vic soon finds himself embroiled in a web of political intrigue. And when the evil prince decides to invade the Zamboulis' land, it is up to Sheena to rescue Vic and save her idyllic kingdom!
Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 117 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • None.
SHEENA makes its Blu-ray debut on February 19th and currently costs between $9 - $15. Order now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or MILL CREEK!





SONGWRITER (1984)

Synopsis: Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson as a pair of hard-living Texans in this funny, original and very real look at the country music business. Doc Jenkins (Nelson) may be one of C&W's most beloved stars, but his private life is a wreck. He's split up with his longtime partner, Blackie Buck (Kristofferson), a country outlaw with a heart of gold.

Doc's singer-wife, Honey Carder (Melinda Dillon), has thrown him out of the house. And now he's gotten involved with a sleazy music manager, Rodeo Rocky (Richard C. Sarafian), who's out to steal his material. Teaming up with Blackie, Doc takes drastic measures to win back his family and reclaim his songs. It's Willie and Kris, on the road again, making music and raising hell!

Disc Specs:
Rated R| Color | 94 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • None.
SONGWRITER gets its Blu-ray debut on February 19th, and should cost between $9 - $15! Order a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or directly from MILL CREEK!



Sunday, January 13, 2019

HOWLING III, THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, and SATURDAY THE 14TH All Come to Blu-ray on January 15th!


MARSUPIAL WEREWOLVES, HAMMER HORROR, AND A BIZARRE MONSTER MASH ALL HEAD TO BLU-RAY COURTESY OF SCREAM FACTORY!

Scream Factory's first quarter release slate is impressive to say the least! And though Scream Factory's prices have gone up noticeably (a point of contention with many fans & collectors) it'll be hard not to buy some of these new titles!

Next Tuesday be on the lookout for the totally absurd HOWLING III, which features Australian Marsupial Werewolves with Epilepsy, PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, a classic Hammer Horror flick featuring black magic and the undead, and also SATURDAY THE 14TH, a low-budget 80s Horror spoof filled with rubber monsters! To learn more about this trio of new Scream Factory Blus, continue onward Vault Dwellers!

HOWLING III (1987)

Synopsis: The race is on as a colony of marsupial werewolves attempts to outwit and outlast their human counterparts in the offbeat horror film THE HOWLING III. Long ago, the now-extinct marsupial wolf (a.k.a. Tasmanian Tiger) roamed the Australian Outback.

Today, a werewolf colony that has descended from these marsupials has taken over the land. This race of human-like creatures roams the outback, preying on the unsuspecting to feed their growing numbers. The race for survival is on as the humans struggle to contain these out of control creatures.


Disc Specs:
Rated PG-13 | Color | 98 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • NEW! Digital Transfer Sponsored By The National Film And Sound Archive Of Australia!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Philippe Mora, Moderated By Filmmaker Jamie Blanks!
  • NEW! A Conversation With Philippe Mora – An Interview With The Writer/Director!
  • Vintage Interviews From The Documentary Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! By Director Mark Hartley!
  • Theatrical Trailer
This strange HOWLING sequel (that I lovingly refer to as the "TROLL 2 of the HOWLING franchise") will be available on Tuesday, January 15th and will cost approximately $24. Order a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.




THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES (1966)

Synopsis: In a remote 19th-century Cornish village, an evil presence lurks within the darkness of the witching hour. A mysterious plague relentlessly consumes lives at an unstoppable rate. Unable to find the cause, Dr. Peter Tompson enlists the help of his mentor, Sir James Forbes.

Desperate to find an antidote, they instead find inexplicable horror: empty coffins with the diseased corpses missing! Following a series of strange and frightening clues, they discover a deserted mine where they discover a world of black magic and a doomed legion of flesh-eating slaves ... the walking dead!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 91 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.66:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Filmmakers Constantine Nasr And Ted Newsom And Film Historian Steve Haberman!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary with Author/Film Historian Troy Howarth!
  • NEW! Restored Audio!
  • World Of Hammer – Mummies, Werewolves & The Living Dead
  • Raising The Dead: The Making Of The Plague Of The Zombies
  • Restoration Comparison
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Still Gallery
THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES also comes to Blu-ray on January 15th and costs $24! Order this Hammer Horror classic now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.




SATURDAY THE 14TH (1981)

Synopsis: It's the second unluckiest day of the year. Pennsylvania is beginning to look a lot like Transylvania in the horror spoof SATURDAY THE 14TH! John (Richard Benjamin - LOVE AT FIRST BITE) and Mary (Paula Prentiss - THE STEPFORD WIVES) can't believe their good fortune when they inherit the vast estate of John's recently departed uncle.

Sure, it's a fixer-upper. But there's nothing that can't be taken care of with a fresh coat of paint, a little dusting ... and maybe an exorcist! It turns out that they've just moved into the most eerie house in Erie, PA — and one that some loathsome looky-loos are simply dying to take off their hands! Monsters, mayhem, and mirth descend upon the house — and only a mysterious book can save this everyday normal family from Saturday's paranormal activity.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 75 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • NEW! 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements!
  • NEW! Interview With Producer Julie Corman!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Photo Gallery
SATURDAY THE 14TH can be yours on January 15th for the cost of $23! To secure yourself a copy, order it now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.



Friday, January 11, 2019

WANTED ON BLU-RAY: PROPHECY (1979)


WANTED ON BLU-RAY: PROPHECY (1979)

Rated PG | Color | 102 minutes

Back in the late 80s - early 90s, I caught a ton of cool eco-Horror flicks on cable television. I watched in awe and excitement as humanity battled killer sharks, bears, alligators & crocodiles, piranha, crabs, and even SLUGS, but few captured my imagination more than John Frankenheimer's PROPHECY.

With its eco-friendly message of "don't pollute the environment, lest you bring about the wrath of ManBearPig," PROPHECY saw a VHS release in 1982, and got regular play on TBS, TNT, and even USA Network years after that before finally arriving on DVD in January of 2002.

With studios raiding their vaults in recent years, you'd think that this gem would have made the leap to Blu-ray by now, especially after building up a definite cult following. But sadly that isn't the case, and PROPHECY continues to languish in DVD hell, even as this cautionary tale of exploding sleeping bags celebrates its 40th anniversary!

Synopsis: Dr. Robert Verne (Robert Foxworth - the voice of "Ratchet" in Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS films) and his wife Maggie (Talia Shire - the ROCKY series) head to the forests of Northern Maine to investigate the impact a paper mill is having on the surrounding environment and the indigenous Native American tribe. Though the plant's director Bethel Isely (Richard Dysart - THE THING) assures Dr. Verne that things are on the up and up, the investigator quickly surmises that the entire area has been polluted with Methylmercury.

The result of this prolonged exposure to the hazardous chemical has caused a variety of health issues with the local natives, turned raccoons into crazed killers, and resulted in oversized fauna, most notably a monstrous mutant bear (portrayed by both Kevin Peter Hall, aka the original PREDATOR)! Eventually Dr. Verne, his wife, Isley, and a small group of other hapless humans (including Armand Assante and Victoria Racimo) find themselves hunted by "Katahdin," and must either exit the woods or find a way to kill the deformed beast!

HONEY STOPS THE PAIN!

PROPHECY is a shockingly well-made film with an impressive cast (though Armand Assante proves to be a bit melodramatic at times), but it definitely takes its subject matter way too seriously. The plight of indigenous people, the rape of the natural world, the evils of capitalism, and the dangers of pollution all take a backseat to what is essentially a silly rubber monster movie. And yet, that's part of this its charm. PROPHECY is an unheralded classic that could use a little more respect, and deserves a Blu-ray release dammit!

Availability: You can stream PROPHECY instantly or buy a digital copy in HD. For lovers of physical media you can still obtain the old 2002 Paramount DVD (which used to be like $5 - $10 and now goes for $13 - $75+!), OR you can get the Warner Bros. reissue (released May 21, 2013) which is currently going for around $25. The only major difference between both of these (as far as I can tell) is the cover art. You can also watch a low-resolution upload of PROPHECY for free on YouTube.

Current Rights Holder: Paramount, though I find it quite curious that Warner Bros. was the last company to distribute PROPHECY on DVD. If Warner still somehow retained the rights, there's a slight chance that maybe Scream Factory could put this title out on Blu-ray, as they have been announcing a lot of Warner titles as of late. (Mainly Hammer Horror films.) That likely isn't the case, therefore Paramount is the sole reason PROPHECY hasn't been released to Blu-ray yet.

And I'm going to focus my burning glare upon them until that day comes!

Blu-ray Wishlist:
  • A new 4K restoration of the film from an archival print. (Though I will settle for a 2K scan all things considered.
  • Two cuts of the film. (Theatrical and Extended Cuts.) 
  • Original Mono and newly created 5.1 Audio mix.
  • Interviews with surviving cast and crew - Talia Shire, Robert Foxworth, Armand Assante, Victoria Racimo, Tom McLoughlin, and anyone that helped bring "Katahdin" and the other creatures in the film to life.
  • Audio commentary by film historian and eco-horror buff Lee Gambin.
  • Deleted scenes and extended scenes.
  • Gallery of production photos and promotional art.
  • Trailers
PROPHECY's been a long-time favorite of yours truly, and I would love it if Paramount gave it the royal treatment! Even if we never get to see all of the excised gore or the steamy Foxworth/Shire love scene, it'd be great just to have a copy of the film in HD with improved audio quality! If you are as passionate as I am about Paramount's mutant melty-bear eco-horror classic, then let them know on Twitter and Facebook! Maybe if we make a little noise on the web (and if Hell freezes over), they'll take notice and take pity upon those of us that still collect physical media.



Wednesday, January 9, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 01/08/2019!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings Vault Dwellers and welcome to the first GOOD week of new DVD & Blu-ray titles for 2019! Last week was pretty bare, but this week is full of great new releases from all of our favorite labels!

Scream Factory adds the Nicholas Cage thriller 8MM to their catalog, MVD Rewind Collection gives NEMESIS a stellar Blu-ray release, and Mill Creek helps you finish off your KARATE KID COLLECTION with their double feature of KARATE KID PART III and THE NEXT KARATE KID!

Code Red gives STREET LAW its Blu-ray debut, Scorpion Releasing gives us new Special Editions of SILENT SCREAM and BLIND DATE, Warner Archive Collection finally puts JUDGMENT NIGHT onto Blu-ray, and Arrow Video gives WILLIE DYNAMITE a nice Special Edition Blu release!

To cap things off, Kino Lorber offers up a pair of classic titles on DVD and Blu-ray, namely THE HOUSE THAT WOULD NOT DIE and WHATEVER HAPPENED TO AUNT ALICE?, and most importantly, Sony Pictures brought the long-requested Supernatural Sci-Fi Comedy STAY TUNED to Blu-ray! Here's hoping that means that other HBO-produced titles like THE HITCHER and MOM & DAD SAVE THE WORLD aren't too far behind!

To see the remainder of this week's new DVD & Blu-ray releases, be sure to scroll down!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Asher
Castle Rock: Season 1
Dragon Ball Super: Part Six
The Great Battle
Hell Fest
The House That Would Not Die (Special Edition)
Let the Corpses Tan
Mobile Fighter G-Gundam: Part 2
The Purge: Season One
Silent Scream (Special Edition)
Time Freak
Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice? (Special Edition)


NEW TO BLU-RAY
8MM
All the Creatures Were Stirring
Blind Date (Special Edition)
Body Melt (88 Films - Region B)
The Heroes of Telemark
Judgment Night
KanColle Kantai Collection: The Complete Series
The Karate Kid Part III / The Next Karate Kid (Double Feature)
Nemesis (MVD Rewind Collection)
Office Space (20th Anniversary Edition)
Stay Tuned
Street Law (Special Editon - aka Il cittadino si ribella)
Twin Star Exorcists: Part Four
When Harry Met Sally (30th Anniversary Edition - Shout Select)
Willie Dynamite (Special Edition)


NEW TO DVD
The Car: Road to Revenge (Unrated)
Curse of the Revenant
The Harvesting
Hounds of Love
The House on Dead End Lane Double Feature
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
The Hunger: The Complete Second Season
The Hunting
Intensive Care
Last Boy
Monsterland 2
Seven Devils
The Z Effect: Extended Edition


NEW MULTI-FILM COLLECTIONS ON DVD
Horror: Do Not Watch Alone - 15 Film Collection
Contains: Night of the Living Dead, House on Haunted Hill, Carnival of Souls, I Bury the Living, Blood Tide, Fangs of the Living Dead, Bloody Pit of Horror, The Undertaker and his Pals, Nightmare Castle, Dementia 13, Count Dracula and his Vampire Brides, The Last Man on Earth, The Pyx, Dominique is Dead, and The Ghost.


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Umbrella Entertainment's January 2019 New Releases!


RETIRED NAZIS, RAMPAGING ALIENS, AND EROTIC OZPLOITATION CLASSICS ARE ON UMBRELLA'S DOCKET THIS MONTH!

As I type up this post about Umbrella's latest titles, it occurred to me that I somehow totally missed sharing December 2018's new releases! So before we even get into the handful of new Aussie Blus and DVDs that are out this month, let me just quickly list last month's titles.

These discs were released on December 5th, 2018:
* CELIA / THE TALE OF RUBY ROSE (DVD DOUBLE FEATURE)
* DR. KNOCK (DVD)
* FROG DREAMING (BLU-RAY)
* FROG DREAMING (DVD)
* THE MERGER (BLU-RAY)
* THE MERGER (DVD)
* ONE LESS GOD (DVD)
* THE PRINCESS AND THE DRAGON (DVD)
* TRAVELING NORTH / THE MANGO TREE (CLASSIC AUSTRALIAN STORIES - DVD)
* YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (BLU-RAY)
* YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (DVD)

Now that we're back on track, let's take a gander at Umbrella's January titles! A teenager discovers that his neighbor is a wanted Nazi war criminal in APT PUPIL, which is based upon Stephen King's novella of the same name. In FELICITY, a young girl liberates herself sexually, while in CENTRESPREAD, a naive young girl has to decide between fame or love. In the slapstick sex-comedy PLUGG, a private detective is hired to dig up dirt on an escort agency that the mayor of Perth wants to shut down. Finally, 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH features Ray Harryhausen's Ymir, a rather tragic Venusian beast that is stranded on Earth! For more info on this titles (and Umbrella's full January roster) please continue onward!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
* February is a rather sparse month with next to no Horror, Cult, or Exploitation titles. The only release of interest for you Vault Dwellers will probably be WALKABOUT, a tale about two orphaned children struggling to survive in the Australian outback.


20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH (1957)

Synopsis: Special effects master Ray Harryhausen (CLASH OF THE TITANS, ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.) brings you one of his earliest groundbreaking films.

On its way home from Venus, a U.S. Army rocket ship crashes into the sea of Sicily leaving Colonel Calder (William Hopper - REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE) the sole survivor ...or so it seems. A sealed container is also recovered from the wreck and when a zoologist (Frank Puglia - GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!) and his granddaughter (Joan Taylor - EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS) open it, the gelatinous mass inside escapes.

Overnight, it grows into a horrific monster that has doubled in size. In desperation, Calder calls in the Army to help fight the monster, which has taken refuge atop the Coliseum in Rome. But it will take more than man's weapons to fight the evil forces of the unknown and save the world from destruction.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Black & White| 83 minutes | Region 4
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 5.1 Dolby Digital

Extras:
  • None.
ORDER "20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH ON BLU-RAY FROM AMAZON.COM OR DIRECTLY FROM UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT!




APT PUPIL (1998)

Synopsis: From the novella by acclaimed Horror Master, Stephen King, APT PUPIL is the story of Todd Bowden (Brad Renfro - SLEEPERS), a brilliant young student who discovers that an old man living in his hometown is actually a wanted Nazi war criminal.

To satisfy Todd's curiosity and earn his silence, Kurt Dussander (Ian McKellen - THE X-MEN SERIES) reveals his secret past... but all too soon it becomes clear that Todd is not the one in control of this twisted psychological game and that if he lives through it, he will learn a very dangerous lesson.

Disc Specs:
Rated MA | Color | 111 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio

Extras:
  • Behind the Scenes Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
ORDER "APT PUPIL" FROM AMAZON.COM (DVD / BLU-RAY) OR DIRECTLY FROM UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT (DVD / BLU-RAY).




FELICITY (1978) / CENTRESPREAD (1981)

FELICITY Synopsis: Felicity (the gorgeous Glory Annen) is a sheltered teen who surrenders her blossoming body to a world of bold sexual adventure in this homegrown erotic sin-sation from sexy Ozploitation auteur John D. Lamond.

From taboo-breaking pleasures at an all-girl Catholic school to wanton delights in the exotic underground of Hong Kong, come join Felicity as she finally liberates her libido in the Far East with the help of Penthouse pet and Bond girl Joni Flynn (OCTOPUSSY).

Hailed as Australia's most erotic screen odyssey and celebrated in the documentary NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD, FELICITY captures the sensual and sumptuous flavour of BILITIS, EMMANUELLE, and STORY OF O in its classic tale of burgeoning sexuality and the ultimate search for forbidden ecstasy.

CENTRESPREAD Synopsis: In a world at the brink of the 21st century, where strict social stratification is rigidly enforced, where spending power is related to social utility rather than to productivity, and the only manifestation of violence is in magazine pages, a photographer whose special talent is mixing violence and sex, is told to find a new girl whose freshness will rejuvenate the pages of the magazine.

Gerard (Paul Trahair) not only fulfils his task but also rediscovers innocence and a world left behind by advancing technology when he uncovers Niki (Kylie Foster - QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER). But love is not in the Editor's plans and he offers Niki a choice - stardom or the love of a redundant photographer....

The directorial debut of Tony Peterson (veteran Ozploitation editor behind MAD MAX, FANTASM COMES AGAIN, and THE SURVIVOR), CENTRESPREAD depicts an ominous new society where old-fashioned love battles against sexual availability in a world invaded by rules, regulations and computer control.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 176 minutes (total) | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio

FELICITY Extras:
  • Audio commentary with Director John D. Lamond and star Glory Annen.
  • Confessions of an R-Rated Movie Maker - Extended interviews from Not Quite Hollywood with John Lamond, Glory Annen and Gary Wapshott!
  • Image gallery
  • Theatrical trailer

CENTRESPREAD Extras:
  • Behind The Centrespread - Interview with producer Greg Lynch!
  • Theatrical Trailer A
  • Theatrical Trailer B
  • Alternate UK cut
  • Image Gallery
ORDER "FELICITY / CENTRESPREAD" NOW FROM AMAZON.COM OR DIRECTLY FROM UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT.






PLUGG (1975)

Synopsis: PLUGG is a slapstick comedy in which a blonde from the Pussycat Escort Agency is stalked and ogled by a comic private detective named Plugg (Peter Thompson - MAD DOG MORGAN).

Private detective, Horatio Plugg, has been commissioned by Mayor Claude Marshall-Enright (Edgar Metcalfe - A CRY IN THE DARK) to get a complete dossier on the Perth-based agency so it can be shut down. The owner of the agency (Alan Cassell, BREAKER MORANT) wants to keep practicing his golf so gets Plugg on the case...

The inept Plugg thinks the arrival of horny farmer (Phil Cleary) who wants to get off with Kelli Kelly (Cheryl Rixon - Homicide) is the perfect chance to nail the Escort Agency. But as he's perving on Kelli Kelly, he's also being pursued by a disaster-prone policeman, Inspector Closer (Norman Yemm) and his constable side-kick (Reg Gorman). All parties meet in the climactic court case following a series of chases.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 86 minutes | Region Free
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - Mono

Extras:
  • Trailer (accessible at the end of the Feature)
ORDER "PLUGG" ON DVD NOW FROM AMAZON.COM OR DIRECTLY FROM UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT.


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 often Region Free!


NEWS VAULT SPOTLIGHT ON: SARAH BURKE!


While the vast majority of the posts here at The News Vault focus on upcoming DVD and Blu-ray releases, I do try to branch out sometimes to promote independent films and directors. That's initially why I started up the "News Vault Spotlight," though last year I decided to expand beyond my admittedly limited scope to include other artists, such as musicians (i.e. Cohen over Coen) and now cosmetologists / makeup f/x artists!

THE B-MOVIE NEWS VAULT PRESENTS...
SARAH BURKE!



MINI BIOGRAPHY:
A native of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (the home of weather forecasting rodents and Bill Murray time loops), Sarah Burke is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Cosmetology-Arts & Sciences. Sarah quickly developed an affinity for creating makeup f/x while working at The Beauty Bar in Dubois, PA, and without any formal training she has done some truly amazing makeups, turning herself into various creatures, actors, and film characters.

Sarah currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA where she is practicing cosmetology. She hopes to one day break into the film industry, claiming that she would be satisfied with seeing her name in the end credits of just one movie. But until that day comes, she'll keep honing her craft and delivering some impressive makeup designs, especially during the Halloween and Christmas seasons! Speaking of which, let's take a look at some of her personal favorites, shall we?


HORROR & GORE

Chucky & Tiffany

Oh my.... what big teeth you have!

The Pumpkin Queen!

Sarah's gaze will turn you to stone!

A bad case of road rash.


CELEBRITIES & MOVIE CHARACTERS

Marilyn Manson!

Bryan Cranston's Walter White!

The Marleys from The Muppet Christmas Carol!

Beware of the Wet Bandits from Home Alone!

Don't feed them after midnight, and keep them out of sunlight!

Thanks for taking the time to read about Sarah Burke Vault Dwellers! What I've shared in this post is just a mere taste of Sarah's impressive makeup - to see more of her work, be sure to follow her on Instagram! And if you happen to be a filmmaker who is on the lookout for someone to do the makeup for your film, definitely get in contact with Sarah!

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Do you want to be part of the next News Vault Spotlight? Then please contact us at vault_master@bmoviefilmvault.com! Be sure to include a short biography, photos, links to your website and/or social media pages, and most importantly, links to your creations, and we'll help promote your work!