Tuesday, October 21, 2014

THE NOSTRIL PICKER (1988)

THE NOSTRIL PICKER (1988) 
aka THE CHANGER 
Label: Massacre Video
Region Code: 1
Rating: Unrated
Duration: 76 Minutes
Audio: English Dolby Digital
Video: Full Screen (1:33:1) 
Director: Mark Norwicki
Cast: Carl Zscherino, Edward Tanner, Laura Cummings 

In this Michigan based slice of sleaze we have a guy named Joe, a creepy loser in checkered pants and a paisley shirt, covered in sweat and two days worth of stubble. Women on the street cringe in his presence until one day a homeless man offers him a solution to all his problems if he will just let the man have a sip of booze... seems legit. 

This solution is a form of magic the bum calls “morphosynthesis” which will enable Joe to transform into anyone he pleases just my doing some awkward dance and mumbling a few words. He can revert back to his old ugly self just by whistling "London Bridges", just as simple as that. The bum does warn Joe that excessive use of the process might cause a bit of insanity. Seems a small price to pay, so the schlep gives it a shot and it doesn't seem to work at first, but when hetries to but a dirty mag the store clerk refuses to sell it to him for what he see's is a cute young girl and not the greasy pervert that he really is. 

So what does Joe do next? The filthy pervert makes a beeline for the nearest high school and sets about befriending a group of teenage girls - what a fucking pervert! This guy is paling around with the young cuties and eye-balling them in the shower but things escalate pretty quick. Once he gains their friendship he begins to get each of them alone, where he reveals his true self before murdering and eating them. As the teen bodies start to pile up the authorities try to piece together who the culprit could be.

I must say that with the title THE NOSTRIL PICKER I was not expecting much from this film but it was entertaining to a degree and super sleazy even though there's no nudity and little gore. Originally titled THE CHANGER the distributor took it upon themselves to re title this one for theatrical release. It should be noted that nose picking does not figure prominently into the film other than one scene of Joe digging away for boogers. I love the art work and the tagline "He Chose His Weapons... He Selected His Victims... He Picked His Nose...". If it were not for that title this film would be even more obscure. 

The “morphosynthesis” does take a toll on the already nutty Joe as he begins to have nightmarish visions of his victims in lingerie and drenched in blood. At one point he picks up a hooker only to find out once he has her pack at his place that she's a man - the ensuing squirting-dildo fight is worth the price of admission alone! 

This is a cheapie and the production value is pretty shitty but it's not too hard to watch, there's a lot of sparse set decoration and not much money for gore effects but we do get some fun no-budget gore gags. The synth score is pretty weak but it does the job and gives this no-budget shit-fest a certain charm, and then there's one of the cheesiest 80s rock songs I've ever heard, 'Gonna Get Me Some Schoolin' by Mercury Pine, right up there with the tune from NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR. Not a film for the average horror fan, this is a deep cut and one I could see existing in the same scuzzy universe created in STREET TRASH (1987). 

DVD:
At first glance this looked very much like a Shot on Video (SOV) production and I was surprised to find that it was shot on film according to the director on the extras, it is not pretty to look at. The DVD packaging from Massacre Video looks fantastic in a clear case with a reversible sleeve of artwork featuring the original title THE CHANGER. The design team at Massacre Video rarely disappoint, it's an attractive package.

Onto the extras there's a 25 minute interview with Producer/Cinematographer Patrick J Mathews who provides a ton of info on the making of the film, an alternate title card, stills gallery, DVD-Rom press kit and trailers for a few other Massacre Video titles. 

SPECIAL FEATURES:  
- ‘The Changer’ Reversible Cover
- Alternative Title Card
- Interview With Producer/Cinematographer, Patrick J Mathews
- Extensive Stills Gallery
- DVD-Rom Press Kit
- Trailers: THE NOSTRIL PICKER, MONDO MAGIC, THE CEMETERY 

VERDICT:

Massacre Video do a great job giving these shit films first-rate releases on DVD. It takes a special group of people to rally around a film like THE NOSTRIL PICKER. Your mileage may vary depending on your tolerance for trash cinema but if you enjoy lo-budget SOV movies you're gonna love this one . 2.5 Outta 5 

RAW FORCE (1982)

RAW FORCE (1982) 

Label: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Code: Region FREE
Rating: Unrated
Duration: 86 Minutes
Audio: DTS-HD Mono 
Video: 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1) 
Director: Ed Murphy
Cast: Cameron Mitchell, Camille Keaton, Vic Diaz, Geoffrey Binney, John Dresden, Jillian Kesner, Hope Holliday 

SYNOPSIS: 
When the Burbank Kung Fu Club travels to this mysterious island, they quickly find themselves facing the bloodthirsty vengeance of flesh ripping, kung fu fighting zombies, gun-toting white slave traders and a band of strange monks, who may be the only key to explaining the madness. Edward Murphy’s RAW FORCE is a virtual smorgasbord of over the top sleaze –mixing zombies, cannibals, outrageous action, gore, copious amounts of nudity and starring exploitation greats, Cameron Mitchell and Vic Diaz.

REVIEW: 

RAW FORCE (aka KUNG FU ZOMBIES) is a wonderfully confusing piece of trash cinema shot in the wild Philippines that combines a weird kung-fu action flick with a demented zombie movie and the end product is a mixed-bag of awesomeness. We have a pleasure boat with members of the Burbank Kung-Fu Club venturing to the Warrior Island where a group of evil laughing monks resurrect disgraced martial arts masters and trade raw jade for naked ladies from a German white slaver... it's just straight up weird and words fail to describe just how jaw-droppingly entertaining it is. 

The director throws everything at the screen mixing genres and numbing your mind with awful dialogue and gratuitous nudity. The story is a many tentacled beast that is way too convoluted to follow in it's entirety so I just sat back and took it in as best I could. In no way a good movie it is certainly entertaining with a non-stop flurry of fighting and fucking from start to finish with a finale that features the Burbank Kung-Fu Club versus an army of undead martial art masters with a barrage of explosions, a sweet beheading and a bunch of cheap gore gags, it's a bewildering tornado of questionable acting, stiff choreography and wonderful sleaze that proved to be highly satisfying.  


BLU-RAY: 
Vinegar Syndrome presents this slice of kung-fu action trash newly restored from the original camera negative and the new 2K scan is impressive. This film should look no where near as damn good as it does but the restoration is completely solid. A fine layer of grain throughout and some surprising detail and clarity. Colors pop off the screen and the bloodshed look glorious in HD! There's some print damage evident from time to time but nothing that will detract from your enjoyment of this crazy kung-fu action epic.  

The DTS-HD Mono soundtrack does a decent job with some limitations. There's some hiss present and damage to the audio track but again nothing that will detract from the experience - it probably enhances it to be honest. 


Extras include a making-of interview with Director Ed Murphy and Cinematographer Frank Johnson who seem like great guys and fondly recall their time making this one. They know what they made and don't have any illusions about this being anything other than a cheap piece of Filipino exploitation. 


There's also a five minute audio interview with director Jim Wynorski who re edited the film for it's theatrical release, it's very brief but Wynorski is a character and always a great interview. Extras are finished up with a theatrical trailer and a DVD version of the film with the same set of extras. 


SPECIAL FEATURES:

 - “Destination: Warriors Island” (The Making of RAW FORCE) w/ Director Ed Murphy and Cinematographer Frank Johnson (15 Minutes) 
- Audio interview w/ Finishing Editor Jim Wynorski
- Original Theatrical Trailer (5 Minutes) 


VERDICT: 

A supercharged slice of Filipino trash cinema that left me reeling with laughter and awe. Loaded with exquisite kung-fu nuttiness with no shortage of naked ladies. You get a lot of exploitation goodness in a short amount of time with zombie samurai, evil monks, women in cages and even man-eating piranhas. The only thing missing would a rubber monster raping the women in cages!  Quite a fun watch, a non-stop ride of delirious action, violence and naked women. 3 Outta 5 

Monday, October 20, 2014

THE BLOB (1988)




THE BLOB (1988)

Label: Twilight Time
Region Code: Region FREE
Rating: R
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 
Video: 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1) 
Duration: 95 Minutes
Director: Chuck Russell 
Cast: Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch, Candy Clark
As the film begins what appears to be a meteor from outer space lands in the forest outside of Arborville, California. A drunken transient living in shack nearby investigates and begins to prod the meteor with a stick, as he does so a gelatinous glob clings to the stick and consumes his hand. The panicked transient  encounters three high school students nearby who take him immediately to the hospital for treatmentl. 

The three students are bad boy Brian Flagg (Kevin Dillon), Meg Penny (Shawnee Smith) and Paul Taylor (Donovan Lietch). Brian does not stick around long at the hospital, quickly jumping on his motorcycle and off to the local diner for eats while Meg and Paul stay behind with the transient. It's here that poor Paul witnesses the Blob dissolve the lower torso of the transient before it turns on him. The Blob is now much larger and drops from the ceiling consuming Paul in front of Meg who futilely tries to pull her boyfriend free of the acidic ooze only managing to pull his arm off before being knocked unconscious as the Blob oozes out the window and into town. 

The local sheriff (Jeffrey DeMunn) doesn't believe her fantastic story and she winds up at the diner with Brian who also doesn't believe her story either until the Blob shows up at the diner and sucks a cook head first down the sink drain! The sound of crunching bones and gross fleshy sounds in this scene still made me cringe - this is a brutal effect. It's after narrowly avoiding the Blob in the diner freezer that the teens discover it's only weakness - the damn thing hates the cold. Not so lucky is the waitress (Candy Clark) whom while in a phone booth outside the diner is overcome by the flesh-absorbing Jello-O mold. Again, the effects are old school practical and amazing with great use of various miniatures and reverse photography with tons of gooey grossness - the scene of the telephone booth imploding with the waitress inside is awesome stuff. 

With each person the Blob dissolves it becomes exponentially larger and more of a threat to the community. Eventually government agents in white contamination suits and machine guns show up to save the day but our bad boy Brian smells bullshit after he overhears the leader of the science team, Dr. Meadows (Joe Seneca), explaining that the creature is not an alien force but a Cold War-era biological weapon that crashed via a downed satellite. Brian flees the quarantine zone and into the sewers with Meg and her younger brother Kevin where they must contend with armed government agents and the ravenous flesh-eating creature leading up to a liquid nitrogen fueled finale.

Co-scripted by Frank Darabont (THE MIST) this is just a blast from start to finish with nods to the original and few unexpected twists and turns plus it's loaded with awesome special effects. The performances are damn decent even though that mullet on Kevin Dillon is chuckle worthy but I guess it goes with his bad boy image. Peripheral character include young lovers in car that fall victim to the goo, but the dude is awesome. A smooth ladies man with a full bar in his trunk and even a signature drink, plus a reverend who preaches the end-time message once the Blob arrives on the scene. He plays into the final scene in the film, one that would have seemed to indicate a potential sequel which unfortunately never panned-out.

The in-camera effects and gruesome death scenes are a blast, love it when the Blob infiltrates a contamination suit of one of the science team filling up the head gear before erupting, not unlike something we saw in BRAZIL. The story is fun and the characters keep you plugged-in but for me its the gooey effects that and sci-fi action that keep me coming back to this classic 80s remake. Right up there with John Carpenter's THE THING and David Cronenberg's THE FLY as one of the best remakes, it's a title I've been waiting to see come to Blu-ray for some time and it was well worth the wait. 

BLU-RAY:
THE BLOB (1988) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Twilight Time with an AVC encode in it's original widescreen aspect ratio. The HD image is pleasing with a nice layer of film grain and a fair amount of detail, clarity and sharpness, quite an upgrade over the 2001 TrIStar DVD. 

The English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 has a good dynamic range with some nice use of the surrounds. You also have the option of an isolated score track highlighting the music of composer Michael Hoenig.

Special features include a commentary with director Chuck Russell moderated by Ryan Turek the managing editor of ShockTillYouDrop.com and co-host of the Bloodcast horror podcast. It's a fun commentary filled with a lot of facts about the film with special detailed to how the effects were created for each of the shots. Turek obviously loves the film and Russell is very enthusiastic when speaking about his experience making the film. 

There's also an 18-minute featurette Friday Night Frights at The Cinefamily, a Q+A with director Chuck Russell moderated by Ryan Turek following a screening of the movie. The director speaks about getting the project off the ground and the visual effects. On top of that we have a trailer for the film and an 8 page booklet with writing on the film from the always informative Julie Kirgo. 

SPECIAL FEATURES:
- Isolated Score Track
- Audio Commentary with Director Chuck Russell and Horror Authority Ryan Turek 
- Friday Night Frights at The Cinefamily (18 minutes) 
- Original Theatrical Trailers

VERDICT: Simply one of the best remakes of all time with wonderful gooey in-camera effects work and not even Kevin Dillon's stupefying mullet can ruin this one for me. The PQ on the disc is great and the extras are damn decent. This is an easy recommend for horror fans and in my opinion a must own. This release is limited edition of 5000 and available exclusively from www.screenarchives.com 4.5 Outta 5

THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS (1985)

THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS (1985) 
Label: Scream Factory
Region Code: A
Rating: R
Duration: 93 Minutes
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo 
Video: 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1) 
Director: Freddie Francis
Cast: Timothy Dalton, Jonatahan Pryce, Twiggy, Patrick Stewart, Julian Sands, Stephen Rea, Phyllis Logan, Lewis Fiander, Beryl Reid, T.P. McKenna, Sian Philips

SYNOPSIS:

Based on Dylan Thomas' original screenplay, this shocking horror-thriller stars Timothy Dalton as Thomas Rock, a brilliant young anatomy professor in 1820s Edinburgh. At first accepting only the cadavers provided him for study – those of a few hanged criminals per year – Rock eventually recruits two grave robbers (Jonathan Pryce and Stephen Rea) to secure a better supply of corpses. Coming to the gory conclusion that they will earn more the "fresher" the corpses, the two begin committing murder and delivering warm bodies to the doctor's lecture chambers. Also starring Julian Sands, Patrick Stewart and Twiggy, The Doctor and the Devils brings classic chills from start to finish!

REVIEW: 

The macabre story of grave robbers Burke and Hare came to my attention at a very young age with a viewing of the Robert wise directed chiller BODY SNATCHER (1945) starring horror icons Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi on one of the double-feature TV matinees on WPIX. The idea of disinterring  recently deceased corpses for use at a medical school was so ghoulish to me, it had never even crossed my mind at that naive age that such a thing could exist. It was by introduction to autopsy, dissection and grave robbing. 

Here we have a thinly disguised retelling of Burke and Hare from Hammer veteran director Freddie Francis (TALES FROM THE CRYPT) with a script originally penned by Dylan Thomas and doctored up by Ronald Harwood. The names have been changed for some reason, as the grave robbing duo we have Jonathan Pryce (BRAZIL) as Robert Fallon and Stephen Rea (THE CRYING GAME) as Timothy Broom our grave dogging entrepreneurs who supply Dr. Rock (Timothy Dalton, HOT FUZZ)  a fresh supply of corpses for dissection at the medical school. Dr. Rock is a man of science and deplores that he is restricted to using the corpses of hanged criminals which number very few. This is why he turns to buying corpses from the grave robbers. Dalton as the doc is a pretty pompous guy who deplores the "moralists" who would limit his access to fresh corpses thereby limiting his knowledge of human anatomy. We also have an appearance from former modelling sensation Twiggy as a whore with a heart of gold, who turns out to be a love interest for doc Rock's cohort played by Julian Sands (WARLOCK).  


It's a decent arrangement at first as he now has access to more corpses but consumed by greed the grave robbers turn to murder to procure fresher corpses  for which the doc pays handsomely. When a few of the corpses turn out to be familiar faces and not quite cold the doc turns a blind eye to the corpse-snatchers but the medical community and villagers are less willing to do so as you might imagine. 


As a period drama set in Scotland in the  early 1800s the film is successful but is woefully drab and earth tone, it definitely puts you right in the dreary city of Edinburgh and it feels authentic but what do I know? I wanted to love the film but the familiar story has been told onscreen several previously times and this is inferior to many. There's not a lot new under the sun in respect to the story, we have the science-driven doc and the morally corrupt corpse-snatchers and a parade of unfortunate victims who end up on a dissection table - that's pretty much the crux of the story.


This is more a period mellow drama than a Gothic thriller and this one just lacked the spark and gruesomeness of previous incarnations, the cast is decent but one-dimensional and this version adds nothing to the lore, it's a decent watch but not a high recommend. I say skip this and take in the aforementioned Val Lewton produced BODY SNATCHER (1945) or THE FLESH AND THE FIENDS (1960) starring Peter Cushing (TWINS OF EVIL) and Donald Pleasance (HALLOWEEN) which are far superior productions. 


BLU-RAY:

THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS (1985) debuts on Blu-ray from Scream Factory in the original widescreen scope aspect ratio with a transfer I would assume provided by 20th Century Fox. The HD upgrade is sharper with nice color saturation but the image is not a stunner unfortunately, perhaps owing to the gloomy aesthetic of the film with dim lighting. The stereo English language DTS-HD Master Audio is well balanced with optional English subtitles. 

Extras include a dry but very informative audio commentary from Author And Film Historian Steve Haberman who touches on the real life story of Burke and Hare plus the various filmed incarnations of the story. There's also a new Interview with Executive Producer Mel Brooks, Producer Jonathan Sanger And Former Brooksline Development Executive Randy Auerbach and a theatrical trailer for the film. 


SPECIAL FEATURES:
- Commentary With Author And Film Historian Steve Haberman
- New Interview With Executive Producer Mel Brooks, Producer Jonathan Sanger And Former Brooksline Development Executive Randy Auerbach (19 minutes)
- Theatrical Trailers (2 minutes)


VERDICT:

A decent watch but not one of my favorite interpretations of the story, a bit too much of a period drama and I think I was looking for something darker and more macabre. Not without it's 19th century charm but not something I will need to revisit anytime soon. if you have a keen interest in the Burke and Hare story and don't need it to be as lurid as previous incarnations might get more enjoyment out of this one. 3 Outta 5 


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

NEKROMANTIK (1987) Special Edition Blu-ray

NEKROMANTIC (1987) 

Label:
Cult Epics
Duration: 75 Minutes 

Rating: Unrated 
Region Code: A
Audio: German Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround with Optional English Subtitles
Video: 1080p  Full Screen (1.33:1)
Director: Jørg Buttgereit 
Cast: Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice M.

Nekromantik is the story of a strange young man named Rob Schmadtke (Daktari Lorenz) whom is employed at Joe's Streetcleaning Agency, a service that cleans-up crime scenes. It's a grisly job but one that suits of Ron who is a necrophile. Rob collects various body parts from the accident and crime scenes and keeps them in specimen jars at his apartment where both he and his death-obsessed girlfriend Betty (Beatrice M.) can get-off on touching and stroking the gruesome body parts. 

As this morbid fascination becomes more intense Rob steals a gooey corpse freshly pulled from the swamps and brings it home to the perverse delight of his girlfriend. They immediately fashion a iron-cock from scrap piping and before you know it we are treated to a very macabre threesome as Betty licks, sucks and fucks the rotting, tight-skinned cadaver as Rob takes her from behind in a trippy and revolting sequence.

However, when Rob loses his job Betty dumps him and takes her corpse-lover with her. Dumped in favor of a corpse poor Rob further spirals into the maddening depths of misery. He attends a misogynist slasher movie at the cinema before procuring a prostitute to fuck at the graveyard. Seems thr grave stones aren't enough to excite Rob as he experiences a bit of erectile dysfunction but rises to the occasion once he strangles her to death. It sex just isn't the same without the element of death for the depraved necrophiliac.

Afterward he further descends into disparity back at his apartment, he stuffs his cat into a trash bag and smashes it repeatedly against the wall into a bloody pulp. Now the cat is a prop but let me say that animal lovers will take exception with this film just in case the necrophilia didn't scare you off. Additionally, there's an actual scene of what appears to be an actual rabbit being bled to death, skinned and gutted - so just be aware of that. 

Shot on Super 8 mm film in 1987 the film has a rough homemade quality about it that won't appeal to your average horror-fan, so pile that on top of scenes of necrophilia and the death of small animals and you have a film that just doesn't;'t have a lot of appeal to your average joe. The very first shot is of a woman urinating along the roadside just before her and a male companion are involved in a horrendous car accident that leaves the woman torn in half, it's in aftermath of this that we meet Rob during the crime- scene clean-up. 

There were quite a few repulsive scenes but one of the first to affect me was the repeated bare handed handling of a corpses which made me a bit nauseous. The gore effects are low-budget and grotesque. When the lovers of the dead start to lick and suck the eye-socket of the cadaver I had to put my damn beer down for a few minutes before it came back up on me. 

Aside from the licking of body parts and the corpse there a few other effective gore gags including a sweet decapitation scene with spewing blood at he graveyard when Rob is discovered next to the dead whore the next morning. Speaking of spewing we cannot overlook perhaps the most infamous scene in the film - SPOILER ALERT - when Rob completely distraught lies in bed and pulls out his erect cock and begins stabbing himself in the guts repeatedly as thick streams of cum start to spew and them torrents of blood straight from his cock. It's definitely a scene you won't soon be erased from your memory. 


Blu-ray: The brand-new HD transfer approved by the director straight from the original Super 8mm negative is not a pretty sight. It's a lo-fi film made for pennies over twenty-five years ago and it looks like it. It's soft, the contrast is poor, the darker scenes are at times impenetrable and there's no fine detail to be found anywhere. This was a first time watch for me on any format and I can only assume this is superior viewing experience but without having something to compare it to I can only say this was a disappointing Blu-ray experience. I didn't go in expecting crystal clarity and pores of the skin to be jumping off the screen but it was a very flat and dull presentation. 

There are two versions of the film - we have the 8mm HD transfer and one from a 35mm print which looked like it been around awhile. Honestly I preferred it to the 8mm - it's darker and the colors are more muted but the grain and print damage added a lot of character to the viewing. 

Audio is also flat and unremarkable, both the stereo and surround mixes. Recorded without audio the dialogue was later dubbed in which gives it a weird disconnected vibe which suits the nightmarish imagery quite nicely. 

Onto the extras we have audio commentary by Jorg Buttgereit and Co-Author Franz Rodenkirchen plus a making-of doc and a featurette for NEKROMANTIK. The making-of doc features a bunch of unused scenes, outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage.  Buttegreit's short film HOT LOVE (1985)  is included on this disc and has never before been released, there's also a short making-of doc for the short film. .


There's a Q+A with Buttgereit from Beyond Fest 2013wherein he discussed everything from making the film to German schizer porn. There's also a collection of JB trailers, a still photo gallery and the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is included as a bonus on the Blu-ray disc, which I would have appreciated more if it were a stand alone CD disc. This release is Limited Edition of 10,000 copies and includes Nekromantik collectible art cards by Johnny Ryan and Nekrophilia photo of Beatrice M. from the film. 

The PQ left me wanting a bit more but perhaps these are the best available elements currently so it is what it is. I think the selection of extras more than make up it. There's a lot to sift through here and it;s interesting to hear the director speak at length about legal troubles while fighting censorship plus we get the short film that preceded NEKROMANTIK with some very cool making-of extras with a wealth of behind-the-scenes material.  

Special Features:
- New Director’s Approved HD Transfer (taken from the original Super 8mm negative)
- New Grindhouse HD Version (taken from the theatrical 35mm print)
- Introduction by Jorg Buttgereit
- Q+A with Jorg Buttgereit at the American Cinematheque (2013)
- Never Before Released Short Film Hot Love (1985) (29 minutes)
- Audio Commentary by Jorg Buttgereit and Co-Author Franz Rodenkirchen
- The Making of Nekromantik (12 minutes)
- Nekromantik Featurette
- Still Photo Gallery (102 images)
- JB Trailers
- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Verdict: A dark and vile piece of cinema that I won;t soon be revisiting - it's right up there with CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST as a film you should really never be in the mood to watch but instead feel compelled to endure from time to time. Glad I finally watched it though I'm not sure when I'll feel the compulsion to view it again. 

SCREAM FACTORY SHOCKTOBER ANNOUNCEMENTS!

SHOCKTOBER is underway with a sale this week and title announcements galore from Scream Factory. Some of their classic releases are available this month at very cheap prices. Each week check out the "Sales From the Crypt Six" and receive a FREE set of EXCLUSIVE Magnets when you order any of the titles in the week's listing. Can't wait to check out these magnets, loved the coasters during the SUMMER OF FEAR promo and I am looking forward to scoring a set of these little beauties.... 


Scream announced some very exciting new in regard to the much anticipated TALES FROM THE CRYPT / VAULT OF HORROR release in December....

When we found out that the Fox HD master we licensed was the theatrical cut, we went searching for an uncut film element. This was a challenge since the film is over 40 years old and somewhat obscure. At some point we started to accept that that we were going to have to splice DVD footage of the uncut footage (lifted from a prior UK release) into the theatrical cut to be able to present it uncut, as promise when we announced. We tried that and the results were not great. Still, we thought this was the best we were going to be able to get. 

Thankfully, there was rumor that the British Film Institute had done a restoration on the film years ago. We contacted them and, sure enough, BFI had done an HD transfer from a film print--and it was the UNCUT version! We quickly had a clone made of their master and then removed dirt and scratches from it to the best of our resources.

The release is now a 2-disc set. The first disc will include TALES and VAULT's uncut widescreen. The 2nd disc will include VAULT's theatrical cut (from the Fox master) and a rare open-matte version of the BFI master.

We thank you for your patience on the delay of this release and hope you will find that our presentation of these films will have been worth the wait!


Onto the new announcements we begin with the anthology film FROM A WHISPER TO SCREAM (1987)....

FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM (1987) 

In Feb 2015, the 1987 anthology horror film FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM (also known as THE OFFSPRING) will make its debut on the Blu-ray format.

Directed by Jeff Burr (The Stepfather 2, Pumpkinhead II, Texas Chainsaw Massacre III and Puppetmaster 4 & 5), the film stars legendary king of horror Vincent Price, Clu Gulager (The Return of the Living Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2), Susan Tyrell (Angel, Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker) and Cameron Mitchell (Silent Scream, The Toolbox Murders).

Artwork you see here is final (and we will strive to make the reverse art as “The Offspring” – no promises at this time.) There are no details on extras at this time but they will be announced before the end of the year.


On Jan 13th, The sci-fi thriller SUPERNOVA makes its debut on the Blu-ray format. Check out the all-over-the-place cast of some well-known names and cult film favorites: James Spader (The Blacklist), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story) , Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Peter Facinelli (Twilight), Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life) and Robin Tunney (The Craft).

In Feb, a blood-sucking double feature of guilty pleasures BLACULA and its sequel SCREAM, BLACULA SCREAM from the 70s will bare their fangs on blu-ray for the first time too in the U.S. and Canada. Both films star William Marshall as “Blacula” (and who also played “King of Cartoons” in Pee-wee’s Playhouse—out from Shout Factory on 10/21) and the legendary Pam Grier (Foxy Brown) is third-billed in SCREAM, BLACULA SCREAM.

Artwork you see here is final. There are no details on extras at this time but they will be announced before the end of the year. 


CLASS OF 1984 (1982) 

Next Spring we will unleash the vengeance-filled cult favorite CLASS OF 1984 as a “Collector’s Edition” for the first time on the Blu-ray format!

Although this is not a “horror film” in the true sense of the word we thought it was suitably violent, edgy and dark enough to warrant inclusion in the brand (Not to mention it has a strong following). The Director himself - Mark L. Lester - is very on board with this strategy as well. Those of you who love the film know what a gem it is and that it sports a great cast that includes Perry King (Mandingo, Riptide), Roddy McDowell (Fright Night, The Legend of Hell House), Lisa Langlois (Deadly Eyes, Happy Birthday to Me), Timothy Van Patten (The Sopranos) and even Michael J. Fox in an early role. 


LOVE AT FIRST BITE (1979) / ONCE BITTEN (1985) 

Good morning everyone. We start our month-long "Shocktober" celebration with a new title announcement (one of several this month). Actually, we have TWO films to reveal today that will be in a double-feature: The horror comedies LOVE AT FIRST BITE (with George Hamilton) and ONCE BITTEN (with Jim Carrey)! This is the first time on the Blu-ray format for both films and is expected to land near Valentine's Day 2015. No details on extras at this time.

Re: LOVE AT FIRST BITE - We are aware that prior DVD versions of the film were altered, specifically during a key moment in a disco in which the song "I Love the Nightlife" song (sung by Alicia Bridges) was replaced by another track. We are doing our best to correct this and will keep you posted on the progress. 


Okay, I must admit these SHOCKTOBER announcements are not the most thrilling titles I would have hoped for - there are so many wish list titles I would rather see represented here. Still waiting for THE PREY, MUTILATOR, MADMAN, WAXWORK 1/2 but what can you do? 

Kino Lorber Announces its Classic Horror Releases on Blu-ray and DVD in October

Kino Lorber Releases Five Sought-after Horror Classics on Blu-ray

B-Movie classic THE DEATH KISS, starring legendary horror icon Bela Lugosi, Mario Bava's PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES, and modern horror classics THE FIRST POWERJENNIFER, and TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT all to become available on Blu-ray and DVD from Kino Lorber in October. 
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 7, 2014 - Kino Lorber is proud to announce the Blu-ray releases of five horror classics in October, just in time for Halloween: THE FIRST POWER, starring Lou Diamond Phillips; the supernatural shocker JENNIFER, inspired by Carrie; the Christmastime slasher flick TO ALL A GOOD NIGHTPLANET OF THE VAMPIRES, by Italian horror maestro Mario Bava, and the 1932 B-movie classicTHE DEATH KISS, starring Bela Lugosi and re-uniting him with his Dracula co-stars David Manners and Edward Van Sloan, presented here in a stunning new HD restoration from archival materials by the Library of Congress.

THE FIRST POWER stars Lou Diamond Phillips as an LA detective on the trail of an immortal serial killer. This exciting thriller streets on Blu-ray and DVD October 7th, with a SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $19.95 or the DVD.

JENNIFER is a horrifying tale of a young girl possessed with evil powers, who uses her supernatural powers to seek revenge on her classmates who have made her life a living hell. This supernatural horror film, inspired by Brian DePalma's Carrie, streets on Blu-ray (SRP: $29.95) and DVD ($24.95) October 14th.

Also streeting on October 14th is THE DEATH KISS, which stars the legendary horror icon Bela Lugosi as the head of a Poverty Row movie studio who is faced with devastating scandal when one of his actors is found dead. Dracula co-star David Manners appears as the determined young writer who sets out to find the identity of the murderer in order to clear the name of a young actress under suspicion for the crime. This restored edition, mastered in HD from 35mm archival materials preserved by the Library of Congress, contains the original color sequences hand-tinted by Gustav Brock, and featured an audio commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith, making this edition a must for collectors and Lugosi fans!

TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT puts a horrific spin on the usual Christmas fare, as a group of schoolgirls, set on having a debaucherous Christmas Eve alone with their boyfriends, find themselves terrorized by a killer Santa spreading Christmas "fear", slashing one victim after the other as the bodies pile up. This terrifying slasher flick will street onOctober 21st with a SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $24.95 for the DVD.

And lastly, Mario Bava's PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES, which finds a group of astronauts doing battle with a race of aliens who want to turn them into zombies. Directed with characteristic stylish flair by Bava, PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES will street on Blu-ray (SRP: $29.95) and DVD ($19.95) on October 28th.


THE FIRST POWERBlu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 7, 2014
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
1990/Color/98 mins/PG

Director: Robert Resnikoff
Starring: Lou Diamond Phillips, Tracy Griffith, Jeff Kober, Mykelti Williamson, Elizabeth Arlen

Synopsis: How do you stop a killer with immortal powers? Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba) stars as a hotshot L.A. homicide detective caught in a harrowing game with a man who lives to kill - and cannot die - in this psychological thriller that transcends mortal terror! After a long, gruesome hunt. Detective Russell Logan (Phillips) finally captures the brutal Russell Logan (Phillips) finally captures the brutal Pentagram Killer (Jeff Kober), and watches as the murderer is executed at San Quentin. Finally, the terror is over... or is it? When the ritualistic killings begin again. Logan is haunted by violent visions of the executed man, and seeks the counsel of a beautiful psychic (Tracy Griffith). Together they discover that the Pentagram Killer, one of Satan's disciples, possesses the First Power - the ability to inhabit the bodies of others at will! Now Logan has to catch the killer again, not knowing where - or in whom - he'll show up next! Charged with bone-chilling suspense and otherworldly evil, The First Powerwill scare the devil out of you!


JENNIFERBlu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 14, 2014
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $24.95
1978/Color/90 mins/PG

Director: Brice Mack
Starring: Lisa Pelikan, Bert Convy, Nina Foch, John Gavin, Jeff Corey

Newly Re-Mastered in HD

Synopsis: Lisa Pelikan (Ghoulies) unleashes the forces of hell in this supernatural thriller, inspired by Carrie. Jennifer is a shy, quiet country girl who wins a scholarship to the prestigious Green View School for girls, a dream come true. But the snobby girls at the school refuse to accept Jennifer and begin to torment her, hoping she'll leave. The humiliation becomes unbearable and Jennifer's growing anger and pain suddenly turn to a consuming desire for vengeance. Determined to repay those who degraded her, Jennifer releases the evil powers she had once fought to suppress. In a blinding fury of destruction, Jennifer evens the score. The strong supporting cast includes Bert Convy, Nina Foch, Jeff Corey and John Gavin.
THE DEATH KISS 
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 14, 2014
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $24.95
1932/B&W and Color/71 mins/NR

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Starring: Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Edward Van Sloan, Adrienne Ames

Synopsis: Reuniting three of the stars of Universal's Dracula (released the previous year), this low budget production was, on the surface, a blatant attempt to capitalize on the a major Hollywood hit. But THE DEATH KISS is anything but a cheap knock-off. A Pre-Code murder mystery that plays out on the soundstages, screening rooms, and dressing rooms of the fictitious Tonart Studios, the film offers modern viewers a precious glimpse at the workings of a Poverty Row Studio during the Great Depression. Bela Lugosi stars as the head of a struggling studio, who tries to contain a scandal after an actor is killed during the making of a film. While the police investigate the deepening mysteries within the studio, a quick-witted screenwriter (David Manners) decides to solve the crime himself, in order to clear the picture's leading lady (Adrienne Ames) from suspicion.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Mastered in HD from 35mm elements preserved by the Library of Congress
Includes original color sequences hand-tinted by Gustav Brock
Audio commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith


TO ALL A GOOD NIGHTBlu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 21, 2014
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $24.95
1980/Color/90mins/R

Director: David Hess
Starring: Jennifer Runyon, Forrest Swanson, Linda Gentile, William Lauer, Judith Bridges

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, Santa Claus is stirring, and he's not bringing gifts.  Five young female boarders at the Calvin Finishing School have set their sights on a festive Christmas holiday romp.  They have just drugged their housemother and smuggled their boyfriends into the house. But their fun-filled promiscuous frolic will soon turn into a blood-soaked nightmare when a sadistic maniac dressed as Santa Claus arrives to deliver some holiday cheer, or maybe that's FEAR.   The insane Santa Claus starts slashing his way through the house, and the gory body count begins.  So you better watch out, as this Santa knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!   Jennifer Runyon (in her film debut) stars in this 1980 slasher cult-horror favorite, directed by David Hess (Krug in Wes Craven's LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT) and written and prodcued by Alex Rebar (THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN).  Now see it in glorious HD for the first time ever. 
PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES 
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date:October 28, 2014
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
1980/Color/86 mins/NR

Director: Mario Bava
Starring: Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Angel Aranda, Evi Marandi, Stelio Candelli

Synopsis: A Close Encounter Of The Undead Kind! Get sucked into a chilling black hole of cosmic creepiness when an evil alien race zeroes in on a crew of unsuspecting astronauts, turning them into zonked-out zombies! Packed with space-age suspense and extraterrestrial terror, this eerily photographed and electrifying thriller drips with an intoxicating, feverish atmosphere of dread. A band of space travelers has just intercepted a distress call from a distant world! Is it a desperate cry for help... or something far more sinister? After landing on the shadowy planet, the crew is attacked by a horde of disembodied aliens with a diabolical plan: to conquer the universe by controlling the crew's minds and stealing their souls-proving that even in outer space, possession is 9/10 of the law! Directed by horror legend Mario Bava (Black SundayBlack Sabbath).