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October 3rd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Cult Of Chucky, 976-evil, The Hidden (1987), Jackals

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Happy October, gang! With the Halloween season now officially underway, we have an incredible day of horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases to enjoy. Arrow Video has put together three stunning special edition sets for Children of the Corn, Don’t Torture A Duckling, and The Suspicious Death of A Minor, but we also have several other modern cult titles debuting as well, including Popcorn, 976-evil, and The Hidden.

For all you Charles Lee Ray enthusiasts out there, Cult of Chucky and the Chucky: Complete 7-Movie Collection both come home on Tuesday, and Scream Factory is also releasing the recent indie horror thriller Jackals on Blu-ray.

Other notable home entertainment titles bowing on October 3rd include American Horror Story: Roanoke, A Ghost Story, Haunters: The Art of the Scare, Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut, iZombie: The Complete Third Season, and Vampyr: Special Edition.
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Horror Highlights: Popcorn Blu-ray, Brawl In Cell Block 99, The Mummy Behind-the-Scenes Video, #Fromjennifer

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A horror movie marathon becomes host to all-too-real scares in 1991's Popcorn, coming out on a standard Blu-ray following its special Steelbook release from Synapse Films. We have details on the anticipated home media release in today's Horror Highlights, which also includes the poster for Brawl in Cell Block 99, a behind-the-scenes video from The Mummy (now out on Digital HD), and the trailer and release details for #FromJennifer, co-starring Tony Todd and Derek Mears.

Popcorn Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD: "Press Release: "In the history of Synapse Films few titles have generated as much excitement as Popcorn, director Mark Herrier’s 1991 cult favorite that’s been one of the most in-demand genre films of the Blu-ray era. Unavailable for over a decade, Popcorn now comes to HD in a deliciously butter-topped Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD release that will have fans craving for refills!

What could be scarier than
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Synapse Bringing ‘Popcorn’ Back to Blu With Standard Release

Synapse Bringing ‘Popcorn’ Back to Blu With Standard Release
Earlier this year, Synapse Films finally brought the 1991 cult classic Popcorn to Blu-ray, offering up a Collector’s Edition Steelbook release that was limited to just 3,000 copies. If you missed out, you’ll be happy to know that a standard release is on its way! Synapse just announced today that Mark Herrier’s Popcorn will be getting a […]
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Newswire: Long out-of-print horror classic Popcorn comes home in a box this spring

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The 1991 meta-cult classic Popcorn is finally making its way to Blu-ray thanks to Synapse Films. The film received a barebones DVD release from Elite Entertainment in 2001 that has been out of print for some time, making this a sought-after title that some purists will still prefer on the original VHS. Featuring a cohort of dorky film students hosting an all night horror marathon, Popcorn is a fun, ’80s-style slasher as well as a valentine to schlocky sci-fi of the ’50s and ’60s, featuring thematic elements that sit squarely between Friday The 13th, Part 6: Jason Lives and Wes Craven’s Scream.

Mark Herrier—arguably best known for his role as Billy in the Porky’s Saga—is credited with directing the film, but another Bob Clark protégé. Alan Ormsby, helmed the three films within the film: Mosquito, a riff on Them!; The Amazing Colossal Man-influenced The Attack ...
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Popcorn Limited Collector’s Edition Steelbook Blu-ray Coming This March from Synapse Films

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Grab something sweet and salty from the concession stand and save yourself the best seat in the house, because this March, Synapse Films will release a limited edition Steelbook Blu-ray of Mark Herrier’s cult horror film Popcorn:

Featuring a 2K scan of the 35mm interpositive, Synapse Films' Popcorn Collector's Edition Steelbook Blu-ray is limited to 3000 items and is slated for a March 7th release. Below, we have a look at the cover art as well as the press release with full details:

Press Release: In the history of Synapse Films few titles have generated as much excitement as Popcorn, director Mark Herrier’s 1991 cult favorite that’s been one of the most in-demand genre films of the Blu-ray era. Unavailable for over a decade, Popcorn finally comes to HD in a deliciously butter-topped Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Steelbook® Blu-ray that will have fans craving for refills!
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Blu-ray Review – Porky’s (1982)

Porky’s, 1982

Directed by Bob Clark

Starring Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, Wyatt Knight, Roger Wilson, Cyril O’Reilly, Tony Ganois, Kaki Hunter, Kim Cattrall, Nancy Parsons, Scott Colomby, Boyd Gaines, Doug McGrath, Chuck Mitchell and Alex Karras

Synopsis:

Set in 1954, a group of Florida high schoolers seek out to help a buddy lose his virginity, which leads them to seek revenge on a sleazy nightclub owner and his redneck sheriff brother for harassing them.

Before Van Wilder, before American Pie, there was Porky’s. The “raunchy” sex comedy that delivered on one promise: if you went to see the movie, you would see boobs. It has held a legacy that is unrivalled with many comedy directors saying that this was the movie that made them want to get into filmmaking. It was lambasted by critics upon its release in 1982 for being too racy, but now 32 years on some people may
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‘Porkys’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, Wyatt Knight, Roger Wilson, Cyril O’Reilly, Tony Ganios, Kaki Hunter, Kim Cattrall, Nancy Parsons, Boyd Gaines, Doug McGrath, Chuck Mitchell, Alex Karras | Written and Directed by Bob Clark

When we think of the rise of the teen sex comedy in the current movie generation the focus easily moves to American Pie and maybe even Superbad. The brashness and move against being controlled by the ratings system pushed the boundaries of what could be included on-screen. Looking back to the eighties though there was a movie that arguably created the blueprint from which these films would work from. That film was Bob Clark’s Porky’s.

Set in 1954 we see a group of high school kids from Florida, trying to find the best way to get their friend Pee-Wee (Dan Monahan) laid, and finally “lose his cherry”. With a few disastrous failures under their belt,
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Porky’s Blu-Ray Review

Director: Bob Clark.

Cast: Don Monahan, Mark Herrier, Kim Cattrall, Wyatt Knight.

Running Time: 98 minutes.

Certificate: 18.

Special Features: Audio commentary with director Bob Clark, Porky’s Through the Peephole featurette, Skin Classic! featurette, Trailers.

First things first, although one of the earliest instances of a teen comedy, up until a few days ago I had never seen Porkys, meaning that my viewing for the Blu-Ray re-release was through fresh eyes from a member of a different generation. I understand that the film is seen as a pioneer of the teen comedy genre, with Porkys being the American Pie of the time; whilst it may once have been innovative, it personally left me cold.

Call me picky, but I like some plot to my films and Porky’S is exceptionally anemic in this section. It was just teenage boys being horny jokesters which, whilst amusing to some, just doesn’t
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B-Sides: Scary Movies Require Popcorn

Anyone that knows me knows of my unapologetic love for the 1991 horror movie love note to b-movies that is Popcorn. Even its end credits song sings the praises of why we all go to the movies, hoping to be scared by monsters and maniacs, tarantulas and brainiacs…

Popcorn is a slasher movie William Castle would have loved. It's directed by Mark Herrier and stars Jill Schoelen, Tom Villard, and Dee Wallace-Stone. Film students running a b-movie film festival showing three not-so-classic fake movies of old (Mosquito!, Attack of the Amazing Electrified Man, and The Stench), each with its own built-in audience participation gimmick, fall victim to a theatrical maniac by means that tie in with the film’s gimmick.

Spoiler! I mean, how many movies can boast they feature not one, but two - Two - deaths by mosquito prop impalement?

Yeah, I heart this movie so much.

“Scary, Scary
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Dread Central's Final Girls: Jill Schoelen

Dread Central’s next final girl, Jill Schoelen, was one of our busiest final girls working in the horror genre. The actress appeared in Wes Craven’s Chiller, The Stepfather, Curse 2: The Bite, The Phantom of the Opera, Popcorn, and When a Stranger Calls Back, firmly cementing her place as a beloved final girl of modern horror history.

The ironic part of it all is that Schoelen’s acting career was kind of a happy accident.

“When I started off in the business, I came in as a singer,” explained Schoelen. “Then from there, I’d get asked to audition for singing parts that had a little bit of acting. That turned into acting auditions that had a little bit of singing, and then it turned into full-blown acting.”

One of Schoelen’s first roles was in one of this writer’s favorite cult comedies of the 80s: DC Cab.
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Writing pair set for 'Porky's' redo

Craig Moss and Steve Schoenberg have been hired to write the remake of 1982's Porky's, which Howard Stern is executive producing along with Larry Levinson. Dan Gross and Steve Squillante are producing. Porky's, released in 1982, starred Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, Wyatt Knight, Roger Wilson and then-newcomer Kim Cattrall. The film, which followed a group of high school boys on their mostly sexual misadventures, was a risque release for its time and a big hit at the boxoffice. Porky's cost $4 million to make but brought in more than $105 million and spawned two sequels, Porky's II: The Next Day and Porky's Revenge.

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