Deadtime Stories Blu-ray / DVD Release Date & Cover Art Revealed

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Featuring three stories to keep you up at night with thoughts of werwolves, witches, and insane asylum escapees dancing in your head, 1986's Deadtime Stories will be unleashed on a Blu-ray / DVD combo pack this winter from Scream Factory, and we have a look at the cover art and initial release details.

From Scream Factory: "Fresh off our announcement yesterday we are now taking pre-orders for our upcoming release of the 1986 anthology favorite Deadtime Stories which makes its Blu-ray format debut in the U.S. & Canada! Release date is planned for February 28th and it will offered as a Blu-ray & DVD combo.

Your favorite nightmares come to life in a horror/fantasy salute to the age-old bedtime story ritual. Travel on a mysterious journey to a medieval world populated by blood-crazed witches, evil experiments and captive maidens. Then from the catacombs and dark caverns of medieval Europe you plunge
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Mutilator (1984)

Some films are built from Wtf moments. Case in point: I have finally seen The Mutilator (1984), an unnaturally entertaining hack ‘em up from a period when the dirt had all but covered the coffin of the overworked subgenre. And this film has more than its share of Wtf – in fact, it acts as a Viking funeral for slashers of the era, an absurd catalogue of tropes transmitted with an ‘80s sitcom aesthetic and just as eager to please. What a sight to behold.

Aka Fall Break (a name that will be seared onto your brain pan within the first 15 minutes, trust me), The Mutilator was filmed in North Carolina by local boy Buddy Cooper, who came into some money and decided to either make a movie or buy a winery. And old Buddy boy sure made the right choice – no wine could be sweeter (or more fragrant) than this glorious display of splatter cinema.
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Bluray Review: The Mutilator

Ah, The Mutilator, the memories of my teenage years you bring back. I remember the exact moment I gazed upon your VHS box in the summer of 1987 at El Chaparral Supermarket and held you in my arms for the very first time. Your artwork sent chills down my spine and I knew right then and there at thirteen years old that I would never have the cojones to insert you into my Vcr and enjoy you the way I wanted to. I wouldn’t muster the courage to view you until four years later in 1991 when my best friend’s brother brought it home from the video rental department of the supermarket he managed. I felt guilty for doing so since my parents forbade slasher films in our house but there was that wonderful curiosity that I would carry in me since the first time I saw that box (and
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Blu-ray Review – The Mutilator (1984)

The Mutilator, 1984.

Written and directed by Buddy Cooper.

Starring Matt Mitler, Ruth Martinez, Bill Hitchcock, Connie Rogers, Frances Raines, Morey Lampley and Jack Chatham.


A group of teenagers head off to a beach condo for the winter for a few days of alcohol fueled partying. However, before too much fun is had, they find themselves stalked by an axe and hook wielding mystery figure…

By sword, by pick, by axe, bye bye. It’s a classic tag line that, much like the movie that it’s promoting, brings about a wry smile and lets you know the kind of movie that you’re in for. A holiday slasher from the mid-80’s is what it is, and as a movie very much in line with the more famous films that helped inspire it – Halloween and Friday the 13th primarily plus a large dose of holiday camp shockers such as Sleepaway Camp and Madman.
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‘The Mutilator’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: Matt Mitler, Ruth Martinez, Bill Hitchcock, Connie Rogers, Frances Raines, Morey Lampley, Jack Chatham, Ben Moore, Trace Cooper, Pamela Weddle Cooper | Written and Directed by Buddy Cooper

If you are a fan of slasher films, the beauty is that there are plenty to see. Not just the recent ones, but a vast history of films that span decades, and some many of us haven’t had the chance to see yet. One of those for me was The Mutilator, which has recently had the Arrow Video Blu-ray treatment…

Years after accidentally killing his mother while cleaning his father’s guns, Ed Jr. (Matt Miller) and his friends take a vacation at his father’s beach house. With signs that Big Ed (Jack Chatham) has been around they give it little though, but at the teenagers start to disappear, the teenagers soon work out that everything is not all as it seems.
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February 16th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Vincent Price Collection III, The Mutilator

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Genre fans have a quiet week of home entertainment releases ahead of them as February 16th features only a handful of horror and sci-fi Blu-ray and DVD offerings. That being said, cult and classic horror film fanatics should be ecstatic with several of the Blus coming out on Tuesday, including The Vincent Price Collection III, The Mutilator, Curse of the Faceless Man and My Science Project, featuring none other than the legendary Dennis Hopper.

Other releases this week include Estranged and Riddle Room.

Curse of the Faceless Man (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray)

Entombed for eons and turned to stone... the Volcano Man of 2,000 years ago stalks the earth to claim his woman! A team of archeologists, led by Dr. Paul Mallon (Richard Anderson, TV’s The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman) excavates a perfectly preserved faceless man of stone encased in lava from a site at ancient Pompeii.
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DVD Review: The Mutilator

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★★☆☆☆ 'By sword, By pick, By axe, Bye bye'. So goes the tagline of Buddy Cooper's all-but-forgotten slasher, The Mutilator, an effective subtitle for a film that can't decide whether it's a black comedy or straight horror, and ends up being little of either. Originally titled Fall Break, The Mutilator is framed with a prologue that sees a young boy accidentally kill his mother while playing with his father's shotgun. The story then jumps forward in time, and while the incident drove the boy's father to alcoholism, it has had apparently no ill effects on his son, Ed (Matt Mitler), who seems content to rack up high scores on 'Video Machine' with his friends. A trip to his beach house is instigated by an unexpected call from his father, who is mysteriously absent when they arrive.
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Revoltin’ Reviews: Pieces, The Mutilator, and The Vincent Price Collection III

Revoltin’ Reviews: Pieces, The Mutilator, and The Vincent Price Collection III
This one’s going to be a cake walk, creeps: two vintage 80s slasher flicks and some Vincent Price. Sometimes ancient talismans procured in questionable eBay lots really do work as advertised!


• Release Date: Available March 1st on Special edition Blu-ray (2 Blu-rays + CD)

• Written By: Dick Randall, Joe D’Amato

• Directed By: Juan Piquer Simón

• Starring: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña, Paul L. Smith

Pieces had a weird effect on me when I first saw it. I remember thinkin’ it was one of the greatest slasher films I’d e’er slapped my eerie eyeballs upon, as it pretty much had everything that makes the genre so outrageous, only amped up to the nth degree. I also remember thinkin’ “Man, I need to own this film right away; it’s the bat’s knees!” I then sat down, ate a slice of pizza (maybe it was a sandwich…
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'Virginia Obscura' scores North American distribution; New trailer released

by Seth Metoyer,

The giallo-style horror film Virginia Obscura had obtained North American distribution through Full Moon and Wizard Studios. Check out all the bloody details below.

From The Press Release

"Virginia Obscura" has scored North American distribution with Full Moon and Wizard Studios!

The twisty grindhouse-meets-arthouse giallo-style horror film -- which stars Matt Mitler (The Mutilator, Basketcase 2), Thomas Kovacs (My Bloody Valentine, Scanners), Linnea Quigley (Return Of The Living Dead, Creepozoids), Jessica Cameron (Silent Night, Truth Or Dare), Christopher Marrone (Plus One, Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies), and new blood: Jennie Brown and Ed Conrade -- was selected and signed by Full Moon for the first wave of new releases by Wizard Studios.

In the 1980s, Wizard Video distributed the cult classic horror films Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I Spit On Your Grave, Zombie, and The Driller Killer.

Now the iconic Wizard label is being relaunched by Charles Band (producer of Ghoulies,
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Indie Spotlight

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s massive feature includes a review for Nobody Can Cool, first details on The Night Crew, Heir, and a Doctor Who documentary called Who’s Changing: An Adventure In Time With Fans, a new clip from Muck, trailers for Blood Shed, NightBeasts, and Virginia Obscura, and much more:

[Editor's Note: We want to give a big thanks to our Indie Spotlight manager, Tamika Jones, for her constant work on this weekly feature and putting together our largest Indie Spotlight to date this weekend!]

Indie Spotlight Review: Nobody Can Cool

by Heather Wixson

Nobody Can Cool is the rather impressive directorial debut from up-and-coming filmmaking duo Dpyx, Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman, who crafted a blisteringly taut and thoughtful indie crime thriller with a palpable sense of tension from start to finish. A gritty and engaging tale of deceit, violence and desperation, Nobody Can Cool is anchored by a breakout performance by Nick Principe (best known from his work in the Laid to Rest series, Madison County and
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Horror Film Virginia Obscura Slashing Scares with First Stills

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Horror Film Virginia Obscura Slashing Scares with First Stills
The official first stills from the upcoming horror mystery thriller ‘Virginia Obscura’ have been reveled by its writer-director, Toby Osborne, and producers, Day of the Muerto. The film, which recently wrapped principal photography, is currently in post-production. ‘Virginia Obscura’ features such feature horror stars as Matt Mitler, Thomas Kovacs, Linnea Quigley, Jessica Cameron and Christopher Marrone, as well as new actors Jennie Brown and Ed Conrade. The movie, which was shot on location in new York, Los Angeles and Atlanta, is primarily set on a 100-year old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, during the middle of winter. The movie features special effects and make-up created by Kelly Mann, who worked on [ Read More ]

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[Media] - "Virginia Obscura" First look !

Horror film "Virginia Obscura" has wrapped principal photography and is now in post-production! The producers, Day of the Muerto, and writer/director Toby Osborne are thrilled to reveal the first official stills from this twisty giallo slasher... Starring an array of horror/thriller genre stars: Matt Mitler ("The Mutilator", "Basketcase 2"), Thomas Kovacs ("My Bloody Valentine", "Scanners"), Linnea Quigley ("Return Of The Living Dead"), Jessica Cameron ("Silent Night") and Christopher Marrone ("Plus One"), along with some new blood: Jennie Brown and Ed Conrade. "Virginia Obscura" also features the nightmarishly-macabre handiwork of Kelly Mann, the special effects and make-up artist from "Nightmare On Elm Street 3" 4. Filmed on location in New York, L.A. and Atlanta, the...
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Virginia Obscura Promises a Dark Truth this Summer

Virginia Obscura is a slasher film from first time director Toby Osborne. This title has recently completed production and some promotional material for the film has been released: a movie poster and still. The graphic hints at the film's premise. The tagline states: "a pinhole of light can expose the darkest secrets." That pinhole allows a minor character to see the tortuous deeds of a hurt young woman. Her mother was raped by four men and one of these men is her father. A DNA test will provide some truth and put these dark secrets to rest, forever. As well, four move stills have been released for the film. The most interesting photo is hosted below. In the still, a killer is shown, a henchman of the young woman. View both graphics here, with Virginia Obscura set for release in the Summer of 2013. Release Date: Summer 2013. Director/writer: Toby Osborne.
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Indie Spotlight

Tamika returns with a new edition of Indie Spotlight, bringing you the latest indie news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on a stage production of Night of the Living Dead, information on the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, and we’re also giving readers a chance to win the 2013 Ghoul Girls Calendar:

Night of the Living Dead Live in 2013: “Nictophobia Films is bringing this cinematic masterpiece to the stage inspring 2013 like you have never seen before. Just like the film, the stage production will be presented entirely in black and white, from the set design right to the actors. The performance will be audience interactive as live zombies walk through the aisles. Measures have been taken to maintain a PG rating so that a younger audience can also experience this fun and amazing production. At the end of the show everyone in the room will know
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Jessica Cameron and Linnea Quigley Shooting on Virginia Obscura

Results, revelations and revenge is the trinity of terror present in Toby Osborne's arthouse horror 'Virginia Obscura'. Production has just begun on the Summer 2013 release and the first look at a piece of poster art plus the full synopsis are right here. The concept...'At the heart of most slasher films, there's a bunch of sex-crazed teenagers getting drunk and wild, but what if a masked killer doesn't crash the party? Instead what if, 20 years later, their darkest sins are suddenly exposed...and punished.' The new horror project stars a whole mixture of classic 80's horror and b-movie stars plus some fresh genre faces as well. We have Matt Mitler ('Basketcase 2'), Ken Abraham ('Creepozoids', 'Hobgoblins') and Linnea Quigley ('Return Of The Living Dead') all on board and will also enjoy roles also from newcomers Christopher Marrone ('Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies'
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Upcoming Horror Film 'Virginia Obscura' Poster and Synopsis Released

By Seth Metoyer,

Production has begun for the upcoming horror film Virginia Obscura, a grindhouse-meets-arthouse horror/thriller, starring Matt Mitler (The Mutilator), Ken Abraham (Creepozoids), Linnea Quigley (Return Of The Living Dead), Jessica Cameron (Silent Night) and Christopher Marrone (Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies) in a film by Toby Osborne.

Check out a larger version of the poster below the press release.

From The Press Release:

“I’m thrilled to bring together an incredible cast of stars from the 1980’s horrors and cult B-movies that we know and love, as well as the next generation of genre stars following in their footsteps,” says Osborne who is making his directorial debut, based on his original script which placed in the top 25 at Screamfest and Shriekfest Film Festivals.

About The Cast:

Matt Mitler is the iconic star of cult-classics The Mutilator, Basketcase 2, Deadtime Stories, Breeders, The Occultist, and Mutant War. He
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Genre Vets Come Together for Virginia Obscura

Production has begun on the horror film Virginia Obscura starring Matt Mitler (The Mutilator), Ken Abraham (Creepozoids), legendary scream queen Linnea Quigley, Jessica Cameron (Silent Night) and Christopher Marrone (Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies).

Toby Osborne directs. The synopsis goes like this: At the heart of most slasher films, there’s a bunch of sex-crazed teenagers getting drunk and wild, but what if a masked killer doesn’t crash the party? Instead what if, 20 years later, their darkest sins are suddenly exposed… and punished.

This is the story of a young woman’s embittered search for her birth father, after being conceived at one of those drunken parties. Her mother shamefully revealed the names of four men on her deathbed – these potential fathers awaken in a secluded farmhouse, kidnapped by the “daughter” they never knew existed.

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“The Mutilator” (1985) Review

By Chris Wright,

If the writer’s goal was to form a near pointless illogical plot just for the sake of slasher filler, they certainly accomplished their goal! I viewed this for a second time after only seeing a cut version. The uncut version is slightly better but did not redeem how ridiculous this was. This was released through popular 1980s distributor Vestron in 1985. They had a tendency to release anything and everything regardless of quality. I kept sitting through this movie anxious for it to be over! The original title for this movie was “Fall Break.”

The plot starts multiple years prior to the present day. Ed, Jr. (Trace Cooper) accidentally killed his mother with a shot gun. The Dad comes and acts truly bizarre trying to murder his son. He also has a drink and tries to give it to his dead wife. This is one
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Uncovered: 1995 New York Underground Film Festival Picks

I’ve remarked a couple of times on the site in the past that there’s little to no reference sources online for the first two New York Underground Film Festivals, held in 1994 and 1995. The official Nyuff website has had its archives offline for, I think, over a year now. If you go to their site, they simply direct you to what’s available on the site (And, from my own experience, it’s a safe bet not to assume your stuff will be on forever — it can really vanish at any minute.)

At, the Nyuff archives only go back to 1996. I don’t know if the fest had a web presence those first two years or not, but whether they were ever there, the optimum point is that they’re not there now and probably never will be. And my own personal assumption
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