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Through flesh-ripping zombies, psychopathic killers, and blood-soaked scenarios of boundary-pushing terror, Italian horror maestros Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci have given the genre awesome offerings of fear that have delighted and inspired viewers for decades, and Blue Underground will celebrate these legendary, influential writer/directors with two upcoming Blu-ray collections.
Set for release on March 31st, 2015, Blue Underground’s The Dario Argento Collection and The Lucio Fulci Collection each feature three films from the prolific filmmakers. We have the official details below (via Blu-ray.com), as well as the Blu-ray cover art (via Amazon). Special features have not been revealed yet, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements.
“The Dario Argento Collection
The Cat O’ Nine Tails
A blind man with a talent for solving puzzles teams-up with reporter Carlo Giordani to launch a private investigation into a string of peculiar murders, all of which seem »
- Derek Anderson
The ’80s marked the waning days of Italian cinema’s mastery over the genre film, but there were still quite a few gems released during the decade. Lucio Fulci (The Beyond, City of the Living Dead) and Dario Argento (Tenebre, Phenomena) each managed to direct some memorable titles, but overall the quality of the output was decreasing even as the quantity raced in the other direction. One of the most popular Italian horror films of the ’80s — Lamberto Bava’s Demons — embraced both Argento’s color schemes and Fulci’s gore addiction and combined them with an anything goes narrative and a rock and roll soundtrack. It was followed a year later by an underwhelming sequel, but even that film manages a few fun surprises. Synapse Films released both movies to Blu-ray last year in limited run steelbooks loaded with extras, but next week they’re putting out standalone Blu-rays for folks whose sole interest is the »
- Rob Hunter
Pennsylvanian fright fans looking for some outdoor chills and thrills this Halloween season may want to point their car hoods toward the Mahoning Drive-In Theater this weekend to attend the Halloween Horror-Fest. Featuring four 35mm screenings of horror films under the stars, the marathon will see Freddy Krueger, Lucio Fulci’s zombies, a deranged doctor, and a Santa Claus killer grace the silver screen.
Held on October 24th and 25th at the Mahoning Drive-In Theater in Lehighton, Pa, the Halloween Horror-Fest will be open for business beginning at 6:00pm. Live rock music, costume contests, and prize raffles will take place before the film reels roll at 7:30pm.
For $10 a carload, attendees can watch A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Gates of Hell (aka City of the Living Dead), Doctor Butcher, M.D. (aka Zombie Holocaust), and the 1972 anthology horror film, Tales from the Crypt. The marathon serves as »
- Derek Anderson
Stars: Christopher George, Patch Mackenzie, E. Danny Murphy, Michael Pataki, E.J. Peaker, Richard Balin, Carmen Argenziano, Beverly Dixon, Hal Bokar, Denise Cheshire, Bill Hufsey, Linnea Quigley, Vanna White | Written by Herb Freed, David Baughn, Anne Marisse | Directed by Herb Freed
Laura, played very briefly by Ruth Ann Llorens (The Comeback Kid) is a talented high school track runner who meets her demise during a race, where she collapses and dies on the spot in front of her whole school (how embarrassing! Even more so due to the fact she won!) Fingers are immediately pointed towards Coach Michaels, played by the ever charming Christopher George (City of the Living Dead, The Exterminator) because he is a determined and often ruthless son of a gun! A couple of months pass and Laura’s sister Anne, played by Patch Mackenzie (Serial, It’s Alive 3) returns home from the Navy to honour her sister’s graduation. »
- Mondo Squallido
One of the most fondly remembered eras in fright-film history is the golden age of Italian gore – a prolific period that brought such directors as Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and Lucio Fulci to international attention and acclaim. Spawning all number of surreal sub-genres, including black-gloved killer-thrillers and stomach-churning cannibal adventures, this is a time that continues to crib a fresh generation of fascinated fans.
As such, 88 Italian have announced the UK Blu-ray release Zombi Holocaust (1980) and Burial Ground aka Nights of Terror (1981) – a pair of plasma-packed pot-boilers that could only have been dreamt up during the bygone boom in Euro-terror eccentricity.
In Burial Ground, the carcass-crunching action comes thick and fast as veteran director Andrea Bianchi (Strip Nude For Your Killer) evokes the sinister spirit of Lucio Fulci and George Romero. Also known as The Zombie Dead, Bianchi’s bout of bloodstained brilliance has a pack of ghoulish predators entrap »
- Phil Wheat
Often in films of this nature, the vapid group of overly curious teenagers delves into seemingly dangerous territory for no particular reason and encounters a pack of vicious humanoid creatures or a bizarre underground cult. The fact that The Dowdle Brothers (John Erick and Drew both serving as writers with John Erik directing) avoid the low hanging fruit and strive to mix in some historical fantasy elements is an ambitious risk that mainly pays off. Our female lead Scarlett is much more than the requisite “final girl.” A more appropriate comparison could be to the video-game turned film character Lara Croft. Her knack for adventure and skills at puzzle-solving make As Above/So Below a claustrophobic adventure film melded with a psychological horror film, all led by a young Tomb Raider apprentice.
Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks) is following in the footsteps of her father in the search of an ancient relic called the philosophers’ stone. »
- Michael Haffner
Let me tell ya, creeps, nothin’ gets the ol’ Xiii’s motor hummin’ quite like a fright flick that is more akin to a fever dream than one of yer more pedestrian linear narratives. And for my money (roughly equivalent to $1.32 Us cash and a third party, out of state, presumably bad check for $16.45), no one does it better than Director Dante Tomaselli! So, before we begin our regularly scheduled revoltin’ reviews (this week featuring Varsity Blood, Jersey Shore Massacre and The Possession Of Michael King) and other assorted jackanappery, let’s check in with ol’ Dante to see what bats stir in his belfry of the damned!
Famous Monsters. Since Famous Monsters is a monster mag of world renown (besides being a website full o’ great guys gals and ghouls), what putrid periodicals did you enjoy in yer frightful formative years?
Dante Tomaselli. Creepy and Eerie were sold at »
Today’s entries into the zombie subgenre typically fall into the repetitive slow-walking/fast-running categories, very rarely offering much else. Back in the day, films like Fulci’s Zombi, The Gates Of Hell and/or Bava’s Demons stood out because they offered something fresh and exciting, something that today’s undead efforts often lack. Enter James Sizemore’s film The Demon’S Rook, which judging from the trailer, looks like one hell of a throwback to those exciting Italian Zombie films from the late ’70s/early ’80s. Everything from over the top gore, beautiful red and green Giallo-like lighting, and some very impressive practical effects work, all done independently.
Tribeca Films is set to release The Demon’S Rook to On Demand platforms beginning September 30th, and well, fright fanatics…don’t miss out on this one.
“Chaos descends upon a quiet town when Roscoe, the pupil of a »
- Jerry Smith
Earlier this summer we reported that 88 Films will be releasing Graduation Day and Mother’s Day to Blu-ray in the UK, and now 1981′s Don’t Go in the Woods… Alone will also be given the UK high-definition treatment. Together, these three releases make up the first wave of 88 Films’ Slasher Classics Collection, and the documentary, Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed!, has been included on Graduation Day‘s special features.
Graduation Day will hit Blu-ray in the UK on October 13th, while Mother’s Day will be available in the high-definition format sometime in early 2015. An official release date for Don’t Go in the Woods… Alone has not yet been announced. Below are two official press releases and a look at the Blu-ray cover art. The first release has full details on Graduation Day‘s special features, including the documentary, Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed! (thanks to Blu-ray. »
- Derek Anderson
Released in 1981, Graduation Day has become a favourite of slasher movie fans thanks to its plasma-spurting set pieces, maniacal mystery-killer storyline and a cast of cult celebrities that includes Christopher George (City of the Living Dead), Vanna White (Wheel of Fortune) and the perennially topless Scream Queen Linnea Quigley. Now set for a Blu-ray release, with a stunning print restored and re-mastered from a colourful 4k scan, from the folks at 88 Films, Graduation Day will arrive in the UK with an array of newly created special features from High Rising Productions including a new feature length documentary entitled Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed.
Hosted by the legendary Debbie Rochon (Tromeo and Juliet, Terror Firmer), this insightful investigation into the challenges of women working within a genre frequently associated with a masculine fanbase is unique in featuring all-female perspectives. Names that have been caught on camera for this epic expose »
- Phil Wheat
Ask any self-respecting slasher buff about the genre’s ‘golden age’ and they will doubtlessly wax poetic about the plasma-packed pot-boilers of the 1980s – the decade of destruction that gave us Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and the transsexual teen-tormenter of the Sleepaway Camp series. Given the label’s name, what better way for 88 Films to celebrate this halcyon era of horror than with a series of numbered and collectible sanguine-splashed shockers from the period of VHS and video nasties?
88 Films is proud to announce the launch of a new “Slasher Classics” line – kicking off with a digitally re-mastered DVD release of Don Gronquist’s notorious censor-baiting backwoods sickie Unhinged (1982). Further fearful fun will be delivered with Don’t Go in the Woods (1981) – the effortlessly enjoyable “hunt ‘em and kill ‘em” epic that once had British authorities outlawing its very exhibition! Directed by James Bryan, Don’t Go in the Woods »
- Phil Wheat
Here on Dread we love when horror fans make their own faux Nes video games, and we've been delighted to come across many of them in our travels around the interweb. Today a brand spankin' new one has come to our attention, and you Italian horror lovers out there are absolutely going to love it!
We're in the midst of website Doc Terror's annual Italian Horror Week, which is loaded with all sorts of fun content written by some of the biggest and best in the online horror community.
As part of the festivities, James Harris and artist Frank Browning put together a particularly epic series of Nes games inspired by the films of gore-master Lucio Fulci. Centering on Fulci's "Gates of Hell Trilogy," the three faux games are based on House by the Cemetery, City of the Living Dead and The Beyond; and the sheer amount of work that »
- John Squires
The Hacktivision guys (Doc Terror, artist Frank Browning, and musician Sean O'Connor) are at it again. The team that brought you Friday the 13th Lives, Zombie, and Demons is back, this time with trio of faux 8 bit games you are going to wish were real.
The 3 games come from the Italian Godfather of Gore, Luci Fulci; City Of The Living Dead, The Beyond, and House By The Cemetery. Here is the trailer:
The idea for this trilogy (if it were real) would be you could purchase each game individual and enjoy it as such, but if you wanted the full experience, all three would be available in a limited edition package. Why would you want all three? Because the games are stackable, allowing for variations on game play that incorporate all three games.
Also, there would be a slew of cameos
Head on over to Doc Terror's blog for more on these games, »
- Chris Connors
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes first details from Kadence and soon-to-be feature length film, Headless, a new Phantasmagoria poster, a teaser video for Bad Kids Go 2 Hell, a review of The Well, and more:
First Details on Kadence: “Still reeling from the loss of his mother, a damaging and complex relationship with his father, and a relentless battle with his own inner demons, Kadin’s  grip on reality is loosening by the day. Amid this struggle comes an enigmatic and brazen new neighbor, Marissa , who, along with the promise of a budding new friendship gives Kadin an ancient voodoo doll. Her reassurance is seductive and the promise of a brighter future leads Kadin to make a sinister choice.
Kadence, a short film blending psychological horror with a chilling character drama that could »
- Tamika Jones
Saint Louis has incredibly deep and rich brewing history. Even before Adolphus Busch married Lilly Eberhard Anheuser, Johann Adam Lemp had been running his brewery since 1840. He had been a grocer for two years prior, but customers preferred the lager he brewed. At the dawn of the Civil War, Lemp had about 40 competitors locally.
What happened to those competitors? We know what happened to one. But what happened to the competitors that went out of business? Did any of their recipes survive? Were they passed down to family members? Or do they live on in antique malls and collections?
Desert Storm veteran, Sam Harper (David Fralick) is killed by friendly fire in Grenada. He somehow remains alive long enough to murder the Army men ordered to collect his body. News of Sam’s death opens old wounds on the home-front. His sister, Sally (Leslie Neale) and estranged wife, Louise (Anne Tremko »
- Jeremy Jones
The makers of Phantasmagoria have sent along this beautiful one-sheet for their film. The art hails from the Italian poster group Malleus. In this French/Italian anthology production, three directors - Mickael Abbate, Domiziano Cristopharo and Tiziano Martella - offer us their original visions of fear in three gripping films: Diabolique, Il serpente dalla lingua acciaio and My Gift to You. Cristina Puccinelli (L’Ultimo Weekend), Venantino Venantini (City of the Living Dead), Sophie Pâris and newcomer Maya Dolan recently joined the cast. When we last reported on the film, it was described as "a vibrating tribute to William Castle’s cinema, but also an introduction to [three] original visions of fear in three gripping films that encompass the breadth of the genre."
The post Check Out This New Poster for Phantasmagoria appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Death Waltz Records' next two releases - City of the Living Dead and Godzilla (1954) - are now up for sale via the company's official site. Fabio Frizzi's City of the Living Dead is getting a vinyl releae on July 14th and features the amazing art of Graham Humphreys. Death Waltz is offering a black vinyl edition, a red vinyl edition and a deluxe gatefold edition. Here are the details on the latter...
- Ryan Turek
Locked inside a theater overnight with a murderous madman, a musical’s cast will have no trouble portraying real fear, but this type of method acting could be the death of them all. In 1987′s StageFright, the actors unknowingly performing beside a murderer in an owl mask could break a lot more than a leg in perhaps their final performance on this earth. The Blu-ray upgrade of StageFright‘s uncut and uncensored camera negative is making its Us debut this fall from Blue Underground.
Available to pre-order starting on August 12th and officially hitting shelves on September 23rd, Blue Underground is coupling StageFright‘s high definition transfer with a host of bonus features and some glass-shattering cover art.
“While a group of young actors rehearse a new musical about a mass murderer, a notorious psychopath escapes from a nearby insane asylum. But when the show’s director locks his cast in the theater overnight, »
- Derek Anderson
Described by VODzilla.co as “the iTunes of horror”, TheHorrorShow.TV launched in 2013 and is the first UK-based video-on-demand streaming service specialising in horror and fantasy films. It is one of the fastest-growing VOD destinations in the UK, carrying over 120 films (to stream and/or download) from cult classics by the likes of Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento and Mario Bava, to new releases and the odd UK exclusive. Run by David Hughes and filmmaker and entrepreneur Jack Bowyer, the pay-as-you platform offers top-flight features, popular classics, cult favourites and edgy underground titles to stream or download via computers/ laptops and Android and iOS-based smartphones and tablets.
TheHorrorShow.TV have recently hired esteemed horror critic Sott Weinberg (formerly of the now sadly defunct Fearnet) to do some Vodcasts for the service focussing on various aspects of, and movies within, the horror genre. The latest episode – which we are exclusively debuting – focuses on the zombie genre, »
- Phil Wheat
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting details on The Chair, Camp of the Damned, and Love Sick, trailers for Chimeres and Phantasmagoria, production and distribution news on Australian film, The Pack, and much more:
Exclusive Casting News for The Chair: We’ve been told that Travis Love (Shumpert from The Walking Dead) has been added to the cast of the upcoming horror/thriller, The Chair. Love will play the Commanding Officer in a flashback scene that features Jimmy (Jacob Banser) and Sullivan (Brian Thompson).
Synopsis: “Based off of the Alterna Comics graphic novel of the same name, The Chair follows the story of Richard Sullivan, an innocent man struggling to escape execution on death row. Witnessing the torture and murder of his fellow inmates at the hands of the prison’s sadistic and psychotic Warden, »
- Tamika Jones
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