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For the second week of September, horror fans have a ton of Blu-ray and DVD titles they can choose from, including Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead (the latest from Scream Factory), Synapse Films’ brand new Blu-ray of the original Prom Night, and Bobcat Goldthwait’s sasquatch tale Willow Creek.
Scorpion Releasing is also giving fans their first chance to own Oliver Stone’s directorial debut, Seizure, in stunning HD and Graduation Day is also making its Blu-ray bow this week as well. And as if all that’s not enough, we’re also getting a few re-releases as well including The Amityville Horror, a groovy 4 pack of horror movies from Image and a double DVD of House and House II: The Second Story.
- Heather Wixson
The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. Prom Night is a Canadian slasher film from 1980 that tried to capitalize on the “theme” craze of films like Halloween, Friday the 13th and Mad Magazine’s sadly never produced Arbor Day, but not even the presence of Jamie Lee Curtis can make it all that worthwhile. The pacing is mostly to blame as it takes far too long for the killings to start — something that would be forgivable if the earlier time was spent giving depth to the characters — and once they do even the deaths are stretched out to ridiculous lengths. Curtis »
- Rob Hunter
The ratty hair, the twisted teeth, the oily flesh. No, I'm not talking about the newest movie monster. I'm talking about our awkward high school years! In celebration of the release of All Cheerleaders Die, we're taking a look back at the Top 9 High School Horrors.
Looking back, we can remember plenty of high school horrors, and combination skin is just one of them. There were a lot of possibilities for this list, and we've got 9 of our favorites listed below. But we would have to flunk ourselves if we didn't turn in an honor roll of honorable mentions.
Of course another Lucky McKee film, The Woods, has to be listed, as does Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And those vivacious vixens from The Craft turned up the heat in their high school, and nobody - and we mean nobody - survives Cherry Falls.
And now, on to the...
- Scott Hallam
Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.
New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.
Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.
View the whole press release of additional announcements below:
Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday
With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries, »
- Brian Welk
“Prom night… everything is all right!” If these lyrics make you recall Jamie Lee Curtis tearing up the dance floor at her high school prom in the 1980 slasher flick, Prom Night, then you might feel like dancing yourself now that Synapse Films has unveiled their Blu-ray cover art, bonus features, and release date for their Special Edition Prom Night Blu-ray that’s hitting shelves this September.
Paul Lynch’s Prom Night is making its Blu-ray debut and a fresh appearance on DVD this September 9th. Featuring a 2K transfer update of the original camera negative, the Prom Night Blu-ray comes with a host of bonus features, including a new audio commentary:
Brand-New 2K High-Definition Transfer from the Original 35mm Camera Negative New 5.1 Surround Remix Specifically Created for this Release (Original 2.0 Mono Included) Audio Commentary with Director Paul Lynch and Screenwriter William Gray The Horrors Of Hamilton High: The Making of »
- Derek Anderson
It was on July 19th of last year when we told you Synapse Films was busy restoring the slasher classic Prom Night as a means to put it out on Blu-ray high definition, and now today the studio has revealed what's in store for us!
According to Fangoria, Synapse has remastered and restored the Paul Lynch-helmed movie in 2K from the original camera negative, presenting it in 1.78:1 widescreen (1080p hi-def on the Blu-ray), with an all-new 5.1 Surround mix plus the original 2.0 mono sound.
Look for this one in stores and online this September.
In the interim behold Jamie Lee Curtis performing her Dance Of Disco Fury™ and wonder how insane it will look in 1080p! Serious Business!
Audio commentary by director Paul Lynch and screenwriter William Gray “The Horrors of Hamilton High: The Making of Prom Night” featurette Collection of additional scenes added for television broadcast »
- Steve Barton
1980 was a huge year for Jamie Lee Curtis. It’s the year she starred in three genre classics. ‘The Fog’, ‘Terror Train’ and of course, ‘Prom Night’. While “Halloween certainly thrust her into the “Scream Queen” arena it was the release of those three films in 1980 that cemented her crown.
If you’ve never seen this masterpiece of 80′s horror … Continue reading →
- Dave Dreher
Synapse Films has released the breakdown of special features you will find on its Blu-ray and DVD presentation of Prom Night. This 1980 slasher film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Leslie Neilsen - it's embraced by some and shrugged off by others (who don't hold as much nostalgia for it). Four Hamilton High seniors are hiding a terrible secret. What happened to Robin Hammond six years ago was a game that turned into a horrible tragedy, and someone saw what they did… someone waiting for gruesome revenge!
The post Prom Night Special Edition Blu-ray Specs Are In appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films releases the sequel to the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon – the most extraordinary and scandalous era in the history of British film. Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a three-disc collector’s edition box set, is being released on DVD on July 14th 2014, to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984.
For the first time ever on DVD, all 82 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions “Section 3” list are trailer-featured with specially filmed intros for each title, alongside a brand new documentary – Video Nasties: Draconian Days (review), directed by Jake West.
And to celebrate the release, Film4 FrightFest is hosting a special event – the world exclusive London Premiere of the finalised unseen extended 97 minute cut of Video Nasties: Draconian Days at The Prince Charles Cinema on Thurs 3 July, 8.30pm. The »
- Phil Wheat
As a composer, I'm quick to acknowledge the role of music in setting the tone for a horror film, and while theme songs with lyrics and vocals can be just as effective as an instrumental score, there are definitely risks involved: along with clothing and hairstyles, songs tend to anchor a film to the year it was made, and as tastes change, a pop tune can be exposed as a quaint and silly relic of its decade. Then again, some of those tracks were pretty goofy to begin with, and nothing could have saved them. With that said, I love every one of these oddball themes to death (even the truly painful ones), so I'd like to share with you the best of the weirdest, straight from one of my more... uh, let's say “eccentric” party playlists. Let's rock! Fat Boys: “Are You Ready for Freddy?” (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, »
- Gregory Burkart
10 items from 2014
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