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New distribution company FilmRise has added a crop of cult horror titles to their quickly growing list of horror acquisitions for home video release in DVD and digital formats. Their latest acquisitions include several films helmed by Class of Nuke 'Em High director Richard W. Haines, including the goofy 1984 slasher Splatter University, psycho-thriller Head Games and his most recent feature What Really Frightens You? Also in the lineup is the campy cannibal flick Flesh Eating Mothers and monster-kid opus The Suckling. The new titles join previous FilmRise horror pickups that include Wes Craven's occult obscurity Deadly Blessing (starring Sharon Stone), TV movie Grave Secrets (starring Patty Duke) and SyFy series Deals from the Darkside. They also recently picked up the digital distribution rights to John Landis's 1981 classic An American Werewolf in London. Check out their full catalog at their official site. »
- Gregory Burkart
Ada, her family and a small isolated backwoods community worship a mysterious pit. The pit has the power to heal and protect all who honor it but at a deadly price…it demands an occasional sacrifice. The pit communicates through the local potter who, while in a trance, crafts ceramic jugs that carry the face of a person to be sacrificed to the entity that lives within it. Ada has a secret about the latest jug face that she’s determined to keep hidden but the pit demands a sacrifice and unleashes an evil onto the community until it gets who it really wants.
- Phil Wheat
Swamp Thing is based on the popular DC Comics character and couldn’t be any more different than Craven’s previous film, Deadly Blessing. A departure into science fiction for the horror director and one of Adrienne Barbeau’s early genre films, it’s a Beauty and the Beast romance with some industrial sabotage thrown in for good measure. Just released to Blu-ray / DVD by Scream Factory, Swamp Thing is a great blast of nostalgia for kids of the 1980’s.
Dr. Alec Holland (Ray Wise) has been holed up in the swamps with his sister (Nannette Brown), working on a way to hybridize animal and plant DNA in an attempt solve the world’s hunger problems. Alice Cable (Adrienne Barbeau) enters the picture as a government agent sent to investigate and report on his progress. The two quickly strike up a relationship, but their time together is interrupted when a »
- Derek Botelho
Weirdsmobile Productions wants you to fasten your chastity belts and say your prayers… The official one sheet for its new horror-comedy, Chastity Bites, releases today! The movie is set to makes its World Premiere on June 1, 2013 at the Dances With Films film festival in Hollywood, CA.
The poster is designed by illustrator, writer, and filmmaker Nathan Thomas Milliner, owner of Rebel Rouser Art and whose recent work includes Scream Factory!’s DVD/Blu-ray special edition releases of “Halloween II,” “Halloween III: Season of the Witch,” “The Funhouse,” “Terror Train,” “Deadly Blessing,” “The Burning” and “The Howling.” He has just completed his first directorial effort with “A Wish for the Dead.” Head inside for a larger look!
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Since we started this week with a John Carpenter film announcement (Body Bags) it is fitting with end it with another…The master’s 1987 cult classic Prince Of Darkness – our #1 most requested title – will be coming this fall and presented as a Collector’s Edition on DVD and Blu-ray!
We have no more details to report at this time (i.e. street date, extras, etc.) but will reveal more in the next few months. Have a great weekend!
That gives us the following stable of DVDs and Blu-Rays in the Scream Factory collection as follows:
- The Funhouse
- The Island
- Andy Greene
Here’s some good news for any East Coast horror fans out there! New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center, located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is gearing up to bring back their “Midnight Movies” series in June, and judging from the initial lineup, it sounds like a lot of fun, read on!
“The return of the Midnight Movies series in June will be bookended by two John Carpenter/Kurt Russell crowd pleasers, with The Thing (1982), the edge-of-your-seat thriller of a body-duplicating alien versus a handful of men, re-opening the series on Friday, June 7, and Big Trouble In Little China (1986), which both begs definition while it gleefully mixes genre, closing out the month on Friday, June 28. In between, Midnight Movies will screen Wes Craven’s Deadly Blessing (1981), a tale of horror in Amish country and Richard Donner’s anti-Christ horror staple, The Omen (1976).”
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Jay Allen Sandford's ongoing feature “Famous Movie Poster Rejects You've Never Seen” at the San Diego Reader website focuses on a collection of rare unused and/or early-stage artwork for dozens of classic (and not-so-classic) movies, including many horror titles you'll recognize from the final product... and a few amazing concepts that never made it. The collection of original paintings and proof prints were once archived by Sandford for memorabilia Duane Dimock, and he recently posted some of his favorites to the Reader site. The collection runs the spectrum from Hollywood blockbusters to lesser-known indies, and very few of these have been seen by the public. Some are compared side-by-side with the final approved versions, showing the work in progress. The gallery is brimming over with familiar genre titles, including Jaws, Batman, Deadly Friend, The Fly, Fright Night, Halloween III, Vamp, Return of the Living Dead, Blood Diner, Trick or Treat »
- Gregory Burkart
I knew something was up when I read Roger Ebert's review of 1986's From Beyond. The second collaboration between director Stuart Gordon, producer Brian Yuzna, screenwriter Dennis Paoli, actors Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton -- the one that followed quickly on the heels of the widely adored Re-Animator (1985) -- had received a pretty positive review from the notoriously "hard on horror" Roger Ebert. I was intrigued, I was excited... I finally saw From Beyond and I was confused. I didn't get it, which is not to say I didn't like it. The monster effects were awesome and the actors were once again delivering great work as Mr. Gordon and his team combined 70% Lovecraft, 20% Hammer, and 10% pure 1980s horror coolness.
Looking back I think I was perhaps a bit too young (not to mention inexperienced in the ways of H.P. Lovecraft) to fully appreciate how energetic, colorful, and audacious a »
- Scott Weinberg
★★★☆☆ Arrow Video continues their quest to unearth respected, semi-forgotten genre works and give them a loving home on DVD and Blu-ray with Wes Craven's 1981 religious horror-drama, Deadly Blessing. A young farmer, excommunicated from his family who are involved in an archaic, fire and brimstone religious sect called 'the Hittites' (who, according to one character, "make the Amish look like swingers"), lives a peaceful existence with his beautiful wife Martha (Maren Jensen), near to his estranged clan. However, their marital bliss is shattered one night when Martha's husband is mysteriously crushed by his own tractor.
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- CineVue UK
Director: Wes Craven
Running Time: 104 Minutes
Wes Craven is often seen as a horror icon thanks to his films Last House On The Left, The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare On Elm Street, and Scream. Buried away among such classics is a forgotten film which many have never heard of, Deadly Blessing.
Deadly Blessing takes place in an Amish-like community, run by a religious group known as the Hittite. As described by one character “they make the Amish look like swingers.” Jim Schmidt has recently been expelled from the group due to his marriage to an outsider the Hittite refer to as an ‘Incubus’; a devil that seduces you in your sleep. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Deadly Blessing, 1981.
Directed by Wes Craven.
When Martha marries into a close knit sect she finds herself shunned as an outsider by its fanatical members, but when her husband dies mysteriously while riding a tractor expressly forbidden as a tool of the devil, things take a darker turn.
Wes Craven's long and illustrious career in horror has seen him craft many an iconic film. Some have become franchises such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, and others have simply been iconic enough to receive the modern remake treatment like The Hills Have Eyes or The Last House on the Left. With so many iconic creations it’s sometimes easy to overlook certain films in Craven’s back catalogue. He’s done a lot of very enjoyable horror films. Deadly Blessing »
- Flickering Myth
By Todd Garbarini
Horror films are a hot commodity. Some of the most well-known slasher films of the 1980’s have been re-issued on DVD and Blu-ray by companies looking to cash-in on audiences’ seemingly insatiable appetite for murder and mayhem while also introducing them to a whole new generation of fans with disposable income. Two titles that fans want on DVD and Blu-ray in the way of special editions are Paul Lynch’s Prom Night (1980) and Richard Ciupka’s Curtains (1983), both Canadian productions through Simcom, the former having fared far better on home video than the latter.
Prom Night was originally released theatrically by Avco Embassy Pictures in July 1980. It was distributed on VHS by McA Home Video in 1981 and again by Virgin Vision, Inc. in 1988. McA also released a laserdisc pan-and-scan version on their laser rot-prone DiscoVision line in 1981 (curiously, the film bypassed the RCA Select-a-Vision Capacitance Electronic Disc »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Review Ryan Lambie 19 Mar 2013 - 06:54
In the early 1970s, Wes Craven made the leap from academic to filmmaker, working at the sleazier end of the movie industry with director and producer Sean S Cunningham on films with titles like Together, Honey Pie and Hot Cookies. It was with his horror films The Last House On The Left (1972) and The Hills Have Eyes (1977) that Craven became recognised as a director in his own right, and their shocking subject matter and violence gained him a considerable amount of notoriety among critics and censors.
Although Craven continued to dabble in exploitation cinema after The Hills Have Eyes (he served as cinematographer on The Evolution Of Snuff in 1978), the end of the 70s saw him gradually shuffle towards the mainstream; 1978's Stranger In Our House »
After his successes with The Last House On The Left and The Hills Have Eyes, Wes Craven took to a small Amish-like town to give us Deadly Blessing, which is receiving a Deluxe Edition Blu-ray and DVD release on 25th March courtesy of Arrow Video. Deadly Blessing stars Ernest Borgnine, genre fave Michael Berryman, and one of the earliest performances from Sharon Stone. Maren Jensen stars as Martha, a woman who moves with her husband to a community run by people known as Hittie (a group even more hardcore than the Amish), Martha is met with disrespect from the Hittie and things take a turn for the worse when her husband is killed by a tractor.
The Blu-ray/DVD combo will include a High-Definition Transfer (1080p) and a Standard Definition DVD. Extras are bountiful and include a commentary from Wes Craven, interviews with Craven and Michael Berryman, and an interview with screenwriter Glenn M. Benest. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
It's only been about six months, but Scream Factory have made a serious impression on genre film fans with their impressive line up of high quality Blu-ray releases. Starting with Halloween II & III, the company has grabbed numerous films from the "must own" lists of serious horror fans everywhere and given them a hero's welcome into the future with high definition upgrades.This dispatch covers their releases for the first two months of 2013, and they show no signs of slowing down.Deadly Blessing:First up is the undisputed king of Hittite-sploitation horror, Wes Craven's overlooked Ernest Borgnine vehicle, Deadly Blessing. This film has the honor of featuring one of Sharon Stone's earliest performances on screen and one of the spookiest dropping-a-spider-in-an-actress's-mouth scenes ever committed to celluloid....
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Welcome Back to The Stack. I'm your host Dave Canfield here with a bunch of fun! In all seriousness, I am mucho grateful for all the folks who fired off the following releases for review. I'd barely seen Any of these films before. Fox sent the Die Hard 25th Anniversary Collection. Shout Factory sent Wes Craven's Deadly Blessing, the awesome eighties monster schlock The Nest and th awesome bit of Sherlockania (yes that Is a real word) The Seven-Per-Cent Solution that teams Sherlock and Watson up with none other than Sigmund Freud. Other titles include a pair of the best docs I've seen recently, The Imposter and Searching For Sugarman, and lastly the incredible new animated film from master Michel Ocelet, Tales of the NightI. You can watch the entire episode...
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Last year Shout! Factory's horror branch Scream Factory came out of the corner swinging. They dropped a series of well-received releases focused mainly on 1980s films that hadn't been shown any love on home video, including Halloween III: Season of the Witch and Tobe Hooper's The Funhouse. Their first release for 2013 is Wes Craven's 1981 tale of farmland terror Deadly Blessing - a film that's never been released in the U.S. on DVD or Blu-ray. Find out how this overlooked, pre-Nightmare on Elm Street film fares on Blu-ray after the jump. It's the one year anniversary of farmer John Schmidt (Jeff East) and his wife Martha (Maren Jensen). John used to belong to a traditionalist Christian group known as the Hittites - a group that makes "the Amish seem like swingers." Unable to stomach his overbearing father, Hittite leader Isaiah (Ernest Borgnine), John ran away to NYC. There he met Martha. »
- Patrick Cooper
Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "Pina" (Criterion Collection) What's It About? Director Wim Wenders ("Paris, Texas," "Wings of Desire") tells the story of Pina Bausch, an acclaimed German dance choreographer and instructor who passed away just days before the start of the planned documentary; Wenders films her most celebrated works on the streets of Germany and on a stage filled with waterfalls, sand and the wild elements of earth. And he shot it all in 3D. See It Because: "Pina" eschews the characteristics of a regular documentary and being able to witness her creativity in action -- with genuinely hypnotic 3D technology -- is the best tribute possible to a unique artistic identity. Lastly, It's a German 3D dance film. If you're not at least enticed on a visual level, we're not sure what to tell you. New on DVD & Blu-ray "Death Race 3: Inferno" What's It About? »
- Eric Larnick
A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre DVD releases for the month of January.
Effects guru Robert Hall’s semi-autobiographical film about a small town teen (Reaper's Bret Harrison) who has aspirations to become a special effects artist. An opportunity to manage the town’s local haunted house is thwarted by his alcoholic stepfather and the staunchly religious views of the surrounding population. The solid supporting cast includes That 70’s Show’s Laura Prepon, Hellraiser’s Ashely Lawrence and Kevin Gage. Written and directed by Hall, it’s an affectionate coming-of-age drama that works in spite of an uneven narrative that falls apart in the final half hour. Hopefully this new extended cut will remedy the scripting problems of the original release.
Special Features include:
* Never-before-released extended cut of the film.
* Making-of Featurette
* Audio commentaries with the writer/director and cast. »
- Bradley Harding
Also new this week is the controversial Southern-fried drama "The Paperboy" starring Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey, as well as the raunchy-sweet chick flick "For a Good Time, Call …" featuring a breakout performance by funny lady Ari Graynor.
Box Office: $41 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 85% Fresh
Storyline: Officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Pena) have formed a strong bond as partners working some of the most dangerous beats in the Lapd. However, nothing can prepare them for the violent backlash that transpires after their routine actions threaten to expose a notorious drug cartel that tries to take them out in retaliation. "End of Watch" is seen from the point of view of the officers, »
- Robert DeSalvo
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