16 items from 2017
Nick Aldwinckle Jul 20, 2017
With the DC cinematic universe currently riding high on the coattails of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins’ megahit antidote to the miserablism of messrs Bats and Soops, it would seem churlish to point out that company’s past failures. Things being as they are, though, with the recent release of a camp classic on Blu-ray, it’s time to do precisely that.
The sequel to Wes Craven’s 1982 superhero effort that was more Toxie than Alan Moore, Jim Wynorski’s 1989 adaptation of the tale of scientist turned mutant bog creature Alec Holland, slyly monikered The Return Of Swamp Thing, cranks the ridiculousness dial right up to 'comedy horror' level. As Swampy meets the love of his life, Abigail – Heather (Locklear) be thy name – and battles the evil Anton Arcane (Louis Jourdan, »
*full disclosure: a one-month Blu-ray package was mailed for this review. Horror Pack is a DVD and Blu-ray subscription service. Based out of Athens, Georgia, this subscription service mails out a quad' group of selected movies, every month. This horror fan received a package this week. And, this article will mention some of the latest goodies, coming from Horror Pack. Most of the arrivals were great, but a couple were less than stellar. Overall, this is a fun service that horror fans should check out. Horror Pack chooses four DVDs or Blu-rays to mail each month. Some of the upcoming titles include: the Soska Sisters' American Mary (2012), Frank Henenlotter's Basket Case (1982), Rise of the Zombies (2012), The Unborn (2009) and many more. In this reviewer's package, there was: Killer Pinata (2015), Deathgasm (2015), Children of Corn: Genesis (2011) and Gavin Michael Booth's Scarehouse (2014). This horror fan was excited to see this later title »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
If you never looked at puppets or little toys quite the same way after seeing Puppet Master, then you're in for a treat, because Cavitycolors is teaming up with Full Moon Features to unleash a new capsule collection based on the beloved 1989 horror film.
Cavitycolors' new Puppet Master collection includes a new shirt (limited to 400) with artwork by Devon Whitehead, as well as a set of enamel pins (limited to 500) depicting five of the film's tiny antagonists.
The Puppet Master capsule collection will be available to pre-order beginning at 5:00pm Est on Thursday, June 1st, so keep an eye on Cavitycolors' official website if you're interested in picking up these collectible items.
From Cavitycolors: "Hello boils & ghouls!
Tomorrow, we're incredibly honored to work with Full Moon Features to bring you a special capsule collection inspired by one of the most successful, and ambitious independent horror franchises ever, Puppet Master! »
- Derek Anderson
“Uh-oh, Brian! Now you’re really losing your mind!”
It’S A Headache From Hell!
Meet Elmer. He’s your local, friendly parasite with the ability to induce euphoric hallucinations in his hosts. But these LSD-like trips come with a hefty price tag. When young Brian comes under Elmer’s addictive spell, it’s not long before he finds himself scouring the city streets in search of his parasite’s preferred food source – brains!
Featuring late TV horror host John Zacherley as the voice of Elmer, Brain Damage boasts some of the most astonishing bad taste gore-gags ever realized, including the notorious “brain-pulling sequence” and a blow-job that ends with a distinctly unconventional climax.
Limited Edition Contents
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD »
- Tom Stockman
If you are a fan of Frank Henenlotter movies then you know how surreal they are. From Basket Case and Frankenhooker to Bad Biology, Henenlotter has a unique vision of horror. One of his most unusual though handles the subject of drug addiction and is one of his best… This is why Brain Damage is a fitting release for Arrow Video.
When Brian (Rick Hearst) wakes up with a small creature attached to his brain stem, things go from odd to odder in no time. Becoming dependant on the narcotic substance that Aylmer (voiced by John Zacherley) the creature pumps into his brain, he soon has to help the creature to obtain living brains.
Henenlotter creates a movie that lives up to what you expect from him, »
- Paul Metcalf
For this Tuesday’s Blu-ray and DVD releases, we have an eclectic assortment of titles coming home, including films from the likes of Frank Henenlotter, John Waters, Roland Emmerich, and Gus Van Sant's remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s most iconic film. Scream Factory is keeping busy this week with two different titles—Serial Mom and Psycho (1998)—and Arrow Video has put together an impressive special edition set for Henenlotter’s cult classic Brain Damage.
For those who may have missed it earlier this year, the surreal indie horror flick The Void makes it way to DVD on May 9th, and we have a bunch of other notable titles arriving on Tuesday, too, including Making Contact, American Mummy, The Gorenos, Clown Kill, and The Evangelist.
- Heather Wixson
Brain Damage, 1988.
Directed by Frank Henenlotter.
A young man unwittingly enters into a bargain with a parasite that feeds on human brains to provide victims in exchange for having his own brain injected with an addictive blue liquid.
Despite having only a handful of directorial credits for ‘proper’ films Frank Henenlotter has certainly made his mark on the horror/exploitation genre, laying out his stall with 1982’s brilliantly grotesque Basket Case and not looking back as he managed to pile more and more obscenities into each successive movie. Brain Damage was his follow-up to Basket Case and arrived six years after that excursion through the seedy underbelly of New York, and thankfully Henenlotter managed to keep things just as grimy and dirty in this movie, although there is a marked improvement over »
- Amie Cranswick
We prefer to remember these monumental moments in teen film makeouts instead of our own high school experiences. Please join us on a butterfly-inducing trip down memory lane.
A Walk to Remember (2002)
Shortly before making us collapse in tears, A Walk to Remember has us swooning at the sight of Jamie (Mandy Moore) and Landon’s (Shane West) first non-theater obligated kiss. Like the entirety of the first date Landon planned, the kiss is perfect.
Never Been Kissed (1999)
- Lydia Price
After introducing moviegoers to Belial in Basket Case, filmmaker Frank Henenlotter brought another evil entity to the big screen in Brain Damage, one of several horror films coming out on Blu-ray in the Us this spring from Arrow Video, who have now revealed the full list of special features for the 1988 film's high-def home media release.
Press Release: May sees the release of a fantastic slate of cult cinema from Arrow Video, with a healthy mix of giallo, cult crime and gore to keep fans happy.
First comes The Climber, starring cult actor Joe Dallesandro (Flesh for Frankenstein, Blood for Dracula). The Climber is a prime example of Italian crime cinema and follows the rise and fall of Dallesandro's smalltime drug dealer, Aldo. Filled with brawls, fistfights, shootouts and explosions, this is an excellent action-thriller. The other big crime release of May is Cops vs Thugs, Kinji Fukasaku's masterpiece »
- Derek Anderson
Apr 28, 2017
So, what’s your personal idea of hell? For this writer, it would almost certainly involve being chained down in the audience of an eternal live filming of Loose Women as Donald Trump waves a slice of tiger bread, forever just out of reach. Yours is likely to be similar, though it would have to be pretty grim indeed to come anywhere near Lucio Fulci’s 1981 career-best infernal vision and perhaps the definitive (obviously other than Little Nicky) cinematic depiction of eternal damnation, The Beyond.
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus ends with David’s (Michael Fassbender) severed head helping Shaw (Noomi Rapace) navigate her way back to the Engineers’ homeworld. This setup for the next film in this Alien prequel saga suggested we’d eventually get some real answers. But Michael’s body-less head did present some trouble, as well as the possibility of some Basket Case-like hijinks. Would Shaw tote the head around in Alien: Covenant, or would someone from the new crew—which includes Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, and James Franco—find a way to make him whole again? From the looks of this featurette, we can stop worrying about that, because David is no more.
“Walter. We are Walter,” Fassbender says after getting a new body, complete with head. The tears forming in his eyes suggest he got a new attitude as well, but we won’t know for sure until Alien »
- Danette Chavez
Basket Case, Frank Henenlotter’s 1982 horror-comedy about a weirdo loner who arrives at a New York boarding house with his homicidal, telepathic, deformed former conjoined twin brother in a wicker basket under his arm, is not just a grimy time capsule of Times Square in the early ‘80s and the source of one of this writer’s favorite horror trailers of all time (see below). It’s also a work of capital-a Art.
At least, that’s the conclusion we’ve drawn from a recent move by the Museum of Modern Art, which recently added Basket Case to its permanent collection and will fund a restoration of the film later this year. Henenlotter announced the news yesterday on Facebook:
Founded in 1935, the MoMA’s film library is now more than 22,000 titles strong, and includes such priceless classics of the art form as early Edison Company silents ...
- Katie Rife
The ’80s live! Wamg recently got its hands on the new terrific, epic, 482-page book The Untold, In-depth, Outrageously True Story Of Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment by Marco Siedelmann, Nadia Bruce-Rawlings, and Stephen A. Roberts. This interview collection takes us back into the roaring 1980s, when the home video market changed the whole world of film making. For a short time, everything seemed possible, and in a way everything was possible. Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment was in the right place at the right time. Although Sge closed its doors in 1995, films like The Exterminator, Black Roses, Shakedown, Moontrap, Red Scorpion, No Retreat No Surrender II, Basket Case II & III, Frankenhooker, Maniac Cop and several others remain cult favorites today.
Enlightening interviews with business legends and producers are combined with extended conversations with well-known genre filmmakers. On top of this are the voices of all the key people that marketed »
- Tom Stockman
Following the success of The FrightFest Guide to Exploitation Movies, FrightFest and Fab Press have once again joined forces to launch The Frightfest Guide to Monster Movies, which goes exclusively on sale during Horror Channel FrightFest 2017, Aug 24th – Aug 28th. This is the second in a planned series of wide appeal books for both the curious spectator and the cult connoisseur.
Written by celebrated writer, editor and critic Michael Gingold, the book contains 200 of the most frightening, fantastical and fun monster film features. Starting in the silent era, it traces the history of the genre all the way through to the present day. The films are given detailed individual reviews, with fascinating facts and critical analysis. There are the Universal Studios favourites such as Frankenstein’s Monster and the Mummy, the big bugs, atomic mutants and space invaders that terrorised the ’50s. Then there’s the kaiju of Japan, the »
- Phil Wheat
Both Evil Ed and Brain Damage will be released on Blu-ray in the Us and the UK this May, and you can check out the impressive lists of bonus features below, as well as the eye-popping cover art for the releases.
A veritable smorgasbord of flying limbs, exploding heads, busty babes and creepy creatures!
Pre-order your copy via Arrow: http://bit.ly/2kRcxF2
Pre-order via Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/2kRgU2Y
North American pre-orders links should be live soon!
Release Dates: 29/30 May
When His Mind Blows, »
- Derek Anderson
We are only a few short months away from the 12th annual Texas Frightmare Weekend horror convention in Dallas, Texas. This is one of my favorite events of the year as they never fail to disappoint when it comes to guests, vendors, and film screenings. For 2017 they've added a brand new presenting sponsor in the kings of cult home video, Arrow Video. As if that weren't exciting enough, Arrow Video and Tfw are bringing cult filmmaker Frank Henenlotter along as a featured guest. Henenlotter is the director of films like Basket Case, Brain Damage, Frankenhooker, and many more. He's also made a slew of documentaries over the last decade covering topics like sexploitation films, Herschell Gordon Lewis, and his latest film currently in production,...
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16 items from 2017
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