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‘Maniac Cop’ to Launch Nicolas Winding Refn First-Look Deal

Vendian Entertainment has partnered with Wild Bunch and Nicolas Winding Refn’s Space Rocket on a multi-year first look deal. The horror thriller “Maniac Cop” will be the first project produced and financed.

The deal was announced Monday at the Cannes Film Festival with Wild Bunch repping international rights. The partnership will have a first option to provide financing for Space Rocket’s feature films for an international audience by Refn and other directors.

Maniac Cop,” the first in a trilogy, is written by Ed Brubaker (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) and directed by John Hyams (“Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning”). It follows innocent people who are brutally murdered on the streets of Los Angeles by a uniformed police officer. As the death toll rises and Lapd attempts a cover up, one determined female cop sets out to reveal the truth.

Refn and William Lustig (“Vigilante”) will be creative producers,
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‘Luther the Geek’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

Stars: Carlton Williams, Tom Brittingham, Karen Maurise, Edward Terry, Joan Roth, Stacy Haiduk, Thomas Mils, Jerry Clarke | Written and Directed by Carlton J. Albright

“A movie with a fowl bite!”

When Luther (Carlton Williams, in his only role) was a young boy, he witnessed a group of rowdy locals egging on the local Geek (Tom Brittingham, also in his only role) to bite the head off a chicken. This combined with him getting his teeth accidentally knocked out by one of said locals in the ruckus leads young Luther to develop a taste for blood. Naturally, this turns him in to a bloodthirsty psycho and paves the way for a life of crime. After serving 20 years and thanks to prison board member Mrs. Butler (Karen Maurise, Dark Skies), a much older and balder Luther (Edward Terry, The Children) is set free. Armed with a set of homemade metal teeth, Luther
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Exclusive Interview: Rutanya Alda on Amityville II, Brian De Palma and the Horrors of Mommie Dearest

Actress Rutanya Alda discusses her new book and her life in cinema. Rutanya Alda is a name long known to genre fans as a fine actress in quality productions. Her work in Brian De Palma’s The Fury, Fred Walton’s When A Stranger Calls, Lewis Jackson’s Christmas Evil, Damiano Damiani’s Amityville II: The Possession, William Lustig’s Vigilante,…

The post Exclusive Interview: Rutanya Alda on Amityville II, Brian De Palma and the Horrors of Mommie Dearest appeared first on Shock Till You Drop.
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June 30th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Ghosthouse / Witchery, 1990: The Bronx Warriors, Mom

The last day of June doesn’t have a ton of DVD and Blu-ray titles, but those of you cult film fans out there will definitely want to check out this week’s offerings as both Blue Underground and Scream Factory are releasing several fun Collector’s Edition Blus that all seem like great additions for any horror fan’s home entertainment collection.

First up is Sf’s Ghosthouse/Witchery double feature and we also have a trio of Enzo Castellari genre classics coming our way too—1990: The Bronx Warriors, Escape from the Bronx and The New Barbarians—courtesy of Blue Underground. MGM has dug up the 1991 cult werewolf film, Mom, and is presenting it on a Limited Edition DVD.

1990: The Bronx Warriors (Blue Undergound, Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

The First To Die Were The Lucky Ones! It's 1990 and the Bronx has officially been declared a 'No Man's Land.
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The Scream Cast – Episode 64: William Lustig Interview

Welcome to the latest episode of The ScreamCast! Each episode sees hosts Sean Duregger and Brad Henderson review a Scream Factory release, however this week the ScreamCast gang are doing things a little differently, interviewing the legend that is Bill Lustig

This week we had the distinct pleasure to speak with the man, the myth, the legend himself, William Lustig (Maniac, Vigilante, Maniac Cop). We chat about the upcoming Blue Underground releases 1990: The Bronx Warriors, Escape From The Bronx, & The New Barbarians. Also, we dive into Lustig’s career in film restoration and running Blue Underground; one of the best exploitation cinema distribution labels currently around.

Don’t forget to check out TheScreamCast.com for the show notes and for more news and reviews of Scream Factory releases and make sure to follow them on Twitter too!

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Round-Up: DC Comics’ Collected Editions of New Batman / Gotham Titles, Blue Underground’s 1990: The Bronx Warriors Blu-ray / DVD

Readers of all ages can experience Batman's Gotham and its surroundings in uniquely different ways this summer with collected volume editions of four new Batman-related titles—Grayson, Batgirl, Batman: Arkham Knight, and Gotham Academy—and we have details on the summer releases in our latest round-up. Also included this time around are details and a look at the cover art for three upcoming Blue Underground Blu-ray/DVD releases: 1990: The Bronx Warriors, The New Barbarians, and Escape From the Bronx.

DC Comics' Batman Collected Editions: Press Release - "Whether you’re a lifelong or novice comic reader, a teen reader or a mystery lover, DC Comics is releasing a highly diverse lineup of Collected Editions this June that revolve around the world’s most popular Super-Hero, Batman, and are perfect for your summer reading lists!

For young readers 12 and up, Gotham Academy Vol. 1 is a vibrant take
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Winding Refn Producing New Maniac Cop?!

Winding Refn Producing New Maniac Cop?!
Some successful and acclaimed filmmakers use their clout to take deep sea submersibles where no one has gone before, for the enlightenment of all mankind. Others like to revive moribund horror franchises. Nicolas Winding Refn belongs to that latter camp, and is apparently planning on being instrumental in reviving the Maniac Cop.The gleefully scuzzy Maniac Cop series, should it have passed you by, belongs to the Larry Cohen school of genre exploitation, and is about an undead police officer on a killing spree (three of them, ultimately). The 1988 original stars two famous chins in Bruce Campbell and Robert Z'Dar. Z'dar continued on his maniacal path through both sequels; Robert Davi did the investigating in the second and third instalments; and part three (Badge Of Silence) has Jackie Earl Haley in it. All three were produced by Cohen and directed by William Lustig (with help on the third from Joel Soisson
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What To Buy This Week: DVD and Blu-ray releases for October 31st

Well it’s the start of another week, so you know what that means – yet more DVD and Blu-ray releases hit the high street, ready and waiting to swallow up all your hard-earned cash! Not as many Halloween-themed releases this week but no matter, here’s the rundown of what’s available to buy from today, October 31st 2011.

Pick Of The Week

Maniac Cop (Blu-ray)

Notorious video nasty creator William Lustig (Vigilante; Maniac) and B-Movie legend Larry Cohen(Q The Winged Serpent; It’s Alive) combine their directorial and writing talents, respectively, for a unique high-speed collision of the slasher movie and police thriller in Maniac Cop. When reports come in of a man in a police uniform committing gore drenched bloody murder on the city streets, officer Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell) stands accused. Now, with few friends, powerful enemies and a psychopathic slayer still at large, it’s up
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Home Invasion: Week of October 11, 2011

Welcome to another edition of Home Invasion where we compile the horror and genre releases for the current week. All descriptions are from Amazon.com unless otherwise listed. We also included a button in case you wanted to purchase the items that leads you to Amazon.com. By purchasing these items through these links instead of searching through Amazon.com, you ensure we get some small kickback to help support the site (Thank You In Advance).

The Bad Seed [Blu-ray]

A single mother discovers that within her seemingly angelic daughter beats the heart of a cold-blooded serial murderer. One woman must make a terrible decision about the daughter she loves and desperately wants to protect in this classic thriller.

Buy the Blu-Ray @ Amazon.com Biker Collection: Volume One (Angels Die Hard / Black Angels)

Angels Die Hard Synopsis:

At least Angels Die Hard strives to be something different. The usual motorcyle bums are in attendance,
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Blu Monday: Serial Killers and The Tree of Life

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Aspen Extreme (1993)

Synopsis: T.J. and his friend Dexter quit their jobs in Detroit to become ski-instructors in Aspen. While T.J. advances to the most popular instructor of the school during the season, he has to take care for Dexter, who’s future is less bright and who’s eventually thinking about jobbing as drug courier – bringing their friendship to a test. Meanwhile the rich business woman Brice supports T.J. in his writing ambitions and invites him to live at her home. But in her absence he falls in love with the stunningly beautiful blond radio moderator Robin. (highdefdigest.com)

Special Features:

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The Bad Seed (1956)

Synopsis: An ideal housewife begins to suspect her loving eight-year-old daughter may be a heartless killer. (blu-ray.com)

Special Features:

Audio Commentary Featurette Theatrical Trailer

Beautiful Boy (2010)

Synopsis: Bill and
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Maniac Cop hits Hi-Def and bizarro South Of Heaven finally comes home

We are huge fans of Synapse Films at Destroy the Brain. Don May Jr. and his assorted bunch of film misfits really cater to genre fans with quality releases. For example, Synapse is putting the previously mistreated-on-dvd title The Exterminator next Tuesday, September 13th (Review coming soon). Synapse keeps the exploitation Blu-Ray train rolling with William Lustig’s Maniac Cop, which stars Bruce Campbell and Tom Atkins, and a revenge flick called South of Heaven which played at the now expired CineVegas Film Festival back in 2008. Click below for the details!

From the Press Release:

Innocent people are brutally killed on the streets of New York by a uniformed police officer. A young cop, Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell, TV’s Burn Notice and The Evil Dead Trilogy) finds himself marked as the chief suspect after his wife is murdered. As Lieutenant Frank McCrae (Tom Atkins, Drive Angry and Lethal Weapon) investigates,
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Synapse Films: Maniac Cop Hits Blu-ray; South of Heaven Comes Home

Somewhere right now the Foywonder is doing the Rapid Irish Jig of Video Goodness™ as Synapse Films has announced the release of Maniac Cop in glorious high definition and more! Read on for the skinny!

Maniac Cop - Blu-ray release: October 11th.

Innocent people are brutally killed on the streets of New York by a uniformed police officer. A young cop, Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell, TV's Burn Notice and The Evil Dead Trilogy) finds himself marked as the chief suspect after his wife is murdered. As Lieutenant Frank McCrae (Tom Atkins, Drive Angry and Lethal Weapon) investigates, the death toll rises and he suspects a mysterious police cover-up. This "maniac" cop must be stopped, but it might not be so easy. He seems inhuman, and ready to take on the entire police force, hell-bent on revenge! Restored and remastered from original vault materials by Synapse Films, Maniac Cop looks and
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Cinema Slaughter Presents The Dead Flesh Feast Horror Film Festival 2011

On Saturday, June 25, the Second Annual Dead Flesh Feast Horror Film Festival will descend upon Los Angeles. Attendees will be treated to a full menu of feature films and shorts as well as actor and director panels and even a Corey Feldman appearance! Add to this a Goth comedian and a horror-themed game show, and you have yourself a full day of horrific entertainment.

We have a nice preview of the day listed below, but check the Dead Flesh Feast Horror Film website for all the newest information on featured entertainment, guests and scheduling.

From the Press Release

On June 25, 2011, Cinema Slaughter presents Dead Flesh Feast Horror Film Festival, a day for independent filmmakers and horror genre enthusiasts to watch raw, hardcore horror films and meet with some of the most influential names in horror.

The Feast begins at noon at the Vine Theatre, 6321 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, starting
See full article at Dread Central »

Sudden Death (1985)

Directed by: Sig Shore

Written by: Sig Shore

Cast: Denise Coward, Frank Runyeon, Jaime Tirelli, Robert Trumbull

Although the tagline for Sudden Death reads, "Don't mess with this Dirty Harriet," I practically had to be hit over the head with a user comment on IMDb before I could make the connection.

Valerie (Denise Coward), the protagonist of this movie, is actually not a hard-nosed city cop like Mr. Eastwood's most famous counterpart; rather she's far more akin to his revenge seeking nemesis played by Sondra Locke in Sudden Impact (again, how lame is it that I didn't make this connection? The word Sudden should have been my first clue). And in some respects she's an awesome female companion to Robert Forster's angst ridden vigilante in, you guessed it, Vigilante.

After Valerie is brutally raped and told her case isn't all that high on the priority list, this hot mama
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Poster Art for the Films of Director William Lustig

Mondo has released images of three upcoming poster images today. The Alamo Drafthouse is doing a two-night series with exploitation director William Lustig, and has commissioned three posters to celebrate the three films being shown.

Lustig began his film career in his mid to late teens, working behind-the-scenes in various minor production capacities on a handful of hardcore X-rated porno pictures as well as a production assistant on both The Seven Ups and Death Wish. He made his debut as a director, producer and editor with the hardcore porn features Hot Honey and The Violation of Claudia directing under the alias Billy Bagg.

In 1980, Lustig found himself at the center of a storm of controversy when he made the grim, gory and disturbing slasher sleaze splatter landmark Maniac and followed it with the tough, gritty and exciting New York urban revenge opus Vigilante. In 1988, he delivered another winner with the terrific Maniac Cop,
See full article at SoundOnSight »

William Lustig hits Austin with three screenings; gorgeous posters!

  • Fangoria
Some serious New York grit is about to get all up in Austin when legendary cult director and Blue Underground head honcho, William Lustig invades the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz (320 E 6th Street, 510- 476-1320) for screenings of Maniac, Maniac Cop 2 and Vigilante tonight and tomorrow. Read on for screening info and to see the (expectedly) gorgeous prints from Mondo to commemorate the events…
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Alamo Drafthouse Showcasing Three William Lustig Features and Amazing Artwork to Go Along with Them

One of our favorite theatres is no doubt the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas. Seriously? It's the coolest place in the world to watch a movie, and when they're not engulfed by Fantastic Fest, they hold cool events all year. Such as this!

The Alamo Drafthouse is hosting three screenings this week with director William Lustig live -- Maniac, Maniac Cop 2, and Vigilante. Click here for more information.

Maniac @ Alamo Drafthouse (2/8)

William Lustig is easily one of our nation’s greatest living filmmakers. His savage action and horror films (Vigilante; Maniac Cop) tore through the screen to assault the audience with blood, bullets and sheer hatred burning through every frame. And with this – inarguably his exploitation masterpiece – he plumbs the depths of the cinematic sewers like never before. Also accountable for the film’s multiple offenses is its titular leading man(iac) Joe Spinell, a deeply talented character actor
See full article at Dread Central »

Cool Stuff: New Mondo Posters for ‘Vigilante,’ ‘Maniac’ and ‘Maniac Cop 2′

Cool Stuff: New Mondo Posters for ‘Vigilante,’ ‘Maniac’ and ‘Maniac Cop 2′
Mondo has been on a roll lately, and today they tossed images of three upcoming poster images out to three different sites. But while the company has been doing a lot of high-profile films of late (Star Wars, Hellboy, etc) these films get back closer to the origins of Mondo. The Alamo Drafthouse is doing a two-night series with exploitation director William Lustig [1], and has commissioned three posters to celebrate the three films being shown. Tuesday night (that's tomorrow!) will be Maniac and then Maniac Cop 2 (note that despite the title similarities, these are unlreated movies) and then Wednesday will be Vigilante. And Mr. Lustig will be present for all three screenings. Check out the posters in full after the break. First, via Badass Digest [2], is Vigilante. The poster is by Alan Hynes, and is an 18x24 print complete with metallic inks. The print run is only 100. Bloody Disgusting
See full article at Slash Film »

William Lustig Talks 'Maniac' As We Debut the Film's New Mondo Poster

  • Moviefone
Filed under: Celebrity Interviews, Horror, Cinematical

William Lustig is a legend whose name should be readily on the lips of all horror fans. As a director, he has given us the likes of 'Maniac' and the 'Maniac Cop' series (no relation). As the head of Blue Underground, he has overseen the release of some eminent cult horror films including 'City of the Living Dead,' 'The Crazies' and 'Bird With the Crystal Plumage.' This week, the celebrated Alamo Drafthouse will be hosting screenings of 'Vigilante,' 'Maniac,' and 'Maniac Cop 2' with William Lustig in attendance. To commemorate the occasion, Mondo, the fine purveyors of some of the greatest movie collectibles in existence, will be creating a series of limited-edition posters for the films.

As this is an extensive collaboration with the Drafthouse, a trio of sites has been tasked with covering each
See full article at Moviefone »

William Lustig Talks 'Maniac' As We Debut the Film's New Mondo Poster

William Lustig Talks 'Maniac' As We Debut the Film's New Mondo Poster
Filed under: Celebrity Interviews, Horror, Cinematical

William Lustig is a legend whose name should be readily on the lips of all horror fans. As a director, he has given us the likes of 'Maniac' and the 'Maniac Cop' series (no relation). As the head of Blue Underground, he has overseen the release of some eminent cult horror films including 'City of the Living Dead,' 'The Crazies' and 'Bird With the Crystal Plumage.' This week, the celebrated Alamo Drafthouse will be hosting screenings of 'Vigilante,' 'Maniac,' and 'Maniac Cop 2' with William Lustig in attendance. To commemorate the occasion, Mondo, the fine purveyors of some of the greatest movie collectibles in existence, will be creating a series of limited-edition posters for the films.

As this is an extensive collaboration with the Drafthouse, a trio of sites has been tasked with covering each
See full article at Cinematical »
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