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Shout Factory has become the Criterion Collection for horror and B movies, or – if nothing else – the company that Anchor Bay tried to be on DVD. Recently they’ve released some John Carpenter films that he either produced or directed. They are the magnificent They Live, with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Meg Foster and Keith David, and the first two Halloween sequels, Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Our reviews of all these Blu-rays follow after the jump. They Live has proven evergreen, as its story of the rich controlling and taking advantage of the lower class has stayed relevant, especially in an election year where one of the main issues became higher taxes on the rich. Piper stars as John Nada, a drifter who comes to Los Angeles looking for work. He finds a construction gig where he meets Frank (David), and Frank helps find Nada a place to crash. »
- Andre Dellamorte
It's that time of year again, kids. The holiday season is right around the corner, and we've compiled our yearly list of the best and worst Blu-rays of the year. Being that you can score a player for way less than 100 bucks now, there's little reason not to upgrade. Read on to find out where the smart money is!
There's no doubt Blu-ray players will once again be a pretty hot item this year, but what of the movies available for them? If you already own the DVD of your favorite flick, is there a need to replace it with a Blu-ray? I'm here to answer all of your questions in the fourth annual...
Before we get into our picks (most of which are also available in new DVD versions; see review for information), let's take a second to explain once again how we rated them. They're broken down into »
- Uncle Creepy
Shout! Factory has been kicking ass on the DVD/Blu-ray front for a while now with a mix of genre and pop culture releases that appeal to the movie/TV lovers in all of us. Most specialty labels would be content with those successes, but it wasn’t enough for these folks. A few months ago they rolled out a new genre arm called Scream Factory that focuses on horror films primarily from the 1980s. They’ve already released some pretty fantastic HD transfers and Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Halloween II, The Funhouse, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Terror Train and They Live, and now they’ve announced their first wave of titles scheduled for 2013… and they include a certain space vampire’s ample and frequently nude assets in glorious high definition. Check below for the list of upcoming awesomeness as well as a look at their exclusive new cover art for From Beyond. Scream »
- Rob Hunter
Scream Factory promised a huge announcement during HorrorHound Weekend and they did not disappoint. They just revealed that six 80′s horror titles that will be making their way to Blu-ray in 2013, including The Fog, The Howling, and Day of the Dead.
You can see the full list below, and you’ll notice that most of these titles will be making their first appearance on Blu-ray. The only movie that was previously released on Blu-ray is Day of the Dead, but it will be getting a new set of bonus features this time around and we expect to see a better transfer as well.
Like all Scream Factory titles so far, expect an extensive list of bonus features and new artwork created specifically for this release. This is an early announcement, so more details will become available next year.
- Jonathan James
Scream Factory continues to make weekly announcements of upcoming horror titles and revealed that they will be bringing two movies to DVD for the first time:
“The much-requested The Horror Show (1989 – with Lance Henriksen and also known as “House III” in some circles) and The Vagrant (1992 – starring Bill Paxton) will finally make their debuts on DVD in 2013.”
While some of their titles are getting the full blown collector’s edition treatment, others are being packaged together as double features. We’ll let readers know as soon as the official release details are available.
For those who want to keep track, here’s the current list of Scream Factory titles that have been released and/or announced: Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, The Funhouse, Terror Train, They Live, Phantasm II, The Video Dead, Death Valley, The Island, Deadly Blessing, Prison, The Nest, The Evictors, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, »
- Jonathan James
0:00 - Intro 8:15 - Review: Flight 1:06:25 - Headlines: Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Arnold to Star in New Conan Movie, Jamie Foxx to Play Electro, Bryan Singer to Direct X-Men: Days of Future Past, Ernest Reboot, Iron Man 3 Trailer 1:42:55 - Other Stuff We Watched: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Brood, Hell House, The Girl, The Birds, Avatar 3D, Moonrise Kingdom, Rosemary's Baby, Nosferatu, Shock Waves, Fright Night: Part 2, Microwave Massacre, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Lost in Translation 2:21:35 - Junk Mail: Steven Soderbergh and the old WB Logo, Directors Who Cast Themselves, Trend-Setting Movie Posters, Shocking or Emotional Deaths in Movies, Recent Buddy Cop Movies, Pineapple Soda, Other Podcasts We'd Like to Do 2:46:15 - This Week on DVD and Blu-ray 2:49:15 - Outro
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With 3 of our last 4 marathons being centred around horror movies, you’d think we’d move onto something else. But, with October being the month of Halloween (and a good way to end of my countdown special), it felt only right to tackle “The Shape” and his murderous rampage in Halloween.
Being that fellow founding member Jon had an appointment with the TV repair man at 2pm and I had a gig in the evening, we decided to pull our first all-nighter marathon since the inaugural marathon meeting. Loaded with snacks, ales and energy drinks, we were ready to go...
19:45 – Halloween
After ordering food, we began to watch a film that would start a trend that would swamp the 1980s horror scene. John Carpenter’s Halloween is a fantastic movie with brilliant pacing, genuine threat and fairly decent performances. »
Upon its release in 1982, Halloween III: Season of the Witch proved to be as welcome with Halloween fans as Tootsie Rolls are to trick or treaters. Few movies were given the bum’s rush so quickly and so few films brought together so many fans in near universal disdain. For years, if you asked horror fans how they felt about Halloween III, the stock response would be that they hated it.
So how is it that it’s become practically fashionable to like – even love – Halloween III? Plenty of films see their reputations improve over time but the turnaround in opinion on Halloween III to the point where some fans now call it the best of the Halloween sequels is nothing short of miraculous.
The unlikely road to redemption for this once-despised film comes down to three points...
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My apologies to everyone who’s missed these links posts that I’ve been slacking off on recently, which is the result of a combination of things — being out of town, being busy and being brain-fried again. Mostly the last option, though, in all honesty.
If you love classic ’70s movie posters, then you absolutely have to read Temple of Schlock’s interview with Mort Künstler who painted posters for The Poseidon Adventure, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and more. Plus, Joshua and the Blob?The Austin Statesman interviewed filmmaker Don Swaynos about his directorial debut, Pictures of Superheroes. Most interestingly, why did Don, an awesome professional film editor, direct a feature film? Well, out of a fear of going blind! That’s motivation for you! P.S. Pictures of Superheroes is an amazing comedy — To be reviewed on Bad Lit soon!The One+One Filmmakers Journal takes »
- Mike Everleth
This weekend’s B-Sides is kind of a cheat since it isn’t a song at all – it’s a jingle. Perhaps the most famous commercial jingle in all of horror cinema. You know the one I’m talking about, and you know why it’s so highly appropriate just a few days out from Halloween.
Modern pagans masquerading as a Halloween mask company plotting a high-tech sacrifice via a seemingly innocent television commercial. It can only mean Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
Amazing how unforgettable a simple little commercial jingle can be counting down the days to Halloween set to a jazzed up synthesizer remix of “London Bridge Is Falling Down”.
Try getting this jingle out of your head the rest of the day. Even Tom Atkins can’t save you this time.
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Shout! Factory has been announcing new movies for their Scream Factory line every week and just revealed the titles of three more cult horror movies that they will release next year:
“Cannon films X-ray (1981 – aka: Hospital Massacre with Barbi Benton), Schizoid (1980 – starring Klaus Kinski) and The Godsend (1980 – starring Donald Pleasence’s daughter, Angela) are on tap for a release late in 2013! All three have never been out on DVD before.
As mentioned yesterday, these films will not show up on our schedule until later in 2013 so we cannot confirm they will be on Blu-ray as we have not seen the masters yet. We say this only to manage expectations. More details on these fun flicks will be presented next year.”
- Jonathan James
Just in time to have them for Halloween, Fright Rags has released new designs for Night of the Demons, Ernest Scared Stupid, and Halloween III: Season of the Witch. They’ve also revealed a new line of horror-themed shirts just for kids:
Ernest Scared Stupid: Nothing says Halloween like Authentic Bulgarian Miak…err…I mean Ernest Scared Stupid! So if you find yourself fighting off trolls on Halloween, make sure you’re sportin’ this new tee…knowhutimean?
Silver Shamrock: Eight more days ’til Halloween, Halloween, Halloween! We felt it was high time to show Halloween 3 more love, so we put together this design as a vintage mask advertisement to celebrate its 30th Anniversary. »
- Jonathan James
Shout! Factory has been announcing new movies for their Scream Factory line every week and just revealed the titles of two more cult classic horror movies that they will be releasing to Blu-ray.
Directed and written by William Sachs, 1977′s The Incredible Melting Man stars Alex Rebar as an astronaut who is“transformed into a murderous gelatinous mass after returning from an ill-fated space voyage”.
Both titles will be released on Blu-ray/DVD some time next year. While bonus features have not yet been revealed, we’ll have more details closer to release. For those who want to keep track, here’s the current list of Scream Factory titles that have been released and/or announced: Halloween II, »
- Jonathan James
"Oh, yes, there will be (more) blood!"
It's difficult enough to scare audiences when a movie has an original plot and an unknown killer, but horror movie franchises somehow manage to keep moviegoers coming back for more of the same frights. The immortal killers in the Friday the 13th, Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street movies hold a place of prominence in movie history alongside Vulcans, Jedis and British secret agents because of their long-running franchises, while the George A. Romero-style zombies have become ubiquitous. All too often, horror sequels are cheap knock-offs of the original created solely to cash in; however, there are those rare sequels that manage to surpass their predecessors, often by expanding upon the original's mythology or by taking the franchise in another direction. Lock the doors, turn on all of the lights and help us rate the best horror movie sequels.
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- BrentJS Sprecher
Ten years to the day of that fateful Halloween when the adult Michael Myers first terrorized the sleepy town of Haddonfield, Illinois, the malevolent monster awakes from a decade-long coma, escapes incarceration and returns home. His latest prey is his niece, Jamie Lloyd, a young girl whose short life has been plagued by recurring nightmares involving her evil uncle. The only man aware of the true horror of the situation is Dr. Sam Loomis, Michael’s childhood psychiatrist and now the killer’s nemesis.
Picking up the Halloween story from the end of part two and bringing back the series’ iconic villain, Halloween 4 sees the franchise begin a thread of continuity that would continue on into the next two »
Shout! Factory continues to build an impressive catalog for its Scream Factory line and has announced that they will be releasing Stuart Gordon’s From Beyond. While no release date has been set, they revealed that they are working on a collector’s edition Blu-ray/DVD combo that will include brand new bonus features:
“From Beyond (1986) – from the Director of Re-Animator- will be coming out as a Collector’s Edition Bluray & DVD combo next year! There will be new extras along with the older ones which were on the prior 2007 DVD release. “
Scream Factory recently released Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch, with The Funhouse and Terror Train set for release next week. Other titles previously announced include They Live, Phantasm II, The Video Dead, Death Valley, The Island, Deadly Blessing, Prison, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, The Evictors and The Nest.
For those that haven’t seen the film, »
- Jonathan James
The announcements continue to roll in from Scream Factory and we have news of two more cult classics making their way to DVD and possibly Blu-ray. Their weekly title update revealed that 1976′s The Town That Dreaded Sundown and 1979′s The Evictors will be released in 2013.
Unfortunately, we don’t know if all Scream Factory titles will be getting a Blu-ray release, but so far, everything they are releasing this year is being sold on both formats. These movies have not previously been released on DVD in the Us and we’ll have more specifics in the coming months.
If you’ve missed out on any of the recent announcements, Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory is building an impressive line-up of classic horror titles, which include: Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, The Funhouse, Terror Train, They Live, Phantasm II, The Video Dead, Death Valley, The Island, Deadly Blessing, »
- Jonathan James
Black Sunday: Remastered Edition (1960) Lorber Films Blu-ray and DVD Available Now
One of director Mario Bava’s most acclaimed works, Black Sunday is a strikingly photographed “old dark castle” thriller revolving around witchcraft and possession. Barbara Steele (Piranha) gives a hypnotic performance as Katia, the unfortunate look-alike descendent of a witch who intends to possess her. This highly influential film, also shot by Bava, was the precursor to countless American and European gothic horrors. This is the uncut European print with a few extra minutes of footage, a different English track and Robert Nicolosi’s haunting original score. After years of ugly public domain releases, Black Sunday is finally being presented in its original aspect ratio with a high definition transfer struck from a pristine 35Mm archival print.
• Audio commentary by Tim Lucas (author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark).
• Original Bava theatrical trailers. »
- Bradley Harding
Very few movie studios are willing to gamble on anything that strays outside of their comfort zones. They all want sure things. That's why we get so many remakes and sequels to movies these days. Their actions aren't without reason. Moviegoers are a fickle bunch. Something that sounds or looks good on paper may not translate well when it finally hits the big screen. Universal Studios and John Carpenter learned that lesson the hard way with Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
With the release of Halloween III: Season of the Witch on Blu-ray, horror enthusiasts are given the chance to once again revisit the one and only entry in the franchise that doesn't feature knife-wielding Michael Myers. It would seem like common sense that a movie whose first two entries banked on the masked Myers' teenage killing sprees wouldn't work without him.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
John Carpenter’s Halloween was never meant to be the recipient of any sequels as originally conceived, yet it birthed seven. Halloween III: Season of the Witch is the odd man out in the franchise because Michael Meyers is nowhere to be found to the detriment of the box office, but the benefit of the story.
While there are Halloween fans that detest the film, and casual film goers don’t even seem to know it exists, I find this offbeat, highly atmospheric film to be the best of all of the sequels.
Dr. Daniel Challis (Tom Atkins) and Ellie Grimsbridge (Stacey Nelkin) travel to the small town of Santa Mira, California to investigate Silver Shamrock Novelties. They are a huge maker of Halloween masks, and the duo are convinced the company has something to do with the murder of her father at the hospital where Dr. Challis works. It »
- Derek Botelho
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