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May 12th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Drownsman, Extraterrestrial, The Toxic Avenger Part III

On May 12, horror and sci-fi fans have many reasons to be excited as there are a ton of great titles making their way onto Blu-ray and DVD. Anchor Bay is unleashing The Drownsman this week and Scream Factory is releasing Extraterrestrial, the latest from The Vicious Brothers, as well. Kino Lorber also has several fun cult titles getting a high-def overhaul this week, including X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes and The Premature Burial. For all you Troma lovers out there, The Toxic Avenger III is getting repackaged in a fun Blu/DVD combo pack featuring some new content that should thrill all the Toxie fans out there.

The Drownsman (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)

After almost drowning in a lake accident, Madison (Michelle Mylett, Antisocial) develops hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water. After shutting the world and her friends out for over a year, her friends attempt an intervention.
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11 films and TV shows that tried to be Star Wars

The success of Star Wars inspired a legion of similarly themed rip-offs. Here, Rob salutes some of the best and worst…

1977 was a big year for sci-fi, given that it's when George Lucas first gave the world Star Wars. And while it's been said that George himself 'borrowed' from a lot of other films to make the original trilogy (and from a lot of poor computer games for the latter ones), there were those who jumped on the sci-fi bandwagon at the time and tried, no matter what the quality, to give us more space opera fun.

Here, then, we salute 11 films and TV shows that tried to be another Star Wars....

Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan (1982)

How can Star Trek copy Star Wars? Well, for the first outing on the big screen for Trek, the premise was a big, galactic cerebral space epic, filled with more high-brow
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Blu-ray Review: Humanoids from the Deep

Blu-ray Review: Humanoids from the Deep
By the late 1970s, Roger Corman had already produced a pair of Jaws ripoffs -- one (Piranha) quite entertaining and the other (Up from the Depths) not so much -- and the uber-producer was about to set his sights on sci-fi with flicks like Battle Beyond the Stars, Galaxy of Terror, Forbidden World, Android, Space Raiders, etc. But that didn't stop the notoriously prolific schlock-master from pumping out one more low-budget tale of waterlogged horror and wet, sticky ickiness. One can almost hear the brief pitch meeting for 1980's Humanoids from the Deep (aka Monster), and it probably went something like this: "Remember the Creature from the Black Lagoon? Well, let's get a dozen of those freaks and this time we...
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Horror at the Oscars Part 2: This Time It's Personal

Horror fanatics are still buzzing like chainsaws over the Academy Awards’ genre montage. Anywhere there could be a conversation about it online, there was one. Many were upset over the Twilight ‘tweens’ participation, as if their mere presence sent a message about the state of scary in Hollyweird, USA.

A few seemed happy, though, to just get a glimpse of their beloved Evil Dead and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 if only for a few seconds. But many called the selections generic and thoughtless, demanding the likes of Demons and TerrorVision instead (well, maybe not TerrorVision; that was just me).

How about Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer? Re-Animator? It’s Alive? Tombs of the Blind Dead? Coffin Joe? No list is perfect, but with a bit more care and a phone call to any one of us, the Oscars could have elevated that section into a real scream. Or maybe they
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Corman Classics Get a Second Life at Shout! Factory

Corman Classics Get a Second Life at Shout! Factory
It should come as no surprise to learn that there will be a new DVD of the original Piranha to go along with this summer's 3-D remake; that sort of release is nothing new, especially if you're a horror fan. But what is particularly exciting, provided you're a fan of horror, schlock, and/or Roger Corman in general, is this: In just a few months the fine folks at Shout! Factory will be unleashing all sorts of Cormanized craziness.

In April we'll get a long-awaited re-issue of Joe Dante's Piranha, which is arguably one of Corman's finest productions -- even if it is a thinly-veiled Jaws wannabe. Your choice of standard special edition or blu-ray. Yes, that's right: Piranha on blu-ray. Pinch me. But don't pinch yet. It gets better: In the following weeks Shout! Factory will also dole out Humanoids from the Deep (yes!), the beloved Death Race 2000 and its follow-up Deathsport,
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