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[Editor's Note: A version of this retrospective originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Deadly Magazine.] With House II: The Second Story, the vastly underrated sequel written and directed by Ethan Wiley (who also wrote the screenplay for the original House), New World Pictures introduced audiences to a whole new world filled with unexpected frights and adventures with an Old West twist. The sequel was released in late August of 1987 and took a decidedly left turn away from the more straightforward house of horrors style seen in Steve Miner’s original film, instead favoring a tone that was much more light-hearted, fun-spirited, and far more family friendly.
And while The Second Story did respectable business during its two-week theatrical run that summer and was also a profitable sequel for New World, House II isn’t a film that I feel gets nearly the love that it should. Case in point: Joshua Jackson’s character makes a comment about House II during the sequels discussion scene in Scream 2, »
- Heather Wixson
House: The Complete Collection Limited Edition Box Set
Starring William Katt, Kay Lenz, George Wendt, Richard Moll, Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Royal Dano, Lar Park-Lincoln, Amy Yasbeck, Bill Maher, John Ratzenberger, Dean Cleverdon, Lance Henriksen, Brion James, Rita Taggart, Dedee Pfeiffer, Terri Treas, Melissa Clayton, Scott Burkholder, Denny Dillon, Kane Hodder.
1980s VHS rental hit House and its three sequels are brought together on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK in a lavish box set from Arrow Video.
A hugely popular VHS rental back in the day, 1985s House is a film that was put together by a team of people that included producer Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th/The Last House on the Left), writer Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps/The Monster Squad), director Steve Miner (Friday the 13th Part 2/Halloween H20: »
- Amie Cranswick
Stars: Kenny Johnson, Bill Goldberg, Mindy Robinson, Tyler Mane, William Forsythe, Kane Hodder, Krista Grotte, Michelle Lee, Fred Williamson, Olga Safari, Ricky Harris | Written by Thomas J. Churchill, Aj Perez | Directed by Thomas J. Churchill
Apparently “inspired by true events” (or so the opening title card says), Check Point is the latest film from Thomas J. Churchill who – until now – has worked extensively in the horror genre. Here he not only brings his experience to the action movie genre, but also some acting talent too – the film features Jason Vorhees actor Kane Hodder and former Michael Myers, Tyler Mane, too! But that pair are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Check Point‘s cast: just look at the cast list above – it reads like a who’s who of genre talent. Old school performers William Forsythe and Fred Williamson share screen time with the likes of »
- Phil Wheat
For the second week of January, horror and sci-fi fans have another relatively quiet week of home entertainment releases to look forward to this Tuesday. Scream Factory has given the underrated thriller Dead of Winter an HD overhaul on their upcoming Blu-ray, and Severin Films is resurrecting the cult classic The Survivor with a brand new 2K transfer.
Other releases for January 10th include Under the Shadow, B.C. Butcher, The Harrow, The Summoning, and the double feature Blu-ray of Crystal Lake Memories and Never Sleep Again.
Katie McGovern will do anything to make it as an actress…even if it kills her.
Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen* and Roddy McDowell star in the chilling Dead Of Winter. When struggling actress Katie (Steenburgen) is offered the opportunity to replace an actress who has suffered an emotional breakdown during a film shoot, she jumps at »
- Heather Wixson
The opportunity of a lifetime could turn into a fight for survival in Dead of Winter. Co-starring Mary Steenburgen and Roddy McDowell, Dead of Winter hits home media in high-def on January 10th from Scream Factory, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Dead of Winter.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email email@example.com with the subject “Dead of Winter Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on January 15th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
- Derek Anderson
What seems like the opportunity of a lifetime for an actress could actually end her life in Dead of Winter. With Scream Factory releasing the 1987 thriller on Blu-ray beginning January 10th, we have high-def clips and a trailer from the film that stars Mary Steenburgen and Roddy McDowell.
Academy Award® winner Mary Steenburgen* and Roddy McDowell star in the chilling Dead Of Winter. When struggling actress Katie (Steenburgen) is offered the opportunity to replace an actress who has suffered an emotional breakdown during a film shoot, she jumps at the chance for the role of a lifetime. Arriving at the filming location – an isolated mansion in upstate New York – and getting to know her two mysterious benefactors, Dr. Lewis (Jan Rubes, Witness), and Mr. Murray (McDowell, Fright Night), she begins »
- Derek Anderson
6 items from 2017
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