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Arrow Video’s February 2018 Blu-ray Releases Include Basket Case Limited Edition, Scalpel, The Gruesome Twosome

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Even after all of your presents are unwrapped and your tree is packed away (or put on the curb), Arrow Video will continue to give the gift of new horror Blu-ray releases for fans looking to expand their collections. The company just announced their impressive February 2018 slate of Blu-rays, including a limited edition version of Frank Henenlotter's Basket Case, The Gruesome Twosome, and much more!

From Arrow Video: "Time for our new announcements! First up two titles coming from Arrow Records and Books this December…

New Arrow Book: The Hitcher (Book)

Pre-order now: http://bit.ly/2BqKmWx

Release date: 29th December

Robert Harmon’s 1986 film The Hitcher is a complex beast: reviled at the time of its release, it has been adored in the long term as one of the most intoxicating, unrelenting highway cult films ever made. Starring Rutger Hauer in the title role whose alluring villainy
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Horror-Rama Toronto IV Panels to Include Night Of The Living Dead & Remembrances of George A. Romero & Bob Clark

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This weekend Toronto horror fans will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the genre's past as well as its present at Horror-Rama IV, with panels including a look back at Night of the Living Dead with co-writer John A. Russo and remembrances of both George A. Romero and Bob Clark:

Press Release: (Toronto) Horror-Rama is thrilled to welcome actress Ashley C. Williams to her Canadian convention debut!

Ashley found instant cult infamy for her tragic turn in director Tom Six's notorious black-comic horror masterpiece The Human Centipede where she was stitched rear-to-mouth as the middle segment of a mad scientist's insane experiment. In 2015 she received acclaim for her blistering turn in director Matthew A. Brown's psychological horror film Julia and both she and Brown (who will also be attending Horror-Rama 2017) will screen their masterpiece and meet their fans.

Ashley joins previously announced special guests: John Harrison (Creepshow,
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Human Centipede’s Ashley Williams to attend Horror-Rama IV

Horror-Rama Toronto, the Only stand-alone horror convention and cult cinema celebration, returns for its 4th year in a larger and wilder space with a gaggle of amazing celebrity guests and cinema icons –including actress Ashley C. Williams in her Canadian convention debut!

Ashley found instant cult infamy for her tragic turn in director Tom Six’s notorious black-comic horror masterpiece The Human Centipede where she was stitched rear-to-mouth as the middle segment of a mad scientist’s insane experiment. In 2015 she received acclaim for her blistering turn in director Matthew A. Brown’s psychological horror film Julia and both she and Brown (who will also be attending Horror-Rama 2017) will screen their masterpiece and meet their fans.

Ashley joins previously announced special guests: John Harrison (Creepshow, Day of the Dead, Tales from the Darkside, Dune); Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case, Brain Damage); Mink Stole (Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Serial Mom); Vernon Wells
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New Guests Announced for Horror-Rama Toronto IV, Including Tales From The Darkside: The Movie Director John Harrison

Director John Harrison (Tales from the Darkside: The Movie) and actress Lesleh Donaldson (Happy Birthday to Me) are joining the list of guests set to attend Horror-Rama Toronto IV, which kicks off on November 4th and will screen cult cinema favorites throughout the weekend!

We have the official press release below with full details on the new guest announcements, and to learn more, visit Horror-Rama Toronto's official website.

Press Release: Horror-rama-toronto IV Celebrating All Things Horror

November 4 & 5, 2017 at 918 Bathurst St., Centre for Culture, Arts, Media, and Education

Just Announced: Lesleh Donaldson and John Harrison attending.

Horror-Rama-Toronto, the Only stand-alone horror convention and cult cinema celebration, returns for its frightful 4th year, in a larger and wilder space with a gaggle of amazing celebrity guests and cinema icons.

The shocking soiree runs November 4 and 5 at the remarkable 918 Bathurst, an arts and culture sanctuary and converted Buddhist temple located just North of Bloor St.
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Horror-Rama IV adds two more guests!

Horror-Rama Toronto, the Only stand-alone horror convention and cult cinema celebration, returns for its 4th year in a larger and wilder space with a gaggle of amazing celebrity guests and cinema icons – including the already announced Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case, Brain Damage); Mink Stole (Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Serial Mom); Vernon Wells (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Commando, Weird Science); Lisa Langlois (Class of 1984, Deadly Eyes); Composer Carl Zittrer (Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things, Black Christmas, Deathdream, Blood Orgy of the She Devils); Illustrator Mike Diana; Artist and Something Weird Video braintrust Lisa Pettrucci; and Night of the Living Dead co-writer and producer John Russo

Horror-Rama organisers have also just announced that the guest line-up will be boosted by two, with the appearance of Scream Queen Lesleh Donaldson (Happy Birthday to Me, Deadly Eyes, Funeral Home) and writer, director and actor John Harrison (Creepshow, Day of the Dead,
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Frank Henenlotter’s Brain Damage Now on Blu-ray From Arrow Video

“Uh-oh, Brian! Now you’re really losing your mind!”

It’S A Headache From Hell!

From Frank Henenlotter, the man behind such cult horror favorites as Basket Case and Frankenhooker, comes Brain Damage – the ultimate head-trip, now finally on Blu-ray!

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
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‘Brain Damage’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: Rick Hearst, Jennifer Lowry, Theo Barnes, Gordon MacDonald, Lucille Saint-Peter, Vicki Darnell, Joseph Gonzalez, Bradlee Rhodes | Written and Directed by Frank Henenlotter

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,
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May 9th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Brain Damage, The Void, Serial Mom

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.

Brain Damage: 2-Disc Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)

It’S A Headache From Hell! From Frank Henenlotter, the man behind such cult horror favourites as Basket Case and Frankenhooker,
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Blu-ray Review – Brain Damage (1988)

Brain Damage, 1988.

Directed by Frank Henenlotter.

Starring Rick Hearst, Gordon MacDonald, Jennifer Lowry, Kevin Van Hentenryck, Lucille Saint-Peter, Theo Barnes, and John Zacherle.

Synopsis:

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
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Arrow Video Reveals Full List of Bonus Features for Brain Damage Blu-ray / DVD

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
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Frightfest & Fab Press announce ‘The Frightfest Guide to Monster Movies’

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
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Arrow Video Announces Evil Ed and Brain Damage Limited Edition Blu-rays

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Arrow Video will have special treats in store for horror fans this spring with their limited edition Blu-ray releases of Evil Ed and Brain Damage.

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.

Arrow Video has also announced a new UK Blu-ray release of Dario Argento's Phenomena (aka Creepers), which includes the 116-minute Italian cut of the film.

Evil Ed Blu-ray / DVD: "New UK/Us Title: Evil Ed (Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD) Limited Edition

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,
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Texas Frightmare 2017: Frank Henenlotter Added As Featured Guest, Presented By Arrow Video

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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‘The Trial of Mike Diana’ Looks at the Shocking Prosecution of an American Artist

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress, as presented by the creators themselves. At the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

The Trial of Mike Diana

Logline: Jailed for comics? “The Trial of Mike Diana” explores the untold story of the first Us artist charged with obscenity for his work — underground cartoonist Mike Diana.

Elevator Pitch:

Does Freedom of Speech mean anything when authorities see only obscenity? Does an artist’s vision matter when community standards conspire to suppress it? In a small town in Florida in 1994, Mike Diana learned that the answer was a resounding “no.”

His crime? Publishing a hand-made comic zine full of graphic, often hilarious confrontational art, meant to shock and disturb.
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John Zacherle, Iconic Cool Ghoul Horror Host, Passes Away at 98

John Zacherle, Iconic Cool Ghoul Horror Host, Passes Away at 98
John Zacherle, who delighted horror fans for years as the host of various horror shows on the East Coast, passed away today at the age of 98. The legendar genre favorite passed away at his home in New York City on Thursday. He became well known as one of the first horror hosts to appear on TV programs in the late 1950s, under the moniker "The Cool Ghoul Zacherley."

Deadline reported on The Cool Ghoul's passing, although no details were given about his death. John Zacherle was born September 26, 1918 in Philadelphia, Pa, the youngest of four children. He was raised in the Germantown area, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a quartermaster in North Africa and Europe, and after the war he returned to Philadelphia, joining a local repertory theater company.

He landed his first TV
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Crowdfund This! Frank Henenlotter's The Trial Of Mike Diana Needs Your Help

In 1994, underground cartoonist and illustrator Mike Diana was tried and convicted of obscenity. The story behind his prosecution and conviction is one of the most amazing miscarriages of justice in the history of the American legal system. To this day, Diana stands as the only American ever to have been convicted of obscenity and to have served jail time because of it. As part of his sentence, Diana was even prohibited from drawing at home for his own personal use. It's a fascinating story that deserves more attention, and cult filmmaker Frank Henenlotter is up to the task, but he needs your help to finish The Trial of Mike Diana. Henenlotter, the director of cult classics Basket Case, Frankenhooker, Brain Damage, and more, has...

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L'Etrange 2016: Frank Henenlotter Discusses Basket Case And A Career In Exploitation

Through the ten year period between 1982 and 1992, Frank Henenlotter put his own stamp on the exploitation movie with a slew of twisted creations. Revelling in a world of freaks, gore and gratuitous nudity, Henenlotter crafted a midnight movie classic with his debut Basket Case before taking the weirdness to extreme new levels for follow-up Brain Damage, adding a sexploitation spin to a classic piece of literature with Frankenhooker, and upping the freak quota considerably for Basket Case’s two sequels. Honored with a retrospective the director made the journey from his beloved New York to Paris for L’Etrange festival, delighting fans with tales of working in the low-rent side of cinema. Full of fascinating into the weird well of filmmaking, Frank was a charming...

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Horror Short ‘Malacostraca’ Shows a Father’s Anxieties in the Form of a Lobster Baby

Horror Short ‘Malacostraca’ Shows a Father’s Anxieties in the Form of a Lobster Baby
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Malacostraca

Logline: A man who’s lost his mind sees his baby not as his own, but instead as a hideous crawdad creature. What will he do?

Elevator Pitch:

Malacostraca” is about a married couple going through extreme difficulties. The film is seen through the unreliable eyes of the husband who’s losing his mind and ability to love. One day when, seemingly suddenly, his wife announces that she’s pregnant, his mind snaps. When the baby is born he doesn’t see it as being his, or even as being human. Instead, he sees his baby as a hideous lobster-like creature…
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Release Details & Cover Art for Basket Case 2 and Basket Case 3: The Progeny Blu-rays

The continued adventures of Duane Bradley and his sinister twin brother are getting the high-def treatment, as Synapse Films announced that they will release Basket Case 2 and Basket Case 3: The Progeny on respective Blu-rays this August:

Press Release: Double your freaky fun with Frank Henenlotter’s Basket Case 2 and Basket Case 3: The Progeny on Blu-ray this August from Synapse Films!

1982’s Basket Case introduced horror fans to Duane Bradley and his twin brother Belial, and a new horror classic was born. They also introduced the world to Frank Henenlotter, the uniquely crazed talent who would later give us Brain Damage and Frankenhooker. In 1990 and ‘91, Henenlotter and star Kevin Van Hentenryck returned for two even more demented sequels, both coming to Blu-ray from Synapse Films this August, each at the low price of $19.95!

Basket Case 2

Basket Case 2 is a hilarious genre spoof… paying homage to Tod Browning’s 1932 classic,
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That’s Sexploitation!

Aside from the obvious appeal of this smörgásbord of dirty movie delights, cult director Frank Henenlotter hosts a good history of soft-core film smut, in all its forms. Includes excellent clips and input from one of the 'greats' in this field, David F. Friedman. Remember, it's for educational purposes only. That's Sexploitation! Blu-ray Severin Films 2013 / Color / 1:37 full frame / 136 min. / Street Date April 26, 2016 / 24.95 Starring Albert Cadabra, Gal Friday, David F. Friedman, Frank Henenlotter. Cinematography Daniel Griffith, Brent Kerr, Anthony Sneed Produced by Jimmy Maslon, Mike Vraney Written and Directed and Edited by Frank Henenlotter

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Remember the beginning of the Paddy Chayefsky-Sidney Lumet film The Bachelor Party, where a group of men in a darkened room are watching a film, and we don't know what it is? That's Sexploitation! is a comprehensive documentary about a sleazy, yet strangely innocent, slice of prurient Americana. From VHS through the DVD days,
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