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Lionsgate recently announced that Chopping Mall and Blood Diner will be released as the first two Blu-rays in their Vestron Video Collector’s Series, and now they have revealed release details and cover artwork for the third entry in the series: a double feature Blu-ray of Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time:
Press Release: The Vestron Video Collector’s Series unleashes the tongue-in-cheek horror classics Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray™ on October 18 from Lionsgate. In Waxwork, a private midnight showing at a local wax museum turns to mayhem when its soul-sucking wax exhibits come to life! In Waxwork II: Lost in Time, Mark and Sarah, who survived the killer wax museum, must travel to another dimension to combat the still-present evil figure responsible for murdering Sarah’s stepfather. The Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time Blu-ray double feature »
- Derek Anderson
Yesterday, The A.V. Club reported on the return of Vestron Video with a newly re-mastered Blu-Ray release of Blood Diner. Now Lionsgate has heaped more good news upon VHS collectors who want to keep their prized copies in pristine condition, announcing a slew of titles from the Vestron catalog of “special interest videos, independent films, B-movies and TV movies.”
Lionsgate confirmed that in addition to the Barbara Crampton killer robot flick Chopping Mall (which does not actually feature any chopping) the company will be unleashing re-mastered editions of Brian Yuzna’s kinky Return Of The Living Dead 3, as well as the campy C.H.U.D II: Bud The Chud.
Also of interest is the Waxwork/Waxwork II: Lost In Time double feature, which will be available for a limited time. Artisan previously released a bare-bones DVD set that included Anthony Hickox’s underrated original—a wild tribute »
- Mike Vanderbilt
In 1813, renowned writer Jane Austen published a book called Pride and Prejudice, which tells the story of the Bennet sisters, who are gussied up and married off to wealthy suitors, one by one. The only sister who seems to question this system is Elizabeth, the rebellious member of the family, who feels strong disdain for the system that treats her more like property than a proper citizen. In 2009, author Seth Grahame-Smith put a new twist on the old tale by creating a parody novel called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which loosely follows the same basic outline, but adds an entirely different obstacle to the tale: the living dead.
In Grahame-Smith’s story, the girls are not only fighting for the right to be married into regal families, but also battling for their lives on a daily basis. An outbreak has occurred within these humble streets, and now flesh-eating zombies »
- Kalyn Corrigan
The late ’80s provided a veritable potpourri for horror film fanatics. Slashers had petered out, and filmmakers were keen on exploring other avenues, everything from a parasitic drug slug (Brain Damage) to possession (The Unholy), and all points in-between. Of course, mileage may vary, and many have fallen through the cracks or are best forgotten. Possibly one of the oddest of the bunch is Anthony Hickox’s Waxwork (1988), a goofball mixture of Hammer and Amicus brought kicking and screaming into the modern era with a touch o’ teen comedy sensibility. And in horror, odd never hurts—and sometimes it even helps create an unassuming delight such as this.
Produced and distributed by Vestron Pictures, who scored big the previous year with the terrifying Dirty Dancing, Waxwork was given a limited release in June in the Us and the rest of the world the following year. Made for $1,500,000, it only returned $800,000 domestically. »
- Scott Drebit
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