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Vestron Video: ‘Wishmaster’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Andrew Divoff, Tammy Lauren, Robert Englund, Ted Raimi, George “Buck” Flower, Reggie Bannister, Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, Chris Lemmon, Wendy Benson-Landes, Tony Crane, Jenny O’Hara, Ricco Ross, John Byner, Gretchen Palmer, Angus Scrimm | Written by Peter Atkins | Directed by Robert Kurtzman

Special makeup supremo Robert Kurtzman directs this 1997 homage to 1980s horror, and while its gross-out effects are impressive, the plot, characters and script leave much to be desired.

Wishmaster opens in 12th century Persia, and a royal party in chaos: people are mutating, skinning themselves, turning inside out, that sort of thing. It seems the king has made a deal with a Djinn, a mythical demon who will grant three wishes. On the third wish, a portal will open and the Djinn (plural) will be unleashed and take over the world of men. Or something. Thankfully, this Djinn is banished thanks to an opal made of blood.
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Lionsgate announce next 3 UK releases in the ‘Vestron Collector’s Series’

Lionsgate UK have announced the next three classic horrors to join their ongoing Vestron Collector’s Series. The Gate, The Lair of the White Worm and Wishmaster come to Blu-ray in restored and remastered editions with stacks of great additional content; and all three are available to pre-order now ahead of their February 26th release.

The Gate

When best friends Glen and Terry stumble across a mysterious crystalline rock in Glen’s backyard, they quickly dig up the newly sodden lawn searching for more precious stones. Instead, they unearth The Gate — an underground chamber of terrifying demonic evil. The teenagers soon understand what evil they’ve released as they are overcome with an assortment of horrific experiences. With fiendish followers invading suburbia, it’s now up to the kids to discover the secret that can lock The Gate forever… if it’s not too late.

Special Features: Audio Commentary with Director Tibor Takacs,
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The Hidden

The Hidden

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1987 / Color /1.78:1 / Street Date October 4, 2017

Starring Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Nouri

Cinematography by Jacques Haitkin

Written by Jim Kouf

Produced by Stephen Diener, Dennis Harris, Jeffrey Klein

Directed by Jack Sholder

After a demanding evening spent bumping and grinding at The Harem Room, a weary young dancer packs up her gear and exits the club to a chorus of catcalls. She responds by whipping out a state-of-the-art shotgun and laying waste to not only to the would-be lotharios but a good section of Hollywood Boulevard. Is this the continuing story of Abel Ferrara’s Ms. 45? No, it’s Jack Sholder’s The Hidden, one of the wittiest B movies of the eighties.

That stripper’s gun-happy rampage is just the latest in a series of increasingly bizarre crimes catapulting the baffled police into a futile game of whack-a-mole; as soon as the cops eliminate one gunman,
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March 28th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Wishmaster Collection, A Monster Calls

Well, March is definitely “going out like a lamb” (as the old saying goes) when it comes to horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, as there are only several different titles coming home this Tuesday.

Universal Studios is releasing J.A. Bayona’s heartbreaking modern fable, A Monster Calls, to both Blu-ray and DVD this week, and if you're a cult film fan, then you have a few fun movies to look forward to adding to your home collections: Witchtrap, Venom, and the four-film collection for Wishmaster, a new addition to the Vestron Video Collector’s Series.

Other notable releases for March 28th include Mortuary Massacre, The Abduction of Jennifer Grayson, Park Chan-Wook's The Handmaiden (which finally gets the Blu-ray treatment), and for the little monster fans, Monster High: Electrified.

A Monster Calls (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu/DVD/Digital HD & DVD)

Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, and Sigourney Weaver
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Vestron Video’s ‘Wishmaster Collection’ Brings the Evil Djinn Into HD

The films are an example of diminishing returns, but the collection is more than the franchise’s fans could have wished for.

There are rumors that Lionsgate’s fantastic Vestron Video line of remastered, supplement-filled Blu-rays celebrating horror films from the ’80s and ’90s may be closing up shop. It’s unconfirmed, and LG themselves have been mum on the subject, but it would be an unfortunate turn of events for genre fans if true. They’re only nine releases in, but already they’ve done tremendous work with fantastic new editions of fun classics like Chopping Mall, Waxwork, and The Gate.

Their most recent release, and possibly their last if the rumor proves true, is the four-film Wishmaster Collection. As someone who had never seen the first film and was utterly unaware that three sequels even existed this set offered a first-time watch across the board. So of course I binge-watched all four across a single
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The Wishmaster Collection Available on Blu-ray March 28th – Vestron Horror Classics

“Listen to their screams, child, listen to the music of their agony!”

Your wish has come true with the Vestron Video Collector’s Series upcoming release of the Wishmaster Collection, a must-have for cult classic collectors, available for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray™ on March 28 from Lionsgate. In the Wishmaster series, an evil djinn grants three wishes to the person who releases him, fulfilling a prophecy that will unleash his fellow djinn upon the earth. With brand-new illustration from renowned artist Thomas Hodge, the three-disc Wishmaster Collection limited-edition Blu-ray™ includes all four films, restored and remastered, plus never-before-seen special features, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $49.99.

Wishmaster Collection Official Synopsis

Magically powerful and supernaturally evil, the ancient entity known as the Djinn can grant your wildest dreams — and unleash your darkest nightmares. Follow the Wishmaster’s bloodcurdling quest to devour souls and plunge the world
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Vestron’s Wishmaster Collection Coming in March

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Your wish has come true with the Vestron Video Collector’s Series upcoming release of the Wishmaster Collection, a must-have for cult classic collectors, available for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray™ on March 28 from Lionsgate. In the Wishmaster series, an evil djinn grants three wishes to the person who releases him, fulfilling a prophecy that will unleash his fellow djinn upon the earth. With brand-new illustration from renowned artist Thomas Hodge, the three-disc Wishmaster Collection limited-edition Blu-ray™ includes all four films, restored and remastered, plus never-before-seen special features, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $49.99.

Wishmaster Collection Official Synopsis

Magically powerful and supernaturally evil, the ancient entity known as the Djinn can grant your wildest dreams — and unleash your darkest nightmares. Follow the Wishmaster’s bloodcurdling quest to devour souls and plunge the world into eternal damnation in this fright-filled collection of all four horror-fantasy favorites.
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Special Features Revealed for Wishmaster Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray Collection

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When you’re making wishes with a Djinn instead of a genie, you better be careful what you wish for… Spanning four films and packed with horror genre stars, the Wishmaster franchise is coming out on a Blu-ray collection as the ninth entry in Lionsgate’s Vestron Video Collector’s Series, and the special features for the anticipated release have now been revealed.

The Wishmaster Collection Blu-ray is scheduled to come out on March 28th, and you can view the long list of the release’s bonus features below.

The Wishmaster franchise kicked off in 1997 with makeup effects legend Robert Kurtzman at the helm and Wes Craven on board as a producer, and it has featured a plethora of horror genre giants across its four-film run. Will you be adding the Wishmaster Blu-ray collection to your home media shelf?

Wishmaster Collection Blu-ray special features (via Blu-ray.com): “Wishmaster (1997)

Synopsis: Magically powerful.
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120 Essential Horror Scenes Part 2: Violations

It’s the most uncomfortable type of horror scene, but if done correctly, can pack a gut punch. The violation scene is the moment when the character’s vulnerability is betrayed and our empathy immerses us deeper into their dreadful ordeal. The young child possessed by an evil spirit. The unlucky bystander assaulted in a tunnel. The crazed woman submitting to a creature of non human origin. The violation scene can be emotional or it can be exploitative, but it’s almost always guaranteed to get us talking.

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)- Cesare abducting Jane

Even though it was one of the originators of German Expressionist film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is often regarded as the pinnacle for the movement. Two of the movement’s basic tenets were distorted lines and shapes and overly theatrical movements from the actors, and both are well on display in this creepy scene.
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September 8th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Editor, Shocker, Friday the 13th Double Features

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September 8th is shaping up to be another great week for horror and sci-fi fans as we’ve got a lot of great home entertainment releases to look forward to. The good folks over at Scream Factory have two great releases coming out on Tuesday, the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Wes Craven’s Shocker and Astron-6’s comedic homage to Giallo films, The Editor. For all you Jason Voorhees die-hards out there, not only do you have a special 2-Disc Collector’s edition of Crystal Lake Memories to look forward to, the original Friday the 13th films are also getting re-released in several double feature packages on Tuesday.

Other notable releases for September 8th include Supernatural: Season 10, Dressed to Kill from Criterion, Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV, and for those of you kids at heart out there, Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman is arriving on DVD as well.
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Contest: Win Shocker Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

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Tomorrow, Scream Factory looks to electrify horror fans with their Collector's Edition Blu-ray of the late, legendary Wes Craven's Shocker, and we've been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.

Shocker Blu-ray: "On October 2nd, at 6:45 a.m., mass murderer Horace Pinker was put to death... Now he's really mad.

Master of horror Wes Craven (Scream, The Last House on the Left, A Nightmare on Elm Street) directs this exciting visual treat which introduces a diabolical mass murderer who harnesses electricity for unimaginable killing powers.

About to be electrocuted for a catalog of heinous crimes, the unrepentant Horace Pinker transforms into a terrifying energy source. Only young athlete Jonathan Parker, with an uncanny connection to Pinker through bizarre dreams, can fight the powerful demon. The two dive in and out of television programs, chasing each other from channel to channel through stunning scenes of disaster,
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Shocker Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

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On September 8th, Scream Factory looks to electrify horror fans with their Collector's Edition Blu-ray of the late, legendary Wes Craven's Shocker. Ahead of the film's revamped home media release, we have clips and a trailer from the Blu-ray.

Shocker Blu-ray: "On October 2nd, at 6:45 a.m., mass murderer Horace Pinker was put to death... Now he's really mad.

Master of horror Wes Craven (Scream, The Last House on the Left, A Nightmare on Elm Street) directs this exciting visual treat which introduces a diabolical mass murderer who harnesses electricity for unimaginable killing powers.

About to be electrocuted for a catalog of heinous crimes, the unrepentant Horace Pinker transforms into a terrifying energy source. Only young athlete Jonathan Parker, with an uncanny connection to Pinker through bizarre dreams, can fight the powerful demon. The two dive in and out of television programs, chasing each other from channel to channel through stunning scenes of disaster,
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‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ – a near masterpiece of independent genre filmmaking

A Nightmare On Elm Street

Directed by Wes Craven

Written by Wes Craven

1984, USA

A Nightmare on Elm Street has a special place in my heart. It was not only the first horror film I had ever watched, but it was the first film in which I took notice of a film’s director and its stars. Prior to A Nightmare On Elm Street, perhaps the only director I was familiar with was George Lucas. A Nightmare On Elm street was my gateway into the world of cinema, and I owe Wes Craven for that. For those who dare dismiss it as trash, I give you 2060 words as to why you are so very, very wrong.

Wes Craven intended Nightmare to be an exploration of surreal horror as opposed to just another stalk-and-slash horror movie, and not only did Nightmare offer a wildly imaginative, inspired concept, but it was a
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Wes Craven’s Shocker Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

On September 8th, Scream Factory looks to electrify horror fans with their Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Wes Craven's Shocker. Ahead of the film's revamped home media release, we have the full list of special features and another look at the cover art.

Press Release: "Fans of legendary director Wes Craven (Scream, The Last House on the Left, A Nightmare on Elm Street) know well the terror mayhem inflicted by Horace Pinker, a diabolical mass murderer who harnesses electricity for unimaginable killing powers, from the 1989 horror cult classic Shocker. On September 8, 2015, Scream Factory™ is proud to present Wes Craven’s Shocker Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, packed with insightful bonus content including, special audio commentary with Wes Craven, all-new interviews with Mitch Pileggi, Cami Cooper, executive producer Shep Gordon, music supervisor Desmond Child and soundtrack artists, new audio commentary with director of photography Jacques Haitkin, co-producer Robert Engelman and composer William Goldstein,
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‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ – 30 Years Later

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Directed by Wes Craven

Written by Wes Craven

2014, USA

Wes Craven intended Nightmare to be an exploration of surreal horror as opposed to just another stalk-and-slash horror movie, and not only did Nightmare offer a wildly imaginative, inspired concept, but it was a solid commercial genre entry for the dating crowd. Elm Street was New Line’s first genuine mainstream cinematic venture (after Alone In The Dark), and made the company a huge pile of money. The film was shot in 30 days at a cost of roughly $1.8 million, but it made back its figure and then some on opening weekend. New Line Cinema was saved from bankruptcy by the success of the film, and was jokingly nicknamed “the house that Freddy built.” Perhaps the most influential horror film of the ’80s, Craven’s 1984 slasher about a quartet of high school kids terrorized in their dreams
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31 Days of Horror: 100 Greatest Horror Films: Top 75

Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.

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Special Mention:

Häxan

Directed by Benjamin Christensen

Denmark / Sweden, 1922

Häxan (a.k.a The Witches or Witchcraft Through The Ages) is a 1922 silent documentary about the history of witchcraft,
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Blu-ray Review: ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection’ a Horror Fan’s Dream

Chicago – Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, Freddy Krueger. Yes, Wes Craven’s masterful creation deserves to be listed right along with the most legendary villains of all time, a case made complete by Warner’s excellent new “A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection,” featuring all 7 original films and a new half-hour documentary about the lasting power of the man with a claw for a hand.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Admittedly, there’s little new in this set for those of you who sprung for the previous Blu-ray editions of the first three films that were released over the last few years. This is more for those who haven’t yet picked up any of the Freddy saga and now want them all. And while the first and last (“Wes Craven’s New Nightmare”) are the only truly great films in the set, there are things to like about all of the movies (Ok, all
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The Nightmare on Elm Street Collection: Nightmarish Memories Part 7

With The Nightmare on Elm Street Collection hitting Blu-ray here in the States for the first time this week, we figured now would be a great time to revisit some of the franchise's most insane moments. Here's our last entry, Wes Craven's New Nightmare.

The collection includes Wes Craven’s original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), as well as its six sequels: Freddy’s Revenge (1985), Dream Warriors (1987), The Dream Master (1988), The Dream Child (1989), Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994).

Special Features

A Nightmare on Elm Street:

Audio Commentary: Craven, DoP Jacques Haitkin, Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon Audio Commentary: Assorted cast and crew Never Sleep Again: 50-minute HD documentary The House that Freddy Built: 23-minute HD documentary Night Terrors Focus Points Alternate Endings Fact Track

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge:

Heroes & Villains Psycho Sexual Circus The Male Witch Freddy
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The Nightmare on Elm Street Collection: Nightmarish Memories Part 6

With The Nightmare on Elm Street Collection hitting Blu-ray here in the States for the first time today, March 5th, we figured now would be a great time to revisit some of the franchise's most insane moments. Next up, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare. As if!

The collection includes Wes Craven’s original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), as well as its six sequels: Freddy’s Revenge (1985), Dream Warriors (1987), The Dream Master (1988), The Dream Child (1989), Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994).

Special Features

A Nightmare on Elm Street:

Audio Commentary: Craven, DoP Jacques Haitkin, Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon Audio Commentary: Assorted cast and crew Never Sleep Again: 50-minute HD documentary The House that Freddy Built: 23-minute HD documentary Night Terrors Focus Points Alternate Endings Fact Track

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge:

Heroes & Villains Psycho Sexual Circus The Male
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The Nightmare on Elm Street Collection: Nightmarish Memories Part 5

With The Nightmare on Elm Street Collection hitting Blu-ray here in the States for the first time on this coming Tuesday, March 5th, we figured now would be a great time to revisit some of the franchise's most insane moments. Next up, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child.

The collection includes Wes Craven’s original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), as well as its six sequels: Freddy’s Revenge (1985), Dream Warriors (1987), The Dream Master (1988), The Dream Child (1989), Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994).

Special Features

A Nightmare on Elm Street:

Audio Commentary: Craven, DoP Jacques Haitkin, Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon Audio Commentary: Assorted cast and crew Never Sleep Again: 50-minute HD documentary The House that Freddy Built: 23-minute HD documentary Night Terrors Focus Points Alternate Endings Fact Track

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge:

Heroes & Villains
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