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Listen to the Corpse Club Discuss Horror Movies at the Drive-In on a New Episode of Daily Dead’s Podcast

Since its premiere in 2015, Scott Drebit's Drive-In Dust Offs column on Daily Dead has celebrated forgotten cult horror movies and taken unique looks at beloved films in the genre. With 150 entries of the column now released, we thought it was the perfect time to shine the projector light on Scott's wonderful work on a new episode of Daily Dead's podcast!

In episode 41 of Daily Dead's podcast, co-hosts Heather Wixson, Scott Drebit, Derek Anderson, and Jonathan James celebrate Scott's Drive-In Dust Offs column for Daily Dead, discussing his ever-enlightening and always entertaining articles on cult horror movies from the 1950s to the 1980s, including Burnt Offerings, Night of the Comet, Planet of the Vampires, and many more frighteningly fun films. The ghoulish gang also talk about their favorite drive-in memories and select their dream double features that they would love to show on the silver screen. So, hop in your car
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Kino Lorber to Release Trilogy Of Terror (1975) on Blu-ray

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It's regarded by many as one of the creepiest made-for-tv movies of all time, featuring one of the most unsettling (and relentless) killers to grace the small screen. Over 40 years after its initial premiere, Trilogy of Terror is coming to Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.

As announced on their Facebook page, Kino Lorber will release Trilogy of Terror on Blu-ray (and DVD) sometime in early 2018 (according to Blu-ray.com) with a brand-new HD master.

Directed by Dan Curtis, the anthology film features segments based on stories by horror master Richard Matheson, including one featuring a Zuni Warrior Festish Doll that attacks Karen Black and has certainly crossed over into more than a few nightmares over the years.

There's no word yet on the special features, cover art, or specific release date for the new Blu-ray, but we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed. In the meantime,
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Blu-ray Review – Willard/Ben Limited Edition Box Set

Willard/Ben Limited Edition Box Set

Directed by Daniel Mann/Phil Karlson.

Starring Bruce Davison, Elsa Lanchester, Sondra Locke, Michael Dante, Lee Montgomery, Joseph Campanella, Arthur O’Connell, and Meredith Baxter.


Box set containing two cult classics about killer rats from the early 1970s.

Something of a ‘lost’ cult film from 1971, Willard is often cited as a forerunner for all of those ‘nature gone wild’ movies that came in the wake of Jaws in 1975 and there is a bit of truth in that as the plot does revolve around rats that seemingly kill on the command of the titular character (played by a very young Bruce ‘X-Men’ Davison. However, the similarity really ends there as most of those animal movies that came afterwards were essentially horror movies based around whatever creature hadn’t been shown killing in a movie before and Willard, despite that plot point of rats killing,
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It Came From The Tube: The Midnight Hour (1985)

There’s an in between zone that parents often look for if they’re easing their kids into horror. If they’re fans of the genre themselves, the urge to take the tykes from Scooby-Doo to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is very tempting. I was one of the fortunate ones who was allowed to cut out the middleman and dive right into the heady stuff. So it was then that I missed out on a great bridge between the two extremes, The Midnight Hour (1985), ABC’s successful bid to get the Thriller-crazy crowd on their side.

Originally airing November 1st as part of The ABC Friday Night Movie (really? There was no Thursday slot open to make it for Halloween?), The Midnight Hour fought off CBS’ Dallas for its first half and NBC’s Miami Vice for the back, but those shows weren’t the ideal demographic anyway – this
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October 24th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Annabelle: Creation, War For The Planet Of The Apes, The Old Dark House

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With Halloween only a week away now (how in the heck did that happen?), of course there are a ton of horror and sci-fi home entertainment offerings arriving on Tuesday, ready to get you primed for all your spooky shenanigans leading up to October 31st. In terms of new titles, both War of the Planet of the Apes and Annabelle: Creation hit various formats, and Criterion has put together a stellar release for Olivier AssayasPersonal Shopper as well.

On the cult side of the genre spectrum, we have a myriad of movies to look forward to, including a quartet of titles from Vinegar Syndrome: The Corpse Grinders, Demon Wind, Blood Beat, and the double feature of Prime Evil and Lurkers. Arrow Video has assembled a special edition set for Herschell Gordon LewisBlood Feast that’s a must-own for any splatter fans out there, and the Warner Archive Collection
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Sentinel (1977)

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In regards to his filmic output, director Michael Winner was wildly inconsistent at his worst and wholly divisive at his best (and vice versa). The remarkable thing is that those two extreme opinions can be about the same film; some find the kinetic sleaze of Death Wish (1974) powerful and disturbing, others find its ham-fisted social grazing problematic and off-putting. But it was a big hit, so naturally Universal let him ride the satanic tide with The Sentinel (1977), a Good vs. Evil, Portal to Hell potboiler that warms this Fulci-loving heart three years before Lucio even set foot in New Orleans.

Given a limited release in January stateside, The Sentinel barely broke even on its $4 million budget, and the critics hated it, deeming it lurid, reprehensible trash. Which it is; but it’s also ridiculously entertaining and has a few truly haunting moments. Turns out Winner could do horror—and yet
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Pyx (1973)

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Redemption can be a hard ticket to punch, in real life let alone on film. An arc has to be convincing in a short space of time and make us believe our protagonist’s journey. Thanks to a brilliant performance by Karen Black and a meticulously unfurled plot, The Pyx (1973) offers sorrow and resolution in a gripping package.

Released in September by Cinepix Film Properties in our home and native land, Canada, and by Cinerama Releasing Corporation in the States the following month, The Pyx used Canadian shelter funds not to tell an exploitive tale, but rather a somber character study dressed up as a neo-noir with an occult twist. Not an easy sell to be sure, but does it really matter? At the end of the day, The Pyx is another noble attempt to infuse the genre with unusual strands regardless of the box office receipts. (I mean, my
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"Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina"

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The latest issue of Archie Comics' "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina", written by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and illustrated by Robert Hack, with covers by Hack and Matthew Southworth, is available August 16, 2017:

"...in 'Witch-War' Part Two, 'Burnt Offerings'...  

"... 'Edward Spellman', trapped in the body of 'Harvey'...

"...has been reunited with 'Sabrina' and ready to enact his dark agenda..."

"Sabrina the Teenage Witch", published by Archie Comics was created by writer George Gladir and illlustrator Dan DeCarlo, debuting in "Archie's Madhouse #22" (Oct. 1962).

Original premise of the series is that 'Sabrina Spellman' is a 'half-witch', living with her father's two witch sisters, 'Hilda' and 'Zelda Spellman', in the town of 'Greendale'. 

Also living with them is the family pet 'Mr. Salem Saberhagen', a witch turned into a cat as punishment for 'world domination' attempts.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Sabrina The Teenage Witch"...
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DVD Review – House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

House of 1000 Corpses, 2003.

Directed by Rob Zombie.

Starring Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon, Karen Black, Tom Towles, Walton Goggins, Matthew McGrory, Rainn Wilson, Erin Daniels, and Dennis Fimple.


Four young thrill-seekers exploring the backwoods of Texas become the victims of a family of sadistic killers.

With his latest movie 31 recently dividing audiences with its back-to-basics approach, crowdfunded production and the director’s seeming refusal to put out an uncensored cut, Fabulous Films have gone back to the beginning of controversial director/metal icon Rob Zombie’s filmmaking career and reissued his debut feature House of 1000 Corpses on DVD (why is there still no Blu-ray release for the UK?) and what an interesting exercise it is revisiting this offbeat little gem.

Interesting because there are many parallels between this movie and 31 – troubled production and director’s cuts notwithstanding, there are also plenty of narrative similarities – but whereas 31 felt rushed,
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First-look preview of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #8

Archie Comics has unveiled a first look preview of next month’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #8, which we have for you here; take a look…

“Witch-war” Part Two, “Burnt Offerings”: Edward Spellman, trapped in Harvey’s body, has been reunited with Sabrina, and is ready to enact his dark agenda!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #8 is out on August 16th, priced $3.99.
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It Came From The Tube: Dead Of Night (1977)

Dan Curtis and Richard Matheson fit together as comfortable as Pb &J, warm slippers on a cold day, and the best of TV horror. Dead of Night (1977) is the follow up to their critically acclaimed anthology Trilogy of Terror (1975), in which Karen Black starred in three distinct episodes of small screen mayhem. And much like that one, Dead of Night shall always be remembered for a terrifying final tale.

Originally broadcast on March 29th, 1977 on NBC, Dead of Night was Curtis and Matheson’s sixth collaboration of some sort, starting with Curtis producing the arrival of Kolchak and The Night Stalker (1972). And while this isn’t the best of their ventures together, solid performances and strong writing leading up make that final segment worth the wait.

Let’s dust off our TV Guide and see what the duo have in store for us:

Dead Of Night (Tuesday, 9pm, NBC)

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Newswire: Meet the Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl in a dreamy Shudder exclusive

Following its premiere at last year’s Fantastic Fest, where we called it “a melancholy, ’70s-set lesbian romance/Gothic horror tale featuring a blond, a brunette, and a mad aunt locked away in her Victorian house,” A.D. Calvo’s atmospheric ghost story Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl is becoming accessible to a wider audience this week with its debut on all-horror streaming service Shudder. We’ve got an exclusive clip from the film, introducing us to innocent young Adele (Erin Wilhelmi) and her equally archetypal counterpart, the mysterious, striking Beth (Quinn Shephard):

Recommended for fans of slow-burn ‘70s horror films like Burnt Offerings and Let’s Scare Jessica To Death, Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl is streaming on Shudder now.
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Let Us Now Praise The Mad Genius Of Richard Harland Smith

A few years ago, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the death of influential film critic Pauline Kael, I wrote the following:

“I think (Kael) did a lot to expose the truth… that directors, writers and actors who often work awfully close to the surface may still have subterranean levels of achievement or purpose or commentary that they themselves may be least qualified to articulate. It’s what’s behind her disdain for Antonioni’s pontificating at the Cannes film festival; it’s what behind the high percentage of uselessness of proliferating DVD commentaries in which we get to hear every dull anecdote, redundant explication of plot development and any other inanity that strikes the director of the latest Jennifer Aniston rom-com to blurt out breathlessly; and it is what’s behind a director like Eli Roth, who tailors the subtext of something like Hostel Part II almost as
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Manitou (1978)

When I think of some of my favorite B films of the 1970s, my mind tends to drift towards the works of the late filmmaker William Girdler. This man made nine movies in six years before his tragic death in ’78 at the age of thirty; chief among them Abby (’74), Grizzly (’76), and Day of the Animals (’77). Now, quantity obviously doesn’t equal quality, and he made a few outright stinkers. But he was exciting to me because he became a better, more confident filmmaker with each film; this is especially evident with his final release, The Manitou (1978), your typical ancient Native American little person demon growing out of the back of a woman’s neck who fights the heroes in space with laser beams kind of flick. You know the type.

Independently produced, The Manitou was released by Avco Embassy in late April, with a June rollout across North America, and worldwide the following year.
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It Came From The Tube: The Night Stalker (1972)

Sometimes it’s hard to put a fresh coat of paint on an old house. The colors can bleed through no matter how many new layers are added, giving the house a look of desperation from a block away. But sometimes the right paint is used, the restoration is done with love and affection, and the new owners actually care about their surroundings. Such is the case with The Night Stalker (1972), the ABC TV movie that took the vampire out of his crumbling castle and transported him to the seedier side of the modern day Las Vegas strip; and in doing so created one of the most endearingly reluctant monster hunters of all time, Carl Kolchak.

Originally airing as the ABC Movie of the Week on Tuesday, January 11th, 1972, The Night Stalker slayed the competition in the ratings, including CBS’s successful Hawaii Five-o/Cannon lineup. And I mean destroyed
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It Came From The Tube: This House Possessed (1981)

What would happen if you crossed Demon Seed, Burnt Offerings, and The Legacy? You’d end up with a pretty confusing six hour horror movie I’d imagine, so scratch that. But what would happen if you took those same elements, made it a TV movie, and threw in The Hardy Boys’ Parker Stevenson for good measure? Well, then you’d be watching This House Possessed (1981), a supremely goofy, sublimely entertaining movie of the week that’s low on scares but high on smiles.

Broadcast on Friday, February 6th, 1981 as part of The ABC Friday Night Movie, This House Possessed was up against the CBS juggernaut The Dukes of Hazzard/Dallas, and NBC offered up…oh never mind. We were all watching the Dukes and the Ewings, okay? Is that what you want to hear? Fine. But I suppose there had to be some people who were repulsed at the
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Bad Seed (1956)

Killer kids really started pulsating on the horror radar with The Exorcist (1973) and The Omen (1976). Horrific as these tots were, their actions were explained away by demonic possession and satanic lineage, respectively. Regardless of their cause, the sight of a youngster engaged in heinous behavior was still shocking. Now, roll back the clock a couple of decades and drop a sociopathic eight year old girl in the middle of apple pie strewn Ozzie & Harriet America, and what do you get? The Bad Seed (1956), that’s what; a wonderfully odd ode to li’l murderers and the mothers who love them.

Released by Warner Brothers in September of ’56 and rolled out to the rest of the world over the next year and a half, The Bad Seed brought in over $ 4 million in Us rentals off a $ 1 million budget, making it an unqualified success. Not only that, it received four Academy Award
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Off The Shelf – Episode 106 – New Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday, October 18th 2016

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of October 18th, 2016.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Body Snatchers Bride of Re-Animator Cafe Society Child’s Play Cobra the Animation Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Fake Fuzz Gas-s-s-s Hamburger Hill Independence Day Resurgence King of Pigs The Laughing Policeman Little Fauss & Big Halsy The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection Nighthawks Pan’s Labyrinth The Pit Return of Dracula Salem’s Lot Short Cuts Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye Stephen King’s It Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro Villa Rides Waxworks Compilation What We Become


52 Pick-Up Burnt Offerings The Clan Dekalog and Other TV Works The Lion In Winter Remainder Stigmata Twilight’s Last Gleaming Credits Ryan Gallagher (Twitter / Website / Wish List) Brian Saur
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DVD Review – Burnt Offerings (1976)

Burnt Offerings, 1976.

Directed by Dan Curtis.

Starring Oliver Reed, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, Bette Davis, Eileen Heckart and Lee Montgomery.


A family rent a large house for the summer, unaware that it feeds off the energy of any occupants who suffer any injuries.

The 1970s was a very rich time for horror movies, especially those of a supernatural leaning, and while the likes of The Exorcist, The Omen and The Amityville Horror are regularly namechecked as the standards to beat and have earned their place in horror history, sometimes it pays to delve a little deeper to try and unearth those lesser-seen gems that may have been forgotten about, and on this occasion Arrow Video have done just that with Dan Curtis’ 1976 haunted house tale Burnt Offerings.

What is most striking about Burnt Offerings is that while you are watching it the plot details seem instantly familiar, almost cliché,
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Listen to Daily Dead’s Scott Drebit on the Really Awful Movies Podcast

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In his Drive In Dust-Offs and It Came From The Tube columns on Daily Dead, Scott Drebit sheds an informative and entertaining light on fright films from days gone by, making him the perfect special guest for the latest episode of Chris Lombardo and Jeff Kirschner's Really Awful Movies Podcast.

From Really Awful Movies Podcast: "Oliver Reed and familial disintegration. Join us as we chat Burnt Offerings and The Brood, which both star ol' Ollie.

We're happy to have Scott Drebit, recurring guest, on the show. He's of course the guy behind Drive In Dust Offs and It Came from the Tube, both columns at Daily Dead.

He's one of a handful of writers worth reading every single week in the horror space, as his affection for horror, both new and old, is infectious.(There's a reason we thank him so prominently in our book, Death By Umbrella! The
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