With MTV’s new “Scream” series airing its third episode tonight, we thought it might be fun to look back at all the carnage that has come out of Wes Craven’s franchise.
Below we have listed all 39 deaths(!) in the four films that make up the franchise (I know, it kills me too that it’s not an even 40).
Check out our previous “Every Kill” articles here!Scream (7 Kills) 1. Steve Orth
Poor Steve got the most brutal death in the franchise (well, until Olivia in Scream 4, that is). Anything involving intestines spilling out is a pretty terrible way to go. It’s a pity we’ll never get the NC-17 cut of the film released showing extra intestines.
The death that made Scream famous. As many of you know, Drew Barrymore was actually offered the role of Sidney, but she chose to play Casey instead, thinking that it would be a bigger surprise for the audience. Boy, was she right. I’ve always had a lot of respect for her after finding that out, since it shows that she actually cares about the people watching her movies.
The only reason Principal Himbry was killed was because the studio thought there was too much of a gap between kills, so they had screenwriter Kevin Williamson add this in for good measure. It’s not the most creative kill, but the eye shot is pretty cool!
Tatum’s death is arguably the best death in the entire Scream franchise. Sure, it’s not believable that a garage door could support a person’s weight (I’ve stopped a garage door just by grabbing on to it and pulling it down), but it’s clever nonetheless. Also, if you pause it at just the right moment, Rose McGowan’s head bust looks like Michael Jackson’s head when it’s mid-squish.
Poor Kenny. He tried so hard to be a good cameraman. Even in death, he still couldn’t do anything right because he just wouldn’t get off of Gale’s fucking windshield!
While the “in your dreams” bit is kind of dumb, Stu had a deserved end at the hands of a television. It did not look very pleasant.
Billy’s death is one of the weaker ones in the franchise, if only because it’s not very original (though the stabbing by umbrella is fairly clever). Also, he could have survived if he would have just played dead and not jump-scared Sidney, Randy and Gale.
“Hannibal” is about to endure a long, slow, painful death…
While NBC “gifted” us super fans with a third season of “Hannibal,” they’ve quickly turned on it as if it were the black sheep (stag?) of the family.
NBC then released stars Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen from their contracts, only further complicating an attempt at a revival.
Now, on heels of Comic-Con news that a feature could be cooked up, NBC is swatting the series away like an annoying gnat.
The network today kneecapped its Thursday duo of recently cancelled “Hannibal” and the just-renewed “Aquarius” and put them on Saturday night owing to poor ratings, says Deadline.
While ratings for “Hannibal” were never going to return, announcing its cancellation early in the season didn’t help those casually viewing from sticking around.
“Hannibal” is a masterpiece of television, and it doesn’t deserve to go out like this.
One of the coolest things at the San Diego Comic-Con weren’t overlooked by pretty much everyone, and now I’m picking my jaw off the floor.
Figures.com has a breakdown of all the new “The Walking Dead” toys that McFarlane revealed at this past weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, and one was a doozy.
“There was a large display area dedicated to the ‘Walking Dead Construction Sets’ featuring current and upcoming releases along with incredible dioramas that show just how big you can build these things with multiple interconnecting sets,” explains the site. “The prison is a main focus of the line with Upper Prison Cell, Lower Prison Cell, and Prison Catwalk sets that work with the Prison Tower and Gates to create full scenes.”
That’s not all as, “Also on the way are Hospital Doors, Prison Boiler Room, Walker Barrier, Woodbury Assault Vehicle, and Dale’s RV.”
Take a look below and then ponder how you’re going to create enough space to own them all (don’t have a kid?)
Catch more images from the event at the above link.
Check out some new stills from the monster horror Dark Was The Night.
The film was directed by Jack Heller from a script by Tyler Hisel and stars Kevin Durand, Lukas Hass, Heath Freeman, Sabina Gadecki and Nick Damici.
“Maiden Woods is a remote and quiet town of decent, hard-working people, but something stirs in the dark woods surrounding this isolated community. After a logging company decimates an area of the forest, a rash of increasingly violent and unexplainable events transpires. Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) and his deputy (Lukas Haas) struggle to confront their own personal demons while facing down a new breed of raw terror that is possibly older than humanity itself… And much, much hungrier.”
The film hits theaters, VOD and iTUNES on July 24th.
This past weekend at SDCC, fans got a taste of what it was like to enter the world of two of the biggest forthcoming releases from Legendary. Today, hot on the heels of the launch of the Legendary VR app, featuring three unique virtual reality experiences viewable on the new Google Cardboard, Legendary is now bringing the Warcraft and Crimson Peak experiences to a wider audience by publishing them to YouTube 360, Google’s recently launched streaming video service that lets viewers look in any direction, not just where the camera is pointing – without the need of any additional hardware.
Now, fans all over the world will be able to enter the world of Legendary’s newest titles by visiting YouTube 360 and exploring these experiences, which launched at SDCC 2015, as immersive 360-degree video, or through Google Cardboard: google.com/get/cardboard/BEWARE CRIMSON PEAK
Dare you enter a house alive with secrets that will haunt you forever? Inspired by Guillermo del Toro’s new film Crimson Peak, this chilling 360 video experience will take you inside Allerdale Hall, a gothic mansion where nothing is as it seems. Brought to you by Legendary VR and developed by Legend3D and Mr. X.
From Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures, Crimson Peak hits theaters October 2015.
WARCRAFT: SKIES OF AZEROTH
Prepare to soar through the epic world of Azeroth in this official 360 video inspired by the Warcraft movie and developed by Industrial Light & Magic xLAB. Look all around as you fly over the city of Stormwind on the back of the mythic gryphon.
From Legendary Pictures, Universal Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment, Warcraft hits theaters June 2016.
In what was arguably a much more successful Comic Con than last year, #SDCC 2015 served up plenty of treats for us genre fans! We’ve put together out list of what we believe to be the biggest winners and losers from the Con this year.
Let’s dive right in!
Other than the “Ash vs Evil Dead” teaser, the biggest winner out of the San Diego Comic-Con was the teaser for Warner Bros. Suicide Squad, which has originally been panned for its hilariously bad look at Jared Leto as The Joker.
As funny as the image was, it was just that, an image. Now, with actual footage from David Ayer’s dark ensemble comic book adaptation available in HD, is it still a joke? Nope. In fact, I think Suicide Squad could end up being the sleeper of 2016.
Let’s take a look, shall we…
Compared to the abomination that is Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad has a realistic quality to it. Look at these enriching set and costume designs, look at how believable this world is compared to the CGI mess of Batman V Superman. I would go as far as to say Suicide Squad looks a bit like Se7en if not the classic The Warriors.
And while many are gushing over Leto’s interpretation of the Joker, Margot Robbie has stolen our hearts as the first on-screen incarnation of Harley Quinn. Not only does she look fabulous, but it’s clear she’s the centerpiece of the film, and set to deliver a zany, yet terrifying performance.
Leto’s Joker? Well, I’m a Leto sympathizer, and while it’s no Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, it’s a solid tease. I’ll reserve judgement when we have more footage available to us…
The biggest surprise, though, is the appearance of Ben Affleck’s Batman, who drops on the back of the Joker’s Lambo as he speeds through the city.
Overall, the most exciting aspect is that, while it’s extremely dark, it has a light-hearted self-awareness to it that could make it really fun.
If you haven’t already, watch the trailer over at our sister site, Villain Smash, and then comment below. What say you?
Suicide Squad is slated to hit theaters on August 5, 2016.
Written and directed by David Ayer, the film stars Will Smith as ‘Floyd Lawton/Deadshot’, Jared Leto as ‘The Joker’, Margot Robbie as ‘Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn’, Joel Kinnaman as ‘Rick Flag’, Jai Courtney as ‘Digger Harkness/Captain Boomerang’, Viola Davis as ‘Amanda Waller’, Cara Delevingne as ‘June Moone/Enchantress’, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as ‘Waylon Jones/Killer Croc’, Karen Fukuhara as ‘Tatsu Yamashiro/Katana’, Jay Hernadez as ‘Chato Santana/El Diablo’, Adam Beach as ‘Christopher Weiss/Slipknot’, Common as ‘The Tattooed Man’, and Ike Barinholtz as ‘Dr. Hugo Strange’. Also starring are Jim Parrack, Scott Eastwood, Alex Meraz, David Harbour, and Raymond Olubowale.
88 Films is now taking pre-orders for their upcoming blu-ray release of Joe D’Amato’s notorious ‘video nasty’ Anthropophagous. With a release date of 7/20/2015, Anthropophagous can only be ordered from 88 Films directly and all pre-orders will receive a gloss UV finish O-Card with the original banned artwork plus 4 collectible postcards.
A group of unprepared tourists arrive on a desolate Mediterranean island – only to find themselves stalked by a silent cannibalistic Neanderthal! Featuring gory special effects, that convinced some British moral guardians that Anthropophagous was a legitimate ‘snuff movie’, there is little doubting that this timeless terror totem still holds up today. Also boasting a cast of genre legends, such as Tisa Farrow (Zombie Flesh Eaters), Zora Kerova (Cannibal Ferox) and George Eastman (Rabid Dogs), 88 Films is proud to present Anthropophagous, fully uncut and uncensored, and re-mastered for its worldwide HD debut!
Also includes the feature length documentary 42nd Street Memories: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Notorious Block!
What better accompaniment to a certified grindhouse classic like Anthropophagous than this long-awaited expose of New York’s notorious den of sex, sin and cinema? Many a movie made its mark in one of Manhattan’s long-demolished exploitation establishments – and 42nd Street Memories tells the story of the good old days of big city slime, sweat and sleaze. Directed by Calum Waddell and featuring an esteemed list of interviewees, including Joe Dante (Gremlins), Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case), Larry Cohen (Q, The Winged Serpent), William Lustig (Maniac), adult performer Veronica Hart, author John Skipp and many more – this is the last word on the golden era of the world’s most celebrated sprawl of film theatres.
•Available to watch in either English Language or Italian Language with English Subtitles
•42nd Street Memories – Feature Length Documentary
•Reversible Sleeve with original UK Video Nasty Art
• Region Code: B
• Picture Format: HD 1080p 1.66:1
• Audio Format: LPCM Mono (English and Italian with English Subtitles)
• Language: English
• Certification: 18
• Running Time: 90 Mins Approx.
No word yet on a U.S. release date for Charlie’s Farm from writer/director Chris Sun, however, a new German mediabook from Illusions Unltd has been announced for July 30, 2015. This will be the second blu-ray release of the film, joining the Australian release from Monster Pictures last month. Charlie’s Farm stars Nathan Jones, Tara Reid, Bill Moseley and Kane Hodder.
In an effort to do something different, four friends head into Australia’s outback to explore Charlie’s Farm, the site where a violent family met their end at the hands of an angry mob. Despite all warnings, they persist in their horror-seeking adventure.
• Includes DVD + Blu-ray
• 16-page booklet
• Behind the Scenes
• The films of Chris Sun
• Interview with Chris Sun
• Introducing Allira Jaques
• Kane Hodder: Welcome to Australia
• TV Teaser
• Original Trailer
• German Trailer
• Concept Art – Slideshow
• Running Time 89 minutes (DVD) / 93 minutes (Blu-ray)
• Region Code PAL / Region B
This week: Nintendo President Satoru Iwata passes away, “Ash Vs. Evil Dead,” the new Ghostbusters, We Are Still Here, and much more.
IFC Midnight and BoulderLight Pictures provided Bloody Disgusting with the one-sheet debut for Contracted: Phase II, revealed to be opening in Theaters, On Demand and Digital September 4th, 2015.
The Contracted II poster scratches in the text “I am the end,” while boasting “There’s no vaccine for fear.”
“Phase II follows the story of Samantha as she suffers from a mysterious and degenerative disease. Picking up directly where the previous film left off, Phase II follows Riley, one of the last people to come in contact with Samantha, as he scrambles to track down those responsible for the outbreak before the highly contagious disease not only consumes his body, but the world as we know it.”
This one is to be directed by Josh Forbes with a screenplay by Craig Walendziak. It will star Matt Mercer, Peter Cilella, Marianna Palka, Morgan Peter Brown, Laurel Vail, Alice Macdonald, Anna Lore and Suzanne Voss.
“We are thrilled to announce that we’ve wrapped principle photography on Contracted 2, an all out, bigger, crazier, virus-ier sequel in every way possible,” say producers J.D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules. “We can’t wait to unleash it on fans.”
While we wait for FX to release the full teaser shown at the San Diego Comic-Con, last night’s “The Strain” returned for its second season. During one of the breaks, the first of many teaser promos allegedly aired for “American Horror Story: Hotel,” which returns this October.
The promo is ominous and has a weird demonic hand ringing the clerk bell at a concierge front desk. Every year FX airs more than a handful of teasers leading up to the full reveal.
Thus far the full cast includes Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lady Gaga, Chloë Sevigny, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, Emma Roberts and Cheyenne Jackson.
Premiering this October, news out of Comic-Con revealed there won’t be any musical numbers in this season, despite the casting of Lady Gaga. According to Variety, Gaga’s character will be one of the antagonists: “She said, ‘I want to be evil,’” series creator Ryan Murphy recalled of his first meeting with Gaga. “I said, ‘You came to the right place.’”
And with the major cast in place, expect more cross-over characters, much like Pepper and Sister Mary Eunice. “This season you’ll see more and more and more of that. Characters from previous seasons will come check in to the hotel.”
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To go along with our 40 screengrabs from Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, you can check out this behind-the-scenes featurette featuring stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam and Jim Beaver.
In Crimson Peak, “When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.”
Uncover the mystery behind Crimson Peak on October 6th from Universal and Legendary Pictures.
Few fans managed to escape the terror of Bughuul at this year’s Comic-Con haunted by Sinister 2 and the gruesome #SinisterSightings lurking around any corner…
In a counter-point from the usual Hall H panel, terrifying twins took over San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter frightening unsuspecting Comic-Con attendees with a slew of sinister projections of homemade inspired kill films starting Thursday, July 9th until Saturday, July 11th from the time the sun went down until well after midnight.
This past weekend’s Comic-Con also saw the release of the film’s red band trailer.
“In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of “Wayward Pines”) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life brothers Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Bughuul continues to spread with frightening intensity“.
For all the crap I give found footage films (and many indie films, for that matter), there are some that manage to skirt the pitfalls that the other films wander into on a regular basis. The “less is more” approach and relying on storytelling and characters to create tension without CGI or special effects still works today for many films if the filmmakers try to work within those confines. Case in point: director/writer Sara Adina Smith’s The Midnight Swim. This is one family drama that flourishes in those same confines, albeit with some drawbacks.
After the disappearance of Amelia Brooks (Beth Grant) on a dive in Spirit Lake, a lake she had been campaigning to preserve, Amelia is presumed dead. Her three adult daughters, June (Lindsay Burdge), Annie (Jennifer Lafleur) and Isa (Aleksa Palladino), arrive at their childhood home to console each other and make plans for their mother’s belongings. June, the documentarian of the group, decides to make a documentary of the event as a coping mechanism. Things take a turn after discussion of an urban legend involving seven sisters who drowned in Spirit Lake, and the apparent summoning of the seventh sister. Mysterious happenings begin to occur around the house, and now June, Annie and Isa must come to terms with what’s happened.
As with any dramatic thriller that focuses on its characters to drive the story, the performances in The Midnight Swim are key. Burdge is largely our focus, since June is the one filming everything, and as a result the story unfolds through June’s point of view. This makes it difficult for Burdge, since we often don’t actually see June, but rather just her voice. Thankfully, Burdge is able to remain present and connect with the audience through the camera motions and her voice. It’s also quite clear that June has some mental issues, and both Annie and Isa work to keep June from going too far, but at the same time have sibling spats. The trio’s chemistry works wonderfully, and you really do get the sense that they’re all sisters. This is none more apparent during one scene where the siblings make a homemade music video, where there’s a rekindling of the connection they had growing up. At the same time, there’s a vulnerability on display, particularly with Annie, the eldest and most dependable of the three. She begins to cave under the strain of what’s transpired, and it’s uncomfortable to both the audience and the other sisters. It all makes for wonderfully developed characters.
In addition, the atmosphere that Smith creates within the film is both alluring and mysterious. Cinematographer Shaheen Seth captures the beauty of the Iowa cottage country in great detail. From the reflections of the stars on the water at night, to shots of the wind blowing through the trees, it’s incredibly immersive, and if you’ve ever owned a cottage or stayed at one for an extended period of time, you’ll instantly go back in your mind to those moments where you just sat and silently watched those same moments. At the same time, Smith manages to build up ominous feelings through the lens. Apart from dead birds showing up on the doorstep and a mysterious timelapse sequence taken of the lake, the horror comes from the sisters’ attempts to cope and their interactions when emotions boil over. One particular scene is helped just by the fact that the camera is placed on the rug, with the only motion being the light dancing through the leaves as the wind blows outside, while the sisters argue and the emotion starts ratcheting up. You’re essentially held captive as you want to turn around and look, but can’t, leaving the sound of the argument to drive the increasing tension. It’s more of a unsettling feeling rather than flat-out scares, which is still quite powerful and effective. In fitting fashion, the ending of the film is just as mystical and intriguing as the rest of the film, even if it’s a little unsurprising.
Unfortunately, while Smith manages to incorporate the found footage aspect of the film and make it work, it’s not without flaws. Despite the fact that we’re so entrenched in the camera being June’s POV, there are moments, such as audio carrying over between scenes and the camera turning towards people before they speak, that ruin the found-footage illusion and take us out of it, reminding us that this is still a traditionally-shot and edited film.
In spite of this, The Midnight Swim easily manages to enthrall and captivate the viewer. The performances by the three actresses are amazing and drive the story, which is made all the more captivating. The serene beauty of the camerawork only helps to draw the viewer into the film even more. Really, there are times when subtle ghost stories are just as effective as the spooky and bump-in-the-night types of films. This film is a definite must-watch if you’re into character-driven stories.
Admittedly, I’ve never seen the appeal of tattoos. That said, living in the part of Toronto known as The Annex for the past four years has granted me an opportunity to see just what people today are putting on their bodies. Some of the stuff is pretty cool, while others I think lacked foresight into just what they paid someone to do. And don’t get me started on the subdermal stuff. Directors and co-writers Kenny Gage and Devon Downs decided to take the practice to the extreme with Anarchy Parlor, while throwing in a bit of Eli Roth’s Hostel for good measure. The result definitely gets under your skin in several ways (sorry).
On a graduation trip in Lithuania, a group of Americans decide on a stopover in the city of Vilnius for party time. While at a club, Amy (Tiffany DeMarco) and Brock (Ben Whalen) meet up with the heavily-inked Uta (Sara Fabel), who invites them to get tattooed at a parlor where she works. There, Amy and Brock meet Artist (Robert LaSardo), who promises Amy the tattoo of her dreams. Unbeknownst to the Americans, Artist is more interested in their actual skin, and overtakes the two for later nefarious deeds. The rest of the American troupe set out to find Amy and Brock, but now have to navigate the resistance put up by the hostile locals.
With Roth’s Hostel, we had a group of ignorant American tourists who waltzed into a foreign country, acted like pricks and paid for it with decidedly squeamish results. In Anarchy Parlor, it doesn’t stray that far from the concept, so those of you who dig torture porn are in luck. Scalpel meets skin a lot in this one, and in typical torture porn fashion, the whole thing is drawn out in agonizing detail. The effects are quite well done during these parts, with only a few shots of blatantly-obvious CGI in the non-skinning scenes. I will warn in advance that there are instances of victims wetting themselves during the skinning scenes, and like the skinning itself, is fixated upon by the camera. Thankfully, there’s good cinematography with this one, as well as some great atmosphere that only heightens the squeamish visuals. Nicely done.
Also, Gage and Downs give the man behind the gory happenings some substance. Film vet LaSardo goes the calm and collected route with his role as The Artist. It’s definitely more off-putting to have an antagonist that’s mild-mannered and deliberate than a crazy, over-the-top villain. Of course, it also helps that LaSardo looks the part with his shaven head, tattooed upper body and emotionless face. As for our protagonists, the acting quality is inconsistent. DeMarco is okay as Amy, but the rest of the group don’t lend themselves to much sympathy from the viewer, as guys like Whalen and do the jerk thing a little too well, coupled with overacting and copious amounts of “dude” and “f*ck”. Needless to say, the film doesn’t take itself too seriously.
The lack of developed protagonists outside of Amy hurts Anarchy Parlor. As mentioned, the disposable dialogue peppered with expletives doesn’t give the audience much to side with as the torture commences. It also doesn’t help that the protagonists are oft to doing cliched stupid tourist stuff (such as starting fights with the locals). It also doesn’t take much a stretch to see that Gage and Downs borrowed a little too much from Hostel. Roth made Hostel‘s premise of foreigners backpacking across Europe and getting caught in a paid-to-torture ring plausible. Anarchy Parlor‘s premise of a group of college students going to Lithuania of all places for vacation makes about as much sense as going partying in Lithuania. And, not being spoilerish, while The Artist’s motivations behind what he does make sense, the end results of his endeavours nullify his actions. Really, is this what all of these folks are dying over?
Anarchy Parlor is another one of those films that will end up dividing horror fans. Those who went nuts for Hostel and the subsequent wave of torture porn films will be definitely have much to enjoy with this one. LaSardo definitely makes for an interesting antagonist that keeps the film from venturing into being too over-the-top. Those fans who aren’t so keen on the fixation of drawn-out gory torture won’t be won over with the lackluster acting by the characters we’re supposed to be rooting for, nor the derivative premise. Myself, I’m not into the subgenre, but I can see that Gage and Downs have talent behind them. So while I pass on visiting this parlor, I’m interested in seeing what they have next.
Every year, there are tons of horror films that either get a minuscule theatrical release or don’t get one at all and go straight to DVD. While we get crap films like Ouija and The Boy Next Door in theaters. It’s ironic that we still think that low quality films should go straight to DVD, when in fact there are usually better films that do that than get a wide theatrical release. The following list are just a small sample of some of my favorite indie horror films from the past decade. Enjoy!
Nintendo has announced that its president and CEO Satoru Iwata passed away on Saturday. The cause of death was a bile duct growth. Iwata was only 55.
Iwata took over for longtime Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi in 2002. He had taken time off just last year to have a tumor surgically removed, returning earlier this year after a brief period of recovery. The company has not announced who will be taking over for him, but it goes without saying that they will have some big shoes to fill.
Iwata led Nintendo through some rather spectacular highs, including the launch of the massively successful Wii and Nintendo DS, as well as a recent low, with the still-struggling Wii U. 55 is way too young. He will be sorely missed.
Today marks the final day of the 2015 San Diego Comic Con! We’ve seen some truly amazing stuff come out of this year’s event, including trailers for some of the most exciting and highly anticipated properties! We got a trailer for season six of “The Walking Dead” and its upcoming spinoff series “Fear The Walking Dead“! Comic book fans got a new peek into the world of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice! We some some sugar, baby, with the trailer for Starz’ “Ash Vs Evil Dead” as well as a sneak peek at the upcoming horror anthology Tales Of Halloween, all while Bughuul lurked in the background with Sinister 2!
With all these amazing trailers, I want to know which one you enjoyed the most! Below are several links to each of these trailers so that you can check them all out. Then, come back here and cast your vote in our poll to see which title is the most anticipated upcoming release!
Fans of physical media are no doubt well aware of what the Criterion Collection has to offer. However, if you’re a horror fan looking from the outside in, you may not realize that Criterion has plenty to offer you. On the surface Criterion appears to handle art-house cinema only. In a way that’s true, but Criterion’s definition of art-house cinema stretches beyond the limitations most give the term “art-house cinema.” Here’s how Criterion describes themselves:
Since 1984, the Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films, has been dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements.
Over the years Criterion has released a ton of great genre films, giving them the care, respect and dignity they deserve. With the exception of perhaps Synapse, Criterion delivers on what I consider to be the best of the best when it comes to home video horror releases. This is high praise because despite what some may lead you believe, the home video market right now is booming for genre geeks. With the likes of Vinegar Syndrome, Scream Factory, Arrow Films, 88 Films and more, horror fans are being treated to some of the best home video releases in years. Criterion is leading the way with top notch picture and audio quality, plus they include the absolute best in special features and packaging (I’m a sucker for great blu-ray packaging).
Currently Barnes & Nobel is having their annual Criterion sale. Every July all Criterion releases are 50% off. This is the time of the year to add to your collection. You can’t beat 50% off! What I’ve created is a guide of sorts to serve horror fans. This year you don’t have to let your pretentious film student friends have all the fun, you can cash in on the savings too!
There’s too many titles to go through them all, but I’ll give you my top five and then you can go from there!