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‘Antibirth’ Trailer is an Example in Bad Parenting

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 09:34

We first reported Antibirth back in 2014, so it’s pretty exciting that the film is finally going to be reaching audiences in limited theaters and VOD on September 2nd.

For those of you wanting a taste of the film, which was written and directed by Danny Perez and stars Natasha Lyonne, Chloë Sevigny, Meg Tilly and Mark Webber, a trailer has been released that is pure party-induced chaos. After all, who expects some paramilitary badasses to be interested in Lyonne and her forthcoming offspring? Not to mention all the drinking, smoking, and drugs that Lyonne imbibes whilst gestating whatever is inside her uterus.*

Hard-drinking, pill-popping, bong-ripping Lou (Natasha Lyonne) and her best friend Sadie (Chloë Sevigny) spend their days adrift in a druggy haze. But one wild night out becomes a bad trip that never ends when Lou wakes up with symptoms of an unexplained, highly abnormal pregnancy. Who—or what—is growing inside her? As her due date approaches with alarming swiftness, the fear, paranoia, and conspiracy theories begin to pile up. Spiked with blasts of hallucinatory color, surreal shocks, and subversive comedy, the audacious feature debut from Danny Perez is a no-holds-barred descent into delirium.

The film was produced by Cole Payne, Roger M. Mayer, David Anselmo, Justin Kelly and Lyonne.

You can read our review right here.

*Not a sentence I ever thought I’d write.

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‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ Star Joins Giant Shark Film ‘Meg’

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 09:21

“Orange is the New Black” and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter star Ruby Rose is in negotiations to join the giant shark film Meg, according to Variety. She will be starring alongside Jason Statham, Jessica McNamee, and Fan Bingbing.

National Treasure helmer Jon Turtletaub will direct the film, set for sail on March 2, 2018.

The movie is centered on an international underwater observation program, led by Chinese scientists, which comes under attack by an unknown danger. With its deep-sea submersible disabled and trapped at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, they need rescue. Statham will portray a former naval captain and expert deep-sea diver, who’s recruited for a likely suicide mission — even though he faced the predator years before and was forced him to abort his mission and abandon half his crew.

The story is based on Steve Alten’s novel “MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror,” published in 1997. The title is derived from the ancient Megalodon species that has survived while being trapped in the Mariana Trench due to a barrier of cold water.

The film will be co-financed by Flagship Entertainment; Gravity Pictures, a division of China Media Capital (CMC); and Warner Bros. Gravity Pictures will distribute the film in China, with Warner Bros. handling the film throughout the rest of the world.

Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Belle Avery and Colin Wilson are producing. Executive producers are Wei Wayne Jiang, Barrie M. Osborne, Randy Greenberg and Gerald R. Molen.

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‘Resident Evil 4’ is Now Available to Pre-order

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 09:00

At this point, Resident Evil 4 has effectively become the video game equivalent of the horror movie killer that simply refuses to die. It just keeps getting back up to claim new victims platforms, and on August 30, it will finally add the PS4 and Xbox One to its collection. I fear there’s no stopping it now. It’s become too powerful, I don’t think even Capcom can contain it.

With its collection complete, Resident Evil 4 will almost certainly start assimilating humanity into its Borg-like consciousness. Try not to think about that too much. Resistance is futile.

When Resident Evil 4 returns, again, it will complete Capcom’s efforts to update the latter half of the main series for the PS4 and Xbox One. And like the recent ports of RE5 and RE6, its latest incarnation will support full 1080p HD and an increased frame-rate. It will also include “all the bonus content from the original game, as well as additional features that were added in later versions.”

But perhaps most importantly, it will also bring back the Merchant.

You can pre-order the game right now for $19.99 on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Store.

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Watch the Full Live-Action ‘Doorways’ Short Film Right Here

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 21:46

Everything is coming to an end, of sorts, for the horror adventure game Doorways: Holy Mountains of Flesh. In an impressive feat of timing, the first part of the live-action short film directed by Andrés Borghi that premiered almost exactly one year ago alongside the game that inspired it has also finally been completed.

I’m impressed that Saibot Studios was able to stretch out the short film — all five minutes of it — so it could be made whole the week before Holy Mountains of Flesh is scheduled to leave Steam Early Access. Nicely done. Would you guys like to see more stuff like this from other developers?

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Trailer Confirms ‘Inside’ is Coming to PS4

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 19:23

Limbo creator Playdead has shared a new trailer for its atmospheric puzzle-platformer Inside — a spiritual successor to Limbo — confirming the game is headed to the PS4 on August 23. Inside has been met with considerable acclaim from fans and critics alike since it first arrived on the Xbox One in June, followed by Steam in July.

Much of the praise has been aimed at the game’s often relentlessly bleak narrative and clever puzzles, as well as the haunting visuals of its oppressive and genuinely frightening world. If you own a PS4 and you’re still on the fence, you really should check this one out.

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[Los Angeles] Free Tix to See ‘The Mind’s Eye’ This Friday!

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 18:12

Bloody Disgusting readers in the Los Angeles area are in for a treat!

Clear your schedule for this coming Friday night (August 5) and join the filmmakers of The Mind’s Eye for a special opening night screening of the insanely gory and violent telekinetic revenge thriller set in snowy 1990 New England.

Taking place at 7:30PM at the Laemmle Playhouse (673 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena), there will be a Q&A following the screening with special guests filmmaker Joe Begos (Almost Human); cast members Graham Skipper, Matt Mercer, and Josh Ethier; and producer Zak Zeman. Filmmaker Mickey Keating (Carnage Park, Pod) will moderate. Tickets are on sale here.

But FREE is nice, too, which is why Bloody Disgusting has ONE PAIR of tickets available for one lucky reader to enter to win. The winner will also score a signed poster available for pickup at the screening.

TO ENTER: Put “Mind’s Eye Los Angeles” in the subject line and then send your name and e-mail to kwprgiveaways@gmail.com. Winner will be contacted with pickup instructions.

Almost Human director Joe Begos returned to the Toronto International Film Festival last September with The Mind’s Eye (review #1#2), an insanely gory and violent telekinetic revenge thriller set in snowy 1990 New England.

Now, RLJ Entertainment will release the film, which follows a drifter (Graham Skipper) with telekinetic abilities who targets a doctor who is creating a synthetic telekinetic power serum, in theaters and on VOD and iTunes August 5.

Lauren Ashley Carter (Darling, Pod), John Speredakos, Noah Segan (Looper), Matt Mercer, Larry Fessenden, and Jeremy Gardner also star. Zak Zeman (V/H/S, Under the Bed, Aggression Scale, Late Phases) produces. 

Mike Pereira called the film “a highly entertaining ode to the telekinetic subgenre,” while also boasting a “third act [that] erupts in a full-on display of hilariously gargantuan acting and buckets of bloody fireworks that satisfies in spades.”

Zack Connors and Rachel Meadows were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. When word of their supernatural talents gets out, they find themselves the prisoners of Michael Slovak, a deranged doctor intent on harvesting their powers. After a daring escape, they are free from his sinister institution, but the corrupt doctor will stop at nothing to track them down so that he may continue to siphon their gifts for his own use.

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Which Horror Game(s) Had the Best DLC?

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 17:00

Between the release of Layers of Fear: Inheritance earlier this week and the imminent arrival of Doom: Unto the Evil, August has two of the year’s most high profile DLC releases. This got me thinking about the somewhat divisive relationship between downloadable content (DLC) and the horror genre, which has struggled publicly to meet the growing demand for online functionality from a genre that typically prefers to isolate its players.

You might remember one of the more unfortunate phases the genre went through about a decade ago, when the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 effectively made online functionality a mandatory part of modern game design. This involved some tremendously clumsy attempts to introduce a competitive aspect to games like Condemned 2: Bloodshot, Dead Space 2, and Resident Evil 5, among others. And that was just the beginning.

DLC has been around for about as long as the Sega Dreamcast, and it’s far too complex to simply label as objectively good or bad. It’s a term that encompasses a wide range of topics, from free content updates to paid DLC, single-player vs. multiplayer content, standalone vs. add-on expansions, the worth of season passes, and so much more. Unfortunately, each of them is worthy of its own in-depth discussion, so let’s keep it simple.

Back in February 2015, I asked about the state of horror game DLC, to which nearly two thirds of those who participated in the poll agreed that DLC was still an obstacle for the horror genre — of which a startling 45% claimed it was a serious problem — with less than 7% who considered it a non-issue. Have the last 18 months done anything to change that opinion, for better or worse?


It’s 2016; Have Horror Game Developers Finally Figured Out DLC?

While we’re on the subject, which horror game(s), if any, do you consider the most successful in finding a meaningful approach to incorporating DLC? I’ve included some examples below to make this question easier to answer, but this list is in no way conclusive:

Alan Wake — The Signal, The Writer
Alien: Isolation — Corporate Lockdown, Crew Expendable
BioShock 2: Minerva’s Den
Bloodborne: The Old Hunters
Dead Rising 2 — Case Zero, Case West
Dead Rising 3 — Untold Stories of Los Perdidos
Dead Space 2: Severed
Dead Space 3: Awakened
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
Dying Light: The Following
The Evil Within — The Assignment, The Consequence
F.E.A.R. 2: Reborn
The Last of Us: Left Behind
Left 4 Dead 2 — The Sacrifice, The Passing
Outlast: Whistleblower
Resident Evil 5 — Lost in Nightmares, Desperate Escape
State of Decay — Lifeline, Breakdown

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‘K-Shop’ Clip Gets Knocked in the Nose By Oompas (Exclusive)

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 15:54

Check out this tiny exclusive clip from British darkly comic horror K-Shop, now in UK cinemas.

Bloody vengeance comes to the streets of a British seaside town in this darkly comic horror, which sees a young student turn vigilante on the drunken thugs who caused the death of his kebab shop-owner father – a cutting social commentary about the sordid side of British nightlife.

Dan Pringle directed the film the cast including Ziad Abaza (Spectre, Exodus: Gods & Kings), Darren Morfitt (Dog Soldiers, How I Live Now), Reece Noi (TV’s Game of Thrones, My Kingdom), Lucinda Rhodes (Fall of the Essex Boys, TV’s The Detectorists) and Ewen McIntosh (The Lobster, TV’s The Office).

The pic is said to be following in the bloody footsteps of homegrown horror hits such as Severance and Dog Soldiers, and is distinctly British with a dark sense of humour.

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Spiders Burrow In the ‘Nest 3D’ Trailer

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 15:48

We now have the first trailer to the 3D sci-fi action film Nest 3D, starring Resident Evil: Retribution‘s Li Bingbing, Kellan Lutz and Kelsey Grammer.

The film, the largest Chinese-Australian co-production to date, “Revolves around a team of scientists who while making the discovery of the century lose a colleague in an ancient labyrinth. The group must battle their way through a swarm of deadly, man-eating funnel web spiders and discover the secret behind the arachnids’ power and intelligence – before it’s too late.

This sounds more terrifying than the “Harry Potter” ride at Universal Studios Orlando.

Stef Dawson, Shane Jacobson and Wu Zun also star.

Kimble Rendall (Bait) directed Nest, which was filmed in Australia. Along with starring, Chinese actress Li also will produce with Gary Hamilton, Ying Ye, Mark Lazarus and Serena Deng, and executive producers Mike Gabrawy and Elliot Tong.

Thanks to Fabien M. for the tip!

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Syfy Sets Airdates For “Channel Zero” and “Van Helsing”

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 15:42

Syfy announced today at TCA that it will debut the futuristic thriller “Incorporated” on Wednesday November 30, reports Deadline. The series stars Sean Teale, Dennis Haysbert and Julia Ormond, with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck among the exec producers.

Syfy also announced premiere dates for new series “Van Helsing” (Friday, September 23), “Channel Zero: Candle Cove” (Tuesday, September 27) and “Aftermath” (Tuesday, September 27), and the return of “Z Nation” with a special two-hour Season 3 premiere (Friday, September 16).

“Incorporated” is set in a near future where corporations have unlimited power. Teale (Reign) stars as Ben Larson, a young exec who conceals his true identity to infiltrate a dangerous corporate world to save the woman he loves. Larson, though, isn’t the only one whose secrets might have deadly consequences. In addition to Haysbert (24) and Ormond (Mad Men), Incorporated also stars Allison Miller (Terra Nova) and Eddie Ramos (Teen Wolf).

Created by Alex Pastor and David Pastor (Selfless, The Last Days), with Ted Humphrey (The Good Wife) serving as executive producer/showrunner, Incorporated is from Damon, Affleck and Jennifer Todd’s Pearl Street Films and Humphrey’s Algorithm Entertainment, and is produced by CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions. Damon, Affleck and Todd also executive produce, with Pearl Street’s Margaret Chernin serving as co-producer.

Zombie-apocalypse thriller “Z Nation” kicks off its third season with Lt. Warren (Kellita Smith, The Bernie Mac Show) and her group taken prisoner by a new foe. The series follows a team of everyday heroes on a mission to save humanity. Keith Allen (Rise of the Zombies) plays Murphy, the only known survivor of the zombie plague who wants to create a race of human-zombie “blends,” while Warren’s group is determined to stop him.

In addition to Smith and Allan, Z Nation also stars DJ Qualls, Anastasia Baranova, Russell Hodgkinson, Nat Zang, Joseph Gatt, Emilio Rivera and Matt Cedeño. An original co-production, Z Nation is produced by The Asylum.

After the two-hour special premiere on at 8 PM September 16, “Z Nation” moves to its regular slot at 9 PM Fridays the following week.

“Channel Zero: Candle Cove” is an original six-part anthology series based on Kris Straub’s tale that, says Syfy, gained notoriety online as a “creepypasta” — user-generated horror stories that are published and passed around the internet. The series centers on one man’s obsessive recollections of a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980s – and his ever-growing suspicions about the role it might have played in a series of nightmarish and deadly events from his childhood. Nick Antosca and Max Landis are executive producers.

“Aftermath” is a new 13-episode original co-production produced by Halfire Entertainment in association with Syfy and Space. The series focuses on the Copelands – Karen (Anne Heche) and Joshua (James Tupper) and their children – who battle for survival after civilization comes to an apocalyptic end. They’re faced with both plague and the rise of supernatural creatures.

“Van Helsing,” described as “a twist on the classic vampire adventure tale,” revolves around unlikely heroine Vanessa Helsing (Kelly Overton, True Blood), whose blood holds the key to humanity’s survival. With an immunity to vampires, Vanessa is also capable of taking out the foes by turning them into humans with her bite. Now both prey and predator, As humanity’s leader, Vanessa heads the resistance against the vampires.

An original co-production, Van Helsing is produced by Nomadic Pictures, which also serves as the studio. Executive producers are Chad Oakes & Mike Frislev from Nomadic Pictures, showrunner/writer Neil LaBute, Simon Barry, Evan Tyler (Industry Works), Dave Brown and Zadoc Angell (Echo Lake Entertainment), as well as Daniel March (Dynamic Television). Nomadic Pictures will distribute the series within Canada, Fallout Asylum and Dynamic Television will distribute the series (initial window) in the United States. Dynamic Television is also on board as international distributor. Canada’s Premium Pay TV Network SuperChannel and SuperEcran (Quebec) will air the series in Canada.

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Is Nine Inch Nails Dropping a New Single Next Month?

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 15:27

As an early Christmas present, Trent Reznor tweeted out that we can expect a new album this year, and it looks like he’s going to deliver.

One of the owners of Beats Music, which was purchased and absorbed into Apple Music, it’s insane to me that Reznor has yet to use Nine Inch Nails‘ fame and popularity to anchor the streaming service. Instead, Apple has done little to excite the fanbase after forcing the world to download U2’s album back in 2014.

Two years after the fact, it looks like they’re about to do right. The Apple keynote is to take place this coming September and will reveal the brand new Apple Music, which I pray doesn’t sway me to switch over from Spotify. Interestingly enough, a rumored Nine Inch Nails release is scheduled to coincide with the event.

A reddit user has leaked an image purported to be from Kobalt Music Group’s internal database, which lists a September 16th release of a new Nine Inch Nails single called “Dive and Slam”.

“Dive and Slam” is also newly registered to Reznor on ASCAP’s Repertory, adding credence to the image’s veracity, adds COS.

UPDATE: Reznor tweeted out the follow just minutes ago, which has just crushed my hopes and dreams.

Not true.

— Trent Reznor (@trent_reznor) August 3, 2016

Nine Inch Nails’ last album came in the form of 2013’s Hesitation Marks, which the band supported with an extensive world tour. Last month, Reznor and collaborator released a new instrumental called “Juno” in celebration of NASA’s mission to Jupiter.

Three years since Hesitation Marks, there’s no reason why an album announcement won’t immediately follow the single. Shit, maybe Apple will be giving it away for free? Whatever the case, I’m sure it’s going to be an Apple Music exclusive – and knowing Trent, there’s going to be an amalgamation of goodies tied to the release.

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‘The Mind’s Eye’: Joe Begos On Telekinesis, Exploding Heads and Low Budget Filmmaking

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 15:01

Almost Human director Joe Begos returned to the Toronto International Film Festival last September with The Mind’s Eye (review #1#2), an insanely gory and violent telekinetic revenge thriller set in snowy 1990 New England.

The Mind’s Eye follows a drifter (Graham Skipper) with telekinetic abilities who targets a doctor who is creating a synthetic telekinetic power serum.

Bloody Disgusting readers are going to fall in love with Begos after they finally get to see his latest entry into the horror world, not only because the movie is awesome, but because he’s truly “one of us”.

Begos is a hardcore genre fan, who makes the kinds of films he would love, and does it all by himself. If you live and die by the saying, “support indie horror,” Begos is a rising star that not only delivers quality genre fare, but also has a lot to teach aspiring filmmakers.

THE FREEDOM IN MAKING A TRULY INDEPENDENT FILM

“Both movies were made 100 percent through my production company, which is essentially produced by just me and my friends that I made short films with,” Begos tells Bloody Disgusting, explaining that they truly went the indie route by maxing out credit cards. “We made ALMOST HUMAN on credit cards, essentially, and then sold the film off. So, when making MIND’S EYE, we had the experience of developing, shooting, finishing, and selling a movie all ourselves. We were able to extend that same production model to the next film, even though it had a bigger budget.

“The perks with this are that I get final cut,” he added, sharing the various pros in making a movie by yourself, “I can shoot wherever I want, and go at my own pace, so long as the movie comes in on budget. This allows us to do whatever the hell we want, and really decide where the money goes and how we want to pull things off. I was trying to attach an experienced producer for a long time after the movie was fully financed, and everyone told me it was impossible to do what I wanted and still pull the movie off. So we said “fuck it,” and did it all ourselves, again, and pulled off EVERY SINGLE THING that was in the script.”

But there’s no scenario where you get your cake and can eat it too. Begos also reveals just how difficult it was to pull of production, which included battling a snow storm.

“The shoot was insane. Getting two feet of snow is horrible, as it is logistics wise, especially when you are literally out in the middle of nowhere…We were straddling such a tight line, and all of the gags/sequences were so expensive that there was very little room for error. On top of that, if you go over budget, there is no company [that’s going to] suddenly give you the money to cover the overages.”

MAKING THE KINDS OF FILMS HE WOULD LOVE AS A HORROR FAN

Begos is a huge horror fan and in making his films he’s always aiming to make something a younger version of himself would love.

“Almost everything that excited me about horror movies that I watched when I was younger,” Begos explained when asked what happened in his life that led him to be inspired to make The Mind’s Eye. “I know that the genre has usually meant a fairly low budget, but I’m so sick of movies that take place in a house with nothing going on, and zero tension. That’s what 90 percent of horror is these days. I wanted to do something ridiculous, over-the-top, with real explosions, practical effects, and unique concepts that we haven’t seen in a long time. That’s what excites me.”

“I wanted to do something that was reminiscent of a fast-paced, hazy fever-dream with psychokinesis running rampant,” he adds. “Of course trying to do all of this, and shooting in the middle of nowhere at night – during a blizzard nonetheless – doesn’t exactly lend itself to a tiny budget, but we managed. The things we were able to pull off with a little trickery is pretty awesome.”

HEADS EXPLODE! HARDCORE PERFORMANCES

Talking about screaming, making intense faces, and heads exploding, how did the actors, especially Graham Skipper, make it through the shoot without their heads literally exploding?

Begos explains: “There were definitely a few times we though people were going to have an aneurism; we had legit veins bulging out of their heads [laughs]. I wanted the telekinesis to come with an immense pain with its use, I think the actors did a great job of pulling that off.

“For the effects, I reached out to Brian Spears and Pete Gerner, who were responsible for a lot of the Glass Eye Pix films. The one that stuck out to me in particular was Stake Land, which was under a million bucks and was loaded with effects- all of them great. I instantly reached out and they were into it, though they warned me in advance that I’d have to cut some effects…

“DIDN’T HAPPEN!

“We even ended up adding some,” Begos boasts. “Once they came on board and we got together we were able to work together to make it work. Those guys are awesome at what they do and I’ve had experience shooting effects, so I knew some tricks that could help us sell stuff a bit better and those guys brought it to a whole new level. We approached most of the big effects the same way that the best movies did. ‘Oh they blew apart that head with a shotgun? I guess that’s what we are going to do!’ Shotguns, explosives, puppets. We used it all.

He continued: “Knowing how much work it was going to take to choreograph most of these effects, we scheduled for a long shoot. We somehow managed to get 37 days out of the shoot, around half of which were for effects and prep.”

DIY PHOTOGRAPHY

Begos wears many hats as he’s also responsible for The Mind’s Eye‘s stunning color palette. Here Begos talks about how he learned this process.

“I essentially had to learn it out of necessity when I was first learning how to make movies, because there was nobody else to do it. I was fortunate enough to be learning all of this stuff at a time when camera were becoming available to the public with features like interchangeable lenses and frame rates, and all that. It really allowed me to learn how to shoot with cinema style capabilities and once I had moved out here and hired a DP to shoot something, I was still choosing lenses and shots and all that. It didn’t go over well. So I just started shooting myself again for both ease and budget. I’d love to use a DP, but when you are trying to shoot a movie on the other side of the country – for very little money and in just 37 days – lodging and salary for a DP and camera op really start to skyrocket. I’d rather do both and be able to blow up more shit. I’ll start working with a DP once the budget allows [laughs].

RLJ Entertainment will release The Mind’s Eye, which stars Graham Skipper, Lauren Ashley Carter (Darling, Pod), John Speredakos, Noah Segan (Looper), Matt Mercer, Larry Fessenden, and Jeremy Gardner, in theaters and on VOD and iTunes this Friday, August 5.

Zak Zeman (V/H/S, Under the Bed, Aggression Scale, Late Phases) produces with Josh Ethier and Graham Skipper.

Mike Pereira called the film “a highly entertaining ode to the telekinetic subgenre,” while also boasting a “third act [that] erupts in a full-on display of hilariously gargantuan acting and buckets of bloody fireworks that satisfies in spades.”

Zack Connors and Rachel Meadows were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. When word of their supernatural talents gets out, they find themselves the prisoners of Michael Slovak, a deranged doctor intent on harvesting their powers. After a daring escape, they are free from his sinister institution, but the corrupt doctor will stop at nothing to track them down so that he may continue to siphon their gifts for his own use.

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New ‘Don’t Breathe’ Clip Reveals the Crafty Viciousness of Stephen Lang

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 13:42

A new clip from Sony’s Don’t Breathe has been revealed and it showcases a rather pivotal moment in the film when Daniel Zovatto and Jane Levy come face-to-face with Stephen Lang. I won’t reveal what happens but you can read all about it in my set visit as this was the scene that I witness being filmed, albeit the aftermath.

Related: [Special Report] Fede Alvarez on the Terror of ‘Don’t Breathe’

Three teens who get away with perfectly planned home robberies have set their sights on one last payout that will get them out of crime forever. Their target: a reclusive blind man with millions of dollars in hiding. But as soon as they break into his home, the tables are turned and they find themselves trapped and fighting for survival against a psychopath with secrets of his own.

Don’t Breathe stars Jane Levy, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang, and Dylan Minnette. It was written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues with Alvarez directing. The film is produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert for Ghost House Pictures. J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake and Erin Westerman executive produce.

Don’t Breathe on August 26th.

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‘Beware! The Blob’ Headlines KL Studio Classics’ September Blu-ray Lineup!

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 13:39

Kino Lorber Studio Classics has announced their September lineup and it’s another wonderful collection. For horror fans specifically Beware! The Blob, the sequel to Irvin Yeaworth’s original The Blob, is certainly going to be the highlight. This is a film I’ve been hoping would finally transition to Blu-ray and I’m sure I’m not alone in that regard. There’s also Gene Wilder’s hilarious Haunted Honeymoon which has it’s horror elements. The rest of the lineup is rounded out with a good mix of noir, thriller and other genre-related films. Should be another great month for the boys at Kino Lorber Studio Classics!

ROAD HOUSE (1948)

Blu-ray Street Date: September 13, 2016
Director: Jean Negulesco
Starring: Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, Richard Widmark, Celeste Holm, O.Z. Whitehead

Synopsis:When love turns to rage… the consequences are deadly! This slam-bang drama of troubled love, murder and unique revenge in a sleazy nightclub is a noir classic filled with suspense, dramatic punch and a macabre demonstration of a wildly jealous man who is bent on ruining two lives. Jefferson Robbins (Richard Widmark, Yellow Sky) owns a roadhouse near the Canadian border that is managed by his playboy buddy Pete Morgan (Cornel Wilde, Storm Fear) and cashier Susie Smith (Celeste Holm, All About Eve). After a trip to Chicago, Robbins brings back Lily Stevens (Ida Lupino, On Dangerous Ground), a chanteuse with whom he is obviously smitten. When Robbins goes on a hunting trip with some pals and plans to ask Lily to marry him upon his return… Pete and Lily share some intimate time together and fall in love. The news sends Robbins into a psychopathic tailspin, beginning a game of endless brutality, making the lovers suffer for their betrayal. Directed by Jean Negulesco (Daddy Long Legs, Three Strangers).

Special Features:Audio Commentary by Film Noir Historians Kim Morgan and Eddie Muller | Killer Instincts: Richard Widmark and Ida Lupino at Twentieth Century Fox Featurette

BEWARE! THE BLOB (1972)
Newly Re-mastered in HD!

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 20, 2016
Director: Larry Hagman
Starring: Robert Walker Jr., Gywnne Gilford, Godfrey Cambridge, Carol Lynley, Dick Van Patten, Larry Hagman, Gerrit Graham, Shelley Berman, Del Close, Cindy Williams, Sid Haig, Burgess Meredith

Synopsis:The Blob returns… more outrageous than ever in this 1972 sequel to the popular sci-fi classic! Plenty of familiar faces, including Robert Walker Jr. (Ensign Pulver), Larry Hagman (Dallas), Sid Haig (Busting), Burgess Meredith (Rocky), Dick Van Patten (Eight is Enough), Godfrey Cambridge (Cotton Comes to Harlem), Cindy Williams (Laverne & Shirley), Carole Lynley (The Poseidon Adventure), Gerrit Graham (Used Cars) and Shelley Berman (You Don’t Mess with the Zohan) add to the fun. A geologist (Cambridge) unwittingly brings home an unusual frozen piece of debris from the North Pole. But when it accidentally thaws, the hungrier-than-ever Blob comes to life again, consuming nearly everyone in its path and terrorizing the town. No one is safe as it crawls into a bowling alley, oozes its way across an ice rink, becoming grotesquely bloated with the blood of its victims… can this bizarre creature ever be stopped? TV legend Larry Hagman directed this cult classic, the only feature film he ever directed – upon its 1980s re-release, the film was tagged “The Film that J.R. Shot!”.

Special Features:Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith | Alternate Title Sequence

FIXED BAYONETS! (1951)
Brand New 4K Restoration!

Director: Samuel Fuller
Starring: Richard Basehart, Gene Evans, Michael O’Shea, Skip Homeier, James Dean, John Doucette, Bill Hickman, Joe Turkel

Synopsis:Legendary director Samuel Fuller (The Big Red One, The Steel Helmet) delivers a rough, tough, hard-hitting action-packed masterpiece, incorporating all the gritty, suspenseful, real-life elements to build a war classic of enormous emotional proportion. Richard Basehart as Cpl. Denno (The Satan Bug) and Gene Evans as Sgt. Rock (Donovan’s Brain) co-star in this war adventure that puts you right in the line of fire… a freezing snow blasts the mountain peaks of wartime Korea. A small platoon of army grunts are ordered to stay behind to protect a 15,000-man division as it moves out under heavy communist fire. The cast includes Skip Homeier (The Gunfighter), Bill Hickman (Hickey & Boggs) and James Dean (Giant) in one of his first film appearances.

Special Features:Audio Commentary by Film Historian Michael Schlesinger with Christa Lang Fuller and Samantha Fuller

THE ENEMY BELOW (1957)

Blu-ray Street Date: September 20, 2016
Director: Dick Powell
Starring: Robert Mitchum, Curt Jurgens, David Hedison, Theodore Bikel, Russell Collins

Synopsis:The great Robert Mitchum (The Wonderful Country) and Curt Jurgens (The Spy Who Loved Me) star in this gripping World War II drama about an American destroyer and a German U-boat stalking each other at sea. Capt. Murrell (Mitchum) and Capt. Von Stolberg (Jürgens) try to outthink and outmaneuver each other in this engrossing duel of wits, as the chase becomes a deadly game of chess in which any mistake can bring instant disaster. Winner of the 1957 Academy Award for Best Special Effects, The Enemy Below was directed by Hollywood star and frequent director Dick Powell (Split Second). Theodore Bikel (I Want to Live, Shattered) co-stars as Stolberg’s lieutenant.

HAUNTED HONEYMOON (1986)
Newly Restored in HD!

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 27, 2016
Director: Gene Wilder
Starring: Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Dom DeLuise, Jonathan Pryce, Paul L. Smith, Peter Vaughn, Jim Carter

Synopsis:What do you get when you combine three of Hollywood’s most hysterical talents with a creaky old castle and a werewolf legend? An amiable, kinky blend of hijinks and horror that’ll leave you howling with laughter! Gene Wilder (Young Frankenstein), Gilda Radner (Hanky Panky) and Dom DeLuise (Silent Movie) star in this ingenious, amusing horror comedy that’ll put a smile on your face – and keep it there. At the mansion of his great aunt Kate (DeLuise), Larry (Wilder) is undergoing a psychological procedure designed to rid him of his irrational phobias… by frightening them right out of him! But the jolts and frights may turn out to be the least of his problems when Kate names him her sole heir. Suddenly, the entire family seems a little too vigorous in participating in his therapy – leading Larry to believe that one of his jealous kin may be murderous… and that another may be a werewolf. The film’s star Gene Wilder (The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother) co-wrote and directed this hilarious comedy… featuring great performances by Jonathan Pryce (Brazil), Peter Vaughn (Straw Dogs), Paul L. Smith (Midnight Express) and Jim Carter (Downton Abbey).

CABO BLANCO (1980)
Newly Restored in HD!

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 27, 2016
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Starring: Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, Dominique Sanda, Fernando Rey, Gilbert Roland, Simon MacCorkindale, Camilla Sparv, Clifton James, James Booth, Martin LaSalle, Aldo Sambrell

Synopsis:The stakes of the game are high, the rules hard, and each man and woman must play to win! Out of the sun-bleached woodwork, the players emerge. Cliff Hoyt (Charles Bronson, The White Buffalo), the ex-patriot American trying to forget. Gunther Beckdorff (Jason Robards, The Day After), the ex-Nazi seeking oblivion. And Marie Claire Allesandri (Dominique Sanda, The Conformist), the beautiful French woman in search of her missing lover. Against an explosive background, heightened by all the hopes, fears, greed and confusion of the post-war years, the three are thrown into an unforgettable tale of romance, adventure and intrigue. Wonderfully Directed by the great J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone, Cape Fear) and featuring a stellar cast that includes Fernando Rey (The French Connection I & II), Simon MacCorkindale (Death on the Nile), Camilla Sparv (Downhill Racer), Gilbert Roland (Barbarosa), Clifton James (Juggernaut), James Booth (Avenging Force), Martin LaSalle (Pickpocket) and Aldo Sambrell (Navajo Joe).

Special Features:The Making of Cabo Blanco | Audio Commentary by Paul Talbot, the author of BRONSON’S LOOSE and BRONSON’S LOOSE AGAIN | Interview with Producer Lance Hool

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES’ SMARTER BROTHER (1975)

Blu-ray Street Date: September 27, 2016
Director: Gene Wilder
Starring: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Roy Kinnear, Leo McKern, John Le Mesurier

Synopsis:Leave it to legendary funnyman Gene Wilder (Blazing Saddles) to write, direct, and star in an uproarious Sherlock Holmes mystery film spoof that goes far beyond the scope of elementary comedies. After spending decades living in the shadow of his more famous and successful sibling, Consulting Detective Sigerson Holmes (Wilder) is called upon to help solve a crucial case that leads him on a hilarious trail of false identities, stolen documents, secret codes and exposed backsides. Featuring an outrageous ensemble cast that includes Madeline Kahn (High Anxiety) as the seductive singer, Marty Feldman (Young Frankenstein) as Holmes’ bug-eyed assistant, and Dom DeLuise (History of the World: Part I) as an eccentric opera star turned blackmailer, this fun-filled caper packs a slew of clues and loads of laughs which The New York Times called “A Charming Slapstick Comedy”. Co-starring Leo McKern (Rumpole of the Bailey), Roy Kinnear (The Bed Sitting Room) and John Le Mesurier (The Italian Job).

Special Features:Audio commentary by star/writer/director Gene Wilder

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[Exhumed & Exonerated] ‘The Sect’ (1991)

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 13:01

Every decade has its ups and downs when it comes to cinema, no matter the genre.  Horror fans love to loft on high the output of the ‘30s & ‘40s, the ‘70s & ‘80s, and the more recent decades.  More often than not, however, the 1990s are labeled as the worst decade for the genre.  Not only that, but ‘90s horror tends to be written off as a whole, beyond a handful of undisputed classics.  The purpose of Exhumed & Exonerated: The ‘90s Horror Project, is to refute those accusations by highlighting numerous gems from the decade.  Stone cold classics will be tackled in this column from time to time, but its main purpose will be to seek out lesser-known and/or less-loved titles that I think deserve more attention and respect from fans.  Let the mayhem begin!

The Sect

Directed by Michele Soavi
Screenplay by Dario Argento, Michele Soavi, and Gianni Romoli
Produced by Dario Argento
Starring Kelly Curtis, Herbert Lom, Michel Hans Adatte, Mariangela Giordano, Tomas Arana, Carla Cassola, Dario Casalini, Donald O’Brien, and Giovanni Lombardo Radice
Released on March 1, 1991
Aka La Setta, aka The Devil’s Daughter

Miriam Kreisel (Kelly Curtis) is a young schoolteacher who has been without a traditional family all her life. With few friends, her life in Frankfurt, Germany is a relatively quiet and uneventful one, until an accidental encounter with a mysterious man (Herbert Lom) sets her life on a dark path. Sinister elements have diabolical designs on Miriam and her future, ultimately forcing her to choose between a life of darkness or potentially-fatal salvation.

The Sect was Michele Soavi’s third feature as a second and his second collaboration with mentor Dario Argento. After working as an assistant director and/or 2nd unit director on films for Argento (Tenebre, Phenomena, Opera), Lamberto Bava (A Blade in the Dark, Demons), Joe D’Amato (Absurd, Endgame), and even Terry Gilliam (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen), Soavi finally began to truly strike out on his own as a filmmaker at the end of the ‘80s. Previously helming 1987’s fantastic slasher Stage Fright, he directed The Church for Argento in 1989. Two years later, the two re-teamed on this supernatural horror film.

Comprised of a trio of discarded outlines/scripts that Argento, Soavi, and Romoli all had lying around, The Sect is noticeably off-kilter as a result, even moreso than the usual Italian horror fare. As with all Italian horror, it is an acquired taste, but I’ve always found that it’s somewhat schizophrenic nature only adds to its charm. While Soavi is probably best known for making 1994’s Cemetery Man, both Stage Fright and The Church have a nice following within the horror community. The Sect, however, is often forgotten when his work within the genre is discussed.

I think this is a shame, although not altogether unsurprising. In addition to remaining relatively hard to come by (or at least easy to overlook) here in the United States, it’s also simply not as flashy and stylish a film as Soavi’s other three horror offerings. That is not to say that it lacks a sense of flair to its proceedings, but it is certainly the more subdued of the four in that regard. Both Stage Fright and The Church, while being excellent films in their own right, still contain a lot of Argento’s trademark style. The Sect is more of a middle ground between those films and what Soavi would eventually craft in Cemetery Man.

The Sect sees him slowly shedding a lot of his mentor’s visual influences, while still retaining a lot of Argento-esque story elements. If anything, Argento actual took a cue from him, ultimately employing the cinematographer that Soavi used here (Raffaele Mertes) on Trauma two years later. Both films share inventive camera movements that one expects of ‘80s Italian genre cinema, while also toning down the garish palettes that so permeated Euro-horror cinema, particularly in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

As you can tell from the brief synopsis at the start, The Sect is a bit of a Rosemary’s Baby riff. The Church also dealt with some Rosemary’s Baby-esque elements, so clearly the Polanski film is a touchstone for Soavi. Those aspects of the film work, but I find its other elements more interesting. The “birth of the antichrist” subgenre tropes are handled in a more esoteric way here, with a lot of Celtic and Pagan elements thrown into mix. There’s even a bit of Lovecraft tossed in for extra seasoning when it comes to a ritual performed late in the film, although don’t expect any tentacled beasties to appear. It’s not that kind of Lovecraftian element.

There actually is a bit of a phantasmagorical creature element at play, but nothing so fantastic as actual monsters. Instead, we have what one can only assume is Satan (or a similar surrogate demonic being) appear in the form of a large bird and engage in beastiality. Did I mention that we see his well-hung humanoid shadow first, before he takes on his babe-banging Beelzebird-form? Yeah, that’s a (big) thing that happens. There’s also a rabbit who is far more intelligent than any normal bunny. Not only does it seem incredibly aware of what is going on, but it can also expertly use a TV remote!

The film contains quite a bit of Alice in Wonderland-esque imagery in addition to its occult and esoteric elements. Practically every scene of the film has some sort of rabbit likeness or clock placed within the frame, as well as the occasional usage of red roses. Unfortunately for Miriam, it isn’t Wonderland she finds herself tumbling into as the film goes on, but Hell itself (in a manner of speaking).

As the tale unwinds, things become more and more dreamlike, eventually nearing the point where one isn’t entirely sure what is real and what is not. For instance, the house in which Miriam resides appears both small and massive at times. The outside looks rather large, but the main and second floors on the inside appear almost townhouse-sized. Then there’s the double-decker basement, which is revealed to both Miriam and the audience as the film goes on.

At its lowest floor is a well that goes down at least a hundred feet. It’s also some sort of gateway to Hell that is pumping strange blue goo into the house’s water pipes. This Hell Well, in addition to its deep reservoir, has a large pipe running away from it that spills into a small knee-deep pond beside the road near the house. Just through basic calculations, the house would have to almost be atop a large hill in order to account for the double-leveled basement and the additional hundred foot drop into the well, but from the outside, it appears to only be slightly above the road. Normally one might fault this as a continuity error on the part of the production, but it has to be intentional. Furthermore, it adds to the dreamlike elements and strengthens the sense of unease that permeates the picture.

Speaking of unease, there’s something that always felt off to me about the film’s opening in the past and I finally pinpointed what it was this time. The bulk of our tale is set in Frankfurt, Germany in 1991, but the opening of the movie is set in California in 1970. It opens with the Manson-esque murder spree at the start as Damon (Tomas Arana) sacrifices everyone in a small hippie commune (including the women and children) as the first of many such events to pave the way for their eventual Antichrist ritual. Nothing in this sequence is particularly disturbing as shot. In fact, it actually shows very little, letting the flame-lit aftermath speak for itself. So why has it always managed to creep me out?

Think about it for a moment. We’ve got a Rosemary’s Baby riff of a film here that opens with a Manson-style murder. Director Roman Polanski made Rosemary’s Baby in 1968. The following year, his pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, was stabbed to death by Charles Manson’s cult. This film’s prologue takes place a year later. For some reason, I had never managed to put two and two together until now.

The prologue itself came directly from Argento and there is no way that the above connection is not an intentional one on his part. The sheer tastelessness of such a narrative choice is a subject for a different day, but one cannot deny that it makes the opening sequence more even more powerful than it is as presented.

Moving on beyond, there’s still plenty of creepy imagery to go around. Everything involving a particular death shroud comes to mind. You’d think that a stained clothed couldn’t be effectively used as a dangerous object, but Soavi manages to make it work. There are also a few knife-wielding stalk-n-slash scenes that are quite effective, as well as a rather icky morgue-set sequence. All in all, it makes for an interesting experience, even if it isn’t overly scary as a whole.

I’ve rambled on for paragraph after paragraph and still haven’t brought up the actors themselves. I won’t go on for long about them, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t praise Herbert Lom’s work as the mysterious Moebius Kelly. It’s obvious from the get-go that something isn’t right about him, even beyond the fact that he’s played by genre luminary Herbert Lom (Mark of the Devil, A Shot in the Dark). Add in Mariangela Giordano (Burial Ground), the aforementioned Tomas Arana (The Hunt For Red October), and a nice Giovanni Lombardo Radice (City of the Living Dead) cameo and you’ve got yourself a nice collection of genre character actors. As for the lead, Kelly Curtis is a capable protagonist. She doesn’t throw herself into the role quite like her sister’s (Jamie Lee) scream queen roles, but she’s good.

The Sect is an oft-beat Italian horror offering from the early ‘90s that deals with the subjects such as the occult, ritualistic murder, Satanic panic, motherhood, and paganism. It’s not the flashiest film of its type, but it remains one that lingers in my mind for days after I watch it. I hope that someday it can see a proper home video release in America, as it’s long overdue for a reevaluation. It’s not for everyone, but if your tastes lean in this direction, it might just be for you.

Up Next: The Addams Family

Previously On…
Species | Mute Witness | Popcorn | Wishmaster | Alien 3 | Cast A Deadly Spell |
Disturbing Behavior | The Sect

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Guy Pearce Plays An Evil Preacher In ‘Brimstone’ (Images)

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 12:29

Check out these new images of Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning in Brimstone, in which Kit Harington plays an outlaw who has a crucial role in the tale of retribution. Carice van Houten

Fanning stars as Liz, a heroine on the run from her past and chased by the evil Preacher (Pearce).

Carice van Houten (Valkyrie, “Game of Thrones”) is also part of the cast of the movie by writer-director Martin Koolhoven.

The project from Dutch filmmaker Koolhoven has also added to its cast Paul Anderson (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Jack Roth (The Great Train Robbery) and Carla Juri (Wetlands). [THR originally reported]

Thanks to Fabien M. for the tip!

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“The Walking Dead” BTS Clip Details the Deaths of Three Characters

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 12:06

One of the more pivotal moments in the last season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” was in the 10th episode of the sixth season, when Rick leads Carl, Jessie, Sam, and Ron through a horde of walkers only to have things collapse in a truly horrifying manner. I won’t spoil exactly what happens in case you haven’t seen it and I recommend not watching the video below it you want to remain surprised.

For those of you who do know what I’m talking about, a behind-the-scenes video has been released that interviews the cast and crew about that particular scene, from how it was constructed to the thoughts running through everyone’s mind.

“The Walking Dead” will see the sixth season hit home video formats as well as digital HD on August 23rd.

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‘The Strangers’ Director’s ‘There Are Monsters’ Dated Under New Title, ‘The Monster’

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 11:13

A24 has dated The Monster for a DirecTV premiere on October 6 with plans for a theatrical run in November.

Originally titled There Are Monsters, the film was directed by Bryan Bertino, who was the writer, producer, and director of The Strangers, as well as the criminally underrated Mockingbird.

Starring Scott Speedman (Underworld), Aaron Douglas (“Battlestar Galactica”), Ella Ballentine (The Captive), and Zoe Kazan (In Your Eyes, Fracture), The Monster focuses on a mother and daughter who are trapped and tormented by a ruthless creature.

A24 has been kicking ass having been behind The Witch, Green Room, Swiss Army Man and the forthcoming The Blackcoat’s Daughter.

“From the creator of The Strangers comes a world of the lost; freezing, spitting needles of rain, thunderbolt lightning, hypothermic cold and disorientating utter darkness.

Mother and daughter trapped and tormented in a black forest by a screeching creature – it is unlike anything we have heard before. Not human. Not animal. Like a thousand horses, like a mother’s clamour, a baby’s wail, a father’s howl.

Their relationship at breaking point, 10-year-old Lizzy is all out of faith in her mother Kathy but tries to stay brave and fearless. Kathy, on the edge, barely keeping it together, knows that only a mother’s protective love, her most primal instinct, can save her daughter from what’s lurking in the darkness…”

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‘Firstborn’ Horror is Always Loved More…By Spirits

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 10:54

Nirpal Bhogal’s Firstborn is described as an evocative horror about the reality of the supernatural world encroaching into our everyday lives, threatening our homes and family. Taking as its inspiration, the seminal horror films of the 60s and 70s, it is also said to be a chilling insight into the sacrifices we must make when we bring a new life into this world.

After having its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival, it will arrive in theaters and on VOD October 14 with a DVD release days later on October 17.

Charlie and James are just starting their lives together; young and in love, they’re relishing having no responsibilities, until Charlie discovers that she is pregnant. In a moment of youthful abandon, they decide to keep the baby.

Into their world comes Thea, a beautiful little girl. But her arrival brings with it terrifying entities that threaten their newly formed family, things that are beyond their understanding. Panic stricken, the young parents enlist the help of James’ estranged father Alistair, a dilapidated would-be occultist whose obsession drove his family apart and led his son to despise him. He diagnoses Thea as a beacon – a child whose very presence attracts the attention of the supernatural creatures that surround us. Charlie and James realise that they must dedicate their lives to protecting their unplanned daughter.

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Vestron Video: A Visual Guide

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 10:24

On the heels of Lionsgate’s Vestron Video Collector’s Series announcement, we thought we’d take a trip through the company’s VHS library to see what might be in store for future releases.

Right now, Chopping Mall, Blood Diner, C.H.U.D II, Waxwork I & II and Return of the Living Dead III have all been announced. But since Vestron was one of the most prolific video companies distributing movies through the 1980s, there’s a wealth of forgotten horror out there just waiting to be exhumed.

Of course with boutique labels like Arrow Video and Shout! voraciously scooping up all kinds of rights for cult titles to distribute (some that were originally Vestron), it’s hard to get a handle on which movies Lionsgate actually controls. And since Vestron Video also owned Lightning Video, which distributed a ton of B-movie titles into the 1990s, do any of those releases make the cut? The research continues…

For now, go back in time and peruse Vestron Video titles as they originally appeared on video store shelves.

 

 

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