House: Two Stories & Miike’s Dead or Alive Trilogy Blu-Rays Coming in March!

AV_DeadlyBlessing_DVD.inddMVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with two amazing releases tailor made for cult and horror fans.
 
First out is Takashi Miike‘s classic Dead or Alive Trilogy starring Riki Takeuchi and Show Aikawa as their various characters deal drugs in Tokyo, put their yakuza assassin skills to good use and even meet cyborg soldiers in future Yokohama. Each film deftly shows off Miike at the height of his skills, and weaves a captivating tapestry of crime, action and character study.
 
Next up is a franchise any horror fan around in the late 80s and early 90s will recognise: House: Two Stories Limited Edition [House 1 & 2] which has a gorgeous 2K restoration of the first two films. With each film telling a different tale, and getting increasingly bonkers as the series goes on, the House films are equal parts funny, scary and entertaining. As much a joy for fans of weird cinema as they are for horror lovers.
Earlier in March, Arrow splits up the Death Walks Twice box set and offers Death Walks On High Heels and Death Walks At Midnight both on DVD and Blu-ray. These two films by Luciano Ercoli are beautifully restored Italian horror classics, with plenty of bonus features.
 
 
TAKASHI MIIKE’S DEAD OF ALIVE TRILOGY on DVD and Blu-ray (March 14)
 
Beginning with an explosive, six-minute montage of sex, drugs and violence, and ending with a phallus-headed battle robot taking flight, Takashi Miike’s unforgettable Dead or Alive Trilogy features many of the director’s most outrageous moments set alongside some of his most dramatically moving scenes. Made between 1999 and 2002, the Dead or Alive films cemented Miike’s reputation overseas as one of the most provocative enfants terrible of Japanese cinema, yet also one of its most talented and innovative filmmakers.
 
In Dead or Alive, tough gangster Ryuichi (Riki Takeuchi) and his ethnically Chinese gang make a play to take over the drug trade in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district by massacring the competition. But he meets his match in detective Jojima (Show Aikawa), who will do everything to stop them. 
 
Dead or Alive 2: Birds casts Aikawa and Takeuchi together again, but as new characters, a pair of rival yakuza assassins who turn out to be childhood friends; after a botched hit, they flee together to the island where they grew up, and decide to devote their deadly skills to a more humanitarian cause.
And in Dead or Alive: Final, Takeuchi and Aikawa are catapulted into a future Yokohama ruled by multilingual gangs and cyborg soldiers, where they once again butt heads in the action-packed and cyberpunk-tinged finale to the trilogy.
 
Each of them unique in theme and tone, the Dead or Alive films showcase Miike at the peak of his strengths, creating three very distinct movies connected only by their two popular main actors, each film a separate yet superb example of crime drama, character study, and action film making.

Bonus Materials

– High Definition digital transfers of all three films
– Original stereo audio
– Optional English subtitles for all three films
– New interview with actor Riki Takeuchi
– New interview with actor Sho Aikawa
– New interview with producer and screenwriter Toshiki Kimura
– New audio commentary for Dead or Alive by Miike biographer Tom Mes
– Archive interviews with cast and crew
– Archive making-of featurettes for DOA2: Birds and DOA: Final
– Original theatrical trailers for all three films
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Orlando Arocena

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Kat Ellinger
 
BLU-RAY Specs

SKU: AV083
UPC: 760137975281
Street Date: 03/14/17
PreBook Date: 02/07/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Action/Adventure
Run Time: 291 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1999
Director: Takashi Miike
Actors: Riki Takeuchi, Sho Aikawa
Territory: US
Language: Japanese
SRP: $49.95
DVD Specs

SKU: AVD005
UPC: 760137975397
Street Date: 03/14/17
PreBook Date: 02/07/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Action/Adventure
Run Time: 291 mins
Number of Discs: 3
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1999
Director: Takashi Miike
Actors: Riki Takeuchi, Sho Aikawa
Territory: US
Language: Japanese
SRP: $39.95
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon
AV084-HouseHOUSE: TWO STORIES LIMITED EDITION [HOUSE 1 & 2] on Blu-ray (March 21)
Limited to 5000 units!

Step inside, we’ve been expecting you! At long-last, Arrow Video is proud to present the first two instalments of hit horror franchise House on Blu-ray for the first time! In the original House, William Katt (Carrie) stars as Roger Cobb, a horror novelist struggling to pen his next bestseller. When he inherits his aunt’s creaky old mansion, Roger decides that he’s found the ideal place in which to get some writing done. Unfortunately, the house’s monstrous supernatural residents have other ideas…
Meanwhile, House II: The Second Story sees young Jesse (Arye Gross) moving into an old family mansion where his parents were mysteriously murdered years before. Plans for turning the place into a party pad are soon thwarted by the appearance of Jesse’s mummified great-great-grandfather, his mystical crystal skull and the zombie cowboy who’ll stop at nothing to lay his hands on it!
From the team that brought you Friday the 13th, House and House II are era-defining horror classics – now newly restored and loaded with brand new extras!

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

– Brand new 2K restorations of House and House II: The Second Story
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– “The House Companion” limited edition 60-page book featuring new writing on the entire – – House franchise by researcher Simon Barber, alongside a wealth of archive material
HOUSE
– Audio commentary with director Steve Miner, producer Sean S. Cunningham, actor William – Katt and screenwriter Ethan Wiley
Ding Dong, You’re Dead! The Making of House – brand new documentary featuring interviews with Steve Miner, Sean S. Cunningham, Ethan Wiley, story creator Fred Dekker, stars William Katt, Kay Lenz, and George Wendt, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Barney Burman, Brian Wade, James Belohovek, Shannon Shea, Kirk Thatcher, and Bill Sturgeon, special paintings artists Richard Hescox and William Stout, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
– Stills Gallery
– Theatrical Trailers
HOUSE II: THE SECOND STORY
– Audio commentary with writer-director Ethan Wiley and producer Sean S. Cunningham
It’s Getting Weirder! The Making of House II: The Second Story – Brand new documentary featuring interviews with Ethan Wiley, Sean S. Cunningham, stars Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Lar Park Lincoln, and Devin DeVasquez, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Chris Walas, Mike Smithson, visual effects supervisor Hoyt Yeatman, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
– Stills Gallery
– Theatrical Trailer
BLU-RAY Specs

SKU: AV084
UPC: 760137976486
Street Date: 03/21/17
PreBook Date: 02/14/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 93 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1986
Director: Steve Miner, Ethan Wiley
Actors: William Katt, George Wendt, Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark
Territory: US
Language: English
SRP: $59.95
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

Black Society, We are the Flesh, and Psychomania Ring in 2017!

Arrow Video sent us the following press release announcing some great new Blu-ray releases for early 2017! We are excited for these new releases!
January’s a great month for fans of Japanese crime cinema as Takashi Miike’s Black Society Trilogy arrives on both Blu-ray and DVD. These stylish and gripping crime films put Miike on the cinematic map and proved he was more than just a specialist in blood and guts. See the films that made Takashi Miike’s name as a master of Japanese crime cinema with this exciting set from Arrow Video. Including Shinjuku Triad Society, Rainy Dog and Ley Lines, in beautiful high definition transfers, the set also contains a host of special features including a brand new interview with the director himself.
Fresh from recent festival and filmmaker acclaim, We Are the Flesh debuts in the US on DVD and Blu-ray. We Are the Flesh is a Mexican arthouse head-trip which takes you on a nightmarish journey into a post-apocalyptic hell. Outrageous and explicit, it sees a brother and sister taken in by a strange hermit who uses them as he acts out his own depraved fantasies. The longer they stay, the more they find themselves slipping into the darkness, despite their better judgement.
This bizarre slice of Mexican arthouse is one of the most unsettling film experiences you will ever have and an all-out psychedelic head-trip. It details the adventures of a brother and sister who take refuge with a strange hermit in a post-apocalyptic city. As he acts out his dark, depraved fantasies, they find themselves drifting further into the realms of the forbidden.

Last but not least, The United States gave motorcycle-mad cinemagoers Easy Rider, The Wild One and The Wild Angels. The United Kingdom gave them Psychomania, the tale of zombie bikers run amok is southern England, coming to Dual Format DVD + Blu-ray on February  21. The Living Dead are a delinquent biker gang, fond of causing havoc on British roadways and making out in graveyards. Gang leader Tom (Nicky Henson) also has a Satanist for a mother, and when he discovers the secret of immortality, the name of his motley crew takes on a more literal meaning. Psychomania is a wonderfully offbeat gem, outlandish and eccentric in equal measure.

AV078TAKASHI MIIKE’S BLACK SOCIETY TRILOGY on DVD and Blu-ray on January 24, 2017

 

After several years spent working almost exclusively in the direct-to-video world of “V-cinema” in Japan, Takashi Miike announced himself as a world-class filmmaking talent with this trio of thematically-connected, character-centric crime stories about violence, the underworld of Japanese society, families both real and surrogate, and the possibly hopeless task of finding one’s place in the world. His first films made specifically for theatrical release, and his first for a major studio, the “Black Society Trilogy” was the beginning of Miike’s mature career as a filmmaker and they remain among the prolific director’s finest works.

Set in the bustling Kabuki-cho nightlife neighborhood of Tokyo, Shinjuku Triad Society follows a mixed-race cop (Kippei Shiina, Outrage) struggling with private issues while hunting a psychotic criminal (Tomorowo Taguchi, Tetsuo the Iron Man) who traffics in children’s organs. Rainy Dog, shot entirely in Taiwan, is about an exiled yakuza (Dead or Alive’s Show Aikawa) who finds himself saddled with a son he never knew he had and a price on his head after the Chinese gang he works for decides to turn on him. Ley Lines moves from the countryside to the city and back, as three Japanese youths of Chinese descent (including The Raid 2’s Kazuki Kitamura) seek their fortune in Tokyo, only to run afoul of a violent gang boss (Naoto Takenaka, The Happiness of the Katakuris).

Three of the most dramatically moving films created by the director, the “Black Society Trilogy” offers clear proof that Miike’s frequent pigeonholing as a specialist in bloody spectacle is only one aspect of his filmmaking career, and taken as a whole, the films are among the finest works ever to deal with the way violence and brutality can unexpectedly destroy even the most innocent of lives.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
High Definition digital transfers of all three films
Original uncompressed stereo audio
Optional English subtitles for all three films
New interview with director Takashi Miike
New interview with actor Show Aikawa (Rainy Dog, Ley Lines)
New audio commentaries for all three films by Miike biographer Tom Mes
Original theatrical trailers for all three films

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films.

BLU-RAY
SKU: AV078
UPC: 760137968986
SRP: $49.95DVD
SKU: AVD004
UPC: 760137969099
SRP: $39.95

Street Date: 01/24/17
PreBook Date: 12/13/16
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Action/Adventure
Run Time: 302 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1995
Director: Takashi Miike
Actors: Kippei Shiina, Tomorowo Taguchi, Kazuki Kitamura, Naoto Takenaka
Box Lot: 30
Territory: US
Language: Japanese

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

 

AV077WE ARE THE FLESH on Blu-ray and DVD on February 14, 2017

A visionary and bizarre slice of Mexican art house cinema, We Are The Flesh is an extraordinary and unsettling film experience, a sexually charged and nightmarish journey into an otherworldy dimension of carnal desire and excess, as well as a powerful allegory on the corrupting power of human desire.

Synopsis:

A young brother and sister, roaming an apocalyptic city, take refuge in the dilapidated lair of a strange hermit. He puts them to work building a bizarre cavernous structure, where he acts out his insane and depraved fantasies. Trapped in this maddening womb-like world under his malign influence, they find themselves sinking into the realms of dark and forbidden behaviour.

Overview:
Acclaimed by the Oscar-winning Mexican directors of The Revenant and Gravity, and playing to rave reviews and stunned audiences at genre film festivals around the world We Are The Flesh is that rare beast – an intelligent, beautifully-crafted art house film that is also provocative and deeply disturbing.

 

Mixing the graphic, powerful imagery of Gaspar Noé’s Love and Enter The Void with the surreal, hallucinatory impact of Alejandro Jodorowsky, and taking Mexican arthouse cannibal flick We Are What We Are to the next level, We Are The Flesh is a bizarre, psychedelic head trip, mixing intense, outrageously explicit imagery with a profound allegory on the nature of existence, to make this is an unforgettable, boundary-pushing experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Visionary, unrelenting, and certainly not for the prudish or faint-hearted, We Are The Flesh is an erotic inferno of the senses that manages to pack all manner of delirium into its short running time, including incest, necrophilia, and cannibalism. This is extreme art cinema at its boldest and most taboo-bustingly bizarre.

Reactions and Quotes:

‘Disturbing’ ★★★★ Total Film

‘The most disturbing horror debut since Hellraiser’ ★★★★ SFX

‘Truly nightmarish and hypnotic’ ★★★★ SciFiNow

★★★★ HeyUGuys

‘Feverishly intense’ The List

‘Beautiful and hypnotising’ ★★★★ Flickering Myth

“I loved this film. It takes over our waking thoughts, like a recurring dream we try to forget, because we are fearful of finding out it may be a memory.” Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron

“We Are the Flesh is a very personal, very powerful film that deeply impressed me.” The Revenant director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu

BLU-RAY Special Features and Disc Specs:
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
* 5.1 surround and uncompressed stereo 2.0 audio options
* Optional English subtitles
* A new video essay by critic Virginie Sélavy
* New interviews with director Emiliano Rocha Minter and cast members Noé Hernández, María Evoli and Diego Gamaliel
* Two short films by Emiliano Rocha Minter; Dentro and Videohome
* Theatrical trailer
* Stills gallery
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork

 

DVD Special Features and Disc Specs:
* High Definition digital transfer
* 5.1 surround and stereo 2.0 audio options
* Optional English subtitles
* A new video essay by critic Virginie Sélavy
* New interviews with director Emiliano Rocha Minter and cast members Noé Hernández, María Evoli and Diego Gamaliel
* Two short films by Emiliano Rocha Minter; Dentro and Videohome
* Theatrical trailer
* Stills gallery

* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Anton Bitel, and a note from the producer on the film.
BLU-RAY
SKU: AV077
UPC: 760137964780
SRP: $29.95
DVD
SKU: AVD003
UPC: 760137964896
SRP: $19.95

Street Date: 02/14/17
PreBook Date: 01/10/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 89 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: 5.1 SURROUND
Year of Production: 2016
Director: Emiliano Rocha Minter
Producers: Emiliano Rocha Minter
Actors: María Cid, María Evoli, Diego Gamaliel
Territory: US
Language: Spanish

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

 

 

 
AV082PSYCHOMANIA on Blu-ray + DVD  on February 21

The United States gave motorcycle-mad cinemagoers Easy Rider, The Wild One and The Wild Angels. The United Kingdom gave them Psychomania, the tale of zombie bikers run amok is southern England. The Living Dead are a delinquent biker gang, fond of causing havoc on British roadways and making out in graveyards. Gang leader Tom (Nicky Henson) also has a Satanist for a mother, and when he discovers the secret of immortality, the name of his motley crew takes on a more literal meaning… Directed by Hammer veteran Don Sharp (The Kiss of the Vampire, The Devil-Ship Pirates) and co-starring Beryl Reid (Dr. Phibes Rises Again) and George Sanders (Village of the Damned), Psychomania is a wonderfully offbeat gem, outlandish and eccentric in equal measure.

Bonus Materials
* 2K restoration from preservation negatives
* High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
* Original 1.0 mono audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray)
* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
*  Brand-new interview with star Nicky Henson
Return of the Living Dead, an archive featurette containing interviews actors Henson, Mary Larkin, Denis Gilmore, Roy Holder and Rocky Taylor
Sound of Psychomania, an archive interview with composer John Cameron
Riding Free, an archive interview with ‘Riding Free’ singer Harvey Andrews
Hell for Leather, a brand-new featurette on the company who supplied the film’s costumes
Remastering Psychomania, a look at the film’s restoration from the original 35mm black and white separation masters
* Theatrical trailer
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet containing writing by Vic Pratt, William Fowler and Andrew Roberts
BLU-RAY + DVD
SKU: AV082
SRP: $29.95
UPC: 760137972389
Street Date: 02/21/17
PreBook Date: 01/17/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 90 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1973
Director: Don Sharp
Actors: Nicky Henson, Beryl Reid, George Sanders
Box Lot: 30
Territory: US
Language: English

One Hell of a Collection! Arrow Video releases the Scarlet Box!

Arrow Video has released a Blu-ray bohr sbx set featuring the 1st three Hellraiser films: The Scarlet Box Trilogy.
 
They have quickly become HFM’s favorite distributor of cult classic franchises. Check out these awesome specs for the Scarlet Box:
 
 
  • Brand new 2K restorations of Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, and Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
 
  • Uncompressed PCM Stereo 2.0 and Lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 sound for Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II
 
  • Lossless DTS-HD MA 2.0 sound for Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
 
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for all three films
 
  • Reversible sleeves for all three films featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Here are the breakdowns for each disc:
 
 
Disc 1 – Hellraiser
 
  • Brand new 2K restoration approved by director of photography Robin Vidgeon
 
  • Audio commentary with writer/director Clive Barker
 
  • Audio commentary with Barker and actress Ashley Laurence
 
  • Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser – brand new version of the definitive documentary on the making of Hellraiser, featuring interviews with key cast and crew members
 
  • Being Frank: Sean Chapman on Hellraiser – actor Sean Chapman talks candidly about playing the character of Frank Cotton in Barker’s original
 
  • Soundtrack Hell: The Story of the Abandoned Coil Score – Coil member Stephen Thrower on the Hellraiser score that almost was
 
  • Hellraiser: Resurrection – vintage featurette including interviews with Clive Barker, actors Doug Bradley and Ashley Laurence, special make-up effects artist Bob Keen and others
 
  • Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser
 
  • Original EPK featuring on-set interviews with cast and crew
 
  • Draft Screenplays [BD-ROM content]
 
  • Trailers and TV Spots
 
  • Image Gallery
 
Disc 2 – Hellbound: Hellraiser II
 
  • Brand new 2K restoration approved by director of photography Robin Vidgeon
 
  • Audio Commentary with director Tony Randel and writer Peter Atkins
 
  • Audio Commentary with Randel, Atkins and actress Ashley Laurence
 
  • Leviathan: The Story of Hellbound: Hellraiser II – brand new version of the definitive documentary on the making of Hellbound, featuring interviews with key cast and crew members
 
  • Being Frank: Sean Chapman on Hellbound – actor Sean Chapman talks about reprising the role of Frank Cotton in the first Hellraiser sequel
 
  • Surgeon Scene – the home video world premiere of this legendary, never before-seen excised sequence from Hellbound, sourced from a VHS workprint
 
  • Lost in the Labyrinth – vintage featurette including interviews with Barker, Randel, Keen, Atkins and others
 
  • Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellbound: Hellraiser II
 
  • On-set interview with Clive Barker
 
  • On-set interviews with cast and crew
 
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
 
  • Rare and unseen storyboards
 
  • Draft Screenplay [BD-ROM content]
 
  • Trailers and TV Spots
 
  • Image Gallery
 
Disc 3 – Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
 
  • Brand new 2K restoration of the Original Theatrical Version [93 mins]
 
  • Alternate Unrated Version [97 mins]
 
  • Brand new audio commentary with writer Peter Atkins
 
  • Audio commentary with director Anthony Hickox and Doug Bradley
 
  • Hell on Earth: The Story of Hellraiser III – making-of documentary featuring interviews with Atkins, Keen and actor Ken Carpenter
 
  • Terri’s Tales – brand new interview with actress Paula Marshall
 
  • Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
 
  • Raising Hell on Earth – archival interview with Hickox
 
  • On-set interviews with Barker and Bradley
 
  • Never-before-seen Hellraiser III SFX dailies
 
  • Theatrical Trailer
 
  • Image Gallery
 
  • Hellraiser III comic book adaptation [Disc gallery]
If you are a fan of the Barker’s Hellraiser series, this is a must have. We can all agree that series went straight to (video) Hell after the initial trilogy. That’s what happens when you amend existing scripts to try and expand a Mythos. So grab this pure set and enjoy, even if it was not meant for your eyes!

London After Midnight

lomframe1London After Midnight
Reminiscing about a lost film by Kerry E.B. Black

On this day, 17 December, 1927, MGM Studios released the American silent mystery film “London After Midnight.” Director Tod Browning of “Dracula,” 1931 fame, based the movie on his short story “The Hypnotist.” “London After Midnight” was Browning’s first attempt at a vampire film and starred Lon Chaney in a dual role. Chaney also provided uncredited makeup artistry which produced an iconic look for its monster. Some of the effects he used included sharpened teeth and a haunting eye apparatus which required monocle-like wire fittings. Fishhooks in his cheeks created the character’s eerie grin. Chaney exaggerated the vampire-like qualities of the nemesis to differentiate it from the film’s investigator, since he portrayed both. The movie includes a bit where Chaney used his famous makeup case. Modern filmmakers of “Babadook” found inspiration and incorporated Chaney’s dark-hatted character into its own monster. Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion also used Lon Chaney’s depiction as a model for their hatbox ghost.

A melancholy menace permeates the story. Roger Balfour (Claude King) supposedly committed suicide. Five years later, his neighbor Sir James Hamlin (Henry B. Walthall) discovered mysterious interlopers including a ghostly woman called Luna the Bat Girl (Edna Tichenor), her assistant (Andy MacLennan), and a black-hatted fellow capering in the abandoned Balfour’s estate. He and his nephew, Arthur Hibbs, called on Scotland Yard’s inspector Burke for assistance. Arthur (Conrad Nagel) feared the ghoulish intruders were vampires. Lucille Balfour (Marceline Day), Roger Balfour’s now grown daughter joined the investigation but began hearing a voice similar to her father’s calling from the garden. The Balfour’s staff, including Williams the Butler (Percy Williams) and the comedic new maid (Polly Moran) participated in the action as the cast discovered Roger Balfour’s body missing from its tomb. Hypnotism, requests for trust, gunshots, and an abduction spurred the action until they solved the mystery.

lomframe2When the film premiered at the Miller Theater in Missouri, set musicians Jack and Sam Feinburg heightened the experience for those in attendance by performing works by Greig, Rappe, Wagner, and Ase. The film’s production was $152,000, and it grossed $721,000 at the domestic box office, marking a successful collaboration between Lon Chaney and Tod Browning. Contemporary critics at the New York Times criticized the “sometimes incoherent storyline,” and Harrison’s Report felt the story was nonsensical. However, Film Daily called it “a story to disturb the nervous system of the more sensitive patrons,” and The Warren Tribune noted Chaney’s presence in most every scene “in a dual role that tests his skill to no small degree.”

Although the last known copy of “London After Midnight” burned in 1967 during a vault fire at MGM, Turner Classic Movies reconstructed the film in 2002 using the original script and film stills. It gives a feel for what the movie must have been like. The Internet Movie Data Base lists “London After Midnight” was release in eleven other countries. In Australia, it’s known as “Der Vampyr,” “The Hypnotist” in England, and “La Casa Del Horror” in Spain. Film enthusiasts hope to find an undamaged copy of the film. In 1935, Tod Browning remade the film as a talkie “Mark of the Vampire” starring Lionel Barrymore and Bela Lugosi in the Lon Chaney roles.

One ill-intentioned soul cited Lon Chaney’s portrayal in this film as an unsuccessful defense for an attack. In the 1990’s, Californian songwriter and musician Sean Brennan began a gothic rock band named London After Midnight.

Anchor Bay to Unleash GOODNIGHT MOMMY Dec. 1st!


GMA DVD FlatAustria’s Official Entry for Foreign Language Film for 2016 Academy Awards®

Available on Blu-ray and DVD December 1st  

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. – October 13, 2015 – “Unsettling.”  “Terrifying.”  “Sinister.”  The most talked about movie of summer and one of the most critically-acclaimed films of the year,
Goodnight Mommy arrives on Blu-ray and DVD December 1st from Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS. The “masterful and artfully unsettling” film, which is generating strong Oscar® buzz as Austria’s official 2016 entry for Best Foreign Language Film, is written and directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, and stars Susanne Wuest  (Antares, Judas Goat, Thank You Mr. President), and brothers Elias Schwarz and Lukas Schwarz in their feature film debut. 

A worldwide festival favorite, Goodnight Mommy made audiences squirm at the Venice Film Festival, AFI Fest, TIFF, Sitges, Thessaloniki Film Festival and Fantastic Fest.

In a lonesome house in the countryside in the heat of mid-summer, nine year old twin brothers await their mother’s return from the hospital. When she comes home with her face obscured by bandages, nothing is like before and the children start to doubt whether this woman is actually who she says she is. What ensues is a terrifying struggle with fatal consequences on par with The Shining and Dead Ringers in what The Daily Beast calls “the most terrifying film of the year.”

Goodnight Mommy is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment on December 1st for the suggested retail price of $26.99 and $22.98, respectively, and includes the special feature “A Conversation with Filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala.”

To learn more about the film, please visit www.anchorbayentertainment.com.

King of Cameos

 

large creepshowNot only is Stephen King a prolific writer with fifty novels and hundreds of short stories to his credit. His non-fiction, columns, essays, poetry, and comics garner praise, and he additionally writes screenplays. He’s even made cameos in some of the adaptations of his stories and books.

His first published novel, “Carrie,” also became his first to be adapted to a film in 1976. Stanley Kubrick famously changed “The Shining” in 1980. “Stand By Me,” “Misery,” “Shawshank Redemption,” and “The Green Mile” became major motion pictures, while “Salem’s Lot” (twice), “It,” “The Tommyknockers,” “The Stand,” “The Langoliers,” “Storm of the Century,” “Rose Red,” and “Bag of Bones” became made for television miniseries. Stephen King created television series, too, including “Golden Years” (1991), “The Dead Zone” (2002-2007), “Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital” (2004), “Nightmares and Dreamscapes” (2006), “Haven” (2010), and “Under the Dome” (2013).

Of the over twenty adaptations of his works for film or television, Stephen King appeared in many. Also, he acted in a couple of established tv show episodes. Follows is a list of his appearances on silver and small screen:

Creep Show                       (1982 movie)                      starred in “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill”

Maximum Overdrive      (1986 movie)                      uncredited appearance as man at cash point

Creep Show 2                    (1987 movie)                      played a truck driver in “The Hitchhiker”

Pet Semetary                    (1989 movie)                      played a minister

The Golden Years            (1991 tv)                              played a bus driver

Sleepwalkers                     (1992 movie)                      played a cemetery caretaker

The Stand                            (1994 tv miniseries)         played Teddy Weizak

The Langoliers                   (1995 tv miniseries)         played Tom Holby

Thinner                               (1996 movie)                      played Dr. Bangor

The Shining                         (1997 tv miniseries)         played the band leader

Storm of the Century     (1999 tv miniseries)         appeared as lawyer in ad and a reporter on a broken tv

Frazier                                  (2000 tv series episode “Mary Christmas”)                          played Brian

The Simpsons                    (2000 tv series episode titled “Insane Clown Poppy”)      “played” himself

Rose Red                             (2002 tv miniseries)         uncredited appearance as pizza delivery guy

Kingdom Hospital             (2004 tv episode finale) played Johnny B. Goode

Fever Pitch                         (2005 movie)                      himself throwing out first pitch at a Red Sox Game

Gotham Café                     (2005 movie)                      Mr. Ring

Diary of the Dead             (2007 movie voiceover) news reader

Sons of Anarchy                               (2010 tv episode “Caregiver”) played Richard Bachman

Stephen King is scheduled to appear on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on 11 September, 2015. He and his wife Tabitha also acted in George Romero’s 1981 “Knight Riders,” portraying Hoagieman and his wife.

Said Mr. King, “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” Stephen King lives by this motto. His considerable talent is supplemented by dedication to his craft and a desire to experience life in his own creative way, be it through participating in the band “Rock Bottom Remainders,” acting, writing, or private pursuits.

Press Release: Revenge of the Killer Shrews


killershrewRevenge of the Killer Shrews
is the new feature film from award winning writer/director Bart Grieb. Revenge of the Killer Shrews is based on characters from the original 1959 classic “Killer Shrews.” It is also a sequel to Bart Grieb’s first film; “Taming of the Killer Shrews.”
Revenge finds our hero Captain Rex Harrison isolated and drunk for the past 15 years. He is pulled out of retirement by General Marcus Learer and asked to go on a top secret mission to stop the evil Fumond Corporation from creating a electromagnetic bomb that will render the earth’s satellites useless thus plunging the world into communicational chaos. Rex, Marcus and Big Jim Slade lead a elite band of marines back to the island where it all began. The island of The Killer Shrews! Can Rex and the team stop the evil Dr. Fumond and mad scientist Dorothy Holland? Can they survive the bloodthirsty genetically enhanced Killer Shrews? Find out in this new production from Cygnet Films and Blue Dot Entertainment.
The Revenge of the Killer Shrews is currently looking for a production company and funding and is planning to shoot end of summer of 2015. For further and information and how to contact please visit  www.revengeofthekillershrews.com and “like” us on Facebook at Revenge of the Killer Shrews.

Valley of the Sasquatch West Coast Premiere

valley of the sasquatchSeattle, WA — “Valley of the Sasquatch,” the latest thriller from the Northwest production company The October People, will have its West Coast premiere at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival. Written and directed by John Portanova, and produced by Brent Stiefel of Votiv Films (“Obvious Child”) and Matt Medisch (“The Device”), the movie is inspired by actual stories of a Bigfoot attack on a mining cabin near Mt. Saint Helens. “Valley” tells the story of a fractured family battling a tribe of angry Sasquatch.

The film is an encouraging example of theexcellent work being done by Seattle filmmakers, and how modestly budgeted films can succeed with the help of the region’s talented cast, crew, and production specialists. John Portanova,who previously wrote “The Invoking” and “The Device,” makes his directorial debut on this project, once again working with many long-time collaborators including cinematographer Jeremy Berg and sound mixer Jens Larsen. The three first met nearly ten years ago as production assistants on a local feature. Portanova estimates that at least 80% of the cast and crew are from Washington, including star D’Angelo Midili, composer Jon Bash, and editor David Phillips, among many others.

The incredible Sasquatch costume was created by Hollywood veteran Doug Hudson. Doug took special care to meet the needs of a demanding film set, while also making the suit scarily realistic.

The story is inspired by Portanova’s love of cryptozoology, and offers many references to past Bigfoot incidents that aficionados will appreciate. Says John, “I’ve seen a lot of Bigfoot films and have never been completely satisfied with them outside of some of the 70s classics. They usually portray the creature as a bloodthirsty monster. Within the script and shooting of “Valley” I made sure to treat Sasquatch with respect, and avoided CGI and computer effects. I hope that the film will appeal to horror fans looking for a dramatic creature feature full of old school practical effects as much as it appeals to Sasquatch enthusiasts looking for a film that understands and respects the history of the creature.”

“Valley of the Sasquatch” was filmed in Snoqualmie Pass and Roslyn, WA. It stars David Saucedo (“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”), Bill Oberst Jr. (“Resolution”), Jason Vail (“Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies”), D’Angelo Midili (“The Invoking”), and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte (“Gut”).

The film is a co-production between The October People (“Found”) and Votiv Films (“The Giant Mechanical Man”).

Gary Busey and Tom Tangen MANSION OF BLOOD Horror-Comedy Opens May 19th

MOB_Poster JPEG (1)“MANSION OF BLOOD” STARRING GARY BUSEY AND TOM TANGEN PREMIERES AT GRAUMAN’S EGYPTIAN THEATRE TUESDAY, MAY 19TH

HOLLYWOOD (April 29, 2015) — Elusive Entertainment and distributor TomCat Films announce the U.S. premiere black tie gala of the campy, controversial horror-comedy feature film “Mansion of Blood” starring Oscar nominees Gary Busey, Terry Moore, Star Trek’s Robert Picardo, Tom Tangen and members of Hollywood’s famous families including the Barrymores, Carradines, Pacinos, Laemmles, Tyrone Powers and even a Hasselhoff. Famous family Universal Studios horror cinema personalities who will attend include Sarah Karloff, the daughter of horror legend Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Jr., and Ron Chaney.

“Mansion of Blood” had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February at a special screening for the unique genre of American horror comedy films. The film stars Carla Laemmle (Dracula, The Phantom of the Opera), the niece of the founder of Universal Pictures Carl Laemmle, known as the father of the horror motion picture genre including films such as Dracula, Werewolf, Frankenstein and Creature From the Black Lagoon, and a remarkable cast of hundreds that answers the burning question, how many ways will guests at a haunted mansion be murdered in order for someone to steal an inheritance?

The celebrity red carpet gala will bring out the principal cast including Oscar-nominee Gary Busey (The Buddy Holly Story), Terry Moore (Mighty Joe Young), Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager, Stargate Atlantis), Cissy Wellman (Made Men), Jennifer Tapiero (8-Ball), Pamela Bach-Hasselhoff (Baywatch), Said Faraj (The Green Zone), Tom Tangen (The Visitor From Planet Omicron, Donnie Darko), Sara Alami (VH-1’s Scream Queens 2), Sam Stone (Halloween Night), John Blyth Barrymore (Hitchhiker Massacre, Mata Hari), Tyrone Power, Jr. (Cocoon, The Bold and The Beautiful), Calista Carradine (Kung Fu: The Movie), Mindy Robinson (Iron Man 3), Kyle Clarke (On The Rocks), Tia Barr (Hollywood Sex Wars), Lorraine Ziff (Among Friends), Eddy Salazar (The Insomniac), Matthew Ziff (Searching For Bobby D), Andre Agazaryan (Cotton, The Extra), Alexandra Cramer (The Bold and The Beautiful), Dustin Quick (The Lords of Salem), Katherin Kovin-Pacino (Holy Hollywood), Inge Jaclyn, (In Like Flint) and Nathaniel Lee (My Dog Skip).

Special guests at the event include famed little people actors from the film including Terra Jole (Jackass 3D, Little Women: LA), Little Person Tonya Renee Banks (Little Women: LA, Death to Smoochy, Bad Santa), special little people guest Nic Novicki (Boardwalk Empire) and others.

Article: Reopening the X-Files- A Top Ten List

x-filesWith Fox’s exciting announcement, the 27.3 million fans of the pop-culture phenomenon quivered. David Duchovny will don his G-man suit as Fox “Spooky” Mulder and Gillian Anderson will re-dye her hair to Dana Scully’s signature red to reprise their award-winning roles.

“X-files” episodes ranged from “monster of the week” stand-alones to an intricate, mysterious mythology involving the supernatural, government conspiracies and cover-ups, and alien abductions. The series’ superb writing and the chemistry of the lead actors overcame many concerns about plot inconsistencies. The filming was as dark as the subject matter.

The series, which premiered on 10 September, 1993, amassed 202 episodes and a film by the time the season finale aired in May, 2002. The series possessed such clout that they aired “spoof” episodes, lending a comedic relief from what frequently presented disturbing and thought-provoking television.  (“X-files: I Want To Believe” hit the big screen in 2008.)

To prepare for the anticipated autumn release of the six new episodes of “The FBI’s Most Unwanted,” let’s revisit ten of their best episodes.

10. “Pilot” – It introduced us to the main characters and set the tone and dynamics. (10 September, 1993)

9. “Tooms” and “Squeeze” featured Tooms, an unusual, liver-eating bad guy. He was popular enough to appear in two episodes.

8. “Revelation” – This episode features religion, a young saint, and Scully as a protector. (15 December, 1995)

Humbug7. “Humbug” – In this comedic episode, Mulder and Scully investigate murder surrounded by side-show performers. “Humbug” was nominated for an Edgar Award and a Cinema Audio Society Award. (20th episode – second season)

6. “Paper Hearts” – This haunting episode featured a serial killer who, after murdering children, cut a heart-shaped piece of their pajamas as a trophy. (15 December, 1996)

5. “Beyond the Sea” – Scully’s skepticism comes under assault when her father dies and a psychic on death row imparts communications from beyond. (7 January, 1994)

4. “Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man” focuses on the recurring, enigmatic character sometimes called “CancerMan.” The Lone Gun Men add their entertaining presences as well.  (17 November, 1996)

3. “Anasazi” – This is part of a three-episode storyline, including “The Blessing Way” and “Paper Clip” which furthers the alien mythology and government cover-up conspiracies in a significant way. (19 May, 1995)

2. “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” – Clyde foresees death. Most interesting is his revelation that Agent Scully will not die (which is also mentioned in the sixth season’s episode “Tithonus”) (13 October, 1995)

1. “The Unnatural” – Racism and segregation permeates this episode. (July, 1999)

unnaturalsThe series and actors won awards and nominations, including 40 Emmy nods. Mark Snow provided a signature opening song, eerie instrumental sound effects, and subsequent soundtracks for some of the episodes.

Spin offs include a comic book series and a short-lived show, “The Lone Gunmen.”

Though Fox is not releasing the date the new episodes will air, here’s hoping creator Chris Carter’s “13 year commercial break” breathes new life into an interesting supernatural series.