Tuesday, June 21, 2016

PSYCHIC KILLER: How the hell did this get a PG rating?

Director: Ray Danton

Cast: Jim Hutton, Julie Adams, Greydon Clark, Aldo Ray, Paul Burke, Neville Brand, Mary Charlotte Wilcox

Vinegar Syndrome / All Region / Unrated / 1.85:1 widescreen / English DTS-HD mono / English SDH Subtitles / 90 minutes

Extras: "The Danton Force" featurette w/ Mitchell & Steve Danton, co-star Julie Adams, and 1st Assistant Director Ronald G. Smith / "The Psychic Killer Inside Me" featurette with Greydon Clark / "The Aura of Horror" featurette with Mardi Rustam / Original theatrical trailer / Multiple TV Spots / Reversible cover artwork

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Ray Danton was a radio, film, stage, and television actor, director, and producer from the mid-1950s on through the mid-'70s when he succumbed to kidney failure in 1992. He was a natural leading man with his good looks and suave demeanor but he often played gunslingers or slick criminals. After a career of being in front of the lights, camera and audience, Danton decided to try his hand at directing and like many before and after him, he would start in the horror genre. His first was in 1972 with the little known vampire flick Deathmaster starring "Count Yorga" himself, Robert Quarry. A year later he would direct new footage for Julio Salvador's Hannah, Queen of the Vampires aka Crypt of the Living Dead. Finally in 1975 he made his last and most well known film, Psychic Killer before beginning his career directing television shows like "Quincy" and "Cagney & Lacy" on into the late 1980s.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Get out your tissues, Julie Strain is a Temptress and SORCERESS!

Director: Jim Wynorski

Cast: Linda Blair, Edward Albert, Julie Strain, Larry Poindexter

Synapse Films / All Region / Unrated / 1.78:1 widescreen / DTS-HD 2.0 stereo / 89 minutes

Extras: Audio Commentary with Director Jim Wynorski / Additional Audio Commentary with Director Jim Wynorski and SPFX Artist/Actor/Director, Tom Savini

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The late '80s and early '90s were a heyday for erotic direct-to-video horror, fantasy and thrillers. On the heels of smash hits like Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct, low-budget filmmakers would begin churning out the softcore smut adorned in "legit" movie trappings. Mom and pop video stores across the U.S. were full of shelves heaving with VHS tapes splashed with half naked women like Shannon Whirry, Shannon Tweed, Monique Parent and a personal favorite, the Amazonian goddess, Julie Strain. These sexy ladies also took over late-night cable TV, specifically on Cinemax after 11pm; Cinemax After Dark. A young man's dark, shivering fantasies would come to life in the form of a big-breasted (usually fake) seductresses brought to life by director's like Zalman King, Gregory Hippolyte (Gregory Dark), Andy Sidaris and Jim Wynorski.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Reel Gore Releasing is about to unleash some VIOLENT SHIT


The newly formed Cult Epics imprint Reel Gore Releasing has made available the details of their debut title, Luigi Pastore's in-name-only re-imagining of Andreas Schnaas' splatter classic Violent Shit from 1989. The first 3000 copies will include a collectible blu-ray/DVD slipcase and sleeve, a CD of the original soundtrack by Claudio Simonetti's "Goblin" and a 24 page booklet. This "shit" will be available August 9th! Check out the details below and PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY NOW!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Paul Naschy is THE MAN WITH THE SEVERED HEAD!

Director: Juan Fortuny

Starring: Paul Naschy, Silvia Solar, Olivier Mathot

Redemption Films / Region A / Unrated / 1.66:1 widescreen / English and French language / 89 and 98 minute versions

EXTRAS: Standard 89-minute version and the complete, more sexually explicit 98-minute version / Audio commentary by horror film historian Richard Harland Smith

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Paul Naschy has been called "the Spanish Lon Chaney" because of his long career playing some of the most beloved horror movie icons like Count Dracula, Mr. Hyde and a mummy. His career began in 1961 as an extra in Nicholas Ray's King of Kings and would carry on until his death at the age of 75 in 2009. His most popular role was as the wolfman, Waldemar Daninsky. That character would appear in a series of eleven films and would make Naschy a horror legend. Sandwiched in between two of those films, Dr. Jekyll vs. The Werewolf and Curse of the Devil, Naschy would star as a criminal whose brain transplant doesn't quite go as planned and mayhem ensues.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Blu-ray Details: Henenlotter's BASKET CASE 2 and THE PROGENY



PRESS RELEASE
1982’s BASKET CASE introduced horror fans to Duane Bradley and his twin brother Belial, and a new horror classic was born. They also introduced the world to Frank Henenlotter, the uniquely crazed talent who would later give us BRAIN DAMAGE and FRANKENHOOKER. In 1990 and ‘91, Henenlotter and star Kevin Van Hentenryck returned for two even more demented sequels, both coming to Blu-ray from Synapse Films August 9th!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Cult Epics launches new extreme video label Reel Gore Releasing

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Cult Epics founder Nico B and film producer Steve Aquilina will be launching a new horror label REEL GORE RELEASING as of August 2016, distributed thru CAV (home of Cult Epics, Synapse, Grindhouse) in North America. With the recent success of the horror films of Jorg Buttgereit (Nekromantik) and Angst, Nico B teamed up with Steve Aquilina from 8-Films to launch a new label for newly produced gore horror films to premiere on video and digital.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Severin reveals DOCTOR BUTCHER, M.D. Blu-ray details!

FIRST EVER DISC RELEASE OF THE NOTORIOUS DOCTOR BUTCHER, M.D.

Remember that jungle/cannibal/zombie/holocaust cycle from the '70s and '80s? You know; Cannibal Holocaust, The Man From Deep River, Jungle Holocaust, Cannibal Ferox, etc. Those movies were over-the-top gore and offensive as fuck but possibly the most outrageous of the them all is Marino Girolami's Zombie Holocaust aka Doctor Butcher, M.D. This one has it all; a mad scientist, cannibals AND zombies, loads of gore, sleaze and well, some pretty inept, low budget filmmaking. All of the things that make this one of my most anticipated releases of the year!
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