Horror and Cult Film News- 24/7/2014

slasher studiosNothing beats a festive holiday slasher and with only 153 days to go until Christmas what better way to celebrate this upcoming festive season by showing your support for this new project by Slasher Studios: Dismembering Christmas. Some of you might remember GSC covered the studio’s previous project Don’t Go to the Reunion here.

Check out this new Kickstarter page for the upcoming feature, with some smashing perks on offer, it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to an early Christmas gift- here.

 

 

 

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Bored with the lack of decent horror, trash and filth on Netflix then check out this! Full Moon Streaming have just signed on Something Weird to expand their already flavoursome catalogue, at just $6.99 a month- and some free DVDs and perks for those who sign up on a longer subscription- this is definitely worth checking out! For further details click here.

 

 

 

 

 

New and Upcoming Releases.

Just in from the up and coming UK Cult specialist label 88 Films a season of slasher films to whet the appetite of any fan in their SLASHER CLASSICS COLLECTION. Featuring no less than two former video nasties this is one season to look out for! See the press release quoted here for further details…

88 Films Goes Back to the Golden Age of Gore…

THE SLASHER CLASSICS COLLECTION

A CELEBRATION OF TEEN-KILL CARNAGE – UNCUT, UNLEASHED AND UNHINGED!

Ask any self-respecting slasher buff about the genre’s ‘golden age’ and they will doubtlessly wax poetic about the plasma-packed pot-boilers of the 1980s – the decade of destruction that gave us Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and the transsexual teen-tormenter of the Sleepaway Camp series. Given the label’s name, what better way for 88 Films to celebrate this halcyon era of horror than with a series of numbered and collectible sanguine-splashed shockers from the period of VHS and video nasties?

 Hence, 88 Films is proud to announce the launch of a new “SLASHER CLASSICS” line – kicking off with a digitally re-mastered DVD release of Don Gronquist’s notorious censor-baiting backwoods sickie Unhinged (1982). Further fearful fun will be delivered with Don’t Go in the Woods (1981) – the effortlessly enjoyable “hunt ‘em and kill ‘em” epic that once had British authorities outlawing its very exhibition! Directed by James Bryan, Don’t Go in the Woods is a catalogue of splatter-slapstick craziness which lines up a group of campers and crushes them in increasingly comical ways. Take it from us: this maddening mash-up of absurdity and arteries really does have to be seen to be believed!

 Following on from this bout of bad-actor bludgeoning will be a new BluRay bow for Herb Freed’s student-filleting frightener Graduation Day (1981), in which high school pupils meet a sticky end from a mysterious stalker in a fencing mask. Adding to the onscreen allure of Graduation Day is a cast of cult veterans that includes Christopher George (City of the Living Dead, Pieces), beloved Scream Queen Linnea Quigley (Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Return of the Living Dead) and future small screen celebrity, and Playboy cover girl, Vanna White.

 Finally (at least for now) 88 Films is proud to present Charles Kaufman’s Mother’s Day (1980) – a macabre movie so effective that Hollywood A-lister Brett Ratner (director of the Rush Hour series and this summer’s Hercules) produced a 2010 remake headlined by Rebecca De Mornay. As usual, though, it is the original which packs the biggest punch. Boasting a tone that is both sinister and satirical – Mother’s Day has three female friends accidentally stumble upon the land of the most dysfunctional family this side of Leatherface and his clan. What follows is not for the faint-hearted – indeed, in his original review the late, great Roger Ebert accused this controversial creeper of wallowing in “images of vile and depraved sadism”!!! You can make up your own minds when Mother’s Day arrives on UK BluRay in early 2015.

 Each release in this very special collection will boast a numbered spine, additional features, a reversible sleeve and an informative new booklet, with writing on each respective film, from author Calum Waddell – the erstwhile producer of such documentaries as 88 Films’ own SLICE AND DICE: THE SLASHER FILM FOREVER. Most importantly, of course, we can promise uncut and uncensored prints – with each hack em’ up epic looking bloodier and better than ever before!

 

Also announced this week US label Severin are set to release some new titles…

Starting with Santa Sangre- due for release on DVD (14/8/2014)

santa sangreSanta Sangre
In the 1970s, his legendary films EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN redefined movies as both art and entertainment while changing the face of cinema forever. And in 1989, visionary writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky returned with his modern masterpiece: It is the story of a young circus performer, the crime of passion that shatters his soul, and the macabre journey back to the world of his armless mother, deaf-mute lover, and murder. It is an odyssey of ecstasy and anguish, belief and blasphemy, beauty and madness. It is unlike any movie you have ever seen before…or ever will. Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra and Guy Stockwell star in this epic of surreal genius. One of the most provocative and unforgettable motion picture experience of our time is now fully restored.

Special Features:
-Audio Commentary with Jodorowsky and Journalist Alan Jones
-Deleted scenes with Jodorowsky Commentary
-Theatrical Trailer
-Japanese Trailer

Wild Geese hits DVD on 12/8/2014

wildgeese

Screen legends Richard Burton, Roger Moore and Richard Harris star as a team of aging mercenaries hired by a wealthy industrialist for one final mission: Recruit and train a squad of desperate commandos, parachute into an unstable African nation, snatch its deposed President from a maximum security army prison, escape via the military- controlled airport, and massacre anyone who gets in their way. Getting to the target will be murder. But when the group is double-crossed, getting out alive may be impossible. Hardy Kruger (A BRIDGE TOO FAR), Frank Finlay ( THE THREE MUSKETEERS), Barry Foster (FRENZY ) and Stewart Granger (KING SOLOMON’S MINES) co-star in this blood & guts action classic, now packed with all-new Bonus Features!

Special Features:
The Wild Geese Director – Exclusive New Interview with Director Andrew V. McLaglen
-The Mercenary – Exclusive New Interview with Military Advisor Mike Hoare
-The Last of The Gentleman Producers Documentary on Producer Euan Lloyd featuring Lloyd, Roger Moore, Joan Armatrading, Ingrid Pitt & more
-Audio Commentary with Producer Euan Lloyd, star Roger Moore, Second Unit Director John Glen. Moderated by Filmmaker Jonathan Sothcott
-The Flight of The Wild Geese -Vintage Featurette
-The Wild Geese Royal Charity Premiere Newsreel
-Theatrical Trailer

 

US Cult label Vinegar Syndrome announce a newly restored blu-ray/DVD combo for slasher classic Graduation Day for September 9/9/2014

graduation dayGraduation Day
DVD + Blu-ray Combo

After the death of a high school track star during a race, a mysterious, fencing-mask wearing killer begins murdering her friends and teachers. Who could the killer be? Her disgruntled coach? Her angry sister? Her violent boyfriend? As the bodies pile up, a twisted mystery unfolds, slowly revealing itself as it moves towards its bloody climax. One of the quintessential high school set slasher films of the early 80s, Vinegar Syndrome is bringing GRADUATION DAY to blu-ray, newly restored in 4K and presented in its original aspect ratio for the very first time!Bonus Features: New 4K restoration from the Camera Negative, + Interview with Producer David Baughn + Interview with Editor Martin Sadoff + Interview with Star Patch Mackenzie
While US label Intervision release Grindhouse Trailer Classics to DVD on 12/8/2014

 

grindhouse trailer classicsGrindhouse Trailer Classics Volume 1
DVD

GRINDHOUSE cinemas could once be found in the sleaziest and run-down areas of America’s grimiest cities. New York’s 42nd Street was one of the most famous trash pit hangouts for denizens of the lower depths. From dusk ’till dawn the theatres would screen a mind-boggling assortment of movies featuring lashings of sex, gore and violence – and if you were lucky, you’d get all three! SEE for the first time ever on DVD in America you can now sit back and take a twisted trip back to the glory days of the sleazy 60s and 70s for a roaring rampage through a two-hour hand-picked collection of some of the most insane examples of trailer trash ever to slash and burn their way through a Grindhouse cinema projector.

MARVEL at the fact that most of the actual films themselves could never live up to the jaw dropping lunacy of these incredible trailers, some of which can today be considered true masterpieces in advertising and marketing. With their often hilarious voice-overs and mind-bending taglines, plus all the best bits from the movies themselves, they add up to one thing – sheer entertainment! BE AMAZED that Contemporary Directors such as Quentin Tarantino (GRINDHOUSE), Eli Roth (HOSTEL) and Rob Zombie (THE DEVIL’S REJECTS) have all since revisited these movies and have made their own supercharged movies relying heavily on the essence of many of these seventies Grindhouse cinema classics. Tarantino in particular has drawn a huge amount of his inspiration from these movies and trailers in many of his films, so we’ve included some of his favorites here – see if you can spot them!

THRILL to the fact that many of the then unknown actors and filmmakers from these choice cuts went on to much bigger and better things, so it’s no surprise that these fantastic flicks have since achieved cult status, making GRINDHOUSE TRAILER CLASSICS a must-own DVD that’s ideal for parties in your very own private Grindhouse…

Special Features:
Bump ‘N’ Grind
Grindhouse Poster Gallery

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