Tuesday, July 17, 2018

88 Films Pays Tribute to the Late Great Umberto Lenzi with a Mega-Edition of his All-Time Terror Classic EYEBALL (1975)!

EYEBALL (1975) 
Dual-Format Blu-ray 

Label: 99 Films
Region Code: B
Rating: Cert.15
Duration: 92 Minutes
Audio: English and Italian, DTS-HD MA Dual Mono with Optional English Subtitles 
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (2.35:1)
Director: Umberto Lenzi 
Cast: Martine Brochard, John Richardson, Ines Pellegrini

On general release from August 27th but shipping from the 88 Films website SOON is one of the grand guignol greats of giallo horror!

Long since regarded as an underrated name among the top tier Italian terror directors, Umberto Lenzi sadly left us just one year ago. As such, we at 88 Films have been preparing the ultimate edition of what is widely regarded as his most mesmerising horror hit – the 1975 stalk ‘n’ slash shocker EYEBALL! In this eerie bout of blood-splashed brilliance, a tour bus visiting some especially scenic Spanish resorts encounters a series of gruesome goings-on when one-by-one various tourists begin to lose their peepers to a red-gloved (yes, not a black-gloved!) slaughterer. It is difficult to predict how this rollercoaster ride of knife-play plasma-spilling fear will conclude but one thing is for sure… no one has seen EYEBALL looking better than in this amazing new 2k scan which comes as a packed (and we mean PACKED) limited special edition.

Never before seen in the UK, this spectacular 88 Films debut of EYEBALL will surely, finally, give Lenzi his standing as one of the finest fright-makers to ever step on a sanguine-caked movie set. Priced at the frankly astonishing bargain price of £15.99, EYEBALL is available for pre-order from 88 Films NOW and comes accompanied by a new 85 minute long documentary, ALL EYES ON LENZI: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE ITALIAN EXPLOITATION TITAN – which contains not just unseen Lenzi interview footage and an entire breakdown of the late, great exploitation-helmer’s phenomenal celluloid musings but is an official selection of the SITGES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018! In addition, this outrageously enthusiastic package includes and additional chat with the actress Martine Brochard whose credits include the likes of THE VIOLENT PROFESSIONALS and many other greats of the Rome-based gore-game. As well as original trailers and an audio commentary from Justin Kerswell and the Hysteria Continues team, fans can look forward to an extensive booklet that charts and horror highs and bullet-ridden police ballets of the one and only Umberto Lenzi!  

(Also live on the 88 Films site as of today are SURF NAZIS MUST DIE and the VHS-era masterpiece of creepy creature feature mayhem DEADTIME STORIES! Both attesting to the dedication that the label takes to resurrecting and revamping some of the most demanded exploitation and B-movie horror of yesteryear! We, as always, appreciate your support and encouragement!)

- Brand New 2K Transfer of the Film restored and regraded from original elements 
- ALL EYES ON LENZI: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE ITALIAN EXPLOITATION TITAN - Brand new feature length documentary (80 minutes) detailing the work and legacy of Rome’s most prolific grindhouse nightmare-maker. Features never-before-seen interview footage with Lenzi himself and comments from critics John Martin, Manlio Gomarasca and Rachael Nisbet, academics Calum Waddell and Mikel Koven, actors Danilo Mattei and Giovanni Lombardo Radice and director and writer Scooter McCrae!! 
- Eyeballs on Martine Brochard: 2018 Interview with Actress Martine Brochard 
- Eyeball Locations Featurette 
- Audio Commentary by the Hysteria Continues 
- Eyeball Trailers 
- Reversible sleeve featuring alternative artwork 
- 4 original “Gatti rossi in un labirinto di vetro” lobby card reproductions 
-Limited edition booklet featuring All About Umberto: an extensive and intricate 6000 word look back at the work of an Italian genre-bending legend... by Calum Waddell 
- Additional booklet copy - Cats and Eyeballs: An interview with Umberto Lenzi by Eugenio Ercolani

BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR (2003) (Vestron Blu-ray Review)


Label: Lionsgate/Vestron Video Collector's Series 
Region: Region-Free
Rating: R (but actually the unrated cut) 
Duration: 96 Minutes 
Audio: English DTS-HD MA Surround 5.1 with Optional English Subtitles 
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.78:1)
Director: Brian Yuzna
Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Jason Barry, Elsa Pataky, Santiago Segura, Simon Andreau 

After causing the Miskatonic University Massacre, Dr. Herbert West has been serving a prison sentence for the past 14 years. When Howard, a new young doctor, comes to work as the prison MD and requests Dr. West’s assistance, Dr. West discovers that Howard has something he left behind 14 years ago...

Beyond Re-Animator opens up with a wonderful pre-credit sequence of a pair of kids having an old fashioned  sleepover in their backyard, they're telling scary stories to each other in a tent and then take a break to go back inside the house to give one of the boy's sister a hard time.  Inside the trio are attacked by one of Herbert Wests re-animated corpses, apparently having wandered in from across the street, it's a stunning looking corpse that is missing it's lower jaw with its tongue hanging out in a sickening way. It kills the teen girl and then begins drinking milk straight from the carton before a cop shows up and blows it away. The traumatized kid watches as the cops arrest Dr. West (Jeffrey Combs, From Beyond) and put him in the back of a police cruiser, then finding a syringe full of the glowing green re-agent and the opening credits begin to roll, it's a start to the film.

Thirteen years later we catch-up with West now in prison, still working away on his unnatural quest to defy death, but in the time passed he's begun working on a new key component of the re-animation process, something he calls "Nano-Plasmic Energy", an energy that can be extracted from the brain and stored in a glass capsule/fuse that can then be transferred into the body of another re-animated corpse, which when used along with re-agent can theoretically restore the re-animated to a more natural state, and not one of the mindless psycho zombie-types usually associated with the serum. As he's in prison his experiments have been rudimentary and relegated to the rat population, up to this point he has had no re-agent serum to further test his theories, but all that's about to change with the arrival of a new prison doc. 

A new doctor arrived at the prison and he requests that Dr. West be assigned as his assistant, it turns out that new doc Howard Phillips (Jason Barry, Titanic) was the very same kid whose sister was murdered by one of West's creations thirteen years earlier. He's been obsessed with the Dr.'s work ever since and the two begin immediately working on a new batch of re-agent. The doc has also brought with him that syringe of re-agent he kept all those years ago, it's degraded some but the results are as problematic as you might expect, re-agent has never been without its share of unintended repercussions and it's no different this time. 

Tonally the movie is a bit of a departure from the previous entries, gone is Bruce Abbott as Dan Cain, West's former partner having turned state's evidence against him, and he's missed.  Also being set in a prison gives it a different feel and dynamic, as does  being shot in Spain but set in America. The tone and locations may be different, but Jeffrey Combs is still the quirky over-serious doc we've loved for years, and Howard Phillips makes for a good stand-in for the Dan Cain-type character for West. The new doc even has a tragic love-interest by way of an attractive local reporter named Laura (Elsa Pataky, Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt) who arrives at the prison to do a story about it's sadistic Warden Brando (Simón Andreu, The Blood Spattered Bride), who turns his pervy eyes onto Laura, which ends with her violent death after she refuses his come-ons and he learns of the unflattering true nature of her story. Of course this leads to Phillips ill-advisedly using the re-agent on his doomed lover, which only further damns everyone involved with the expected results when the prison breaks out into a riot, with the re-agent being spread around in liberal doses causing all sorts of freaky weirdness.

The special effects in this one are realized by Screamin’ Mad George (Society) and look very good, we get a handful of re-agent zombies, including a rat-like variant of the prison warden, a man cut in half, the jawless zombie from the beginning of the film, tit-munching and some digital effects that aren't too shabby for the time period, but the digital stuff is mostly relegated to small touches, but it looks like all the gore is practical, so that's good news, n the gore department this one is tops. 

Audio/Video: The unrated cut of Beyond Re-Animator (2003) arrives on region-free Blu-ray from the Lionsgate's Vestron Video Collector's Series in 1080p HD framed in 1.78:1 widescreen, it has a healthy veneer of film grain, and is easily superior to the recent region-B locked release from Umbrella Entertainment which had some DNR baked into the master they used, that release is reviewed HERE. The Vestron image is brighter and not de-grained, fine detail offering more of Herbert West's signature facial wrinkles and furrowed brow, skin tones look warmer and the image has better clarity and depth. Black levels are good looking, and while there's some minor noise evident throughout this is a very good looking presentation, easily the better of the two versions available on Blu-ray right now. Check out the screenshot comparison of the two releases below, while I prefer the Vestron release notice how blown out the whites are in the first comparison shot of the re-animated guy drinking milk compared to the Umbrella release, it looks a bit too hot, losing some detail, but that's really the only shot that looks iffy in the comparison, the increase in detail is rather noticeable in the close-ups.

Audio comes by way of an English DTS-HD MA Surround 5.1 that sounds very good, there are no issues with distortion or hiss, and the Xavier Capellas score which heavily references Richard Band's score for the first two films gets some nice depth. This is front heavy mix but the score and some directional audio get some play in the surrounds, everything sounds clean and well-balanced, optional English subtitles are provided.

Onto the extras we gets loads of new stuff beginning with an isolated score and audio interview with Composer Xavier Capellas moderated by Michael Felsher of Red Shirt Pictures. Director Brian Yuzna shows up for a new nineteen minute interview speaking about setting it in a prison, what it was like shooting in Spain with a Spanish crew who weren't aware of the previous films, trying to recapture the tone of the series with only himself and Jeffrey Combs returning from the previous film. He also discusses the idea of nano-plasmic energy and the special effects used in the film. 
Jeffrey Combs shows up for a new 20-minute interview, he discusses the series, speaking of the space in between the series, shooting in Spain with Brian Yuzna, and the hurdles they had to overcome like the sometimes thick Spanish accents, which were overcome with  editing and voice over. He also describes the script as having potential but being a bit clunky, a work in progress, but thinking the kernel at the heart of the story was strong.

S. T. Joshi, author of I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft, who also appears on Vestron Dagon Blu-ray release,  shows up for a 16-minute interview discussing H.P. Lovecraft, his early career, the writing of Herbert West: Re-Animator, and how the the films compare to the source material, saying that the first film is actually quite faithful, capturing the wild grisliness of the source, and stating the original film is his preference of the series. 

The disc is buttoned-up with the original Brian Yuzna audio commentary that appears on previous home video versions, a five-minute gallery of production artwork by illustrator Richard Raaphorst with score from the film. I  am not sure what movie he was sketching for but I want to see that surreal nightmare movie he thought he was sketching these for, some great imagery in there. We also get the original 17-min EPK with vintage interviews from Director Brian Yuzna, and the cast including Jeffrey Combs, Jason Barry, Elsa Pataky, Santiago Segura, and Simon Andreau. There's also a 17-min still gallery, the theatrical trailer, the international trailer, and of course that awful Dr. Reanimator "Move Your Dead Bones” music video that seems to be on all the releases of the film, and spoiler alert, it hasn't got better with age. 

The single-disc release comes housed in a standard Blu-ray keepcase with a one-sided sleeve of artwork, the wrap, slipcover and disc all feature the same key artwork, the slip is branded with the Vestron Collector's Series, and both the spine of the wrap and slipcover are numbered, this being number fifteen, and it looks great on the shelf with my handful of other Vestron titles. Notably, this release is branded with the R-rating, but it looks to be the unrated cut, which includes about eight seconds of additional gore by way of the junkie's guts bursting and some additional eye-trauma, and Laura's throat being slashed. 


Special Features: 
- Audio Commentary with Director Brian Yuzna
- NEW – Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with Composer Xavier Capellas
- NEW – “Beyond and Back” – An Interview with Director Brian Yuzna (19 min) 
- NEW – “Death Row Sideshow” – An Interview with Actor Jeffrey Combs  (20 min) 
- NEW – “Six Shots By Midnight” – An Interview with S. T. Joshi, author of I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft (16 min) 
-  NEW – Production Art Gallery by Illustrator Richard Raaphorst (5 min) 
- Still Gallery (17 min) 
- Vintage EPK Featurette (18 min) 
- “Dr. Reanimator – Move Your Dead Bones” Music Video (4 min) 
- Theatrical Trailer (1 min) 
- International Trailer (2 min)

Beyond Re-Animator (2003) is third in the series and is last in terms of quality, while the story is an interesting examination of the evolution of the re-animation process and there's some keen practical effects the acting is uneven and the tone is inconsistent. Jeffrey Combs is still great as Herbert West, I just wish the movie around his performance was a bit better. but I will say that this one gets slightly better with each watch, but it's still a let-down compared to the previous entries. That being said this is easily the best looking version of the film on Blu-ray and the only one with new extras, making this the one to own when it comes down to it.

The cult favorite slasher, American Psycho 4K comes to 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (Plus Blu-ray™ and Digital) on September 25th from Lionsgate


Available on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack
Including Both Dolby Vision™ and Dolby Atmos®

Street Date: September 25th 2018
4K UHD SRP: $22.99

Sit back, relax, and turn on some Phil Collins, becauseAmerican Psycho: Uncut Version arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital) September 25 from Lionsgate. This groundbreaking thriller based on the acclaimed book by Bret Easton Ellis stars Academy Award® winners Christian Bale (Best Supporting Actor, The Fighter, 2010), Jared Leto (Best Supporting Actor, Dallas Buyers Club, 2013), and Reese Witherspoon (Best Actress, Walk the Line, 2005), alongside Academy Award® nominee Willem Dafoe (Best Supporting Actor, The Florida Project, 2017) as well as Justin Theroux and Josh Lucas. Experience four times the resolution of full HD with 4K along with Dolby Vision HDR, which brings entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. The release also features Dolby Atmos audio, which puts you in the action with bigger, more encompassing sound that fills your room – even overhead – to immerse you in your entertainment. The American Psycho: Uncut Version 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack is loaded with special features, including an all-new commentary by writer/director Mary Harron, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.99

Patrick Bateman, a young, well-to-do man working on Wall Street at his father's company, kills for no reason at all. As his life progresses, his hatred for the world becomes more and more intense. Based on the book by Bret Easton Ellis. Screenplay by Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner. Directed by Mary Harron.

Christian Bale The Dark Knight, American Hustle
Willem Dafoe The Florida Project, Platoon
Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club, Suicide Squad
Josh Lucas A Beautiful Mind, Poseidon, Sweet Home Alabama
Samantha Mathis Super Mario Bros., Little Women, The Punisher
Matt Ross The Aviator, Face/Off
Bill Sage TV’s “Hap and Leonard,”We Are What We Are
Chloë Sevigny Lean on Pete, Boys Don’t Cry
Cara Seymour Adaptation, You’ve Got Mail
Justin Theroux Mulholland Drive, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
Guinevere Turner Dogma, Chasing Amy
Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line, Wild

- NEW Audio Commentary with writer/director Mary Harron
- Previously Recorded Audio Commentary with writer/director Mary Harron
- Audio Commentary with writer Guinevere Turner
- Deleted Scenes with optional director Audio Commentary
- “The ‘80s: Downtown” Featurette
- “American Psycho: From Book to Screen” Featurette

Year of Production: 2000
Title Copyright: © 2000 Lions Gate Films Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: Unrated. This motion previously was released in a version rated R for strong violence, sexuality, drug use and language. This unrated version contains material different from the original R-rated version.

Genre: Thriller, Horror
Closed Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH
Feature Running Time: 102 Minutes
4K Ultra HD™ Format: Dolby Vision, 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 Widescreen 2.35:1 Presentation
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 Widescreen 2.35:1 Presentation
4K Ultra HD™ Audio Status: English Dolby Atmos
Blu-ray Audio Status: English DTS-HD Master Audio™, English 5.1 Dolby Audio™

Lionsgate is proud to announce Hereditary, starring Academy Award® nominated Toni Collette, arriving on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD on September 4th.


The Terrifying Psychological Thriller Arrives on
4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD on September 4 from Lionsgate

A family’s darkest secrets surface when Hereditary arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), and DVD September 4 from Lionsgate. Academy Award® nominee Toni Collette “is raw, almost feral, making us feel in our marrow what it’s like to be a mother losing control of her family and maybe her mind” (Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly) in this riveting film from writer-director Ari Aster (Munchausen, The Strange Thing About the Johnsons) about a grieving family haunted by tragic and disturbing events. From the producers of The Witch and Split, Hereditary is being lauded as “a new horror classic” by the Los Angeles Times and as “this generation’s The Exorcist” by Time Out New York. The Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™ horror film also stars Alex Wolff (Patriot’s Day, My Friend Dahmer), newcomer Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd (TV’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”), and Gabriel Byrne (The Man in the Iron Mask, TV’s “Vikings”).

When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.

Take home Hereditary and go behind the scenes with the cast and crew in a featurette exclusive to the home entertainment release, offering a revealing account of what it took to create this harrowing tale. Also included in the home entertainment release are nine never-before-seen deleted scenes and an “Evil in Miniature” photo gallery. Experience four times the resolution of full HD with 4K along with Dolby Vision™ HDR, which brings entertainment to life through ultravivid picture quality.  When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. The Hereditary 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.

- Deleted Scenes
- “Cursed: The True Nature of Hereditary” Featurette
- “Evil in Miniature” Photo Gallery

Trailer: https://youtu.be/E2bvCHiteHg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HereditaryMovie/
Instagram: @hereditarymovie
Twitter: @HereditaryMovie

Year of Production: 2018

Title Copyright: Hereditary © 2018 Hereditary Film Productions, LLC and A24 Distribution, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2018 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for horror violence, disturbing images, language, drug use and brief graphic nudity
Genre: Horror
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 127 Minutes
4K Ultra HD™ Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 Widescreen 2.00:1 Presentation with Dolby Vision
BD Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 Widescreen 2.00:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen 2.00:1 Presentation
4K Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master AudioTM
BD Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master AudioTM
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Audio™

Friday, July 13, 2018

Severin Films Presents Del Tenney's THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH (1964) – the Original Horror-Monster Musical Uncut on Blu-ray For the First Time Ever!


Label: Severin Films
Release Date: August 28th 2018 
Region Code: A
Audio: English Dolby Digital Mono
Video: B/W 1080p HD Widescreen (1.85:1) 
Duration: 78 minutes in English
Director: Del Tenney
Cast: John Scott, Alice Lyon, Allan Laurel

In 1964, 20th Century Fox released an independent shocker – shot in two weeks for $50,000 outside Stamford, Connecticut by local producer/director Del Tenney – advertised as “The First Horror-Monster Musical.” More than 50 years later, this “Absolute classic of exploitation cinema” (Legends Magazine), returns like you’ve never seen or heard it before.

When nuclear waste dumped into the ocean mutates a shipwreck full of corpses, it will unleash an onslaught of bikini teens, surprising gore, dubious science, an intrepid maid, The Del-Aires, and arguably the greatest, worst monsters in horror movie history. Severin is proud to present this cult favorite from “Connecticut’s own Ed Wood” (Stamford Advocate), now featuring a new 2k scan from the original negative and loaded with all-new Special Features like nothing that ever stalked this earth!

Special Features: 
- Return to Party Beach: A Retrospective Documentary on The Horror of Party Beach.
- It's the Living End: An Encounter with The Del-Aires - Interview with band members Bobby Osborne and Ronnie Linares.
- Shock & Roll: Filmmaker Tim Sullivan on Rock & Roll Horror Movies.
- Archival interview with Director Del Tenney.
- Trailer.

CBS Films and Lionsgate will release HELL FEST in theaters September 28th, 2018

Welcome to HELL FEST, a terrifying new vision of horror from director Gregory Plotkin (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Editor – Get Out, Happy Death Day) and Producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator).

If you dare, prepare yourself for unimaginable scares in the Green Band Teaser Trailer coming next week…

Distributors: CBS Films & Lionsgate
Directed by: Gregory Plotkin
Written By: Seth M. Sherwood
Produced by: Gale Anne Hurd


A masked serial killer turns a horror themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.

College student NATALIE (Forsyth) is visiting her childhood best friend BROOKE (Edwards) and her roommate TAYLOR (Taylor-Klaus).  If it was any other time of year these three and their boyfriends might be heading to a concert or bar, but it is Halloween which means that like everyone else they will be bound for HELL FEST – a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town.  Ever year thousands follow Hell Fest to experience fear at the ghoulish carnival of nightmares.

But for one visitor, Hell Fest is not the attraction – it is a hunting ground.  An opportunity to slay in plain view of a gawking audience, too caught up in the terrifyingly fun atmosphere to recognize the horrific reality playing out before their eyes.  As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowds continues to rise, he turns his masked face to NATALIE, BROOKE, TAYLOR and their boyfriends who will fight to survive the night.

A terrifying thrill ride from iconic horror producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator) and director Gregory Plotkin (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Editor – Get Out, Happy Death Day), this September, audiences will discover that it’s fun going in… but it’s hell getting out.