Sunday, December 22, 2013


Hands down Shout! Factory classic horror imprint Scream Factory were my top horror label in 2013 with gorgeous restored editions of classic 80's horror titles with vintage and brand new special features. 

Picking a favorite from the bunch would be difficult - there's just too much fun stuff! I would give a special shout out to the crew at Scream for bringing the John Carpenter love in 2013 with definitive 1080p editions of Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) The Fog (1980), Prince of Darkness (1987) and the long out-of-print horror anthology Body Bags (1993). Hopefully these re-issues are not just pleasing legions of die-hard Carpenter fans but turning the next generation onto these fantastic films. Hope to see more John Carpenter love from Scream going forward, though their are none on the 2014 slate as of yet.

Scream also delved into deluxe Blu-ray box set editions this past year with the release of The Amityville Trilogy and the superb Vincent Price Collection, The Price multi-set is truly one of the best boxes of the year and I hope we see a second volume down the line. 

Separate from box sets and the Carpenter titles I have a great fondness for their gorgeous editions of Stuart Gordon's ooze classic From Beyond (1986), the camp-slasher class The Burning (1981) and Tobe Hooper's space-vampire epic Lifeforce (1986).

Before we go into what's been announced for 2014 let's have a look at what Scream Factory have unleashed upon the world so far beginning with their initial release of Halloween II (1981) and beyond. Click the "REVIEW" link next to the title to see our reviews!

Halloween II
Halloween III
Terror Train
The Funhouse
They Live
The Island
Death Valley
Deadly Blessing 
The Nest 
TerrorVision/The Video Dead 
Phantasm II (REVIEW
From Beyond (REVIEW)
Vampire Lovers (REVIEW)
The Burning 
Town that Dreaded Sundown (with The Evictors as a bonus movie on the DVD only) 
Lifeforce (REVIEW)
The Howling (REVIEW)
Dead Souls (REVIEW)
The Fog (REVIEW)
The Incredible Melting Man 
Swamp Thing *
X-ray / Schizoid double feature (REVIEW
Dark Angel (REVIEW)
Q: The Winged Serpent (REVIEW)
Cockneys vs. Zombies *
Scanners II & Scanners III (REVIEW)
Day of the Dead (REVIEW)
Psycho II (REVIEW)
Prince of Darkness (REVIEW)
The Amityville Trilogy Box Set (REVIEW
All Night Horror Marathon (What’s the Matter with Helen, The Vagrant, The Godsend, The Outing) (REVIEW)
The Vincent Price Collection (REVIEW
Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear *
All Night Horror Marathon 2 (Cellar Dweller, The Dungeonmaster, Contamination 7, Catacombs) (REVIEW)
Body Bags (REVIEW)
Assault on Precinct 13 (REVIEW)
Night of the Comet (REVIEW)
Eve of Destruction
The Horror Show *
Saturn 3*
TV Terrors (Are you in the House Alone? / The Initiation of Sarah)*
The Beast Within *
Crawlspace *
* denotes a title missing from my collection, damn!

Alright, so obviously most of us are gonna have holes in our collection. Scream Factory don't exactly make it easy to keep up with their output with what is surely one of the most aggressive release schedules of any genre label - it's truly dizzying. 

Onto what's to come from Scream Factory in 2014 we begin with the remake of 1942's Cat People starring the very sexy Natassia Kinski! Where able I have provided artwork and edition details - Amazon pre-orders can be found at the bottom of the post. 

CAT PEOPLE (1982)  (1/21) 

The 1982 feline flick (with Nastassja Kinski, sex, violence and a great David Bowie single) arrives on Blu for the first time with all-new extras 

A remake of the 1942 Jacques Tourneur horror/noir classic, Cat People stars Nastassia Kinski as Irena, a beautiful young woman who discovers love for the first time only to find that the experience brings tragic consequences. The tremendous passion of this girl’s first romantic love is so strong, however, it bypasses the chaos around her – including the extraordinary demands of her brother (Malcolm McDowell, A Clockwork Orange) – as it pushes her on to her own bizarre destiny. Written and Directed by Paul Schrader (Hardcore, American Gigolo, Affliction), this erotic fantasy about the passion and terror surrounding this first love also stars John Heard (C.H.U.D.), Annette O’Toole (48 Hrs.), Ruby Dee (Do The Right Thing) and Lynn Lowry (They Came From Within).

Bonus features:
- New interviews with writer/director Paul Schrader, Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John - Heard, Annette O’Toole, Lynn Lowry and composer Giorgio Moroder
- Theatrical Trailer
- Still Gallery
- TV Spot 


The Beast Of Hollow Mountain
Based on an idea by the legendary special effects wizard Willis O’Brien (King Kong, Son Of Kong, The Lost World), The Beast Of Hollow Mountain is a classic creature feature. An American rancher living in Mexico is staying near Hollow Mountain, an impenetrable swamp where, stories have it, dwells a living prehistoric Tyrannosaurus Rex!

The Neanderthal Man
A mad scientist uses his new serum on his housekeeper, turning her into an ape-woman. Like most crazed scientists, he then tries the serum on himself, creating…The Neanderthal Man! Robert Shayne (How To Make A Monster) and Beverly Garland (It Conquered The World, The Alligator People) star in this harrowing creature feature.


Boris Karloff, the greatest horror star of all time, takes center stage in this “menagerie of horrors” (Motion Picture Daily) that “spins out shock after shock” (Boxoffice). Like a deadly potion bubbling with eerie mansions, secret experiments and a warning never to look in the basement, this is “pure haunted-house hokum all the way” (Los Angeles Times)!

An English scientist entertains a young American visitor, serving up tea, terror and a beautiful daughter – who is soon torn between her father’s evil ways and her need to protect the man she loves from a diabolical end.
DARKMAN (2/18)

The 1990 Sam Raimi cult classic gets the full on ‘Scream’ treatment with all new extras including a brand new interview with actor LIAM NEESON! 

More extras to be announced in January, The reverse cover will be the original theatrical key art. 


It’s Halloween night and Angela is throwing a party…but this is no ordinary Halloween party. Everybody’s headed to Hull House, a deserted funeral home, formerly the home of a mass murderer. But when the partygoers decide to have a séance, they awaken something evil...and these party crashers have a thirst for blood. Now it’s a battle for who can survive the night in Hull House.

William Gallo (Crash), Amelia Kinkade , Cathy Podewell (Dallas), Jill Terashita (Sleepaway Camp III) and Screen Queen Linnea Quigley star in this ‘80s splatter-fest directed by Kevin S. Tenney (Witchboard).
Bonus features:
- NEW commentary with Director Kevin Tenney and actors Cathy Podewell, Hal Havins, Billy Gallo and FX artist Steve Johnson!
- NEW interviews with cast and crews including director Kevin Tenney, writer/producer Joe Augustyn and actress Linnea Quigley
- Audio Commentary With Director Kevin Tenney, Executive Producer Walter Josten and Producer Jeff Geoffray
- Promo Reel
- Video Trailer
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV and Radio Spots
- Still Galleries
And much more…

VISITING HOURS / BAD DREAMS Double Feature (2/18)

In the mid-1970s the members of the love cult Unity Fields sought “the ultimate joining” by dousing themselves with gasoline and committing mass suicide. A young girl blown clear of the fiery explosion was the only survivor. Thirteen years later, Cynthia (Jennifer Rubin, Screamers) awakens from a coma inside a psychiatric hospital with only buried memories of that horrific day — but now her fellow patients are each being driven to their own violent suicides. Has the sect’s leader (Richard Lynch, Deathsport) returned to claim his final child? Bruce Abbott (Re-Animator) co-stars in the intense shocker Bad Dreams from director Andrew Fleming (The Craft) and producer Gale Anne Hurd (Punisher: War Zone, The Incredible Hulk).

Academy Award®–winner Lee Grant (Best Supporting Actress in 1975 for Shampoo) stars as outspoken TV journalist Deborah Ballin, whose crusade against domestic violence enrages a creepy loner (a truly disturbing performance by Michael Ironside, Scanners) in Visiting Hours. He brutally attacks the anchorwoman in her home, but Ballin survives and is hospitalized. Her assailant is enraged; he is haunted by a horrific childhood trauma . . . and now he has hidden himself inside the hospital to finish what he started. Can anybody — including her concerned boss (William Shatner), a frantic nurse (Linda Purl, Happy Days) or Deborah herself — stop the psycho’s killing spree before it reaches sick new extremes?


It’s called a Ouija Board and it’s been used for thousands of years to communicate with the souls of the afterworld. For beautiful Linda Brewster (Tawny Kitaen, Bachelor Party), it brings the playful ghost of a dead ten-year-old boy. But when the friendly spirit develops a sudden taste for violent murder and demonic possession, Linda’s boyfriend (Todd Allen, Django Unchained) and her former lover (Stephen Nichols, House) must race to destroy the ferocious portal of the damned.

Kathleen Wilhoite (Road House) and Rose Marie co-star in this chilling thriller from Kevin S. Tenney (Night Of The Demons).

Bonus features:
- NEW Audio commentary with Writer/Director Kevin Tenney and actors Stephen Nichols, James W. Quinn, and Kathleen Wilhoite
- NEW Interviews with cast and crew including writer/director Kevin Tenny, actors Tawny Kitaen, J.P. Luebsen, James Quinn
- Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Kevin Tenney, Executive Producer Walter Josten And Producer Jeff Geoffray
- The Making of WITCHBOARD
- Still Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
And much more…


When Trish (Michele Michaels) decides to invite her high school girls’ basketball teammates over for a slumber party, she has no idea the night is going to end with an unexpected guest– an escaped mental patient and his portable power drill – crashing the party in the cult classic, The Slumber Party Massacre.

No artwork or extras announced for the following 2014 releases as of yet...


This original interpretation comes from artist Nathan Thomas Milliner (The Burning, Day of the Dead) and is officially approved from the Director of the film, Robert Hiltzik. (He was also directly involved in the creative process.) 

As always, the original theatrical key art will be on the reverse side (the knife-in-the-sneaker one you all know). Production on extras have just begun and we'll have full details to report to you as to what they are in mid-March.

DEADLY EYES (Summer 2014) 

Directed by Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter, Wendigo), the story concerns six high school seniors find themselves on rowboat in a middle of lake attacked by man-eating fish. The twist? They must decide who must be sacrificed as they fight their way back to shore.

When a group of young friends commemorating their high school graduation take a trip to the remote Black Lake, their celebration turns into a nightmare. Trapped in a leaking boat with no oars, the teens face the ultimate test of friendship and sacrifice during a terror-stricken fight for survival when they find something is living beneath the surface.

Daniel Zovatto (Innocence), Bonnie Dennison (Stake Land, Third Watch), Chris Conroy (Sorority Row) and Mark Margolis (Breaking Bad) star in this highly suspenseful and bloody thriller.

EVIL SPEAK (1982) 
FINAL EXAM (1981) 

Fans of early 80s school-themed horror films are in luck with this news. The college campus slasher film FINAL EXAM (1981) and the satanic revenge epic EVILSPEAK (1982) starring Clint Howard will both be making their debuts on Blu-ray both for the first time this Summer!

These titles have been with Code Red - another long-time cult film home entertainment company - for some time and we are pleased that we were able to make a deal with them for these two guilty pleasures.

Expect the same extras that were on the prior Code Red DVD releases to be imported over. More details on street date and if any more extras are planned will be revealed in the new year.

Collector's Edition Blu-ray 

Brian DePalma's classic 1974 film PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE will get a new HD release sometime in the later half of the Summer! 

There you have it - the titles that have been announced so far from Scream Factory - it's a glorious thing! What's your most anticipated release? 


Happy Friday guys! Fans of 80s horror, grindhouse and women-in-prison films are in for a special treat as we are releasing the rare and long-lost 1985 exploitation film HELLHOLE this Summer on Blu-ray & DVD for the very first time this Summer!

Those of you who have seen this film know what fun it is. And a great cast of cult film & TV favorites highlight the wild shenanigans including Mary Woronov (Rock n Roll High School, Night of the Comet), Ray Sharkey (The Idolmaker, Wiseguys), Marjoe Gortner (Earthquake, Starcrash, Food of the Gods) and Judy Landers (BJ & The Bear, Vega$, The Love Boat).

Pre-order links should go up in sometime in March. Any extras we may have will be announced sometime in April.

RAVENOUS (1999) 

RAVENOUS - the 1999 cannibal film starring Guy Pearce, David Arquette and directed by Antonia Bird - will be coming to blu-ray for the first time come this June with all-new extras planned! 

No other details to report at this time. But check back here in next few months for more updates on this exciting project. The original theatrical poster key art will be used as artwork (as seen here). 


We're thrilled to be introducing DEAD SHADOWS - a suspenseful, F/X-ladened new sci-fi thriller from France - to U.S. & Canada audiences on DVD & Blu-ray this Spring! 

Synopsis: A young man’s parents were murdered on the same day the Halley comet was visible from Earth. Eleven years later, a new comet lights up the sky, but as the night goes on, people begins to transform into horrible creatures. (Imagine The Thing, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Lifeforce all crossed with each other and you get the idea.)

The film streets on 4/22 and will contain its original French language track (with English subtitles) along with an English-dubbed track option. More details - including film clips and extras - will emerge in the next couple of months. The red-band trailer has already been available for some time. Check it out at

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