Thursday, August 16, 2018


Straight from the VinSyn newletter: 

It‘s time to officially announce our September lineup - available for preorder now at!

Unlike August, which is a love letter to the waning days of the Nixon era, September is all about variety (well, different types of movies involving killing).

First, Philip Brophy‘s early 90‘s Aussie slime-fest, BODY MELT, makes its overdue North American Bu-ray debut, featuring a stunning, all new, never-before-seen (unless you were at the theatrical premier last month in Montreal) restoration sourced from the original camera negative. You‘ve never seen BODY MELT looking like this and our disc is the only way you can see it. We‘ve also got a bunch of newly produced extras to make it the ultimate BODY MELT package.

Moving on to slime of a different kind (or is it scum?), James Riffel‘s celebration of yuppie killing (and yuppie zombies), THE HOUSE ON TOMBSTONE HILL (which was first released as THE DEAD COME HOME, but best known as DEAD DUDES IN THE HOUSE (sigh)…), is coming to Blu-ray and also newly restored from its original negative. If you remember it being a murky sea of darkness, you‘ll no doubt be amazed by what we have in store…

Lastly on Blu-ray, one of the finest pieces of hardcore filmmaking, probably ever, Gerard Damiano‘s pitch perfect saga of sadness, loneliness, and sexual repression (with some good catholic guilt stuff to round things out), MEMORIES WITHIN MISS AGGIE. If you‘ve never seen it, be wary of what you read on it, lest spoiling its genuinely unsettling twist. It‘s quite a visual gut-punch.

Then on DVD, a duo of extreme rarities from smut master, Shaun Costello, with the silly SENSUOUS FLY GIRLS and the surprisingly downbeat SCHOOL GIRL REUNION.

Lastly, can you survive two more warped sleaze epics from Ray Dennis Steckler? If so, then indulge in THE SEXORCIST [DEVIL] and DEVIATES IN LOVE. 


SCARED? You will be as FRIGHTMARE (1983) hits UK home video for the first time since the era of VHS on 10th September. And this chilling story of resurrected supernatural murder has never looked better!


Label: 88 Films 
Region Code: B
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio: Eglish DTS-HD MA 1.0 Mono with Optional English Subtitles 
Certification: 18
Duration: 87 Minutes
Cast: Ferdy Mayne, Luca Bercovici, Nita Talbot

Director: Norman Thaddeus Vane

Also known as THE HORROR STAR, the 1983 cult creeper FRIGHTMARE was a beloved video rental favourite that might even be seen to anticipate the more supernatural direction that the genre would go in with the following year’s A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET! Perhaps even an influence on the better known blockbuster FRIGHT NIGHT, this tightly-paced and well-directed gem introduces us to a late night horror star who is long past his peak and about to meet the Grim Reaper – for real rather than ‘for reel’! But you cannot keep a embittered old genre star down and, sure enough, when some fanboy teens decide to disturb the deceased celebrity’s grave he opts to rise up… with a vengeance!

FRIGHTMARE was the fear-film that gave audiences postmodern shocks long before Wes Craven gave us his game-changing SCREAM in 1996. An underrated and underseen gem, the film highlights a notable supporting performance from the great Jeffrey Combs (RE-ANIMATOR) and character great Chuck Mitchell (PORKY’S) as well as assured direction from Norman Thaddeus Vane (who also worked on the X-rated cult favourite DRACULA SUCKS). With a dash of pitch black humour, and a literate script, as well as characters that you actually want to see make the end credits with their limbs still intact, FRIGHTMARE was a revelation to slasher fans back in 1983. Far removed from so many of the opportunistic cheap and cheerless slice and dicers that were still rushing out to theatres and video shelves as the mid-eighties approached, FRIGHTMARE is a unique blend of student-slaughtering and old dark house thrills – mixed up in a malevolent and unpredictably nasty narrative!

Kicking-off with some heady laughs and genre references, FRIGHTMARE boasts more changes of tone and identity than Madonna, and it has aged at least as well as the ‘Material Girl’ too! Take our word for it, this is one of the most stylish and sublime of all the eighties slice and dice horror-pack and 88 Films is thrilled to present FRIGHTMARE as part of its Slasher Classics collection in a jam-packed edition. Numbered as number ‘38’, FRIGHTMARE is proof positive of the ambitions of this line – resurrecting the brave indie-shockers from the past for a new generation to enjoy and an older one to reappreciate. The disc hits UK shelves on Monday, September 10th but early birds can get their order direct from 88 Films NOW – with a very limited slipcase reserved for the first 300 orders only!!!!

- Limited Edition Booklet notes by Film journalists Dave Wain and Matty Budrewicz
- All new 2K Scan and Restoration from 35mm Camera Negative
- Bobo's Confession - An Interview with Scott Thomson
- New Interview with Cinematographer Joel King
- Archival Audio Interview with Director Norman Thaddeus Vane (Played over the Film)
- Audio Commentary with David Del Valle and David DeCoteau
- Audio Commentary by the Slasher Loving Podcast, The Hysteria Continues
- Audio Commentary by Film Journalists, Nathaniel Thompson and Tim Greer from Mondo Digital
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Stills Gallery
- Optional English SDH Subtitles
- Reversible Cover Artwork




In 2007, two talented Spanish filmmakers, Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza created a terrifying film that went on to spawn three sequels, an American remake and its sequel. On September 25, 2018, SCREAM FACTORY™ is proud to present THE [REC] COLLECTION 4-Disc Blu-ray set featuring a quadrilogy of terror, including [REC], [REC] 2, [REC] 3: GENESIS, and [REC] 4: APOCALYPSE. A must-have for horror enthusiasts and movie collectors, THE [REC] Collection Blu-ray set includes audio commentary with writers/directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, making-of featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage, outtakes, deleted scenes, trailers, and more! Pre-order is available now at

In the first film, [REC], a TV reporter and her crew are asked to cover a crew of firemen on duty. What seems like a routine story about a night at the fire station soon turns into a nightmare. Trapped inside a quarantined building, the crew must try to survive the terror that rages inside. [REC] 2 picks up minutes after the end of [REC]. The authorities have lost contact with the people trapped inside the quarantined building and chaos reigns. A Special Operations Unit has been tasked with entering the premises ... only to discover that this is anything but a straightforward mission. [REC] 3: GENESIS leaves the confines of the quarantined building to follow the wedding of Koldo and Clara. Everything appears to be running smoothly and the bride and groom are enjoying a wonderful day ... until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness and unleash a torrent of violence. [REC] 4: APOCALYPSE returns focus to Ángela Vidal, the young reporter who has managed to make it out of the building alive. But she hasn't made it out of the building alone as she carries the seed of the strange infection. She is taken to a provisional quarantine facility: the perfect location for the virus to be reborn.

Special Features:

- In Spanish with English Subtitles and English Dub
- Audio Commentary with writers/directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza (In Spanish with English Subtitles)
- The Making of REC  (40 minutes)
- Crew Interviews (46 minutes)
- Extended Scenes
- Deleted Scenes
- Behind the Scenes Footage (43 minutes)
- Teaser 
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spots
- Still Gallery

- In Spanish with English Subtitles
- Audio Commentary with writers/directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza (In Spanish with English Subtitles)
- The Making of REC 2 – In An Affected World (118 minutes)
- Behind the Scenes
- Deleted Scenes
- Extended Scenes
- A Walkthrough of the Set
- REC 2 On Tour 
- Sitges Film Festival Press Conference
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spots
- Still Gallery

- In Spanish with English Subtitles
- REC: Genesis – Preparing A Bloody Wedding (117 minutes)
- The Making of REC 3
- Deleted Scenes
- Outtakes
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spots
- Still Gallery

- In Spanish with English Subtitles
- The Making of REC: APOCALYPSE
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spot
- Still Gallery

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO Debuting on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray ™, & DVD on 10/2; On Digital 9/18

Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin Reteam in Stefano Sollima’s 
Pulse-Pounding Action Thriller 


On Digital September 18th
On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray + DVD October 2

Bonus Features Include Three Behind-the-Scene Featurettes
CULVER CITY, Calif. (August 13, 2018) – Experience the high octane action of one of the year’s most engrossing thrillers, SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO, as it debuts on digital and redeemable via the Movies Anywhere App, on   September 18, and comes to 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD October 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Delving into the ruthless underworld of the war on drugs, Academy Award® winner Benicio Del Toro (Best Supporting Actor, Traffic, 2001) and Academy Award® nominee Josh Brolin (Best Supporting Actor, Milk, 2009) give explosive performances as they reprise their characters from Sicario to battle cartels across the border. Directed by Stefano Sollima (“Gomorrah”) and written by Academy Award® nominee Taylor Sheridan (Best Original Screenplay, Hell or High Water, 2016; Sicario), this dark and intense chapter also stars Isabela Moner (Transformers: The Last Knight), Jeffrey Donovan (TV’s “Fargo”), Elijah Rodriguez (Book of Life) and Academy Award® nominee Catherine Keener (Best Supporting Actress, Capote, 2006Best Supporting Actress, Being John Malkovich, 2000).

SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital bonus features included three behind-the-scenes featurettes. Fans of the original Sicario can learn more about why this heart-pounding new chapter needed to be told in “From Film to Franchise: Continuing The Story” and can also take a deeper look into Sollima’s vision for the film, the intense action and real world connections in “An Act of War: Making Sicario: Day of the Soldado.” “The Assassin and the Soldier: The Cast and Characters” has Del Toro and Brolin leading the conversation about how their characters Matt and Alejandro have evolved in this film, and takes a look at the strong supporting cast.

Based on characters created by Sheridan, SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO was executive produced by Ellen H. Schwartz, Richard Middleton and Erica Lee. The film was produced by Basil Iwanyk, Edward L. McDonnell, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill.

In SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO, the series begins a new chapter.  In the drug war, there are no rules – and as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border, federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) calls on the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), whose family was murdered by a cartel kingpin, to escalate the war in nefarious ways. Alejandro kidnaps the kingpin’s daughter to inflame the conflict – but when the girl is seen as collateral damage, her fate will come between the two men as they question everything they are fighting for.

Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Bonus Materials Include:
  • “From Film to Franchise: Continuing the Story”
  • “An Act of War: Making Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  • “The Assassin and the Soldier: The Cast & Characters”
4K Ultra HD Bonus Materials Include:
  • Feature film presented with Dolby Vision high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound
  • Also includes the film and special features on the included high-def Blu-ray
SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO has a run time of approximately 123 minutes and is rated R for strong violence, bloody images, and language.

Severin Films Presents ANTHROPOPHAGOUS and ABSURD – A Duo of D’Amato Nasties, Uncut on Blu-ray for the First Time Ever in America 9/25!


Label: Severin Films
Release Date: September 25th 2018
Duration: 90 Minutes in English and Italian
Region Code: All regions.
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.66:1)
Audio: English and Italian Dolby Digital Mono
Director: Joe D'Amato
Cast: Tisa Farrow, Saverio Vallone, Serena Grandi

It has been called “seriously creepy” (, “insanely violent” ( and “truly repulsive” (DVD Talk). It was seized by UK authorities as a ‘Video Nasty’ and accused of being an actual snuff film. Yet even by ‘80s Italian gore-spewing standards, this grueling shocker from sex & sleaze maestro Joe D’Amato (BEYOND THE DARKNESS) still stands as perhaps the most controversial – and extreme – spaghetti splatter epic of them all. Tisa Farrow (ZOMBIE), Zora Kerova (CANNIBAL FEROX) and co-writer/producer George Eastman (STAGE FRIGHT, 1990: BRONX WARRIORS) star in this depraved daddy of cannibal carnage from “Italy’s King of Trash Sinema” (, now featuring a 2k scan from the original 16mm negative – including two of the most gut-retching scenes in horror history – and spurting with all-new Special Features.

- Don't Fear the Man-Eater- Interview with Writer/Star Luigi Montefiori a.k.a. George Eastman
- The Man Who Killed the Anthropophagus- Interview with Actor Saverio Vallone
- Cannibal Frenzy- Interview with FX Artist Pietro Tenoglio
- Brother and Sister in Editing- Interview with Editor Bruno Micheli
- Inside Zora's Mouth- Interview with Actress Zora Kerova
- Trailers

ABSURD (1981)

Label: Severin Films
Release Date: September 25th 2018
Duration: 94 minutes in English and 88 minutes in Italian
Region Code: All regions
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio: Dolby Digital Mono
Production year: 1981
Director: Joe D'Amato
Cast: George Eastman, Annie Belle, Charles Borromel

Toss away those inferior bootlegs and experience sleaze maestro Joe D’Amato’s infamous follow-up to ANTHROPOPHAGOUS like never before! Borrowing heavily from HALLOWEEN, D’Amato unleashes gut-spewing Greek boogeyman (screenwriter George Eastman) into suburban America for a “gruesome as hell” ( and “incredibly sadistic” ( saga of doomed nurses, butchered babysitters, bio-chemical clergy and some of the most insane splatter scenes in Italian gorehound history. Edmund Purdom (FRANKENSTEIN’S CASTLE OF FREAKS, PIECES) and Annie Belle (HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK, LAURE) co-star in this “violence-soaked bloodbath” (Hysteria Lives) and former ‘Video Nasty’ – also known as THE GRIM REAPER 2, ZOMBIE 6, HORRIBLE and MONSTER HUNTER – now featuring a 2k scan from the original negative and gushing with all-new Special Features. 

- ROSSO SANGUE- Alternate Italian cut (with optional English subtitles)
- The Return of the Grim Reaper- Interview with Actor / Writer / Co-Producer Luigi Montefiore
- D'Amato on Video- Archive Interview with Director Aristide Massaccesi
- A Biker (Uncredited)- Interview with Filmmaker/Extra Michele Soavi
- Trailer

4K Restoration of MANIAC (1980) coming 11/23 from Blue Underground

MANIAC (1980) 
3-Disc Limited Edition/4K Restoration

Label: Blue Underground  
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Region Code: Earing: Unrated
Rating: Unrated
Diration: 88 Minutes 
Audio: English DTS-HD MA Mono
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (2.35:1) 
Director: William Lustig (Maniac Cop, Vigilante, Relentless)
Stars: Joe Spinell (Rocky, The Godfather), Caroline Munro (The Spy Who Loved Me, Starcrash), Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn)

The Notorious Horror Classic Returns In A New 4K Restored Limited Edition!

Frank Zito (a career performance by co-writer/co-executive producer Joe Spinell of ROCKY and THE GODFATHER fame) is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific memories begin to scream inside his mind, Frank prowls the seedy streets of New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women. Now Frank has begun a relationship with a beautiful photographer (Caroline Munro of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME), yet his vile compulsions remain. These are the atrocities of a human monster. This is the story of a MANIAC.

Directed by William Lustig (MANIAC COP 2, VIGILANTE) and featuring landmark gore effects by Tom Savini (DAWN OF THE DEAD, FRIDAY THE 13th), this relentlessly shocking and disturbing film was originally censored all over the world due to its graphic violence. Now Blue Underground is thrilled to present MANIAC in a brand-new 4K Restoration from its recently discovered 16mm original camera negative, overflowing with hours of new and archival Extras!

Special Features: 
Disc 1 (Blu-ray) Feature Film + Extras:
- Audio Commentary #1 with Producer/Director William Lustig and Producer Andrew W. Garroni
- Audio Commentary #2 with Producer/Director William Lustig, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini, Editor Lorenzo Marinelli, and Joe Spinell’s Assistant Luke Walter
- NEW! MANIAC Outtakes
- NEW! Returning to the Scene of the Crime with William Lustig
- Anna and the Killer – Interview with Star Caroline Munro
- The Death Dealer – Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini
- Dark Notes – Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway
- Maniac Men – Interview with Songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spots
- Radio Spots
- Mr. Robbie: Maniac 2 Promo Reel

Disc 2 (DVD) Extras:
- The Joe Spinell Story
- MANIAC Publicity
- MANIAC Controversy
- BONUS! MANIAC Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by Jay Chattaway
- BONUS! Collectable Booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold

Sell Points:
- The notorious horror classic returns in a newly remastered 3-Disc Limited Edition!
- WORLD PREMIERE! New 4K Restoration from the recently discovered 16mm original camera negative
- Overflowing with hours of NEW and archival Extras
- Blu-ray features Full 1080p HD Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio for the ultimate home theater experience
- Exclusive Limited Collector’s Edition includes Blu-ray, Extras DVD, Soundtrack CD, collectable booklet, reversible sleeve, and special 3D lenticular slipcover (First Pressing Only)
- National Print Advertising and extensive Online Exposure
- From Director William Lustig (VIGILANTE, RELENTLESS, UNCLE SAM, MANIAC COP trilogy)
- Stars cult favorites Joe Spinell (THE GODFATHER I & II, ROCKY I & II, VIGILANTE), Caroline Munro (THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD), and Make-Up Effects Master Tom Savini (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN)
-  Acclaimed 2012 remake starring Elijah Wood (THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy)

Film Reviews:
- “Some Of The Most Unprecedented, Graphically Detailed Depictions Of Violence Ever Put Before A Viewing Audience!” – Rue Morgue
- “One Of The Darkest Films Of All Time… Required Viewing For Any Horror Fan!” –
- “An Undiluted Expression Of Urban Horror… A Formidable New York Grunge Flick Through And Through!” – Cinepassion
- “Forget Tarantino & Rodriguez… This Is The REAL Grindhouse!” –
- “A Grimy Snapshot Of Early ‘80s Manhattan And An Unapologetically Twisted Study In Pathological Murderousness!” – Lessons Of Darkness

MANIAC (30th Anniversary Edition) Blu-ray Reviews:
- “The new transfer is visually striking, especially on Blu-ray, consistently enhancing the film’s grain and grime. Fans with a casual interest, hardcore devotees and collectors alike would all do dreadfully well to pick up the new edition of MANIAC!” Four Skulls (out of 4) – Fangoria
- “Blue Underground has done a tremendous job with their double-disc Blu-ray edition of MANIAC. The gorgeous 2K high-def transfer looks fabulously detailed at every turn; this is how every catalog film should look in high-def!” - Film Score Monthly
- “Blue Underground has once again delivered a high quality Blu-ray release… the lossless soundtrack is fantastic and two discs worth of wonderful extras make this a package that’s easily recommended!” –
- “Extras are as stacked as I think I’ve ever seen. One can’t help but applaud the work of Blue Underground – these guys are coming across as top producers of the Blu-ray format – along with Criterion!” – DVD Beaver
- “Blue Underground certainly knows how to put a special edition Blu-ray together. Not only is this a great movie that looks killer in high-def, but there are tons of special features on the release. If you haven’t seen MANIAC before I can’t recommend the movie enough!” – Gutmunchers
- “MANIAC’s morose desperation and Spinell’s full-tilt sicko-performance mark the movie as an all-time exploitation classic, and one that should be on every collector’s shelf. You blood-spatter fanciers out there can consider this one Highly Recommended!” – DVD Talk
- “Blue Underground’s MANIAC is a model for how to handle a catalog Blu-ray release!” – Twitch Film
- “Blue Underground continue to outdo themselves with their Blu-ray releases. MANIAC is easily the most comprehensive and thoroughly entertaining set the company has produced. I’m absolutely floored by the enormous attention to detail that went into putting this 30th Anniversary edition of MANIAC together. Needless to say, this one gets my absolute highest possible recommendation!” Five Skulls (out of 5) – Horrorview

POST-APOCALYPTIC COLLECTION (3-Disc Blu-ray Set) coming 10/23 from Blue Underground


It’s 1990 and the Bronx has officially been declared a “No Man’s Land.” The authorities have given up all attempts to restore law and order. When a beautiful young woman runs away from Manhattan into this wasteland of motorcycle gangs and marauding warriors, her corrupt father sends a ruthless mercenary to bring her back at all costs. But gang leader Trash has other plans, uniting the rival outlaws to wage an all-out guerilla war against their corporate oppressors.

The year is 2000 and the Bronx has been reduced to a decaying, desolate wasteland infested with swarms of vicious street gangs and outcast scavengers. When an imperialistic mega-corporation plans to rebuild the doomed “No Man’s Land” into a perfect metropolis, they unleash their secret army of sadistic death squads to wipe out the few remaining inhabitants. But beneath the twisted rubble, fierce legions of resistance fighters arm themselves for the final onslaught – ready to die for their homeland. And ready to kill for it.

It’s the year 2019 and the world has been devastated by nuclear war. The few survivors try desperately to reach a distant land, only to be thwarted by brutal attacks from the fierce Templars and their leader One. When solitary warrior Scorpion rescues the beautiful Alma from the clutches of the Templars, they join Nadir and a ragtag group of survivors in a furious fight to the finish against the ruthless exterminators.

Special Features (1983)  
- Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Enzo G. Castellari
- Enzo G. Castellari and Fabrizio De Angelis In Conversation Part 1
- Sourcing The Weaponry – Enzo G. Castellari visits the Italian Weapons Rental House of Paolo Ricci
- Adventures In The Bronx – Interview with Actor/Stuntman Massimo Vanni
- Theatrical Trailers
- Poster & Still Gallery

- Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Enzo G. Castellari
- Enzo G. Castellari and Fabrizio De Angelis In Conversation Part 3
- The Hunt For Trash – Interview with BRONX WARRIORS Superfan Lance Manley
- Theatrical Trailers
- Poster & Still Gallery

- Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Enzo G. Castellari
- Enzo G. Castellari and Fabrizio De Angelis In Conversation Part 2
- Tales Of The Hammer – Interview with Star Fred Williamson
- Theatrical Trailers
- Poster & Still Gallery

Sell Points:
- Three action-packed post-apocalyptic cult classics for one low price!
- Incredible value: 3-Disc set features high quality video & audio and comes loaded with special features
- Full 1080p HD Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio for the ultimate home theater experience
- Multi-feature packs are popular with consumers

1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS: ©1982 Deaf International Film S.r.l. All Rights Reserved.

ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX: ©1983 Fulvia Film S.r.l. All Rights Reserved.

THE NEW BARBARIANS: ©1983 Deaf International Film S.r.l. All Rights Reserved.