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DVD Release List: Shiny New Pelts



Not much on the block for February 13th, 2007, but there’s a lot more on its way…

Click to see it bigger!Bit Parts (2006)
Directed by Dave Reda

Hearkening back to the classic “bad surgery” movies of the 50’s, Bit Parts tells of a plastic surgeon whose daughter is badly injured in a car accident, so he takes it upon himself to make her perfect again. For some reason this involves luring girls into an abandoned warehouse, killing them, and using their features for his daughter. One of the girls’ sisters, however, notices when her sibling is missing and sets out to find her, stumbling upon this horrific scene of depravity. Sounds like a fun weekend to me! Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Bug Buster (1998)
Directed by Lorenzo Doumani

Wow, Randy Quaid in a starring role, though granted starring as an over-the-top exterminator; it’s still a pretty significant role for the character actor. Rumor has it he went all out for this part, sleeping in roach-infested hotels to study the habits of the bugs he would be out to kill during his turn in the movie. Or maybe that was just cause he was broke; the official word is hazy. Anyway, Bug Buster is about a small lakeside community that is overrun by cockroaches that can grow to 10 feet long; Quaid plays the titular solution to their problem. Check out our DVD review of Bug Buster for more! Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Devil’s Den (2006)
Directed by Andrew Dunt

Nothing worse than being a small-time drug dealer, smuggling Spanish Fly of all things, only to get attacked and nearly destroyed by a bar full of demonic bitches. That’s just what happens to the heroes of Devil’s Den, two guys who decide to try out their product on the local ladies, only to find themselves face-to-face with the whores of hell. Luckily Ken Foree stars as a monster killer who shows up to save their asses. Check out our DVD review of Devil’s Den for more! Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Doll From Hell (1996)
Directed by Shinobu Murata

Deep in the middle of nowhere, in an isolated mountain village, a peaceful dollmaker and his daughter, Erika, reside. Their life is uncomplicated until a gang of thugs show up to cause problems, attacking and killing Erika. The dollmaker is destroyed, for obvious reasons, so he enacts his revenge by concocting an evil spell that puts the vengeful soul of his murdered daughter into a life-size doll and sends her out after her killers. Needless to say, the thugs are no match for a giant piece of human-shaped plastic out for revenge. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Evil Animals Triple Feature
Directed by Various

Just what you need to get you through the very dregs of winter, which February certainly is: a triple feature DVD featuring some of the most bizarre animals-run-amok movies of the 70’s! Featured in this triple shot are Day of the Animals, about a time when the lack of ozone in the atmosphere causes all animals above 5000 feet to go insane with bloodlust; Grizzly, about a massive bear who just can’t stop eating humans instead of, say, honey; and Devil Dog, about a demonically possessed German Shepard with a taste for human souls! Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Masters of Horror: Pelts (2006)
Directed by Dario Argento

“Pelts” is definitely a highlight of MoH Season 2. Argento decided he worked well with gory stories and chose an F. Paul Wilson tale to adapt about a fur trader (played by Meat Loaf, listen to our interview with him here) who comes into possession of a set of raccoon furs that seem to be of some unearthly origin, as they make anyone who sees or touches them do very strange things, usually offing themselves in exceedingly painful ways almost like they want to. One of the goriest and most entertaining of the season! Check out our DVD review of “Pelts” for more! Buy it here!

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Fearsome Facts – Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)



Sir Christopher Lee returned to portray the charismatic count of Transylvania in Hammer’s Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) for the first time since taking on the iconic role in 1958’s Horror of Dracula – an eight year absence. 

And while Lee endured a love/hate relationship playing the Carpathian Count over the years, the actor reluctantly tackled the role a total of 10 times for the Silver Screen. Three of those performances came outside of the purview of Hammer Horror, but this list is dedicated to the first Hammer Dracula sequel to feature the return of Christopher Lee in the lead role.

Now, here are 5 Things You May Not Know About Dracula: Prince of Darkness.

5. Dracula: Speechless

Dialogue never played a crucial part in Christopher Lee’s portrayals as Count Dracula, but this film is the epitome of that contentious notion. Lee doesn’t utter a single word during Dracula: Prince of Darkness’ 90 minutes of run time. In interviews over the years, Lee said that he was so unhappy with his lines that he protested and refused to say them during the filming process. “Because I had read the script and refused to say any of the lines,” Lee said in an interview at the University College of Dublin.

However, screenwriter Jimmy Sangster insisted that the original script was written without any dialogue for Dracula. There was even a theory that circulated for a time which postulated that Hammer could not afford Lee’s growing salary, so the studio decided to limit the Count’s screen time. Did this lead to the demise of Dracula’s dialogue? Regardless of whom you want to believe, Dracula is the strong, silent type in Prince of Darkness. 

4. Double Duty for Drac

Hammer Film Productions doubled down, so to speak, on the production and post-production aspects of Dracula: Prince of Darkness. First, the studio filmed the vampire flick back-to-back with another project titled Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966). In doing so, Hammer used many of the same sets, actors – including Francis Matthews and Suzan Farmer – and crew members to shoot both motion pictures.

Second, Dracula: Prince of Darkness was featured in a double billing alongside the film The Plague of the Zombies (1966) when it screened in London. Insert cheesy cliche: “Double your pleasure, double your fun with Doublemint Gum.” 

3. Stunt Double Nearly Drowned

Dracula: Prince of Darkness introduced a new weakness in the wicked baddie, but it nearly cost a stuntman his life. During the film, it was revealed that running water could destroy Dracula. Wait, what? Apparently, leaving the faucets on at night not only prevents frozen pipes, but blood-sucking vampires, too.

All kidding aside, it was during the climactic battle scene in which Christopher Lee’s stunt double almost succumb to the icy waters on set. Stuntman Eddie Powell stepped in as the Count during that pivotal moment, as Dracula slipped into the watery grave, but Powell was trapped under the water himself and almost died.

2. Lee Loathed What Hammer Did to Stoker’s Character

Christopher Lee’s return to Hammer’s Dracula franchise was a stroke of genius on the part of producers, but Lee was more than a little reticent when it came to initially voicing his dislike for playing the iconic role. As mentioned above, a lot of speculation swirled around the lack of dialogue given to Lee in the Prince of Darkness script. And if you don’t count the opening flashback sequence, which revisits the ending of Horror of Dracula (1958), Count Dracula doesn’t appear on screen until the 45-minute mark of the film.

Dracula’s lack of character, and presence, began to affect Lee particularly when it came to signing on to play the character in the three films following Prince of Darkness. Indeed, the lack of meaningful character development led to Lee initially turning down Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) and Scars of Dracula (1970). Lee said in countless interviews that he never got to play the real version of Count Dracula created by Bram Stoker, at least via Hammer Studios. This was a true disappointment to the late actor.

But Hammer guilt Lee into taking on the role over and over again, because the studio claimed to have already sold the aforementioned films to the United States with Lee’s name attached to the projects. Hammer informed Lee that if he didn’t return the company would have to lay off many of their workers. The tactic worked, since Lee was friends with many of the Dracula crew members. Fortunately for fans, Lee kept coming back for blood.

1. Faux Pas

Outside of the character of Dracula only appearing on screen for the last half of the movie, Dracula: Prince of Darkness had even more pressing issues that unfortunately survived all the way to the final cut of the film. One of the most appalling of these occurrences happens during the picture’s climatic confrontation. Watch the skies above Dracula and you will see the trail of a jet-engine plane staining the sky.

Another faux pas occurs in this same sequence when Dracula succumbs to the icy waters. Watch closely as the camera’s long shot clearly reveals the pivots holding the ice up underneath Chris Lee. Finally, watch the dead girl who is being carried during the opening funeral sequence. She is clearly breathing and quite heavily at that.


Which Dracula: Prince of Darkness moments did you find the most interesting? Were there any obscure facts you would have enjoyed seeing make our list? Sound off on social media!


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Carnivore: Werewolf of London Howls on VOD



Joining the ranks of The Curse of the Werewolf, An American Werewolf in London, The Company of Wolves, and Dog Soldiers, Carnivore: Werewolf of London is the latest in a long series of fantastic British werewolf movies. Directed by Knights of the Damned’s Simon Wells, the film focuses on a couple trying to save their relationship by taking a vacation in a remote cottage, but rekindling their old flame soon proves to be the least of their worries as they learn that something with lots of fur and lots of teeth is waiting for them in the surrounding woods.

Carnivore: Werewolf of London stars Ben Loyd-Holmes, Atlanta Johnson, Gregory Cox, Molly Ruskin, and Ethan Ruskin, and is available to purchase now on Google Play, Amazon Video, iTunes, and Vudu, although it doesn’t appear to have received a physical release as of yet.

More information about Carnivore: Werewolf of London is available on the film’s official Facebook account, along with a ton of production photos.

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John Carpenter … NOT DEAD!



We currently live in a world of false alarms. Within the last several days we’ve suffered everything from warnings of doomsday to Rotten Tomatoes accidentally celebrating the passing(!) and career of the very much still alive John Carpenter.

That’s right, kids; earlier today RT tweeted, “John Carpenter would have been 70 years old today! We celebrate his birthday by looking back at his five favorite films.” The tweet… has since been deleted.

We are here to tell you… John is very much alive! Alive and well, even. Carpenter himself responded on Twitter by alerting the site that “despite how it appears, I’m actually not dead.

This is great news indeed. One of horror’s best and brightest is still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Now then, let’s take this time to celebrate the man’s birthday PROPERLY by talking about our favorite films of his. Speaking personally for myself…

Prince of Darkness is a movie that both unnerves and scares the hell out of me. One of Carpenter’s most thought-provoking works is just as frightening now as it was when we first received that grainy transmission as a dream from the year…

Tell us your favorite Carpenter movie in our comments section below.


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