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The American Horror Project Volume 1 Brings on the Classic Scares!

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American Horror Project Volume 1

When it comes to classic horror movies, we’ve been really lucky to have companies like Arrow, Synapse, and Scream Factory out there to bring on the good stuff; and this announcement is music to our ears!

From the Press Release:
Everyone knows the classic American horror titles: Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and A Nightmare on Elm Street, to name but a few. But we want to tell you a different story: a story of the unsung heroes of stars-and-stripes terror, films that have remained on the fringes of the genre either through lack of availability or else sheer obscurity.This is where American Horror Project comes in.

Volume One of this series presents three tales of violence and madness from the 1970s. Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood (Christopher Speeth, 1973) sees a family arrive at a creepy, dilapidated fairground in search of their missing son, only to find themselves at the mercy of the cannibalistic ghouls lurking beneath the park. Meanwhile, The Witch Who Came from the Sea (Matt Cimber, 1976) stars Millie Perkins (The Diary of Anne Frank) as a young woman whose bizarre and violent fantasies start to bleed into reality – literally. Lastly, every parent’s worst nightmare comes true in The Premonition (Robert Allen Schnitzer, 1976), a tale of psychic terror in which five-year-old Janie is snatched away by a strange woman claiming to be her long-lost mother.

Newly remastered from the best surviving elements and contextualised with brand new supplementary material, American Horror Project proudly presents an alternative history of American horror and film heritage.

Look for it online and in stores on March 8th from Arrow Video.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 2K restorations of the three features
  • Limited edition of 3000 copies!
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD presentations
  • Original Mono 1.0 audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
  • American Horror Project Journal Volume One – Limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new articles on the films from writers Stephen Thrower (Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents), Kim Newman (Nightmare Movies), Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women), and Brian Albright (Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990: A State-by-State Guide with Interviews)

MALATESTA’S CARNIVAL OF BLOOD

  • Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith
  • The Secrets of Malatesta – an interview with director Christopher Speeth
  • Crimson Speak – an interview with writer Werner Liepolt
  • Malatesta’s Underground – art directors Richard Stange and Alan Johnson discuss the weird, mysterious world of Malatesta’s underground
  • Outtakes
  • Draft script (BD/DVD-ROM content)
  • Stills gallery

THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA

  • Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower
  • Audio commentary with director-producer Matt Cimber, actress Millie Perkins, and director of photography Dean Cundey
  • Tides and Nightmares – brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with Cimber, Perkins, Cundey, and actor John Goff
  • A Maiden’s Voyage – archive featurette comprising interviews with Cimber, Perkins, and Cundey
  • Lost at Sea – director Cimber reflects on his notorious cult classic

THE PREMONITION

  • Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower
  • Isolated score
  • Audio commentary with director-producer Robert Allen Schnitzer
  • Pictures from a Premonition – brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with Schnitzer, composer Henry Mollicone and cinematographer Victor Milt
  • Archive interviews with Robert Allen Schnitzer and star Richard Lynch
  • Three Robert Allen Schnitzer short films: ‘Vernal Equinox’, ‘Terminal Point’, and ‘A Rumbling in the Land’
  • 4 Peace Spots
  • Trailers and TV Spots

American Horror Project Volume 1

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Our sincere thanks to American Cinematheque general manager Dennis Bartok for extending the invitation.

For more Cinematheque screenings, visit the official website here.

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Readers have been asking for this audiobook for a very long time,” Stephen King said in a statement. “I know the listening experience will be worth the wait with Michael as narrator.

We’re thrilled to finally bring Pet Sematary to King’s audiobook fans,” Simon & Schuster Audio president and publisher Chris Lynch added. “Michael C. Hall is a perfect match for this timeless story, which has long deserved an unabridged production.

The unabridged audiobook of Pet Sematary will be released by Simon & Schuster Audio on March 27. Speaking of Hall… you know he would make a pretty friggin’ good casting choice to play Victor Pascow in the upcoming Pet Sematary remake. Just sayin’.

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The killer behind the sinister traps in Play With Me is known as the Illusion, with the player taking control of investigative journalist Robert Hawk as he tries to fight his way through a series of sick and twisted obstacles created by the lunatic. The voice acting in the trailer was a little cheesy, although we see at 1:09 that the player will be tasked with using a kitchen knife to cut open a dead body (presumably to retrieve an item hidden in the cadaver’s stomach), which is not an image you’ll be forgetting anytime soon.

IQ Publishing are offering a 15% discount off Play With Me for those who purchase the game before January 24, so Saw fans might want to mark that deadline in their calendars and purchase it from Steam before the time is up. After all, it can’t be worse than Konami’s awful official Saw videogames.

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