The great folks at Code Red DVD are at it once again digging up hard-to-find blasts from the past to give the digital treatment to. Two of the latest drive-in favorites getting the special edition treatment via Code Red are the el cheapo 1974 cult fave Horror High (AKA Twisted Brain) and the 1973 survival thriller Terminal Island.
First out of the gate on August 10th will be a brand new 16×9 (1.85:1) print of Horror High mastered from HiDef from the original 35mm dupe negatives from Crown International’s vault. This marks the first time the film has ever been released uncut on home video.
A series of grisly murders wreaks havoc at a small Texas high school! A no-nonsense cop is assigned to find out the identity of the mad devious killer who roams the corridors of the high school. A mild mannered student has been drinking a mysterious potion that turns himself into Vernon, a genetic freak. Terrorizing students and teachers alike, Vernon spreads his web of violence and terror to all who have mocked or laughed at him. Vernon also plays a deadly game of cat & mouse with the cop who is trying to stop him. Can the cop beat the killer at his own game, or will he become the final victim at Horror High?
But as anyone who has ever seen Horror High can attest, it’s all about Mister Mumps. You know what I mean if you’ve seen the film.
Code Red’s DVD comes fully loaded with extras:
An on-camera interview with star Austin Stoker
Comedy commentary with TV’s “Beat the Geeks” J. Keith Van Straaten, Marc Edward Heuck, and Paul Goebel
Bonus footage shot for TV on the Twisted Brain release.
Original theatrical trailer
Other Code Red trailers
Horror High will retail for $24.98.
Following on September 14th will be Terminal Island starring a pre-“Magnum P.I.” Tom Selleck. The 1973 sci-fi thriller’s premise sounds an awful lot like Escape from New York, except Terminal Island predated Carpenter’s classic by seven years.
Tom Selleck and his “Magnum P.I” co-star Roger Moseley, along with Phyllis Davis, star in this drive-in classic! In the wake of a Supreme Court decision to outlaw the death penalty, California passes an initiative that designates TERMINAL ISLAND as a dumping spot for first-degree murder convicts, 40 men and 4 women, free to do what they like…except leave! The main camp of convicts is controlled by the tyrannical Bobby (Sean Kenney, Star Trek, Corpse Grinder), who, along with Monk (Roger Mosley), rules with an iron hand, and the women are used as sex slaves. On the other side of the island, A.J. (Don Marshall, Land of the Giants) and a group of more free-minded murderers have escaped and gone into hiding. When A.J. and his men liberate the women (including Phyllis Davis, drive-in star of Sweet Sugar, and Marta Kristen, Lost in Space) from Bobby’s custody, tensions mount to an all-out confrontation for control of the island!
Terminal Island will sport a brand new 16×9 widescreen master taken from UCLA/the director’s archived print.
Play with Inmates: audio commentary with Sean Kenney and Don Marshall moderated by Scott Spiegel and Bill Olsen.
Introduction by Mickey Zide of Dimension Pictures
On camera interview with Sean Kenney
On camera interview with Don Marshall
Phone interview with star Phyllis Davis
Terminal Island will retail for $22.98.
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