Synapse Films Announces Some Cult Gems For Blu-ray

No horror collection is quite complete without a healthy dose of Synapse DVDs on the shelf, right? And now that the company has announced their long-awaited foray into the world of high definition, they’ve got some absolutely fantastic plans for Blu-ray. And while only one title in this three-fer of exploitation bliss really fits snugly beneath the horror banner, this bears repeating. It really does.

Our friends at Synapse Films told Fangoria to look for Scott Spiegel’s slasher classic, Intruder on Blu-ray in 2011. No solid date has been given yet, but Michael Felsher’s Red Shirt Pictures will be contributing some supplemental material to the release so you know it’s going to be good stuff.

Perhaps even more exciting, however, is Synapse’s acquisition of James Glickenhaus’ revenge masterpiece The Exterminator! For those of you who haven’t seen this unparalleled masterwork of sleaze – think Maniac meets Death Wish and tell me that’s not worth getting a bit moist over. For this release, Synapse President Don May, Jr. told Fango: “We are searching for the best film material to present the uncut version and scan it in 2K HD. We know where all the material is stored, and it’s going to be an interesting hunt to go through the vault and see what’s there.”

Last but not least is Joseph Zito’s 1989 Dolph Lundgren vehicle, Red Scorpion. “We’re going to search the vaults high and low for the most complete version and the original negative material. It may take a lot of research to find the additional footage on film, but we’re up to the challenge. Savini may have some behind-the-scenes video, and if so, it’ll be fun to showcase some of that stuff. We’ll have extras, but it’s early yet, so we have to wait and see what we can come up with.”

Great news all around for fans of this stuff, yes? While we wait for more detail, allow me to whet your appetite with the theatrical trailer for The Exterminator – a film that has never been given anything close to decent treatment on home video. Sure sounds like Synapse is fixing to rectify that, however.


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Matt Serafini

Author (Under the Blade, Feral), slasher movie enthusiast, N7 Operative. Plays games, watches movies, reads books. Occasionally writes about them.

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