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Transmorphers trailer!As I said in the opening of my original story about this forthcoming release from The Asylum, “I freely admit that this falls into the category of sci-fi and not horror, but, hey, we’ve done news and reviews for this site in the past for films that involved killer robots. Besides, it’s just too good to not report on.”

Originally titled Robot Wars and not intended to have anything in common with the upcoming Transformers movie aside from also having big robots, the folks in charge of the DVD company that’s previously given us When a Killer Calls, King of the Lost World, and The Da Vinci Treasure decided they needed a cash-in; thus the title was transformed into Transmorphers. This despite the fact that the plot has more in common with The Terminator (at least the futuristic man vs. robot scenes) and the robots themselves are more in the vein of Gundman and Macross.

The trailer for writer/director/sometimes nemesis Leigh Scott’s Transmorphers is now up on the Asylum’s website and I gotta say it looks rather spiffy. I’ve no doubt some will be quick to trash the computer effects for looking like something out of a video game and to be honest, if ever there was a case of movie CGI resembling a video game cut scene this would be it; but in this case it really doesn’t bother me that much. Given the nature of the movie, storywise, budgetwise, I give Scott and the Asylum props for what they’re trying to pull off. What I’m seeing right now is fairly impressive for such an ambitious yet low budget movie. Whether or not the movie itself proves delivers is something we won’t find out until June 26th, but for now I’m diggin’ on what I’m seein’. Check it out.

Okay, before anyone complains about this story not having anything at all to do with horror, I’ll also take this opportunity to mention the another Asylum production coming this summer. Happy now?

Invasion of the Pod People!You could choose to go see Invasion, the newest big screen incarnation of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, starring the ex-Mrs. Tom Cruise and the new James Bond, on August 17th.


You can stay home on July 24th and rent the Asylum’s “mockbuster” version of Invasion, cleverly entitled Invasion of the Pod People.

After a woman’s closest friends and co-workers undergo extreme personality changes, she begins to suspect that they have been replaced by malevolent alien invaders.

Though I really have no fault with the trailer, aside from the pod plants looking a tad goofy (like someone maked a cactus with a mollusk), for what it is it looks okay. I still can’t help shake the vibe that it’s still a cheap knock-off of a movie that’s already been the subject of countless remakes and knock-offs. Same “been there, done that” problem I had with last year’s Omen cash-in, 666: The Child. Then again, with a title like Invasion of the Pod People, honestly, would you expect anything less?

Leigh Scott also co-wrote this one, as well as appearing in a supporting role – that’s him eating a bullet in the NOT SAFE FOR WORK trailer. You can view the Invasion of the Pod People trailer by clicking here.

Other titles later this year from The Asylum include 30,000 Leagues Under the Sea starring Lorenzo Lamas, sadly not as either Captain Nemo or the giant squid, and Universal Soldiers, which almost sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen. Other titles listed:

666: The Beast
2012: Doomsday
War of the Worlds: The Next Wave
I Am Omega
Aliens Vs. Hunters

Can’t say I’m too surprised to see a sequel to their War of the Worlds (the one with C. Thomas Howell that came out at the same as the Spielberg/Cruise version), but I thought Leigh Scott had told me a few months back that the Asylum wasn’t planning to do that many “mockbusters” this year? Now I see I Am Omega and Aliens vs. Hunters; can’t imagine what two blockbuster movies coming this winter those two titles could possibly be emulating…

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Synapse’s Suspiria 4K Restoration Gets a Release Date



Earlier this year, we wrote about Synapse Films’ Suspiria 4K restoration and how it was available for pre-order. The weird catch was that there was no release date confirmed and that pre-orders would go out sometime in December 2017. Today that changes as we can confirm that the 3-disc special edition Blu-ray collection will come out December 19th, just in time for Christmas but a little late for Hanukkah. Any chance we can have one extra night this year?

Restored over three years, Synapse has been working tirelessly to create the ultimate version of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic supernatural horror film, which has since gone on to become one of the most recognized and lauded titles in the genre. This cut has been overseen and approved by Luciano Tovoli, the Director of Photography on the film.

Pre-orders are still available via Synapse Films’ website.

Special features:
*Limited edition of only 6000 units produced
*Exclusive Steelbook packaging and collector’s o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon
*Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector’s edition (only 6000 units) containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
*Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khz/24-bit audio
*Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
*Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
*Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
*Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
*A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
*Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
*Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
*Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration
*“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version
*Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
*Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version
*Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version
*Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin’s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release

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Creep 2 Starring Mark Duplass Hits Netflix This December



Just the other day we shared with you guys an exclusive interview with Partick Brice, the director of the Mark Duplass-starring found footage flicks Creep and Creep 2.

Today we have the awesome news that the killer sequel Creep 2 (review) will be hitting Netflix streaming on December 23rd.

The original creeptastic motion picture is already streaming on Netflix so if you need to catch up – or just watch the original again – you can do so tonight and get ready for the sequel which, personally, I found to be superior (if even just slightly) to the original.

What did you think of the original film? Are you excited to check out the sequel? Or have you already seen it? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Creep 2 starring Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan hits Netflix December 23rd!


Desiree Akhavan (“Girls”, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass, reprising his role from the previous film). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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Waxwork Records Unveils Phenomenal 2018 Subscription Package



Our pals over at Waxwork Records have unveiled their 2018 subscription bundle and it’s packed to the brim with some absolutely fantastic titles! Horror fans who enjoy spinning their music on turntables can look forward to two Romero titles, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, and lastly they’ll have Jordan Peele’s smash success title Get Out. On top of getting those five records, those who join the subscription program will also receive a t-shirt, coffee mug, poster, notebook, magnet, enamel pin, calendar, and more.

For Night of the Living Dead, Waxwork Records worked closely with the film’s original creators, including Romero himself prior to his passing, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Criterion Collection so that they could source audio from the 4K restoration. It will be released as a 2xLP package.

Dawn of the Dead will also get a 2xLP release that will include brand new artwork, re-mastered audio, and more. The same kind of treatment is being given to The ‘Burbs. Christopher Young’s Drag Me to Hell soundtrack will be a single LP but will get the same level of attention and quality as the other titles.

As for Peele’s Get Out. Michael Abels; score will be released on a 2xLP vinyl set and will pay tribute to one of the most culturally significant movies of the past several years.

The Waxwork Records subscription package will be $250 ($285 in Canada) and will open up for sale this Friday, the 24th. More information can be found on Waxwork’s website.

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