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Arrow Video Releases Full Specs for 4K Phenomena Collector’s Edition



One of Dario Argento’s most batshit films, and that’s saying something, is his 1985 fantasy/horror flick Phenomena. Starring Jennifer Connelly as a young woman with the ability to telepathically communicate with insects, the movie deals with a vicious serial killer and the investigation to figure out the truth.

Arrow Video will be releasing a 4K collector’s edition that includes a remastered soundtrack CD and three discs that are absolutely PACKED with special features. The boxset will be coming out on May 8th and can be pre-ordered via their official website. Now, it should be noted that this is only a Region B release, so you’ll have to get Synapse’s version if you want to play it in the US. Well, that is unless you have a region-free 4K blu-ray player.

Arrow Video explains, “Presented here in a sumptuous new 4K restoration of the film and with a newly created “hybrid” English/Italian audio track on the full length 116-minute Italian version, this is the definitive release of Argento’s creepy classic.

Jennifer Corvino, daughter of a world-renowned movie star, arrives in the so-called “Swiss Transylvania” to attend an exclusive girls’ school. However, a vicious killer is targeting the pupils, and sleepwalker Jennifer finds herself in the assassin’s headlights when her nocturnal wanderings cause her to witness the death of a fellow pupil. Aided by paraplegic entomologist John McGregor and her own uncanny ability to communicate telepathically with insects, Jennifer sets out to track down the killer before she herself becomes the latest victim…

Special features include:

• Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all three versions of the film: the 116-minute Italian, 110-minute international and 83-minute “Creepers” cuts
• New 5.1 surround mixes of the Italian (116-minute) and English (110-minute) soundtracks in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio, derived from the original 4-channel Dolby Stereo elements
• New hybrid English/Italian soundtrack for the 116-minute version in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo*
• Italian soundtrack for the 116-minute version in lossless PCM 2.0 stereo
• English soundtrack for the 110-minute version in lossless PCM 2.0 stereo
• English soundtrack for the 83-minute version in lossless PCM 1.0 mono
• English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
• The Three Sarcophagi, a new visual essay by Michael Mackenzie comparing the different cuts of Phenomena
• Of Flies and Maggots, a new feature-length documentary including interviews with co-writer/producer/director Dario Argento, actors Fiore Argento, Davide Marotta, Daria Nicolodi and Fiorenza Tessari, co-writer Franco Ferrini, cinematographer Romano Albani, production manager Angelo Jacono, assistant director Michele Soavi, special optical effects artist Luigi Cozzi, special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, makeup artist Pier Antonio Mecacci, underwater camera operator Gianlorenzo Battaglia, and composers Claudio Simonetti and Simon Boswell
• Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
• “Jennifer” music video, directed by Dario Argento
• Rare Japanese vintage pressbook
• Remastered soundtrack CD featuring the complete Goblin instrumental soundtrack, plus four bonus tracks by Simon Boswell and Andi Sex Gang
• Limited edition 60-page booklet containing new writing by Mikel J. Koven, Rachael Nisbet and Leonard Jacobs
• Limited edition packaging featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp

* The 116-minute Italian cut features approximately six minutes of footage for which English audio does not exist. In these instances, the hybrid track reverts to Italian audio with English subtitles.

*Limited to 5,000!*




Such Sights to Show You – 03/21/18



Killer clowns are everywhere lately, but few of them are actually a cut above the rest. Such is the case for Terrifier‘s insanely wicked Art the Clown, who makes a special appearance in this week’s comic strip.

Kevin D. Clark is a cartoonist from Scotland who grew up watching classic monster movies, cartoons and wrestling, as well as reading comics. He started drawing at an early age and hasn’t stopped since. His sense of humor is a veritable cornucopia of the wacky and weird inspired by the likes of Monty Python, Mel Brooks, “MST3K,” Rab C. Nesbitt, as well as his older brother.

Kevin was diagnosed with Aspergers and because of that, he tries to push himself to work as hard as possible. Kevin also has a self-published comic book and helps run a film club for autistic people. He has recently earned a degree in cartooning from the London Art College and he’s pretty sure that he could take an octopus in a fight.


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Trailer: It Follows Director’s New Film Under the Silver Lake Starring Andrew Garfield



Writer-director David Robert Mitchell made everyone’s must-watch list after directing the new utter classic It Follows a few years back. And today we are here to talk about his new film, Under the Silver Lake.

The movie is being described as “a delirious neo-noir fever dream about one man’s search for the truth behind the mysterious crimes, murders, and disappearances in his East L.A. neighborhood” and a “sprawling, playful, and unexpected mystery-comedy detective thriller about the Dream Factory and its denizens—dog killers, aspiring actors, glitter-pop groups, nightlife personalities, ‘It’ girls, memorabilia hoarders, masked seductresses, homeless gurus, reclusive songwriters, sex workers, wealthy socialites, topless neighbors, and the shadowy billionaires floating above (and underneath) it all.”

The contemporary neo-noir thriller will hit theaters this June, and today we have the film’s trailer and poster for your viewing pleasure. Personally, the movie doesn’t look to be “horror,” like, at all. But just the fact that it is written and directed by David Robert Mitchell is enough to catch all horror fans’ attention. Bring it on, I say. Especially considering the press release name drops the film as “Mining a noir tradition extending from Kiss Me Deadly and The Long Goodbye to Chinatown and Mulholland Drive.”

Check out the poster to the right and the trailer below; then let us know what you think!

Under the Silver Lake is written and directed by David Robert Mitchell (It Follows) and stars Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road).

The film hits theaters this June via A24.

Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah (Riley Keough), frolicking in his apartment’s swimming pool. When she vanishes, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal, and conspiracy in the City of Angels.


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Last Meeple Standing

YOU Are the Maniac! – Game Overview and Review



In the world of horror board games and card games, there is a glut of games where you and your fellow players portray the victims. The mechanics of the game itself act as the villain, or another player takes that role. These asymmetric games can be quite good, but they leave many players aching to be the bad guy, the maniac, and go after innocent (or not-so-innocent) victims to their blackened heart’s content. For those players, I present YOU Are the Maniac! (YATM for short). This wicked card game is designed to scratch just that itch, except with a chainsaw.

Photo Credit: Tiffany Hahn


As a simple card game, YATM doesn’t need to shine very hard in the area of components. The four decks, Victim, Maniac, Plot Twist, and Final Girl, are printed on casino-style card stock, resulting in sturdy cards with a nice SNAP! when you shuffle them. The colors, particularly blood red, really pop, which is always nice. No washed out, muddy colors here. Your victims will have a hard time hiding in the shadows. The four decks have very distinct back designs, which makes clean up at the end of a game simple. The art on the face side of the cards is appropriately nightmarish, if not a tiny bit amateurish. Some of the characters are downright SUREAL. One victim, poor “Saul the Stoner” looks so outrageously deformed, his card provides enough horror to last the entire game. Victim cards are the cards you are fighting to collect throughout the game to give you points. Maniac cards allow you to manipulate the rows of Victims and allow you to take/kill the Victim card with the highest value. Plot Twist Cards alter the direction of the game to your advantage or to your opponent’s disadvantage. The Final Girl cards represent special victims that you face at the end of each round (which the game calls “movies” – there are three rounds or “movies,” so you a playing out a “trilogy”).

Believe it or not, one of the coolest components for the game is the box itself. It is very intentionally designed to resemble one of the old Cannon Films paper VHS boxes you would have pulled off the shelf and your friendly neighborhood video store when you were a kid. The edges of the box are designed to look worn and rubbed white, with cracks and tears at the corners and scratches from shelf wear. I have to hand it to the designer for nearly fooling me into thinking the game was packaged in a video box from the days of horror yore.


Setup is a breeze. Shuffle the four decks, Victims, Maniac, Plot Twist, and Final Girl, and deal out 12 Victims in two rows of 6, with the first card closest to the Victim deck. Place the Maniac, Plot Twist, and Final Girl decks below the Victim card area. Hand out 7 Maniac cards to each player and you are good to go…kill to your heart’s desire.


As mentioned earlier, the game is played over three rounds, with each round being referred to as a “movie.” A movie is completed when all 12 Victims plus a Final Girl have either been collected (killed) or have survived (moved to a Survivor pile to be dealt out as Victims in the next movie!). When it is your turn:

    1. Play a Maniac card. Some of these cards move Victims forward or backward in the line of 12 Victims. The goal is to get them to the Kill Spot, the No. 1 position in the row next to the Victim deck. Other Maniac cards are Mask or Weapon cards, which you have to play later in your turn to claim a victim.
    2. Move in for the Kill. Grab the Victim card from the Kill Spot next to the Victim Deck. If it has special instructions (drawing of Plot Twists or other guidance) on the card, carry them out.
    3. Optionally play a Weapon and/or a Mask card to achieve the kill. No weapon or mask = no kill (the Victim goes to the Survivor pile).
    4. If the Victim was killed, add the card to your Collection for point scoring later. You may want to sort them by Victim type (Bimbo, Athlete, Fodder, or Suspect) for ease of scoring at the end of the game. Do the same with your weapons and masks, as well as any other special cards that give you points.
    5. Clean up the mess. During this phase, move the remaining played Maniac and Plot Twist cards to their discard piles.
    6. Draw back up to a full hand from the Maniac deck.

When you have to draw Plot Twist cards, some of them are Nemesis cards. These cards force you miss the kill and place the Victim in the Survivor pile. You can defeat the Nemesis with special Defeat a Nemesis Maniac cards, though!

At the end of a “movie,” when all of the Victims have been killed or have escaped to the Survivors pile, you face the Final Girl. Killing the Final Girl in a movie is similar to fighting any other victim: you optionally play a Maniac card, but you HAVE to turn over a Plot Twist card and you HAVE to play a Mask and a Weapon Maniac card to defeat her. If not, she, too, goes into the Survivor pile to be faced again in the next movie.

At the end of the first movie, you deal out another 12 Victims, starting with cards in the Survivor pile and then moving to the Victim deck. You face a Final Girl, you move on to movie 2, play that round out, move on to movie 3 and then the game ends. Three movies and the audience is DONE with you.


At the end of the third movie, after the Final Girl has been offed…or has survived, you determine your score. Each victim in your Collection has a score value in the lower right of the card (on a bloody fingerprint). Add these scores up. Some Maniac cards may give you extra points for certain types of victims, how many victims you have, or how many weapons and masks you have. The player with the highest point total at the end of the game wins!


YATM is one of the hardest games to rate for me in a long time. I like the quirky art, the perfect box, and the 80’s slasher movie theme, which is REALLY strong here; but, there is a big issue that a lot of reviewers have touched on. YATM is very much a re-skin of a previous game called Guillotine, from Wizards of the Coast. Both games are focused on moving victims down a row toward a Kill Spot, where they are snuffed and saved to score at the game’s end. Both games have a mechanic allowing players to move Victims up and down the row to allow you to kill Victims of higher value. Guillotine had a French Revolution skin. YATM has an 80’s slasher skin. If the two games were EXACTLY the same and I had no ethics whatsoever, which game do you think I would pick over the other? Yeah, you’re right: I’d pick YATM. That said, there are enough unique mechanics to give YATM a fair win over Guillotine for me, regardless of the re-skinning issue. I enjoy the Plot Twists the give the Maniacs certain advantages during a turn. I like the Maniac cards that reward you for trying to kill only a certain type of Victim. Hell, as weird as it is, I just plain like the box the game comes in! Lame, I know, but I do really dig it. In the end, rating this game comes down to which theme you like more, as well as a few other game mechanics, and not much else; hence, my somewhat low rating. Had YATM possessed a few more highlights, even just slightly more professional artwork, it would be the clear winner in this fight. YATM swung for the neck but only made it half-way through. In a cheeseball horror movie, we want to see the head come all the way off, and that doesn’t happen with this movie/game.


Designer/Artist: Todd Wahoske
Publisher: Counterculture Cards/Golden Games
Published: 2013
Players/Playtime: 2–4/45 min

RATING: 2.5/5


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