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Go Pre-Evil Dead with Scott Spiegel and Bill Ward’s Super 8 Shorts – AVAILABLE NOW! Must Watch Videos Right Here!

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Bruce Campbell doing radio commercials for TV? Pre-Evil Dead shorts? If you’re looking to add one of the most compelling collections of horror history to your home video collections… LOOK NO FURTHER! Read on for details and a sampling of some of the shorts included along with a boat load of imagery!

From The Press Release:
This is our first Super8Shorts.com DVD presentation. While many have seen the iconic horror movie The Evil Dead, and its sequels Evil Dead II & Army Of Darkness, fewer know is that its creators & friends had a legacy of Super-8 Short film making stretching all the way back to their childhood in the late ’60s. It’s Murder, Within The Woods and The Blind Waiter are among the most prominent examples, but there were nearly seventy shorts made from 1969 onwards.

This first DVD set contains eleven of the earliest shorts made by both Bill & Scotty. It’s available in ‘Standard’ & ‘Deluxe’ versions. They’re both the same, although the ‘Deluxe’ set comes with four rather than two photos, and they’re signed by Bill & Scott. Here is a complete list of everything you get in both ‘Standard’ & ‘Deluxe’ versions:

  • One dual layer DVD containing the eleven shorts, each with an optional commentary track from Scotty, the DVD promo, motion menus, and full color printed disc artwork.
  • A black standard DVD case with color glossy DVD sleeve.
  • A four page handmade vintage style booklet, with an introduction from Bill, and notes on each short from Scott.
  • ‘Standard’ set only – Two 6″ x 4″ color replica photos.
  • ‘Deluxe’ set only – Four 6″ x 4″ color replica photos, signed by Scotty & Bill.
  • A packed DVD-ROM folder, including; Both Scotty & Bill’s raw unedited PDF notes for the DVD booklet, 132 Super-8 Shorts related behind the scenes, promo & miscellaneous photos, Super-8 Shorts Related Newspapers, Magazines & Text Files, information on the Super-8 Shorts Josh Becker used to sell, the Super-8 Shorts Score Project, and an offline backup of the BookOfTheDead.ws website as of the 13th of July 2017.

The list of shorts included runs at 67m 16s in total, and play in chronological order. The titles, dates & running times are as follows:

1. Inspector Clutz Saves the Day (1969) (9m 00s)
2. Pies & Guys (1971) (3m 22s)
3. Corny Casanovas (1971) (6m 08s)
4. For Crymin’ Out Loud (1973) (4m 31s)
5. Piece of Mind (1973) (6m 49s)
6. A Night in a Sanitarium (1973) (10m 13s)
7. Loose Loot (1973) (4m 50s)
8. Three Smart Saps (1973) (7m 38s)
9. Three Pests in a Mess (1974) (7m 35s)
10. Booby Bartenders (1974) (4m 26s)
11. Curse of the Werewolf Teaser (1974) (2m 38s)

While a small number have leaked out as bootlegs over the years, and a handful officially released, this will be the first time many of these shorts have been publicly & officially seen. The shorts themselves are made up of both footage the group shot themselves, and stock footage they had access to, along with occasional Three Stooges dialog, stock music & sound effects.

Scotty transferred many of the huge number of shorts from Super-8 film to S-VHS tape back in the 1990s, and later on to DVD, when he added/upgraded certain stock shots simply unavailable at the time. That aside, the content of the shorts themselves (including any music) remains untouched. This DVD is pretty much the experience you would have had on viewing these shorts when they were first shown back in the early ’70s.

This DVD set is only available through Super8Shorts.com, and is out to buy, now!

All images courtesy of Scott Spiegel and Bill Ward.

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

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An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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