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DVD and Blu-ray Releases: December 19, 2017

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Greetings again, fellow collectors of all things digitally scary.  We don’t have a huge list this week, and a portion of our releases may have already dropped two weeks ago, but the rest of the list this week is pretty solid.  If you were able to pick up The Amicus Collection, Asylum or And Now the Screaming Starts back on the 5th of December, more power to you.  If not, this is your week so keep your eyes open.

Two of this year’s bigger titles will be releasing on various formats this week as well.  Leatherface will be getting both the Blu-ray and DVD treatment.  Darren Aronofsky’s mother! will also be dropping on Blu-ray and DVD but will also be available in 4K Ultra HD.  Not too shabby.

As for the rest of our list this week, pretty much everything is a classic release.  Of those, probably the most anticipated (and expensive) title is the 3-Disc Limited Edition Steelbook of Dario Argento’s Suspiria.  Seeing as Suspiria just turned 40 this year, a lot of work was put into this release by the fine folks at Synapse, so it’s definitely worth every penny.

Check out the rest of this week’s titles below, and as always, pleasant viewing.



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American Gothic (1988)

Starring:

Rod Steiger, Yvonne De Carlo, Sarah Torgov

Synopsis:

Ma, Pa and their backwoods brood show stranded teens some hospitality, then kill them.

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And Now the Screaming Starts (1973)

Starring:

Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, Stephanie Beacham

Synopsis:

For Amicus only period production, The Studio That Dripped Blood adapted the gothic horror novel Fengriffen into an insane 18th Century saga of heaving bosoms, graphic dismemberment and supernatural violation. The legendary Peter Cushing leads an all-star cast including Herbert Lom (The Dead Zone), Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange) and Stephanie Beacham (Dracula A.D.1972) in a twisted tale of family curses, axe murders, corpse desecration and a deliriously depraved performance by Lom that has to be seen to be believed. Ian Ogilvy (Witchfinder General) co-stars in this 70s shocker directed by Roy Ward Baker (Asylum, The Vampire Lovers) and featuring ravishing cinematography by Academy AwardTM winner Denys Coop (10 Rillington Place, Superman), now remastered in 4k with all of its violence and nudity fully restored.

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Asylum (1972)

Starring:

Peter Cushing, Britt Ekland, Herbert Lom

Synopsis:

In 1972, The Studio That Dripped Blood brought together director Roy Ward Baker (Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde, The Vampire Lovers), novelist/screenwriter Robert Bloch (Psycho), and an all-star cast that includes Peter Cushing, Britt Ekland (The Wicker Man), Herbert Lom (Mark Of The Devil), Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange), Robert Powell (The Survivor) and Charlotte Rampling (The Night Porter) for the shocker 10kBullets.com calls classic British horror, genuinely creepy and essential viewing. Here inside the gates of Dunsmoor Asylum For The Incurably Insane, you ll discover four disturbing tales of voodoo vengeance, murderous mannequins, psychotic ingénues, demonic dolls and one killer twist of an ending. Barry Morse (Space: 1999), Barbara Parkins (Valley Of The Dolls) and James Villiers (Repulsion) co-star in the best Amicus anthology (Classic-Horror.com), now remastered from vault elements and loaded with Special Features.

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Eye in the Labyrinth (1972)

Starring:

Adolfo Celi, Sybil Danning, Horst Frank, Rosemary Dexter, Alida Valli

Synopsis:

A Code Red Release – Julie (Rosemary Dexter, The Shoes of a Fisherman) is disturbed by the disappearance of her psychiatrist lover, Luca (Horst Frank), after witnessing his murder in a bizarre dream. She follows clues to his whereabouts to a seaside village where she encounters Frank (Adolfo Celi, The Italian Connection), who tells her Luca has indeed been there. Julie’s investigation leads her to the house of Gerta (Alida Valli, Suspiria), where the mystery at this artists enclave deepens and sinister secrets are soon uncovered. Also starring Sybil Danning (They’re Playing with Fire), see this rare giallo from a brand new master!

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Headhunter (1988)

Starring:

Kay Lenz, Wayne Crawford, Steve Kanaly, June Chadwick

Synopsis:

A Code Red Release – A voodoo demon from Africa arrives amongst Miami’s Nigerian community as well as Pastor Bobby’s Miami Baptist Pentecostal Holiness Assemblies and begins decapitating people and possessing others. A tough Miami cop (Wayne Crawford, White Ghost, God’s Bloody Acre, Jake Speed), who recently found out his wife (June Chadwick, Forbidden World, This Is Spinal Tap) has a female lover, investigates the murders with his female partner (Kay Lenz, Stripped To Kill, The Passage, Breezy). Steve Kanaly (Fleshburn, Dillinger) also stars in this suspense thriller.

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Leatherface (2017)

Starring:

Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Sam Coleman, Sam Strike, Vanessa Grasse

Synopsis:

In Texas, years before the events of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriff’s daughter dead. Ten years later, he kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with three other inmates. Pursued by authorities, including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter’s death, the Sawyer teen goes on a violent road trip from hell, molding him into the monster now known as Leatherface.

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mother! (2017)

Starring:

Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer

Synopsis:

Academy Award® winners Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) and Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men) deliver unforgettable performances in Academy Award nominated Darren Aronofsky’s (Black Swan) praised opus. The film shattered audiences and critics around the world. It s been called darkly exhilarating (Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times) and Aronofsky’s most daring film yet (Ben Croll, Indiewire). Experience the visually arresting psychological thriller that will leave your heart pounding and your mind blown!

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Psycho Killer (2015)

Starring:

Kate Daly, Malcolm McDowell

Synopsis:

A doe-eyed, knife-wielding killer is on the loose in a small town slicing and dicing men of questionable intent left and right. As her brutality leaves a town littered with corpses, her unquenchable blood-lust is lost on her young lover who is willing to pursue her regardless of the obvious warning signs of psychosis.

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Suspiria (1977) (3-Disc Limited Edition SteelBook)

Starring:

Jessica Harper, Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Barbara Magnolfi, Udo Kier

Synopsis:

Dario Argento’s masterpiece of horror comes to home video from Synapse Films in an exclusive new 4K restoration from the original uncut, uncensored 35mm Italian camera negative and with the original 4.0 English surround sound, for the first time EVER! Painstakingly restored over the past three years, Synapse Films has created the ultimate special edition of Suspiria with the supervision and approval of the film s Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli, and loaded with a separate Blu-ray disc of amazing extras! Suspiria is presented in its original glory for its 40th Anniversary!

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COLLECTIONS

The Amicus Collection

Starring:

Peter Cushing, Britt Ekland, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, Stephanie Beacham

Synopsis:

Known as The Studio That Dripped Blood , the British film company Amicus Productions founded by American writer/producers Max J. Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky built a legacy of horror anthologies and twisted thrillers that remains among the very best genre movies of the 70s. In this trio of Amicus classics featuring stars that include Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Britt Ekland, Patrick Magee, Stephanie Beacham, Calvin Lockhart, Michael Gambon and Charlotte Rampling you ll discover the studio s legendary portmanteau Asylum, their insane gothic shocker And Now The Screaming Starts, and exclusive to this set the infamous werewolf whodunit The Beast Must Die, as well as a Bonus Disc of Amicus trailers, TV commercials, rare interviews and more all in this 4 disc box set.

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Dread Central Presents: Announcing Our First Original Title THE GOLEM

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Readers, we couldn’t be more excited to bring you this news! As you know, we’ve been acquiring and releasing movies under the Dread Central Presents label for several months now, and we have loads more titles under our belt, some announced and some yet-to-be-revealed. However, today Deadline has revealed the first original production in our Dread Central Presents library: The Golem!

Written by Ariel Cohen, The Golem is directed by the Paz Brothers, Yoav and Doron, who directed the 2015 Epic Pictures found footage hit JeruZalem. The new film, which was shot secretly in Ukraine near Kiev last year and will be released in February of 2019, follows a woman’s tight-knit Jewish community that is besieged by foreign invaders. Turning to Jewish mysticism, she conjures a dangerous creature to protect her and her people. However, her creation may be more evil than she ever imagined.

Epic Pictures Group co-founder Shaked Berenson, who acts as executive producer alongside Patrick Ewald, Epic’s other co-founder, states, “With very few horror films originating in the Middle East, the micro-budget JeruZalem tapped an underserved market for Jewish folklore. When the Paz brothers, along with writer Ariel Cohen and producer Shalom Eisenbach, approached us with The Golem, we recognized the potential, and because of our great collaboration on JeruZalem, we’re happy to jump on board this great team.

Doron Paz adds, “Having a much bigger budget this time allowed us to create the scope needed to re-tell the legend of the Golem,” while his brother, Yoav, exclaims, “We are glad to have both producer Shalom Eisenbach and Epic believe in our vision and [are] excited to get it in front [of audiences] early next year.” Footage will be shown to foreign buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

Starring in the film are Hani Furstenberg (Hanna), Ishai Golan (Benjamin), Lenny Ravich (Horrovits), Brynie Furstenberg (Perla), and Alexey Tritenko (Vladimir).

At the end of last year, while I was in Israel for the 2017 Utopia Festival, I had the opportunity to meet with the Paz brothers and see unfinished footage of the film. I don’t like to get too hyped for a movie prior to seeing it in theatersm but I’ve got to tell you that this is something I’m really excited for the world to see, both on a personal level and as a fan of original horror!

Here are two exclusive images from the film!

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Oats Studios Cancels FIREBASE Feature

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A few weeks back we let you guys know that director Neill Blomkamp and his indie production company Oats Studios kicked off a fan-funding campaign to bring us a feature-length version of their killer short film Firebase.

But we have some sad news today as it seems the campaign was unsuccessful and all contributors will be getting their money back. Damn.

Oats Studios broke the news on Twitter saying, “To all backers of Firebase. Oats will be refunding everyone who contributed completely. Unfortunately, we didn’t raise enough to do something truly awesome. We would rather over deliver than create an average film. We thank the thousands of people who did back us- hang in there.”

Are you bummed there won’t be a feature-length Firebase flick? Make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Read our full interview with Blomkamp HERE.

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Which Comes Next THE CONJURING 3 or THE CROOKED MAN?

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This September we will finally see the release of director Corin Hardy’s The Conjuring spin-off, The Nun. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, today we have word via Warner Bros. that another entry in The Conjuring Universe will hit July 3, 2019.

There’s no word on which film this might be, but it’s safe to assume it will be either the recently announced The Crooked Man spin-off, or the long-awaited third entry in the mothership franchise The Conjuring 3.

Last year, Wan spoke about both films saying, “We’ve been working hard on Conjuring 3. Of course, that is something that I am not neglecting. The Conjuring films are still the mothership and the mothership needs to be strong. The mothership needs to be strong for all these other jet fighters to shoot out of. So, we’re in the midst of working on the script, and still hashing [it] out. We want to make sure that the script is in a really good place. With how much people have loved the first two Conjuring, I don’t want to rush into the third one if possible.”

Speaking about The Crooked Man spin-off, Wan explains that the film is in, “…early stages, kind of like cooking away. But we think we have a really exciting story. What we want to do, with The Conjuring universe, is we want each of our little offshoots to have a very different flavor, right? So, for example, Annabelle is the classic sort-of haunted doll subgenre. And with The Crooked Man, I would love to push it more down somewhat of that dark fairytale, and more whimsical, subgenre. I love the idea that, within the Conjuring universe, each of our little movies all have their own flavor, so that way they don’t feel like they’re the same films.”

Which film do you HOPE is next up in The Conjuring Universe? Personally, I really want to see more of this crooked fellow before diving into the further adventures of the Warrens. But all the same, make sure to hit us up and let us know what YOU think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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