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It’s been hailed as one of the most controversial films of all time. It’s guaranteed to make The Hunger Games along with everything else that has ever emulated it look like the kid’s stuff that it actually is. And now, after years and years, Battle Royale is officially hitting U.S. shores on Blu-ray and DVD!

From the Press Release
A title that has shocked, thrilled and unnerved audiences. A film whose fiendishly simple premise has inspired many imitations, including the upcoming The Hunger Games motion picture. Based on the 1999 global best-seller by Koushun Takami, the futuristic tale first came to the screen in 2000, directed by the legendary Kinju Fukasaku. Authors, filmmakers and film fans the world over consider the film and its 2003 sequel Battle Royale II: Requiem sacred cinematic classics. And now, fans can own them on high-definition Blu-ray™ and DVD!

On March 20th, Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly brings the Battle Royale: The Complete Collection to Blu-ray™ and DVD for the first time in North America. Featuring state-of-the-art HD transfers, hi-res audio and a wealth of bonus features that delve deep into this truly international phenomenon – the three disc Blu-ray™ plus bonus DVD set has an SRP of $49.99 and an SRP $44.98 for the four disc DVD. Battle Royale will also be released separately on Blu-ray™ for an SRP of $29.99 and DVD for an SRP of $24.98. Battle Royale will be available digitally via select outlets including iTunes® and Xbox LIVE®.

42 Students, Three Days, One Survivor – No Escape. Welcome to the World of Battle Royale!

Battle Royale
In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nation’s youth, the Japanese government passes The BR Law: Each year, a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left. Chiaki Kuriyama (Kill Bill) and screen legend Takeshi Kitano (Boiling Point, Brother) star in the movie that has been argued, acclaimed and banned around the world. More than a decade later, it remains one of the most savage, shocking and emotionally powerful films of all time. Now experience the complete Director’s Cut of Kinji Fukasaku’s uncompromising masterpiece – nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards® – available uncensored and unrated for the first time ever in America.

Battle Royale: The Complete Collection
In 2000, director Kinji Fukasaku unleashed Battle Royale, his violently poetic epic about an innocent group of junior high students forced by the government to hunt and kill their classmates for sport. It launched a global phenomenon and was banned from screens by frightened civic groups and distributors across America. Three years later, the equally disturbing sequel – featuring a new class, new rules and a brutal terrorist plot by the first film’s young survivors – triggered its own tragic firestorm around the world. Now for the first time ever, you can see it all: Experience the entire Battle Royale saga on four discs that forever blasts open one of the most potent, shocking and savagely influential sagas in motion picture history.

Special Features: Battle Royale: The Complete Collection’s Four-Disc Set

  • Battle Royale Director’s Cut with both Japanese and English language tracks and English subtitles
  • Battle Royale Theatrical Cut with both Japanese and English language tracks and English subtitles
  • Battle Royale II with Japanese language and English subtitles
  • Battle Royale Bonus Content with Japanese language and English subtitles
  • The Making of Battle Royale
  • Battle Royale Press Conference
  • Instructional Video: Birthday Version
  • Audition and Rehearsal Footage
  • Special Effects Comparison Featurette
  • Tokyo International Film Festival 2000
  • Battle Royale Documentary
  • Basketball Scene Rehearsals
  • Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
  • Filming On-Set
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Special Edition TV Spot
  • TV Spot: Tarantino Version

    Special Features Battle Royale Single-Disc Edition

  • Director’s Cut with Japanese and English language and English subtitles

    With impeccable direction by three-time ‘Director of the Year’ Kinji Fukasaku and featuring high-quality acting performances from every angle, Battle Royale: The Complete Collection is as cunning as it is ruthless, offering a unique and brutal depiction of what people are capable of when imminent death is everywhere you look.

    As with all special joyous occasions, you know what it’s time for… That’s right, kids! It’s time for our trusty Impromptu Rapid Irish Jig of Joy and Mirth™ video! Check out the artwork and Battle Royale trailer beneath the festive young lads!

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    Prodigy Review – This Kid Is Killer



    Starring Richard Neil, Savannah Liles

    Written and directed by Alex Haughey and Brian Vidal

    From the minds of Alex Haughey and Brian Vidal, Prodigy could have easily debuted as a stage play instead of an intimate sci-fi horror film delivered straight to your television. Told with a confident grasp, the story unfolds in only one location with two characters responsible for carrying the entire narrative. Good performances, sure-handed directing, and a solid script highlighting tense moments make the claustrophobic setting seem much bigger in scope. A little telekinesis thrown in to good effect and a creepy killer kid don’t hurt the momentum either.

    Under constant surveillance at a remote black site, an aging psychologist named Fonda (Neil) is tasked with assessing a dangerous young girl called Ellie (Liles), who is highly intelligent and possesses supernatural powers. Fonda attempts to inject some humanity into Ellie, but she is cold and calculating and seems to be toying with him at times and the onlookers watching from behind the glass. The back-and-forth between both characters is competitive and often riveting, with Ellie slowly revealing her abilities to her wide-eyed new audience. Wrapped up in a familiar setup, the decision to study or dissect this meta kid is the central question of Prodigy; but the execution of a simple premise is what keeps the story afloat.

    On a very small scale, Haughey and Vidal make the setting feel cinematic with crisp images and smart shot selections that help maintain the tension. There’s a strong backbone in place that allows both actors to bounce off of each other in a well-choreographed mental dance as the dangerous game they’re playing begins to unravel.

    Several scenes where Elle demonstrates her powers are the standouts in Prodigy with chairs and tables flying and glass breaking to great effect. These sequences diffuse some of the tension for a moment, only to fully explode late in the film when Elle’s emotions unleash. It’s only then that there has been any kind of breakthrough that could possibly help to save her life.

    That gets to the heart of the real question posed in Prodigy: Is an extraordinary life still worth saving if it threatens ordinary lives in the process? Also, does the fact that this potential weapon is housed inside the body and mind of a young, lonely girl make a difference to whether it should survive? These questions and how they’re answered make Prodigy a micro-budget standout in the indie horror genre well worth taking the time to rent this weekend if you’re not planning on attending a St. Patrick’s Day parade somewhere.

    Prodigy is now available to on iTunes, Amazon, and other On Demand platforms.

    • Prodigy


    The questions raised and how they’re answered make Prodigy a micro-budget standout in the indie horror genre well worth taking the time to rent this weekend if you’re not planning on attending a St. Patrick’s Day parade somewhere. 

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    Cold Hell (Die Hölle) Review – Giallo Terror Invades Vienna



    Starring Violetta Schurawlow, Tobias Moretti, Sammy Sheik

    Written by Martin Ambrosch

    Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky

    I have a serious soft spot in my horror-loving heart for serial killer films. Movies like Seven, The Silence of the Lambs, The Crimson Rivers, and the like draw me in with their cat-and-mouse mentality. Couple those kinds of movies with non-US settings and I’m 100% hooked. So when I was introduced to Die Hölle (aka Cold Hell), which just started streaming on Shudder, I didn’t hesitate to enter this giallo-inspired thriller.

    Cold Hell follows Özge Dugruol (Schurawlow), a Turkish taxi driver in Vienna who clearly lives a strained, almost broken life. The fares she picks up verbally abuse her, the Thai boxing gym where she lets go of her anger has banned her after a violent sparring incident, and her family has its own fair share of problems, including infidelity, lack of responsibility, and painful memories of early years.

    One night, after coming home from a long shift, Özge opens the window in her bathroom only to see across the way into the home of another woman who is lying on the ground, flayed and burnt, her dead eyes staring at Özge. Stunned into shock, she can only look on before realizing that the man responsible for this woman’s death is standing in the shadows, looking at her. So begins Özge’s journey of terror as this killer makes it his mission to find and end her life.

    Cold Hell has an interesting juxtaposition running throughout the film where cinematographer Benedict Neuenfels’ gorgeous visuals are used to highlight the near-squalor and seedy underbelly of Viennese life that Özge lives in. Each scene is bathed in vibrant colors, streetlight reds and neon greens painting the frames. Marius Ruhland, who composed Ruzowitzky’s Academy Award-winning film The Counterfeiters, lends beautiful and thrilling music that knows when to coil up and provide tension before exploding to mirror the chaotic frenzy of the on-screen events.

    A direct commentary on religion’s antiquated view of the place and purpose of women, Cold Hell doesn’t shy away from making nearly everyone in this movie a flawed character. People who were unlikable become understandable once the breadth of their circumstances becomes more clear, as is the case with detective Christian Steiner (Moretti), who originally treats Özge with an almost xenophobic attitude only for us to later see that he cares for his dementia-ridden father. While not excusing his previous behaviors, such a revelation gives his irritation and frustration a more justifiable foundation.

    When the action strikes, we are treated to breathtaking car chases, blood splashing across the screen, and believable reactions. The characters in this film get hurt and they show it, limping painfully with their cuts and bruises open for the world to see.

    The film is certainly not flawless. Some characters feel shoe-horned in and there are rather lengthly segments where the film comes to a crawl. However, the engaging and nuanced performance from Schurawlow easily kept me glued to the screen.

    • Cold Hell


    With beautiful music and gorgeous visuals, Cold Hell is an engaging, albeit slow burn, serial killer thriller. This is one film that should not be missed.

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    Dread Central Presents

    2018 Saturn Awards Horror Nominees Include Get Out, The Shape of Water, IT, The Lodgers, The Walking Dead, Ash vs Evil Dead, and Lots More!



    The nominees for the 2018 Saturn Awards (now in their 44th year) have been announced, and while of course Black Panther and his fellow superheroes lead the fray on both big and small screens, our beloved genre is very well represented in all its various forms…

    The nominees include “pure” horror and thriller movies and TV shows, horror/sci-fi hybrids, and of course fantasies such as recent Oscar winner The Shape of Water. Our own Dread Central Presents film The Lodgers also made the cut as Best International Film!

    This year’s Saturn Awards will be handed out in June in Burbank, California. It’s a tough choice in several categories; let us know your picks below! And if you want to make your votes official, visit to learn more about how to join The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.


    Best Comic-to-Motion Picture Release
    Black Panther
    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
    Spider-Man: Homecoming
    Thor: Ragnarok
    Wonder Woman

    Best Science Fiction Film
    Alien: Covenant
    Blade Runner 2049
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
    War for the Planet of the Apes

    Best Fantasy Film
    Beauty and the Beast
    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
    Kong: Skull Island
    Paddington 2
    The Shape of Water

    Best Horror Film
    47 Meters Down
    Annabelle: Creation
    Better Watch Out
    Get Out

    Best Action or Adventure Film
    Baby Driver
    The Fate of the Furious
    The Greatest Showman
    Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Best Thriller Film
    Brawl in Cell Block 99
    Murder on the Orient Express
    The Post
    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    Wind River

    Best Director
    Ryan Coogler – Black Panther
    Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
    Patty Jenkins – Wonder Woman
    Rian Johnson – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    Jordan Peele – Get Out
    Matt Reeves – War for the Planet of the Apes
    Denis Villeneuve – Blade Runner 2049

    Best Writing
    Black Panther – Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole
    Blade Runner 2049 – Hampton Fancher and Michael Green
    Get Out – Jordan Peele
    Logan – Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green
    The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Rian Johnson
    Wonder Woman – Allan Heinberg

    Best Actor
    Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther as T’Challa / Black Panther
    Ryan Gosling – Blade Runner 2049 as K
    Mark Hamill – Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Luke Skywalker
    Hugh Jackman – Logan as James Howlett / Logan
    Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out as Chris Washington
    Andy Serkis – War for the Planet of the Apes as Caesar
    Vince Vaughn – Brawl in Cell Block 99 as Bradley Thomas

    Best Actress
    Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
    Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water as Elisa Esposito
    Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Mildred Hayes
    Lupita Nyong’o – Black Panther as Nakia
    Rosamund Pike – Hostiles as Rosalie Quaid
    Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Rey
    Emma Watson – Beauty and the Beast as Belle

    Best Supporting Actor
    Harrison Ford – Blade Runner 2049 as Rick Deckard
    Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther as N’Jadaka / Erik “Killmonger” Stevens
    Michael Keaton – Spider-Man: Homecoming as Adrian Toomes / Vulture
    Chris Pine – Wonder Woman as Steve Trevor
    Michael Rooker – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as Yondu
    Bill Skarsgard – It as It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown
    Patrick Stewart – Logan as Charles Xavier / Professor X

    Best Supporting Actress
    Ana de Armas – Blade Runner 2049 as Joi
    Carrie Fisher – Star Wars: The Last Jedi as General Leia Organa
    Danai Gurira – Black Panther as Okoye
    Lois Smith – Marjorie Prime as Marjorie
    Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water as Zelda Delilah Fuller
    Tessa Thompson – Thor: Ragnarok as Valkyrie
    Kelly Marie Tran – Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Rose Tico

    Best Performance by a Younger Actor
    Tom Holland – Spider-Man: Homecoming as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
    Dafne Keen – Logan as Laura Kinney / X-23
    Sophia Lillis – It as Beverly Marsh
    Millicent Simmonds – Wonderstruck as Rose
    Jacob Tremblay – Wonder as August “Auggie” Pullman
    Letitia Wright – Black Panther as Shuri
    Zendaya – Spider-Man: Homecoming as Michelle “MJ” Jones

    Best Production Design
    Beauty and the Beast – Sarah Greenwood
    Black Panther – Hannah Beachler
    Blade Runner 2049 – Dennis Gassner
    The Shape of Water – Paul Denham Austerberry
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Rick Heinrichs
    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – Hugues Tissandier

    Best Editing
    Black Panther – Michael P. Shawver and Claudia Castello
    The Fate of the Furious – Christian Wagner and Paul Rubell
    Get Out – Gregory Plotkin
    Logan – Michael McCusker and Dirk Westervelt
    The Shape of Water – Sidney Wolinsky
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Bob Ducsay

    Best Music
    Black Panther – Ludwig Göransson
    Coco – Michael Giacchino
    The Greatest Showman – John Debney and Joseph Trapanese
    The Shape of Water – Alexandre Desplat
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi – John Williams
    Wonderstruck – Carter Burwell

    Best Costume Design
    Beauty and the Beast – Jacqueline Durran
    Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter
    The Greatest Showman – Ellen Mirojnick
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Michael Kaplan
    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – Olivier Bériot
    Wonder Woman – Lindy Hemming

    Best Make-up
    Black Panther – Joel Harlow and Ken Diaz
    Blade Runner 2049 – Donald Mowat
    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – John Blake and Brian Sipe
    It – Alec Gillis, Sean Sansom, Tom Woodruff, Jr. and Shane Zander
    The Shape of Water – Mike Hill and Shane Mahan
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Peter Swords King and Neal Scanlan
    Wonder – Arjen Tuiten

    Best Special Effects
    Black Panther – Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, and Dan Sudick
    Blade Runner 2049 – John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover and Gerd Nefzer
    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner and Dan Sudick
    Kong: Skull Island – Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza and Mike Meinardus
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould and Neal Scanlan
    War for the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Joel Whist

    Best Independent Film
    I, Tonya
    Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
    Super Dark Times

    Best International Film
    Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
    The Lodgers
    The Man Who Invented Christmas
    The Square
    Wolf Warrior 2

    Best Animated Film
    Cars 3
    Despicable Me 3
    The Boss Baby
    Your Name


    Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series
    Black Lightning
    The Flash
    Legends of Tomorrow
    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Best Science Fiction Television Series
    The 100
    Doctor Who
    The Expanse
    The Orville
    The X-Files

    Best Fantasy Television Series
    American Gods
    Game of Thrones
    The Good Place
    The Librarians
    The Magicians

    Best Horror Television Series
    American Horror Story: Cult
    Ash vs Evil Dead
    Fear the Walking Dead
    The Strain
    Teen Wolf
    The Walking Dead

    Best Action-Thriller Television Series
    The Alienist
    Animal Kingdom
    Better Call Saul
    Into the Badlands
    Mr. Mercedes

    Best Television Presentation
    Channel Zero
    Descendants 2
    Doctor Who: “Twice Upon a Time”
    Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Return
    The Sinner
    Twin Peaks: The Return

    Best Actor on Television
    Jon Bernthal – The Punisher as Frank Castle / Punisher
    Bruce Campbell – Ash vs Evil Dead as Ash Williams
    Sam Heughan – Outlander as Jamie Fraser
    Jason Isaacs – Star Trek: Discovery as Captain Gabriel Lorca
    Andrew Lincoln – The Walking Dead as Rick Grimes
    Seth MacFarlane – The Orville as Ed Mercer
    Kyle MacLachlan – Twin Peaks: The Return as Dale Cooper
    Ricky Whittle – American Gods as Shadow Moon

    Best Actress on Television
    Gillian Anderson – The X-Files as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully
    Caitriona Balfe – Outlander as Claire Fraser
    Melissa Benoist – Supergirl as Kara Danvers / Supergirl
    Lena Headey – Game of Thrones as Cersei Lannister
    Sonequa Martin-Green – Star Trek: Discovery as Michael Burnham
    Adrianne Palicki – The Orville as Commander Kelly Grayson
    Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Cult as Ally Mayfair-Richards and Susan Atkins
    Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Fargo as Nikki Swango

    Best Supporting Actor on Television
    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Game of Thrones as Jaime Lannister
    Miguel Ferrer – Twin Peaks: The Return as Albert Rosenfield
    Kit Harington – Game of Thrones as Jon Snow
    Doug Jones – Star Trek: Discovery as Commander Saru
    Christian Kane – The Librarians as Jacob Stone
    Michael McKean – Better Call Saul as Chuck McGill
    Khary Payton – The Walking Dead as King Ezekiel
    Evan Peters – American Horror Story: Cult as Kai Anderson, Andy Warhol, Marshall Applewhite, David Koresh, Jim Jones, Jesus, Charles Manson

    Best Supporting Actress on Television
    Odette Annable – Supergirl as Samantha Arias / Reign
    Dakota Fanning – The Alienist as Sara Howard
    Danai Gurira – The Walking Dead as Michonne
    Melissa McBride – The Walking Dead as Carol Peletier
    Candice Patton – The Flash as Iris West
    Adina Porter – American Horror Story: Cult as Beverly Hope
    Krysten Ritter – The Defenders as Jessica Jones
    Rhea Seehorn – Better Call Saul as Kimberly “Kim” Wexler

    Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series
    KJ Apa – Riverdale as Archie Andrews
    Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things as Eleven
    Max Charles – The Strain as Zach Goodweather
    Alycia Debnam-Carey – Fear the Walking Dead as Alicia Clark
    David Mazouz – Gotham as Bruce Wayne
    Lili Reinhart – Riverdale as Betty Cooper
    Chandler Riggs – The Walking Dead as Carl Grimes
    Cole Sprouse – Riverdale as Jughead Jones

    Best Guest Performance in a Television Series
    Bryan Cranston – Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams as Silas Herrick
    Michael Greyeyes – Fear the Walking Dead as Qaletqa Walker
    David Lynch – Twin Peaks: The Return as FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole
    Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead as Negan
    Rachel Nichols – The Librarians as Nicole Noone
    Jesse Plemons – Black Mirror as Robert Daly
    Hartley Sawyer – The Flash as Ralph Dibny / Elongated Man
    Michelle Yeoh – Star Trek: Discovery as Captain Philippa Georgiou / Emperor Georgiou

    Best Animated Series or Film on Television
    BoJack Horseman
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
    Family Guy
    Rick and Morty
    The Simpsons
    Star Wars Rebels

    Best New Media Television Series
    Altered Carbon
    Black Mirror
    The Handmaid’s Tale
    Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
    Star Trek: Discovery
    Stranger Things

    Best New Media Superhero Series
    Future Man
    Marvel’s The Defenders
    Marvel’s Iron Fist
    Marvel’s Runaways
    Marvel’s The Punisher
    The Tick


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