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The Warner Archive Collection is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) DVD series that specializes in putting previously unreleased films on DVD for the first time. Recently they dug deep into their vast history of classic horror and selected some winners to resurrect.

The Warner Archive Collection can make a wide array of films available because they don’t actually create the DVD until it is ordered by a customer. This way, they are not taking a chance of getting stuck with a large amount of inventory if a selected title doesn’t sell. You’ll certainly recognize some of the horror films the Warner Archive Collection has added to its library, but there are a couple of really obscure ones in there as well. Take a look at the list of what’s been made available and plan your shopping list now.

Warner Archive Digs Up Horror Classics and Sends Them to DVD

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)
Although the recent remake featuring the suddenly single Katie Holmes had a real buzz behind it, this is the original version, the made-for-television film that suddenly made furnaces something to be feared. Directed by John Newland, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark stars Kim Darby, Jim Hutton and William Demarest. And of course it features some of the creepiest little goblin-things you’ll ever see.

Dark of the Sun (1968)
This adventure-war film stars Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux, Jim Brown and Peter Carsten. It’s also known as The Mercenaries in the UK and can be thought of as an early forerunner for The Expendables. However, horror fans may be interested to know that Dark of the Sun director Jack Cardiff was reviled upon the release of this film for its scenes of graphic violence, torture and overall nastiness. Sounds like a war film the readers of Dread Central can really embrace.

Night School (1981)
When people talk about 80s slashers, this is what they’re referring to. Night School is a perfect example of what we all loved about the good ol’ days of horror. Nothing too heavy, nothing too crazy…just a classic slasher from the time when slashers ruled. Night School stars Leonard Mann, Rachel Ward (in her film debut) and Drew Snyder. It’s directed by Ken Hughes.

Killer Party (1986)
Another from the golden days of the slasher, Killer Party takes things even one step further, including a sorority and an abandoned house in the storyline of the film. Now we’re really talking! The film features Elaine Wilkes, Sherry Willis-Burch, Joanna Johnson and Martin Hewitt, with William Freut directing.

Hysteria (1965)
An American wakes up in an English hospital after a car accident unable to remember anything about himself. He finds he has nothing but a photo torn from a magazine and realizes he may be the missing piece to solving a murder case…or is it just another hallucination? Freddie Francis directed this thriller which stars Robert Webber, Anthony Newlands and Jennifer Jayne.

Black Zoo (1963)
One of the more violent and gore-filled offerings from the Warner Archive Collection, Black Zoo tells the story of a zookeeper cult leader who uses the animals under his care to do his evil, murderous bidding! Nice! Robert Gordon directed and Herman Cohen produced this little hidden gem of a film. Michael Gough, Jeanne Cooper, Rod Lauren and Virginia Grey star.

Warner Archive also offers some other titles that aren’t exactly horrific but certainly loaded with mystery, intrigue, sci-fi and action.

PT-109 (1963)
This is an action-packed war film depicting the heroics of President John F. Kennedy during his time as a member of the United States Navy. Cliff Robertson plays JFK. The film also stars Ty Hardin, James Gregory and Robert Culp. PT-109 was directed by Leslie H. Martinson.

The Falcon Mystery Movie Collection: Volume 1 (1941-1943)
This is a three-DVD collection of seven films created in the early 40’s featuring the mysterious Falcon. The titles included in this collection are The Gay Falcon, A Date with the Falcon, The Falcon Takes Over, The Falcon’s Brother, The Falcon Strikes Back, The Falcon in Danger and The Falcon and the Co-Eds. George Sanders and Tom Conway star in the films. Certainly not the most horrific film in the bunch, but cool mysteries round out the collection nicely.

“The Girl From U.N.C.L.E., Part 1 & 2” (1966-1967)
This spy-fi spin-off from the popular show “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” ran for one season and Warner Archive has that season in its entirety right here. The show starred Stephanie Powers as super-spy April Dancer. The series follows her adventures battling evildoers with martial arts and espionage skills.

“The Herculoids: The Complete Series” (1968)
A Hanna-Barbera animated series from the late 60’s about diverse space survivors living on a utopian planet. Unfortunately, they are constantly being harassed by the likes of Pod Creatures, the Reptons and the Mutoids…what a bunch of creeps. Thankfully The Herculoids are ever-diligent. The series features the voices of Mike Road, Virginia Gregg, Ted Eccles and Don Messick.

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Buy Stuff From Eibon Press, Get More Stuff For Free

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Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!

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Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.

The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.

You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!

With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”

“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”

“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”

“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”

Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.

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KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!

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Jason Lives Director Pitched Follow-Up: Jason Vs Cheech and Chong

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One of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series is director ‘s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The mixture of old-school gothic horror and comedy is always a welcome treat around these parts.

But why wasn’t McLoughlin asked to write and direct the follow-up?

Actually, it turns out he was asked to follow up Jason Lives, McLoughlin recently told Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast.

But his pitch – Jason vs Cheech and Chong – didn’t go over so well…

“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”

Too bad. While I don’t know how well a Cheech and Chong/Friday the 13th flick would go, with McLoughlin at the helm, the film would have at least been funny as hell.

Plus we already got these two knuckleheads in Part III.

Are you upset we never got Tom McLoughlin’s Jason vs Cheech and Chong? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Friday the 13th: Part VI – Jason Lives on Blu-ray HERE.

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