Too weird little flicks, Manborg and Priest of Evil, are on their way to DVD, and we’ve got the skinny on each of their releases served up hot and fresh right here. Oh, and a special shout-out to the glory of Manborg‘s cover art!
Shout! Factory has announced the May 28 release of Priest of Evil on DVD.
Starring Peter Franzén (“True Blood”) and Irina Björklund (The American), Priest of Evil is a riveting psychological thriller where nothing is as it seems and trusting the wrong intuition could get you killed.
Detective Sergeant Timo Harjunpää of the Helsinki Violent Crimes Unit is an honest and conscientious cop, one of the city’s very best, who loses his daughter in tragic circumstances. Despite the support he receives from his colleague, Constable Onerva Nykänen, Timo is unable to recover from his loss. He takes on a case involving strange deaths at Helsinki’s metro stations, eventually determining them to be serial killings. But the closer he seems to get to the killer, the elusive killer is actually getting closer to him. Timo must find the murderer, and as he tracks him down, he encounters an overwhelming darkness within himself.
The forces of Hell have risen to the surface of the Earth to wreak unspeakable havoc on humanity. And it will take a real superhuman to save the world. Or at least Manborg – a spectacular creature of the future and the hero of MANBORG, the cult favorite sci-fi/fantasy homage coming to select theaters and DVD on April 30, 2013, from Dark Sky Films.
The armies of hell have taken over the Earth, and all that stands in the way of the villainous Count Draculon and humanity’s total extinction is a motley crew of misfits led by the mighty Manborg: a warrior who’s half-man, half-machine but all hero.
Once a young soldier killed during the first war against hell, Manborg (Matthew Kennedy, Lazer Ghosts 2) reawakens in the future, rebuilt as a walking weapon and mankind’s last hope. Struggling to learn the secret of his origins, Manborg unwittingly befriends a post-apocalyptic Australian punker (Conor Sweeney, Heart of Karl), a knife-wielding vixen (Meredith Sweeney, Father’s Day) and a kung fu master (dubbed by Kyle Herbert of DRAGON BALL Z, STREET FIGHTER) before finally squaring off against Count Draculon (Adam Brooks, Father’s Day) in a desperate and bloody bid to take back the Earth.
This campy, comedic action flick, which Variety called “enjoyably ridiculous,” is also an affectionate and clever tribute to fan favorite ’80s films and video games like The Terminator, RoboCop and Mortal Kombat.
Peter Howell of the Toronto Star called it “an energizing and cheesy homage to and parody of 1980s sci-fi horror action movies. … It’s also a marvel of DIY makeup, costuming and special effects.” Matt Looker of website The Shiznit called it “perfect parody.”
MANBORG is a tour de force for writer-director-editor-makeup artist Steven Kostanski, whose credits include the horror hit Silent Hill and Guillermo del Toro’s forthcoming sci-fi adventure Pacific Rim. This lo-fi sci-fi epic from infamous filmmaking collective Astron-6 (Father’s Day) was met with an uproariously enthusiastic reception from audiences. Executive produced by TIFF Midnight Madness guru Colin Geddes (Ultra 8 Pictures) and Toronto After Dark’s Peter Kupowsky, MANBORG celebrated its world premiere at Austin’s 2011 Fantastic Fest, and also impressed fans at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, Fantasia, and has played more than 30 major film festivals worldwide including Whistler, Lund in Sweden, Boston Underground, U.K. Sci-Fi, and Neuchatel in Switzerland.
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