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Classic Argento (click to see it bigger!)A true horror fan can never get enough Dario Argento. I think the people at Anchor Bay know that because we heard through the grapevine that some fancy releases are coming up for a few Argento flicks. What’s so fancy? Well, the DVDs will be housed in metal slip-cases! First let’s look at some of the most anticipated DVD releases from the maestro.

Phenomena, starring Jennifer Connelly and Donald Pleasence, is finally coming out on DVD with some kickass extras. We’re not talking one or two things here; this release is packing some heat (more on that below). The film centers around a young girl (Connelly) who suffers from sleepwalking and has telepathic powers. If her life wasn’t tough enough, there is a serial killer loose in her school!

Next we’ve got the 1982 title Tenebre, which stars Anthony Franciosa and John Saxon in a tale about a writer who is trying to hunt down a person who is using his literary work to commit murders. This new DVD release of Tenebre also boasts a number of special features including a three-person commentary with Dario Argento, music composer Claudio Simonetti and journalist Loris Curci.

Is that all? Hell no! We also found out that a five-film Argento collection is also in the works. The set will include Tenebre, Phenomena, Trauma, The Card Player and Do You Like Hitchcock? (review)! Below you’ll find all the details on the special features. We’re not sure when these will hit store shelves, but we’ll update as soon as we find out.

Classic Argento (click to see it bigger!)Tenebre

  • Brand-new remastered widescreen (1.85:1) transfer, enhanced for 16×9 televisions
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Dario Argento, music composer Claudio Simonetti and journalist Loris Curci
  • Voices of The Unsane Featurette
  • The Roving Camera Eye of Dario Argento Featurette
  • Creating the Sounds of Terror
  • Alternate end-credit music
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Dario Argento biography


  • Brand-new remastered widescreen (1.66:1) transfer, enhanced for 16×9 televisions
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Dario Argento, special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, music composer Claudio Simonetti and journalist Loris Curci
  • A Dark Fairy Tale Featurette
  • Luigi Cozzi & The Art of Macrophotography Featurette
  • Dario Argento on “The Joe Franklin Show”
  • Claudio Simonetti Music Video (“Jennifer”)
  • Bill Wyman Music Video (“Valley”)
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Dario Argento biography

    Classic Argento (click to see it bigger!)Trauma

  • Widescreen (2.35:1) presentation, enhanced for 16×9 televisions
  • Audio Commentary with Profondo Argento author Alan Jones
  • Love, Death & Trauma Featurette with an interview with director Dario Argento
  • Never-Before-Seen, On-Set Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Exclusive Special Effects Home Movies from Tom Savini
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Dario Argento biography

    The Card Player

  • Widescreen (1.85:1) presentation, enhanced for 16×9 televisions
  • Audio Commentary with Profondo Argento author Alan Jones
  • Playing With Death featurette including an exclusive interview with director Dario Argento
  • Maestro of Fear Featurette with composer Claudio Simonetti
  • Electronic Press Kit
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Special 8-Page Booklet (“On The Set with Dario Argento”)

    Do You Like Hitchcock?

  • Widescreen (1.66:1) presentation, enhanced for 16×9 televisions
  • Do You Like Hitchcock?: Backstage Behind the Scenes footage
  • Dario Argento biography


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    Buy Stuff From Eibon Press, Get More Stuff For Free



    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!



    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.


    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



    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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