The folk over at Synapse Films have announced that their long-awaited release of The Kindred, the 1987 creature feature, will be coming to Blu-ray in 2018, per EW. The film has been a bit of a holy grail for some fans as it was announced by Synapse 10 years ago.
“We had purchased it, and it got entangled in a horrible legal battle. It was no fault of ours; we just had to hold tight until everything was finalized,” Don May, Jr., President of Synapse, explains.
What’s exciting about this release is that it will feature footage that has never before been seen, at least in the original U.S. version. “I can also say that our version of The Kindred actually has more gore in it than the original U.S. version had. We ended up finding material which has extra gore which hasn’t been released here,” May states.
He adds, “You might think, ‘Well, it’s a fairly unknown movie that doesn’t quite have the cachet of something like Suspiria.’ But we like to treat all the films that we do with the same type of respect. So we’re doing The Kindred for next year, and hopefully we’ll have a lot of extras for it.”
Describing why they love the movie, he says, “It was done at the tail-end of the era when everything was practical. So you have practical effects with the creatures being made out of latex, with blood that’s made out of Karo syrup or whatever. There’s no computer effects in the film, and that’s what we love about it. It’s a creature feature with practical gore and some really amazing prosthetic effects.” Simply put, “It’s awesome; it’s really fun.”
Directed by Jeffrey Obrow and Stephen Carpenter, The Kindred stars Rod Steiger, Amanda Pays, Kim Hunter, and David Allen Brooks.
A geneticist takes his assistants to his old family home to locate the deadly product of his late mother’s revolutionary research into rapid human evolution – his monstrous tentacled baby brother, before a mad scientist gets to him first.