Image Entertainment’s Midnight Madness Series Resurrects ’80’s Horror Classics

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Oh. My. God. Image Entertainment, you have made my day! The announcement of the lineup for Image’s Midnight Madness Series has set my feet to dancing. And if you’re a fan of ’80’s horror, you might find a little Michael Flatley in yourself because this is a killer list of films.

Okay, your interest must be piqued at this point, right? Dying to hear the list? I’ll keep you in suspense no longer. Imagine I’m Michael Madsen in Reservoir Dogs and lend me your ear. (trumpet fanfare) I give you the Image Midnight Madness Series lineup:

Let’s start with the heavy hitters (film descriptions from Image Entertainment):

Hellraiser (Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital; September 6th)
Horror master Clive Barker wrote and directed this seminal 1987 nightmare classic, featuring the first appearance of the iconic Pinhead. A story of puzzle boxes, Cenobites, ritual sadomasochism and dismemberment, this is a thrillingly perverse tale that walks the line between Heaven and Hell, between extreme pleasure and unimaginable pain. Pure ‘80s horror. Also coming is Hellbound: Hellraiser II (September 6).

Children of the Corn (Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital; September 6th)
Based on the classic short story by Stephen King, this film is about a young couple (Linda Hamilton, Terminator 2, and Peter Horton, “thirtysomething”) stranded in a rural town in Nebraska. They are surrounded by prospering corn fields…and a terrifying secret. This horror favorite has spawned six sequels and many imitations. See how the Corn first took root!

Creepshow 2 (DVD and Digital; September 6th)
The rotting Creep himself is back with three gruesome tales of horror that will make your skin crawl: a cigar store wooden Indian comes to life to avenge the store owner’s brutal murder at the hands of three punks in Ol’ Chief Woodenhead. Then four teenagers become the target of a terrifying, man-eating oil slick in The Raft. The chills continue with The Hitchhiker, the chilling tale of a woman who keeps running into, and over, the same mutilated man on a lonely road. Prepare for a terrifying roller coaster ride from two masters of horror!

And for the boob men out there:

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (DVD and Digital; September 6th)
Wise-cracking vamp Elvira in her feature film debut! Elvira wants to put on a show in Las Vegas but she’s short $50,000. Learning that her wealthy aunt has just died, she rushes off to conservative Falwell, Massachusetts, for the reading of the will – creating quite a stir in the process. Cassandra Peterson stars in this sexy comedy hit, filled with campy chaos and scary spoofs, all poured into the lowest-cut black gown in horror movie history!

Vamp (Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital; September 6th)
Blu-ray™ debut! A group of fraternity pledges search the seedy side of the city for strippers and discover a sinister spot called The After Dark Club. But when the dancers turn out to be bloodthirsty vampires led by the kinky Katrina (Grace Jones), the evening takes on a freaky new twist. Chris Makepeace (Meatballs), Robert Rusler (Weird Science), Gedde Watanabe (Sixteen Candles) and Dedee Pfeiffer co-star in this outrageously sexy horror comedy about the wild things that happen After Dark!

And we can’t forget the campy!

Return of the Killer Tomatoes (DVD and Digital; September 6th)
It’s been 25 years since the Great Tomato War, and tomatoes are still banned throughout the country. But a grassroots plot is being grown. Professor Gangrene (John Astin, “The Addams Family”) plans to turn tomatoes into perfect human replicas designed to help him take over the world! Will this bizarre plan succeed? Can the Killer Tomato Task Force spoil this insidious onslaught? Find out in the conclusion of Return of the Killer Tomatoes. Cast includes a very young George Clooney.

Other Lakeshore titles Image will be releasing on DVD and Digital during September include:

House and House II (September 6)
Return to Horror High (September 6)
Transylvania 6-5000 (September 6)
Dead End Drive-In (September 20)
Flowers in the Attic (September 20)
Slugs (September 20)
The Stuff (September 20)
C.H.U.D. (September 20)

And there’s many more coming! Stay tuned! In the interim dig on some cover art!

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