Kino Lorber is back with two releases in April that totally get our ghosts… One takes us through a maze in 3D, and the other opens the creaky doors of Amicus to reveal a lunatic! Does it get any better? Not really!
The Psychopath (1966)
Brand New 4K Restoration!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: April 10, 2018
Director: Freddie Francis
Starring: Patrick Wymark, Margaret Johnston, John Standing, Alexander Knox, Judy Huxtable, Colin Gordon, Robert Crewdson
Legendary horror director and 2-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Freddie Francis (The Skull, Tales from the Crypt) directed this classic Amicus chiller which is filled with surprises and keeps its viewers on the edge of their seats. With a serial killer on the loose, Police Inspector Halloway (Patrick Wymark; Where Eagles Dare, Repulsion) investigates a pattern of grisly murders whose perpetrator leaves a small doll by the body of each victim. The four victims are all brutally murdered in different grotesque ways… a knife, a blow-torch, a rope, and a car. The case leads Halloway to disabled doll collector Mrs. Von Sturm (Margaret Johnston; Burn, Witch, Burn), who knows a set of dark secrets that may hold the key to the shocking truth.
Beautifully shot in Scope by John Wilcox (The Evil of Frankenstein) with a screenplay by Robert Bloch (Psycho) and co-starring John Standing (The Legacy), Alexander Knox (Woman of Straw), and the lovely Judy Huxtable (Scream and Scream Again).
Special Features: Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth; trailer gallery
The Maze (1953) 3D
Newly Restored by 3-D Film Archive from 4K scans by Paramount Pictures Archives!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: April 24, 2018
Director: William Cameron Menzies
Starring: Richard Carlson, Veronica Hurst, Katherine Emery, Michael Pate, John Dodsworth, Hilary Brooke
The Maze is a 1953 atmospheric horror film in 3D, directed by William Cameron Menzies (Invaders from Mars, Things to Come) and starring Richard Carlson (The Magnetic Monster) as Scotsman Gerald MacTeam, who abruptly breaks off his engagement to pretty Kitty Murray (Veronica Hurst) after receiving word of his uncle’s death and inheriting a mysterious castle in the Scottish Highlands. Kitty refuses to accept the broken engagement and travels with her aunt (Katherine Emery) to the castle. When they arrive, they discover that Gerald has suddenly aged and his manner has changed significantly. After a series of mysterious events occur in both the castle and the hedge maze outside, they invite a group of friends, including a doctor, to the castle, hoping they can help Gerald with whatever ails him.
Menzies was known for his very dimensional style, focusing many shots in layers – The Maze was his final film as production designer and director.
Special Features: Interview with star Veronica Hurst; Audio Commentary by film historians Tom Weaver, Bob Furmanek, Dr. Robert J. Kiss, and David Schecter; restored three-channel stereophonic sound by Eckhard Büttner; original 3D trailer; reversible art