Archive for Horror Blu-ray releases

ARROW VIDEO announce THE AMERICAN HORROR PROJECT

ahp1Arrow Video has announced the American Horror Project, a new series of box-sets which will see a variety of rarely seen and long-forgotten cult horror films being restored and returned from obscurity and risk of being lost forever due to fragility of original film material. American Horror Project will ensure that these unique slices of the American Nightmare are brought back into the public consciousness and preserved for all to enjoy in brand new High Definition transfers from the best surviving elements.

The first volume of the series will be released Feb 22nd (UK) and 23rd (US) 2016, with Arrow Video commited to bringing these lesser-known efforts of US genre cinema back into the limelight where they belong.

Volume I of this series presents three tales of violence and madness from the 1970s. Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood (Christopher Speeth, 1973) sees a family arrive at a creepy, dilapidated fairground in search of their missing daughter, only to find themselves at the mercy of cannibalistic ghouls lurking beneath the park. Meanwhile, The Witch Who Came from the Sea (Matt Cimber, 1976), stars Mollie Perkins (The Diary of Anne Frank) as a young woman whose bizarre and violent fantasies start to bleed into reality – literally. Lastly, every parent’s worst nightmare comes true in The Premonition (Robert Allen Schnitzer, 1976), a tale of psychic terror in which five-year-old Janie is snatched away by a strange woman claiming to be her long-lost mother.

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Newly remastered from the best surviving elements and contextualised with brand new supplementary material, with American Horror Project we can re-evaluate an alternative history of American horror and film heritage.

American Horror Project is a story of the unsung heroes of American horror cinema – films from the USA’s golden age of terror which, for a multitude reasons, have either slipped through the cracks or never gained the recognition they so richly deserve. Films that aren’t mentioned by movie fans in the same hushed tones of reverence as The Exorcist or Halloween – but are every bit as bold, bloody and bizarre as their more famous counterparts.

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In much the same way that Stephen Thrower’s landmark study NIGHTMARE USA told an alternative history of the independent horror film during the 1970s and 80s, Arrow’s Horror Project aims to shine a light on a number of innovative and provocative films made during this period that for whatever reason, have been allowed to languish, under-appreciated and waiting to be rediscovered. The majority of these films haven’t been seen for many years, and none of them will have ever been remastered for Blu-ray before. In some cases, they will have only been available on VHS!

So for every one of our titles, we’ll be restoring these films from scratch, seeking out the best existing source elements and (whenever possible) involving the original filmmakers to ensure that the films can be seen at the highest quality and in most historically accurate presentations possible. In many cases this may mean extensive detective work and piecing the films back together from a number of separate elements, given the lack of care that some of these titles suffered back in the day. Most of these films will never appear pristine, but viewed in the context of the Horror Project, will reflect their own unique production and distribution histories in a way that they’ve never been afforded before.

This was an incredibly prolific and creative period of independent filmmaking and Arrow’s Horror Project seeks to rescue these important films from being lost to cinema history forever.

-James White, Head of Technical and Restoration Services at Arrow Video.

V/H/S: VIRAL US theatrical release set for 21st November 2014.

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A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame – obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell-bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.

V/H/S: Viral features segments from directors Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Open Windows), Marcel Sarmiento (ABCs of Death segment “D is for Dogfight”), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side, Dance of the Dead, The Birds of Anger), Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring, Wrecked), along with Todd Lincoln (The Apparition).

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRb-IlRrZWY

WIN A COPY OF HANNIBAL THE COMPLETE SEASON TWO ON BLU-RAY.

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Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy,Laurence Fishburne, Cynthia Nixon, Eddie Izzard & Gillian Anderson.

To celebrate the release of Hannibal The Complete Season Two on September 22, CAVE OF CULT are giving 2 lucky readers the chance to win their very own copy on Blu-ray.

The dark and haunting Sky Living series Hannibal returns for a second season, with more shocking revelations and games of psychological cat and mouse. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) is locked in a mental asylum accused of Hannibal Lecter’s crimes (Mads Mikkelsen). Now that Will sees Hannibal for what he truly is, he faces a fight to prove his own sanity and convince those closest to him he is innocent of murder. Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) is dealing with his own feelings about Will, and whether his protégé is in fact a cold-blooded killer. Looking for answers, Jack turns to a man he has come to trust: Hannibal Lecter. With Will locked up, Hannibal becomes Jack’s new consultant on cases. Hannibal is torn between self-preservation and his desire to keep Will close to him, despite advice from his psychiatrist Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) to stay away.  

The deadly dance between these characters continues to turn in startling and unexpected ways, in a season that will show nothing can ever be the same again.

To be in with a chance of winning simply answer the question below.

Hannibal Lecture is notorious for being which of the following:

a)    A serial killer

a)    A Vampire

b)    A Werewolf

Please send your answer with your name and address to mark@caveofcult.co.uk.

HANNIBAL is a one-hour drama series, exploring the early relationship of Thomas Harris’ famous characters – psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter and his patient, gifted FBI criminal profiler Will Graham. From creator Bryan Fuller, Season Two is set to be even more explosive than the last!

Extras:

  • Audio Commentaries with Cast and Crew
  • Featurettes: This is My Design, Bodies of Lies, The Style of a Killer, Killer Intentions
  • Post Mortem with Scott Thompson Webisodes  
  • Gag Reel  
  • Deleted Scenes

 COMPETITION TERMS & CONDITIONS:

* Competition closes Midnight GMT Sunday 21st September 2014

* Open to UK residents only.

* The prize is a copy of Hannibal The Complete Season Two.

* There will be 2 each drawn at random.

* The prize is non-transferable and may not be substituted by the winner. No compensation will be payable if the winner is unable to use the prize as stated.

* The winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries, and only they will be contacted personally. Prize must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred. There will be no cash alternatives.

 * Studio Canal and CAVE OF CULT do not accept any responsibility for late or lost entries due to the Internet or email problems. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

* No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently.

* The editor’s decision is final and binding on the entrants.

 

 

Pete Walkers’ FRIGHTMARE (1974) US Blu-ray available 18th March from Kino Video.

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Directed by : Pete Walker / Starring: Rupert Davies, Sheila Keith, Deborah Fairfax, Paul Greenwood, Kim Butcher.

After spending 18 years in an institution, suburban mother Dorothy Yates is released, apparently cured of her cannibalistic urges. Yet her bloodlust proves to be too much to resist and it appears it may even be hereditary!

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TOURIST TRAP (1979) 88 Films Blu-ray (UK) released 17th Feb 2014 & ’84 Films Blu-ray (Germ) released as HORROR PUPPET.

 

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Director: David Schmoeller / Starring: Chuck Connors, Tanya Roberts, Robin Sherwood, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness.

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An eerie and deserted wax museum, Slausen’s Lost Oasis, is the site for spine-tingling terror where four unsuspecting young travelers are lured into a very deadly Tourist Trap. Slausen (Connors) is the reclusive and bizarre owner of this attraction, which is actually more like a macabre chamber of horrors. The grotesque and frightening mannequins in this sordid side-show are only the beginning of the murderous mayhem and nightmarish madness to come.

Tourist Trap has long been overlooked as one of the finest American horror movies of the late 70s.Robert Burns, art director on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (as well as The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling and Re-Animator) provides some truly eerie masks,mannequins and distorted puppet props.Some were unused props from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre including Slausen’s mask which is extremely close in appearance to that of Leatherface.

* Blu-ray review coming soon *

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