Archive for Upcoming Frights

PENITENTIARY skull snaps it’s way onto Blu-ray 30th January from Vinegar Syndrome.

Leon Issac Kennedy stars as Martel Gordone who, after unwittingly getting involved with a prostitute and attempting to save her from being assaulted by a John, which turns deadly, finds himself charged with a murder he didn’t commit. Locked up in the state penitentiary, Martel is forced to fend for himself among hardened criminals, until he’s introduced to the underground and lucrative world of in-prison boxing.

Director Jamaa Fanaka’s breakout action hit, PENITENTIARY, remains one of the seminal late period ‘Blaxploitation’ films. Gritty, violent, and maddeningly entertaining, Vinegar Syndrome presents the Blu-ray debut of this genre film classic, newly restored in 4k from its original 35mm camera negative and filled with both all new and archival interviews with its cast and crew.

 

Bonus Features:
1. Newly scanned and restored in 4k from the 35mm original camera negative
2. Archival commentary track with Jamaa Fanaka (writer / producer / director)
3. Commentary track with Sergio Mims (second assistant director)
4. “Too Sweet for Penitentiary” – interview with Leon Isaac Kennedy (lead actor)
5. “Filming Penitentiary” – interview with Marty Ollstein (cinematographer)
6. “Producing Penitentiary” – interview with Alicia Dhanifu (producer)
7. Original theatrical trailer
8. English SDH Subtitles

 

FUGITIVE GIRLS: Ed Wood’s WIP Blaxploiter hits Blu-ray 30th January 2018 from Vinegar Syndrome!

Vinegar Syndrome proudly presents AC Stephen’s FUGITIVE GIRLS, the fourth release in our Limited Edition Sexploitation Signature Series. This Blu-ray/DVD combo is strictly limited to 2,500 units.

Beautiful Sheila (Donna Young) is implicated in a fatal liquor store shooting committed by her boyfriend. Sent to an all-female work camp, she quickly finds herself at the mercy of four other violent and lust crazed prisoners who force her into their daring escape plan. Once on the outside, the five fugitives embark on a brutal and sex filled rampage across the countryside, while making their way to a mystery site rumoured to have a buried suitcase full of money!

Director AC Stephen’s most accomplished film, FUGITIVE GIRLS is a quick paced hybrid of action and sexploitation, which co-stars the beautiful Rene Bond and Tallie Cochran, and featuring a typically jaw-dropping screenplay from Ed Wood (who also appears in the film!). Long available only in poor quality bootlegs or heavily censored versions, Vinegar Syndrome brings this drive-in classic to Blu-ray totally uncut and uncensored and newly restored from its camera negative.

Bonus Features:
Newly scanned and restored in 2k from the 35mm original camera negative.
Limited Edition of 2,500 units.
Commentary track with: Frank Henenlotter (Exploitation filmmaker) and Rudolph Grey (Ed Wood biographer).
Archival audio interview with Tallie Cochrane (actress), moderated by Casey Scott.
Original theatrical trailer.
Original promo trailer.
English SDH Subtitles.

 

TTHE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE Mondo Macabro Blu-ray coming 13th Feb 2018.

Susan, a young bride, travels with her husband to his family’ ancient manor house in the far north of Spain. Susan is a virgin and is very hesitant about her husband’s sexual demands. She is also disturbed by her unfamiliar surroundings and wonders if she will ever come to terms with her new married life. She is shocked to discover that all the old portraits of female members of her husband’s family have been locked away in the basement. When she finds them, she discovers that one of the portraits shows a woman holding a strange dagger. The woman’s face has been cut out of the painting. Her name is Mircala Karstein.
This atmospheric, gothic horror story is widely regarded as one of the very best vampire films ever made. Controversial in its day for sexual content and for extreme scenes of violence and gore, it was widely cut on original release. This brand new version restores the film to its intended length and includes alternate scenes that have never been made available before. This is the first Blu-ray release of an acknowledged classic, one of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite films and an influence on his own Kill Bill.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES
Brand new 4k transfer from film negative
English audio option
Newly created English subtitles
Audio commentary by Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger
Interview with cinematographer Fernando Arribas
Two part interview with actor Simón Andreu
Interview with Euro Gothic author Jonathan Rigby
Original trailers and radio spots
Deleted and alternate scenes
Mondo Macabro previews

HARLOTS, HOWLERS AND HOBOS: Tax Shelter Terrors!

The real story on the hidden history of Canadian Cult Films.

This feature documentary explores the rise of the Canadian film industry that made many cult genre films with the tax shelter system from 1974-1982.

HARLOTS, HOWLERS AND HOBOS is the first feature-length documentary that fully explores how the toxic social and political Canadian context after 1968 created some of the most nihilistic and imaginative Canadian cult films of the 1970s, 80s and beyond. This exposé of Canadian cult culture mixes exclusive interview footage with all of the key Canadian and Quebec cult creators and icons from the 1970s with cutting edge commentary from the new wave of directors influenced by these explosive images.

Franky Films and Cine Excess North America have produced a 60-minute proof of concept for Tax Shelter Terrors (TST) that has already been critically acclaimed worldwide throughout the festival circuit. In the summer of 2016, it won best director at the Australian Film Festival. As of now, Raven Banner will be the distributor for TST’s feature length film and discussions are on going with top end broadcasters. We recently acquired the participation of one of the top Canadian directors/producers from the tax shelter film era, George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine).

Franky Films and Cine Excess North America’s main focus, in order to finalize this documentary, is to interview A-List directors influenced by and who partook in Canadian cult films. They are in discussions with Quentin Tarantino and David Cronenberg.

 

 

BETTER WATCH OUT now streaming on SHUDDER!

 

Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) thought her babysitting job was going to be an easy night, but the night takes a turn when dangerous intruders break in and terrorize her and the twelve-year-old boy, Luke (Levi Miller), she’s caring for. Ashley defends her charge to the best of her ability only to discover this is no ordinary home invasion.

BETTER WATCH OUT is a great addition to the Christmas Horror genre and a ‘Yuletide Terror’ treat to enjoy well into 2018.Also worth unwrapping is 2017’s other Xmas Slasher, RED CHRISTMAS!