Saturday, November 7, 2015

Camille Keaton is Back in 'I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu'

Camille Keaton Returns as Jennifer Hills in Meir Zarchi's sequel to the 1978 film, "I Spit on Your Grave"

Camille Keaton in I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu

November 6, 2015 – 37 years after the release of the controversial 1978 cult classic I Spit On Your Grave, Camille Keaton has reunited with director Meir Zarchi to reprise her role of Jennifer Hills in its direct sequel, I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu.

I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu is the only sequel that shares characters as well as continuity with the original 1978 motion picture Day of the Woman a.k.a. I Spit On Your Grave.

Following her brutal rape, Jennifer wrote a best-selling account of her ordeal and of the controversial trial in which she was accused of taking the law into her own hands and ruthlessly killing her assailants. In the small town where the rape and revenge took place, the relatives of the four rapists she killed are furious that the court declared her not guilty and resolve to take justice into their own hands.

The original I Spit On Your Grave was inspired by Meir Zarchi’s experience with a victim of rape. After stumbling upon a teenage girl in a park in the aftermath of a violent assault, Zarchi began to imagine how a woman in this situation might fantasize about revenge. Moreover, he wanted to depict to the audience the real horrors of rape.

In this new chapter, Jennifer Hills is joined by her daughter Christy (Jamie Bernadette) as well as a variety of new characters, including Maria Olsen who plays the role of Johnny’s wife, the gas station attendant Jennifer castrated; Jim Tavare in the role of Herman, whose son Matthew was hung by Jennifer, as well as by actors Jonathan Peacy, Jeremy Ferdman, Holgie Forrester, Roy Allen and Alexandra Kenworthy.

“I always envisioned Camille Keaton returning to continue the saga of Jennifer Hills,” said Zarchi. “Getting together with Camille to film the sequel was a surreal, deja-vu-like experience”.

Produced by Terry Zarchi and Jan O’Connell, I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu is currently in post production.

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Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies - Blu-ray Review - Troma Entertainment

When nobody else will fight them, call in the professional wrestlers.

Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies Blu-ray cover

Released by: Troma Entertainment
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Production Year: 2014
Region Code: A 
Running Time: 1:31:34
Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0
Video: 1080p (1.78:1 Aspect Ratio)
Subtitles: None

THE FILM - [ 2 / 5 ]:

Pro-Wrestlers Vs. Zombies is exactly as it sounds — sports entertainment icons and local ring talent using their signature fighting styles, athleticism and anything they can get their hands on to fend off the undead. An abandoned prison is the battlefield as a troupe of professional wrestlers are booked for a private show, only to be faced with the undead. Unfortunately for the zombie nation, they aren’t just facing any group of professional wrestlers, they are facing living legends like WWE Hall of Fame “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Matt Hardy, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, former ECW World champion “The Franchise” Shane Douglas and even Olympic medalist turned WWE and TNA World champion Kurt Angle!

Troma has entered the "square circle" with their foray in to sports and zombies. Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies is a spoof on the zombie genre and even on wrestling to a degree. The film is a bit silly fun and the blood at times appears to look like grape jelly. No the acting is not spectacular but that shouldn't be a surprise. It is nice to see Roddy Piper though and it's sad that he is no longer with us. Since zombies are so popular and there's always a something vs zombies film coming out, it was only a matter of time until wrestlers became involved. 

AUDIO - [ 2.5 / 5 ]:

"Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies" sports an English Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track. The audio quality overall, is okay. The dialogue was fairly easy to understand but at times it could be drowned out by the music used in the film. The sound level of the music varied often and sometimes it overwhelmed the dialogue and sound effects. 

VIDEO - [ 2.5 / 5 ]:

"Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies" arrives on to Blu-ray courtesy of Troma Entertainment. The film is presented in 1080p with a 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. This film is a bit flat and cold in hue as far as colors are concerned. While the film is not particularly sharp, some of the more brighter scenes and close ups feature an increased amount of detail. In some of the darker scenes, the video looked very gritty in appearance. 

SPECIAL FEATURES - [ 2.5 / 5 ]:

Intro (2:08) - After inserting the Blu-ray, an intro by Lloyd Kaufman plays automatically. Lloyd pays tribute to Roddy Piper, talks briefly about the film and also shows a clip of two Tromettes wrestling.

Audio Commentary with director Cody Knotts - Sadly this commentary track is out of sync from the start. While Mr. Knotts does talk about what is happening on the screen, it obviously doesn't work well due to it being out on sync. It is still work listening to for some background information on the actors and production. 

40 Years of Troma (2:03) - A montage of shots from several Troma films.

TROMoMA (11:40) - This featurette talks about "Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 1" being part of the "Contender Series" at the Museum of Modern Art. Members of the cast also perform a dance. 

Lloyd Kaufman's "It Gets Better" (1:36) - Lloyd talks about bullying, while bullying the crew.

Radiation March  (:56) - A very brief old dance performance piece that talks about the dangers of pollution. 

Tromatic Trailers 
  • "Return to Nuke 'Em High Vol. 1" (3:24)
  • "Return to Nuke 'Em High Vol. 2" (1:48)
  • "The Toxic Avenger" (3:11)
  • "Troma's War" (2:31)
Trailer (1:47)


While the film wasn't really for me, it may be for you. I admit that I don't watch professional wrestling anymore. I did many years ago. Anyhow, wrestling fans should find some enjoyment in the film. Plus of course there are zombies. The Blu-ray has fair audio and video. 

OVERALL: [ 2.5 / 5 ]


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Friday, November 6, 2015

Class of Nuke 'Em High 3: The Good, The Bad and the Subhumanoid - Blu-ray Review - Troma Entertainment

Time to go back to school!

Class of Nuke 'Em High 3 Blu-ray

Released by: Troma Entertainment
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Production Year: 1994
Region Code: A 
Running Time: 1:41:15
Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0
Video: 1080p (1.78:1 Aspect Ratio)
Subtitles: None

THE FILM - [ 2.5 / 5 ]:

Welcome back to Tromaville High!!! The only school in the country with a giant nuclear rodent for mascot, detention for melting and a bikini dress code. Wanna Hall Pass? Wanna Bus Pass? Wanna Pass Gas? You won’t pass up the mind-bending special effects! The Tromaville student body is in danger again… and it’s not of flunking. Tromaville is under attack from a subhumanoid army led by the evil Dr. Slag and his perfectly proportioned partner Professor Holt (a woman scientist with really big hair, portrayed by Lisa Gaye). On top of that, TROMIE the Nuclear Rodent is raging mad! 3 times the evil of the original! 3 times the mutated monsters of the sequel! With subhumanoid twins battling for Tromaville, more bodacious babes than ever and 3 times the nuclear meltdowns, it’s all action and excitement in CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH 3 – The Good, the Bad and the Subhumanoid!

Part three of the "classic" Troma film series, which has somewhat been renewed with "Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 1" as well as "Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 2" which will hopefully come out early next year. While this film may be heavy on the cheese factor at times, it is a fun movie. Troma deserves some credit for providing some quality practical effects despite a low budget that look much better than some films made today with their poor CGI. The film offers a variety of interesting characters and even a cameo appearance of a legendary Troma character. 

AUDIO - [ 3  / 5 ]:

"Class of Nuke 'Em High 3: The Good, The Bad and the Subhumanoid" features an English Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track. I found the audio to be fairly clear with easy to understand dialogue. The sound levels were balanced throughout. I did not encounter any problems such as excessive hissing, pops or audio dropouts. While the audio track will not wow anyone, it does do an admirable job.

VIDEO - [ 3 / 5 ]:

"Class of Nuke 'Em High 3: The Good, The Bad and the Subhumanoid" comes to Blu-ray thanks to Troma Entertainment. The film is presented in 1080p with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. Overall I think the video quality looks pretty good all things considered. The colors looked strong with reds really standing out. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of detail present. The film looks really good in close up shots. Skin tones look natural and vary in appearance. A fair amount of white specks appear throughout the film. There are some moments where the video appears a bit soft but that could very well be a result of how the film was shot.


Intro by Lloyd Kaufman (4:26) -  When the disc starts up an intro with Lloyd Kaufman plays automatically. He briefly talks about the movie and twins, at which point a montage of breasts plays. For those wondering, I tested out the Top Menu button on my remote and was able to skip it.

Audio Commentary with Troma Fan Jeff “The Encyclopedia Tromatica” Heywood - On the menu it says Director Commentary but by listening to it, that really does not seem to be the case. After doing some research, I learned that on a previous DVD release, Jeff Heywood provided a commentary and I believe that is what was ported over. It is not a particularly good or informative commentary. Often he gets distracted by what is happening in the film and stops talking. He does at one point acknowledge that he has been distracted by what is on screen and thinking about other Troma films. 
Interview with Troma Superstar Lisa Gaye (13:44) - Lloyd Kaufman interviews actress Lisa Gaye (Professor Holt).  They discuss how she got started working for Troma, her career and some of her memories while filming. 

"Class of Nuke 'Em High" Saga Trailers - "Class of Nuke 'Em High" (3:12), "Class of Nuke 'Em High Part 2" (3:15), "Class of Nuke 'Em High 3" (2:26),  Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 1" (3:24), "Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 2" (1:48)


If you are a fan of the Class of Nuke 'Em High series of films, you will want to also add this Blu-ray to your collection. For a lower budget film, the Blu-ray looks and sound quite good. It also comes with a few special features.

OVERALL: [ 2.5 / 5 ]

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Arrow Video - February 2016 US/UK Blu-ray Titles Announced

More upcoming February 2016 titles on the way

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Today Arrow Video announced their dual-region US & UK February 2016 Blu-ray titles.

American Horror Project Vol 1 Blu-ray

UK/US TITLE: American Horror Project Vol 1 [The Witch Who Came From the Sea + Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood + The Premonition] (Arrow Video) Dual Format Limited Edition

Unique slices of the American Nightmare are brought back into the public consciousness and preserved for all to enjoy.

You can pre-order from the Arrow store.

UK Release Date: February 22, 2016
US Release Date: February 23, 2016
Region: Free

Everyone knows the classic American horror titles: Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street, to name but a few. But we want to tell you a different story – a story of the unsung heroes of American terror... Whether it’s a film that has languished in obscurity, or a movie that’s at risk of being lost due to lack of source materials, American Horror Project is here to ensure that these unique slices of the American Nightmare are brought back into the public consciousness and preserved for all to enjoy.

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.

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. This Limited Edition will be restricted to 3000 units.


  • Brand new 2K restorations of the three features
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD presentations
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
  • American Horror Project Journal Volume I - Limited Edition 60-page booklet featuring new articles on the films from Kim Newman (Nightmare Movies), Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women) and Brian Albright (Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990)


  • Brand new interview with director Christopher Speeth
  • Brand new interview with writer Werner Liepolt
  • Draft Script (BD/DVD-ROM content)
  • Production stills gallery


  • Audio commentary with director Matt Cimber, actress Millie Perkins and director of photography Dean Cundey
  • Brand new interview with director Matt Cimber
  • Brand new interview with Dean Cundey
  • Brand new interview with actor John Goff 


  • Audio commentary with director-producer Robert Allen Schnitzer
  • Brand new interview with composer Henry Mollicone
  • Interview with actor Richard Lynch
  • Three Robert Allen Schnitzer short films: ‘Vernal Equinox’, ‘Terminal Point’ and ‘A Rumbling in the Land’
  • 4 “Peace Spots”
  • Trailers and TV Spots


Sheba Baby Blu-ray

UK/US TITLE: ‘Sheba, Baby’ (Arrow Video) Dual Format

Another Pam Grier classic joins the Arrow Video line

You can pre-order from the Arrow store.
UK Release Date: 8th February 2016
US Release Date: 8th February 2016
Region: A/B+1/2


Fresh off her career defining roles for Jack Hill in Coffy and Foxy Brown, Pam Grier returned to pure Blaxploitation (after turns in Blaxploitation-horror and action), in cult filmmaker William Girdler's (The Manitou, Abby) 'Sheba, Baby'...

Grier plays Sheba Shayne, a private eye based in Chicago who is called to her hometown to stop the local mob boss (played by "that bad D'Urville Martin", Black Caesar, Dolemite) from moving in on her father's loan business. Aided by her father's partner, Brick Williams (Austin Stoker, Assault on Precinct 13, Battle for the Planet of the Apes), Sheba finds out that the violent thugs aren't going go away with a fight. Car bombs, gun fights and boat chases ensue whilst armed with her curves, street smarts and a .44, Sheba is in for a bloodbath!

Grier would appear in three Blaxploitation classics in 1975 (the others were Bucktown and Friday Foster), where she was at the top of her game and genre, with the Los Angeles Times calling her "cool, tough and glamorous - a female fantasy Wonder Woman", further cementing her status as the first female action star.


  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with producer-screenwriter David Sheldon, moderated by critic Nathaniel Thompson
  • Sheldon: Baby - a brand new interview with David Sheldon
  • Pam Grier: The AIP Years - a look over the wonder years of the Blaxploitation queen with film historian Chris Poggiali 
  • Trailer
  • Gallery featuring rare publicity images and Lobby Cards
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
  • Booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Patty Breen, webmaster of, illustrated with archive stills and posters


Pray For Death Blu-ray

US ONLY TITLE: Pray for Death (Arrow Video) Blu-ray

Vigilante justice – ninja style!

Release Date: 16th February
Region: A


In Pray for Death, martial arts legend Sho Kosugi (Enter the Ninja, Ninja 3: The Domination) stars as a family man driven to exact vigilante justice – ninja style!

Japanese Restauranteur Akira (Kosugi) has taken his wife and two boys to the United States in search of a better life. But their slice of the American Dream is quickly soured when they fall foul of a group of vicious jewellery thieves. Unfortunately for the bad guys, they didn’t count on Akira being a secret black ninja.

The samurai sword of vengeance falls swift and hard in this classic slice of ‘80s ninja action from director Gordon Hessler (Scream and Scream Again, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad), culminating in an action-packed showdown with a bodycount worthy of Commando.

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation from a transfer of original elements by MGM of the unrated version
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new interview with star Sho Kosugi
  • Archive interview and Ninjutsu demonstration with Kosugi from the film’s New York premiere
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
  • Collector’s booklet featuring an extract from Sho Kosugi’s upcoming biography
Arrow has already commented that this will be uncut.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Hellraiser 1-3 coming from Arrow Video in non-Limited Edition UK set, January 2016

For those that missed out on the Limited Edition set.

Hellraiser Blu-ray set

Due to fan demand we are pleased to reveal that we are moving forward our follow-up Hellraiser release!

NEW UK ONLY TITLE: Hellraiser Trilogy (Arrow Video) Blu-ray
The first three installments of Clive Barker’s terrifying horror franchise in stunning new 2K restorations

Pre-order here: Arrow website.
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Region: B


In 1987, master of horror Clive Barker unleashed Hellraiser upon unsuspecting audiences – launching what has proven to be one of the genre’s most enduring franchises and creating an instant horror icon in the figure of Pinhead in the process.

In Barker’s original Hellraiser, Kirsty Cotton (Ashley Laurence) comes head-to-head with the Cenobites – demonic beings from another realm who are summoned by way of a mysterious puzzle box. Picking up immediately after the events of the original Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II finds Kirsty detained at a psychiatric institute and under the care of Dr. Channard, a man with an unhealthy interest in the occult. Meanwhile, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth sees Pinhead and his band of Cenobites let loose in our own world, with terrifying consequences.

Here presented in brand new 2k restorations, Arrow Video is proud to present the first three installments in one of the most fiercely original horror franchises of all time.


  • Brand new 2K restorations of Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, and Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
  • Uncompressed PCM Stereo 2.0 and Lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 sound for Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II
  • Lossless DTS-HD MA 2.0 sound for Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for all three films
  • Reversible sleeves for all three films featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx


  • Brand new 2K restoration approved by director of photography Robin Vidgeon
  • Audio commentary with writer/director Clive Barker
  • Audio commentary with Barker and actress Ashley Laurence
  • Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser – brand new version of the definitive documentary on the making of Hellraiser, featuring interviews with key cast and crew members
  • Being Frank: Sean Chapman on Hellraiser – actor Sean Chapman talks candidly about playing the character of Frank Cotton in Barker’s original
  • Soundtrack Hell: The Story of the Abandoned Coil Score – Coil member Stephen Thrower on the Hellraiser score that almost was
  • Hellraiser: Resurrection – vintage featurette including interviews with Clive Barker, actors Doug Bradley and Ashley Laurence, special make-up effects artist Bob Keen and others
  • Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser
  • Original EPK featuring on-set interviews with cast and crew
  • Draft Screenplays [BD-ROM content]
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • Image Gallery


  • Brand new 2K restoration approved by director of photography Robin Vidgeon
  • Audio Commentary with director Tony Randel and writer Peter Atkins
  • Audio Commentary with Randel, Atkins and actress Ashley Laurence
  • Leviathan: The Story of Hellbound: Hellraiser II – brand new version of the definitive documentary on the making of Hellbound, featuring interviews with key cast and crew members
  • Being Frank: Sean Chapman on Hellbound – actor Sean Chapman talks about reprising the role of Frank Cotton in the first Hellraiser sequel
  • Surgeon Scene – the home video world premiere of this legendary, never before-seen excised sequence from Hellbound, sourced from a VHS workprint
  • Lost in the Labyrinth – vintage featurette including interviews with Barker, Randel, Keen, Atkins and others
  • Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellbound: Hellraiser II
  • On-set interview with Clive Barker
  • On-set interviews with cast and crew
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Rare and unseen storyboards
  • Draft Screenplay [BD-ROM content]
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • Image Gallery


  • Brand new 2K restoration of the Original Theatrical Version [93 mins]
  • Alternate Unrated Version [97 mins]
  • Brand new audio commentary with writer Peter Atkins
  • Audio commentary with director Anthony Hickox and Doug Bradley
  • Hell on Earth: The Story of Hellraiser III – making-of documentary featuring interviews with Atkins, Keen and actor Ken Carpenter
  • Terri’s Tales – brand new interview with actress Paula Marshall
  • Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
  • Raising Hell on Earth – archival interview with Hickox
  • On-set interviews with Barker and Bradley
  • Never-before-seen Hellraiser III SFX dailies
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery
  • Hellraiser III comic book adaptation [Disc gallery]

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Arrow Video - February 2016 UK Blu-ray and DVD News

The following titles are going to be UK only releases.

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Today Arrow Video has announced their UK-only titles scheduled to be released in February. Hopefully there is a something of interest to everyone. It's a pretty exciting list. Tomorrow the UK/US February releases should be announced. So check back tomorrow sometime in the afternoon for that.

Five Dolls For An August Moon Blu-ray cover

Five Dolls for An August Moon (Arrow Video) Dual Format

Another classic giallo by the master of the macabre, Mario Bava.
You can pre-order from Arrow or via the Amazon link below.

Release Date: February 1, 2016
Region: B/2

A weekend retreat on a private island should be a recipe for rest and relaxation – unless you’re appearing in a giallo by the master of the macabre, Mario Bava (Black Sunday, Blood and Black Lace)...

Wealthy industrialist George Stark (Teodora Corrà, Django the Bastard) has gathered a group of friends - played by a who's who of Italian genre cinema including William Berger (Faccia a faccia), Ira von Fürstenberg (The Fifth Cord), Edwige Fenech (Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key) and Howard Ross (The New York Ripper) - to his island retreat. He hopes to entice them into investing in a new project, but soon the sunbathing and cocktails parties give way to murder, as the corpses begin to pile up one by one.

Paying homage to Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians, Five Dolls for an August Moon turns the style up to ten. Surrounded by beautiful women, stunning locations and flamboyant fashions – and abetted by Piero Umiliani’s equally exotic score – Bava creates one of his most eye-catching movies, a visual tour de force.

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Optional English and Italian soundtracks presented in original uncompressed mono PCM audio 
  • Optional isolated Music and Effects track
  • Optional English subtitles for the Italian audio and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English audio
  • Audio commentary by Mario Bava’s biographer Tim Lucas
  • Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre - a documentary profile of the director, hosted by Mark Kermode and featuring interviews with Joe Dante, John Carpenter and Tim Burton
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Glenn Kenny and a new essay by Adrian Smith on the Fancey family and their efforts to bring international exploitation titles, including Five Dolls for an August Moon, to a UK audience during the 60s, 70s and 80s

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Reform School Girls (Arrow Video) DVD

A riotous Women-in-Prison romp starring Punk Goddess Wendy O. Williams.
You can pre-order from Arrow or via the Amazon link below.

Release Date: February 15, 2016
Region: 2


Punk Goddess Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics, stars (and lends vocals to the killer theme song) in Reform School Girls, a riotous Women-in-Prison romp from Tom DeSimone (Hell Night).

After a heist gone wrong, first time offer Jenny finds herself sentenced to Pridemore Juvenile Facility, an all-girls reform school presided over by Warden Sutter (Sybil Danning, Chained Heat), a megalomaniacal dictator with the shoulder pads of a 49er and sadistic Head Matron Edna (Pat Ast, Andy Warhol’s Heat). Terrorised by resident bad girl Charlie (Williams) Jenny looks to the guards for help, finding them more interested in shower time Jenny and timid runaway Lisa rally girls, guns – and buses – to battle the lust-crazed lesbians.

A knowing spoof of bad girls gone berserk, Reform Schools Girls mixed plenty of violence and nudity with songs from Williams and Etta James to ensure its cult status.

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Koyaanisqatsi (Arrow Academy) Blu-ray

A dizzying, hypnotic example of cinema set to an extraordinary score by Philip Glass.
Pre-order here:
Release Date: February 15, 2016
Region: B


ko●yaa●nis●qatsi (from the Hopi language)

n., 1. crazy life 2. life in turmoil 3. life out of balance 4. life disintegrating 5. a state of life that calls for another way of living

Told without dialogue, narration, cast or characters, Koyaanisqatsi is a dizzying, hypnotic example of cinema set to an extraordinary score by Philip Glass. It contrasts natural beauty with a population ever more dependent on modern technology
Shot on a low budget in New York City and the American South West, the film found support from Francis Ford Coppola where it found a larger audience and has gone on to become a cult classic.


  • Restored digital transfer, approved by director Godfrey Reggio, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Introduction by filmmaker and composer Gary Tarn (Black Sun, The Prophet)
  • Essence of Life - Interviews with Reggio and composer Philip Glass
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork

Powaqqatsi Blu-ray cover

Powaqqatsi (Arrow Academy) Blu-ray

Godfrey Reggio’s remarkable sequel to Koyaanisqatsi.
Pre-order here:
Release Date: February 15, 2016
Region: B


po●waq●qa●tsi (from the Hopi language, powaq sorcerer + qatsi life)

n., an entity, a way of life, that consumes the life forces of other beings in order to further its own life

Told without dialogue, narration, cast or characters, Powaqqatsi is a dizzying, hypnotic example of cinema set to an extraordinary score by Philip Glass.

Godfrey Reggio’s remarkable sequel to Koyaanisqatsi, his previous collaboration with Glass, focuses on the Southern hemisphere and witnesses ancient cultures and traditions slowly eroding away as the modern world takes over.


  • Restored digital transfer, approved by director Godfrey Reggio, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Anima Mundi - Reggio’s 1992 short film, a 28-minute montage of over seventy animal species, scored by Philip Glass
  • Impact of Progress - Interviews with Reggio and Glass
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork

Audition (Arrow Video) Dual Format SteelBook + Blu-ray
Takashi Miike’s notorious classic remastered in 2K.

Pre-order the Dual Format Steelbook from Arrow or via the Amazon link below.
Pre-order the Blu-ray from Arrow or via the Amazon link below.
Release Date: February 29, 2016
Region: B/2 (SteelBook) B (Blu-ray)

One of the most notorious J-horror films ever made, Takashi Miike’s Audition exploded onto the festival circuit at the turn of the century to a chorus of awards and praise. The film would catapult Miike to the international scene and pave the way for such other genre delights as Ichii the Killer and The Happiness of the Katakuris.

Recent widower Shigharu Aoyama is advised by his son to find a new wife, agreeing Shigeharu seeks the advice of a colleague having been out of the dating scene for many years. Taking advantage of their position as a film company they stage an audition. Interviewing a series of women, Shigeharu becomes enchanted by Asami, a quiet, 24-year-old woman, who is immediately responsive to his charms. But soon things take a very dark and twisted turn as we find that Asami isn’t what she seems to be...

Pulling the audience into a story that will lead to one of the most harrowing climaxes in cinema history, Miike twists and turns us through delirious editing and shocking visuals for one of the most depraved nightmares of all time!

Audition Steelbook

Steelbook (2 discs)

  • Limited Edition Steelbook
  • Brand new 2K restoration of original vault elements presented in High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD
  • Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio commentary with director Takashi Miike and screenwriter Daisuke Tengan
  • Brand new commentary by Miike biographer Tom Mes examining the film and its source novel
  • Introduction by Miike
  • Ties that Bind – A brand new interview with Takashi Miike
  • Interviews with stars Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi and Ren Osugi
  • Trailers
  • Gallery including behind-the-scenes images
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film
  • More to be announced!

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Blu-ray (1 disc)

  • Brand new 2K restoration of original vault elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio commentary with director Takashi Miike and screenwriter Daisuke Tengan
  • Brand new commentary by Miike biographer Tom Mes examining the film and its source novel
  • Introduction by Miike
  • Ties that Bind – A brand new interview with Takashi Miike
  • Interviews with stars Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi and Ren Osugi
  • Trailers
  • Gallery including behind-the-scenes images
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
  • More to be announced!

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Scream Factory Announces Final List of Extras for 'Nightmares' Blu-ray

News update on the horror anthology

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Scream Factory gave a news update on the final list of extras for the upcoming Blu-ray of  the 1983 horror anthology film, "Nightmares."

"Check out the confirmed list of extras that we have lined up on our upcoming Blu-ray edition of this 1983 anthology classic:"


  • Available In Two Versions (on the same disc): Widescreen (1.78:1) And Full Frame (1.33:1)
  • Audio Commentary With Executive Producer Andrew Mirisch And Actress Cristina Raines
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spots

Official street date is December 22, 2015. But pre-order now directly with us for an early ship @

Nightmares is a 1983 American horror anthology film directed by Joseph Sargent, and starring Emilio Estevez, Lance Henriksen, Cristina Raines, Veronica Cartwright and Richard Masur. The film is made up of four short films based on urban legends; the first concerns a woman who encounters a killer in the backseat of her car; the second concerns a video game-addicted teenager who is consumed by his game; the third focuses on a fallen priest who is stalked by a pickup truck from hell; and the last follows a suburban family battling a giant rat in their home.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Horror Short, Ominous, Launches Indiegogo Campaign

Urban Legend-Based Period Film Seeks Backers at All Levels

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Ominous, directed by Lorenzo P. Adams and produced by Seth Scofield will officially launch its Indiegogo campaign today. The film seeks to raise $5,000 for filming that will take place December 2nd - 5th in Richmond, Virginia. Backer opportunities are available at all levels including limited producer level opportunities.

We may view urban legends today as trite and sentimental. These “friend of a friend” macabre stories, polished or pock-marked over the years with updated, timely details or absurd twists have cemented their place in our cannon of American folklore.

Kidney heists, Bloody Mary, alligators in the sewer: all resonate tales because in their lack of specificity they become eerily plausible, and we recognize a familiar predicament—one we’d dread. 

Ominous is based on classic, “The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs” tale. However, this story is not based on spurious, slightly removed accounts. In true form to what makes this genre particularly terrifying and has instilled its longevity—it really happened. On March 18, 1950 Janet Christman was brutally murdered while she babysat. Ominous, set in 1965, is loosely based on this tragic event. 

Director and Writer Lorenzo Adams explains his impetus for creating the film, “I've always been infatuated with things of the macabre, things that terrify us as human beings and terrors that have a touch of reality. Ominous is based on an urban legend that dates back to the 1950's. This story in my opinion is one of the first kind of home invasion horrors that predates films like The Strangers, Straw Dawgs, and Wait Until Dark. It birthed the horrifying reveal that gave many of us nightmares and questions as to if we were really safe within our own homes. Reality is one of the roots of true horror.” 

Director of Photography Tyler Townsend and Production Designer Joyce Ha Young Oh are diligently working to create a look that honors the period with classical lighting, vintage lenses, and a specific adherence to color palette designed to beckon Postwar America. 

The film is anticipated to premiere March 2016 in Washington, D.C. 

To find out more about Ominous or join our team of backers, please visit ominousmovie.comThe Indiegogo campaign will run through November 22nd. View the teaser here

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Jason Mewes Hunts Evil at 'The Last House', On DVD November 24th

Wild Eye Releasing Invites You To The Last House November 24th
Psycho-Sexual Thriller Stars Jason Mewes (Clerks) & Ezra Buzzington

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Wild Eye Releasing has opened "The Last House" for visitors. Director Sean Cain (Silent Night, Zombie Night, Jurassic City) has brought together a star-studded cast at an address many would like to visit, but none will be allowed to leave. Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), Ezra Buzzington (The Hills Have Eyes, Fight Club) and Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp, Return to Sleepaway Camp) headline this dark and sadistic thriller about the horrors at a mansion in the Hollywood Hills. The Last House will beavailable on DVD and VOD nationwide November 24th.

After his escort girlfriend is kidnapped by a trio of escaped mental patients, a young man attempts to find her before their sadistic game plan can be realized.

The November 24th DVD release (SRP $19.95) of The Last House will exclusively include a director's commentary, deleted scenes, interviews, and trailers.

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Peter Herro's WTF! Releases First Redband Trailer

The Blood Will Flow in 2016

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Peter Herro and Cthulhu Crush Productions have debuted the first trailer for independent slasher WTF! Lensed around Los Angeles this summer, WTF! follows a survivor of a mass killing on a trip with six close friends, when her nightmare threatens to begin again.

Herro directed from a script he co-wrote with Christopher Centanni and Adam Buchalter. Callie Ott (The Horror), Sarah Agor (Hatchet II, VH1's "Scream Queens"), Andrea Hunt, Ben Norris, Johnny James Fiore, Nick Reilly and Adam Foster starred as the unfortunate group of friends.

Three years ago, twenty-two year old girl-next-door Rachel (Ott) barely survived a brutal massacre that left her friends in pieces. Time has passed, and Rachel has moved on, but unfortunately history has a way of repeating itself. Her close friends are spending spring break in a secluded house in the woods, and they have cordially invited her to join. Little does she realize that another bloodbath will be showing up as plus one. Once Rachel and her friends arrive at the cabin, the partying, sex, and terror begins.

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials - 2 Disc Ultimate Fan Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Coming December 15th

Can You Survive The Scorch?

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The Blu-ray Ultimate Fan Edition, Full of Two Hours of Extras and a 24-Page Collectible Printed Prequel Comic Book,
Makes the Perfect Holiday Gift!

Also Available on DVD December 15

The Maze was just the beginning. After the harrowing adventure of escaping the maze, the Gladers find themselves right in the center of an epic mystery in MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS, available on Blu-ray and DVD December 15. Mysteries deepen and stakes are raised as the Gladers must survive “The Scorch” in this bigger, even more suspenseful and action-packed chapter of the Maze Runner phenomenon.

The critically acclaimed young-adult saga based on author James Dashner’s best-selling book series has taken the world by storm on the way to nearly $600M* at the global box office for the franchise, thanks to its remarkable young cast led by director Wes Ball, including Dylan O’Brien (“Teen Wolf”), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (“Game of Thrones”), Ki Hong Lee (“The Unbreakable Kimmie Shmidt”) and Kaya Scodelario (“Skins”). Based on the second book in a trilogy by James Dashner, the series sold more than nine million copies in all formats.

There’s more action, more excitement and more spectacular effects in this thrilling new chapter of the epic Maze Runner saga that’s taken the world by storm! They may have escaped from the Maze, but Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers now face a greater challenge: searching for clues about the secret organization known as WCKD. Their journey leads them to the Scorch, a desolate wasteland filled with unimaginable dangers. The mystery deepens at every turn as the Gladers work together to discover their purpose and battle to survive in this must-see, electrifying adventure!

Real Gladers are in line for the greatest of presents this winter, as the MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS Ultimate Fan Edition on Blu-ray will hit shelves just in time for holiday shopping. The limited edition set includes an exclusive, 24-page printed comic-book with two new prequel stories from BOOM! Comics – one on the character of Teresa and the other a Crank backstory. In addition, two hours of thrilling bonus content, including deleted and extended scenes will take fans further behind-the-scenes of the suspense and action-packed journey through the Scorch. Teens will be delighted to find a gag reel that reveals fun, silly moments on set with their favorite cast members including Dylan O’Brien. They’ll also need to make sure to check out Janson’s Report, a perfect bridge from the film that’s full of debriefing videos with Janson, Thomas, Newt, Minho, Frypan and Aris after they arrive at the compound. This version is the must have for fans of the franchise and any members of the Dashner Army. Both the Blu-ray and DVD will include an offer for the Maze Runner mobile game with a free “Brenda” runner plus in-game currency.

  • All of the DVD Special Features
  • Janson’s Report
  • Secrets of the Scorch
    • The Second Chapter Begins…
    • Creating a Scorched Earth
    • New Friends and Enemies
    • Surviving the Scorch
    • Creating the Cranks
    • On the Edge: Constructing the Skyscraper Sequence
  • Visual Effects
    • Visual Effects Breakdowns
      • Optional Commentary by Wes Ball
      • Bunker Entrance
      • Hiding from WCKD
      • Building Collapse
    • Visual Effects Reel
      • Bunker Entrance
      • Bunker Escape
      • Mall
      • Scorch Travel
      • Lightning Storm
      • Jorge's Lair
      • Tunnels / Leaning Building / Crankland
      • Right Arm Camp

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes with Audio Commentary from Wes Ball, T.S. Nowlin, Joe Hartwick Jr. and Dan Zimmerman
    • Food Fight
    • Storage Depot Walk – Meet Janson
    • Bunker Escape – Minho Knows the Way
    • Mall Walk - Escalators
    • Mall Attack – Goodbye Jack
    • Scorch Travel – Teresa on Bridge
    • Scorch Travel – Helping Winston
    • Newt & Thomas at Campfire
    • Extended Jorge Lair Walk
    • Cranks Attack WCKD Soldiers
    • Extended Zipline
    • Jorge Lair – Brenda Fires Back
    • Extended Tunnel Walk
    • Extended Crankland WCKD Arrives
  • Gag Reel
  • Galleries
    • Concept Art
    • Storyboards
  • Theatrical Trailers

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Star Leaf - Film Review - MVD Entertainment Group

Some Highs Are Out of This World

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Director: Richard Cranor

Cast: Richard Cranor, Julian Gavilanes, Russell Hodgkinson, Kevin Jolly, Shelby Traux.

The stoner film has almost become its own subgenre over the years. Films such as True Romance, with Brad Pitts consistently stoned character Floyd, have demonstrated the comedic value of a stoner character, however films such as Soul Plane (2004) or Friday (1995) have taken this a step further and produced entire films around getting high. The cult classic Cheech and Chong trilogy from the 80’s do this with irritating perfection with The Big Lebowski (1998) being the quintessential stoner film. Director Richard Cranor brings a new blunt to the family with Star Leaf. But this is not your usual stoner film, or your usual film at all.

Star Leaf follows veteran James Hunter (Julian Gavilanes) and his ex-services buddy Tim Weaver (Tyler Trerise) and his Twihard girlfriend Martha (Shelby Traux) as they travel to La Push for the surf (and a Twilight tour for Martha) in an attempt to give James some R and R after his recent tour. As they drive it becomes apparent that Tim has other ideas as he requests a teensy weensy quick little stop off to visit a weed farm up in the forest that is said to be home to some legendary leaf called Star Leaf. Whilst James suspects that Tim wants to visit purely to get loaded, there are undercurrents of PTSD and medicinal elements that Tim state will benefit James. However, when the group find the marijuana Mecca they flaunt the rules and discover that the powers that protect the crop are not best pleased. The three must now fight for their lives in the marijuana haze of the forest.

Star Leaf is an intriguing and overall entertaining indie film, though classing it as a horror film may be a step too far. A sci-fi thriller/drama is a bit closer to the mark. The film is not your usual foray into baked hallucinations and kaleidoscopic randomness set out purely to raise some laughs. Star Leaf may have its prominent topic wrapped tightly, then loosely, around weed, however there are deeper drags in this film. The film looks at the topic of veteran PTSD and how this can manifest itself, as well as the use of medicinal marijuana to treat it. Aside from James’ PTSD, there are also hints at Tim suffering some sort of trauma too. It becomes apparent that his adoration of all things green bears no real difference to James’ dependence on prescribed medication.

Star Leaf provides wafts of deeper meanings in its plot, whilst promoting the science fiction pot smoking aliens at its centre. There is a definite indie feel to the film, which is in no way a criticism. The stylings are reminiscent of 90’s Saturday afternoon adventure shows such as Andromeda, but with a sharper script and more doobies'. The writing of the film, whilst not going to receive any Academy Awards any time soon, has its comedy parts as well as its poignant moments. Whilst the poignant moments may lack slightly in emotion, the humorous elements of the script are much more impressive. The film does slip into the usual territory of stoner films such as utterly nonsensical visions however it manages to just about cling onto the plot running throughout it without going too wildly off course.

The lush scenery is used to great effect with the 90’s throwback effects adding in a blurred ethereal haze. Whilst the acting is not completely up to par, the performances are solid in the most part with director Richard Cranor taking on the part of Ranger Dave. The film flows well, with trippy feral beasts moving to psychology and time travel. Cranor himself has described the film as a mash-up of genres which is probably the best way to describe Star Leaf. It is a unique concept that comes in a unique package, including sexy Asian fairy porn and bear-humping moose.

Star Leaf is an acquired taste. There will be a student, weed loving group of viewers that will enjoy the film, but if those others amongst persevere, you may be pleasantly surprised. Get some friends, buy in the beers and the pizzas and let yourself get taken on this mind bending head mess of a film that actually ends up making some form of sense in some bizarre roundabout way.

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