Target gives Evil Dead (2013) the Steelbook treatment!

*Update for 7/19/13* Check out my current overview with new a pictures here!

I guess it's time for me to cancel my Zavvi pre-order as Target has announced it will be releasing a limited steelbook of the much debated Evil Dead remake on July 16th.

There's no telling how limited this one will be, as of typing this I'm fairly sure my local Target store has a few Django steelbooks haunting the shelves.  With the Django release Walmart and Best Buy also offered exclusive editions, I wonder if The Evil Dead will also follow suit?  I guess only time will tell.  Anyhow, below is an image of the exclusive set which you will eventually be able to pre-order here.


Texas Frightmare Weekend 2007 program

Everyone remembers their first con, their first chance to meet some of their favorite actors or directors .  Texas Frightmare Weekend '07 was mine.  We only drove up for the day, something I'd never repeat as it's just way too tiring.  This was the second Texas Frightmare Weekend and the last time it'd ever be housed in such a small space. That year I got autographs from George Romero, Tom Savini, Bill Moseley, and Sid Haig.  Anyhow, I figured some of you might dig these scans of the program for the second TFW.


The Witch's Dungeon

The Witch's Dungeon is a museum located in Bristol, Connecticut.  It's been active since the mid 60's when a young kid named Cortlandt Hull decided his small Aurora kits weren't enough and with the help of his parents began to create life sized monsters inspired by the colorful artwork featured on the model's boxes.


Django (1966)

Production Year: 1966
Release Date: 01/21/2013
Studio: Argent Films
Collection Number: 962

I'm sure some of you are scratching your head at the idea of a horror blog reviewing a spaghetti western, but the fact is some of these films do share a lot of similarities with the horror genre...The violence, the gore, in Django's case it's very bleak atmosphere.  Some of the genre's most famous directors have even taken a "stab" at the genre, Lucio Fulci for instance directed Franco Nero in Massacre Time, one of a handful of westerns the man would helm during his career.

The coolest damned kid's meal toy...EVER.

While I won't debate that it must have been great being a kid during the age of the horror hosts and the aurora model kits, growing up during the mid 80's and early 90's wasn't all that bad.  I had Joe Bob Briggs hosting Monster Vision, Fangoria Magazines, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Goosebumps, the list goes on and on.

Credit goes to "gullbergd" of ebay for this picture

I also think the 90's was probably the last good decade for fast food premiums.  There were some seriously cool stuff being stuffed inside those unhealthy bags full of greasy food.  McDonalds had a few different Mighty Max sets over the years along with their Mcboo pails, Pizza Hut at one point actually had K'nex kits, and Taco Bell had Goosebumps premiums at a few different points throughout the decade.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Production Year: 1976
Release Date: 05/21/2013
Studio: Shout/Scream Factory
Collection Number: 852

It's the mid 1940's.  A young couple stop at a secluded "lovers lane" to have some alone time.  Before anything serious gets started the woman claims to hear a noise outside.  Assuming it's just her cold feet the man gets agitated until he too hears something out in the woods.  Suddenly a hooded man steps out of the darkness.  The couple would be dragged from the car and severely beaten, but for whatever reason their lives were spared...Mercy this serial killer would likely not show again. The Town That Dreaded Sundown is one of the few horror films that actually lives up to it's claim of being based on true events.  The phantom killer was a real man and he did actually stalk the citizens of Texarkana for a stretch of time.  The film does follow most of the events with some accuracy though some aspects have been given a "cinematic" quality.  Once the killer shows the town that he truly is a threat the local police bring in a well known detective and a massive investigation starts.  The longer the hooded psychopath stalks Texarkana the more vicious his crimes get.


Cold Eyes of Fear

Production Year: 1971
Release Date: 05/21/2013
Studio: Redemption/Kino Lorber
Collection Number: 762

With Enzo Castellari at the helm and a score by Ennio Morricone you can't really go wrong here.  Anna (Giovanna Ralli) and the debonair Peter (Gianni Garko) decide to spend a night in his Uncle's mansion  to P Cold Eyes of Fear is about a young couple who are being held captive in a big mansion by a corrupt cop and his criminal lacky.  The couple, Anna (Giovanna Ralli) and the debonair Peter (Gianni Garko) thought spending the night at Pete's uncle's house would be a nice way to end the evening, they thought wrong.  Poor Peter's uncle is a judge whom much like the officer is also a bit on the corrupt side.  Judge Juez Flower has ruffled a few feathers during a past sentencing and now he will get his comeuppance  however the young couple are now caught in the middle of this dangerous game of cat and mouse.

The Sinful Nuns of St. Valentine

Production Year: 1974
Release Date: 05/21/2013
Studio: Redemption/Kino Lorber
Collection Number: #283

Ah the oversexed nun, a true staple in the exploitation genre.  The Sinful Nuns of St. Valentine was released on blu-ray this week, a release that has sadly been overshadowed by the Cold Eyes of Fear.  This is too bad really, while The Sinful Nuns might not be as well known, it's still a good sleazy romp in it's own right.  The film is about Esteban, a man on the lamb after being wrongfully accused of murdering a Bishop.  He takes a bit of a beating before escaping to a nearby convent.  The convent is also the refuge of Lucita, a woman torn between her love of Esteban and her pact with the convent.  Together they devise a plan to flee together, but those plans are thwarted when Lucita is wrongfully accused of the murder of her lesbian-nun roommate.


Real life terror

A few of you more frequent visitors might know that I live in central Oklahoma.  Over the last few days tornadoes have ravaged our state, the worst of which occurred this afternoon in my hometown of Moore, Oklahoma.

A very similar incident happened over a decade ago, May 3rd 1999.  At that time I actually still lived in Moore and I can remember the sheer panic in my mother's face as we huddled up in a bathroom and listened to the radio tell us that if we weren't underground we were screwed.  The tornado that year came very close.  We were lucky then, and living in Norman during this current situation I managed to be lucky once again.

Many people weren't however.  As I'm writing this the fatality count is around 50 people a lot of which happen to be children.  The tornado decimated an elementary school, it flattened houses and it threw cars around as if they were hotwheels.  It's not very often that I will stray from the typical content of this site, but today I'm writing this to urge anyone that can to donate to the red cross.  Anything will help.





Scanners (Second Sight)


Production Year: 1981
Release Date: 04/08/2013
Studio: Second Sight
Collection Number: 201

I was hoping to have this up yesterday but I'm afraid Oklahoma's crazy weather stopped that from happening.  Tornadoes be damned, this is now one of my favorite steelbooks in the ol' collection.  Second Sight is a company based in the UK that are responsible for some pretty epic editions of some of my favorite horror films.  If I would have made some sort of "top ten releases" list last year their Return of the Living Dead Blu-ray certainly would have been a contender for the top spot.

Cheap Thrills: Texas edition!



Over the years I've managed to further my collection with some pretty neat (and in some cases rare) stuff without completely raping my wallet.  I've done so by going to any used record, DVD, or book store I find.  Sometimes I hit gold and sometimes all I can find are Jurassic Park DVD's and Conway Twitty records.  Today I'll be sharing a few spots I visit when I'm in the DFW area of Texas.  I generally visit there two or three times a year, every time I'm bound to go to a few of these spots.


The first one is in Denton.  Denton is located about 30 or so miles outside of Dallas off of I-35.  It's a decent sized city with a few locations, the best I've found however is a three story book store located in the downtown area of the city.  The place is called Recycled Books, and while that's a majority of what they have, I've found everything from zombie toys to Code Red DVDs there.  My latest find was this guy who managed to only cost me a mere 7.99.  They had more than one too.

Water Power


Oh Uneasy Archive, you sadistic purveyors of filth.  Not only do you release one most notorious sleaze fests of all time, but you also include an enema bag.  A very nice touch from a very fan friendly company.


I meant to do this overview a long time ago...I'm talking last year.  For whatever reason I never got around to it until now, but as the old saying goes I guess it's better late than never.  In December of last year UA announced it's newest release would be the infamous Water Power.  For those few reading this who might not have seen the film I can sum it up for you in just two words.  Enema Bandit.

V/H/S/2 red band trailer


I'll be the first to tell you I wasn't the biggest fan of the original only really digging two of the shorts in the film.  I liked the idea behind it though, and I also enjoyed the set up.  After watching the trailer for the sequel though, I am completely sold on it.  All I can say is "take me money please."

This time around the filmmakers involved are Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans/Timo Tjahjanto, Greg Hale/Eduardo Sanchez, and Adam Wingard.  I think it's safe to say the sequel is in some very safe hands.

V/H/S/2 will be available to rent via Itunes/On Demand on June 6th and will hit (limited) theaters on July 2nd.

Click here to watch the red band trailer!

Crystal Lake Memories documentary gets a release date


Fans of the film series who were let down by His Name Was Jason can now rejoice as a new 7 hour documentary will hit stores on August 27th.  The above pictured book was released back in 2006, much loved by fans it chronicled the series from the beginning to the end and left no stone unturned.  Now many years later the same filmmakers that gave us the amazing Never Sleep Again are tackling Friday the 13th franchise giving an updated film adaption of the revered book.  Comprehensive is probably putting it lightly, everything is covered from the first film all the way to the TV show and eventual remake.

The documentary is being released as an all region blu-ray, as of right now there are no plans to put this one on DVD.  This might ruffle a few feathers, but considering the length of the film I personally would much prefer a blu-ray anyhow.  With this release on the horizon and the rumors of a new blu-ray box set of the original 8 films circulating now is certainly a good time to make the jump to HD.

Aftershock

Nicolas Lopez directs this new Disaster flick starring Eli Roth, Nicolas Martinez, and Ariel Levy.  Three friends are on a vacation in South America, the trio eventually hook up with three girls and they head to Chile to take in a few clubs and explore the countryside.  During a long night of drinking and a bit of recreational drug use mother nature decides it's had enough of Eli Roth and a massive earthquake strikes nearly leveling the club.  With one of their friends injured the group attempts to make it to higher ground in the wake of the disaster with the possibility of a tsunami looming.

 While this might not sound like a horror film on paper it manages to be a very graphic movie and shares a lot of similarities with the genre.  While the core of the film is about survival the director doesn't shy away from showing the grisly aftermath of an earthquake along with exploring what people in extreme situations would do to survive.

The film doesn't show a whole lot of destruction, especially compared to the more modern disaster movies, instead it puts focus on the characters and how they react during the situation as it unfolds.  Eventually it's revealed that a local prison was affected by the 'quake and now prisoners have escaped and are on the loose.

9 horror films streaming on Netflix that aren't available on DVD.

I've had a few messages and comments from people requesting another netflix related post so here it is.
For you stream-friendly purveyors of horror, filth, and B-movies I've gathered a handful of titles that are not readily available on DVD here in the US.  These are titles that have either simply gone out of print or in some cases never made the jump from VHS to DVD.  A lot of them have even been cleaned up or in some cases given new transfers.

Midnight Matinee (1989)

Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection


Production Year: 2012
Release Date: 04/30/2012
Studio: Lionsgate
Collection Number: 743

There's a new Night of the Living Dead remake on the block spawned by a few British filmmakers. You know me, if it's anything involving Night of the Living Dead I've gotta see it.  This compulsive obsession of mine has been more like a curse lately as I've suffered through the likes of Mimesis and Night of the Living Dead: 3d.

This time around our beloved Ben is on the road somewhere in the UK trying to reach Barbara, and yes, he does utter the line "I'm coming to get you Barbara!"  Ben's time in the movie is short lived and eventually we're introduced to a new set of characters locked away in a house facing hordes of the undead.  As the story unfolds there are a few similarities to the original, for example one of the character's children is suffering from an infection caused by a bite wound.  Although there are faint occurrences such as that, along with the obvious plot point of these people being stuck together in a house, that's really where those similarities end.  Anyhow, amid various obstacles this family unit must find a way to survive the zombie outbreak.

Gee Video


Gee Video...AKA one of the strangest companies you've never heard of.


During my little road trip I stumbled across these two videos.  As far as horror goes I've heard of most of the major  VHS labels and a big chunk of the more niche companies, however this was my first time encountering this label, sad to say it will probably also be my last as this company's tapes are super hard to come by.

Texas Frightmare Weekend 2013



May 3rd, 2013 marked the eighth annual Texas Frightmare Weekend.  This would be my seventh year of going, and while I only really "met" one celebrity this time I still think this year was definitely one of their best events to date.


The only real issue that marred the weekend were last minute cancellations.  While it didn't have much of an effect on me, people going specifically to see some of The Walking Dead guests were certainly disappointed by the departure of Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Sarah Wayne Callies, and Lew Temple.  Stars Michael Berryman, Jake Busey, and the Avellan twins also managed to cancel before the event.

So in about 5 hours I'll be on my way to Dallas for my seventh Texas Frightmare Weekend.  It's hard to believe I've been to seven of these things, the years have really flown by.

Anyhow, I won't have a laptop or anything on me so I'm afraid this is the last you'll hear from me until early next week.  Expect some coverage of the event though!

Zombie Media Book (XT video)

Production Year: 1979
Release Date: 08/10/2012
Studio: XT Video
Collection Number: 1262

I am now the lucky owner of one of the nicest media books out there, XT Video's Zombie, AKA Woodoo, AKA a barrage of other titles.  Now I'm not fluent in German so there's not a whole lot of reading going on with this release, I can however imagine the stories encased in this set are about how awesome the movie is mixed with a few anecdotes about the director's manic behavior on set.

This make five copies of this film to grace my collection, but to be accurate I have owned a handful of past releases from Anchor Bay and Shriek Show, they've just found their way out the door, mostly through trades.

This release was put out earlier in the year and has two cover options.  Cover A (pictured below) is limited to 1,500 while the version I own, cover B, is limited to a mere 500.

..And the winner of the Lords of Salem contest is...

Cody Blakemore 

Congratulations!  If you didn't win don't fret, there will be another contest very soon!

Thanks to everyone who entered! 

The Dungeon of Harrow & Death by Invitation

Production Year: 1962 / 1971
Release Date: 05/07/2013
Studio: Vinegar Syndrome
Collection Number: 1261

Here we have yet another double feature from Vinegar Syndrome who have stepped away from sexploitation to offer us a more "horrified" double bill this time around.

The first film is 1962's The Dungeon of Harrow.  Harrow is about a shipwrecked man, Aaron Fallon (Russ Harvey) who finds himself on an island ruled by an insane Count (William McNutly.)  Sure enough he ends up getting himself held captive in the old Count's dilapidated castle.  Eventually he meets a nubile young gal who is also being held against her will and together they plan to escape the Count's wrath.

There is a bit I am leaving out, along the way you meet the Count's leper wife, there's a handful of torture scenes, plenty of cob webs and eerie shadows, along with a nice twisted ending to finish the film.  A very different selection from the company than I've been used to and it's certainly a welcome change.  Harrow is most definitely inspired by those horror films of yore and it wears it's influences on it's sleeve.