February 12, 2020
The 1974 horror film The Freakmaker is available on limited-edition Blu-ray from DiabolikDVD.
In the film, not satisfied with the pace of natural selection in driving evolution, a deranged biologist decides to create his own genetically engineered mutations. With the promise of using his experiments to “cure” them, Dr. Nolter (Donald Pleasence) enlists members of the local Freakshow to help him kidnap students from a nearby college to use as human guinea pigs. Using the same techniques that he developed mixing the DNA of plants and animals, he begins crossbreeding plants and humans with unpredictable results. One by one his failed experiments are cast off to the circus until the freaks have had enough and seek their bloody revenge.
The film also stars Tom Baker (Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Dr Who’s popular fourth doctor), Brad Harris (Kommissar X) and Michael Dunn (Ship of Fools).
Writer-producer Robert D Weinbach restored his archival 35mm print for the release for a new master. Along with the new transfer, the disc presents English SDH subtitles for the first time on home video, a featurette about the making of the film, a commentary with Weinbach and Harris, an audio interview with Jack Cardiff, a trailer and TV Spot, and a still gallery with Basil Kirchin’s eerie score isolated.
The initial, limited release includes two double-sided postcards featuring new and vintage poster art for the film plus a slipcover with a reproduction of the original, hand painted art by Mike Tommyrot.