July 16, 2021
The horror titles Siege, Born for Hell and Skinned Deep are coming to to Blu-ray Disc July 20 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.
Making its worldwide Blu-ray premiere in both the theatrical and extended versions, Siege, from co-directors Paul Donovan and Maura O’Connell (DEFCON-4) is a rarely-seen Canadian shocker from the ’80s, inspired by the actual 42-day Halifax police strike. When a local group of right-wing vigilantes massacres the patrons of a gay bar, the sole survivor seeks refuge in a nearby apartment building whose residents must now defend themselves in a night of hate, terror and bloodshed. Doug Lennox (Breaking Point), Tom Nardini (Cat Ballou), Jack Blum (Happy Birthday to Me) and Keith Knight (My Bloody Valentine) star in this 1983 film released in the U.S. as Self Defense. It is scanned in 2K from the original negative recently discovered in a Nova Scotia archive. Special features include the trailer and audio commentary with co-director Paul Donovan and filmmaker Jason Eisener.
In 1976, Montreal filmmaker Denis Héroux — future director of The Uncanny and Oscar-nominated producer of Atlantic City — adapted the true story of Chicago mass murderer Richard Speck to war-torn Belfast for Born for Hell. In the film, a disturbed Vietnam vet drifter (Mathieu Carrière, Malpertuis, Bilitis) brutalizes a dorm full of student nurses. Re-edited by its video distributor and released as Naked Massacre, Héroux’s harrowing director’s cut has remained unseen in America until now. Debra Berger (The Inglorious Bastards), Leonora Fani (Giallo in Venice), Christine Boisson (Emmanuelle), Ely Galleani (Baba Yaga) and Carole Laure (Sweet Movie) co-star in this film scanned in 2K from an uncut 35mm print discovered in The National Archives of Canada. Special features include “The Other Side of the Mirror,” an interview with actor Mathieu Carriere; “Nightmare in Chicago,” remembering the Richard Speck crime spree with local filmmakers John McNaughton and Gary Sherman; “A New Kind Of Crime — The Richard Speck Story” with “Once Upon a Crime” podcaster Esther Ludlow; “Bombing Here, Shooting There,” a video essay by filmmaker Chris O’Neill; Naked Massacre, the U.S. video release cut; artist Joe Coleman on Speck; and “Inside the Odditorium,” with Joe Coleman.
Skinned Deep is the 2004 writing, directing and producing debut of FX artist Gabe Bartalos (Brain Damage, Frankenhooker, Cremaster Cycle). It’s about a rural clan of psychotic freaks, a killing spree and the final girl that may be their depraved undoing. Warwick Davis (Leprechaun) and Jason Dugre (Saint Bernard) star with an appearance by fandom legend Forrest J. Ackerman and featuring music by Captain Sensible of The Damned. This worldwide premiere of the unrated cut is scanned in 2K from the original negative for the first time ever. Special features include the trailer; “Deep Cuts,” a look back on Skinned Deep with Bartalos, actors Dugre and Karoline Brandt, and weapons machinist Jake Lee; audio commentary with cast and crew; and an archival making-of featurette.