February 9, 2022
Four Severin Films horror flicks, Night of the Demon, The Halfway House, Bloody Pit of Horror and Black Candles, are coming to Blu-ray Feb. 22 from MVD Entertainment Group.
In 1980’s Night of the Demon, when a group of anthropology students heads into the forest to investigate a series of Sasquatch attacks, they discover crazy hermits, mutilated Girl Scouts and interspecies copulation. The film is scanned in 2K from the recently discovered 35mm answer print and the release features more than five-and-a-half hours of special features on two discs, including interviews with producer Jim L. Ball, director James C. Wasson and cinematographer John Quick, and a previously unreleased 1964 feature produced by Ball and shot by Quick.
The Halfway House (2004), from writer/director/FX fabricator Kenneth J. Hall (Puppet Master, Evil Spawn, Carnosaur), is on Blu-ray for the first time ever. In the film, when a missing teen’s sister goes undercover at Mary Magdalen Halfway House for Troubled Girls, she exposes an unholy conspiracy of pervy priests, bonehead cops, aggressive lesbians and a secret dungeon where naked runaways are sacrificed to a one-eyed Cthulhu. Janet Tracy Keijser (Schism), FX legend Cleve Hall (Monster Man) and Mary Woronov (Eating Raoul, Rock & Roll High School) star. Special features include “Discipline and Sacrifice — A Look Back at The Halfway House“; “Cleve Hall — From Monster Kid to Monster Man”; an archival making-of featurette; an Insecto Circus “Halfway to Hell” music video; and trailers.
In the 1965 Italian horror film Bloody Pit of Horror, the crew of a saucy photoshoot breaks into an abandoned castle and unleashes the madness of the male-body-obsessed owner (muscleman Mickey Hargitay), who is possessed by the vengeful spirit of a 16th century torturer. Walter Brandt (The Playgirls and the Vampire) and Femi Benussi (Hatchet for the Honeymoon) co-star in this orgy of sadism — also known as The Crimson Executioner — from director Massimo Pupillo (Terror-Creatures From the Grave) and the screenwriters of Kill, Baby … Kill! with special effects by future Oscar winner Carlo Rambaldi (E.T.). The film is scanned in 2K from the original uncut negative recently discovered in a Rome lab vault. Special features include audio commentary with filmmaker David DeCoteau and film historian David Del Valle, alternate opening sequences, and the trailer.
Black Candles (1982) comes from the late Spanish auteur José Ramón Larraz. In the film, when a young couple visits in-laws in the U.K. countryside, they instead discover a haven of the occult, where lesbianism, incest, sodomy, bestiality and beyond may all be commanded by Lucifer himself. Helga Liné (Nightmare Castle, The Loreley’s Grasp), Carmen Carrión (The Inconfessable Orgies of Emmanuelle) and Mauro Rivera (The Sexual Story of O) star in this orgy of satanic depravity also known as Hot Fantasies, Naked Dreams and Sexual Rites of the Devil. The film is scanned uncut in 2K with all-new special features, including audio commentary with Rodney Barnett and Troy Guinn, hosts of NaschyCast; “La Dama Del Fantaterror,” a documentary short on actress Helga Liné by filmmaker Diego López; “Made by the Devil,” an interview with Gavin Baddeley, author of Lucifer Rising: Sin, Devil Worship & Rock’n’Roll; and “An Exception to the Norm,” an interview with Antonio Lázaro-Reboll, author of Spanish Horror Film.