Scream Factory Releasing ‘Elvira’s Haunted Hills’ on Blu-ray Oct. 5

Scream Factory, the horror imprint of indie distributor Shout! Factory, will release a 20th anniversary collector’s edition of the 2001 camp classic Elvira’s Haunted Hills on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 5.

The tale begins in 1851, when Elvira and her maid Zou Zou are en route to perform in the Parisian Revue “Yes I Can Can,” but inadvertently end up at the sinister Lord Vladimere Hellsubus’ medieval castle. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to Vladimere’s long-dead wife, Elvira learns of the Hellsubus curse and finds her life in danger.

The film takes its inspiration from the classic Vincent Price/Edgar Allan Poe/Roger Corman films of the early 1960s.

With her voluptuous figure, voluminous black hair and hilarious one-liners, the Elvira character, played by Cassandra Peterson, was created in the early 1980s to present old horror movies on TV. Elvira’s Haunted Hills was the second feature film centered on Elvira, following 1988’s Elvira: Mistress of the Dark.

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The Elvira’s Haunted Hills Blu-ray features a brand-new 4K scan of the original camera negative. Extras include a new introduction by Elvira; audio commentary from Peterson and co-stars Mary Scheer, Mary Jo Smith and Scott Atkinson, with director Sam Irvin; outtakes; a photo gallery; an interview with actor Richard O’Brien; a making-of featurette; a “Transylvania or Bust” featurette; and an “Elvira in Romania” featurette.

Fans who order from the ShoutFactory.com store will also receive an exclusive poster featuring brand-new artwork, while supplies last.

Looking Back: 2011 – Slow Recovery From the Recession

Ten years ago, home entertainment executives were more upbeat than they had been in years. The business posted its first positive quarter since the start of the 2008 global economic meltdown. With a 20% year-over-year sales gain, Blu-ray Disc was rejuvenating the physical disc business, while 3D Blu-ray was the talk of CES. And studio marketers were enthralled with the prospect of digital distribution, with a consortium of studios and other companies launching UltraViolet, a cloud-based “digital locker” that lets consumers stream and download purchased content to multiple platforms and devices. David Bishop, at the time president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, called UltraViolet “a major game changer.” The nascent streaming business, meanwhile, stumbled when Starz Entertainment ended content license renegotiations with Netflix, which meant the service would soon lose access to Disney and Sony Pictures movies.

New ‘Scooby-Doo’ Halloween Movie Coming Oct. 6 for DVD and Digital Release

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Oct. 6 will release the new animated film Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! on DVD and for digital sellthrough. The DVD is available for sale now at Walmart and for rent at Redbox kiosks.

When Crystal Cove is terrorized by a swarm of feisty flying jack-o-lanterns, Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang team up with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, to solve the case.

Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo! features the familiar voice talents of Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo and Fred, Grey Griffin as Daphne, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy and Kate Micucci as Velma.

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