Cinedigm Acquires Series ‘The Island’ for Screambox SVOD Service

Cinedigm has acquired all North American rights to the coming-of-age, pandemic thriller series “The Island” from ZDF Enterprises.

The series is slated to premiere on Cinedigm’s recent digital network acquisition Screambox, a SVOD service for horror movies and TV series.

The eight-part series centers on a remote island in the North Sea that falls victim to a merciless and mysterious virus. As authorities rush to contain the disease, a fever of madness sweeps across the island.

The limited series was released in Germany last Summer. Cinedigm plans to premiere the series this July exclusively on Screambox, with two episodes releasing each week. The episodes will be offered in its original language with English subtitles and English dubbed.

“We are thrilled to bring ‘The Island’ to audiences this summer,” Yolanda Macias, chief content officer at Cinedigm, said in a statement. “The acquisition of Screambox gives us the opportunity to pursue titles within this incredibly popular and diverse genre to an underserved audience. Horror has a history of originality and we are eager to seek out titles like ‘The Island’ and provide a subtitled and dubbed experience to horror and thrill-seeking super fans.”

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“In ‘The Island,’ a coming-of-age-drama and post-apocalyptic disaster thriller merge into a modern epic. In a radical, uncompromising manner, the series raises the question of what happens to us modern people when the thin varnish of our civilization collapses. It has all the hallmarks of a top-quality thriller,” Robert Franke, VP, ZDFE.drama at ZDF Enterprises, said in a statement.

The series is directed by Christian Alvart, who also wrote and directed the Netflix series “Dogs of Berlin,” and Adolfo J. Kolmerer.

‘The Day of the Beast,’ Rosie Perez Starrer ‘Perdita Durango’ Among Titles Coming to 4K and Blu-ray Disc March 30 From MVD and Severin

Coming to disc March 30 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films are Perdita Durango (1997), The Day of the Beast (1995), Nosferatu in Venice (1988) and A Scream in the Streets (1973).

Writer-director Álex de la Iglesia’s Perdita Durango and The Day of the Beast are restored on 4K Ultra HD (in combo pack with Blu-ray) and Blu-ray Disc for the first time in America.

For his English-language debut with Perdita Durango, de la Iglesia chose novelist Barry Gifford’s prequel to Wild at Heart featuring the titular sociopath priestess. But when the U.S. distributor saw the finished film, they slashed more than 10 minutes of gleefully profane sex and violence and dumped it under the title Dance With the Devil. Severin is now presenting the complete director’s cut starring Oscar nominee Rosie Perez and Academy Award winner Javier Bardem in a violent love story filled with human sacrifices, kidnapping, murder and fetus trafficking with the dogged DEA agent (James Gandolfini) on the trail of it all. Don Stroud (Django Unchained), Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Alex Cox (Repo Man) and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins co-star in the film with music by Simon Boswell. Special features include “On the Border,” an interview with de la Iglesia; “Writing Perdita Durango,” an interview with writer Barry Gifford; an appraisal by film scholar Dr. Rebekah McKendry; “Narcosatanicos: Perdita Durango and the Matamoros Cult,” an interview with Abraham Castillo Flores and Cauldron of Blood author Jim Schutze; “Canciones de Amor Maldito: The Music of Perdita Durango,” an interview with composer Simon Boswell; “Shooting Perdita Durango,” an interview with director of photography Flavio Labiano; and trailers.

In between his cult hit debut Accion Mutante and Perdita Durango, de la Iglesia delivered the international horror comedy smash The Day of the Beast, which won six Goya Awards, including Best Director. In the film, when a rogue priest (Álex Angulo of Pan’s Labyrinth) discovers the exact date The Antichrist will be born, he enlists a Death Metal record store clerk (Santiago Segura of Killer Barbys) and a cheesy TV psychic (Armando De Razza) for an urban spree to prevent the Apocalypse by summoning Satan himself. Terele Pávez (800 Bullets) co-stars. Special features include “Heirs of the Beast,” a feature length documentary by Diego López and David Pizarro on the making and cultural impact of the film; “Antichrist Superstar,” an interview with director Alex de la Iglesia; “The Man Who Saved the World,” an interview with actor Armando De Razza; “Beauty and the Beast,” an interview with actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta; “Shooting the Beast,” an interview with director of photography Flavio Martínez Labiano; “Mirindas Asesinas,” a 1990 short film by Alex de la Iglesia; and trailers.

Nosferatu in Venice (1988) and A Scream in the Streets (1973) are coming out on Blu-ray for the first time ever March 30 scanned in 2K from the original negatives.

What was intended to be an unofficial sequel to Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu, Nosferatu in Venice instead became one of the most notoriously fascinating productions in EuroCult history. Klaus Kinski stars as the legendary vampire resurrected in modern-day Venice with an insatiable hunger for warm blood and rough sex. Donald Pleasence and Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer co-star in this shocker that features music by Oscar winner Vangelis (Chariots of Fire) and employed five different directors, including Mario Caiano (Nightmare Castle), Luigi Cozzi (Paganini Horror), writer-producer Augusto Caminito and reportedly Kinski himself. Special features include “Creation is Violent,” a new feature-length documentary on Kinski’s Final Years; “Creation is Violent Outtakes: – Nothing Bad Can Happen – Gypsies Should Be Played by Real Gypsies!”; and a trailer.

From producer Harry Novak — whose Box Office International Pictures brought the world such classics as Axe, Mantis in Lace and Wham Bam Thank You, Spaceman — comes A Scream in the Streets, about a pair of L.A.P.D. detectives hunting a transvestite psychopath through a polyester jungle of massage parlor perverts, suburban sex fiends and violence-crazed cops. Directed by Carl Monson (Please Don’t Eat My Mother), the film stars Joshua Bryant (Enter the Devil), Sandy Carey (Drive-in Massacre), Linda York (Chain Gang Women) and Sharon Kelly (aka ’80s adult film superstar Colleen Brennan). Special features include “The Peeper — Two Sexy Shorts Produced From A Scream in the Streets outtakes” and a trailer.

Paraguayan Horror Film ‘Morgue’ Arises on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD May 11 From Well Go

The Paraguayan horror film Morgue will come out on digital, Blu-ray and DVD May 11 from Well Go USA Entertainment

In the supernatural thriller, after a harrowing accident, a down-on-his-luck security guard accepts a promising new gig at the local morgue. He gets locked in and eerie occurrences (and a not-quite-lifeless body) leave him to wonder: how much otherworldly rage does it take to wake the dead?

A huge breakout hit in its home country, the film is — according to first-time writer/director Hugo Cardozo — based on real events.

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The cast of newcomers includes Pablo Martínez, María del Mar Fernández, Willi Villalba, Abel Martínez, Dr. Aldo Von Knobloch, Raúl Rotela and Francisco Ayala.

Werewolf Horror Film ‘I Am Lisa’ Due on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD March 16 From Mill Creek

The werewolf horror film I Am Lisa is coming to Blu-ray, DVD and VOD March 16 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

In director Patrick Rea’s supernatural revenge flick, a young woman (Kristen Vaganos, Obsessed with the Babysitter, Dating After College) barely survives a brutal beating by a local sheriff, and a subsequent wolf attack. She awakens in a remote cabin in the woods, to discover that she has gained strange, new powers — powers she can use to exact revenge upon her attackers. She must battle between her new powers, seeking vengeance and embracing her animal instincts.

The film also stars Jennifer Seward, Manon Halliburton, Chris Bylsma, Cinnamon Schultz, Sarah McGuire and Millie Milan.

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An official selection of Arrow Video’s FrightFest, the film was penned by Eric Winkler, composed by Natalia Perez, directed by Patrick Rea and comes from Mutiny Pictures.

Zombie Film ‘Legion of the Night’ Available on DVD From MVD

The 1995 zombie film Legion of the Night is available on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group and Film Trauma.

In the film, Taylor Bloom comes home and finds that his father has been murdered by the mob and his secret experiments stolen. Taylor’s father Dr. Bloom had created the ultimate soldier using reanimated corpses. He called these soldiers CZA’s or Cybernetic Zombie Assassins and now they are being used by the mob as the ultimate hit men. Eager for revenge, Taylor and his father’s assistant create an army of the dead to reclaim his father’s property and take out the mob. Things however don’t go quite as planned and Taylor finds himself in a life and after death struggle.

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The film features performances by Bill Hinzman (Night of the Living Dead), Ron Asheton (“The Stooges”) and Jeff Rector (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “NYPD Blue”).

Troma Titles ‘Honor Killing’ and ‘Nightbeast’ Hit Blu-ray in February From MVD

Two titles from ‘B’ movie house Troma, Honor Killing and Nightbeast, are hitting Blu-ray in February from MVD Entertainment Group.

Available now is the action adventure Honor Killing. It follows a young woman who is brutally attacked. She seeks the aid of her own flesh and blood, but her Father has other plans for her — a bullet to her head. Now she lives for vengeance. Having survived the attempted “honor killing,” she hires a rugged bounty hunter named Viktor to train her to inflict pain. Thus, she begins her journey to find her Father, and leaves a trail of savage men along the way. The film is written, directed and starring “Mercedes” (Evul Twins, My Night Job) and is the second team up of the actress and actor Jim Schumacher following the film Rose and Viktor: No Mercy.

Coming Feb. 23 is the 1982 horror flick Nightbeast, in which an alien with an appetite for blood and disembowelment is set loose on a small town when its spacecraft crashes. Sheriff Jack Cinder and local militia arrive on scene, and a violent battle ensues, leaving only Jack, his deputy and a wild-eyed redneck as survivors. With a corrupt mayor unwilling to stand up against the Nightbeast’s reign of carnage, it’s up to Jack to evacuate the townsfolk and save the day. Written and directed by Don Dohler (Blood Massacre, The Alien Factor), the film is the first movie credit ever for J.J. Abrams (Star Wars Episodes VII – IX, Star Trek, Super 8, “Lost”) for composing and sound effects.

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‘Silence of the Lambs’ on Sale at FandangoNow, Vudu

FandangoNow and Vudu are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the date The Silence of the Lambs debuted on the big screen (Feb. 14) with a sale on the film, a discounted film bundle and a trivia video.

Both FandangoNow and Vudu are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

During the sale, The Silence of the Lambs is available for purchase at $7.99 in both 4K UHD and HD (usually $13.99). Lambs is also available as part of a two-film bundle (with Ridley Scott’s Hannibal) at $9.99.

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Fandango has also produced a Movieclips trivia video on the on-screen evolution of Clarice and Hannibal:

CBS this month debuted a series based on the story called “Clarice.”

Cinedigm Acquires Horror Streaming Service Screambox

Cinedigm Corp. has acquired Screambox, an enthusiast streaming service targeting the horror genre.

Called “The Perfect Horror Streaming Alternative to Netflix” by Tech Times and named one of the best Streaming Services for 2021 by PC Mag, according to a Cinedigm release, Screambox features a mix of content for casual and die-hard horror fans.

The service, which launched in 2015, is available across the web, mobile devices, Connected TVs, and as an Amazon Prime Channel, among other outlets.

Cinedigm will leverage its horror and thriller content library, app technology, and Matchpoint distribution platform to expand Screambox’s content offering, according to the release. The company will relaunch the service’s apps and expand distribution to Cinedigm’s more than 900 million global connected device footprint. Cinedigm also plans to expand the distribution of Screambox to its base of third-party subscription channel partners, including Roku, Comcast, Sling TV, Dish Network and others.

“The company anticipates the service could reach seven figure subscriber levels within the first 36 months after the acquisition is completed, with a focus on rapid global expansion and distribution,” according to the press release.

Cinedigm will continue to offer Screambox on a subscription basis alongside Bloody Disgusting TV, an ad-based horror service operated in partnership with Bloody Disgusting, the largest horror website with more than 20 million monthly visitors. The company will also bundle subscription offers with its fandom subscription service, CONtv, for one price and will draw from a pool of more than 4,000 relevant film titles in its library, including thousands of newly obtained classic, cult and foreign horror titles from streaming service The Film Detective, which it acquired in December 2020.

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Cinedigm plans to more than double the available content on Screambox over the next 90 days, according to the press release.

Larry Baird, Screambox chief operating officer, will remain on board to oversee the transition.

The acquisition of Screambox follows Cinedigm’s recent acquisition of Fandor, an independent film subscription streaming service, and The Film Detective, focused on classic film and television programming.

“The acquisition of Screambox is another huge streaming opportunity for Cinedigm,” Chris McGurk, Cinedigm chairman, said in a statement. “Having just acquired Fandor, which The Wall Street Journal called ‘the Netflix of independent film,’ we see that same kind of potential for Screambox in the huge, underserved horror category where millions of enthusiasts around the world are looking for a widely-distributed streaming channel with a huge volume of premium horror content. Dan March, Screambox Founder, and his team did a fantastic job in laying the groundwork for all that, and we intend to deliver on his vision.”

“Despite more than 145,000 horror films listed in The Internet Movie Database, less than 5% of the genre is currently available for fans to enjoy in a subscription environment,” Erick Opeka, chief strategy officer of Cinedigm, said in a statement. “We plan to immediately expand that opportunity by building on top of the great foundation Screambox provides into a massive, global library of the world’s best classic, contemporary and foreign horror content — that will create a seven-figure subscriber opportunity in success.”

1930s Serial ‘Wild West Days,’ Mexican Film ‘Santo in the Treasure of Dracula’ Coming to Disc Feb. 9 From MVD and VCI

The 1937 serial Wild West Days and the Mexican film Santo in the Treasure of Dracula: The Sexy Vampire Version are coming to DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 9 from MVD Entertainment Group and VCI Entertainment.

In Santo in the Treasure of Dracula, after inventing a time machine, Mexican wrestler El Santo goes back in time to track down the location of Dracula’s hidden treasure with the noble intention of using the treasure to help fund a children’s hospital. In his quest to obtain the treasure, he is forced to face down and battle Dracula and his bevy of beautiful, vampire vixens. The original 1969 release of Santo en El Tesoro de Drácula was black-and-white and featured no nudity. The film was simultaneously shot in color featuring full frontal nudity for European markets and finally released in Mexico in 2012 as El Vampiro y el Sexo. Presented for the first time in the English language, the film was directed by Rene Cardona Sr., who helmed a number of entries in El Santo’s filmography including two co-directed with his son — Santo in Operation 67 and Santo in the Treasure of Montezuma. Bonus materials include trailers.

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Wild West Days, a Universal Studios film serial based on a Western novel by W. R. Burnett restored in 4K, was based on the novel Saint Johnson by William R. Burnett. However, the main character in the serial is a frontiersman called Kentucky Wade instead of Saint Johnson as in the novel. It’s an action-packed serial presenting the dangers, hardships and triumphs of the early Western pioneers. Kentucky Wade and his two buddies ride to help a couple who are being threatened by outlaws, and he and his pals also keep busy fighting their way across the plains and mountains to battle a tribe of Indians led by Red Hatchet. Shortly they also contend with false reports of a strike, which starts a gold rush and hair-trigger action. Episodes include “Death Rides the Range,” “The Redskin’s Revenge,” “The Brink of Doom,” “The Indians Are Coming,” “The Leap for Life,” “Death Stalks the Plains,” “Six Gun Law,” “The Gold Stampede,” “Walls of Fire,” “Circle of Doom,” “The Thundering Herd,” “Rustlers and Redskins” and “Rustler’s Roundup.” Directed by Ford Beebe and Clifford Smith, the serial stars Johnny Mack Brown, George Shelley, Lynn Gilbert, Frank Yaconelli, Bob Kortman, Russell Simpson and Walter Miller. Wild West Days was the 103rd of the studio’s 137 serials (and the 35th with sound) and was the first of three serials Brown made for the studio before being promoted to his own ‘B’ Western series in 1939.

‘Wrong Turn’ Reboot Traveling to Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 23 From Lionsgate

The backwoods horror film Wrong Turn arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Feb. 23 from Lionsgate.

The reboot of the franchise is executive produced by Martin Moszkowicz (Resident Evil franchise), Bill Bromiley (3 From HellWe Summon the Darkness) and Jonathan Saba (The Vanished, Hangman), and stars Matthew Modine, Emma Dumont, Charlotte Vega, Daisy Head and Bill Sage.

In the film, Jen (Vega) and a group of friends set out to hike the Appalachian Trail. Despite warnings to stick to the trail, the hikers stray off course — and cross into land inhabited by The Foundation, a hidden community of mountain dwellers who use deadly means to protect their way of life. Suddenly under siege, Jen and her friends seem headed to the point of no return— unless Jen’s father (Modine) can reach them in time.

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Special features include deleted and extended scenes; the “Monsters Among Us: Making Wrong Turn” featurette; the Wrong Turn promotional trailer; and feature-length audio commentary with director Mike P. Nelson.