1980s Horror Film ‘The Unnamable’ Coming to Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 23 From Unearthed Films and MVD

The Unnamable, a 1980s horror film based on the H.P. Lovecraft story, will come out on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 23 from Unearthed Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

The film follows college students who retreat to an early 18th century mansion for a weekend of lust and are stalked by a female demon who delights in tearing the limbs off her human victims to carry out a centuries-old family curse.

Special features include:

  • A video interview with actors Charles Klausmeyer and Mark Kinsey Stephenson;
  • A video interview with actor Eben Ham;
  • A video interview with actor Laura Albert;
  • A video interview with actor Mark Parra;
  • Video interviews with R. Christopher Biggs, special makeup effects artist, and makeup artist Camille Calvet;
  • And audio commentary with Charles Klausmeyer, Mark Stephenson, Laura Albert, Eben Ham, Camille Calvet and R. Christopher Biggs.

 

The first 2,000 Blu-ray units ordered come with a limited edition slipsleeve.

The film has been restored in 4K scan and color corrected from the original negative.

View the trailer here.

‘Schlock,’ ‘Twelve Monkeys,’ Italian ‘Torso’ Due on Blu-ray From Arrow and MVD in October

A collection of horror, a sci-fi classic and a British classic are coming out on Blu-ray from Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group in October.

Schlock from director John Landis hits Blu-ray Oct. 16. The comedy pays tribute to monster movies of the past as it follows a prehistoric ape named Shlock on a rampage throughout southern California. The genre mashup launched the career of Landis and makeup effects wizard Rick Baker. The Blu-ray comes with a new 4K restoration. Special features include an audio commentary with both Landis and Baker; a new video interview with author and critic Kim Newman; “Birth of a Schlock,” a 2017 video interview with Landis; an archival video interview with cinematographer Bob Collins; 1972, 1979 and 1982 U.S. theatrical trailers; and U.S. radio spots.

Due Oct. 23 is Jim Van Bebber’s blood-soaked cult classic Deadbeat at Dawn. It’s the story of Goose, a gang leader trying to go straight until his girlfriend is brutally murdered by his rivals. Now pulled back into the world he was desperately trying to escape, Goose is hell-bent on getting retribution. The 1980s feature comes with a new 2K restoration and bonus content including a new audio commentary with Van Bebber, actor Paul Harper and guest Cody Lee Hardin, moderated by filmmaker Victor Bonacore; Jim VanBebber, Deadbeat Forever!, a new retrospective documentary on VanBebber and the Deadbeat legacy by filmmaker Victor Bonacore, featuring first-time interviews, rare footage, VanBebber’s college films and more; an archival 1986 behind-the-scenes documentary,  Nate Pennington’s VHS documentary on a failed Deadbeat shoot; outtakes, newly transferred in HD; four newly-restored VanBebber short films; “Jim VanBebber Music Video Collection,” featuring never-before-seen director’s cuts; Chunkblower, a promotional trailer for an unfinished Gary Blair Smith-produced gore-soaked feature film; an image gallery; and a reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain.

Oct. 30 comes Sergio Martio’s Italian film Torso on Blu-ray. The giallo about a sex-craved maniac prowling the streets of Perugia looking for his latest victim is a favorite of Quentin Tarantino’s. The Blu-ray features a new 2K restoration of both the 94-minute Italian cut and the 90-minute English cut. Bonus features include new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author of All the Colours of Sergio Martino; a new video interview with co-writer/director Martino; a new video interview with actor Luc Merenda; a new video interview with co-writer Ernesto Gastaldi; a new video interview with filmmaker Federica Martino, daughter of Martino; a new video interview with Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film; a 2017 Abertoir International Horror Festival Q&A with Martino; Italian and English theatrical trailers; and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais.

Also coming Oct. 30 on Blu-ray is Terry Gilliam’s 1990s sci-fi classic, Twelve Monkeys. Based on a short film by Chris Marker, Twelve Monkeys opens up in 1996 with a group known as the Army of Twelve Monkeys releasing a deadly virus upon the world. Flash forward to the year 2035 where Bruce Willis is ordered to travel back in time to find a cure. The film was nominated for two Oscars. The Blu-ray features a new 4K restoration approved by Gilliam. Bonus features include audio commentary by Gilliam and producer Charles Roven; The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys, a feature-length making-of documentary by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe (Lost in La Mancha); an image galley; a theatrical trailer; and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin.

In a change of pace Oct. 23, Arrow Academy will release Distant Voices, Still Lives on Blu-ray. The debut from director Terence Davies allows viewers to peer into the life of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, England. The new 4K restoration was carried out by the British Film Institute. Bonus features include commentary by Davies; an interview with Davies; an Interview with art director Miki van Zwanenberg; a theatrical trailer; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio; and for the first pressing only, an Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Christina Newland plus archive essays.

‘Slender Man’ Materializes in Time for Halloween on Digital Oct. 19, Disc Oct. 30 From Sony

The horror film Slender Man will be available in time for Halloween on digital Oct. 19 and Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 30 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film made $30.2 million in theaters.

The story follows a group of friends in a small town in Massachusetts who are fascinated by the internet lore of the Slender Man. They attempt to prove that he doesn’t actually exist — until one of them mysteriously goes missing. The film stars Joey King (Wish UponThe Conjuring), Julia Goldani Telles (“The Affair”), Jaz Sinclair (When the Bough Breaks) and Annalise Basso (Ouija: Origin of Evil). It also stars Alex Fitzalan (“Crash & Burn”), Taylor Richardson (A Most Violent Year) and Javier Botet (The ConjuringInsidious: The Last KeyIT).

The digital, Blu-ray and DVD releases include the featurette “Summoning Slender Man: Meet the Cast.”

‘Afraid’,’ Asian Actioners on Tap From Well Go for the Fall

The Halloween month kicks off Oct. 2 for Well Go USA Entertainment with the horror film Afraid on DVD and digital.

Alanna Masterson (“The Walking Dead”) and George Byrne star as a couple on a romantic getaway at a secluded cabin that takes a frightening turn. Shortly into their vacation, the young couple realizes that the cabin isn’t nearly as secluded as they think because their every move is being watched by the cabin’s creepy owner. The film is directed by Jason Goldberg (co-creator, “Punk’d”).

Coming on VOD and digital Oct. 9 is the South Korean sports comedy Champion, in which a former arm-wrestling champion raised in the U.S. returns to South Korea for a tournament that could return him to glory, but finds his life complicated by the appearance of the biological family he never knew.

Due Oct. 16 is the actioner Buybust, from the Philippines, on digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. In the film, after surviving the slaughter of her entire squad in a drug raid compromised by dirty cops, an anti-narcotics special operative is eager to go head-to-head with the drug cartels that hold a bloody grip on Manila. But when her new mission in the city’s most dangerous slum goes south, the angry civilians turn on her squad. Special features include a making-of featurette and a 2018 Comic-con panel.

Also on tap Oct. 30 from Well Go is the South Korean film Believer, directed by Lee Hae-Young (The Silenced), the remake of Johnnie To’s Drug War. The film is available on digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. The story follows an investigator who, in an effort to bring down the boss of Asia’s biggest drug cartel, conspires with a lowly member of the gang seeking revenge against the boss.

Coming on digital Oct. 2 and DVD Nov. 6 is the Chinese film Girls Vs. Gangsters, the sequel to 2014’s Girls. After a drinking contest with some questionable local spirits at an out-of-control bachelorette party, five friends wake up naked on a beach to discover one of them is handcuffed to a locked suitcase, one has a strange new tattoo, and none of them have any clue what happened the night before.

Horror Fantasy ‘Blood Child’ Coming to Cable and Digital Sept. 11 From Random Media

The horror fantasy Blood Child, from Random Media, will have a national cable and digital HD release Sept. 11.

It will be available on all major platforms, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, inDemand, Dish and more. The film is also available on DVD via manufactured-on-demand.

Writer-director Jennifer Phillips film debut, Blood Child premiered at Toronto’s Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival, where lead actress Alyx Melone took home the Rising Star Award.

Blood Child combines every parent’s worst nightmare with the Malay myth of the Toyol, ghost children raised by black magic, devastating all involved. After suffering a devastating miscarriage in Singapore, Ashley turns to a witch doctor to help her with the occult practice of raising a “ghost child” and finding the spirit of her lost child.  After returning to the States, Ashley and her husband Bill find themselves pregnant again. However, their happiness is short lived as the pregnancy acts as a catalyst for a series of terrifying events that start to occur within their home. The family soon learns that Ashley has brought back a lot more than just memories from Asia.  The spirit of their lost child is not about to play second fiddle to the impending new arrival.

Horror, Samurai, Western Films, ‘The Day of the Jackal’ Coming on Blu-ray in September From Arrow and MVD

Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group have seven titles slated for September.

From Arrow Academy come two films. On tap Sept. 4 on Blu-ray Disc is Tomu Uchida’s Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji (1955), a road adventure about a samurai and his two servants who go on an epic journey. Praised by Japanese film critics and much admired by contemporaries Akira Kurosawa and Yasujirô Ozu, Uchida nonetheless remains little-known in the West. Extras include a new audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp, recorded exclusively for this release; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley; and for the first pressing only, an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and filmmaker James Oliver.

Also due Sept. 18 from Arrow Academy is the Peter Fonda directed Western The Hired Hand, which experienced a bit of a renaissance in 2001 thanks to a release from the Sundance Channel. The film stars Fonda alongside Warren Oates. Extras include audio commentary by actor-director Fonda; The Return of the Hired Hand, a 2003 documentary containing interviews with Fonda, cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, composer Bruce Langhorne, actor Verna Bloom and others; deleted scenes; The Odd Man, Charles Gormley and Bill Forsyth’s 1978 documentary portrait of Scottish screenwriters, including Alan Sharp; an interview with Martin Scorsese; an audio recording of Oates and Fonda at the National Film Theatre in 1971; a stills gallery; trailers; TV spots; radio spots; and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips.

The Arrow Video label features several horror titles starting with a new 4K restoration of Dario Argento’s horror masterpiece Deep Red, coming Sept. 4 on Blu-ray. Bonus features include audio commentary by filmmaker and Argento expert Thomas Rostock; an Introduction to the film by Claudio Simonetti of Goblin; a new visual essay by Michael Mackenzie featuring an in-depth appreciation of Deep Red; “Rosso Recollections: Dario Argento’s Deep Genius,” the Deep Red director on the creation of a giallo masterpiece; “The Lady in Red: Daria Nicolodi Remembers Profondo Rosso”; “Music to Murder For!,” Claudio Simonetti on Deep Red; “Profondo Rosso: From Celluloid to Shop,” a tour of the Profondo Rosso shop in Rome with longtime Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi; the Italian theatrical trailer; and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx.

Another horror entry, The Baby, comes out Sept. 25 on Blu-ray. It’s a strange look at an eccentric family and the social worker assigned to deal with them. Bonus features include “Down Will Come Baby,”  a new retrospective with film professor Rebekah McKendry; “Tales from the Crib,’ an audio interview with director Ted Post; “Baby Talk,” an audio Interview with star David Mooney; the theatrical trailer; and a new commentary by Travis Crawford.

Horrors of Malformed Men, due Sept. 18 on Blu-ray, is a Japanese horror film from 1969 about a medical student that is perfectly sane but somehow ends up in an asylum. Bonus features include two audio commentaries by Japanese cinema experts Tom Mes and Mark Schilling; “Malformed Movies,” a new video interview with Toei exploitation movie screenwriter Masahiro Kakefuda; “Malformed Memories,” in which filmmakers Shinya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo the Iron Man) and Minoru Kawasaki (The Calamari Wrestler) discuss the career of director Teruo Ishii; “Ishii in Italia,” in which Ishii and Schilling visit the Far East Film Festival; a poster gallery; a theatrical trailer; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford; and for the first pressing only,  a collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Jasper Sharp, Tom Mes and Grady Hendrix.

The Pyjama Girl Case, due Sept. 18 on Blu-ray, comes from director Flavio Mogherini and is the only giallo to take place in Australia. It follows the true story of an unsolved Australian murder about a young girl that turned up dead on the beach in distinctive pajamas. Bonus features include new audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films; a new video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie on the internationalism of the giallo; a new video interview with actor Howard Ross; a new video interview with editor Alberto Tagliavia; an archival interview with composer Riz Ortolani; an image gallery; the Italian theatrical trailer; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon; and for the first pressing only, a collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas.

Finally, coming Sept. 25 on Blu-ray is Fred Zinnemann’s classic The Day of the Jackal. Based on a novel by Frederick Forsyth, this political thriller was nominated for six BAFTA awards, winning for best editing, and earned an Oscar nod. Bonus features include a new interview with Neil Sinyard, author of Fred Zinnemann: Films of Character and Conscience; two rare archival clips from the film set, including an interview with Zinnemann; a theatrical trailer; the original screenplay by Kenneth Ross (BD-ROM content); a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain; and for the first pressing only, an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mark Cunliffe and Sheldon Hall.

Horror Film ‘Mara’ Coming to Disc and Digital Nov. 6 From Lionsgate

From the producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious, the horror film Mara arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital), DVD and digital Nov. 6 from Lionsgate.

The film is currently available on demand.

Based on folklore, the film tells the tale of criminal psychologist Kate Fuller, who starts to experience the same terrifying symptoms as the victims of an ancient demon who kills people in their sleep.

Extras include the featurette “Mara: A Legacy of Evil.”

Mara was directed by Clive Tonge and written by Jonathan Frank. The film stars Olga Kurylenko as Fuller and Javier Botet as the ancient demon. The film also stars Craig Conway and Rosie Fellner.

‘Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection’ Coming on Blu-ray Aug. 28

From Dracula to Frankenstein to The Mummy, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release 30 classic monster films on Blu-ray Aug. 28 in the “Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection.”

The collection includes all of Universal Pictures’ legendary monsters from the 1930s to late-1950s: Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Werewolf of London (1935), Dracula’s Daughter (1936), Son of Frankenstein (1939), The Invisible Man Returns (1940), The Invisible Woman (1940), The Mummy’s Hand (1940), The Wolf Man (1941), The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), The Mummy’s Ghost (1942), The Mummy’s Tomb (1942), Invisible Agent (1942), Phantom of the Opera (1943), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), Son of Dracula (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), The Mummy’s Curse (1944), The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944), House of Dracula (1945), She-Wolf of London (1946), Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954, and includes a 3D version), Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955), Revenge of the Creature (1955 and includes a 3D version) and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956).

The films star such legendary actors as Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester in the roles that they made famous.

The collection includes a 48-page collectible book, with behind-the-scenes stories and rare production photographs, and numerous bonus features, including:

  • behind-the-scenes documentaries;
  • 3D versions of Creature From the Black Lagoonand Revenge of the Creature;
  • the 1931 Spanish Version of Dracula;
  • featurettes on Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr. and Jack Pierce;
  • 13 expert feature commentaries;
  • archival footage;
  • production photographs;
  • and theatrical trailers.

Classic TV Shows, Rare TV Pilots Among Titles Coming From VCI and MVD This Fall

A collection of rare and “lost” programs from the early days of television are being released this fall on disc by VCI Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.

Produced by Jeff Joseph (SabuCat Productions), film archivist, historian, author and producer, the shows have been restored in high definition from the best archival film elements available. Some of the programs have not been seen since they were originally broadcast.

Due Sept .11 is Television’s Lost Classics – Volume One – John Cassavetes on DVD and Blu-ray, which features two dramatic programs starring the actor. Episode one is “Crime in the Streets,” which is from The Elgin Hour (Elgin watches) and was broadcast live on ABC March 8, 1955. Written by Reginald Rose and directed by Sidney Lumet, it stars Robert Preston and a very young Cassavetes. Episode two is “No Right to Kill,” with Cassavetes, Terry Moore and Robert H. Harris. It was part of the Climax! series and was presented by the Chrysler Corp. Broadcast on CBS Aug. 9, 1956, it is based on Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Original commercial messages are included in the episode, as well as a bonus blooper reel from the “Defenders” and “The Nurses” series.

Coming Oct. 9 is Television’s Lost Classics – Volume Two – Rare ‘Pilots’ with four episodes on DVD and Blu-ray. “Case of the Sure Thing” stars Reed Hadley, Louise Currie and Milburn Stone and introduced the series “Racket Squad,” which lasted for three seasons and was nominated for two Primetime Emmys. The program reportedly may have inspired parts of the Hollywood hit The Sting. First broadcast on CBS June 7, 1951, the pilot contains original network commercials as originally broadcast. Directed by Jacques Tourneur, “Cool and Lam” stars Billy Pearson, Benay Venuta, Alison Hayes and Sheila Bromley in a light-hearted, detective yarn featuring characters first created by Erle Stanley Gardner. Bertha Cool runs a detective agency and Donald Lam is her junior partner, hence “Cool and Lam.” “The Life of Riley” features Lon Chaney Jr., Rosemary DeCamp and John Brown. It stars Chaney as Chester Riley and was produced in 1948, but by the time the first season went into full production in 1949, Chaney had been replaced by Jackie Gleason. “Nero Wolfe” stars Kurt Kasznar, William Shatner and Alexander Scourby in another one-off production based on characters created by Rex Stout. Also included on the disc is a bonus CBS blooper reel hosted by James Arness.

Additional volumes are planned with the third in the series already in production for release in late 2018.

Also on tap Oct. 9 on DVD is I Married Joan: Classic TV Collection Vol. 4, with 10 episodes. The show, featuring physical humor in the vein of “I Love Lucy,” centers on Joan, a scatterbrained housewife, and her husband, Bradley Stevens, who was a staid and settled domestic court judge. Beverly Wills, Joan Davis’ real-life daughter, also co-starred on the show playing the part of her sister.

Streeting Sept. 11 is the “Boris Karloff Collection” on two DVDs, a compilation of four rare films featuring the horror legend. Films in the collection include Alien Terror, Cult of the Dead, Dance of Death and Torture Zone. In addition to Karloff, the films star Andres Garcia, Carlos East, Enrique Guzman and Christa Linder.

Finally, due Oct. 23 on Blu-ray and DVD is Blood and Black Lace, director Mario Bava’s film about an unscrupulous business operating under the guise of a top fashion house with exotic models running sexual favors, cocaine dealings and blackmail. Bonus features include 2018 commentary by Kat Ellinger, editor-in-chief and author, Diabolique Magazine; 2018 commentary by film historian David Del Valle and director/writer C. Courtney Joyner; a video Interview with Mary Dawne Arden; an archival video interview with star Cameron Mitchell, with Del Valle; an original American theatrical trailer, plus Italian, German and French trailers; bonus trailers of other Bava films; a photo gallery; alternate original Italian or original U.S. theatrical main titles; bonus music tracks by composer Carlo Rustichelli; video comparison of American and European cuts; and a two-sided cover wrap with alternate cover art.

Classic Horror Film ‘Halloween’ Coming in 4K Ultra HD Sept. 25 From Lionsgate

The horror classic Halloween arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray) Sept. 25 from Lionsgate.

Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance, Tony Moran and P.J. Soles, the film in 4K also features Dolby Vision HDR. The release celebrates the 40th anniversary of the original 1978 theatrical release and coincides with the theatrical debut of the newest film in the series.

Special features include audio commentary with writer/director John Carpenter and Curtis; “The Night She Came Home” featurette; “On Location: 25 Years Later” featurette; TV version footage; a trailer; TV spots; and radio spots.