Kino Cult Collector Line Slates Next Two Releases, ‘Clive Barker’s Underworld’ and ‘Sinner: The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac’ Dec. 19

Kino Lorber has announced release dates for the next two films in its Kino Cult genre brand, a packaged-media imprint focusing on collector-oriented Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD releases.

The month-old label’s first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release, a deluxe edition of Clive Barker’s Underworld (1985), will be released Dec. 19. Directed by George Pavlou and featuring Denholm Elliott and Ingrid Pitt, the film is set in the neo-noir Underworld — a realm of hidden dimensions, dark, dangerous waters and a labyrinth of tunnels, inhabited by the ghoulish victims of a cruel chemical experiment.

When high-class hooker Nicole is kidnapped, businessman Hugo Motherskille hires her ex-lover, the hardboiled gumshoe Roy Bain, to find her. Bain traces her disappearance to the diabolical Dr. Savary, who supplies a weird white powder to a secret cabal of mutant sewer-dwellers. 

Kino Cult’s Underworld combo pack includes the film on both a triple-layered UHD100 disc and a dual-layered BD50 disc. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version was made from a new HDR/Dolby Vision master from a 4K scan of the original camera negative. It features a new audio commentary with director Pavlou, moderated by Stephen Thrower, the author of Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents. The Blu-ray Disc version was made from a new HD master, also from a 4K scan of the original camera negative, and features the same new commentary as well as archival behind-the-scenes footage; a 103-minute alternate cut, Transmutations; and an image gallery of stills, storyboards, make-up tests and Clive Barker designs.

Also out Dec. 19, on regular Blu-ray Disc, is 1973’s Sinner: The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac, directed by legendary cult director Jesús “Jess” Franco and starring Anne Libert, Jacqueline Laurent, Montserrat Prous, Howard Vernon, Doris Thomas, Kali Hansa, Francisco Acosta, and Manuel Pereiro.

Made at the height of Franco’s creative prowess, Sinner: The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac is a moody tale of one woman’s sexual evolution and shocking demise, told through the eyes of those who knew her. When Linda (Prous) dies in the arms of her lover (Pereiro), the man’s wife (Laurent) investigates the dead woman’s past in an attempt to clear her husband’s name. Sinner leads the viewer into a voyeuristic labyrinth of seedy discotheques, sultry jazz clubs, and delicious ’70s sex pads, backed with an acid rock soundtrack and oversaturated visuals that bring the film to the edge of psychedelia. 

Bonus features on the Sinner Blu-ray Disc include a new audio commentary by novelist and critic Tim Lucas as well as interviews with actresses Laurent and Libert and editor Gérard Kikoïne. The film includes both English and French audio tracks.

Kino Lorber Launching ‘Kino Cult’ as Packaged-Media Label

Home entertainment distributor Kino Lorber is launching its Kino Cult genre brand as a packaged-media imprint focusing on collector-oriented Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD releases.

The Kino Cult imprint will debut as its own label in October 2023 with special Blu-ray editions of Jess Franco’s erotic horror masterpiece Lorna … the Exorcist (1974, featuring Lina Romay), as well as 4K restorations of Alien Outlaw (1985) and The Dark Power (1985), two video rental favorites from North Carolina indie Phil Smoot.

Kino Cult’s premiere 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release will be a deluxe edition of Clive Barker’s Underworld (1985), directed by George Pavlou, and featuring Denholm Elliott and Ingrid Pitt. Upcoming 4K releases for 2024 include the exploitation classic Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS (1975) and its sequels, Ilsa: Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks (1976), Ilsa the Tigress of Siberia (1977), and Ilsa, the Wicked Woman (1977).

While focusing mainly on horror and science fiction, Kino Cult will continue to embrace its trademark brand of “unapologetically weird” with such diverse genres as European erotica, grindhouse classics, and cinematic rediscoveries that defy categorization.

“Some of the most exciting rediscoveries are happening in the realm of cult cinema,” said Kino Cult curators Frank Tarzi and Bret Wood. “These strange and twisted movies are so unique that we feel they deserve their own imprint within the Kino Lorber family of labels.”

Kino Cult will expand its partnership with legendary cult label Something Weird, with collector’s edition releases to be announced soon.

Additional Kino Cult releases will be announced monthly.

Kino Cult AVOD Service Celebrates One-Year Anniversary With ‘Weird Cinema’ Double Features

The Kino Cult ad-supported streaming service is celebrating its first anniversary in October with 31 curated double-features aimed at reviving “the spirit of the midnight movie and providing a sampling of the unapologetically weird cinema that has become Kino Cult’s trademark,” parent company Kino Lorber said.

Each Thursday at midnight, Kino Cult will introduce a pair of new films to its collection, expanding its partnerships with genre film labels Severin Films, Synapse Films and Vinegar Syndrome. New titles include work by Dario Argento (Phenomena, Tenebrae), Curtis Harrington (The Killing Kind), a sampling of Filipino exploitation (The Thirsty Dead, Blood Thirst), and classic 1980s grindhouse titles (Don’t Go in the Woods, The Executioner Part II). The month-long event will climax on Halloween night with Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava’s iconic Italian horror saga Demons and Demons 2.

Tuesdays remain dedicated to “Tune In, Turn On,” Kino Cult’s weekly programming slot for mind-bending and psychedelic cinema.

Kino Cult is a free, ad-supported streaming service that is available as apps for Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Google TV, iOS, Android, LG Smart TV, and via desktop and mobile at kinocult.com. It is also available as a 24/7 linear FAST (Free Ad-Supported TV) channel with carriage on Plex, DistroTV, Rad TV, TCL, and on the Kino Cult apps and website.

Kino Cult, Giant Expand Library With Seven ‘Midnight Classics’

Kino Cult is again expanding its library with seven “midnight classics,” presented in cooperation with Drafthouse Films. These films join a growing list of hundreds of new and rare, theatrically released cult hits, all presented in high-definition.

Kino Cult is a free, ad-supported streaming platform for horror and cult films launched in October 2021 by indie film distributors Kino Lorber and Giant Pictures, both of which landed a slot on our Top 20 Indie Power Players list for 2022.

Kino Lorber and Giant also have launched a linear FAST Channel (Free Ad-Supported TV) for Kino Cult on kinocult.com and in all associated apps. It features a curated and scheduled program of back-to-back films drawn from the channel’s library of “unapologetically weird cinema,” according to a press release.

Additionally, Kino Cult is now offering an ad-free subscription plan for $4.99 per month.

The seven new “midnight classics” are:

  • Ms. 45 (1981), directed by Abel Ferrara:  This revenge thriller classic follows a mute garment-district seamstress who, after falling victim to multiple unspeakable assaults, ignites her one-woman rampage against New York City’s entire male population.
  • Wake in Fright (1979), directed by Ted Kotcheff: Starring Donald Pleasence, Wake in Fright tells the nightmarish story of a schoolteacher’s descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia. 
  • Miami Connection (1987), directed by Richard Park and Y K Kim: This action comedy finds motorcycle ninjas tightening their grip on Florida’s narcotics trade, viciously annihilating anyone who dares move in on their turf. 
  • The Visitor (1979), directed by Giulio Paradisi: An intergalactic warrior is in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.
  • Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (2013), directed by Sion Sono: 10 years ago, Yakuza mid-boss Ikegami led an assault against rival don Muto. Now, on the eve of his revenge, all Muto wants to do is complete his masterpiece, a feature film with his daughter in the starring role, before his wife is released from prison and The F Bombers are standing by with the chance of a lifetime: to film a real, live yakuza battle to the death … on 35mm film.
  • Raiders! (2015), directed by Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen: After Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a seven-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film — a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film.
  • Dangerous Men (2005), directed by Jahangir Salehi: This comic actioner by Salehi, under the pseudonym John S. Rad, took 21 years to make and release, and is filled with all sorts of sadistic debauchery. 

Kino Lorber, Giant Pictures Add 20 More Films to Kino Cult Streaming Service

Kino Lorber and Giant Pictures on Dec. 9 announced nearly 20 additional films available to stream on Kino Cult, the new free ad-supported streaming service aimed at horror and cult film fans.
 
These films join a growing list of hundreds of new and rare theatrically released cult movies, all presented in high-definition. Kino Cult is now offering an ad-free subscription plan for $4.99 per month for the first time.
 
With the holidays in mind, Kino Cult has added a holiday sidebar featuring such films as Red Christmas and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.
 
Two more films —Lips of Blood and The Living Dead Girl — have been added to the growing collection of erotic fantasy horror cinema from Jean Rollin. 
 
Other highlights include Losing Ground, a restored underground indie film from director Kathleen Collins, who just received the inaugural “Gotham Icon Award” at the Gotham Awards; Post Mortem, an early film by Pablo Larraín; and Luis Buñuel’s classic Un Chien Andalou, co-written with Salvador Dalí.
 
 

Month-Old ‘Kino Cult’ AVOD Platform Adds 20 Horror and Cult Classics

Kino Lorber and Giant Pictures have announced 20 new films available to stream on Kino Cult, the free ad-supported streaming platform for horror and cult films the two companies launched a month ago.

The slate includes five Italian mystery thrillers, or “gialli,” including Mario Bava’s Five Dolls for an August Moon and Pete Walker’s Schizo. Also now streaming on the channel are two titles — Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Lady Vengeance — from venerated South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook’s vengeance trilogy; and the Italian exploitation classic Sinful Nuns of St. Valentine, as well as Spanish filmmaker Jesus Franco’s The Demons, his take on Ken Russell’s The Devils.

“In our second month of operation, Kino Cult is not only beefing up its library of midnight movie essentials, but guiding viewers into weird niches that encourage deeper exploration,” said Kino Cult curator Bret Wood. “We want to rekindle the thrill of discovery that some of us remember from attending actual midnight movies, surfing basic cable after all the broadcast channels have gone off the air, or spending hours wandering the aisles of mom-and-pop video stores. There is still much to be discovered!”

Kino Cult offers hundreds of hours of curated, theatrically released films, all shown in high definition. New titles are added monthly. Kino Cult is available widely in the United States and Canada across web, mobile devices and connected TVs, with VOD apps on all major devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Google TV, iOS, Android and more.

Giant Pictures, a leader in the free ad-supported (FAST) channels space, is the technology partner for Kino Cult, responsible for the device apps, channel distribution and ad-tech in the new venture. Kino Cult will also launch as a linear channel experience, with its free ad-supported programming running 24/7 across multiple streaming devices. An expansion to the library is also planned, to include more genre greatness from other venerated cult labels like American Genre Film Archive, Code Red, Scorpion Releasing, Severin Films, Something Weird, and Vinegar Syndrome, in addition to the current offerings from Kino Lorber partners Artsploitation Films, Palisades Tartan, Raro Video and Redemption Films.

Kino Lorber, Giant Pictures Launch Free Ad-Supported Streaming Service Kino Cult

Kino Lorber has partnered with Giant Pictures to launch Kino Cult, a free ad-supported streaming destination for genre lovers of horror and cult films.

Featuring hundreds of hours of curated, theatrically released films all in high-definition, with new titles added monthly, Kino Cult launches widely in the United States and Canada on Oct. 1 across Web, mobile devices and connected TVs, with VOD apps on major devices, such as Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Google TV, iOS, Android and more.

Giant Pictures is the technology partner for Kino Cult, responsible for the device apps, channel distribution and ad-tech in the new venture.

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“From the arthouse to the haunted house, the channel will dive deep into unapologetically weird genre cinema, blending recent art house discoveries fresh from cinemas with high quality restorations of notorious grindhouse gems,” according to a press release.

Kino Lorber brings 40 years of experience as a theatrical and home entertainment distributor of international and American indie films to Kino Cult, where the focus will be on “the wild and the weird of genre cinema,” according to the release. Kino Cult plans to serve its audience with a deep catalog of hundreds of relevant titles, many of which are streamable for the very first time, all in HD, the press release noted.

The channel will offer cult cinema across action, horror, comedy and sci-fi, both new and rare vintage hits of genre cinema, giving movie fans “access to films that have not been easy to find in the streaming age,” the press release stated.