Wednesday, October 4, 2017

THE PROJECTED MAN 1966



    Scream Factory have just announced they're  going to release the 1966 sci/fi horror THE PROJECTED MAN at some point next year. A placeholder date of "Jan. 30, 2018" is listed on the website, so hopefully we're looking at somewhere in the first quarter.
    Most famous for Famous Monsters of Filmland readers as they would run mouthwatering stills from it periodically, it was released on DVD release about 10 years ago in Great Britain (which was cropped to1.78 from the film's 2.35 aspect ratio) and this has been the film's solitary legit release. Starring Bryant Haliday (DEVIL DOLL) it plays upon the standard wronged and disfigured scientist whose now looking for revenge and co-stars Mary Peach (wife of Hammer's Jimmy Sangster) as the love interest and female in peril.
    Produced by U.K. company Compton Productions it was picked by Universal in America where it played on double bills with ISLAND OF TERROR. Although a cheap looking production it does have some effectually gruesome make-up and Shout's release will help fill a hole a long standing hole in your British horror collection.



Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Coffin Full Of Hammer Is On The Way !


    This October & Nov. Studio Canal unleashes a torrent of Hammer Films on Blu-Ray. After several years of silence were getting seven (!!) new titles which include three of their more interesting psychological thrillers from 1972 with DEMONS OF THE MIND, FEAR IN THE NIGHT and STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING along with a couple of their iffy later Gothics with 1970's SCARS OF DRACULA and HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN (which originally shared a double bill) and classic Hammer's swan song TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER from 1976. The luridly fascinating DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE from 1971 is coming at a later date.
    The seventh tile is 1971's BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB. Hammer always struggled a bit with their mummy films after the masterful THE MUMMY (1959) and after two previous films (CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB & THE MUMMY'S SHROUD) they ended their association with the Egyptian walking dead with this film. A truly cursed production as star Peter Cushing had to leave after a few days shooting because of wife's illness and director Seth Holt's tragic death a week before the film was to wrap, it always been rather unfairly maligned. 
     I've always been fond of it however as it contains a typical wonderful performance by Andrew Keir (filling in for Cushing), an interesting take on the mummy mythos's (based upon THE JEWEL OF THE SEVENTH STAR by Bram Stoker) and best of all Valerie Leon makes for one heck of a mummy. 



Sunday, August 27, 2017

THE DEVIL'S HONEY Coming On Blu


    Coming this Sept. 26 from Severin is Lucio Fulci's 1986 perversely kinky thriller featuring among other things motorcycle sex and a weird use of a saxophone. The last great film by the Italian horror master it's been MIA for years on home video and Severin's new release will feature the film in it's HD debut in a new scan from the original negative.
   Blanca Marsillach plays the mentally unstable Jessica who's goes on a erotically fueled vendetta against the doctor she believes caused her boyfriends death.
   Long overdue for a new release it will also feature a batch of extras including interviews with cast & crew and appreciations from scholars Stephen Thrower and Troy Howarth. Throwers's long oop Fulci book BEYOND TERROR is also going to be reprinted this fall from Fab Press.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

INQUISITION from Mondo Macabro


   Mondo Macabro has announced the specs for their first of two Paul Naschy releases (with 1979's EL CAMINANTE following later this year) as INQUISITION from 1978 will be released this April/May.
   Written and directed by Naschy under his Jacinto Molina moniker its a period piece concerning a with a witch hunter (Naschy) who falls under the spell of local beauty Daniela Giordana (YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY) who in reality was sent by Satan to destroy him. 
    Packed with nudity, blood and that wonderful Spanish horror Gothic atmosphere it should look ravishing with Mondo's new HD transfer.

From the Mondo Macabro Facebook page :
Brand new cover illustration by Gilles Vranckx
Region-free worldwide Blu-ray premiere
HD transfer from the original negative
Spanish and English Language Tracks
New created optional English subtitles 
Audio commentary by Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn of the Naschycast
Archival video introduction to the film by Paul Naschy
“Blood and Sand”, Eurotika! documentary on Spanish horror 
Mondo Macabro previews



FROM HELL IT CAME Is Shambling Into Your Blu-Ray Player !


    Coming from Warner Archive later this year is the greatest monster tree movie ever made. Sporting a newly remastered 1:78.1 HD transfer 1957's FROM HELL IT CAME comes as a surprise announcement and coming so soon after their release of VALLEY OF GAWNGI and WORLD WITHOUT END hopefully this will mean future releases are in the works from their classic horror sci-fi library (in particular as in the case here from the rich Allied Artists archives).
    Originally released on a double bill with THE DISEMBODIED (also available from Warner Archives), this wonderfully entertaining and woefully inept slice of 1950's drive-in horror is fully endorsed by the evil Tabanga. 



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

  

    Coming April 11 from Severin Films is this atmospheric and creepy slice of Lovecraftian horror.  A UK/Italian/Russian co-production directed by Mario Baino, its Italian roots have lent it to be labeled as one of the last gasps from the golden age of Euro-horror.
    Filmed in the Ukraine, its a beautiful looking film that should translate well to HD. The plot concerns a young woman played by Louise Salter (INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE) who after the death of her father travels to her place of birth which is a remote island containing a reclusive group of nuns who hold strange rituals in an attempt to guard "something"
    Oozing Gothic atmosphere with a strong Lovecraft vibe, it rewards with attentive viewing and hopefully this release will bring it to a wider audience.
     On the same day Severin is also releasing Bruno Mattei's nunsploitation classic THE OTHER HELL. Sounds like a great double feature.



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Paul Naschy Spanish Horror Coming !


    Shout Factory  has announced a very cool release for June 20 of a Paul Naschy box containing five (!) of the master of Spanish horror classic films including VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES (1972), HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB (1972), the giallo influenced BLUE EYES OF THE BROKEN DOLL, NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF (1980) and HUMAN BEASTS (1980). All will be uncut from new HD masters and will feature extras such as alternate credits, deleted scenes and the alternate "clothed" sequences all where applicable.
   In addition,Code Red recently announced over on their Facebook page an upcoming release of these three classics from the golden age of Spanish horror and again all starring the great Paul Naschy. Containing Naschy's ultra gory take on the Mummy mythos THE VENGEANCE OF THE MUMMY from 1975 (which has the welcomed presence of Helga Liné & Jack Taylor), 1972's THE FURY OF THE WOLFMAN and the 1970 Spanish/German/Italian take on the classic Universal monster mash-ups ASSIGNMENT TERROR all of which make for 2017 to be a bloody fun year for fans of Spanish horror - plus anytime we get more Helga Line in HD, its time for applause.