Category: Digital and DVD

Celebrate 5 Years Of Scream Factory With These Steel Book Releases

It’s hard to believe that we are five years into the run of Scream Factory – the genre off shoot of Shout Factory and providers of some of the most well-produced  Collector Editon Blu-rays on the market.  Consistently awing us with must own products they’ve decided to celebrate their fifth year in style with some killer steel book rollouts of some classic John Carpenter properties.

From their press statement:

“It’s hard to believe at times, but our brand is now five years old. Naturally, we wanted to celebrate this milestone with something cool that would be true to our retro roots and would make a big splash. As you already know, we’ve been very successful with our John Carpenter films so we looked to some of our older releases of his for inspiration. We then remembered the question we posed sometime years ago to you about your thoughts on Steelbook® packaging, and the response was extremely strong.”

Featuring brand new artwork by Nathaniel Marsh – the discs themselves will be the same content on the already released Blu-rays but…wait till you see these steel books – you’re going to want them on your shelf.  Heading our way are Escape From New York, The Fog and They Live.  The pressings will be limited to 10,000 each so if you want one – I wouldn’t mess around.  Head on over to the Scream Factory website and pre-order these suckers and you’ll also get a lovely rolled lithograph of the artwork – it’s worth it just for that!  Check out this artwork:

Order away!




‘Dead Air’ Looking To Bring Metal, Babes and Monsters To The Friendly Skies

A new fun sounding little monster flick is trying to find its way out of the gate – titled Dead Air it’s looking to bring some of the very things that make life worth living together in one nice little package.  Here’s the notion:

“Set on a plane traveling to a final gig, Dead Air tells the story of Monster Kitten, an all female punk rock band who end up on a flight with some nasty little creatures who like to bite and infect their victims to the point of all hell breaking loose at 30,000 feet. With the help of their instruments, a tape recorder, a dodgy crew member and a bottle of piss, the girls try to fend off the evil to get to play their final gig.”

They are looking for start-up funds via an Indiegogo campaign – here’s their pitch video.

Stacy Hart, Charlie Bond, Kate Marie Davies, Johanna Stanton, David Schaal, Dan Palmer, and James Hamer-Morton are the stars of the project  – Geoff Harmer directs from a script by Peter Hearn.  A promise of some genre legends being added to the fray has been made but nothing can be confirmed till funding is in place.  While the idea is to bring this one to us in a short film version – who knows – if they raise enough, maybe they’ll be able to venture into full length feature territory.

If you would like to lend a hand in getting this one in front of the camera – go check out their Indiegogo page.

A Clip And Trailer Warn Us Of The Dangers Of ‘The Black Room’

They say this one hits theaters this weekend but – I can’t find it playing anywhere around me – maybe some of you in major markets can catch it.  The Black Room is also due to hit VOD on May 9th so we should all get to cop a look then.

For now though – I’ve got the trailer and nice little clip that certainly sets up this little haunted house thriller well.

Starring Natasha Henstridge, Lin Shaye and Dominique Swain and directed by Rolfe Kanefsky  The Black Room goes like this:

Paul and Jennifer Hemdale have just moved into their dream house. But their happy marriage is about to be put to the test as they slowly discover the secret behind the black room in the cellar. Something else is already living in their new home and it is growing stronger every day.

Here are the trailer and clip I teased:

Let me know if anyone gets to see this one in the theaters – and everyone else – remember that May 9th VOD rollout.

‘The Belko Experiment’ Gets Its Date With Blu-ray

The Belko Experiment was in and out of the theaters so damn quick – I never even got the chance to go check it out.  Good news is – it’s making the trip to home video in short order.  The details just arrived – I know you want to know.

So – here’s the deal, as they tend to do now – the flick will first get a digital release and that’s going to occur on June 13th.  If you – like me prefer having that physical copy in your hands – gonna have to wait a few more weeks.  June 27th is when it hits store shelves.

In case you have short term memory issues – here’s your official story synopsis:

“From writer, producer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Rogue, The Darkness) and producer Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle), comes the story about a group of 80 American employees who are tested in a twisted social experiment of bone-crunching horror! Belko Industries, a normally calm workplace, gets a rude awakening when a mysterious voice on the intercom orders them to participate in a ruthless game of kill or be killed in a blood-soaking battle royale at their office building in Bogotá, Colombia. As the terror escalates, so does the body count. Everyone is a competitor and everyday objects become deadly weapons. Let the corporate carnage commence!”

Kind of slim pickings on the special feature end of things – here’s what they’ve lined up:

Rules of the Game: The Secrets Behind The Belko Experiment
Lee Hardcastle’s Survival Tips
Deleted Scenes

Digging the cast for this one though – John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Melonie Diaz, Josh Brener, Sean Gunn and Michael Rooker will make things interesting based on a script by James Gunn with Wolf Creek’s Greg McLean bringing it all together.


Full Details On The Arrow Video Collector’s Edition Release Of ‘Brain Damage’

Arrow Video announced earlier in the year that they would be bringing us a two-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Frank Henenlotter’s classic Brain Damage.  Although we’re less than a month away from the May 9th roll-out – we finally get a look at the special features that will be included – and they are kick ass.

Check it out:

– Isolated Score

– Brand new audio commentary by writer-director Frank Henenlotter

– Listen to the Light: The Making of Brain Damage – brand new documentary featuring interviews with actor Rick Herbst, producer Edgar Ievins, editor James Kwei, first assistant director Gregory Lamberson, visual effects supervisor Al Magliochetti and makeup artist Dan Frye

– The Effects of Brain Damage – FX artist and creator of “Elmer” Gabe Bartalos looks back at his iconic effects work on the film

– Animating Elmer – featurette looking at the contributions of visual effects supervisor Al Magliochetti

– Karen Ogle: A Look Back – stills photographer, script supervisor and assistant editor Karen Ogle recalls her fond memories of working on Brain Damage

– Elmer’s Turf: The NYC Locations of Brain Damage – featurette revisiting the film’s original shooting locations

– Tasty Memories: A Brain Damage Obsession – an interview with superfan Adam Skinner

– Brain Damage Q&A with Frank Henenlotter recorded at the 2016 Offscreen Film Festival

– Image Galleries

– Original Theatrical Trailer

– Bygone Behemoth – animated short by Harry Chaskin, featuring a brief appearance by John Zacherle in his final onscreen credit

– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck

– Limited Edition O-card with exclusive artwork

– Collector’s Booklet with new writing on the film by Michael Gingold, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

That is one loaded Blu-ray.  If you haven’t locked in your copy yet – what the hell are you waiting for?  Click here and secure your copy now.