Category: Digital and DVD

‘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
Gallery

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.

 

Bill Oberst Jr. VS Bigfoot In “Hunting Grounds”

Two of my favorite things – Bigfoot and indie genre legend Bill Oberst Jr. – how can Hunting Grounds not be a home run?  Coming to us from Uncork’d Entertainment in just a few weeks, we’ve got all kinds of goodies to lay on you.

From the press release:

Uncork’d Entertainment opens the HUNTING GROUNDS this May.

Winner Best Sci-Fi Horror Film at the Toronto Independent Film Festival 2015, writer-director John Portanova’s acclaimed film sees a fractured family forced to go up against an angry clan of Bigfoot.
Festival audiences and horror critics have gone crazy for the story of a father and son, forced to move to an old cabin in the woods after a devastating tragedy, who unearth a tribe of Sasquatch.

Written and directed by John Portanova and produced by horror label The October People, Hunting Grounds stars Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Jason Vail, David Saucedo, D’Angelo Midili, and Emmy winner Bill Oberst Jr (Criminal Minds).

DVD and Blu-ray extras include Audio commentary with Writer/Director John Portanova, Producer Matt Medisch, and Director of Photography Jeremy Berg, making-of feature, deleted scenes (Blu-ray only), and “John Goes Squatchin’” A featurette following Writer/Director John Portanova as he embarks on his first Squatchin’ trip into the Washington rainforest (Blu-ray only).

Got a trailer for you – see what you think:

May 2nd is when you want to look for this one!

The Full Scoop On The Blu-ray Releases of Robocop 2 And 3 From Scream Factory

Scream Factory has sent along all the details on their upcoming Collector Edition Blu-rays of Robocop 2 and Robocop 3.  As always – they take things to a new level and really bring the goods.  Let’s have a look at what beans the press release spills:

Back online. Back on duty. Scream Factory™ proudly presents the ultimate presentations of the action-packed second and third entries in the RoboCop series on March 21, 2017. Part of the worldwide known franchise, RoboCop 2 and RoboCop 3 now come to Blu-ray in Scream Factory Collector’s Editions, complete with a new 2K scan of Robocop 2, hours of new bonus content featuring commentaries and interviews with cast and crew, and limited-edition collectible slipcover packaging with newly commissioned artwork.

RoboCop 2 pits two unstoppable cyborgs against each other in a battle to the death! When Detroit’s descent into chaos is further compounded by a police department strike and a new designer drug called “Nuke,” only RoboCopTM can stop the mayhem. But in his way are an evil corporation that profits from Motor City crime and a bigger and tougher cyborg with a deadly directive: Take out RoboCop. Containing the latest gadgetry and weaponry as well as the mind of the madman who designed “Nuke,” this new cyborg isn’t just more sophisticated than his predecessor… he’s psychotic and out of control! And it’s going to take everything RoboCop has – maybe even his life – to save Detroit from complete and utter anarchy.

RoboCop 2 Special Features:

  • NEW 2K scan of the inter-positive
  • NEW Audio Commentary with author/CG supervisor Paul M. Sammon
  • NEW Audio Commentary with the makers of “RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop” documentary – Gary Smart, Chris Griffiths and Eastwood Allen
  • NEW Corporate Wars: The Making of ROBOCOP 2 – featuring new and vintage interviews with director Irvin Kershner, producer Jon Davidson, cast members Tom Noonan, Nancy Allen, Galyn Görg, executive producer Patrick Crowley, associate producer Phil Tippett, cinematographer Mark Irwin and author/CG supervision Paul M. Sammon (32 minutes)
  • NEW Machine Parts: The FX of ROBOCOP 2 – featuring Phil Tippett, Peter Kuran, Craig Hayes, Jim Aupperle, Kirk Thatcher, Paul Gentry, Don Waller, Justin Kohn, Randal Dutra and Kevin Kutchaver (31 minutes)
  • NEW Robo-Fabricator – an interview with RoboCop armor fabricator James Belohovek (9 minutes)
  • NEW Adapting Frank Miller’s ROBOCOP 2 – an interview with comic book writer Steven Grant (6 minutes)
  • NEW OCP Declassified – a collection of rare archival production and behind-the-scenes videos including interviews with director Irvin Kershner, actors Peter Weller, Dan O’Herlihy and a look at the filming of some deleted scene (46 minutes)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Teaser Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Deleted Scenes Still Gallery
  • Still Galleries (behind-the-scenes photos, stills, posters and lobby cards)

It’s Megacop vs. Megacorp when Detroit’s cyborg crime-fighter hits the streets to protect the innocent – this time from corporate greed!

When the ruthless corporation that runs Motor City begins kicking families out of their homes to clear space for a profitable new real estate project, RoboCopTM (Robert John Burke, 2 Guns, Limitless) joins with a renegade band of freedom fighters to save them. But RoboCop must face some deadly foes, including a lethally efficient android and a dangerous gang of thugs. RoboCop’s latest arsenal of high-tech weaponry only somewhat evens the battlefield, as this lone superhero takes on the entire army of corporate militia in an all-out war to control Detroit! This last film in the trilogy is directed by cult filmmaker Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad, Night of the Creeps).

RoboCop 3 Special Features:

  • NEW Audio Commentary with director Fred Dekker
  • NEW Audio Commentary with the makers of “RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop” documentary – Gary Smart, Chris Griffiths and Eastwood Allen
  • NEW Delta City Shuffle: The Making of ROBOCOP 3 featuring director Fred Dekker, actors Nancy Allen, Bruce Locke, producer Patrick Crowley, cinematographer Gary Kibbe and production designer Hilda Stark (38 minutes)
  • NEW Robo-Vision: The FX of ROBOCOP 3 featuring Peter Kuran, Phil Tippett, Craig Hayes, Kevin Kutchaver and Paul Gentry (12 minutes)
  • NEW The Corporate Ladder – an interview with actor Felton Perry (11 minutes)
  • NEW Training Otomo – an interview with actor Bruce Locke and martial arts trainer Bill Ryusaki (8 minutes)
  • NEW War Machine – an interview with RoboCop gun fabricator James Belohovek (9 minutes)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

In case you read over it – March 21st is when these babies street.  We’ve also got a look at the cover art – love this stuff!

 

Genre Vets Julie Benz and Danielle Harris Invite Us To Spend Some Time At ‘HAVENHURST’

Big fan of both Julie Benz – who any respectable horror fan knows from her time spent on Dexter – and Danielle Harris – if you don’t know who she is – stop reading now and leave – and having the two of them on the same project immediately makes it worthy of a mention here at The Horror Channel.  The film is titled Havenhurst and a press release just dropped that spills all the beans on this one.

Brainstorm Media and Twisted Pictures have announced the February 10th limited theatrical and nationwide Cable VOD and Digital HD release of Andrew C. Erin’s Havenhurst. Co-written by Erin (Sam’s Lake, Simple Things) and Daniel Farrands (Amityville: The Awakening, Haunting in Connecticut, The Id), the film stars genre vet (Julie Benz, “Defiance”, “Dexter”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) as a woman battling her own demons while trying to uncover what happened to her apartment’s previous tenant (Danielle Harris, Halloween 4 & 5, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, the Hatchet franchise). Havenhurst will debut in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Music Hall.

Havenhurst will also begin weeklong theatrical runs in San Francisco, Denver, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Kansas City and Phoenix. Nationwide, Havenhurst will be available on Cable VOD and Digital HD platforms, including Charter Spectrum, Comcast, DirecTV Cinema, Dish, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.

Benz and Harris are joined onscreen by Fionnula Flannagan (Little Secret, “Defiance”, “Lost”), Belle Shouse (“Secrets and Lies”, A Million Ways to Die in the West), Josh Stamberg (“The Affair”, “Parenthood”), Toby Huss (Big Bear, “Halt and Catch Fire”), Jennifer Blanc (Among Friends, Good Family Times), Matt Lasky (The Purge: Anarchy) and Douglas Tait (“Jack The Reaper”, “The Quest”).

Welcome to Havenhurst, a gothic apartment complex in the heart of New York City. A beautifully maintained, turn-of-the-century building that houses over 3,000 residents and countless dark secrets. The rent is what you can afford and the rules are simple: live a decent life and you can stay forever. Break the rules and there are consequences.

Los Angeles Theatrical Release:
Friday, February 10, 2017
Laemmle Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Jackie (Benz), a troubled young woman struggling with addiction, is released from rehab and given a second chance with a new job and a furnished apartment at Havenhurst. Guilt-ridden over the loss of her 8-year-old daughter, Jackie is quickly drawn into the mysteries of Havenhurst, in particular the disappearance of apartment 1006’s previous lost soul, a young woman (Harris) she befriended in rehab who vanished without a trace.

Aided by a hardened New York police detective (Stamberg) and a lonely foster child (Shouse) who lives under the sadistic shadow of her caretakers, Jackie must not only battle her inner demons… but the very real ones that live within the walls of Havenhurst.

So – if you live in the areas noted above – you can be treated to that theatrical viewing – all the rest of us need to lock into our local VOD platforms and give this one a view.  Got a trailer to tantalize your taste buds.  Here we go!

Quick reminder – Feb. 10th is when you’ll want to look for this one.