MANIAC 4K Blu-ray Coming in December

Legendary slasher psychodrama returns in deluxe restored edition

Frank Zito (a career performance by writer/executive producer Joe Spinell of ROCKY and THE GODFATHER fame) is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific memories begin to scream inside his mind, Frank prowls the seedy streets of N ew York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women. Now Frank has begun a relationship with a beautiful photographer (Caroline Munro of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME), yet his vile compulsions remain. These are the atrocities of a human monster. This is the story of a MANIAC.

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DELIRIUM #18 Preview: Violent Viggo

A sample feature from the latest issue of DELIRIUM magazine

DELIRIUM #18 is now shipping to fans and subscribers and we’re giving you a taste of the Cronenberg-centric goods inside. Here’s a piece discussing a pair of David Cronenberg’s non-horror/sci-fi shockers, both starring DC’s modern-day muse Viggo Mortensen: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and EASTERN PROMISES.

Have a read and order your copy of DELIRIUM #18 and one of our many awesome back issues here!

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NIGHTMARE CINEMA Locks Distribution Via Shudder and Cranked Up Films

Masters of horror team for acclaimed omnibus feature

Cranked Up Films, Good Deed Entertainment’s recently launched genre label, announced today from AFM that, in partnership with Shudder, AMC Network’s genre streaming platform, they have acquired North American distribution rights to Cinelou Films’ NIGHTMARE CINEMA. The film is a horror anthology comprised of five shorts and a wrap-around storyline from directors (and DELIRIUM friends) Mick Garris (THE SHINING), Joe Dante (THE HOWLING), David Slade (HANNIBAL), Ryuhei Kitamura (MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN) and Alejandro Brugues (JUAN OF THE DEAD). The film also features music by composer Richard Band (RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND).

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Bloody Ballet Dances to VOD Next Week

Indie Horror Film is Inspired by Argento and Fulci

With the recent release of the remake of Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA, it’s interesting to note the impending release of a similarly abstract indie horror drama, one that exploits the grueling world of dancing as its anchor in a world filled with supernatural shock. That film is BLOODY BALLET (aka FANTASMA), a Euro-styled skin-crawler directed by Brett Mullen (BOMBSHELL BLOODBATH, BELLADONNA) and starring TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2 legend Caroline Williams , indie icon Debbie Rochon and THE CRAZIES star Brett Wagner.

Synopsis: When a beautiful ballerina dancer, Adriana Mena (Kendra Carelli), lands the lead role in the upcoming Nutcracker performance, she’s forced to face her demons as jealousy and tension begin to provoke the supernatural.

“I started this film before there was an announced remake of SUSPIRIA,” Mullen says of his elegant spook show.

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Contest: Win a Full Moon Art Collection Book!

New Book Collects Three Decades of Film Poster Art

Full Moon just announced the release of FULL MOON FEATURES: THE ART COLLECTION, an 84 page, 12×9 coffee table tome that collects a library of arresting promotional artwork culled from dozens of our legendary franchise horror films.

Inside this incredible book you’ll find lush and lively posters for films from the PUPPET MASTER, KILLJOY, DEMONIC TOYS, TRANCERS, THE GINGERDEAD MAN, EVIL BONG and SUBSPECIES franchises and many more besides. Here, collected for the first time, fans can have the original art they grew up with, couple with jaw-dropping international poster and one-sheet art used to promote these immortal pictures in various countries and territories around the world. 

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Consuming the Wolf: Reflections on HALLOWEEN (2018)

Slasher Sequel Might be a Fairy Tale in Disguise

By Nigel Parkin

Many things about David Gordon Green’s new ‘telling’ of HALLOWEEN made me want to cheer but perhaps the most powerful of these was the way it highlights and resolves the potent elements of fairy tale that have been breathing deeply in the shadows of this narrative from the very beginning.

No one can have missed the significance of Laurie’s new status as the Grandmother who lives in the woods. But it’s possible many people acknowledged this simply as a neat way of turning an ancient archetype onto her head and bringing her literally kicking and screaming into 2018. The truth is much deeper and darker than that. Let’s consider the version of the ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ story as collected by the Brothers Grimm and introduced to readers in English two hundred years ago. In that version a hunter enters the Grandmother’s house to find the wolf sleeping heavily, its belly hugely distended with the hungrily consumed bodies of Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. The hunter cuts open the wolf’s belly and draws out both figures, symbolically performing a cesarean section and allowing them to be ‘reborn’, in the girl’s case into a world of adult awareness…and fury. The girl’s immediate action is to collect heavy stones which the three then work together to stuff into the wolf’s belly before sewing it back up so that when it wakes and tries to leap at them afresh in instinctive response to new hunger it will tear itself apart.

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Blu-ray Review: MANDY

Acclaimed hallucinatory horror drama is now on Blu-ray

There’s a primal, animal power that propels director Panos Cosmatos’s acclaimed experimental horror head-trip MANDY. A kind of danger pulsing beneath its arcane imagery, bubbling-forth from its moaning electronic music and arch, hissing dialogue. The film just feels alien. It feels evil.  It courses with a sort of seething darkness and descends into such brain-swelling madness that you can almost smell it.

Since its early festival appearances, the picture has armed itself with a torrent of critical buzz and within weeks of its brief theatrical release has become an instant cult film. And it deserves its reputation and its fevered following. Certainly the presence of contemporary expressionist actor Nicolas Cage as its rage-riddled protagonist has provided the hook in which MANDY has mysteriously ingrained itself into the mainstream, with many scribes citing that Cosmatos (who previously gave us the bizarre and even harder to grasp BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW) had finally given Cage the psychedelic landscape in which his brand of bug-eyed, screaming method acting could thrive, or at least seem less glaringly misplaced. They’re half right. This is one of the most ideal cinematic landscapes for the performer to play in, but his work here is not merely camp, nor is- despite its over-the-edge nature – the film itself. MANDY is in fact a grand guignol phantasmagoria of the highest order, a living, breathing work of art and a bona fide nightmare blasted onto the parameters of the moving picture.

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Blu-ray Review: GODMONSTER OF INDIAN FLATS

The legendary mutant sheep cult film is out now from AGFA and Something Weird Video

It’s not easy reviewing a film as singularly fucking insane as Fredric C. Hobbs’ jaw-dropping 1973 freak-out GODMONSTER OF INDIAN FLATS.  So much has been written and spoken about the picture, mostly by people saddling it with the dreaded “so bad it’s good” handle and certainly, it would be easy to dismiss this Something Weird Video favorite as a slab of inept trash made by desert-touched madmen who lapped up too much LSD in the late ’60s. But GODMONSTER is anything but a bad film (more like a baaaaaaad film). Rather it’s an almost experimental, totally unpredictable and fever-pitched horror-western that seems beamed-in from another dimension and it simply refuses to behave by any conventional film structure standards. It leaks a kind of authentic, hard-wired weirdness that so many other phony baloney “cult” filmmakers have forever tried hard to capture, but that’s impossible to fabricate. And while it often feels like a forgotten Alejandro Jodorowsky movie, I’d much rather watch GODMONSTER than THE HOLY MOUNTAIN any day of the week.

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Blu-ray Review: BERSERK and STRAIT-JACKET Psycho Biddy Double Feature

A Pair of Joan Crawford Shockers Come to Blu-ray

Anyone who saw the recent FX series FEUD, knows the story of Hollywood legends and career-long “frenemies” Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. That remarkable and wildly entertaining show saw Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange as Davis and Crawford, respectively, who lay down their never-ending professional rivalries long enough to co-star in director Robert Aldrich’s hyper-melodramatic Gothic shocker WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE in 1962. As both glamorous leading ladies were well-into middle age at this point, with decent roles drying up (as they often did and sadly still do for women in cinema), the chance to essay such intelligently written and scenery chewing characters was a gift and with the critical and commercial success of the film, an unofficial sub-genre of horror film often called”Hagsploitation” was born. Both Davis and Crawford would lead the pack in these sorts of films (along with others like Shelley Winters, Olivia de Havilland et al), which always saw women past their youthful primes driven to madness and often committing murder or just so far gone into psychosis that they become easy marks for the plots of others. Watching “earth mothers” and noted aging screen beauties go bonkers translated into boffo box office…

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Erwin C. Dietrich’s SWEDISH BOARDING SCHOOL GIRLS Comes to DVD

 

Wild Eurotrash flick comes to DVD remastered and uncut from Full Moon

Full Moon has released the cover art for their new DVD release of Erwin C. Dietrich’s obscure 70’s exploitation gem SWEDISH BOARDING SCHOOL GIRLS!

Here’s the synopsis:

From the leering, lusty and lascivious mind of Swiss sex film Sultan Erwin C. Dietrich comes one of the most delightfully dirty movies of his career: SWEDISH BOARDING SCHOOL GIRLS!

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