Legendary cult actress to sign copies of DELIRIUM #22 and PANTHER SQUAD Blu-ray and DVD
What do you get when legendary exploitation studio Eurocine (ZOMBIE LAKE, OASIS OF THE LOST GIRLS) enlists the arresting presence of Amazonian cult movie goddess Sybil Danning (HOWLING II, HERCULES) to kick some international terrorist tush? Why, PANTHER SQUAD of course! The coolest and craziest downmarket action movie of the 1980s!
Full Moon is excited to be bringing this rarely seen French/Spanish gem back from VHS rental oblivion with a crisp new remastered HD transfer on both Blu-ray and DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, available for sale THIS WEDNESDAY (1/15) only at Full Moon Direct! Special features include a BRAND NEW Sybil Danning audio commentary moderated by DELIRIUM magazine editor Chris Alexander. And SPEAKING of DELIRIUM, we’re unleashing the sexy and color-soaked 22nd issue of our beloved cinema journal on February 5th, featuring our blow-out PANTHER SQUAD cover story and a pair of KILLER new Sybil Danning interviews!
Director Irvin Berwick (MALIBU HIGH) may not have made many movies in his day, but – as we all know – quality trumps quantity and his 1977 exploitation psychodrama shocker HITCH HIKE TO HELL is not only his best work, it’s one of the weirdest and most potent pictures of its kind, and that’s saying something considering the company the movie kept during that most sensational era of “passion pit” drive-in potboilers. And really, “quality” is a subjective term. By conventional standards, the shoestring-budgeted HITCH HIKE TO HELL isn’t a particularly well produced work. But man, does it pack a disorienting, primal punch.
The film tells the tawdry tale of Howard (Robert Gribbin), a dry-cleaning delivery driver who is seemingly happy, upbeat and well-liked by all. Certainly the wayward women hitchhikers he picks up dig his company. He’s kind and a good listener. But the problem is, when said runaway ladies start taking trash about their domestic lives – specifically griping about their mothers – Howard starts to get dark. Then, he gets darker. Within minutes, Jekyll become Hyde and Howard drives his poor passengers to a remote locale, yanks them screaming out of his van and beats and savagely rapes them before brutally murdering them. And then it repeats.
Kids growing up in Canada in the 1980s who were blessed with access to PayTV will recall – fondly or otherwise – director Michael Rubbo’s bizarre and oh-so-French-Canadian eyesore THE PEANUT BUTTER SOLUTION. The movie – part of producer Rock Demers’ perpetually odd “Tales for All” cinema series – seemed to ALWAYS be on channels like First Choice and Superchannel (and then, when the two stations merged, First Choice/Superchannel) and, with its low production values, weird dubbing and terminally insane plot mechanics, THE PEANUT BUTTER SOLUTION became the kind of curio that kids watched when there was nothing else to watch.
Which is not to say THE PEANUT BUTTER SOLUTION is bad. It’s neither good, nor bad. It just is! There’s never been a movie like it before or since, and apparently – according to Severin Films’ copy on their new Blu-ray release – it terrified younger tots who stumbled upon it. I don’t quite get the fear factor, but there is most assuredly an arch, other-worldliness to the picture and a streak of sadism and surrealism that gave and still gives the picture a unique fingerprint.
Circle the monstrous month of March 2020 as the time when you’ll get your first taste of the next DEADLY TEN title, BLADE: THE IRON CROSS! Director John Lechago’s kinky and twisted spin-off of the anti-Nazi PUPPET MASTER “AXIS” trilogy starring everyone’s favorite murderous marionette is in post-production as we speak and set for its WORLD PREMIERE on Full Moon Features and Full Moon’s Amazon Prime channel.
The name Lamberto Bava needs no introduction among the serious cult movie crowd. Son of Mario Bava, the founding father of the Italian horror film, the younger Bava honed his skills working alongside his father, before striking out on his own as the director of the elegant and disturbing horror-drama MACABRE, followed closely by his neo-giallo A BLADE IN THE DARK (originally intended as an Italian TV show) and then defined the new, strong Eurohorror film with his Dario Argento produced and co-written 1985 shocker DEMONS and its 1988 sequel, DEMONS 2.
Bava is international horror film royalty (well, film royalty FULL STOP) and while the Italian movie industry has fallen relatively quiet in recent years, DELIRIUM got the juice on a BRAND NEW Bava project, a picture that sees him teaming up with his DEMONS star (and genre icon in her own right) Geretta Geretta and next-gen multi-hyphenate cinema-slinger Kansas Bowling (writer, director and everything else of the acclaimed Troma Films bloodbath B.C. BUTCHER) for an all-new (and yet anchored in history) horror movie that’s set to go to camera next year.
Announced two weeks ago in Toronto at the 6th annual HORROR-RAMA convention, this new feature film will be written and directed by Geretta, set and shot in the shadowy, steeped-in-the-supernatural corners of New Orleans, produced and photographed by Bowling and co-produced and presented by Bava.
“This is my way of bridging the past with the present and future,” Bava says of his involvement in the new picture.
“It’s like when Dario ‘presented’ DEMONS, so I will do the same with this picture”.
The trio is keeping details about the horror movie close-to-the-vest, but it is known that Bowling (who outside of her film and video work, is also an actress who appeared as a Manson girl in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD) will shoot the movie in 16mm (her preferred medium) along with D.P. Michael Shershenovich (BLOODY CHRISTMAS, SKID ROW). The movie will also have DNA closely tied to Bava’s original DEMONS film.
The film will go to camera in 2020. DELIRIUM will have more on the project to you when we get it.
Comprehensive coffee table book charts the entire HALLOWEEN franchise
DELIRIUM has a pair of copies of authors Dustin McNeill and Travis Mullins’ massive new book TAKING SHAPE, a definitive glimpse at the making of every single picture (to date) in the HALLOWEEN feature film universe. Loaded with exclusive interviews, tons of rare photos and even a peek at the legendary novelizations of the films!
To grab a copy, email email@example.com with the words TAKING SHAPE in the subject line. Two winners will be selected at random.
Generally speaking, contemporary horror fans tend to associate the name Lon Chaney with the legacy of his son, Lon Chaney Jr, the man who was – and will forever be – Universal’s THE WOLF MAN. But of course, the more seasoned cinephile knows the elder Chaney was one of the founding fathers of special effects and fantasy-film performance art during motion pictures’ pioneering silent birth. He was known as “The Man of a Thousand Faces” and he was indeed just that, a virtuoso creator who literally did it all and perfected the craft of making the most hideous of visages sympathetic, likable and sometimes, even lovable.
In the late 1950s, perhaps due to the birth of television and the renewed interest in monsters, Chaney’s legacy enjoyed a resurgence, with late night horror shows screening Chaney classics like THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and THE MAN WHO LAUGHED and magazines like Famous Monsters offering beautifully painted covers of the master’s various guises. Enter Joseph Pevney’s Cheney biopic MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES starring the legendary Jimmy Cagney and co-written by R. Wright Campbell (writer of a handful of classic Roger Corman westerns). The 1957 Universal production was initially criticized for its altering of key facts in Chaney’s life and for the casting of Cagney, who was by this time a bit long-in-the-tooth to play the actor during his youth. But no matter. Time has proven this fine film to be the classic it is and now, thanks to Arrow Video’s licensing of the title for Blu-ray, we can reappraise the picture.
The second DEADLY TEN feature film, Chris Alexander’s NECROPOLIS: LEGION, is set to premiere on Full Moon’s AMAZON PRIME channel on 12/2, with an early sneak peek premiere of the picture appearing on the Full Moon Features channel and app (subscribe today on most digital platforms or via www.FullMoonFeatures.com) THIS (Black) FRIDAY on 11/29!
DELIRIUM wants to give YOU a copy of the acclaimed new DEADLY TEN presents NECROPOLIS: LEGION comic book from Full Moom Comix, a prequel to the film co-penned by screenwriter Brockton McKinney!