CONTEST: Win a Copy of HALLOWEEN Book “Taking Shape”

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 with the words TAKING SHAPE in the subject line. Two winners will be selected at random.


Arrow Video re-releases the 1957 Lon Chaney biopic

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.

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CONTEST! Win a Copy of the NECROPOLIS: LEGION Comic Book!

Gothic and gory horror comic is a prequel to the upcoming Full Moon feature film

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 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!

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Severin unearths the original European release of this savage little drive-in classic

A grubby, public domain eyesore for years, Paolo Heusch’s WEREWOLF IN A GIRLS’ DORMITORY has always held a certain fascination among Eurohorror fans. Even in its awkward US edit, complete with that awesomely tacky title and goofball garage-rock theme song “The Ghoul in School”, this German/Italian co-production is an eerie anomaly, a hybrid mad science-meets-Gothic horror melodrama filled with mood, atmosphere and bursts of savage violence.

Now, Severin Films have tracked down a print of the original Italian release titled LYCANTHROPUS (great name for a band!), given it a 2K scan and presented it here on Blu-ray, totally uncut and in both Italian and the pretty decent English dub. The result is a revelation, a stylish, shadowy, monochromatic mystery with the screen’s weirdest werewolf and a lush, spooky score by composer Armando Trovajoli, which the company has awesomely delivered on an accompanying CD.

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Severin Films continue their quest to drop delicious versions of every ’80s Fabrizio De Angelis with KILLER CROCODILE, a gory, gory and  ludicrous romp from the waning days of European exploitation boom.

Directing under the nom de plume Larry Ludman, De Angelis’ muscular, late-out-of the-gate JAWS rip-off (co-penned by frequent collaborator Dardano Sacdhetti) opens just like that game-changing aqua-shock adventure, with a giggling girl swimming and some dude half-assed strumming on a guitar before BLAMMO a beast attacks. Instead of a toothy great white, we get a google-eyed crocodile puppet built by the brilliant Gianetto De Rossi, a crusty and cool life-size monster that drags the dame all over the joint, her arm looking like a fin while the red stuff pools up and Riz Ortalani’s warmed over (but still rather awesome) John Williams=esque score slices away in the background. It’s a shamelessly derivative but still lively and stylish set-up that states plainly that what we’re about to watch has been done before and better.

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NECROPOLIS: LEGION Posters Revealed!

The 2nd DEADLY TEN Feature Gets a Sexy R-Rated Poster

The second cinematic experiment coming out of the DEADLY TEN feature film project is getting prepped for release! Chris Alexander’s dark, surreal and gory head-trip NECROPOLIS: LEGION will have its sneak peek premiere on the Full Moon Features channel and app on 11/29, followed by a released on Full Moon’s Amazon channels in the U.S., UK and Germany on 12/02.

Get ready to see the evil, demonic vampire witch Eva (Ali Chappell) bite and bleed her way back from the grave to devour writer Lisa (Augie Duke) and do battle with “Good Witch” Zia (Lynn Lowry) later this month. And to whet your weird whistle, we’re premiering the SHOCKING new official poster – one with lashing tongues! – for NECROPOLIS: LEGION, designed by the great Ryan Brookhart.

Check out the TWO official posters below!

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Often maligned adaptation of the classic novel is a brooding Gothic horror drama

V.C. Andrews tawdry Gothic horror novel FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC was an instant hit with readers upon release in 1979, especially teens who thrilled to the taboo aspects of the tale and point of entry narrative of its young leading character, Cathy Dollanganger. So popular – and controversial – was the tome that it spawned a series of sequels, many of which have been penned long after Andrews passed in the mid-1980s.

A film adaptation was tossed around for years but didn’t materialize until 1987, when BLOOD BEACH director Jeffrey Bloom took over the project from Wes Craven. The resulting film soft-balled the explicitly sexual (and faithful to the book) approach Craven had intended to take and was dismissed by hardcore fans as being a neutered impression of a shattering tale. But time has been kind to Bloom’s FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC, and while this writer has never read the book, taken as a stand-alone shock-drama and a dark memoir, it’s a fine, often disturbing and artfully depressing experience. Its central themes of incest and greed and family derangement are still here and if anything, their suggestion, rather than their explicit realizations, make the movie that much more effective, accentuating macabre mood and doom over shocks.

DEADLY FRIEND and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER star Kristy Swanson stars as Cathy, who tells the tale looking back as adult. When her beloved father is killed, her mom Corrine (Victoria Tennant) whisks Cathy, her brother Chris and their two 5-year old siblings Carrie and Cory to her family estate. There, the long disinherited Corrine intends to win back her father’s love and allows the children’s domineering, monstrous grandmother (Louise Fletcher, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST) to lock the kids in a secret bedroom and attic, keeping them a secret from the dying patriarch until Corrine can get back into the will. Almost immediately the children are tortured by their evil Granny and eventually, after months then years, totally forgotten by their mother. The children become prisoners, coming of age and suffering humiliation and tragedy until they devise a plan to escape.

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Italian horror sorta-sequel is a weird and gory shocker

The BEYOND THE DOOR franchise is amusing because, well, it aint a franchise at all, really. The 1974 original film – a shameless and amazing Eurotrash ripoff of THE EXORCIST – was produced and co-directed by legendary exploitation helmer Ovidio G. Assonitis (TENTACLES) and it famously ran afoul of the Warner Bros. legal team for its copycat chutzpah. That picture is a juicy, wet and groovy bit of pastaland sleaze and its modest downmarket success led to a sequel that was not a sequel. Then, in the early ’80s, Mario Bava’s final masterpiece SHOCK was retitiled BEYOND THE DOOR II, though naturally it had absolutely nothing to do with its namesake predecessor, save for a possession angle to the story.

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