In case you missed it, the cool kids at Scream Factory have kicked off an awesome new Summer of Fear campaign, complete with tons of new releases, a weekly sale on previously released titles and special Friday night online screenings of contemporary classics complete with new introductions from the directors!
Having recently started their season with the classic Sleepaway Camp, Scream Factory is about to unleash a wave of titles throughout July that will terrify you all month long.
The Final Terror (1983), a variation on the “kids go camping and they don't come home” cycle of horror movies popular in the early 1980s. This one however is best remembered for early appearances by Rachel Ward (Fortress), Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill), Adrien Zmed (Bachelor Party), Joe Pantoliano (The Goonies) and director Andrew Davis (The Fugitive). Scream Factory is including a special notice that all of the original source elements for this film have been lost and their best efforts have been employed to make the picture as spiffy as possible.
Special features include:
New Audio Commentary with director Andrew Davis
New interviews with actors Adrian Zmed and Lewis Smith, Post Production Supervisor Allan Holzman and composer Susan Justin
Original Theatrical Trailer
Lake Placid (1999) debuts on Blu-ray with a brand new special edition that includes new interviews with members of the cast and crew. The classic “Crocodile/ Betty White” mash-up about a monster in the waters of upstate New York features a stellar cast including Bill Pullman (The Serpent and the Rainbow), Bridget Fonda (Jackie Brown), Oliver Platt (Flatliners) and Betty White (The Golden Girls). The film was directed by Steve Miner (Friday the 13th Part 2), written by David E. Kelly (Boston Public) and features creature f/x by the legendary Stan Winston (Aliens, Pumpkinhead).
Special Features include:
“The Making of Lake Placid,” featuring new interviews with Miner, Pullman, director of photography Daryn Okada, editor Marshall Harvey, production designer John Willett, FX supervisor Nick Marra and puppeteer Toby Lindala
Vintage featurette featuring interviews with Fonda, Pullman, Platt, Gleason, White and Miner
Behind-the-scenes still gallery
Animatronic croc test footage
Theatrical trailer & TV spots
Canadians are terrorized by genetically mutated rats the size of small dogs in Deadly Eyes (1982). It's up to Coach Paul and Kelly the health inspector to solve the mystery of the mutated vermin before the new subway line opens and the city of Toronto is swarmed by these furry beasts! The film stars Sam Groom (Deadly Games) , Sara Botsford (Jumpin' Jack Flash), Scatman Crothers (The Shining), Cec Linder (Goldfinger), Lesleh Donaldson (Happy Birthday to Me) and Lisa Langlois (who battled giant roaches in The Nest). Deadly Eyes (a.k.a. The Rats) was written by Charles Eglee (Piranha II: The Spawning) and directed by Robert Clouse (Enter the Dragon).
Special Features include:
New interviews with actors Lisa Langlois, Lesleh Donaldson and Joseph Kelly
New interviews with writer Charles Eglee, art director Ninkey Dalton and special effects artists Alan Apone and Alec Gillis
Original U.S. TV Spot
Closing out the month is the highly anticipated Collector's Edition of Ginger Snaps (2000). Fans will rejoice to note that this release appears to include all of the extras from the Canadian DVD and adds some new goodies into the mix (sadly still no commentary from Perkins and Isabelle). For those unfamiliar with this modern spin on the werewolf legend, Brigitte and Ginger are best friends, outcasts and most importantly, sisters. Their sullen lives are turned upside down following an animal attack that leaves Ginger... altered. Brigitte must deal with a whole new set of problems but can no longer rely on her sister to back her up. The film stars Emily Perkins (Prozac Nation), Katharine Isabelle (American Mary), Kris Lemche (Final Destination 3), Mimi Rogers (Street Smart), Jesse Moss (Dear Mr. Gacy), was written by Karen Walton (Orphan Black) and directed by John Fawcett (The Dark).
Special Features include:
New interviews with members of the cast and crew including director John Fawcett, writer Karen Walton, actors Emily Perkins and Jesse Moss, producer Steve Hoban, make-up effects artist Paul Jones, composer Mike Shields and editor Brett Sullivan.
New Women in Horror panel discussing Ginger Snaps
Audio Commentary with Director John Fawcett
Audio Commentary with Writer Karen Walton
Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by John Fawcett and Karen Walton
The Making of Ginger Snaps - Vintage Featurette
Creation of the Beast – effects featurette
Being John Fawcett
Cast Auditions and Rehearsals
Production design artwork photo gallery
Theatrical Trailers and TV spots
August 5th, 2014, sees Phantom of the Paradise (1974), the darkly satirical cult favorite send-up of the glam rock era from acclaimed writer and director Brian De Palma (Dressed To Kill), make its American Blu-ray debut as a Collector's Edition 2-Disc set. The Faustian tale of Swan, (Paul Williams, Smokey and the Bandit) an evil record tycoon who is tormented by the disfigured composer Winslow Leach (William Finley, Sisters) he once wronged. Jessica Harper (Suspiria) and Gerrit Graham (Terrorvision) also star in this Academy Award nominated cult classic that is going to rock your socks to Hell and back!
The 2-disc set special features include:
DISC ONE (Blu-ray):
New audio commentary with Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham and the Juicy Fruits (Archie Hahn, Jeffrey Comanor and Harold Oblong aka Peter Eibling)
New audio commentary with production designer Jack Fisk
New interview with director Brian DePalma (36 minutes)
New interview with Paul Williams talking about the music of Phantom (30minutes)
New interview with Make-up Effects wizard Tom Burman discussing the Phantom Helmet
DISC TWO (DVD):
Paradise Regained - documentary on the making of the film featuring director Brian DePalma, producer Edward R. Pressman, William Finley, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham and more... (50 minutes)
Interview with Paul Williams moderated by Guillermo Del Toro (72 minutes)
Interview with costume designer Rosanna Norton (10 minutes)
New interview with producer Edward R. Pressman (15 minutes)
New interview with drummer Gary Mallaber (15 minutes)
New Alvin's Art and Technique - a look at the neon poster (15 minutes)
New Phantom of the Paradise Biography by Gerrit Graham - 1974 Publicity Sheet written by and read by Graham (8 minutes)
Alternate Takes (40 minutes)
Swan Song Outtake Footage (10 minutes)
Theatrical trailer, radio and TV spots
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ZigZag's favorite genres include horror (foreign and domestic), Asian cinema and pornography (foreign and domestic). His ability to seek out and enjoy shot on video (SOV) horror movies is unmatched. His love of films with a budget under $100,000 is unapologetic.