Thursday, 13 May 2021

NIGHTMARE SYMPHONY, THE BAD MAN and DEBRIS DOCUMENTAR coming to Disc via TetroVideo June

TetroVideo is proud to present the giallo horror NIGHTMARE SYMPHONY, the psychological horror THE BAD MAN and the shocking experimental dramatic art film DEBRIS DOCUMENTAR.

Nightmare Symphony is coming to Blu-ray while The Bad Man and Debris Documentar are coming in a limited Digipack edition including a DVD and a Collector's card: only 150 copies for The Bad Man and 300 copies for Marian Dora's film are planned.

Released on DVD in 2014 as part of a boxset, Debris Documentar will finally have its own edition and for the first time it will have english, french and italian subtitles too.

All the three titles will be available for pre-order on June 1st.

TETROVIDEO RELEASES

NIGHTMARE SYMPHONY, (Italy - 2020) by Domiziano Cristopharo and Daniele Trani

Nightmare Symphony is a giallo horror film co-directed by Domiziano Cristopharo (House of Flesh Mannequins, Red Krokodil) and Daniele Trani (DOP in “Across the River”).

Produced by Ulkurzu and HH Kosova and written by the well-known italian screenwriter Antonio Tentori (Nightmare Concert, Dracula 3D), Nightmare Symphony is a tribute to Lucio Fulci’s Nightmare Concert/A Cat in the Brain, in which Fulci himself played a tortured horror filmmaker haunted by his own bloody horror film visions.

In Nightmare Symphony, the filmmaker at the center of the story is played by Lady in White director Frank Laloggia: he is a horror director who is struggling to complete his movie, while a series of gruesome murders happen all around him. Eventually he will be forced to face his worst and scariest nightmares.

The film also stars Antonella Salvucci (The Torturer), Antonio Tentori, Poison Rouge (AGP: Sacrifice), Pietro Cinieri, Irene Baruffetti, Edi Hasan Lushi, Halil Budakova and Merita Budakova (Virus: Extreme Contamination)

The practical effects are by Jacopo Tomassini (The Obsessed). The soundtrack is by Antony Coia (House of Flesh Mannequins) and includes the original main theme by the legendary italian composer Fabio Frizzi (City of the Living Dead, The Beyond).

Nightmare Symphony Bonus Features: Commentary; Interview with Antonella Salvucci; Interview with Antonio Tentori; Interview with Daniele Trani; Photogallery; Behind the Scenes; Original Trailer; Trailer.

The trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRCO506uOUo

THE BAD MAN (USA - 2018) by Scott Schirmer

Written and directed by Scott Schirmer (Harvest Lake, Plank Face), The Bad Man is a disturbing tale starring Jason Crowe, Ellie Church, Arthur Cullipher and Dave Parker.

The film follows young couple Mary (Ellie Church) and PJ (Jason Crowe) who are continuously drugged, humiliated and abused by a sadistic clown bent on transforming them into a “doll” and a “dog”, submissive sex slaves to be sold to the highest bidders.

Synopsis: PJ and Mary take over an isolated Bed&Breakfast that was previously owned by her departed grandmother.  Not long after arriving there, a stranger (Arthur Cullipher) knocks on the door seeking accommodations but instead of explaining that the B&B is closed, they allow him because he is very charming. Things take a bizarre turn when they discover that their house guest now donning clown paint (Cullipher) is a flesh peddler that kidnaps people and breaks them into being obedient slaves each with a different task and service.

Produced by Bandit Motion Pictures, The Bad Man stars Ellie Church (Frankenstein Created Bikers), Jason Crowe (Harvest Lake), Arthur Cullipher (Found, The Legend of Wasco), Dave Parker (Headless, Plank Face) and Alyss Winkler (Amazon Hot Box).

The Bad Man Bonus Features: Behind the scenes gallery; Promotional images gallery; Trailer.

The trailer: https://vimeo.com/546469695

DEBRIS DOCUMENTAR (Germany - 2012) by Marian Dora

Directed by Marian Dora (Cannibal, Carcinoma), the atrocious Debris Documentar was originally made in 2003. The film, released on DVD only in 2014 as part of a boxset also containing Melancholie der Engel and Voyage To Agatis, deals with the everyday life of a man, Carsten (Carsten Frank), who works on the set of the 2004 Ulli Lommel film Zombie Nation and who is planning to realize his own film: a task he finds extremely difficult.

Everything seems normal but in reality, he is a frustrated and perverted man who indulges in several disturbing sexual fetishes including unspeakable acts in his private life. His perversion will push him to take his horrible fantasies out of his home to the outside world.

In Debris Documentar Carsten Frank also stays in contact with the spanish filmmaker Jesús Franco (Vampiros Lesbos), the german actress Katja Bienert (El tesoro de la diosa blanca), the italian actor Peter Martell (Death Walks at Midnight) and the American actor David Hess (The Last House on the Left).

Debris Documentar Bonus Features: Opus Hominis 2 (short); Es geschah in Gotha (short); Carnophage (short); Photogallery; Original trailer.

The trailer: https://vimeo.com/546468978

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THE UNITED STATES OF HORROR: CHAPTER 1 trailer + artwork released + call for entries for Chapters 2 and 3

Dystopian Films are excited to release the trailer and artwork for chapter one of THE UNITED STATES OF HORROR, an anthology of horror short films from every single state in the USA. 
 

Curated by the team behind Amazon Prime vampire show Age of The Living Dead and festive slashers Once Upon a Time at Christmas and The Nights Before Christmas,
THE UNITED STATES OF HORROR spans three chapters narrated by Hellraiser's Pinhead himself; Doug Bradley. Each Chapter is comprised of exciting and terrifying shorts by the very best up and coming filmmakers across the USA.
 
View the trailer below... 
 

Chapter one will be released October 2021, with chapters two and three released early and late 2022. In exciting news for filmmakers, the curaters are still taking submissions for Chapters two and three. 

Horror filmmakers should check out their Indiegogo page.

Dystopian Films' Simon Phillips said "This is a personal passion project for us - we love the horror genre so much and the horror community is like no other! I want to ensure that this trilogy is something bigger then the sum of its parts, and we look forward to scaring people in a non pandemic way later this year."

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Sunday, 9 May 2021

SHUDDER Announces "SUMMER OF CHILLS" - Original and Exclusive films

Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streamer for horror, thriller and the supernatural, announced today its “Summer of Chills” UK and Irish slate of 13 new original and exclusive films for June, July and August, including the anticipated debut of landmark horror director George A. Romero’s legendary “lost” film The Amusement Park on 8 June.  
 

The robust summer lineup kicks off with Caveat, an eerie, slow-building, cat-and-mouse thriller, and continues with such marquee films as sci-fi thriller Possessor starring Andrea Riseborough; The Boy Behind the Door, Justin Powell and David Charbonier’s directorial debut; Jakob’s Wife, starring horror icon Barbara Crampton; Cody Calahan’s comedy horror Vicious Fun; and Kandisha, the long awaited new supernatural shocker from the French directing duo of Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, best known for their influential debut feature, Inside, as well as their more recent films Livid and Among the Living, among others.
 
“SHUDDER’S “SUMMER OF CHILLS” FULL SLATE LISTED BELOW
(IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER):
 
 
CAVEAT – Premieres 3 June **A Shudder Original Film

Lone drifter Isaac accepts a job to look after his landlord's niece, Olga, for a few days in an isolated house on a remote island. It seems like easy money, but there’s a catch: he must wear a leather harness and chain that restricts his movements to certain rooms. Once Olga's uncle, Barrett leaves the two of them alone, a game of cat and mouse ensues as Olga displays increasingly erratic behaviour as a trapped Isaac makes a series of horrific discoveries in the house. Directed by Damien Mc Carthy. Starring Jonathan French, Leila Sykes and Ben Caplan.

THE AMUSEMENT PARK – Premieres 8 June **A Shudder Exclusive Film

Recently discovered and restored 46 years after its completion by the George A. Romero Foundation and produced by Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, The Amusement Park stars Martin’s Lincoln Maazel as an elderly man who finds himself disoriented and increasingly isolated as the pains, tragedies and humiliations of aging in America are manifested through roller coasters and chaotic crowds. Commissioned by the Lutheran Society, the film is perhaps Romero’s wildest and most imaginative movie, an allegory about the nightmarish realities of growing older, and is an alluring snapshot of the filmmaker's early artistic capacity and style and would go on to inform his ensuing filmography. The “lost” film was restored in 4k by IndieCollect in New York City.

POSSESSOR – Premieres 10 June **A Shudder Exclusive Film

From the visionary mind of Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral), Possessor is a game-changing sci-fi thriller about elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos. Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people’s bodies to execute high profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment, Vos becomes trapped inside a mind that threatens to obliterate her. Written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg. Starring Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Rossif Sutherland, Tuppence Middleton, Sean Bean and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

SUPERDEEP – Premieres 17 June **A Shudder Original Film

The Kola Superdeep borehole is the largest Russian secret facility. In 1984, at the depth of more than 7 miles below the surface, unexplained sounds were recorded, resembling the screams and moans of numerous people. Since these events, the object has been closed. A small research team of scientists and military personnel go down below the surface to find the secret hidden these many decades. What they discover will pose the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. Directed by Arseniy Sukhin. Starring Milena Radulovic, Sergey Ivanyuk, Nikolay Kovbas, Kirill Kovbas and Nikita Dyuvbanov.

AN UNQUIET GRAVE – Premieres 24 June **A Shudder Original Film

A year after losing his wife in a car crash, Jamie convinces her sister, Ava, to return with him to the site of the accident and help him perform a strange ritual. But as the night wears on, it becomes clear that he has darker intentions. An Unquiet Grave is an exploration of grief, and the harm we cause when we don’t take responsibility for our own healing. Directed by Terrence Krey. Starring Jacon A. Ware and Christine Nyland who also co-wrote the film.

VICIOUS FUN – Premieres 29 June **A Shudder Original Film

Joel, a caustic 1980’s film critic for a national horror magazine, finds himself unwittingly trapped in a self-help group for serial killers. With no other choice, Joel attempts to blend in with his homicidal surroundings or risk becoming the next victim. Directed by Cody Calahan. Starring Evan Marsh, Amber Goldfarb, Ari Millen, Julian Richings, Robert Maillet, Sean Baek, David Koechner, Alexa Rose Steele, Mark Gibson, Kristopher Brown and John Fray.

SON – Premieres 8 July **A Shudder Original Film

After a mysterious group breaks into Laura’s home and attempts to abduct her eight-year-old son, David, the two of them flee town in search of safety. But soon after the failed kidnapping, David becomes extremely ill, suffering from increasing psychosis and convulsions. Following her maternal instincts, Laura commits unspeakable acts to keep him alive, but soon she must decide how far she is willing to go to save her son. Directed by Ivan Kavanagh. Starring Andi Matichak, Emile Hirsch and Luke David Blumm.

THE TOLL – Premieres 15 July **A Shudder Exclusive Film

When a young woman and her rideshare driver break down on a dark forest road, each sees the other as a threat. When strange phenomena begin occurring around them, they gradually realize they've become trapped in the world of a terrifying supernatural being: The Toll Man. Directed by Michael Nader. Starring Jordan Hayes, Max Topplin, James McGowan and Rosemary Dunsmore.

KANDISHA – Premieres 22 July **A Shudder Original Film

It is summer break and best friends Amélie, Bintou and Morjana hang together with other neighborhood teens. Nightly, they have fun sharing scary stories and urban legends. But when Amélie is assaulted by her ex, she remembers the story of Kandisha, a powerful and vengeful demon. Afraid and upset, Amélie summons her. The next day, her ex is found dead. The legend is true and now Kandisha is on a killing spree and it’s up to the three girls to break the curse. Directed by Inside and Livid duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. Starring Mathilde Lamusse, Samarcande Saadi and Suzy Bemba.

THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR – Premieres 29 July **A Shudder Original Film

A night of unimaginable terror awaits twelve-year-old Bobby and his best friend, Kevin, when they are abducted on their way home from school. Managing to escape his confines, Bobby navigates the dark halls, praying his presence goes unnoticed as he avoids his captor at every turn. Even worse is the arrival of another stranger, whose mysterious arrangement with the kidnapper may spell certain doom for Kevin. With no means of calling for help and miles of dark country in every direction, Bobby embarks on a rescue mission, determined to get himself and Kevin out alive… or die trying. Directed by Justin Powell and David Charbonier, who also directed this year’s The Djinn. Starring Lonnie Chavis (This Is Us), Ezra Dewey (The Djinn), Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), Scott Michael Foster (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Micah Hauptman (Rust Creek). 

TEDDY – Premieres 5 August **A Shudder Original Film

Twentysomething Teddy lives in a foster home and works as a temp in a massage parlor. Rebecca, his girlfriend, will soon graduate. A scorching hot summer begins. But Teddy is scratched by a beast in the woods: the wolf that local angry farmers have been hunting for months. As weeks go by, animal impulses soon start to overcome the young man. Directed by Ludovic Boukherma and Zoran Boukherma. Starring Anthony Bajon (The Prayer), Ludovic Torrent, Christine Gautier, Noémie Lvovsky, Guillaume Mattera, Jean-Paul Fabre, Alexis Orlandini, Gérard Pau and Jean-Michel Ricart.
 

BLEED WITH ME – Premieres 10 August **A Shudder Original Film

Rowan, a vulnerable outsider, is thrilled when the seemingly perfect Emily invites her on a winter getaway to an isolated cabin in the woods. Trust soon turns to paranoia when Rowan wakes up with mysterious incisions on her arm. Haunted by dream-like visions, Rowan starts to suspect that her friend is drugging her and stealing her blood. She’s paralyzed by the fear of losing Emily, but she must fight back before she loses her mind. Bleed With Me is a psychological horror that  juxtaposes tenderness and violence in an investigation of female intimacy and dangerous codependency. Directed by Amelia Moses. Starring Lee Marshall, Lauren Beatty and Aris Tyros.

JAKOB’S WIFE – Premieres 19 August **A Shudder Exclusive Film

Anne is in her late 50s and feels like her life and marriage have been shrinking over the past thirty years. Through a chance encounter with a stranger, she discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger and bolder than before. However, these changes come with a toll on her marriage and a heavy body count. Directed by Travis Stevens (Girl on the Third Floor). Starring horror icons Barbara Crampton (You’re Next), Larry Fessenden (The Dead Don’t Die), Nyisha Bell, Mark Kelly, Sarah Lind, Robert Rusler, Bonnie Aarons and Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk).

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THE UNHOLY - Only at Cinemas - May 17th

Horror returns to the big screen on May 17th with THE UNHOLY, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Katie Aselton, William Sadler, Cricket Brown, with Diogo Morgado and Cary Elwes. 

View the trailer below...


Gerry Fenn (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a disgraced journalist turned stringer-for-hire, of supernatural tabloid fodder, is sent to investigate a strange occurrence in a small farming community. A born skeptic, Fenn quickly dismisses the incident as just another benign story. But, before he writes it off as a hoax; Fenn witnesses a deaf, teenaged girl, Alice (Cricket Brown), whispering next to a petrified oak tree in the middle of a field. 

What follows, to his disbelief, is a series of inexplicable events that has the locals convinced Alice can perform miracles. When word spreads that Alice’s power to heal is attributed to the Virgin Mary, it fans the flames of curiosity from those near and far to witness the miraculous occur firsthand. As the hopeful masses descend upon this off-the-beaten-path town, Fenn sees this as an opportunity to redeem his reputation and resurrect his career. 

However, when a mysterious death befalls the church’s priest, Fenn believes that something more sinister is afoot. With the help of a local doctor, Natalie Gates (Katie Aselton), Fenn rushes to unlock the secrets of long ago to determine if Alice’s gift is divine or evil.




Mind-bending Sci-Fi PARALLEL comes to UK DVD and Digital

What if you found a doorway to infinite possibilities? What would you do? How far would you go?

Thrilling new sci-fi adventure Parallel explores just that. This thrill-ride from director Isaac Ezban (The Incident, Barbarous Mexico), in his English language directorial debut, follows a group of friends who discover a parallel universe and with it the key to limitless power… but with it comes deep darkness and immorality. 

With a cast including Martin Wallström (Mr Robot, Wallander), Georgia King (Devs, Vice Principals) and Kathleen Quinlan (Prison Break, How To Get Away With Murder), this slick what-if thriller sees a close-kit group of 20-somethings stumble upon a portal to the multiverse. As they come to terms with this life-changing discovery, they’re soon playing with fate as they use the knowledge to influence their lives and fortunes.

As they push the limits of possibility, the stakes get higher and higher…with dangerous consequences. Will they become victims of their own success?

This spellbinding suspense drama transcends the boundaries of sci-fi thriller and will have your heart pounding until the very last minute.

Premiering at Fantastic Film Festival, Belgium, and subsequently screening at FrightFest Halloween in London, this wild ride of a feature comes to DVD and digital on 14 June 2021, courtesy of 101 Films.

Pre-order the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

 

 

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

July titles coming from Arrow Video

Arrow Video’s July films include an Italian horror classic and its sequel, a groundbreaking indie chiller and a superb 4K UHD debut for a giallo classic.

DEMONS - UHD & Blu-ray Dual Format 5 July
 

Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento bring you THE Gonzo Horror movie of the 1980s with Demons, a frenzied slice of gore heavy shock cinema that gives up on logic and instead assaults the screen with a riot of X-rated violence, face chewing demons and pounding heavy metal.

In a mysterious cinema, an audience is watching a brutal horror flick when the horror rips out of the screen, unleashing a swarm of slathering demons who are intent on spreading their evil plague across the globe. Time to tool up and take no prisoners… The Demons are coming!

Arrow Video is proud to present this horror classic in a sumptuous 4K restoration, more vivid and terrifying than ever before, alongside a wealth of bonus features old and new, making this the ultimate experience in celluloid terror.

SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT EDITION CONTENTS

• New 4K restoration by Arrow Films from the original camera negatives
• 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) and High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
• Two versions of the film: the full-length original cut in Italian and English, and the slightly trimmed US cut, featuring alternate dubbing and sound effects
• Lossless English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mixes on the original cut, derived from the original 4-channel Dolby Stereo elements
• Original lossless English and Italian 2.0 stereo audio tracks on the original cut
• Original lossless English 1.0 mono audio track on the US cut
• English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for both English soundtracks
• New audio commentary by critics Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain, co-hosts of the Hell’s Belles podcast
• Archival audio commentary by director Lamberto Bava and special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, moderated by journalist Loris Curci
• Archival audio commentary by Lamberto Bava, Sergio Stivaletti, composer Claudio Simonetti and actress Geretta Geretta
• Produced by Dario Argento, a new visual essay by author and critic Michael Mackenzie exploring the legendary filmmaker’s career as a producer
• Dario’s Demon Days, an archival interview with writer/producer Dario Argento
• Defining an Era in Music, an archival interview with Claudio Simonetti
• Splatter Spaghetti Style, an archival interview with long-time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi
• Italian theatrical trailer
• International English theatrical trailer
• US theatrical trailer
• Vintage Japanese souvenir programme booklet
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais 

DEMONS 2 - UHD & Blu-ray Dual Format 5 July


Unleashed through the TV and bringing Hell direct to your living room. Resurrected out of the dark forbidden zone, the world’s ugliest demons are causing carnage in an apartment block, eating the residents and spreading their deadly plague.

Watch as a teenage birthday girl ruins the party by eating her guests, see bodybuilders torn to shreds and tremble in terror as possessed children run amok. Will anyone survive or will the demons rise once more and destroy us all?

Arrow Video is proud to present this horror classic in a sumptuous 4K restoration, more vivid and terrifying than ever before, alongside a wealth of bonus features old and new, making this the ultimate experience in celluloid terror.

SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT EDITION CONTENTS

• New 4K restoration by Arrow Films from the original camera negatives
• 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) and High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
• Lossless English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mixes, derived from the original 4-channel Dolby Stereo elements
• Original lossless English 1.0 mono track
• Original lossless Italian 2.0 stereo audio track
• English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• New audio commentary by critic Travis Crawford
• Archival audio commentary by director Lamberto Bava and special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, moderated by journalist Loris Curci
• Together and Apart, a new visual essay on space and technology in Demons and Demons 2 by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
• Creating Creature Carnage, an archival interview with Sergio Stivaletti
• Bava to Bava, an archival interview with Luigi Cozzi on the history of Italian horror
• Italian theatrical trailer
• English theatrical trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais

THRESHOLD - Blu-ray 5 July 


When a phone call from out of the blue brings Leo (Joey Millin) back into contact with his sister, Virginia (Madison West), long estranged from her family due to years of drug abuse, he arrives to find her alone in a bare apartment in the midst of an apparent overdose. After the convulsions and nausea subside, Virginia insists to Leo that she has been clean for 8 months due to the help of a mysterious group. She confides to her cynical brother that her edginess and paranoia actually stem from a sinister ritual conducted by the group that took her in at her lowest and eventually revealed themselves to be a cult. This curse bound her emotions and physical sensations to a man she has never met before.

With his marriage on the rocks, Leo has his own demons to face. Nonetheless, he is reluctantly persuaded by Virginia to embark on a cross-country road trip to track down this shadowy stranger under the caveat that if he's nowhere to be found and it's all in her head, she'll go to rehab. However, as their date with destiny draws nearer, Leo begins to suspect his sister’s tall tale might have some substance.

Threshold, the second feature from co-directors Powell Robinson and Patrick R Young, following their debut Bastard (2015), was improvised and shot on two iPhones over the course of a 12-day road trip with a crew of just three. The result is an inventive and compelling psychological thriller with hints of the supernatural that recalls such indie cult classics as Ben Wheatley’s Kill List (2011) and Justin Benson And Aaron Moorhead’s Resolution (2013).

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
• Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Brand new audio commentary with directors Powell Robinson & Patrick R. Young, producer Lauren Bates and lead actors Joey Millin and Madison West
• Brand new audio commentary with directors Powell Robinson & Patrick R Young, and editor William Ford-Conway
• Crossing the Threshold, a feature-length documentary on the making of Threshold
• Elevating iPhone Footage: Color Correction Breakdown
• Something from Nothing: Indie Genre Director Roundtable moderated by Scott Weinberg with directors Powell Robinson & Patrick R Young (Threshold), Brandon Espy (We Follow You), James Byrkit (Coherence), Zach Donohue (The Den) and Elle Callahan (Witch Hunt)
• The Power of Indie Horror - Acting for Unconventional Film roundtable discussion moderated by Zena Dixon with the actors Madison West and Joey Millin (Threshold), Kelsey Griswold (Followed), Gabrielle Walsh (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and Ryan Shoos (The Gallows)
• The Sounds of Threshold original soundtrack
• Threshold original outline script
• Trailer and original teaser
• Image gallery
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Coffee and Cigarettes

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anton Bitel

THE CAT O’ NINE TAILS - Limited Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray


Following the success of his debut feature, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, distributor Titanus tasked writer/director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as “nine times more suspenseful” than its predecessor, was The Cat O’ Nine Tails.

When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arnò (Karl Malden, Patton, One-Eyed Jacks), who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institute’s scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus, Beneath the Planet of the Apes) to crack the case. But before long the bodies begin to pile up and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives imperilled in their search for the truth. And worse still, Lori (Cinzia De Carolis, Cannibal Apocalypse), Franco’s young niece, may also be in killer’s sights…

This second entry in the so-called “Animal Trilogy” found Argento further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as the master of the giallo thriller. Co-starring Catherine Spaak (Il Sorpasso) and Rada Rassimov (Baron Blood), and featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), The Cat O’ Nine Tails remains one of Argento’s most suspenseful and underrated films.

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

• New 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films
• 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
• Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
• English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• Audio commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
• Nine Lives, an interview with co-writer/director Dario Argento
• The Writer O’ Many Tales, an interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti
• Child Star, an interview with actress Cinzia De Carolis
• Giallo in Turin, an interview with production manager Angelo Iacono
• Script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time
• Original Italian, international and US theatrical trailers
• Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring an original essay on the film by Dario Argento, and writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes
• Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
• Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
• Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative 


W4Free adds genre cult movies to growing slate

Rampaging Cuban zombies, deadly Aussie sheep, a gun-slinging Wesley Snipes, sinister cult mind games and the ultimate battle-of-the-sexes thriler…stand by for some classic cult favourites on W4Free, the UK’s AVOD destination for independent and cult cinema.


With its cheesy title and cheerful mix of politics and splatter, JUAN OF THE DEAD, struck a cord with audiences wortldwide. Cuba’s first zombie horror film, it was released in 2011 and is already acknowldged as a modern genre classic. The zombie allegory is also alive and well in New Zealand’s BLACK SHEEP, an hilariously gory affair in the ‘Bad Taste’ tradition of Peter Jackson. Packed with every possible sheep-shagging joke, the cult sensation from New Zealand is a ‘shear’ delight.


The undead also come back to life in GALLOWWALKERS, Andrew Goth’s notorious and disaster beset cowboy zombie action mix of Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s mystical classic El Topo. Wesley Snipes plays a cursed gunfighter attempting to allude justice, so prepare for a fistful of corpses.


FAULTS is a subversive, psychologically disturbing black comedy which marked the feature film debut of director/writer Riley Stearns, who cleverly employed the considerable talents of his wife, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, to play Claire – a young woman who appears to be under the grip of a mysterious new cult.  Finally, Katie Aselton’s BLACK ROCK, described as a ‘feminist ‘Deliverence’, pits Katie Aselton, Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth against a trio of misogynistic war vets.


Also available to stream this month is THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE, director Mary Harron’s portrayal of 1950s legendary pinup and bondage model Bettie Page, portrayed brilliantly by Gretchen Mol.

Plus there is Jim Jarmusch’s absorbing anthology COFFEE AND CIGARETTES, featuring among others, Bill Murray, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits and Jack and Meg White of the White Stripes.


W4Free, the nation’s latest film streaming service, which also provides TV series and documentaries, can be accessed on laptops, PCs and via Netgem TV. Later in the year it will be available on all mobile devices and connected TV’s.

The group behind the service, Philipp Rotermund’s Video Solutions AG, provides a range of AVOD and SVOD brands in Europe, including Watch4, available in Germany, Switzerland and Austria with a reach of 10 million people per month.