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Back in 1977, Dario Argento unleashed Suspiria, his intoxicating brew of black magic and murder in which Phantom of the Paradise’s Jessica Harper played an American ballet student who uncovers a deadly cover of witches at a prestigious German dance academy, overseen by Dark Shadows‘ Joan Bennett as Madame Blanc and Eyes Without a Face‘s Alida Valli as the butch dance instructor Miss Tanner.
Saturated with an expressive colour palette, hyper-real art deco production design and a ground-breaking score by The Goblins (as they were credited then), and punctuated by shocking, but expertly staged, violence, Argento’s symphony of terror is, without doubt, his horror film opus and a masterpiece of the modern macabre.
Now turning 40, Suspiria has been given a 4K makeover. Over in the US, Synapse Films spent four years working on their 4k restoration that was made from the uncut 98-minute 35mm Italian camera negative (and was overseen by cinematographer Luciano Tovoli). They have now released it as a Special Edition Steelbook (read more here) producing 6000 units, with bags of extras.
Meanwhile, here in the UK, CultFilms are releasing their own restoration, which is set to be the most complete and original looking, finally doing justice to Argento’s vision. The new 4K scan was painstakingly restored by TLE Films in Germany with the film’s crucially distinct colour palette reinstated in accordance with Argento’s original Technicolor Dye Transfer specification, using period film materials as reference. The restorers also reinserted all the missing frames which had degraded badly or were simply lost over the years.
CultFilms have got a crowd-funding campaign up and running to get the film its official UK/European Ultra HD home entertainment release. It’s got just under two weeks left, and has already passed its initial target of £15,000, thanks to some 700+ backers, which means some great bonus extras will be added. And 100 of those initial backers also got the chance to get their copy signed Argento himself (alas now sold out). If you live in Europe, or anywhere that isn’t region A and you do not have a region free player, then this 4k UHD release is one to look out for. Plus, it will also include the Blu-ray and DVD (see below).
UPDATE: On 4 December 2017, CultFilms announced that their campaign closed, reaching an incredible £33,705, which guarantees the creation of a third disc, filled with those promised bonus extras.
I was lucky to see the 4k print (which is simply stunning) at the sold out London screening at the Barbican, with Argento introducing film and giving an illuminating Q&A afterwards. Now, I have seen Suspiria more times than I can remember, and in many formats – from scratchy 16mm and faded VHS to dodgy DVD and the fab HD release back in 2009. But it’s always great to learn something new – especially from the master himself. So, thanks to some intelligent questions from the audience, I discovered that his main inspiration came from Disney’s Snow White, both as a dark fairytale of female empowerment and because of the animated feature’s vibrant primary colours; and that he drew from his own nightmares, one of which became the vicious dog attack sequence.
He also worked alongside Goblin to create what has become an iconic horror score, and even introduced the bouzouki, a Greek musical instrument, to link with the ballet school’s Directress, Helena Markos, a Greek émigré who is ultimately revealed to be Mater Suspiriorum (the Mother of Sighs), the oldest and wisest of the Three Mothers.
The other interesting piece of trivia I discovered was that Jane Russell was in line for the role that eventually went to Joan Bennett, who got it only because she worked with Argento’s favourite director, Fritz Lang, and that she liked a drink or two. And, on a more personal side, Argento also said that he did not believe in magic, except as a narrative device in books and films; and that he had nothing to do with the poster design of the blood-splattered ballet dancer.
If you can’t wait to get your hands on the UK 4K edition, then CultFilms are releasing the Dual Format (Blu-ray/DVD) edition on 4 December, with the following extras…
• Dual format special edition: Blu-ray and DVD in a numbered, embossed slipcase
• New Extra: Long interview with Dario Argento
• New Extra: Exclusive Dario Argento Introduction of this new 4K restoration
• Audio commentary by critics Kim Newman and Alan Jones
• Fear at 400 Degrees: interview with Dario Argento and Claudio Simonetti
• Interview with Claudio Simonetti, Norman J Warren and Patricia McComack (Blu-ray only)
• New Extra: The 4K Restoration Process ‘utterly fascinating’
The Cine Excess Cult Film Conference and Festival kicks off its 11th year under the title Fear and the Unfamiliar: Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Wrong Crowd. The festival, combining academic discussions and public screenings takes place in Birmingham between the 9th – 11th November, 2017.
Guest of Honour will be Italian director Sergio Martino (Torso, All the Colours of the Dark) who will be discussing his career as well as judging the Cine-Excess 2017 short film competition. On Thursday 9th November, Sergio will introduce a special screening of his thriller Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I have the Key (1972) at 7.30pm. This will be followed by Profundo Mondo, a special concert dedicated to cult Italian soundtracks from 9pm.
Other films being screened include Beset by Demons, a new documentary from Kim Henkel and Brian Huberman which profiles the life and shocking murder of cult Texan actor Lou Perryman; Aaron B Koontz’ dark psychological thriller Camera Obscura and Lou Simon’s 3.
Keynote speaker for this year’s event is by Professor Mark Jancovich (UEA), whose talk Almost Psychopathic: British Working Class Realism and the Horror Film in the late 1950s and early 1960s takes place on Friday 10th November at 12noon.
The conference is open scholars, students and members of the public. Tickets can be purchased as a Cine-Excess Delegate Pass which allows access to all Cine-Excess conference events and branded screenings for:
£130 (standard) /£60 (concessions) for the three days, or £50 (standard)/£25 (concessions) per day.
Conference details and bookings available from:
Cinema tickets available from:
Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I have the Key/Profondo Mondo Italian cult concert tickets available from:
Horror Channel FrightFest has unleashed Graham Humphrey’s spooktacular new artwork for this year’s annual Bank Holiday event taking place at Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema from 24 to 28 August 2017.
Drawing on the revivals of genre icons Chucky, Victor Crowley and Leatherface and paying homage to the annual event’s return to the Empire (aka Cineworld Leicester Square), Graham has created the FrightFest Phantom…
‘My image is an attempt to amalgamate the Gothic roots of horror with the 70s Monster revival that saturated the US and UK, inspiring generations of filmmakers that created some of the most successful film franchises and oddities of the last 40 years,’ says Humphreys. ‘Universal monsters meets 70s bubble gum pop. I also thought it would be fun to play with the idea of a FrightFest Phantom, the face behind the best in horror and added the scratches and dirt to make it look like old damaged film stock.’
Festival Passes and day tickets for Friday and Monday are still available.
Fantastic news frightfans – CULT OF CHUCKY will get its world premiere and open this year’s Horror Channel Frightfest which is also heading back to London’s West End from 24-28 August. Writer and director Don Mancini and stars Jennifer Tilly and Fiona Dourif will be in attendance, alongside Chucky the deadly doll.
Mancini said today: “It’s a true pleasure to be hosting the world premiere of CULT OF CHUCKY at FrightFest. I have fond memories of unveiling Curse of Chucky there in 2013 so it’s great to be returning to the UK’s acknowledged home of horror – especially as this film picks up from where Curse…left off”.
Two more of the horror genre’s most popular and beloved franchises are given their World Premieres: To celebrate a decade of his cursed Victor Crowley creation, writer/director Adam Green is returning to FrightFest with a version of HATCHET never seen before. Plus, there is a presentation of Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s LEATHERFACE, the stunning prequel to the terror classic THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE.
AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS…
FrightFest unveiled a bright new directorial talent when it screened Tyler McIntyre’s PATCHWORK at the Glasgow Film Festival and the closing night film is the UK Premiere of his amazing TRAGEDY GIRLS, where HEATHERS meets SCREAM in a dream combo. It stars super-powered heroines Alexandra Shipp and Brianna Hildebrand.
FrightFest also welcomes back Adam Wingard with the European Premiere of his supernatural manga DEATH NOTE, Joe Lynch with the European Premiere of his highly infectious action thriller MAYHEM, Mickey Keating with the European Premiere of his eye-shattering PSYCHOPATHS, Graham Skipper with the European Premiere of his surreal sci-fi romance SEQUENCE BREAK and genre favourite Barbara Crampton, who stars in Norbert Kell’s skin-crawler REPLACE, receiving its UK Premiere.
In a programme packed with innovation, uniqueness and individuality, other tips of the ice-pick are Ryan Prows’ powerful cult-in-waiting LOWLIFE, Trent Haaga’s stunning 68 KILL, high voltage THE VILLAINESS hot from Cannes, Alex de la Iglesia’s bleakly comic THE BAR, Miguel Angel Vivas’ remake of the French extreme thriller INSIDE, Daniele Misischia’s undead Romageddon THE END? Todd Tuckers’ affectionately creepy THE TERROR OF HALLOWS EVE, Brandon Christensen’s terrifying STILL/BORN, Sebastien Landry & Laurence Morais-Lagace’s head-exploding GAME OF DEATH, Kurtis David Harder’s provocative sci-fi horror INCONTROL and Royce Gorsuch’s kaleidoscopic mindbender MINDHACK.
Continuing the festival’s important and vital commitment to highlighting the cream of the homegrown crop, our British strand is well-populated with World Premieres for Dominic Brunt’s perverted shocker ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES, Christian James’ prison-set vampire comedy FANGED UP and Matthew Heaven’s scorching revenge study ACCOUNTABLE. There are also European Premieres for Dominic Bridge’s debut dark morality tale FREEHOLD, Tom Paton’s nerve-shredding REDWOOD and Benjamin Barfoot’s hilariously blood-soaked DOUBLE DATE. And the ‘First Blood’ strand Is back on the menu with five tasty titles: actor Jason Flemyng’s blood-sucking feature debut EAT LOCALS, Louis Melville’s squaddie shocker BOOTS ON THE GROUND, Hendrik Faller’s ice-cold thriller MOUNTAIN FEVER, Michaël Boucherie’s tattoo-terror WHERE THE SKIN LIES and Peter Stray’s alien-invading black comedy CANARIES.
The festival’s accent on rising talent is further enriched with Preston DeFrancis’ extreme slasher RUIN ME, Natasha Kermani’s sci-fi fantasy IMITATION GIRL, Clay Staub’s supernatural detective thriller DEVIL’S GATE, Caroline Labrèche and Steeve Léonard’s mesmerising RADIUS, Samuel Galli’s devilishly shocking OUR EVIL, Andrés Goteira’s dazzling DHOGS, David Chirchirillo’s Tinder Terror GOOD MATCH, Tini Tuellman’s spine-chilling psycho suspense thriller FREDDY/EDDY, Haritz Zubillaga’s car-killing giallo THE GLASS COFFIN, Scott Poiley’s hard-edged chiller EXHUME, Adam Graveley’s Aussie outback shocker 3RD NIGHT, Michael Mongillo’s audacious and haunting DIANE, Peter Ricq’s stark comedy DEAD SHACK and Carlos Algara and Alejandro Martinez-Beltran’s gripping psychological twister VERONICA.Three documentaries will receive their eagerly awaited premieres at FrightFest this year. KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN is a dazzling career overview of the maverick director behind such classic horrors as IT’S ALIVE, Q THE WINGED SERPENT, fantasy television series like ‘The Invaders’, HELL UP IN HARLEM Blaxploitation, recent releases CELLULAR and soon the MANIAC COP remake. We welcome back on screen Kane Hodder, everyone’s favourite Jason Voorhees in the FRIDAY THE 13th series, with his moving and eye-opening TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY. Finally there’s the extraordinary MANSFIELD 66/67, a super Hollywood Babylon-style whisk through the final years of movie goddess Jayne Mansfield’s life and untimely, possibly Satanic, death.
Other attractions include Emilia Clarke in VOICE FROM THE STONE, Robert Englund in NIGHTWORLD, the French graphic novel adaptation ALONE, the outrageous gore-fest MEATBALL MACHINE KODOKU, the Aussie chiller KILLING GROUND, the hilarious TOP KNOT DETECTIVE and Episodes 1 & 2 of the amazing Japanese TV series CROW‘S BLOOD. Plus two FrightFest Glasgow hits are being rescreened: Simon Rumley’s FASHIONISTA and Colin Minihan’s IT STAINS THE SANDS RED.
This year’s retrospective restoration strand highlights the underrated British horror DREAM DEMON, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD III, two classic Hammers, BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB and DEMONS OF THE MIND, plus the longest version found of the seminal proto-giallo DEATH LAID AN EGG, lovingly restored by Nucleus Films’ Jake West and Marc Morris.
The Duke Mitchell Film Club is back with a hosted presentation of the UK premiere of Stefan Ruzowsky’s COLD HELL, a gripping serial killer thriller. This is followed by the not-to-be missed DUKE MITCHELL PARTY, where the audience and invited special guests can expect all manner of madness guaranteed to kick off your Saturday late night in style.
Alan Jones, co-director of FrightFest, said today: “The whole cinema landscape is changing and Horror Channel FrightFest is listening. We know the fans want to see the films first, see them fast and see them in an environment that is second to none. That’s why we have what we believe is the finest line-up ever assembled and are showcasing the superlative selection in premium surroundings. So, the West End becomes the Dark Heart of London once again. And we’ve made it to our 18th birthday. It’s going to be quite some party”.
Festival passes will go on sale tomorrow (Saturday 1 July) at noon and will only be available to buy online: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html
Single tickets will go on sale on Sat 29 July from 9am.
The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast | A fitting farewell tribute to the goremeister who was born on this day in 1926
On 26 September 2016, Herschell Gordon Lewis – who was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 15 June 1926, headed to the last drive-in in the sky aged 90. But, in doing so, he left behind an enduring legacy as the Godfather of Gore.
It was in 1963 that the exploitation film-maker decided to branch out from his nudie movies and attempt to emulate the success of American International Pictures (AIP) – but with his own style of shocking imagery (cow tongues, anyone?), bizarre visual slapstick and a ‘fuck-you ‘ attitude towards established film tropes. He ended up changing the horror cinema landscape forever.
In celebration of the schlock master, Arrow Video released 14 of HGL’s exploitation movies (including nine Blu-ray world debuts) in one giant box-set, filled with a bucket-load of bonus content, last October.
Yes, his blood-n-guts epics are all presented in restored versions (Two Thousand Maniacs!, The Wizard of Gore et al.), but also included are his rarely-seen exploitation flicks on sleazy photographers (Scum of the Earth), sex robots (How to Make a Doll), biker girl-gangs (She-Devils on Wheels), youths-run-amok (Just for the Hell of It), psychic witches (Something Weird) and hard liquor-loving hill-billies (Moonshine Mountain).
I’ve finally got my hands on the box-set and am now looking forward to some exploitation HGL’s movie madness. Now, bring on the moonshine…
WHAT’S IN THE BOX…
• Newly-restored from original and best surviving vault materials of Blood Feast, Scum of the Earth, Two Thousand Maniacs!, Moonshine Mountain, Color Me Blood Red, Something Weird, The Gruesome Twosome, A Taste of Blood, She-Devils on Wheels, Just for the Hell of It, How to Make a Doll, The Wizard of Gore, The Gore Gore Girls, This Stuff ll Kill Ya!
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the features and extras on 7 Blu-ray and 7 DVD discs
• Brand new introductions to the films by HGL
• Newly-produced interviews and featurettes, commentaries, and short films
• Two bonus Blu-rays featuring 1.33:1 versions of Blood Feast, Scum of the Earth, Color Me Blood Red, A Taste of Blood and The Wizard of Gore [limited editions exclusive]
• Bonus DVD: Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore documentary [limited editions exclusive]
• 28-page HGL annual stuffed full with Lewis-themed activities plus archive promotional material [limited editions exclusive]
Amicus – The Friendly Face of Fear tells the complete story of the independent UK film production company’s 20-year creative period, starting with 1950s rock musicals and charting its rise through the two big-screen Dr Who movies, sci-fi favourites (Scream and Scream Again), classic horror anthologies (Tales from the Crypt) and prehistoric fantasies (The Land That Time Forgot).
Back in 2000, the Dark Side Magazine‘s editor Allan Bryce brought out the 163-page paperback, Amicus: The Studio That Dripped Blood, which fetches between £50 and £140.00 on Amazon. But despite it being a collector’s item, it actually left out the true story. This new book sets the record straight by revealing the behind-the-scenes troubles that eventually tore the company apart, leading to a bitter and extended legal battle between the iconic film companies two former partners – Milton Subotsky and Max Rosenberg.
Fully illustrated with never-before-published stills, posters, lobby cards, flyers, candid photographs and unused artwork, its something that film fans like myself have been waiting for, for a very long time.
With the new 4k restoration release from Arrow Video of The City of the Dead out now (that atmospheric 1960 horror was produced by Subtosky and Rosenberg produced and led to the creation of Amicus Production), then this well-researched new tome makes for the perfect crypt-side companion.
ORDER HERE: http://amzn.to/2fvSMiR
HOW MANY OF THESE AMICUS CLASSICS HAVE YOU SEEN?
It’s Trad, Dad! (1962)
Just for Fun (1963)
Dr Terror’s House of Horrors (1965)
Dr Who and the Daleks (1965)
The Skull (1965)
Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 AD (1966)
The Psychopath (1966)
The Deadly Bees (1966)
Torture Garden (1967)
Danger Route (1967)
They Came from Beyond Space (1967)
The Terrornauts (1967)
A Touch of Love (1969)
The Mind of Mr Soames (1969)
The House That Dripped Blood (1970)
I, Monster (1971)
What Became of Jack and Jill? (1971)
Tales from the Crypt (1972)
The Vault of Horror (1973)
And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973)
From Beyond the Grave (1974)
The Beast Must Die (1974)
The Land That Time Forgot (1974)
At the Earth’s Core (1976)
The People That Time Forgot (1977)
Phantasm 1-5: Limited Edition Collection | Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm series is back – with added balls on Blu-ray
Few horror movie franchises are as iconic as Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm series. From its deadly flying silver spheres through to its hooded dwarf minions, and of course, the towering figure of arch villain The Tall Man himself, the imagery conjured up by the Phantasm films remains etched in the psyche of genre fans everywhere.
Beginning with the 1979 original through to 2016’s Phantasm: Ravager, the five films follow Mike (A Michael Baldwin) as he battles against the enigmatic Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) – an extraterrestrial being intent on harvesting the human race as slaves for his home planet. Aided by his friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister) and a four-barrelled shotgun, Mike resolves to vanquish the Tall Man before he wipes out humanity altogether…
Presented here in a stunning Limited Edition Dual Format release by Arrow Video, it’s the first time all five films have been brought together on Blu-ray – including a brand new 4K restoration of the 1979 classic, Phantasm, overseen by JJ Abrams. Check out the full specs below ad order from Amazon here
LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES
• 5 movies together on Blu-ray for the first time!
• Limited Edition Bonus Disc
• Exclusive 152-page book with new writing on the Phantasm universe
• Replica Sphere
• Newly-commissioned artwork from Gary Pullin
PHANTASM (1979 – 2016 REMASTERED)
• Original Mono and 5.1 Surround Audio Options
• The Los Angeles Premiere Experience – join the audience of die-hard phans as they experience the restored classic for the first time! Watch the entire feature with a 5.1 Surround audience track recorded at the 2016 Los Angeles premiere followed by the full Phantasm Q&A panel
• Audio commentary with director/writer Don Coscarelli and actors A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury and Angus Scrimm
• Archive Introduction by “Tall Man” Angus Scrimm
• Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm – In this brand new pheaturette, experience new stories about the people and personal inspiration behind Phantasm, and learn how the film’s success has impacted on the actors and filmmakers’ lives. Features interviews with Don Coscarelli, actors A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester and Ravager director David Hartman
• Q&A panel from the 2016 Austin Premiere of Phantasm: Remastered
• 1979 TV interview with Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm
• Behind-the-Scenes with optional audio commentary by Don Coscarelli and Reggie Bannister
• Phantasm: Actors Having a Ball – Phantasm cast and crew offer up various recollections from the making of the film
• Deleted Scenes
• Original Trailer, TV and Radio Spots
PHANTASM II (1988)
• Original Stereo and 5.1 Surround Audio Options
• Audio commentary with director/writer Don Coscarelli and actors Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister
• Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm II – In this brand new pheaturette, learn from the cast and crew how and why a Phantasm sequel happened, the evolution of the story, and the introduction of the most iconic props in the series. Features interviews with Don Coscarelli, Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin, special make-up artists Mark Shostrom and Dean Gates and Ravager director David Hartman
• The Ball is Back – archive making-of documentary featuring interviews with Don Coscarelli, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister and others
• The Gory Days – FX artist Greg Nicotero looks back at his work on Phantasm II • Deleted and Workprint Scenes
• Behind-the-Scenes Footage
• Angus Scrimm Fangoria Convention Appearance
• Angus Scrimm Fangoria TV Spot
• Original Trailer and TV Spots
• Still Gallery
PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD (1994)
• Original Stereo and 5.1 Surround Audio Options
• Audio commentary with actors A. Michael Baldwin and Angus Scrimm
• Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm III – In this brand new pheaturette, the cast and crew reflect on the third chapter in the Phantasm series and the vast amount of make-up work on the film. Features interviews actor A. Michael Baldwin, Ravager director David Hartman and make-up artists Mark Shostrom and Dean Gates
• Behind-the-Scenes Footage with optional audio commentary by Mark Shostrom and Dean Gates • Deleted Scene
• Original Trailer
• Still Gallery
PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION (1998)
• Original Stereo and 5.1 Surround Audio Options
• Audio commentary with director/writer Don Coscarelli and actors Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister
• Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm IV – In this brand new pheaturette, the cast and crew reflect on how the fourth Phantasm film evolved and reflect on their personal relationship with The Tall Man, Angus Scrim. Features interviews with director Don Coscarelli, actor A. Michael Baldwin, special make-up artists Mark Shostrom and Dean Gates and Ravager director David Hartman
• Original Trailer
• Still Gallery
PHANTASM: RAVAGER (2016)
• Exclusive Introduction(s!) by director David Hartman
• The Los Angeles Premiere Experience – join the audience of die-hard phans as they experience Phantasm: Ravager for the first time! Watch the entire feature with a 5.1 Surround audience track recorded at the 2016 Los Angeles premiere
• Audio commentary with director David Hartman and writer/producer Don Coscarelli
• Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm: Ravager – Brand new pheaturette looking at the final chapter in the Phantasm series, featuring interviews with actors A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester, Daniel Schweiger and director David Hartman
• Q&A panel from the 2016 Austin Premiere
• Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
• Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary
• Bloopers and Outtakes
• Original Trailer
• Phantasm and You – a light-hearted recap of the Phantasm franchise by David Hartman
• Phantasmagoria: feature-length documentary covering Phantasm I-IV
• Phantasmagorical Mystery Tour: location tour hosted by actor Reggie Bannister
• Tall Tales: newly-edited featurette comprised of largely unseen footage from Phantasmagoria
• Dear Angus: a tribute to Angus Scrimm by long-time friend and collaborator Kristen Deem
• Phantasm: Genesis: featurette looking at some of the key stunt sequences from the series
• Phandom: A look at the enduring nature of ‘phandom’
Unsung Horrors | From the makers of 70s Monster Memories comes another ‘giant’ must-read for Monster Kids
From the team behind last year’s sell-out tome 70s Monster Memories, Unsung Horrors is the latest film book for genre fans that’s being snapped by collectors as I write. Covering more than 200 (see the full list below) neglected, unappreciated or forgotten horror and fantasy films from the silents to the 1970s, this labour of love has been written by fans for fans, and is designed with a fantastic nostalgic nod over 448 pages packed with stills, posters and lobby cards. And to top it all, it comes with the blessing of Gremlins director Joe Dante.
Now, having contributed three articles to the book myself (The House That Screamed, The Last Man on Earth and Scream and Scream Again), I might be a little biased in saying that this is a MUST-HAVE in your cult film library. But don’t just take it for me, here’s what others have been saying… and once you have read these, you’ll find a handy link to purchase your copy while stocks last. And according to the book’s editor, Eric McNaughton, a second volume is currently being put together. Joy, oh joy!
‘This lavish new oversized softcover from the publishers of the British magazine We Belong Dead…. starts with Seven Deaths in the Cat’s Eye and goes on from there. Foreword by Joe Dante, no less, and the delightful cover art by Paul Garner makes the package literally irresistible.’ Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog
‘Simply put, if I were able to create something as worthy as Unsung Horrors I could die a happy man, secure in the knowledge that I introduced fans new and old to a wealth of gems they may never have otherwise encountered. Unsung Horrors cleared away decades of cobwebs and made me feel the same as I did way back in 1973 when I was eight years old and first saw A Pictorial History of Horror Movies.’ Ginger Nuts of Horror
‘The writers of these essays offer something that can’t be bottled or replicated through research (though there’s plenty of that as well): the collected knowledge of growing up watching genre movies. That horror fans should treat themselves to a copy of Unsung goes without saying. The best writers don’t require you to come in with a pre-existing love for a subject but, through their writing, spark an interest you never knew you had. That’s Unsung Horrors.’ That’s Not Current
‘In addition to well-researched retrospectives of films lurking in the darkest annals of horror history, there is an introduction from a man who needs no introduction – Joe Dante. The book is a follow-up to their Rondo-nominated best-seller 70s Monster Memories, which is now almost impossible to purchase as every copy sold out. Unsung Horrors will only be available for a limited time as well, so if you’re interested in the history of our beloved genre’s overlooked gems, it’s an essential pick-up.’ Dread Central
‘Those of you who were lucky enough to snap up a copy …. Monster Memories will know what to expect here – pages and pages and pages of lurid loveliness, packed with amazing pictures and informative text filled with friendly enthusiasm for our favourite subject…..this is easily the film book of the year.’ The Dark Side
‘Unsung doesn’t necessarily mean unknown, so aficionados will probably recognize many of these titles from browsing video store shelves, devouring specialty genre magazines, or stumbling upon a trailer within the depths of YouTube. The question to ask is: how many have you actually seen? Drawing from my own experience, more than a few are the types of films I’ve sworn I’ve watched only to realize that I merely read a synopsis on the back of a VHS cover without having rented the damn thing. There are, of course, a myriad of reasons these titles never got a fair shake: lack of audience interest upon release; maligned by critics; considered a minor work in a filmmaker’s oeuvre; shoved into a chasm of distribution hell; or simply didn’t fit the mold of their respective eras and vanished from consciousness. The purpose of Unsung Horrors is to acquaint readers with these titles that have been buried in some manner by time and neglect, unearthed here by fellow discerning devotees. While most of the films are not masterpieces by any stretch, they are worthy of rediscovery, at least in the hearts of the contributors who are moved to convince you of their value. Many are, in fact, masterpieces, and there are good arguments presented here in defense of their reputations. The point is, even among horror fans, these films are rarely discussed, and this book is a wonderful way to provoke reappraisal‘. Chris Hallock, Diabolique Magazine (READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE)
ORDER HERE: http://unsunghorrors.co.uk/
HOW MANY HAVE YOU SEEN? | THE FULL LIST OF UNSUNG HORRORS
Seven Dead In The Cat’s Eye
Goke – Body Snatcher From Hell
And Soon The Darkness
Levres de Sang
Lake of Dracula
The Black Cat
All The Colours Of The Dark
Galtiki – The Immortal Monster
The 7th Victim
Blood and Roses
The Monkey’s Paw
The Lost Continent
The Black Panther
Curse Of The Faceless Man
The Face at the Window
Murders In The Zoo
The Long Hair Of Death
The Living Skeleton
Behemoth The Sea Monster
The Green Slime
The Projected Man
Diary Of A Madman
The Castle Of The Fly
Damned In Venice
The Face Of Fu Manchu
House Of Mystery
The Frozen Dead
The Ghost Of Frankenstein
Seven Footprints To Satan
Dracula Pere Et Fils
Les Raisins De La Mort
The Haunted House Of Horror
Crypt Of The Living Dead
Four Flies On Grey Velvet
The House That Screamed
Jack The Ripper
Curse Of The Devil
IT! The Terror From Beyond Space
In Search Of Dracula
Kill Baby Kill
The Return Of Dracula
Children Of The Damned
The Beast With Five Fingers
A Study In Terror
Legend Of The Werewolf
Doctor Blood’s Coffin
The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue
Day Of The Animals
The Shuttered Room
Lorna The Exorcist
Castle Of The Walking Dead
Man Made Monster
The Black Scorpion
Castle Of The Living Dead
Mother Rilley Meets The Vampire
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Vampire Bat
The Dark Eyes Of London
Mystery Of The Mary Celeste
Night Of The Seagulls
Atom Age Vampire
Race With The Devil
Cry Of The Werewolf
Werewolf Of London
The Perfume Of The Lady In Black
An Angel For Satan
The Devil Bat
The Black Belly Of The Tarantula
The Bat Whispers
Red Queen Kills 7 Times
Kingdom Of The Spiders
Revenge Of The Blood Beast
The Secret Of Dorian Gray
Horror Rises From The Tomb
The Loreley’s Grasp
The Snake Girl And The Silver-Haired Witch
Nothing But The Night
The Strange Door
The Virgin Of Nuremberg
The Legend Of Blood Castle
Devils Of Darkness
Murders In The Rue Morgue
The House With Laughing Windows
Who Can Kill A Child
The Alligator People
Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb
The Mask Of Fu Manchu
The House In Nightmare Park
Lizard In A Woman’s Skin
Terror Creatures From The Grave
The Last Man On Earth
The Devil Commands
The Legend Of Hell House
Scream And Scream Again
Twice Told Tales
The Undying Monster
Lady Morgan’s Vengance
The Student Of Prague
The Horrible Dr. Hichcock
Mill Of The Stone Women
Werewolf In A Girls’ Dormitory
The Fall Of The House Of Usher
Dr Pyckle And Mr Pryde
Le Testament Du Docteur Cordelier
The Dunwich Horror
Son Of Kong
The Queen Of Spades
The Hands Of Orlac
Tower Of Evil
Three Cases Of Murder
Murders In The Rue Morgue
What Have You Done To Solange
The Most Dangerous Game
Nightmare In Wax
Where Has Poor Mickey Gone..?
The Face Behind The Mask
The Naked Prey
Phantom Of The Paradise
The Devil’s Nightmare
Scream Blacula Scream
The Mummy’s Hand
El Baron Del Terror
The Curse Of The Living Corpse
The Incredible Melting Man
And Now The Screaming Starts
Damien Omen II
The Naked Jungle
House Of Horrors
The Four Skulls Of Jonathan Drake
The Man From Nowhere
Tombs Of The Blind Dead
Tower Of London
The Return Of The Vampire
One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history, Robert Wiene’s Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari shook filmgoers worldwide and changed the direction of the art form.
Incalculably influential, the film’s nightmarishly jagged sets, sinister atmospheric and psychological emphasis left an immediate impact in its wake (horror, film noir, and gothic cinema would all be shaped directly by it).
Back in 2014, Eureka! released the definitive restoration on dual format as part of their Masters of Cinema Series, now the expressionist masterpiece is back in a special Steelbook Blu-ray edition, which includes the 2014 documentary, From Caligari to Hitler, a two-hour exploration of German Cinema during the Weimar Republic (1918-1933). Plus, there’s a host of brand-new bonus extras to savour.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX
• High-definition presentation, from the extensive FWMS restoration
• Option of Stereo and 5.1 surround scores
• Original German intertitles with optional English subtitles
• From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses
• You Must Become Caligari: Video essay by film critic David Cairns
• Exclusive audio commentary by film historian David Kalat
• Caligari: The Birth of Horror in the First World War: 52 minute documentary on the cultural and historical impact of the film
• On the Restoration: three short video pieces on the film’s restoration
• Trailer for the release of the new restoration of the film
• Booklet featuring vintage writing on the film by Lotte H Eisner; an original Variety review of the film; and rare archival imagery
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Professor Driscoll (Christopher Lee), is an authority on the occult who persuades one of his students (Venetia Stevenson) to research his hometown, Whitewood, once the site of witch burnings in the 17th century. Booking herself into the Raven’s Inn, she soon learns that devil worship among the locals hasn’t been consigned to the past…
Produced by future Amicus founders Milton Subotsky and Max Rosenberg, and beautifully shot by Desmond Dickinson (whose credits ranged from Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet to Horrors of the Black Museum), The City of the Dead (aka Horror Hotel) is a wonderfully atmospheric and still shocking slice of horror that stands firmly alongside with its Hammer contemporaries.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
• New 4K digital restoration by the Cohen Film Collection and the BFI
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of two versions of the film: The City of the Dead and the alternative US cut, Horror Hotel
• Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Audio commentary by film critic Jonathan Rigby
• Newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
• First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Vic Pratt