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Scream Factory Resurrects 1991’s The Resurrected!

Rejoice, Fright Fans as The Resurrected is finally being given its Blu-Ray release. Thanks of course to our friends from Scream Factory! Just in time when our thoughts began to turn to things Halloween. Furthermore The Resurrected is based on H.P. Lovecraft’s The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward!

The Resurrected boasts some incredible talents. For example in front of the camera you have the likes of Chris Sarandon (Fright Night). As well as John Terry (Hawk the Slayer, Lost). Rounding out the cast are Jane Sibbett (Herman’s Head) and Robert Romanus (Fast Times at Ridgemont High). The film is directed by the late and great Dan O’Bannon (Alien, Return of the Living Dead).

I will admit that back in my youth, while working at the local video store. I knew of The Resurrected. However for some reason I never actually rented the film itself. I think it might actually have had to do with the VHS cover of the time. While I certainly knew of Chris Sarandon thanks to 1985’s Fright Night I wasn’t aware of the Lovecraft connection.
The Resurrected - VHS

The story for The Resurrected concerns a private investigator named John March (Terry). Who takes a case for a distraught Claire Ward (Sibbett) concerning her husband, Charles Dexter Ward (Sarandon). Claire is quite worried about her husband’s actions lately. The scientist’s late night disappearances as well as working with an odd Doctor, they have led her to hire John to find out the truth. Lonnie (Romanus) is John’s right-hand man who aids in uncovering disturbing things about Ward.

There is also that matter regarding the portrait found of Charles’ kinsman, Joseph Curwen.

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It would appear that Charles isn’t exactly feeling quite himself anymore. That might have more than a little to do with finding his lost kinsman’s diary. Which as it turns out contains the secrets of achieving immortality. But who is to stay that gift is meant for Ward and the betterment of humanity?
The Resurrected - Chris Sarandon

So what did I think of The Resurrected?

O’Bannon crafted a very well done H.P. Lovecraft adaptation. And trust me, I know there are more than a few bad film adaptations of the author’s work out there. While it may indeed have been an early 90s movie, it feels like it came from the 80s. The horrors slowly pay themselves out, including generous doses of blood and gore. All of the elements wrapped in a quasi-noir movie.
The Resurrected - John Terry

What about the Scream Factory extra features?

You can rest easy. They have most definitely added worthy special features. Although I was shocked they didn’t include in the listed extras, the fact they have a clip from the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards. Featuring none other than Bruce Campbell and Quentin Tarantino, presenting the award to Dan O’Bannon for The Resurrected.

  • 2K transfer from the film’s vaulted interpositive film element
  • Claire’s Conundrum – an interview with actress Jane Sibbett
  • The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward – an interview with S.T. Joshi, author of I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft
  • Audio Commentary with producers Mark Borde and Kenneth Raich, screenwriter Brent V. Friedman, actor Robert Romanus and make-up effects artist Todd Masters
  • The Resurrected Man – an interview with Chris Sarandon
  • Abominations & Adaptations – an interview with screenwriter Brent Friedman
  • Grotesque Melodies – an interview with composer Richard Band
  • Lovecraftian Landscapes – an interview with production designer Brent Thomas
  • Human Experiments – an interview with special effects artist Todd Masters
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes from the workprint
  • Home Video Trailer & Japanese Trailer
  • Photo Gallery

The good news is you can head out today and pick up a copy of The Resurrected for yourself. Although if you are worried about the gruesome horrors that might be lurking outside your door. You can hop on over to Scream Factory and place your order online!

The Resurrected - Attack

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Paul Naschy Collection

Scream Factory: The Paul Naschy Collection!

Our friends at Scream Factory are on a roll this week. First it was The Lawnmower Man and now they’ve unleashed the Paul Naschy Collection on Blu-Ray! Much like the bang up job they did with their Vincent Price Collections. The Paul Naschy Collection will make fright film fans certainly sit up and take notice!
Paul Naschy

Paul Naschy in fact has been called the Spanish Lon Chaney. In addition I think that is rather fitting as one of his favorite films from his youth was 1943’s Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. A film of course that featured Lon Chaney Jr. in the titular role of the Wolf Man!

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I bring that up because not only did Paul Naschy also portray a victim of Lycanthropy in 12 different films. But Naschy also was also able to make the acquaintance of the legendary Boris Karloff as well. Naturally Karloff wasn’t in the 1943 film but he obviously helped to make the Frankenstein Monster a cultural icon. The meeting between the two was thanks to the classic TV show I Spy, which was in Spain shooting on location. Paul has mentioned that it was an incredible thrill to meet the actor.
Paul Naschy - Boris Karloff

However the icon was apparently suffering from poor health and rather depressed. Furthermore this would lead to an 2010 documentary about Naschy entitled The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry. A posthumous documentary where many filmmakers share their respect such as Joe Dante, John Landis, Mick Garris, and Javier Botet to name a few.

I think you can see why Scream Factory’s The Paul Naschy Collection is so important. They have chosen 5 films from his long career of over 121 roles, playing characters from Jack the Ripper to The Mummy! A sampling of some of his best work and of course as always they have added worthwhile extras.


VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES

  • Complete Uncut Version
  • In Castilian with English Subtitles and English Dub
  • Theatrical Trailers (Spanish and English)
  • Spanish Credit Sequence
  • Alternate Clothed Sequences
  • Still Gallery


HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB

  • Complete Uncut Version
  • NEW Audio Commentary by Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn of the podcast, NaschyCast
  • In Castilian with English Subtitles and English Dub
  • Theatrical Trailers (Spanish and English)
  • Alternate Clothed Sequences
  • Still Gallery


BLUE EYES OF THE BROKEN DOLL

  • Complete Uncut Version
  • NEW Audio Commentary by Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn of the podcast, NaschyCast
  • In Castilian with English Subtitles and English Dub
  • Theatrical Trailers (Spanish and English)
  • Spanish Credit Sequence
  • Still Gallery


NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF

  • Complete Uncut Version
  • NEW Audio Commentary by Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn of the podcast, NaschyCast
  • In Castilian with English Subtitles and English Dub
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailers (Spanish and English)
  • Spanish Credit Sequence
  • Still Gallery


HUMAN BEASTS

  • Complete Uncut Version
  • In Castilian with English Subtitles and English Dub
  • Spanish Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

The Paul Naschy Collection offers all of these movies in high definition 1080p. You can head out to your better blu-ray dealer today and pick up a copy for your collection. Of course you can also jump on over to Scream Factory and order from them as well.

Willard

Tear Into the Original Willard – Out On Scream Factory Blu-ray & DVD!

I’ll be totally honest with you dear reader, I’d never seen the 1971 horror film Willard until I received my review copy of this Blu-ray. Sure, I knew it was about rats. Yes, I guessed the rats committed some violent acts. That was it.
Willard - Bruce Davison

After watching, I admit it’s not the movie I thought it was. I imagined it being a dark, gruesome horror film from top to bottom. It isn’t. It’s an oddball drama about a socially awkward man named Willard who doesn’t have many friends. His home has become infested with rats, but instead of obeying his mother’s orders to kill them, he saves them. In fact, he shares some of his birthday cake with them! Then, the rats become his friends. He gives them names, talks to them and even brings them to work. Eventually, they become the only friends he can trust. This friendship Willard has with his rats doesn’t extend to some of the other people in his life, namely Willard’s cavalier boss, Mr. Martin. Like me, you can assume how the film ends, but it is truly spectacular and worth the lean 95 minute runtime.

The title character of Willard is played by Bruce Davison, an actor who’s been in everything – no really, he has 244 acting roles listed on his IMDB. Davison solidly walks a tight rope between Willard’s macabre loneliness and momentary charm. Sondra Locke, Elsa Lancaster and Ernest Borgnine fill in the other major roles and each performance is planted firmly within their reality. Even with the camp factor, the all star ensemble plays it up just enough to keep the movie grounded, but quirky.

Equally as interesting as the film is its history, which you can learn all about thanks to the wonderful release Scream Factory has put together. The audio commentary with star Davison is full of facts and anecdotes, and he shares a real passion for this movie. Davison explains that this release is a big milestone in Willard because it was a box office hit when it came out, yet due to legal issues, fans had a hard time finding many home releases and certainly nothing in HD. Until now!

I don’t know how the transfer compares to any of the limited previous releases, but knowing Scream Factory I would imagine they found the best version available. For my money, it looked and sounded great. And Scream Factory has also released Ben, the sequel. If rats are your thing, then they’ve got you covered.
Willard - Ben Poster

Friends, Patrick was kind enough to let me chime in on his article. When he submitted his latest review I kind of freaked out. As I have been wanting a proper release of Willard for quite some time. In fact the only way I have been able to watch this cult classic besides the occasional television airing is thanks to my VHS copy. If you will pardon the pun I would point out that its certainly become rather ratty.
Willard

I would add that the equally awesome 1972 sequel Ben also provided the late Michael Jackson an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song! – Vic

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Scream Factory Unleashes Bubba Ho-Tep!

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With Bubba Ho-Tep Don Coscarelli delivers an absolutely stunning film. Of course being a devotee to Coscarelli’s Phantasm series and 1982’s The Beastmaster might make that statement suspect. However I would point out that Coscarelli not only created a movie that has laughs, scares, but heart.

Furthermore Bubba Ho-Tep manages to combine all of that and it works. As a matter of fact it does more than work it as it trancends it’s source material. When all is said and done, Coscarelli gifts the audience with a poignant movie about not just battling evil – but the very real fear of growing old and being left behind.

Of course Bubba Ho-Tep is also about Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy fighting an evil mummy. With the battleground chosen being none other than a retirement home. John F. Kennedy by the way happens to be wheelchair bound and played by the late great Ossie Davis. Did I forget to mention that Bruce Campbell portrays Elvis Presley?
Bubba Ho-Tep

Yeah. To say this movie is in fact magical is an understatement.

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I am happy to add that Scream Factory is releasing the Collector’s Edition on Blu-Ray this Tuesday!

So what is Bubba Ho-Tep about?

An ancient evil in the form of a mummy begins to stalk the elderly residents of the Shady Rest Retirement Home. After all who best to prey on than those who are ignored and in some cases too weak to defend themselves?

Thankfully to put a stop to the threat – or at least try to is Elvis and JFK. It should go without saying that a running gag throughout the film is whether these two men…are just crazy. But the strength of Coscarelli’s direction and his screenplay which is based on the story by Joe R. Lansdale – in addition to the powerhouse performances by Campbell and Davis keep you emotionally invested throughout.

Having said that the film never forgets that in the end it belongs to the horror genre.

So did Scream Factory load up the Blu Ray with goodies?

Are you kidding? Of course they did. Thank you, thank you very much.

  • NEW Audio Commentary With Author Joe R. Lansdale
  • NEW All Is Well – An Interview With Writer/Director Don Coscarelli
  • NEW The King Lives! – An Interview With Star Bruce Campbell
  • NEW Mummies And Make-up – An Interview With Special Effects Artist Robert Kurtzman
  • Audio Commentary By Don Coscarelli And Bruce Campbell
  • Audio Commentary By “The King”
  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Don Coscarelli And Bruce Campbell
  • “The Making Of Bubba Ho-Tep” Featurette
  • “To Make A Mummy” Make-up And Effects Featurette
  • “Fit For A King” Elvis Costuming Featurette
  • “Rock Like An Egyptian” Featurette About The Music Of Bubba Ho-Tep
  • Joe R. Lansdale Reads From Bubba Ho-Tep
  • Archival Bruce Campbell Interviews
  • Music Video
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Still Gallery

So you can totally get off work or school on Tuesday and watch the elections. However I would offer that you could totally go out and pick up Bubba Ho-Tep on Blu-Ray. So why not spend the evening with Elvis and JFK for some laughs and fears – and explosions?

If you don’t feel like heading out you can still pre-order your copy at Scream Factory!

You Can Trust Scream Factory’s The Thing On Blu-Ray!

John Carpenter’s The Thing is one of the greatest movies ever made. I know that is a pretty bold statement. Almost universally vilified on release 34 years ago it managed to achieve cult film status. Slowly finding the audience over the years that could appreciate this masterpiece of horror.
John Carpenter - The Thing

Thanks to Scream Factory The Thing has been released on Blu-Ray today in a Collector’s Edition. If you count yourself a fan of the movie you need to rush out and pick this up right now.

Yes. I am telling you that this Blu-Ray is that worthy. This is more than a chance to crow about a disc with a new interview here or featurette there. This is hands down one of the most epic releases I have had the privilege of reviewing!

I think I might have watched The Thing on TV once.

You are dead to me for saying that! All my joking aside I realize there are people who haven’t seen the film. In a nutshell the movie concerns an American research station in the Antartic that encounter a shape-shifting alien that can perfectly mimic a living organism.

The problem is twofold. The organism wants to assimilate all life and gets very angry when folks try to stop that.

For the next 109 minutes the viewer is treated to one of the most intense science-fiction/horror films ever. The Thing is claustrophobic and bleak – but also strangely uplifting in the character’s defiant actions. You will actually care about those characters too, thanks to the memorable acting by the ensemble cast. I mean when your film boasts the talents of Kurt Russell, Keith David, Donald Moffat, Wilford Brimley, and Richard Dysart to name a few – you can’t help but have great performances.

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Now let’s talk about those Special Features!

On Disc One:

  • NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive Supervised And Approved By Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
  • NEW 4.1 Audio Mix Created From The Original 70MM Six Track Dolby Stereo Soundtrack (5.1 Audio Mix Also Included)
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Co-producer Stuart Cohen
  • Audio Commentary By Director John Carpenter And Actor Kurt Russell
  • Teaser Trailer (1 minute)
  • Theatrical Trailers (U.S. And German) (5 minutes)
  • TV Spots (1 minute)
  • Radio Spots (2 minutes)
  • Still Gallery (Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Posters And Lobby Cards) (15 minutes)

On Disc Two:

  • NEW Requiem For A Shape Shifter – An Interview With Director John Carpenter In Conversation With Filmmaker Mick Garris (28 minutes)
  • NEW The Men Of Outpost 31 – Interviews With Keith David, Wilford Brimley, David Clennon, Thomas Waites, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur And Joel Polis (51 minutes)
  • NEW Assembling And Assimilation – An Interview With Editor Todd Ramsay (11 minutes)
  • NEW Behind The Chameleon: The Sights Of THE THING – Interviews With Visual Effects Artists Peter Kuran And Susan Turner, Special Make-up Effects Artist Rob Burman, Brian Wade And Stop Motion Animators Randall William Cook And Jim Aupperle (25 minutes)
  • NEW Sounds From The Cold – Interviews With Supervising Sound Editor David Lewis Yewdall And Special Sound Effects Designer Alan Howarth (15 minutes)
  • NEW Between The Lines – An Interview With Novelization Author Alan Dean Foster (16 minutes)
  • NEW Back Into The Cold: A Return To The Shooting Locations Of THE THING – An Animated Photo Gallery Narrated By Todd Cameron Of Outpost31.com
  • NEW The Art Of Mike Ploog Gallery (12 minutes)
  • Disc Two Archival Extras:

  • John Carpenter’s The Thing: Terror Takes Shape – A Documentary On The Making Of THE THING Featuring Interviews With John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Special Effects Make-up Designer Rob Bottin, Legendary Matte Artist Albert Whitlock Plus Members Of The Cast And Crew (80 minutes – SD)
  • Network TV Broadcast Version Of THE THING (92 minutes – SD)
  • Outtakes (5 minutes – SD)
  • Vintage Featurettes From The Electronic Press Kit Featuring Interviews With John Carpenter, Kurt Russell And Rob Bottin (13 minutes – SD)
  • Vintage Featurettes – The Making Of A Chilling Tale And The Making Of THE THING (14 minutes – SD)
  • Vintage Product Reel – Contains A Condensed Version Of The Film With Additional Footage Not In The Film (19 minutes -SD)
  • Vintage Behind-The-Scenes Footage (2 minutes -SD)
  • Annotated Production Archive – Production Art And Storyboards, Location Scouting, Special Make-up Effects, Post Production (54 minutes – SD)

So why not treat yourself today and pick up The Thing Collector’s Edition on Blu-Ray? You can hop on over to the official Scream Factory site and order your copy or just head out to the stores and grab it from the shelf!