Matinee - Shout Select

Shout Select Is Releasing Joe Dante’s Matinee!

I have a lot of love for the work of Joe Dante. Not just Matinee of course but Gremlins, The Howling, Explorers, Innerspace, and The ‘Burbs to name just a few of the films he has directed. Now though his 1993 film Matinee, which is an ode to the movies of William Castle is getting a Blu-Ray release by Shout Select!
Matinee - Mant!

Joe Dante has always worn his “Monster Kid” badge with pride. Growing up with the likes of Forrest J. Ackerman’s legendary Famous Monsters of Filmland helped to shape his love of horror and sci-fi films. As well as being a teenager during the Cuban Missile Crisis must have certainly left a mark. Which might indeed make Matinee a little more autobiographical as these elements naturally are the focus of the film.

“It’s 1962, and fifteen-year-old fan Gene Loomis (Simone Fenton) can’t wait for the arrival of Woolsey, who is in town to promote his latest offering of atomic power gone berserk, Mant! But the absurd vision of Woolsey’s tale takes on a sudden urgency as the Cuban Missile Crises places the real threat of atomic horror just 90 miles off the coast. With the help of Woolsey’s leading lady, Ruth (Cathy Moriarty), the master showman gives Key West a premiere they’ll never forget. Anything can happen in the movies, and everything does in this hilarious tribute to a more innocent (and outrageous) time in American cinema.”

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I will of course be sure to give a review of the Blu-Ray for Matinee when I get my hands on a copy. However Shout Factory is already letting us know what we can expect on the Collector’s Edition when it is released on January 9th, 2018.

  • Master Of The Matinee – An Interview With Director Joe Dante
  • The Leading Lady – An Interview with Cathy Moriarty
  • MANTastic! The Making Of A Mant
  • Out Of The Bunker – An Interview With Actress Lisa Jakub
  • Making A Monster Theatre – An Interview With Production Designer Steven Legler
  • The Monster Mix – An Interview With Editor Marshall Harvey
  • Lights! Camera! Reunion! – An Interview With Director Of Photography John Hora
  • Paranoia In Ant Vision – Joe Dante Discusses The Making Of The Film
  • MANT! – The Full Length Version Of The Film With Introduction By Joe Dante
  • Vintage Making Of Featurette
  • Behind The Scenes Footage Courtesy Of Joe Dante
  • Deleted And Extended Scenes Sourced From Joe Dante’s Workprint
  • Still Galleries
  • Theatrical Trailer

Now remember that if you pre-order Matinee through Shout Factory. You not only get a free 18″ X 24″ poster featuring the brand new artwork. But in addition you get the Blu-Ray two weeks before the release date as well!

To get you in the mood for Matinee. Why not listen to Joe Dante discuss the merits of William Castle’s 1964 film The Night Walker?

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The Retroist And William Castle Productions Giveaway Winners!


Halloween may be over but thanks to our friends at Green Galactic and William Castle Productions these lucky winners will get to hold onto that spirit just a little bit longer.

Our first prize, a DVD copy of the 1959 William Castle helmed classic, The Tingler goes to Dex! A mighty congrats to you, friend! You’ll soon be enjoying the movie where Vincent Price goes toe to toe with a deadly parasite that feeds on fear!

For our copies of From the Grave: The Prayer, give a round of applause to Christopher Tupa and Shawn Robare! For the FearMaker: Family Matters books we have SacredSpud and Dan Schoening as our winners! Everyone who entered though gets a little treat though from our kind friends that I’ve mentioned above.

I’ll be in touch soon with you winners and stay tuned as we still have our winner for the Night Terrors: Phase 7 DVD giveaway later tonight!

The Retroist and William Castle Productions Halloween Giveaway!

We are very pleased to announce that thanks to our friends over at Green Galactic and William Castle Productions we are getting to have one heck of a spooktactular giveaway!

That’s right, friends! Our main prize is a DVD copy of the fantastic William Castle helmed 1959 chiller, The Tingler, starring the legendary Vincent Price!

But that is not all we are giving away! We’ve also got four thrilling books of horror to giveaway to lucky visitors of the Retroist! One of the books was written by the ghost of William Castle, I challenge you to beat that for a Halloween treat!

From the Grave: The Prayer!

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Family Matters by William Castle’s daughter, Terry Castle!

We’ve also got more than a handful of Halloween goodies to give out, stickers with William Castle’s famous silhouette! So by now you are asking yourself what type of action must you perform to earn your chance at receiving one of the fantastic prizes! Will we ask you to dig up some new friends for us at your local cemetery? Perhaps we will ask you to knock over a blood bank? Nay! All you need to do is let me know what your favorite Halloween Candy is in the comments section. That is it, friends, just that easy.

I’d like to thank Green Galactic and William Castle Productions for their generosity in this giveaway and to IMP Awards for the original Tingler poster at the top of this post.