Scream Factory closed out this week by dropping another title announcement for another cult classic from the 90s. The label plans on releasing the tawdry 1993 thriller, THE CRUSH, to Blu-ray this summer. This will mark the film’s debut on the format. THE CRUSH stars Alicia Silverstone (CLUELESS) as a teenager who develops an unhealthy- to say the least- obsession with a writer played by Cary Elwes (THE PRINCESS BRIDE). Jennifer Rubin (BAD DREAMS) and Kurtwood Smith (ROBOCOP, THAT 70S SHOW) also star. Extras will be revealed at a later date.
Variety reported that Canadian filmmaking sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska have been tapped to direct a remake of David Cronenberg’s body horror classic, RABID. The original feature starred porn legend Marilyn Chambers (BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR, INSATIABLE) as a woman who, after being greatly injured in a motorcycle accident and treated in a plastic surgery clinic, develops a orifice under her armpit that houses a penis-like stinger. Whenever she embraces a person, she ends up sucking the victim’s blood. The infected people soon become rabid zombies, spreading the disease and quickly causing an epidemic.
Horror cinema is no longer dominated by those with millions of dollars to blow on special effects and A-list actors. With the advent of digital technology, the industry has been democratized; big-budget movies now have to compete with those artists who want to tell smaller, but no less scary, stories.
Talk about bananas. Kino Lorber Studio Classics will be bringing the low-budget American/South Korean giant gorilla flick, A*P*E*, to Blu-ray. Not only that, but it will be in 3-D! Yep, in addition to a 2016 HD tansfer, the Blu will include a restoration of the 3-D presentation. Kino will also issue the movie on DVD, as well. Released the same year as Dino de Laurentiis’ big-budget remake of KING KONG, this quickie cash-in was directed by Paul Leder and stars Rod Arrants, Joanna Kerns and Alex Nicol.
Brad and Sean wrap up “Heavy Metal Horror Month” as we discuss Rocktober Blood with the writers/directors, Ferd & Beverly Sebastian! They have been out of the Hollywood game for over 20 years, but their films still maintain a cult following. Keep an eye out for more Rocktober Blood news in coming weeks!
I am a member of the KISS Army. No apologies, no irony, no bullshit. My first memory of the band was at the age of four, seeing them perform on TV’s Solid Gold. I used to be terrified of these guys, especially bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons. I don’t know, maybe it was seeing dudes dressed like that outside the safe confines of a scary movie was what unnerved me.