Disc of the Week: THE EXORCIST III

It’s been a hard go for EXORCIST fans throughout the years. After the original film arrived on the scene and delivered one of the most terrifying efforts in horror history, EXORCIST II appeared on screen and was instantly reviled. 13 years later, THE EXORCIST III came out to little fanfare and middling reviews following studio interference in the editing room. During the horror boom of the 2000s it appeared that the series was coming back in a big way with Paul Schrader’s prequel. Instead, after much studio meddling, we were eventually given not one, but two subpar prequels. Luckily it appears that 2016 will be the year when history is rewritten on THE EXORCIST franchise. The initially scoffed at Fox TV series based on the first film has been seeing surprising support from both critics and genre fans alike. We are also finally being treated to the original cut of THE EXORCIST III (titled LEGION) for the first time ever. Like HALLOWEEN III, this sequel has been growing a cult steadily over the last few decades and now is seen as something of a minor modern classic. I’m sure the esteem of the film will grow more once people get their hands on William Peter Blatty’s original vision.

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ScreamCast 118: In The Dead End Drive-In With Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith joins us to talk about Arrow Video’s fantastic release of DEAD END DRIVE-IN. We also discuss his career from BMX BANDITS, HAPPY FACE MURDERS to his newest film DRIVE HARD. Also on the agenda is our What’s On Your Doorstep segment and Josh Obershaw returns with Blu-ray News!

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Strangler Things

Okay, where to begin? The Greasy Strangler is the most unique film I have ever seen. I know, in theory, that something cannot be the most unique. My mother is an English teacher and she explained to me when I was young that unique is an absolute and can’t be modified (you can’t be a little pregnant, or extra dead). However, when it comes to the word unique, I feel like this rule is wrong even though I know it is right (I’m invoking Colbert’s “Truthiness” here). Technically, everything in the world is unique, but it feels like some things are more unique than others. For example, I am a Caucasian American. I am not old, I am not young. I am not fat, I am not skinny. I am not tall, I am not short. I have brown hair and brown eyes. I am the embodiment of the average American male. Having said that, I am unique. I am unique because there is not another person in the world who is exactly like me. The Greasy Strangler is more unique because there is not another film in the world that is anything like it. Is it good? No, not really. Is it bad? No, I don’t think so. What is it then? It is… the most unique film I’ve ever seen.

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Phantasm: Remastered and Phantasm: Ravager Blu-rays Set For December 6!

We originally posted in August that the Phantasm: Remastered and the Phantasm: Ravager blu-rays were set to be released “Late 2016” but now have a definite release date. While both films are currently available via streaming platforms, the physical releases are schedule for 12/6/2016 according to BluRay.com.

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Disc of the Week: THE PIT

Kino Lorber is a company that has been steadily putting out good Blu-ray releases for years. With their discs you can count on solid transfers and usually a few supplements. Some releases, such as their excellent QUATERMASS XPERIMENT and MIRACLE MILE Blus, are so packed with bonus features that they would be called Collector’s Editions by most other companies. But even with all that, Kino does not have the same rabid fan base of an Arrow or a Synapse. Maybe it’s because their catalogue isn’t made up of the same recognizable titles that drive cult movie fans crazy when other labels announce them, but I always get interested when I hear the newest set of Kino announcements.

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DVD Review: Phobe The Xenophobic Experiments

$250 can’t get you a hell of a lot these days. But Erica Benedikty didn’t let that stop her from making a feature length Sci-Fi flick inspired by many ’80s era genre romps. Using $250 of her own money, friends, volunteers and donated items and locations, Erica pulled through with a feature length sci-fi film of her own: PHOBE (you know…short for Xenophobe).

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ScreamCast 117: Petey Wheatstraw and the Evils Of The Night

This week we get carried away with an epic What’s On Your Doorstep segment, followed by a dive into Vinegar Syndrome’s July & August releases! We discuss EVILS OF THE NIGHT, PETEY WHEATSTRAW, THE CANDY TANGERINE MAN and much more!

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Jim Wynorski Working On Blu-ray Release Of HARD TO DIE (aka Sorority House Massacre III)!

Jim Wynorski’s NC-17 straight-to-VHS flick HARD TO DIE (aka TOWER OF TERROR aka SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE III) will be making it’s Blu-ray debut! Wynorski announced the news via his Facebook page simply stating “Just started workin’ on the BluRay.”

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The Case of 22 Neo-Giallos Laying In The Red Silk Midnight With Bloodstained Orchids and Laughing Windows

Giallo is a dying genre. It was never really successful by any means, but it did gain a huge cult following, inspiring countless filmmakers, and cinematographers around the globe. One of the main reasons the genre died, in my opinion, was because no one tried to reinvent it, leading to a constant barrage of black gloved killers with a Goblin or Goblin-esque score. There wasn’t anything wrong with that by any means, but it’s one of the reasons why the genre went away. You could even say the same thing for the slasher genre…

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