Screamcast 147: What’s On Your Doorstep Mega Episode

Brad, Sean & Stephanie run down recent arrivals to their collections. Flicks discussed include: THE HIDDEN, THE LURE, THE UNHOLY, NIGHT OF THE SCORPION & much more!

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Screamcast 144: The Slayer Is Among The Living In The Backwoods

While Brad is in Austin, TX at Fantastic Fest, BJ Colangelo, Stephanie Crawford and Sean Duregger discuss Arrow Video’s release of The Slayer! We also dive into the Shudder exclusive Among The Living (2014, directed by Inside’s Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo) and a 1988 lost-on-vhs flick Backwoods (aka The Geek)!

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Screamcast 136: The Brain Had A Brainscan That Resulted In Brain Damage

BRAAAAINS! This week we sort through a pile of movies on our doorsteps and then dive into a trifecta of brain induced mayhem! First we break our Arrow Films Blu-ray of Frank Henenlotter’s BRAIN DAMAGE (1988); then we follow Edward Furlong into some CD-ROM Horror with BRAINSCAN (1994) and finally we unearth 1988’s criminally underseen THE BRAIN. As always, Josh Obershaw runs down the latest physical media news.

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Disc of the Week: ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976)

There are certain distribution companies that you always keep on eye on. For imports from the UK it always comes down to two for me: Arrow Video and Second Sight Films. Now Second Sight may not have the monthly output of Arrow, but you can rest assured that whatever they put on disc will be a stellar release. They first came to my attention with their RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD Blu. That disc is still my go to release of the film to watch as it’s the only place worldwide to hear the original theatrical soundtrack. Since then other highlights from the company have included the BASKET CASE TRILOGY, STREETS OF FIRE, and SUPER MARIO BROS. Try holding your breath and waiting for Disney to release that last one in a special edition here in the States.

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Disc of the Week: RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3

THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD is one of my favorite horror films of all time. Top 5. Top 2 probably. In fact, it was my first Disc of the Week ever last July. Unfortunately the series has been a bumpy road to travel ever since. PART II scrubbed the series of its nihilistic punk aesthetic and turned it into a kiddie comedy. It has some fans, I am not one of them. NECROPOLIS and RAVE TO THE GRAVE, the fourth and fifth installments, are two of the worst movies ever made. They move beyond the juvenile slapstick humor found in PART II to new levels of cringe-worthiness. The only sequel in the series that could be labelled a good movie is RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3. Instead of trying to match the original’s untouchable blend of horror and humor, it succeeds by playing it straight. This is a somber film about the lengths we will go to for love. But don’t be worried horror fans, this isn’t some art house zombie fare. It’s also a Brian Yuzna joint, which means plenty of rubber creatures running around and tearing chunks off of people.

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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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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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Disc of the Week: IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE

I don’t have much interest in the modern 3D trend. Now every other film is released in 3D and the magic has worn off. The effect is never as great as it is hyped up to be and I usually leave the theater with a headache. I do, however, have a fascination with the films released during the 3D booms of the ’50s and ’80s. Maybe it’s because they’ve been unavailable in this original format for so long that it feels like more of an event when they are finally remastered for 3D Blu-ray. Despite 3D TVs seemingly not taking off in the way they hoped, studios have continued opening their vaults and releasing these classic 3D films onto home video. This past summer Universal gave us JAWS 3D and now they reach back further into their catalog to bring us IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE in 3D.

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Disc of the Week: BLOOD SIMPLE

Joel and Ethan Coen are two of the most eclectic filmmakers of all time. They can move from screwball comedy to dark morality play to satire over the course of three films. You never know what to expect from one of their films before that first trailer hits. This sense of surprise goes back to their debut film BLOOD SIMPLE, which played a couple of film festivals in late 1984 before being given a wide release in January 1985. The film came out of nowhere and was instantly praised by critics as a suspense filled neo-noir. The Coens went from industry outliers (Joel’s only previous credits were as assistant editor on THE EVIL DEAD and FEAR NO EVIL) to filmmakers praised for their assured camera work, tight script, and the dark sense of humor that would permeate the rest of their career.

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