Thursday: Lost Sarno Film Rediscovered & Some Other Stuff

Thursday: Lost Sarno Film Rediscovered & Some Other Stuff

The “lost” (not really, just more like “forgotten about for a while”) Joseph W. Sarno film Warm Nights and Hot Pleasures has been rediscovered and is currently being restored by film preservation whizzes Film Media! This 1964 movie was found hanging out in the vaults at Audubon Films, owned by Radley Metzger, and it’ll be released under the Film Movement Classics label as part of the Joseph W. Sarno Retrospect Series later this year on Blu-Ray, DVD, digital platforms, and the big screen. Here’s the synopsis:

unnamedIn 1964’s Warm Nights and Hot Pleasures, Joe tells the tale of three ambitious college girls who head to New York City, eager to make their mark on Broadway.  Short on funds, the girls rent a room from a men’s magazine model and are soon immersed in a lurid world of wild parties, risque men’s clubs and sleazy casting couches.  Lessons are learned and hearts are broken as each one decides just how far she will go for stardom. 

Featuring Bettie Page-style bondage and female wrestling, Warm Nights and Hot Pleasures is a sultry snapshot of Manhattan of the early 1960s.

And a teaser trailer:

Also, check out The Autopsy of Jane Doe, which is directed by André Øvredal and stars Brian Cox (Manhunter, Braveheart, RED, The Escapist, Churchill), Emile Hirsch (Killer Joe, Speedracer, Into The Wild, Lone Survivor), Ophelia Lovibond (Guardians of the Galaxy, Nowhere Boy, Man Up), Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones, The Hallow), and Olwen Kelly as Jane Doe. It was produced by Fred Berger, who did La La Land.

AJD-1142It’ll be available for download June 19th and will be on Blu-Ray, DVD, and VOD June 26th. Here’s the synopsis:

“Experienced coroner Tommy Tilden and his son Austin run a family-owned morgue and crematorium in Virginia. When the local Sheriff brings in an emergency case – an unknown female corpse nicknamed ‘Jane Doe’, found in the basement of a home where a multiple homicide took place – it seems like just another open-and-shut case.

But as the autopsy proceeds, these seasoned professionals are left reeling as each layer of their inspection brings frightening new revelations. Perfectly preserved on the outside, Jane Doe’s insides have been scarred, charred and dismembered – seemingly the victim of a horrific yet mysterious ritualistic torture. As Tommy and Austin begin to piece together these gruesome discoveries, an AJD-869unnatural force takes hold of the crematorium. While a violent storm rages above ground, it seems the real horrors lie on the inside…”

The film has been well received and raved about by heavy hitters like Stephen King, Birth.Movies.Death, The Hollywood Reporter, and The New York Times. Everyone pretty much says the same thing so I’ll sum up to spare you: Not for a weak stomach, don’t watch it by yourself (I will totally watch it by myself, challenge accepted).

Check out the trailer, looks good:

Here’s what the cover art looks like in the meantime:


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I'm a regular contributing writer to this website. I got into horror movies through the sci-fi monster films I watched with my dad as a kid (ex. Aliens) and the extreme amounts of zombie movies I spent a good portion of my college career watching. I absolutely love zombies (obviously), am a sucker for a low budget (or any) monster movie, and adore horror-comedy films. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is one of my favorite books, and I'm still waiting for an actually decent film adaptation to bring that fantastic novel to life. Outside of my life as a horror fan, I'm a writer and editor with dreams of turning my screenplays into movies and a love of wine and murder mysteries.

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