Time for more news, movie clips, and pre-order goodness for all our faithful readers!
ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT
HALLOWEEN 35TH ANNIVERSARY
Featuring all-new HD transfer supervised by Dean Cundey, New 7.1 Audio Mix, New Commentary Track by John Carpenter & Jamie Lee Curtis and Never-Before-Seen Bonus Features
In 1978, Compass International Pictures released an indie horror film by an up and coming director and a largely unknown cast. Presented by the late Moustapha Akkad, the film cost $325,000 and ended up not only becoming one of the most successful independent motion pictures of its time, but single handedly created the genre of the modern horror film along with the first iconic (via a painted-over William Shatner mask) cinematic slasher!
Its global success spawned seven sequels, a reboot directed by Rob Zombie and a sequel-to-the-reboot, as well as created generations of grateful fans. The director’s name is John Carpenter and the film was HALLOWEEN. This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the timeless thriller and to celebrate, Anchor Bay Entertainment is bringing back the terrifying original as it’s never been seen or heard before!
Anchor Bay Entertainment and Trancas International proudly announce the September 24th release of the 35th Anniversary Blu-ray™ release of HALLOWEEN. For this very special release, Anchor Bay and Trancas went back to the vaults to present this legendary terror classic as never before, including creating an all-new HD transfer personally supervised by the film’s original cinematographer, Academy-Award® nominee Dean Cundey (WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, APOLLO 13, the BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy), a new 7.1 audio mix (as well as the original mono audio), a brand-new feature length audio commentary by writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis, an all-new bonus feature with Ms. Curtis, as well as selected legacy bonus features from previous ABE releases. Available in a collectible limited-edition book-style package (available only for the first printing) with 20 pages featuring archival photos, an essay by HALLOWEEN historian Stef Hutchinson and specially commissioned cover art by Jay Shaw, SRP is $34.99 and pre-book is August 28.
“Anchor Bay Entertainment has been home to HALLOWEEN for almost 20 years,” noted Malek Akkad, President of Trancas International Films and son of Moustapha Akkad. “I’m so happy that we’re partnering with them to present the definitive edition of what is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal horror films of the 20th century.”
HALLOWEEN stars Jamie Lee Curtis (A FISH CALLED WANDA, TRUE LIES) in her debut role. Anyone who’s ever watched a horror film in the last 35 years knows the story of Michael Myers, who as a child, butchered his sister with a kitchen knife. Committed to a mental institution and watched over by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance, HALLOWEEN II, IV & V, FANTASTIC VOYAGE), he engineers his escape 15 years later, returning to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night to terrorize anyone who gets in his way, including babysitter Laurie Strode (Curtis).
Co-starring P.J. Soles (CARRIE, STRIPES, ROCK N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL), Kyle Richards (THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS, EATEN ALIVE), Nancy Loomis (Carpenter’s ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, THE FOG), Charles Cyphers (ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, THE FOG) and Brian Andrews (THE GREAT SANTINI, THREE O CLOCK HIGH), Halloween also cemented the careers of many behind the camera including Carpenter, Cundey, producer Debra Hill and film editor/production designer Tommy Lee Wallace (HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH, IT).
Bonus features on HALLOWEEN 35th Anniversary Blu-ray™ include:
All-new commentary track with writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis;
“The Night She Came Home” new featurette with Jamie Lee Curtis (HD);
TV & Radio Spots;
Additional Scenes from TV Version
James Wan is currently the big man in horror! His latest movie THE CONJURING just kicked some major ass this weekend scaring up over $41 million dollars at the domestic box office. Hot on it’s heals he has INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 coming on September 13th. This week a new clip of the upcoming thriller was unleashed on the public! Check it out above!
I’ve posted on the Bloodlines before about the upcoming biological horror thriller THE DEMENTED, and next week we can finally see what all the fuss was about! Prior to it’s upcoming release on Blu-ray and DVD, Anchor Bay Entertainment released a couple new clips to get us a little more excited for this one!
If there’s one thing we love almost as much as horror here at the Bloodsprayer, it’s rock n roll! That’s why when the news dropped that Slash has started a production company, and their first release NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR is coming out this fall in select theaters as well as Blu-ray/DVD combo pack we were stoked! Check out the official press release below!
Due in select theaters Friday, October 4 and available on Blu-ray Combo-pack, DVD and On Demand starting Tuesday, October 8. NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR is a harrowing tale in the spirit of the terrifying horror films of the 1970s. The movie is inspired by the legend of Stull, Kansas, which is surrounded by Internet folklore proclaiming the town to be one of the Seven Gateways to Hell. Wendy (Anne Heche), her husband Dan (James Tupper of REVENGE) and their kids have just moved to the small town of Stull, Kansas, where Dan is the new pastor. But in this sleepy community of friendly neighbors, a horrific series of occurrences awaits them: Their teenage daughter (Rebekah Brandes of BELLFLOWER) is being tormented by grisly visions. Her younger sister (Jennifer Stone of WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE) has been marked for a depraved ritual. And deep within the heartland darkness, one of The Seven Gates Of Hell demands the blood of the innocent to unleash the creatures of the damned. Ethan Peck (10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU) and Clancy Brown (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) co-star in this demonic shocker featuring original music by producer SLASH and inspired by the real-life paranormal legacy of Stull. NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR is the first film from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Slash’s production company, Slasher Films, and was written by Jonathon W.C. Mills and directed by Anthony Leonardi III.
“As a long-time fan of the Horror genre, I want to produce films that are in an older tradition of the genre,” relates SLASH. “That is to say, films that leave more to one’s imagination, that are psychologically scary and character-driven, and what scares you is more cerebral than superficial. Slasher Films is my vehicle to realize that aim, and NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR is the first film with more to come.”
Last, but certainly not least is another update from our old friend Dustin Mills. This time, he has dropped the first teaser trailer for THE BALLAD OF SKINLESS PETE! THE BALLAD OF SKINLESS PETE is about an oncologist who believes he’s found a cure for skin cancer, but after testing it on himself a monster is born! You can pre-order this flick for as little as $5 at this link!
Also wanted to share with anyone who is curious about Dustin’s work (or is a fan and needs to fill in a couple holes in their collection) that at this link you can pick up THE PUPPET MONSTER MASSACRE, EASTER CASKET, or ZOMBIE A-HOLE: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT for only $5 each! This sale is only going until July 31st so don’t delay!
Finally, I want to share a project that Dustin is working on with another friend of the site, Steve Rudzinski (EVERYONE MUST DIE). Steve is currently working on a “passion project” with SUPER TASK FORCE ONE, a tokusatsu film written, directed, and starring himself! Check out the clip above, and if interested and you can feel free to pre-order the movie at this link.
That’s gonna wrap it up for this edition of the Bloodlines. I am planning on returning this week with another edition, as well as a handful of new reviews for everyone to check out. Until next time…