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DVD Review – Zombie Lake (1981)

Zombie Lake, 1981.

Directed by Jean Rollin.

Starring Howard Vernon, Pierre-Marie Escourrou, Anouchka, Antonio Mayans, and Lynn Monteil.

Synopsis:

A French village becomes overrun with Nazi soldiers killed in World War II who have returned as zombies.

The launch title for new label Black House Films, 1981’s Zombie Lake is considered something of a classic amongst genre devotees so for a new label trying to establish itself by putting out a series of Euro-horror staples it makes sense to start with a well-known title. However, movies can be called a ‘classic’ for many different reasons and being good is not always one of them, and Zombie Lake is definitely not a good film.

In fact, it is an absolute turkey and when you look into its production history and discover that original director Jesus Franco (Vampyros Lesbos/White Cannibal Queen) – a man not exactly known for his scruples when it came
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November 29th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Don’T Breathe, Sacrifice!

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Well, horror fans, we have only a few releases on hand for November 29th. So this Tuesday, get ready for the Blu-ray and DVD arrival of Fede Alvarez’s latest excursion in terror, Don’t Breathe.

Vinegar Syndrome will also be releasing the kung-fu horror film Death Machines on home media this Tuesday, and Raro Video USA will unleash Umberto Lenzi's cannibal film Sacrifice! on Blu-ray as well.

It looks like the horror Blu-ray and DVD front picks back up again on December 6th, so be sure to keep an eye out for more titles next week.

Death Machines (Vinegar Syndrome, Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack)

Madame Lu has created three 'Death Machines', a trio of martial arts experts who have been injected with a special serum, turning them into mindless zombies, capable only of murder, at Lu's command. Tasked with eliminating her enemies,
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‘Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 – Draconian Days’ gets a release date & Preview screening!

Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films releases the sequel to the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon – the most extraordinary and scandalous era in the history of British film. Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a three-disc collector’s edition box set, is being released on DVD on July 14th 2014, to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984.

For the first time ever on DVD, all 82 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions “Section 3” list are trailer-featured with specially filmed intros for each title, alongside a brand new documentary – Video Nasties: Draconian Days (review), directed by Jake West.

And to celebrate the release, Film4 FrightFest is hosting a special event – the world exclusive London Premiere of the finalised unseen extended 97 minute cut of Video Nasties: Draconian Days at The Prince Charles Cinema on Thurs 3 July, 8.30pm. The
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Underground Sex and Euro-Horror Director Dead; Reviled by Catholic Church, Goya Winner

Spanish director dies following a stroke: Best known for his nearly two hundred underground, "exploitation" films "I think I was born because my father and my mother had sex ... ." Nope, that has nothing to do with the anti-censorship lectured delivered by Oz the Great and Powerful and Interior. Leather Bar's James Franco online. The words above were uttered by another Franco, a Spaniard. No, not the foaming-at-the-mouth right-wing military ruler Francisco Franco, but multitasking filmmaker Jesús Franco, aka Jess Franco aka dozens of other aliases, including those in honor of jazz performers Clifford Brown and James P. Johnson. His oeuvre included about 200 films, among them The White Slave, The Sexual History of O, Macumba Sexual, , Emmanuelle Exposed, Vampyros Lesbos, The Mistresses of Dr. Jekyll, and White Cannibal Queen. The director died today in Malaga, a city in southern Spain, after suffering a stroke. According to reports, he had never truly
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Blu-ray Review - Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)

Zombie Flesh Eaters, 1979.

Directed by Lucio Fulci.

Starring Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson and Al Cliver.

Synopsis:

When a supposedly abandoned yacht sails into New York Harbour, a journalist and scientists Daughter investigate only to find themselves in a zombie nightmare!

Zombie. Zombi 2. Island of the Living Dead. Zombie Flesh Eaters. Though it is known by many different names there is no doubting that this is one of the most well-known films in the zombie genre (and the film that put Fulci on the map as a ‘Godfather of Gore’). My first exposure to it was roughly 8 years ago, as I scoured the shelves of a local Blockbuster for a horror film. The tag line – “We are going to eat you!” – sounded so bad that I just had to try it. As someone who loved the Romero films, I thought it was a decent, if rather throwaway piece of shock entertainment.
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Blue Underground Bringing Several Midnight Movie Double Features to DVD

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Oh, Blue Underground. We love you so! The company that has delivered some of the horror genre's more crazed moments is back with a lineup of double feature DVD's to kick off the new year! Read on for details.

Killer Critters Double Feature Available January 29, 2013

Rats: Night Of Terror:

In the year 225 A.B. (After the Bomb), a group of post-apocalyptic bikers discover an abandoned research laboratory filled with food, water… and thousands of rats. But these are no ordinary vermin; these are super-intelligent mutant rodents with a ravenous appetite for human flesh. Can a bunch of heavily armed but not-too-bright human scavengers survive a night of terror against the most hungry and horrific predators on earth?

Venom:

It was supposed to be the perfect crime: the sexy maid (Susan George of Straw Dogs), a psychotic chauffeur (Oliver Reed of Revolver) and an international terrorist (the legendary Klaus Kinski
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Lina Romay: Sex/Horror Movie Actress Dies

Lina Romay: Sex/Horror Movie Actress Dies
Lina Romay, a pretty brunette who starred in numerous risqué features for longtime companion Jesus Franco, has died. According to online reports, Romay died of cancer on February 15. She was 57. Born Rosa María Almirall Martínez in Barcelona on June 25, 1954, Romay began her film career while in her late teens. The source for her artistic name was another Lina Romay, a singer with Xavier Cugat's band who had featured roles in movies such as Love Laughs at Andy Hardy and Joe Palooka in the Big Fight. (This Lina Romay died at age 91 in December 2010 in the L.A. suburb of Pasadena.) The Spanish Lina Romay's movies, however, were anything but G-rated fare. Her gialli and erotica efforts had titles such as Tender and Perverse Emanuelle (1973), Justine and the Whip (1979), The White Slave (1985), and Alone Against Terror (1987). From the early '70s to 2005, she was featured in more than 100 productions.
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Home Invasion: DVD & Blu-Ray Releases for October 25, 2011

The Tuesday before Halloween is bound to have a lot of genre titles. There are some good ones too like Attack the Block, Blue Underground releases Fulci in High-Definition with Zombie and The House by the Cemetery, also Criterion releases The Island of Lost Souls on DVD & Blu-Ray and the most talked about film of last year, A Serbian Film finally hits the shelves. Read below, if you dare, for all your DVD and Blu-Ray releases for this week and if you plan on purchasing any films through Amazon, click on the buttons provided as they help us out with paying the bills around here.

Animal Attack Two Pack (Maneaters Are Loose/ Shark Kill)

Two savage and rare TV movies in the 1970s “Animal Attack” genre that have rarely been seen since their initial release, now back in print and together at last on DVD.

Buy the DVD @ Amazon.
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Lucio Fulci’s Zombie at the Hi-Pointe Midnights this Weekend!

Zombie , the audaciously disgusting spectacle from the late master of gruesome Italian horror Lucio Fulci, was made in 1979 and presented as a semi-sequel to George Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead from the previous year, (Dawn was released in parts of Europe as Zombie – Fulci’s film was known there as Zombie 2) though the films aren’t at all connected. Tisa Farrow and a group of vacationing tourists travel to an island where they find a doctor (Richard Johnson) who is attempting to cure a condition that reanimates the dead. Things quickly get out of control as undead Spanish conquistadors crawl from their graves hungry for human flesh. All this undead mayhem is highlighted by nauseatingly graphic set-pieces by make-up maestro Gianetto de Rossi. Zombie is an incredibly well-made shocker that was enormously popular worldwide and in many ways has aged better than the Romero film (it’s certainly scarier
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See Fulci’s Zombie In Theaters This Weekend!

Destroy the Brain’s monthly midnight program, Late Nite Grindhouse, is treating St. Louisian’s to a bonus show this month in conjunction with Blue Underground to celebrate the newly restored version of Lucio Fulci’s Zombie being released on Blu-Ray! Normally, our shows are the first full weekend of every month but we couldn’t pass this one up. Plus, who would complain about two shows in October, a month when everyone is in the mood for horror. Late Nite Grindhouse is exclusively at The Hi-Pointe Theatre. Below the Press Release, you can RSVP via Facebook and get all the details. We will have issues of Paracinema Magazine and even a special t-shirt a local designer made up in tribute of Fulci’s Italian undead masterpiece.

From the Press Release:

Experience the Italian horror maestro’s gore classic

as you’ve never seen or heard it before,

digitally restored and remastered!
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Blue Underground Presents Nationwide Theatrical Release of Lucio Fulci.s Zombie

Experience the Italian horror maestro.s gore classic

as you.ve never seen or heard it before,

digitally restored and remastered!

Blue Underground is bringing its digitally restored and remastered version of Lucio Fulci.s Zombie to theaters across the U.S. and Canada this month. The exclusive midnight screenings give fans the chance to experience Fulci.s horror classic as it.s never been seen or heard before in advance of Blue Underground.s release of Zombie on Blu-ray disc.

A listing of theaters and dates is attached; all screenings will take place on October 21 & 22, 2011, except where noted. Theaters and showtimes are online now at: http://www.blue-underground.com/zombie

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The late, great Lucio Fulci is known to horror fans for such wildly imaginative and outrageously gory films as The Beyond, House By The Cemetery, and City Of The Living Dead
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Lucio Fulci's Zombie Crashes Back into Theatres; New Theatrical One-Sheet, Trailer, and More!

Here at Dread Central there are few movies on the planet that we enjoy more than Lucio Fulci's classic undead feature Zombie (or Zombi 2 as it was originally known), and just in time for Halloween the flick is headed back into theatres like you've Never seen it before!

From the Press Release

Blue Underground is bringing its digitally restored and remastered version of Lucio Fulci’s Zombie to theaters across the U.S. and Canada this month. The exclusive midnight screenings give fans the chance to experience Fulci’s horror classic as it’s never been seen or heard before in advance of Blue Underground’s release of Zombie on Blu-ray disc.

All screenings will take place on October 21 and 22, 2011, except where noted. Click here for theaters and showtimes!

The late, great Lucio Fulci is known to horror fans for such wildly imaginative and outrageously gory films as The Beyond,
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Video Home Invasion: Severin Film's Blood Spattered Bounty

For this, a very special Halloween edition of Video Home Invasion, we're going to take a look at Severin Films lovely collection of rare and unsettling cult horror films.  I love horror movies as much as the next guy, but many of these titles had me scratching my head.  The Sinful Dwarf, while not strictly horror, is certainly horrifying.  Crucible of Terror is a blip in horror history, but a landmark in the career of Mike Raven.  Then there are the lesser known works of Lucio Fulci, a personal favorite.  Many films that deserve to be viewed at least once, given perhaps more recognition and attention than they sometimes deserve by a company dedicated to bringing evil into your home.

Lucio Fulci is a master of horror who is, by far, best known for his sizable and reputable collection of zombie films.  However, he did make other films as well,
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Video Home Invasion: Severin Films Immoral Tales

One of the formative events in my journey toward cinephilia was finding a copy of Cathal Tohill and Pete Tombs' invaluable text on European art film and sexploitation, Immoral Tales.  I would open it randomly to a page almost daily and find some of the most interesting sounding films at my fingertips.  I haven't yet managed to watch all of them, I man never manage that, but it gave me a point of departure for exploring the very specific type of of film really only made in Europe in the late 50's through the 70's.  The auteurs given greatest attention in the boook have turned out to be some of my favorites, the kind of people who could make a sexy horror or fantasy film that felt like a work of art.  Sure, some of them were trashy, many of them were over the top, and some even were pornographic,
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