General Horror Films & TV Discussion Thread

Haws Bah Gawd

TRTSM's Color Commentator
Watched the Cabin Fever remake this past weekend. While I feel it was completely unnecessary, I was at least entertained throughout. I'm really not a big fan of shot for shot remakes though, and feel like if a film is going to be remade, it should at least try something different.


Rapp Snitch Knishes

S. Craig Zahler (who wrote and directed "Bone Tomahawk" and "Brawl in Cell Block 99") wrote this. The score was done by Fabio Frizzi (who scored some of Lucio Fulci's most iconic movies) Comes out next Friday.


Rasslin' Rambler
I'm looking forward to seeing this. I was at a horror con in Chicago over last weekend and the Full Moon folks were talking heavy about it.

How many Puppet Master films have they done now?


Rapp Snitch Knishes
Bored, so here's some upcoming release dates for horror Blus

Sept 4th

-Hereditary (Lionsgate)
-Deep Red (Standard Edition) (Arrow)
-Ghost Stories (IFC/Scream Factory)

Sept 11th

-Horrors of Malformed Men (Arrow)
-Scream for Help (Shout! Factory)
-The Evil (Scream Factory)

Sept 25th

-[Rec]: The Complete Collection (Scream Factory)
-Anthropophagus and it's sequel Absurd (Severin)
-Halloween and American Psycho 4K Blu Rays (Lionsgate)
-Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (Image Entertainment)
-The Baby (Arrow)
-Exorcist II: The Heretic (Scream Factory)
-Body Melt (Vinegar Syndrome)
-The House on Tombstone Hill (Vinegar Syndrome) you may know the film by it's Troma title "Dead Dudes in the House".
-The Bride (Scream Factory)
-The Cyclops (Warner Archive) Because Bert I. Gordon and a giant cyclops dude

Oct 2nd

-The First Purge (Universal)
-Rob Zombie's Halloween Steelboox (Weinstein Company)
-Blood Fest (Cinedigm)
-Feral (IFC/Scream Factory)
-The Devil's Doorway (IFC/Scream Factory)

Oct 9th

-Trick r' Treat (Scream Factory)
-House on Haunted Hill 1999 (Scream Factory)
-Halloween II and III Steelbooks (Scream Factory)
-The Unnameable (Unearthed Films) a sorta but not really adaptation of the Lovecraft story from the early 90's.
-Bloodlust (Mondo Macabro)
-Along Came the Devil (Gravitas Ventures)

Oct. 16th

-Trilogy of Terror (Kino Lorber)
-Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete Series (Lionsgate)
-Unfriended: Dark Web (Universal)
-Schlock (Arrow Video)
-House on Sorority Row (Scorpion Releasing)
-Cut and Run (Code Red)

Oct. 23rd

-Creepshow (Scream Factory)
-Sisters (Criterion) I'm actually looking more forward to this. Probably my favorite De Palma movie.
-Maximum Overdrive (Vestron/Lionsgate)
-Night of the Demons Steelbook (Scream Factory)
-Deadbeat at Dawn (Arrow)
-I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle (Redemption)

Oct. 30th

-Torso (Arrow)
-The Wasp Woman (Scream Factory)
-Our House (IFC/Scream Factory)

Nov 6th

-The Thing Steelbook (Scream Factory)
-Sleepwalkers (Scream Factory)
-Mara (Lionsgate)

Nov 13th

-Maniac (the original) (Blue Underground) includes new special features, a new scan and a CD soundtrack
-Single White Female (Scream Factory)
-Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (Scream Factory)
-Perversion Story (Mondo Macabro) a Giallo that doesn't really qualify as horror, but it was directed by Lucio Fulci
-The Wizard of Gore (Arrow)

Nov 20th

-Candyman (Scream Factory)
-Urban Legend (Scream Factory)
-Urban Legend: Final Cut (Scream Factory)

Nov 27th

-Zombie (Blue Underground) includes three different covers, new special features, a brand new scan and a CD soundtrack
-The Critters Collection (Scream Factory)

Dec 18th

-Dracula: Prince of Darkness (Scream Factory)


Laugh This Off... Puddin'!
Staff member
I'm so psyched for the Critters Collection that'll be coming out 11/27


Laugh This Off... Puddin'!
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This caught my eye. Curious to check it out now.


Rapp Snitch Knishes

Friday can't come soon enough


Laugh This Off... Puddin'!
Staff member
TCM has a series of Lon Chaney movies showing on 10/3 including The Unknown (1927), Phantom of the Opera, and The Monster (1925) starting at 8 PM. I'll be DVRing the first and third as I don't recall ever seeing them before.


Gravitas Ventures is a nice little indie distro that's going to become a worthwhile name.


Integral Poster
It's not very good. Keith David is fun, but the rest of the actors are godawful and it feels like a SyFy original movie. It reminds me of Creepshow 3 that came out a while ago, but it's even more of a bummer because the original team is behind it.


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I think this is a pretty blah trailer, but I'm still sort of excited for it. The original scared the shit out of me as a kid and still has some moments that unsettle me (Everything Zelda), but there are some things to be improved. Dale Midkiff and Denise Crosby are both pretty bad and dull in the original and Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz are a huge trade up acting wise. John Lithgow as Jud is also an awesome casting decision even though it will be hard to top Fred Gwynne.


Looks like it has potential. I wonder if they'll get somebody to cover the Ramones for the soundtrack.

Winter Epicland

Epic Reine
A Crying Hoss said:
It's not very good. Keith David is fun, but the rest of the actors are godawful and it feels like a SyFy original movie. It reminds me of Creepshow 3 that came out a while ago, but it's even more of a bummer because the original team is behind it.

Agreed, Keith David does a great Clarence Washington III impression and I did enjoy the framing story but the tales themselves were pretty weak. Seemed like they tried too hard to be socially conscious and re-create the cheesy charm the first film had. A giant WTF to that date rape story. I legit sat there confused the whole time watching that one.

You know what film I haven't seen since I was a kid? The People Under the Stairs. It's one of the only Wes Craven films I haven't re-watched in the last few years. No idea if it still holds up.


Integral Poster
The good thing about Tales 2 is it got me to rewatch the first which holds extremely well. I think its my second favorite anthology movie behind Creepshow.


Integral Poster
New Halloween was good until
the doctor kills the chief and wears Michael's mask
. It was pretty shitty from that point on


Rasslin' Rambler
I'd imagine I was the only mofo that went to this last night....

Anyhow, attended the unrated director cut's screening last night (this was a one time only type event) for Lars Von Trier's latest clusterfuck, The House That Jack Built. To say this was a shockingly depraved piece of work would be putting it mildly. I was on one hand engaged in how messed up this continued to get as it went on but on the other hand I was pretty disgusted at the output. There was very long drawn out scenes of meticulous killing, and quite frankly, it was very disturbing. There was times I was considering walking out as it was too much for sure.

it was set in 5 parts or "chapters" in a sense, of preparation and execution of separate grisly kills, followed by a really bizzare epilogue that probably made little sense other than it was a fitting way to end the character.

Some of the most shocking and fucked up points of this film include:
-Children being treated like deer or other game for sport, being long range shot and killed, and then dismembered and made into taxidermy (this was one of the parts I nearly left, it was many layers of gross)
-Easily one of the most misogynistic and depraved treatment of women that I've seen in horror in quite some clear example being a woman's tits were cut off graphically and used in a manner that was repulsive to say the least. Woman were treated as very inferior and quite frankly, stupid and foolish in this film in general. I kind of got the idea (Jack targets weak minded women to manipulate them) but it fell off the rails completely with me by this portrayal.
-A flashback scene where a young Jack tortures a duckling by cutting its legs off, looked like it was legitimate animal torture that wasn't a fake effect at all.
-The "house that Jack built" concept is taken to a new level with a very bizzare scene of him connecting all of his taxidermy style dead frozen bodies (he proclaims he killed and stored over 60 victims) into a "house" of sorts.

It sounds like the screening may have really set off the MPAA and they may pull the additional R-rated cut of this that is coming out in a few weeks (how this will be cut to fit an R rating is beyond me) as the distributor, IFC, didn't go through the right steps to get a waiver to release a secondary cut of a film in the theater.

I'm still certainly wrapping my head over what I saw. Honestly, if the Von Trier effect wouldnt have been so brazen and foul in this, there was some interesting concepts and points that could have gone somewhere and created a snapshot of how serial killers think, but it gets muddled when you are writing and directing for shock value. it was, at its core, a disturbing and unfiltered example of the mind of a serial killer.

My big question once again after a Lars in the FUCK does he get American mainstream stars to do this work? Matt Dillon was certainly all in on this performance for sure. Uma Thurman played an incredibly unlikable character (that was the point though) and Riley Keough was in a very strange disheartening role that I never expected any mainstream actress to accept.

Big Beard Booty Daddy

Canadian Destroyer213
Some friends of mine were at the screening at the IFC Center in Manhattan last night, which included a Q&A with Dillon. One of my friends reported that there was only 1 person that walked other. Other people mentioned on her post on Facebook about multiple people walking out from screenings across the country.


Rasslin' Rambler
I just saw 3 women leave after the really mysoginistic stuff towards a certain woman in the film that I mentioned. I tell ya though...after it was done....everyone walking out was certainly messed some heads up, including mine.


Rapp Snitch Knishes
Coming this February from Arrow Video

Special Edition Contents

• Brand new 2K restoriation of original vault elements.

• Original 5.1 Dolby Surround Audio

• Optional English subtitles

• Audio commentary with director Takashi Miike and screenwriter Daisuke Tengan

• Brand new commentary by Miike biographer Tom Mes examining the film and its source novel

• Introduction by Miike

• Ties that Bind – A brand new interview with Takashi Miike

• Interviews with stars Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi and Ren Osugi

• Damaged Romance: An appreciation by Japanese cinema historian Tony Rayns

• Trailers

• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anton Bitel


• Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements

• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

• Original Uncompressed mono audio

• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

• Brand new audio commentary with Stephen Jones and Kim Newman

• Introduction to the film by film journalist and Horror Express super-fan Chris Alexander

• Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express – an interview with director Eugenio Martin

• Notes from the Blacklist – Horror Express producer Bernard Gordon on working in Hollywood during the McCarthy Era

• Telly and Me – an interview with composer John Cacavas

• Original Theatrical Trailer

• Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing by Adam Scovell


Rapp Snitch Knishes
no fact said:
Oh, fuck yeah. Those two are definitely day-one for me.
I heard the old Shout! Factory Blu of "Audition" didn't have a good transfer, so this is exciting news. "Horror Express" is another example of Arrow re-releasing OOP Severin titles. They've already released "Psychomania" and "The Baby" (which is...really fucking weird and fucked up) and are releasing "Bloody Birthday" in December, so something like "House of Seven Corpses" (which is best left avoided, as it really sucks) will probably be next.

I was gonna add the two Giallo they'll be releasing in February ("The Fifth Chord" and "The Possessed") but those aren't in the "Giallo that doubles as a horror movie" as much as they are the more traditional route.


Rapp Snitch Knishes
Arrow's March titles have been reviled. If you live in the UK/have an all-region Blu-Ray player:

• Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original camera negative, approved by director of photography Junichiro Hayashi
• High definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Lossless Japanese DTS-HD master audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 soundtracks
• Optional English subtitles
• New audio commentary by film historian David Kalat
• The Ring Legacy, a series of new interviews from critics and filmmakers on their memories of the Ring series and its enduring legacy
• A Vicious Circle, a new video interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger on the career of Hideo Nakata
• Circumnavigating Ring, a new video essay by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on the evolution of the Ring series
• Sadako’s Video
• Theatrical trailers
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork


Rapp Snitch Knishes
As for the US/Canada, it will be

• Three films from José Ramón Larraz: Whirlpool, Vampyres and The Coming of Sin, all newly-restored in 2K from original film elements
• Newly-produced, extensive bonus features and unseen archival content
• English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing for all features
• Newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
• 80-page perfect bound book featuring new writing by Jo Botting, Tim Greaves and Vanity Celis

• Original US Theatrical Cut
• Brand new audio commentary by Tim Lucas
• Obsessive Recurrence: The Early Films of José Larraz - author and critic Kim Newman reflects on the recurring themes and underlying obsessions linking together the early productions of José Larraz
• A Curious Casting - actor Larry Dann on the strange story behind his casting in Whirlpool
• Deviations of Whirlpool - featurette comparing the differences between the US Theatrical Cut and a previously circulated, alternate cut of the film
• Extract from an archival interview with José Larraz
• Image Gallery
• Original US Theatrical Trailer

• Brand new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger
• Brand new interviews with producer Brian Smedley-Aston, actors Marianne Morris, Anulka Dziubinska, Brian Deacon, Sally Faulkner, makeup artist Colin Arthur and composer James Kenelm Clarke
• Reimagining Vampyres - a brand new interview with Larraz’s friend and collaborator Victor Matellano, director of the 2015 Vampyres remake
• Extract from an archival interview with José Larraz
• Jose Larraz and Marianne Morris Q&A at 1997 Eurofest
• Image Gallery
• Trailers

• Spanish and English language versions of the feature
• Brand new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger
• Variations of Vice: The Alternate Versions of The Coming of Sin – exploitation expert Marc Morris on the strange and scandalous release history of José Larraz's most censored film
• Remembering Larraz – author and filmmaker Simon Birrell shares his fond and extensive memories of his long-time friend and collaborator José Larraz
• His Last Request (2005, 27 mins) - short film by Simon Birrell made under the guidance of José Larraz and starring Spanish horror legend Jack Taylor
• Extract from an archival interview with José Larraz
• Image Gallery
• Original Spanish Trailer

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• Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
• High definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
• English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• New audio commentary by’s Adrian J. Smith and David Flint
• Sex and Death with a Smile, a new video essay by author and critic Kat Ellinger on giallo and sex comedy icon Edwige Fenech
• A Good Man for the Murders, a newly edited video interview with actor Nino Castelnuovo
• The Blonde Salamander, a new video interview with actress Erna Schurer
• The Art of Helping, a new video interview with assistant director Daniele Sangiorgi
• Jack of All Trades, a new video interview with actor and production manager Tino Polenghi
• Two versions of the opening scene: tinted and untinted viewing options
• Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
• Image gallery
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Rachael Nisbet

• Brand new 2K restoration from the original negative
• Original Stereo and 5.1 audio options
• Audio commentary with co-writers and co-directors Daniel Liatowitsch and David Todd Ocvirk
• Real World Massacre: The Making of Kolobos - brand new featurette on the making-of Kolobos including interviews with Daniel Liatowitsch, David Todd Ocvirk and co-writer/producer Nne Ebong
• Face to Faceless - a brand new Interview with “Faceless” actor Ilia Volok
• Slice & Dice: The Music of Kolobos - a brand new interview with composer William Kidd
• Behind-the-Scenes Image Gallery
• Super 8 short film by Daniel Liatowitsch with commentary
• Original Trailer
• FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by Phillip Escott


I highly recommend at least seeing Kolobos. It was Saw before Saw existed and has one of the downright nastiest kills I've ever seen. Acid, a shower head, and a porcelain sink...daaaaaamn...