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Tobe Hooper's Eaten Alive on Blu-ray & DVD in September

2 September 2015

Arrow Video has announced the dual format (Blu-ray and DVD) release of Eaten Alive, director Tobe Hooper’s grizzly and grimy follow-up film to his genre defining The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Set in the atmospheric Louisiana bayou, Eaten Alive was reputedly inspired by the activities of Texan serial killer Joe Ball and boasts a cast that includes a suitably sleazy performance from Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund.

Deep in the Louisiana bayou sits the ramshackle Starlight Hotel, destination of choice for those who like to check in but not check out! Presided over by the bumbling, mumbling Judd (and his pet croc which he keeps in a large pond out front), the patron of this particular establishment may seem like a good-natured ol’ Southern gent – but he has a mean temper on him, and a mighty large scythe to boot...

Oozing atmosphere from its every pore (the entire film was shot on a sound-stage at the famous Raleigh Studios, which lends it a queasy, claustrophobic feel), Eaten Alive matches The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for sheer insanity – and even draughts in Chain Saw star Marilyn Burns as the terrorised woman-in-peril, alongside William Finley and Mel Ferrer. Judd, meanwhile, is played by Neville Brand, a rough-featured veteran of TV and film acting who was widely decorated in WW2 and awarded both the Purple Heart and the Silver Star.

Tobe Hooper’s 1977 grindhouse nasty Eaten Alive will debut on Blu-ray as part of a dual format release on 21st September 2015 from Arrow Video at the RRP of £24.99.

The release contains a brand new 2K transfer from the original camera negative and optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, plus these extra features:

  • Audio commentary with co-writer and producer Mardi Rustam, make-up artist Craig Reardon and stars Roberta Collins, William Finley and Kyle Richards

  • New introduction to the film by director Tobe Hooper

  • Brand new interview with Hooper

  • My Name is Buck: actor Robert Englund discusses his acting career

  • The Butcher of Elmendorf: The Legend of Joe Ball – The story of the South Texas bar owner on whom Eaten Alive is loosely based

  • 5ive Minutes with Marilyn Burns – The star of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre talks about working on Eaten Alive

  • The Gator Creator: archival interview with Hooper

  • Original theatrical trailers for the film under its various titles Eaten Alive, Death Trap, Starlight Slaughter and Horror Hotel

  • US TV and radio spots

  • Alternate credits sequence

  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
    Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film, illustrated with original archive stills and posters