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A collection of horror treats on Blu-ray & DVD from Arrow in December

22 September 2017

“I’m dreaming of a fright Christmas…” This December, Arrow Video will ensure that horror fans have a stocking stuffed with terrifyingly good treats, with a selection of tasty and controversial American independent chillers, a very creepy house full of horrors, plus a special edition release of a classic shocker from the king of horror.

First up in December, there’s Matt Cimber’s 1976 censor-bothering cult classic The Witch Who Came In From The Sea, where Millie Perkins gives a tour de force performance as a young woman whose bizarre and violent fantasies start to bleed into reality, in this shocking and sometimes lurid horror gem, fully restored by Arrow into all its disturbing, gory glory.

December sees more violence and madness from the 1970s, with Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood, directed by Christopher Speeth, about a family arriving at a dilapidated fairground in search of their missing daughter, only to find themselves at the mercy of cannibalistic ghouls lurking beneath the park. Featuring a brand new 2K restoration, this is a horror oddity that must be seen to be believed.

Next up, The Premonition, director Robert Allen Schnitzer’s 1976 tale of psychic terror in which five-year-old Janie is snatched away by a strange woman claiming to be her long-lost mother. With brand new extras and newly commissioned artwork, this is a rare chance to watch an arcane slice of long lost American cinema.

Also in time for Christmas, the much loved comedy horror House films are reissued, with all the titles in the franchise given sparkling new transfers, and each special edition loaded with more extras than you could fit in an attic. Steve Miner’s original House film from 1985, stars William Katt as a writer who inherits the titular property; in the first sequel House II: The Second Story, young Jesse (Arye Gross) moves into an old family property where his parents were mysteriously murdered years before; House III: The Horror Show stars Lance Henriksen in the most terrifying instalment yet, now fully uncut for the first time on home video; 1992’s bonkers and brilliant House IV rounds out the series of highly entertaining ghostly goings on and ghoulish antics.

Finally in December, one of the defining horror films of the 1970s, Brian De Palma’s adaptation of horror legend Stephen King’s debut book Carrie, about a young girl with telekinetic powers wreaking havoc on her high school bullies. This stunning experience in terror is restored in 4K from the original negative, and looks better than ever in this definitive, extras-laden release.

 

The Witch Who Came in From the Sea

The Witch Who Came In From the Sea | Blu-ray (£19.99) & DVD (£15.99) | 5 December 2017

Representing something of an anomaly in the career of director Matt Cimber (whose other credits include such blaxploitation fare as The Candy Tangerine Man), The Witch Who Came from the Sea is an unnerving journey into madness and murder starring Millie Perkins (The Diary of Anne Frank).

Molly (Perkins) experiences violent fantasies in which she ties muscular men up before bloodily dispatching them with a razor. But when a news report announces the shocking double-murder of two football players which strongly echoes one of Molly’s most recent depraved flights of fancy, the fantasy starts to bleed into reality – literally.

Written by Perkins’ late husband Robert Thom (Death Race 2000), The Witch Who Came from the Sea features early cinematography from DOP Dean Cundey, who would go on to expand his genre credentials with his work on Halloween, Escape from New York and The Thing.

Director-Approved Blu-ray and DVD Special Edition contents:

  • 2K restoration from original vault materials
  • High Definition Blu-ray and Standard Definitition DVD presentations
  • Original Mono Audio
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Introduction to the film by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower
  • Audio commentary with producer-director Matt Cimber, actress Millie Perkins and director of photography Dean Cundey
  • Tides and Nightmares – brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with Cimber, Perkins, Cundey and actor John Goff
  • A Maiden’s Voyage – archive featurette comprising interviews with Cimber, Perkins and Cundey
  • Lost at Sea – director Cimber reflects on his notorious cult classic
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil

 

Malatesta's Carnival of Blood

Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood | Blu-ray (£19.99) & DVD (£15.99) | 5 December 2017

Roll up, roll up! Step right up for Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood – the grisliest, freakiest show in town! Virtually impossible to find until its revival on DVD in the early 2000s, this 1973 cult oddity, from late director Christopher Speeth, is a cinematic experience like no other.

Arriving at a creepy, dilapidated fairground under the premise of looking for work, the Norris family are hoping to track down their missing son, who, they believe, is somewhere in the park. But it’s not long before they find themselves at the mercy of the fairground’s fiendish proprietors and the cannibalistic ghouls lurking in the caverns below.

Filmed at the Willow Grove amusement park in Pennsylvania, Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood is a mind-melting phantasmagoria of carnie craziness which blends elements of Night of the Living Dead and Carnival of Souls, adding an (un)healthy dose of Herschell Gordon Lewis-style gore for good measure.

Blu-ray & DVD Special Edition contents:

  • 2K restoration from original vault materials
  • High Definition Blu-ray and Standard Definitition DVD presentations
  • Original Mono Audio
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Introduction to the film by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith
  • The Secrets of Malatesta – an interview with director Christopher Speeth
  • Crimson Speak – an interview with writer Werner Liepolt
  • Malatesta’s Underground – art directors Richard Stange and Alan Johnson discuss the weird, mysterious world of Malatesta’s underground
  • Outtakes
  • Draft script (BD-ROM and DVD-ROM content)
  • Stills gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil

 

The Premonition

The Premonition | Blu-ray (£19.99) & DVD (£15.99) | 5 December 2017

The mid-1970s saw the rise in popularity of films centering on the subject of parapsychology, led by Carrie – Brian De Palma’s classic tale of telekinetic terror. Precognition, or future sight, would be the topic under exploration in Robert Allen Schnitzer’s contribution to the psychic craze: the chilling and much-overlooked The Premonition.

Mother Sheri Bennett (Sharon Farrell, Night of the Comet, Sweet Sixteen) is assailed by terrifying visions in which a strange woman attempts to steal away her five-year-old daughter Janie. Are these bizarre occurrences the result of some sort of mental disturbance, or is something much more sinister afoot?

Featuring a haunting score from accomplished classical composer Henry Mollicone, The Premonition has remained unjustly obscure over the years but is heralded as a true classic of ’70s US horror moviemaking by genre aficionados.

Director-Approved Blu-ray and DVD Special Edition contents:

  • 2K restoration from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation and standard definition DVD presentation
  • Original Mono Audio
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Introduction to the film by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower
  • Isolated score
  • Audio commentary with producer-director Robert Allen Schnitzer
  • Pictures from a Premonition – brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with Schnitzer, composer Henry Mollicone and cinematographer Victor Milt
  • Archive interviews with Schnitzer and star Richard Lynch
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • Three Robert Allen Schnitzer short films: Vernal Equinox, Terminal Point and A Rumbling in the Land
  • 4 “Peace Spots”Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil

 

House Blu-ray cover

House | Blu-ray (£19.99) & DVD (£15.99) | 11 December 2017

Step into the House of horror! From the team that brought you Friday the 13th comes one of the all-time ’80s horror greats, at long-last upgraded in hair-raising HD! William Katt (Carrie) stars as Roger Cobb, a divorced horror novelist coming to terms with the disappearance of his young son.

When he inherits his late aunt’s old mansion, Roger decides that he’s found the ideal place in which to pen his next bestseller. Unfortunately, the house’s malevolent supernatural residents have other ideas…

Directed by Steve Miner – the man behind such horror hits as Friday the 13th Part II and III, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, Warlock and Lake PlacidHouse remains one of the defining fright flicks of its era.

Blu-ray & DVD Special Edition contents:

  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation and standard definition DVD presentation
  • Original Mono, Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (Blu-ray) audio options
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director Steve Miner, producer Sean S. Cunningham, actor William Katt and screenwriter Ethan Wiley
  • Ding Dong, You’re Dead! The Making of House – brand new documentary featuring interviews with director Steve Miner, producer Sean S. Cunningham, screenwriter Ethan Wiley, story creator Fred Dekker, stars William Katt, Kay Lenz and George Wendt, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Barney Burman, Brian Wade, James Belohovek, Shannon Shea, Kirk Thatcher and Bill Sturgeon, special paintings artists Richard Hescox and William Stout and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
  • Vintage Making-of
  • Stills gallery
  • Theatrical trailers, teaser and TV spots
  • First Draft Screenplay and Fred Dekker’s original 15-page Twilight Zone-inspired story which served as the basis for House (BD-ROM and DVD-ROM Content)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn

 

House II: The Second Story Blu-ray cover

House II: The Second Story | Blu-ray (£19.99) & DVD (£15.99) | 11 December 2017

Another House, another horror! Following on from the original 1986 horror classic, House II: The Second Story relocates the terror to a sprawling mansion where multiple dimensions converge – all of them terrifying!

This first House sequel sees young Jesse (Arye Gross) moving into an old family property where his parents were mysteriously murdered years before. Joined by pal Charlie (Jonathan Stark), the pair soon find themselves with some unexpected guests in the form of Jesse’s mummified great-great grandfather, a mystical crystal skull and the zombie cowboy who’ll stop at nothing to lay his hands on it!

Newly restored for this deluxe Blu-ray edition, House II: The Second Story is the horror sequel that offers up even more thrills and chills than its predecessor.

  • Blu-ray and DVD Special Edition contents:
  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation and standard definition DVD presentation
  • Original Mono, Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (Blu-ray) audio options
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with writer-director Ethan Wiley and producer Sean S. Cunningham
  • It’s Getting Weirder! The Making of House II: The Second Story – brand new documentary featuring interviews with writer-director Ethan Wiley, producer Sean S. Cunningham, stars Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Lar Park Lincoln and Devin DeVasquez, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Chris Walas, Mike Smithson, visual effects supervisor Hoyt Yeatman and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
  • Vintage EPK
  • Stills gallery
  • Theatrical trailer and TV spot
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn

 

House III: The Horror Show Blu-ray cover

House III: The Horror Show | Blu-ray (£19.99) & DVD (£15.99) | 11 December 2017

Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Near Dark) stars in the most terrifying House instalment yet, now fully uncut on Blu-ray!

Sadistic serial killer Max Jenke was sent to the electric chair for his heinous crimes… now he’s really mad! Vowing revenge on Lucas McCarthy (Henriksen), the detective who apprehended him, “Meat Cleaver” Max returns from beyond the grave to launch a whole new reign of terror.

Produced by Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th) and directed by James Isaac (Jason X), House III was released domestically as The Horror Show, where it was hacked by the US censors for its gratuitous gore sequence – now lovingly reinstated for this definitive release from Arrow Video.

Blu-ray & DVD Special Edition contents:

  • Uncut European Version
  • Alternate US Theatrical Version
  • High Definition Blu-ray presentation and Standard Definition DVD presentation 
  • Original Stereo and DTS-HD MA 5.1 (Blu-ray) audio options
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with producer Sean S. Cunningham
  • The Show Must Go On – interview with actor/stuntman Kane Hodder
  • House Mother – interview with actress Rita Taggart
  • Slaughter, Inc. – brand new featurette with special make-up effects creators Robert Kurtzman, Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Workprint footage
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Stills gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn

 

House IV: The Repossession Blu-ray cover

House IV: The Repossession | Blu-ray (£19.99) & DVD (£15.99) | 11 December 2017

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the House… the makers of Friday the 13th return with one last terrifying entry in the hit horror franchise!

In House IV: The Repossession, a mother and her daughter, still reeling from a car crash which claimed the life of husband Roger, move into the old family homestead to start a new life. Unfortunately for them, not only is the house in the sights of local mobsters, but it’s also plagued by a host of hair-raising supernatural phenomena including ghostly visions and showers that run with blood!

Featuring scenes to sicken and stupefy in equal measure (the appearance of a ghoulish singing pizza is a particular standout), this fourth and final entry in the House franchise might just be the barmiest of them all!

Blu-ray and DVD Special Edition contents:

  • Blu-ray and DVD Special Edition contents:
  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation and standard definition DVD presentation
  • Original Mono, Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (Blu-ray) audio options
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director Lewis Abernathy
  • Home Deadly Home: The Making of House IV – brand new documentary featuring interviews with director Lewis Abernathy, producer Sean S. Cunningham, stars Terri Treas, and William Katt actor/stunt coordinator Kane Hodder and composer Harry Manfredini
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Stills gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn

 

Carrie Blu-ray cover

Carrie | Limited Edition Blu-ray (£29.99) | 11th December 2017

In 1974, Stephen King published his first novel, the story of Carrie White, a troubled young girl, bullied by her peers and daughter to a fanatical fundamentalist mother, who discovers she has telekinetic powers. In 1976, it became the first of his works to be adapted for the big screen and, to this day, remains one of the very best.

Carrie marked Brian De Palma’s arrival as a major director, following smaller cult films such as Sisters, Phantom of the Paradise and Obsession, and provided a key early role for Sissy Spacek (Badlands), one that would earn her a Best Actress nomination at the Academy Awards. Piper Laurie would also pick up a nomination, for Best Supporting Actress, as Carrie’s mother, while future stars such as Amy Irving, John Travolta and Nancy Allen were give their first major parts in a big-screen production.

Restored in 4K from the original negative, this collector’s edition provides the definitive release of a horror classic.

Collector's Edition special features:

  • 4K restoration from the original negative 
  • High Definition (1080p) presentation 
  • DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio and uncompressed 1.0 mono soundtracks 
  • Optional subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 
  • Commentary by Lee Gambin, author of Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making of Cujo, and Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Cultographies: Ms. 45 and Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria, recorded exclusively for this release
  • Brand-new visual essay comparing the various versions and adaptations of Carrie across the years
  • Acting Carrie, archive featurette containing interviews with director Brian De Palma, actors Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Katt and others  
  • More Acting Carrie, additional interviews with the cast of the film
  • Visualising Carrie: From Words to Images, archive featurette containing interviews with De Palma, writer Lawrence D. Cohen, editor Paul Hirsch and art director Jack Fisk
  • Singing Carrie: Carrie the Musical, archive featurette on the stage musical adaptation of King’s novel 
  • Writing Carrie, an interview with writer Lawrence D. Cohen
  • Shooting Carrie, an interview with cinematographer Mario Tosi 
  • Cutting Carrie, an interview with editor Paul Hirsch
  • Casting Carrie, an interview with casting director Harriet B. Helberg
  • Bucket of Blood, an interview with composer Pino Donaggio
  • Horror’s Hallowed Grounds, a look back at the locations of Carrie
  • Gallery
  • Trailer
  • TV spots
  • Radio spots
  • Carrie trailer reel 
  • Limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing on the film by Neil Mitchell, author of Devil’s Advocates: Carrie, and numerous reprints and interviews