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Rabid on 2-disc Blu-ray in August & Skinner on dual format in September

11 July 2019

101 Films has announced the release of David Cronenberg's apocalyptic cult horror Rabid as a 2-disc Blu-ray release in the UK on 26 August, and a single-disc Blu-ray release of little-seen 90s horror Skinner in the UK on 23 September.

 

Rabid 2-disc Blu-ray pack shot

Rabid (David Cronenberg, 1977) | 2-disc Blu-ray | 26 August 2019

101 Films is releasing Rabid, the enduringly tense and gruesome horror that marked a landmark in David Cronenberg’s early career.

When Rose suffers terrible injuries in a motorcycle crash, she is taken to a nearby clinic run by Dr Keloid for experimental skin-graft surgery. At first, the revolutionary procedure proves successful, but it soon leaves Rose with a strange orifice protruding from her armpit and an insatiable thirst for human blood. Hell-bent on satisfying her bloodlust, Rose leaves a trail of insane and uncontrollably aggressive victims, as the unknown virus engulfs North America in an orgy of frenetic violence.

Rabid stars Marilyn Chambers, Howard Ryshpan, Frank Moore and Patricia Gage (American Psycho) and was written and directed by David Cronenberg (Videodrome, Scanners) and produced by John Dunning, Ivan Reitman and Don Carmody.

This new-to-the-UK 2K restoration will screen at London’s FrightFest Film Festival on Sunday 25 August 2019. For more information visit: http://bit.ly/Rabid77FrightFest 

Brand new extras:

  • The Quiet Revolution: State, Society and the Canadian Horror Film – Part One: Gimme Shelter, Cinepix and the Birth of the Canadian Horror Film, a brand new feature-length documentary exploring the social contexts behind Canadian horror cinema from filmmaker and author Xavier Mendik
  • Audio commentary with filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska (directors of the 2019’s Rabid reimagining)
  • Limited edition booklet: Includes The Birth of Rabid by Greg Dunning and Stunned. Shocked. Exhilarated: Horror in the Early Films of David Cronenberg by Alex Morris

Additional extras:

  • Audio commentary with writer-director David Cronenberg
  • Audio commentary with William Beard, author of The Artist as Monster: The Cinema of David Cronenberg
  • Audio commentary with Jill C. Nelson, author of Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women Of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985 and Marilyn Chambers' Personal Appearances Manager Ken Leicht
  • Young and Rabid – an interview with actress Susan Roman
  • Archive interview with David Cronenberg
  • The Directors: David Cronenberg – a 1999 documentary on the filmmaker
  • Interview with executive producer Ivan Reitman
  • Interview with co-producer Don Carmody
  • Trailer
  • Radio spots

 

Skinner Blu-ray pack shot

Skinner (Ivan Nagy, 1993) | Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) | 23 September 2019

At one time thought a lost film, Skinner has been resurrected from obscurity in a mind-blowing 4K restoration so cult cinema fans can now witness this 90s horror gem in all its sinful, sleazy and violent glory.

Dennis Skinner seems like a normal enough guy but he has a very abnormal hobby. At night, he creeps through the back streets looking for potential victims, and when he finds one, carefully removes their skin with an elaborate collection of knives. Heidi, one of Dennis' victims, is on his trail, waiting for a chance to get her revenge, but in the meantime Dennis has developed a crush on Kerry and wants to find a way to show her he really cares.

Skinner stars Ted Raimi (Spider-Man), Traci Lords (Blade), David Warshofsky (There Will Be Blood), Richard Schiff (Se7en) and Rikki Lake (Hairspray), is directed by Ivan Nagy (The Hitchhiker) and written by Paul Hart Wilden (Alone).

This marks Skinner’s UK debut on any format,

Brand ndew extras:

  • Limited edition booklet includes Finding Skinner – Screenwriter Paul Hart-Wilden on the long and multi-faceted search for the ‘lost’ Skinner master

Additional extras:

  • A Touch of Scandal – interview with director Ivan Nagy
  • Under His Skin – interview with star Ted Raimi
  • Bargain Bin VHS For A Buck – interview with screenwriter Paul Hart-Wilden
  • Cutting Skinner – interview with editor Jeremy Kasten
  • Flaying sequence out-takes and extended takes
  • Trailer