The Child’s Play franchise is so canon it’s incredibly difficult to sum up, which is why recently broke down the entire timeline. Arriving this October is the seventh film in the franchise, Cult of Chucky, which takes place in a mental hospital where Nica (Fiona Dourif) is sent after the events of Curse of Chucky. While the latter film was more grounded, harking back to the film that kicked off this killing spree, the sequel is going to be epic fan service. With many familiar faces (some plastic) returning, the biggest is that of Jennifer Tilly. In this new image, we see the famous Good Guy Doll being held by Tilly, who is actually Chucky’s bride Tiffany. You see, Tiffany had her soul transferred to the body of the real-life Tilly in Seed of Chucky and would make a surprise cameo at the end of Curse, where she is shown shipping Chucky off to various people in the killer’s past for some bloody revenge. Now, Tiffany is returning in Cult and is still in Tilly’s body. Yet, an earlier released image shows that the infamous Tiffany doll will make its on-screen return. To say this is getting interesting is an understatement.
Cult of Chucky arrives October 3 on unrated Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital.
Brad Dourif once again provides Chucky’s voice, while his daughter, Fiona, will be reprising her Curse role. Also returning are Summer H. Howell (Curse of Chucky), Jennifer Tilly (Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky and Curse of Chucky) and Alex Vincent, star of the first two Child’s Play films who returned in a shocking post-credits sequence in Curse. The film ended as if Mancini planned to tie the previous three films – Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky and Curse of Chucky – together in this seventh film.
In the film, “Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic “tool” to facilitate his patients’ group sessions — an all-too-familiar “Good Guy” doll with an innocently smiling face — a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), Chucky’s now-grown-up nemesis from the original Child’s Play, races to Nica’s aid. But to save her he’ll have to get past Tiffany (Oscar-nominee Jennifer Tilly), Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.”
The Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital releases include two featurettes: a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, called Inside the Insanity of Chucky, and a peek into Alterian, the studio behind Chucky’s puppeteering, called Good Guy Gone Bad: The Incarnations of Chucky. The movie also comes with a commentary featuring writer-director Mancini and head puppeteer Tony Gardner.
In addition to the individual release, Cult of Chucky will be part of the Chucky: Complete 7-Movie Collection, also releasing Oct. 3.
Slashers Strike With ‘Minutes to Midnight’ [Trailer]
In the tradition of The Strangers, Minutes to Midnight chimes in on VOD July 3rd and DVD September 4th, Bloody Disgusting learned.
In the film, which boasts the incredibly cool piece of art shared below:
“What happens when a night of fun turns into a night of horror? Seven friends and a mysterious backpacker converge at a desolate ski lodge in the mountains and as the clock begins the countdown to the New Year, they discover that the end of the old year may be the end of all their years as they are systematically hunted down by ruthless masked men with a deadly agenda.”
Check out this insane cast:
Award-winning actor William Baldwin (Backdraft, Flatliners, Sliver), Richard Grieco (“21 Jump Street”), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), John Hennigan (Never Leave Alive), Dominique Swain (Astro), Viva Bianca (“Spartacus : War of the Damned”), Jared Cohn (Pernicious) and Christopher Judge (“Stargate SG-1”) star in a Christopher Ray (Circus Kane) film. Victoria Dadi and Christopher M. Don wrote the screenplay.
UK Store HMV Releasing ‘The Thing’ Blu-ray in Exclusive VHS Packaging!
You probably already own Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of John Carpenter’s The Thing, so you may be wondering why you’d ever need to double dip again. Well, UK store HMV wants you to buy at least one more copy of the 1982 masterpiece, and they’re hoping to lure you in with retro VHS-style packaging!
Now available for pre-order in stores and online, HMV has just shown off their brand new “VHS Range,” which features Blu-ray re-releases of twelve ’80s classics in VHS packaging. The Thing is the only horror film in the bunch, joining beloved films like E.T., Back to the Future, Top Gun, Scarface, Beverly Hills Cop and The Breakfast Club.
“Each of these 12 titles (from Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures) feature a retro sleeve inspired by their original CIC VHS release. The box is imprinted with a VHS cassette design, but with the height of a DVD to ensure it fits on shelf. Inside are copies of the movie on both Blu-ray, and DVD featuring cassette reel disc art. They also include a fold out replica theatrical poster, bubblegum card and sticker.”
The Thing‘s bonus features include:
- Feature Commentary with John Carpenter and Kurt Russell
- John Carpenter’s The Thing: Terror Takes Shape
- Production and Post Production Galleries
- Theatrical Trailer
[Blu-ray Review] ‘The Return of Swamp Thing’ is Horror Fun with a Green Thumb
All things Swamp Thing-related have blended together in my mind. As a child, I was certainly familiar with Swamp Thing and enjoyed him on my television set many times. A lot of that, I’m sure, was from the TV show because I watched wrestling all the time so my TV was basically on USA Network nonstop. As far as the two films are concerned I’m not certain if I watched them or not. My guess is I did, but I really don’t know. I decided to put an end to that confusion recently my watching the second film, The Return of Swamp Thing, courtesy of MVD Rewind Collection’s recent Blu-ray release.
The film picks up shortly after the events from the first movie — I actually don’t know if that’s true because like I said I can’t remember if I’ve seen the movies but I’m taking an educated guess — with Abigail Arcane (Heather Locklear) heading to the swamps of Florida to face off with her evil stepfather, Dr. Arcane (Louis Jourdan). The mad doctor is the middle of working on an experiment to prevent aging with the assistance of Dr. Lana Zurrell (Sarah Douglas) when Abigail arrives. While Dr. Arcane is caught off guard by this surprise visit, he views it as a positive because he can now use Abigail in his experiments. Unfortunately for the doctor, Swamp Thing (Dick Durock) is on hand to save the day.
It’s a pretty straightforward plot — girl gets captured and Swamp Thing is there to rescue her. What makes the film interesting are some of the subplots mixed in throughout. Two little boys encounter Swamp Thing when another swamp creature bursts through their trailer park. They then spend the rest of the movie plotting to take a picture of Swamp Thing in order to sell it to tabloids for lots of money. Then there are plenty of weird relationships going on. You’ve got Lana and Dr. Arcane, Swamp Thing and Abigail and two of Arcane’s lead goons. Plenty of romance in this schlocky bit of science-fiction fun.
The film is very campy, which leads me to believe I did not see this film as a child because I don’t remember it being campy at all. Of course, it could also mean that as a kid I didn’t really grasp the concept of camp and just associated all monsters with “scary.” Either way, watching the film now it sort of feels like a slightly less low brow version of The Toxic Crusader. All of this makes sense because it’s a Jim Wynorski movie.
A major player in the film’s camp is the use of silly practical effects. Everything looks obviously fake, but that’s okay because it fits the fun vibe and clearly winks at the audience. It’s a movie that gets by on its charm, purposely being goofy and silly while tossing in a little message on why we should take care of the environment.
The Return of Swamp Thing doesn’t take itself too seriously. The goal here is to have fun and entertain and in that respect, it more than succeeds.
The MVD Rewind Collection Blu-ray release features a brand-new 2K HD transfer that looks incredible. It’s a pristine looking transfer with plenty of detail, especially in the lab scene. It’s impressive work, particularly when you factor in the silliness of the film and its low budget.
The bonus content is pretty stacked with interviews with Wynorski, Arnie Holland, editor Leslie Rosenthal and composer Chuck Cirino. A lot of fun tidbits here on the making of the film. Additional features include behind the scenes slideshow, 2 TV spots (I love old TV spots!), 6 promotional TV clips (love these too!), promotional reel, brand-new commentary with Wynorski, Rosenthal and Cirino and old commentary with just Wynorski.
The crown jewel of bonus content resides with a pair of public service announcements. Swamp Thing partnered with Greenpeace to promote the importance of keeping Mother Nature clean. Below I’ve included one of those glorious promos — somewhat related, local Portland pizza chain Sizzle Pie uses Swamp Thing to promote their vegan pizza.
The Return of Swamp Thing is campy good fun that MVD Rewind has treated with great care in order to release this fabulous Blu-ray. Fans of the film are going to want to snag a copy.
Scream Factory Details ‘In the Mouth of Madness’ Blu-ray; New 4K Scan and TONS of Features!
Scream Factory announced back in April that a trio of John Carpenter films are getting brand spankin’ new Blu-ray releases this summer, including In the Mouth of Madness, Someone’s Watching Me and Memoirs of an Invisible Man. At the time, we didn’t have any extras info, but it’s just been provided today!
Notably, In The Mouth of Madness gets a 4K scan and tons of new bonus features!
IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (1995)
• NEW 4K scan of the original film elements
• NEW Audio Commentary with director John Carpenter and producer Sandy King Carpenter
• NEW Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – a look at the film’s locations today
• NEW The Whisperer of the Dark – an interview with actress Julie Carman
• NEW Greg Nicotero’s Things in the Basement – a new interview with special effects artist Greg Nicotero including behind-the-scenes footage
• NEW Home Movies from Hobb’s End – Behind the Scenes footage from Greg Nicotero
• Audio Commentary with director John Carpenter and cinematographer Gary B. Kibbe
• Vintage Featurette – The Making of In the Mouth of Madness
• Theatrical Trailer
• TV Spots
Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow, Dune, The Seventh Sign) is the best-selling author whose newest novel is literally driving readers insane. When he inexplicably vanishes, his publisher (Charlton Heston, Soylent Green, Planet Of The Apes) sends special investigator John Trent (Sam Neill, Daybreakers, Dead Calm) to track him down. Drawn to a town that exists only in Cane’s books, Trent crosses the barrier between fact and fiction and enters a terrifying world from which there is no escape. Inspired by the tales of H.P. Lovecraft, this shocking story is, in the words of its acclaimed director, “horror beyond description!”
SOMEONE’S WATCHING ME (1978)
• NEW 2K scan from the original film elements – in both 1.85:1 and 1.33:1 aspect ratios
• NEW audio commentary with author Amanda Reyes (Are You in the House Alone?: A TV Movie Compendium 1964-1999)
• NEW Adrienne Barbeau: Looking Back at Someone’s Watching Me
• NEW Carpenter’s Enforcer – an interview with Charles Cyphers on his career in John Carpenter’s films
• NEW Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – a look at the film’s locations today
• John Carpenter: Director Rising
• TV Promo
• Still Gallery
Los Angeles newcomer Leigh Michaels (Lauren Hutton) moves into a chic high-rise apartment building. She loves the view. So does the Peeping Tom who lives somewhere in the adjacent tower. For Leigh, it’s the beginning of terrors that escalate from anonymous calls and gifts to lights that mysteriously flicker to prove that someone watches every moment of her life. Leigh fights back, matching her tormentor’s obsession with her own relentless drive to uncover his identity. The prey is now predator – and that escalates the stalker’s game to a deadly new level. Someone is watching. Also starring Adrienne Barbeau and Charles Cyphers.
MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN (1992)
• NEW 2K scan of the original film elements
• How to Become Invisible: The Dawn of Digital F/X
• Vintage interviews with director John Carpenter, actors Chevy Chase and Daryl Hannah
• Behind the Scenes footage
• Theatrical Trailer
• TV Spots
The laughs and visual effects are out of sight when Chevy Chase headlines Memoirs of an Invisible Man. Invisibility makes it easier to spy on agents (particularly chief adversary Sam Neill) who’ve put him in his predicament. And he can romance a lovely documentary producer (Daryl Hannah) in a way she’s never “seen” before. John Carpenter directs and Industrial Light and Magic create eye-opening effects as Nick embarks on his manic quest. Seeing is believing!
All three Blu-rays will release on July 24.