It’s DVD Madness This Halloween From Fox and MGM!

You think you’ve saved enough cash to load up on DVDs this Halloween? You’re probably wrong… over the past day I received several press releases from both Fox Home Video and MGM that are packed with announcements for the next few months. Read on and prepare to sigh deeply. Look for Vincent Price films, new Midnight Movie double features and of course, Species IV.


MGM Home Entertainment Premieres A Brand New Installment To The Sexy, Thrilling Science Fiction Series; Plus The Debut of Species Collector’s Edition Oozing With Bonus Materials.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Be intrigued. Be Seduced. Be warned when slimy alien creatures morph into sexy and sultry blonde babes in Species IV: The Awakening, the fascinating new sequel in the classic sci-fi anthology Species, available October 2 from MGM Home Entertainment. Species IV: The Awakening marks its debut as an unrated DVD and introduces Swedish Actress Helena Mattsson (Finding t.A.T.u.) as Miranda, the latest hybrid heroine in a new chapter of alien seduction, white-knuckle suspense and jaw-dropping special effects. The film also stars Ben Cross (TV’s “Dark Shadows: The Revival”) and Marlene Favela (TV’s “Zorro”).

Also available day and date is Species Collector’s Edition loaded with nearly two hours of bonus features on a two-disc special edition, including actor, director and crew commentaries, an array of production, design and special effects featurettes and an alternate ending, among others! Starring Natasha Henstridge (Ghosts Of Mars, “She Spies”), Academy Award®-winner Ben Kingsley (Ghandi, Sexy Beast), Academy Award®-winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King Of Scotland, “The Shield”), Michael Madsen (Thelma & Louise, Reservoir Dogs) and Alfred Molina (Spiderman 2, Frida), Species spawned a successful franchise and fan base since its original 1995 theatrical debut.

The Species IV: The Awakening DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98 U.S. / $37.98 Canada. The Species Collector’s Edition DVD will be available for the suggested retail price will be $19.98 U.S. / $25.98 Canada. Pre-book for both titles is September 5.

Species IV: The Awakening: When brilliant college professor Miranda Hollander suffers a mysterious blackout, and awakens amid the bloody aftermath of a mass slaughter, she turns to her uncle for answers. But when he reveals the shocking truth — that she’s only half human, a clone from a hybrid of human and alien DNA, they must flee to Mexico to locate the scientist who created her. Soon they find themselves locked in battle with a horde of rampaging, unstoppable hybrids…and time is running out before Miranda will inevitably surrender to the killer instinct that lurks inside her own body!

Species Collector’s Edition: When a beautiful human-alien hybrid (Natasha Henstridge) escapes from observation, scientist Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley) dispatches a crew of experts to find her before she is able to fulfill her horrific purpose: to mate with unsuspecting men and produce offspring that could destroy mankind. As her deadly biological clock ticks rapidly, Fitch and his team are hurled into a desperate battle in which the fate of humanity itself hangs in the balance!

BONUS FEATURES: Species Collector’s Edition

* Disc One:
o Widescreen Feature Film
o Commentary by Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen and Director Roger Donaldson
o Commentary by Director Roger Roger Donaldson, Producer Frank Mancuso Jr., Visual Effects Supervisor Richard Edlund and Creature/Special Make-Up Effects Creator Steve Johnson

* Disc Two:
o “Engineering Life” featurette
o “H.R. Giger At Work: Designing Species” featurette
o “The Making of Species” featurette
+ “The Origin”
+ “The Concept”
+ “The Discovery”
o “Designing a Hybrid” featurette
o Alternate ending
o Original theatrical trailer
o Species IV: The Awakening Sneak Peek
o “Project Sil” image files and photo gallery


MGM Home Entertainment Gives New Meaning To Hell Week In This Supernatural Thriller Available on DVD October 30

LOS ANGELES, CA – Temple Hill University – a seemingly quiet campus that holds a deadly secret. MGM Home Entertainment presents the age old battle of good vs. evil when The Initiation Of Sarah scares its way onto DVD October 30. When Sarah, a teenager with strange powers that cause her nothing but trouble, and her twin sister Lindsey are invited to join both Alpha Nu Gamma, the most popular sorority on campus and Pi Epsilon Delta, Temple Hill’s oldest house, the two quickly learn that these two sororities are more than just rivals. They are bitter enemies. The battle quickly heats up as supernatural forces collide and Sarah must find a way to master her magic powers in time to defeat the resident evil on campus before it’s too late.

A remake of the cult made-for-TV movie from 1978, The Initiation Of Sarah stars a talented group of young newcomers including Mika Boorem (Sleepover, Blue Crush), Summer Glau (“Firefly,” “The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), Joanna Garcia (“Reba,” Not Another Teen Movie), Tessa Thompson (“Veronica Mars,” When A Stranger Calls), as well as seasoned veterans Morgan Fairchild (“Falcon Crest”) and Jennifer Tilly (“Family Guy”).

The Initiation Of Sarah will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.98 U.S. / $26.98 Canada and prebook is October 3, 2007.

Synopsis: The story follows Sarah (Mika Boorem), a young woman with mysterious powers, and her twin sister Lindsey (Summer Glau). As they go off to college and enter sorority life, they find themselves pulled into the middle of a centuries old battle between good and evil.

DVD Special Features: Presented in widescreen format, The Initiation Of Sarah DVD features English Dolby Surround 5.1, as well as English and Spanish subtitles.



On October 9 Fox Home Entertainment Presents A Ghoulishly
Delightful Collection Of Creepy Classics, Just In Time For Halloween

CENTURY CITY, Calif. – With a career spanning more than 50 years with over 120 film credits to his name, the distinguished Vincent Price is known as the original master of horror. As a writer and actor, Price is known for his distinctive, low-pitched, creaky voice and his quizzical, mock-serious facial expressions seen in horror favorites such as House of Wax, The Fly and House On Haunted Hill. Before his extensive film career, his renowned voice chilled audiences over radio airwaves. Now making their DVD debuts on October 9 from Fox Home Entertainment come three creepy classics Hangover Square, The Lodger and The Undying Monster, originally mesmerizing radio listeners by Price before director John Brahm brought them to the silver screen. Each of these horror classics features the vintage radio show with Vincent Price narrating the tale, as well as commentaries, restoration comparisons and more. Based on the novel by Patrick Hamilton, Hangover Square (1945) stars Laird Cregar (Heaven Can Wait, Charley’s Aunt) as a composer who suffers from unexplainable blackouts. When he discovers the young attractive woman he has fallen for wants to steal his music, his blackouts may result in murder.

Cregar also stars in The Lodger (1942), a tale of a family suffering from financial hardship that offers a room in their home to a mysterious wanderer to help make end’s meet. But when suspicious habits come to fruition, they begin to fear this peculiar stranger may in fact be the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper.

In The Undying Monster (1942) an inspector investigates the murderous connection of a werewolf’s relentless pursuit of a certain family. The DVDs will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98 / $46.98 Canada. Prebook is September 12, 2007.

Hangover Square Synopsis: A stressed out, early 20th century composer named George has been suffering from unexplainable blackouts only to regain consciousness in another town where a murder has occurred. Assured he has nothing to do with it, he takes time off to relax only to meet a beautiful music hall performer named Netta. When he discovers that she was pretending to be interested in him only to steal his music, another blackout with murderous results may be George’s inevitable fate.

Hangover Square DVD Features:

* Commentary by Film Historian / Screenwriter Steve Haberman and Co-Star Faye Marlowe
* Commentary by Richard Schickel
* The Tragic Mask: The Larid Cregar Story
* Hangover Square Vintage Radio Show – Performed by Vincent Price
* Restoration Comparison
* Trailer
* Advertising Gallery
* Still Gallery

The Lodger Synopsis: In late Victorian London, Jack the Ripper has been killing and maiming actresses in the night. The Burtons are forced to take in a lodger due to financial hardship. He seems like a nice young man, but Mrs. Burton suspects him of being the Ripper because of some mysterious and suspicious habits, and fears for her beautiful niece who lives with them.

The Lodger DVD Features:

* Commentary by Film Historian s Alain Silver & James Ursini
* Man In The Fog: The Making Of The Lodger
* The Lodger Vintage Radio Show – Performed by Vincent Price
* Restoration Comparison
* Trailer
* Still Gallery

The Undying Monster Synopsis: A werewolf prowls around at night but only kills certain members of one family. It seems like just a coincidence but the investigating inspector soon finds out that this tradition has gone on for generations and tries to find a link between the werewolf and the family, leading to a frightening conclusion.

The Undying Monster DVD Features:

* Concertos Macabre: The Films Of John Brahm
* Restoration Comparison
* Trailer
* Advertising Gallery
* Still Gallery

Creepy Camp Classics Come Back To Life
On DVD September 11

A Vast Collection Of Midnite Movies Make Their DVD Debut Including:

Bat People, The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues, Food Of The Gods, House On Skull Mountain and More

Back by popular demand after an online petition gathered nearly 5,000 signatures to save the line, MGM Home Entertainment’s Midnite Movies return with new titles, never-before-on-DVD, including Bat People, Beast with a Million Eyes, Yongary; Monster From The Deep, The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues, Return Of Dracula, The Vampire and Curse of the Faceless Man!

Fox Home Entertainment joins the Midnite Movies madness by unleashing six new two-disc double features of their own, including Blueprint For Murder, Man In The Attic, Chosen Survivors, Earth Dies Screaming, Devils Of Darkness, Witchcraft, Gorilla At Large, Mystery At Monster Island, House On Skull Mountain, Mephisto Waltz, Tales From The Crypt and Vault Of Horror!

Based on the novel by H. G. Wells, Food Of The Gods crawls onto DVD for the first time ever as MGM Home Entertainment’s Midnite Movie single feature!

Get ready for some campy and macabre fun with Midnite Movies from MGM Home Entertainment and Fox Home Entertainment as new titles are released in time for Halloween for the suggested retail price of $14.98 U.S. and $15.98 Canada.

New MGM Midnite Movie Double Features Priced At $14.98 U.S./$15.98 Canada

The Beast Within/Bat People

The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues/The Beast With A Million Eyes

Pharoh’s Curse/Cure of the Faceless Man

Return Of Dracula/The Vampire

Yongary, Monster From The Deep/Konga

New MGM Midnite Movie Singles Priced At $14.98 U.S./$15.98 Canada:

Food Of The Gods

New Fox Midnite Movie Double Features Priced At $14.98 U.S./$15.98 Canada

Blueprint For Murder/Man In The Attic

Chosen Survivors/Earth Dies Screaming

Devils Of Darkness/Witchcraft

Gorilla At Large/Mystery At Monster Island

House On Skull Mountain/Mephisto Waltz

Tales From The Crypt/Vault Of Horror


The Beast Within/Bat People

The Beast With (1982) – He was on the verge of becoming a Man…Eater! A Teenage boy is coming face to face with his true past as it keeps on coming back to haunt him. Will he learn who his true father is? Will he accept his fate and it’s consequences?

Bat People (1974) – After being bitten by a bat in a cave, a doctor undergoes an accelerating transformation into a man-bat creature, which ruins his vacation and causes considerable distress for his wife.

The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues/ Beast With A Million Eyes

The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1955) – An unusual radioactive rock on the sea bottom mutates the ocean life into a horrible monster.

Beast With A Million Eyes (1955) – After landing a space craft in the desert, an alien takes over the minds of some of the local humans and animals. As the animals attack, the terror begins.

Pharoh’s Curse/Cure Of The Faceless Man

Pharoh’s Curse (1957) – Archaeologists in Egypt find one of their crew has been turned into a blood-sucking mummy after they have unleashed a three thousand year curse by entering a Pharaoh’s tomb.

Cure Of The Faceless Man (1958) – When scientists uncover the body of a gladiator from the ruins of Pompeii, they discover he is still alive and set on finding his ancient lost love, but people left alone with the seemingly petrified “faceless man” keep dying of crushed skulls

Return Of Dracula/The Vampire

Return Of Dracula (1958) – After killing a passenger on a train in Transylvania and stealing his identity, Count Dracula comes to a small community in California where the Mayberry’s are expecting their cousin from Europe.

The Vampire (1957) – A man mistakenly takes vampire pills created by a mad doctor and goes on a killing spree in this by prescription camp classic.

Yongary, Monster From The Deep/Konga

Yongary, Monster From The Deep (1967) – A nuclear test in China releases a giant dinosaur from hibernation. The monster rampages through Korea until a young inventor kills it with a special chemical.

Konga (1961) – A chimp is transformed into a giant gorilla and terrorizes London!


Food Of The Gods (1976)

Based on a novel by H. G. Wells, a group of bloodthirsty, oversized creatures (including rates, chickens, wasps and worms) have taken over a remote island after ingesting a mysterious growth known as “Food of the Gods.” It is up to an unusual group of people to put an end to this animal threat, directed by B-Movie Icon, Bert I. Gordon.


Blueprint For Murder/Man In The Attic

Blueprint For Murder (1953) – When one of two orphans, who live with their stepmother, collapses with the same mysterious symptoms that killed her father, the visiting uncle is warned that the symptoms match strychnine poisoning… When no case can be made against the obvious suspect, what can the uncle do to save the next victim?

Man In The Attic (1953) – On the night of the third Jack the Ripper killing in 1888, London, a research pathologist takes lodgings in a gloomy attic room for “experiments.” The Mrs. of the house is increasingly suspect and expects the worst: her niece to become attracted to the man. Is she in danger or are the aunt’s suspicions merely a red herring?

Chosen Survivors/Earth Dies Screaming

Chosen Survivors (1974) – A group of diverse individuals are suddenly taken from their homes and flown to a futuristic bomb shelter in the desert. Their shelter was designed to hold them comfortable until they are faced with an unexpected threat.

Earth Dies Screaming (1964) – A crack space pilot returns to earth to find the planet has been devastated by some unknown forces. There are a few survivors, so he organizes them in a plan to ward off control by a group of killer robots!

Devils Of Darkness/Witchcraft

Devils Of Darkness (1965) – A secret vampire cult, which has its headquarters beneath the town cemetery, searches for victims of human sacrifice rituals.

Witchcraft (1964) – Three hundred years after the Lanier family buried Vanessa Whitlock alive, a woman suspected to be a witch, Amy Whitlock and Bill Lanier are to be married. When the Lanier family decides to bulldoze the old Whitlock Estate, graves are overturned and Vanessa rises from the grave to take revenge on the Lanier family one-by-one.

Gorilla At Large/Mystery At Monster Island

Gorilla At Large (1954) – At the sinister carnival, The Garden of Evil, the main attraction is Goliath, Barker Joey Matthews is about to enter the gorilla act when a man is found bead of a broken neck. Was is Goliath or someone wearing Joey’s gorilla suit?

Mystery At Monster Island (1981) – A young man about to marry his long-term girlfriend wants to travel around the world. His wealthy uncle sends him on an expedition, but when en route, the travelers are shipwrecked on a remote island.

House On Skull Mountain/Mephisto Waltz

House On Skull Mountain (1974) – The heirs to a rich man’s fortune are called together for the reading of the will at a creepy mansion outside of Atlanta. Soon they are being killed off one-by-one. The survivors try to find the killer before he finishes them all off.

Mephisto Waltz (1971) – A classical piano player on the rise befriends a famous player himself who’s at death’s door. Unknown to him, the player is a Satanist who arranges to have their souls switch places at his death so that he can be young again and continue to play piano.

Tales From The Crypt/Vault Of Horror

Tales From The Crypt (1972) – Five people are trapped in a crypt and are shown their futures by the evil crypt keeper. They’re given the option of avoiding their fates – by avoiding living out the rest of their lives.

Vault Of Horror (1973) – Five men trapped in the basement vault of an office building share visions with each other of their demise. Stories revolve around vampires, bodily dismemberment, East Indian mysticism, an insurance scam and an artist who kills by paining his victim’s deaths.



A Gruesome Collection of Horror Classics Arrive on DVD
September 11, Just In Time For Halloween
DVD Debuts of Curse of the Fly and Witchfinder General

CENTURY CITY, Calif. – The silver screen legend whose distinctive voice and unique look propelled him to the forefront of the horror genre, Vincent Price is recognized as a true Hollywood treasure whose villainous roles inspired filmmakers, musicians and other actors for generations to come. Now, just in time for Halloween, Fox and MGM Home Entertainment celebrate his storied career with nearly a dozen creepy classics including THE FLY COLLECTION, MGM MOVIE SCREAM LEGENDS: VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION and WITCHFINDER GENERAL, arriving on DVD September 11, 2007.

A science-fiction classic that spawned a trilogy of terror, THE FLY COLLECTION features the original 1958 film THE FLY, its sequel RETURN OF THE FLY and the DVD debut of THE CURSE OF THE FLY, including all new documentaries and featurettes in a collectible boxed set.

The terror continues with MGM MOVIE SCREAM LEGENDS: VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION; a seven-movie set that immortalizes the iconic screen legend with THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN, THEATER OF BLOOD, MADHOUSE, TALES OF TERROR, TWICE TOLD TALES and the long-awaited DVD debut of WITCHFINDER GENERAL. The collection also features an exclusive BONUS DISC OF HORROR including rare interviews with the Merchant of Menace himself!

Finally, one of the most requested titles in the MGM catalog; WITCHFINDER GENERAL finally crawls its way onto DVD. Originally released theatrically as The Conqueror Worm, WITCHFINDER GENERAL is a frightening tale of a brutal witch-hunt in war torn England. The DVD also features audio commentary by the producer and star of the film and a documentary about the film’s importance to the genre. THE FLY COLLECTION is available for a suggested retail price of $39.98 U.S. / $54.98 Canada, with MGM MOVIE SCREAM LEGENDS: VINCENT PRICE available for $39.98 U.S. / $54.98 Canada and WITCHFINDER GENERAL available for $14.98 U.S. / $15.98. Prebook is August 18, 2007.

The Fly Collection Special Features:

* Disc One – The Fly (1958)
* Disc Two – The Return Of The Fly (1959)
* Disc Three – The Curse Of The Fly (1965)
* Disc Four – Bonus Disc
o Vincent Price biography
o “Fly Trap: Catching A Classic” featurette
o The Fly bonus features

+ Trailer

+ Playboy article and gallery

+ Photo gallery

+ Lobby cards and posters

o The Return Of The Fly bonus features

+ Trailer and TV spots

+ Lobby cards and posters

+ Photo gallery

o The Curse Of The Fly bonus features

+ Trailer

+ Pressbook gallery

+ Lobby cards and posters

+ Photo gallery

MGM Scream Legends Collection: Vincent Price Collection Special Features:

* Disc Two – THEATER OF BLOOD/MADHOUSE Double Feature
* Disc Three – TALES OF TERROR/TWICE TOLD TALES Double Feature
* Disc Four – Witchfinder General
o Witchfinder General: Michael Reeve’s Horror Classic Featurette
o Audio commentary with producer Philip Waddilove and actor Ian Ogilvy

* Disc Five – Bonus Disc of Horror
o “Vincent Price: Renaissance Man” documentary
o “The Art Of Fear” featurette
o “Working With Vincent Price” featurette


* Witchfinder General: Michael Reeve’s Horror Classic Featurette
* Audio commentary with producer Philip Waddilove and actor Ian Ogilvy

The Fly Synopsis: Experimental scientist Andre Delambre (David Hedison) attempts to transfer matter through a space, using himself as the test subject. But things go horrifically wrong when a house fly buzzes into the machine, resulting in two grotesque man-fly hybrids…one of them being Andre! Now with the head of a fly and a wing in place of one of his arms, Andre, desperately hopes that he, his wife Helene (Patricia Owens) and his brother Francois (Vincent Price) can capture the other mutant – the human-headed, one-armed fly – in hopes of reversing the experiment!

The Return Of The Fly Synopsis: Despite warnings from his uncle Francois (Vincent Price), the young scientist Philippe Delambre (Brett Halsey) is determined to reattempt his late father’s teleportation experiments with the help of his assistant Ronald (David Frankham). But Ronald schemes against Philippe and turns him into the same horrifying man-fly creature that his father had become…and with the same disastrous fate! Once again, it is up to Francois to try and make things right!

The Curse Of The Fly Synopsis: The Delambre family curse continues in the terrifying third and final chapter, The Curse of the Fly! Filled with “disorienting suspense” (Scarlet Street) and gruesome special effects, it’s a horrific tale of science gone mad!

After escaping from a mental institution, Patricia Stanley (Carole Gray) is rescued by scientist Martin Delambre (George Baker), the grandson of the doomed teleportation experimenter Andre Delambre. The two fall in love and marry, but Patricia quickly realizes her new husband’s science experiments are as horrific as his family’s past. As she investigates further, Patricia learns the unnerving secrets of the Delambre family and has to find a way to escape them before she becomes the next human-insect hybrid!

The Abominable Dr. Phibes Synopsis: Meet Doctor Phibes: a one-time concert musician who’s now an all-time crazed murderer. In this clever, crypt-kicking classic, horrormeister Vincent Price plays a diabolical doc seeking the ultimate in revenge with precision creepiness and surgical wit. Watch Dr. Phibes live up to his promise: “Nine killed her, nine shall die, nine eternities in doom!”

After a team of surgeons botch his beloved wife’s surgery, leaving her for dead, the emotionally distraught Dr. Phibes creatively concocts a fatal prescription for revenge. Using the Good Book as his guide, Phibes unleashes a score of old testament atrocities – from a plague of locusts to an attack of rats — on his enemies that climax in what may be one of “the eeriest endings on screen record” (Syracuse Herald-Journal)!

Dr. Phibes Rises Again Synopsis: The eminent Dr. Phibes awakens from a decade of suspended animation and heads to Egypt with his mute aide-de-camp Vulnavia and the corpse of his dead wife. To resurrect his spouse, Phibes gets up to his usual, diabolical tricks: cleverly murdering people in strange and heinous ways to invoke a magical incantation. But once he is in the tomb of the dead Pharaohs, the good doctor uncovers that his pursuit of an after-life may be foiled by his nemesis who wants to end the reign of this sadistic surgeon of gore.

Theater Of Blood Synopsis: Vincent Price delivers a thrilling “tour-de-force” performance (Variety) as a small-time actor plotting big-time revenge! Boasting a top notch supporting cast, this dramatically “delicious concoction” (New York Magazine) is an “equal mixture of horror, comedy and Shakespeare [that’ll] please just about everyone — critics included” (Boxoffice)!

After years of suffering deadly reviews, hammy Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart (Price) decides it’s curtains for his critics! Bumping off his detractors with executions inspired by the Bard, Lionheart stages a beheading after the manner of “Cymbeline,” a stabbing inspired by “Julius Caesar,” and even an untimely removal of a pound of flesh improvised from “The Merchant of Venice” — proving once and for all, that all the world really is a stage…for MURDER!

Madhouse Synopsis: Madhouse Masters of macabre Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and Robert Quarry give performances to die for in this “diverting little chiller” (Boxoffice)! When horror star Paul Toombes’ fiancée is brutally killed, he loses more than this job he loses his mind. But twelve years later, when he returns to TV – only to discover a fresh batch of corpses – Paul finally begins to understand that melodrama can be murder on your career!

Tales Of Terror /Twice Told Tale Synopsis: This triple treat of terror is a three-episode treat dripping with murder, necrophilia, dementia, live burials, zombies and the terrifying performances of some of horror’s greatest spooks – Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone – resulting in nothing less than “juicy entertainment” and “spine-chilling cinema” (Cue)!

Witchfinder General Synopsis: “Vincent Price proves once again that he is still the greatest ghoul going” (Motion Picture Herald) in this Edgar Allen Poe thriller about a witch hunter who finds career satisfaction touring the English countryside torturing hapless victims and putting innocent people to death in the name of purifying souls. It’s a tale of “love, villainy and retribution” (Film Daily) and a “sadist’s delight” (Los Angeles Times) for those who love historical bloodfests.

As superstition and spells sweep the middle ages, an educated rogue named Hopkins (Price) wanders from town to town proclaiming to be an official witch finder. Town leaders pay him to accuse and then execute – usually innocent – suspects. But when a brave soldier returns home to find his sweetheart on the rack, ready to burn, Hopkins realizes he may have whacked his last witch.