A scientist who becomes half human and half fly slowly transforms more into fly than man…
A column where horror and nostalgia meet. Topics range from VHS, Vinyl, repertory screenings and a hodge-podge of anything else horror related that that harkens back to the days of yesteryear.
After talking about VHS last week I figured it would only be logical to discuss vinyl this week. Not just vinyl in general, but specifically the recent rise of re-issued horror and cult soundtracks.
When it comes to horror and vinyl re-issues the name that looms largest is Death Waltz Recording Company. In a little over a year now the company has already re-issued an impressive amount (10 and counting) of cult and horror soundtracks including: Zombi2, Let the Right One In, Donnie Darko, The Devil’s Business, Prince of Darkness, They Live, and Halloween III. I reached out to the patron saint (or should that be sinner?) of horror soundtrack re-issues, Spencer Hickman, the man behind Death Waltz, for a conversation about his company and the state of horror vinyl today.
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Halloween III: Season of the Witch has always been the black sheep of the franchise, mainly because it’s the only film to not feature Michael Myers as a character (though, there are Halloween TV commercials playing in the background), but it’s always been my second favorite entry. The original film does a great job of establishing a villain who is just plain evil without the use of an unnecessary long-winded explanation or convoluted back story, and has an ending that drives the idea that evil can never really be defeated home. With the exception of Season of the Witch, every other film in the series tried building up the mythology and failed because they were based on a half-baked idea (the sister thing is still dumb, but the Thorn cult could’ve been neat – key word here is “could’ve”), boring, edited into oblivion, or a combination of all three. READ MORE
Further underscoring its position as a leading curator and home entertainment provider of many memorable cult movie classics, Shout! Factory is proud to announce the launch of Scream Factory, a new home entertainment series created to celebrate some of the most enthralling horror and sci-fi films with massive cult followings in cinematic history.
Debuting this September, Scream Factory boasts a scary slate of fan-favorite thrillers from the 1980s, many of which have never been available on Blu-ray before. Titles include Halloween II and Terror Train, (both starring “Scream Queen” Jamie Lee Curtis); the 30th Anniversary release of Halloween III: Season of the Witch; They Live from director John Carpenter (The Thing); Peter Benchley’s The Island starring Michael Caine, The Funhouse from director Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist); the nightmarish Phantasm II; and the much-anticipated DVD debuts of Deadly Blessing, directed by Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream) and featuring Sharon Stone in an early role, and Death Valley starring Peter Billingsley (A Christmas Story). Each title will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, and most will be released in a “Collector’s Edition” packed with new bonus content, archival materials, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art and more!
On September 18, 2012, fans will rejoice as Shout! Factory unleashes Halloween II Collector’s Edition and Halloween III: Season of the Witch 30th Anniversary Special Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray and DVD. These two formidable titles inaugurate the Scream Factory home entertainment series and are now available to preorder at ShoutFactory.com and Amazon.com. Get the full specs inside!