One of the prosecuted films of the legendary British “video nasty” list, House on Straw Hill was banned in its home country for 30 years. It was finally released in 1997 under the titles Trauma and Expose, with 57 seconds cut. Severin has restored the film (in a way) to its original uncut version and like a lot of these older films that caused a controversy upon release, House on Straw Hill is tame by today’s standards. Looking at its debauchery and violence within context, it’s easy to see why it was considered questionable material by the British Board of Film Censorship. I mean, parents just don’t want to let their kids see Udo Kier get a blowjob (no matter what decade it is).
The niche market of restored B-horror films of yore given shiny releases on Blu-ray may be getting tapped out. Fans get excited over these releases and Severin always delivers a packed disc with great features, but c’mon…how many times can you re-watch something like House on Straw Hill? There’s historical significance, but we gotta be real and admit some of these films are just not that good. READ MORE
Severin Films, distributors of the midnight movie sensation Birdemic: Shock And Terror, is sponsoring a night of obscure horror appreciation at the reRun Theater tonight, October 29, at midnight. Billed as “an evening of top shelf cine-masochism” by Severin’s Evan Husney, the evening will consist of the unveiling of an obsessive assemblage of forgotten horror hilarity titled Brain Bludgeon, and Chester Turner’s essential shot-on-video omnibus film Tales From The Quadead Zone (1987). Check out the trailer and descriptions below, looks like a blast! Advanced tickets can be purchased here for only $3 (super cheap!), otherwise admission is free at the door if seats are left over.
A platoon of eagles & vultures attack the residence of a small town. Many people died. It’s not known what caused the flying menace to attack. Two people managed to fight back, but will they survive BIRDEMIC? Why did the eagles and vultures attack?
On DVD June 28, 2011: From John Lamond, the infamous producer/director of Felicity, Australia After Dark and ABC of Love and Sex comes this depraved mélange of sex, murder and psychotic mayhem. Jenny Neumann of Hell Night and Mistress of the Apes fame stars as a frigid young theater actress traumatized by her mother s horrific death years earlier. But when a series of brutal stabbings rocks her latest production, the drama queen prone to bloody hallucinations fears that she herself may be the killer. Are all actresses genuinely insane or is the stage set for a shocking final twist? Max Phipps (The Road Warrior) and Gary Sweet (The Chronicles of Narnia, Voyage of the Dawn Treader) co-star in the graphic Ozploitation giallo also known as STAGE FRIGHT, now fully restored from the original Australian vault elements.