Check Out An Exclusive Clip From Infinite Santa 8000: The Movie

As I posted back in September, the feature-length continuation of the Infinite Santa 8000 animated web series will be premiering via VOD on December 1st from Midnight Releasing. The series of animated shorts takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where Santa Claus does battle with an array of mutants, cyborgs and mad scientists, and is available to watch via their website. To get you in the holiday spirit we have an exclusive clip to share with you of Santa doing his thing . Check it out.

New Suspiria Print Now Available For Pre-Order From Quiltface Studios

Philadelphia based  artist and friend of the Basement, Chris Garofalo has been cranking out some of the highest quality film-inspired prints for the past couple years and his latest is no exception. Pre-orders are now live for Chris’ take on Dario Argento’s masterpiece Suspiria, just in time for the season of the witch to begin! Each 18″ x 24″ print is signed and numbered by the artist and printed on Razzle Berry Pop Tone French Paper (in English that means it’s fucking pretty!) Check it out for yourself…

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Like I said, she’s fucking pretty. Pre-order price is a mere $25 so head over to the Quiltface Studios online shop here and take her home with you today.  You can also join the Quiltface Army by following him on twitter @QFSChris

Upcoming Screams: Infinite Santa 8000 The Movie

It’s been almost three years since Infinite Santa 8000, the animated web series from the creators of Drive-In Horrorshow, wrapped up its first season. Instead of jumping into a second season, creators Michael Neel and Greg Ansin decided to turn the series into a feature and the first trailer has just been released. For the uninitiated, IS8000 takes place in (you guessed it) the year 8000. There are very few people left on the planet, but one of them is Santa Claus. I mean, who else would you expect to survive the fucking apocalypse?  In a world inhabited by mutants and the evil Dr. Shackleton, Santa must do what he has to do to survive. The series is a lot of fun and you can check out all the episodes at their website. Infinite Santa 8000 The Movie will be released in time for the holidays this December. In the meantime check out the trailer below.

Combat Girls Boots Its Way Onto DVD and VOD From Artsploitation Films

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Artsploitation continues their onslaught of hard-hitting films with its July 9th release of Combat Girls.

LOS ANGELES (June 10, 2013) – Artsploitation Films, the rising American film company, continues to deliver edgy international movies to North American audiences with its latest release, COMBAT GIRLS. This searing coming of age drama follows two suburban girls from vastly different backgrounds who become ensnared in the Neo-Nazi youth movement. Twenty year old Melissa (a stand-out, powerhouse acting performance from newcomer Alina Levshin) is a hard-core believer, a semi-skinhead who is adorned with Nazi tattoos. Fourteen year-old Svenja (Jella Haase) is a sheltered, spoiled, straight A student who becomes fascinated with the group because of her Neo-Nazi boyfriend. They began as adversaries but soon become best friends though their loyalty to each other is shaken when Marisa decides she wants to leave the group. Like American History Xand Romper Stomper, COMBAT GIRLS is extremely dynamic, powerful filmmaking.
Artsploitation’s release of COMBAT GIRLS will arrive on DVD, VOD and Digital Download for the first time ever on July 9. The DVD extras include an interview with Alina Levshin and an 8-page booklet.
COMBAT GIRLS’ Alina Levshin won the Best Actress award at The Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Film Fest Munich and The AMD “Next Wave” Spotlight Competition Award for Best Actress at Fantastic Fest in Austin. The film also played the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Jeresulem Jewish Film Festival and Dubi International Film Festival respectively.

 

 

The Maddest Story Ever Told Comes To Blu-Ray Via Arrow Video

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Arrow Video is pleased to confirm the UK DVD and Worldwide Blu-ray premiere of Jack Hill’s landmark debut feature film, SPIDER BABY, on Monday June 17th.

Finally available on Blu-ray for the very first time anywhere in the world, this stunning version of “the maddest story ever told” features a beautifully restored high-definition transfer, a process supervised and approved by Jack Hill himself.

Starring cult superstar Sid Haig (House Of 1000 Corpses) alongside Lon Chaney Jr. (The Wolf Man, Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein) in one of his last ever on-screen roles,SPIDER BABY tells the unfathomable story of three orphaned siblings who suffer from “Merrye Syndrome” – a condition which causes them to mentally, socially, and physically regress backwards down the evolutionary ladder!

The super-deluxe dual DVD & Blu-ray edition comes LOADED with special features and bonus material, even including Hill’s 30-minute short film “The Host”. Made in 1960 and starring Sid Haig in his first ever leading role, “The Host” sees a fugitive gangster attempt to set-free a group of Spanish settlers who are held under the powers of evil.

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Other extras include audio commentary with Jack Hill and Sid Haig, three new featurettes, an alternate opening sequence, extended scenes, original trailer, behind-the-scenes imagery and an in-depth collector’s booklet. A complete list of special features and full details follow the synopsis.

Keeping with what is a now a fan-favoured tradition of Arrow Video restorations, SPIDER BABY will come complete with a reversible sleeve, featuring the original 1968 artwork and a stunning new design by Graham ‘Evil Dead’ Humphries.

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The director-approved special features included on the dual edition release of SPIDER BABY are as follows:

– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the main feature, available in the UK for the very first time.
– High Definition transfer of the feature approved by director Jack Hill.
– English SDH subtitles for deaf and hearing impaired.
– Audio commentary featuring Jack Hill and star Sid Haig.
– Panel discussion from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “FILM-TO-FILM” Festival, recorded September 2012, featuring Jack Hill and stars Quinn K. Redeker and Beverly Washburn.
– “The Hatching of Spider Baby” – Interviews with Jack Hill, Sid Haig, star Mary Mitchel, fan Joe Dante and more on the making of the film.
– “Spider Stravinsky: The Cinema Sounds of Ronald Stein” – The composer of ‘The Terror’ and ‘Attack of the 50 Foot Woman’ among others is remembered by Harlene Stein, Jack Hill, American Cinematheque’s Chris D. and others.
– “The Merrye House Revisited” – Jack Hill revisits the original house that was used as the main location in the film.
– Alternate opening title sequence.
– Extended scene.
– Original Trailer.
– Gallery of behind-the-scenes images.
– The Host (1960) – Jack Hill’s early short film featuring Sid Haig in his first starring role.
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham ‘Evil Dead’ Humpreys.
– Collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by artist and writer Stephen R. Bissette, and an extensive article re-printed from FilmFax: The Magazine of Unusual Film and Television featuring interviews with the cast and crew, illustrated with original stills and artwork.

 

Vinegar Syndrome Brings The Sleaze For The Summer

The past year or two has seen a handful of new DVD and Blu-Ray specialty labels pop up offering titles, old and new, that many never thought would get a decent release. Scream Factory  has given dozens of classic horror titles treatment of Criterion-like proportions. Newcomer Artsploitation has released a stream of challenging art house and international films that most would have never heard of. But if your tastes lean towards old school drive-in style grime, then Vinegar Syndrome has just what you need. Launched in the beginning of the year with the release of The Lost Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis collection, Vinegar Syndrome has been releasing choice exploitation goodness since. Most notable of these have been the aforementioned HG Lewis disc, Massage Parlor Murders and their signature Drive-In Collection double features. The label is starting the summer strong with a handful of releases that are guaranteed to put a sleazy smile on your face. Check out the previews below for the first three releases in the label’s summer slate, including the much-anticipated (by your’s truly, at least) Punk Vacation! 

A Labor Of Love (DVD) street date June 11th

In the winter of 1974, a naive independent filmmaker based in Chicago found funding to make his first feature, to be titled “The Last Affair.” The one stipulation mandated by his financial bakers was that the movie needed to include hardcore sex scenes. A LABOR OF LOVE documents the ensuing heart-felt and earnest attempt to create an X rated movie. Between struggles with the cast and problems with crew and locations, the production forges on in a manner NBC News described as “A true human comedy” and Hadrian Belove of Cinefamily acclaimed as “a lost vérité masterpiece … a movie-about-movies documentary classic.”

Punk Vacation (Blu-Ray/DVD combo) street date July 9th

A peaceful California town is shaken after the brutal murder of diner owner by a gang of vicious punks. When the daughter of the slain man attempts to avenge her father’s death, she’s held hostage by the gang resulting in an epic battle between punks and rednecks.
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 The Vixens of Kung Fu and Oriental Blue (Drive-In Collection DVD) street date July 9th

Two Times Square classics from the vaults of New York’s oldest surviving producers of underground
sexploitation and sleaze — Distribpix, Inc.

über-creepy porno dudes with furry shoulders, punk rocker versus redneck violence, and smoking vaginas? Count me in.

Blurrpy Goes Into Darkness With Star Trek Poster Project

Pop culture website Blurrpy once again assembled a group of amazing poster artists for their second poster project, which was unleashed on their website this morning. Earlier this year they tackled the upcoming World War Z, which you can check out here. This time around they take on J.J. Abram’s Star Trek: Into Darkness and the results are incredible. The artists, a loosely formed collective of print artists known around the web as the Print Posse, all put their own unique style into creating new artwork for the film, and every single one blows the official film posters out of the water. Below is a preview of two of the designs, for the full set, including variant designs, head over to Blurrpy here.

art by Chris Garofalo

art by Chris Garofalo

art by Matt Ferguson

art by Matt Ferguson

Join Science Team: They Need Your Help, They Have Lasers

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Drew Bolduc, director of one of the stickiest indie flicks in recent years, The Taint, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for his latest project, Science Team. Described as “a bastard child of science fiction and horror”, the films’ campaign video gives little information as far as outlining an actual plot, but succeeds in making Science Team look fun as hell and worthy of kicking in a few bucks nonetheless. Incentives range from stickers and posters to DVDs, t-shirts, personalized songs written for you by Bolduc and more. Check out the campaign promo video below then head over to the Indiegogo page and kick in.

A Double Dose Of Mario Bava Coming Soon From Arrow

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DUAL FORMAT UK DVD & BLU-RAY DELUXE EDITIONS
RELEASE DATE: MONDAY 29TH APRIL 2013

Arrow Video are pleased to announce two exciting and never-before-seen Blu-ray & DVD premieres from the one and only godfather of Italian horror, MARIO BAVA.

Set for release on Monday April 29th, the Bava classics BLACK SABBATH and BARON BLOOD have both been given the ‘Arrow treatment’. The forthcoming dual format Blu-ray & DVD deluxe editions include brand new versions of each film, a wealth of special features and bonus material (cast, director and expert interviews, introductions, deleted scenes, trailers, audio commentaries, photo galleries, collector’s booklets). If that wasn’t enough, both releases will also include an exclusive reversible sleeve, featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys.

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This marks the VERY FIRST TIME that these two staples of Italian cult cinema will be available on Blu-ray & DVD in the UK. Ever since Arrow released “Black Sunday” and “Lisa & The Devil” in February 2013, horror fans the world over have been crying out for more Bava releases to be delivered in such high quality.

Arrow Video pride themselves on going the extra mile in order to give their loyal fans something to savour. These fantastic deluxe editions of BLACK SABBATH and BARON BLOOD are certain to live up to such high expectations.

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MARIO BAVA is widely credited as the man who kick-started the golden age of Italian horror. Never before had international audiences witnessed such slick, stylised production combined with brutal and supernatural imagery.

The deluxe Blu-ray & DVD edition of BLACK SABBATH includes the following special features:

– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of two versions of the film; ‘I tre volti della paura’ – the European version with score by Roberto Nicolosi and ‘Black Sabbath’ – the re-edited and re-dubbed AIP version with Les Baxter score, on home video for the first time.
– English SDH subtitles for English Audio and a new subtitle translation of the Italian audio.
– Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas.
– Introduction to the film by author and critic Alan Jones.
– “A Life In Film” – An Interview with star Mark Damon.
– “Twice the Fear” – A new featurette examining the differences between the two versions of the film.
– International Trailer.
– US Trailer.
– Italian Trailer.
– TV and Radio Spots.
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys. 
– Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic David Cairns, a comparison of the versions of the film by Tim Lucas, and a substantial interview with AIP Producer Samuel Z. Arkoff on his experiences of working with Bava, illustrated with original stills and posters.

 

The deluxe Blu-ray & DVD edition of BARON BLOOD includes the following special features:

– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of three versions of the film: Bava’s original version Gli orrori del castello di Norimberga with Italian audio, The European Export Version of Baron Bloodwith English audio, and, on home video for the first time, the re-edited and re-dubbed AIP Version of Baron Blood with alternate score by Les Baxter.
– Three audio versions: Optional Italian, European English and AIP English re-dub and re-score.
– English SDH subtitles for both English versions and a new English subtitle translation of the Italian audio.
– Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas.
– Introduction to Baron Blood by author and critic Alan Jones.
– “Delirium Italian-style” – Ruggero Deodato on Mario Bava and the golden age of Italian genre films.
– “Mario Bava at work” – a photo gallery of Bava behind the scenes on his films.
– Trailers and Radio Spots.
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys. 
– Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic James Oliver, illustrated with original archive stills and posters.