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rhett
07-08-2008, 09:27 PM
Well, the first company to show all their cards for the fall's annual glut of horror is BCI (along with their partner in crime, Code Red). Some, like tubby guy on a college campus masterwork FINAL EXAM and SAVAGE STREETS may be old news, but two new Code Red's, a few double features and a new DTV horror add even more, as Grandpa Seth would say, fuel to the fire. Here's the awesome list of titles coming out this September from the brothers at BCI:

THE GLEAM
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Street Date: September 2, 2008
MSRP: $9.98

A homeless actor is given shelter by a mad scientist, only to discover the scientist has been bringing dead animals back to life...and now he wants humans. Deemed as stylish as THE SIXTH SENSE and with a new director lauded as the next Shyamalan, THE GLEAM makes its worldwide debut courtesy of BCI.


A DAY AT THE BEACH
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Street Date: September 9, 2008
MSRP: $19.98

Not horror, but with Code Red as distributor and Roman Polanski as writer, it's bound to garner some interest with the cult crowd. Truth be told it's a bizarre little drama with a man taking his polio-stricken daughter for a walk down one of cinema's most damp and dreary beaches. They run into some interesting characters, including an understated Peter Sellers and a whole boatload of ennui.


THE KIDNAPPING OF THE PRESIDENT/DEATHROW GAMESHOW
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Street Date: September 9, 2008
MSRP: $9.98

When the US president is kidnapped in Toronto, it's up to William Shatner and some Canadian tax credits to break him loose from an armored van in THE KIDNAPPING OF THE PRESIDENT. Directed by future director of the insanely oddball MEATBALLS III. The second half of the double bill is DEATHROW GAMESHOW, about a bunch of convicts who have the ability to cheat death and win some prizes in a morbid reality show of the future. Sound like a RUNNING MAN rip-off? It is! Directed by the eccentric Mark Pirro, who wrote and directed a bunch of horror oddities like MY MOM'S A WEREWOLF, CURSE OF THE QUEERWOLF and NUDIST COLONY OF THE DEAD. Skintalizing!


BEYOND THE DOOR
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Street Date: September 16, 2008
MSRP: $24.98

Code Red strikes again with one of the most requested Euro-horror classics not yet on DVD, the EXORCIST cash-in with gore and sleaze like only the Italians could do it! New and uncut, and with your usual Code Red array of supplements, this will have your head spinning.


CEMETERY GIRLS/VAMPIRE HOOKERS
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Street Date: September 16, 2008
MSRP: $12.98

BCI takes once more to the drive-in with this collection of two of the best titled vampire flicks I can think of. Paul Naschy gnashes his way through CEMETERY GIRLS as a diabolical doctor hellbent on making women whip and suck the blood of vivacious virgins. John Carradine mugs in VAMPIRE HOOKERS (also known as CEMETERY GIRLS as well) with a couple bloodsuckers masquerading as prostitutes for some new clientele. Packed as an awesome double feature, good or bad, these movies are bound to suck!


SATAN'S SLAVE/TERROR
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Street Date: September 16, 2008
MSRP: $12.98

BATMAN's favorite Alfred, Michael Gough, stars in SATAN'S SLAVE as a leader of a devil cult with the powers to bring back the dead. It's medieval torture abound as a cryptic witch is burned at the stake, leaving a trail of heads and limbs in her wake in the creatively-titled TERROR. Both were written and directed by the respective David McGillivray-Norman J. Warren team responsible for fare like FRIGHTMARE and INSEMINOID. Another double feature that will whip your grindhouse pleasures into shape.

SAVAGE STREETS
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Street Date: September 23, 2008
MSRP: $19.98

There are bad things villains do in cinema, and then there is raping a mute-deaf sister before killing her best friend. SAVAGE STREETS earns its title, with Linda Blair going all vigilante on the perpetrators complete with crossbow and some crazy leather. What did she get for her trials? A Razzie! Directed by the underrated Danny Steinmann of FRIDAY THE 13TH - A NEW BEGINNING and Code Red's August release, THE UNSEEN, this new 2-disc will be Bronson badass.


FINAL EXAM
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Street Date: September 23, 2008
MSRP: $19.98

A knife and belly wielding madman ensures the frat antics of Wildman and the entire campus collegiate come to a close as he hacks and slashes his way through HALLOWEEN rip-off after rip-off. It's FINAL EXAM, it's awesome, and God help the rest who don't throw hearts at this classic slasher affair.


Start saving, because if this is only a taste of what is to come this fall, then it's going to be a great year for old school revival!

maybrick
07-08-2008, 09:37 PM
Beyond the Door is way tempting, but I noticed the other day the local vid shop still has the old VHS tape so I suppose I should rent it first.

Hellbilly
07-08-2008, 09:38 PM
Cool line up. Looking forward to Cemetery Girls / Vampire Hookers, Savage Streets and Beyond The Door. Nice to see the underrated supernatural slasher Terror getting a new re-release :)

horrorlover
07-08-2008, 09:46 PM
These look excellent, I'll definitely be getting Savage Streets, Cemetery girls/Vampire Hookers, and Final Exam

Mutilated Prey
07-08-2008, 09:46 PM
Beyond the Door and Final Exam will be mine.

wago70
07-08-2008, 09:46 PM
Cannot wait for most of the titles!!! Uh...hate to complain, but what's with the "rainy night" artwork on FINAL EXAM????? The film takes place days before summer break...

MorallySound
07-08-2008, 09:52 PM
I think pretty much all of those will be mine, except maybe The Gleam.

Mattapooh
07-08-2008, 10:09 PM
So much money's gonna be spent if other companies start putting out stuff I want this much.

Katatonia
07-08-2008, 10:24 PM
Sounds like a great month!!!

Savage Streets and Final Exam are still my most wanted on that list, but it's nice to see that films like Deathrow Gameshow are now getting a domestic DVD release.

Jason25
07-09-2008, 12:52 AM
Nice to see Deathrow Gameshow finally get a DVD release. I've chatted with Mark Pirro, very cool guy and he makes some cool cult flicks. I'm very excited about this.

rxfiend
07-09-2008, 01:13 AM
For those wondering, Cemetery girls is actually "Count Dracula's Great Love" which has been released on one of those Elvira discs. Hopefully BCI's print will be in better shape. At any rate, great lineup! It amazes me how far BCI has come since their early Brentwood days.

VideoViolence
07-09-2008, 03:45 AM
Except for the Polanski flick, I want all of these discs! I may rent the Polanski flick first, however and maybe I'll actually end up buying it.

indiephantom
07-09-2008, 06:16 AM
So Code Red's label is not on the spine for SAVAGE STREETS and FINAL EXAM??

Either way, those two in particular look like great releases. And CR's got an October release of the T&A piece HOT MOVES which I've been waiting eagerly for, as well.

rhett
07-09-2008, 06:34 AM
Except for the Polanski flick, I want all of these discs! I may rent the Polanski flick first, however and maybe I'll actually end up buying it.
Yeah, I really don't understand why they were rushing to put out this totally out of character film when they have so many other great movies in their possession. It would be one thing if Polanski directed it, but writer? Calling it a lost Polanski flick is really stretching it. But with SWEET 16, BUTCHER BAKER NIGHTMARE MAKER and FORCED ENTRY coming out in October and November, how can you complain?!

rxfiend
07-09-2008, 06:48 AM
So Code Red's label is not on the spine for SAVAGE STREETS and FINAL EXAM??


I believe those two are BCI not Code Red released discs, thus the absence of CR's label.

Erick H.
07-09-2008, 07:22 AM
SAVAGE STREETS is long overdue.Wonder if the Norman J. Warren double bill will have any of the Pal versions extras ?

DrHerbertWest
07-09-2008, 09:33 PM
I'll wait on THE GLEAM and the Polanski flick but everything else perks my interest into "gotta buy 'em now!!" mode.

rhett
07-09-2008, 10:25 PM
I believe those two are BCI not Code Red released discs, thus the absence of CR's label.
Code Red worked on both though in the transferring and supplement areas. Consider them phantom projects.

satans-sadists
07-09-2008, 10:48 PM
No interest in The Gleam and Day at the Beach. Just might pick up all the rest though. Originally I was going to pass on the vampire double feature, but Vampire Hookers is tempting. Beyond the Door is the film I'm looking forward to seeing the most. Savage Streets has the best cover. Kidnapping of the President is another definite buy considering the Shatner factor. :cool:

CodeRedDVd
07-10-2008, 02:33 AM
Yeah, I really don't understand why they were rushing to put out this totally out of character film when they have so many other great movies in their possession.

That's because horror films need EXTRAS, and DAY AT THE BEACH doesn't need extras since the lead actor died on us. :( Polanski can't be involved since he is unable to come to America. Extras are the main reason why most of the titles we have arn't released yet.

[QUOTE=rhett;542580]It would be one thing if Polanski directed it, but writer? Calling it a lost Polanski flick is really stretching it. QUOTE]

He was supposed to direct it, but he had personal problems (for example: The Charles Manson incident, and Paramount pictures dispute) so he let his friend direct the film. The rights owner told me it was Polanski's pet project at the time. Polanski was also having problems with Paramount pictures who owns a % of the picture and they didn't release the film till 1985 when the director complained. Then after 2 screenings (Chicago/Toronto), it was lost again till we licensed it two years ago. If that isn't lost, I don't know what film is. It only had one showing in America, one showing in Canada, and one showing at the Cannes festival in 1971.

rhett
07-10-2008, 02:58 AM
That's because horror films need EXTRAS, and DAY AT THE BEACH doesn't need extras since the lead actor died on us. :( Polanski can't be involved since he is unable to come to America. Extras are the main reason why most of the titles we have arn't released yet.
Thanks for clearing that up. But again, it's horror season in September - I'm thinking this would have been more strategically placed during November and December, when Hollywood and the public care about "Good." movies.

Then after 2 screenings (Chicago/Toronto), it was lost again till we licensed it two years ago. If that isn't lost, I don't know what film is. It only had one showing in America, one showing in Canada, and one showing at the Cannes festival in 1971.
Oh, I don't doubt it is a "lost" film, but a lost Polanski film still seemed a bit of a stretch. That extra background information definitely helps put that quote in perspective now, though.

eric_angelus
07-10-2008, 06:13 AM
Cannot wait for Beyond the Door. This is one of my earliest movie going experiences from my childhood...pretty much the first horror movie I ever saw. So many other great titles on that list as well! I am really excited to see Dracula's Great Love coming out under the extra sleazy Cemetery Girls title. I have that one sheet poster...I have always had a special fondness for this style of late 70s Euro Horror promotions...I remember hearing the radio ads for the movie when I was a kid...full of fake interviews with shocked viewers as they left the theater...screaming things like "I can't believe what those two girls did on that headstone!" Classic stuff!

satans-sadists
07-12-2008, 01:19 AM
Beyond the Door specs as reported by Fangoria:

Code Red sent over cover art and specs for its September 16 DVD release (through BCI) of BEYOND THE DOOR, Oliver Hellman/Ovidio Assonitis’ 1974 devil-possession pic starring Juliet Mills as a woman who becomes pregnant with Satan’s spawn. The movie will be presented in a new 16x9-enhanced 1.85:1 transfer of the uncut European edition, accompanied by:

• Audio commentary by Assonitis and Mondo Digital’s Nathaniel Thompson, moderated by Lee Christian
• Audio commentary by Mills, filmmaker Scott Spiegel and film historian Darren Gross
• Englishman in Italy interview featurette with co-star Richard Johnson
• BEYOND THE DOOR, 35 Years Later featurette with Assonitis, Mills, Johnson and writer Alex Rebar
• Original trailers
• Still gallery

maskull
07-13-2008, 01:25 PM
All of these look pretty cool, except maybe The Gleam (not a good time to mention the director being lauded as the next Shyamalan, when his latest movie just bombed), but for some reason THE KIDNAPPING OF THE PRESIDENT/DEATHROW GAMESHOW is the one that really got me excited. They just sound sooo bad that they just can't help but be awesome!

Think it's time to start working some overtime so I can afford these.

booper71
07-17-2008, 01:02 AM
BCI has really started to deliver the goods!

CrazyFatEthel
07-30-2008, 08:54 AM
I cant wait to get Final Exam, I only have the worn out VHS copy which is pitch black, blurry, muffled, and just down right crappy quality!

Vlachio
07-30-2008, 11:16 AM
Final Exam & Beyond the door are the only ones grabbing my but cheeks.

Harry Warden
08-06-2008, 12:29 AM
The two that are on my want list are Beyond The Door and Final Exam.

Loved Beyond The Door when I saw it at a local drive-in years ago. Final Exam is one of those slashers from the 80's that I simply missed seeing. I will buy this just to finally see it. No video store in our area has it for rent anymore.

KR~!
08-06-2008, 12:53 AM
Beyond the Door and Final Exam will be mine.

ditto!

satans-sadists
09-09-2008, 05:41 PM
DVD Drive-In review of Cemetery Girls (a.k.a. Count Dracula's Great Love) & Vampire Hookers double feature: http://www.dvddrive-in.com/reviews/a-d/cemetarygirlsvamphookers7278.htm

satans-sadists
09-10-2008, 05:44 PM
DVD Drive-In review of Satan's Slave/Terror: http://www.dvddrive-in.com/reviews/n-s/satansslave767879.htm

Katatonia
09-12-2008, 07:37 AM
According to that DVD Drive-In review (http://www.dvddrive-in.com/reviews/n-s/satansslave767879.htm) posted above, the version of Satan's Slave on the new BCI double feature is heavily cut.

At least the Pan & Scan version in my old Rhino set is uncut, alas not widescreen.

fceurich39
09-12-2008, 03:33 PM
my local record store had savage streets dvd out early so i picked it up looks nice

satans-sadists
09-22-2008, 05:46 PM
Beyond the Door review from DVD Drive-In:

http://www.dvddrive-in.com/reviews/a-d/beyondthedoor7475.htm

Mutilated Prey
09-22-2008, 06:36 PM
DVD Drive-In review of Satan's Slave/Terror: http://www.dvddrive-in.com/reviews/n-s/satansslave767879.htm

So, why are they re-releasing Terror? I would imagine it's the same cut as this..
http://www.amazon.com/Crypt-Terror-Land-Minotaur/dp/B000H5U698/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1222100625&sr=1-1

satans-sadists
09-22-2008, 07:27 PM
So, why are they re-releasing Terror? I would imagine it's the same cut as this..
http://www.amazon.com/Crypt-Terror-Land-Minotaur/dp/B000H5U698/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1222100625&sr=1-1

Most likely is the same, just another pointless repackaging. I'm content to just hang on to my Crypt of Terror double feature.

Mutilated Prey
09-22-2008, 07:58 PM
Agreed. Right now that double feature disc is going for pretty cheap from Amazon resellers.

satans-sadists
09-25-2008, 05:35 PM
AV Maniacs review of Cemetery Girls/Vampire Hookers: http://www.avmaniacs.com/review.php?id=462