Scream Factory has been doing an amazing job for a few years now with their amazing home releases of cult classics and lesser-known gems of the past few decades. With releases like From Beyond, Day of the Dead, The Howling, Darkman, Ginger Snaps, John Carpenter’s The Fog, Sleepaway Camp, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, and a ton of other horror gems, Scream Factory is now essentially the Criterion Collection of cult horror, low budget sci-fi, and other great genre films that may be overlooked otherwise. Over the past weekend, Scream Factory announced ten new titles to their library that should get all genre fans very excited.
From the company’s Facebook:
We just announced the following upcoming Scream Factory blu-ray releases at our Comic Con panel this evening. Here’s the exciting line-up!
1. The Dark Half
2. Monkey Shines
3. Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh
5. Phantom of the Opera
6. New Year’s Evil
7. Invaders from Mars
8. Dolls (Collector’s Edition)
9. Mad Max (Collector’s Edition)
10. Escape From New York (Collector’s Edition)
We have no details to report on this time other than that Dolls, The Dark Half and Monkey Shines are slated for November 2014 street dates and the rest will land in 2015.
We have more to reveal for 2015 so keep your eyes peeled here for updates throughout the Fall.
For those who aren’t familiar with the titles:
The Dark Half is a 1993 horror film directed by George A. Romero and based on a novel by Stephen King of the same name. It is the story of an author putting his pseudonym to rest, but realizing he may have made a grave mistake when the body count starts to rise around him. This is a more interesting one and better than you might expect. It stars Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, and Michael Rooker.
Monkey Shines is another Romero film about a recently crippled man and his new helper monkey. The monkey is highly intelligent due to scientific experimentation and becomes overprotective and obsessed with her owner. Monkey Shines is really silly at times, but it is always a fun one.
1995’s Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh is the sequel to the 1992 cult classic starring Tony Todd as the vengeful spirit. The sequel isn’t as good as the original, but it delves into Candyman’s origins, which might be interesting for fans of the character. Based on character’s created by Clive Barker.
Scarecrows from 1988 is described by one IMDb user as “Five criminals find themselves parachuting, with their “ill-gotten goods” into an abandoned cemetery. But this bone-yard is guarded by some nasty scarecrows, and they aren’t made of straw.”
Phantom of the Opera, a 1989 reinterpretation of the classic story, starring Robert Englund as the Phantom. This is one of the sillier takes on the tale.
One of many early 80s knockoffs of Halloween and Friday the 13th, New Year’s Evil is set on December 31st, as killer stalks the streets and murders someone every time is turns midnight in a different time zone.
Invaders From Mars, the Tobe Hooper director 1986 remake of the 1953 science fiction film of the same name. The story of a young boy trying to stop an alien invasion as the Martians take over the minds of his parents, teachers, and other townsfolk.
From Stuart Gordon , the director the great Re-Animator and the even better From Beyond, 1987’s Dolls is the story of “a group of people, who stop by a mansion during a storm and discover two magical toy makers, and their haunted collection of dolls”.
George Miller’s Mad Max needs no introduction as it is the defining post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie. The film is a must own for genre fans and should be a fun revisit, especially after the recent awesome trailer for Max’s return in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Escape From New York is another film that most die-hard film fans have seen and possibly the most exciting announcement of the bunch. John Carpenter’s highly influential sci-fi action thriller starring Kurt Russell as the eye patch-wearing antihero, Snake, remains one of the great director’s best and most iconic works. If Mad Max defined what a post-apocalyptic wasteland should look like, then Escape From New York defined the post-apocalyptic city on screen. For those few who may not know, Snake is the inspiration for the protagonist of the Metal Gear Solid game series.