Tuesday, June 15, 2010

June Odds and Ends

Summer is here, which means it's drive-in season -- and the perfect time to encourage you all to attend DVD Drive-In's annual "Drive-In Super Monster-Rama" at the Riverside Drive-In in Vandergrift, Pa., Sept. 10 and 11. This year's lineup includes: The Comedy of Terrors, The Oblong Box, The Incredible Melting Man, Frankenstein Created Woman, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, Blood on Satan's Claw, Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, and one of our all-time favorites, The Witchmaker.

BOOK UPDATE: We're still plowing ahead on The Dead Next Door, and the end is finally in sight. We've been hunting for some additional images to help spice up the listings in the book, and help has arrived in the form of Fred Adelman, the man behind the fanzine and Web site Critical Condition. Thanks to Fred's amazing archive of horror and exploitation movie admats, we're even closer to the finish line than we would be otherwise.

I just did a count, and so far I've unearthed 369 regional horror films (1957 to 1989) for the listings.

DVD UPDATE: Code Red continues to trot out more fascinating releases, with both David Durston's Stigma and the California-lensed Slithis arriving on DVD this month.

The bigger news, though, is that the company will release Horror High on Aug. 10. That film, from Texas director and S.F. Brownrigg associate Larry Stouffer, was previously released (in it's cut TV form) on one of those Rhino "Horrible Horrors" DVD collections. The upcoming release is supposed to be uncut. A few years ago, the film was adapted as a musical and presented at the Mansfield Playhouse in Mansfield, Ohio.

While we're on the subject of Horror High, that film's screenwriter (and Texasn) J.D. Feigelson (using the pseudonym Jake Fowler) also penned one of our favorite TV movies ever, Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981), another title that's getting a long-awaited special edition release via VCI. Extras include a deleted scene, TV promo spot, and a commentary with Feigelson and director Frank De Felitta.

Blue Underground has also announced a special edition of William Lustig's Maniac on Blu-ray on Oct. 26

PASSINGS: Character actor John David Chandler, who appeared in a number of William Grefe films, died in May. Former Fangoria editor David Everitt, who was responsible for many of the magazine's retrospective articles in the 1980s and also served as the anonymous reviewer "Dr. Cyclops, died on May 7.


Cashiers du Cinemart editor Mike White is releasing a compilation of old, new and revised articles from his quirky 'zine, entitled Impossibly Funky. It includes an introduction by H.G. Lewis, a forward by Film Threat editor Chris Gore, who White has occasionally skewered in print.

The Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan is hosting a "William Lustig Presents" program Aug. 12-20 that will include The Town That Dreaded Sundown.

Next up: A three-post salute to law, order, and giant crabs.

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