Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Trailer of the Week: Grizzly (1976)

William Girdler took his first step into the big time with this Jaws knock-off distributed by then Atlanta-based Film Ventures.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Get Troma-Tized for Free!

For regional horror fans, Lloyd Kaufman's Troma Entertainment is one of those companies you have a love-hate relationship with. You love that the company released some of the most off-the-wall titles during the heyday of East Coast independent horror/sci-fi, but you hate the slapdash treatment most of those titles have had on the company's DVD releases (not to mention the sometimes deliberately awful films the company has produced over the past couple of decades).

Imagine my excitement (really) when I saw that the company had begun posting full-length features on its YouTube channel. I haven't had a chance to check the quality or presentation of the films, but at least you now have a chance to view most of the company's regional horror titles online, including several that went out of print on DVD, or were only available in multi-film sets (usually saddled with one or two inferior titles).

Of particular interest to regional horror-philes:

There's Nothing Out There!
Scream Baby Scream
The Capture of Bigfoot
Blood Hook
Plutonium Baby
Redneck Zombies
Croaked (actually, Rana: The Legend of Shadow Lake)
The Toxic Avenger (which will actually cost you $2.99 to view)

Of course, they're holding back some choice titles like The Children, Mother's Day, and Class of Nuke 'Em High, but perhaps they'll add them later or make them available for a fee.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Regional Horror Book Cover Revealed!

I've been fiddling around with my book on regional horror films for years, but we're finally in the home stretch -- and my publisher, McFarland, has unveiled the cover for the upcoming release (which you can see above).

Looks like the list price will be $45. You can find out more here.

I still haven't seen any proof sheets, so it's still early in the production phase, but it looks like the book will be released in the fall/winter. Amazon has it listed with a Dec. 31 date (although hopefully it can be out in time for Halloween).

I'll post more details as they emerge, but I'm happy to say that the McFarland website notes the book will include 145 photos, so there will be plenty of eye candy along with the most exhaustive list of regional horror and sci-fi titles ever assembled. Actually, as far as I know, it's the ONLY list of regional horror and sci-fi titles ever assembled.

Watch this space for updates.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Trailer of the Week: Creature From Black Lake (1976)

Here's a homemade trailer somebody cut together for Creature From Black Lake, one of our five favorite regional bigfoot movies!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Trailer of the Week: Don't Go in the House (1980)

Brutal, despairing slasher/pyromaniac flick from New York. How about that German poster?