New DVD announcements have been piling up, but I've been too busy to parse through all of them. Here's a quick rundown:
First, Code Red continues to blow our minds with God's Bloody Acre and Tomcats due out in July, along with The Witchmaker, a runaway production filmed in Louisiana by L.Q. Jones.
The company will also release a bonanza of low-budget oddities under its "Maria's B Movie Mayhem" banner, with former WWE eye candy and Playboy model Maria Kanellis hosting. Regional titles in the series slated for September will include Mardi Gras Massacre from Louisiana and the Arizona film Haunted, along with double bills of Scream/Barn of the Naked Dead and Love Me Deadly/Curious Case of the Campus Corpse.
Future titles in the series will include the killer bigfoot flick Night of the Demon, Vampire at Midnight, and a double bill of Teenage Hitchhikers/Teenage Tramp.
Scorpion Releasing (which you may recall is run by Code Red honcho Bill Olsen's brother Walter), meanwhile, has announced its own line of low-budget horror films hosted by a former half-naked WWE/TNA starlet, "Katarina's Nightmare Theater." Katarina Leigh Waters will introduce films like the North Carolina slasher flick Final Exam, along with The Incubus, Humongous, House on Sorority Row, The Carpenter, the promisingly titled American Nightmare (sadly, it's really Canadian), and the ludicrous killer baby film The Devil Within Her.
Something Weird will release its first Blu-Ray offerings via Image Entertainment: Basket Case, the H.G. Lewis "Blood Trilogy" (Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs, Color Me Blood Red), and Frank Henenlotter's recent H.G. Lewis documentary Godfather of Gore. Basket Case will be sourced from the original (previously lost) 16mm negative, so it will look even better than when it was first released to theaters as a 35mm blow up.
Over at VCI, the 12-film Scream Theater package was finally released after being held up by "rights issues." Not sure what those problems were, since the one title that is definitely no longer public domain, the New Jersey film Alice, Sweet Alice, is still on the set. S.F. Brownrigg's Don't Open the Door is also included.
Finally, Synapse Films has announced DVD/Blu-Ray combo packs of Frank Henenlotter's Frankenhooker (New York), Maniac Cop (not technically a regional, but filmed partly in New York), and the James Glickenhaus film The Exterminator.
The Dead Next Door is a blog about regional or "backyard" horror and science fiction films made from the late 1950s to the earlyl 1990s (and beyond). These films were released during the peak years of independent film production, created by a motley crew of seasoned pros, gifted amateurs, and enthusiastic genre fans, along with dozens of eccentric dreamers -- doctors, lawyers, insurance salesmen, publishers, commercial filmmakers, TV production crews and moonlighting pornographers -- all looking for their big break or a fast buck or both.