Tag: Horror

Blu Notes: MATANGO「マタンゴ」⋅ 2017 ⋅ Toho Visual Entertainment

Blu Notes: MATANGO「マタンゴ」⋅ 2017 ⋅ Toho Visual Entertainment

Eiji Tsuburaya’s lauded effects production takes a backseat in this oddball genre offering from Toho studios, released to critical ambivalence and general audience confusion in the fall of 1963. A standout among Toho’s glitzier sci-fi actioners and giant monster fantasies, if by virtue of its […]

A Billion Volts of Death in Every Finger! THE PROJECTED MAN to Blu-ray from Scream Factory in January

A Billion Volts of Death in Every Finger! THE PROJECTED MAN to Blu-ray from Scream Factory in January

It looks like another longtime ExB favorite is heading to Blu-ray, courtesy Shout! Factory’s dependable genre imprint Scream Factory. The Projected Man wasn’t exactly a staple of early ’90s television syndication, but it cropped up frequently enough to capture this child’s imagination. For years I hunted […]

A Song Before Annihilation: LE NOTTI DEL TERRORE (Fan Edition)

A Song Before Annihilation: LE NOTTI DEL TERRORE (Fan Edition)

It’s a sad state of affairs that the original score to Andrea Bianchi’s Burial Ground, a stripped down garbage heap of horror show that positively revels in its own singular pointlessness, remains so woefully obscure. Original may be a bit of a misnomer here. Credited […]

THE HIDDEN slithers its way to Blu-ray next week from Warner Archive

THE HIDDEN slithers its way to Blu-ray next week from Warner Archive

Director Jack Sholder’s 1987 twist on Hal Clement’s seminal sci-fi novel Needle finds alien FBI agent Kyle MacLachlan (pre-Twin Peaks) and Earth policeman Michael Nouri (Flashdance) joining forces to combat a fiendish people-possessing invader as it weaves a path of violent destruction through Los Angeles. Punctuated […]

Will you believe it when you’re dead?? THE GREEN SLIME creeps to Blu-ray this October from Warner Archive

Will you believe it when you’re dead?? THE GREEN SLIME creeps to Blu-ray this October from Warner Archive

When I first started ExB way back in 2013, our first recurring feature was a dumb little thing called “99 Reasons for The Green Slime on Blu-ray”. That feature, which came with a petition for… guess…, only ever got through the first two reasons, and […]

Creatures from lagoons and Its from space: 3D Jack Arnold Double Feature at the Trylon next weekend

Creatures from lagoons and Its from space: 3D Jack Arnold Double Feature at the Trylon next weekend

Minneapolis’ newly-renovated (bigger! stronger! faster!) Trylon Cinema will host a pair of classic Jack Arnold-directed creature-features next weekend – 1953’s It Came From Outer Space and 1954’s Creature From the Black Lagoon, both of which will be presented in anaglyphic 3D from 35mm prints. Tickets are available now […]

ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES: New 4k Restoration to Blu-ray in January

ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES: New 4k Restoration to Blu-ray in January

File this under “shit we never thought we’d see”. I first stumbled upon John DeBello’s improbable and indomitable cult item on a video store shelf as a kid, rented it with hard-earned allowance money, and was confounded. Twenty-five-plus years later I still couldn’t tell you […]

Ho Meng Hua’s THE OILY MANIAC「 油鬼子」to Blu-ray in July from 88 Films

Ho Meng Hua’s THE OILY MANIAC「 油鬼子」to Blu-ray in July from 88 Films

Today in “things I never thought I’d live to see”, 88 Films have announced via their facebook page that director Ho Meng Hua’s deliciously bizarre action-horror-revenge fantasy The Oily Maniac 「 油鬼子」, from Shaw Brothers in 1976, will see its high definition video debut in July. […]

Entombed for eons… Turned to Stone… Seeking Women! Women! Women! Edward Cahn’s CURSE OF THE FACELESS MAN

Entombed for eons… Turned to Stone… Seeking Women! Women! Women! Edward Cahn’s CURSE OF THE FACELESS MAN

Etruscan gladiator-slave Quintillus Aurelius rises from the ruins of Pompeii to reclaim his reincarnated bride in this occasionally odd and often rote science fiction horror, produced by Robert E. Kent (Invisible Invaders) for the prolific Edward Small (Witness For the Prosecution) and directed by B-picture […]

WOLF GUY 「ウルフガイ 燃えろ狼男」 lives! To Blu-ray in the UK / US this Spring from Arrow

In a bombshell of an announcement for fans of elusive ’70s exploitation, Arrow Video have revealed that they’ll be releasing Toei’s seldom seen 1975 action oddity Wolf Guy to Blu-ray and DVD in the United States and United Kingdom at the end of April. From the […]

Kikuchi’s GENOCIDE: Music for Insects to War By

Kikuchi’s GENOCIDE: Music for Insects to War By

Out of the string of grim and out-there sci-fi horrors Shochiku Company produced at the tail end of the 1960s, perhaps the grimmest and most out-there of them all was 1968’s 「昆虫大戦争」 Genocide. A sort of precursor to the ecologically-minded nature-gone-wild horrors of the 1970s, Genocide finds a […]

Live action ATTACK ON TITAN part 2 to Blu-ray/DVD from Funimation in December

The conclusion to director HIGUCHI Shinji’s live action Attack on Titan duology make its North American home video debut from Funimation on December 6th, roughly two months after that of Attack on Titan The Movie: Part 1. As with Part 1, Funimation will issue Attack on Titan The Movie: […]

Kurosawa Kiyoshi’s existential creep-out masterpiece PULSE to Blu-ray from Arrow in December

The film, first released in 2001, will make its Blu-ray debut from Arrow Video in a dual-format Blu-ray / DVD edition on December 5th. Pulse (Kairo) will be a multi-territory release, available in both the UK and North America. Details are quoted from the Arrow Video website: Award-winning […]

Live-action ATTACK ON TITAN part 1 – new film clip from Funimation

There are plenty of criticisms to be leveled at HIGUCHI Shinji’s widely lambasted live-action Attack on Titan films, but a new clip posted by Stateside distributor Funimation wisely sticks to their most favorable aspect – their phantasmagoric and fantastical special effects production. The clip shows the early stages of the titan advance, […]

Walk the path of the yakuza vampire

It’s difficult to know where to begin when it comes to MIIKE Takashi’s absurd action saga Yakuza Apocalypse (Gokudō Daisensō), an unremittingly strange and ultimately inconclusive genre smash-up about vampire gangsters who help the poor and downtrodden, farm blood from an underground knitting-circle, and do battle with […]

Ōbayashi Nobuhiko’s HOUSE at the Trylon this October

The oddball cult-classic lives on this Halloween as the final attraction in the microcinema’s Houses Atop the Gates of Hell series. ŌBAYASHI Nobuhiko’s infectiously pop-inflected and confoundingly allegorical teenage horror show was a bona fide box office hit in its day, and voted the fourth-best film of […]

「丑三つの村」Village of Doom

Young Tsugio INUMARU (Masato FURUOYA) is a perennial invalid, and something of a pariah in his rural village. It’s the late 1930s, and at a time when the rest of the village’s young men have been enlisted into the Imperial Army the sickly Tsugio is […]

La Casa 5: Beyond Darkness (1990)

La Casa 5: Beyond Darkness (1990)

Particularly innocently faithful priest Peter (Gene LeBrock) and his family – wife Annie (Barbara Bingham) and little kids Martin (Troll 2’s Michael Stephenson) and Carole (Theresa F. Walker) move into the wrong house, or really, are maneuvered into moving into that place by his mentor, […]