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Blu-ray Review – The Prey (1983)

The Prey, 1983.

Directed by Edwin Scott Brown.

Starring Debbie Thureson, Steve Bond, Lori Lethin, Jackie Coogan, Carel Struycken, and Gayle Gannes.

Synopsis:

Six campers head off into the woods where they are stalked by a deformed killer.

It doesn’t take a seasoned horror movie veteran to tell you that the old ‘teenagers stalked in the woods/camp/abandoned building’ storyline has been done to death(!) and already quite definitively so a filmmaker approaching that genre will need to find a fresh angle to tell that story; after all, it isn’t the material but what you do with it, right?

And then a film like The Prey comes along and hammers the point like Jason Voorhees in a tool shed, which is quite a feat considering this movie draws heavily from Friday the 13th, The Burning and Just Before Dawn, and although it was originally released before A Nightmare on Elm Street
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April 23rd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Alien 40th Anniversary 4K Edition, Escape Room, Scared Stiff, Hagazussa

After a quiet week of home media releases, April 23rd comes roaring back with a cavalcade of new titles hitting Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, including the 40th Anniversary 4K Edition of Alien, just in time for Alien Day on April 26th. Escape Room is also hitting multiple formats this week, and for those of you who dig on cult horror, we have two great films featuring some of the genre’s biggest talents being celebrated by Kino Lorber: The Strange Door and Scream and Scream Again.

Arrow Video has put together a Special Edition release of Scared Stiff that comes home on Tuesday, and for those of you who enjoy folk horror, be sure to check out Hagazussa when it hits both Blu and DVD.

Other notable releases for April 23rd include the 4K release of The Witch, I Spit On Your Grave: Déjà Vu, Destroyer, Backyard Epics, and 1st Summoning.
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’80s Horror Classic Scared Stiff Available on Blu-ray April 23rd from Arrow Video

Scared Stiff (1987) will be available on Blu-ray April 23rd from Arrow Video

TV star Mary Page Keller (Pretty Little Liars) appears alongside Andrew Stevens as a couple terrorized by an age-old curse in this much-underrated late-80s offering from director Richard Friedman.

Keller plays Kate Christopher, a singer who moves into an old colonial mansion with her son and psychologist boyfriend David (Stevens). But when they make a strange and gruesome discovery in the boarded-up attic, it soon becomes clear that the mansion carries with it a dark and blood-stained past and one that is about to terrorize them in the present.

The second feature helmed by Richard Friedman, who went on to direct such genre favourites as Doom Asylum and Phantom of the Mall: Eric s Revenge, Scared Stiff (Aka The Masterson Curse) builds to an astonishing practical FX-laden climax sure to please fans of 80s horror. >/p>

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‘Acts of Desperation’ VOD Review

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Stars: Jason Gedrick, Paul Sorvino, Erin O’Brien, Kira Reed Lorsch, Treva Etienne, Tim DeZarn, Neraida Bega, Dee Dee Sorvino, Vince Lozano, Chris Coppola, Matthew Alan Brady, Asante Jones, Tomas Johansson, Jackie Falcon | Written by Nathan Illsley | Directed by Richard Friedman

Richard Friedman, whom genre fans will know as the director of Arrow Video titles Doom Asylum and Scared Stiff, helms this cop drama starring Jason Gedrick – an actor who’s probably most well-known for the Iron Eagle franchise of the 80s but whom also starred in one of the most underrated TV cop shows of the 90s, Ez Streets. Friedman is no stranger to cop dramas either, having helmed episodes of Silk Stalkings and Baywatch Nights alongside a myriad of genre television.

With Acts of Desperation Friedman manages to parlay all his experiences into one film; the ridiculousness of films like Doom Asylum and Phantom of the Mall melded
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Doom Asylum – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

It was perhaps inevitable that the VHS boom of the 1980’s would eventually lead to full-length features skipping theatrical distribution and being produced directly for video distribution. I can clearly remember 1985’s Blood Cult, the very first film made on video and directly distributed to video. It was a terribly acted, extremely low-budget horror film, released unrated, with over-the-top gore effects. It proved popular enough for the same company to produce The Ripper, starring Tom Savini, both behind and in front of the camera. But even in the 1980’s, most films were actually being made on, well…film, even if the intent was a straight-to-video distribution deal such as Doom Asylum.

But, similar to the indie boom of the 1970’s when practically anyone with a camera, a few dollars, and a bit of ingenuity could create a low-budget film for distribution in big-city grindhouses and small-town drive-ins,
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July 17th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Rampage, Blumhouse’S Truth Or Dare Unrated Director’s Cut, The Housemaid

Tuesday, July 17th looks to be another busy day for home media releases, as we have a rather interesting blend of titles, both new and old. As far as recent flicks go, Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare, The Housemaid, Rampage, and You Were Never Really Here are the big highlights of this week’s Blu-ray and DVD debuts. And for those of you who are looking to expand your cult cinema collections, Arrow Video is keeping busy with new HD releases of The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail and Doom Asylum.

Other notable releases for July 17th include the new EndoArm edition of Terminator 2 in 4K, the Church of the Damned/Bad Magic double feature Blu-ray, Amityville Prison, and The Antithesis.

Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare

Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) lead the cast of Blumhouse's Truth or Dare, a supernatural thriller from Blumhouse Productions.
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Competition: Win ‘Doom Asylum’ on Arrow Video Blu-ray

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To celebrate the release of Doom Asylum – available on Blu-ray 16th July from Arrow Video – we have a copy to giveaway!

Horror-comedies are somewhat ten-a-penny but they so often get the balance completely wrong. They either go too funny and nullify the scares, or too scary so the laughs seem misplaced. Doom Asylum, hailing from 1987, however, gets the balance spot-on with lots of gross-out splatter combined with hilarious wise-cracks from serial killer, the Coroner.

Doom Asylum, as all good 1980s horrors should, also has perfect trash casting! As well as marking Kristin Davis’s movie debut a good 11 years before Sex and the City first premiered. The film also stars Penthouse Pet of the Year 1988, Patty Mullen, and Playboy centrefold, Ruth Collins. Now, just try to imagine Charlotte’s face if she were to hear about this…

For those who’ve only ever seen Doom Asylum on a grainy VHS,
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Giveaway – Win Doom Asylum on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of Doom Asylum – available on Blu-ray 16th July from Arrow Video – we have a copy to giveaway!

Horror-comedies are somewhat ten-a-penny but they so often get the balance completely wrong. They either go too funny and nullify the scares, or too scary so the laughs seem misplaced. Doom Asylum, hailing from 1987, however, gets the balance spot-on with lots of gross-out splatter combined with hilarious wise-cracks from serial killer, the Coroner.

Doom Asylum, as all good 1980s horrors should, also has perfect trash casting! As well as marking Kristin Davis’s movie debut a good 11 years before Sex and the City first premiered. The film also stars Penthouse Pet of the Year 1988, Patty Mullen, and Playboy centrefold, Ruth Collins. Now, just try to imagine Charlotte’s face if she were to hear about this…

For those who’ve only ever seen Doom Asylum on a grainy VHS,
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Doom Asylum Available on Blu-ray July 17th From Arrow Video

Doom Asylum will be available on Blu-ray July 17th from Arrow Video

If you thought Sex and the City 2 was a stomach-churner, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Long before playing one of Carrie Bradshaw’s best gal pals, actress Kristen Davis found herself up against an altogether different kind of horror in 1987’s Doom Asylum: a riotous mix of gore, gags and goth girl groups galore! When a group of horny teens wind up on the grounds of a creepy abandoned asylum, they think they’ve found the perfect place to party. Little do they know that inside the building’s crumbling walls lurks a freakishly deformed maniac, driven to madness by the tragic loss of his fiancée in a car accident. With an array of grisly surgical tools at his disposal, it’s only a matter of time before the youngsters begin meeting various splattery ends
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