Tuesday, June 6, 2006

DVD Archives

A log of all the reviews, information, etc. that we did on all the horror DVD's that get released each week... in case you want to look back. I'll keep adding a link each week to keep it updated.

Also, feel free to click on the links on the pages to buy the films off Amazon.


August 5, 2008: Shadows Light, Blood and Sex Nightmare, Abe's Tomb, Johnny Sunshine, Dr. Shock's Grindhouse of Horrors, Bram Stoker's Dracula's Guest, Dead Fury, Baby Bluse, The Hive, Black Ribbon, Blackwater, My Mummy and I Love the 80's Friday the 13th

July 29, 2008: Lost Boys: The Tribe, Dimples, Side Sho, Salvage, Mortuary, Hair Extensions (EXTE): Special Edition and the Advantage Collections

July 22, 2008: Brutal Massacre: A Comedy, Pray for Morning, Dark Honeymoon, Death Valley, Evil Behind You, The Campus Corpse and Masters of Horror: Season Two Box set

July 15, 2008: The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell, Guardians, Poison Sweethearts, Insanitarium, Asylum, Trapped Ashes, Steel Trap and Shutter

Jul 8, 2008: The Ruins, American Zombie, Philosophy of a Knife, Bone Eater, Death on Demand, Dungeon Girl, Death of a Ghost Hunter, Hybrid, The Haunting of Marsten Manor, Survive This!, The Key and Witches Night

Jul 1, 2008: Triloquist, Puppet Show, The Zombie Apocalypse Collection, Dead and Gone, Summer of the Massacre and Unborn Sins

Jun 23, 2008: Gingerdead Man 2, Hell's Ground, An Erotic Werewolf in London, Desert of Blood, The Tattoist, The Wig, Raising Jeffrey Dahmer, Demons Among Us, The Eye 3, Curse of the Weeping Woman: J-ok'el and Frankenstein the Rapist

Jun 16, 2008: Alive or Dead, The Sitter, The Dead Pit, Tokyo Shock Horror Pack Triple Feature and Undead Horrors

Jun 9, 2008: The Signal, Otis, Funny Games, Organizm, Salvation, Black Wine, "Double Takes"

Jun 2, 2008: The Machine Girl, The Eye, Shark Swarm, Stump the Band, Clean, The Innocent, The Evil Woods, Rape is a Circle and Dead Zone: The Final Season

May 27, 2008: The Chair, Rambo, Chronicles of an Exorcism, Grizzly Park, Storm, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Noriko's Dinner Table, The Hitcher, Phenomena, Tenebre and Advantage: The Cult Films of Roger Corman.

May 20, 2008: Diary of the Dead, Lost Colony, Darkest Hour, The Entrance, Sight, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Sorority Sister Slaughter, Bloodspit, Slashers, Bonejack's Splatter Patters (5 Pack)

May 13, 2008: Frontier(s), The Cottage, Botched, Timber Falls, Amateur Porn Star Killer 2, Untraceable

May 5, 2008: Zombies Anonymous, Teeth, Grizzly Rage, Abominable, Bloodsucking Babes from Burbank, Mercy, Kill the Scream Queen and The Fearmakers

Apr 29, 2008: Headless Horseman, In The Blood, Knock, Knock, Karaoke Terror: The Complete Japanese Showa Songbood, The Complete Toxic Avenger, Make Your Own Damn Movie, Nighmare City, Hitch-Hike and The New York Ripper

Apr 22, 2008: The Orphanage, One Missed Call, Seance, Black House and Sick Nurses

Apr 15, 2008: Inside, AVPR, Loch Ness Terror, Kinky Killers, Queen Cobra, The Curse of Lizzi Borden II: Prom Night and Attitude for Destruction

Apr 8, 2008: Cruel World, P2, Day of the Dead, The Cellar Door and The Red Cell

Apr 1, 2008: The Cook, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Fear House, Eye of the Beast, Divine Intervention, Purvos, Das Komabrutalle Duell and Hell's Threshold

Mar 25, 2008: The Mist, Them (Ils), April Fool's Day, Fingerprints, Shrooms, The Living and the Dead, The Haunting of Rebecca Verlaine and The Undertow

Mar 11, 2008: Wrestlemaniac, Sands of Oblivion, Bats, 13: Game of Death, Hunting Creatures, Aspiring Psychopat and Leprechaun Triple Feature

Mar 4, 2008: Dead Moon Rising, Automaton Transfusion, Carver - Unrated, Mega Snake, The Fun Park, Army of the Dead, Left for Dead, The Forever Dead, Suburban Sasquatch, Satan's Whip, The Deepening, Torment, C.H.U.D., Return of the Killer Tomatoes, Night of the Living Dorks, Kidnapped and Wicker Man

Feb 26, 2008: The Rage, 30 Days of Night, Them, Nature Morte, The Sick & Twisted Horror of Joanna Angel, Dark Chamber, Winterbeast and New York City Horror Film Festival

Feb 19, 2008: Spiral, Gabriel, Catacombs, Black Water, Revamped, Nightmare Detective, Eyes Front, Frankenstein's Bloody Nightmare, Bloody Horror Collection, Living Dead and The Walking Dead

Feb 12, 2008: Furnace, City of Rott, Soul's Midnight, Primal, Doomsday: the Sinking of Japan, Hate 2 0 and Red Room

Feb 5, 2008: Storm Warning, Descent, Killer Pad, Dangerous Worry Dolls, The Orb, Deadhouse, Bone Sickness, Naked Beneath the Water, Home Made, Demon Seduction and Sabbath.

Jan 29, 2008: The Invasion, Lake Placid 2, Deadly End, The Unknown Trilogy, Punk Rock Holocaust 2, Aftermath/Genesis, 1942, Die and Let Live, Greenhouse Gore Two-Fer, The Val Lewton Horror Collection, Barn of the Naked Dead, 42nd Street Forever Vol. 3, Tragic Ceremony, Eugenie de Sade, Ants/Tarantulas and Euro Trash

Jan 22, 2008: Saw IV, When Evil Calls, Dungeon of Dr. Dreck, The Bushwhacker, The Kingdom - Series One and Two

Jan 15, 2008: Red Eye, Matrimony, The Attic, Ghost Son, Land of Death, Autopsy, Monstroid, Skullduggery, Track of the Moon Beast, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers 20th Anniversary Edition.

Jan 8, 2008: Boogeyman 2, Joshua, Days of Darkness, The Killing Floor, Slaughtered, The Expedition, Scarred, The Veil, Visions of Suffering, Witchcraft 13, Maneater, Frankenhooker

Jan 2, 2008: Solstice, Resident Evil - Extinction


Dec 25, 2007: Pan's Labyrinth

Dec 18, 2007: Halloween - Unrated Director's Cut, Hatchet, Man with the Screaming Brain, Boy Eats Girl

Dec 11, 2007: Bikini Bloodbath, Hack!, Undead or Alive, Footsteps, Blood Descendants, Silent Night, Deadly Night, Tales of Terror Collection

Dec 4, 2007: The Girl Next Door, Dark Place, The Devil of Blue Mountain, Razor's Ring, Stiff Odds, Disintegration, Caregiver, Mrs. Amworth, Werewolf

Nov 27, 2007: Skinwalkers, This Hollow Sacrament, Day X, The Omega Man

Nov 20, 2007: Zombie Town, Darkness Surrounds Roberta, I Am Omega, Hate 2-0, Stir of Echoes 2

Nov 13, 2007: Jerome Bixby's The Man from Earth, Innocence, The Period, Rise of the Dead, Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon, Welcome to the Jungle, Driftwood, Cannibal Man

Nov 6, 2007: Blood Car, Amateur Porn Star Killer, Horrors of War, She Wolves of the Wasteland, Blood Monkey, Werewolf in a Woman's Prison, The Slaughter

Oct 30, 2007: Captivity, The Initiation of Sarah, Basket Case 2, Brain Damage, Hell of the Living Dead, Study Hell, Rats, Insane in the Brain

Oct 23, 2007: Hostel - Part II, Fido, Saw III - Director's Cut, The Saw Trilogy, The Tripper, Buried Alive, Cutting Class, Apartment 1303, Gag, Trap, Kaw

Oct 16, 2007: Murder Party, Motocross Zombies from Hell, Planet Terror, The Damned Thing, Return to House on Haunted Hill, Experiment in Torture, See Jane Run, To the Wolves, The Reaping, Amityvill Collection

Oct 9, 2007: 28 Weeks Later, Poltergeist, Rise - Blood Hunter, Wrong Turn 2 - Dead End, Raiders of the Damned, Holla, Night of the Living Dead 3D, Jekyll, Black Sheep, Splatter Beach

Indie Horror Distributors

This is a partial list of indie horror distributors and I'll be adding to it as I go... However, before I list them, I want to give you a big disclaimer. I, and many others, definitely feel that your first move after finishing your film is to push the festivals as hard as you can, that way you hope the distributors approach you, and with a few awards, you'll get a better deal and have more doors opened for you. However, if that's not an option, go ahead and send these guys screeners. Now, if a distributor is interested in your film, always read the fine print on a contract, weigh your options and think about any decision you make. I would also like to mention that if anyone wants to share any stories about dealing with distributors, good or bad, please send me an email. Really, we're a community here and we need to look out for each other. There's a lot of sharks out there and they prey on indie filmmakers, especially the ones that dress like seals...

Anthem Pictures - From their website: "Anthem continues to grow as one of the leading independent film and DVD distribution companies. With over 100 films and television shows, Anthem is the little company that functions like a "micro" studio. With over 6 1/2 years in the marketplace and production industry, Anthem's recognition and brand have grown into a well known name worldwide." One thing that I love is that they have four options to get their titles; DVD, VOD, Burn-On-Demand and Mobile. However, for the life of me, I can't figure out how those options work... Maybe they're new and if so, cool. If I just can't figure it out, please email me and tell me how it works. Either way, with options like that, they could be ones to watch. Recently, they've released such titles as "Dead Moon Rising", "Sex Machine" and "Bloodshed". If you go to the "contacts" page, you can get the email addresses of everyone, so... shoot an email their way and get your film over there.

Brain Damage Films is where it seems that most low to no budget horror gets distributed through. Some sample titles would be "The Veil", "Satan's Whip", "The Blood Stained Bride"... all of which are low to no budget films, shot on DV. Brain Damage bills itself as "a full service distribution house and film production company dedicated solely to scaring the hell out of you." They distribute worldwide and domestically and they invite you to send your film on over... Contact them at moviedistribution@braindamagefilms.com

Breaking Glass Pictures was named after David Bowie’s 1977 hit song and was founded by Richard Wolff and Richard Ross is committed to distributing a wide range of provocative and challenging films from all genres. They plan on distributing up to twelve titles a year through their new specialty label, Vicious Circle Films, which is dedicated to extreme material. They've distributed some great indie and micro-cinema films, including "Brainjacked", "Sympathy" and "Ticked off Trannies with Knives". If you click on the link at the top there, they have all their contact info on their site - go ahead, get in touch with them and send them your screener.

Camp Motion Pictures is parent company to three labels: Camp Motion Pictures, Bloody Earth Films and Secret Key Motion Pictures. Bloody Earth Films is probably what you should be looking at. It's the contemporary horror label of Camp Motion Pictures, a feature film acquisition and production company dedicated to reviving the DIY spirit of filmmaking. You can browse the Bloody Earth Films stuff at their Alternative Cinema page, they've released stuff like: "Splatter Beach", "Zombie Bloodbath Trilogy" and "Trailer Trash!". If you want to contact them, you need to go to their contact us page.

Darclight is a division of Arclight and they're devoted to showcasing the best in the horror, thriller and action genres from around the world. Formed in 2004, the Darclight banner encompasses a wide variety of genres including horror, thriller and action feature films, with recent successes being the horror films "Wolf Creek", "Perfect Creature" and "Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror". They tend to deal with bigger budget films that have run or will run the festival circuit, but you never know. If you go to their site there, they have all the contact information you'll need to get in touch with their head of acquisitions.

Dimension Extreme - From their website: "DIMENSION EXTREME is home to the most intense, edgy and provocative programming that will continually push the envelope. Horror films, thrillers, sci-fi adventures, and bawdy, outrageous comedies are a few of the genres that will drive DIMENSION EXTREME." The are, of course, owned by The Weinstein Company and generally just pick up festival movies or big foreign films for North American release, so... I wouldn't go soliciting them, but they're worth mentioning because they come out with a lot of good films and they've really pushed the genre forward. Recently, they've released such titles as "Inside", "Diary of the Dead" and "Teeth".

Elite Entertainment mostly distributes restored 'classics', but they will, occasionally, release a low-budget, never seen before indie film. You'll have to be a cut above the regular fare, but it is possible. Founded in 1993, Elite "was initially created to fill a void in the laserdisc community. At the time it was clear that horror/sci-fi were not getting any special treatment. Once the world made the jump to DVD, so did Elite Entertainment. This year will bring many new classic DVD titles as well as several new and never-before-seen films premiering on DVD." They can be contacted through their website or at info@elitedisc.com.

Film Baby calls themselves a "haven for independent filmmakers and those that love independent film" and it's more like a self-serve type of deal. As in, there's really no submissions policy. Just get them the film, they'll distribute it and most, if not all, of the marketing and promoting is up to you. Some of the "cool tidbits", as they call it on their site, are: they're non-exclusive, there's a one time fee of $40, they only keep $4 of the sales price of your film and you set the sticker price, they pay you every week and they'll distribute it digitally, if you're interested. You can go here to set up an account and get started.

Image Entertainment is a big home entertainment company that acquires, licenses, finances and produces exclusive content for worldwide video distribution through its direct relationships with major North American retailers and foreign sublicensees such as Sony/BMG and Warner Music. Long and short, they're not a little indie company. However, they do distribute little indie films. They've released "Die You Zombie Bastards!", "Day X" and a personal favorite, "Evil Aliens", among many other films. Once again, they don't make it hard to get in touch with their acquisitions department. You can just go to their site there and click on 'contact us' and you'll find the aquisitions email address.

Indican Pictures - From their site: "Indican Pictures was opened to better serve the public by filling the void left by the studio acquisitions of Miramax, New Line, Good Machine, October, etc. We are a distributor of quality independent films with an American flair. Our objective from the start has been to establish a reputation as a "quality" company. We have achieved that goal and now look to take our commitment of very high quality products into the home video market. The Indican brand stands for a "quality and trusted" label." Looking through their site, nothing on their site says that they're actively looking for new films, but you can always contact them and give it a go. Recently, they've released such titles as "Black Wine", "Dead in the Water" and "Pariah". To be honest, they don't do a ton of horror, but maybe your film fits with what they're doing.

I've talked to a few guys who've distributed their films under Indie-Pictures and they've had nothing but rave reviews. To be honest, it's one of the only distributors that's batting 1.000 with people I've talked to. I actually reached out to these guys, as I wanted to talk with them and find out more, but... well, they haven't got back to me yet. I'm sure they're just taking the time to draft a proper letter or something. Anyhow, and this is from their website, they've "developed a model of distribution specifically designed to support the independent filmmaker, challenge many of the existing assumptions about distribution of independent films, and create opportunities for both films and filmmakers which have until now not existed." There's more on their website there, including contact information for both the CEO and Chairman of the Board.

ITN Distribution, according to them, has become a leading film distribution company known to buyers worldwide. They hold offices at the Cannes Film Festival and Market, the American Film Market, Mipcom, Natpe and Mifed, although their head offices are in Las Vegas. They distribute all kinds of films, including a lot of horror. They've recently released such titles as "Rapturious", "The Toybox" and "Chill".

Passion River is another new company that's been brought to my attention. Actually, they're not new... just new to me. They've been around since 1998, which some in this industry would consider an enternity. Now, they operate a little differently than other distributors. They do acquire, distribute and represent indie film projects, but it looks like they'll also act as a sort of shopping cart for indie filmmakers, meaning... you want us to just wholesale out your film? Fine. You want marketing services? Fine. You want us to take care of the whole thing? Fine. You want more information on how to contact them? Fine. Here's a link to their film submissions page.

POPcinema is "home to long-standing genre film labels Seduction Cinema, Retro-Seduction Cinema and Shock-O-Rama Cinema, which have achieved a level of popular and critical success uniquely tied to their consumer-centric marketing and branded style of entertainment". There's a certain type of camp film that they like, but if your film fits the bill, you may be in luck. POP Cinema has released films like: "Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon", "Chainsaw Sally" and "Kinky Kong".

Tempe Entertainment - From their site: "TEMPE VIDEO was first spawned as a mail-order distributor in the summer of 1991 as an offshoot of producer/director J.R. Bookwalter's The Suburban Tempe Company (later Tempe Entertainment). Their first release, BASIC HOW-TO HALLOWEEN MAKEUPS VOLUME ONE, paved the way for many more VHS releases to come and spawned an offshoot label, Video Outlaw, in 1994. Tempe Video took a hiatus in 1996 during a move to Los Angeles, California but was resurrected for the digital age as Tempe DVD in 2001." So, these guys specialize in low-budget horror, but are trying to branch out. If you want to submit your film for consideration, go to their FAQ page, the instructions are all there. Recently, they've released such titles as "Bonejacks Splatter Platters", "Teenape Goes to Camp" and "The Bonesetter".

TLA releasing - From their site: "Launched in 2001 by TLA Entertainment Group in Philadelphia, TLA Releasing is dedicated to broadening the choices available to film lovers by specializing in quality independent, international and gay/lesbian-themed films by distributing them in theaters and on home video." I will say this about TLA, they do have a horror category that they call "Danger After Dark" and they are actively looking for new aquisitions. Recently, they've released such titles as "Meatball Machine", "Hell's Ground" and "Storm".

Unearthed Films is a little tougher to get distributed through, as they're also into securing rights to Asian films and old, forgotten horror movies, but they will look at your film. They've released some indie films, such as: "Bone Sickness", "Nails" and "City of Rott". It's "the brainchild of a group of hard-core cult film enthusiasts who intend to blow the lid off of the DVD industry as we know it. Setting their sights on rare underground horror films, lost animated gems and psychotic action films, Unearthed Films is making a dramatic impact in the North American DVD market." They can be contacted at heneverdies@aol.com