This October, Arrow is all treats, no tricks, which is why we love them! If you’re as big a fan of Arrow Video as we are, then you’ll want to read on to learn which horror/sci-fi treats are heading our way next month.
We have officially entered the fall season, which means it’s finally time to get those Halloween decorations up to scare the neighbors and enjoy pumpkin spice variations of all your favorite foods. More importantly, it’s that time of year when you gather ’round the television with your closest friends and watch the spookiest of movies. This Halloween you’re going to want to invite over your good buddy Arrow, who’ll be bringing Schlock, Deadbeat at Dawn, Torso, and 12 Monkeys to the party.
SCHLOCK (10/16/18) – Pre-order here
For those looking to stay in the horror realm without watching only horror, then perhaps it’s best you start with Schlock from John Landis, which is hitting Blu-ray on October 16th. This raucous comedy pays loving tribute to monster movies of the past as it follows a prehistoric ape on a rampage throughout Southern California. This genre mash-up launched the career of Landis and makeup effects wizard Rick Baker, and now it will finally have a proper home video release. The new Blu-ray comes with a brand-new 4K restoration and monster-sized list of special features that includes an audio commentary with both Landis and Baker.
From writer/director John Landis, the mind behind The Blues Brothers and An American Werewolf in London, comes a love story that transcends the boundaries of nature and good taste – the one and only Schlock! Carnage! Terror! Banana skins! The mighty prehistoric ape Schlocktropus has emerged from hiding to embark on a full-scale rampage across a quiet Southern Californian suburb. The police are baffled. The army is powerless. The body count is rising. But when Schlocktropus encounters a kindly blind woman (Eliza Garrett, National Lampoon’s Animal House) who sees beyond his grotesque visage, the homicidal simian is presented with a chance at redemption… Shot over twelve days on a micro-budget, Schlock launched the careers of both Landis and legendary effects makeup artist Rick Baker (Videodrome). An uproarious pastiche of monster movies, packed to the gills with irreverent humor and biting satire, Schlock serves as the outrageous missing link between the creature features of yesteryear and its creators’ subsequent varied and celebrated careers.
- Audio commentary by writer/director John Landis and makeup artist Rick Baker
- New video interview with author and critic Kim Newman
- Birth of a Schlock, a 2017 video interview with John Landis
- Archival video interview with cinematographer Bob Collins
- 1972, 1979, and 1982 US theatrical trailers
- US radio spots
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
- Original lossless mono soundtrack
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Joe Bob Briggs
DEADBEAT AT DAWN (10/23/18) – Pre-order here
If you like your horror gory and raw, then Arrow Video has just what you need. Releasing October 23rd is Jim VanBebber’s blood-soaked cult classic Deadbeat at Dawn. This is the story of Goose, a gang leader trying to go straight until his girlfriend is brutally murdered by his rivals. Now pulled back into the world he was desperately trying to escape, Goose is hell-bent on getting retribution. This 80’s gem comes with a new 2K restoration and is decked out with plenty of bonus content featuring VanBebber discussing his outrageous career.
Written by, directed by, and starring Jim VanBebber, Deadbeat follows the story of Goose – a gang leader whose girlfriend is brutally slaughtered when he attempts to leave the thug life behind. Pulled back into the gang, who’ve now formed an uneasy alliance with the thugs that butchered his girl, Goose sees an opportunity to exact his brutal, deadly revenge. The very definition of DIY, independent filmmaking (VanBebber quit film school after his first year and used his student loan to fund the movie), Deadbeat at Dawn surpasses its low-budget origins to create a revenge movie that delivers more thrills and bloody spills than all of Chuck Norris’ films combined.
- Brand new free-wheeling audio commentary with Jim VanBebber, actor Paul Harper, and guest Cody Lee Hardin, moderated by filmmaker Victor Bonacore
- Jim VanBebber, Deadbeat Forever! – a brand new retrospective documentary on VanBebber and the Deadbeat legacy by filmmaker Victor Bonacore, featuring first-time interviews, super-rare footage, VanBebber’s college films, and much, much more!
- Archival 1986 behind-the-scenes documentary – Nate Pennington’s VHS documentary on a failed Deadbeat shoot
- Outtakes, newly transferred in HD
- Four newly-restored VanBebber short films – Into the Black (1983, 34 mins), My Sweet Satan (1993, 19 mins), Roadkill: The Last Days of John Martin (1994, 14 mins), and Gator Green (2013, 16 mins)
- Jim VanBebber Music Video Collection, featuring never-before-seen Director’s Cuts
- Chunkblower – promotional trailer for an unfinished Gary Blair Smith-produced gore-soaked feature film
- Extensive image gallery with never-before-seen stills
- Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Scott Gabbey and Graham Rae
TORSO (10/30/18) – Pre-order here
Looking for some Italian horror? Then you’ll want to be at your local video store on October 30th to snag a copy of Sergio Martino’s masterpiece Torso. This heart-pounding giallo about a sex-crazed maniac looking for his latest victim is a personal favorite of Quentin Tarantino… with good reason. With copious amounts of violence and a vicious game of cat and mouse, Torso is sure to meet your Halloween needs. This new Blu-ray features a brand-new 2K restoration of both the 94-minute Italian cut and the 90-minute English cut.
A talented and versatile journeyman, director Sergio Martino (The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail, Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key) has lent his talents to multiple genres across his long and varied career, but it is undoubtedly his giallo thrillers from the early 70s for which he is best known. Among the most highly acclaimed of these, 1973’s Torso revels in the genre’s time-honored traditions while simultaneously laying the groundwork for the modern slasher movie. A sex maniac is prowling the streets of Perugia, targeting the picturesque university town’s female students. Alarmed at the plummeting life expectancy of the student body, Jane (Suzy Kendall, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) and her three friends escape to a secluded country villa – only to discover that, far from having left the terror behind, they’ve brought it with them! Also known as Carnal Violence, Torso was released in Italy toward the end of the giallo boom before enjoying a second life on the American grindhouse circuit. Co-starring Tina Aumont (Salon Kitty) and Luc Merenda (The Violent Professionals), the film finds its director at the top of his game, delivering copious levels of violence, sleaze, and one of the tensest cat-and-mouse games ever committed to celluloid!
- New audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author of All the Colours of Sergio Martino
- New video interview with co-writer/director Sergio Martino
- New video interview with actor Luc Merenda
- New video interview with co-writer Ernesto Gastaldi
- New video interview with filmmaker Federica Martino, daughter of Sergio Martino
- New video interview with Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film
- 2017 Abertoir International Horror Festival Q&A with Sergio Martino
- Italian and English theatrical trailers
- Original lossless Italian and English mono soundtracks*
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Smith and Howard Hughes
*The English audio track on the original, longer cut has some portions of English audio missing. English audio for these sections was either never recorded or has been lost. As such, these sequences are presented with Italian audio, subtitled in English.
12 MONKEYS (10/30/18) – Pre-order here
Also hitting shelves on October 30th will be Terry Gilliam’s 90’s sci-fi classic 12 Monkeys. Based off a short film by Chris Marker, 12 Monkeys opens up in 1996 with a group releasing a deadly virus upon the world. Flash-forward to the year 2035, when Bruce Willis is ordered to travel back in time to find a cure. Nominated for two Oscars, 12 Monkeys received rave reviews with Roger Ebert calling it a “celebration of madness and doom.” This new Blu-ray features a brand-new 4K restoration approved by Gilliam.
Following the commercial and critical success of The Fisher King, Terry Gilliam’s next feature would turn to science fiction and a screenplay by Janet and David Peoples (Blade Runner, Unforgiven) inspired by Chris Marker’s classic short film La Jetée. In 1996 a deadly virus is unleashed by a group calling themselves the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, destroying much of the world’s population and forcing survivors underground. In 2035 prisoner James Cole (Bruce Willis, Die Hard) is chosen to go back in time and help scientists in their search for a cure. Featuring an Oscar-nominated turn by Brad Pitt (Fight Club) as mental patient Jeffrey Goines, 12 Monkeys would become Gilliam’s most successful film and is now widely regarded as a sci-fi classic. Arrow presents the film in a stunning new restoration.
- Audio commentary by Terry Gilliam and producer Charles Roven
- The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys, feature-length making-of documentary by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe (Lost in La Mancha)
- Extensive image galley
- Theatrical trailer
- DTS 5.1 Master Audio
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Nathan Rabin and archive materials