Kino Lorber’s October Releases Include The Night Stalker, The Night Strangler, Trilogy of Terror, and More!

Kino Lorber is one of horror’s best friends, and they are really pulling out all the stops this October with six new restored releases that should be on everyone’s shopping list:  The Night Stalker, The Night Strangler, Trilogy of Terror, The Spiral Staircase, I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle, and The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre. You’ll find all the details, including cover art and pre-ordering info, below so dig in!

The Night Stalker (1972) (Special Edition)
BRAND NEW HD RESTORATION IN 4K!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 2, 2018 (pre-order here)
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95 / DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Starring: Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland, Ralph Meeker, Claude Akins, Charles McGraw, Kent Smith, Elisha Cook, Jr., Stanley Adams, Barry Atwater, Larry Linville
Horror / 74 min / NR / Color

Synopsis:
An investigative journalist takes a stab at the supernatural. This unforgettable first entry in the Night Stalker series introduced the world to the quirky reporter with a penchant for the paranormal and became one of the top-rated TV movies of all time. Investigating a series of Las Vegas murders, Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin, The Night Strangler) discovers that each victim has been bitten in the neck and drained of blood. Though Kolchak’s outlandish theory about the murders gets him nowhere with the police, his initiative to apprehend the killer himself gets him into hot water… with a modern-day vampire. The great John Llewellyn Moxey (Nightmare in Badham County) directed this Dan Curtis (Burnt Offerings) production featuring Carol Lynley (The Poseidon Adventure), Simon Oakland (The Hunting Party), Ralph Meeker (Big House, U.S.A.), Claude Akins (A Man Called Sledge), Charles McGraw (The Narrow Margin), Kent Smith (The Spiral Staircase), Elisha Cook, Jr. (I Wake Up Screaming), and Larry Linville (TV’s M*A*S*H). Teleplay by legendary sci-fi/horror writer Richard Matheson (The Incredible Shrinking Man).

Special Features:
Brand New 4K Restoration | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas | NEW Interview with Director John Llewellyn Moxey | NEW Interview with Composer Bob Cobert | “The Night Stalker: Dan Curtis Interview” Featurette | Limited Edition Booklet Essay by Film Critic and Author Simon Abrams | Newly Commissioned Art by Sean Phillips | Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase

The Night Strangler (1973) (Special Edition)
BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 2, 2018 (pre-order here)
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95 / DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: Dan Curtis
Starring: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Scott Brady, Jo Ann Pflug, John Carradine, Margaret Hamilton, Wally Cox, Al Lewis
Horror / 90 min / NR / Color

Synopsis:
Supernatural phenomena, baffling murders, and offbeat humor mark this second Night Stalker offering with a great cast and suspense so palpable it’ll feel like a presence right there in the room with you. Surfacing in Seattle, Kolchak (Darren McGavin, The Night Stalker) uncovers another maddening mystery: Every 21 years–for the past century–a serial killer commits a spree of murders, drains his victims’ blood, and then quietly disappears. But Kolchak is onto this monster and is about to discover a shocking underground lair… an army of rotting corpses… and the ageless madman behind it all. The great Dan Curtis (Burnt Offerings) produced and directed this highly-rated TV movie written by legendary sci-fi/horror writer Richard Matheson (I Am Legend). The stellar cast includes Jo Ann Pflug (Scream of the Wolf), Simon Oakland (Bullitt), Scott Brady (He Walked by Night), Wally Cox (TV’s Mister Peepers), Margaret Hamilton (The Wizard of Oz), John Carradine (House of the Long Shadows), and Al Lewis (TV’s The Munsters).

Special Features:
Brand New 4K Restoration | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas | NEW Interview with Composer Bob Cobert | “Directing ‘The Night Strangler'” Featurette | Limited Edition Booklet Essay by Film Critic and Author Simon Abrams | Newly Commissioned Art by Sean Phillips | Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase

The Spiral Staircase (1945)
Newly Remastered in HD from a 4K of the Restored Fine-Grain Master!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 2, 2018 (pre-order here)
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95 / DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: Robert Siodmak
Starring: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Rhonda Fleming, Elsa Lanchester, Kent Smith, Sara Allgood, Rhys Williams, James Bell
Thriller / 83 min / NR / B&W

Synopsis:
One of the all-time great Hollywood chillers! A murderer is targeting disabled young women in a New England town; and Helen (Dorothy McGuire, Gentleman’s Agreement), a mute servant in a Gothic mansion, is terrified she’s next. Mrs. Warren (Ethel Barrymore, Deadline – U.S.A.), the invalid, bullying mistress of the house, warns Helen to leave at once, rather than rely on her weak son and stepson for protection. But even as Helen is packing her things, she suspects she may be too late and the murderer is closer than she ever imagined. This terrifying and suspenseful thriller was produced by David O. Selznick (Duel in the Sun), directed by Robert Siodmak (Cry of the City), shot by Nicholas Musuraca (Out of the Past), and written by Mel Dinelli (The Reckless Moment), based on a novel by Ethel Lina White (The Lady Vanishes). The wonderful cast includes George Brent (Dark Victory), Kent Smith (The Night Stalker), Rhonda Fleming (Those Redheads from Seattle), Elsa Lanchester (Witness for the Prosecution), Sara Allgood (The Lodger), Rhys Williams (The Farmer’s Daughter), and James Bell (I Walked with a Zombie). The great Ethel Barrymore received a supporting actress Academy Award nomination.

Special Features:
Audio Commentary by Film Historian Imogen Sara Smith | 1945 Screen Director’s Playhouse Radio Broadcast of “The Spiral Staircase” with Dorothy McGuire and Robert Siodmak | Original Theatrical Trailer

Trilogy of Terror (1975) (Special Edition)
BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 16, 2018 (pre-order here)
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95 / DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: Dan Curtis
Starring: Robert Burton, John Karlen, George Gaynes, Gregory Harrison, Jim Storm
Thriller / 72 min / NR / Color

Synopsis:
Legendary producer/director Dan Curtis (The Night Stalker, The Night Strangler) teams up with renowned sci-fi/horror writers Richard Matheson (I Am Legend) and William F. Nolan (Logan’s Run) to present three tales of horrific suspense in this highly rated and critically acclaimed made-for-television anthology that also showcases the tremendous acting talent of Karen Black (Burnt Offerings, The Day of the Locust), who plays four distinct roles. In Julie, an aggressive college student seduces and ultimately blackmails his seemingly shy English professor; in Millicent and Therese, two polar-opposite sisters become increasingly hell-bent on the undoing of one another; and in Amelia, a woman falls prey to a murderous Zuni fetish doll. The strong supporting cast includes George Gaynes (Tootsie), John Karlen (Daughters of Darkness), and Gregory Harrison (TV’s Trapper John, M.D.).

Special Features:
Brand New 4K Restoration | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith | NEW Interview with Composer Bob Cobert | Audio Commentary with Actor Karen Black and Writer William F. Nolan | “Richard Matheson: Terror Scribe” Featurette | “Three Colors Black” Featurette | Limited Edition Booklet Essay by Film Critic and Author Simon Abrams | Newly Commissioned Art by Jacob Phillips | Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase

I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle (1990) (Special Edition)
BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 23, 2018 (pre-order here)
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95 / DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: Dirk Campbell
Starring: Neil Morrissey, Anthony Daniels, Burt Kwouk, Michael Elphick, Amanda Noar, George Rossi
Horror / 101 min / NR / Color

Synopsis:
When a Satanist biker is killed by a gang of Hells Angels, an evil spirit he was summoning possesses his old Norton Commando motorcycle. So, when unsuspecting local courier Nick “Noddy” Oddie (Neil Morrissey, TV’s Men Behaving Badly) becomes the bike’s new owner, little does he know that it runs on blood and has a habit for killing Hells Angels and anyone else who gets in its way. Veteran British TV director Dirk Campbell (In the Night Garden…) made his feature film directorial debut with this cult classic which co-stars Michael Elphick (The Element of Crime), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO of the Star Wars franchise) and Burt Kwouk (Cato Fong of The Pink Panther films).

Special Features:
Audio Commentary with Director Dirk Campbell, Writers John Wolskel & Mycal Miller, and Actor Alan Frank | “Vampire’s Lair” Featurette | “We Made a Vampire Motorcycle” Documentary | “Where Are They Now?” Featurette | Reversible Art | Theatrical Trailer in HD

The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre (1964) (Special Edition)
BRAND NEW RESTORATION IN 2K!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 30, 2018 (pre-order here)
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95 / DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: Joseph Stefano, Robert Stevens
Starring: Martin Landau, Diane Baker, Judith Anderson, Nellie Burt, Tom Simcox, Leonard Stone
Horror / 80 min / NR / B&W

Synopsis:
Legendary writer and producer Joseph Stefano (Psycho and TV’s The Outer Limits) and star Martin Landau (TV’s Mission: Impossible and Space: 1999) originally shot this controversial cult classic as a pilot for a potential TV series called The Haunted, a new show similar in concept to The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, but with much more focus on horror. The pilot was not picked up, so after adding some additional scenes, The Haunted became The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre. Robert Stevens (TV’s Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone) started directing the pilot but became very ill and was replaced by producer Stefano. Terrified of being buried alive, a young woman installs a phone in her crypt. A few days after her untimely death, the phone suddenly rings; and paranormal investigator Nelson Orion (Landau) is brought in to probe the case. Stunningly shot in black-and-white by renowned cinematographers William A. Fraker (Rosemary’s Baby) and Conrad L. Hall (In Cold Blood). The stellar cast includes Diane Baker (Mirage) and Judith Anderson (Rebecca).

Special Features:
Brand New 2K Restoration | Includes THE HAUNTED (Alternate Cut) | Audio Commentary for THE GHOST OF SIERRA DE COBRE by Film Historian David J. Schow | Audio Commentary for THE HAUNTED by Film Historian Eric Grayson

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