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BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR

•             RELEASE DATE: Available April 12th on Blu-ray|
•             WRITTEN BY: Rick Fry, Woody Keith, Brian Yuzna
•             DIRECTED BY:
Brian Yuzna
•             STARRING: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Claude Earl Jones, Fabiana Udenio, David Gale

Dr. Herbert West (Combs) and his (reluctant) assistant Dr. Dan Cain (Abbott) are in hiding (after f’n up Miskatonic University beyond repair with their whole resurrected corpses bit) and working as war surgeons in the jungles of Peru. Well wadda ya know, after using the fresh corpses of recently deceased soldiers to continue their experiments (as accidentally witnessed by their assistant Alotta Fagina… OK, it’s not that character per se, but it’s definitely the actress that played her, Fabiana Udenio). And with that, the duo beat feat back to New England to get up to their signature arcane assery.

That’s the set up to BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR, the 1989 sequel to 1985’s undeniable creepy classic RE-ANIMATOR, which is a picture that has always been (for my money at least) every bit as rad a fright flick as its predecessor. I mean, the odds were stacked in its favor from the get go; most of the main players return to their roles (minus Barbara Crampton), Brian Yuzna (one of my fav masters of the macabre) steps up as die-rector (taking over from the original flick’s Stuart Gordon), Richard Band is back on arcane audio, and special effects maestro Screaming Mad George provides his normal level of off-the-wall creatures (K.N.B., John Carl Buechler, and a host more provide excellent effects work as well).

And with all of that talent comes a story that amps up the ridiculous factor from the first film a thousand-fold, because not only does West try to build a complete female creature Frankenstein-style, he also creates a menagerie of grotesques cobbled together from bits and pieces of corpses and other unfortunates that had the misfortune to get in his way. Of course he can’t just complete his life’s work in peace; he must contend with the aforementioned snoopy assistant, a police lieutenant (Jones) investigating all of the missing corpses in town, and of course the scene-stealing talking head of the first film’s antagonist Dr. Carl Hill (Gale).

So there’s the long and short of it: BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR is one hell of a freaky (not to mention funny) fright-fest. If you loved the first flick, you’ll more than likely enjoy this entry as well (but then again, if you loved the first flick you have probably already ordered this film and don’t need my silver-tongue and purple prose to convince ya).

Now, if only the film itself was contained on this release I’d still tell you to pick it up post-haste (doubly so since this is a restored version of the unrated cut of the film), but let me tell ya creepies, ol’ Arrow Video has gone as bat-s—t as the wings on Dr. Hill’s head with the extras on this baby! You get no fewer than three commentary tracks (with the cast, crew, and die-rector Yuzna), an interview with Yuzna, a featurette on the films numerous effects, an archival making-of, deleted scenes, a trailer, and a completely remastered version of the R-rated cut of the film!

It is my opinion that you should become married (hahaha… yeah baby!) to the idea of picking up BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR immediately!

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My time above ground grows short dear fiends, as e’en now the accursed sun rises. But, before I return to my slumber, I would like to tickle yer eerie eyeballs with a little look at a new piece of insanity that goes by the name of PEELERS

Looks completely out of control, right? Well it’s about to have it’s world premier at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. Here’s the official word straight from the source: 

March 9th, 2016 – Independent Horror Feature Film PEELERS set to have WORLD PREMIERE at Palm Beach International Film Festival, Florida (April 6th – 14th). 

The makers of the Independent Cult Horror Feature SKEW (2011) step it up a bloody notch as they begin their festival run with their follow-up horror flick PEELERS. 

What starts out as the last hurrah on the closing night of an infamous small-town strip club quickly turns into a night of bloodshed when a crew of coal miners shows up and with them a deadly contaminant.  Former baseball player and current club owner Blue Jean Douglas has decided to hand over her bar to a new owner and leave town for good. But Blue Jean’s plans are thwarted when she discovers the magnitude of the epidemic that has been unleashed. With victims piling up, Blue Jean must step up to the plate to protect her family, her friends, and her bar before it’s too late and she loses everything she holds dear. 

PEELERS destroys the cliché stripper horror sub-genre by giving us a story packed with exciting twists, baseball, strippers of unusual talents and a strong female lead. What’s being described as “Rodriguez meets Tarantino” and “Not just a great indie film, but destined to be one of the funnest films of 2016” has Director/Producer Sevé Schelenz pretty stoked about giving genre fans a whole new ball game of horror.

Want more carnage?

Website: www.peelersthefilm.com

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2769828/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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