Fright-Rags are celebrating the 30th anniversaries of both Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop and Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2, with new merchandise dedicated to these 80s cult classics.
Waxwork Records have worked directly with composers Les Reed and Rick Wakeman to acquire the original source material (after a lengthy search for the original masters) and re-master for vinyl. This stunning deluxe, double LP soundtrack release marks the very first time that the music from Creepshow 2 has been released in any format.
“Good to the last gasp!”
The Blair Witch Project is ‘The Cardiff Giant’ of modern horror films. The film employed the now common trope of “found footage” to give an authentic and haunting atmosphere to the story. The movie was also one of the first to use the internet to reinforce the found footage concept, going so far as to hire actors to pose as policemen for interviews and post pictures of artifacts found at the crime scene.
“In October of 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, while shooting a documentary… A year later their footage was found.”
Explicit gore was beginning to infiltrate the grindhouses of America, and ensured that employees of the British Board of Film Censors were working hard for their salaries. Strong reactions from the public, fuelled by politicians, tabloids and critics, set in motion outrage that would result in many splatter films being outright banned; especially in the United Kingdom.
“I created what no man’s mind nor woman’s womb could ever hope to achieve.”
Swedish musician Thomas Nyholm, under the moniker of Islandrocks, creates these insanely good cover versions of exploitation, cult classic theme songs, such as City of the Living Dead (1980), The Beyond (1981), Suspiria (1977), Class of Nuke ‘Em High (1986) and The New York Ripper (1982).
“We are going to dance the Fulci way! Zombie …the funk are among us!”
Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell pays tribute to the enduring spirit of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead series, and meshes the SFX style of Nobuhiko Obayashi’s cult horror Hausu (1977). Evil Dead and Asian horror fanatics, or anyone else with any interest in the splatter subgenre should own this movie!
Do you want to get your severed hands on this Japanese curiosity? Attack from Planet B and Terror Cotta have three copies of Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell available on DVD to giveaway.
Competition ends Thursday 24th August 2017
“You ain’t got to pull that Blacula shit with me.” The line is an attempt to link what seems to be a half-hearted star-vehicle with something else: blaxploitation. By simultaneously comparing Murphy’s ’90s effort with its ’70s predecessor, whilst slyly digging at the older genre’s foibles, the gag it is a somewhat noble, if pithy, effort to give Vampire in Brooklyn more heft.
“Interesting. I’ve been stabbed, and I’ve been hanged, and I’ve been burned. Even broken on the rack once, but I’ve never been shot before. Kind of itches a little!”
It is hard to believe that it been 35 years since E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was released. Today, the magic of Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic still resonates with me, despite having first watched it over two and a half decades ago. So, what better way is there to commemorate one of the most beloved motion pictures of all-time, than with Fright-Rags’ E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial collection?
“He is afraid. He is totally alone. He is 3 million light years from home.”
The Western is the most American film genre of them all, encompassing a variety of themes and time periods. The 1970s were a fertile period for films that questioned traditional beliefs about our country’s march towards the Pacific, the interests of big business versus individual rights, its treatment of the indigenous peoples and notions of heroism.
Ulzana’s Raid can be viewed as a horror movie that takes place in the West or a Western with all the trappings of a horror film.
“One man alone understood the savagery of the early American west from both sides.”
If you profess a love of cinema, but have been eschewing the excellent films coming out of Korea, you really have been missing out on some top-notch entertainment. I went into Han Jae-Rim’s movie The King, knowing only that it had been described as a political thriller. That covers about half of it – it’s also a satire about corruption within Korea’s legal system, it’s a gangster movie, it’s a revenge tale and yes, it’s a crime thriller too. If Wes Anderson decided to make ‘Goodfellas’ with Ben Wheatley, The King might just be the movie they’d have aspired to. Imagine that.
“Only one will become… The King.”
You’re gonna need a bigger wardrobe with Fright-Rags’ ever-growing line of horror apparel. Before you head out to Amity Island, it’s time to expand your summer wardrobe with Jaws apparel. Then fall approaches… Evil. Terror. Lust. Some girls really know how to party, so be prepared for the Halloween season with Elvira, Mistress of the Dark tees.
Under the moniker of Beyond Horror Design, James Stewart has created these incredible, retro-stylised trading cards, based on exploitation cult classics such as The Beyond (1981).