Considered to be the first found footage movie, Dean Alioto’s The McPherson Tape (1989) wasn’t legitimately released at the time due to a warehouse fire, while Jungle Trap (1990) and Run Coyote Run (1987) are two lost horror projects from director James Bryan and producer-writer-star Renee Harmon.
Founded in 2009, the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) exists to preserve the legacy of genre movies, and now some of the weirdest and wildest films ever committed to celluloid have been released on Blu-ray – on the other side of the Atlantic – for the first time.
“Making movies can be MURDER!”
101 Films presents haunted house hazing horror Hell Night! As an initiation rite into Alpha Sigma Rho fraternity, four pledges must spend a night in Garth Manor, twelve years to the day after the previous resident murdered his entire family. Two of the pledges, Marti and Jeff ignore the rumors that the now-deserted mansion is haunted by a crazed killer, until one by one, members of their group mysteriously disappear. Could this be a part of a fraternity prank…or is a demented former tenant seeking revenge?
“Pray for day!”
On 12th April, The Head Hunter comes to Blu-ray from 101 Films. On the outskirts of a kingdom, in the shadows of a looming castle, a quiet but fierce medieval warrior protects the realm from monsters. The gruesome collection of trophy heads on the wall of his cabin is missing only one – the monster that killed his daughter. He travels wild expanses on horseback, driven by a thirst for revenge. When his chance for vengeance arrives, it’s in a way far more horrifying than he ever imagined.
“Grief. Anger. Vengeance.”
On 29th March, ’70s espionage thriller The Black Windmill (1974) arrives on Blu-ray from 101 Films for the first time in the UK. Directed by legendary filmmaker Don Siegel, the film stars Michael Caine as a British secret agent targeted for death by friend and foe alike. Underrated and under-seen, this riveting suspense thriller features a superb cast and an outstanding score from Roy Budd.
“Seven days to a killing… the ultimate exercise in controlled terror.”
On 8th February, Edward Murphy’s Raw Force (1982) arrives in the UK on Blu-ray for the first time, from 101 Films. A crazy, over-the-top mix of martial arts and horror, this sleazy gem stars exploitation greats Cameron Mitchell and Vic Diaz, and features everything from zombies to cannibal monks. When the Burbank Kung Fu Club travels to this mysterious island, they quickly find themselves facing the bloodthirsty vengeance of flesh-ripping, kung fu fighting zombies…
“One blow! The deathblow!”
This Halloween, Jeepers Creepers – a 21st-century horror classic – is finally coming to Blu-ray in the UK from 101 Films! Released on 26th October, this Blu-ray includes recent interviews with producer Barry Opper and actress Patricia Belcher for the first time on a UK release, commentaries with director and stars, and extensive archive extras, including feature-length making-of documentary ‘Behind the Peepers’ on a bonus DVD.
“They were alone in the middle of nowhere. It’s watching. It’s waiting. It’s hungry.”
March is a busy month for releases at 101 Films, with a Blu-ray release for a recent horror that was a big hit on the 2019 festival circuit, blu-ray debuts for a pair of under-seen early ’80s sci-fi movies with strong pedigree, and the early ’70s coming-of-age drama that gave Sylvester Stallone his break.
“Home is where Hell is.”
Prince and his band bring the Grammy Nominated Album Sign ‘☮’ the Times (1987) to life in what is one of the greatest concert films ever made. Although the album of the same name is now broadly recognised as the pinnacle of Prince’s musical achievements, initial sales failed to reach the heights of Purple Rain. The idea of a concert film was soon formed, in order to promote the album to American audiences in theatres.
“If you go to only one concert this year… the Prince movie is the one!”
Four Hamilton High School seniors have been hiding the truth of what happened to ten-year-old Robin Hammond for six long years. But someone saw what they did and is preparing for vengeance – a prom night killing spree. Hooded, masked, and wielding an axe, he’ll stalk his prey in the dark, empty halls, striking when his victims are alone. As the spotlight falls on the newly-crowned prom king and queen, will the killer be stopped before he can exact his murderous revenge..?
“If you’re not back by midnight… you won’t be coming home.”
Skinner was made back in the days when there was only one medium for film – 35mm. So, the hope had been that at some point the movie would be finished and released upon the world via various movie theatres. But the path out into the world wasn’t smooth.
“I realised pretty quickly that it wasn’t going to be the ‘next big step’ on my career path and was more of a big fucking stumble…”
WWE/MMA legend Phil “CM Punk” Brooks gets his first starring role in this bloody and demented haunted house tale from one of the strongest voices in modern indie-horror, Travis Stevens. Bursting pipes, rotting walls, and unidentifiable slime were not what Don Koch (Phil Brooks) expected when he convinced his wife Liz (Trieste Kelly Dunn) that he could rehab their new Victorian home himself. In over his head, under duress, and tempted by his old weaknesses, Don soon discovers that the house has its own dark, sordid history and won’t be so easy to renovate after all…