After the success of A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984, many a movie that moulded together slasher thrills and supernatural chills was rushed into production – from Slaughterhouse Rock to The Horror Show and Wes Craven’s own Shocker. None, however, were quite as notable nor as notorious as the bombastic blood-spiller Bad Dreams from 1987, which roped in its own Freddy Krueger alumni with sexy scream queen starlet Jennifer Ruben.
This July, Indicator presents a chilling selection of classic British genre cinema, all packaged in lovingly produced Limited Editions, including Blu-ray premieres and extensive collector’s booklets. On 23 July, Indicator presents Hammer Volume Three: Blood & Terror, the next volume in its acclaimed series of limited edition Blu-ray box sets dedicated to British cinema’s most iconic film production company. Also available on 23 July, Indicator presents Arthur Lubin’s Gothic thriller Footsteps in the Fog (1955).
“Close enough to kiss…or kill!”
On 18 June, Indicator presents a collection of films by the legendary Samuel Fuller, as well as two uncompromising works directed by and starring some of American cinema’s most iconic names.
Samuel Fuller at Columbia, 1937-1961 brings together the maverick director’s hard-hitting crime dramas, along with a series of films made for Columbia Pictures which were based on stories by Fuller.
“If it’s not love, what is it?”
Indicator heads west to round up five exemplary films by master director Budd Boetticher; starring screen icon Randolph Scott. Dedicated to one of the most celebrated film pairings in American cinema, Five Tall Tales: Budd Boetticher & Randolph Scott at Columbia, 1957-1960 is a lovingly produced limited edition box set which brings together five seminal westerns on Blu-ray for the very first time.
“She was worth $5000 ALIVE…OR DEAD!”
In the mid-1990s there was a void in horror cinema. When Wishmaster was announced, it was met with excitement. This was a horror movie created by horror fans for horror fans. Executive produced by Wes Craven, directed by special make-up effects artist Robert Kurtzman, starring horror icons Robert Englund, Angus Scrimm, Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, Joseph Pilato, and scored by Harry Manfredini, Wishmaster appeared to have the ‘killer’ team. What could go wrong?
“Be careful what you wish for.”
No one can dispute that Tibor Takács’ 1987 Canadian horror film The Gate is a cult – kid-friendly – horror classic. Growing up during the late 1980s and 90s, a fair amount of my spare time was spent watching the countless movies my parents had recorded off cable TV onto long play VHS tapes. We had stacks of them – mostly horror – which I would work my way through each one every weekend; discovering what would become all-time favourites, such as The Evil Dead. It was through these tapes that I discovered The Gate.
“They have opened the gate. Pray it’s not too late.”
When ten-year-old Karen is killed in church on the occasion of her first communion, her seemingly innocent older sister Alice becomes the prime suspect. After 88 Films’ first ever uncut UK DVD release of Alice, Sweet Alice, the British distributor has returned to Alfred Sole’s 1976 slasher classic with a new restoration – scanned at 2K resolution from a 35mm print – which we hope will give this American giallo the recognition it deserves.
“If you survive this night… Nothing will scare you again.”
Adapted from the Bram Stoker novel of the same name, The Lair of the White Worm was written and directed by Ken Russell (The Devils, Gothic), and released in 1988 by Vestron Pictures. Based upon the North East English ‘Lambton Worm’ legend, revolving around John Lambton and his battle with a gigantic ‘worm’, The Lair of the White Worm was the last novel released by Stoker before his death in 1912.
“Now, if you’re sitting comfortably, I shall tell you why you must not be afraid to die. To die so that the god may live is a privilege.”
Prolific B-movie maverick Bill Rebane opted for some contemporary ‘real world’ horror carnage and caught wind of the slice and dice craze with his classic Blood Harvest. Unleashed at a time when the slasher movie was awash with sequels, Blood Harvest stood out thanks to a lunatic performance from Tiny Tim; the legendary American television personality who offers up a creepy and instantly-cult sing-song scene.
“This clown will make you die laughing.”
This April Indicator presents a quartet of maverick, genre-twisting dramas from some of the most unique and brilliant voices in American cinema.
Indicator presents UK Blu-ray premieres of Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967), Little Murders (1971), and The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972).
“These are powers and passions without precedent in motion pictures!”
Lionsgate UK presents three classic horrors, The Lair of the White Worm, The Gate and Wishmaster, in their ongoing Vestron Collector’s Series; restored and remastered on Blu-ray, available to pre-order now ahead of their 26th February release date.
“They have opened The Gate. Pray it’s not too late.”
Third Window Films team up again with director Eiji Uchida after the success of Lowlife Love, to create a black comedy based on an unbelievable true story dealing with cults, gangs and true love in Japan’s countryside. Love and Other Cults portrays young people having their lives tossed around by adults; dealing with social issues such as child neglect, teenage gangs and the sex industry against a blackly comic background.