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.
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.
“Her name is Ai Shima. Why I fell in love with her? I don’t know.”
88 Films is proud to present The Enchanting Ghost on Blu-ray (in spine-tingling high-definition) and DVD. Released in 1070 to critical acclaim, The Enchanting Ghost is an early example of Hong Kong horror, and established a future trend for HK’s supernatural-themed oriental fright flicks.
Predating the classic Japanese creeper House (1977), but featuring some thematic similarities, this ghostly tale of terror is a vital addition to any collection of classic Asian cinema.
“I’m not a ghost.”
Indicator will be giving one of international cinema’s most acclaimed works its long-overdue UK Blu-ray premiere, and delving further into the vaults to unearth more criminally underseen British gems.
Available 19 March 2018, Indicator proudly presents Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger, John Guillermin’s tense Town on Trial, Dick Clement’s Otley, and Stephen Frears’ auspicious feature debut, Gumshoe.
“I used to be somebody else…but I traded him in.”
I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale; literally translated as The Bodies Bear Traces of Carnal Violence, is an Italian giallo directed by Sergio Martino. Released in the United States as Torso in 1973, Martino’s artistic direction combined feverish sexuality and visually striking violence into a film that predates the American slasher subgenre. Perhaps then, the slasher owes a lot more to the Italian giallo than it is usually given credit for?
“Enter… if you dare the bizarre world of the psychosexual mind.”
With the dark days of winter well and truly upon us, Indicator dares once again to venture into the vaults of the UK’s most celebrated purveyor of chills…
Available 19 February 2018, Indicator presents Hammer Volume Two: Criminal Intent, and Stanley Kramer’s Oscar-winning drama Ship of Fools.
“Explorer, Mistress, Vagrant, Loafer, Artist, Tramp… They are all at the Captain’s table!”
Kicking off its release schedule for 2018, Indicator has delightfully announced UK Blu-ray premiere editions of four era-defining American films.
Published in limited runs, these first pressings also contain Limited Edition exclusive booklets containing newly commissioned writing, contemporary articles and reviews, and full film credits.