Also known as The Horror Star, the 1983 cult creeper Frightmare offered audiences postmodern shocks long before Wes Craven gave us his game-changing Scream in 1996! An underrated and underseen gem, Frightmare tells of a celebration for a late, great horror star… only the actor in question might not be entirely dead and soon the participants at his supposed party are being picked off one by one!
Network is proud to add two early 1970s cult favourites to their ‘The British Film‘ collection: a brand new high definition remaster of the 1972 renowned horror classic Death Line (aka Raw Meat); and the hard-hitting 1971 thriller Assault (aka In the Devil’s Garden).
“Beneath modern London, buried alive in its plague-ridden tunnels lives a tribe of once humans. Neither men nor women, they are less than animals… they are the raw meat of the human race!”
This Hallowe’en, Indicator presents a selection of horror classics from two masters of the macabre: William Castle at Columbia, Volume One, the first of two limited edition blu-ray box sets dedicated to one of American cinema’s most iconic filmmakers; and Jacques Tourneur’s terrifying Night of the Demon (1957).
“Who will be the next in line to defy the curse?”
On 24 September, Indicator presents four dark and disturbing tales, each featuring some of Britain’s most iconic acting talents. First, two films starring Terence Stamp: John Fowles’ twisted classic The Collector (1965); and the Frankenstein-inspired Amicus sci-fi/horror The Mind of Mr. Soames (1970). Also in September, Indicator presents the UK Blu-ray premiere of Anthony Page’s underrated mystery-thriller Absolution (1978); and Jamil Dehlavi’s hallucinatory mystical-horror film Born of Fire (1987).
“Can this baby kill?”
On 20 August, Indicator presents a selection of thrilling and powerful films: Fritz Lang’s Ministry of Fear (1944) stars Ray Milland in a classic tale of murder and suspense; Ronald Neame’s The Odessa Files (1974) is a chilling espionage thriller; Costa-Gavras’ Oscar-winning Missing (1982) is a true-life drama of a father’s quest to uncover the truth of his son’s disappearance; and David Mamet’s Oleanna (1994) is a daring adaptation of his controversial and ever-relevant stage-play.
“We thought you’d been killed.”
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.
“When Cynthia wakes up, she’ll wish she were dead…”
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.