Samurai, robots, flying tiger sharks, time-traveling baseball players and alien monsters: the legendary – and above all notoriously bad – Japanese detective series Ronin Suiri Tentai had it all. In Japan, the series was strangely enough no more than a modest success. But in Australia, where it was released in the early 1990s under the title Top Knot Detective, the series became a gigantic cult hit.
On 27 May, Indicator presents an eclectic selection of unhinged, genre-twisting films from some of British cinema’s greatest filmmakers, and starring some of the world’s most celebrated actors: St. John L. Clowes’ No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948), which was condemned upon its original release for its depiction of violence; Jack Gold’s Who? (1974); Richard Loncraine’s Bellman and True (1987); and the psycho-sexual drama Track 29 (1988).
“They kidnapped his son. They forced him to steal 14 million dollars. Then they made their biggest mistake. They trusted him.”
Waxwork Records is thrilled to present Cruising original motion picture soundtrack and score. Available for the first time, the original 1980 soundtrack release has been expanded to include the complete film music.
“There’s a lot you don’t know about me.”
In March 2019 Arrow Video is re-releasing Hideo Nakata’s Ringu in celebration of its 20th anniversary; restored from the original negative in vivid high definition.
Ringu is based on a novel by Koji Suzuki, (known as the ‘Japanese Stephen King’) and for any western viewer this film is the starting point for any exploration of modern Asian horror.
“How did the rumours about the video even start in the first place? This kind of thing… It doesn’t start by one person telling a story. It’s more like everyone’s fear just takes on a life of its own.”
On 22 April, Indicator presents a selection of classic films, directed by and starring some of Hollywood cinema’s most celebrated talents, all available on Blu-ray for the first time: Dragonwyck (1946); The Snake Pit (1948); The Reckless Moment (1949); and Lilith (1964).
“I remembered once reading in a book, that long ago they used to put insane people into pits full of snakes. I think they figured that something which might drive a normal person insane, might shock an insane person back into sanity.”
Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day alone or with a significant other, Fright-Rags’ latest releases from Elvira, My Bloody Valentine 3D, and The Warriors will make any horror fan’s heart swell with joy.
“Are you ready for your heart to be broken?”
I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. However, I decided I’d take the opportunity to look back at some movies that didn’t particularly float my boat and see if I can find some good points in them. With the best intentions in mind, I picked the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street as the first movie to give a second watch. I was aghast when I heard this movie was being made. But, I like to have an opinion about things so, I gave it a watch. On that first go I was just as disappointed as I expected to be. Let’s face it, the original film is a genre defining classic…
“Welcome to your new nightmare.”
Does comparing Pat Tremblay’s Atmo HorroX to John Boorman’s classic Zardoz elevate one, diminish the other, or condemn both? Both films are psychedelic, trippy, and include protagonists that wander around in outlandish costumes that show rather more skin than most of us would like to see. Both are infused with timely messages, expressed through grotesquerie. Despite the dubious value of the venture, reams could be written deconstructing both films. If nothing else, we know that movies like Atmo HorroX are extremely rare…
“Engineering the strings of your mind puzzle.”
In the second outing of the Heads! universe, private detective Steve Datsun becomes embroiled in the mysterious and seedy underworld surrounding a metal band who have kidnapped a young man. Has their victim already become a corpse, or is he being brainwashed to join the band and help them carry out their murderous plot?
“And who are those girls…with those HEADS!”
People have been raving about this Netflix series for a while now. Even Stephen King has praised it, so I’ve given it a go. The Netflix series differs from the novel. The advantage of only being loosely based on the novel is with the differences the Netflix series has made. Eleanor “Nell” Vance, for example, was the main character in the novel, but by mid-season the dynamic changes, so you don’t know what is going to happen.
“A ghost can be a lot of things. A memory, a daydream, a secret. Grief, anger, guilt. But, in my experience, most times they’re just what we want to see.”
Slasher Pack XI: Tarantino Vol. 2 includes four Japanese inspired exploitation tees from Inglorious Basterds, The Hateful Eight, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2; available for pre-order now!
“This is what you get for fucking around with Yakuzas!”
Waxwork Records is thrilled to kick off 2019 with the deluxe vinyl release of The Prowler original motion picture soundtrack by Richard Einhorn. Released in 1981, The Prowler is one of the earliest films to become part of the American-Slasher genre.