Happy Memorial Day, everyone! While you’re off enjoying some much-needed downtime with friends and family, we’ve gone ahead and put together a recap of this week’s horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases that are coming our way on May 30th.
Capitalizing on the brief fad of Reagan-era 3D movies, Steve Miner’s Friday the 13th Part 3 continues Jason’s manic journey across the blood-soaked grounds surrounding Crystal Lake. Acclaimed and revered by some fans more than the film itself, Harry Manfredini’s score fashions some of the most chilling, daring, and skillfully orchestrated music ever composed for the horror genre. Stalking the vaults of Paramount Pictures, Waxwork Records faithfully restored both Manfredini’s master tapes as well as the vintage 3D aesthetic of the film by commissioning the iconic horror artist "Ghoulish" Gary Pullin to carve out the vicious visual illusion that brought a new dimension of terror to the turntable.
As iconic as Ash's groovy one-liners and the film's crimson-stained setting is Joseph LoDuca's intense soundtrack for Evil Dead 2, and Waxwork Records is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Sam Raimi movie and its manic music with a remastered vinyl release that will come out tomorrow.
They faced Hell in high school, and while most of them survived, none of them have been quite the same since they saved the world in their formative years. Now on the outskirts of their twenties, a group of friends find that the demons—both within and outside of themselves—aren't finished with them yet, and you can watch their funny, frightening, and heartfelt adventures in the first two seasons of Graves, which are now available to watch in their entirety right here on Daily Dead.
Although they are dangerous, the living dead can be used to your advantage in the new multiplayer video game Dead Alliance, a new zombie video game from Maximum Games that is teased in a new trailer ahead of its August 29th release.
His laugh is haunting, but his skin alone will give you nightmares for days. Batman fans will want to take note of Sideshow Collectibles' latest life-size bust, which features the face of The Joker sans eyeballs—the perfect conversation starter to greet guests at your door.
Diamond Select Toys just gave horror fans a few new items to add to their holiday wish lists, as their upcoming November releases include Beetlejuice Vinimates and Minimates, The Dark Tower figures, an Alien: Covenant coin bank, and much more.
Blaxploitation made its move on the horror market with AIP’s Blacula (1972); so successful was the foray that the money wheels started turning towards a follow up. And while AIP was busy cooking up a sequel to their surprise hit, an outsider saw an opening in the window of the American Dream and leapt right through. Frank Saletri may have been a lawyer by trade, but his heart belonged to horror and he gave his all to write and produce Blackenstein (1973) – a movie somewhat better than its godawful reputation, restored for posterity on Blu-ray by the fine folks at Severin Films. Come for the monster; stay to hear Saletri’s story.
Throughout much of his career, James Spader has excelled at playing a type; and that type is specifically this: rich and arrogant, with a sense of condescension and an air of pretense. It’s not his fault; his wispy (or is that WASPy?) good looks and mellifluous voice initially offer little sympathy to the working class. But when he’s given an opportunity to play against this type, the results are exhilarating. Such is the case with Jack’s Back (1988), a clever thriller elevated by a terrific dual role performance from Spader. Come for Jack the Ripper; stay for James the Spaders.
Freddy Fazbear's Pizza isn't the only place that's haunted by evil animatronics, and Funko is paying tribute to Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location with new plush collectibles. Today's Horror Highlights also includes new stills from Happy Endings Are a Rarity and a trailer for the horror film Streamer.
Seemingly plucked straight out of the pages of a Dark Horse comic book series, NECA's new Ultimate Ahab Predator figure is teased in new photos ahead of its release this October.
Modern horror fiction that is both original and classically satisfying is difficult to find. So many stories have been brought to paper already, it’s hard to find a plot that has not yet been explored. Many authors must set about exploring these stories from unique, often amusingly clever, angles, but in doing so the story loses its classic power to scare. Literature has not quite exhausted its power, though—not even close. There are authors who can do both at once, some even while leaving a tear in your eye. Stephen Graham Jones is one of these authors.
It’s telling that the first feature-length film to come out of Italy was Dante’s Inferno (1911). Because of course, what else would it be? A silent, 68-minute adaptation of the classic poem that, quite memorably, features Satan munching on the souls of the damned. I suppose you could consider this film a tone-setter for the sort of genre films that would come out in Italy over the next hundred-plus years. The film is violent, demonic, and packed with full-frontal nudity. But most importantly, it was all about Hell.
We’ve teased that we’ll be taking Daily Dead in new and exciting directions in 2017, and after announcing our new Corpse Club podcast back in April, we're excited to officially release the first episode!
As special guests on the Shock Waves podcast, the fine folks at Scream Factory just gave horror fans four big reasons to look forward to September, as they announced Blu-ray releases for The Spell (September 5th), Dan O'Bannon's The Resurrected, aka Shatterbrain (September 12th), After Midnight (September 26th), and A Quiet Place in the Country (September 26th).