Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A DVD double dip to die for

Horror fans love their films and DVD production companies know it. That's why you can find box sets containing two, 10, 20 and 50 movies -- usually old, often crap. Just ask Mike S. at The Corner of Terror -- for peanuts at your local Big Box Store.

But not every set is a dud, especially when it comes to DVD double features. And the upcoming Shout! Factory release of 80s horror classics Visiting Hours and Bad Dreams could be worth the purchase for genre buffs.

The fine fiends at Dread Central provide some details for the disc, which hits shelves Sept 13 for the suggested retail price of $13 US. Read below for more.

And remember, Visiting Hours is a Canadian slasher pic and it stars one Bill Shatner.You know, Capt. James T. Kirk? Right. Him. Watch it!

In the mid-1970s the members of the love cult Unity Fields sought “the ultimate joining” by dousing themselves with gasoline and committing mass suicide. A young girl blown clear of the fiery explosion was the only survivor. Thirteen years later, Cynthia (Jennifer Rubin, Screamers) awakens from a coma inside a psychiatric hospital with only buried memories of that horrific day — but now her fellow patients are each being driven to their own violent suicides. Has the sect’s leader (Richard Lynch, Deathsport) returned to claim his final child? Bruce Abbott (Re-Animator) co-stars in the intense shocker Bad Dreams from director Andrew Fleming (The Craft) and producer Gale Anne Hurd (Punisher: War Zone, The Incredible Hulk).
Special Features

  • Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1:78:1)

  • New Dolby Digital 5.1 Soundtrack

  • Commentary with writer/director Andrew Fleming

  • Interviews with actors Jennifer Rubin, Bruce Abbott, Richard Lynch and Dean Cameron

  • The Special Effects of Bad Dreams

  • Behind-the-Scenes of Bad Dreams’ Original Ending

  • Theatrical Trailer
    Academy Award®–winner Lee Grant (Best Supporting Actress in 1975 for Shampoo) stars as outspoken TV journalist Deborah Ballin, whose crusade against domestic violence enrages a creepy loner (a truly disturbing performance by Michael Ironside, Scanners) in Visiting Hours. He brutally attacks the anchorwoman in her home, but Ballin survives and is hospitalized. Her assailant is enraged; he is haunted by a horrific childhood trauma . . . and now he has hidden himself inside the hospital to finish what he started. Can anybody — including her concerned boss (William Shatner), a frantic nurse (Linda Purl, Happy Days) or Deborah herself — stop the psycho’s killing spree before it reaches sick new extremes?
    Special Features

  • Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78.1)

  • Theatrical trailer, radio and TV spots


    1. Hmmm... I'll have to see if I can find it for my own collection and review...