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Blu-ray Review – The Prey (1983)

The Prey, 1983.

Directed by Edwin Scott Brown.

Starring Debbie Thureson, Steve Bond, Lori Lethin, Jackie Coogan, Carel Struycken, and Gayle Gannes.


Six campers head off into the woods where they are stalked by a deformed killer.

It doesn’t take a seasoned horror movie veteran to tell you that the old ‘teenagers stalked in the woods/camp/abandoned building’ storyline has been done to death(!) and already quite definitively so a filmmaker approaching that genre will need to find a fresh angle to tell that story; after all, it isn’t the material but what you do with it, right?

And then a film like The Prey comes along and hammers the point like Jason Voorhees in a tool shed, which is quite a feat considering this movie draws heavily from Friday the 13th, The Burning and Just Before Dawn, and although it was originally released before A Nightmare on Elm Street
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’80s Slasher Classic The Prey Available on Blu-ray October 1st From Arrow Video

The ’80s Slasher Classic The Prey will be available on Blu-ray October 1st From Arrow Video

It s not human, and it s got an axe! One of the most underrated efforts to hail from the slice-and-dice boom, The Prey at last emerges from the VHS wilderness in a brand new 2K restoration from the recently unearthed original camera negative.

Three young couples set off into the mountains for a weekend of climbing, drinking and lovemaking. But little do they know that they are stumbling into the terrain of a fearsome predator – a wild man, horrifically burned as a child many years ago in a fire which engulfed his gypsy camp and left only him alive. Now he roams the woods in search of his next human prey.

Filmed in 1979-1980 – making it a contemporary, rather than an imitator, of the likes of Friday the 13th – but not released until
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Shudder’s May 2019 Releases Include Doomsday, V/H/S: Viral, Predestination, The Ranger

With the temperature rising outside, Shudder is still giving horror fans plenty of good reasons to stay inside with a good view of the screen this month thanks to the new additions to their streaming slate, including Neil Marshall's Doomsday, Jenn Wexler's The Ranger, the horror anthology V/H/S: Viral, the Spierig Brothers' Predestination, and more.

Below, check out the full list of titles coming to Shudder in the Us this month, and visit Shudder online to learn more about the streaming service.

"Yes, it’s getting warm outside. But let’s get real—wouldn’t you stay inside and chill with Shudder Originals The Ranger and The Night Shifter, new episodes of The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs, and Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Uncut podcast?

Programming also available on Shudder Canada where noted.

Shudder Original Movies

The Ranger (2018) — available Thursday, May 9

Director: Jenn Wexler,
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December 18th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Predator, The House With A Clock In Its Walls, Venom, Dracula: Prince Of Darkness

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Greetings, everyone! Welcome to what is the final Blu-ray and DVD recap of 2018, as it seems like we have no major genre home media releases coming home next week on Christmas. That being said, the year is ending on a strong note, as we have a number of essential titles hitting various formats this Tuesday.

Scream Factory is keeping busy with their Collector’s Edition releases of Dracula: Prince of Darkness as well as John Carpenter’s Starman (two of my personal favorites!), and Arrow Video has put together a stellar Special Edition of Bloody Birthday for this week as well. As far as recent theatrical titles go, The House With a Clock in Its Walls, The Predator, A Simple Favor, and Venom all arrive on various formats this Tuesday, and if you’re a completist, there’s a 4-film collection of the Predator movies that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has assembled,
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’80s Slasher Classic Bloody Birthday Available on Blu-ray December 18th From Arrow Video

The 1981 Slasher Classic Bloody Birthday will be available on Blu-ray December 18th From Arrow Video

The Bad Seed meets Halloween in this deliciously twisted early 80s slasher offering directed by Ed Hunt (The Brain) and starring the always loveable Lori Lethin.

Debbie, Curtis and Steven may seem cute as buttons. But their angelic facade conceals the wicked, murderous streak given to them having all been born under the same solar eclipse. With the grown-ups around them blissfully unaware of their little darlings homicidal tendencies, the evil brats begin to bump off the adults one-by-one. By gun. By arrow. By cake. Bye-bye!

Mixing the killer-kid subgenre with elements of the then-booming slice-and-dice movie, 1981 s Bloody Birthday shocks and appalls with its scenes of young children shooting, strangling and bludgeoning their way through the local population. They sure don t (and can t!) make em like this anymore.

Special Edition Contents

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Arrow Video Announces New Blu-ray Release of Bloody Birthday, Special Features Include New Audio Commentary with Director Ed Hunt

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One of the essential entries in the killer kids sub-genre of horror, Bloody Birthday will be released on Blu-ray in the Us once again on December 18th, this time from Arrow Video, and in addition to a 2K restoration, the new release will also include a new audio commentary with co-writer/director Ed Hunt and a new interview with co-star Lori Lethin.

Below, we have a look at the release details and cover art for the new Bloody Birthday Blu-ray, and in case you missed it, read Scott Drebit's Drive-In Dust Offs entry on the 1981 horror film.

Bloody Birthday Blu-ray: "The Bad Seed meets Halloween in this deliciously twisted early '80s slasher offering directed by Ed Hunt (The Brain) and starring the always loveable Lori Lethin. Debbie, Curtis and Steven may seem cute as buttons. But their angelic facade conceals the wicked, murderous streak given to them having all
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Slasher Bloody Birthday Brings Killer Kids to Blu-ray This December

Ed Hunt’s killer-kids slasher flick Bloody Birthday starring Susan Strasberg, José Ferrer, Lori Lethin, Melinda Cordell, and Julie Brown hits Blu-ray this December via Arrow Video. You can check out a full list of special features below along with the film’s cover art to the right. After looking through all of that, make sure to hit […]

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The Day After

A hundred million viewers tuned in to ABC back in ’83 to find out if the world would end with a bang or a whimper. Edward Hume and Nicholas Meyer’s daring docudrama reacquainted Americans with their status as hostages in a global game of nuclear roulette. Gruesome nuclear annihilation visuals complement fine performances led by Jason Robards. The tense, thoughtful show is presented in separate TV and theatrical versions.

The Day After


Kl Studio Classics

1983 / Color / 1:78 widescreen & 1:33 flat TV / 122 & 127 min. / Street Date August 7, 2018 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, Jim Dahlberg, John Lithgow, Bibi Besch, Lori Lethin, Amy Madigan, Jeff East, Georgann Johnson, William Allen Young, Calvin Jung, Lin McCarthy, Dennis Lipscomb.

Cinematography: Gayne Rescher

Film Editor: William Paul Dornisch, Robert Florio

Original Music: David Raksin

Special Effects: Robert Blalack

Written by Edward Hume

Produced by Robert A. Papazian

Directed by Nicholas
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Class of 1987: Return To Horror High Still Earns a Passing Grade with Gore, Humor & Infectious Fun

Imagine the following sentence in the “'80s horror trailer guy” voice. In 1982, a killer haunted the halls of Crippen High School, giving it the moniker “Horror High.” Now, in 1987, a movie crew returns to Horror High and may or may not survive retelling the story of these heinous crimes. There will be blood! Lots and lots of blood!

It's been a very long time since I've seen Bill Froehlich's Return to Horror High, starring Brendan Hughes, Scott Jacoby, George Clooney, Maureen McCormick, Lori Lethin, Alex Rocco, Vince Edwards, Al Fann, and Panchito Gómez. So, I was absolutely delighted to get the chance to re-watch this glorious horror comedy and discuss it with our readers as part of our celebration of the Class of 1987.

After decades of horror films that were wonderfully serious, a tonal shift started happening in the 1980s, and by the mid-'80s, horror comedies had really gained momentum,
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‘Return to Horror High’ Blu-ray Review (88 Films)

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Stars: George Clooney, Maureen McCormick, Vince Edwards, Brendan Hughes, Scott Jacoby, Lori Lethin, Alex Rocco | Written by Bill Froehlich, Mark Lisson | Directed by Bill Froehlich

In 1982 Crippen High School was the scene of a series of brutal murders and yet the killer was never caught. Now a low budget film crew that includes an ill-fated leading man (Clooney), the pretentious director (Jacoby), a lecherous producer (Rocco) and numerous disposable cast and crew have all returned to Crippen High to film the story of the ’82 murders. But when members of the production staff are stalked and slaughtered one by one it appears the killer has returned… Who will survive? And what will be left of their careers?

So, did anyone see the first film? Actually I’m joking, much like the movie itself. Yes, Return to Horror High is that strange beast – part traditional slasher movie, part comedy, part parody. The
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Bloody Birthday (1981)

Blame The Bad Seed (1956) for every murderous moppet that has skipped across the screen in subsequent years. Village of the Damned, The Omen, The Good Son, The Children, and many more have explored the taboo of killer kiddies. One of the oddest of the bunch is Ed Hunt’s Bloody Birthday (1981), a ridiculously fun turn with not just one, but three mini-Mansons on hand to clean up the schoolyard.

Well, that’s a bit of a misnomer, as our rascally trio tends to focus on grown ups, what with their stupid rules against homicide and premature burial. (Don’t worry – one of the protagonists is a classmate who is put in mortal danger. All’s fair.) Bloody Birthday was rolled out twice; first in limited release in April of ’81, and then in ’86 (also limited release). The film made its money back but didn’t earn any good grace from critics
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‘Bloody Birthday’ Blu-ray Review (88 Films)

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Stars: Lori Lethin, Melinda Cordell, Julie Brown, Joe Penny, Bert Kramer, K.C. Martel, Elizabeth Hoy, Billy Jayne, Andrew Freeman, Susan Strasberg, José Ferrer, Ben Marley, Ellen Geer, Erica Hope | Written by Ed Hunt, Barry Pearson | Directed by Ed Hunt

A birthday (or random holiday), killer kids and a total eclipse…all of this sounds like the perfect combination for a horror film. Bloody Birthday is a slasher movie that appeared in the eighties, this should be more than a hint what you’ll see. Horror fans know the tropes well that appear in the film, and although this is somewhat of an obscure homage to Halloween, 88 Films have done what they do best and brought a cult classic (of sorts) onto Blu-ray for the fans to enjoy.

In 1970 three children are born during a solar eclipse in which the Sun and Moon blocked Saturn. Ten years later these three kids
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Severin Films to Release Bloody Birthday, The Baby, and Bloody Moon to Blu-ray

Conscious-free kids who kill, a man living like a baby, and a killer stalking Spanish schoolgirls: Severin Films is plucking these three stories from the old-school horror shelf and bringing them to Blu-ray this summer, and we have the release details for you now.

Set for a July 8th home media release, the Blu-ray releases of 1981′s Bloody Birthday, 1973′s The Baby, and 1981′s Bloody Moon should excite fans of these grindhouse films and bring new viewers in, as well. Here are the release details from Severin Films:

Bloody Birthday Blu-ray:

“Get ready for the rarely seen slasher classic from the ’80s that may also be the most disturbing ‘killer kids’ movies in grindhouse history: Three babies are simultaneously born in the same hospital at the peak of a full solar eclipse. Ten years later, these adorable youngsters suddenly begin a kiddie killing spree of stranglings, shootings, stabbings, beatings and beyond.
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Severin Films Announces Trio of July Blu-ray Releases: Bloody Birthday, The Baby, and Bloody Moon

It's always an exciting thing when horror flicks hit Blu-ray for the very first time, and Severin Films has three such debuts in store for us on July 8, inviting us to a Bloody Birthday, allowing us to hold The Baby, and encouraging us to howl at the Bloody Moon.

Read on for complete release details for all three!

Bloody Birthday Synopsis

Get ready for the rarely seen slasher classic from the 80s that may also be the most disturbing "killer kids" movies in grindhouse history: Three babies are simultaneously born in the same hospital at the peak of a full solar eclipse. Ten years later, these adorable youngsters suddenly begin a kiddie killing spree of stranglings, shootings, stabbings, beatings, and beyond. Can the town's grown-ups stop these pint-sized serial killers before their blood-soaked birthday bash? K.C. Martel (E.T., "Growing Pains"), Joe Penny ("Jake and The Fat Man"), Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja
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'Bloody Birthday' (1981) Review

Reviewed by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com

Bloody Birthday” (1981)

Directed By: Ed Hunt

Written By: Ed Hunt & Barry Pearson

Starring: Lori Lethin (Joyce Russel), Melinda Cordell (Mrs. Brody), Julie Brown (Beverly Brody), Joe Penny (Mr. Harding), Bert Kramer (Sheriff Brody), K.C. Martel (Timmy Russel), Elizabeth Hoy (Debbie Brody), Billy Jayne (Curtis Taylor), Andrew Freeman (Steven Seton), Susan Strasberg (Viola Davis), Jose Ferrer (Doctor), Ben Marley (Duke), Erica Hope (Annie), Ellen Geer (Madge)

Bloody Birthday” certainly offers a fun early 80s movie for slasher enthusiasts. The twist this time around is there is no Jason Voorhees or Michael Michaels but 10 year old kids! It was certainly up my ally as I like slasher movies that try something different aside from the typical formula used in these movies.

The plot is three-ten-year old kids begin a mass killing spree due to in part to the fact that they were born during an eclipse,
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Be Kind, Rewind — 'The Prey'

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Be Kind, Rewind — 'The Prey'
VHS collectors seem to be coming out of the woodwork lately. What many thought was a dead format seems to be making a major resurgence, similar to the way vinyl did. We wouldn’t dream of telling you that the quality of a VHS cassette provides superior picture, sound, or anything. But it is certainly a lot of nostalgic fun to revisit some of the more obscure VHS only titles by way of your Vcr. Be Kind, Rewind is your one-stop destination for all the information you could ever want about VHS exclusive horror films. We will give you the low-down on the VHS only title we are re-visiting; including where to find it, the going rate, a review of the film, and we will even provide an expert recommendation as to whether the title is worth the money. We will be examining more VHS-only titles in the upcoming weeks,
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Horror Remakes We'd Love to See

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Horror Remakes We'd Love to See
Like most horror fans, I'm not always pro remake. There are some films that simply should not be remade. However, I am supportive of remaking a film if the creative team behind the reboot can bring something new to the table or improve upon what the original film did, in some way. Case in point, Tobe Hooper improved on the source material in his 2004 remake of The Toolbox Murders. Hooper's remake was a more cohesive film than the original and was more effective at keeping its viewer engaged throughout the film. The original was poorly paced with the entire middle of the film being exhaustively sluggish. As for bringing something new to the table, James Gunn and Zak Snyder didn't outdo the original Dawn of the Dead with their 2004 reimagining, but that's not what the duo was trying for. Instead, they provided a highly enjoyable companion piece with their reboot
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Bloody Birthday (Review - New to video this week)

1981 - 85 mins. - Rated Rd: Ed HuntC: Susan Strasberg, Jose Ferrer, Lori Lethin, Melinda Cordell, Julie Brown

Three ten year old kids born during an eclipse are embark on a murdering spree without anyone suspecting a thing.

Horror films about evil, diabolical children who kill people either come off downright scary such as the modern day version of The Children. Or they come off unintentionally funny such as the 1980 version of The Children. So which group does Blood Birthday fall into? Unfortunately, it falls into the latter. The children at the core of this film are never menacing, they are never scary. The three youngsters at the core of this film are never convincing in their portrayals as evil kids who kill. The kids just don't have any grasp on how to turn in effective performance that sells the horror of it all. Instead, these kids come off way too
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DVD Playhouse--June 2011

DVD Playhouse June 2011


Allen Gardner

Kiss Me Deadly (Criterion) Robert Aldrich’s 1955 reinvention of the film noir detective story is one of cinema’s great genre mash-ups: part hardboiled noir; part cold war paranoid thriller; and part science- fiction. Ralph Meeker plays Mickey Spillane’s fascist detective Mike Hammer as a narcissistic simian thug, a sadist who would rather smash a suspect’s fingers than make love to the bevvy of beautiful dames that cross his path. In fact, the only time you see a smile cross Meeker’s sneering mug is when he’s doling out pain, with a vengeance. When a terrified young woman (Cloris Leachman, film debut) literally crossed Hammer’s path one night, and later turns up dead, he vows to get to the bottom of her brutal demise. One of the most influential films ever made, and perhaps the most-cited film by the architects
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Severin Films bringing some Late Night Classics to DVD

Severin Films announced today that they are releasing special edition DVDs of Bloody Birthday (1981); Nightmares (1980); and The Baby (1973).

Here’s the details:

Bloody Birthday: Special features on the disc include an interview with Hunt, interview with star Lori Lethin and A Brief History of Slasher Films featurette.

Nightmares: Special features on the disc include a commentary by Lamond, A Brief History of Slasher Films featurette and trailers.

The Baby: Special features on the disc include an interview with Post, interview with star David Money and the trailer.

Look for these on June 28th, 2011.

Source: Arrow
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