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The Great AV Maniacs/Paramount DVD Giveaway!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

The fine folks at Paramount Home Entertainment have given us five copies of the following new releases to give away to some lucky forum members:


There Will Be Blood 2 Disc SE

Sweeney Todd 2 Disc SE

Want a chance at taking home one of these DVDs?

 Then click here! In order to be eligible you must be signed up on the message board under your real name.

Unearthed Films has Mercy on us this May!

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Unearthed main man Steve Biro sent this over….


ORDER DATE: April 8, 2008 STREET DATE: May 6, 2008


SRP: $19.99 DVD
SRP: $21.99 CDN DVD (Canada)
Catalog: UN-1030
UPC: 807839003444
Genre: Horror
Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 Min.
Country of Origin: USA
Director: Patrick Roddy
Cast: Gary Shannon, Shelley Farrell, Charles McNeely III,
Julie Ann Fay

After serving twenty-five years for committing a mysterious and violent crime, John is
released from prison. Unfortunately, the first human contact he has is with a maniacal
parole officer. John’s later experience with a condescending new landlord isn’t so great
either, and together these encounters effectively establish the bleak and miserable tone
that seems to characterize his life on the outside. Nevertheless, John works to establish a
routine as a way to counter his guilt and achieve a sense of normalcy. However, he soon
loses his way when a would-be actress awakens certain deeply suppressed desires. These
desires, in turn, trigger eerie hallucinations and disturbing nightmares that recall a
criminal past best forgotten.

“Mercy is a bleak ride through existential torment that is irresistible”
Rue Morgue

“…a very cool mash of social commentary and artsy creepiness”

“Great acting, top notch cinematography, and beautiful direction” – 3 out of 4 stars
Winner of Four Accolade Awards:

Award of Excellence – Feature Film
Award of Excellence – Leading Actor Gary Shannon
Award of Excellence – Art Direction
Award of Excellence – Directing

Award Winner of …

Best Feature – 2007 Peoria Film Festival
Best Actor – 2007 Peoria Film Festival

Special Features:

Making of Mercy
- Movie Comic Book
- Trailers
- Photo Gallery

Technical Features:

- 1.85:1 Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0

Working on the Redroom 2 dvd. It will be out on June 3rd so stay tuned for some sleazy,
over the top gut-busting gore! Here’s the synopsis, kept it brief cause there’s some
surprises we can not let out of the bag.

Red Room 2


The sequel to the underground goretastic RED ROOM, RED ROOM 2 will leave you gasping
for air in its over-the-top, grueling portrayal of what people will do for money. Up for
grabs is another million dollars as four more contestants enter into the RED ROOM. Locked
there, they must play the King game, a card game where each hand makes the loser
participate in whatever the winner wants or desires. The game is played until there is only
one survivor left. How much abuse can one person handle? How far will the contestants go
for hard earned cash? How far will you be able to watch the contestants in the RED ROOM?

Also, Philosophy is slated for July 8th and Cannibal will be getting it’s real release in July
as well through TLA so we excited about that. In August, we are looking at Dead Fury and
the 1st dvd in the Hari Kari Series! Hurray!

Lots more going gone then I can shake a stick at. I’m working with Patricio Valladares, the
director of Curriculum and I wrote the screenplay for the upcoming film The Departyd.
Yeah,I write screenplays as well. It’s a very hard-core script, if it isn’t dealing with twisted
sex, it’s about viscious horror and it’s right up my alley. How could it not be, I wrote it. LOL

The Departyd is about a Aztec priest who is trying to bring one of the ancient Aztec Gods
back to life through a twisted sacrificial orgy of unparalleled proportions. I had lots of fun
writing this and it definitely shows. Casting and production is going on and there’s a
myspace page if your interested. www.myspace.com/departydmovie

There’s a teaser trailer for it so check it out.

New French Cinema On The Way From Momentum UK

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

From the press release….



It’s generally accepted that no cinema-going nation appreciates film quite like the French do. Similarly, it can be said that French filmmakers consistently produce movies with a certain flair and finesse that’s rarely found elsewhere. This June, Momentum Pictures release two new contemporary French movies on DVD that perfectly illustrate this fact:  CHRYSALIS, a slick, neo-noir, sci-fi action thriller, and PARIS LOCKDOWN, a shockingly violent gangster thriller set in the criminal underworld of the French capital.

Written and directed by Julien Leclercq, and starring Albert Dupontel (Intimate Enemies; A Very Long Engagement; Irreversible), Marthe Keller (Black Sunday; Marathon Man), Marie Guillard (The Visitors 2; The Fifth Element) and Patrick Bauchau (Panic Room; Clear And Present Danger), CHRYSALIS spins a futuristic tale of mind control and memory replacement therapies that recalls the works of acclaimed sci-fi author Phillip K. Dick.

CHRYSALIS (cert. tbc) will be released on DVD (£15.99) by Momentum Pictures on 9th June 2008. Produced by Eric Névé (Dobermann) and directed by Frederic Schoendoerffer (director of the Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassell thriller, Spy Bound), PARIS LOCKDOWN stars Benoit Magimel (Intimate Enemies; The Nest; The Piano Teacher), Beatrice Dalle (Clean; Betty Blue) and Olivier Marchal (Tell No One) in a blood-drenched story of an aging mob boss whose empire is at risk of collapsing around him. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, this is one of the most graphically violent, sexually explicit and all-round shocking movies to come out of France since Virginie Despentes’ Baise-moi and Gaspar Noé’s Irréversible.

 PARIS LOCKDOWN (cert. 18) will be released on DVD (£15.99) by Momentum Pictures on 23rd June 2008.

Mondo Macabro News…. VIVA PRIMA!

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Posted by: Ian Jane

Straight from Mondo Macabro’s press release:

The Queen of Black Magic – more Indonesian black magic madness – flying  heads, killer worms, and Suzanna! The world dvd premiere of this world wide weirdness classic comes in a brand new spanking 2.35: 1 HD
anamorphic transfer…. all the details here!

Streetdate: May 27th!

The other big news is that TLA’s special edition DVD of the first Mondo Macabro original production movie HELL’S GROUND/ZIBAHKHANA is available to preorder! The dvd contains a brand new 5:1 remix, directors commentary and loads of special features….

streetdate June 24th

Next up: Barry Prima is THE WARRIOR!

and the wildest movie we’ve ever released…we promise! SNAKE SISTERS.