Nuns, Werewolves, Toys and VHS shockers from Arrow Video in October

October is Spooky Season and Arrow Video is giving us scares on Blu-ray like those people down the road that give out full size candy bars. First off is The Prey which reminds us that timing is everything. When this slasher in the woods movie came out in late 1983, people viewed it as just another cash in on the craze that had died out. But the film was shot in 1979. The Prey should have been an early entry. But post-production and getting a distributor made it sit on the shelf. The film has it’s don’t go in the forest vibes working overtime. Toys Are Not For Children is an obscure gem that is not for children either. A young girl bonds with her runaway dad from the toys he mails to her. Things get extremely weird when she goes from working in a toy store to being pimped out to older clients. This film really defines the phrase “Daddy issues.” The ending of the film is the creepiest reunion scene ever and pulls no punches. You might want a second copy to give your more twisted pal for a Christmas gift.

Killer Nun brought together two of things that deserve to go together. Anita Ekberg, the goddess of La Dolce Vita and nunsploitation. The film’s reputation has grown since its release since it was part of the infamous “Video Nasties” that were banned from being sold and rented in England during the ’80s. Ekberg’s Sister Gertrude isn’t just a killer, she’s mean. After brain surgery she’s got a lot of issues. She’s doing a lot a nasty things around the convent and even down at the singles bar. Can she really be this bad or is it all in her head? Andy Warhol regular Joe Dallesandro (Madness) pops up. The Dead Center is a recently released film about a man who shows up in a catatonic state who just might be undead.

Ringu Collection brings together all three of the Japanese films about an evil spirit that uses a VHS tape to do evil on unsuspecting viewers. Luckily this won’t happen to you since the boxset is on Blu-ray which is a digital format and the demon can only have power in an analog format. Along with Ringu, the boxset includes Ringu 2, Ringu 0 and ‘lost’ sequel, George Iida’s Spiral. You’ll have a weekend of Ringu. They are also putting out a single Blu-ray of the first movie. But why wouldn’t you want them all?

An American Werewolf In London is one of the great horror comedies. You get an equal dose of laughs and gore in this tale of backpackers who run into a monster in Great Britain. Director John Landis and make up genius Rick Baker made a film that transformed David Naughton and Griffin Dunne. This is one of my must watch films during Spooky season. The Bluray has a new 4K restoration overseen by Landis. Man of A Thousand Faces has James Cagney (White Heat) playing the original cinema makeup genius Lon Chaney (London After Midnight). This is as close as Cagney came to being in a horror film instead of just playing a nightmarish gangster.

Here’s the press release from Arrow Video with all the bonus features:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

New from Arrow Video US and Arrow Academy US

THE PREY (LIMITED EDITION)[Blu-ray] (10/1)

TOYS ARE NOT FOR CHILDREN [Blu-ray] (10/8)

KILLER NUN [Blu-ray] (10/15)

THE DEAD CENTER [Blu-ray and DVD] (10/22)

RINGU [Blu-ray] (10/29)

RINGU COLLECTION [Blu-ray] (10/29)

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON [Blu-ray] (10/29)

MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES [Blu-ray] (10/29)

via MVD Entertainment Group

Haunted VHS tapes, American Werewolves, and Killer Nuns, Oh My! It’s October, Arrow Style!

As we head into October we know that means one thing – we’ve officially entered Halloween season! And this Halloween, Arrow is abandoning the tricks in favor of a few extra treats. With 9 new releases hitting retailers this month, there’s sure to be something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

On October 1st, the month’s first release comes in the form of The Prey. This early ’80s effort about a group of teens attacked by a disfigured killer while camping in the Rocky Mountains has been languishing on VHS for over thirty years. Arrow has rescued this cult classic, presenting it with a brand new 2K restoration and 3 different cuts. Slasher enthusiasts everywhere are going to want this one immediately.

Toys Are Not for Children is a psychological drama about a woman with daddy issues suffering through a devastating downward spiral that DVD Drive-In describes as, “an underrated gem hiding behind an exploitative title.” This gem comes home on October 8th with a new 2K restoration and toy chest full of bonus content. This quirky tale of perversion from director Stanley H. Brassloff is not to be missed.

Director Giulio Berruti’s Killer Nun is one of the holiest of sisters that make up the loving and gratuitously crude community that is nunsploitation. Anita Ekberg stars as Sister Gertrude, a nun lured into the world of drugs and perversion. This cult classic and “video nasty” comes to Blu-ray with a new 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative that shines this sleaze up quite nicely. The film hits shelves on October 15th.

Two releases head home on October 22nd. First is Guillermo del Toro’s modern masterpiece of gothic romance, Crimson Peak. This story about an aspiring author that travels to a remote English mansion, where she is haunted by ghostly visions, was praised by Stephen King as, “gorgeous and just fucking terrifying”. The second release on the 22nd is Billy Senese’s The Dead Center. Shane Carruth stars as a hospital psychiatrist that is pushed to the edge of insanity when a deranged patient claims to have died and brought something awful back from the other side.

The month comes to the close with 4 must-have releases on October 29th. Leading the way, and just in time for Halloween, is the John Landis classic An American Werewolf in London. In what is arguably the greatest werewolf movie ever made, David Naughton stars as an American tourist attacked by a vicious creature while hiking in the Yorkshire Moors. The jaw-dropping, Oscar-winning special effects from the legendary Rick Baker are restored in 4K using the original camera negative and approved by Landis. This release comes with so many special features you’ll need a whole lot of big teeth to chew on them all.

Hideo Nakata almost single-handedly helped launch the J-Horror boom in the late ’90s with Ringu, the film Sight & Sound called a “timeless terror”. Now fans can own this creepy flick about the cursed VHS tape with a brand new 4K restoration approved by DP Junichiro Hayashi. If one VHS tape isn’t enough to quench your thirst for technological terror, then the Ringu Collection may be more your speed. This boxset includes the original film alongside the sequel Ringu 2, the eerie origin story Ringu 0, and the “lost sequel”, Jôji Iida’s Rasen – also known as The Spiral.

Rounding things out is Man of a Thousand Faces. This biopic about one of horror’s first icons, Lon Chaney, stars James Cagney as the multifaceted silent screen legend. Director Joseph Pevney not only chronicles Chaney’s rise to stardom but captures the drama is his day-to-day personal life. The screenplay, written by R. Wright Campbell, Ivan Goff, and Ben Roberts, was nominated for an Oscar. This release comes with a number of special features including a new audio commentary from film scholar Tim Lucas.


The Prey [Limited Edition]
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 1984 when it was picked up by New World Pictures, The Prey is a unique woodsy slasher gem ripe for reappraisal in this extras-packed, 40th anniversary edition!
Bonus Materials
Brand new audio commentary with producer Summer Brown
Brand new audio commentary with Amanda Reyes and Ewan Cant
Audio Interview with director Edwin Scott Brown
Brand new on-camera interview with actress Debbie Thureso
Brand new on-camera interview with actress Lori Lethin
Brand new on-camera interview with actor Carel Struycken
Brand new on-camera interview with actor Jackson Bostwick
In Search of The Prey – Ewan Cant and actress Debbie Thureson revisit the original shooting locations in Idyllwild, California
Q&A from Texas Frightmare Weekend 2019 with Lori Lethin, Carel Struycken and Jackson Bostwick
Texas Frightmare Weekend 2019 Audience Reaction Track
VHS Trailer and TV Spot
Original Script (BD-ROM Content)
Brand new 2K restoration of the International Cut featuring the infamous “gyspy flashback” footage, added at a later date by the producers without the approval of the original filmmakers (Disc 2)
Composite Cut combining footage from both the US Theatrical and International Cuts, for the ultimate The Prey fan experience! (Disc 2)
Extended Outtakes reel – 45 mins of never-before-seen outtakes
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new 2K restoration of the filmmaker-approved US Theatrical Cut from the original camera negative
Limited edition booklet featuring new writing on the film by Ewan Cant
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original uncompressed mono audio
Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn
Three versions of the feature: Original US Theatrical Cut, International Cut and Composite cut!
Exclusive slipcover featuring original UK home video artwork
Limited to 3000 units.
BLU-RAY DISC
SKU: AV220
SRP: 39.95 (NEW PRICE)
Street Date: 10/01/19
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Run Time: 80 mins


Toys Are Not For Children
Psychological trauma and aberrant sexuality abound in this twisted 1972 tale of a young woman whose severe daddy issues send her on an unforgettably bleak downward spiral. Yearning for the love of her absentee father, Jamie inhabits an infantilized world surrounded by toys, including those which her wayward pops bizarrely continues to send her. Unable to consummate her new marriage with dashing colleague Charlie, Jamie’s chance encounter with aging sex worker Pearl leads her into the murky world of prostitution where her most disturbing erotic fantasies begin to play out. Grim, quirky and strangely affecting in equal measure, Stanley H. Brasloff’s Toys Are Not for Children is a truly one-of-a-kind effort from the heyday of the American exploitation independents, which builds to a haunting and devastating climax that lingers long after the credits roll.

Bonus Materials
Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original uncompressed mono audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain
Newly-filmed appreciation by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower
‘Dirty’ Dolls: Femininity, Perversion and Play – a brand new video essay by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Original theme song “Lonely Am I”, newly transferred from the original 45-RPM vinyl single
Original Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Vanity Celis

BLU-RAY
SRP: 39.95
Street Date: 10/08/19
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Run Time: 85 mins


Killer Nun
FROM THE SECRET FILES OF THE VATICAN! Aging blonde-bombshell Anita Ekberg (La Dolce Vita, Pick-up Alley) gives a full-bodied performance as a sex-crazed sister with some seriously bad habits in the lurid cult classic Killer Nun. One of the most notorious ‘nunsploitation’ films, Killer Nun tells the sordid story of Sister Gertrude, a disturbed woman of the cloth who degenerates into a perverse mire of drug taking, sexual perversion, sadistic torture and murder. Joe Dallesandro (The Climber, Flesh for Frankenstein), Alida Valli (The Possessed, Suspiria) and the ample Paola Morra (Behind Convent Walls) offer spirited performances and able support to Ekberg, in this shocking tale based on real events. Boasting an incongruously classy score by legendary composer Alessandro Alessandroni (Women’s Camp 119) and stylishly rendered scenes of sex and murder, Killer Nun takes the viewer on hair-raising journey from the heights of religious ecstasy to the depths of devilish degeneracy. Now Giulio Berruti’s sleazy classic is presented in a stunning new 2K restoration, with a liturgy of new extras, ready to be preyed upon.
Bonus Materials
New 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
New audio commentary by Italian genre film connoisseurs Adrian J. Smith and David Flint
Beyond Convent Walls, a new video essay on nunsploitation and Killer Nun by critic Kat Ellinger
Starry Eyes, a new interview with director Giulio Berruti
Cut and Noise, a new interview with editor Mario Giacco
Our Mother of Hell, a new interview with actress Ileana Fraia
Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
Image gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Daryl Joyce

BLU-RAY
SRP: 39.95
Street Date: 10/15/19
Genre: Horror
Language: Italian
Run Time: 88 mins


The Dead Center
WHEN JOHN DOE ROSE FROM THE DEAD, HE BROUGHT SOMETHING BACK. When a very dead suicide victim (Jeremy Childs, Preacher, Nashville) disappears from the morgue, it sets in motion a chain of events that has the power to immolate everything, and everyone, it touches. Troubled psychiatrist Daniel Forrester (Shane Carruth, Primer, Upstream Color) is drawn to help a mysterious patient who is brought to the emergency psych ward in a catatonic state with no memory of how he reached the hospital. As if to exorcise his own demons, the doctor feverishly tries to break through to his mysterious patient. But as a spate of mysterious deaths shake the ward to its core, Forrester comes to suspect that there is more to his new ward than meets the eye. As he comes to realize what he’s unleashed, a desperate race against the forces of evil threatens to swallow him whole. The Dead Center is a smart supernatural thriller that explores the demons that live inside all of us from writer-director Billy Senese, recently hailed as a “masterful new voice in terror”.
Bonus Materials
High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray™ presentation
5.1 DTS-HD master audio and lossless stereo audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Commentary with writer-director Billy Senese, producer-actor Shane Carruth and co-star Jeremy Childs
Commentary with writer-director Billy Senese, producers Denis Deck and Jonathan Rogers, and cinematographer Andy Duensing
A Walk Through The Dead Center, a making-of documentary featuring new interviews with writer-director Billy Senese, producer-actor Shane Carruth, cinematographer Andy Duensing, and many others revisiting the locations and discussing the production
Nine deleted scenes, including an alternate ending
On-set interviews with actors Shane Carruth and Poorna Jagannathan
Head-Casting with Jeremy Childs, a brief look at the creation of the make-up effects seen in the climax of the film
Intruder, a short film from 2011 directed by Billy Senese and starring Jeremy Childs
The Suicide Tapes, the original short film from 2010 directed by Senese and starring Childs that later inspired The Dead Center
Midnight Radio Theater, six chilling radio plays (“Insomnia”, “The Long Weekend”, “Disposable Life”, “The Suicide Tapes”, “The Woman In The Basement”, “Blood Oath”, “Flu”) written, produced and directed by Billy Senese
Theatrical trailer and teasers
Image gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring new and original artwork
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jamie Graham

BLU-RAY or DVD
Street Date: 10/22/19
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Language: English
Run Time: 93 mins


Ringu
In 1998, director Hideo Nakata (Dark Water) unleashed a chilling tale of technological terror on unsuspecting audiences, which redefined the horror genre, launched the J-horror boom in the West and introduced a generation of moviegoers to a creepy, dark-haired girl called Sadako. The film’s success spawned a slew of remakes, reimaginations and imitators, but none could quite boast the power of Nakata’s original masterpiece, which melded traditional Japanese folklore with contemporary anxieties about the spread of technology. A group of teenage friends are found dead, their bodies grotesquely contorted, their faces twisted in terror. Reiko (Nanako Matsushima, When Marnie Was There), a journalist and the aunt of one of the victims, sets out to investigate the shocking phenomenon, and in the process uncovers a creepy urban legend about a supposedly cursed videotape, the contents of which causes anyone who views it to die within a week – unless they can persuade someone else to watch it, and, in so doing, pass on the curse… Arrow Video is proud to present Ringu, the film that started it all, restored from the original negative in glorious high definition and supplemented by a wealth of archival and newly created bonus materials.
Bonus Materials
Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative, approved by director of photography Junichiro Hayashi
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Lossless Japanese DTS-HD master audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 soundtracks
Optional English subtitles
New audio commentary by film historian David Kalat
The Ringu Legacy, a series of new interviews from critics and filmmakers on their memories of the Ringu series and its enduring legacy
A Vicious Circle, a new video interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger on the career of Hideo Nakata
Circumnavigating Ringu, a new video essay by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on the evolution of the Ringu series
Sadako’s Video
Theatrical trailers
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork

BLU-RAY
SRP: 39.95
Street Date: 10/29/19
Genre: Horror
Language: Japanese
Run Time: 96 mins


Ringu Collection [Limited Edition]
In 1998, director Hideo Nakata (Dark Water) unleashed a chilling tale of technological terror on unsuspecting audiences, which redefined the horror genre, launched the J-horror boom in the West and introduced a generation of moviegoers to a creepy, dark-haired girl called Sadako. The film’s success spawned a slew of remakes, reimaginations and imitators, but none could quite boast the power of Nakata’s original masterpiece, which melded traditional Japanese folklore with contemporary anxieties about the spread of technology. A group of teenage friends are found dead, their bodies grotesquely contorted, their faces twisted in terror. Reiko (Nanako Matsushima, When Marnie Was There), a journalist and the aunt of one of the victims, sets out to investigate the shocking phenomenon, and in the process uncovers a creepy urban legend about a supposedly cursed videotape, the contents of which causes anyone who views it to die within a week – unless they can persuade someone else to watch it, and, in so doing, pass on the curse… Arrow Video is proud to present the genre-defining trilogy – Ringu, the film that started it all, plus Hideo Nakata’s chilling sequel, Ringu 2, and the haunting origin story, Ringu 0 – as well as the ‘lost’ original sequel, George Iida’s Spiral, gathered together in glorious high definition and supplemented by a wealth of archival and newly created bonus materials.
Bonus Materials
Brand New 4K restoration of Ring from the original camera negative, approved by director of photography Junichiro Hayashi
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations
Lossless Japanese DTS-HD master audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 soundtracks
Optional English subtitles
Bonus feature: Spiral, George Iida’s 1998 sequel to Ringu
New Audio commentary on Ringu by film historian David Kalat
New Audio commentary on Ringu 0 by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
The Ringu Legacy, a series of new interviews from critics and filmmakers on their memories of the Ringu series and its enduring legacy
A Vicious Circle, a new video interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger on the career of Hideo Nakata
Circumnavigating Ringu, a new video essay by author and critic Kat Ellinger on the evolution of the Ringu series
Spooks, Sighs and Videotape, a new video essay by critic Jasper Sharp on the J-horror phenomenon
The Psychology of Fear, a newly edited archival interview with author Koji Suzuki
Archival behind-the-scenes featurette on Ringu 0
Ringu 0 deleted scenes
Sadako’s Video
Multiple theatrical trailers for the Ringu series
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing from Violet Lucca, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Jasper Sharp, Kieran Fisher and Kat Ellinger
Limited edition packaging featuring original and newly commissioned artwork

BLU-RAY
SRP: 99.95
Street Date: 10/29/19
Genre: Horror
Language: Japanese
Run Time: 290 mins


An American Werewolf In London [Limited Edition]
One of the greatest directors of the 1980s, John Landis (The Blues Brothers, Trading Places), expertly combines macabre horror with dark humor in the lycanthropic classic, An American Werewolf in London. American tourists David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) are savaged by an unidentified vicious animal whilst hiking on the Yorkshire Moors. David awakes in a London hospital to find his friend dead and his life in disarray. Retiring to the home of a beautiful nurse (Jenny Agutter, Walkabout) to recuperate, he soon experiences disturbing changes to his mind and body, undergoing a full-moon transformation that will unleash terror on the streets of the capital… An American Werewolf in London had audiences howling with laughter and recoiling in terror upon its cinema release. Landis’ film has gone on to become one of the most important horror films of its decade, rightly lauded for its masterful set-pieces, uniquely unsettling atmosphere and Rick Bakers’ truly ground-breaking, Oscar-winning special makeup effects. Now restored in 4K, and presented with an abundance of extra features, this big beast of horror can be devoured as never before…
Bonus Materials
New 2018 4K restoration from the original camera negative supervised by John Landis
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original uncompressed 1.0 mono and optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
New audio commentary by Beware the Moon filmmaker Paul Davis
Audio Commentary by actors David Naughton and Griffin Dunne
Mark of The Beast: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf, newly produced, feature-length documentary by filmmaker Daniel Griffith, featuring interviews with John Landis, David Naughton, Joe Dante and more
An American Filmmaker in London, a newly filmed interview with John Landis in which he reflects on his time working in Britain and British cinema
I Think He’s a Jew: The Werewolf’s Secret, new video essay by filmmaker Jon Spira (Elstree 1976) about how Landis’ film explores Jewish identity
The Werewolf’s Call, Corin Hardy, director of The Nun, chats with writer Simon Ward about their formative experiences with Landis’ film
Wares of the Wolf, new featurette in which SFX artist Dan Martin and Tim Lawes of The Prop Store look at some of the original costumes and special effects artefacts from the film
Beware the Moon, Paul Davis’ acclaimed, feature-length exploration of Landis’ film which boasts extensive cast and crew interviews
Making An American Werewolf in London, a short archival featurette on the film’s production
An Interview with John Landis, a lengthy archival interview with the director about the film
Makeup Artist Rick Baker on An American Werewolf in London, the legendary make-up artist discusses his work on the film
I Walked with a Werewolf, an archival interview with the make-up artist about Universal horror and its legacy of Wolfman films
Casting of the Hand, archival footage from Rick Baker’s workshop as they cast David Naughton’s hand
Outtakes
Original trailers, teasers and radio spots
Extensive image gallery featuring over 200 stills, posters and other ephemera
Reversible sleeve featuring original poster art and artwork by Graham Humphreys
Double-sided fold-out poster
Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions
Limited 60-page booklet featuring new writing by Travis Crawford and Simon Ward, archival articles and original reviews

BLU-RAY
SRP: 49.95
Street Date: 10/29/19
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Run Time: 97 mins


Man Of A Thousand Faces
One screen legend pays homage to another in Man of a Thousand Faces, an enthralling biopic which sees Oscar-winning tough guy James Cagney give a multifaceted portrayal of silent cinema legend Lon Chaney. In early horror classics such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of The Opera, Lon Chaney captivated audiences with his vivid personifications of grotesque and afflicted characters. His extraordinary make-up skills, and miraculous ability to completely transform into grisly yet sympathetic and tragic monsters, garnered him international acclaim and the famous moniker of this film’s title. Yet, despite his talent and success, Chaney led a life plagued by hardship and heartache. This insightful film-portrait traces the trajectory of the actor’s career: from impoverished vaudeville clown to Hollywood stardom, whilst also capturing the drama that surrounded his private life. The film is presented here for the first time in dazzling High Definition, with a selection of revealing extras.
Bonus Materials
Brand new restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
New audio commentary by film scholar Tim Lucas
The Man Behind a Thousand Faces, a newly filmed look at Lon Chaney and his legacy by the critic Kim Newman
Image gallery
Original trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully Illustrated booklet with a newly commissioned essay by Vic Pratt of the BFI

BLU-RAY
SRP: 34.95
Street Date: 10/29/19
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Run Time: 122 mins

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