The savior of horror (not me but thank you), Scream Factory, recently had a legit sale on a ton of its horror movie Blu-rays — some as low as $8.69, down from their typical $30.99. But if you weren’t born in the late 70s (I wasn’t) or early 80s (I was), then you may not know which catalog releases are worth your time. Well don’t trip, bacon strip, below is a list of some of their better releases.
Known as “I Come In Peace” in the US, Dark Angel is a forgotten Christmas-themed horror film about a badass cop battling a heroin-injecting alien. It stars the underrated Dolph Lundgren as Houston cop Jack Cane, and it’s written by the amazing David Koepp, most famous for screenwriting Jurassic Park, Spider Man (2002), and Stir of Echoes. It features a great 80s science-fiction take on the Predator if he were a 6′ 8″ Norwegian stunt double for Christopher Lambert.
Written by Irwin Yablans (one of the guys that got the original Halloween made via his production company Compass International), directed by Die Hard 2’s Renny Harlin, and starring pre-Lord of the Rings Viggo Mortensen, Prison is one of 1987’s best horror releases! Filmed in a real-life prison with real-life inmates as extras, Prison hits mainline with an authenticity that would make Miklo proud. After a 30-year hiatus, Creedmoor Prison is reopened, and you guessed it, muthaf***ers start hitting the deck. Still not sold on getting locked down with this release? Did I mention it also features horror icon Kane Hodder? #PassTheWire
Created by the brothers Weinstein, this 1981 release made me forever afraid of lawn shears, and it was my excuse to get out of yard work as a kid. It stars Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens (minus the brown face), and Holly Hunter, with special effects by the legendary Tom Savini. What makes this one stand out from the rest of the Friday the 13th clones? One word, yo: Cropsey. Who’s that, you ask? Just be glad you never met him; he’s the janitor of camp Blackfoot who was accidentally set on fire and seeks his revenge in this classic slasher that still gives me chills every time I walk down the lawn care aisle at my local Home Depot.
Night of the Demons
The film that made me a man — featuring some of the best grade-A boobies to ever grace 80s horror cinema! — stars Return of the Living Dead alumni Linnea Quigley (topless zombie.) On Halloween, a group of friends decide to party in an abandoned mortuary, and believe it or not, sh** goes south. Amazing demon makeup, fun characters, and full frontal nudity makes Night of the Demons a great horror film that I watch every October.
The Brain That Wouldn’t Die
Most of you were probably introduced to this 1962 science fiction classic via MST3K, but I was lucky enough to see it with my mom as a kid at some local theater that would show older movies on Sundays. It stars Virginia Leith as the head, kept alive by her scientist fiancé while he goes out to find a suitable replacement body. It’s classic B-level exploitation science-fiction horror at its best. And yes, it is still awkward watching this with my mom, so when black and white boobies flash on screen, I do my patented bend-over-and-pretend-to-tie-my-shoelaces move.
The films mentioned above only scratch the surface of Scream Factory’s extensive catalog, so check back for part two at some point in the future!
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