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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 252: The Feel of Peele

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 252: The Feel of Peele


On the latest episode of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy and Jason are ready to breakdown the abundance of mock outrage being slung across the internet. Up first Jason catches us up with a recent visit with young Thomas Bryce, formerly of Shit Movie Fest, as well as an up coming appearance at Wizard World in Philly. Then the boys decided to ‘Get Out’ and discuss if they think the film really means what everyone claims it means while maintaining it still a good flick. Finally the boys dive dick deep into all things Crystal Lake as they wax poetically about ‘Friday the 13th: The Game’ and how internet entitled babypants are hell-bent on tearing anything good down. Tune in, stay out of the cabin, and if you’re feeling generous rate and review us on the iTunes. Now can someone get Tommy Jarvis in here to fix our Skype issues? K, thx!

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Blu-Ray Review — Live Brains: ‘Return of the Living Dead’ Collector’s Edition

Blu-Ray Review — Live Brains: ‘Return of the Living Dead’ Collector’s Edition

Now available from Scream Factory!

Now available from Scream Factory!

This week, The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles takes on a walk down memory lane with a look at Scream Factory’s latest spine-tingling release — ‘Return of The Living Dead.’ Here is a quick rundown on one of horror’s most beloved flicks:

Synopsis: On his first day on the job at a medical supply warehouse, poor Freddy (Thom Mathews) unwittingly releases toxic gas from a secret U.S. military canister, unleashing an unbelievable terror. The gas reanimates an army of corpses, who arise from their graves with a ravenous hunger… for human brains! And luckily for those carnivorous cadavers, there is a group of partying teens nearby, just waiting to be eaten!

“Did you ever see that movie, “Night of the Living Dead”?”- Frank

'Return of The Living Dead' Collector's Edition

‘Return of The Living Dead’ Collector’s Edition

On August 16th, 1985, a movie released in the theatres that would change the modern zombie film forever. “The Return of the Living Dead” took the living dead genre, accredited to George A Romero, and turned it on its head. The film explored the genre further than it has ever been explored. These were not your typical, flesh-eating zombies. They wanted “BRRRRRAAAAAAIIIIIIINNNNNSSSSSS!” and there was a reason for it. I will never forget the first moment I laid eyes on the talking half-corpse. I was both horrified and intrigued by the zombies’ reasoning behind their unusual craving. So much so that this film will go down as one of my favorite films of all time. Lucky for me, “The Return of the Living Dead” has received the Scream Factory treatment, and it’s my job to take a look!

I’m sure if you’re reading this you’ve seen the movie but for those that need a refresher: we open on an old medical supply warehouse. Frank (James Karen) is showing Freddy (Thom Mathews) around as it is the young man’s first day on the job. Making casual conversation, Freddy asks Frank to tell him the craziest thing he’s seen while working at the facility. The old man asks Freddy if he’s ever seen “Night of the Living Dead”. In the basement of the old warehouse are the barrels filled with the remains of formerly “reanimated corpses” and the chemical that caused the chaos. What remains in these drums are the apparent inspiration for Romero’s classic film. Of course, as Frank is trying to impress Freddy, the men damage the barrel and unleash the toxic gas. What happens next must be experienced and, as I said, shame on you if you’re reading this without having seen this movie.


“Return of the Living Dead” is the unusually perfect mix of comedy and horror. Besides our two warehouse workers we have a group of rebellious punks (which includes the very attractive Linnea Quigley and Jewel Shepard), Burt the warehouse owner (Clu Gulager), Ernie the mortician (Don Calfa), and Freddy’s girlfriend, Tina (played by the gorgeous Beverly Randolph). Between the cast, script, set design, and effects, this movie is most definitely the best “punk rock zombie movie” ever made! Now the question is……did Scream Factory do this living dead classic justice? OF COURSE!

After taking a look at the beautiful, new 2K scan of the movie one must check out More Brains: A Return to the Living Dead. That’s right, the 2011 documentary, done by the crew behind Crystal Lake Memories, is included with this release! This documentary is the perfect behind the scenes retrospective on ROTLD. Everyone who worked on the flick, who was alive at the time of creation, is included. Notable interviews come from Clu Gulager and James Karen. Every time those two popped up on the screen I couldn’t help but crack up. Also included in this release are two new commentaries; one of which includes actors Thom Mathews, John Philbin, and make-up artist Tony Gardner. There are three new featurettes, including: FX of the Living Dead, The Music of ROTLD, and…..no Scream Factory release would be complete without our good buddy Sean Clark’s Horror’s Hallowed Grounds. Along with these new features are all of those from past releases, making this the definitive “The Return of the Living Dead” release.

As stated, this is one of my favorite films of all time. It is the perfect film for not only a cool autumn night but also a hot July afternoon. If you buy any Scream Factory release this year, I highly recommend this one. Where else can you get not only a beautiful transfer of an amazing movie but also the definitive documentary based on that movie?! There’s not much more I can say about this release. It’s fantastic………….now…..SEND MORE PARAMEDICS…..

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Scream Factory To Release ‘The Return of The Living Dead’ Blu-ray Collector’s Edition On July 19th!

Scream Factory To Release ‘The Return of The Living Dead’ Blu-ray Collector’s Edition On July 19th!

Coming this July!

Coming this July!

Writer/director Dan O’Bannon (AlienLifeforce) puts an uproarious spin on the zombie apocalypse movie in 1985’s cult classic THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, starring Clu Gulager (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), James Karen (Mulholland Drive) and Don Calfa (Weekend at Bernie’s). Considered one of the campiest undead romps of its time, the film helped launch the career of scream queen Linnea Quigley (Night of the DemonsSorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama) and features a killer soundtrack with tracks from many songs from punk artists such as The Cramps, T.S.O.L. SSQ and 45 Grave.  On July 19, 2016, SCREAM FACTORY™ is proud to present THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set, which includes a brand new 2K scan of the film and over 12 hours of extras!

This definitive set includes a collectible slipcover featuring newly rendered artwork and a reversible cover wrap featuring original theatrical key art. A must-have for movie collectors, zombie horror enthusiasts and loyal fans, THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD Collector’s Edition Blu-ray is available for pre-order now at ShoutFactory.com and will be made available to other fine retailers.

Special Features and Specs:

Disc 1:

  • NEW 2K scan of the inter-positive
  • NEW Audio Commentarywith Gary Smart (co-author of The Complete History of the Return of the Living Dead) and Chris Griffiths
  • Audio Commentary with director Dan O’Bannon and Production Designer William Stout
  • Audio Commentary with the cast and crew featuring Production Designer William Stout and actors Don Calfa, Linnea Quigley, Brian Peck, Beverly Randolph, Allan Trautman
  • The Decade of Darkness– featurette on ‘80s horror films (23 minutes)
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery – Posters, Lobby Cards, Movie Stills and Behind-the-Scenes photos
  • Still Gallery – Behind-the-Scenes photos from special make-up effects artist Kenny Myers’ personal collection
  • Zombie Subtitles for the Film
  • In Their Own Words – The Zombies Speak

Disc 2:

  • NEWThe FX of the Living Dead with Production Designer William Stout, FX make-up artists William Munns, Tony Gardner, Kenny Myers and Craig Caton-Largnet, Visual Effects artists Bret Mixon and Gene Warren Jr. and actor Brian Peck (Expanded Version) (30 minutes)
  • NEWParty Time: The Music of The Return of the Living Dead with music consultants Budd Carr and Steve Pross and soundtrack artists Dinah Cancer (45 Grave), Chris D (The Flesh Eaters), Roky Erickson, Karl Moet (SSQ), Joe Wood (T.S.O.L.), Mark Robertson (Tall Boys) plus musicians Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks) and John Sox (The F.U.’sStraw Dogs),  (Expanded Version) (30 minutes)
  • NEWHORROR’S HALLOWED GROUNDS – revisiting the locations of the film
  • Return of the Living DeadWorkprint – includes 20 minutes of additional footage (in Standard Definition)
  • More BrainsA Return to the Living Dead– The definitive documentary on The Return of the Living Dead (120 minutes)
  • A Conversation with Dan O’Bannon – His final interview (28 minutes)
  • The Origins of the Living Dead – an interview with John A. Russo (16 minutes)
  • The Return of the Living Dead – The Dead Have Risen– interviews with cast members Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Brian Peck, Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph, Linnea Quigley and more… (21 minutes)
  • Designing the Dead – interviews with writer/director Dan O’Bannon and production designer William Stout (15 minutes)




Avid fans of the film will want to take note of two exclusive offers on the release—which are only available at www.shoutfactory.com while supplies last.


• Receive a limited-edition 18” x 24” poster of the newly-designed art from artist Graham Humphries

• Product will be shipped two weeks earlier than National Street date of July 19th

Pre-order @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/the-return-of-the-living-dead-collector-s-edition

DELUXE OFFER (Limited to 1,000 orders only – pictured below)

• Receive a limited-edition 18” x 24” poster of the newly-designed art from artist Graham Humphries

• Product will be shipped three weeks earlier than National Street date of July 19th

• Receive a second slipcover—made exclusively for this promotion and newly-designed from artist Joel Robinson

• Receive a second 18” x 24” poster of the newly designed art from Joel Robinson

Pre-order @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/the-return-of-the-living-dead-deluxe-limited-edition


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