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Blu-ray Review: Scream Factory’s ‘The People Under The Stairs’ (Collector’s Edition)

Blu-ray Review: Scream Factory’s ‘The People Under The Stairs’ (Collector’s Edition)

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Scream Factory is back with another tremendously, spine-tingling release with Wes Craven’s ‘The People Under The Stairs.’ Originally released in 1991, the film had just the right creep factor to propel it toward cult status and has amassed a dedicated fan following over the years. The flick focuses in on a 13 year-old boy known as “Fool,” played by Brandon Adams (Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker, The Mighty Ducks, The Sandlot), whose family has fallen on hard times. In a pinch to pay for his sick mother’s operation, it doesn’t take much persuading from his friend Leroy (Ving Rhames), a local burglar, to break into their rich slumlord’s house to score the treasure rumored to be hidden inside. However, once the have entered the mansion, Fool and his accomplices quickly discover the nightmarish world of the homeowners; a sadistic brother and sister duo known simply as “Man” (Everett McGill) and “Woman” (A.J. Langer) — one of horror’s creepiest couples. It doesn;t take long to find out they are hiding much more than a few dirty little secrets.

'The People Under The Stairs'

‘The People Under The Stairs’

While Fool travels through the twists and turns of the mansion, he encounters a young girl, Alice, who he thinks is the pair’s daughter. Over the years, the couple has spent their time trying to raise the perfect child, to no avail with a succession of kidnapped boys to no avail. After each botched attempt at child rearing, each of their victims’s suffer a similar fate with the removal of their eyes, ears and tongues. These discarded children are then sent to live in the couple’s sealed-off basement and fueled on a steady diet of mutilated meter readers, wayward census takers and pesky door to door salesman (They’re good eatin’!). It becomes a race against time for Fool to find a way out of this little slice of hell on Earth, locate the treasure he seeks, rescue Alice and the people under the stairs and, most importantly, settle the score with the insane homeowners.

‘The People Under The Stairs’ has always been a film from Wes Craven’s arsenal that has stood out to me. The film offers an adventurous tale paired with some over the top performances for a campy vibe that still delivers some of the scare factor we all crave. Everett McGill and Wendy Robie turn in genuinely disturbing performances that jump from the screen and are rounded out by Brandon Adams’ work as Fool. From a technical point of view, the transfer and sound on this release are solid and did not disappoint. In typical Scream Factory fashion, this release features reversible cover designs featuring new and vintage artwork for the film and includes a matching slipcover. With this release, Scream Factory hasn’t skimped on the extras as the release offers up some awesome bonus features in the form of two great feature-length commentaries, retrospective interviews and more.

Be sure to check out a full list of the extras below, along with the trailer for the film.

‘The People Under The Stairs’ (Collector’s Edition) hits Blu-ray on August 11th from Shout Factory.

‘The People Under The Stairs’ Blu-ray Bonus Features:

• Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Wes Craven

• Audio Commentary With Actors Brandon Adams, A.J. Langer, Sean Whalen And Yan Birch

• House Mother – An Interview With Actress Wendy Robie

• What Lies Beneath – Interviews With Special Make-up Effects Artists Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger And Robert Kurtzman

• House Of Horrors – An Interview With Director Of Photography Sandi Sissel

• Setting The Score – An Interview With Composer Don Peake

• Behind-The-Scenes Footage

• Vintage “Making Of” Featurette

• Theatrical Trailer

• TV Spots

• Still Galleries (Original Storyboards And Official Stills)

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Shout! Factory To Release ‘The People Under The Stairs’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray In August

Shout! Factory To Release ‘The People Under The Stairs’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray In August

'The People Under The Stairs'

‘The People Under The Stairs’

Shout! Factory has announced the August 11 Blu-ray release of horror master Wes Craven’s The People Under The Stairs (Collector’s Edition). The Scream Factory treatment of this much-loved film includes several new bonus features.

This terrifying journey from the director of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream takes you inside a demented house. Trapped inside the fortified home owned by a mysterious couple, a young boy is suddenly thrust into a nightmare, quickly learning the true nature of the house’s homicidal inhabitants and the secret creatures hidden deep within the house.

Starring Everett McGill (Twin Peaks, Dune), Wendy Robie (Twin Peaks), Brandon Adams (The Mighty Ducks), Ving Rhames (Piranha 3D, Mission Impossible), A.J. Langer (Escape From L.A.) and Sean Whalen (Rob Zombie’s Halloween II, Hatchet III), this “ambitious…very strange horror movie” (Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide) will grab you when you least expect it… and never let go.

The People Under The Stairs (Collector’s Edition) Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Wes Craven
  • Audio Commentary with actors Brandon AdamsA.J. LangerSean Whalen, and Yan Birch
  • House Mother– an interview with actress Wendy Robie
  • What Lies Beneath– interviews with special make-up effects Artists Greg NicoteroHoward Berger and Robert Kurtzman
  • House of Horrors– an interview with director of photography Sandi Sissel
  • Settling The Score – an interview with composerDon Peake
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Vintage “Making of” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Galleries (Original Storyboards and Official Stills)

 

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‘Swamp Thing’ To Make Blu-Ray Debut On August 6th From Scream Factory!

‘Swamp Thing’ To Make Blu-Ray Debut On August 6th From Scream Factory!

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Science made him a monster. Love changed him even more! Swamp Thing is the perfect blend of thrills and chills from master of horror Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes). On August 6, 2013 this much-loved horror classic will make its Blu-ray debut from Scream Factory. The Blu-ray + DVD combo pack features high-definition anamorphic widescreen presentations and  exciting bonus content including  all-new interviews with Adrienne Barbeau, co-creator Len Wein and actor Reggie Batts; as well as commentary tracks with writer/director Wes Craven and Makeup Effects artist Bill Munn. Fans can pre-order their copy by visiting ShoutFactory.com

Official Synopsis: Deep in the Florida everglades, a brilliant scientist, Dr. Alec Holland (Ray Wise), and a sexy government agent, Alice Cable (Adrienne Barbeau, The Fog), have developed a secret formula that could end world hunger. Little do they know, however, that their arch nemesis, Arcane (Louis Jourdan, Octopussy), is plotting to steal the serum for his own selfish schemes. Looting the lab and kidnapping Cable, Arcane douses Holland with the chemicals and leaves him for dead. Mutated by his own formula, Holland becomes “Swamp Thing” – a half-human/half-plant superhero who will stop at nothing to rescue Cable and defeat Arcane…even if it costs him his life!

Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Wes Craven
  • Audio Commentary with Makeup Effects artist Bill Munn
  • Interviews with Adrienne Barbeau,  co-creator Len Wein and actor Reggie Batts
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Galleries

Blu-ray: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

DVD: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)/Dolby Digital Mono

1982/Color/91 minutes/PG

Further underscoring its position as a leading curator and home entertainment provider of many memorable cult movie classics, Shout! Factory launched SCREAM FACTORY, a new home entertainment series created to celebrate some of the most enthralling horror and sci-fi films with massive cult followings in cinematic history. Shout! Factory will continue to present the on-going SCREAM FACTORY™ home entertainment series in 2013 with specific release dates, extras and key art for the rest of the title lineup. Meanwhile, fans will are encouraged to follow us and click the “Like” tab on the official SCREAM FACTORY FACEBOOK page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scream-Factory/103961936407493) for up-to-the-minute updates or visit ScreamFactoryDVD.com .

 

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‘Scream 4’ Slashes It’s Way Onto Blu-Ray and DVD October 4th!

‘Scream 4’ Slashes It’s Way Onto Blu-Ray and DVD October 4th!

Anchor Bay Entertainment and Dimension Films announced today that the Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack and DVD release of the latest installment in the acclaimed horror franchise, SCREAM 4, is heading to retail on October 4, 2011.  Directed by the incomparable Wes Craven, SCREAM 4 features an ensemble cast that includes the film’s original cast plus new stars – David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Anthony Anderson, Adam Brody, Rory Culkin, Marielle Jaffe, Mary McDonnell, Marley Shelton, Nico Tortorella, Lucy Hale, Shenae Grimes, Aimee Teegarden, and Brittany Robertson.  SCREAM 4 is available for an SRP of $39.99 for the Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack (which includes a Blu-ray™, a DVD, and a code for the Digital eCopy) and $29.98 for the standard definition DVD.

Here’s what the critics have to say about SCREAM 4: “Pure genius.” (Richard Roeper, RichardRoeper.com)  “The Best ‘Scream’ since the original!  Funny, clever and scary as hell.” (Dan Jewel, Life & Style Weekly)  “Full of surprises!” (Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald)

Directed by suspense master and director of the first trilogy, Wes Craven, SCREAM 4 is the newest installment in the acclaimed franchise that ushered in a new wave of horror in the 1990s.  In SCREAM 4, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour.  There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette) and Gale (Courteney Cox), who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill (Emma Roberts).  Unfortunately Sidney’s appearance also brings about the return of Ghost Face, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends (Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin) and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.

The SCREAM 4 Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack and DVD bonus features include a “The Making of Scream 4” featurette; an Alternate Opening; an Extended Ending; Deleted and Extended Scenes; and a Gag Reel.  Note: Special features are subject to change.

Learn more about SCREAM 4 at: www.scream-4.com

 

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“Ghostface” Theatrical Poster For Wes Craven’s ‘Scream 4’ Unleashed!

“Ghostface” Theatrical Poster For Wes Craven’s ‘Scream 4’ Unleashed!

A brand new character poster for Wes Craven’s Scream 4 has hit the web and it features ol’ Ghostface himself! Check it out below along with the recently released trailer! Most importantly, weigh in with your thoughts on the first look for a whole new era of ‘Scream’!

Scream 4 stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella, Anthony Anderson, Kristen Bell, Anna Paquin and Marielle Jaffe.

The original Scream made its debut in 1996, and the trilogy has earned close to $300 million domestically. The next chapter in this incredibly powerful franchise is slated to hit theaters on April 15, 2011.

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Rose McGowan Set To Star In Victor Salva’s ‘Rosewood Lane’

Rose McGowan Set To Star In Victor Salva’s ‘Rosewood Lane’

Rose McGowan (Conan the Barbarian, Planet Terror) joins famed thriller film director Victor Salva (Jeepers Creepers, Powder) in Rosewood Lane as he goes back to his roots creating a new nightmare every bit as original as his “Jeepers Creepers” franchise.

The story follows McGowan as she plays Doctor Sonny Blake, a radio talk show psychiatrist, when she moves back to her childhood home after her alcoholic father dies. Once back in her old neighborhood she discovers the local paperboy is a frightening and cunning young sociopath that targeted her father and now targets her. When the boy starts calling her show and recites eerie nursery rhymes, an unnerving game of cat-and-mouse begins. When the game escalates, she suddenly finds herself in a terrifying all out war, one that forces her to redefine her ideas of good and evil, and has her fighting to stay alive.

Victor Salva, Director of Jeepers Creepers tells of the film, “Rosewood Lane has been a pet project of mine for years now and what I have always regarded as one of my most terrifying stories. To see it finally come to life, is wonderful.”

Rosewood Lane is financed by Voltage Pictures and produced by Emmy Award winner Phillip B. Goldfine (True Justice, Driven to Kill). The film will be Executive Produced by Bryan Sexton (Escapee, The Traveler) and Benjamin F. Sacks (True Justice, Born To Raise Hell) under the Hollywood Media Bridge shingle. Don Fauntleroy (Light Speed, Once Upon A time In the Hood) has been tapped as Director of Photography and will also produce.

Producer Goldfine said of the film, “Rose (McGowan) fully embodies the lead character (Sonny), and with her strong cult following I can see audiences as they enjoy watching the horrific experiences her character goes through.”

Nicolas Chartier and Nadine de Barros of Voltage Pictures will be representing the international rights in Berlin. McGowan is repped by the Gersh Agency and Media Talent Group.

Founded in 2005, Voltage Pictures is an international finance, sales & production operation created by veteran sales agent and Academy Award winner Nicolas Chartier and producer Dean Devlin.

Find out more as it develops  by visiting www.rosewoodlanemovie.com & official twitter of the film at www.twitter.com/rosewoodlane.

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Official Theatrical Poster For Wes Craven’s ‘Scream 4’ Unleashed!

Official Theatrical Poster For Wes Craven’s ‘Scream 4’ Unleashed!

It’s finally here! A brand new theatrical poster for Wes Craven’s Scream 4! Check it out below along with the recently released trailer! Most importantly, weigh in with your thoughts on the first look for a whole new era of ‘Scream’!

Scream 4 stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella, Anthony Anderson, Kristen Bell, Anna Paquin and Marielle Jaffe.

The original Scream made its debut in 1996, and the trilogy has earned close to $300 million domestically. The next chapter in this incredibly powerful franchise is slated to hit theaters on April 15, 2011.

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First Official Trailer For Wes Craven’s ‘Scream 4’ Unleashed!

It’s finally here! A brand new trailer for Wes Craven’s Scream 4! Check it out below or swing by Apple.com for the HD version! Most importantly, weigh in with your thoughts on the first look for a whole new era of ‘Scream’!

Scream 4 stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella, Anthony Anderson, Kristen Bell, Anna Paquin and Marielle Jaffe.

The original Scream made its debut in 1996, and the trilogy has earned close to $300 million domestically. The next chapter in this incredibly powerful franchise is slated to hit theaters on April 15, 2011.

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First Look at Courtney Cox Arquette In Wes Craven’s ‘Scream 4’

First Look at Courtney Cox Arquette In Wes Craven’s ‘Scream 4’

The first official image from Scream 4 has gone online via EW.com.  The pic features Ghostface stalking Courtney Cox Arquette’s character, Gale Weathers.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Gale is now retired from being an entertainment journalist, married to Dewey (David Arquette) and bored with life until Ghostface returnsto kill again. Directed by Wes Craven, Scream 4 also stars Neve Campbell, Emma Roberts, and Hayden Panettiere.

The film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella, Anthony Anderson, Kristen Bell, Anna Paquin and Marielle Jaffe.

The original Scream made its debut in 1996, and the trilogy has earned close to $300 million domestically.

The next chapter in this incredibly powerful franchise is slated to hit theaters on April 15, 2011.

Image via EW.com.

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Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell Join The Cast of Wes Craven’s ‘Scream 4’

Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell Join The Cast of Wes Craven’s ‘Scream 4’

USA Today is reporting on two possible cameos that fans can look for in Wes Craven’s ‘Scream 4’. According to the publication, Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and True Blood ‘s Anna Paquin have roles in the sequel, still shooting in Michigan under the direction of horror film legend Wes Craven.

The film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella, Anthony Anderson and Marielle Jaffe.

The original Scream made its debut in 1996, and the trilogy has earned close to $300 million domestically.

The next chapter in this incredibly powerful franchise is slated to hit theaters on April 15, 2011.

Synopsis:
The horror series that reignited the genre and grossed more than $500 million worldwide is back! From Kevin Williamson, creator of the original Screamtrilogy, the new film sees the return of cast members Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette along with a group of new stars, who can all hopefully stay alive long enough to figure out the new rules to this one-of-a-kind horror franchise!

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