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“Dr. Death” Footage Found and Restored For Scream Factory “Halloween 5” 4K Release!

It’s been nearly 32 years since the release of Michael’s revenge on Haddonfield, and what seems even longer, two years since the long-lost Dr. Death footage from Halloween 5 were finally found. Now, with the release of Scream Factory’s Ultra 4k and Blu-Ray Halloween disc collection, it’s been confirmed that said footage will be included in The Revenge Of Michael Myers!

In case you need a refresher, the original opening scenes of the film found Michael Myers swept under the care of a young occultist in lieu of the hermit in the theatrical cut of the film. This guy, who has been adorned Dr. Death, was the one who initially gave Michael the symbol of Thorn, which is also seen in the awaking of Myers in the hermit’s lair for the first time, with ZERO explanation. The “Dr. Death” scene was later scrapped in editing and was replaced with the hermit version we all know.

Here are the full features for the new Scream Factory release

  • NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
  • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
  • Audio Commentary With Actor Don Shanks And Author Justin Beahm
  • Audio Commentary With Director Dominique Othenin-Girard And Actors Danielle Harris And Jeffrey Landman
  • HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS (1989) DISC TWO (BLU-RAY):
  • NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
  • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
  • Audio Commentary With Don Shanks And Justin Beahm
  • Audio Commentary With Dominique Othenin-Girard, Danielle Harris, And Jeffrey Landman
  • NEW Long-Lost Alternate Opening Sequence Featuring The Appearance Of Dr. Death
  • NEW Extra Snippets Of Gore Cut To Obtain An R-Rating
  • NEW “Of Darkness And Shadows – The Cinematography of Halloween 5” – An Interview With Cinematographer Robert Draper
  • “Inside Halloween 5”
  • “Dead Man’s Party – The Making Of Halloween 5” – A Two-part Featurette
  • “On The Set: Behind-The-Scenes Footage”
  • Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – A Look At The Original Filming Locations
  • Halloween 5 Original Promo
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • NEW Newspaper Ad Still Gallery By Drive-In Asylum
  • Still Gallery

Scream Factory has the first five films up for pre-order with a release date of October 5th, 2021. Get your Dr. Death order on by heading over to Scream Factory’s website above or a la carte here at Amazon!

Nia DaCosta’s “Candyman” Throwback to the 1992 Version

There are three certainties in life: Death, taxes, and the absolute truth that no SANE kid from the 90s’ will actually say Candyman in the mirror five times without pissin’ their pants a little bit.

Candyman, based on a story by Clive Barker titled “The Forbidden”, is a cautionary tale of racism, betrayal, and revenge that formed both into a modern urban legend both on and off-screen. The 1992 film will all know so well that later spawned two sequels, stars the legendary Tony Todd as the “Candyman” and Virginia Madsen as Helen Lyle as his opposite and ultimate “victim”. Helen, a bright student investigating the Candyman lore in rural Detroit for her thesis, discovers the shocking and very real horrors behind the “legend” while also becoming a bit of one herself. In one of the earlier scenes in the film in particular where Helen and her associate Bernadette are nosing around Cabrini Green, Helen takes off by herself in a crawl space and finds an “offering” to what is obviously Candyman- a pile of candy, that has razor blades in it. Yet, another urban legend in itself that was used cleverly in the film, and may have possibly served as the inspiration for Nia DaCosta’s version of Candyman herself.

In this fresh, new take on the story that keeps caused a shit-ton of sleepless nights for me personally in the 90s’, Michael Hargrove takes on the role Todd made infamous, as Sherman Fields, aka Candyman. Fields, before being brutally murdered by police, was a one-handed man who used to give sweets to the children of Cabrini-Green; which actually seems really nice! However, he is later falsely accused of putting razor blades inside the candy, resulting in a death that, especially now, holds a lot horrific truths into our own reality even today in 2021.

While it definitely isn’t a case of foreshadowing here, it certainly feels like DaCosta got some inspiration for the Candyman’s origins from the 1992 film. Kind of gives a new and twisted meaning to “sweets to the sweet”, eh?

Now, a possible SPOLIER. I have NOT seen the film yet, but I have a theory, much like others, that may ruin it for those who haven’t connected these dots yet. So stop here if you’d rather be surprised.

In the 1992 film, Madsen comes across a woman named Anne Marie in Cabrini Green, who has an infant son named Anthony- who is later taken by Candyman and used as a pawn in his game with Helen. Helen essentially saves his life, while sealing her own fate.

In the new film, one of the main characters is Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Anthony McCoy; a visual artist who becomes obsessed with the Candyman legend. In several plot descriptions of the 2021 film, it has been repeated that he has a connection with Candyman himself. Is it possible that Anthony is in fact, Anne Marie’s child that was in the 1992 film?

It’s a completely plausible theory.

Are you excited to see Candyman this weekend? Drop your own thoughts, reviews, and theories below!

“Demons” and “Demons 2” Getting a Limited 4k UHD and Blu Ray Release!

They will make cemeteries their cathedrals and the cities will be your tombs… in 4K UHD and remastered Blu-ray!

Regarded by horror fans the world over as two of the greatest Italian horror films ever made, Lamberto Bava’s Demons films are not only major cinematic nightmare fuel, but also hugely entertaining splatterfests of the highest order. Synapse’s 2013 Blu-rays remain two of their most popular releases, and now they’re bringing these favorites to 4K UHD and remastered Blu-ray in brand-new spectacular 4K restorations! These horrific splatter classics produced by Dario Argento (Suspiria) have never looked or sounded better and are packed with hours of special features, making this the ultimate home video release of these horror favorites.

In Demons, a masked man offers tickets to a horror movie sneak preview at the mysterious Metropol cinema. When a patron is scratched by a prop displayed in the theatre lobby, she transforms into a flesh-ripping demon! One by one, the audience members mutate into horrible creatures hell-bent on destroying the world! Can anyone escape this gory orgy of terror? In 1986’s ambitious sequel Demons 2, the apocalyptic terror continues! A televised horror film spells doom for the residents of a luxury high-rise apartment, as demons are unleashed through the TV screen at a young girl’s birthday party. As more and more residents are infected and transformed into blood-thirsty demons, a young couple fights to survive as they try to escape Hell on Earth.

DEMONS 1 & 2 – LIMITED EDITION 4K (2160p) TWO-DISC UHD BLU-RAY
THIS 6000 PIECE LIMITED EDITION CONTAINS:

  • New 4K restorations of both Demons and Demons 2 from the original 35mm camera negatives!
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentations of both films in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Limited edition o-card/slipcover packaging featuring new artwork by Juan José Saldarriaga and Chris MacGibbon
  • Reproduction of the original movie ticket from Demons
  • A special Demons 2 birthday party invitation
  • Included fold-out poster of Demons artwork from Wes Benscoter
  • Reversible cover art
  • 4K UHD All-region playback

DISC 1 (4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY) DEMONS

●       Two versions of the film: the full-length original cut in English and Italian, and the shorter U.S. version featuring alternate dubbing and sound effects

●       Uncompressed DTS-HD MA English & Italian 5.1/2.0 audio mixes on the original cut derived from the archival audio masters

●       Uncompressed DTS-HD MA English 2.0 U.S. theatrical mono audio newly remastered in 2021 by Synapse Films

●       New audio commentary by critics Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain, co-hosts of the Hell’s Belles podcast

●       Audio commentary with director Lamberto Bava, SPFX artist Sergio Stivaletti, composer Claudio Simonetti and actress Geretta Geretta

●       Produced by Dario Argento: a new visual essay by author and critic Michael Mackenzie exploring the legendary filmmaker’s career as a producer

●       Dario’s Demon Days: interview with writer/producer Dario Argento

●       Defining an Era in Music: interview with Claudio Simonetti

●       Splatter Spaghetti Style: interview with long-time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi

●       Carnage at the CinemaLamberto Bava and His Splatter Masterpiece

●       Dario and DemonsProducing Monster Mayhem●       Monstrous MemoriesLuigi Cozzi on Demons

●       Profondo Jones: The Critical Perspective

●       Splatter Stunt Rock: interview with Ottaviano Dell’Acqua

●       Stivaletti Q & A at the 2019 UK ‘Festival of Fantastic Films’

●       Original Italian and English international theatrical trailers●       U.S. theatrical trailer

●       Newly translated optional English SDH subtitles for the English version

●       Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian version

 DISC 2 (4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY) DEMONS 2

●       Uncompressed DTS-HD MA English 5.1 & Italian 5.1/2.0 audio mixes derived from the original archival audio masters

●       Uncompressed DTS-HD MA English 2.0 true stereo theatrical mix remastered in 2021 by Synapse Films●       New audio commentary by film critic Travis Crawford

●       Bava to Bava: interview with Luigi Cozzi on the history of Italian horror

●       Creating Creature Carnage: interview with Sergio Stivaletti

●       Demonic Influences: Federico Zampaglione Speaks

●       The ‘Demons’ Generation: Roy Bava discusses a legacy in lacerations

●       The New Blood of Italian Horror featuring Sergio Stivaletti

●       Screaming for a Sequel: The Delirious Legacy of DEMONS 2 with Lamberto Bava

●       A Soundtrack for Splatter: interview with composer Simon Boswell

●       Together and Apart: a new visual essay on the space and technology in DEMONS and DEMONS 2 by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

●       Original Italian and English theatrical trailers

●       Newly translated optional English SDH subtitles for the English version

Bonus Material included:

  • DEMONS: Two versions of the film: the full-length original cut in English and Italian, and the shorter U.S. version featuring alternate dubbing and sound effects
  • DEMONS: Uncompressed DTS-HD MA English & Italian 5.1/2.0 audio mixes on the original cut derived from the archival audio masters
  • DEMONS: Uncompressed DTS-HD MA English 2.0 U.S. theatrical mono audio newly remastered in 2021 by Synapse Films
  • DEMONS: New audio commentary by critics Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain, co-hosts of the Hell’s Belles podcast
  • DEMONS: Audio commentary with director Lamberto Bava, SPFX artist Sergio Stivaletti, composer Claudio Simonetti and actress Geretta Geretta
  • DEMONS: Produced by Dario Argento: a new visual essay by author and critic Michael Mackenzie exploring the legendary filmmaker’s career as a producer
  • DEMONS: Dario’s Demon Days
  • DEMONS: Defining an Era in Music
  • DEMONS: Dario and Demons: Producing Monster Mayhem
  • DEMONS: Splatter Stunt Rock
  • DEMONS: Original Italian & English International Trailers and U.S. Trailer
  • DEMONS: Newly translated optional English SDH subtitles for the English version
  • DEMONS: Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian version
  • DEMONS 2: Uncompressed DTS-HD MA English 5.1 & Italian 5.1/2.0 audio mixes derived from the original archival audio masters
  • DEMONS 2: Uncompressed DTS-HD MA English 2.0 true stereo theatrical mix remastered in 2021 by Synapse Films
  • DEMONS 2: New audio commentary by film critic Travis Crawford
  • DEMONS 2: Creating Creature Carnage: interview with Sergio Stivaletti
  • DEMONS 2: The ‘Demons’ Generation: Roy Bava discusses a legacy in lacerations
  • DEMONS 2: Screaming for a Sequel: The Delirious Legacy of DEMONS 2 with Lamberto Bava
  • DEMONS 2: A Soundtrack for Splatter: interview with composer Simon Boswell
  • DEMONS 2: Together and Apart: a new visual essay on the space and technology in DEMONS and DEMONS 2 by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • DEMONS 2: Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
  • DEMONS 2: Newly translated optional English SDH subtitles for the English version
  • DEMONS 2: Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian version
  • Limited Edition O-Card/Slipcover packaging featuring new artwork by Juan José Saldarriaga and Chris MacGibbon
  • Reproduction of the original movie ticket from Demons
  • A special Demons 2 birthday party invitation
  • Included fold-out poster of Demons artwork from Wes Benscoter
  • Reversible Cover Art

Lamberto Bava’s Italian Horror Classics make their North American UHD Debuts on October 19th from Synapse Films. Get your pre-order in by clicking this link!