Anchor Bay Upfront: More Masters of Horror

Anchor Bay sent me two of their Masters of Horror DVD titles last month and I accidentally overlooked bringing the information to you, but when two more arrived yesterday my memory was jogged and here we are with another Anchor Bay Upfront preview.

First off, before we get to the four titles I am going to preview for you, I have to ask if any of you have seen or taken notice of the “Masters of Horror: Season One Box Set” which is out in stores now. I was never sent this set, and I am not even sure if Anchor Bay advertised its release, but I was in the store about a week ago and saw this thing on the shelf and was impressed as all hell. It is a box set including 13 episodes including some from directors Joe Dante, Mick Garris, John Landis, Takashi Miike, John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper. I have not actually seen any of the titles in it since I believe everything Anchor Bay has been sending me is season two, but if I were a fan of this series I would be giving this set some serious consideration. It was released on August 28th and is retailing for $63.99 over at Amazon right now. If you are interested you can get it right here.


Now, for our little “Masters of Horror” preview I will start with two titles that were released on August 14th, the first of which is the best of the bunch, and quite possibly the best of the “Masters of Horror” series that I have seen so far.

This would be Valerie on the Stairs from director and “Masters of Horror” creator Mick Garris. The film begins as a young writer takes up residence in Highberger House, a place for unpublished writers to live and work without distractions while they try to get their work published, once they make it big they got to go. However, distractions become the main attraction as the building is haunted by the oddest of creatures, a beautiful woman that roams the halls naked, but is being kept captive by an unseen force. Starring Christopher Lloyd and Tony Todd this flick has a pretty cool twist ending despite the fact that the final special effects were made on an extremely low budget. The point of the movie was effectively relayed and it shows Garris has what it takes to put his name out in front of all of the “Masters of Horror” titles.

Like all the “MOH” titles this one runs just shy of 60 minutes and comes equipped with an audio commentary by Mick, a couple of making of featurettes, a look at the script and a gallery of images. If horror is your thing give Valerie on the Stairs a chance, you can get your own copy right here.

The other August release in this preview is We All Scream for Ice Cream from director Tom Holland, a fright tale starring William Forsythe of The Devil’s Rejects as Buster The Clown, a mentally challenged man who sells ice cream his Cheery Tyme truck until a cruel prank by a bunch of neighborhood boys goes horrifically wrong. A generation later they’re all grown men with families, but the crime of their past may now be trolling for their children: Buster and his truck have returned for sweet revenge, and every frozen treat will bring its own taste of Hell. The disc comes with an audio commentary with Holland and writer David J. Schow, a make-up effects featurette, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a still gallery and a look at the script. If you are up for some cold horror click here.


First up for September is The Washingtonians starring Jonathon Schaech and Saul Rubinek, the latter of which starred on “Frasier” as Donny Douglas for those of you that remember that show. This title is more of a mix between black comedy and horror as it centers on a cannibalistic group of individuals that know the real truth about George Washington, he was a cannibal too. Their ritualistic killing of innocent people for dinner is all a move to keep the truth alive, yet secret so people never learn the truth about their nation’s founding fathers. It’s a tale of wooden teeth to human flesh and it offers up everything you could ever expect from an “MOH” title. It includes a commentary with director Peter Medak and writer/star Jonathon Schaech, two making-of featurettes, a photo gallery and a look at the script. If this one sounds like you are the target demographic it hits shelves on September 18th and you can preorder it here.

The other “MOH” title hitting shelves on September 18th is Sounds Like, which is written and directed by Brad Anderson, the dude it directed an emaciated Christian Bale in The Machinist. Anderson adapted a tale of Mike O’Driscoll’s about Larry Pearce, a man that has just lost his son, and a special talent of his is suddenly undergoing a drastic change. You see Larry has ultra-sensitive ears, something that has helped him in life as he can stay attuned to every nuance of voice and sound. However, things are beginning to get amplified to absolute insane levels forcing Larry to do things he never would have even considered, things that eventually aid in leading him to an overall meltdown. Brad Anderson provides an audio commentary on the disc, there are two featurettes and once again a photo gallery and a look at the script. You can preorder the title right here.

That’s all for now, stay tuned for more from the “MOH” collection down the road.


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