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Bruno Mattei’s Eleventh Hour Cannibals, Zombies and Women In Prison!

Exclusive Cannibal Offer At The Severin Store.

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It was a sad time for genre fans when the Italian exploitation industry petered out in the mid-80s. Most of our favorite directors moved into TV or semi-retirement. But not Bruno Mattei. The notorious director of such golden era jaw droppers as HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD, RATS – NIGHT OF TERROR, THE OTHER HELL, VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN’S PRISON and SS GIRLS refused to let go. With the aid of producer Giovanni Paolucci, video production facilities in the Philippines, and scripts full of enough gore and sleaze to make Fulci and Deodato raise an eyebrow, Bruno spent his final years making some seriously deranged flicks. And through Severin’s sub-label Intervision Picture Corp they’ll be getting their first US releases.

First up will be his two cannibal features MONDO CANNIBAL and IN THE LAND OF THE CANNIBALS (shot back to back in 2007). Buy both at the Severin Store for the combo price of $30 and get a free poster. Or get the two new cannibals plus the Cannibal Massacre Box Set plus poster for $54. Poster is also available individually for $5.
 
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You may think you’ve witnessed the most extreme examples of the Italian cannibal genre, but leave it to late Italian sleaze master Bruno Mattei to lower the bar to depraved new heights. In this shameless rip-off of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, Mattei (under the name ‘Vincent Dawn’) unleashes the sleazy saga of a ratings-hungry American TV crew whose Amazon jungle report becomes a nightmare of gut munching, brain-scarfing, sexual atrocities, insane moralizing and much more. Also known as CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST: THE BEGINNING – now presented uncut and uncensored for the first time ever in America!

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Matteihere under the name ‘Martin Miller’ – brazenly combines CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and PREDATOR for a whole new level of green inferno perversion: When a team of hard-ass commandos venture deep into the Amazon jungle to rescue a senator’s hot daughter, they’ll a trigger a bloodbath of flesh-stripping, gut-ripping, limb-hacking, stock footage and sexual brutality. Cindy Matic and Claudio Morales (MONDO CANNIBAL) star in this mind-boggling hybrid – also known as LAND OF DEATH and released in Japan as CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST 3: CANNIBAL VS. COMMANDO – now presented uncut and uncensored for the first time ever in America!

Early 2015 will see the release of Mattei’s bat-shit insane zombie swan songs: ZOMBIES – THE BEGINNING and ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD plus perhaps truly the sleaziest of his career (and that’s saying something) THE JAIL – A WOMEN’S HELL.

 

VAMPYROS LESBOS and SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY Coming To Blu-Ray From Severin

Two of the much missed Jess Franco’s most celebrated films are finally coming to US Blu-Ray in 2015. New hi-def transfers have been completed in Germany from original vault elements and we are finalizing details on a whole host of exclusive special features. We will announce the full roster of these extras in the coming weeks but for now we can reveal that before he left us, Jess gave us two of his highly entertaining and unrestrained in-depth, on-camera interviews about both of these movies.

More soon!

NEW RELEASES!

On Tuesday, June 3rd we’re releasing the monumental 3 DVD set VIDEO NASTIES – THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE! 14 Hours of trailers and more for all 72 titles on Thatcher’s historic BANNED list. While our sordid sub-label Intervision Picture Corp will be releasing UNCUT VERSIONS of DEPORTED WOMEN OF THE SS SPECIAL SECTION and THE GESTAPO’S LAST ORGY.

AVAILABLE INDIVIDUALLY AT THE SEVERIN ONLINE STORE OR IN A BUNDLE, WHICH COMES PACKAGED WITH A FREE VHS REPLICA OF THE UK 1983 RELEASE OF GESTAPO’S LAST ORGY & A POSTCARD SIGNED BY VIDEO NASTIES DIRECTOR & PRODUCER JAKE WEST & MARC MORRIS.

Nasties & Nazis Bundle + VHS + signed Video Nasties postcard!

PLUS NASTY MONTH ON FACEBOOK!

Check in with Severin Films on Facebook every day for the month of June!

Beginning this Sunday, June 1st, we’ll be posting an image from 1 of the 72 films to appear on the initial UK “banned” list at 12PM EST each day. All you need to do is email the title of the film, along with your shipping information, to info@severin-films.com. A winner will be randomly chosen from all correct answers, and amazing prizes will be shipped straight to their door!

It’s as simple as that. You have 30 days to revel in the dark past of home video, and be rewarded with everything from Severin DVD’s to original promotional materials! Share this post all over Facebook, and make sure to like the Severin page. It’s time to get nasty.

COMING IN JULY!

BLOODY MOON, BLOODY BIRTHDAY and THE BABY on Blu-ray for the FIRST TIME EVER!

EXCLUSIVE OZPLOITATION BUNDLES AVAILABLE

 

FOUR FOR $75 or EIGHT FOR $110 IN THE SEVERIN STORE!!!

FIRST THIRTY ORDERS GET DEAD KIDS SIGNED!!!

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March is Ozploitation month at Severin. We have newly remastered in HD from the original negatives Blu-ray/DVD combos of :

PATRICK – Richard (PSYCHO 2, ROAD GAMES) Franklin’s original masterpiece, complete with exclusive new extras including an original on-set interview with Franklin, extended NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD interviews with Franklin, stars Susan Penhalogon and Rod Mullinar and screenwriter Everett De Roche, as well as the rare Italian track featuring an amazing score by Goblin.

DEAD KIDS aka STRANGE BEHAVIOR – The most bizarre slasher set in small town Illinois but filmed in New Zealand and produced by an Aussie with an all-star cast, directed by the producer of TWO LANE BLACKTOP, co-written by the Oscar-winning director of GODS AND MONSTERS, with FX by the guy behind THE FUNHOUSE, THE GOONIES, THE GATE and POLTERGEIST. Includes two commentaries and an all-new featurette with aforementioned practical FX guru Craig Reardon.

THIRST – The modern vampire classic of which DVD Talk says, “There’s no shortage of horror movies that try to blur the line between reality and a waking nightmare, but few have executed it as skillfully as THIRST.”

Also released on DVD through our sub-label Intervision Picture Corp:

OZPLOITATION TRAILER EXPLOSION – 65 incredible Ozploitation trailers of Ockers/softcore sex films, horror and action movies from down under.

All four of the above discs are available exclusively from the Severin store for a limited time for the incredible price of $75!!!!

But that’s not all, if you’re in the Ozploitation mood, get all four of the above plus FELICITY, AUSTRALIA AFTER DARK, THE ABCS OF LOVE AND SEX and NIGHTMARES for the criminally low price of $110 from the Severin store!!

Felicity [DVD]   Australia After Dark   The ABCs of Love and Sex   Nightmares [DVD]

 

PATRICK DELAYED TWO WEEKS

New street date for Richard Franklin’s original PATRICK is March 25th.

See Mark NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD Hartley’s remake in theaters and on VOD starting March 15th.

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BLACK FRIDAY SALE AT SEVERIN STORE

40% OFF CATALOGUE PLUS FREE HARDWARE/INGLORIOUS/BIRDEMIC WITH EVERY TWO DISCS PURCHASED!

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Starting Midnight this Friday, November 29th EST the Severin store will be knocking 40% off the price of all Severin and Intervision catalogue DVD and Blu-ray titles in stock. PLUS with every two discs purchased you get to choose a free INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, HARDWARE or BIRDEMIC disc to go with your order. Just specify in the notes with your order your choice of freebie out of HARDWARE single DVD or Blu-ray, INGLORIOUS single DVD or Blu-ray, or BIRDEMIC DVD or Blu-ray. If you order four discs then choose two freebies and so on. Please note that the catalog sale does not include the latest release HOT NIGHTS OF LINDA or HOUSE ON STRAW HILL but everything else is fair game while stock lasts! Sale ends at 11.59pm on Sunday, December 1st so stop by www.severin-films.com/store!

‘VIDEO NASTY’ HOUSE ON STRAW HILL WILL CONTAIN BONUS US DVD DEBUT OF DOCUMENTARY ‘BAN THE SADIST VIDEOS!’

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The 80s video boom has become a time of sweet nostalgia for movie fans of a certain age but in the UK it was also a time of moral panic perpetuated by ill-informed politicians and a sensationalist media. ‘The Video Nasties’ witchhunts which led to Britain becoming the most highly censored nation in the western world targeted distributors, store owners and a list of horror movies which were prosecuted as obscene and subsequently banned. David (PLAGUE TOWN, THEATRE BIZARRE) Gregory’s two part documentary from 2006 tells the full shocking story and will receive its first official US release as a Limited Edition bonus DVD in the first 3,000 units of Severin Films’ upcoming release of HOUSE ON STRAW HILL. HOUSE…, known in the UK as EXPOSE, was one of the final 39 condemned Video Nasties and remains banned in its uncut form in the UK to this day.

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Severin Films partners Gregory and Carl Daft developed their passion for exploitation cinema while growing up in the ‘Nasty’ era in Britain. “There are a couple of really good VHS era documentaries doing the rounds in the US right now but growing up in England we had a very different experience of serious censorial oppression. We thought it might be time to bring out our doc on the period in the US,” says Gregory. HOUSE ON STRAW HILL, starring Udo (Andy Warhol’s DRACULA) Kier and Linda (BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW) Hayden, has the honor of being the only British film that made the infamous ‘Video Nasties’ list and the Severin Blu/DVD combo will mark its first official fully uncut release on disc. “STRAW HILL has proved one of the most difficult discs we’ve ever produced due to severely damaged film elements. The master is still not perfect but it’s the only way to see the film uncut in its original aspect ratio. We wanted to give Severin fans something extra to compensate for the imperfect presentation of the feature and the fact that it’s taken so long to get the disc to market. By including what we consider one of our best documentaries to date, which until now has only been released in the UK, seemed like the way to go. We had considered canceling the title on many occasions because it was such a dire situation but we just couldn’t give up on it and we have it to where it’s now acceptable to us, and hopefully to our customers. We also have another very exciting nasties release on the horizon so we want to raise some awareness in the US of that grim time for horror fans in the UK.”

Other extras in the package include AN ANGEL FOR SATAN – AN INTERVIEW WITH LINDA HAYDEN and an audio commentary with Director James Kenelm Clarke and Producer Brian Smedley-Aston. And as yet one more additional bonus, those who buy the disc directly from Severin store HERE will get a strictly limited edition (250) VHS replica of the UK Video Nasty release as EXPOSE!

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HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES Replacement DVD

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While the Blu-ray in the HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES combo pack is fine, it’s come to our attention that the DVD has only a DTS 1.0 option for the feature audio which means that the audio on the feature will play if you have a built-in DTS decoder or your player is hooked up to a DTS receiver but if you don’t, it won’t. For those of you who have purchased the disc and are in need of a replacement please send your address and the DVD (disc only) to the address below and we will replace with a DVD with Dolby Digital Mono audio. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Returns:
CAV Distributing Corporation
253 Utah Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080

Jess Franco’s THE HOT NIGHTS OF LINDA

2500 Strictly Limited Edition 3 Disc Set Pre-Order Details

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1975 was a prolific year for Jess Franco in arguably his greatest filmmaking era. But giving one of his more outstanding works from that time its global disc debut has not been an easy road. Those familiar with the complicated history of THE HOT NIGHTS OF LINDA aka BUT WHO RAPED LINDA? aka EROTIC DREAMS aka HAPPINESS IN SIN aka COME CLOSE, BLOND EMMANUELLE know that there are two very different ‘official’  versions of the film (let’s not get into the various censored versions of those versions that have surfaced over the years). There’s the 80 minute BUT WHO RAPED LINDA? soft-core release version, which was Franco’s preferred cut and the longest version out there, and the controversial  French release LES NUITS BRÛLANTES DE LINDA which runs slightly shorter at just over 78 minutes. The latter version contains a number of alternate sex scenes, including the infamous full brutal banana sequence. These harder sex scenes and alternate nude scenes are not inserts shot by another director at a later date, these sequences were shot by Franco.

We have newly transferred the full BUT WHO RAPED LINDA? version from a rare archive 35mm release print, which thankfully was in good enough condition to scan in hi-def for Blu-ray presentation. Whereas only a collector’s analog tape was available to us for the NUITS BRÛLANTES French version. We commissioned an English  translation of the dialog on this version so that it can be presented with English subtitles for the first time. Frankly the picture and sound quality are not great so we are making a strictly limited edition of 2500 which will contain not only the regular Blu-ray/DVD combo of BUT WHO RAPED LINDA? but also an extra bonus DVD containing LES NUITS BRÛLANTES DE LINDA. We are making this 3 disc version available for pre-order through our site here at the Special Pre-Order Price of $24.98.

THE HOT NIGHTS OF LINDA 3 Disc Limited Edition and the regular 2 Disc combo will also contain a whole host of Special Features for the true Francophiliac. Over the years we have interviewed Jess on more than 30 of his films and a handful have still yet to see the light of day — this juicy featurette on LINDA is one of them. To give you an idea of how long we’ve been working on this title we also have the only interview we ever conducted with both Jess and his longtime muse Lina Romay in 2008  on camera together at their home in Malaga, talking specifically about LINDA and their working relationship in general. We also have an archive video from Austin’s Fantasticfest of Jess receiving the festival’s first lifetime achievement award with Lina by his side. Not to mention a great new interview with Stephen Thrower, author of the seminal tomes NIGHTMARE USA and BEYOND TERROR. Stephen is currently in the final stages of an exhaustive and definitive volume on Franco. Finally we have some out-takes and a theatrical trailer, surely making this one of the most packed Special Editions of a Franco film to hit disc yet.

Here’s a short out-take from the interview with Jess and Lina together wherein Jess tries to remember the date of their then upcoming and long gestating nuptials.

Jess & Lina Out take Clip from Severin Films on Vimeo.

Pre-order the Limited Edition here.

And don’t forget to pick up the latest issue of Fangoria which features tributes to Jess from, among others, Severin’s David Gregory.

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10 Years On THE MANSON FAMILY Returns!

GATOR GREEN, Phil Anselmo Interview & Out-takes among new extras!

10 years on from the world premiere of the long in the works underground epic THE MANSON FAMILY, Jim VanBebber’s shocking masterpiece hits Blu-ray today. In addition to the hi-def transfer with 5.1 audio, the package comes with a host of new extras. Most highly anticipated is VanBebber’s new short film, his first in 10 years, GATOR GREEN. It’s a nasty, gritty piece featuring MANSON vet Maureen Allisse and VanBebber himself. Ex-Pantera frontman Philip Anselmo, who contributed a ton of music to MANSON, sat down for an exclusive new interview about his involvement in the movie.

A bunch of deleted scenes complete with vintage intro by VanBebber are also included. These scenes were taken from the now-legendary work print which did the rounds back 90s on various dodgy bootlegs while VB was trying to raise completion funds. VanBebber also sat down and recorded a director commentary…of sorts. You also get the uncut version of David Gregory’s feature length ‘making of’ THE VANBEBBER  FAMILY. The previous DVD’s distributor MPI insisted that certain footage from the doc was cut because it may have criminal repercussions. 4 trailers and the original CHARLIE’S FAMILY promo are also included. The formerly released IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST feature length doc on the ’97 Fantasia Film Festival and a loopy interview with Charles Manson complete the package.

Here’s the first review of the Blu:

http://www.mondo-digital.com/manson.html

GATOR GREEN stills below.

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