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Horror Movie Physical Releases for March, 2018
Hammer Films Double Feature: Maniac, Die! Die! My Darling!
The first week of March sees two incredible double-feature releases from Hammer Films. The first combines the two all-time classics Maniac and Die! Die! My Darling!. The first film, directed by Michael Carreras, follows an American artist who becomes romantically involved with an older woman, Eve, while also attracted to her teenage stepdaughter, Annette. Pulled between them, a plot is hatched to free Eve’s husband from jail but Eve has a different plan in mind.
Die! Die! My Darling!, originally titled Fanatic in England, ended up being the final feature film of American Theater Queen Tallulah Bankhead. It follows the story of Young Pat Carroll as she goes to the home of her dead fiancé to meet his beloved mother, Mrs. Trefoile (Bankhead). There, she discovers that Mrs. Trefoile is not the loving mother she had anticipated, but rather a grieving psychopath who blames Pat for the death of her son.
Hammer Films Double Feature: Never Take Candy from a Stranger, Scream of Fear
The second double-feature coming from Hammer Films this month is a little, different in tone than the other. Especially the first film of the feature, Don’t Take Candy From a Stranger.
Can you imagine, in 1960, there being a film about pedophilia, the sexual abuse of a child and how people with enough money and power can get away with anything they want? Well, that’s what this film is all about. It was a very controversial film when it was released, but its themes are still relevant today. Scream of Fear, the other film in this feature, is all about gaslighting and how people can manipulate others to get what they want. Again, an interesting, current theme that is still relevant today.
The Strangers: Collector’s Edition
Just in time for the March 8th release of The Strangers: Prey at Night, we are getting a special collector’s edition of 2008’s The Strangers from Shout! Factory. This edition features HD masters of both the theatrical and unrated cuts of the film, 6 new interviews with cast and crew, and deleted scenes. This seems like the ultimate edition of one of the most disturbing films of last decade.
The Shape of Water
By the time the 13th comes around, we will already know how The Shape of Water made out at the Academy Awards. There has been some push-back against the film lately in regards to the Best Picture category, but Guillermo de Toro’s masterpiece creature feature has a real chance to win the top award this year. This will be the first time that many of us will get to see this film, so whether it wins or not, it will be a huge seller and will go down as a must-watch for all genre fans.
March 13th brings us two amazing Arrow releases of George A. Romero’s classic non-zombie films! The first of these is 1973’s The Crazies, which tells the tale of a plane carrying a secret biological weapon that crash-lands in the vicinity of a small, rural town. The town then loses its mind. Infected with a virus that sends them into a homicidal frenzy, the locals turn on each other in an orgy of bloody violence. As the army cordons off the town and government agents clash with scientists over the appropriate course of action, a small band of survivors attempt to make their way to safety.
This new edition features a 4k restoration from the original negatives, tons of interviews and new behind-the-scenes footage where we can see the master at work. This film influenced so much of his future work that it should be on every horror fan’s shelf.
Season of the Witch
Romero originally called this movie Hungry Wives in an attempt to cash in on the sexploitation films of the early 1970’s. This didn’t work out quite as he planned, but the film lives on as Season of the Witch, on of the strangest films Romero ever made.
On the surface, Joan Mitchell has it all family, friends, and a beautiful home equipped with all the latest appliances. But when a neighbor educates her on the practice of witchcraft, Joan believes she’s discovered the perfect antidote to her monotonous suburban existence, and embarks upon a dark path that will lead to a shocking conclusion.
The ‘Burbs is one of the best horror-adjacent films ever made. So many horror fans got their first exposed to the genre through this comedy that stars Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher and Corey Feldman. It looks like it is now getting the treatment that it deserves with a new Collector’s Edition from Shout! Factory. This new edition will feature new interviews with Joe Dante, a work print from Dante’s archive that features deleted and extended scenes, and a making-of featurette There Goes the Neighborhood: The Making of The ‘Burbs.
Ichi the Killer
Takashi Miike’s Ichi the Killer is one of the most violent, bloody, and influential pieces of genre filmmaking of this century. This new, digitally remastered special edition was approved by the master himself, so you know it is of the highest quality. This visceral, gory, and often hilarious film follows Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano), a notoriously sadistic yakuza enforcer whose search for his boss’ killer brings him into the orbit of a demented costumed assassin known as Ichi (Nao Ohmori).
How amazing is that trailer? 1989’s Offerings is what happens when you throw Halloween, Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Burning into a blender and serve it in a chilled glass rimmed with crushed Slumber Part Massacre. It’s an amalgamation of every slasher trope of the 1980’s, smashed together into something worse-but-still-fun. I’ll have to check this one out, for sure!
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Scream Factory (a division of the above-mentioned Shout! Factory) is absolutely crushing it this month! 2006’s Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is one of the funniest, most memorable horror comedies to ever be made, and it is also long overdue for a high-definition remaster. This special edition comes with four incredible making of featurettes (two of these have never been seen before), and audio commentary and deleted scenes. DO yourself a favor and make this film one of your regular watches.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
I must admit, I am one of the three-or-four horror fans that has never seen Killer Klowns From Outer Space. I didn’t even think that it was a real movie until I was in my mid-twenties. This article marks the first time that I have even seen the trailer, and my god… What is this? I have to see it! This Arrow release is a beautiful 4k restoration with a ton of special featurettes for fans to experience. I can’t wait to check this one out!
So, there you have it! Thank you for checking out Demented Discs! These are the top physical-media releases for the month of March. Join our official Facebook Group today and let us know when you pick up these amazing titles. Also, be sure to keep an eye on Nightmare on Film Street for next month’s list of movie releases.