Welcome to Scream Warriors!, a column that covers new and upcoming releases from Scream Factory, Shout! Factory’s label dedicated to classic and cult horror and science-fiction films. This month’s releases offer an alarming assortment of killers, vampire hunters, werewolves, man-eating seaweed, and mutant pirates.

April 7

Knives and Skin (2019)

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“The hypnotic Knives And Skin follows the investigation of a young girl’s disappearance, led by an inexperienced local sheriff, in a stylized version of a rural Midwest town that hovers just above reality. Unusual coping techniques develop among the traumatized residents with each new secret revealed. The ripple of fear and suspicion within the community destroys some relationships … and strengthens others. The backdrop of despair colors the quintessential rituals of small-town life — courtship, dances, football games — in which the local teenagers experience an accelerated loss of innocence, while their parents are forced to confront their failures. Writer/Director Jennifer Reeder’s mystical modern noir presents coming-of-age as a lifelong process and examines the profound, unending impact of grief.”Scream Factory

 

Camp Cold Brook (2018)

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Reality TV host Jack Wilson (Chad Michael Murray, House Of Wax, Riverdale) finds himself in a tough spot when his show Haunt Squad is about to be canceled. In a last-ditch effort to spark ratings, he and his producer Angela (Danielle Harris, Halloween IV) choose to film their next episode at the infamous Camp Cold Brook, which was host to a horrific incident when the young campers were drowned in a nearby creek 20 years ago. Their arrival begins like any other episode… but when this remote, backwoods camp begins to reveal its secrets, the TV crew find that they’ve gotten more than they bargained for.” — Scream Factory

 

April 14

Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974)

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“In a small village in the remote English countryside, several young maidens have been found dead – their beautiful faces horribly aged almost beyond recognition. Suspecting a supernatural evil at work, the local doctor calls on Army friend and famed vampire hunter Captain Kronos, an expert swordsman formerly of the King’s Imperial Guard. Aided by his expert assistant, Professor Grost, the two quickly confirm the gruesome murders are the work of a unique type of vampire, one who drains its victims not of their blood, but of their youth! After forging a lethal new sword from an old graveyard cross, the vampire hunters set out to put an end to evil’s reign of terror in this Hammer Films horror classic.” — Scream Factory

Bonus Features

  • NEW audio commentary with film historian Bruce G. Hallenbeck
  • NEW Anything Goes: Hammer Film In The ’70s featurette
  • Audio commentary with writer/director/producer Brian Clemens, actress Caroline
  • Munro, and Hammer Films historian Jonathan Sothcott
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spots

April 21

The Curse Of The Werewolf (1961)

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Directed by legendary horror filmmaker Terence Fisher (Horror of Dracula, The Curse Of Frankenstein), this atmospheric tale of terror stars Oliver Reed (Venom, The Brood) as the orphan of a maniacal beggar and a mute girl. From his birth to young manhood, he discovers a horrible secret. Try as he may, the cursed man is unable to deny the dark force within him. When the moon is full, he becomes an uncontrollable, seemingly unstoppable killer incapable of distinguishing between friend and foe. Spectacular makeup effects and beautifully photographed 19th-century European locales heighten the suspense of this classic tale of horror.” — Scream Factory

Bonus Features

  • NEW 4K scan from the interpositive
  • NEW audio commentary with actress Yvonne Romain, special makeup effects artist Mike Hill, and composer Leslie Bricusse
  • NEW audio commentary with film historian Steve Haberman and filmmaker/historian Constantine Nasr
  • NEW The Men Who Made Hammer: Roy Ashton
  • NEW Serial Killer – Benjamin Frankel, Serialism and The Curse of the Werewolf
  • The Making of The Curse of the Werewolf – including interviews with actors Catherine Feller and Yvonne Romain, Mike Hill, art director Don Mingaye, art department member Margaret Robinson, and filmmaker Jimmy Sangster
  • Lycanthropy: The Beast In All of Us
  • Censoring The Werewolf
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailers From Hell with Commentary by filmmaker John Landis
  • Radio Spot
  • Still Gallery

April 28

The Lost Continent (1968)

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The passengers of an old freighter en route to South America find that their voyage is truly damned! The nightmare begins when Captain Lansen (Eric Porter) attempts to transport illegal explosives and their rusty tramp steamer becomes stranded in the vast floating swamp of the mysterious Sargasso Sea. Under the cover of night, the terrified travelers encounter unspeakable monsters, man-eating seaweed, vicious mutant pirates, and stupendously endowed women.” — Scream Factory

Bonus Features

  • NEW 2K scan of the original film elements from the 20th Century Fox vault – Theatrical Cut
  • NEW 2K scan of the original film elements from the 20th Century Fox vault (with standard definition inserts) – Extended Cut
  • NEW audio commentary with film historian/editor/publisher Richard Klemensen
  • NEW The Men Who Made Hammer: Michael Carreras
  • NEW Uncharted Seas: Kim Newman On The Lost Continent
  • NEW An interview with Dana Gillespie
  • NEW An interview with actor Norman Eshley
  • NEW An interview with special effects artist John Richardson
  • NEW An interview with music arranger Howard Blake
  • World Of Hammer Episode “LANDS BEFORE TIME”
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots

 

That’s it for this edition of Scream Warriors! Join me next time for a rundown of Scream Factory’s May releases. Be sure to let us know what Scream Factory releases you’re most excited for and what physical media you’re taking home this month over on Twitter, in the Nightmare on Film Street Subreddit, and on Facebook in the Horror Movie Fiend Club!

 

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