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 bloodthirsty alien babies, mutant cockroaches, monsters, mad sculptors, undead gangsters, and April Fool’s Day pranks gone wrong.

 

March 10

Inseminoid (1981)

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Directed by Norman J. Warren (Satan’s Slave, Prey), 1981’s Inseminoid is a British sci-fi horror flick about, you guessed it, extraterrestrial insemination. Like Ridley Scott’s seminal — get it? — 1979 film Alien, Inseminoid features a group of space explorers on a remote planet who encounter an alien organism that’s lookin’ for love. After dismembering Mitch (Trevor Thomas), the creature impregnates Sandy (Judy Geeson). Possessed by an otherworldly intelligence, the superhuman Sandy mutilates her fellow crew members and drinks their blood before giving birth to hybrid twins. Sounds great, huh?

A mishmash of various sci-fi/horror hits, Inseminoid is an outrageous schlockfest with lots of blood, a dodgy monster that looks a sleepy Brundlefly, and a kick-ass electronic score by John Scott. If that’s your jam, and I think it is, then you’re going to be very into Scream Factory’s new Blu-ray release.

 

In addition to a spectacular transfer, Scream Factory’s Blu-ray includes a fantastic, newly produced 90-minute documentary on the films of Norman J. Warren. A Very English Exploitation: INSEMINOID and the Shock Cinema Of Norman J. Warren features Warren, actress Jennifer Ashley, visual effects artist Jez Harris, screenwriter and film critic David McGillivray, author Kim Newman, and filmmaker Pete Walker. In addition to this fantastic feature-length doc, other bonus materials include:

 

Bonus Features

  • NEW audio interview with Norman J. Warren
  • Alien Encounter – An Interview with Trevor Thomas
  • Q & A with Richard Gordon &  Norman J. Warren (Manchester Festival Of Fantastic Films – 2008)
  • Q & A with Norman J. Warren (Manchester Festival of Fantastic Films – 2011)
  • Q & A with Norman J. Warren (Manchester Festival of Fantastic Films – 2019)
  • Theatrical trailers
  • TV spots
  • Still gallery

Bug (1975)

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Presented by legendary horror maestro William Castle (House on Haunted Hill, The Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Rosemary’s Baby) 1975’s Bug has all the creepin’, crawlin’, squirmin’ and squallin’ you can handle. Based on the 1973 novel The Hephaestus Plague by Thomas Page, in which an earthquake releases a plague of foot-long mutant cockroaches, Bug stars Bradford Dillman (Piranha, The Swarm) as an obsessive entomologist tasked with eliminating the insidious insects. 

Co-starring Joanna Miles (The Dark Secret Of Harvest Home) and Patty McCormack (The Bad Seed), Bug is one of the weirdest and wildest “nature strikes back” films of the ’70s. If dachshund-sized cockroaches who rub their appendages together to create fire wasn’t crazy enough for you, this movie — directed by Jeannot Szwarc (Jaws 2) — also reuses the living room and kitchen sets from The Brady Bunch. If only Peter Brady showed up to fend off the cockroaches with a football, it’d be the perfect movie. 

Bonus Features 

  • NEW audio commentary with film historian Troy Howarth
  • Theatrical trailer

March 17

Universal Horror Collection: Volume 4 (1937 – 1946)

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Universal Horror Collection: Volume 4 includes four tales of terror from the archives of Universal Pictures. In the 1937 crime-thriller Night Key, Boris Karloff (Frankenstein, The Mummy) stars as David Mallory, the ailing inventor of a security system based on radio waves. The brilliant Mallory is targeted and kidnapped by a gang of thieves who force the scientist to help them in pulling off high-end robberies.

1942’s Night Monster stars Ralph Morgan as the reclusive Kurt Ingston, who finds himself playing host to an odd array of guests at his old mansion. Among the guests are three not-so-wise men: Timmons (Frank Reicher), Phipps (Francis Pierlot), and King (Lionel Atwill) doctors who botched an operation that left Ingston crippled for life. When the guests start dying, mystery writer Dick Baldwin (Don Porter) must figure out how these grisly murders are being carried out, and by whom. As if this wasn’t bonkers enough, the legendary Bela Lugosi (Dracula, White Zombie) stars as Rolf, Ingston’s butler.

Karloff reappears in 1944’s The Climax as Dr. Friedrich Hohner, an obsessive physician at the Vienna Royal Theatre who murdered his fiancée, a prima donna, out of jealousy ten years ago. Now, after hearing the stunning voice of young Angela Klatt (Susanna Foster) who reminds him of his late bride-to-be Hohner is determined to make her his or silence her forever.

Last but not least, 1946’s House of Horrors stars Rondo Hatton (The Pearl of Death, The Brute Man) as The Creeper, a monstrous criminal rescued by a mad sculptor (Martin Kosleck) who uses the giant to kill the art critics who dismissed his work. Hatton, who suffered from acromegaly (a disorder in which the pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone), was a legend of the silver screen. Since 2002, the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards have paid tribute to the actor with an award that is a representation of Hatton’s face, based on the bust of The Creeper.

 

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Bonus Features

Disc One: Night Key (1937)

  • NEW 2K scan of a fine grain film element
  • NEW audio commentary with film historians Tom Weaver and Dr. Robert J. Kiss
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Production design stills/production artwork gallery
  • Still gallery

Disc Two: Night Monster (1942)

  • NEW 2K scan of a fine grain film element
  • NEW audio commentary with film historian Gary D. Rhodes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Still gallery

Disc Three: The Climax (1944)

 
  • NEW 2K scan of the interpositive
  • NEW audio commentary with film historians Kim Newman And Stephen Jones
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Still gallery

Disc Four: House of Horrors (1946)

  • NEW audio commentary with film historian Scott Gallinghouse
  • NEW The Creeper – Rondo Hatton at Universal
  • Still gallery

March 24

April Fool’s Day (1986)

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Like  Black Christmas (1974), Halloween (1978), Friday the 13th(1980), and My Bloody Valentine (1981), 1986’s April Fool’s Day is a holiday-themed slasher flick about a killer who doesn’t suffer fools gladly.

Directed by Fred Walton (When a Stranger Calls, The Rosary Murders), the film stars Deborah Foreman (Valley Girl) as wealthy college student Muffy St. John. Muffy invites her friends to her parents’ secluded island home for a weekend of pranks and practical jokes, but as soon as the kids arrive, someone starts killing them off one at a time.

Scream Factory’s two-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release does this underrated movie justice with an incredible new high-definition presentation and several newly produced bonus features, which you can read about below.

Bonus Features

  • NEW Horror With a Twist – an interview with Fred Walton
  • NEW Well of Lies – an Interview with Deborah Goodrich Royce
  • NEW Looking Forward to Dessert – an interview with Clayton Rohner
  • NEW Bloody Unforgettable – an interview with Charles Bernstein
  • NEW The Eye Of Deception – an interview with Charles Minsky
  • Theatrical trailer
  • TV spots

Frankenstein: The True Story (1973)

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Featuring Jane Seymour, Agnes Moorehead, Michael Sarrazin, James Mason, and Leonard Whiting, this made-for-television movie is loosely based on Mary Shelley’s classic story. Victor Frankenstein (Whiting) discovers the secret to reviving the dead, but when The Creature (Sarrazin) he brings forth becomes a killer, no one is safe.

Originally broadcast on NBC-TV in November 1973 in two 90-minute parts, Frankenstein: The True Story is a curious adaptation in that, instead of being monstrous from the start, the Creature is portrayed as a beautiful man that decays and becomes increasingly frightful as the film progresses. In addition to a new 2k scan of the original film elements, this release includes many bonus materials, which you can read about below.

Bonus Features

  • Includes introduction By James Mason
  • NEW audio commentary with filmmaker/historian Sam Irvin
  • NEW Off With Her Head – an interview with Jane Seymour
  • NEW Victor’s Story – an interview with Leonard Whiting
  • NEW Frankenstein’s Diary – a conversation with writer Don Bachardy

March 31

Bones (2001)

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Directed by Ernest Dickerson (Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight), 2001’s Bones stars Snoop Dogg as gangster Jimmy Bones, respected and loved as the neighborhood protector. When he is betrayed and brutally murdered by a corrupt cop (Michael T. Weiss, The Pretender), Bones’ brownstone becomes his tomb.

Twenty-two years later, the neighborhood has become a ghetto and his home a Gothic ruin. Four teens (Khalil Kain, Merwin Mondesir, Katharine Isabelle, and Sean Amsing) renovate it as an after-hours nightclub, unknowingly releasing Jimmy’s tortured soul. Resurrected, Bones begins to take revenge on those who betrayed him and destroyed his neighborhood.

This excellent Blu-ray release comes with a ton of new and previously released bonus features, in addition to a new 4K scan from the original negative.

Bonus Features

  • NEW Building Bones – an interview with director Ernest Dickerson
  • NEW Bringing Out the Dead – an interview with co-screenwriter Adam Simon
  • NEW Urban Underworld – an interview with the director of photography Flavio Labiano
  • NEW Blood N Bones – an interview with special makeup effects artist Tony Gardner
  • Audio commentary with Snoop Dogg, Dickerson, and Simon
  • Digging Up Bones featurette
  • Urban Gothic: Bones and its Influences
  • Deleted Scenes with optional director’s commentary
  • “Dogg Named Snoop” music video
  • Theatrical press kit with behind-the-scenes footage
  • Teaser trailer
  • Theatrical trailer

Munster, Go Home! (1966)

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Original Munsters cast members Fred Gwynne (Herman Munster), Yvonne De Carlo (Lily Munster), Al Lewis (Grandpa) and Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) reunite for 1966’s Munster, Go Home! Directed by Earl Bellamy, who directed many episodes of the classic ’60s sitcom, this standalone movie was produced immediately after the series completed filming on its final season.

Herman inherits a mansion in England and moves the family into an estate full of ghosts and other spooky surprises. Also starring Terry-Thomas (The Abominable Dr. Phibes), Hermione Gingold (Bell, Book and Candle), Richard Dawson (Hogan’s Heroes), Bernard Fox (Bewitched),  and horror film legend John Carradine (The Howling), Munster, Go Home! is a technicolor trip into Spooksville, USA. In addition to the new 2K scan, the highlight of this disc is an audio commentary featuring Rob Zombie, who is a massive fan of the series.

Bonus Features

  • Bonus television film – The Munsters’ Revenge (1981) – NEW 2K Scan (1.33:1)
  • NEW audio commentary with Butch Patrick and Rob Zombie
  • Vintage cast radio interviews
  • Radio spots
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Still galleries for both films, including behind-the-scenes photos, movie stills, and poster art

 

That’s it for this edition! Join me next time for a breakdown of all of Scream Factory’s April 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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