The September release slate from Severin Films has been announced and detailed today, this latest batch of new releases headlined by 1980 classic The Changeling on 4K Ultra HD.
Severin Films will be haunting disc players across the continent with a new 4K edition of Peter Medak’s beloved ghost story The Changeling, along with landmark Spanish television series Tales to Keep You Awake, My Grandpa Is a Vampire via the Severin Kids imprint, and the entire Plaga Zombie Trilogy through sublabel Intervision Picture Corp.
As if that isn’t enough, Severin will also be putting out a Blu-ray double feature of Al Adamson’s Dracula vs. Frankenstein and Brain of Blood as a standalone release.
Read on for everything you need to know about Severin’s September slate…
THE CHANGELING: It has been called “remarkable” (Paste Magazine), “utterly terrifying” (Mondo Digital) and “a ghost story guaranteed to freeze the blood” (Gannett). Now this “masterpiece of terror” (Reel Reviews) from director Peter Medak (THE RULING CLASS) comes to UHD like you’ve never seen, heard or experienced it before: Academy Award® winner George C. Scott gives “one of his greatest performances ever” (Bloody Good Horror) as a grieving music professor tormented by a paranormal horror that includes “the best séance in horror movie history” (Newsweek). Trish Van Devere (THE HEARSE), two-time Oscar® winner Melvyn Douglas (THE TENANT) and Jean Marsh (FRENZY) co-star in “one of the most terrifying horror films of all time” (DVD Beaver), now scanned in 4K from the internegative with 4½ hours of Special Features – including revealing new interviews with Medak – plus a soundtrack CD and more.
TALES TO KEEP YOU AWAKE: Though he made two feature films – the legendary WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? and THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED – the ultimate legacy of writer/director Narciso ‘Chicho’ Ibáñez Serrador remains his groundbreaking 1966-1968 Televisión Española series HISTORIAS PARA NO DORMIR. Serrador wrote, directed and introduced every episode, adapting stories by Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Bloch and his own material under the pseudonym Luis Peñafiel, shocking Franco-era audiences with black humor, macabre themes and sharp social commentary while inspiring generations of Spain’s greatest genre filmmakers as well as a 2021 reboot. This definitive 2-disc collection includes Serrador’s complete classic series, 1974 special, 1982 mini-series and more that celebrates the Lifetime Achievement Goya Award winner Nerdist calls “one of the great Euro-Horror directors of all time.”
PLAGA ZOMBIE TRILOGY: In 1997, 17-year-old suburban Buenos Aires filmmakers Pablo Parés and Hernan Sáez pooled $450 to co-write/produce/direct and star in a shot-on-VHS zombie epic of such flesh-ripping, gore-spewing greatness that it instantly drew global cult acclaim and redefined the possibilities of extreme DIY horror. Over the next 20 years, Parés, Sáez and their friends would create two increasingly ambitious – and equally brilliant – viscera-soaked sequels (and several short films) that made them “Argentinian George Romeros who’ve built a small empire of gore flicks” (Fangoria). The complete PLAGA ZOMBIE TRILOGY is now presented together for the first time ever, remastered and upscaled to HD by the directors with an all-new documentary and more that celebrates “the pioneers in contemporary Argentinian horror whose passion continues to influence others in Latin America and around the world” (Dread Central).
MY GRANDPA IS A VAMPIRE: Al Lewis – beloved for his role as Grandpa in THE MUNSTERS television series – delivers “a particularly demented performance” (Scary Minds) as Vernon Cooger, frail old man by day and fanged flyer of the undead at night. But when his visiting grandson discovers Vernon’s dark secret, can they team up to take down a stake-making slimeball? Justin Gocke (GODZILLA 1985) and Noel Appleby (‘Everard Proudfoot’ in THE LORD OF THE RINGS) co-star in this “engagingly silly and anti-authority kids’ movie” (The Hollywood Reporter) – also known as MOONRISE and GRAMPIRE – directed by New Zealand horror pioneer David Blyth (DEATH WARMED UP) and written by Michael Heath (NEXT OF KIN), now scanned in 2K from the original negative under the director’s supervision and loaded with new & vintage Special Features.
DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN/BRAIN OF BLOOD: For their ultimate schlock-horror epic, director Al Adamson and producer Sam Sherman brought together hippies, bikers, carnies, mad doctors, ax murders, acid trips, Oscar® nominees J. Carrol Naish and Russ Tamblyn, FREAKS star Angelo Rossitto, ‘Freak-Out Girl’ Regina Carrol, Famous Monsters editor Forrest J Ackerman, Lon Chaney Jr. in his final film appearance, Zandor Vorkov (aka Roger Engel) as Dracula, lab gizmos from the original FRANKENSTEIN, and a climactic battle between the titular icons that remains unlike anything the screen has ever seen. As a Bonus, Grant Williams (THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN), Kent Taylor (BRIDES OF BLOOD) and much of the DvF cast star in Adamson & Sherman’s 1971 mega-lurid brain-transplant masterpiece BRAIN OF BLOOD.
Find full release info and pre-order your copies over on Severin’s website now.
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