Anchor Bay Horror Fiesta!

Anchor Bay brings the horrorific funk to a DVD player near you with 4 new titles for March that push the envelope and deliver the goods. You may have noticed them in the banners on our main page, but read on for a little more info…CHECK IT OUT IF YOU DARE! First up, released back on March 6, is DEATH ROW, formerly known as HAUNTED PRISON.Written and directed by Kevin VanHook, based on his own short story, DEATH ROW stars stage, screen and TV legend Stacy Keach as a former guard at Isla de la Roca Prison, where a bloody massacre left most of the inmates and guards dead. Also starring Danny Trejo and Jake Busey, DEATH ROW is a hellacious ride through the very bowels of hell.“Haunted Prison – AKA Death Row – a horrifying live action film based on the short story by Kevin VanHook-takes place at Isla de la Roca Penitentiary. Rumor has it the Devil himself spat up the place out of the depths of hell, and man turned it into a prison for the most dangerous prisoners in the South. The monstrous building is steeped in the evil created by centuries of murder and injustice and is haunted by vengeful ghosts. Isla de la Roca was abandoned after being soaked in blood by a horrific massacre of inmates and guards. A gang of fugitives from a cop-killing robbery seek refuge within the razor wire of the prison walls at the same time as a documentary film crew arrives to tell the story of the penitentiary. When these groups cross paths within the cruel walls of Isla de la Roca, will anyone get out alive?” – from the Anchor Bay press releaseThis disc features 1.78:1 AW video and 5.1 DDS audio. Extras include featurettes, audio commentary from VanHook, stills, deleted scenes, production art and a DVD-Rom script.Check out the trailer HereAnd check out the Official Site for more details.Next on the list? A deca-dip release of the 80’s cult monolith RE-ANIMATOR. Why bother with this latest release of a film that has been out on DVD at least 4 times? Because it has 2 discs, it comes with a brand new 70-minute documentary, it has audio commentaries and interviews from the cast and crew, almost all of the previously available material, a glorious 1.85:1 transfer, 5.1 DDS audio, the original short story by H.P. Lovecraft on DVD-Rom, excellent packaging that looks like a VHS case, circa 1985 aaaaaaaaaaaaaand… a highliter that looks like a syringe full of reagent. Out for purchase on March 20.For the 5 people who have never seen or never heard of this film or read the story by literary boogeyman H.P.Lovecraft, here is the lowdown.Dr. Herbert West has discovered the secret of re-animating dead tissue, effectively negating Death itself. Only problem is, he needs to perfect it. He needs to experiment, and no one – especially Dr.Hill, the administrator at the University Hospital at Miskatonic U – are very understanding about his… methods… West soon involves his roommate and fellow intern Dan Cain and Cain’s girlfriend Megan in his plans for greatness. Obviously, hijinx, hilarity and absolute horror ensue. This is one of the greatest films of the mid-80’s resurgence of Horror filmmaking and launched the careers of writer/director Stuart Gordon and star Jeffrey Combs. Combs soon became a bona fide star in DTV horror and sci-fi and is second only to Bruce Campbell as a cult icon in American genre films. This movie is a crazy, horrific and well-crafted Drive-In classic dripping with satire. If you love horror, B-movies, zombie flicks or comedy from the darkside, this is the movie for you.“Who’s going to believe a talking head? Get a job in a sideshow”Also hitting streets and leaving a long trail of entrails… the latest installment of the best-selling MASTERS OF HORROR series – JOHN CARPENTER’S PRO LIFE.Directed by the master of disaster behind such classics as THE THING, IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and the original HALLOWEEN, PRO LIFE stars genre star Ron Perlman (HELLBOY, BLADE 2) as a crazed anti-abortion ‘terrorist’ about to launch a siege with his three sons. Inside the clinic? His pregnant 15 year-old daughter and a host of pro-choicers. Also starring Caitlin Wachs, Emmanuelle Vaugier and Mark Feuerstein from TV’s THE WEST WING.The first season of MASTERS OF HORROR was a huge success on DVD and Carpenter’s previous entry CIGARETTE BURNS was the top seller. This latest entry features new fancified ‘O-Card’ packaging, making-of and FX featurettes, storyboards, still galleries and audio commentaries as well as a Carpenter Bio and a DVD-Rom script.Finally, streeting March 27, is the Anime horror TOKKO: VOLUME 1.” Five years ago, a portal to another dimension opened in an apartment building, unleashing monsters that killed 300 people. Survivor Ranmaru Shindo has become a member of the elite Mobile Investigation Force. Ranmaru’s dreams of his parents’ death begin to come to life as the same mysterious creatures that killed his parents return to claim more victims. Ranmaru’s investigations of the murders are interrupted by a secret branch of the police known only as Tokko. Will Ranmaru be able to unravel the mystery behind his parents’ death while investigating this mysterious police force? Find out in the horror-packed first volume of Tokko.” – from the Anchor Bay press releaseThis hardcore violent and gory Anime is based on the Manga from the author of the very popular GTO series and was a top rated show on Japanese TV. The DVD release features the first 5 episodes of the series in 16×9 Widescreen in original Japanese audio with English subs. Also included are a cast forum excerpt theme songs, an image gallery and a DVD-Rom screensaver.NOW GET OUT THERE AND WATCH THOSE MOVIES!

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