There are few things in life I enjoy more than a horror movie filled with ridiculous kills, outrageous monsters, and utterly gratuitous and indefensible amounts of nudity. Naturally, I’ve long been a fan of the late night master Roger Corman, a Horror Hall of Famer responsible for writing, directing, or producing some of the most amazing movies ever to reach the screen. Now, I don’t necessarily mean amazing as in “good” but rather “amazing” as in you will feel amazement. Maybe from the plot. Maybe from the dialog. But when you watch a Corman flick, you definitely feel amazed by what you’re watching.
Youngsters that many of you in the digital age, you may be unfamiliar with the bulk of the 389 films Roger Corman produced, but that’s all about to change. The fine folks over at Shout! Factory, in a bit of brilliance that has answered at least three of my prayers, are presenting the Roger Corman Cult Classic Collection.
Through this releasing, several great classics are getting awesomely detailed re-releases and many are being rescued from VHS obscurity. If it wasn’t enough just to get them on DVD, many of the more recognizable titles are also being released on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Score.
In my review of Death Race, I mentioned just how many features were packed onto the Blu-ray disc and my love for the reversible cover options. Shout! Factory is keeping this going with the rest of their titles, each filled to the brim with commentaries, booklets, and plenty of featurettes. To get you psyched for these releases, I’m going to highlight a few the ones I’m looking forwards to and will hopefully be reviewing for you.
- Forbidden World 7/20
- Galaxy of Terror 7/20
- Piranha 8/3
- HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP (THANK YOU LORD) 8/3
- Starcrash 9/14
- The Intruder 9/21
- The Slumber Party Massacre Collection (with bonus bloody pillow!) 10/5
- The Evil / Twice Dead Two Pack 10/5
As you can glean from my hyperactive use of all capital letters, Humanoids from the Deep is finally being re-released and I couldn’t be happier. You want amazement? How about the tagline? They’re not human. But they hunt human women. Not for killing. For mating. Count me the eff in.
If, for some reason, you’re not a Roger Corman fan (go f##k yourself), you should still check out the Shout! releasing schedule – they’re bringing lots of great titles out in the coming months from GI Joe: The Movie on Blu-ray to the complete series of Max Headroom. Yeah. Awesome.
For you cool cats joining me down in San Diego, you can peep Shout! Factory for yourself at Booth #3749 and then head over to Room 25ABC on Friday, July 23 at 5:30pm for Roger Corman: B Movie King. Odds are you’ll see me there, so come over and say hi. I’ll be the guy with the boner.
If you needed more incentive to swing by the Shout! booth, they’ll be giving away cool stuff with every purchase and be operating a Max Headroom Photo Booth where you might just walk away with some Max inspired sunglasses if you’re lucky.
Shout! Factory has definitely earned a place in my heart (and some of money) with their excellent upcoming slate of horror and genre material. Do yourself a favor, check them out and discover a great B movie you probably missed presented in the beautiful Blu-ray format – and stayed tuned right here for more Roger Corman Cult Classic reviews, coming your way.
What’s your favorite Roger Corman produced flick?