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Fango got some bloody good news from Don May Jr. of Synapse Films, who gave us the scoop on a trio of titles the company has acquired for disc release next year. One of them is Scott Spiegel’s INTRUDER, the supermarket slasher flick that marked the first official credit for KNB EFX.
INTRUDER (pictured), first released in 1989, was produced by Lawrence Bender prior to his long association with Quentin Tarantino and features brief appearances by Sam and Ted Raimi and Bruce Campbell. “We have uncovered the the original film materials,” May tells Fango, “and are in the process of scanning the uncut version in 2K HD. It’s early, for sure, but we plan on some exciting extras to be produced by Michael Felsher’s Red Shirt Pictures. This one deserves a place on every gore fan’s shelf and to be remastered properly, and is a nice companion to our upcoming release of THOU SHALL NOT KILL…EXCEPT [also made by the Raimi camp]. We’re planning a Blu-ray and DVD release for 2011.”
Not exactly horror, but certain to appeal to genre fans, are the other two movies just added to Synapse’s slate; one is James Glickenhaus’ 1980 vigilante gorefest THE EXTERMINATOR. “We’re huge fans of this exploitation/actioner here at Synapse,” May says, “and we jumped at the chance to acquire it when we heard it was available. We are searching for the best film material to present the uncut version and scan it in 2K HD. We know where all the material is stored, and it’s going to be an interesting hunt to go through the vault and see what’s there. The film deserves a new HD transfer, and we’re glad to be involved.”
Then there’s ’89’s RED SCORPION, with Dolph Lundgren as a KGB agent rebelling against his superiors and taking up arms alongside African rebels. “It’s Joe Zito [director, also of FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER and THE PROWLER],” May notes. “It has Tom Savini effects. It’s awesome. We will also be remastering this film in 2K HD. We understand there are some additional scenes floating around, and we have found what seems to be a longer, but older, master of the film, labeled in the vault as ‘Long Version.’ We’re going to search the vaults high and low for the most complete version and the original negative material. It may take a lot of research to find the additional footage on film, but we’re up to the challenge. Savini may have some behind-the-scenes video, and if so, it’ll be fun to showcase some of that stuff. We’ll have extras, but it’s early yet, so we have to wait and see what we can come up with.” Both EXTERMINATOR and SCORPION will be issued on DVD and Blu-ray; stay tuned for updates!
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