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DVD/Blu-ray dates/info/covers: “SPRING,” Artsploitation overseas horrors, “TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN,” etc.

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We made a big update yesterday to our on-line DVD/Blu-ray Chopping List schedule of upcoming genre releases, and there are a few we want to particularly point out, plus more details and art to show you for some of ’em.

• Image Entertainment has set a July 7 DVD and Blu-ray release date for the update of THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN, in which the real-life Phantom Killer featured in the original film returns to Texarkana for another murder spree (see our review). Dark Sky Films will bring LET US PREY to both disc formats May 26; DOG SOLDIERS’ Liam Cunningham and THE WOMAN’S Pollyanna McIntosh star in this creepy British/Irish chiller about a stranger who turns up at a small village’s police station and causes all kinds of horrific trouble. And Greg Olliver’s underseen, superior psychological horror film DEVOURED (review) hits DVD August 4 from Crystal Sky. Stay tuned for more details on these.

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• Drafthouse Films, FilmBuff and Anchor Bay have announced that they’re joining forces to release Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s SPRING to DVD June 2, when it will also be available as a Best Buy-exclusive Blu-ray (that disc will be available at other retailers August 11). The saga of a troubled young man (Lou Taylor Pucci) who travels to Italy and falls for a seductive young woman (Nadia Hilker) with a monstrous secret has won awards at festivals and raves in limited release, and will be fully loaded on the discs:

• Audio commentary by writer/producer/editor/director Benson and producer/editor/cinematographer/director Moorhead
• Feature-length “The Making of SPRING”
• Deleted scenes
• SFX case studies
• Proof-of-concept short
• Alternate ending
• Featurettes “The Talented Mr. Evan,” “Angelo: The Worst Farmer,” “Wankster Girlfriend Monologue” and “Evan Ti Odio”
• Promo videos

Retail prices for the discs are $22.98.

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• Artsploitation Films has announced that it will bring the much-anticipated foreign fright films DER SAMURAI (pictured at top) and HORSEHEAD to Blu-ray as well as DVD in June. Till Kleinert’s DER SAMURAI, in which a sword-wielding killer (Pit Bukowski) takes a young cop (Michel Diercks) on a very strange and violent night-long odyssey (review), streets June 9 and will come with:

• Audio commentary by Kleinert and producer Linus de Paoli
• Behind-the-scenes featurette
• Original theatrical trailer

Romain Basset’s HORSEHEAD, in which a young girl (Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux) returns to her family home and begins experiencing surreal nightmares of the titular monster, arrives June 23, with special features including:

• “Inside HORSEHEAD” making-of featurette
• Four short films
• Original trailer

In addition, Artsploitation has Jay Lee and Jim Roof’s black-comic horror mockumentary THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES slated for DVD June 16. Extras on this story of a married couple who turn serial killers and capture their crimes on video are:

• Directors’ commentary
• Sizzle reel
• Gag reel
• Trailer

Retail prices are $24.99 for the DVDs, $29.99 for the Blu-rays.

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• Wild Eye Releasing has a pretty heavy lineup of indie shockers set for next Tuesday, April 21. In addition to BLOOD SLAUGHTER MASSACRE (see details here), there’s JONAH LIVES, directed by Luis Carvalho, lensed in Fall River, MA—the site of the Lizzie Borden murders—and featuring Brinke Stevens as a woman whose murder victim is accidentally brought back to vengeful life by a group of teenagers. The DVD includes:

• Behind-the-scenes featurette with Stevens
• Fall River post-screening celebration featurette
• Teasers and trailers

More young people run into trouble when they try to help a badly beaten man they discover in the woods in Stephen Patrick Kenny’s THE PIGMAN MURDERS. This bloodbath is accompanied on DVD by the short film CURSE OF THE BANSHEE and trailers. And in THE MOTHMAN CURSE, two museum workers find the legendary creature coming to life and turning their lives into a nightmare; the disc comes with deleted scenes, the short films THERE’S SOMETHING AT THE END OF MY BED and YOU SUCK! and trailers. Retail price for each of these is $14.95.

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Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.
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