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DVDetails/art: “NIGHT TERRORS,” “DIE SISTER, DIE!” and other indie horrors

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Independent horror is alive and well on the DVD scene, and we’ve got the info (including some exclusive bonus-features details) and covers for several titles heading your way this fall.

• Camp Motion Pictures unleashes the horror anthology NIGHT TERRORS November 25. Directed by Alex Lukens and Jason Zink, the movie is billed as “the return of VHS horror” and, according to the official synopsis, “chronicles the night Maddie has to stay home to watch her little brother, Willem. When he asks to hear some stories before bed, Maddie decides to get back at him by spinning the most thorn-covered yarns she can think of. Three half-hour short films fill up Willem’s head with dread before bed. In MASSACRE ON 34TH STREET, a maniacal Santa Claus puts everyone on the naughty list. In BABY KILLER, a loving father and distinguished professor does the unthinkable to save his daughter’s life. And finally in ABSTINENCE, a new flesheating virus is taking over the bodies and minds of an entire college campus and it’s up to two nerds to outlive it. Maddie may have shaken her brother up, but will he be the only one sleeping tonight?” Special features are:

• Outtakes
• “Product Placement” featurette
• “Saying Suspicious” featurette
• “How We Slate” featurette
• Trailer vault

Retail price is $19.98.

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• Retrosploitation has a pair of new fright flicks out this month: DIE SISTER, DIE! (which we first told you about here), out August 26, and TERROR AT BLACK TREE FOREST, which just went on sale. Scream-queen legend Brinke Stevens stars in SISTER, a remake of the 1972 psychological chiller directed by Dustin W. Ferguson; the synopsis: “Edward [Jeff Hoover] is tired of the allowance granted him by his older sister Amanda [Stevens] and becomes impatient for her death, and his part of their father’s inheritance. Amanda has suffered from two heart attacks already, and Edward believes the third time will be a charm. So he hires an ex-con nurse, Esther [Jennii Caroline] to scare her to death. However, the plan goes awry as Esther becomes drawn into the family’s secret history.”

Special features on the DVD are:

• Behind-the-scenes featurette
• Brinke Stevens interview
• Jennii Caroline interview
• Theatrical premiere video
• Promotional trailers

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Ferguson also directed TERROR AT BLACK TREE FOREST, which stars Allison Scott, Theophilus Clark and Christina Marie Leonard. The synopsis: “In the summer of 1970, a young mother is brutally raped and killed in front of her own son within the wilderness of Black Tree Forest. Twenty years later, a group of college friends head off to the same woods for some hiking and camping. However, Brian Mellows, the child left scarred 20 years ago, has recently escaped Vestron Hospital. The young campers out for a fun-filled weekend end up in the fight for their lives as they encounter the pillowcase-masked maniac who stalks the land in search of innocent victims. They play a terrifying game of cat and mouse as a cycle of violence perpetuates.”

This disc comes with theatrical premiere video, a production still gallery and Black Tree Forest Saga trailers. These and other Retrosploitation titles can be ordered at the company’s official website.

• The award-winning PIECES OF TALENT recently became available on both a two-DVD set and a “hand-bloodied” limited-edition VHS tape exclusively at the movie’s official website. Directed and co-written by Joe Stauffer, the movie features FX by Tony Rosen, who created the Annabelle doll for THE CONJURING and the upcoming ANNABELLE, and “centers around Charlotte [Kristi Ray], a disillusioned aspiring actress that can barely get by. Charlotte catches a break when seemingly chance circumstances put her in contact with a local filmmaker, David Long [played by co-scripter David Long]. David and Charlotte form a quick friendship that leads to Charlotte landing the starring role in David’s newest project. David quickly becomes obsessed with Charlotte and begins building his bloody masterpiece. David is a happily obsessed individual willing to do whatever it takes to make ‘true art.’ He utilizes his charm and skills to make something dark and deranged seem utterly beautiful and loving.” The cast also includes Jon Stafford, Barbara Weetman and Taylor Kowalski, and the second of the two DVDs contains over an hour of special features, including behind-the-scenes content and bloopers. The disc set goes for $17.99, and the VHS is $24.99.

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• Coming August 26 from Wild Eye Releasing is PRESIDENT WOLFMAN, a true found-footage movie; it was crafted by filmmaker Mike Davis entirely from stock and public-domain material, visually enhanced with a newly scripted, scored and revoiced soundtrack. The result is described thusly: “Meet John Wolfman: politician, single parent and werewolf, a man whose (hairy) hands are definitely full. Not only is he trying to stop his opponents from selling the U.S. to China, he also has to solve a series of grizzly murders in the capitol. Add a crazed mad scientist, Smokey the Bear, a Miss Teen beauty pageant and a race against time to save his 8-year-old son Bobby from a murderous Vice President, and you have a movie that will keep you howling from start to finish.” The extras are:

• Davis’ short films
• Outtakes
• Music video
• Highlight reel
• Trailers

Retail price is $14.95.

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