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Two ’70s “HOUSE”s of horror reopen on Blu-ray/DVD

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A pair of cult-classic shriekers from the 1970s starring genre-vet actors have been restored for hi-def disc; read on for the details and a first look at the cover art.

Severin Films has announced that it will issue 1976’s THE HOUSE ON STRAW HILL and 1974’s THE HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES on Blu-ray/DVD combo packs June 11. STRAW HILL, a.k.a. TRAUMA and EXPOSÉ (and remade a few years back as STALKER by director Martin Kemp and producer Jonathan Sothcott), stars Udo Kier as a blocked writer who retreats to a rural house with his wife (Fiona Richmond) and a sexy secretary (BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW’s Linda Hayden) and attempts to write a new novel, but temptation, psychosis and violence rear their ugly heads instead. Banned in Britain for 30 years as a “video nasty” and remastered here in 16×9-enhanced 1.77:1 widescreen from the original camera negative (discovered in a British barn!), the film will be accompanied by commentary by writer/director James Kenelm Clarke and cast/crew interviews.

In SEVEN CORPSES, a movie crew makes the mistake of shooting a horror flick in an actual haunted house; John Carradine, John Ireland and Faith Domergue co-star. Transferred in 16×9-enhanced 1.85:1 widescreen from original vault materials, this one will come with commentary by co-producer Gary Kent and film historian Lars Nilsen, and an exclusive archive interview with Carradine. Retail prices are $29.95 each.

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