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


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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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, the position he holds to this day while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews.
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