In September, Arrow Celebrates Mutants, Cenobites and the Apocalypse
With September fast approaching it means Spooky Season is right around the corner, and Spooky Season always calls for an all-out horror celebration. Arrow has you covered with a fun selection of new horror tiles hitting Blu-ray shelves in September that should help get those horror marathons all planned out. And to make sure all the bases are covered, a non-horror release has been added to the mix as well.
The frighteningly fun fall begins on September 17th with two releases. First up is Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes Part II. While not quite the success of the groundbreaking first film, this early '80s sequel is a down-and-dirty B-grade flick that genre fans have grown to appreciate more of the years. As far as films with dog flashbacks go, The Hills Have Eyes Part II may very well be the best. The second release hitting stands on September 17th is Alan Lado's classic giallo, Who Saw Her Die? George Lazenby and Anita Strindberg star as parents that search the streets of Venice hoping to find the black-veiled killer that murder their daughter. The film has received much praise for its style, which author Danny Shipka compared favorably to Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now. Who Saw Her Die? features a new 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative.
September 24th is a busy day as Arrow releases four new titles, beginning with a pair of Clive Barker classics. Roger Ebert famously declared 1987's Hellraiser to have a "bankruptcy of imagination," but that didn't stop horror hounds everywhere from cherishing this undisputed masterpiece. Doug Bradley dons the needles for the first time as Pinhead in this mad tale about puzzles, cenobites, and a sadomasochistic underworld. In the film's sequel, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, we are taken deep into the depths of hell as Barker's universe of depravity is further explored. Both films hit Blu-ray shelves with brand new 2K restorations approved by director of photography Robin Vidgeon.
Also coming on the 24th of September is In the Aftermath, a film unlike anything else you've ever seen. In looking to make his debut feature, director Carl Colpaert re-purposed footage from an older anime, shot some live-action footage and created a haunting post-apocalyptic look at Earth. This stunning film is now presented with the 2K restoration it deserves.
The month's final release, also hitting shelves on the 24th, is Billy Wilder's The Major and the Minor. Ginger Rogers disguises herself as a child to save money on a train ticket, a decidedly genius move that nearly comes crashing down when she decides to smoke. She hides out in the compartment of Ray Milland and hijinks ensue. The film is noticeable for being Wilder's first as a director in America and it essentially kick started his illustrious career.
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Former Bond star George Lazenby (On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Man from Hong Kong) headlines this classic giallo directed by Aldo Lado (Short Night of Glass Dolls, Night Train Murders) ¬-as compelling for its haunting atmosphere, twists and turns as for its parallels with another great Venetian horror/thriller - Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now.
In a radiation-soaked wasteland, two surviving soldiers, Frank and Goose, search for essential supplies amid the rubble. After a violent confrontation, Frank is haunted by visions of an angelic young girl holding a giant egg, herself a refugee from another world altogether. Could the egg be the key to saving both their worlds'
Based on his own novella The Hellbound Heart, Clive Barker's Hellraiser sees Larry (Andrew Robinson) and his wife Julia (Clare Higgins) move into their new home, unaware that something evil lurks beneath the floorboards of the dilapidated house - something that wants human blood...
Having escaped the clutches of Pinhead and the demonic Cenobites, Kirsty Cotton (Ashley Laurence) awakens to finds herself detained at the Channard Institute, a hospital for the mentally ill. But her torments are far from over - the chief doctor at the institute is determined to unleash the powers of Hell to achieve his own twisted ends.
Legendary actress and dancer Ginger Rogers stars as Susan Applegate, a struggling young woman who pretends to be an 11-year old girl in order to buy a half-price train ticket. Fleeing the conductors, she hides in the compartment of Major Philip Kirby. When they arrive at the military academy where Kirby teaches, his fiancée grows suspicious of Susan's ruse...