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Thursday, July 28, 2011

The VHS Archives: Ken Wiederhorn's KING FRAT (1979)

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KING FRAT
Ken Wiederhorn's King Frat (1979)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: All American Video
Catalog: AAV107
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: ?
Runtime: 88:22
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: None

About the Film
Director: Ken Wiederhorn
Year of Release: 1979
Country of Origin: U.S.A.
Stars: John DiSanti, Charles Pitt, Roy Sekoff, Robert Small
AKAs: King *@#!! Frat, Delta House, Campus King

Verbatim Box Synopsis
If you thought that 'Animal House' was funny just wait until you see the boys from Delta House in this wild and crazy movie.  See the gang turn Yellowstone University into a disaster area.  Perhaps what endeared Tommy to Delta was the feeling that beneath the scum, noise and smell there existed a rare and irresistable spirit of togetherness.

U.S. All American sleeve! 

Italian Avo Film sleeve, originally scanned by "MaDDDin"!

U.K. Vipco sleeve, courtesy of Griff and his King *@#!! Frat Facebook group!

Swedish MDC Video sleeve, also courtesy of the FB Group!

Japanese Daei Video sleeve, again courtesy of the FB group!

Danish HemVideo Film / PolyGram sleeve, courtesy of Dag-Johnny Elnes!

Australian Prestige Video sleeve, again courtesy of Griff and his FB group! 

Australian Apple-Den sleeve, again courtesy of Griff and his FB group!


Original U.S. theatrical trailer, uploaded by "bigblackcocks"! (If that doesn't get me some wrongly-directed Google traffic, I don't know what will!)

Notes
A few words on the film from upcoming Cinema Arcana contributor, Paul Talbot:  "After Shock Waves, Weiderhorn was an editor then producer for CBS network news. He replaced the original director on King Frat. He was given 3 days to prep and read the script on the plane to Florida. The guy that plays the Belushi role in King Frat played the killer in Wiederhorn's Eyes of a Stranger. I snuck into a drive-in in '79 to see King Frat."

Looking for King Frat on VHS?  It's available on Amazon here.  You can also grab it on DVD from Code Red, double-billed with Cheering Section.  

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For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!



© 2011 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.

The VHS Archives: Michael J. Murphy's INVITATION TO HELL (1982)

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INVITATION TO HELL
Michael J. Murphy's Invitation to Hell (1982)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Mega
Catalog: WV5002
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: ?
Runtime: 41:25
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: None

About the Film
Director: Michael J. Murphy
Year of Release: 1982
Country of Origin: U.K.
Stars: Becky Simpson, Joseph Sheahan, Colin Efford
AKAs: ?

Verbatim Box Synopsis
A beautiful young girl accepts an invitation to a party of a former college friend held at an isolated house in the country.

Unbeknown to her a dark evil force is lurking with it's walls -- controlling the lives of the other inhabitants.

Lured into their satanic web she discovers that she is to become a virgin sacrifice to quench the eternal lustings of the evil being.

Alone and powerless against her tormentor, in a struggle to survive she stumbles across the key to the malevolent force.  Is it too late to use it and escape her Invitation To Hell?

U.S. Mega sleeve!

U.K. Scorpio Video sleeve! 

 U.K. Scorpio Video reverse sleeve!


DVD trailer, uploaded by Sarcophilous Films!

Looking for Invitation to Hell on VHS?  It's available on Amazon here, though the picture listed is actually the Videoline release.  Buyer beware!  Anyway, you're much better off grabbing the Sarcophilous Films DVD; it features a new transfer, some extras and it's paired with Murphy's The Last Night to replicate its original U.K. VHS release!

Investigate more titles with Project: MOGUL!

For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!


© 2011 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.

Monday, July 25, 2011

It's Name that Movie Monday! Challenge #22!

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Welcome back to Name that Movie Monday!

It's time for Challenge #22 here at the ol' Arcana! Can you identify this week's mystery photo, scanned direct from The Holecheck Archives? If you think you recognize it, post a comment below. As the week goes on, if no one guesses correctly I'll begin adding some pretty useless hints. Easy, right?

Here ya' go -- good luck!


UPDATE:

Congrats to Hysteria Lives' Justin Kerswell for naming Norman J. Warren's Terror (1978) as the mystery film of this week's challenge. Admittedly influenced by Argento's Suspiria, this supernatural-tinged slasher / giallo is one of the director's most enjoyable efforts, albeit a bit nonsensical. A confused tale of a film crew whose talent is getting ruthlessly slaughtered by an unseen assailant who may or may not have something to do with a longstanding family curse, it's basically nothing more than a set up for multiple gory setpieces, all stylishly lit and shot like all your favorite Italian horrors. And really, what the hell more do you want? Oh yeah, it's got nudity, too.

Released to U.S. theaters in 1979 by Crown International Pictures, the film made its way to home video in the '80s courtesy of VCI Entertainment and was later reissued by their United arm, both of which served the film pretty well. Crown's tape master was reused in 2004 for the film's digital debut from Rhino as part of their Horrible Horrors set, but shortly thereafter Terror hit U.K. DVD as part of Anchor Bay's recommended Norman Warren Collection. This version featured a new anamorphic transfer and a slew of supplements; the whole set is well worth seeking out if you're a fan of the director. In the U.S., the film was acquired by BCI Eclipse as part of their deal with Crown, who proceeded to release a nice print of it twice: once in 2006 paired with the shortened domestic print of Land of the Minotaur, and again in 2008 sharing space with a cut edit of Warren's Satan's Slave! Once the label folded, their catalog seeped over to Mill Creek, who stuffed the film into their Gorehouse Greats compendium in 2009. If all you're looking for is the film, this is a good and cheap alternative to the import set; copies can be picked up for peanuts nowadays! Though it's not a likely candidate, I'd love to see the film get upgraded to Blu Ray; its colorful palette would really be a pleasure to see in hi-def!
 



(Since this post was originally written, Scorpion Releasing have reissued Terror on DVD with some of the UK release's supplements, paired with an uncut version of The Devil's Men / Land of the Minotaur.  It can be purchased from Amazon here.)

Newspaper ad courtesy of Fred Adelman's essential Critical Condition.
 
For a look at our last entry, click here.  For the unbeatable Challenge #20, unsolved since December(!), click here.  We also have quite a few unidentified Grab Bag photos, if you really want to show your stuff. And don't forget, our Upcoming Releases List (the best on the 'net) is constantly updated, so stop by and preorder some cool stuff!

© 2011 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The VHS Archives: Luigi Batzella's SS EXPERIMENT CAMP 2 (1977)

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SS EXPERIMENT CAMP 2
Luigi Batzella's La bestia in calore (1977)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Mogul Communications, Inc.
Catalog: MOG1018
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: 1987
Runtime: 77:27
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: None

About the Film
Director: Luigi Batzella
Year of Release: 1977
Country of Origin: Italy
Stars: Macha Magall, Xiro Papas, Salvatore Baccaro, Gino Turini, Brad Harris, Brigitte Skay
AKAs: The Beast in Heat, SS Hell Camp, Horrifying Experiments of the SS Last Days, Nazi Holocaust

Verbatim Box Synopsis
A terrifying story of violence and madness set in a camp of re-inforced concrete and wire during World War II.

Some of the prisoners got out -- the lucky few -- and some of them didn't, those who didn't were left to suffer the isolation of the concentration camp and the ruthlessness of Hitler's elite band of Nazi guards.

This is the story of those who didn't escape.  A story of the destruction of men and history and the Nazi pledge to shock and plunder.

U.S. Mogul sleeve!

U.S. Video City Productions sleeve!

U.K. JVI Video Films sleeve, courtesy of the Grindhouse Database

South Korean NVC sleeve, originally scanned by "gialloboy"!

Danish Video Action / Videogram sleeve, courtesy of Hans-Jorn Reimer and his Danish Ex-Rental VHS Appreciation Group!

French Assaut Video sleeve, taken from Nanarland!

Greek AGM Home Video sleeve, originally scanned by ""!

DVD trailer, uploaded by "Jewbo23"!

Though this tape isn't readily available, Media Blasters issued an excellent uncut DVD that is well worth picking up!  Get it by itself, or in a Nazi Nasty triple-pack!

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For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!


© 2011 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The VHS Archives: Valentino Orsini's MISSION CORBARI (1970)

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MISSION CORBARI
Valentino Orsini's Corbari (1970)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Mega
Catalog: WV5004
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: ?
Runtime: 94:31
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: None

About the Film
Director: Valentino Orsini
Year of Release: 1970
Country of Origin: Italy
Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Tina Aumont, Frank Wolff
AKAs: ?

Verbatim Box Synopsis
One man against incredible odds.

This action-filled story concerns one man who would stop at nothing to win the struggle against the tyrannical jackboot rule of the Nazis.  Hi name was Corbari.

U.S. Mega sleeve! 

Italian SSV Video sleeve! 

Swedish Trocab Film sleeve, originally scanned by "Jonas"! 

Swedish Trix Videofilmer sleeve!

Danish Dana Sound Video sleeve, courtesy of Hans-Jorn Reimer and his Danish Ex-Rental VHS Appreciation group!

Investigate more titles with Project: MOGUL!

For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!

© 2011 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.

Monday, July 18, 2011

It's Name that Movie Monday! Challenge #21!

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Welcome back to Name that Movie Monday!

It's time for Challenge #21 here at the ol' Arcana! Can you identify this week's mystery photo, scanned direct from The Holecheck Archives? If you think you recognize it, post a comment below. As the week goes on, if no one guesses correctly I'll begin adding some pretty useless hints. Easy, right?

Here ya' go -- good luck!


UPDATE:

Well, that didn't take long, did it?

Congrats to Doug Waltz for identifying Herschell Gordon Lewis' typically ludicrous bike-bitch epic, She-Devils on Wheels (1968). As their motto goes, "We don't owe nobody nothin' and we don't make no deals! We're swingin' chicks on motorbikes and maneaters on wheels!" Add in some splashy violence, groovy garage rock and hilariously quotable dialogue (including the legendary "Go fumigate yourself, craphead!") and you have a guaranteed night's entertainment.

Originally released to theaters ("in Blinding Color!" according to the promotional materials) by Mayflower Pictures, Inc., the film was later picked up by AIP as a co-feature for Billy Jack, of all things. What a night that bill would've been! At home, She-Devils on Wheels received a 1985 VHS release from World Video once its rights were bought up by Jimmy Maslon's Shock Films, who reissued it themselves in 1990 as part of their incredible 'Sleaziest Movies in the History of the World' series hosted by Joe Bob Briggs. Shock then worked out a deal with Something Weird Video, and that's where it's resided since. Their DVD looks great and comes with a fun commentary, stills collection, trailers and more, so get on the road!




For a look at our last entry, which has remained unsolved since December(!), click here.  We also have quite a few unidentified Grab Bag photos, if you really want to show your stuff.  And don't forget, our Upcoming Releases List (the best on the 'net) is constantly updated, so stop by and preorder some cool stuff!

© 2011 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The VHS Archives: Tonino Ricci's DAYS OF HELL (1986)

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DAYS OF HELL
Tonino Ricci's I giorni dell'inferno (1986)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Mogul Communications, Inc.
Catalog: MOG1012
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: ?
Runtime: 87:49
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: None

About the Film
Director: Tonino Ricci
Year of Release: 1986
Country of Origin: Italy
Stars: Conrad Nichols, Werner Pochath, Richard Raymond, Steve Eliot
AKAs: The Afghanistan Connection

Verbatim Box Synopsis
A feeling of unease fills a guerilla camp in Afghanistan -- suddenly all hell breaks loose as the camp is savagely attacked by Russian military helicopters and air power, using chemical weapons causing death and destruction.

The scene shifts to Miami, Florida where a crack team of mercenaries are recruited to rescue Dr. Hunter and his daughter who are held captive by the enemy.

The four human fighting machines decide to enter Afghanistan by way of Iran and are immediately ambushed by unfriendly rebels...

The action is spectacular as the war-hardened mercenaries attempt the daring rescue leaving a devastating trail of destruction in their wake.

U.S. Mogul Communications sleeve! 

Argentinean Video Scope sleeve, courtesy of Raro VHS

Swedish MDC Video sleeve, taken from Camp Movie Camp

German Highlight Video sleeve, originally scanned by "Operazione Bianchi"!

French Empire Vision sleeve, passing itself off as a third entry in the same team's post-nuke Rush series!

Bonus clip, uploaded by "mirkoemayla"!

Looking for Days of Hell on VHS? It's available on Amazon here.

Investigate more titles with Project: MOGUL!

For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!

© 2011 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.