GRINDHOUSE RELEASING’S RESTORED ‘DEATH GAME’ DEBUTS TO RAVE REVIEWS!

Death Game (1977) Blu-ray

Grindhouse Releasing’s new 4K restoration of Peter S. Traynor’s DEATH GAME is now playing in theaters, and scoring rave reviews! We couldn’t be more pleased with the audience reaction to this newly rediscovered 1970s cult classic.

Critic Sean M. Peters writes, “It’s sexy, grotesque, shocking and schlocky all at once, a perfectly campy cinematic trip that’ll leave you looking over your shoulder in the kitchen for weeks to come.” (CityBeat)

Jim Healy of the Wisconsin Film Festival calls DEATH GAME “a truly odd and genuinely nightmarish American thriller” – don’t miss the festival screening coming up on April 11!

Bloody-Disgusting editor John Squires says, “If you loved ‘X’ and you’re looking for more of that 70s-era exploitation insanity, make it your next watch. Colleen Camp & Sondra Locke are hurricanes of manic energy. Two of the most fun performances out there.”

Bruce Holecheck of Cinema Arcana calls DEATH GAME “a stunning release that was definitely worth the wait, and an easy inclusion in my Top Ten of 2022 line-up.”

And Nathaniel Thompson of Mondo-Digital hails DEATH GAME as “wholly unique and unforgettable”!

The limited edition Blu-ray of DEATH GAME is SOLD OUT, and we’re working around the clock to ship them to our customers. If you’re still waiting to receive your copy, don’t panic! More than half of the 2,000 copies pressed in this special limited run have shipped since we received the inventory on March 14, and we expect all remaining orders to ship within the next two weeks.

Here’s an advance look at the Blu-ray from reviewer Lindsay Washburn. Special thanks to Lindsay for not only reviewing DEATH GAME but also giving a shout-out to Mark Jason Murray’s excellent Rudy Ray Moore biography, THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME BE MYSELF. Don’t wait to pick up this incredible limited edition hardcover book available now through our online store!

Lindsay Washburn reviews DEATH GAME

Request DEATH GAME at your local theater, and keep an eye on our screenings page for updates on where you can see this and other Grindhouse Releasing hits on the big screen! Here are some of the events we’ve got coming up:

4/1 & 4/2 – DEATH GAME, Frida Cinema, Santa Ana, CA

4/2 – CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (35mm), Brain Dead Studios, Los Angeles

4/6 – DEATH GAME, Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL

4/11 – DEATH GAME, Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison, WI

4/ 8 – 4/11 – THE EVIL DEAD, AFI Silver Theatre, Silver Spring, MD

4/14 – 4/16 – DEATH GAME, Drexel Theatre, Columbus, OH

4/26 – DEATH GAME, Majestic Tempe 7, Tempe, AZ

5/7 – THE BEYOND, New Beverly Cinema, Los Angeles, CA

5/13 & 5/16 – DEATH GAME, AFI Silver Theatre, Silver Spring, MD

Special Grindhouse Releasing thanks to the Esquire Theatre in Cincinnati for hosting our recent screening of DEATH GAME and Eli Roth’s KNOCK KNOCK! To book this incredible doublebill for your theater, contact us!

DEATH GAME BLU-RAY UPDATE

Due to a manufacturing issue, there will be a slight delay in the release of the DEATH GAME Blu-ray. We expect to ship the limited edition Blu-ray to our customers in March. 

While this is extremely frustrating for all of us, we made the decision to reprint the slipcovers, outer wrap and booklet rather than compromise the presentation of this long-awaited release. 

We apologize for the inconvenience. We are offering a 25 percent discount on back catalog Blu-ray titles to all customers pre-ordering DEATH GAME from our website. Sign up for our newsletter at GrindhouseReleasing.com to receive your discount code. 

Thank you for your patience.

Bob Murawski
Grindhouse Releasing

TWO NEW TITLES FOR THE NEW YEAR! DEATH GAME DELUXE ‘MEAT CLEAVER’ EDITION 2 DISC BLU-RAY & RUDY RAY MOORE BIOGRAPHY

The DEATH GAME Meat Cleaver edition is exclusive to our online store. 

You won’t get this from Amazon or anywhere else, so if you do want one of the embossed DEATH GAME meat cleavers included with the first 2000 units, make sure you order direct from Grindhouse Releasing! 
This limited edition will sell out QUICKLY!
RELEASE DATE: MARCH 8, 2022
Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present the ultimate 1970s psychological thriller. John Cassavetes veteran Seymour Cassel stars as George Manning, a family man whose perfect life is turned into a nightmare of sex and torture when he allows himself to be seduced by two nubile young strangers (Sondra Locke and Colleen Camp) who show up at his door on a rainy night. Considered lost for many decades, DEATH GAME is being presented for for the first time on home video in its original 2.39:1 aspect ratio, meticulously restored in 4K from the original camera negative.

Special Features:

 Spectacular new 4K restoration created from the original camera negative
Provocative, in-depth interviews with cult movie legend Colleen Camp (GAME OF DEATHAPOCALYPSE NOW) and director Peter Traynor, conducted by Eli Roth
• Additional interviews with co-star Sondra Locke,  producer Larry Spiegel, cinematographer/editor David Worth, and screenwriter Michael Ronald Ross
• Audio commentaries by Colleen Camp & Eli Roth, and Larry Spiegel & David Worth
• 24-page full-color booklet with rare photos and liner notes
• Extensive still galleries
• 
Beautiful embossed slipcover with new art by esteemed painter Dave Lebow
• AND OTHER SURPRISES!
“A grisly stab at horror exploitation.”
– Variety

“An intense, uncomfortable film… an exercise in suspense, violence and degradation.”
– Roy Frumkes, Hollywood Reporter

“An extremely well made, engrossing and often shocking film that bears watching if you have the stomach for it… a relentlessly painful and violent film. Traynor shows the gross sickness of a violent society.”
– Doug de Lisle, The Times Record

“If you have a friend who enjoys this movie, get a new friend.” 
– Cleveland Plain Dealer

We are bringing DEATH GAME to select theaters nationwide in 2022! See it on the big screen at these upcoming dates:

• January 14 & 15 – Marcus des Peres Cinema 14, St Louis
• January 19 – Alamo Drafthouse New Mission, San Francisco
• February 4 – American Cinematheque – Los Feliz 3 Theatre, Los Angeles
• March 5 – Coolidge Corner Theatre, Boston


Check out the book!

THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME BE MYSELF: The Authorized Biography of Rudy Ray Moore aka Dolemite by Mark Jason Murray

“I love Rudy and we have thanked him on all of our releases since the beginning of Grindhouse Releasing. Mark has created the book equivalent of one of our movie releases – decades in the making, as exhaustive as possible, with no stone left unturned. 
I am deeply honored that he allowed us to be involved with what I feel is the most important book of the decade.” 

– Bob Murawski, Grindhouse Releasing

• NOT AVAILABLE IN STORES!

• Shipping begins on 2/1/2022!

DELUXE LIMITED EDITION HARDBACK OF ONLY 2000 COPIES! (NOTE: Nearly half of these were already pre-sold. Don’t wait as this edition will sell out quickly!) 

As a dancer, singer, comedian and filmmaker, Rudy Ray Moore teetered on obscurity his entire life. Finally, with the creation of his “Dolemite” character and the release of several controversial and groundbreaking hit comedy albums and self-produced films during the 1970’s, Moore achieved his short-lived success. As the decade changed and he struggled to survive, Moore’s work fueled a new generation of fans and artists, who would help resurrect his career. He would become known as the “King of the Party Records” and the “Godfather of Rap,” influencing comedians, musicians and pop culture, long after his passing. His tenacity and achievements were so inspiring, a part of his story was the basis for the hit Netflix film, Dolemite is My Name, starring Eddie Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore.

Throughout his life, Rudy remained a very private person. He would end his live performances by commenting to the crowd, “Thank you for letting me be myself!” Yet, Moore was far removed from his public persona, and personal details of his life were rarely shared. Many people, including those closest to Moore, believed they knew him well, yet the complete and detailed story of his life remained untold.

Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself reveals Moore’s unknown origins as he escaped poverty and abuse to enter the world of show business. Every period of his life and career is discussed in tremendous detail, with great effort made to place everything into proper historical and cultural context. Speculations will be cleared and truths will be told through the controversial last year of his life… and beyond.

Inspiration. Icon. Legend. 
This is the story of Rudy Ray Moore.
THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE!

PRODUCT DETAILS:

• Limited edition hardback of only 2000 copies!
• 380 full color glossy pages!
• Over 600 photos!
• Extensive discography / videography covering hundreds of releases!
• Full details on the making of all of Moore’s classic films (Dolemite, The Human Tornado, Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil’s Son-in-Law, Disco Godfather and more)!
• The definitive text on Rudy Ray Moore!

“Rudy Ray Moore became this little hero of mine. He was the loser who refused to lose.” 
– Eddie Murphy

“Long before there was Spike Lee, John Singleton and Robert Townsend, there was Rudy Ray Moore. A true pioneer who gave future generations of black filmmakers hope.”
– Arsenio Hall 

“Without Rudy Ray Moore, there would be no Snoop Dogg, and that’s for real.” 
– Snoop Dogg

“I am the King!” 
– Rudy Ray Moore

DEATH GAME (1977) 2 Disc Deluxe EDITION Blu-ray PRE-orders begin new years day!

Pre-orders for the DEATH GAME 2 disc Deluxe Edition Blu-ray begin January 1 at GrindhouseReleasing.com. We’ll announce full specs and street date at that time. As with the PIECES jigsaw puzzle, the I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Horror Hypo, and the TOUGH ONES bullet pen, we are including a special gift with the first 2000 copies. 

The DEATH GAME Meat Cleaver edition is exclusive to our online store at shop.grindhousereleasing.com. You won’t get this from Amazon or anywhere else, so if you do want one of the embossed DEATH GAME meat cleavers included with the first 2000 units, make sure you order direct from Grindhouse Releasing! 

Be sure to pre-order on January 1st. This limited edition will sell out QUICKLY!

Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present the ultimate 1970s psychological thriller. John Cassavetes veteran Seymour Cassel stars as George Manning, a family man whose perfect life is turned into a nightmare of sex and torture when he allows himself to be seduced by two nubile young strangers (Sondra Locke and Colleen Camp) who show up at his door on a rainy night. Considered lost for many decades, DEATH GAME is being presented for for the first time on home video in its original 2.39:1 aspect ratio, meticulously restored in 4K from the original camera negative. 


“A grisly stab at horror exploitation.”
– Variety

“An intense, uncomfortable film… an exercise in suspense, violence and degradation.”
– Roy Frumkes, Hollywood Reporter

“An extremely well made, engrossing and often shocking film that bears watching if you have the stomach for it… a relentlessly painful and violent film. Traynor shows the gross sickness of a violent society.”
– Doug de Lisle, The Times Record

“If you have a friend who enjoys this movie, get a new friend.” 
– Cleveland Plain Dealer

We are bringing DEATH GAME to select theaters nationwide in 2022! See it on the big screen at these upcoming dates:

• January 14 & 15 – Marcus des Peres Cinema 14, St Louis
• January 19 – Alamo Drafthouse New Mission, San Francisco
• February 4 – American Cinematheque – Los Feliz 3 Theatre, Los Angeles
• March 5-Coolidge Corner Theatre, Boston

Coming Soon… The Authorized Biography of Rudy Ray Moore!

Official promo video for THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME BE MYSELF
Take a flip through the book!

THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME BE MYSELF: The Authorized Biography of Rudy Ray Moore aka Dolemite by Mark Jason Murray

PRE-ORDERS BEGIN 1/1/2022! Shipping begins on 2/1/2022!
Only available from www.rudyraymoore.com and www.grindhousereleasing.com – sign up for our emailing lists to receive a special discount code to use when preorders begin!

• Check out the promo which includes a flip through of the book! https://youtu.be/q4ZoqVjx5BI

DELUXE LIMITED EDITION HARDBACK OF ONLY 2000 COPIES! (NOTE: Nearly half of these were already presold. Don’t wait as this edition will sell out quickly!) 

As a dancer, singer, comedian and filmmaker, Rudy Ray Moore teetered on obscurity his entire life. Finally, with the creation of his “Dolemite” character and the release of several controversial and groundbreaking hit comedy albums and self-produced films during the 1970’s, Moore achieved his short-lived success. As the decade changed and he struggled to survive, Moore’s work fueled a new generation of fans and artists, who would help resurrect his career. He would become known as the “King of the Party Records” and the “Godfather of Rap,” influencing comedians, musicians and pop culture, long after his passing. His tenacity and achievements were so inspiring, a part of his story was the basis for the hit Netflix film, Dolemite is My Name, starring Eddie Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore.

Throughout his life, Rudy remained a very private person. He would end his live performances by commenting to the crowd, “Thank you for letting me be myself!” Yet, Moore was far removed from his public persona, and personal details of his life were rarely shared. Many people, including those closest to Moore, believed they knew him well, yet the complete and detailed story of his life remained untold.

Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself reveals Moore’s unknown origins as he escaped poverty and abuse to enter the world of show business. Every period of his life and career is discussed in tremendous detail, with great effort made to place everything into proper historical and cultural context. Speculations will be cleared and truths will be told through the controversial last year of his life… and beyond.

Inspiration. Icon. Legend. 
This is the story of Rudy Ray Moore.
THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE!

PRODUCT DETAILS:

• Limited edition hardback of only 2000 copies!
• 380 full color glossy pages!
• Over 600 photos!
• Extensive discography / videography covering hundreds of releases!
• Full details on the making of all of Moore’s classic films (Dolemite, The Human Tornado, Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil’s Son-in-Law, Disco Godfather and more)!
• The definitive text on Rudy Ray Moore!

“Rudy Ray Moore became this little hero of mine. He was the loser who refused to lose.” 
– Eddie Murphy

“Long before there was Spike Lee, John Singleton and Robert Townsend, there was Rudy Ray Moore. A true pioneer who gave future generations of black filmmakers hope.”
– Arsenio Hall 

“Without Rudy Ray Moore, there would be no Snoop Dogg, and that’s for real.” 
– Snoop Dogg

“I am the King!” 
– Rudy Ray Moore

Rudy Ray Moore aka Dolemite official biography available from Grindhouse Releasing

“I love Rudy and we have thanked him on all of our releases since the beginning of Grindhouse Releasing. Mark has created the book equivalent of one of our movie releases – decades in the making, as exhaustive as possible, with no stone left unturned. 
I am deeply honored that he allowed us to be involved with what I feel is the most important book of the decade.” 

– Bob Murawski, Grindhouse Releasing