EVIL DEAD News!

GRINDHOUSE RELEASING BRINGS “EVIL DEAD” TO THEATERS IN 4K WITH EXCLUSIVE NEW 5.1 SURROUND SOUNDTRACK


Original Composer Joe LoDuca Revisits Sam Raimi’s Horror Classic

For Immediate Release

Grindhouse Releasing is bringing Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD to theaters for the first time in 4K with a terrifying new soundtrack!

This special edition of EVIL DEAD presents the horror classic for the first time with a reimagined score by original composer Joseph LoDuca and a thrilling new 5.1 surround mix created by Marti Humphrey and Jussi Tegelman, the award-winning sound crew behind DRAG ME TO HELL and ASH VS. EVIL DEAD.

Star BRUCE CAMPBELL explains, “Mixing the sound for EVIL DEAD in the early 80’s, we were forced to shove everything into one monaural box. As a result, Joe LoDuca’s great score had to compete unfairly with Kandarian Demons, gore sound effects and lots of screaming. With this new release, Joe can finally have his dynamic composition mixed, balanced and featured properly – for perhaps the first time ever!”

Grindhouse Releasing owner Bob Murawski worked with Raimi to restore EVIL DEAD from the original 16mm camera negatives, and brought the stunning 4K transfer together with LoDuca’s new soundtrack. Murawski is an Oscar-winning film editor whose work with Sam Raimi includes DARKMAN, ARMY OF DARKNESS, THE GIFT, SPIDER MAN 1, 2, & 3, DRAG ME TO HELL, and ASH VS. EVIL DEAD.

“With this fantastic new score, Joe LoDuca proves that he’s the Bartok of blood, the Shostakovich of shock, the Mahler of the macabre.” Murawski said. ”The new music, new sound mix and new 4K restoration have elevated EVIL DEAD from the scary to the sublime.”

For bookings, contact theatrical sales director David Szulkin at [email protected]

FROM THE COMPOSER

EVIL DEAD was my first film commission. As fate would have it, this is the movie that has the most enduring impact on generations of fans. Every few years I get a request to release the score.

The EVIL DEAD trilogy launched my career composing for films and television. I still get asked to write for horror/thrillers. I love doing it, because the genre has no rules when it comes to music, save the objective of building tension and sustaining dread. Today’s audience is more savvy, so I have to constantly re-examine what is scary. Keeps me on my toes.

Producers always want the popcorn to fly, and I am often afforded large orchestras to insure that happens. Yet I never seem to be able to sell the idea that intimacy conjures a bubbling cauldron of fear just as potent. With limited resources, I scored EVIL DEAD for a string quintet augmented by piano, hand percussion, a synthesizer and a bit of guitar–anything I could get my hands on.

So when I was last approached to reissue the score, I asked myself this question: Knowing what I now know, how would I write for that ensemble today?

I am happy that I did.

So sit back in a darkened room and listen to the soundtrack to what Stephen King once called “a black rainbow of horror”.

Welcome to my nightmare: reimagined.

Joe LoDuca

THE TOUGH ONES Hit The Streets Today!

Years in the making, Grindhouse Releasing’s deluxe 3-disc Blu-ray release of Umberto Lenzi’s police-action thriller THE TOUGH ONES is now available from Grindhouse Releasing!

Calum Waddell’s superb Lenzi documnetary, Mike Malloy’s expert commentary, and interviews with the late, great Tomas Milian are just a few of the special features that make THE TOUGH ONES a must-have for genre aficionados. You also get Franco Micalizzi’s score, completely remastered from the original tapes. (And don’t forget that .30-caliber metal BULLET PEN – limited to the first 2,500 copies!

Critics are raving about this jam-packed release!

“FIVE STARS – AN ABSOLUTE STUNNER. I have not seen another release of an Italian genre film that has undergone a complete makeover quite like it — not only is the new 4K restoration very nice, but there are hours and hours of very high-quality supplemental features that could have easily been used for a couple of individual releases. I would have written that it is unmissable even if it had come only with The Rebel Within and The Rebel and the Bourgeois, both of which offer tremendous insight into the life and legacy of Tomas Milian. Needless to say, there is already a guaranteed spot for it on my Top Ten list for 2019. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.”

Blu-ray.com

“THE TOUGH ONES is pure crime movie bliss…the Grindhouse release looks extremely impressive, far surpassing any past release.”

Mondo Digital

“Hard-hitting and angry…Lenzi knows how to stage exciting action sequences. THE TOUGH ONES looks and sounds fantastic, lovingly restored for a 4K presentation….As typical for a title from Grindhouse Releasing, this new edition of THE TOUGH ONES comes absolutely packed to the gills with special content, not the least of them being a third bonus CD of the film’s soundtrack by Franco Micalizzi.”

Daily Grindhouse

“A MUST! The direction by maestro Umberto Lenzi and cinematography by Federico Zanni are just spectacular and with Grindhouse Releasing’s remastered hi-definition BluRay you can really appreciate the beautiful shots and photography on the screen. The movie takes a little while to get moving but once it kicks into gear it’s a non stop barrage of punch ups, beatdowns, sideswipes, draggings, car chases and shootouts. THE TOUGH ONES really is a cinematic smorgasbord of action delights that will hold you in its grip the entire running time. After seeing a wide variety of polizio films over the years, I can honestly say that Roma A Mano Armata aka THE TOUGH ONES ranks up with the best the genre has to offer. A whiz-bang, crackerjack crime film from the days when movies really went for the jugular.”

Grindhouse Database

“A ridiculously satisfying ninety-three-minutes of high octane, politically incorrect, bad guy smashing insanity from Lenzi and an insanely entertaining time at the movies. Grindhouse Releasing has done a beautiful job bringing this to Blu-ray. The transfer is gorgeous, the audio rock solid and the extras cover more ground than anyone could have ever hoped for. All in all, a fantastic package that comes highly recommended!”

Rock! Shock! Pop!

“HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION – THE TOUGH ONES isn’t simply an extraordinary release of a poliziottesco, cult cinema in general, or, hell, Blu-ray as a format. Maybe you’ll roll your eyes at this as hyperbole, but I mean every word of it: what Grindhouse Releasing has delivered with The Tough Ones ranks among the most exceptional editions in the history of home video. DVD Talk Collector Series.”

DVD Talk

THE TOUGH ONES will be screening Friday, July 12 at RENDEZVOUS in Los Angeles.

Fans in the New York area can see THE TOUGH ONES July 22 at the Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers. More screenings will be announced soon!

Grindhouse Releasing Presents Umberto Lenzi’s THE TOUGH ONES

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Grindhouse Releasing is proud to announce its long-awaited special edition Blu-ray release of Umberto Lenzi’s THE TOUGH ONES (ROMA A MANO ARMATA). The deluxe 3-disc set arrives in stores on July 9, 2019.

Buy THE TOUGH ONES on Blu-Ray from Grindhouse Releasing

Lenzi, the legendary director of CANNIBAL FEROX, kicked off the Italian police film craze with this hyper-kinetic, ultra-violent, brain-blasting action thriller. Maurizio Meril stars as an Italian DIRTY HARRY, punching and shooting his way through the sleazy drug, sex and crime infested cesspool of mid-’70s Rome, on the trail of a sadistic, machine gun-toting hunchback, played by Tomas Milian (star of THE BIG GUNDOWN).

Hailed as “one of the most gonzo, over-the-top Euro crime films you’ll ever see” (American Cinematheque), THE TOUGH ONES has been one of Grindhouse Releasing’s most requested titles for many years. Company founder Sage Stallone originally acquired the film during a trip to Italy in 1996.

“THE TOUGH ONES was a very favorite of my late partner Sage Stallone,” says Grindhouse Releasing co-founder Bob Murawski, the Academy Award-winning film editor of THE HURT LOCKER, Sam Rami’s SPIDER-MAN 1, 2, & 3, and Orson Welles’ THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND. “Sage absolutely loved this movie and wanted everyone to see it. Our friend Umberto Lenzi was extremely proud of this film and was overjoyed when he heard that we had acquired it. As was Tomas Milian. I’m sorry they are not here to see this deluxe edition release.”

Boasting a state-of-the-art 4K transfer of Lenzi‘s uncensored director’s cut, the new Grindhouse Releasing edition of THE TOUGH ONES includes an incredible slate of special features:

– Original UNRATED, UNCENSORED director’s cut
– Mastered in eye-popping 4K resolution for maximum detail and impact
– Optional Italian language soundtrack with optional English subtitles
– Audio commentary by Mike Malloy, director of EUROCRIME!
– Brand new, in-depth interviews with director Umberto Lenzi, actors Tomas Milian, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Sandra Cardini, Maria Rosaria Riuzzi and Corrado Solari, screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti, and composer Franco Micalizzi
– Special tribute to Marizo Merli with appearances by Enzo Castellari and Ruggero Deodato
– Vintage VHS intro by cult movie superstar Sybil Danning!
– Original international theatrical trailer
– Liner notes by Italian crime film expert Roberto Curti
– Deluxe embossed slip cover
– BONUS CD – original soundtrack album by Franco Micalizzi – newly remastered in stunning 24 bit/192khz sound from the original master tapes
-AND OTHER SURPRISES!

LIMITED BONUS

Custom 30-Caliber Metal Bullet Pen – Strictly Limited to 2500 Units!

“One of the most gonzo, over-the-top Euro crime films you’ll ever see.”
– American Cinematheque

“Containing little idealism and much violence for the sake of violence…director Umberto Lenzi keeps his action, cast and cameras moving along at a fast clip.”
– Variety

“The quintessential ‘Polizieschi’ movie. It has all the ingredients necessary – Alfa Romeo cars, stereotypical bad guys, angry ‘beat the system’ cops and lashings of over the top violence.”
– Jonny Redman, LoveLockandLoad

“OUTSTANDING…Maurizio Merli is Inspector Tanzi, a mega-mustached cop who’s forced to square off with Tomas Milian, a psychotic cripple appropriately nicknamed The Hunchback. Along the way, there’s plenty of innocents getting mowed down with machine guns, low-level criminals having their faces beaten in, incredibly energetic car chases, and so much more – all set to a wonderful score by Franco Micalizzi. A giant hit in its native Italy, it’s a wild slice of Eurotrash, showcasing Lenzi at his best, and a perfect starting place for the genre if you’re unfamiliar. You simply can’t go wrong!”
– Bruce Holecheck, Cinema Arcana

For press and theatrical bookings, contact [email protected]

‘I DRINK YOUR BLOOD’ Update!

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Grindhouse Releasing’s 2-disc deluxe edition of I DRINK YOUR BLOOD is now the #1 best selling Blu-ray at DiabolikDVD.com! David E. Durston’s ’70s hippie horror classic is screening Nov. 27 at the Alamo Mission in SF and Dec. 3 at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago.

Grindhouse Releasing has sent along a limited supply of official I DRINK YOUR BLOOD “HORROR HYPO” syringes to theaters for the upcoming engagements. To get your HORROR HYPO, be one of the first 3,000 customers to buy the Blu-ray – available now from Grindhouse Releasing and in stores everywhere Tuesday, Nov. 22!

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Advance praise for Grindhouse Releasing’s I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Blu-ray:

“One of the best examples of everything a drive-in horror film should be…Grindhouse Releasing has produced one of the best two-disc sets of 2016!” – DVD Drive-In

“INCREDIBLE…an essential purchase for all lovers of LSD and Satan!” – Brain-Hammer.com

“The old Grindhouse Releasing special edition DVD release of I DRINK YOUR BLOOD was fantastic but this Blu-ray reissue is leaps and bounds above…Not only does the movie look and sound better than ever but it’s got some impressive new supplements and it comes packed with two additional feature films also debuting in HD. The movie itself holds up incredibly well, a no-holds barred epic of nasty, exploitative horror that is as ridiculously entertaining now as it has ever been.” – Rock! Shock! Pop!

“Inspired, ambitious and full of surprises in that way that distinguishes the best exploitation films…I DRINK YOUR BLOOD delivers the goods in a way guaranteed to satisfy grindhouse devotees” -Schlockmania

“Absolutely essential…Grindhouse Releasing puts out the hands-down, bar-none best Blu-ray releases of genre cinema” – DVD Talk, Collector’s Series choice

“This riotous drive-in classic arrives on deluxe edition Blu-ray from the good folks over at Grindhouse Releasing who continue to astound and amaze with their HD releases….it looks absolutely gorgeous. Of course Grindhouse wouldn’t think of upgrading an older release without adding some new stuff for fans and they again go beyond expectations for I DRINK YOUR BLOOD” – McBastard’s Mausoleum

“It’s highly unlikely that I DRINK YOUR BLOOD could look better than this; it’s quite an impressive piece of transfer work. Absolutely not to be overlooked is THE BLUE SEXTET…what’s on display here is definitely way beyond what a ’71 R rating would allow including a lingering and graphic disembowelment, satanic rituals, copious female and male nudity, and a third act orgy scene that goes about as far as softcore would allow at the time.” – Mondo Digital

Check out our I DRINK YOUR BLOOD shirts, blu-ray and merchandise at the Grindhouse Releasing web store!

Grindhouse Releasing Announces I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Blu-ray!

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Buy the I DRINK YOUR BLOOD blu-ray and merchandise from Grindhouse Releasing here.

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Grindhouse Releasing, the award-winning “Criterion of cult movie labels”, has set a Nov. 22 street date for the new deluxe Blu-ray edition of David E. Durston’s gruesome and graphically violent 1971 horror favorite I DRINK YOUR BLOOD. It’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD meets the Manson Family in this gore-drenched tale of LSD-crazed hippies who go on a murderous rampage through a small town after consuming rabies-injected meat pies!

Grindhouse Releasing’s deluxe 2-disc Blu-ray set not only presents the ultra-violent, uncensored director’s cut of I DRINK YOUR BLOOD in a new hi-def transfer but also includes two more vintage exploitation films in their HD debut: Del Tenney’s I EAT YOUR SKIN (1964) and Durston’s long-unseen, X-rated psychedelic shocker BLUE SEXTET (1969). Packed with new bonus features not seen on Grindhouse Releasing’s 2002 DVD release, the I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Blu-ray is the ultimate edition of a notorious “Blood Horror” classic.

The first film to be rated X for violence, I DRINK YOUR BLOOD was a huge-grossing hit at drive-ins and “grindhouse” theaters but was severely censored during its original release.

Grindhouse Releasing’s uncut, restored version of I DRINK YOUR BLOOD recently debuted in New York and Los Angeles and is now playing theaters across the U.S. and Canada.

“I DRINK YOUR BLOOD is one of the most infamous movies in the history of exploitation films,” says Grindhouse Releasing co-founder Bob Murawski. “Rescuing this lost gem was one of our most important achievements. And being able to finally unite I DRINK YOUR BLOOD with its legendary co-feature I EAT YOUR SKIN, both fully remastered in stunning HD for the very first time, takes that accomplishment one step further. We’ve spent almost a decade working on this release, and I feel it’s our finest yet. I’m also thrilled that so many theaters are playing I DRINK YOUR BLOOD. We’ve been trying to make this happen for years and have finally succeeded. Seeing this movie on the big screen with an audience is a mind-blowing experience. No self-respecting horror fan should miss this rare opportunity.”

I DRINK YOUR BLOOD stars Bhaskar, John Damon, and cult superstar Lynn Lowry (George A. Romero’s THE CRAZIES, David Cronenberg’s THEY CAME FROM WITHIN, and Paul Schrader’s THE CAT PEOPLE).

A limited run of 3,000 copies of the Blu-ray will include the official “I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Horror Hypo” – an actual syringe that fans can use to infect their friends with rabies! Supplies of the Horror Hypo are not expected to last long, so fans should pre-order from DiabolikDVD.com to get the best shot at receiving one!

The I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Blu-ray is now available for pre-order exclusively at DiabolikDVD.com – click this link to reserve your copy!

Upcoming I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Screening Dates:

9/23 & 10/1 – Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle, WA
9/24 – Midway Drive-In, Dixon, IL
9/30 – Filmbar, Phoenix, AZ
10/1 – Alamo Drafthouse, Omaha, NE
10/4 – Alamo Drafthouse, Yonkers, NY
10/5 – Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park, Houston, TX
10/7 – Frida Cinema, Santa Ana, CA – with I EAT YOUR SKIN
10/7 – 13 – Plaza Theatre, Atlanta, GA
10/14 & 15 – Landmark Main Art, Detroit, MI
10/14 & 15– Landmark Inwood, Dallas, TX
10/14 – 16 – Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
10/19 – Alamo Drafthouse, Lubbock, TX
10/20 – Alamo Drafthouse, Littleton, CO
10/22 – Landmark Uptown, Minneapolis, MN
10/22 & 23 – Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa, ON
10/23 – PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA
10/27 – Royal Cinema, Toronto, ON
10/27 – Sun Ray Cinema, Jacksonville, FL
10/28 – Film Scene, Iowa City, IA
10/28 – Alamo Drafthouse Mission, San Francisco, CA
10/28 & 29 – Cedar Lee Theatre, Cleveland, OH
10/28. 29 & 30 – Screenland Tapcade, Kansas City, MO
10/31 – Tampa Theatre, Tampa, FL
11/12 – Olympia Film Festival, Olympia, WA
11/16 – Abertoir Film Festival, Wales
12/3 – Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL

I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Blu-ray Specs:

– Spectacular new HD restoration of the original UNCENSORED DIRECTOR’S CUT
– 4 controversial deleted scenes including the original blood-drenched ending deemed too disturbing for ’70s audiences!
– Provocative audio commentary by director David Durston and star Bhaskar
– Newly recorded audio commentary by stars Jack Damon and Tyde Kierney
– Revealing on-camera interviews with stars Lynn Lowry, Tyde Kierney and Jack Damon
– New in-depth interview with director David Durston
– The original theatrical trailer and radio spots
– Extensive gallery of stills and poster art
– Rare and shocking film of Bhaskar performing THE EVIL KING COBRA DANCE
– TWO BONUS CO-FEATURES –
I EAT YOUR SKIN (1964) – presented for the very first time in HD
+ exclusive interview with 2nd unit director William Grefe
BLUE SEXTET (1969) – David Durston’s long-lost X-rated psychedelic shocker – presented for the very first time on home video!
– Liner notes by David Szulkin (WES CRAVEN’S LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT: THE MAKING OF A CULT CLASSIC)
– Beautiful embossed slipcover
– BONUS – I DRINK YOUR BLOOD HORROR HYPO – Inject your friends with rabies! – limited to the first 3000 copies!
– PLUS OTHER SURPRISES!

For theatrical bookings and publicity contact [email protected]