Grindhouse Releasing has unearthed never-before-seen movie poster art for Ruggero Deodato’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST in the vaults of the film’s original U.S. distributor.
Larry Joachim of Trans-Continental Film Corp. commissioned this painting from artist Marcus Boas in 1979, intending to use the art on the U.S. one-sheet poster for the New York opening of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST — but the design was deemed too graphic and shocking by theater owners. It wasn’t until later that Deodato’s film debuted in U.S. theaters, with a different poster design.
We saw this painting and thought it was incredible, so we’re featuring it on a new line of official CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST merch including T-shirts, hoodies, banners and more!
We also have on offer new official CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST merch featuring wild art from Ghana by Bright Obeng, and new CANNIBAL FEROX art by Meagan LeMay.
As Bob Murawski and the team at Grindhouse Releasing are hard at work completing the upcoming Blu-ray releases including PIECES, I DRINK YOUR BLOOD, CAT IN THE BRAIN, and SCUM OF THE EARTH, the leading horror and exploitation film distributor is unleashing a nationwide series of theatrical screenings of Sam Raimi’s original EVIL DEAD in advance of the new ASH VS. EVIL DEAD series on Starz! Also screening in theaters this Halloween season from Grindhouse Releasing are Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND, Umberto Lenzi’s CANNIBAL FEROX, Ruggero Deodato’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, and more!
“An exemplary piece of exploitation entertainment”
– Louis Albo, Los Angeles Times
“Gloriously, hilariously offensive…an incredible hybrid, with Mitchell’s decidedly dated sensibility delivered in a modern, masterfully quick-cut package.”
-Karina Longworth, LA Weekly
“A far-out film…beautiful to look at, ridiculously entertaining!”
– Jeffrey Root, Film Radar
Lost for over 30 years, GONE WITH THE POPE stars famed nightclub performer Duke Mitchell as Paul, a paroled gangster with an unholy scheme: to kidnap the Pope and charge “a dollar from every Catholic in the world” as the ransom.
Shot in 1975, GONE WITH THE POPE was unfinished at the time of Duke Mitchell’s death in 1981. Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski of Grindhouse Releasing rediscovered GONE WITH THE POPE in 1995 and vowed to save it from obscurity. Academy Award-winning film editor Murawski (THE HURT LOCKER, ARMY OF DARKNESS) spent 15 years completing GONE WITH THE POPE from the surviving film elements.
Grindhouse Releasing proudly presents the Holy Grail of exploitation cinema!
GONE WITH THE POPE has screened exclusively in cinemas since its sold-out Hollywood premiere in 2010. This home video debut follows Grindhouse Releasing’s Blu-ray/DVD release of Duke Mitchell’s MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE, now set to arrive Feb. 24 along with the company’s long-awaited Blu-ray edition of Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND.
Grindhouse Releasing will celebrate the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD releases of MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE and GONE WITH THE POPE with a rare 35mm screening of both films Feb. 10 at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.
Duke Mitchell’s MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE and GONE WITH THE POPE are two of the most long-awaited and requested titles in the Grindhouse Releasing home video catalog. Founded in 1996 and known as the Criterion of cult cinema, Grindhouse Releasing has released Blu-ray editions of THE SWIMMER, starring Burt Lancaster, THE BIG GUNDOWN, starring Lee Van Cleef and Tomas Milian, CORRUPTION, starring Peter Cushing, and AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL, starring Asher Tzarfati and Shmuel Wolf, The company scored a #1 best-selling hit in 2014 with its deluxe Blu-ray release of Ruggero Deodato’s notorious CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST.
Grindhouse Releasing is also one of the most prolific theatrical distributors of classic horror and exploitation films in the United States. THE BEYOND, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, the midnight hit TRAILER APOCALYPSE and other Grindhouse Releasing titles are all making the rounds of of cinemas across the country now. For theaters and dates, visit www.GrindhouseReleasing.com.
Grindhouse Releasing brings director Ruggero Deodato’s notorious horror classic CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST back to U.S. theaters, now playing at Landmark Theatres and other screens nationwide!
CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST tells the story of four documentary filmmakers who experience brutal death at the hands of a savage South American tribe of flesh-eaters. The film is so intense, so graphic and so unflinching in its realism that the director and producer of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST were arrested on its original release and the film was seized.
CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST has influenced many filmmakers, most recently providing the direct inspiration for director Eli Roth’s new horror film THE GREEN INFERNO. The film stars Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi and Carl Gabriel Yorke. Moviegoers are warned: This is the original, uncut version of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and its strong content may upset some viewers.
Flashback Weekend is proud to welcome “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” star Robert Kerman and Grindhouse Releasing co-founder Bob Murawski as guests at Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention to be held Aug. 8-10, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, IL.
Robert Kerman and Bob Murawski will be signing autographs at the Grindhouse Releasing table and will present a Q & A on the Italian Horror Classic “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST”. The Q & A will be moderated by Steve “Capone” Prokopy of “Ain’t it Cool News” on Saturday August 9, 2014.
“CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” presents the ‘found footage’ of four documentary filmmakers who experience brutal death at the hands of a savage South American tribe of flesh-eaters. The footage is so intense so graphic and so unflinching in its realism that the director and producer of “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” were arrested upon its original release and the film was seized.
Grindhouse Releasing’s “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” Deluxe Edition Blu-ray is the ultimate home video presentation of this notorious classic named by Entertainment Weekly as “one of the most controversial films ever made”. A #1 bestseller on Amazon.com and Diabolik DVD’s top-selling title of all time, the 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD/CD set includes a wealth of new special features and a brilliant remaster of the original score by Academy Award-nominated composer Riz Ortolani (“More”, theme from “MONDO CANE”). Fans and critics are already hailing “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” as the Blu-ray release of the year.
CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST 35mm Drive-In and Theatrical re-release!
To celebrate the release of the “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” Blu-ray, Grindhouse Releasing is screening the film at the historic Midway Drive-In located in Dixon, Illinois. Flashback Weekend’s Dusk to Dawn Horror Fest set for Saturday September 20 will include a 35mm showing of the film. The movie will also be shown with Exhumed Films at International House (http://ihousephilly.org.), and Aug. 22 & 23 in San Francisco at Landmark’s Clay Theatre with star Carl Gabriel Yorke to attend both shows! Visit www.GrindhouseReleasing.com for additional screening dates.
Robert Kerman and Bob Murawski will join the all-star Flashback Weekend 2014 celebrity guest line-up including horror legends Robert Englund (“Freddy Krueger”), a “PHANTASM” 35th anniversary reunion featuring director Don Coscarelli, Angus Scrimm (THE TALL MAN), and a full “PHANTASM” cast reunion, Lance Henriksen (ALIENS, NEAR DARK),Jen and Sylvia Soska, Katharine Isabelle, Traci Lords, Zach Galligan, Amanda Wyss, Ronee Blakley, Chicago Horror Host legend Svengoolie, and many more!
Flashback Weekend also features a huge horror vendor room, evening entertainment including “PHANTASM” stars In Concert, Charles Band’s Full Moon Horror Roadshow, Costume Contest hosted by Svengoolie, Sinister Visions Zombie Pin-Up pageant, and more!
About Robert Kerman
Robert Kerman is the star of the Ruggero Deodato classic “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” (1980). Robert also starred in the Italian horror classics “EATEN ALIVE” (1980), and “CANNIBAL FEROX” .
A special edition “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” Blu-ray has just been released by Grindhouse Releasing which will be available at Mr. Kerman’s table.
About Bob Murawski
Bob Murawski is president of Grindhouse Releasing. He is also an Academy Award-winning film editor, known for his longtime collaboration with Sam Raimi on “ARMY OF DARKNESS”, “THE GIFT”, “SPIDER-MAN 1, 2 & 3”, “DRAG ME TO HELL” and “OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL”.
In addition to his work with Raimi, Murawski won acclaim for his editing on Kathryn Bigelow’s 2009 Best Picture Academy Award winner “THE HURT LOCKER”, for which he took home the coveted Oscar (shared with co-editor and wife, Chris Innis). Other credits include John Woo’s “HARD TARGET” and music videos for MOTORHEAD and THE RAMONES.
About Grindhouse Releasing
Grindhouse Releasing is a Hollywood-based distribution company dedicated to the restoration and preservation of classic exploitation films. Founded in 1996 by Murawski and the late Sage Stallone, Grindhouse has produced spectacular deluxe editions of Lucio Fulci’s “THE BEYOND”, Ruggero Deodato’s “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST”, Umberto Lenzi’s “CANNIBAL FEROX”, David Durston’s 1970 drive-in classic “I DRINK YOUR BLOOD”, and Juan Piquer Simón’s outrageous chainsaw epic “PIECES”.
Grindhouse Releasing is also committed to theatrical distribution. The company recently presented the theatrical releases of the long lost psychedelic odyssey “AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL”, Duke Mitchell’s previously unfinished 1976 crime sage “GONE WITH THE POPE”, Bill Lustig’s notorious film “MANIAC”, and the theatrical re-release and negative restoration of Sam Raimi’s “EVIL DEAD”, all presented in glorious 35mm in theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada.
About Flashback Weekend
Founded in 2002 by Mike and Mia Kerz, Flashback Weekend is Chicago’s largest and longest running Horror convention. Its philanthropic efforts are dedicated to the preservation of the American Drive-In. Flashback Weekend owns and operates the Midway Drive-In located in Dixon, IL to support the film industry and to present classic 35mm horror film festivals. For this reason, all net proceeds from Flashback Weekend go to the preservation and operation of the Midway Drive-In and 35mm film preservation.