True horror fans prepare to rejoice! The undead spirit of the "video nasty" and some of the best examples of Italian exploitation cinema are about to be raised from the grave and reborn on DVD courtesy of Arrow Video's forthcoming Masters of Giallo imprint.
The first bloody batch, hitting the shelves on 29th June 2009, gives a much-welcomed new lease of life to three of the genre's most revered classics - Lucio Fulci's THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, Lamberto Bava's MACABRE and Dario Argento's SLEEPLESS. Released completely uncut on DVD for the first time in the UK, each film comes with an unholy host of brand new extras, along with two-sided sleeve inserts featuring all-new, specially commissioned exploitation artwork plus the film's original release artwork. Finally paying these movies their due respects after far too long, these releases are everything an insatiably hungry horror fan could ask for. As a special bonus, each release also comes complete with a poster featuring the brand new art.
Gore-master Lucio Fulci's zombie classic THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY sees Dr. Norman Boyle rather ill-advisedly accepting a research assignment previously abandoned by a suicidal former colleague and moving his family into a creaky old mansion (unsurprisingly situated next to a cemetery!) in New England. It's not long before his young son begins repeating some dire warnings from his new "imaginary" friend relating to the house's bloody past and its equally ominous future. Meanwhile, Boyle's investigation into his colleague's death has unearthed the diabolical history of the house's original tenant, a deranged surgeon with a penchant for illegal experimentation and the benefits of flesh-eating immortality. Hey, what's that noise coming from the cellar? Cue maggot-riddled zombies, flesh-piercing pointy things, decapitation and much more.
THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY (cert. 18) will be released on DVD (£15.99, tbc)
by Arrow Video on 29th June 2009.
Special Features include: Fulci in the House: The Italian Master of Splatter. Photo gallery. US theatrical trailer, international theatrical trailer, US TV spot. Deleted scene.