One of the most magical things that can happen to a movie buff is buying a Blu-ray or seeing a random movie and watching it based on the cover alone. Something equally magical is discovering that one of your favorite movies has a sequel, with the original cast mostly intact. Finally, there’s the case of a classic cult movie that you watch on YouTube in horrible quality, but always ends up kicking your ass because the movie is so good. Those are all cases when it comes to the movies on our list today for Fright-A-Thon. Today, we have five horror films desperate for their first Blu-ray/4K release or an upgrade from a previously awful studio release.
So if you listen to Scream Factory, Synapse Films, Vinegar Syndrome, Arrow Video, Blue Underground, Criterion Collection, Imprint FIlms or any other boutique Blu-ray label, we need these movies in the highest possible quality.
5. Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II
The first one prom night is a classic of the slasher genre, he gave us another “Scream Queen” performance from Jamie Lee Curtis and made him leave in his post-Halloween career. So we get Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (gotta love a rhyming title) in 1987 and while it doesn’t have as much of a cultural impact as the first movie, it’s 80s later slasher goodness. There’s possession, killing, thrills and, in classic horror style, it wasn’t originally created as a sequel to prom night. All mentions of the first film were added in reshoots after it was purchased by the Samuel-Goldwyn Company.
This one has a DVD version, but no Blu-ray version. The kick in the bric-a-brac is that the DVD release is also extraordinarily expensive. You can stream it, so this one isn’t lost forever, but even a barebones Blu-ray version would be better than what we have. Tell us about prom night as well! If there is a market for direct-to-video Amityville Horror sequels, there’s a market for that.
4. Trick or Treat
Heavy metal and Halloween/Horror go together perfectly. What happens when you combine the two for an awesome 80s movie? You obtain charity please. Originally it was supposed to feature a real heavy metal star as Sammi Curr, but Tony Fields is absolutely fantastic in the role. It tells the story of a reanimated metal singer who attempts to take over a city with the power of Satan and heavy metal. The soundtrack for this one was made by Fastway, and that soundtrack is more readily available than the movie. The DVD of this one is ridiculously expensive for what it is, and there’s no Region A Blu-ray release in sight. It’s just asking someone to give us a collector’s edition.
3. Almost Dark
So it’s a vampire-themed Western horror movie, what more could you ask for?
How Criterion Collection or someone similar didn’t almost dark on Blu-ray with a new transfer and restore is beyond me. We were told Studio Canal would do a 4K restore last year, but that never materialized. We got an absolutely awful cover art for the Region A release which came out in the middle of Dusk– fever, but since then, nothing. This release is prohibitively expensive for what it is, a barebones studio release. It’s sold out, and whoever decided the cover art was okay probably shouldn’t be working in that field anymore.
This cover art is offensive. Please, someone, give this movie the release it deserves. You can watch it on Shudder right now, it’s being bounced to various streaming services, but a home video release with lots of extras would do.
2. The dungeon
Michael Mann would have hated that movie, which is why we never got a Blu-ray release for it. It has a stacked cast starring Ian McKellen, Scott Glenn, Jürgen Prochnow, Gabriel Byrne, and Robert Prosky. A mysterious force in an old Romanian fortress is unleashed and begins killing people. It’s pretty amazing how Michael Mann would make a horror movie like this (man hunter doesn’t count, but it’s still horrible), but here we are. You can watch this one on PlutoTV or grab the DVD, which is relatively inexpensive. But Michael Mann movies need to be watched in the highest quality possible, so we could really use this one on Blu-ray or even 4K.
There are bootleg Blu-ray releases, but I don’t like supporting bootlegs.
1. Night of Fear, Part 2
This one is mired in some of the worst rights issues I’ve ever seen. Friday 13 has NOTHING on spooky night party 2. Guess who the producers of this movie were? It was Live Entertainment, whose president was Jose Menendez. Unfortunately, Menendez and his wife were murdered by their sons before this film was released. The controversy surrounding their murder was felt by Fright Night Part 2it lost nationwide distribution and led to poor box office results.
I wrote about this movie in the very first Fright-A-Thon article of 2020. The first time I watched it was a surprisingly good HD version on YouTube, and there’s a Blu-ray bootleg there, and a DVD, but we really need an official release. With the surrounding issues with this one, this bootleg might be the best way to get this one on a physical disc.
It’s a shame because if the sequel doesn’t equal the first scary night, Fright night part 2 is excellent.
That’ll be enough for the Top 5 Movies That Need a Blu-Ray/4K Release for Fright-A-Thon, did your picks make the list?
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