Starring: Millie Perkins, Lonny Chapman, Janine Carazo, Herve Villechaize, Sharon Farrell, Edward Bell
Directed By: Matt Cimber, Christopher Speeth, Robert Allan Schnitzer
Everyone knows the classic American horror titles: Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street, to name but a few. But we want to tell you a different story: a story of the unsung heroes of American terror, films that have remained on the fringes of the genre either through lack of availability or else sheer obscurity. This is where i>American Horror Project comes in.
Volume One of this series presents three tales of violence and madness from the 1970s. Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood (Christopher Speeth, 1973) sees a family arrive at a creepy, dilapidated fairground in search of their missing son, only to find themselves at the mercy of cannibalistic ghouls lurking beneath the park. Meanwhile, The Witch Who Came from the Sea (Matt Cimber, 1976), stars Millie Perkins (The Diary of Anne Frank) as a young woman whose bizarre and violent fantasies start to bleed into reality – literally. Lastly, every parent’s worst nightmare comes true in The Premonition (Robert Allen Schnitzer, 1976), a tale of psychic terror in which five-year-old Janie is snatched away by a strange woman claiming to be her long-lost mother.
Newly remastered from the best surviving elements and contextualised with brand new supplementary material, with American Horror Project proudly presents an alternative history of American horror and film heritage.
“The fact that any of these movies have been given a Blu-ray release is reason enough for cult film fans to jump for joy but the attention paid not only to the quality of the presentation but to the accompanying supplements is outstanding.” - Rock! Shock! Pop!
“gifting audiences with the satisfying resurrection of three films that until now were never quite given their due.” - Cine-Vue
“ a triumph of film-preservation efforts” - Slant Magazine
Brand new 2K restorations of the three features High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD presentations Original Mono 1.0 audio (Uncompressed PCM on he Blu-rays) English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil American Horror Project Journal Volume I – Limited Edition 60-page booklet featuring new articles on the films from writers Stephen Thrower (Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents), Kim Newman (Nightmare Movies), Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women) and Brian Albright (Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990)
MALATESTA’S CARNIVAL OF BLOOD
Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower Audio Commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith The Secrets of Malatesta- an interview with director Christopher Speeth Crimson Speak - an interview with writer Werner Liepolt Malatesta's Underground- art directors Richard Strange and Alan Johnson discuss the weird, mysterious world of Malatesta's underground outtakes Draft Script (BD/DVD-ROM content) Stills gallery
THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA
Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower Audio commentary with director Matt Cimber, actress Millie Perkins and director of photography Dean Cundey Tides and Nightmares - brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with Cimber, Parkins and actor John Goff A Maiden's Voyage- archive featurette comprising interviews with Cimber, perkins and Cundey Lost at Sea - director Matt Cimber reflects on his notorious cult classic
Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower Isolated Score Audio commentary with director-producer Robert Allen Schnitzer Pictures from a Premonition - brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews Schnitzer, composer Henry Mollicone and cinematographer Victor Milt Archive Interview with star Richard Lynch Three Robert Allen Schnitzer short films: ‘Vernal Equinox’, ‘Terminal Point’ and ‘A Rumbling in the Land’ 4 Peace Spots Trailers and TV Spots