With the recent announcement from Scream Factory about some upcoming titles that will get blu-ray releases later this year, most of them being collector’s edition, there is a lot for us horror fans to be excited about. Willard is finally getting a legit release, as well as the film Dreamscape, and of course, how can you not be excited about more of Cronenberg’s films getting a special edition, right?
But there were a couple of titles listed that I think are getting lost in the shuffle and need a little bit more attention. The first one was last on the list, Dead of Winter, a 1987 film from director Arthur Penn, starring Mary Steenburgen and Roddy McDowall. I had first seen this film back when it first hit VHS back in the day and was blown away by it. It is a great little thriller that has an amazing score by Richard Einhorn. It’s a shame that we couldn’t get more than just a standard release for this, but at this point, I’m thrilled that it is coming out and hope newer fans take a chance on this one.
But the second to last title on their list, the “Rare AIP early ‘slasher’ film” is actually an amazing Spanish film La Residencia, from director Narciso Ibáñez Serrador that shows an incredible amount of style in a country that didn’t care for horror films. AIP picked it up for release here in the states, changing the title to The House that Screamed. This director has always pushed the limit, including his 1976 film Who Could Kill a Child?, which is a chilling tale, and working putting a lot of genre type thrillers on Spanish television in the ’60s and ’70s, and was very influential to younger Spanish filmmakers.
The film stars Lilli Palmer, John Moulder-Brown, and Cristina Galbó, and takes place in a girls bordering school, which Palmer runs. Hammer fans will remember Moulder-Brown from his role in Vampire Circus (1974) and Galbó appeared in What Have You Done to Solange? (1972) and Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974). There are some shots here that you’d swear was made in Italy, which just shows the kind of talent that the director had. This film really is a must see for horror fans. Well shot, great score, and a bit twisted, it is something that I think most will really enjoy. Plus, you’re doing a little bit of your horror history since this is a very important film is the Spanish horror genre’s past.
Okay…back to your regularly scheduled programing….