Don’t feel bad in you don’t know that name. Up until about six months ago, I didn’t know who he was either. And that’s coming from someone who’s been a diehard horror fan all his life! Which also goes to the fact why I still love the genre because you never stop discovering these entertaining filmmakers that has been working for over five decades!
Earlier in the year, a friend sent me a copy of the film Bloodstream (1985), which I had never seen before, or even heard of. After watching it, I knew I would be screening it on our next Turkey Day Marathon, which it was a lot of fun, even though very, very, very low budget. But the more I looked up the creator of this film, I was amazed to see his filmography and the fact that this was all new to me. I always love finding a new rabbit hole to dive into, and I found it with Murphy and his films. But luckily, I don’t need to do any hard work in searching out his films since thanks to Powerhouse Films / Indicator, they are releasing a HUGE box set of Murphy’s work, in Magic, Myth & Mutilation: The Micro-Budget Cinema of Michael J. Murphy, 1967-2015!
With 10 discs (!?!?!), the box set will consist of all new 2K restorations using film elements from Murphy’s archives, of the following titles: Tristan and Iseult (1970), Happy Ever After (1974), Secrets (1977), Almost a Movie (1979), The Cell (1980), Stay (1980), Death in the Family (1981), Invitation to Hell (1983), The Last Night (1983), Bloodstream (1985), Moonchild (1989), Torment (1990), Atlantis (1991), Road to Nowhere (1993), Tristan (version one, 1999), ZK3 (2012), Nekros: Isle of the Dead (2014), and The Return of Alan Strange (2015). And if that wasn’t enough, also included in a standard definition presentation are newly digitized from the tape masters, there is Qualen (1983), Tristan aka Legend of the Hero (1986), Death Run (1987), Avalon (1988), Second Sight (1992), The Rite of Spring (with two different versions 1995), Tristan (version two, 1999), Roxi (2004), and Skare (2008).
The set also has over 30 hours of film content, with a ton of interviews and “making of” documentaries on a variety of his titles, plenty of audio commentaries with Murphy, as well as some actors, film scholars, and much more. There is also a 3-part documentary called Murphy’s Lore (2022), that takes a look at his career that spanned over a half a century, including interviews with Murphy, and so many more. Then you get some behind the scenes footage, outtakes, test footage, trailers, and even a tour of Murphy’s home from 2014. Plus, there is a limited edition exclusive 120-page book with new essays by Wayne Maginn, Paul Higson, Darrell Buxton, and Johnny Walker.
This is not a set to be missed, especially if you are a fan of those basement, low-budget filmmakers that got their films made, no matter the obstacles. Priced at only $82.99, with the amount of content you’re getting, as well as feature films, the price per feature is ridiculously low.
You can pre-order your copy now at DiabolikDVD by clicking HERE. There are only 6000 of these sets being made, so if you’re interested, don’t wait too long!