It seems like horror-centric Blu-Ray distributor Scream Factory announces a new title nearly every week, but with October officially upon us, they’re kicking things into overdrive. In just the first week, the company has announced six titles that are set to make their high-def disc debuts in early 2015. The lot includes three titles from the 1970’s, one from the 1980’s, and two with a more sci-fi and action flavor that still manage to intersect with our favorite genre.
First off, February will see the release of a double feature Blu-Ray containing two cult favorite vampire comedies. 1979’s Love at First Bite stars George Hamilton as a lonely Dracula that travels to New York City to claim a bride. Unfortunately for him, her boyfriend is a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing. That film will be paired with 1985’s Once Bitten, which stars a then-unknown Jim Carrey as a hapless teen virgin who falls under the spell of Lauren Hutton’s sexy vampiress. The double feature’s exact release date has yet to be announced, but it’s expected to street near Valentine’s Day.
Also arriving in February is a double feature Blu-Ray of the 1972 blacksploitation classic Blacula and its sequel Scream, Blacula, Scream. Both films star William Marshall as the titular bloodsucka, an African prince transformed into a vampire by Count Dracula himself. The sequel adds the legendary Pam Grier to the mix, although it’s not nearly as well regarded in general.
The last two titles on the docket are a bit more sci-fi and action than horror, but still comfortably fit Scream Factory’s mission statement. January 15, 2015 will see the Blu-Ray debut of infamous flop Supernova, a famously troubled production that went through several directors, and failed despite containing an all-star cast including James Spader, Angela Bassett, Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert Forster, and Robin Tunney. Critics despised the film, and it absolutely tanked at the box office. Hopefully it has enough of an audience to warrant Scream Factory’s investment.
Finally, Canadian cult hit Class of 1984 hits Blu-Ray sometime next spring. Boasting an early performance from Michael J. Fox and a theme song by Alice Cooper, Mark L. Lester’s near-future set urban thriller is probably the biggest “get” of these six films, and is thus the only one receiving the full fledged Collector’s Edition treatment. No extras have been announced for any of the above titles as of yet, but Scream Factory tends to come through for fans of even the most obscure flicks.