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December 9th, 2008

THE STATE OF THE GENRE: While Visions of DVDs Danced in Their Heads [Dec. 9th, 2008|10:37 am]
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The next installment of my monthly column, "The State of the Genre," is now up at Fear Zone. This time I deal with some classic, beloved horror movies that, shamefully and surprisingly, are not yet available on DVD.

Rather than gifting us with a new, completely unnecessary, three-disc reissue of Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN remake (Zombie should instead gift us with a new album!), why can't studios reach into their sleigh bags and stuff our stockings with great but still unreleased films? How about starting with 1990's classy, understated MR. FROST, starring Jeff Goldblum as a murderous mental patient who might very well be the Devil, and Kathy Baker as the doctor locked in a very Starling/Lecter-like relationship with her patient? Or how about HBO's funny, scary 1991 Lovecraft homage CAST A DEADLY SPELL, with Fred Ward as hardboiled Detective Lovecraft, and co-starring a young soap opera actress just breaking into movies named Julianne Moore? And then there's 1971's British tale of 17th century devil worship THE BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW (a.k.a. SATAN'S SKIN). That one's still only available as a Region 2 DVD. What's the hold up?
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