We may have already been spoiled with news of Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Martin (1978) already confirmed to have brand new restorations by the mighty Second Sight. Without sounding greedy, there are plenty more out there that are long overdue a revamp. Here are my Top 10 horror titles that I’m hoping receive a new re-packaged and restored release in the UK…
1) My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Where do I start, this is one of the greatest slasher films ever made but is also near impossible to get a hold of in a decent state. It shouldn’t be hard to find a bluray release for this, but unless you are scouring EvilBay or collectors groups you will struggle. Even then, the bluray is restricted to Region 1…
2) The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984)
This is a no brainer. Arrow released a fantastic 4K restoration of the 1977 original in 2016 and it sold very well. 88 Films released Mind Ripper (aka The Hills Have Eyes 3) last year so it now makes perfect sense to restore the 2nd film. Give the people what they want!
3) Home Sweet Home (1981)
It has been so long since I’ve seen this film that I actually can’t remember anything about it, other than the fact it was awesome. It has been lost and needs restored and rereleased! Get to it.
4) Black Demons (1991) (aka Demoni 3)
Umberto Lenzi always regarded this as one of his favourite films to make but felt it was ruined by bad acting and production. Let us be the judge of that, we like bad movies, it can’t be any worse than Demons 2?!
5) Chopping Mall (1986)
Vestron released the film on bluray not so long ago but it was region locked. Chopping Mall has always had the potential to appeal to the masses but has never had strong worldwide distribution. It is as good, if not better, than most 80’s horror films that have been restored in 4K in recent years. The time is up.
6) Sleepaway Camp (1983)
There is clearly a rights issue on this. The original film has never been released on bluray in Europe; Scream Factory released their own version in US (which I own), however Sleepaway Camp 2 & 3 are very easy to get a hold of on bluray thanks to 88 Films. It’s time to have a UK release of the original to complete the trilogy in Europe with stacks of extras and interviews. Come on.
7) Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge (1989)
This one is a dark horse but its highly underrated and near impossible to get a hold of. The film is available to watch on YouTube but it’s so dark you may aswel wear a blind fold while doing so (Bird Watch style). It may not have a big fan base but it is a forgotten gem that most people have never seen before and it has a growing cult following.
8) The Keep (1983)
This is a banker. Release a limited edition version and it will sell out very quickly. The film is easy to get a hold of on DVD but I want to see this film looking even better than before with all the trimmings.
9) Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)
Cannibal films have high stock at the moment, 88 Films and Severin Films have been releasing great restorations recently. Surely, Cannibal Apocalypse is near the top of the list now, one of my all time favourite movies and deserves to be exposed to a new audience!
10) Night of the Living Dead (1990)
This film may be far from out of print, but it deserves a new lick of paint. There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the production of the film which I’m sure Tom Savini and Tony Todd would be willing to discuss in more detail. Make it happen.