Monday, 8 March 2021

ANNOUNCED.... SPOOKIES BLU-RAY FROM 101 FILMS

 






Once again I am delighted to be able to announce that I have written a brand new piece for the forthcoming blu-ray release of the 1986 cult indie horror Spookies. Released on April 26th in a limited edition box set by 101 Films and absolutely stocked to the gills with fantastic extras including 2 feature length documentaries and a collector's booklet with 2 brand spanking new essays including one written by me titled A Twisted History: Vipco, VHS and Spookies which takes a look at the rise of the indie horror flick, the controversial VHS label Vipco and digs deep into the contentious and troubled production history of the bizarre indie cult classic Spookies.


As usual, here's all the details you need to know for this 2-disc limited edition set...


Special Features

  • New audio commentary with FrightFest’s Paul McEvoy and filmmaker Sean Hogan
  • Limited edition booklet: Includes A Twisted History: Vipco, VHS and Spookies by Scott Harrison and Your Future Belongs to Us: Reaganite Terrors in Spookies by Liam Hathaway
  • Twisted Tale - The Unmaking of Spookies - a feature-length making-of documentary, including a commentary track with documentary co-directors Michael Gingold & Glen Baisley and extensive deleted scenes
  • VIPCO: The Untold Story, a brand new, extended version of the feature length documentary on much-loved UK film distributor VIPCO
  • 2015 Alamo Drafthouse screening introductions with Spookies director Thomas Doran and co-writer/producer Frank M. Farel
  • Archival locations featurette with actor Peter Iasillo
  • Outtakes and bloopers
  • Behind the scenes still gallery
  • Theatrical trailer




You can pre-order your copy at the 101 Films website HERE 







Friday, 12 February 2021

ZOMBIE ARTICLE FOR ARROW VIDEO

 











To celebrate the release of BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR, the third and final entry in the cult horror franchise, on blu-ray, over on Arrow Video's website you can read my essay on zombie films in 2000s and the socio-political and geopolitical climate that helped shape the subgenre at that time.


You can read my article HERE






Wednesday, 20 January 2021

WE MADE IT

 


You know me, I don't normally do Political on this blog. I rarely make my own thoughts and opinions known – we live in such a ridiculous and childishly over-sensitive time where it's pretty much impossible to have your own mind these days.

However...today is a day that many of us (myself included) thought we'd never reach.

There's a lot of articles appearing in newspapers right now that have a strangely disorientated, confused air about them, as though the writers of these pieces were boxers emerging from a 12 round fight where they've just been knocked out by the champ, and the moment they've come back to consciousness, someone's stuck a mic in their face and demanded a step-by-step analyse of the fight.

That's not quite the case, but what is the case is that the world is emerging from one of the most turbulent, chaotic and thoroughly horrible four years it has experienced in a long long time...four years in which a childish, capricious, humourless, swaggering, recalcitrant bully has been in control of one of the most powerful and influential countries in the world – a country that is in possession of 3,800 nuclear weapons.

Those articles appear disorientated and a little confused because many of the people writing them really hadn't expected the human race to survive those four years.

I remember, not long after the results of the 2016 US Presidential Elections were announced, the papers were suddenly full of dark, doom-laden articles, talking about how the future of this world had suddenly become gravely uncertain, and that a number of 'insurmountable crises' now lay in our path.

At the very top of each and every one of those lists, occupying the Number 1 spot, was the new President of the United States.

It was implicit in both the tone and attitude of those articles that most political commentators and journalists couldn't see how we could get through the next four years - the next 1,460 days - without this new President plunging the world into nuclear war.

I was out walking one morning, it was the first day of a lovely 9 day holiday, and as I passed by a group of elderly holiday makers sitting on chairs outside their hotel (they're always sitting out there, even during the cold months) waiting for the driver to finish packing their luggage into the coach, my eye fell upon the front page of one of the newspapers they were reading – the front page headline screamed “Trump one step from war!” I walked on, naturally troubled, and decided to pop into a newsagent and have a look at the front page – after all, it was a particularly lurid and loathsome red top tabloid I saw the headline on, they might have been massively over-exaggerating things as usual. Nope. Every front page of every newspaper in the shop said the same thing – or variations on that theme. The US and Russia were about to come to blows over Syria.

I remember looking at the date – it was April 8th 2017. The new President had been in the job for a little over 2 months and already he had pushed the world to the brink.

After that I really couldn't see how we were all going to survive for another 3 years and 10 months. I suddenly remembered all of the newspaper articles I'd read back in November 2016 and came to the conclusion that they were right – this new President really was an insurmountable crisis. We were doomed. It was only a matter of time.

It's an odd feeling celebrating Christmas and, when it's all over, briefly wondering if that was the last one you were going to celebrate, or if the world would manage to get to another one before the new President did something stupid.

Because he was going to do something stupid. We all knew it. As I said, it was only a matter of time.

It'll probably sound very strange in years to come, but that's pretty much how I lived my life for four years. Asking myself “Is that the last one? Will we see another of these? Are we going to make it to the next one?”

But he didn't do something stupid.

Well, actually he did do something stupid. He did a lot of stupid things. He also said a lot of stupid things.  A hell of a lot of stupid things. Very stupid things indeed. Stupid and hurtful and destructive and unpleasant and selfish and nasty and mean-spirited things. He blithely retweeted messages on Twitter that promoted racism, misogyny, intolerance and division. He publicly threatened not just individuals and religions, but also entire countries with "total destruction" seemingly on a whim, dependent upon his mood that particular day...and all of this within the first year of his four years in office.

But the one stupid thing he didn't do was the Ultimate Stupid Thing. And we're all surprised by that. Actually, if we're going to be honest here, we're all pretty damned shocked by that.

If you look up the word 'Insurmountable' in the Cambridge Dictionary it says “so great that it cannot be dealt with successfully”.

And so i'll say it again - today is a day that many of us (myself included) thought we'd never reach.

But we did.

Let's not kid ourselves, the world is still in a mess – a pandemic is currently ripping its way across the globe, turning our lives upside down and devastating everything in its wake...

...But one of the problems, one of the very very important problems, one of the huge, major, unbelievably massive problems, the so-big-it's-Number-1-on-everyone's-list problems, has finally gone.

There's a Brand New President now and, thank whoever and whatever you believe in, that he's the very antithesis of the last guy - he's kind and intelligent and thoughtful and knows about the job he's taken on and cares, not only about his own country but about the rest of the world. We really should all be grateful because most of us thought that, by the time he got here, there'd be nothing left for him to preside over.







Wednesday, 23 December 2020

ANNOUNCED.... LET IT RIDE (1989) BLU-RAY

 








More film release news for 2021 - I am providing a brand new audio commentary for the forthcoming blu-ray release of the 1989 comedy Let It Ride. Released on 31st March in a limited edition box set by Imprint Films and will be a worldwide first on blu-ray!!


Here's the details...


Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
  • NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Scott Harrison (2020)
  • NEW Interview with Director Joe Pytka (2020)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • English DTS HD 5.1 surround
  • English LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Limited Edition slipcase with unique artwork on the first 1500 copies

You can pre-order HERE (those in the US please be aware, it is a Region B release)











Monday, 30 November 2020

ANNOUNCED.... THE BAD NEWS BEARS FOR IMPRINT FILMS

 




Delighted to announce my first movie release of 2021 - I am providing a brand new audio commentary for the forthcoming blu-ray release of the 1976 sports comedy The Bad News Bears. Released on 24th February in a limited edition box set by Imprint Films in Australia and will be a worldwide first on blu-ray!!


Here's the details...


Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
  • NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Scott Harrison (2020)
  • Dolby Digital 2.0 Dual Mono
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Limited Edition slipcase on the first 1500 copies


You can pre-order HERE (those in the US please be aware, it is a Region B release)




Tuesday, 3 November 2020

CREATURE FEATURE ARTICLE FOR ARROW FILMS.

 







Over on the ARROW FILMS website I take a look back at some of those great Creature Features that have scared us to death over the years, in anticipation of the upcoming release of 1990s cult monster horror-comedy Tremors on 4K UHD and Blu-ray.


You can read my article HERE





Friday, 30 October 2020

ANNOUNCED - BERNICE SUMMERFIELD: THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

 






Excited to be able to announce that I've written a story for the forthcoming Bernice Summerfield Christmas audio anthology which will be released this December and features the further festive adventures of the DOCTOR WHO companion.


Here's the details:

An anthology of festive tales featuring Bernice Summerfield.

Christmas… Advent… Midwinter Festival… Spiriting… No matter what you call it on your home planet, this magical holiday at the end of the year, when the nights are dark, and the lights are sparkly, is the perfect time for telling stories...

And who doesn’t have a tale or two to tell about Christmas? Certainly not Benny.

Did she ever tell you about the time she had to escape from a herd of rampaging battle-armoured cyborg reindeer? Or the time she had to convince three tentacled young sea creatures that she was the real Santa? Or the time she nearly let an evil deity back into the world just in time for New Year…

These ten stories are collected from all across Benny’s eventful life, from St Oscar’s to the Braxiatel Collection, to Legion and even in the Unbound Universe...

The stories are:

Collector’s Item by Eddie Robson
Santa Benny at the Bottom of the Sea by Simon Guerrier
Tap by Mark Clapham
Glory to the Reborn King by Matthew Griffiths
Signifiers of the Verphidiae by Tim Gambrell
The Frosted Deer by Sophie Iles
Vistavision by Victoria Simpson
Wise Women by Q
Null Zeit by Scott Harrison
Bernice Summerfield and the Christmas Adventure by Xanna Eve Chown


You can preorder the audio anthology HERE







Thursday, 29 October 2020

COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN OVER ON MY MOVIE BLOG

 





It's nearly Halloween and if you're undecided what to watch after you've carved your Jack O' Lanterns, you'll find a handful of movie recommendations over on my movie blog HERE







Tuesday, 27 October 2020

ANNOUNCED - 'NEW YEAR'S EVIL' & 'THE DON IS DEAD' AUDIO COMMENTARIES

 






I've got 6 audio commentary announcements coming up over the next few months, and the first two are 1973 Mafia drama The Don is Dead for Eureka! Videos and the 1980 classic slasher flick New Year's Evil.







Wednesday, 21 October 2020

FILM & TV REVIEW SITE BACK UP 'N' RUNNING

 



My film and TV review site is back up and running again and I kick off with a review of the fantastic Grange Hill series 9 & 10 box set from Eureka! Video.

You can visit the site by clocking HERE






Tuesday, 6 October 2020

END TIMES COME TO SOHO RADIO

 






Me ole mucker, talented film/TV composer and musician Kim Halliday, is guesting on Radio Soho later this afternoon, on the 4pm-6pm time slot, where he will be presenting selections from his music both past and present. It will also include an exclusive sneak peak play of 3 tracks from our forthcoming Apocalyptic Horror Fiction'N'Music audio project ARTEFACT. The tracks will be...


- 'Extinction is the Natural Order of Things'

- 'VHS'

- '2855 kHz'


You can hear Kim's fabulous music from his ongoing Unpleasantville project, from his albums, as well as from Artefact online over at Radio Soho's website HERE 


Click on 'Culture' button above the weekly calendar to see when Kim is on.

Click the blue 'Listen' at top of the page to open the Live Radio window.





ANNOUNCED.... SPOOKIES BLU-RAY FROM 101 FILMS

  Once again I am delighted to be able to announce that I have written a brand new piece for the forthcoming blu-ray release of the 1986 cul...