Posted on 26th January 2010 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , , ,


I’m one of the privileged few to own the now out-of-print release of MADMAN Anchor Bay put out back in 2001, but I’ll sure as hell be looking forward to this one if the features are right!  Came across this news at Shock Till You Drop:

We’ve learned that Code Red DVD is in the early stages of prepping a new special edition of the early 80’s “slasher” cult classic Madman. Anchor Bay Entertainment initially put out the DVD back in 2001 which has long since been out of print.

While the new features for this edition are still being worked out, we do know that the original commentary track with writer/director Joe Giannone, writer/producer Gary Sales and stars Tony Fish and Paul “Madman Marz” Ehlers will be carted over from the Anchor Bay release. (Sadly, Giannone and Fish are no longer with us.)

Early word has it the disc will sport new interviews with some of the cast, as well as a featurette visiting the original shooting locations with Madman Marz himself, Paul Ehlers.

Madman pre-dated the original Friday The 13th and has become a “slasher” fan favorite in recent years, especially with frequent plays on IFC. Code Red has released DVD editions of other genre titles such as Don’t Go In The Woods, Beyond The Door and Dead Pit, amongst others.

We’ll keep you posted on more details for this release as they become official. Expect the new special edition Madman DVD later this year.


Receiving poor returns upon its initial theatrical release, the Canadian Survivalist Horror Film RITUALS is finally being released on DVD from CODE RED on DECEMBER 22nd.  Hard to find on VHS, it has, none-the-less, become something of a cult classic (being included in Stephen King’s DANSE MACABRE, listing it as a MUST SEE).  I happened across it some time ago in a now-defunct mom ‘n pop VHS/DVD rental shop and was blown away.

Here’s a brief synopsis from IMDB:
Five doctors go on vacation deep in the Canadian wilderness. After all but one pair of the party’s shoes disappear, the remaining shoed camper decides to hike out and go look for help. Soon after he leaves, however, his four companions realizes that something is very wrong when someone leaves a decapitated deer head just outside their camp. Even though they still don’t have their shoes, they decide to follow their friend’s trail out of the woods, but their path is blocked by someone who doesn’t want to see them leave the forest alive.

It has often been compared to Deliverance simply because it deals with friends on a river in the middle of nowhere with some backwoods maniac terrorizing the shit out of ’em.  I can see where the comparison can come from in that there are some superficial similarities, but I’d argue that Rituals is something of a more intelligent film and deals more with the breakdown of friendship moreso than the external terror.  The recent copy of RUE-MORGUE magazine features the flick as it’s cover story (if you don’t read RUE MORGUE…WHY THE FUCK NOT?) and features quite a long interview segment with the stars of the film and the screenwriter.  I’m really looking forward to this release and YOU can look forward to my full review when I get my hands on the DVD from Code Red.

More to come!