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Old 05-24-14, 04:21 PM
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Mondo Macabro goes BLU

http://mondomacabrodvd.blogspot.com/...-goes-blu.html
Later this year, we will unleash upon the world our first forays into hi-def entertainment!

On September 9 we liberate THE SLAVE!
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On October 14, we get down to THE DEVIL'S BUSINESS!
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Limited Edition of Paul Naschy's El Caminante(The Devil Incarnate) goes live today. Only 666 copies of the red case edition:

http://mondomacabro.bigcartel.com/
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Less than 70 copies left of the limited edition of Lucio Fulci's Perversion Story:

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Spanish Horror Killer of Dolls and Korean horror Woman Chasing the Butterfly of Death are now available at Mondo Macabro.

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PRE-ORDER NOW! Shipping will tentatively start around the middle of August.

800 numbered copies, though we reserve the right to up that to 1000, if sales are brisk on the first and second days, in order to meet demand. Limited to one copy per customer. International customers participating in group buys are exempted but must clear it with us by email first.

**PLEASE NOTE that any item purchased along with this pre-order will not ship until all items are available. SORRY WE CANNOT COMBINE PRE-ORDERS WITH ANOTHER ORDER. **

Spain, 1974, Directed by Michael Skaife

In this bizarre and totally unique piece of Spanish horror, David Rocha plays Paul, a young man thrown out of medical school due to his inability to deal with the sight of blood. He goes home to Montpellier in France where his father is gardener on a huge estate belonging to Countess Olivia (played by Helga Liné, ageless diva of Spanish horror). We soon discover that fear of blood is not Paul’s only quirk He was raised as a girl after his sister died and likes to play with dolls, performing strange operations on them, attempting to extract their hearts.

Meanwhile, in the park surrounding the Countesses’ home, a number of young girls have been found murdered. The killer seems to be a mysterious individual wearing a black wig, a white doll mask and speaking with a woman’s voice. As the killings multiply around him, Paul sinks ever deeper into a world of hallucination and nightmare.

Released here for the first time ever on Blu-ray and in its US premier, The Killer of Dolls is an original and unforgettable film that will be treasured by all who like their horror weird and unsettling.

Limited 'red case' edition will come with a unique reversible cover and a booklet with brand new writing on the film by Spanish film expert Ismael Fernandez.

DISC FEATURES
Brand new 4K restoration from the original negative
Region free
Spanish audio track with newly created, optional English subtitles
Brand new interview with actor David Rocha
Brand new interview with Dr Antonio Lázaro-Reboll, author of the book The Spanish Horror Film
Brand new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger
Brand new audio commentary by Robert Monell and Rodney Barnett


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PRE-ORDER NOW! Shipping will tentatively start around the middle of August.

800 numbered copies, though we reserve the right to up that to 1000, if sales are brisk on the first and second days, in order to meet demand. Limited to one copy per customer. International customers participating in group buys are exempted but must clear it with us by email first.

**PLEASE NOTE that any item purchased along with this pre-order will not ship until all items are available. SORRY WE CANNOT COMBINE PRE-ORDERS WITH ANOTHER ORDER. **

South Korea, 1978, Directed by Kim Ki-young

Like a kind of crazy cinematic ghost train ride, WOMAN CHASING THE BUTTERFLY OF DEATH takes us on a journey deep into the darkness of one man’s fears and fantasies. That man is Young-gul, a lonely and rather morbid student in late 1970’s South Korea. Narrowly surviving a murder-suicide attempt by a woman wearing a butterfly pendant, he next finds himself besieged by a seemingly insane bookseller who claims he can never die. Even after Young-gul burns the man’s body his skeleton comes back to taunt him. As if that weren’t enough, the poor student then finds himself the victim of a beautiful thousand year old woman (she looks about 25) who says she is hungry and want to eat his liver….

The director, Kim Ki-young, was one of Korea’s most successful film makers. His 1960 production THE HOUSEMAID is now a recognized classic of world cinema. With this film he goes far beyond the bounds of the real and takes us into a world where anything seems possible, a world where a kind of dream logic rules. Almost impossible to summarize, the film is nevertheless insanely enjoyable. A real one of a kind production that opens our eyes to the limitless possibilities of cinema.

The numbered Red Case Limited Edition will feature an exclusive reversible cover featuring new art by Naomi Butterfield and Mathieu St-Pierre on either side, and a booklet featuring a brand new essay on the film by writer Kelley Dong.

DISC FEATURES
Brand new 2K restoration from the original negative
Region free
Korean language track with newly translated optional English subs
Brand new audio commentary by Kenneth Brorsson and Paul Quinn of the What's Korean Cinema podcast
Brand new interview with actress Lee Hwa-si
Brand new interview with producer Jung Jin-woo
Brand new interview with cinematographer Koo Joong-mo
Brand new interview with Korean cinema expert Darcy Paquet on the career of Kim Ki-young
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Very cool cover art, even if I've never heard of either movie.
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Very cool cover art, even if I've never heard of either movie.
They specialize in obscure cult films from around the world. Mondo Macabro has introduced me to a lot of really cool films I had never heard of before their bluray release. Almost everything I buy from them is a blind buy, but I'm rarely disappointed.
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It's great to see Mondo Macabro continuing to release old Korean Horror films!

Here's their Trailer for Woman Chasing The Butterfly of Death:

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WOMAN CHASING THE BUTTERFLY OF DEATH from Mondo Macabro on Vimeo.

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Details on Mondo Macabro's upcoming Halloween sale(and pre-order!):

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New pre-orders up:



This stunning film from director Shinya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo, Nightmare Detective etc) is set in Tokyo in 1910. Dr. Yukio Daitokuji (Masahiro Motoki), is a former military doctor who has taken over a successful medical practice from his father. He appears to be living a charmed life: he is respected in the local community and is married to the beautiful Rin (Ryo). His only problem is that she suffers from amnesia, and her past is unknown.

But soon his world begins to crumble. Both his parents die suddenly, killed by a bizarre, rag-wearing stranger. Yukio’s relationship with his wife worsens after he refuses to cure the inhabitants of a nearby slum. Then one day he comes face to face with the mysterious killer and a shocking and deadly secret is revealed.

The film’s sumptuous visuals, astonishing costume design, scenes of kinetic violence and pounding score create a unique mood of terror and wonder, leading to an unexpected and apocalyptic ending.




Remastered, restored and available for the first time on home video anywhere in the world, this new “perverse double bill” from maverick film maker Jean Louis Van Belle contains both the 1972 release Pervertissima and the 1971 production The Lady Kills.

The Lady Kills tells the story of Françoise Frémond, who travels across Europe on an apparently random killing spree, bumping off a series of increasingly odious men. From Swinging London to the eternal city of Rome, she leaves a trail of dead bodies and the question: why? A mystery film as only Jean Louis Van Belle could make it, The Lady Kills is a blast from start to finish with an amazing soundtrack of gloriously groovy psych-rock.

Pervertissima is a bizarre – and possible unique - combination of mondo movie and mad scientist flick. A beautiful woman is hired by a scandal sheet editor to research and write a report on “Love in Paris”. Her quest takes her from a lesbian sauna to a secretive club of masked swingers, via stints as a street walker in a seedy Paris back alley and a strip-tease artist in an upmarket cabaret. Her final outing leads to the clinic of the dangerous Dr Vilard, who aims to create sex robots out of human flesh, and mate them to create a race of superhumans to take over the world!


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It's also worth noting that some of their standard editions are on sale on the new website: Woman Chasing the Butterfly of Death, The Devil's Nightmare, Bloodlust, Perversion Story, Devil Incarnate, Spider, and Inquisition are all available for $16 or $17.
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Apparently there have been issues with check-out on the new site.

Whoever runs Mondo Macabro's Twitter suggests either just going through the old site (https://mondomacabro.bigcartel.com/) or emailing them directly if there are any issues with pre-orders or other items.

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New pre-orders going on sale at the end of June:




SEVEN WOMEN FOR SATAN

“a wild psychedelic nightmare of love, lust and damnation”

France 1974
Directed by Michel Lemoine
Starring: Michel Lemoine, Howard Vernon, Joelle Coeur, Natalie Zeiger, Martine Azencot
85 minutes. English/French audio options. Optional English subtitles

By day a mild mannered businessman, in his dreams Boris Zaroff chases naked females on his country estate, just like his notorious father.

One weekend a young couple arrive by chances at Boris’s castle. Their car has broken down and Boris invites them to stay the night. The young girl is fascinated by tales of the wicked Zaroffs and asks if she can see their famous torture chamber.

Maybe now the Zaroff dreams can become reality once more?

A stylish and erotic horror film that was banned in France in the 1970s.

Mondo Macabro was the first company to resurrect this film in 2003 with their DVD release of the theatrical version. Now finally on Blu-ray, and in collaboration with France’s Le Chat qui fume video label, it’s possible finally to see this rare Gallic horror film in something like its intended form. Alongside the theatrical release the disc includes over 30 minutes of trailers and alternate and deleted scenes, including the mythical “seventh victim” sequence. Most of this footage has not been seen for 45 years and is quite a revelation.

The disc has a wonderful and eye opening interview with Robert de Laroche who plays “Francis” the moustachioed visitor who, along with his girlfriend Muriel, ends up as a victim in the Zaroff’s torture chamber.

Other extras include an archive interview with the late Michel Lemoine who talks about his life and career in the world of Euro exploitation movies.

A 20 page illustrated booklet gives background information and production details about this unique “film fantastique”.

And the package is rounded off by not one but TWO brand new sleeves from the insanely talented Justin Coffee.



SINS OF THE FLESH

Directed by Claude Mulot France, 1974, color 88 minutes,1.66:1/16:9; English/French audio choices. Optional English subtitles
Starring: Anne Libert, Francis Lemonnier, Patrick Penn, Barbara Sommers, Georges Gueret, Katia Tchenko, Robert Lombard

Benoît Landrieux, the idle and depraved son of a rich industrialist has two chance encounters on the same day that will change his life forever: Jean-Pierre, a young tearaway who is trying to steal his car, and Isabelle, 20 years old, whom he saves from being raped by her stepfather.

Benoît is a coward and a voyeur, who gets his kicks from watching other couples make out. He cajoles his two new companions to attempt what he has never dared do: rob the safe in his father’s factory, seduce his stepmother to blackmail her for money and finally go so far as committing murder. Thus begins a wild ride that takes them to the very edge of madness.

Director Claude Mulot made this film under the pseudonym of Frederic Lansac - the name of a character from his previous horror hit The Blood Rose. Sins of the Flesh (French title: Les Charnelles) marks the start of his transition from softcore films to full on hard core which was confirmed by his next release, ***** Talk - one of the most controversial French films of all time. But Sins of the Flesh also shows Mulot’s background in horror cinema. He presents Benoît as a cunning and complex psychopath, a handsome young man who smiles and wears expensive clothing, while inside lurks a monster.
The film is a compelling and controversial journey into the dark side of the human mind with some riveting sequences that showcase Mulot as one of the most daring and individual French film makers of his age.

The film also features Jess Franco favorite Anne Libert (Erotic Rites of Frankenstein etc) and comes in a brand new 4k restoration with a host of original extra features.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Brand new 4k transfers from film negative, digitally restored;
interview with Anne Libert;
interview with Gerard Kikoine;
interview with distributor Francis Mischkind;
interview with assistant director Didier Philippe-Gerard;
original trailer;
alternative title sequence;
optional newly created English subtitles;
20 page booklet exclusive to this release;
Mondo Macabro previews

The limited edition features a double-sided sleeve with stunning new art work by Justin Coffee on one side and, on the other, the original image used for the French VHS release of the film back in the 1980s, where it had the title: NEVRO. The art for this side was done by the legendary Melki, who has created iconic, eye catching designs for a host of video releases, cinema posters and magazine covers from the 1980s until today.
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I love how even obscure Eurotrash films now are getting 4K transfers.
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I love how even obscure Eurotrash films now are getting 4K transfers.
What a time to be alive!
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Grindhouse Video has a B2G1F sale that features a good handful of Mondo Macabro titles (BD & DVD):

https://grindhousevideo.com/collections/bogo
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The Howl of the Devil and Hunting Ground are available for pre-order:

https://www.mondo-macabro.com/

The cover art is NSFW so I can't post it here.

Hunting Ground:
Adele, a female lawyer, played brilliantly by Assumpta Serna, passionately defends criminals, believing that everyone deserves a second chance and that criminality is more often than not bred by deprivation. In the courtroom a pair of local hoods see her in action and decide to follow her. They steal her car, find the keys to her country villa and decide to rob the place. Unfortunately Adele's family turn up at the villa mid-robbery, and her husband is killed. But that is only the beginning of the nightmare …

Directed by Jorge Grau, who made the horror classics BLOOD CEREMONY and LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE, HUNTING GROUND is an intense, gripping crime story that takes a savagely realistic look at the social divide between the rich and the poor in the big city. The climax of the film is unrelenting in its depiction of sexual violence and revenge and includes one of the most shocking sequences ever seen in a mainstream film.

Mondo Macabro is proud to present this underseen Eurotrash classic in its first ever English friendly home video release and for the first time ever in HD.

DISC FEATURES

Region Free world Blu-ray premiere
Brand New 4K restoration from film negative
Choice of English dub or Spanish Language with optional English subtitles
Archival interview with director Jorge Grau

LIMITED EDITION FEATURES

1200 numbered copies in the famous red case
Reversible sleeve with brand new art by Justin Coffee on the A side and original Mexican VHS art on the B side
20 page booklet with brand new writing on the film by Spanish film expert Ismael Fernandez

The Howl of the Devil:

Spanish horror star Paul Naschy plays a multitude of roles in a tour-de-force performance in one of his best and most personal films, which he also wrote and directed.Naschy plays Hector Doriani, a stage and screen actor who feels himself living in the shadow of his dead twin brother, Alex Doriani, a famous star of horror movies. Alex’s young son, Adrian, now lives with Hector in an isolated mansion in the countryside. To keep his father's memory alive, the boy imagines himself visited by the spirit of the dead man, incarnated in a series of classic horror character from the past: Mr. Hyde, the Frankenstein Monster, the Phantom of the Opera, etc. Also making an appearance in the young child’s fantasies is Waldemar Daninsky, the werewolf character made famous by Naschy himself.

Eric, Alex Doriani’s former butler, now also works for Hector. His main role is to locate and bring to the mansion a series of women who are paid large sums of money by Hector to take part in various sadistic sex games. To complicate matters even further, the games always seem to end with the women getting slaughtered in various gruesome ways by a black gloved, masked killer.

Also on hand is horror diva Caroline Munro, as Hector’s housekeeper and cook, who is being pursued by a local priest with whom she once had a much-regretted affair.

The whole bubbling caldron of mayhem and misbehavior really boils over when Eric the butler mounts a séance to bring back the body of his dead master. But it is not Alex who appears… and all hell literally breaks loose.

One of the last films to be directed by Paul Naschy, HOWL OF THE DEVIL was, for many years, impossible to see in anything like its intended form. This first HD presentation of the film shows it at last in its true glory. One of Naschy’s most savage and most heartfelt films, its reappearance is an event worth celebrating.

DISC FEATURES

Region Free world Blu-ray premiere
Brand New 4K restoration from film negative
Spanish Language with optional English subtitles
Brand new audio commentary by Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn of the Naschycast
Debut of previously unreleased archival "making of" documentary
Brand new interview with Naschy's son Sergio Molina, who appears in the film


LIMITED EDITION FEATURES

1500 numbered copies in the famous red case
Reversible sleeve with brand new art by Rick Melton on the A side and original poster art by Jano on the B side
Full color booklet with brand new writing on the film by Naschy expert Shane M. Dallmann

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Mondo Macabro indicated that they have plans for Ultra HD Blu-ray.

We don't know what they are, but we know what they aren't: Brigade of Death, which Mondo Macabro is collaborating on with Le chat qui fume. Their European partner is giving it a UHD release overseas, but it won't be English-friendly. Mondo Macabro didn't think it was the right title to experiment with on these shores, since they have a different business model, so it'll be Blu-ray-only over here.
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Full specs for Mondo Macabro's upcoming UHD / Blu release of Stephen Sayadian's DR CALIGARI (1989)!

Our debut UHD release, the long-awaited 4K restoration of Stephen Sayadian's deranged cult classic DR CALIGARI!

As sexually deranged as it is stylistically unhinged, this psychedelic surrealist neo-noir reworking of the 1920 German expressionist classic features Laura Albert as Mrs Van Houten, a woman whose libido is dangerously out of control. There’s only one place for her: the Caligari Insane Asylum.

Madeleine Reynal plays Dr Caligari, the granddaughter of the original Doctor, whose own experiments in psychosexual therapy have led her to the brink of a radical treatment involving hormonal exchange. Having drugged and imprisoned Mrs Van Houten’s sexually repressed husband, Caligari sets out to extract the brain fluid of an incurably nymphomaniac Mrs Van Houten and inject it into the head of a cannibalistic serial killer (John Durbin) addicted to electroconvulsive therapy. What could possibly go wrong?

With eye-popping set design from Stephen Sayadian (Night Dreams, Café Flesh), a luscious synth score courtesy of Mitchell Froom, not to mention acid-tongued dialogue written by Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight), Dr Caligari drops a dirty bomb on Reagan era family values. Mining high art in bad taste, it parodies both mass media and pop culture through a roll call of staged citations and quotations as exquisitely framed as they are sexually charged.

DISC ONE FEATURES – UHD
* 4K presentation of a brand new restoration from the original camera negative
* Two aspect ratio choices – 4:3 or 1.85:1 theatrical version
* Theatrical Trailer
* Isolated music and effects track

DISC TWO FEATURES – Blu-ray
* 1080p presentation of the 4K restoration
* 1.85:1 theatrical version
* Audio commentary with writer/director Stephen Sayadian.
* Interview with Stephen Sayadian.
* Interview with Madeleine Reynal (Dr Caligari).
* Interview with Laura Albert
* Interview with Jerry Stahl (co-writer).
* Original theatrical trailer.
* Isolated Music and Effects track

LIMITED EDITION FEATURES
* “Going on a Radiation Vacation: Stephen Sayadian’s Dr. Caligari” Booklet by Sayadian biographer Heather Drain
* Exclusive slipcover
* Limited to 2000 numbered copies

Goes on sale this upcoming Monday, October 31st at 9 AM Pacific (google what time that is where you live), only at mondomacabro.bigcartel.com!
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Full details and individual covers for Mondo Macabro's upcoming BOLLYWOOD HORROR COLLECTION!

Next up is our first ever box set! BOLLYWOOD HORROR!!!

The seven Ramsay brothers – sons of the radio manufacturer Fatehchand U. Ramsay – were India’s biggest producers of horror movies. They were active between 1972 and 1994 and produced 25 films, the vast majority of them in the horror genre, although they also worked on thrillers and even a children’s film – which also included a monster of sorts in a huge friendly Yeti…

This box set is the first collection of their films to be released on Blu-ray and is packed with extra features and interviews with cast and crew along with an 80 page full color book written by Indian film expert Tim Paxton.

NOTE: Final box art TBA

DISC ONE – AATMA (2006)

Dr Aman Mehra leads an enviable life. A successful and much admired physician, he is married to the beautiful Nehra and lives with her in a splendid villa in the best part of town. Then, one night, just as they are celebrating their first wedding anniversary, the doctor and his wife are disturbed by a late night caller. Answering the door, Dr Aman is confronted by a very serious and rather scary looking man who tells the doctor that he will perform a post mortem the next day on a man called Avinash and that he must write a truthful report about the cause of death. If not, the stranger warns Aman, terrible things will happen.

The next day the doctor is shocked to discover that the man on whom he is to perform the post mortem is the man who came to see him at 1am that morning. 4 hours after his body was brought into the hospital. From that point on Aman’s charmed life start to turn into a nightmare as events crash around him. He finds himself threatened by gangsters who want him to falsify the autopsy report and he then discovers that the dead man, Avinash, was an expert practitioner of the black arts. Eventually Aman’s wife becomes possessed by the dead man’s avenging spirit. There is only one course of action left to him - an exorcism to free his wife from her spiritual bondage and then to tell the truth about the body in the morgue. But will Aman have the courage to do what he knows is right?

Released in Indian cinemas in May 2006, Aatma is the last horror film to date from the famous Ramsay family of film makers. Very much in the style of their 1980s classics but with updated special effects and more explicit love scenes, it delivers all the familiar Ramsay trademarks of intense, horror-based set pieces, thrilling action scenes, vibrant cinematography and sexy dances. Perhaps overlooked on its original, release, in this newly restored version, Aatma is two hours of top class entertainment!

DISC TWO – PURANA MANDIR (1984)

The film begins two centuries in the past. Raja Harriman Singh is stranded near the Black Mountain when the wheel of one his carriages is broken,. While they wait for the wheel to be repaired, Hariman Singh’s daughter Rupali wanders off to explore the nearby deserted temple. There she is captured by the evil magician Samri. He sucks out her lifeforce, turning her eyes white as she dies. The Raja catches Samri and orders his death. The monster is decapitated, his body buried in one location and his head kept in another. That way, so it’s believed, he can never be brought back to life. Before he dies, Samri curses Harriman Singh, saying that every female member of his line will die in childbirth.
In the present day – the mid 1980s – a descendent of Harriman Singh is a successful businessman with a teenage daughter, Suman. She has a boyfriend, Sanjay of whom her father disapproves. She thinks it is because Sanjay is not of royal blood. Finally, he tells Suman of the family curse. He forbids Suman to see Sanjay again. Suman persuades Sanjay and his friends to come with her to the ancient temple in the countryside where the head of Samri was buried. There, she believes, they will be able to lay then curse to rest and she and Sanjay will be free to have a relationship.

The most successful of the Ramsay’s many films, Purana Mandir is something of a legend in Indian film circles. It’s the movie that singlehandedly kicked off the brief mini boom in horror that swept through the Indian film business in the late 1980s. Then film benefits enormously from the performance of Anirudh Agarwal as Samri. He is an evil force of nature as he rampages through the film, determined to eliminate every last member of Harriman Singh’s family.

The film has some of the very best horror sequences in the entire Ramsay catalog and is a genuine tour-de force for all involved. An essential classic of Indian horror cinema.

DISC THREE – PURANI HAVELI (1989)

A girl takes a group of her friends to visit an old mansion in the country, owned by her family. Unknown to any of them, the mansion is haunted by an evil entity. Many years before, the monster was trapped inside the mansion by an elderly man who now acts as its guardian. When he is killed, the evil is released and all who come near the mansion are its potential victims. Statues come to life, hairy beasts roam the corridors, and the bodies pile up.

Another hit for the Ramsays, the film contains some of their most intense horror scenes. There are also two monsters! The hairy beast and the giant, horned suit of armour that seems to have a life of its own. Unusually for a Ramsay film, the evil is finally thwarted not by the use of the familiar “AUM” symbol, but by Christian iconography.

* Disc includes original trailer

DISC FOUR – TAHKHANA (1986)

Two sisters, separated as children, share the secret of a hidden treasure. Years later, their secret falls into the hands of a bunch of sleazy adventurers. What none of them know is that the treasure is guarded by a hideous monster, animated by the blood of a vengeful black magician.

Some of their films, such as Mahakaal and Bandh Darwaza, are certainly “inspired by” western sources; however, Tahkhana is very much the Ramsays revisiting their own past. In this case, their breakthrough 1984 film Purana Mandir. The cast features a number of the same names and the plot is very similar – a group of kids go back to an old mansion in the countryside to defeat an ancient evil. Here the story is spiced up with a number of baroque trimmings. It’s like a gothic novel in its use of secret passages, lockets, hidden treasure, lost siblings etc etc. Unlike Purana Mandir, there is no lengthy comic sub plot and the film, at two hours, is of reasonably modest length for a Bollywood movie. Much of the action takes place underground, in the dungeon of the title. This allows for some tense set pieces and a claustrophobic atmosphere that mark this one out from the more familiar Ramsay fare. The Ramsay’s films are essentially monster movies and hence stand or fall on the effectiveness of the creature at the heart of the story. The evil walking corpse in Tahkhana is a spectacular beast, with an interesting back story and dramatic demise.

DISC FIVE – VEERANA (1988)

In Veerana: Vengeance of the Vampire, Jasmin - a local landowner’s daughter - is possessed by the spirit of a dead witch and becomes a bloodsucking seductress. On the next moonless night, she will be used in a hideous ritual to raise the evil witch from her tomb.

After having the biggest hit of their career – Purana Mandir – the Ramsays cast around for a strong follow up. In the mid 1980’s, the video revolution was in its first flush of popularity. Lots of previously obscure movies were being released on the format. The Ramsays would watch just about anything they could lay their hands on, looking for ideas. One of the titles that struck a chord was Jose Larraz’s sexy horror classic Vampyres (1974). This became the very loose inspiration for Veerana, which began shooting in 1985. The Ramsay’s films are essentially monster movies and the monster is usually a man in some form. Veerana featured their first female monster and the film’s combination of suggestiveness, sex and violence got the Ramsay’s into hot water. They were initially refused a certificate and had to recut the film for release. The movie’s real coup is Jasmin, playing the girl who gets possessed by the spirit of the dead witch Nakita. Jasmin came more or less out of nowhere and made few other films, but she makes a real impact here with her jet black hair, white skin and huge, scary eyes. She’s also not shy of showing an inch or two of flesh. And the bathroom scene where she croons along to Bappi Lahiri’s yearning Saathi Tu Kahan Hai is surprisingly hot for its time. Veerana performed well at the box office and has gone on to be recognized as one of their most enjoyable productions.

* Disc includes original trailer

DISC SIX – BANDH DARWAZA (1990)

A childless women visits the lair of an evil magician in order that she may conceive. When she gives birth to a baby girl, the magician demands that she hand her over. She refuses and has the magician killed. Years later he is revived as a fully-fledged member of the undead. He comes looking for the now teenage girl, intending to make her his slave.

Essentially the Ramsay’s version of Dracula, Bandh Darwaza stands out from other Dracula films due to the astonishing performance of Anirudh Agarwal as the king vampire. Genueinley terrifying, he ranks as one of the greats in his portrayal of the evil bloodsucker. Made towards the end of the Ramsay’s cinematic reign of terror – before they moved to TV production -, then film is light on comedy and strong on horror. Cinematographer Gangu Ramsay earns his statis as “India’s Mario Bava” with a bravura scene in which the vampire stalks his victim in her house at one point peering at her through a series of red, blue and green glass panes.

* Unfortunately, the film elements of Bandh Darwaza were no longer usable due to damage and storage problems. The film is presented here from a standard definition source.

SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDED ON DISC SIX -

Interviews with: (Interviews produced by Sandesh Shenoy & Bollywood Crypt)
* Anirudh Agarwal (Actor- Purana Mandir, Bandh Darwaza, Saamri)
* Dhruv Somani (Film historian, archivist and author - A Touch of Evil)
* Priti Vinay Sinha (Producer- upcoming Ramsay biopic Webseries, Darr Sabko Lagta Hain)
* Satish Shah (Actor- Purana Mandir, Purani Haveli, Veerana)
* Prem Chopra (Actor- Saboot, Telephone, Saamri)
* Gittanjali Elizabeth Singh (Author/Numerologist/Widow of Music Composer Ajit Singh; Purana Mandir, Tahakhana, Purani Haveli, Ajooba Kudrat Ka)
* Arti Gupta Surendranath (Actress - Purana Mandir, Tahakhana, Purani Haveli)
* Deepak Ramsay (Director - Aatma/Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai/Zee Horror Show, Assistant Director - Veerana, Bandh Darwaza, Mahakaal)

* Mondo Macabro episode on Indian horror
* More TBA

LIMITED EDITION FEATURES
* 80 page book on the history of Indian horror by MONSTER!'s Tim Paxton
* lobby cards
* 3000 copies housed in an exclusive to-be-revealed hard box

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Full specs and cover for Mondo Macabro's upcoming Blu of Raúl Artigot's THE WITCHES MOUNTAIN (1973)!

Last up to be announced is our one “red case” release for the HALLOWEEN SALE, the 1973 Spanish horror oddity THE WITCH’S MOUNTAIN!

Until now The Witches Mountain has been a difficult film to see in anything approaching the way its makers intended. For complicated reasons, fully explored in the extras on the disc, the film was banned in Spain. This led to a kind of urban legend that it was a violent and misogynistic film full of scenes of sex and depravity. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, The Witches Mountain is one of the most unique films of the 1970s Spanish horror boom. It’s atmospheric, mystical and elusive. A film that lingers in your mind long after you’ve seen it.

Photo journalist Mario has just broken up with his girlfriend, Monica. To get away from it all he accepts a job that will take him off to the distant and isolated mountains of Asturias in northern Spain. On the way he meets a beautiful writer – Delia - played by horror legend Patty Shepard. After a rocky start their relationship develops and she decides to accompany him on his journey.

They spend the night in a strange inn, where Delia is convinced she was being watched by a mysterious cloaked figure who appeared outside her first floor window. Then next day, while stopping to take some photos, Mario’s jeep is stolen. Setting off on foot they find the jeep abandoned near a deserted village high in the misty mountains. The couple are offered accommodation in a nearby cottage. From the start things get very strange. Mario disappears during the night and when he returns and develops the photos he took he finds there are people in shots that were not there when he took them.

Gradually they come to realize that their host, the kindly older woman Santa, might well be part of an ancient cult of female witches who still inhabit the lonely mountain places. Events accelerate from this point and soon, to his horror, Mario sees that Delia has been taken over by the cult and will be their next sacrificial victim. He flees from the place, back to his house in the city. But even there, as he discovers, he is not safe from the mountain witches.

DISC FEATURES
* Region free
* New HD transfer from the best available film elements
* Choice of English or Spanish language tracks w/ optional English subtitles
* Brand new interview with actor John Gaffari
* Archival interview with John Gaffari
* Archival documentary about the making of the film
* Brand new audio commentary by David Flint
* Video essay about Patty Shepard by Chris O’Neill
* Trailer

LIMITED EDITION FEATURES
* Booklet on the film and its director by Ismael Fernandez
* Brand new art by Justin Coffee
* 1500 numbered copies in the usual red case

Goes on sale this upcoming Monday, October 31st at 9 AM Pacific (google what time that is where you live), only at mondomacabro.bigcartel.com!
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Also worth noting that Mondo’s site-wide Halloween sale begins on Monday as well.

ANNUAL HALLOWEEN SALE STARTS ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 31st! Every year we have a big sale/pre-order event and this year is no different! Starting at 9 AM Pacific/12 noon Eastern/11 AM Central on Halloween itself there will be a catalog wide sale over at our sister site, mondomacabro.bigcartel.com. Nearly everything in our catalog will be discounted to some degree. This sale will last until the following Monday on November 7th.
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I absolutely love the Bollywood Horror set in theory. However, I'm concerned that my price-point and theirs are far apart.
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Originally Posted by Kurt D View Post
I absolutely love the Bollywood Horror set in theory. However, I'm concerned that my price-point and theirs are far apart.
The other forum is down right now, so I can’t double-check his post, but I’m pretty sure Jared said the box would be $106 (or $102; something like that). For the amount of content, that seems pretty fair to me.

They’re printing 3,000 units and expect it to be around for a long time, and Mondo also says the expectation is that it’ll get a retail release too. So maybe with wider availability will come a lower price.

I’m extremely excited about this box set. Maybe a little less “day one!” than when I first heard about it, now that I know a wider release is likely down the road, but we’ll see how I wind up feeling when the preorder button is clickable.
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