101 Films Black Label presents David Cronenberg’s Rabid on two-disc Blu-ray 26 August and lost 90s horror Skinner of dual-format 23 September as we all add to our classic film collection and run out of shelf space.
Rabid, the enduringly tense and gruesome horror that marked a landmark in David Cronenberg’s early career came out in 1977 but to this day has remained an often talked about horror film. With the Jen and Sylvia Soska directed remake of Rabid due out this year, this is a great time to revisit the Cronenberg original either before, or after you watch the 2019 updating of the creepy tale. I cant think of a better pairing to tackle the remake, and the 1977 film is definitely one of the go to films from Cronenberg.
When Rose suffers terrible injuries in a motorcycle crash, she is taken to a nearby clinic run by Dr Keloid for experimental skin-graft surgery. At first, the revolutionary procedure proves successful, but it soon leaves Rose with a strange orifice protruding from her armpit and an insatiable thirst for human blood. Hell-bent on satisfying her bloodlust, Rose leaves a trail of insane and uncontrollably aggressive victims, as the unknown virus engulfs North America in an orgy of frenetic violence.
Starring: Marilyn Chambers, Howard Ryshpan, Frank Moore and Patricia Gage (American Psycho). Rabid is written and directed by David Cronenberg (Videodrome) and produced by John Dunning, Ivan Reitman and Don Carmody.
Brand new extras are features on the blu ray.
The Quiet Revolution: State, Society and the Canadian Horror Film – Part One: Gimme Shelter: Cinepix and the Birth of the Canadian Horror Film, a brand new feature-length documentary exploring the social contexts behind Canadian horror cinema from filmmaker and author Xavier Mendik
Audio commentary with filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska (directors of the 2019’s Rabid reimagining)
Limited edition booklet: Includes ‘The Birth of Rabid’ by Greg Dunning and ‘Stunned. Shocked. Exhilarated: Horror in the Early Films of David Cronenberg’ by Alex Morris
Additional extras on the blu ray (which have been features on previous releases.
Audio commentary with writer-director David Cronenberg
Audio commentary with William Beard, author of ‘The Artist as Monster: The Cinema of David Cronenberg’
Audio commentary with Jill C. Nelson, author of ‘Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women Of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985’ and Marilyn Chambers’ Personal Appearances Manager Ken Leicht
Young And Rabid – An interview with actress Susan Roman
Archive interview with David Cronenberg
The Directors: David Cronenberg – a 1999 documentary on the filmmaker
Interview with executive producer Ivan Reitman
Interview with co-producer Don Carmody
Then shifting into September, we get Skinner the 1993 Ivan Nagy film which makes it debut on UK bluray. At one time Skinner was thought to be a , Skinnerhas been resurrected from obscurity in a mind-blowing 4K restoration so cult cinema fans can now witness this 90s horror gem in all its sinful, sleazy and violent glory.
Dennis Skinner seems like a normal enough guy but he has a very abnormal hobby. At night, he creeps through the back streets looking for potential victims, and when he finds one, carefully removes their skin with an elaborate collection of knives. Heidi, one of Dennis’ victims, is on his trail, waiting for a chance to get her revenge, but in the meantime Dennis has developed a crush on Kerry and wants to find a way to show her he really cares.
Starring: Ted Raimi (Spider-Man), Traci Lords (Blade), David Warshofsky (There Will Be Blood), Richard Schiff (Se7en) and Rikki Lake (Hairspray). Directed by Ivan Nagy (The Hitchhiker) and written by Paul Hart Wilden (Alone). This marks Skinner’s UK debut on any format.
Brand new extras
Limited edition booklet includes ‘Finding Skinner’ – Screenwriter Paul Hart-Wilden on the long and multi-faceted search for the ‘lost’ Skinner master
A Touch of Scandal – Interview with Director Ivan Nagy
Under His Skin – Interview with Star Ted Raimi
Bargain Bin VHS For A Buck – Interview with Screenwriter Paul Hart-Wilden
Cutting Skinner – Interview with Editor Jeremy Kasten
Flaying sequence out-takes and extended takes
So there you go, another couple of additions for your film collection and both can be pre-ordered here http://bit.ly/101black
101 Films presents Rabid on two-disc special edition Blu-ray 26 August and Skinner on special edition dual format (Blu-ray/DVD) 23 September