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’90s hillbilly horror “SKINNED ALIVE” coming on restored Ultimate Edition Blu-ray; full details and art

Monday, August 17, 2020 | Blu-ray/DVD, News


Backwoods nutcases rampage through the vintage direct-to-video splatter favorite, set for a new hi-def double-disc release next month.

Tempe Digital has announced that pre-orders are open for the new Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of 1990’s SKINNED ALIVE, written and directed by Jon Killough and produced by J.R. Bookwalter. The saga of Crawldaddy and her brood, whose leather goods have a secret, horrible source, has been restored from a 2K scan of the original 16mm negative film elements, presented in 1080p in its original 1:33:1 aspect ratio with a new DTS HD-MA 5.1 Surround remix, along with the previous Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround mix. The copious special features are:

Disc 1 (Blu-ray BD-25, Replicated)

  • NEW! 2020 audio commentary by writer/director Jon Killough, moderated by Tempe historian Ross Snyder of Saturn’s Core Audio & Video
  • 2002 audio commentary by producer J.R. Bookwalter and makeup effects artist David Lange
  • NEW! Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Thai dubbed mix
  • NEW! “Carving Up 30 Years of SKINNED ALIVE” (16 mins.) featuring all-new 2020 interviews with writer/director Jon Killough and actors Susan Rothacker, Floyd Ewing Jr. and Michael Render
  • NEW! “Call Me Daddy You S#!thead: Remembering Mary Jackson” (10 mins.) featuring all-new 2020 interviews with Foxx frontman Dave Jackson, original “Violet” Lorie Jackson, director Jon Killough and actors Susan Rothacker and Michael Render
  • NEW! “Prissy Boy Phink: The Scott Spiegel Interview” (8 mins.) featuring an all-new 2018 interview
  • NEW! 2020 Location Tour (5 mins.) with cast members James L. Edwards, Floyd Ewing Jr., and Michael Render
  • NEW! Restoration Grindhouse with audio commentary by producer J.R. Bookwalter discussing work performed for the new 2K restoration (11 mins.)
  • NEW! Artwork & promotional gallery (5 mins.)
  • NEW! Behind-the-scenes gallery (5 mins.)
  • NEW! Production stills gallery (7 mins.)
  • NEW! Optional English or Spanish subtitles
  • Tempe Digital trailers

Disc 2 (Dual-Layer DVD-9, Replicated)

  • 1990 Original VHS version with Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo mix (1.33:1)
  • NEW! 2020 audio commentary by Doug Tilley and Moe Porne of The No-Budget Nightmares Podcast
  • NEW! Never-before-seen 1987 ROOMMATES TV Sitcom Episode One featuring SKINNED ALIVE cast and crew (24 mins.)
  • 1988 ROOMMATES TV sitcom Episode Two featuring SKINNED ALIVE cast and crew (31 mins.)
  • NEW! 1987 Joy Circuit “Love Turns to Darkness” music video directed by J.R. Bookwalter (6 mins.)
  • “Cut to the Bone: Dissecting the Making of SKINNED ALIVE” (35 mins.)
  • Behind the scenes (7 mins.)
  • Camera and wardrobe tests (11 mins.)
  • About the 2002 remastering (2 mins.)
  • Original 2002 DVD release trailer (3 mins.)
  • NEW! Optional English or Spanish Subtitles
  • Tempe DVD trailers


  • Collectible slipcover with newly commissioned artwork by Alex Sarabia, signed by writer/director Jon Killough and producer J.R. Bookwalter
  • Reversible wrap with 2000 artwork by Dave Arcane and original 1990 Cinema Home Video VHS artwork
  • Eight-page color booklet with behind-the-scenes photos and liner notes by Tempe historian Ross Snyder of Saturn’s Core Audio & Video
  • Clear Viva Premium Two-Disc Blu-ray Case

Makeflix Exclusive (Available for Limited Time)

  • Bonus Manufactured-On-Demand (MOD) Blu-ray with 2K restored feature in 16×9 widescreen (1.78:1, 78 mins.)
  • Bundle with Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD for just $5 more!

Street/ship date is September 15, with a retail price of $39.99. In addition to Makeflix, the Blu-ray/DVD set will be available exclusively via Diabolik DVD, Grindhouse Video and Strange Vice UK. The 16×9 widescreen edition will also be available to rent or own from iTunes, VUDU, Vimeo on Demand and other retailers in October, and theatrical bookings will be handled by AGFA; in addition, Retro Release Video will issue a limited-edition VHS of the restore film. The soundtrack CD, featuring Bookwalter’s score and a number of songs, will also be available separately September 18 for $14.99, and a digital release will be offered on Apple Music and other streaming platforms with three bonus tracks.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).