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Severin Announces Three Sinister Genre Blu Debuts And “Drop Dead Fred”

Friday, July 2, 2021 | Blu-ray/DVD

Severin Films is growing its eclectic slate of 2021 releases with three ace genre Blu-ray debuts and the return of Rik Mayall’s polarizing comedy “classic,” DROP DEAD FRED with a heavy helping of extras! Read on for details and grab the new releases, available now for preorder!

On September 28th, Severin Films is bringing back the imaginary friend we all need to reconnect with – DROP DEAD FRED. What was once called “fiendish” (Orlando Sentinel), “an obnoxious boil” (Washington Post) and “easily one of the worst films I’ve ever seen” (Gene Siskel) is today hailed as “genius” (Junkee), “a feminist masterpiece” (Purple Revolver) and “an unapologetically weird classic” (NME): With her adult life falling apart, a distraught woman (Phoebe Cates)accidentally unleashes her imaginary childhood friend Drop Dead Fred – the late great Rik Mayall of THE YOUNG ONES in his sole U.S. comedy feature – to wreak booger-flicking, poo-smearing vengeance on those who’ve wronged her. Marsha Mason (THE GOODBYE GIRL), Tim Matheson (ANIMAL HOUSE) and Carrie Fisher co-star in this “true cult classic” (Den Of Geek) from the executive producer of HIGH FIDELITY and THE BIG LEBOWSKI, now scanned in 2K with all-new Special Features for the first time ever in America.

But that’s not all, also this September, Severin Films brings out remastered special editions of John Russo’s MIDNIGHT (1980), rare Carroll Baker Giallo THE FOURTH VICTIM (1971), and bizarro Christian slasher A DAY OF JUDGMENT (1981).


A decade after co-writing NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, writer/director John Russo gathered members of George Romero’s Pittsburgh crews
to film a new shocker fueled by equal parts grisly grindhouse jolts and ‘80s satanic panic: Fleeing her pervy alcoholic stepfather (Lawrence Tierney of RESERVOIR DOGS infamy), a hitchhiking teen (Melanie Verlin) is abducted by a family of crazed homicidal rednecks for an ordeal of graphic butchery, shag carpet and devil worship. John Amplas (MARTIN) co-stars in this “greasy, grimy guilty pleasure” (DVD Talk) featuring gore effects by Tom Savini and executive produced by Sam Sherman (DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN) – released in some US markets as BACKWOODS MASSACRE and seized in the UK as a DPP 39 ‘Video Nasty’ – now scanned in 4K from the negative of the long-rumored uncut version with all-new Special Features.


In this rarely-seen but always-surprising giallo – made between A QUIET PLACE TO KILL and KNIFE OF ICE – Golden Globe®
winning/Academy Award® nominated Hollywood exile Carroll Baker (BABY DOLL, SOMETHING WILD) stars as the new bride of
a wealthy British playboy (Oscar® nominee Michael Craig of THE ANGRY SILENCE and MYSTERIOUS ISLAND) whose three previous wives met with suspiciously accidental deaths. Marina Malfatti (ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK) co-stars in this 1971 Italian/Spanish co-production directed by Eugenio
Martín (HORROR EXPRESS) and co-written by Santiago Moncada (HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON) with a score by Piero Umiliani (FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON) – also known as DEATH AT THE DEEP END OF THE SWIMMING POOL and THE LAST MRS. ANDERSON – now scanned
in 2K from the original negative.


From Earl Owensby Studios – the South’s biggest producer/distributor of ‘70s/’80s regional horror and exploitation hits – comes what may be the most obscure and bizarre slasher movie of the entire godless genre: In a 1930s small town rife with lust, corruption and sin, a mysterious figure wielding a scythe arrives to cut an unholy swath of murder, madness and moralizing that may lead straight to Hell. William T. Hicks (DEATH SCREAMS), Brownlee Davis (WOLFMAN), Jerry Rushing (FINAL EXAM) and Harris Bloodworth star in this “early ‘80s oddity worth seeing as something very different” (The Slasher
Report) produced by Earl Owensby (TALES OF THE THIRD DIMENSION) and Worth Keeter (L.A. BOUNTY), now scanned in 2K from the IP for the first time ever.


For a full rundown of special features, specs, and pre-order info, visit Severin Films.

Rocco T. Thompson
Rocco is a Rondo-nominated film journalist and avid devotee of all things weird and outrageous. He penned the cover story for Rue Morgue's landmark July/Aug 2019 "Queer Fear" Special Issue, and is an associate producer on In Search of Darkness: Part III, the latest installment in CreatorVC's popular 1980s horror documentary series.