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Spookies – Limited Edition Blu-ray Unboxing


Posted April 19, 2021 by


While the best horrors of the 1980s are mostly all represented on the format now, there are some hidden gems out there that are only now making their Blu-ray debut. One such title is Spookies, a fascinatingly trashy and entertaining horror romp that will have genre fans delighted. 

“101 Films presents cult 80s horror Spookies (1986), released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK and title 019 on the 101 Films Black Label. Produced by Michael Lee, founder of legendary video distributor VIPCO, the film’s tumultuous production history saw original co-writers/directors Brendan Faulkner and Thomas Doran and co-writer/producer Frank M. Farel fired, and Eugenie Joseph brought on board to shoot new scenes and re-edit the existing footage. The chaotic and deranged result has gone on to amass an army of devotees in the intervening years, attaining genuine cult status among horror fans. Among the additional content is a new version of feature-length documentary VIPCO: The Untold Story.” More info on 101 Films’ website here.

We took a closer look at the beautiful packaging of this superb new entry in the 101 Films Black Label series that also boasts a stunning transfer of the film and a wealth of fascinating special features…

Special Features

  • New audio commentary with FrightFest’s Paul McEvoy and filmmaker Sean Hogan
  • Limited edition booklet including A Twisted History: Vipco, VHS and Spookies by Scott Harrison and Your Future Belongs to Us: Reaganite Terrors in Spookies by Liam Hathaway
  • Twisted Tale: The Unmaking of Spookies – a feature-length making-of documentary, including a commentary track with documentary co-directors Michael Gingold & Glen Baisley and extensive deleted scenes
  • VIPCO: The Untold Story – a brand new, extended version of the feature length documentary on much-loved UK film distributor VIPCO
  • 2015 Alamo Drafthouse screening introductions with Spookies director Thomas Doran and co-writer/producer Frank M. Farel
  • Archival locations featurette with actor Peter Iasillo
  • Outtakes and bloopers
  • Behind the scenes still gallery
  • Theatrical trailer

101 Films presents cult 80s horror Spookies on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK and title #019​ on their Black Label from 26 April 2021.

Samuel Love

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