New from Scream Factory for November – The Fan, Prophecy, Road Games

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The Fan

Synopsis from the Press Release:

Sally Ross (Bacall) is a renowned Broadway star, glamorous celebrity, and the object of adoration for countless admirers. But among all the loving little people lurks a young man (Biehn) whose devotion teeters on the edge of madness. His impassioned letters to her are initially a source of pleasure, but as he attempts to realize his ultimate fantasy – and is met with rejection – the stakes are raised to terrifying heights … which might bring on the final curtain for Sally.

Adam Says:

I love these 30-40 year old releases that I’d never heard of before that Scream Factory resurrects. Even if the film wasn’t a success on release, it becomes something of a fascinating time capsule and often the films aren’t bad. The Fan isn’t perfect, but a thriller with Lauren Bacall and a very young Michael Biehn is a delight to behold. It has those early 80’s overtones of movies like ‘Dressed to Kill’ and weirdly, ‘Cruising’ permeating through it. Speaking of Michael Biehn, so far as extras go absolutely do not miss his interview, it is worth its weight in gold to catch up with Michael.

Special Features Include:

  • NEW Number One Fan – an interview with actor Michael Biehn
  • NEW Fan Service – an interview with director Edward Bianchi
  • NEW Fanning the Flames – an interview with editor Alan Heim
  • NEW Audio Commentary with cult film director David DeCoteau and film historian David Del Valle, moderated by Scream Factory marketing director Jeff Nelson
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery

 

Road Games

Synopsis from the Press Release:

Stacy Keach is Pat Quid, a lone trucker who plays games to keep his sanity on long hauls through the desolate Australian Outback. Jamie Lee Curtis is a free-spirited hitchhiker looking for excitement with a game of her own. And somewhere up ahead is a maniac in a van whose game may be butchering young women along the highway. But when the killer decides to raise the stakes, Quid’s game becomes personal … and the rules of this road are about to take some very deadly turns.

Adam Says:

Road Games has never been real high on my list; technically an Ozploitation film, but they cast Americans in the leads and don’t really inject any Australian flavor into the film. Stacy Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis do a tremendous job but, if I’m being honest, the script always felt a bit weak and convoluted. Even so, it’s good that Scream Factory did a proper import of the movie to America. The film transfer appears to be the same one that was used to make Australian Umbrella Entertainment release but Scream Factory has generated a number of new commentaries and interviews to make upgrading worthwhile.

Special Features Include:

  • NEW Australian Long Haul– an interview with actor Stacy Keach
  • NEW audio commentary with cinematographer Vincent Monton, production coordinator Helen Watts and costume designer Aphrodite Kondos, moderated by filmmaker Mark Hartley
  • NEW 1980 script read with producer/director Richard Franklin and actors Stacy Keach and Marion Edwards
  • NEW composer Brian May music demos accompanied by stills and poster gallery
  • Audio Commentary with producer/director Richard Franklin
  • Kangaroo Hitchcock: The Making of ROAD GAMES– featuring interviews with director Richard Franklin and actor Stacey Keach
  • Extended interviews from Mark Hartley’s documentary Not Quite Hollywood featuring Jamie Lee Curtis, Stacy Keach, director Richard Franklin, Stunt Coordinator Grant Page, screenwriter Everett De Roche, cinematographer Vincent Monton and assistant director Tom Burstall
  • Lecture on the making of Road Gameswith Richard Franklin, co-producer Barbi Taylor & composer Brian May, introduced by critic Tom Ryan.
  • Profile on Richard Franklin (1981)
  • Audio Interview with Richard Franklin (2001)
  • Audio Interview with actor Stacy Keach (2016)
  • Audio Interview with stunt coordinator & actor Grant Page (2016)
  • Gallery of stills, Production Shots, Storyboards, Newspaper Reviews, Promotional & Artwork Materials
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

Prophecy

Synopsis from the Press Release:

In Prophecy, Robert Foxworth (Damien: Omen II) and Talia Shire (Rocky, The Godfather) star as a doctor and his wife who travel to Maine to research the impact of the lumber industry on the local environment. They begin to investigate a succession of mysterious and terrifying events: ecological freaks of nature and a series of bizarre and grisly human deaths. Something unimaginably horrible waits in the woods … something unwittingly created by man, that will become an uncontrollable, merciless machine of destruction.

Adam Says:

This environmental horror has been long overdue for a Blu-ray release. Scream Factory hasn’t put a lot into the disc besides some decent new interviews with the primary cast but it’s enough. This is a film that was cut from an R rating down to PG but it’s still worth every frame. It’s a genuinely good film with some very amusing moments in it (for example, the sleeping bag scene, you’ll know it when you see it).

Special Features Include:

  • NEW All of Our Sins – an interview with Talia Shire
  • NEW Bearing Up – an interview with actor Robert Foxworth
  • NEW Bear and Grin It – an interview with writer David Seltzer
  • NEW Hard to Bear – an interview with special make-up effects designer Tom Burman
  • NEW Prophecy Prodigy – an interview with special make-up effects artist Allan Apone
  • NEW Beneath the Bear- an interview with mime artist Tom McLoughlin
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery
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Adam RuhlNew from Scream Factory for November – The Fan, Prophecy, Road Games