By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Following up on their previous releases of ZOMBIE 3 and 4 and SHOCKING DARK, Severin Films has two additional spaghetti shockers from Bruno Mattei and Claudio Fragasso coming on Blu-ray, plus a WWII atrocity flick. Jump past the jump for full details, cover art and a trailer.
Arriving June 25 (with DVDs also available) are: ROBOWAR, a jungle-set ROBCOP/PREDATOR knockoff directed by Mattei and scripted by Fragasso and Rossella Drudi, starring Reb Brown, Catherine Hickland, Massimo Vanni and Jim Gaines; NIGHT KILLER (pictured above), written and directed by Fragasso with additional gore scenes by Mattei, about a killer with a razor-fingered glove and issued in Italy as TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3 (!), starring Peter Hooten and Tara Buckman; and THE BEAST IN HEAT, a Nazisploitation opus written and directed by Luigi Batzella. All three have been scanned from the original negative materials, ROBOWAR and NIGHT KILLER in 4K; the special features are:
- “Robo Predator”: Interview with co-director/co-writer Claudio Fragasso
- “Italian Rip Off”: Interview with co-writer Rossella Drudi
- “Violence She Wrote”: Career interview with screenwriter Rossella Drudi
- “Robo-Lady”: Interview with actress Catherine Hickland
- “Papa Doc’s War”: Interview with actor John P. Dulaney
- “The Robowarrior”: Interview with actor Jim Gaines Jr.
- “War in the Phillipines”: Interview with actor/stuntman Massimo Vanni
- Catherine Hickland’s behind-the-scenes home movies
- “The Virginia Claw Massacre”: Interview with director Claudio Fragasso
- “Mindf*ck”: Interview with screenwriter Rossella Drudi
THE BEAST IN HEAT:
- FASCISM ON A THREAD—THE STRANGE STORY OF NAZISPLOITATION CINEMA: A new feature-length documentary featuring interviews with Dyanne “Ilsa” Thorne, Malissa “Elsa” Longo, filmmakers Sergio Garrone, Mariano Caiano, Rino Di Silvestro, Liliana Cavani, Bruno Mattei and many more.
- “Nazi Nasty”: Interview with Stephen Thrower, author of MURDEROUS PASSIONS
The first 3,000 units of ROBOWAR will come with a CD containing Al Festa’s score. There are also bundles available for these titles containing exclusive bonus items; head over Severin’s webstore to check ’em out!