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the extras will. This new version boasts several hours of additional features offering insights into the film’s production, including substantial inter- views with Mihalka, FX man Tom Burman, and most of the major cast members responding to onscreen questions (occasional misspellings and all). There’s also some horror convention footage featuring a fairly typical reunion panel and, just for fun, a short clip of some of the actors croon- ing the film’s iconic theme song. You’ll want to pick this one up before it picks you.


PAUL CORUPE Mysterious Monsters The Not So BLOOD STALKERS (1976) Blu-ray


Starring Jerry Albert, Toni Crabtree and Kenny Miller Written and directed by Robert W. Morgan Garagehouse Pictures


True Love MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981) Blu-ray


Starring Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier and Neil Affleck Directed by George Mihalka


Written by Stephen Miller and John Beaird Shout! Factory


Ready to fall in love all over again? If you’ve been hoping that Shout! Factory would get in- timate with the definitive Canadian slasher My Bloody Valentine, the company’s new 4K Blu-ray release will definitely make you feel all warm and tingly. Sporting a sparkling new transfer and a surprising bouquet of extras, it’s an impres- sive package that easily surpasses past anemic re- leases.


The film takes place in the industrial town of Valentine Bluffs, as the townsfolk struggle to deal with a long-ago cave-in that caused the deaths of several young miners. The only survivor, Harry Warden, took his revenge the following year, using his pickaxe to tear out the hearts of the supervisors that left the scene early to attend the annual Valen-


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tine’s Day dance. Now, twenty years after the original accident, a new group of miners find themselves stalked by a myste- rious figure in mining gear, and fear that Warden has returned to pick up where he left off. Despite suffering signifi- cant MPAA cuts on original release, My Bloody Valentine has remained a much beloved slasher, and for good reason. Canadian director George Mi- halka crafts a claustrophobic whodunit steeped in credible


maritime atmosphere, and pairs it with a men- acing antagonist fond of bizarre and extravagant kills. The film’s reputa- tion as a genre classic has only grown since 2009, when all of the gooey goodness excised by the censor’s scissors was reinstated for Lions- gate’s Blu-ray.


A decade later, Shout! Factory has outdone that release in every way; even if the 4K res- torations of both the theatrical and director’s cuts don’t impress you,


Bigfoots (Bigfeet?) and murderous backwoods yokels were all the rage in mid-’70s horror fare, and in 1975, Florida filmmaker Robert W. Mor- gan combined the two subgenres with Blood Stalkers. It takes a while for either the human or hominid villains to get down to business, but patient fans of this kind of regional B-fare will find some rewards. Initially released as The Night Daniel Died (a trailer and original opening titles bearing that moniker are among the extras on this release), Blood Stalkers spends too much time with the pair of city couples who drive into the Everglades in search of a cabin that Mike (Jerry Albert) has inherited from his father. They receive the tra- ditional unpleasant welcome from a tobacco-spittin’ old-tim- er at a gas station and a trio of weirdo hunters, but ignore the obvious signs that they should haul ass out of there. The quar- tet spend the first half of the 95-minute running time not exactly endearing themselves to


the viewer; then, when night falls and bad stuff starts happening, the movie develops a sense of style and imagination that holds the attention and raises a few hackles. Particularly evocative is the way Morgan incorporates a singing church congregation into the final third.


Garagehouse’s 1.85:1 transfer, evidently sourced from a print with faded colours, is clean and stable. Morgan contributes a commentary, moderated by his current production partner Jeff Stephan, that addresses the cast, locations, etc., though there are too many long gaps of silence. Most of the best stories here – jazz-rock favou- rites Blood, Sweat & Tears doing uncredited music for Blood Stalkers; rescuing actor Harold Sakata from a “hanging” gone wrong while working on William Grefé’s Impulse – can also be found in Morgan’s onscreen introduction to


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