A sex-crazed nymphomaniac helps speed along her father’s death so she can use the inheritance to help out her depraved boyfriend.
Blood Mania is directed by Robert Vincent O’Neill and stars Peter Carpenter, Maria De Aragon and 1972 Playboy Playmate Vicki Peters. Writing credit goes to Peter Carpenter, Tony Crechales and Toby Sacher.
Extras will also include an interview with Vicki Peters. Can’t wait for this release!
FINALLY ON BLURAY! The most popular unrated horror flick of the eighties… Sam Raimi’s feature debut… the film that introduced lantern-jawed Bruce Campbell to the world… the film that proved you didn’t have to wear a leather face to wield a deadly chainsaw… the film that demonstrated that domestic violence is acceptable when your possessed girlfriend gets all stabby… the film that made Necronomicon a household word… THE EVIL DEAD! You know the story: four college students ride out to a backwoods cabin for the weekend and things get gory. They stumble upon the Book of the Dead (complete with a flayed face stretched across the front cover) and a Bob Dorian tape recording of the text and decide it would be a good idea to play with it. Demonic forces are awakened, a girl gets raped by tree roots, the bridge is out, there are no phones, and lovely Cheryl’s eyes turn white and she starts talking in that pitch-distorted devil voice while levitating. Soon axes are swinging, the blood is flowing, and the severed limbs are flying about until only cowardly Ash is left against his demon-inhabited former friends.
THE EVIL DEAD has always been popular on each new format from VHS to laserdisc to DVD (on which it has been released probably more times than any other horror title and several times by Anchor Bay) but there are plenty of reasons to double-, triple-, quadruple-, or even quintuple-dip with this BluRay edition. The most obvious ones are that this is the only way to see it in 1080P! By this point we know that Raimi’s been tinkering with the color timing and framing since the days of laserdisc so not everyone’s gonna be happy with the picture but, come on, it’s #$@*ing 1080P! Then there’s 5.1 audio in uncompressed Dolby TrueHD! There’s also subs in Spanish for Espanol viewers and English for the hard of hearing (with HoH notations) and those of us who probably are going deaf but like to say that we just like the accompaniment because of the visual overload. You might not want to get rid of all of your old editions because the Raimi/Tapert and solo Bruce Campbell commentaries are not on this edition but there is an ALL NEW commentary with all three of them together.
There’s no need to pick up that Book of the Dead edition (with its crumbling foam rubber cover) because all of the extras are disc 2 (a dual-layer SD-DVD) of this BluRay set (as well as the ones from the Ultimate Edition). You’ve got the 50 minute ONE BY ONE WE WILL TAKE YOU: THE UNTOLD SAGA OF THE EVIL DEAD, a full hour of outtakes and bloopers in TREASURES FROM THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR, and the actresses reunited for THE LADIES OF THE EVIL DEAD MEET BRUCE CAMPBELL (which sounds like a great title for a sequel!). Don’t forget the other featurettes: DISCOVERING THE EVIL DEAD which includes background on the film’s start as a short and the censor uproar when the film premiered in the UK, UNCONVENTIONAL in which the cast and crew talk about their experiences at horror conventions across the globe, an appearance by the cast for a showing AT THE DRIVE-IN, a Q&A REUNION PANEL, BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE OTHER PAGES gives us a rare look at some of artwork designed for the Book of the Dead, and a MAKE-UP TEST reel as well as the theatrical trailer and four TV spots (I would love to have been around when those were on TV). There’s also no need to pick up that Ultimate Edition for the unmatted 4:3 fullscreen version because that’s also on the BluRay (also in 1080P)!