Like we have told you guys the days of sitting in front of the boob tube all day clicking channels is diminishing. Subscription services are popping up all over and one of the popular ones Fandor has a nice little treat for us for Halloween. For one day only they will debut a 4K restoration of the iconic horror classic THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI. Even if you are not a subscribed member you can see this feature. Here is the official release from Fandor and don’t forget to watch it on Halloween.
Fandor, the leading curated subscription streaming service for film enthusiasts, will debut Kino Lorber’s new 4K restoration of Robert Wiene’s classic horror thriller The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari exclusively on the site beginning Halloween. For one day only (October 31st), the film will be available to everyone, even if they do not have a Fandor subscription!
Roger Ebert wrote that “Caligari creates a mindscape, a subjective psychological fantasy. In this world, unspeakable horror becomes possible” and remarked that an argument could be made that “Caligari was the first true horror film.”
To celebrate this restoration and in honor of the season, Fandor is also highlighting a series of genre classics featuring zombies, psychopaths, trigger-happy soldiers, bloodthirsty ghosts, and even an undead vs. shark battle!
STRANGER DANGER features mysterious killers, stalkers, starved zombies, and a variety of other unidentified terrifying entities will become available on October 16th.
The collection of films feature filmmakers as diverse as Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Joseph Zito, Francesco Barilli and Kim Jee-Woon, and of course George Romero.
Highlights of Stranger Danger include:
Night of the Living Dead (1968) 96 min Directed by George Romero
One of the most influential horror movies ever made, Night Of The Living Dead trail-blazed zombie lore along with its choice of an African-American hero, its unprecedented gore and the magnitude of its success, making tens-of-millions on a minuscule budget. This tightly-focused story of strangers barricading themselves in a farmhouse to escape cannibalistic ghouls raised from the dead was the first feature for George Romero.
The Crazies (1973) 103 min Directed by George Romero
Its code name is ‘Trixie’, an experimental government germ weapon that leaves its victims either dead or irreversibly insane. When the virus is accidentally unleashed in Evans City, Pennsylvania, the small community becomes a war zone of panicked military, desperate scientists and gentle neighbors turned homicidal maniacs. Now a small group of citizens has fled to the town’s outskirts where they must hide from trigger-happy soldiers while battling their own depraved urges. But even if they can escape the madness of this plague, can they survive the unstoppable violence of The Crazies?
Night Train to Terror (1985) 93 min Directed by John Carr
You have never seen anything quite like NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR, a horror omnibus sewn together from the body parts of other ill-fated movies you’re even less likely to have heard of. The connecting sequences have white-bearded God and tuxedoed Satan sitting together on a train otherwise occupied by a “rock band” of Flashdancing youths in vintage pastel aerobics leotards. Whilst debating the possible imminent deaths of these human passengers and the salvation of mankind in general, the two immortals review three “cases” of moral perplexity. One (excerpted from the remains of unfinished feature SCREAM YOUR HEAD OFF) involves a dubious “hospital” employee whose psycho staff specialize in the kidnapping, torture, murder and whatnot of mostly female, busty “patients.” The second (a condensation of 1983’s low-budget feature DEATH WISH CLUB) embroils a young couple in a decadent secret society of suicidal gamesmanship. The third (from 1980’s unreleased CATACLYSM) finds Satan’s son angling to take over (or destroy or whatever) the world as an effete Nazi socialite with power over hilarious Claymation monsters. Abandon all hope of narrative logic or editorial continuity, all ye who enter here: NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR is an unholy cinematic mess like no other (and a daftly entertaining one at that).
A Bay of Blood (1971) 84 min Directed by Mario Bava
One of the most influential horror films of all time, Mario Bava’s A Bay Of Blood (aka Twitch Of The Death Nerve) is the spurting artery from which all future slasher films would flow. When crippled Countess Federica is murdered at her isolated mansion, a gruesome battle ensues to secure the rights to her valuable property around the bay. Everyone, from illegitimate children to shady real estate agents, stakes a claim, only to be killed in increasingly bizarre ways, from simple shootings to impalement by fishing spear. The makeup effects are by Carlo Rambaldi (who would later earn Oscars for his work on Alien). Initially scorned upon its original release because of its graphic violence, A Bay Of Blood eventually became a trendsetter, the model slasher film that Friday The 13th would emulate nearly a decade later.
Inferno (1980) 106 min Directed by Dario Argento
A young woman stumbles upon a mysterious diary that reveals the secrets of the “Three Mothers” and unleashes a nightmare world of demonic evil. As the unstoppable horror spreads from Rome to New York City, this unholy trinity must be stopped before the world is submerged in the blood of the innocent. Written and directed by Dario Argento, Inferno is the visually stunning second chapter of the “Three Mothers” trilogy begun with the classic Suspiria. This surreal shocker stars Irene Miracle (Night Train Murders), Daria Nicolodi (Deep Red) and Leigh McCloskey (Dallas), and features a pulse-pounding original score by Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.