This Week of Horror – August 20-26, 2016
In the spirit of new endeavors, I’m happy to kick off a new feature here at The Ink & Code, a weekly round-up of all exciting things in the world of horror. You’ll find stuff to watch, stuff to buy, and all-around cool/crazy oddities you might have otherwise missed. Without further delay, here are this week’s highlights!
1) The Gas Station is set to open on October 8th, 2016
Earlier this year, Ohio businessman and entrepreneur Roy Rose purchased the famed gas station/BBQ joint featured in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre with plans to turn the site (located in Bastrop, Texas; just 40 minutes from Austin) into a destination for horror fiends. Well, according to their official Facebook page, the grand opening will be held on October 8. And if that’s not exciting enough, Ed Neal, who played the Hitchhiker in the film will be appearing at the opening.
2) Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer gets a 4k restoration
For the 30th anniversary of this gnarly classic, Dark Sky Films is releasing a brand-new 4K scan and restoration from the 16mm original camera negatives, and featuring a new 5.1 audio mix from the stereo 35mm mag reels, all approved by director John McNaughton. The film will receive a red-carpet premiere and a Q&A at the Chicago International Film Festival on October 14, 2016, with both McNaughton and star Michael Rooker in attendance. That’ll be followed by a national roll-out starting October 21. McNaughton will also attend the NYC opening night premiere at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema and then go on to present it at the Laemmle NoHo in Los Angeles on October 28.
3) The Lament Configuration Tote Bag
4) The Ring goes there and back again
Fans of The Ring series got two surprises this week. Paramount debuted the trailer for Rings, directed by F. Javier Gutierrez, which will be released October 28, 2016.
And then the Alamo Drafthouse announced they’ll be screening the J-horror showdown Sadako vs. Kayako at this year’s Fantastic Fest. A nationwide U.S. release isn’t currently scheduled.
5) House on the Edge of the Park on Blu-ray
Ruggero Deodato‘s nasty film (with a killer Riz Ortolani soundtrack) starring David Hess is now available on Blu-ray from Code Red. At the moment it’s a little hard to find. Code Red’s store is currently down while they get caught up filling orders. DiabolikDVD has been carrying it, but is sold out at the moment so keep checking back for when they get more.
6) I Am Not A Serial Killer is now in theaters and VOD
Based on the cult novel by Dan Wells, this feature starring Max Records and Christopher Lloyd is about a boy who isn’t a serial killer, but has all the makings of one. Definitely check it out!
That’s all for this week. This weekend, stay safe and stay scared.