Wednesday, September 21, 2011
PAUL HUNT DIES AT AGE 67
CODE RED has learned that PAUL HUNT, director, producer, and writer of many exploitation films has passed away on September 13. Paul wanted CODE RED to release TWISTED NIGHTMARE, DEMON WIND, and THE GREAT GUNDOWN, but we were unable to find 35mm prints of these films. The last conversation I had with Paul was back in April when he called me at 1:00am telling me that his mother was in the hospital. He wanted to talk to me to get his mind off what was happening and he started to tell me all these crazy stories about his past films (e.g. Quincy Jones was originally supposed to do the music for ERIKA'S HOT SUMMER!!!) He kept telling me that Gary Graver's family have his 35mm prints and that we can put out deluxe editions of the films he made, but it's a shame nothing was found and we never were able to do anything. We'll miss you Paul and will remember you for all the films you worked on.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
With Maria Kanellis' new B movie line starting on 9/13 with LOVE ME DEADLY/CAMPUS CORPSE, then HAUNTED on 9/20, and both MARDI GRAS MASSACRE and SCREAM/BARN OF THE NAKED DEAD on 9/27, CODE RED decided to let Maria have a photo shoot (sort of like WWE does) to promote her vision on horror films and B movies. These photos are what Maria's fans are looking forward to, and hopefully everyone can enjoy looking at them. We are going to show a few photos at a time on the Code Red website!!! Hopefully, Code Red and Maria Kanellis can bring more product to the DVD arena and maybe we can raise some interest for a TV show one day.
Friday, September 16, 2011
CODE RED GETS AN AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR MARK HERRIER FOR THE UPCOMING DVD RELEASE OF "POPCORN"
Mark Herrier was kind enough to drop by to give us a very informative audio commentary that answers many of the behind-the-scenes questions regarding POPCORN. Mark explained everything about Bob Clark's involvement in the production and why Clark didn't want any billing credit on the finished film. Mark also explained that the Bob Clark who was billed on the film as a make-up guy was coincidentally just someone else with the same name (!) Finally, Mark goes into detail about the troubled production and how he ended up directing about 70% of the film, with Alan Ormsby having directed about 15% and Clark directing 15%. The day Mark arrived on the set to take over the directing reigns, he was simply handed the script with basically no time to prepare before he had to start shooting. Lots of great trivia and behind-the-scenes details were revealed in this very frank commentary that shines new light on a very-troubled production. POPCORN has definitely found its way into many horror film fans' hearts and has become a cult classic regardless of its problematic production issues. Now genre fans can finally hear the raw truth about the creation of one of their most beloved horror films and see how all the pieces finally came together. POPCORN is coming back soon. Buy a bag...come home in a box! Stay tuned for more updates...
Monday, September 12, 2011
EDWARD MURPHY, director, writer, producer, gave us an audio commentary for the cult hit RAW FORCE. The film was out on a few multi-pack labels some years ago that everyone enjoyed and supported, but it'll finally be out in a quality presentation. RAW FORCE has never been requested by internet action fans for CODE RED to handle, but since no other company stepped up to the plate, we are going to release it in 2012. Sorry to disappoint many people out there, but if we didn't move on it, the film would've just sat there indefinitely.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
CODE RED was in email talks with cult director JAG MUNDHRA to do an audio commentary for many of his films this month such as HACK-O-LATERN (aka HALLOWEEN NIGHT). Jag was very happy and excited to tell all the behind the scene stories about this film and many erotic thrillers he directed. jag was supposed to be in Los Angeles in mid-September to do a series of audio commentaries he was going to conduct. He died on the 4th in Bombay.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Steve Carver was kind enough to drop by to give us an audio commentary for the upcoming dvd of JOCKS (1986) which will be featured in MARIA'S B MOVIE MAYHEM series. Maria sat in with him on the commentary and Steve Carver told us afterwards that she was the best moderator he ever had and was delighted to sit with her to watch & talk about the film.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Director Lawrence Bassoff and actor D.W. Brown were kind enough to show up to give us an audio commentary for our upcoming WEEKEND PASS dvd. The film will be featured in MARIA'S B MOVIE MAYHEM DOUBLE BILL line with another Sailor-out-on-the-town film, VAMPIRE HOOKERS. Two sailor comedies and maybe more extras to come!