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It's the Booze Talkin': Scream Factory is awesome!

May. 6, 2013by: Ammon Gilbert

When it comes to horror movies people love, one of the last things people ever think about is the distribution company responsible for their favorite copy (on DVD or Blu-ray). But you should, because without the efforts made by some of these companies, great movies that we love would never make it out of VHS hell, forever lost in the relic world of the 1980s. Pioneers of the business include Anchor Bay, MGM, Lionsgate, New Line Video, and most recently, the granddaddy of them all… Scream Factory (the horror arm of Shout! Factory). Yes, Scream Factory is what horror fans’ wet dreams are made of… let’s just take a minute and praise them for all the awesomeness that they do.

When Scream Factory first became a blimp on the radar, they were distributing cult classics like MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000, and more than likely shed new light on the classic show to a whole new audience that never had a chance to see their stuff live on TV. They also revived interested in ELIVRA’S MOVIE MACABRE, releasing a bunch of epic double-features of the worse movies ever, yet cut with Elvira’s quirky quips and book-end commentary between commercials, as original seen in the 1980s. Sure, 95% of the movies released under the MOVIE MACABRE banner are complete garbage… but that’s the point. And that’s why they’re so fun to watch (along with the funny / sexy horror host Elvira, of course).

But it wasn’t until Scream Factory decided to release their Special Collector’s Editions of classic 80s genre films where people really started taking notice of their love and care of fun and gritty cult classics of the sci-fi and horror genre. When they busted out new editions for THEY LIVE and TERROR TRAIN, they changed the way people viewed and expected Collector’s Editions… but providing a true and blue collector’s edition of the movie, equipped with a variety of special features, a totally remastered video and audio transfer, and the mother all features that makes the Scream Factory’s Special Collector’s Editions so goddamn epic: newly designed key art.

The new key art covers for THEY LIVE and TERROR TRAIN set a whole new bar of what epic key art covers should be for any and every title in your Blu-ray collection. So they followed suit with epic even more epic releases like THE FUNHOUSE, THE NEST, DEADLY BLESSING, PRISON, FROM BEYOND, PHANTASM 2, LIFEFORCE, THE BURNING, THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN, THE HOWLING, HALLOWEEN II, HALLOWEEN III, and the upcoming release of JOHN CARPENTER’S THE FOG. If you have any of these Scream Factory editions at home in your collection… your collection just got 18 times more awesome. Somehow they’re able to highlight all the key points to the movie in one mural-like hand-drawn poster for the movie that makes you a) love the art, b) love the movie even more, and c) want a wall sized version of the art for every room in your house. Yes, they’re that amazing… and we’re all the better for them.

But it’s not just the older releases that Scream Factory excels at. These days, they’re doing more and more new releases, like the upcoming release of DEAD SHADOWS (starring John “The Arrow” Fallon!), new releases like COLD PREY II, and even more revisits like THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN, and a slew of Roger Corman Cult Classics! Here’s a distribution company who knows its products, knows its customers, and respects both equally, making them the number one video distributor of genre flicks out there right now!

Maybe it’s the booze talkin’, but I think Scream Factory is f*cking awesome! What they do for classic genre flicks that normally don’t get the respect they deserve makes them a goddamn national treasure of everything that is good and great and all that. From spending the time to compile a collection of featurettes that fans actually want, to creating the best key art box covers ever with each and every one of their Special Collector’s Editions, to releasing a few golden TV series that would have never seen the light of day under normal circumstances (but are as classic and amazing as anything), to having the balls enough to pick up new horror form time to time… add that shit together and you have yourself the fine folks at Scream Factory… and we’re all the better for it. Can’t wait to see what new Collector’s Editions they have coming up next!

Extra Tidbit: What flick do you wanna see Scream Factory take on next?

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2:57PM on 05/06/2013

The New Key Art is Fantastic, BUT.......

Well, it's not really a "but." Just wanted to point out that a version of the original home video art is also printed on the other side of the insert!!!
Well, it's not really a "but." Just wanted to point out that a version of the original home video art is also printed on the other side of the insert!!!
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3:13PM on 05/06/2013
That's a great feature and should just about make everyone happy!
That's a great feature and should just about make everyone happy!
2:37PM on 05/06/2013
These guys have taken over from what Anchor Bay was doing when DVDs were first introduced. I'm hoping that they get around to grabbing the rights to PUMPKINHEAD, PRINCE OF DARKNESS and MOUTH OF MADNESS.
These guys have taken over from what Anchor Bay was doing when DVDs were first introduced. I'm hoping that they get around to grabbing the rights to PUMPKINHEAD, PRINCE OF DARKNESS and MOUTH OF MADNESS.
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3:14PM on 05/06/2013
Good call on those picks! I'd love to see a John Carpenter Collection from the Scream Factory folks. That'd be epic!
Good call on those picks! I'd love to see a John Carpenter Collection from the Scream Factory folks. That'd be epic!
3:08PM on 05/06/2013

Blue Underground

Scream! Factory is the best but lets not forget about the amazing Blue Underground. They put out alot of great horror classics on dvd and blu ray. Criterion also hooked us up with notable underground horror movies.
Scream! Factory is the best but lets not forget about the amazing Blue Underground. They put out alot of great horror classics on dvd and blu ray. Criterion also hooked us up with notable underground horror movies.
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3:13PM on 05/06/2013
Good call man, Blue Underground knows how to release a solid genre flick as well. They're definitely in the top of the top!
Good call man, Blue Underground knows how to release a solid genre flick as well. They're definitely in the top of the top!
12:06PM on 05/06/2013

I really love Scream Factory

They tend to be vendors at a lot of the horror conventions I go to. I've met Nathan Milliner several times(the artist that does most of the cover art you raved about) and bought several of his pieces from him. If you like his work on those covers you should definitely check out his other work. The man is mucho talented.
They tend to be vendors at a lot of the horror conventions I go to. I've met Nathan Milliner several times(the artist that does most of the cover art you raved about) and bought several of his pieces from him. If you like his work on those covers you should definitely check out his other work. The man is mucho talented.
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1:02PM on 05/06/2013
Awesome, thanks for the heads up! Let's give credit where credit's due... that guy's work is fantastic!
Awesome, thanks for the heads up! Let's give credit where credit's due... that guy's work is fantastic!
1:04PM on 05/06/2013
For those interested, check out the man's work here: [link]
For those interested, check out the man's work here: [link]
12:27AM on 05/07/2013
I just love Scream Factory and Blue Underground. Either studio, please bring on "Leviathan" starring Peter Weller and Ernie Hudson. That film is way underrated.
I just love Scream Factory and Blue Underground. Either studio, please bring on "Leviathan" starring Peter Weller and Ernie Hudson. That film is way underrated.
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8:14AM on 05/06/2013
Only complaint is the lack of Uncut releases for Halloween III and Phantasm II.
Only complaint is the lack of Uncut releases for Halloween III and Phantasm II.
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