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Japanese Cult Horror in August

Synapse Films and Panik House Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Horrors of Malformed Men and Snake Woman’s Curse on 28th August 2007 priced at $24.95 SRP each. Part of “The Asian Cult Cinema Collection” series of releases, details follow…

Horrors of Malformed Men - From “King of Cult” director Teruo Ishii, and the father of modern Japanese horror fiction, Edogawa Rampo, comes a weird tale of deformity, madness, sexual obsession, incest, murder…and freaks!

This DVD release marks the home video premiere of this long-lost Japanese cult horror classic which has never been released anywhere in the world before.

In this newly-remastered, ero-guro classic — collected from the macabre stories of legendary Japanese horror author Edogawa Rampo — young medical student Hirosuke assumes the identity of a dead man in order to solve the mystery of a weird doppleganger. Traveling from circus sideshows to a desolate island, he discovers a web-fingered madman who surgically remakes normal human beings into misshapen monsters. But that is only the beginning, for Hirosuke has yet to learn the shocking truth about the strange island and his family’s shameful past.

Features include:

  • New, fully restored, anamorphic widescreen transfer mastered in high-definition from Toei’s original vault elements
  • Japanese language with newly-translated, removable English subtitles
  • Audio commentary by film critic Mark Schilling
  • MALFORMED MEMORIES, an all-new, half-hour documentary featuring interviews with cult film directors and Ishii fans Shinya Tsukamoto (TETSUO THE IRON MAN) and Minoru Kawasaki (THE CALAMARI WRESTLER), plus comments from Teruo Ishii himself
  • ISHII IN ITALIA, the director’s 2003 visit to the Far East Film Festival
  • Original Japanese theatrical trailer
  • Teruo Ishii poster gallery
  • Director and writer biographies by Japanese film writer Chris D.
  • Liner notes by Japanese film writers Patrick Macias, Tomo Machiyama and Jasper Sharp
  • Reversible cover with original Japanese poster artwork

    Snake Woman’s Curse - From Nobuo Nakagawa, the acclaimed director of Jigoku and the father of the Japanese horror film, comes a chilling tale of revenge from beyond the grave, fully uncut and newly re-mastered.

    Never before released on video in the U.S., this sumptuous tale of a calamity of snakes is sure to satisfy fans of classic Japanese cinema and horror tales alike. Chobei, the wealthy landlord of a rural village, incurs a ghostly wrath after he causes the death of a poor farmer living on his land. One day, after forcing the man’s wife and beautiful daughter to work as servants in his household, he kills a snake that the farmer’s wife had tried to protect, and finds himself slowly going mad, glimpsing rotting corpses and deathly spirits all around him. Even his son Takeo cannot escape, and begins to notice that his new bride has certain peculiar characteristics…like scales and green skin! Can Chobei set things right before the spirits of the dead come to claim him and fulfill the promise of the Snake Woman’s Curse?

    Features include:

  • New, fully restored anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) transfer mastered in High Definition
  • Japanese language with newly-translated, removable English subtitles
  • Audio commentary by Japanese film scholar Jonathan Hall
  • Original Japanese theatrical trailer
  • Nobuo Nakagawa biography and poster gallery
  • Reversible cover with original Japanese poster artwork

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