Monday, August 22

Massacre Video debuts inaugural VHS and DVD release with 555

EDIT: Actually wrote up most of this yesterday morning when the pre-orders first went live, but a violent storm decided I should live primitive the rest of the day. Logging into Facebook this morning, MV posted an update stating the VHS edition has already sold out online. Some copies will be available at the upcoming Cinema Wasteland. The standard DVD and LE DVD big box are still currently available.

Truly homebrew upstart Massacre Video has just posted pre-orders for three editions of their debut title, Wally Koz's 1988 shot-on-video wonder of ineptitude "555", over at their online shop.

"A hippie killer with a sex-fueled, murderous bloodlust is on a rampage and he’s brutally murdering innocent young couples! A nationwide trend of killings with the same m.o. happens to catch the eyes of Detective Haller and Sergeant Connor. Every five years, within five days of each other, the killer strikes! Now it’s up to Haller and Connor to find out who is behind these grisly murders. Who is this crazed, blood thirsty hippie? And more importantly, what is the significance of the third ‘five’? Prepare yourself for this blood-soaked, psycho thriller that will make you watch your back the next time you fool around!"

This rather insanely sought after '80s camcorder relic is available in three variants. First, a non-limited DVD with cast/crew interviews, image gallery of rare never before seen photos, liner notes by Art Ettinger of Ultra Violent Magazine, trailers for upcoming releases, and reversible cover art by Steven Morris.

The second is a limited edition clamshell VHS (only 50 copies) and the third another limited edition, this time to 100, DVD in big box VHS packaging with 555 pins, patch, stickers, replica video poster, print of Steven Morris's 555 art, and postcards signed by actor Scott Hermes. All pre-orders will come with a special only-printed-once limited 11×17" poster.

ETA for all three 555 variants is October 4th, 2011.


Craig Edwards said...

Wow, I actually saw this thing when I lived outside Chicago in northern Indiana 1990-1991. I worked at a small video chain in that area called Box Office Video, which had 8 or 10 stores, and got ahold of a copy of 555 that was brought in to the little tape distribution area we had behind ou store, where the tapes would get stickered up (or de-stickered if they'd been purchased from some other store) and packaged for rental. No one was supposed to take the tapes home, but my manager (the company owner's sister) was cool and I used to take stuff that was earmarked for other stores home to watch and quietly return the next day all the time. 555 was not much of a movie, but it was cool that it was shot nearby. I remember wondering if the Koz name on the tape was in any way connected to Rich Koz, who hosted several shows on one of the local UHF channels and was sadly in between horror hosting as Svengoolie in those years. Great memories! Thanks, Jayson!

robotGEEK said...

hey thanks for the info man!
just put my order in tonight for the DVD!
VHS were sold out though! bummer. and that special edition VHS box cover with the DVD is a little too steep for my blood.

Anonymous said...

shame the film is utter shite!;(

robotGEEK said...

gave you props on my blog man!
thanks for the heads up! you dare tread upon the staircase?

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