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Schlock-Wire: NOT OF THE EARTH, THE TERROR WITHIN and DEAD SPACE All Coming To DVD From Shout Factory


Alien invaders are the theme for an upcoming barrage of releases from Shout! Factory’s Roger Corman Cult Classics line.  The discs in question are a special edition of Not Of This Earth, the 1988 Jim Wynorski version with Traci Lords in first post-porn role, and a two-for-one pairing of The Terror Within and Dead Space (a pseudo-remake of Forbidden World, also available from Shout! Factory).  Each will feature an audio commentary and all but Dead Space will have new anamorphic transfers.  Read on for all the space-shock details…

on earth or in space, there is no place to hide, no place to run, and no time to scream …



special edition dvd

digitally remastered and presented in widescreen for the first time



double-feature dvd

featuring cult favorite THE TERROR WITHIN in anamorphic widescreen

fan favorite Marc Singer and Bryan Cranston in DEAD SPACE



This November 2, 2010, get ready for a trio of science-fiction terror palooza when Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Picture Corporation will unleash Not of This Earth (1988) Special Edition DVD and The Terror Within/ Dead Space Double-Feature DVD from the popular Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment series.

Cult filmmaker Jim Wynorski (Big Bad Mama II, Chopping Mall) offers his rendition of Roger Corman’s 1957 cult classic Not of This Earth in the 1988 version, boasting campy performance of fan favorite Traci Lords (Blade, Cry-Baby). The double-feature DVD release of The Terror Within and Dead Space offers fearful futuristic thrills on Earth and in outer space.  A must-have for horror fans and collectors, aggregate your Roger Corman movie collection with these two latest home entertainment releases from Roger Corman’s Cult Classics. Each DVD is sold separately with $19.93 SRP.

Not of This Earth is out of this world!

“I directed the original Not of This Earth in 1957, a film which uniquely combined sci-fi and vampire genres. When director Jim Wynorski first approached me to remake the film, I was skeptical of messing with a classic. However, Jim convinced me with some interesting casting choices, including 20-year-old Traci Lords in the Beverly Garland role.” — Roger Corman

In Los Angeles , a mysterious stranger (Arthur Roberts, Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke, Revenge of the Ninja) arrives in town and hires Nadine Story (Lords) as his private nurse. Although the pay is great, she becomes more and more suspicious of this mysterious stranger when his requests for blood transfusions become more frequent and insistent. After some amateur detective work, Nadine finds out that her new boss is not who — or what — he appears to be. In fact, he’s from another world!

Not of This Earth was a remake of executive producer Corman’s 1957 sci-fi horror classic, which he had himself produced and directed. Eager to capitalize on the thrills and chills of the original story while adding a fresh, more contemporary layer of black comedy and camp humor, Corman tapped producer/director Wynorski to take on the project. Not only did Wynorski accept the challenge of remaking one of his mentor’s most popular early films, but he vowed his could do it in less time than Corman had, 31 years before! According to Hollywood legend, the original film took Corman 12 days to make, and the remake took Wynorski 12 days to make!

The film marked Traci Lords’ transition from adult film roles to mainstream roles. Not only did she contribute a generous dose of beauty and sex appeal, as well as a dollop of box-office-friendly controversy, but the actress proved the naysayers wrong by impressing critics and audiences alike with a witty, sassy performance as the quick-thinking heroine, Nadine Story.

Not of This Earth proceeded to break box-office records with an immediate profit that paid for its production within days … if not hours!


  • New anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1)
  • Nadine’s Story – a new interview with Traci Lords
  • New audio commentary with Traci Lords and director Jim Wynorski
  • Original DVD audio commentary with director Jim Wynorski
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New World trailers

In the future, fear is dominant — whether on Earth or in deep space, as is proven in truly horrific fashion by the double-feature collector’s edition DVD release of The Terror Within and Dead Space.

In the aftermath of a chemically-induced plague that has decimated most of the world, the only survivors are a small group of scientists trapped in a hi-tech laboratory located 500 feet beneath the surface of the Mojave Desert . But, as they are soon discover, they are not alone …

The Terror Within features an intense ensemble cast headed by Academy Award® winner George Kennedy (Cool Hand Luke, the Naked Gun trilogy, the Airport series), Golden Globe Award® nominee Andrew Stevens (The Fury, The Boys in Company C), Terri Treas (The Nest, TV’s Alien Nation) and Starr Andreeff (Dance of the Damned, Breast Men).

Marc Singer (The Beastmaster,V) and two-time Emmy Award winner® Bryan Cranston (TV’s Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle) find themselves in deep space — and deep trouble — in the sci-fi chiller Dead Space, a loose remake of Corman’s Forbidden World.

For years, Phaebon had been thought to be a safe and controlled scientific research facility until an emergency distress signals calls for Commander Kreiger (Singer) and his robot sidekick, Tinpan. Together, they fight to save the planet from a spreading virus and an odd, growing alien cocoon. Despite Kreiger’s heroism, is it too late to save the menace from possibly engulfing the galaxy?




  • New anamorphic widescreen Transfer (1.78:1)
  • Audio commentary with co-producer Rodman Flender
  • Trailers

DEAD SPACE DVD Special Features:

  • Audio commentary with director Fred Gallo
  • Trailers

Shout! Factory will continue to present Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment releases on a monthly basis. Upcoming highlights include The Evil, Twice Dead, The Warrior and The Sorceress, Barbarian Queen, Streets, Angel in Red, Lady in Red, Crazy Mama, Big Bad Mama, among others.

Not Of This Earth (1988)

Not Of This Earth (1988)

An alien race dying from radiation sends an emissary to Earth to find out if transfusions of human plasma might be a cure for their affliction. If the plan is a success, the creatures intend to launch a full scale invasion to harvest people for their blood.Director: Jim Wynorski (Chopping Mall, Big Bad Mama II, The Return of Swamp Thing)Stars: Traci Lords, Arthur Roberts, Lenny JulianoBonus Features:New Interview With Traci LordsNew Commentary With Traci Lords And Director Jim WynorskiOriginal Commentary With Director Jim WynorskiTheatrical Trailer

The Terror Within / Dead Space [Double Feature]

The Terror Within / Dead Space [Double Feature]

Two tales of alien monster mayhem for one low price!The Terror Within: It’s the post-apocalypse, and the world has been changed by a chemical warfare experiment gone awry leaving only a few remnants of the human race. Eight lab students work to create a vaccine before they are forced outside in search for food. It is then that they discover creatures mutated by the plague.Director: Thierry NotzStars: George Kennedy (Cool Hand Luke), Andrew Stevens (The Fury, The Seduction)Bonus Features:Theatrical TrailerDead Space: A space solder and a scientific community on another planet try to destroy an alien monster created by a series of out-of-control genetic experiments.Director: Fred GalloStars: Marc Singer (V: The Original Miniseries, The Beastmaster), Laura Mae TateBonus Features:Commentary With Director Fred GalloTheatrical Trailer


Infected By The ZOMBIE RABBIT Award


So it looks like TheDivemistress, blogger and friend of Schlockmania, gave Your Humble Reviewer his first blogging award, a little something called “The Zombie Rabbit Award,” at her blog Zombots.  Said award was born at the iZombie blog (read more here) and The Divemistress’s award post can be found here.

These things work on a “pay it forward” basis so this site will keep its online karma intact by passing on the infection/award to ten blogs that deserve such a honor.  Here’s the list of ten in no particular order, along with the reasons that inspired the Zombie Rabbit-bite:

1 – The Temple Of Schlock: T.O.S. co-founder Chris Poggiali is a personal friend, an incredibly knowledgeable source of cinematic lore and a gifted writer, to boot.  His posts are a pleasure to read, particularly the “Endangered” series about obscure films, and he always choose great images to accompany each post.  He’s also generous enough to allow guest bloggers to contribute (including Your Humble Reviewer).

2 – The Horn Section: Hal Horn first appeared on the Schlockmania radar when Your Humble Reviewer participated in a blog round-table with him at Temple Of Schlock.  A visit to his blog unearthed several witty and well-informed posts on different films, including a nifty “Why the hell isn’t this on DVD?” series.

3 – Made Out Of Mouth: professor and documentarian Ryan Sarnowski is an old film school pal of Your Humble Reviewer’s.  His blog functions as a sort of online viewing log where he jots notes about whatever film made enough of an impression to merit an entry.  It covers everything from arthouse fare to schlock and the writing, like its author, is savvy, incisive in its thinking and doesn’t suffer fools gladly.

4 – The Projector Has Been Drinking: blogger Marc Edward Heuck is an L.A.-based veteran of theatrical exhibition and a film scholar who has spent many years putting on midnight shows and programming retrospectives.  His blog reflects the all-consuming cinephilia his work entails and offers up some very distinctive takes on film of all kinds (including a take-down of the over-hyped “cult” sensation The Room that Your Humble Reviewer adored).

5 – Video Junkie: this blogspot reincarnation of a classic ‘zine is new but extremely prolific, with writers Tom Simmons and William Wilson cranking out detailed reviews of schlock new and old by the fistful.  Be sure to check out their fantastic 3-D flick marathon and their ongoing Tobe Hooper series, not to mention the great ads that Wilson scans from old issues of Boxoffice Magazine.

6 – Phantom Of Pulp: this is the blog of Australia-born filmmaker Mark Savage and it offers a bracingly intelligent and fearless look at so-called low culture.  Don’t read this blog in a work environment as he covers a lot of transgressive material, including everything from vintage porno to trashy horror paperbacks, but it’s well worth a visit because his singular take on all things exploitation is smart and often thought-provoking.  He’s also got some great autobiographical posts about his years as a schlock-and-horror-loving youth.

7 – Johnny LaRue’s Crane Shot: net savvy cult movie fans might know the name Marty McKee because he’s the main mod at Mobius Home Video Forum but he also blogs prolifically at this site.  It covers everything from current movies to schlock t.v. to old-school “men’s adventure” paperbacks.  Plus, you gotta love a place whose title is an in-joke reference to the late, great SCTV.

8 – Department H: Chad Collier is another film school chum of Your Humble Reviewer’s and his blogging specialty is comics.  He divides writing duties on Department H with his similarly comics-obsessed wife Janice and they can be counted on to deliver comic book reviews at a steady pace, both in full-length and capsule forms. There are also interviews, essays and all manner of other cool stuff for comics fans.

9 – Weimar World Service: John Zipperer’s blog will immediately endear itself to schlock fans via its “Starlog Project,” a comprehensive series of well-informed essays on Starlog magazine.  It starts with the first issue and is steadily closing in on the 200-mark.  However, there’s much more to WWS – John writes on everything from general entertainment topics to current events and does so with skill.

10 – The Glamorous Life Of A Showbiz Winner: this is the personal blog of G. Charles Wright, casting director extraordinaire and writer of a very witty blog about life on Hollywood.  His takes on the frothier side of entertainment and tabloid culture are delivered with a wit sharp enough to draw blood.  He’ll make you laugh and you’ll also end up insanely jealous of his collection of schlocky t-shirts.

Addendum: And please don’t forget to visit Zombots because TheDivemistress has a droll, enthusiastic take on horror (and other occasional geek-friendly topics) that is well worth your time.

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