Canuxploitation fans take note: Shout! Factory is dishing up a savory delight for you this Halloween in the form of a DVD of Cannibal Girls. For those who don’t know the title, this exploitation gem was concocted by future comedy-flick auteur Ivan Reitman and provided early roles for future SCTV stars Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin. It will be presented in a newly-remastered version bolstered with plenty of extras. Best of all, it will also include the “warning bell” gimmick added for the American release on an alternate audio track. Read on for all the cutie-pie cannibal details…
When the Warning Bell Rings – close your eyes if you’re squeamish!
JUST IN TIME FOR THIS YEAR’S HALLOWEEN SEASON, SHOUT! FACTORY SERVES UP
THE LONG AWAITED IVAN REITMAN HORROR CLASSIC
THAT WILL HAVE YOU CRAVING SECONDS…
Directed by Ivan Reitman, Starring Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin and Robert Ulrich
THE POPULAR 1973 CANUCKSPOLITATION HORROR FILM FINALLY DEBUTS ON THE HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHELVES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE U.S
Featuring Scrumptious DVD Bonus Content Including
A Conversation with Ivan Reitman and Daniel Goldberg,
Film Critic Richard Crouse Interviews Eugene Levy, Alternate Audio Track Featuring “The Warning Bell ”, Original Radio Spots and more!
OWN IT ON DVD OCTOBER 26, 2010 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY
Hungry for thrills and high camp this Halloween? SCTV regulars Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin star in the Canadian horror spoof Cannibal Girls as a couple on a romantic holiday who settle into a quaint little bed-and-breakfast run by a trio of flesh-eating ladies who fancy them for tomorrow’s menu. Pull up a seat at the table for this delightful feast when this cult horror classic Cannibal Girls, directed by Ivan Reitman, finally makes its way on DVD in the United States for the first time October 26, 2010 from Shout! Factory.
Packed with all-new bonus content featuring, original promotional materials, alternate audio track featuring the cult-famous “warning bell” and all-new interviews with Ivan Reitman, Eugene Levy, and Daniel Goldberg, this DVD further boasts the widescreen presentation of the movie, mastered from the newly restored original film elements. Cannibal Girls DVD is priced to own at $22.97 SRP.
Theatrically released in 1973, Cannibal Girls quickly acquired a reputation as the B-movie concoction of the 1970s. Canadian audiences had never before experienced such a rich blend of camp, gore and comedy. On top of the film’s overt B-movie presentation, the producers tore a page from the William Castle book of exploitation, introducing to the theatre-going public the “warning bell” experience: just prior to a scene of particular malice and gore, viewers would be warned by the sound of a bell, at which point they could shut their eyes.
The movie was made on a low budget — $12,000 the duo had to beg and borrow from friends, relatives and some dubious sources — and most of the dialogue was improvised. Despite cost overruns and reshoots, Reitman persuaded American International Pictures (AIP) to distribute the film and it was released in the U.S. in April of 1973 and in Canada that June.
This trashy black comedy, and at-times, surreal film was the first leg in the entertainment industry journey of its director and stars. Ivan Reitman, of course, went on to direct Meat Balls, Stripes, Ghostbusters and Six Days, Seven Nights. Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin went on to fame as SCTV regulars, with Levy going on to star in the American Pie franchise and a host of other films and Martin starring in a variety of TV series and one-woman shows.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
- Widescreen movie presentation – mastered from restored film elements
- “Cannibal Guys” – a conversation with Ivan Reitman and Daniel Goldberg
- “Meat Eugene ” – Richard Crouse talks to Eugene Levy
- Original trailers and radio spots
- Alternate audio track featuring “The Warning Bell”
CANNIBAL GIRLS (1973)
American International Pictures
Starring Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Robert Ulrich; co-starring Randall Carpenter, Bonnie Neilson, Mira Pawluk, Bob McHeady
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Produced by Daniel Goldberg
Executive Producer: Ivan Reitman
Story by Daniel Goldberg and Ivan Reitman
Screenplay by Robert Sandler
Cinematography by Robert Saad
Edited by Daniel Goldberg
Running time: 84 minutes
Color, 16×9 Widescreen