976-EVIL Coming To Blu-ray in October
Robert Englund is best known for his acting chops, with his role of A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger being his career defining role. But he also stepped behind the lenses a number of times, with the techno horror 976-EVIL being his directorial debut. Released in cinemas by New Line in 1988, the film failed to bring in the big bucks, but did indeed create a cult following and even managed to produce a sequel.
Co-written by future Oscar winner Brian Helgeland, the film is a supernatural black comedy that follows Stephen Geoffrey’s as Hoax, a a high school loser who discovers a phone line that brings his darkest fantasies to life. But the price of power is great one, as Hoax find’s Dominic forces slowly taking hold of him.
“High school underdog Hoax (Stephen Geoffreys – Fright Night) fills up the idle hours in his seedy little hometown fending off the local leather-jacketed thugs, avoiding his overbearing mother (Sandy Dennis) and dreaming of a date with trailer park temptress Suzie (Lezlie Deane), But his quietly desperate life takes a terrifying turn when his cousin introduces him to an unusual new hobby – phoning in for his “horrorscope”. Hoax is hooked up with a compellingly hideous demonic force that slowly begins to overtake his entire life and now there’s more than just a phone bill to pay for anyone who ever dared cross “the neighbourhood nerd”.
Eureka Entertainment are bringing this classic horror to Blu-ray on the 19th October 2020, with the extended Home Video version that did not air at the cinemas. This 105 minute version will include new interviews and also audio commentary by Englund. Sadly it’s still only a 1080 presentation. I guess we are still waiting on a 4k version.
Limited Edition O-Card slipcase [2000 copies]
1080p presentation on Blu-ray
DTS-HD MA 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 audio options
English subtitles (SDH)
Audio commentary with director Robert Englund and set decorate Nancy Booth Englund
976-EVIL: home video version [105 mins, SD]: An extended version of the film from its original home video release on VHS
New interview with special make-up effects artist Howard Berger (The Walking Dead)
New interview with special effects technician Kevin Yagher (Nightmare on Elm Street)
New interview with producer Lisa M. Hansen
Limited Edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Craig Ian Mann [2000 copies]
The first two-thousand copies will also include a limited edition slipcase cover and a physical booklet, so UK Horror Fans might want to jump into this order soon.
Blu-Ray discs were a big upgrade from the DVD format when they first came out, offering more resolution and greater clarity on screen. It also offered up new opportunities to distributors to re-scan and edit the films into 2K & 4K films, leaving the days of...