Four New Releases From Vinegar Syndrome For March 2020

The folks over at Vinegar Syndrome aren’t letting any ol’ Corona virus slow them down. They’re still pumping out new releases, and for this, we horror and grindhouse fans are eternally grateful. So, what’s new for March 2020 from Vinegar Syndrome? They’ve got DVD/Blu-ray combos of Olivia (1981), Deadline (1980) and Malabimba (1979), plus a very special limited edition of 1984’s Hell Riders. Keep reading for more info!

Stay tuned for upcoming reviews of all four of these March 2020 Vinegar Syndrome releases.

Deadline (1980)

Steven Lessey (Stephen Young: Soylent Green, Patton) makes his living as a horror writer who has learned that the bloodier the story, the bigger the market. But Steven has also hit a personal crisis wherein he yearns for artistic recognition and an escape from the brutality he conjures up to earn a living. All the while, his horrifying and murderous fantasies begin to blend into his day-to-day life, numbing him to his crumbling marriage, until a shocking tragedy occurs, from which he has no escape…

One of the true hidden gems of Canadian horror cinema, Mario Azzopardi’s Deadline is an unflinchingly grim, twisted, and cynically comedic study of a man’s slow descent into madness, punctuated by expertly rendered and creatively staged  gory deaths. Featuring elegant and colorful cinematography by Fred Guthe (The Pit), tightly paced editing, and even a surprise musical sequence featuring acclaimed New Wave band, Rough Trade, Vinegar Syndrome proudly brings this gruesome masterpiece to Blu-ray for the first time, newly restored from 35mm vault elements.

Directed by: Mario Azzopardi
Starring: Stephen Young, Sharon Masters, Marvin Goldhar, Jeannie Elias, Cindy Hinds
1980 / 90 min / 1.85:1

Special features:
• Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
• Newly scanned & restored in 2k from 35mm vault elements
• “Producing Something Horrific” – an interview with producer Henry Less
• “Embracing the Horror” – an interview with cinematographer Manfred Guthe
• Reversible cover artwork
• SDH English subtitles

Olivia (1981)

When she was a child, Olivia (Suzanna Love) witnessed the horrifying and violent murder of her prostitute mother at the hands of an angry John. Now an adult, she’s married to an abusive and controlling factory worker, that is, until her mother appears to her and demands that Olivia avenge her death by seducing and then slaying men. While disposing of a body near the London Bridge, Olivia has a chance meeting with a friendly American named Mike (Robert Walker Jr) who reveals that he’s visiting England in order to dismantle and move the bridge to Arizona, setting off a series of increasingly strange events, and a lot more bloodshed…

Perhaps the most offbeat film in the fascinating career of German actor turned exploitation auteur, Ulli Lommel (Tenderness of the Wolves, The Boogeyman), Olivia (also known as Prozzie and Double Jeopardy) finds a distinctive blend of slasher, erotic thriller, and straight forward sleaze, seasoned with touches of semi-surrealism. Atmospherically photographed and featuring a moody score by Joel Goldsmith (Man’s Best Friend), Vinegar Syndrome brings this nearly unclassifiable piece of early 80s genre weirdness to Blu-ray, newly restored in 4K from its original 35mm camera negative and presented in its completely uncensored version for the first time on disc.

Directed by: Ulli Lommel
Starring: Suzanna Love, Robert Walker Jr., Jeff Winchester, Ulli Lommel
1981 / 85 min / 1.85:1

Special features:
• Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
• Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original camera negative
• “Becoming Olivia” – an interview with actress Suzanna Love
• “Taking on Many Roles” – an interview with writer/asst. director John P. Marsh
• “A Chance Meeting” – an interview with cinematographer Jon Kranhouse
• “Learning From Ulli” – an interview with editor Terrell Tannen
• Super 8mm behind-the-scenes footage shot and narrated by writer/a.d. John P. Marsh
• Original theatrical trailer
• Reversible cover artwork
• SDH English subtitles

Malabimba (1979)

Bimba (Katell Laennec) lives in a gothic castle with her parents. However, when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances while involved in a seance, Bimba begins acting in increasingly strange and perverted ways. With her father at a loss for what to do, he invites a beautiful nun into the castle to try and get her under control. However the sister soon suspects that Bimba has become possessed by an insatiable, sex starved demon which will stop at nothing, including murder, to fulfill its depraved and unholy desires.

From the warped and deranged mind of one of Italy’s foremost purveyors of top quality sleaze, Andrea Bianchi (Burial Ground, Strip Nude for Your Killer), comes one of the most shocking and blasphemous pieces of sexploitation cinema ever made: Malabimba. Co-starring Giancarlo Del Duca (Giallo A Venezia), Patricia Webley (Play Motel), and Mariangela Girodano (Patrick Still Lives), Vinegar Syndrome is proud to give this notorious, hardcore Exorcist riff its worldwide Blu-ray debut, newly restored in 2K from its original 16mm camera negative and presented here in its fully uncut and uncensored, 100 minute version.

Directed by: Andrea Bianchi
Starring: Katell Laennec, Enzo Fisichella, Patrizia Webley, Giuseppe Marrocco, Elisa Mainardi
1979 / 100 min / 1.85:1

Special features:
• Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
• Newly scanned & restored in 2k from its 16mm original negative
• “Malabimba Uncovered” – interviews with actress Mariangela Giordano and cinematographer Franco Villa
• Brand new audio commentary with film historians and authors Samm Deighan, Heather Drain, and Kat Ellinger
• Theatrical trailer
• Reversible cover artwork
• SDH English subtitles

Hell Riders (1984)

From the Vinegar Syndrome website:

Limit 1 per customer.

We are pleased to present the Vinegar Syndrome Archive line, celebrating forgotten cinematic oddities from the video store era. This collection was inspired by our own video store, The Archive in Bridgeport CT, and is designed to be extra appealing and affordable for all local brick and mortar video stores by offering them below market wholesale pricing.

Unique to this line, each hand numbered limited edition release will come fitted in a specially designed, bottom loading VHS inspired slipcase, featuring the original video art used for the film, while also including a double-sided poster.

These releases will ONLY be available on our website and at participating brick and mortar retailers. Absolutely no other online stores will be stocking them. This release is strictly limited to 3,000 units and will never be re-released in another version. We are allocating 2,500 units to sell here on our website and 500 units to be sold at participating retail video stores.

Also, due to an uncertain release schedule and our mission to support local retailers by offering them extremely low wholesale rates, these VSA releases will not be included in the yearly packages, however, you should have received a coupon in your email.

The Hell Riders are the most vicious members of a southern California biker gang; so extreme in their activities that they’ve been pushed out of their gang and are now on their own, roaming the countryside on the lookout for people to terrorize. After attacking a stranded woman, who manages to escape to a nearby town, the Hell Riders decide to pursue her, eventually ending up in the town as well and begin violently taking out anyone who has the misfortune of ending up in their bloodthirsty path.

A spectacularly trashy and weird 80s biker film from the exploitation dream team of James Bryan (Don’t Go in the Woods, Executioner Part 2) and Renee Harmon (Frozen Scream, Escape From the Insane Asylum), Hell Riders is loaded to the gills with jaw dropping, head scratching, and mind numbing thrills. Featuring Adam West (Batman) and Tina Louise (Gilligan’s Island) and co-produced by exploitation legend Lee Frost (A Climax of Blue Power), Vinegar Syndrome Archive proudly presents the world disc debut of Hell Riders, newly restored from its original 35mm camera negative.

Directed by: James Bryan
starring: Adam West, Tina Louise, Renee Harmon
1984 / 88 min / 1.85:1

Special features:
• Region Free Blu-ray
• Newly scanned & restored in 2k from its 35mm original camera negative
• “Straight to Hell” – an interview with co-writer/director James Bryan
• Original storyboard excerpt gallery
• Limited edition of 3,000
• Double-sided poster
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH subtitles

Are you going to be grabbing up any of these Vinegar Syndrome March 2020 releases? I know I’m pretty pumped to watch Deadline and Hell Riders myself. Don’t forget to check back here for reviews of all four of these DVD/Blu-ray combos.

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As the co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of PopHorror.com, Tracy has learned a lot about independent horror films and the people who love them. Now an approved critic for Rotten Tomatoes, she hopes the masses will follow her reviews back to PopHorror and learn more about the creativity and uniqueness of indie horror movies.

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