Rob Zombie may be the one who brought hillbilly horror into the spotlight, but it certainly didn’t start with him. In 1990, Writer/Director/Editor Jon Killough (Ninja Robot 1989) released Skinned Alive, a horror comedy that brought country bumpkins and their secretive ways back to the silver screen. Not since 1972’s Deliverance had the people of the backwoods felt so menacing. And now, Tempe Digital has announced that, not only will they give Skinned Alive a 2k restoration ultimate edition Blu-ray—its first time in high definition and restored from the original film elements—but they’re also releasing the film’s soundtrack. Keep reading for more information!
This is the tale of a crazed family of weirdos led by Crawldaddy who like to kill people and remove their skin.
From the press release:
Tempe Digital announces a two-disc Ultimate Edition Blu-ray for the 1990 hillbilly horror-comedy feature Skinned Alive will be shipping in early September, marking the high-definition debut of this vintage direct-to-video splatter flick. Preorders can be placed starting noon EST August 17 at Makeflix and, for a limited time, include an exclusive bonus Blu-ray of the streaming-only 16:9 widescreen version, with an option to bundle the soundtrack CD for $5 more.
Rob Zombie popularized the hillbilly horror subgenre with films like House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, but writer/director Jon Killough did it over a decade earlier by making a movie that’s fun for the whole family… the Manson family, that is! Crawldaddy and her kids travel cross-country selling fine leather apparel when their van breaks down in the Ohio backwoods. Auto mechanic Tom and his wife Whinnie put them up for the weekend, until ex-cop neighbor Paul discovers what their product is really made of…
For this one-of-a-kind release, Tempe Digital has painstakingly restored Skinned Alive from a 2K scan of the original 16mm A/B roll cut negative film elements with a dynamic 5.1 surround remix. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film’s home video debut this year, collectors and fans will be able to enjoy the movie in 1080p HD (4:3 aspect ratio, 1.33:1) together with the original standard-definition master used for the 1990 VHS release.
Skinned Alive Ultimate Edition includes replicated Blu-ray and DVD discs filled to capacity with a variety of bonus features including vintage and newly-created cast & crew interviews, three audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, still galleries, and much more. Limited to a pressing of 1,000 units, the set features a collectible slipcover autographed by writer/director Jon Killough & producer J.R. Bookwalter, reversible artwork, and full-color eight-page booklet with liner notes by Tempe historian Ross Snyder. Not sold at retail stores, this release will be available exclusively from Makeflix, Diabolik DVD, Grindhouse Video, and Strange Vice UK.
Available separately is the Skinned Alive Original Motion Picture Soundtrack arriving September 18 on CD; a digital release will be available on Apple Music and other music streaming platforms the same day with three bonus tracks. Retro Release Video are issuing a limited-edition VHS of the restored Skinned Alive, while the 16:9 widescreen version will be available to rent or own from iTunes, VUDU, Vimeo on Demand, and other digital retailers in October, with theatrical bookings handled by AGFA.
Does anyone remember this 1990 classic from back in the day? It’s hard to believe that it’s 30 years old already! Make sure you grab a copy before they’re all gone.
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