Severin’s December Slate Offers Stand-Alone Versions Of Popular Titles

On December 27th, Severin Films is digging into the vaults to bring out stand-alone releases of oft-requested titles BLOOD FOR DRACULA, CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD, CRYPT OF THE VAMPIRE and LEGACY OF BLOOD.


BLOOD FOR DRACULA: Immediately after completing FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN, writer/director Paul Morrissey and star Udo Kier created what remains a sumptuously depraved Euroshocker, cunning political allegory and “wickedly funny horror that obliterates the line between art and bad taste” (Pop Culture Beast): Desperate for virgin blood, Count Dracula – Kier in the performance Flavorwire calls “one of cinema’s Top 5 Best Draculas” – journeys to an Italian villa only to discover the family’s three young daughters are also coveted by the estate’s Marxist stud (Joe Dallesandro of Morrissey’s FLESH, TRASH and HEAT). Stefania Casini (SUSPIRIA) and BICYCLE THIEVES director Vittorio De Sica co-star – with an unforgettable cameo by Roman Polanski – in “one of the most unique vampire films in history” (Oh! The Horror), now scanned uncut in 4K from the original negative for the first time ever. 


CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD: In the final film of his early ‘60s European period, Christopher Lee stars as a 19th century Count who invites a theatrical troupe for a weekend of horrors that boasts an enthusiastically creepy performance by Lee, startling locations in Lazio, Italy’s Orsini-Odescalchi Castle and ‘Park of the Monsters’, second-unit direction by Michael Reeves (WITCHFINDER GENERAL) and the screen debut of Donald Sutherland as both a doofus gendarme and a hunchbacked hag. Philippe Leroy (THE NIGHT PORTER) and Jacques Stany (VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN’S PRISON) co-star in this 1964 French-Italian co-production from American producer Paul Maslansky – who would go on to produce DEATH LINE and the POLICE ACADEMY movies – and fellow expat writer/director Warren Kiefer – after whom Sutherland would name his son – now scanned in 4K from the Italian negative for the first time ever.


CRYPT OF THE VAMPIRE: In a lavish gothic shocker inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu’s immortal novella Carmilla, Christopher Lee delivers a rare ‘hero’ turn as nobleman Count Karnstein whose foreboding castle teems with ancestral curses, unnatural desires, philosophical hunchbacks and grisly acts of vengeance. Adriana Ambesi (FANGS OF THE LIVING DEAD) co-stars in this 1964 Spanish-Italian co-production – also known as TERROR IN THE CRYPT and CRYPT OF HORROR – directed by Camillo Mastrocinque (AN ANGEL FOR SATAN) as Thomas Miller & Robert Spafford from a screenplay by giallo master Ernesto Gastaldi (ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK) and Sergio Leone protégé Tonino Valerii (MY NAME IS NOBODY), now featuring a 2k scan from a fine-grain 35mm master print with all-new Special Features.


LEGACY OF BLOOD: From the auteur called “an unmatched voice from the underbelly of low-budget genre cinema” (Rue Morgue) comes the hate-fueled/gore-spattered opus hailed as “a quintessential Andy Milligan film” (Senseless Cinema): For this loose remake of his own classic THE GHASTLY ONES, writer/director Milligan delivers a twisted family-gathers-in-creepy-mansion-for-inheritance saga filled with hysterical half-wits, inappropriate psychics, 1970s Staten Island standing in for late 1800s New England, and some of the most insane explosions of graphic carnage in the entire Andy oeuvre. With all pre-print materials believed to be destroyed, the thought-lost complete theatrical version of LEGACY OF BLOOD has been scanned in 2K from the only known 35mm release print. LEGACY OF HORROR, the television version featuring additional footage, is presented from a video master.

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Special Features for Blood for Dracula:

  • Trans-Human Flesh And Blood – Interview With Director Paul Morrissey
  • Rubinia's Homecoming – Interview & Location Visit With Actress Stefania Casini
  • Blood For Udo – Interview With Actor Udo Kier
  • Little Big Joe – Interview With Actor Joe Dallesandro
  • Conversation With A Vampire – Audio Interview With Actress Milena Vukotic
  • Bloodthirsty – Interview With Assistant Director Paolo Pietrangeli
  • Black Cherry – Interview With Art Director Gianni Giovagnoni
  • The Blood Of These Whores... – Interview With Murderous Passions Author Stephen Thrower
  • Sad, Romantic Dracula – Interview With Soundtrack Composer Claudio Gizzi
  • The Roman Connection – Interview With Producer Andrew Braunsberg
  • Trailers 

Feature Specs for Blood for Dracula:

  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Audio: English Mono
  • Closed Captions: English SDH
  • Region: A/B/C 

Special Features for Castle of the Living Dead:

  • Audio Commentary With Mondo Digital's Nathaniel Thompson & Film Writer Troy Howarth
  • Audio Commentary With Film Writer Kat Ellinger
  • From The Castle To The Academy – Interview With Master Producer Paul Maslansky
  • The Castle Of The Mystery ManMavericks Of Italian Cinema Author Roberto Curti On Writer/Director Warren Kiefer

Feature Specs for Castle of the Living Dead:

  • Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
  • Audio: English Mono
  • Closed Captions:: English SDH
  • Region: All

Special Features for Crypt of the Vampire: 

  • Trailer

Feature Specs for Crypt of the Vampire:

  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Audio: English Mono, Italian Mono
  • Closed Captions: English SDH
  • Region: A

Special Features for Legacy of Blood:

  • LEGACY OF HORROR (83 min)
  • Blood or Horror - Interview with Executive Producer Ken Lane
  • Legacy of Chris - Interview with Actor Chris Broderick
  • TV Spot

Feature Specs for Legacy of Blood:

  • Aspect ratio: Legacy of Blood: 1.85:1 / Legacy of Horror: 1.33:1
  • Audio: English Mono (Both features)
  • Closed Captions: English SDH (Both features)
  • Region: All