I wasn’t too sure what to think of Brutal Massacre until I saw the first bit of footage at last year’s Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors in Burbank. After ogling a few clips, however, it looked like it had some potential…and comedic potential, too, at that.
For those of you unacquainted, Brutal Massacre is a mockumentary about the once-great horror auteur Harry Penderecki, played by David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London). Seems Harry’s been down on his luck as of late, and, as things usually go in Tinseltown, he can’t seem to get another project off the ground. It’s been years since he’s had a hit, and the industry, as well as his supposed-friends, think he’s had the biscuit. Don’t count him out, though, because Harry is given one last shot at redemption. The only problem with this is, however, is everything seems to go wrong on Harry’s newest cinematic offering. Harry and the cast and crew are constantly finding themselves entangled in one mishap after another. Not surprisingly, Harry will have to overcome incredible odds to reign triumphant and regain his former glory. Think a horror version of Living in Oblivion or This is Spinal Tap.
The cast itself is a veritable who’s who of the genre: Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, original), Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead, original), Ellen Sandweiss (The Evil Dead) and even Kevin Smith regular Brian O’Halloran (Clerks) makes an appearance.
Sadly, Brutal Massacre received a pretty poor release (hell, I’m not even sure it played in any damned theaters) but nevertheless, it’s finally making its way to DVD thanks to the good folks over at Anchor Bay. Below you can check out the official release date and details:
“Title: Brutal Massacre: A Comedy
Starring: David Naughton
Released: 22nd July 2008
Anchor Bay Entertainment has announced Brutal Massacre: A Comedy which stars David Naughton, Brian O’Halloran, Gerry Bednob, and Ellen Sandweiss. The Stevan Mena directed film will be available to own from the 22nd July, and should retail at around $26.97. Extras will include extended and deleted scenes, a behind the scenes featurette, and the trailer.”
And if the special features on this edition aren’t good enough for you, I’m sure at some point the obligatory double-dip will happen.