Since horror, as a genre, tends to have a smaller viewing audience than action films, romantic comedies, and tear-jerking love stories, it seems like the available titles are at a higher risk for going on manufacturing moratorium. When that happens, fans of the genre frequently turn to eBay bidding wars, scouring pawnshops, and even trying to locate bootleg copies of the title in question for no less than a king’s ransom. Vigilant collectors, such as myself, tend to keep an eye on titles we suspect are at risk for going out of print... for example, Code Red and Blue Underground both tend to have a good number of titles go out of print at any given time. Staying on top of titles destined for moratorium makes the cash one must fork over for a copy of an in-demand title much less painful; often when a film first falls out of production, one can often find the feature used for under $10.00.
In February, we ran a feature showcasing ten notable OOP horror titles, the going rate, and where to find them. Due to positive reader response regarding the piece, we are bringing you ten more rare DVDs to grab while you can! Many of the DVDs on this list are recently out of print and can still be obtained for a nominal cost, so if you see anything of interest, make haste to pick them up before they dramatically increase in price. The more costly titles are still worth checking into, as values tend to continue increasing until a re-release is negotiated.
Don’t Look Now
Nicolas Roeg's slow-burn horror classic focusing on a couple who has tragically lose their beloved daughter to an unfortunate accident was controversial for its time, but by today’s more permissive standards is less so. However, the love scene between young Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie still plays out as a bit gratuitous. Amazon currently has the most competitive pricing for the film: a new copy will run you around $40.00, but you can still pick up a used copy of the Paramount DVD release for around $15.00.
The Sony Pictures DVD release of Brian De Palma’s steamy thriller has just recently gone out of print and it's still possible to get your hands on a used copy for next to nothing. New copies are upward of $20.00 and likely to continue to rise in cost. Body Double is a great deal of fun; it plays out something like an X-rated version of Rear Window, and the Hitchcock influences are obvious and plentiful. Also look for a brief appearance from Re-Animator's Barbara Crampton in her feature film debut. The film was recently given the limited edition Blu-ray treatment (3,000 copies produced) by Twilight Time, and sold out shortly thereafter. A new copy of the limited edition Blu will run you nearly $90.00 by way of third party vendors on Amazon.
I'd almost completely forgotten that this movie existed until I began researching for this article, but it’s actually not a bad film at all. I remember enjoying it as an over-the-top kind of fright flick when I watched it as a youngster, and further research yielded several favorable reviews when I checked around the web. Body Parts finds a man (Jeff Fahey) receiving an arm transplant from a serial killer, and it seems that limb has a mind of its own and really wants to keep killing. Brad Dourif plays somewhat against type as a fellow transplant recipient. A new copy of the Paramount DVD goes for around $50.00 on Amazon, and used copies for about half that.
Lord of Illusions
Clive Barker's 1995 feature was met with mostly positive critical feedback upon its release, and remains highly regarded amongst many of his fans today. Scott Bakula is well cast as Harry D’Amour, a private detective tasked with uncovering information about a mysterious magician with strong ties to the occult. A new copy of the MGM DVD is going for nearly $40.00 on Amazon, while used copies can be found on the CD Universe website for around $6.00.
The Final Terror
This ‘80s slasher had a pretty respectable cast; Adrienne Zmed (Grease 2), Joe Pantoliano (The Goonies) and Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill) have lead roles. The formula is pretty typical: a group of teens take to the woods and wind up being stalked by a baddie who wants them dead. We were unable to locate any new copies, but Amazon has it available used for under $30.00. I cannot speak to the picture quality of the Trinity Entertainment DVD release, but I have a VHS copy of The Final Terror and the picture is very dark. This film is worth the purchase if you're a die-hard slasher film collector, but for the average horror fan it’s probably just as well to wait and check it out when the film receives a re-release.
Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers
This Linnea Quigley grindhouse horror-comedy classic about ladies of the night who wield chainsaws for the sole purpose of dismembering their clients is out of print again. It received a 20th Anniversary re-release via Retromedia, and since then no additional copies have been manufactured. A new copy goes as high as $90.00, but used it goes as low as $42.00 on Amazon.
The Night Flier
Stephen King’s story of a mysterious stranger landing at small town airports and committing mass murder has been OOP for a bit. A new copy of the HBO Home Video release will cost you nearly $90.00 on Amazon, but as of this posting, Half.com has new copies of the DVD available for just over $50.00. A used disc will set you back about $20.00 on either website. [Note: check out our article on newly discovered behind-the-scenes footage from the film, which would be a perfect supplement for a future DVD release.]
This Image Entertainment release has received a fair amount of play on FEARnet. It centers around a group of girls at an all-female Catholic boarding school who find themselves drawn in to the alluring art of witchcraft. Little Witches was released about six months after The Craft, but it's not quite the same caliber. Still, if you dig the film and are in the market for a copy, a new DVD will run you around $80.00 on Amazon. Oddly enough, used copies start closer to $100. As of this posting there were no copies available on EBay of Half.com.
Last House on Dead End Street
This notoriously sleazy tale about a band of snuff filmmakers and the results of their "art" really has audiences polarized. People seem to love or hate this film, with very few – if any – falling between those extremes. The two-disc special edition DVD - which was distributed by a company called Barrel Entertainment - has been out of print for ages, and continues to get more and more costly. At the time of posting, we were able to locate a new copy on EBay for $90.00, with used copies going for about the same price on Amazon.
Yikes! The one and only unopened copy available on Amazon is priced at $240.00! A new copy of this disc is slightly less expensive on Half.com; the single copy the site has available is listed at $200.00. The good news is that used copies of this Pioneer DVD release of Rawhead Rex go as low as $75.00. This early Clive Barker adaptation is a satanic story following a demonic creature that plagues a village in Ireland after being accidentally released from long-term captivity.
Here are a couple of updates on films that have come back in to print: Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama has been given the re-release treatment by way of Full Moon Features! I just bought a copy on DeepDiscount.Com for $7.99. Popcorn has received a Manufacture on Demand (MOD) release: the film is transferred onto a DVD-R with the original artwork on the disc, and the packaging and cover art are all authentic looking as well. (This is not a bootleg; it’s an above-board operation and you can pick up a copy on Amazon for around $10.00.) Several other OOP titles have received an MOD release – Hell Night being one of them. Linnea Quigley’s Horror Workout Video is also available for the first time on DVD; it’s extremely rare and appears to only be available through the Legacy Features website for $25.00. If you're a fan of Ms. Quigley, grab this one while you can... because I suspect it won’t be around at that price for long.