Christmas comes early for cult film fans

Christmas will officially be starting early for cult film fans this December, with Arrow Video announcing a sleigh-full of titles that will be released throughout the month.

The cherry on the (Christmas) cake is Richard Kelly’s modern cult classic, Donnie Darko, which is getting a Limited Edition Dual Format release from Arrow. Featuring both the Theatrical and Director’s Cuts of the film and a host of time-bending special features, this is the definitive release of one of the biggest cult films of all time.

Earlier in the month, J-Horror fans get a big treat with a Dual Format release of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s haunting Pulse, which sees people in Tokyo compelled to commit suicide after visiting a mysterious website. Released the same week is classic thriller Cohen & Tate, starring Roy Scheider and Adam Baldwin as two hitmen who go on the road trip from hell when they snatch a youngster from witness protection.

As we creep towards Christmas, Arrow have four more amazing releases lined up. Hellgate is one of the hits of the video rental era, a horror film packed with gore and gags in the vein of Re-animator and Return of the Living Dead. Hell Comes to Frogtown, meanwhile, is a B-movie gem starring Rowdy Roddy Piper as one of the last fertile men on Earth after a nuclear holocaust, enlisted to impregnate a harem of women held prisoner by the mutant amphibian people of Frogtown!

Standout slasher The Burning also pops up in December, bringing its Tom Savini gore effects to a Dual Format release along with a slaughter of special features. This comes alongside cult sci-fi manga adaptation, The Guyver, produced by Brian Yunza and starring Mark Hamill as a rogue CIA agent who, along with a young martial arts student, comes across a dangerous bioweapon that puts him in the sights of an evil corporation.

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