Can you stomach it? The controversial underground film Faces of Death has resurfaced just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its release. This notorious film circulated on VHS throughout the 80’s, showcasing what it claimed were real scenes of graphic death and violence (most of which were later proven to be fake). Of course, that didn’t stop the movie from getting banned in a number of countries, and also spawning a handful of low budget sequels. Soon you will be able to revisit the madness and put your nerves to the test once again with a shiny new version of the original Faces of Death, coming this October to DVD and Blu-ray!
Although the movie is made up primarily of grainy 8mm footage, distributor MPI has completely remastered it in 1080 video and provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround soundtrack! Not too shabby. It also comes with the following extra features:
- Featurette: Choice Cuts with Editor Glenn Gurner
- Featurette: The Death Makers with Special Make-Up FX Creators Allan A. Apone and Douglas J. White
- Deleted scenes
- Theatrical trailers
I’m definitely curious to see how they staged some of these scenes. On a related note, there was supposed to be a remake in development, but it seems to have dropped off the map as of late. Last year there was a teaser trailer on the web, and J.T. Petty was lined up to direct, but apparently he’s no longer involved (his new film The Burrowers will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September). Will this re-release spark enough interest to get the wheels in motion again? The Faces of Death 30th Anniversary Edition hits stores on October 7th.