Earlier this week, Synapse Films announced that they'll be sponsoring the Fantasia Midnights series at this year's Fantasia International Film Festival, and with the announcement came news of 4K restoration premieres for two old school horror gems.
Synapse will be presenting the World Premiere of their new 4K restoration of Douglas McKeown's 1983 splatterfest The Deadly Spawn, as well as the North American premiere of their 4K restoration of 1978's acid-horror opus Blue Sunshine, with director Jeff Lieberman in person!
Blue Sunshine will be screened first on July 15th, with The Deadly Spawn screening taking place at the end of the month, on July 29th. Visit the Fantasia website for more details.
The Deadly Spawn screening will be followed by a new featurette by Light & Dark Productions and Michael Gingold, in which they return to the original house location for a tour with producer Ted A. Bohus, creature creator John Dods, and star Charles George Hildebrandt.
Both films are also expected to receive 4K Ultra HD releases sometime in the future. "We do NOT have release dates set for either (definitely not this year), but the restorations are done and ready to screen," Synapse revealed.
Stay tuned for more updates on the 4K UHD releases and future screenings of the new restorations.
In The Deadly Spawn, "It’s a typical day in the life of an extended New Jersey family—until first Dad and then Mom venture down into the basement and are devoured by a creature with three eyeless heads and about a million sharp teeth. Spawned from a meteor that crashed nearby the previous night, the monster births dozens of slug-like offspring, one of which is discovered by visiting friends of science student Pete (Tom DeFranco). But as they try to determine its origin, more of the slithering flesheaters begin to crawl upstairs and claim further victims, and young monster fan Charles (Charles George Hildebrandt) may be the only person who can save the day."
"An exemplar of the kind of practical-effects creature features that thrilled drive-in audiences and VHS viewers in the 1980s, effects creator John Dods’ low-budget bestiary impresses early and often, chomping its way through the cast."
And in Blue Sunshine, "A bizarre series of murders begins in Los Angeles, where people start going bald and then become homicidal maniacs. But could the blame rest on a particularly dangerous form of LSD called "Blue Sunshine" the murderers took ten years before?"
"Director Jeff Lieberman (Squirm) takes the premise of delayed reactions to ’60s drug-taking and runs with it, through a scenario that blends moments of brutal violence with political commentary and social satire."