Vinegar Syndrome's October Titles Include 'Dial Code Santa Claus' on 4K UHD and 'Cemetery of Terror'

Despite all of the turmoil going on in the world, it sure has been one hell of an awesome year thus far for physical media collector's and the folks at Vinegar Syndrome have done their fair share of contributing to our ever-growing collections, and they're not done yet!

For the month of October, film restoration and distribution company will be offering up some must-own titles, all of which were announced and detailed earlier today.

Titles arriving on October 27th include Dial Code Santa Claus (aka 3615 code Père Noël aka Deadly Games aka Game Over), Cemetery of Terror, Rest in Pieces, Necromancer and Whodunit (aka Island of Blood). You'll find more details on each release below.



In the film, "Young Thomas is obsessed with action movies and video games. So much so that, when his mother is out, he delights in turning the sprawling mansion where he and his invalid grandfather live into a makeshift battleground; concocting and setting elaborate traps. Home alone, grandfather aside, on Christmas Eve, Thomas is soon faced with an unexpected - and very unwelcome - guest, a department store Santa Claus who is, in fact, a deranged escapee from a nearby asylum! Putting his skills into action, Thomas begins an all out assault against the murderous Saint Nick, rather than risking his Christmas turning into something closer to Halloween…"

"A dazzling mix of thriller, action, and horror, and long rumored to be the unofficial inspiration for one of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of the 90s, René Manzor’s Dial Code Santa Claus is a would-be cult sensation that sadly never was. Featuring ultra stylized cinematography from Michel Gaffier which highlights the often dream-like production design, Vinegar Syndrome is honored to present your next holiday favorite, Dial Code Santa Claus, in its U.S. disc debut and worldwide 4K Ultra HD debut, from a brand new 4K restoration of its original 35mm camera negative."

Features Include:

• Region Free 4K Ultra HD / Blu-ray combo

• Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original negative

• Interview with director René Manzor (Jouets Interdits/Forbidden Toys) - 88 mins

• Interview with actor Alain Musy (To Become a Man) - 40 mins

• Extensive still gallery with director commentary - 18 mins

• Multiple storyboards & scene comparisons

• Behind the scenes featurette (Simon Says Roll Sound) - 8 mins

• “Synapse" - short film by René Manzor - 5 mins

• Pre-trailer model shots - 2 mins.

• Bonnie Tyler music video (Merry Christmas)

• French, English and Italian trailers

• French teaser trailer & TV spots

• Reversible cover artwork

• Newly translated English SDH subtitles

Dial Code Santa Claus on 4K Ultra HD comes with a special limited edition embossed slipcover (designed by Tom Hodge) and is limited to 4,000 units.



In the film, "It’s Halloween night and a group of bored teenagers decide to pull a ghastly prank (as a means of getting lucky): stealing a corpse from the local morgue and taking it to a nearby cemetery where they perform a Satanic ritual in an attempt to bring it back to life. Unfortunately, they happen to choose the body of a savage serial killer who has just been shot dead by police, ending a recent spate of satanically influenced murders. Unwittingly reviving the bloodthirsty sadist to the realm of the undead, the group of fun-seeking youngsters risk becoming dinner for the devil worshipping zombie, with only occult expert, Dr. Carden (legendary Mexican character actor Hugo Stiglitz), able to try and put an end to the madness."

"The directing debut of Rubén Galindo Jr. (Don’t Panic, Grave Robbers), Cemetery of Terror is easily the wildest zombie movie to ever emerge from Mexico! Filled with extra gratuitous gore effects that would feel right at home in a Fulci film and all of the ludicrous plotting of a Bruno Mattei epic, Cemetery is non-stop thrills and bloodshed from beginning to end. Vinegar Syndrome presents this quintessential piece of Mexican exploitation cinema on Blu-ray, in a new 2K restoration of recently unearthed 35mm negative elements."

Features Include:

• Region Free Blu-ray

• Newly scanned & restored in 4K from its 35mm original negative

• Commentary track with director Rubén Galindo Jr.

• Commentary track with The Hysteria Continues!

• “Title TBD” - an interview with director Rubén Galindo Jr.

• “Title TBD” - an interview with actor René Cardona III

• Reversible cover artwork

• Newly translated English subtitles

Cemetery of Terror comes with a special limited edition embossed slipcover (designed by Richard Hilliard) and is limited to 3,000 units.



In the film, "Helen Hewitt has inherited her recently deceased Aunt Catherine’s humongous country villa. After arriving at their new home, she and her husband Bob immediately feel a sense of unease and hostility from the estate’s staff and tenants, all of whom do their best to make the young couple feel unwelcome. As strange and increasingly sinister events begin to take place around her, Helen becomes determined to uncover the truth about the goings on, and slowly begins to unearth the horrifying and unspeakable evil occurring at the mysterious mansion…"

"One of a handful of films that acclaimed Spanish horror and exploitation auteur, José Ramón Larraz, made primarily for the American market, Rest in Pieces plays like a refined piece of Euro-horror as filtered through the trashy mindset of late 80s, direct-to-video trash. Pleasantly grotesque (the gore effects earned a 1987 Goya Award nomination) and with a wry sense of self aware humor, Rest in Pieces co-stars Dorothy Malone (The Big Sleep, Basic Instinct), Jack Taylor (Conan the Barbarian), and Patty Shepard (My Dear Killer). Never before released on disc, Vinegar Syndrome is delighted to present Rest in Pieces on Blu-ray in a new 4K restoration of its 35mm camera negative."

Features Include:

• Region Free Blu-ray

• Newly scanned & restored in 4K from its 35mm original negative

• Includes both the original English and the dubbed Spanish language soundtracks

• “Piece By Piece” - an interview with actor Scott Thompson Baker

• Audio commentary with film historians and authors Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger

• Reversible cover artwork

• English SDH subtitles

Rest in Pieces comes with a special limited edition embossed slipcover [designed by Tom Hodge (front) & Earl Kessler Jr. (back)] and is limited to 3,000 units.



In the film, "Julie Johnson, a young college coed, is savagely gang raped by a trio of men who then attempt to blackmail her into staying silent. As Julie attempts to put her life back together and deal with her now suspicious boyfriend, she learns of a strange fortune teller who professes to have the ability to exact revenge through supernatural means. After visiting the woman, who senses her trauma, Julie is possessed by a demonic force that punishes her attackers in the most fitting ay possible: castration…and death."

"A supernatural take on the rape and revenge storyline, Dusty Nelson’s (Effects) Necromancer was written by William Naud (Whodunit) and features a supporting performance from Russ Tamblyn (Satan’s Sadists). Colorfully photographed and oozing with late 80s B-movie charm, Vinegar Syndrome Archive presents Necromancer on disc for the first time, newly restored in 4K from its original 35mm camera negative."

Features Include:

• Region Free Blu-ray

• Newly scanned & restored in 4K from its 35mm original negative

• “Taking the Reins” - a video conference with director Dusty Nelson

• “A Despicable Job” - an interview with actor Lee Cole (aka “Stan Hurwitz”)

• “Conjuring the Past” - an interview with actor Waide Riddle

• Limited edition of 4,000

• Double-sided poster

• Reversible cover artwork

• English SDH subtitles

Necromancer is part of the Vinegar Syndrome Archive collection, celebrating forgotten cinematic oddities from the video store era. This collection was inspired by the company's own brick and mortar video store, The Archive in Bridgeport, CT.

Unique to this line, each hand numbered limited edition release will come fitted in a specially designed, bottom loading VHS inspired slipcase, while also including a double-sided poster.

These releases will ONLY be available on the VS website and at participating brick and mortar retailers. Absolutely no other online stores will be stocking them. This release is strictly limited to 4,000 units and will never be re-released in another version.



In the film, "In a large house on an otherwise uninhabited pacific island, a group of hopeful young actors have been assembled to prepare for their roles in what they’ve been told will be a very unique, family oriented film. But on their first night, one of them is horribly boiled alive and dies. Although initially assumed to be an accident, as other mangled and mutilated bodies begin to appear, it becomes apparent that a madman is lurking among them and seems to be concocting all of the diabolical deaths in accordance with the macabre lyrics to an obscure song…"

"One of the stranger cinematic interpretations of Agatha Christie’s classic novel, And Then There Were None, William T. Naud’s Whodunit (aka Island of Blood and Scared Alive) takes firm psychotronic hold of its ‘respectable’ literary source material, transforming it into an over-the-top gore fest, complete with a jaw dropping, out of left field, final twist. A victim of decades worth of terrible looking and extremely dark VHS releases, Vinegar Syndrome is overjoyed to revive this never-on-disc early 80s slasher and present it on Blu-ray, from a fresh, 4K restoration of its 35mm camera negative!"

Features Include:

• Region Free Blu-ray

• Newly scanned & restored in 4K from its 35mm original negative

• “Blood & Sweaters” - an interview with actor Terence Goodman

• “Dying for the Opportunity” - an interview with actor Jim Piper

• “Containing the Excitement” - an interview with actress Marie-Alise Recasner

• “Cutting a Long Story Short” - an interview with editor Hari Ryatt

• Commentary track with The Hysteria Continues!

• Original theatrical trailer

• Reversible cover artwork

• English SDH subtitles

Whodunit comes with a special limited edition embossed slipcover (designed by Earl Kessler Jr.) and is limited to 3,000 units.

As usual, a bundle containing each October 2020 title is available at an insanely discounted package price.

Head on over the Vinegar Syndrome website for more details and to pre-order all of these magnificent releases today!