Arrow Video’s January releases will deliver a much needed shiver of delight to film fans experiencing a post-festivities comedown.
On the slate are an acclaimed seaborn thriller fresh from FrightFest, and a long-lost slasher classic from a Spanish master of terror. The releases are, as usual, packed with extras, including limited edition booklets with new writing on the films, newly-commissioned sleeve artwork, fascinating commentaries, and behind the scenes documentaries.
First off in January is Harpoon, dubbed a “twisty little thriller” (Eye For Film) that “will appeal to horror lovers everywhere” (Love Horror). Welcome aboard for Edgar Allan Poe by way of Seinfeld, on the high seas, and an exercise in brilliant pacing, direction and acting. As the story takes darkly comedic and always unexpected turns, the three leads (Munro Chambers from Turbo Kid, Christopher Gray from TV’s The Mist, and Emily Tyra from Code Black) crescendo into a culmination of their respective crises of conscience – except the crisis here is that they have no conscience.
Also in January, Arrow present a long-neglected late 80s slasher classic, Edge of the Axe, from cult Spanish filmmaker José Ramón Larraz (Vampyres, Symptoms), unleashed on Blu-ray for the first time ever!
Nominally set in Northern California but shot primarily in Madrid, giving the film an off-kilter, American/European atmosphere akin to the likes of Pieces, Edge of the Axe is a late entry hack-and-slash masterpiece from one of the titans of Spanish terror. The release features a brand new 2k restoration, and there is also a limited edition slipcase Blu-ray.