Cannibal Holocaust extra screencap

The amazing Cannibal Holocaust DVD has finally been released, after being in production for over four years. This brutal, sicko classic is one of the few movies that leaves even the most jaded horror fan with their jaw on the floor. I hate hate HATE the totally unnecessary, extraneous scenes of animal violence in the film and thankfully, they’ve included an “animal cruelty free” version of the movie on the disc as well.

But, my connection with this movie goes a bit deeper. During one of the many Exhumed Films showings that I used to attend with regularity, they debuted the remastered print of CH. That night, they shot footage as an extra for the DVD and, sure enough, it’s there. It’s a hidden easter egg (go to disc 2, final screen of the DVD credits, press the down arrow, and the click the skull), but it’s still there, and it’s a blast. There’s a screencap above and if you want to grab the 55 meg Xvid AVI, I’ll leave it up there for a few days (if you need the Xvid codec, get it here). I appear at least three times (once throwing up the devil horns, once in a really lame interview, and once in the audience), but the real reason that I love this extra is that it totally captures the essence of the old Exhumed Films showings. It was great to see all those faces that I haven’t seen in a couple of years and I realized how much I miss those showings. Driving up after work, meeting Ryder (who’s standing next to me in the video) at a diner for dinner, and then watching a double (or triple, or more) feature of exploitation and horror gems until the wee hours of the morning. Always good times, especially with the huge bucket of Coke in my lap that I’d use illegally from show to show for free refills.

We’re also briefly in one other extra, footage from Cult-Con 2000 (aka “the conference where Goblin stole my camera“).

Lastly, one more piece of movie-related news. It’s been two years since my starring extra role in Return to Sleepaway Camp and a few people have asked me, “So when’s the damn movie coming out, already?” The word is that it should be out early in the new year and there’s just some last minute CGI stuff being done at this point. The trailers I’ve seen look pretty cool, especially one shot of a person’s head being squashed underneath the back wheel of a car.