Two cult-favorite psycho-killers from decades past are coming back in spiffed-up disc presentations, and the full contents of both releases have been revealed.

Shout! Factory issues 1981’s future-star-stocked slasher feature THE BURNING (pictured above) and 1977’s fact-based THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN on Blu-ray/DVD combo packs May 21. In THE BURNING, an early production of Miramax’s Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens and Holly Hunter are among those facing the murderous shears of the disfigured killer Cropsy (face and handiwork created by Tom Savini), while TOWN, directed and produced by Charles B. Pierce, chronicles the “Phantom Killer” who terrorized Texarkana and was hunted by Texas Ranger J.D. Morales (played by Ben Johnson). Both movies will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, with the following extras:


• Audio commentary by director Tony Maylam and film journalist Alan Jones

• Audio commentary by actresses Shelley Bruce and Bonnie Deroski

• “Blood ‘n’ Fire Memories” makeup FX featurette with Savini

• “Slash & Cut”: an interview with editor Jack Sholder

• “Cropsy Speaks”: an interview with actor Lou David

• “Summer Camp Nightmare”: an interview with actress Leah Ayres

• Behind-the-scenes footage

• Makeup FX photo gallery

• Poster and still gallery

• Theatrical trailer


• Bonus movie: disc debut of Pierce’s THE EVICTORS on the DVD

• Audio commentary by writer Justin Beahm and historian Jim Presley

• “Small Town Lawman”: an interview with actor Andrew Prine

• “Survivor Stories”: an interview with actress Dawn Wells

• “Eye of the Beholder”: an interview with director of photography James Roberson

• Theatrical trailer

• Essay by writer Brian Albright

• Poster and still gallery

Retail prices are $29.93 for THE BURNING, $26.99 for TOWN. The first 300 people who pre-order BURNING from Shout! Factory here receive an exclusive 18×24-inch poster featuring the newly commissioned artwork; TOWN can be pre-ordered here.


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