Sunday, November 17, 2013
Sorceress Is Coming !! (Roger Corman Babes, Boobs n' Beasts Sword & Sorcery Epic)
Scorpion Releasing has recently up dated their Facebook page with a peek of the Sorceress one sheet which is kinda exciting news if your into great cheesy 80's sword & sorcery movies (and who isn't ??). This was one (of the first) of the many low budget sword & sorcery films (many produced by New World) that came out after the success of Conan the Barbarian and the gigantic box office returns of Albert Pyun's Sword and the Sorcerer.
Directed by Jack Hill & written by Jim Wynorski this 1982 New World film had a rather troubled production as Roger reportedly slashed the budget during production and re-edited it without Hill's participation where upon Hill had his name removed from the director credit upon release. Not Jack Hill's best work (this was sadly his last movie) but makes a wonderfully entertaining movie night none the less.
Starring twins Leigh & Lynette Harris as Mira & Mara who've been prophesied to kill their evil sorcerer father. He orders them killed upon birth but their mother spirits them away before dying herself and has them raised as warriors, so that they can come back to avenge themselves against their father. Filled with inept swordplay, nudity (complete with skinny dipping twin sorceresses), gorilla warriors, flying lions and low budget gore & special effects. Never given a release since the days of VHS its had several false DVD starts in the past, so this is something to really look forward to (with hopefully more releases down the road).
Scorpion have recently signed a deal with Roger Corman to release some of his New World catalog and hopefully this will help fill in some gaps left by Shout Factory with their New World deal of a couple of years ago. Shout did an excellent job with their fully packed special editions & multi-packs but there was also some really glaring omissions. In addition to Sorceress we never got the first New World movie Student Nurses (plus you gotta have Summer School Teachers & Student Teachers), a bunch of the biker stuff and most importantly (to me at least) the remainder of the Filipino action & horror movies including Woman Hunt, Savage and The Hot Box among others. Speaking of Filipino stuff Scorpion have also annouched Eddie Romero's great 1972 horror/snake pocessed classic Night of the Cobra Woman starring Joy Bang (Yeh !!) & Marlene Clark. Good news indeed.