Have you ever been a member of the crew on a horror flick, and you suddenly realized all those grisly scenes you’ve been filming were actually real, and that you’ve just been making a snuff film all along? No? Well, hallelujah, because you really shouldn’t get mixed up in such things, but that’s not to say it’s not a great premise for a horror movie. And thankfully, back in 1980, a handful of friends of the late, great George Romero had that very same thought, and went on to make one of the more professional DIY horror flicks you’ll ever see, Effects.
Now, all these years later, on Aug. 22, Alamo Drafthouse’s American Genre Film Archive, reportedly the largest nonprofit genre film archive in all the land, is offering up a 4K Blu-ray rerelease of Effects, starring several friends and colleagues of Romero’s, including Joe Pilato (Day of the Dead), John Harrison (Darkside: The Movie), and horror legend Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead).
If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t get too upset, neither have most folks, as it was never widely released. Here's a quick glimpse ...
So how did such an obscure title get the 4K treatment? Though the original 16mm negative remains lost, somebody found a 35mm print among the 6,000 or so housed at the AGFA. It's actually the only intact print that they know of. Good thing the AGFA just happens to have an in-house 4K film scanner.
Check out the synopsis and special-features list, then let us know if you’ll be ordering a copy yourself.
Cobbled together with loose change by George Romero’s friends, EFFECTS is a mesmerizing D.I.Y. frightmare that no one talks about, but everyone should. A group of coked-up filmmakers — including Tom “DAWN OF THE DEAD” Savini, Joe “DAY OF THE DEAD“ Pilato, and John “TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE” Harrison — gather in Pittsburgh to make a slasher called DUPED: THE SNUFF MOVIE. As filming begins and “accidents” happen, it’s clear that something isn’t right. And no one can be trusted. Landing somewhere between SNUFF and a student film by John Carpenter, EFFECTS is a meta-enhanced takedown on the philosophy of horror that doubles as a sleazy and terrifying movie on its own.
– New 4K scan from the only surviving 35mm theatrical print!
– BEASTIE short film by Dusty Nelson!
– UBU short film by John Harrison!
– Archival commentary track with John Harrison, Dusty Nelson, and Pasquale Buba!
– AFTER EFFECTS documentary with optional commentary track!
– Liner notes by Joseph A. Ziemba of AGFA and Bleeding Skull!
– Front cover illustration by Charles Forsman!
– Reversible cover art!