Umbrella Entertainment

Houseboat Horror

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This special limited edition spot gloss slipcover (designed by Black Coffiend) is limited to 2,000 units and is only available on our website and at select indie retailers. Absolutely no major retailers will be stocking them.

Umbrella Entertainment has been a 100% Australian-owned and operated distributor for over 20 years. Their vast home entertainment catalogue features an extensive range of Australian classic, cult and exploitation films restored under the eyes of the original filmmakers. All sourced from national archives, underground collectors and local basements.

Before Tommy Wiseau entered THE ROOM and James Nguyen took flight with BIRDEMIC, Ollie Martin welcomed audiences aboard HOUSEBOAT HORROR. Shot on video, banned in Queensland and distributed with the world's first 'Gratuitous Violence & Blood Gush Guarantee', HOUSEBOAT HORROR is pure homegrown hilarity and quite possibly the most quotable film in (SOV) cinematic history!

Starring a veritable who's who of 80s Australian talent including Alan Dale (NEIGHBOURS), Christine Jeston (THE YOUNG DOCTORS), Gavin Wood (COUNTDOWN), Des 'Animal' Mckenna (HEY HEY, IT'S SATURDAY) and John Michael 'Hollywood’ Howsen, HOUSEBOAT HORROR also features a slew of knockout song hits by THE UNCANNY X-MEN's Brian Mannix!

When a music video shoot on the seemingly tranquil Lake Infinity turns into smorgasbord of horror, death and blood-gushing mayhem, it can only mean one thing... ACID HEAD, a horribly scarred axe-wielding maniac with a grudge against interlopers, is loose!

directed by: Kendal Flanagan & Ollie Martin
starring: Alan Dale; Christine Jeston; Craig Alexander; Des McKenna; Gavin Wood
1989 / 85 min / 1.33:1 / English DTS-HD MA 2.0

Additional info:

  • Region Free Blu-ray
  • 1080p master upscaled and color corrected from producer Ollie Martin's original archival materials
  • Booklet with new essay by Dan Budnik
  • Audio Commentary with comedian Tony Martin and film historian Jarret Gahan
  • 30th Anniversary Monster Fest Q&A with Clayton Jacobson (editor), Brian Mannix (score), Don Bridges (cast), Stephen Whittaker (cast), Craig Alexander (cast), Christopher Young (cast), Warren Master (production) & Boyd Martin
  • You’ll Bar Up - Interview with actor Gavin Wood
  • A Hell Of A Lot Of Grunting - Interview with actor Zlatko Kasumovic
  • You Should Be Getting Some Of This On Film - Interview with actor Craig Alexander
  • You Don’t Have To Hate The Film People Forever - Interview with actress Louise Siversen
  • They Were Film People - Interview with actor Don Bridges
  • 52 Pick Up - Interview with editor/second unit director Clayton Jacobson
  • The First Girl - Interview with actress Alisa Meadow
  • A Fatal Vision - Interview with film critic and journalist Michael Helms
  • KILLER ZOMBIES [SD] - Short Film directed By Zlatko ‘Acid Head’ Kasumovic starring Ollie Martin & ‘Film Buff ‘ Paul Harris
  • THE MAD DAREDEVILS DOWNUNDER [SD] - Feature-length documentary on Australian Stunt Men directed by Ollie Martin and featuring HOUSEBOAT HORROR segment with Billy ‘Super’ Smith
  • Digital Remaster Comparison
  • ‘Undiscovered Masterpieces of the Cinema’ - Sketch from THE LATE SHOW
  • Trailer
  • English SDH subtitles