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This special limited edition spot gloss slipcover (designed by Chris Barnes) is limited to 3,000 units and is only available on our website and at select indie retailers. Absolutely no major retailers will be stocking them.

Degausser Video is a brand new label created by several of the devious minds behind VS, which will bring to Blu-ray deluxe editions of both canonical and under-seen shot on video (SOV) genre cinema, in addition to work shot on film, but edited on tape, wherein the original film materials are believed to be lost or destroyed. Similar to Vinegar Syndrome's focus on FILM preservation, Degausser will work only from original analogue tape materials with an emphasis on maintaining the aesthetics inherent to each respective video format. Additionally, each title released by Degausser will be made available in an ultra limited "new" VHS edition, fitted in a custom designed hard shell light box.

On a small Midwestern college campus, female coeds are being hacked to pieces in a rash of gruesome slayings dubbed the “sorority house murders”. In each case, a body part is removed from the victim and a golden amulet bearing a dog’s head left on the corpse, leading Sheriff Wilbois to suspect the involvement of a canine god-worshiping “blood cult”. Determined to put an end to the carnage, the sheriff, with the aid of his daughter and her boyfriend Joel, sets about attempting to stop the blood cult before it succeeds in its grisly aims.

Marketed as the first movie made specifically for the home video market, 1985’s BLOOD CULT marked the first collaboration between husband and wife directing/producing duo Christopher and Linda Lewis and Tulsa-based executive producer Bill F. Blair, who together would go on to produce the Tom Savini-starring The Ripper as well as Revenge, the 1986 sequel to BLOOD CULT. Featuring copious scenes of gratuitous machete mutilation, Degausser Video is delighted to present this classic of the shot-on-video era - which famously publicized itself as having been “banned from two Midwestern campuses” - restored from its original master tape alongside a host of new and archival extras.

directed by: Christopher Lewis
starring: Juli Andelman, Charles Ellis, James Vance, Bennie Lee McGowan, Peter Hart, David Stice
1985 / 89 min / 1.33:1 / English 2.0 Stereo

Additional info:

  • Region Free Blu-ray
  • Newly transferred and restored from the earliest generation archival tape master
  • Brand new commentary track with producer Linda Lewis and author/film historian John Wooley
  • Archival commentary track with director Christopher Lewis, musical director Rod Slane and effects supervisor David Powell
  • "Dog Days" (16 min) - a new interview with producer Linda Lewis
  • "It's the Sizzle That Sells the Steak" (8 min) - a new interview with Bob Blair, VCI president and son of executive producer Bill F. Blair
  • "Making Blood Cult" (1 hour) - an archival documentary from 2012
  • Archival interview with director Christopher Lewis (12 min)
  • Archival interview with executive producer Bill F. Blair (12 min)
  • "The Appointment" (7 min) - an early short film produced by Bill F. Blair
  • Multiple original video trailers
  • Reversible sleeve artwork
  • English SDH subtitles