Saturn's Core

The Tortured Soul Trilogy

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This listing is for the standard edition Blu-ray. The limited edition slipcover (designed by Hayden Hall and Brian Mattoni) was limited to 1,000 units and is sold out. The two versions are identical, aside from the slipcover.

Saturn's Core Audio & Video is a New Jersey based home video label devoted to releasing underground oddities and shot on video cinema on VHS, and now, blu-ray discs! In partnership with OCN Distribution, Saturn's Core will exhume forgotten or under-seen genre cinema from the 80s and 90s, with an emphasis on SOV horror features. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing this diverse and unique home video line!

A scarcely seen and distributed regional SOV slasher saga, the Tortured Soul trilogy is the masterwork of legendary Minneapolis, Minnesota filmmaking madman Michael W. Johnson (Serial Killer Massacre, Blood Kiss, Tales From The Cannibal Side), whose features were notorious for pushing the boundaries of extreme violence and graphic sexual content far beyond that of his ‘90s SOV contemporaries. Featuring performances by horror legend Kyra Schon (Night of the Living Dead), scream queen Stephanie Beaton (Eyes of the Werewolf, The Evilmaker), & AVN nominated porn starlet Avy Scott, Saturn’s Core is proud to present the first ever, director’s approved release of the Tortured Soul trilogy; freshly packed with an abundance of new and archival special features. It’s our most exhaustive and comprehensive set to date with over 9 hours of content spread across 2 fully-loaded Blu-Ray discs!

In Tortured Soul (1992), a psychotic cannibalistic serial killer named Stevie and his equally demented, dim-witted brother Ike are terrorizing Minnesota’s Twin Cities; savagely eviscerating nude young women in their homes and devouring their remains. When an innocent cyclist is kidnapped and murdered, her vengeful boyfriend Mike Hamilton (Michael W. Johnson) becomes determined to track down the killers and exact a bloody vengeance of his own.

In Tortured Soul II: Ike & Mike (1994), the stocking-clad killer Ike returns and continues his murderous rampage! Goaded even further into insanity by the spectral voice of his deceased brother Stevie, Ike begins slaughtering the family and friends of his nemesis Mike; culminating in a barbaric creekside fight to the death!

In Tortured Soul 3: The Willing Flesh (2004), a buxom criminology student (Stephanie Beaton) attempts to interview Mike for her thesis on the Black River slayings. As the pair becomes romantically entangled, the murder of nubile females begins anew. Is Ike still alive? Is there a copycat killer on the loose? Or was it all just the hallucination of a delusional, psychotic mind?

directed by: Michael W. Johnson
starring: Michael W. Johnson, Stephanie Beaton, Kyra Schon, Kevin K. Smith, Avy Scott
1992-2004 / 204 min (combined) / 1.33:1 / English DTS-HD MA 2.0

Additional info:

  • Region Free Blu-ray
  • English SDH subtitles

Disc #1

Tortured Soul (1992 / 52 min.)

  • New & archival introductions by writer / director Michael W. Johnson
  • Audio commentary with writer / director Michael W. Johnson
  • “Capturing the Underbelly of America”: New 2023 featurette with writer / director Michael W. Johnson

Tortured Soul 2: Ike & Mike (1994 / 79 min.)

  • Audio commentary with writer / director Michael W. Johnson
  • “God Forbid….Tortured Soul 2!”: New 2023 featurette with writer / director Michael W. Johnson
  • Archival cast party & outtakes
  • Trailer

Disc #2

Tortured Soul 3: The Willing Flesh (2004 / 73 min.)

  • Audio commentary with writer / director Michael W. Johnson
  • “Everything Old is New Again”: New 2023 featurette with writer / director Michael W. Johnson
  • “Meat’s Meat…and Man’s Gotta Eat” -Michael W. Johnson’s 1990 SOV cannibal themed short film (36 min.)
  • “The Smell of Death” -Michael W. Johnson’s 1991 SOV zombie themed short film (45 min.)
  • Michael W. Johnson memorabilia tour
  • Nightmare Productions trailer vault
  • “Ike, Mike, Slashes, & Strikes”: a 28 page booklet featuring rare archival material plus new writings by author Vincent Albarano (Aesthetic Deviations: A Critical View of American SOV Horror), film journalist Art Ettinger (Ultra Violent), & writer / filmmaker Johnny Dickie (Slaughter Tales)