Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz – Blu-ray box set

Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz is a limited edition Arrow Video Blu-ray box set  comprised of three movies by Spanish filmmaker José Larraz, all newly-restored in 2K from original film elements, plus a swathe of extras and an eighty-page perfect bound book.

The Blood Hunger box set is released on March 25th (UK) and 26th (USA), 2019.

Details:

One of the most underrated and oft-neglected genre filmmakers of his generation, Spanish-born director José Ramón Larraz (Symptoms) finally receives his due with this collection of his work, the first of its kind, bringing together a fascinating cross-section of films from the first half of his lengthy cinematic career.

In Larraz’ debut feature, the hitherto ultra-rare Whirlpool (1970), Vivian Neves stars as Tulia, a young model invited to a photographer s secluded country home for what purports to be a quiet weekend retreat. However, it soon transpires to be anything but. Whirpool features a soundtrack score by Italian composer Stelvio Cipriani.

Vampyres (1974) – perhaps the best known and most widely-released of all José Larraz’ films – sees a duo of blood hungry female vampires prowling the British countryside, from where they lure unsuspecting male motorists back to their imposing, dilapidated mansion for draining… in more ways than one.

Meanwhile, in The Coming of Sin (La visita del vicio, 1978), a young gypsy girl experiences a violent inner awakening as her dreams of a young man on horseback become reality.

By turns terrifying, artful and scandalous, these three films collected here – all newly restored from original film elements, with Whirlpool and The Coming of Sin making their Blu-ray world premieres – collectively offer film fans a unique perspective on the fascinating, highly-varied career of one of the horror genre’s most overlooked auteurs.

Limited Edition Contents:

  • Three films from José Ramón Larraz: WhirlpoolVampyres and The Coming of Sin, all newly-restored in 2K from original film elements
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing for all features
  • Newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  • 80-page perfect bound book featuring new writing by Jo Botting, Tim Greaves and Vanity Celis

Whirlpool:

  • Original US Theatrical Cut
  • Brand new audio commentary by Tim Lucas
  • Obsessive Recurrence: The Early Films of José Larraz – author and critic Kim Newman reflects on the recurring themes and underlying obsessions linking together the early productions of José Larraz
  • A Curious Casting – actor Larry Dann (Ghost Story; The Body Stealers) on the strange story behind his casting in Whirlpool
  • Deviations of Whirlpool – featurette comparing the differences between the US Theatrical Cut and a previously circulated, alternate cut of the film
  • Archival interview with José Larraz
  • Image Gallery
  • Trailer

Vampyres:

  • Brand new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger
  • Brand new interviews with producer Brian Smedley-Aston (The House on Straw Hill) actors Marianne Morris, Anulka Dziubinska, Brian Deacon, Sally Faulkner, makeup artist Colin Arthur and composer James Kenelm Clarke (also director of The House on Straw Hill)
  • Reimagining Vampyres – a brand new interview with Larraz’ friend and collaborator Victor Matellano, director of the 2015 Vampyres remake
  • Archival interview with José Larraz
  • Jose Larraz and Marianne Morris Q&A at 1997 Eurofest
  • Image Gallery
  • Trailers

The Coming of Sin:

  • Spanish and English language versions of the feature
  • Brand new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger
  • Variations of Vice: The Alternate Versions of The Coming of Sin – Exploitation expert Marc Morris (Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide) on the strange and scandalous release history of José Larraz’s most censored film
  • Remembering Larraz author and filmmaker Simon Birrell shares his memories José Larraz
  • His Last Request (2005, 27 mins) – short film by Simon Birrell
  • Archival interview with José Larraz
  • Image Gallery
  • Trailer

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