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TV star Mary Page Keller (Pretty Little Liars) appears alongside Andrew Stevens (10 to Midnight, The Fury) as a couple terrorised by an age-old curse in this much-underrated late-80s offering from director Richard Friedman.

Keller plays Kate Christopher, a singer who moves into an old colonial mansion with her son and psychologist boyfriend David (Stevens). But when they make a strange and gruesome discovery in the boarded-up attic, it soon becomes clear that the mansion carries with it a dark and blood-stained past – and one that is about to terrorise them in the present.

The second feature helmed by Richard Friedman, who went on to direct such genre favourites as Doom Asylum and Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge, Scared Stiff (AKA The Masterson Curse) builds to an astonishing practical FX-laden climax sure to please fans of 80s horror.

Special Features

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  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
  • Original uncompressed Stereo audio
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with director Richard Friedman, producer Dan Bacaner and film historian Robert Ehlinger
  • Mansion of the Doomed: The Making of Scared Stiff – brand new documentary featuring interviews with Richard Friedman, Dan Bacaner, Robert Ehlinger, actors Andrew Stevens and Joshua Segal, special effects supervisor Tyler Smith and special effects assistants Jerry Macaluso and Barry Anderson
  • Brand new interview with composer Billy Barber
  • Image Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by James Oliver

studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
84 minutes
Certificate:
18
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Richard Friedman
Actor:
Andrew Stevens

Mary Page Keller

Joshua Segal
Subtitle Languages:
English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
1987
Region:
A

B

C

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Arrow Video - Join the Cult!

TV star Mary Page Keller (Pretty Little Liars) appears alongside Andrew Stevens (10 to Midnight, The Fury) as a couple terrorised by an age-old curse in this much-underrated late-80s offering from director Richard Friedman.

Keller plays Kate Christopher, a singer who moves into an old colonial mansion with her son and psychologist boyfriend David (Stevens). But when they make a strange and gruesome discovery in the boarded-up attic, it soon becomes clear that the mansion carries with it a dark and blood-stained past – and one that is about to terrorise them in the present.

The second feature helmed by Richard Friedman, who went on to direct such genre favourites as Doom Asylum and Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge, Scared Stiff (AKA The Masterson Curse) builds to an astonishing practical FX-laden climax sure to please fans of 80s horror.

Special Features

g: 4px 0 6px;">Special Features

  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
  • Original uncompressed Stereo audio
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with director Richard Friedman, producer Dan Bacaner and film historian Robert Ehlinger
  • Mansion of the Doomed: The Making of Scared Stiff – brand new documentary featuring interviews with Richard Friedman, Dan Bacaner, Robert Ehlinger, actors Andrew Stevens and Joshua Segal, special effects supervisor Tyler Smith and special effects assistants Jerry Macaluso and Barry Anderson
  • Brand new interview with composer Billy Barber
  • Image Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by James Oliver

studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
84 minutes
Certificate:
18
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Richard Friedman
Actor:
Andrew Stevens

Mary Page Keller

Joshua Segal
Subtitle Languages:
English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
1987
Region:
A

B

C

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‘Scared Stiff’ will freak your brains out!’

Before bloodily unleashing the gallopingly gruesome, bone saw-slashing SPFX gross-out ‘Doom Asylum’, director Richard Friedman fearfully formulated his visually gut-punching, reality-spinning, ‘Scared Stiff’ aka ‘The Masterson Curse’ (1986) which breathed newly fetid life into the historical horror staple of ancient, Hoodoo-voodoo-bug-a-boo curse which benightedly befalls the unaware young couple who have only just recently moved into a rather grand 19th century property whose musty, boarded-up secret room comes fully furnished with its very own en-suite, 24/7 hyper-actively hallucinatory haunting! Not long after handsome Dr. David Young (Andrew Stevens), pretty pop star Kate Christopher (Mary Page Keller) and her young son Jason (Josh Segal) have moved into their new home when the macabre discoveries unveiled within the cob-webbed attic begin to greatly disturb the rather sensitive nature of singer Kate and before long she appears adamant that these openly threatening, music-spawned manifestations of an ancient evil originated from a demonstrably more twisted source than her over fertile imagination! This enjoyably creaky yarn owes much to the lurid Amicus portmanteau shockers of the 70s, and by adding some suitably grisly grist from vintage E.C Comics ‘Tales from the Crypt’ , ‘Scared Stiff’ appears to be sliced n’ diced from the very same mouldering celluloid as similarly gooey fare from vintage horror’s more theatrical past. The plot adheres to an enjoyably pulpy Gothic formula, whereby a great and grievous misfortune shall befall any poor souls that deign to find solace in the malefic Masterson house, all its inhabitants fated to be relentlessly assailed by psychedelic, supernaturally inclined monstrosities, imagined no less heinously than those described by Poe or Lovecraft! ‘Scared Stiff’ is far from being an 80s anachronism, seen today, Friedman’s strongly themed, roller-coaster rapid descent into mind-tripping, spook-raddled delirium has much to recommend it, our two photogenic protagonists gruesomely overwhelmed by this pitilessly malevolent maelstrom of black magic madness is given fearsome verisimilitude with the engagingly off-kilter, brain-boggling kaleidoscope of vividly eye-stalking, glass ceiling-crashing, sensationally special FX make-up by Tyler K. Smith, ‘Scared Stiff’ is guaranteed to give fear fans a fright to remember!

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