CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Weird Wisconsin: The Bill Rebane Collection (Limited Edition Bluray)

FROM THE WILDS OF WISCONSIN HE CAME…

Alien Invasions! Haunted Pianos! Sentient Monster Trucks! Arrow Video is proud to present the first ever collection of works by Bill Rebane, the epitome of an independent regional filmmaker who built his own studio in the wilds of Wisconsin. He acted for Hitchcock, he searched for the arms of the Venus De Milo, he turned a VW Beetle into a giant spider and he’s still at work today!

You can preorder HERE.

Bringing together six films, all new to Blu-ray and in brand new restorations, Weird Wisconsin: The Bill Rebane Collection packs in a mutant astronaut bothering blissful sunbathers (Monster A Go-Go), a contagion apocalypse as seen from the vantage point of a remote mountain cabin (Invasion from Inner Earth), deadly alien spores from the rocks of Mars (The Alpha Incident), rural gothic and outright horror (The Demons of Ludlow), an eccentric ‘body count’ movie (The Game) and a comedy smash-‘em up that pits three hillbilly stooges against a talking Monster Truck with artificial intelligence (Twister’s Revenge).

Loaded with new interviews and extras, this is an essential collection of features from one of America’s most tenacious outsider auteurs!

MONSTER A GO-GO!

American astronaut Frank Douglas returns to earth as a ten-foot-tall radioactive humanoid monster! Independent filmmaker Bill Rebane’s first attempt at a feature film began life as Terror At Halfday but was abandoned when funds ran dry. It was then bought by legendary exploitation pioneer Herschell Gordon Lewis who shot extra footage, added a voice over and released it to drive-ins as MONSTER A GO-GO! Rebane himself called it “the worst film ever made”, but it’ll still give you the wim-wams!

INVASION FROM INNER EARTH

In the Canadian wilderness a group of pilots listen to reports of planes crashing, cars stalling and a deadly plague gripping the planet. As it becomes clear that the Earth is amidst an invasion, they barricade themselves in a cabin in the woods and wait for impending doom.

THE ALPHA INCIDENT

A space probe returns from Mars carrying a deadly organism that could destroy all life on Earth! While being transported across country by train the micro-organism is accidentally released, resulting in the quarantine of an entire train station. Those trapped inside must wait for the government to find a cure while trying not to sleep, because that’s when the organism strikes!

THE DEMONS OF LUDLOW

The population of a small, quiet town prepares to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of its founding, but the town of Ludlow has a very dark past and when a piano arrives at auction, the ghosts its past return to seek retribution.

THE GAME (aka THE COLD)

Three bored millionaires gather nine people at an old mansion to play “The Game” … if they can meet and conquer their fears and they’ll receive a million dollars in cash. But all is not as it seems!

TWISTER’S REVENGE

An action-comedy-smash-‘em-up in which three bumbling criminals repeatedly attempt to steal the artificial intelligence control system of Mr. Twister, a talking Monster Truck.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Six Bill Rebane films, all newly restored from the best surviving film elements: Monster A Go-Go (1965), Invasion from Inner Earth (1974), The Alpha Incident (1978), The Demons Of Ludlow (1983), The Game (1984), Twister’s Revenge (1988)
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations on 4 Blu-ray discs
  • Original uncompressed mono audio for all films
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Straight Shooter, a multi-part interview with director Bill Rebane about the making and release of each film in the set
  • Who is Bill Rebane? A definitive brand new feature length documentary by historian and critic David Cairns, featuring contributions from filmmakers, fans, historians, critics, and the cast and crew who worked with Bill Rebane [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
  • Fully illustrated 60-page collector’s booklet featuring extensive new writing by historian and critic Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of Exploitation Independents [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
  • Reversible poster featuring newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
  • Reversible sleeves featuring newly commissioned artwork for each of the films by The Twins of Evil

DISC ONE – MONSTER A GO-GO + INVASION FROM INNER EARTH

  • Straight Shooter Part 1 and Part 2, two newly filmed interviews about the making of Monster A Go-Go and Invasion from Inner Earth with director Bill Rebane
  • Brand new interview with historian and critic Kim Newman about the films of Bill Rebane
  • Twist Craze, and Dance Craze, two early short films by Bill Rebane
  • Kidnap Extortion (1973), a newly restored industrial short directed by Bill Rebane
  • Stills and Promotional Gallery

DISC TWO – THE ALPHA INCIDENT + THE DEMONS OF LUDLOW

  • Straight Shooter Part 3 and Part 4, two newly filmed interviews about the making of The Alpha Incident and The Demons of Ludlow with director Bill Rebane
  • Rebane’s Key Largo, a brand new visual essay by historian and critic Richard Harland Smith
  • The Alpha Incident original trailer
  • The Demons of Ludlow original trailer
  • Stills and Promotional Gallery

DISC THREE – THE GAME + TWISTER’S REVENGE

  • Two presentations of The Game (aka The Cold) in 1.85 and 1.33 aspect ratio
  • Straight Shooter Part 5 and Part 6, two newly filmed interviews about the making of The Game and Twister’s Revenge with director Bill Rebane
  • Discovering Bill Rebane, brand new presentation by historian & critic Stephen R. Bissette about his personal connections with the films of Bill Rebane and their importance to regional film making in America
  • The Game original trailer
  • Twister’s Revenge original trailer
  • Stills and Promotional Gallery

DISC FOUR – WHO IS BILL REBANE? (2021) + BONUS

  • Who is Bill Rebane? Exclusive new feature length documentary by historian and critic David Cairns on the life and work of the Wisconsin auteur, featuring historians, critics, filmmakers, plus cast and crew members who worked with Bill Rebane
  • King of the Wild Frontier a new almost two-hour impassioned conversation with historian and critic Stephen R. Bissette about the films of Bill Rebane
  • Invasion from Inner Earth outtakes from the shoot
  • The Alpha Incident outtakes from the shoot
  • The Demons of Ludlow outtakes from the shoot
  • The Giant Spider Invasion original trailer
  • Gallery of Behind the Scenes stills
  • Stills and Promotional Galleries for the rest of Rebane’s filmography

Extras subject to change

Related Posts
Zillafoot hits Bluray

A UFO lands on Earth, unleashing a giant monster that is half lizard, half gorilla - Zillafoot! The monster rampages, decimating any military response and even awakening a strange dinosaur. Read more

Preview: Zack Snyder’s Justice League (Bluray)

In Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Bruce Wayne aligns forces recruiting a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. It will be released May Read more

Preview: Van Helsing Season 5 Ep. 2: Old Friends

In Van Helsing Season 5 Ep. 2: Old Friends, Jack joins forces with her once sworn enemy who reveals a dangerous weapon that will help the Van Helsings kill the Read more

Preview: Tezuka’s Barbara (Bluray)

One of Osamu Tezuka’s most adult and sexually-charged works, Barbara (1973-74) was originally serialized as a follow-up to Ayako (1972-73) in Big Comic from July 1973 to May 1974. Barbara Read more

Preview: Super 8 (10th Anniversary 4K Bluray)

J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg join forces in this extraordinary tale of youth, mystery and adventure. Super 8 tells the story of six friends who witness a train wreck while Read more

Preview: Power Rangers Dino Fury Ep. 8: Unexpected Guest

In Power Rangers Dino Fury Ep. 8: Unexpected Guest, Mick from Ninja Steel comes to Earth following the Nexus Prism and Zayto dismisses his quest as a distraction. After Mick Read more

Preview: Black Hammer Reborn #1

The Eisner Award-winning superhero saga returns in this ongoing series picking up twenty years later written by Jeff Lemire with new series artist Caitlin Yarsky. Now, it's twenty years later, Read more

Preview- Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Season 2 Ep. 11: Zoey’s Extraordinary Double Date

In Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist Season 2 Ep. 11: Zoey's Extraordinary Double Date, Zoey attempts to throw all her energy into her relationship, but things get complicated when a double date doesn’t Read more

Preview- Young Rock Ep. 9: A Lady Named Star Search

In Young Rock Ep. 9: A Lady Named Star Search it is Hawaii, 1982 and while Ata prepares for her Star Search audition, Rocky takes an unorthodox approach to helping Dewey Read more

Preview- The Night Of The Hunter (Criterion Collection UK Only Bluray)

The Night of the Hunter—incredibly, the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed—is truly a stand-alone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm fairy tale, it Read more

Founded Cult Faction in 2014. Some would describe him as a teacher, writer, dream weaver, and visionary... some would not...

%d bloggers like this: