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Mausoleum: Limited Edition - Blu-ray

You keep right on telling yourself there’s nothing wrong with Susan.  The glowing green eyes.  The high-pitched siren whenever she’s ‘”lit” and ready to go.  And then there is that mausoleum that is at the center of her family’s curse.  Strange things indeed are all up in this woman’s crawlspace and she is begging to share them with ANYONE.

Good googly woogly!  Director Michel Dugan’s EXCELLENT Mausoleum is open once again for visitors to pay their respects. 

And leave it to Vinegar Syndrome to provide us with a whole new appreciation for the natural wonders that make up actress Bobbie Bresee’s body.  This woman simply stuns in 4K as she shows exactly what one should do when forced to share her body with a demon. 

"this film ROCKS the holy right out of the house this holiday season."


From the nudity to the demonic make-up effects, this film ROCKS the holy right out of the house this holiday season.  Prepare your decorations accordingly; just make sure there are no rocking chairs in your house.  Like at ALL.  Because Susan, late at night, loves to sit in them and rock, rock, rock away her good looks, trading them for some real frightfully AWFUL horns and a pointed chin.

Newly scanned and restored in 4K from its 35mm camera negative, Mausoleum and its cast – including Marjoe Gortner, Norman Burton, and LaWanda Page – are back from the other side of the Video Nasty panic and this time, thanks to the restored transfer, they are here to stay.

Mausoleum is a film that is so entirely spooky and atmospheric that it will keep you up at night.  The pacing – after seeing what happens to the poor humans who stumble upon Susan’s secret – will not end anytime soon.  The evil presence within her makes for some honest to god “strange shit” to go down in her house. 

And, as it begins with a visit to the neon-lit Mausoleum at the center of this possession, we get some great atmosphere right from the beginning.  The shadows!  My god, pay attention to the shadows!  Something EVIL lurks there and, because it will not be denied, it is all about taking one female after another in this family lineage; the firstborn daughters are damned.

Mausoleum: Limited Edition - Blu-ray

Eventually convinced that whatever is eating at Susan is otherworldly and damned demonic – making Linda Blair in The Exorcist look like Barney the Dinosaur – she is assisted by only two people in her life.  One is her psychologist, who witnesses her full-on psychotic break for himself and still manages to kiss her goodbye, and the other is her husband. 

With only a crown of thorns as the weapon of choice here, it will take more than two men to put out the green light emanating from her eyes.  This girl is on fire!  And it is not just because of all the sexy lingerie that she wears either, seducing all manner of men who come to the house.  From the landscaping delivery boy to the gardener, no one is safe from her piercing allure. 

You too can have seriously demented fun with gardening tools!  Yeah!  Mausoleum is now available on blu-ray through Vinegar Syndrome.

5 beers

Mausoleum: Limited Edition - Blu-ray

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
96 mins
Director
: Michael Dugan
Writer:
Robert Barich, Robert Madero
Cast:
Marjoe Gortner, Bobbie Bresee, Norman Burton
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
Centuries of Evil Have Just Awakened.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Great googily moogily!"
Theatrical Distributor:
Motion Picture Marketing
Official Site:
Release Date:
May 13, 1983
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
November 23, 2018
Synopsis: The Nomed Family has been the victim of an ancient curse in which the first born daughter of each generation has gone violently mad and then suspiciously dies. No one can explain the Nomed madness, but some say it’s because of the possession of a terrible demonic force. By way of an unnatural urge during her Mother’s funeral, Susan entered her family’s mausoleum, and ever since an evil presence has been lurking inside of her, waiting for a chance to come out. Now an adult, something is hiding inside Susan’s body, coming out to grotesquely murder anyone who comes too close to uncovering her terrifying secret.

Mausoleum: Limited Edition - Blu-ray

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Limited Edition Slipcover

Home Video Distributor: Vinegar Syndrome
Available on Blu-ray
- November 23, 2018
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; Two-disc set (1 BD-50, 1 DVD); DVD copy
Region Encoding: Region-free playback

Mausoleum is presented on blu-ray thanks to a 4k restoration from the original camera negative.  Black levels go deeper than ever before and lines are thick.  The special effects are all practical and drip with nice details, great depth, and even stronger representation than I remember from back in the day.  The picture is clear and the blood spatter – especially on the phone – is so rippled with juicy details that you can just feel the stickiness.  The fabrics of the clothing and the textures in the furniture are all present with great punctuated clarity.  The sound, including Jamie Mendoza-Nava’s orchestral score, are presented in a strong DTS-HD track.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

With a limited edition slipcover designed by Gary Pullin, Vinegar Syndrome’s release of Mausoleum screams with an energy long since missing from its debut.  This release is a collector’s wet dream.  Fan get a video interview with FV makeup artist John Carl Buechler, a trailer, multiple TV spots, and a promotional still gallery.

  • Making Monsters
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery

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