William Castle at Columbia Volume 2 (Region B*)

Type: New Blu-Ray

*REGION B (only Strait-Jacket is REGION B, the other three films are REGION FREE)



ZOTZ! (1962)





Release date: 17 December 2018

Limited Blu-ray Edition (UK Blu-ray premieres)


Renowned for his imaginative and eccentric marketing ploys, William Castle became synonymous with delivering lurid horror films backed-up by his trademark publicity gimmicks (‘Illusion-O’; ‘Percepto’; the ‘Punishment Poll’; ‘Fright Breaks’, etc.). WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA VOLUME TWO features four more weird and wonderful films from the outrageous showman’s illustrious career with Columbia Pictures, all presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras this collection is strictly limited to 6,000 units.



• High Definition remasters of all four films

• Original mono audio

• Alternative presentations of The Old Dark House – the black and white 1963 US theatrical presentation (87 mins); the cut-down A-certificate 1966 UK presentation (77 mins); and the complete uncut colour presentation (87 mins)

• Zotz! audio commentary by Diabolique Magazine’s editor-in-chief Kat Ellinger

• 13 Frightened Girls audio commentary by Daughters of Darkness’ Samm Deighan

• The Old Dark House audio commentary by celebrated horror and fantasy authors Kim Newman and Stephen Jones

• Strait-Jacket audio commentary film historians Lee Gambin and Emma Westwood

• Stephen Laws Introduces ‘Zotz!’ (2018): an appreciation by the acclaimed horror author

• Kim Newman on Ray Russell (2018): an appreciation of novelist and writer of Zotz! by the critic and author of Nightmare Movies

• 13 Frightened Girls: William Castle’s original 'The Candy Web' opening / closing 'Danger Card' messages

• 13 Frightened Girls: four alternativee opening sequences created for international release versions

• Jonathan Rigby on ‘The Old Dark House’ and ‘Strait-Jacket’ (2018): new appreciations by the author of American Gothic: Six Decades of Classic Horror Cinema

• ‘The Old Dark House’ in Eastmancolor (2018): Paul Frith, Senior Research Associate, School of Art, Media and American Studies at UEA discusses the film's cinematography

• Joan Had Me Fired! (2018): an interview with actor Anne Helm

• On the Road with Joan Crawford (2018): an interview with publicist Richard Kahn

• Battle-Axe: The Making of 'Strait-Jacket' (2007, 15 mins)

• Joan Crawford Wardrobe Tests (1964, 4 mins)

• Joan Crawford - Axe Test (1964, 1 min)

• How to Plan a Movie Murder (1964, 5 mins): star Joan Crawford, director William Castle and author Robert Bloch discuss making Strait-Jacket in this vintage piece

• Super 8 version of Strait-Jacket

• Isolated music & effects track on all four films

• Original theatrical trailers

• Strait-Jacket trailer commentary with David DeCoteau

• 13 Frightened Girls original UK trailer introduction

• Alternative 13 Frightened Girls 'The Candy Web' trailer

• Promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials

• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

• Limited Edition box set exclusive booklets for each film with new essays by Joe Jordan, Rachael Nisbet, James Oliver and John Oliver, archival interview materials, contemporary reviews and film credits

• World and UK premieres on Blu-ray

• Limited edition box set of 6,000 numbered units