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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: BLU-RAY
  • SKU: AGFA-002
  • UPC: 760137996781
  • Street Date: 08/22/17
  • PreBook Date: 07/18/17
  • Label: AGFA »
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run Time: 84:00 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1980
  • Director: Dusty Nelson
  • Producers: John Harrison, Pasquale Buba
  • Actors: Tom Savini, Joe Pilato, John Harrison
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: NORTH AMERICA
  • Language: English


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A new 4K transfer of this snuff-fueled frightmare starring Tom Savini and Joe Pilato!

  • List Price: $29.95  
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Cobbled together with loose change by George Romero's friends, EFFECTS is a mesmerizing D.I.Y. frightmare that no one talks about, but everyone should. A group of coked-up filmmakers -- including Tom "DAWN OF THE DEAD" Savini, Joe "DAY OF THE DEAD" Pilato, and John "TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE" Harrison -- gather in Pittsburgh to make a slasher. As filming begins and "accidents" happen, it's clear that something isn't right. And no one can be trusted. Landing somewhere between SNUFF and a student film by John Carpenter, EFFECTS is a meta-enhanced takedown on the philosophy of horror that doubles as a sleazy and terrifying movie on its own.


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Bonus Materials

  • AFTER EFFECTS documentary with optional commentary track
  • UBU short film
  • BEASTIE short film
  • Archival commentary track with John Harrison, Dusty Nelson, and Pasquale Buba
  • Liner notes by Joseph A. Ziemba of AGFA and Bleeding Skull!
  • New 4K scan from the only 35mm theatrical print in existence

Sales Points

  • Features make-up effects by horror legend Tom Savini (Day of the Dead, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Creepshow).
  • Stars Joseph Pilato (Pulp Fiction, Day of the Dead), Susan Chapek (Lorenzo's Oil), John Harrison (Dune), Debra Gordon (Day of the Dead) and Tom Savini (From Dusk Til Dawn)
  • Producer / Editor Pasquale Buba went on to work on smash hit films including 'Heat', 'Gangs of New York', 'Day of the Dead', 'Creepshow', 'Monkey Shines' and many others!
  • One of the first films to screen at an early version of the Sundance Film Festival (then known as the 'US Film Festival').
  • Cult smash finally getting a definitive Blu-ray release with a new 4K scan from the only 35mm theatrical print known in existence!

Press Quotes

Effects has a fascinating genesis and its (tangential) link to Romero may afford it an audience it wouldn't otherwise have... AGFA is to be commended for bringing a cult item like this out.


A legendary snuff film gets the home video treatment it deserves. The attention is long overdue and well-deserved as Effects is a film far ahead of its time. It's a great little package for AGFA's second release.

     —Film School Rejects


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