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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: MVD10732BR
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • UPC: 760137107323
  • Street Date: 09/27/22
  • PreBook Date: 08/23/22
  • Label: Wild Eye Releasing »
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run Time: 116 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 2019
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: NORTH AMERICA
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •       Ricky Kasso as Self
  •       Jim Van Bebber as Self
  •       Tommy Turner as Self
  •       Brendan B. Brown as Self
  •       David Breskin as Self
  • Director: Dan Jones, Jesse P. Pollack


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The Acid King [Collector's Edition]

The true story of Ricky Kasso and the crime that launched the nation's "Satanic Panic" during the summer of 1984.

The Acid King [Collector
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Directors Dan Jones and Jesse P. Pollack dig beneath the lurid books and scare tactic media coverage to tell the definitive true story of Ricky Kasso, an American teenager who murdered his friend, Gary Lauwers, in an alleged "Satanic sacrifice" during the summer of 1984 in Long Island New York. That crime, and the public and media treatment of the event, helped birth the brief but dangerous 'satanic panic' of mass hysteria which gripped the United States in the 1980s and 90s. Based on the best-selling book The Acid King, by Jesse P. Pollack and published by Simon & Schuster. This Special Edition Blu-ray features hours of additional bonus content that takes you deeper into the film and the true crime case that inspired it.


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Bonus Materials

  • Cast and Crew Commentary
  • Behind The Scenes Documentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Unresolved Podcast episode
  • Extended Interviews
  • Behind the Scenes Image Gallery
  • Crime Scene Gallery
  • Bonus Trailer: Lucifer's Satanic Daughter
  • Scene Selection
  • Closed Captions
  • Trailers

Sales Points

  • For fans of: Sons of Sam, The Night Stalker, Fall River, Demonic, Paradise Lost, Hail Satan?
  • Features iconic cult filmmaker Jim Van Bebber (Deadbeat At Dawn, My Sweet Satan)
  • Very popular true crime subject matter that is the focus of books, television.
  • High production values, reenactments and archive footage.
  • Features local interviewees and associates of the people involved in the original case.
  • Documents the birth of the 'satanic panic' that gripped the USA in the 1980s and led to upheavals in music, film and television.
  • Similar/ connected titles currently trending on Netflix, Hulu, Epix (Sons of Sam,The Night Stalker, Fall River)

Press Quotes

This blew our fucking minds! THE ACID KING is right up there with the PARADISE LOST films!

     —Dread Central

An absolute must-see! The definitive film on Ricky Kasso!


The Acid King is a film that needs to exist about a man who shouldn't have existed and a myth that should not have been created by an insatiable media and delusional religious fervor in the first place...

     —B&S About Movies

Their work is thorough and the case they build convincing.


A fantasitc documentary.. fully recommended. 8 out of 10.

     —Geek Legion of Doom

'The Acid King' is shocking, disturbing, and strangely moving.

     —Screen Comment

...keeps the audience at the edge of their seats with a truly well-conceived true story.

     —Research My Trash

...makes us feel for the lives impacted by the moment.


This is required viewing of the highest priority for everybody. Right now.

     —Film Threat


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