For his first feature film, John Landis went all the way back to the very root of comedy. Slipping on a banana peel is a perennial joke, like the words chicken, pickle, Cucamonga and Seattle. It goes all the way back to caveman days. A limited 2,000 copies of Landis‘ cult horror comedy Schlock, which has been out of print for a long time, will be released in an exclusive dual-format mediabook Blu-ray/DVD worldwide-playable combo set on April 27th, 2018, according to Bloody Disgusting.
Landis, who directed Kentucky Fried Movie, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Coming to America, and An American Werewolf in London, was 22 years old when he made Schlock. He wrote, directed and played Schlockthropus, a prehistoric ape-man who wakes up after 20 million years and falls in love with a beautiful blind girl. Shlock references horror and science fiction classics like King Kong, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Frankenstein, and not-quite classics like Gorgo. The film even spends about five minutes watching the couple watch the Steve McQueen version of The Blob. Shlock also marked the first time Landis worked with makeup artist Rick Baker.
“A love stronger, and stranger, than KING KONG,” reads the official synopsis. “The long-slumbering banana monster Schlock wakes up after 20 million years and escapes from his cave, befriending a blind girl who thinks he’s a dog, and causes mass panic in the small town with a shocking bloody massacre setting the scene. Schlock tries to escape but the military is fast approaching…”
The high-definition release comes from Turbine Media Group and incudes an exclusive new introduction and interview with Landis, vintage audio commentary by Landis and Baker, and the original trailers and radio spots.
You can watch a trailer of the “ulimate cult comedy” here:
Schlock will hit shelves on April 27th, 2018.