“With restoration work that is second to none and special features that are produced with love and passion Severin puts out some of the best physical media on the market.” – Bloody Disgusting
“From Jess Franco softcore to American Mondo docs, Severin Films has proven time and again to be some of the realest experts in the business.” – Birth.Movies.Death.
“Severin Films are well on their way to becoming the greatest indie label of all time.” – BlogCritics.org
Severin Films is the foremost independent studio dedicated to rescuing, restoring and releasing the works of Oscar nominees and cult icons alike for Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms. Founded in 2006 by David Gregory, Carl Daft and John Cregan, the Los Angeles-based company features a library of 250+ films and television projects, as well as an international team of the industry’s most skilled and devoted genre experts. “World cinema speaks many languages,” says Severin co-founder David Gregory, “some whisper and others scream, but all deserve to be heard. From the obscure to the infamous, from the grindhouse to the arthouse, from the thought-lost to the proudly resurrected, Severin is committed to uplifting the most provocative voices in entertainment.”
The Severin catalog includes projects by iconic filmmakers Alejandro Jodorowsky, Roman Polanski, Just Jaeckin, Dario Argento, Patrice Leconte, Mike Leigh, Walerian Borowczyk, Lucio Fulci, Richard Stanley, Sergio Martino and Joe D’Amato; classics of Blaxploitation, Ozploitation and Nunsploitation, groundbreaking Filipino, Indonesian & Soviet horror, American drive-in indies, controversial documentaries, renowned UK comedies, and the industry’s most formidable collection of Italian gialli, cannibal, zombie, erotic thrillers and ‘80s action hits. Along the way, Severin has elevated the oeuvres of such fringe auteurs as Bruno Mattei, Frederick Friedel, Claudio Fragrasso, Umberto Lenzi, Al Adamson, and Goya-Award winner – and Severin patron saint – Jess Franco.
Daft and Gregory met in middle school in their native Nottingham, England and by their early twenties had launched the VHS/DVD label Exploited, whose initial releases – including Todd Phillips’ HATED and Bob Clark’s DEATHDREAM – quickly became popular titles of the post ‘Video Nasties’ era. In 2001, Exploited’s attempt to release an uncut edition of Wes Craven’s LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT ignited controversy when The British Board Of Film Classification demanded the film be censored. Daft, by then a practicing lawyer, immediately filed a series of landmark appeals. More than a generation later, the case remains a global flashpoint for cinema’s anti-censorship movement.
As Blue Underground UK, the pair began producing acclaimed featurettes for international DVDs such as DON’T LOOK NOW, REPULSION, BADLANDS, TOMMY and THE DEER HUNTER. In 2002, the pair lent the company name to the Los Angeles based Blue Underground for whom Gregory produced top-selling Special Editions that included THE MONDO CANE COLLECTION, THE ALAN CLARKE COLLECTION, THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE and DJANGO, as well as directing the IFC Original documentary THE SPAGHETTI WEST. In 2006, Gregory, Daft and Blue Underground U.S. editor John Cregan formed Severin Films, taking their name from the protagonist of Sacher-Masoch’s novel Venus In Furs.
Severin’s most popular titles have included Peter Medak’s startling ghost story THE CHANGELING starring George C. Scott; Penelope Spheeris’ serial killer shocker THE BOYS NEXT DOOR starring Maxwell Caulfield and Charlie Sheen; Enzo Castellari’s INGLORIOUS BASTARDS with Bonus Materials featuring Quentin Tarantino; Just Jaeckin’s uncut erotic adventure GWENDOLINE; the epic prequel ZULU DAWN starring Peter O’Toole, Burt Lancaster and Bob Hoskins; Alejandro Jodorowsky’s masterpiece SANTA SANGRE, the Richard Burton/Richard Harris/Roger Moore mercenary saga THE WILD GEESE; midnight movie sensation BIRDEMIC; legendary ‘60s Soviet horror fable VIY; the acclaimed BBC nuclear war thriller THREADS, ‘70s UK folk-horror favorite THE BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW, Buddy Giovinazzo’s ‘80s indie bombshell COMBAT SHOCK; and the restored Director’s Cut of Alex de la Iglesia’s PERDITA DURANGO starring Javier Bardem, Rosie Perez and James Gandolfini.
Severin’s webstore, YouTube Channel – which features rare trailers, exclusive release promos & The Severin Cellar – and its annual Super-Shock Pop-Up Film Festival all remain popular genre fan destinations. Their subsidiary label Intervision is dedicated to eclectic ‘80s softcore favorites, shot-on-video triumphs and regional rarities. And in 2019, the company launched the children’s label Severin Kids to release such generation-scarring classics as THE PEANUT BUTTER SOLUTION and WHEN THE WIND BLOWS.
Severin has produced feature films that include PLAGUE TOWN and THE THEATRE BIZARRE, as well as the award-winning documentaries BLOOD & FLESH: THE REAL LIFE & GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON and LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU. In 2019, Gregory co-produced Stanley’s comeback hit THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE. Severin also produces international projects for companies that include Second Sight UK, Kino Lorber, Shout! Factory, Umbrella Australia, Arrow Video, The British Film Institute and The Criterion Collection.
David Gregory – Co-Founder / President
Carl Daft – Co-Founder / Secretary
Gary Hertz – Creative / Marketing
Nicole Mikuzis – Production Coordinator
Andrew Furtado – Post Production Supervisor
Josh Johnson – Public Relations / Social Media
Jason Duron – Director of E-Commerce and Merchandising
Amanda Duron – E-Commerce / Technical Consultant
Zach Carter – Featurette Editor / QC
Crystal Carter – Artist
Kier-La Janisse – Featurette Producer / Editor
Jamie Lockhart – Editor