25th Mar2019

88 Films to unleash ‘Pets and ‘Star Time’ on UK Blu!

by Phil Wheat

Formerly only available via import, 88 Films are set to release to exploitation “classics” on Blu-ray this June  24th- Pets, from director Raphael Nussbaum and Star Time, the magnum opus from writer/director Alexander Cassini. Full details and artwork for both release are below; and you can pre-order both films at the following links: Pets | Star Time.


Teenage Runaway Bonnie (Candice Rialson) has escaped the clutches of her controlling brother, only to become immediately embroiled in a twisted web of sexual manipulation. Initially convinced to aid in a carjacking, Bonnie is then taken in by a lecherous lesbian artist who hopes to groom her into a sapphic lover, only to have her plans thwarted by the perverse advances of a local gallery owner whose bizarre proclivities include the keeping of an unusual assortment of ‘pets.’ A truly unparalleled exploitation film viewing experience, Raphael Nussbaum’s PETS veers between moments of overwrought melodrama and jarring bouts of unhinged sleaze. Co-starring Ed Bishop (TV’s UFO), Joan Blackman (BLUE HAWAII), and Mike Cartel (RUNAWAY NIGHTMARE), and adapted from Nussbaum’s own stage play, 88 Films presents this drive-in classic newly restored from rare 35mm elements and on Blu-ray for the very first time.


  • Limited Edition O-Card slipcase [First Print Run Only]
  • Newly scanned and restored in 2k from multiple 35mm vault elements
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • “Brotherly Love” – an interview with Mike Cartel, actor and production assistant
  • Alternate “One Night Stand” title sequence
  • Archival still gallery
  • Trailer
  • Reversible cover



Henry Pinkle (Michael St. Gerard) lives for television. This world of make-believe consumes his every waking moment. But when his favorite show is canceled, Henry is driven over the edge and decides to commit suicide. Then he meets Sam Bones, a mysterious agent who promises Henry happiness and stardom if he follows his instructions, engulfing Henry in an increasingly downward spiral of brutality and murder… Hailed by The LA Times as an impressively ambitious and potent first feature, Alexander Cassini s STAR TIME is an angst-ridden study of violent psychosis and media obsession, pronounced by surrealist visuals and gory violence. Co-starring John P. Ryan (IT S ALIVE) and Maureen Teefy (FAME), 88 Films presents this unique art-house horror film on Blu-ray, newly restored from its original 35mm camera negative and presented in its never-before-on-home-video original director s cut.


  • Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
  • Commentary track with director Alexander Cassini
  • “Shooting Star Time” – interview with Cinematographer Fernando Argüelles
  • “The Great Performance” – a short film by Alexander Cassini
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • English SDH subtitles



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