13th Jun2024

Mike Mendez’s cult classic ‘Killers’ coming to Blu-ray

by Phil Wheat

In 1997, director Mike Mendez and co-writer/star Dave Larsen collaborated on the brutal, uncompromising and wickedly funny Killers, a movie that divided audiences at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival but then had a hard time finding an audience due to scattershot distribution. Having gained a cult following in the years since, Synapse Films is bringing Killers to Blu-ray in its complete, unrated director’s cut on October 8, 2024 to make Halloween 2024 more killer than ever!

Once upon a time, the James Brothers, Odessa (Dave Larsen) and Kyle (David Gunn), murdered their parents in their own beds. Now they’ve escaped from Death Row and are on the run on a stormy night, looking for a place to hide out. They invade the home of the Ryans, who seem like a typical American family and should be easy to control. But there’s something not quite right about this brood—the women seem more attracted than frightened by these notorious murderers in their house, and Dad (C.T. Miller) has secrets of his own. Things get violently out of hand as the James boys find the night not going as they expected…and there are even more surprises waiting in the basement!

The directorial debut of modern cult-favorite filmmaker Mike Mendez, Killers is a highly stylized crime/horror hybrid that also puts a darkly satiric spin on America’s obsession with violent perpetrators. After a brutal, hypnotic opening set to Iron Butterfly’s “In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida,” the script by lead actor Larsen and Mendez begins as a traditional hostage drama, before the twisted nature of the James brothers’ “hosts” starts to reveal itself. It all leads to eruptions of gunfire and gore, and a shocking finale that was toned down in previous releases; now it can be seen in its full uncut glory in the unrated director’s cut, available for the first time on Blu-ray in remastered high-definition!


  • Original unrated director’s cut scanned and restored by Multicom Entertainment Group
  • Audio commentary with director Mike Mendez and author/horror journalist Michael Gingold
  • Original promotional trailers
  • Alternate Ending
  • Liner notes by critic/writer Heather Drain

Released on October 8th, you can pre-order Killers now on Synapse Films website.


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