As noted in the intro, New Line began its life as your average, everyday independent film distributor with re-releases of dubbed foreign films but it really found success in midnight screenings of cult movies.
Whilst Reefer Madness is fairly easy to enjoy as a comedy, the other three movies I want to cover are more of a gut-punch experience in different ways.
Reviewing the movie seems somewhat redundant (I'm certain every movie review site on the net has at least indicated an opinion about this one) so I'll just nod towards every rave review this film has ever gotten and say "Yeah, pretty much."
Though I'll always love Dawn of the Dead more. Just saying. The original is more of a gut punch, however. New Line handled the 1978 re-release, appropriately enough since Dawn came out the same year..
Unless I'm mistaken, New Line handled the re-releases in 1980, 1981 and 1983. They would also have the rights to the franchise starting with the third film and ending a few years ago.
*I wasn't able to actually watch this but I will cover one or two Waters flicks later on in the series.
New Line really made a good start for itself going this route. They would continue to pick and choose their stuff pretty carefully for the most part into the 80's, a practice that would eventually get them a decent degree of success.
Stay tuned for more New Line goodness.