Horror Dvd Releases for 10/25/2011
Man this week is stacked! At least 6 or 7 of these are worth watching if not outright purchasing. Let us know what you think of these releases. -Horrorphilia Jason
Wrong Turn 4 – The best sequel to the underrated original so far. It has blood, boobs and bad cgi. Early word was it was a so bad its good movie. It’s actually competently made and acted. After the first initial bloody sequence you do wait awhile before the carnage kicks in. Great practical effects mixed with some shoddy cgi. Still worth the watch. My review here.
A Serbian Film – One of the most controversial films in years. I personally think its a solid film with great acting, effects, music, etc… but others seem to have a different opinions. Read Chuck’s full review right here. A second opinion here.
Zombie – Blu Ray Double Disc Special Edition (Blue Underground) – I like Zombie, I understand it has some all time scenes but I don’t personally keep it in as high regards as Romero’s original trilogy or Return of the Living Dead. It sounds like Blue Underground went all out for this release. Read Chuck’s review here.
The House By The Cemetary – Blu Ray rerelease (Blue Underground) – Great music, atmosphere and some kick ass gore. Despite all of that I think it’s somewhere in the middle of Fulci’s filmography. He’s done much better (The Beyond, Don’t Torture A Duckling) but he’s also done worse. Be warned even though it’s been remastered and looks better than ever it’s still pretty grainy and not as clear a print as you might be expecting for blu ray. Chuck’s full review here.
Attack the Block – Another highly acclaimed movie that I enjoyed but I personally thought is a little overrated. Fantastic looking aliens but the action left me underwhelmed. Still worth a watch. Brandon’s review of it can be found here.
Atrocious – a Spanish found footage movie. Looks cool.
Rare Exports – My most anticipated flick this week I havent seen yet. Heard fantastic things about it.
Young Pietari lives with his stern reindeer-herding father Rauno in arctic Finland. On the eve of Christmas, an enormous excavation at a nearby mountain disturbs the locals and captures Pietari’s curiosity. When Rauno’s reindeer heard is mysteriously slain and the children in town go missing. Pietari realizes that the dig has unearthed the evil Santa Claus of local lore – who no one wants coming to town.
Pietari’s father rounds up a posse and captures the nightmarish creature in an attempt to sell him to the misguided leader sponsoring the dig. But Santa’s freakish elves will stop at nothing to free their fearless leader, and what ensues is a fantastically bizarre holiday adventure testing the bond of father and son and pitting man against mythology.Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a wildly original re-imagining of the most classic of all childhood fantasies and a darkly comic gem destined for perennial holiday viewing.
Mothman – I havent heard anything about it.
Desperate to put the horrific events of her past behind her, Katherine (Jewel Staite) relocate to Washington, D.C. after high school to become a journalist. Ten year late, she is summoned back to her hometown to cover the annual Mothman Festival. There she must face her estranged friends, and the life-altering drowning they covered up as high school seniors. The group begins to experience terrifying visions, and they soon figure out that the Mothman isn’t a mere fairy tale. . .and it was its revenge for their crime.
Island of Lost Souls – Haven’t seen it but it’s a criterion release so it may be good.
A twisted treasure from Hollywood’s pre-Code horror heyday, Island of Lost Souls is a cautionary tale of science run amok, adapted from H. G. Wells’s novel The Island of Dr. Moreau. In one of his first major movie roles, Charles Laughton is a mad doctor conducting ghastly genetic experiments on a remote island in the South Seas, much to the fear and disgust of the shipwrecked sailor (Richard Arlen) who finds himself trapped there. This touchstone of movie terror, directed by Erle C. Kenton, features expressionistic photography by Karl Struss, groundbreaking makeup effects that have inspired generations of monster-movie artists, and the legendary Bela Lugosi in one of his most gruesome roles.
The Green Monster – Ive heard both good and bad about this puppy. It sounds interesting.
In the vein of such ’80s camp classics as Motel Hell and Blood Diner, Edward X. Young (Mr. Hush) and Colleen Cohan (Sea Of Dust) star as the sadistic cannibalistic voodoo practicing husband and wife owners of a downtrodden convenience store. When local teens begin disappearing from the area it’s up to a group of high school kids to play Scooby Doo and find out whodunit. But when all signs point to Gerald’s Hungry Shack, our junior detectives realize that they’re going to need a strong mind, a stronger stomach and plenty of sharp weapons to combat the deadly duo behind the counter – and their large green dumpster out back, overflowing with dead teenagers.