August is a horror graveyard. Even STD activity is in remission. The only genre releases worth any kind of note are almost entirely re-issues. Worse yet, they are all pointless re-issues. Mainstream releases are equally uninspiring, many of them existing on this guide solely to pad it out.
Oh well, I guess I’ll save some money in August…
I like the cover of Beneath, until I noticed the ‘MTV Presents’ logo. That can never be a good sign.
Bubba Ho-Tep kicks off the months’ set of reissues. It comes in a cool looking cover, but past that I’m not sure there are really any new features that mandate money. If you don’t already own the ‘Tep, this is the addition to buy, for obvious packaging reasons.
Disturbia slowly killed at the box office, and people kind of stopped noticing. It was in the US top 10 for two months and made 4 times its production budget. But you know what is the most surprising bit about those finances? It deserved every bit of it. Easily dismissed as a Rear Window knock off (even by me), Disturbia is one of those studio jobs that used its test audiences to fine tune its objectives. It redefines nothing, but is a perfect, inoffensive excuse for spending two hours in front of a screen. The HDDVD is one of the few purchases I’ll be making this month.
Halloween gets yet another cash-in re-issue from Anchor Bay, surely in anticipation of Zombies’. I love those guys, but this is out of control. Five releases and not a single one contains the new footage that was restored over a year ago. Fuck you, sir.
There are two Masters of Horror episodes shipping this month, neither of which I have anything to say about. Mick Garris’ Valerie on the Stairs and Tom Holland’s We all Scream for Ice Cream. Standard stuff, I’m sure.
Vacancy is another fairly successful thriller from a studio agenda. It didn’t have the same BO success, but it did what it was supposed to. No need to rush out and grab it, but it is worth a casual watch. Plus, Kate Beckinsale.
Perhaps the scariest thing to come out this month is David Lynch’s Inland Empire. Why? Because David Lynch scares the shit out of me.
Nothing worth talking about.
I saw that the first season of "Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction" was coming out. Not that the show was especially terrible or anything, but why would anyone want to pay money for this? It has to only be good for one watch, after that you know what is or isn’t fiction…
Something called Horrors of Malformed Men caught my eye. Good cover and a great title.
Season 1 of "Heroes" is available on DVD and HDDVD. It’s a decent show with a few really stand out episodes, but the beginning and end are both shabby. Unless you’re a die hard fan, just Netflix it if you want to see what the deal is.
Finally, and not just because it is the last on the list, a Masters of Horror Season 1 Box Set for $50ish. I’d of bought this without hesitation were it released from the beginning and not as the delayed cash-in it is. Not a chance I’ll shell out for the mediocrity now.