So it’s been a few months since I’ve done a DVD guide. It got to the point where I had forgotten why I stopped doing them in the first place. They’re not the time consuming, really. Then I actually looked at the line-up for this month and instantly remembered. Horror has cycled back into a rut over the last few months. Few theatrical releases means that each week the shelves are packed with straight-to-video titles, and rarely the good kind.
EYEBORGS is not a Syfy original movie, though it’s got the ingredients to be one: human-killing robots and really only one notable, B-movie actor (Danny Trejo). BITTEN is also not a Syfy original, but it’s no stranger to the channel. I saw a good chunk of it on the network months ago and thought it was better than most Jason Mewes STV movies. But it also wasn’t that good if I couldn’t be bothered to watch the second half.
A Blu-ray double bill of DR. GIGGLES / OTIS surely signals that we’ve broken through the barrier of Blu-ray being a medium relegated to higher-end releases. The cost of mastering a Blu-ray just ain’t what it used to be, I ‘spose.
The best new release of the week is HANSEL & GRETEL, which really isn’t saying much. I actually reviewed this Korean retelling of the classic tale nearly two years ago, there’s a reason it took that long to come out in the US of A. It’s just not very good. The concept is awesome enough to make it worth a watch on Netflix, but that’s about it.
The only other new release of the week that I recognize is OUTBACK, a screener of which turned up at my doorstep about a week or so ago. I don’t know why it showed it up seeing as I never asked for it and I don’t usually deal with its distributor, so that was kind of strange, but oh well. I haven’t watched the whole thing yet, but the first few minutes were both bizarre enough to keep me interested and yet subpar enough to make me realize I wasn’t in the mood for low-budget horror at the time. I’ll be returning to it at some point, though.
I hated 2001 MANIACS. Absolutely hated it. That gross-out, fratboy horror humor has its fans, but I am rarely one. Unfortunately, 2001 MANIACS: FIELD OF SCREAMS looks even worse than the first one. I’ll be checking it out, but I expect it to be even less of the same since it no longer involves Robert Englund.
One of the rare times I do find myself being a fan of splatter-heavy horror happens to be Jake West’s EVIL ALIENS (review), which is available on Blu-ray this week. It’s certainly a gross movie, but it’s not malicious like 2001 MANIACS is, which I suppose is the reason I can get behind it. Worth a (drunken) watch.
I’ve only ever seen the pilot episode of BBC’s werewolf/ghost/vampire sitcom BEING HUMAN, which I thought was promising, but not all that great. I’ve heard good things, though, and I know that two of the main actors from the pilot were recast for the series, so maybe now I’ll catch up with it.
Joon-ho Bong’s thriller MOTHER comes out on DVD and Blu-ray this week, which is a must-buy for fans of Bong (MEMORIES OF MURDER, THE HOST), but I’d qualify that by saying it’s also not his best movie. The pacing is a bit strange, but it’s got a good story and, as with all Bong movies, it is absolutely gorgeous. (I haven’t seen this disc yet, but I did review the Korean Blu-ray a few months ago for Cinematical.) Accompanying MOTHER this week is Bong’s previously unreleased BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE. It’s the one Bong movie I haven’t seen – I don’t even know what it’s about – but I will definitely be picking it up.
Rounding out the best week of the month are two Roger Corman Blus, GALAXY OF TERROR and FORBIDDEN WORLD. I’ve seen neither, but Shout Factory have been doing a great service to their Corman catalog, so I expect these discs to be of equal caliber.
This is a strange week where I haven’t seen a single one of the horror movies hitting stores. To that end, I’ve got no recommendations, so I’ll just list ’em.
But, since I don’t want to go out on such an uninformed note, I will point out that if you are even remotely a fan of martial arts movies, you absolutely must check out IP MAN. Movie is baaaad ass.
Tags: 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams, Assault on Precinct 13, Atomic Brain, Barking Dogs Never Bite, Being Human, Bitten, Dr. Giggles, Evil Aliens, Eyeborgs, Forbidden World, Galaxy of Terror, Gamera vs. Barugon, God of Vampires, Hansel & Gretel, Hunter Prey, Ip Man, Killer Car, Lights Camera Dead, Live Evil, Mother, Neighbor, Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated, Otis, Puppet Master Axis of Evil, Recycled Parts, Repo Men, Scream Girls, The Burnt House, The Familiar, The Outback, The Prowler, The Scarf