April 2009 Horror DVD and Blu-ray List.


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April 7th

I was hoping this new release of DOG SOLDIERS would make me finally own a Neil Marshal film as I’m a sucker for ‘Steelbook Packaging’, but I’ll hold out for the Blu-ray in May.  Also coming from England is Magnet Releasing’s DVD drop of DONKEY PUNCH.  Despite getting a lot of coverage on genre sites, including yet another mention right this second, DONKEY PUNCH is not a horror movie by any stretch.  It may even be a farther stretch to say it is a good movie.  It stretches thin before long, but, hey, how can you not talk about a movie about conflict on a yacht after a girl is accidentally killed by the titular sex act?

My most anticipated title of the week is VINYAN from THE ORDEAL (review) director Fabrice Du Welz.  VINYAN received mixed reviews across outlets, but that’s not enough to hold me back from it.  THE ORDEAL was, understandably, a divisive film itself, though hopefully I’ll once again land in Du Welz’s corner.

Rounding out the month are several straight-to-DVD titles I know nothing of: DISTURBED, HOUSE, BLED, DARK SECRETS, and THE DEATH FACTORY BLOODLETTING (Holy Trying Title, Batman!).

Only Blu this week is FINAL DESTINATION.  Considering my original DVD of the franchise starter went AWOL years ago, I may just pick this up.


April 14th

Ah, a spacer week.  SPLINTER (review) could have been a magnificent Indie, instead I find it a frustrating watch.  It has great energy and a nice hook, but it has fallen victim to the unfortunate mindset that shaky cam is scary – and SPLINTER takes shaky cam to whole new levels at nearly every moment that it should be rock steady.  Enough people love the flick, though, that you may want to consider it a rental.  It is also the only horror title this week out on Blu.

A trio of late ’80s flicks gang together this week under the banner of ‘The Lost Collection’; MY BEST FRIEND’S A VAMPIRE, REPOSSESSED, SLAUGHTER HIGH.  Also out is SUMMER SCHOOL, which is not a remake of the 1987 flick starring cinema’s greatest Leatherface fans which I taped off HBO as a kid and watched obsessively and that would have fit in perfectly with this Lost Collection business.

Ending out the week is THE TELLING, which stars a bunch of Playboy models and will be exactly what you expect: nice cleavage, terrible acting.


April 21st

LAID TO REST scored the Fangoria cover recently, which is either a quality endorsement or a sign that Fango had nothing better in the publicity stills department.  Whatever the case, it’s one of the more interesting titles of the month.  Hopefully buzz proves true and LAID TO REST is more than a low-budget slasher.

The most interesting title of April, however, is J. T. Petty’s THE BURROWERS.  I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve heard nothing but great things about this period piece horror most easily reduced to TREMORS as a Western.  Nevermind that TREMORS 4 was, well, TREMORS as a Western.  I’ll be putting in my pre-order once I finish this list.

Filling out the straight-to-DVDs of the week is SAM’S LAKE followed by the 70′s flick I DISMEMBER MAMA, neither of which I know anything about.  I have, however, seen GHOST TRAIN.  Not this R1 US release, mind you, but the original Japanese film is nothing special.

Filling out the catalog reissues is a sweet looking HELLRAISER box set.  I wish the whole package was available on Blu, but it looks like only the first will be.  Also on Blu-ray is THE ARRIVAL, a strictly mediocre movie that I loved as a kid.  May pick it up out of pure nostalgia.

Oh, and for the BSG fans out there willing to give it a shot, the pilot for CAPRICA is out on DVD this week as well.  I was a huge BSG fan (still am even after the lackluster finale), but I’m rather indifferent to the prospect of this new series.  Thanks to a generous friend, though, I actually have this DVD sitting on my desk right now.  I might give it a watch this week and report back if people are interested.  The series itself won’t even air until next year, I believe, so there isn’t exactly a rush to get through it.


April 28th

Huh, just noticed it took four weeks for us to get the only major studio horror title of April; the DVD and BRD release of THE UNINVITED.  I missed this in theaters.  Well, missed it in so much as I never bothered to see it.  I’ll review it on Blu, though.  The original TALE OF TWO SISTERS was, despite being a logic mess, was incredibly effective.  Unfortunately we all know how the studio system works.

It is this very system that helps forecast why S. DARKO won’t be anything to get worked up over.  Someone has to make money off of DONNIE DARKO, though, and this is the result.  To be honest I don’t even know if this is a sequel or a prequel and I don’t care enough to look it up. As Goss points out, S. DARKO was bumped to May.

Plenty has been said of MARTYRS so I merely point you once again to my review.

Unknown quantities of the week: THE SHE-BEAST, THE CENTERFOLD GIRLS, PSYCHOS IN LOVE, ONE EYED MONSTER (Uh, Ron Jeremy and Amber Benson?).  Rounding out the month is WHILE SHE WAS OUT, a solid dame-in-distress flick definitely worth checking out from the library.

Oh, and JCVD comes out as well.  Obviously not horror, but I feel like if you’re the kind of person who reads this site, so you’ve probably heard tale of JVCD elsewhere.  I wish it had a more vibrant color palette, but that may be my biggest complaint.  Definitely worth a looksee, would make a terrific double bill with THE WRESTLER (out April 21).

JCVD and THE UNINVITED are also the only two genre friendly Blu-rays of the week.


Netflixing The Month:

  1. THE BURROWERS
  2. VINYAN
  3. LAID TO REST
  4. SLAUGHTER HIGH
  5. THE UNINVITED
  6. WHILE SHE WAS OUT
  7. MARTYRS
  8. SPLINTER

The Evening Write: VINYAN, Fangoria, RE5 and Moon Eating Planets.


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I’m thriftly acquiring a page from Drew McWeeny (he’ll always be Moriarty to me) and his Daily Read.  I make no promise that it’ll be a daily occurrence until I move to Austin and have much, much more time on my hands.  I also would not count on the content being horror exclusive nor all that well composed, this is supposed to be a blog after all.  I’ll do my best to stick to topics that are hopefully of interest to people who are, well, not me.

I didn’t grow up with Fango.  I didn’t even get into horror until I was 18, so I’ve only been buying the magazine for 5 or so years but man do I hate the new cover template:

Vince Liguano of Slasher Speak pointed it out when the change first occurred, but it wasn’t until the April issue arrived in the mail that I realized how much I missed the ‘ole film strip column.  Maybe its because the cover photo for LAID TO REST looks like DONNIE DARKO cosplay gone wrong, I don’t know.  All I do know is that it no longer carries the oddly regal weight it used to.  I hope they go back.

Despite almost all of the content being antiquated once it hits shelves thanks to the internet (whoever has to compile the Fear Film Forecast must loathe studio marketing departments), I still look forward to the magazine every thirty days or so.  I’ll pick my way through the articles at random, but I always immediately read editor Anthony Timpone’s issue introduction before jumping straight to the Video Eye of Dr. Cyclops.  I’ve been hearing decent things about DEAD IN 3 DAYS, so I was surprised to see the Doc give it one meager star.  I’m bumping it to the top of the queue to see what the hubbub is all about.

Last Week in Horror, September 21st to the 28th


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Last Week in Horror I realized that the studio horror future is looking grim.  No, not talking quality, talking quantity.  I haven’t come across a new, full trailer for a theatrical studio picture in weeks now.  I’m sure that will change in October as, THE WOLFMAN, FRIDAY THE 13TH, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, and, well, a million other remakes will probably all have their trailers attached to SAW V.

Anyways, on to the tidbits.




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