Releases this week include the high profile stuck-in-a-box flick, Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds. Also getting a Blu-ray and DVD release this week is the surprisingly well done French zombie flick, Mutants. Outside of the aforementioned there is Flavor-Flav hosted urban horror anthology (Nite Tales: The Series) and a movie about crashing cars in a duel to the death (Death Race 2). Are you picking up anything this week?
Horror In Your House
January 18th, 2011
BURIED (Blu-ray/DVD) – Lionsgate
Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery, and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time- fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued before his worst nightmare comes true.
MICAH SAYS: It seems like almost everyone liked this movie (check out the user reviews on BD), but I found this survival horror entry to be pretty weak. After it ran out of steam (about 25 minutes or so) it seemed to switch gears and start introducing ridiculous scenarios and political douchebaggery to fill up the 90 minute quota. Meh.
COLONY OF THE DARK – Apprehensive Films
All hell breaks loose when Jim Mathews gets doused with an experimental serum at the genetic design firm he works at. Mathew s wife, whom works for the same firm, catches him cheating on her and exacts revenge by throwing the serum directly in his face. The serum causes Mathews limbs to fall off his body and form a colony of bloodthirsty creatures. Mathews also has an unquenchable hunger for hot young girls and stalks them in the dark cover of night to feed his colony. Don t be afraid of the Colony of the Dark, a blood soaked gritty creature feature.
DEATH RACE 2 (Blu-ray/DVD) – Universal Studios
Death Race 2 takes place in the very near future, as the United States economy begins to decline and violent crime starts to spiral out of control. To contain the growing criminal population, a vast network of for-profit, private prisons springs up, creating a lawless subculture ruled by gangs, cold-blooded killers and sociopaths. The worst of these prisons is Terminal Island, where inmates fight each other in a highly rated televised death match, where there are no rules, and the winner is the one who survives the gladiator-style, no-holds-barred competition. Convicted cop-killer Carl Lucas (Luke Goss) arrives on the Island to serve his life sentence just as ruthlessly ambitious television personality September Jones evolves the death match into the ultimate reality show – Death Race. A brutal prison yard demolition derby that pits prisoners against each other in steel reinforced, heavily armed vehicles, Death Race offers the winner the ultimate prize: freedom — if he can survive to enjoy it.
MUTANTS (Blu-ray/DVD) – Gaiam
In a world devastated by a pandemic virus that turns human beings into primitive and bloodthirsty creatures, Marco and Sonia set off to find a secret base to escape from the “mutants”. When the latter attack them, Marco is contaminated too. Little by little, he undergoes the same changes. Sonia, who is expecting a baby, is then forced to fight her worst enemy, the man she loves.
MICAH SAYS: I really enjoyed this French love story zombie flick. It’s got a little more depth and character focus than most in the genre; placing more of the emphasis on the human impact of the virus. I know it’s not for everyone, but if you are looking for something a little different, I whole-heartedly recommend this one. And yes, there is plenty of splatter for the Gorehounds.
NITE TALES: THE SERIES – Entertainment One
Prepare yourself for a whole new “flavor” of horror! Filled with twists and turns and packed with some of today’s hottest stars, Nite Tales is a thrilling, new anthology series that puts an urban twist on terror – all presented by the ultimate master of “scaremonies,” Flavor Flav – the “Time Keeper.” Featuring: Essence Atkins, Gary Busey, Ray J, Rodney Perry, and Brigitte Nielsen.