This week the studios have decided to bless horror fans with lots of choices. First the big hitters; Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and Wes Craven’s Scream trilogy are now available on Blu-ray. That is of course good news. Italian horror fans might be pleased to know that the Dario Argento classic Inferno also received the Blu-ray treatment. And a couple After Dark Originals (Husk and Prowl) are now available on DVD courtesy of Lionsgate. Check out the rest of the releases below and have a great week.
Horror In Your House
March 28th, 2011
BENEATH THE DARK – MPI Home Video
A dark road, a sleepy driver, a motel looming out of the night. Writer-director Chad Feehan takes those classic thriller elements and weaves a disturbing and compelling tale of love and the nightmare grip of ghosts from our past. Josh Stewart (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) and Jamie-Lynn Sigler (“The Sopranos”) deliver intense performances as a young couple who take refuge in a roadside motel. Soon, the couple has crossed paths with a mysterious desk clerk and his sultry blond wife, as well as a stranger who is somehow privy to their most closely guarded secrets. Like a love story by way of “The Twilight Zone,” “Beneath the Dark” touches your heart even as it chills your blood.
MICAH SAYS: It was called “Wake” at one point and has typically been summed up as a standard motel thriller that sometimes tries too hard, but still has a decent twist. I’m thinking Netflix Instant.
BLACK SWAN (Blu-ray/DVD) – Fox Searchlight Studios
“Swan” centers on a veteran ballerina (Portman) who finds herself locked in a competitive situation with a rival dancer, with the stakes and twists increasing as the dancers approach a big performance. But it’s unclear whether the rival is a supernatural apparition or if the protagonist is simply having delusions.
MICAH SAYS: I’m normally not huge on big name big budget flicks, but I can’t wait to watch this movie again. Seriously. Cannot wait. Pick of the week (And yes, I know it’s not really horror a horror movie. Who cares? It’s really really good).
BLEADING LADY – Vicious Circle Films, Breaking Glass Pictures
Don is a chauffeur and a movie buff who takes his job seriously very seriously. When his latest assignment takes him to the set of a low-budget horror film, he’s overjoyed to learn he’ll be driving Riversa Red, his favorite B-movie Scream Queen. While driving his beloved idol, Don assumes the role of bodyguard and turns fiercely protective, especially after learning that Riversa has a stalker. Hell-bent on protecting his queen and fueled by paranoid fantasies, Don’s usual temper tantrums go to fatal extremes. Soon he proves to be not only Riversa’s biggest fan, but her worst nightmare as well.
DEAD AWAKE (Blu-ray/DVD) – Millennium Entertainment
What if a stranger held the key to the darkest moment of your life? Dylan (Nick Stahl) is haunted by his past. While searching for answers, he befriends a mysterious woman (Rose McGowan) and is reunited with an old love (Amy Smart) who seems to raise more questions than she answers. Now on the brink of madness, Dylan is transformed by supernatural forces and discovers that no one is who they seem.
MICAH SAYS: I like the actors here, especially Nik Stahl going way back to Disturbing Behavior. Another one in the category of not really horror, but a solid date night / supernatural / ghosts flick. McGowan plays a strung out crack head.
HUSK – Lionsgate
When a murder of crows smash into their car windshield, a group of young friends are forced to abandon the vehicle, leaving them stranded beside a desolate cornfield. Hidden deep within the cornfield they find a crumbling farmhouse – but they soon discover that instead of a sanctuary, the house is actually the center of a terrifying supernatural ritual that they are about to become a part of…
INFERNO (Blu-ray) – Blue Underground
A young woman stumbles upon a mysterious diary that reveals the secrets of `The Three Mothers` and unleashes a nightmare world of demonic evil. As the unstoppable horror spreads from Rome to New York City, this unholy trinity must be stopped before the world is submerged in the blood of the innocent. Written and directed by Dario Argento, INFERNO is considered to be the sequel to his classic SUSPIRIA.
MICAH SAYS: Definitely liking the trend of Italian horror getting upgraded to Blu. In fact, as of today, there over 15 Dario Argento flicks on Blu-ray. Score!
PROWL – Lionsgate
Amber dreams of escaping her small town existence and persuades her friends to accompany her to find an apartment in the big city. When their transportation breaks down, she and her friends gratefully accept a ride in the back of a semi. But when the driver refuses to stop and they discover the cargo is hundreds of cartons of blood, they panic. Their panic turns to terror when the truck disgorges them into a dark, abandoned warehouse where bloodthirsty creatures learn to hunt human prey, which, the friends realize, is what they now are…
THE RESIDENT (Blu-ray/DVD) – Image Entertainment
Juliet (Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby), a beautiful doctor, has found the perfect New York apartment to start a new life after separating from her husband. It’s got spacious rooms, a spectacular view, and a handy, handsome landlord. But there are secrets behind every wall and terror in every room as Juliet gets the unnerving feeling that she is not alone. She is being watched. She is being stalked. And no one is safe when she discovers the relentless horror on her doorstep. But how do you stop an evil that you can’t see…until it’s too late? Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Grey’s Anatomy) and screen legend Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings) costar in this pulse-pounding shocker from famed horror studio Hammer Films (Let Me In).
RIVER OF DARKNESS – Green Apple Entertainment
When unspeakable evil falls on a quiet river town, Sheriff Logan (Kurt Angle -“Warrior”, “Dylan Dog: Dead of Night”) is thrust into a chilling nightmare of death and mayhem. Under relentless assault by the spirits of two old river squatters, the Jacobs Boys – Kevin Nash (“The Punisher”, “The Longest Yard”) and WWF, WCW and ECW’s Psycho Sid Vicious – the town explodes into a battlefield of zombies and blazing guns. It’s up to Sheriff Logan to unravel the shocking mystery and condemn “The Boys” back to the bowels of hell. In this all-out, heavyweight beat-down, only one man will remain standing. Confronted by a series of horrific murders, each more brutal than the last, he soon learns the community’s seedy past has spawned a vile evil … one that has risen from purgatory to exact revenge.
SCAR 3D (Blu-ray 3D, DVD) – Phase 4 Films
Local town legend says that Bishop used to stash teenage prisoners in the basement of his morgue, keeping them tied up in cabinets meant for dead bodies. He would cut, scar, and torture his unsuspecting victims and then show them the damage to their own bodies with a small mirror. When Joan, one of Bishop’s young teenage victims, freed herself and killed Bishop, his reign of terror was thought to have ended. But when Joan returns to her hometown for the first time in 16 years to see her niece be crowned Prom Queen, the past eerily begins to repeat itself. Includes 2 pairs glasses.
SCREAM (Blu-ray) – Miramax / Lionsgate
After a series of mysterious deaths befalls their small town, an offbeat group of friends led by Sidney Prescott (Campbell) become the target of a masked killer in this smash-hit “clever thriller” (The Washington Post) that launched the Scream franchise and breathed new life into the horror genre.
MICAH SAYS: Hmmm…The question is: Can you buy just one or do you have to get all three? The bigger question: Will “Scream 4” be as big of a mess as “My Soul to Take”? Man, I hope not. I get a little nervous just thinking about it. Please Mr. Craven, please do everyone right.
SCREAM 2 (Blu-ray) – Miramax / Lionsgate
Away at college, Sidney Prescott (Campbell) thought she’d finally put the shocking murders that shattered her life behind her… until a copycat killer begins acting out a real-life sequel. Now as history repeats itself, ambitious reporter Gale Weathers (Cox), deputy Dewey (Arquette) and other Scream survivors find themselves trapped in a terrifyingly clever plotline where no one is safe – or beyond suspicion – in this “delicious, diabolical and fun” (Rolling Stone) sequel.
SCREAM 3 (Blu-ray) – Miramax / Lionsgate
While Sidney Prescott (Campbell) lives in safely guarded seclusion, bodies begin dropping around the Hollywood set of Stab 3, the latest movie based on the gruesome Woodsboro killings. The escalating terror finally brings Sidney out of hiding, drawing her and the other survivors once again into an insidious game of horror movie mayhem that’s a “suspenseful, clever and very entertaining” (NBC-TV) installment in the wildly popular Scream franchise.
SMASH CUT (Blu-ray DVD Combo) – Shriek Show
The special effects on director Able Whitman’s (David Hess, The Last House On The Left) new shlock-horror film just aren’t cutting it. – until he starts killing people and using their body parts as props! Now, only intrepid reporter April Carson (adult film star Sasha Grey, The Girlfriend Experience) and celebrated private detective Isaac Beaumonde (Jesse Buck) stand between the demonic director and his unquenchable thirst for butchery at 24 frames per second.
ZOMBIE WOMEN OF SATAN – Screen Media
A mad scientist performs torturous experiments on a group of kidnapped young women, turning them into scantily clad living dead. A bizarre freakshow troupe called Flesharama and a sexy rock singer looking for her missing sister, join forces as they battle a vicious cult of ravaging, sexy zombie women. A trashy splatterfest that harkens back to the days of the classic B-movies with plenty of semi-clad sexy zombie girls, belly laughs galore, buckets of blood and guts, and a crazy cult family who include the most insane parents you could ever imagine!