*Sorry for the delay, I was traveling and forgot to post!
It’s a decent week for grabbing some favorites on Blu-Ray with the releases of DeadGirl, Final Destination 2 and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Three films I would love to have on my Blu shelf. And for those brave souls the latest Children of the Corn flick is available. Check out the rest of the releases below and have a great week.
Horror In Your House
August, 29th 2011
ASYLUM SEEKERS – Breaking Glass Pictures, Vicious Circle Films
Work, deadlines, family, terrorism, information overload… As modern life pushes the world to the brink of madness, six strangers decide there’s only one sane response: head through the door marked EXIT. It leads to a deluxe, exclusive, luxuriously-appointed mental asylum where a staff will wait on them hand and foot for the rest of their carefree lives. The problem? The asylum has only one vacancy. Now, the group of would-be patients will have to prove who among them is truly most deranged. Of course, not everything in the asylum is as it seems, and as the applicants turn themselves over for evaluation, they learn that the insanity has just begun. Director Rania Ajami’s boldly original feature-length debut is a surreal black comedy that questions the ways we define what is normal and what is not. Asylum Seekers takes its characters and the audience deep into the rabbit hole to a place where sanity is not an option.
BEREAVEMENT (DVD / Blu-Ray) – Anchor Bay
In 1989, a 6-year-old boy is lured into the vehicle of a stranger. The stranger is a serial killer with a tendency of butchering teenage girls. In the basement of a rural Pennsylvania slaughterhouse, he will teach the boy everything he knows. Five years later, teen Allison (Alexandra Daddario of Hall Pass) comes to live with her uncle (Michael Biehn of The Terminator) following her parents’ death. In time, she will discover the boy and his madman mentor. And they will all be plunged into an unimaginable evil from which there may be no escape. Nolan Gerard Funk (Deadgirl), Brett Rickaby (The Crazies), Valentina de Angelis (”Gossip Girl”) and John Savage (The Deer Hunter) co-star in this graphic and acclaimed shocker from writer/director Stevan Mena about family, torment, and the nightmare absolution that is BEREAVEMENT.
MICAH SAYS: It’s the prequel to the awesome “Malevolence” so a lot of people will be interested based on that bit of knowledge alone. The reviews across the Net are pretty mixed, though.
CHILDREN OF THE CORN: GENESIS (DVD / Blu-Ray) – Dimension Extreme
TIM and ALLIE seek shelter in a remote desert compound after becoming lost and stranded. A strange Manson-like character, PREACHER (Drago), reluctantly allows them inside with strict orders to be gone by morning and not wander “where you are not invited.
THE COFFIN – Breaking Glass Pictures, Vicious Circle Films
Su and Chris are two strangers whose lives have been struck by tragedy Su has been diagnosed with lung cancer just days before her wedding and Chris longtime girlfriend has fallen into a mysterious coma. When they both learn of a bizarre Thai ritual in which a living person lies in a coffin to reverse bad Karma, they both decide to partake in a mass funeral for the living. Soon, their lives have turned around Su s cancer vanishes and Chris girlfriend awakes from her coma but the good fortune is short-lived. A series of terrifying paranormal events suggests that Su and Chris may have upset the Karmic balance of the universe by cleansing themselves of bad luck, and the people closest to them may ultimately pay the price. International stars Karen Mok and Ananda Everingham star in this brooding tale about the fear of death and the cost of love. Based on a real-life ritual and shot on location in Bangkok, ancient Thai spiritual grounds, and an active crematorium, The Coffin is a nightmarish and ultimately moving supernatural thrill ride.
DEADGIRL (Blu-Ray) – Dark Sky Films
Shiloh Fernandez (RED), Noah Segan (BRICK), Michael Bowen (KILL BILL) and Candice Accola (JUNO) star in this story of two high school misfits who cut school to explore the remains of an abandoned hospital. The gruesome discovery they make will test the very limits of their sanity and tear apart their young lives forever: A woman stripped naked and chained to a table. She’s abandoned, beautiful and dead…or is she? From the producer of HELLRAISER and HEATHERS comes this depraved, poignant and genre-busing new indie classic about intimacy, morality and the horror of growing up. You may scream in terror, gasp with disgust, or debate it for days, but one thing is for certain: You will never forget DEADGIRL.
MICAH SAYS: My pick of the week. It’s still every bit as refreshing today as it was a few years ago. One of the most original and unique flicks of the last few years. Also, boobs.
FINAL DESTINATION 2 (Blu-Ray) – New Line Home Video
When Kimberly has a violent premonition of a highway pileup she blocks the freeway, keeping a few others meant to die, safe…Or are they? The survivors mysteriously start dying and it’s up to Kimberly to stop it before she’s next.
MICAH SAYS: I think most people agree with me in saying this flicks is as good if not better than the original and therefore the highlight of the franchise.
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Three Disc 3D Blu-Ray) – Disney
Now more astonishing and spectacular than ever, The Nightmare Before Christmas jumps off the screen and into your living room, immersing your family in the jaw-dropping splendor and mind-boggling fun of Disney Blu-ray 3D! Bored with the same old scare and scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere. Experience Tim Burton and Henry Selick’s uncanny tale as it comes vividly to life right before your eyes! This Blu-ray 3D combo pack includes four ways to watch: Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy. Disney Blu-ray 3D – magic in a new dimension.
THE PERFECT HOST (Blu-Ray) – Magnolia Home Entertainment
Warwick Wilson is the consummate host. He carefully prepares for a dinner party, the table impeccably set and the duck perfectly timed for 8:30 p.m. John Taylor is a career criminal. He’s just robbed a bank and needs to get off the streets. He finds himself on Warwick’s doorstep posing as a friend of a friend, new to Los Angeles, who’s been mugged and lost his luggage. As the wine flows and the evening progresses, we become deeply intertwined in the lives of these two men and discover just how deceiving appearances can be. With outstanding performances by David Hyde Pierce and Clayne Crawford, cowriter/director Nick Tomnay takes us on a suspense-filled ride where nothing is as it seems. THE PERFECT HOST is a slippery psychological thriller that exposes true human nature and reveals just how far we’re willing to go to satisfy our needs.
MICAH SAYS: I’ve always thought David Hyde Pierce was a creepy looking dude. Looking forward to checking this one out.
TWILIGHT ZONE: SEASON 5 (Blu-Ray) – Image Entertainment
All 36 episodes of the fifth and final season of Rod Serling’s classic, groundbreaking series, now presented in pristine high-definition for the first time ever, along with hours of new and exclusive bonus features not available anywhere else!
X – MPI Home Video
In the erotic thriller X, the oldest profession becomes the most dangerous game when two call girls become hunted prey after they witness a murder. High class prostitute Holly Rowe (the stunning Viva Bianca, Spartacus: Blood and Sand) needs a partner for the final date of her career then it s off to Paris and retirement. She recruits 17-year-old runaway Shay (Hanna Mangan Lawrence) for the evening, and the two set off on what should be an easy job. But when violence explodes unexpectedly, Holly must use her hard-earned savviness and sexual allure to keep them both safe through the most terrifying night of their lives.