Another big release week leading up to Halloween is here. Featured this week is More Brains: A Return to the Living Dead, which is the official four plus hours long retrospective on one of the best zomedies ever made. Kevin Smith’s movie, which is drastically different than anything you’d ever expect from Kevin Smith, Red State is available on DVD and Blu. And if you have a touch of the sequelitis, both Hellraiser and The Howling have some brand new offerings for you to consider Ya know, if you’re a masochist who’s into that type of thing. Let me know what you’re picking up and have a great week!
DARKNESS FALLS (Blu-ray) – Image Entertainment
As a young boy, Kyle (Chaney Kley) claimed to have seen the tooth fairy. He also claimed she tried to kill him. Now over twelve years later, Kyle has left the town that never believed him. He has also left behind the two people who thought he was telling the truth, his childhood girlfriend Caitlin (Emma Caulfield) and her younger brother. And when evil again emerges in Darkness Falls, Kyle must return to do battle with the winged creature of doom he saw that night so many years ago. Because evil is back with a vengeance. And it’s not leaving without Caitlin’s brother.
GEORGE: A ZOMBIE INTERVENTION – Vicious Circle Films
Addiction can ruin lives, especially when you’re a zombie like George. After eating one too many people, George’s concerned friends decide it’s their job to support him on a journey to recovery. With the help of Barbra, a professional interventionist, George’s best friend Ben, ex-girlfriend Sarah, Sarah’s new boyfriend Steve, and George’s sister Francine gather at George’s house to confront him. Disaster unfolds as George evades his friends’ good intentions while his hunger for flesh grows stronger than ever. When the group decides to take a break from intervening, guests in the house start turning up dead – and eaten – but is George the one to blame, or does someone else in the house have a secret to hide? Full of deadpan humor and over-the-top gore, director J.T. Seaton’s gut-busting feature length debut proves that the first step towards recovery… is admitting that you eat people.
GRAVE ENCOUNTERS – New Video Group
Lance Preston and the crew of Grave Encounters, a ghost-hunting reality television show, are shooting an episode inside the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, where unexplained phenomena have been reported for years. On a quest to expose the truth and scare their viewers, the Grave Encounters crew conducts background interviews with current psychologists, as well as provides disturbing archival footage of patients in the earlier half of the century. All in the name of good television, they voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night and begin a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera. They quickly realize that the building is more than just haunted – it is alive – and it has no intention of ever letting them leave. They find themselves lost in a labyrinth of endless hallways and corridors, terrorized by the ghosts of former patients. They soon begin to question their own sanity, slipping deeper and deeper into the depths of madness, ultimately discovering the truth behind the hospital’s dark past…and taping what turns out to be their final episode.
MICAH SAYS: I’ve heard some pretty good things about this one. Curious to check it out myself.
HELLRAISER: REVELATIONS (DVD / Blu-ray) – Arc Entertainment
Two friends in Mexico discover the Lament Configuration and unleash Pinhead, but one decides to try to survive by swapping himself with someone else. Once they go missing, family members go in search of them, but find Pinhead instead.
MICAH SAYS: As one of the very few to see this in the theater I can assure you with all my heart that even the hardest of hardcore HELLRAISER fans should avoid this abortion of a film.
THE HOWLING REBORN (DVD / Blu-ray) – Anchor Bay
On the eve of his high school graduation, unremarkable Will Kidman finally bonds with the girl he has long yearned for, reclusive Eliana Wynter. But he also discovers a dark secret from his past… that he is about to become a werewolf. Now, in an effort to fight destiny and save their love as well as their lives, they must battle not only Will’s growing blood lust but an army of fearsome beasts bent on killing them… and then, us all.
MICAH SAYS: This one dips into Twilight levels of bad. Scary stuff. Outside of the first film, I have not liked a single one of these. I’d go as far as saying this is the worst horror franchise I can think of.
IN A GLASS CAGE (DVD / Blu-ray) – Cult Epics
Klaus (Günter Meisner of The Boys of Brazi) is an ex-Nazi doctor whose war-time post in a concentration camp enabled him to commit the most appalling sex crimes against boys. After the war, living incognito in Spain, he again gives in to his depraved desires, until shame and despair drive him to an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Soon after, Angelo (David Sust) enters his life, a strange, handsome young man. A perverse relationship develops between Angelo and Klaus, becoming ever more macabre as Angelo reveals he has found diaries detailing his employer’s war-time activities. Words turn to deeds, and a new spate of child killings begin…
MICAH SAYS: Pick up the classic on BLU!
KILLER EYE: HALLOWEEN HAUNT – Full Moon/Wizard Entertainment
When Jenna asks her four hot girlfriends to help convert an old mansion into a Halloween Haunt, they decide to party instead! Things get steamy between the girls, until they accidentally unleash the half-pint, horrible Killer Eye, a perverse party crasher from beyond. Bent on having his way, the Killer Eye will stop at nothing until he gets exactly what he wants.
KURONEKO (DVD / Blu-ray) – Criterion Collection
In this poetic and atmospheric horror fable, set in a village in war-torn medieval Japan, a malevolent spirit has been ripping out the throats of itinerant samurai. When a military hero is sent to dispatch the unseen force, he finds that he must struggle with his own personal demons as well. From Kaneto Shindo, director of the terror classic Onibaba, Kuroneko (Black Cat) is a spectacularly eerie twilight tale with a shocking feminist angle, evoked through ghostly special effects and exquisite cinematography.
MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD – Michael Perez Entertainment
It makes the pain go away… MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD is the ultimate account of the tongue-in-cheek, stylish and apocalyptic zombie movie. It features — for the first time ever! — Contributions from all the main cast as well as clips, photographs, storyboards, conceptual art, publicity materials, archival documents and behind-the-scenes footage.
MICAH SAYS: I’m sure, like a lot of you, this is your favorite (or near the top) zombie movie of all time. It’s definitely mine. Hands down. Send more paramedics. Split Dogs. Tar Man. The list goes on and on. Since moving to LA a couple years ago I’ve met and become friends with many peeps, including ROTLD’s Jewel Shepard. She’s been fighting breast cancer of late and kicking its ass. In the mean time, she’s racked up a ton of bills. The good folks at Dark Delicacies are running a fundraiser for her on Oct 22 in LA. All sorts of films, posters, and artwork will be available for sale to benefit Jewel. Not to mention a bunch of celebs (horror and non-horror) will be gathering there to help out as well. Check out Dark Del’s website for more info. I’ll be down there. PICK OF THE WEEK – The main documentary is solid and has everything you could ever want.
NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT – Scorpion Releasing
Masters of horror SIR CHRISTOPHER LEE and PETER CUSHING pair up in this spine-tingling gothic thriller! When a Scottish island orphanage is inundated by a rash of cold-blooded murders, Special Bureau Chief Bingham (Lee, DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS, THE WICKER MAN, THE MUMMY) of Scotland Yard is dispatched to investigate. He and his ally (Cushing, STAR WARS, THE CREEPING FLESH, SHE, FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL), a hospital pathologist, begin to uncover a series of bizarre and baffling clues.
THE PYX – Katarina’s Nightmare Theater / Scorpion Releasing
Two Academy Award