After committing many food crimes last week I’m back and basically just fatter than I was last week. Ugh. While there wasn’t much in the way of new horror flicks being released over the shopping weekend, hopefully you were able to score some sweet deals from Amazon or other online merchants. I picked up I Am Legend, Let Me In, and several other Blus for $4.99 – without leaving my house. Good stuff.
Onto this week’s releases which are led by the anthology gross out flick Chillerama and one of the best horror-comedies of the year, Tucker & Dale VS. Evil. And if you’ve always wanted a Blu-ray version of Horror Express you’re lucky day is finally here thanks to MPI. Horror In Your House
November 29th, 2011
CHILLERAMA (DVD/Blu-ray) – Image Entertainment
In the spirit of classic anthology films like Creepshow and Twilight Zone: The Movie and containing films that not only celebrate the golden age of drive-in B horror shlock but also span over four decades of cinema, Chillerama offers something for every bad taste. With titles like Wadzilla, I Was a Teenage Werebear, The Diary of Anne Frankenstein, and Zom-B-Movie and featuring appearances by Joel David Moore (Avatar), Lin Shaye (Insidious), Ray Wise (X-Men: First Class), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight) and more cameos than you can count, Chillerama is sure to have you screaming for more. From the depraved minds of Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City), Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs), Adam Green (Frozen), and Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2).
MICAH SAYS: Diary of Anne Frankenstein and Wadzilla are absolutely fantastic and Zom-B-Movie is fun. Richard Riehl absolutely kills in his role as the struggling drive-in theater owner. Make no doubt Riehl is the highlight (along with Joel David Moore as hilarious Hitler). Unfortunately, Tim Sullivan’s I Was a Teenage Werebear is outright awful. Making matters worse, it seems to last an eternity in comparison to the others and drags the entire anthology into mediocrity. But good news, you can skip it on the Blu-ray!
HELLDIVER (Blu-ray) – Well Go USA
From the creators of Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police, An alien-spawned, mysterious mist blankets the northern half of Japan, transforming those who inhale it into ravenous, flesh-eating zombies hellbent on devouring the surviving human populatin. Plunged into chaos, Japan is torn into 2 areas. The southern half of the country, where the population remains untouched by the deadly gas, lives behind a heavily-fortified wall, while the northern half is a lawless, zombie-infected wasteland.
HORROR EXPRESS (DVD+Blu-ray) – MPI HOME VIDEO
The ’70s horror classic returns like you’ve never seen it before! Screen legends Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star as rival turn-of-the-century anthropologists transporting a frozen missing link aboard the Trans-Siberian Express. But when the prehistoric creature thaws and escapes, it unleashes a brain-scarfing spree that turns its victims into the eye-bleeding undead. Can the crafty colleagues stop this two million year old monster, hordes of zombie passengers and a psychotic Cossack officer (Telly Savalas) before terror goes off the rails? Silvia Tortosa (WHEN THE SCREAMING STOPS) co-stars in this all-time fright favorite from director Eugenio Martín and the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriters of PSYCHOMANIA, now featuring explosive new Extras and a stunning HD transfer from vault elements recently unearthed in a Mongolian film depot!
HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES – MPI HOME VIDEO
Eight graves! Seven bodies! screamed the ads, One killer… and he’s already dead! Hollywood legends John Ireland (RED RIVER, SATAN S CHEERLEADERS), John Carradine (THE GRAPES OF WRATH, VAMPIRE HOOKERS) and Howard Hughes paramour Faith Domergue (CULT OF THE COBRA, THIS ISLAND EARTH) star this much-loved 70s shocker about a film crew shooting an occult drama in a sinister manor actually the former Utah Governor s Mansion with its own grisly history of family bloodshed. From its notoriously gruesome opening to the creepy zombie-attack climax, revisit the old-school favorite that Bloody Disgusting hails as a classic Saturday afternoon Creature Feature scare as you ve never seen it before, now transferred in HD from original vault materials and featuring a revealing new audio commentary.
KIDNAPPED – MPI HOME VIDEO
The most astounding and uncompromising film of the year, Miguel Angel Vivas KIDNAPPED is a masterpiece of tension and all-too-realistic violence. Jaime and Marta, along with their teenage daughter Isa, move into a gorgeous new home with the hopes of beginning a beautiful new phase of their life together. It s the dream of every hard-working family: a comfortable life in a place of their own. But the dream is shattered when a gang of masked men break in and take the entire family hostage, demanding Jaime hand over everything he has in the bank or watch his wife and daughter die. And so begins an unimaginable ordeal for Jaime and his family. Winner of Best Picture and Best Director honors at Fantastic Fest 2010, KIDNAPPED has been declared impeccably crafted, flawlessly performed (Todd Brown, TwitchFilm.com) and a new genre classic. (John Fallon, Arrow In The Head).
NEEDLE – Lionsgate
A college student inherits an 18th century machine with deadly supernatural powers. When the machine suddenly disappears and his friends start dying horrific deaths, the student must team up with his estranged brother to find the thief and stop the killings before he becomes the next victim.
TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL(DVD/Blu-ray) – Magnolia Home Entertainment
TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL is a backwoods comedy of horrific errors in which two unsuspecting buddies, Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine), fall victim to the crazed machinations of a group of spring breakers who have mistaken them for backwoods killers. When Dale shelves his phobia of the opposite sex to rescue one of the college co-eds, Allison (Katrina Bowden), from drowning, all her friends mistake him for a bearded psychopath hauling their friend away to a shack in the middle of the woods. In trying to rescue their friend, the college co-eds continually off themselves one by one and Tucker and Dale try to figure out why these college kids are killing themselves all over Tucker’s property!
MICAH SAYS: A good-hearted, hilarious, and gory film. A worthy edition to any film lover’s library. PICK OF THE WEEK.
VAMPIRES (2010) – MPI Home Video
Vincent Lannoo s VAMPIRES is the This Is Spinal Tap of vampire films, the true story of a clan of vampires trying to hold their family together and get along with the neighbors. Dad seems to be channelling Bela Lugosi. Mom s a little bit off. Throw a rebellious son and a daughter pining for her lost mortality into the mix and it s a recipe for family discord. Add a bewildered documentary crew and things are bound to get a little chaotic.