With the titles of the Ghosthouse Underground label filling up the majority of their October horror DVD slate, November brings us Lionsgate’s sloppy seconds. I mean, a horror movie getting dumped onto DVD a week or two after Halloween strikes me as an afterthought on the distributor’s part. Lionsgate has three such chillers getting the post-Halloween DVD mistreatment.
First up, on November 3rd, is The Beast Within – no relation to the notorious 1982 creature feature about a woman raped by a monster who gives birth to a son that as a teenager transforms into a giant cicada creature. This Beast Within is actually a retitling of a German film originally called Virus Undead from director Wolf Wolff (haven’t heard a name like that since Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever director Kaos) about a strain of avian flu that turns victims into zombies.
“Robert is driving with two friends to his hometown, where his grandfather’s mansion is. At a gas station he unexpectedly meets his former love Marlene. He invites her and her girlfriend to the mansion for a dinner party. The small group enjoy the evening with drinks. Suddenly a man comes out of the forest – apparently he is infected with a bird-flu virus. But he is not the only one; more infected people approach the house. The friends barricade against the dangerous force, but one of them is infected too…”
Also on November 3rd the low budget thriller Night Watcher sees the light of day. The film is directed by Will Gordh and stars Daniel Vincent Gordh. I’m sure that’s just an amazing coincidence.
Following the unexpected suicide of her mother, Angela finds comfort in her new friendship with Brian. One day she receives a terrifying package containing a voyeuristic tape. The tape chronicles her mother’s final days and reveals that someone had been following, watching … stalking her. As the death toll around town rises, it becomes clear that this is no mere coincidence. They thought they were suicides, but the truth was far worse.
A week later brings us the November 10th release of Summer’s Moon. Sounds like the title of a Twilight sequel, doesn’t it? Fitting considering it co-stars Twilight cutie Ashley Greene. The film also stars Barbara Niven, Allison Graham, and Stephen McHattie; but since none of them has appeared in a Twilight film, who really cares?
Eager to find her estranged father, Summer (Greene) sets out on a cross-country journey of sorts when she encounters a slight run-in with the law. Much to her amazement, a local handyman rescues her. It’s an unusual connection, but she is quickly charmed and accepts his invitation to spend the night. The following morning she is in for a rude awakening when he decides to change the rules of attraction by trapping her in his house. Taken prisoner in the demented stranger’s basement, her dream has come to a bitter end as her real-life nightmare has only just begun.
Those are only the ones announced for the first 10 days of November. That still leaves us 21 more days for Lionsgate to announce a few more horror titles, and you can just bet one of them will be a Ulli Lommel film.
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