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Resident Evil is already being considered for a full-on reboot. Initially that seemed like a bad idea, but the more I contemplate, the more I realize it could be a very good idea. Beyond the first two Paul W.S. Anderson films, Resident Evil became a morbid experiment that rarely worked well, and that could be a result of the massive deviations from the games’ storylines as well as introductions to a whole slew of supporting characters that, frankly, not many of us cared about. Hell, even Alice is a cinematically manufactured heroine who doesn’t exactly hold a prominent place in the video game universe.

Anderson forgot about Resident Evil fans and decided to make outrageous science fiction films that – apparently – he himself enjoys. Loyalty to the built in fanbase was clearly disregarded, and the deeper Anderson dug the hole, the fewer true Resident Evil fans cared.

So here we are, trying to make sense of a profoundly strange film franchise. What you’re about to read is a ranking – from worst to first, of the entire Resident Evil franchise. Some decisions may surprise he general masses, but hardcore gamers may very well see this extended debacle as I personally do.

Let’s get into it!

10 – Resident Evil: Afterlife
There was no heart in Resident Evil: Afterlife. Half of the performances felt as though they had been phoned in by drowsy “performers.” The special effects looked noticeably cheaper in this film than the bulk of the other installments. And too many ideas and characters were stuffed into a film that could have potentially dialed back a lot of the minor subplots (while slightly trimming the cast) to give us a stronger and more intimate tale of a war with the undead and some seriously corrupt mother fuckers. What we instead got was a snoozefest with so little zombie action that I forgot I was watching a zombie film before subsequently falling asleep (literally) in the theater when I took my oldest to see it.

In short, Resident Evil: Afterlife was a surprisingly boring affair. My daughter was prepared to exit the theaters about halfway through the film, and I think her instinctual need to escape torture inspired me a little bit. And, well… left me a little fearful: How could anyone release that film.

09 – Resident Evil: Extinction
The third film in the franchise, Resident Evil: Extinction, was damn near as loathsome as Afterlife, and that’s a real bummer. Paul W.S. Anderson had the chance to give us MAD MAX with zombies and a female protagonist that moviegoers believe in. Instead we got a drawn-out trip into the desert, where the crows attack (yep) and the good guys don’t always survive to save the next day.

As was the case with Afterlife the zombies are sparse in the film, which completely sucks. Our heroes don’t even truly get to any significant battle until the third act, and the Resident Evil films have never taken their time in spilling blood and creating interesting ways to slaughtering people. This one is completely different, but this much can be said: The final showdown is epic. It’s so epic, in fact, that it almost saves the film as a whole. Almost.

08 – Biohazard 4D – Executer
I don’t really know the history behind this one too well, but after seeing it for the first time a while back, I immediately respected the picture for what it is. It’s spirited. Hell, it’s downright gnarly. We get warfare of the kind we prefer: soldiers versus giant hulking monsters. And you won’t be disappointed with creature aspect of the film, in the least. I guess the only true complaint I have about the film is that it’s too fucking short.

07 – Resident Evil: Damnation
Resident Evil: Damnation takes all the strong elements of Degeneration and then multiplies them a few times. Despite basically duplicating the conflict (I said basically), the gore is noticeably more gruesome, the death scenes more memorable and that final villain… good lord (keep in mind I don’t play the games, so I don’t know if he has a history within the game franchise) is he a savage, bad ass looking murderous bastard who seems all but indestructible. The picture in general is impressive, but the climax of this film outshines damn near every finale in the franchise.

06 – Resident Evil: Degeneration
Resident Evil: Degeneration could easily be argued as the slowest of all the Resident Evil animation films, and I wouldn’t leap to argue that. Having gotten that out of the way, there are some superb sequences in the picture, and it all starts with a very stimulating scene in an airport. Despite a few lulls in action, by the time the climax arrives we get what we’ve come to expect from any Resident Evil film: chaos, and mean ass (in this case, pretty original and atypical) monsters!

05 – Resident Evil: Retribution
Resident Evil: Retribution goes full-on science fiction (and weird), and while it works well in spots (the artificial surroundings make for pleasant surprises, and a few gratifying action sequences lie in wait), ultimately, Anderson decides that horror can once more sit in the back of the bus, the sci-fi elements occupying all of the cushions in the front of the vehicle… for some reason. It’s a weird adventure. It reunites Alice with a whole slew of her old post-apocalyptic buddies, but the problem is, they’re just about all dead. And the motive behind the return of these (clones? I lost the interest to sort through the details) characters may not be exactly what it seems. The flick starts strong, but the final act takes a strange turn, suddenly looking quite a bit cheaper than the rest of the film. I’m not sure if editing issues hindered the conclusion, if finances were running low, or if it was something entirely different. What I do know is it looks like the final showdown has been pieced together with whatever scraps might have been left available.

04 – Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
A lot of fans weren’t big on Paul W.S. Anderson’s closing chapter to the Resident Evil franchise, but it’s the most entertaining live action piece since the early days of the series. There are all sorts of insane monsters and tons of perfectly over-the-top battle scenes. What’s best about the film is that Anderson apparently listened to fan complaints – the level of horror in this film is significantly ramped up, and compared to the previous three live-action films isn’t even comparable. The science fiction elements do still play a role in the story, but Anderson took – for the most part – his pet project back to its roots, meaning, he finally gave us another horror film, as opposed to a science fiction feature with minimal elements of the genre that the story was originally birthed on.

03 – Resident Evil: Vendetta
For my buck, Resident Evil: Vendetta is far and away the greatest animated Resident Evil film in existence. The story is completely engrossing, and at times we almost feel as though we’re watching a throwback ‘80s flick. The opening is genius, and calls back to Predator while the final showdown itself exceeds expectation. But the real beauty is the fact that the script is so tight the film produces very little in the way downtime. Vendetta is a great film that even those who aren’t too keen on animated works will surely enjoy.

02 – Resident Evil
The film that started it all… The first Resident Evil picture felt loyal to the original video game, and that immediately scores points. Terror in the mansion is great, but what’s even better are the elaborate booby traps and creative kills. The gore is great, the zombies actually serve as a menace in the forefront and we even get to see a few standout personalities get the unexpected axe. It may be the least technically refined film (my opinion) in the franchise, but it’s a safe go-to for those looking for stimulating zombie fare, and we still get a few peeks at solid practical effects.

01 – Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Resident Evil: Apocalypse also sticks close to the source’s horror roots. It’s all out warfare between man and mutated creatures in this film, and when the film’s protagonists aren’t emptying machine guns or running for their lives, they’re giving us subtle suggestions as to the intricacies of their personalities. By the time the flick comes to a close we feel as though we know these characters on a much more personal level. And then Nemesis shows up – still faithful to the earlier games – and gives us the true super-villain we craved so much. Resident Evil: Apocalypse is definitely not without some plot misfires, but, like Vendetta, it has an endearing vintage quality to it that older fans are going to go ape over. It’s just too bad the bulk of the live action series failed to match the intensity of this particular pic.

Editor’s Note: Since the writing of this article, D.C. contributor Matt Molgaard has passed on. It’s an honor for us to share his final insights with you all. He will be sorely missed.

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Jessica Chastain in Talks to Star in IT: Chapter 2

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Jessica Chastain in Mama

It’s only early on in negotiations but it appears that Jessica Chastain is going to portray adult Beverly in It: Chapter 2, according to Variety. A script written by Gary Dauberman, who wrote the first film, is being finalized and Andy Muschietti is expected to return for the sequel. Chastain has long been a favored pick for the role, which was played by Sophia Lillis in IT, even making our own personal wish list.

Also expected to return to IT: Chapter 2 is Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise. The sequel has a release date of September 6, 2019, so don’t hold your breath as we’ve got a ways to go.

Related Story: Four Things You May Have Overlooked in IT

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Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.

IT starred Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Sophia Lillis.

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Death House AKA the Expendables of Horror Hits Netflix, VOD, and Redbox on 4/20

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Death HouseWell, I know what I’m doing on 4/20.

Back in December, we let you guys know that B. Harrison Smith’s Death House will host public red carpet events in both Los Angeles (Thursday, Feb. 22) and New York City (Friday, Feb. 23), before landing on Blu-ray/DVD and Cable TV June 5th.

Today we have new release info today via the film’s official Facebook page, where we’ve learned Death House will not only be hitting 30 additional markets March 2nd, but will also be released on VOD, Redbox, Netflix, and foreign markets on April 20th.

While this is a film that I plan to see on the big screen, the fact that it hits Netflix on 4/20 is a pretty damn good idea.

How excited are you to finally see Death House? Let us know below!

Dubbed the “Expendables of Horror,” the film boasts an ensemble of legendary genre names such as Dee Wallace, Barbara Crampton, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman, Debbie Rochon, Sid Haig, Bill Oberst, Jr., and a number of other official surprises.

Produced by Entertainment Factory’s Rick Finkelstein and Steven Chase, Death House is directed by B. Harrison Smith (Camp Dread, Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, 6 Degrees of Hell, The Fields). Smith wrote the screenplay based on an original story by Texas Chain Saw Massacre legend, the late Gunnar Hansen.

Death House hits VOD, Redbox, Netflix, and foreign markets on April 20th, before landing on Blu-ray/DVD and Cable TV June 5th.

Synopsis:
Two federal agents fight their way through nine levels of Hell inside a secret prison known as the Death House. A facility-wide prison break turns their flight into a tour of horrors as they push toward the ultimate evil housed in the lowest depths of the earth.

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases: February 20, 2018

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Welcome back everyone.  Another week, another ten releases, and not without any discrepancies either.  Let’s get them out of the way now.

As reported last week, Eaten Alive! may have been out then or it might not be out until this week.  In any case you should be able to find it now if you couldn’t before.

Likewise, 1977’s Scalpel may not get here until next week, or you may find it sooner?  Either way, we will keep you posted.

In terms of other classics, Gate II will be hitting Blu-ray this week along with 1964’s The Night Walker, compliments of our friends at Scream Factory.  You can also pick up 1987’s Cannibal Hookers.

Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair are up next with Mom and Dad.  I haven’t seen it but I have heard good things, plus Nicolas Cage playing a crazy parent; who wouldn’t want to see that?

Check out the rest of this week’s titles below, including: She Kills, 10/31, Downhill and Headgame.  Something is bound to tickle your fancy.  Pleasant viewing.



MOVIES

10/31 (2017) (2/19)

Starring:

Mitchell Musolino, Nick Edwards, Cindy Maples, Sable Griedel, Chad Bruns

Synopsis:

10/31 is a Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. 5 spooky tales from masked killers to scarecrows, witches and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror written and directed by indie horrors best and brightest such as award winning film makers Justin M. Seaman and Zane Hershberger (The Barn), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror) an original score and segment directed by award winning film and game composer Rocky Gray (The Barn, Killing Floor 2, Close Calls) and features web horror host Malvolia: The Queen of Screams (Jennifer Nangle). These blood soaked tales of terror and the macabre in the vein of Creepshow, Body Bags, Tales of Halloween and V/H/S are sure to chill horror lovers to the bone.

BUY IT NOW!


Cannibal Hookers (1987)

Starring:

Marya Gant, Diana Cruz, Annette Munro, Katina Garner, Tommy Carrano, Donald Trimborn, Amy Waddell

Synopsis:

These girls will do anything to get into the Zama Gata Bata Sorority. Their initiation is to dress up as a couple of Hollywood hookers, pick up two johns and bring them back to the sorority. All the while the sisters of the Zama Gata Bata are waiting to have a little fresh meat when they get there! There is no shortage of blood and guts in this sex-soaked sleazy slice of retro-80’s horror.

WARNING: This film is for mature audiences only and is definitely not for the squeamish!

BUY IT NOW!


Downhill (2016)

Starring:

Natalie Burn, Bryce Draper, Ariel Levy, Luke Massy, Ignacia Allamand

Synopsis:

After his best friend dies in a racing accident, biking star Joe agrees to get back on the bike for an exhibition in Chile. During a test run with his girlfriend, Stephanie, they stumble upon an injured man infected by a mysterious virus. This is just the start of a very bad day for two of them as they become the target of relentless killers prepared to do anything to keep their secret from getting out of the mountains.

BUY IT NOW!


Eaten Alive! (1980) (Limited Edition Blu-ray + CD)

Starring:

Robert Kerman, Janet Agren, Ivan Rassimov

Synopsis:

Limited Edition of Only 2,500 units with an exclusive Slip Cover and CD Soundtrack!

EATEN ALIVE! — Now Uncut, Uncensored and Remastered in HD

Eight years after he first unleashed the Italian cannibal craze, spaghetti splatter master Umberto Lenzi (Nightmare City, Cannibal Ferox) returned to the jungle for this “graphic” (Monster Hunter), “sordid” (Geek Legacy) and “extreme” (Horror News) gut-muncher that still packs the power to knock you over. EuroSleaze hall-of- famers Robert Kerman (Cannibal Holocaust), Janet Agren (City Of The Living Dead), Ivan Rassimov (The Man From Deep River) and Me Me Lai (Jungle Holocaust) — along with Hollywood legend Mel Ferrer (War And Peace) — star in this insane assemblage of flesh-ripping mayhem, depraved sexual brutality, and even the Jonestown massacre. Eaten Alive! is now presented uncut, uncensored and fully remastered in HD for the first time ever, with all-new Special Features that slit open the legacy of this definitive cannibal classic.

BUY IT NOW!


Gate II (1992)

Starring:

Pamela Segall, Simon Reynolds

Synopsis:

Not all minions are cute and cuddly …

This supercharged sequel to the horror classic The Gate comes alive with unearthly creatures, heart-stopping action and incredible special effects.

Gate II picks up again with Terry, the teenage sorcerer who summons beings from the other side whose powers can be used to grant any wish. Unfortunately, before the Gate closes again, a “minion” – a tiny disciple of Satan himself – manages to slip through to our dimension. When the creature is kidnapped – all hell breaks loose.

BUY IT NOW!


Headgame (2018)

Starring:

Jamie Hill, Chris Hayes, Carly Steel, Liv von Oelreich, Leonard Roberts

Synopsis:

A group of young people awake from a rave to find themselves locked inside the now-abandoned warehouse with cameras screwed into their foreheads. With only a few clues and even less recollection of what happened the previous night, the group starts to piece together this unsettling puzzle. It quickly becomes apparent that they are unwilling competitors in a deadly game, and they will need to murder each other if they hope to survive.

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Mom and Dad (2017)

Starring:

Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, Zackary Arthur

Synopsis:

A teenage girl and her little brother must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own kids.

BUY IT NOW!


Night Walker, The (1964)

Starring:

Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Taylor

Synopsis:

Another frightening film from the mind of Robert Bloch, author of Psycho.

Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor, reteaming for their first film following their divorce(!), star in this intense thriller about a wealthy widow who is haunted by her husband and seduced by a handsome stranger – all in her dreams.

Following the death of her millionaire husband, Howard (Hayden Rorke), Irene Trent (Stanwyck) endures dreams so real and terrifying, that she finds herself trapped in an eerie world existing between fact and fantasy. Isolated from the world by her husband’s possessive nature, Irene feels there is no one she can turn to except for his personal attorney (Taylor), the only visitor Howard ever allowed to the house. But even as her dreams begin to take vivid shape, Irene begins to walk into a very real nightmare of deception, murder and betrayal.

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Scalpel (1977) (Special Edition)

Starring:

Robert Lansing, Sandy Martin, Judith Chapman, Arlen Dean Snyder

Synopsis:

HE LOST THE FACE OF THE WOMAN HE LOVED… SO HE GAVE IT TO SOMEONE ELSE.

US television staple Robert Lansing (Star Trek, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone) stars as a deranged surgeon in this twisty-turny psychological thriller from Blood Rage director John Grissmer.

In Scalpel, Lansing plays Dr. Phillip Reynolds, a man whose daughter Heather (Judith Chapman, As the World Turns, General Hospital) has run away from home a year prior following the suspicious death of her boyfriend. When he happens across a young woman one night, her face beaten beyond recognition, the unhinged Reynolds sees his an opportunity to put his trusty scalpel to use – hatching a plan to ”reconstruct” her face in the image of his missing daughter, and so claim her sizeable inheritance.

Photographed by celebrated cinematographer Edward Lachman, who would go on to serve as DP on the likes of Erin Brockovich and The Virgin Suicides, Scalpel is an exemplary slice of Southern-fried gothic, filled finally rescued from VHS obscurity in this revelatory new Blu-ray edition from Arrow Video.

BUY IT NOW!


She Kills (2016) (Limited Edition)

Starring:

Jennie Russo, Trey Harrison

Synopsis:

When Sadie’s husband is murdered by a vicious gang called “The Touchers”, she finds she possesses a strange hidden power to aid her in her quest for revenge. Limited edition DVD, exclusive artwork for Family Video.

BUY IT NOW!

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