There is finally a chill in the air in the Northeast this week as Halloween gets closer and closer. There also a bunch of movies getting released on Blu-ray and DVD this week. The only real discrepancy to discuss is Children Of The Corn, which may have already dropped on September 19th, but also had today listed on a few sites. You should be able to pick it up somewhere.
In terms of newer movies, this week’s biggest contender would probably have to be Jackals. You can pick that up along with Devil’s Whisper, The Midnight Man and the Halloween documentary Haunters: The Art Of The Scare.
This week also has quite a few classics coming our way. In terms of collections, there is the Vincent Price Collection as well as the Horror Hall of Fame Gift Set. Both of those sets will keep you entertained for hours.
Night Of The Living Dead is getting YET ANOTHER release, although this is a remaster from Mill Creek. You can check out more information regarding that here.
Other classics that are hitting shelves this week include Vampyr, Popcorn, 976-Evil, The Suspicious Death Of A Minor and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Technically, the Chucky: The Complete 7-Movie Collection could be counted as partially classic as well.
Speaking of Chucky, Cult Of Chucky also drops this week. If you were patient and waited for it to actually legally get a release, this one is for you. Otherwise, shame shame…
There are plenty of other titles listed below, so I will let you get to them. We’ll see you next week and as always, pleasant viewing.
13 Demons (2016)
Stephen Grey, Michael Cunningham, Steven Taber
Gary and his friends are into gaming, renaissance fairs and various unsavory vices. They stumble across a medieval board game that slowly consumes them, seducing them to believe they are “The Golden Paladins,” and are on a life and death mission to save the world.
13 DEMONS: YOU PLAY…YOU DIE!
Stephen Geoffreys, Patrick O’Bryan, Sandy Dennis
Director Robert “Freddy Krueger” England dials up a contemporary gothic tale of high-tech horror in 976-EVIL. Highschool underdog Hoax Wilmoth (Stephen Geoffreys, Fright Night), fills up the idle hours in his seedy little hometown fending off the local leather-jacketed thugs, avoiding his overbearing, religious fanatic mother (Sandy Dennis) and dreaming of a date with trailer park temptress Suzie(Lezie Deane). But his quietly desperate life takes a terrifying turn when his cousin, Spike, introduces him to an unusual new hobby – phoning in for his Horrorscope. Because instead of the slightly kinky astrological predictions he’s expecting, Hoax is hooked-up with a compellingly hideous demonicforce that slowly begins to overtake his entire life. Now there’s more than just a phone bill to pay for anyone and everyone who ever dared cross “the neighborhood nerd”.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) (25th Anniversary) (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray)
Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant, Sadie Frost
A young English lawyer, Jonathan Harker, is sent to a gloomy village in eastern Europe. He is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula, who travels to London, inspired by a photograph of Harker’s betrothed, Mina Murray. In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of seduction and terror, draining the life from Mina’s closest friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy’s friends gather together to try to drive away Dracula and rescue Mina.
Children Of The Corn (1984) (Special Edition)
Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, Courtney Gains, John Franklin, R.G. Armstrong
HE WHO WALKS BEHIND THE ROWS
A young couple travelling cross-country find themselves stranded in the small town of Gatlin, where they meet a mysterious religious cult of children. With no adults in sight the terror brews as the new arrivals find the secrets of the prospering corn fields and the children who inhabit them. Led by the mysterious Isaac and the unhinged Malachi the blood-curdling secrets of the children of Gatlin are soon revealed to their new outlander guests.
Featuring stellar performances from Linda Hamilton (Terminator) and Peter Horton (thirtysomething) and based on a short story by Stephen King, The Children of the Corn is a horror classic that has spawned multiple sequels and imitators, but none as harrowing as this masterpiece of horror.
Cult of Chucky (2017)
Fiona Dourif, Michael Therriault, Adam Hurtig, Alex Vincent, Elisabeth Rosen
Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica (Fiona Dourif) is wrongly convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new group therapy tool — a “Good Guy” doll — a string of grisly deaths plague the asylum and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Andy (Alex Vincent), Chucky’s now-grown-up nemesis from the original Child’s Play, races to Nica’s aid. But to save her he’ll have to get past Tiffany (Oscar-nominee Jennifer Tilly), Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.
Devil’s Whisper (2017)
Violkys Bustamante, Alison Fernandez, Marcos A. Ferraez, Benjamin A. Hoyt, Luna Maya
15-year-old Alejandro Duran, who comes from a religious Latino family, aspires to one day be a Catholic priest. But when he discovers a mysterious box he unwittingly unleashes a demonic spirit bent on possessing him. Alex must find a way to defeat this evil entity before it destroys him and everyone he loves. On the surface, Devil’s Whisper is a psychological horror film about demonic possession but underneath it’s a character driven drama about repressed psychological trauma and the cycle of abuse.
Don’t Torture A Duckling (1972) (2-Disc Special Edition)
Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian
From Lucio Fulci, the godfather of gore (The Psychic, The Beyond), comes one of the most powerful and unsettling giallo thrillers ever produced: his 1972 masterpiece Don’t Torture a Duckling.
When the sleepy rural village of Accendura is rocked by a series of murders of young boys, the superstitious locals are quick to apportion blame, with the suspects including the local witch , Maciara (Florinda Bolkan, A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin). With the bodies piling up and the community gripped by panic and a thirst for bloody vengeance, two outsiders city journalist Andrea (Tomas Milian, The Four of the Apocalypse) and spoilt rich girl Patrizia (Barbara Bouchet, The Red Queen Kills Seven Times) team up to crack the case. But before the mystery is solved, more blood will have been spilled, and not all of it belonging to innocents…
Deemed shocking at the time for its brutal violence, depiction of the Catholic Church and themes of child murder and paedophilia, Don t Torture a Duckling is widely regarded today as Fulci’s greatest film, rivalling the best of his close rival Dario Argento. Arrow Video is proud to present this uniquely chilling film in its North American high definition debut.
Haunters: The Art of the Scare (2017)
Jason Blum, McKenzie Westmore, Slash, Jen Soska, Jessica Cameron
Haunters: The Art Of The Scare is a heart-warming and heart-stopping documentary about how family-friendly haunted houses for Halloween have spawned a growing subculture of extreme horror simulations. What kind of person dedicates their life to turning other people’s nightmares into reality, and how far is too far? Explore the rise of terror as entertainment, by going behind-the-screams and into the lives of Shar Mayer, legendary scare actor, Donald Julson, a traditional boo-scare maze designer, and the infamous Russ McKamey, as he creates the most controversial full-contact haunt of all time… in his own backyard. Also featuring John Murdy (Universal Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights), Jon Braver (Delusion), Josh Randall (Blackout), Eric Lowther (Haunted Overload), Bruce Stanton (Reign of Terror), Sylvia & Jen Soska (American Mary & GSN’s Hellevator), Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare) and many more talented artists.
Deborah Kara Unger, Stephen Dorff, Johnathon Schaech
Set in the 1980s, an estranged family hires a cult deprogrammer to take back their teenage son from a murderous cult, but find themselves under siege when the cultists surround their cabin, demanding the boy back. Scream Factory™ is a DVD, Blu-ray and Digital brand created to focus on notable (and underrated) horror, sci-fi, thriller films from the past that have massive cult followings. The Scream Factory brand also includes recent contemporary genre films released and distributed in the US and international territories.
Kill Another Day (2017)
David Michael Moote, Jamie Elizabeth Sampson, Alex MacPherson
When an unknown illness ignites a full-blown epidemic, the world becomes overrun with bloodcurdling zombies. Hell-bent on returning home to his pregnant wife, David fights his way across the city, assembling a small group of survivors along the way, in a race against time to find the cure before it is too late.
The Midnight Man (2017)
Tommy Carrey, Ken Foree, Wendie Weldon
Hoping to fix their dysfunctional marriage, a couple travels to an isolated mountain cabin to work out their problems – but the one problem they didn’t anticipate is the maniac trying to kill them.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) (50th Anniversary Blu-ray + Digital)
Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman
They Won’t Stay Dead! The nation is overcome with panic as all of the dead suddenly come back to life, searching for human flesh to devour. A group of individuals searching for safety are followed on their journey to an abandoned farmhouse in attempts to remain protected, but their attempt begin to dissipate as zombies find their way inside.
Popcorn (1991) (Special Edition)
Jill Schoelen, Dee Wallace, Malcolm Danare, Ray Walston
What could be scarier than an all-night “Horrorthon”? A group of film students finds out when they stage just such an event at an abandoned movie palace. In addition to the three features Mosquito, The Attack Of The Amazing Electrified Man and The Stench, they decide to screen a bizarre short called The Possessor, whose creator, Lanyard Gates, killed his family and set the theater on fire after its first showing. Maggie (Jill Schoelen, The Stepfather) has been having frightening dreams that seem to be connected to The Possessor, and as the festival proceeds, the nightmare comes true for her and her friends as they are stalked and slain by a mysterious killer. Has Gates survived to continue The Possessor ‘s deadly legacy? A loving homage to 50s/ 60s B-movies (the trio of flicks shown at the Horrorthon all have accompanying William Castle-style gimmicks), Popcorn is also an insanely fun horror/comedy in its own right. Pseudonymously written by Alan Ormsby (Cat People, Deathdream), who directed the films-within-the-film, it celebrates the joys of old-fashioned creature features and 80s-style stalk-and-slay, with a great cast additionally including Dee Wallace (The Howling), Tony Roberts (Amityville 3-D), Ray Walston (The Stand), Malcolm Danare (Christine) and Kelly Jo Minter (A Nightmare On Elm Street 5). Pop some popcorn of your own and settle in to watch this new high-definition transfer, which comes with a box full of bonus features!
Stone Cold Dead (1979)
Richard Crenna, Paul Williams, Linda Sorensen, Belinda Montgomery, Alberta Watson
Sergeant Detective Boyd (Richard Crenna, First Blood, Wait Until Dark) has been assigned to a case with no ordinary circumstances. He is taunted by a sniper who selects only prostitutes as victims, and baits police with photographs of the victims at the exact moments of their deaths. Along the faint trail through the city s main streets, everybody is a suspect, from powerful dope dealer and pimp Julius Kurtz (Paul Williams, Phantom of the Paradise), to the attractive Monica Page (Linda Sorensen, Breaking Point), a spirited and classy hooker. Boyd enlists the help of a streetwise policewoman, Sandy McCauley (Belinda J. Montgomery, Blackout), who goes undercover as Boyd and McCauley slowly piece together the few elusive clues and await the sniper lurking in the dark corners of the city. Based on the best-selling novel The Sin Sniper by Hugh Garner (Waste No Tears), Stone Cold Dead marks the stellar writing and directing debut of George Mendeluk (The Kidnapping of the President). Alberta Watson (Spanking the Monkey, The Sweet Hereafter) co-stars in this unforgettable thriller with a shocking twist ending.
The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975) (2-Disc Special Edition)
Claudio Cassinelli, Mel Ferrer
In the wake of the success of Dario Argento’s ground-breaking giallo The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, numerous other directors stepped forward to try their hand at these lurid murder-mysteries. At the forefront was Sergio Martino (The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh, Torso), whose sensual 70s thrillers starring Edwige Fenech and George Hilton are widely celebrated as some of the best the genre has to offer.
The final of Martino’s six gialli, The Suspicious Death of a Minor combines conventional giallo trappings with elements of the then flourishing poliziotteschi crime thrillers. Claudio Cassinelli (What Have They Done to Your Daughters?) stars as undercover cop Paolo Germi, on the trail of a Milanese criminal outfit following the brutal murder of an underage prostitute. But a killer-for-hire is also on the prowl, bumping off witnesses before they have a chance to talk…
Also starring Mel Ferrer (Nightmare City), Barbara Magnolfi (Suspiria) and Jenny Tamburi (The Psychic), and featuring a script by veteran giallo writer Ernesto Gastaldi (All the Colors of the Dark, Death Walks at Midnight), this unique and lesser-known entry in Martino’s filmography serves as an essential link between two different movements in Italian popular cinema.
Vampyr (1932) (Criterion Collection)
Rena Mandel, Maurice Schutz, Julian West
With Vampyr, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer channeled his genius for creating mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, unsettling imagery into the horror genre. The result a chilling film about a student of the occult who encounters supernatural haunts and local evildoers in a village outside Paris is nearly unclassifiable. A host of stunning camera and editing tricks and densely layered sounds creates a mood of dreamlike terror. With its roiling fogs, ominous scythes, and foreboding echoes, Vampyr is one of cinema’s greatest nightmares.
“American Horror Story: Roanoke”
Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters
Life imitates grisly reality TV in one of television’s edgiest and most acclaimed shows ever! Told in gripping true-crime documentary style, “My Roanoke Nightmare” – this season’s show within the show – chronicles shocking paranormal events. Hoping to begin a peaceful new life in a rustic North Carolina farmhouse, Shelby and Matt Miller (Emmy winner Sarah Paulson and OSCAR Winner Cuba Gooding Jr.) flee Los Angeles, only to find murder, mayhem and madness! From a girl ghost to a swine monster to murderous nurse sisters to a sadistic cult leader known as “The Butcher” (OSCAR Winner Kathy Bates), the couple’s home is filled with nonstop terrors.
“iZombie” Season 3
Rose McIver, Steven Weber, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Aly Michalka
Will Seattle become the capital of the zombie homeland? In season three, Liv has discovered there are more zombies living in Seattle than she previously believed, including a private military contractor employing a zombie army that is preparing for the day humans learn of their existence. Major finds acceptance in this army, and Liv and Clive investigate the murder of a zombie family that may set off an all-out zombie-human war. Ravi’s former boss at the Center for Disease Control shows up in Seattle to investigate the Max Rager massacre. Blaine finds living as a human with no memory of his evil past is more blessing than curse. Peyton pulls at a thread in one of her cases that may lead to the villain that’s pulling all the strings. This action-packed season will see Liv take on the traits of a dominatrix, a JACKASS-style stunt man, an office gossip, a pre-school teacher, a conspiracy theorist, a dungeon master, and more.
Beast of Yucca Flats & Beast From Haunted Cave Double Feature
Tor Johnson, Conrad Brooks, Anthony Cardoza, Michael Forest, Frank Woolf
Presenting a super Sci-Fi HorrorRama Double Feature: Beast of Yucca Flats and Beast from Haunted Cave!
Beast Of Yucca Flats
Thrill as prominent Russian rocket scientist, Tor Johnson (yes, THAT Tor Johnson), barely escapes a band of blood-thirsty spies, but in eluding his captors, Tor is exposed to a deadly atomic blast that turns him into a Monster that rivals his greatest role in Plan 9 From Outer Space. Filmed without sound, Beast Of Yucca Flats (1961) makes the most of what little it does have. Directed by actor Coleman Francis, who would be murdered shortly afterwards, it also features Conrad Brooks (Bride Of The Monster) and Anthony Cardoza (Night Of The Ghouls, Bigfoot). To keep things interesting the producers even inserted a scene featuring a nude girl into the beginning of the show! Seen here for the first time in an enhanced widescreen 35mm progressive scan presentation.
Beast From Haunted Cave
Directed by Monte Hellman. was produced by Roger Corman in Deadwood, South Dakota. Starring Michael Forest (Atlas, Viking Women Vs. The Sea Serpent) and Frank Wolff (The Wasp Woman), the story tells a genuinely scary tale of a hideous blood-sucking thing from a lonely cave that terrorizes a group of thieves as they attempt to escape with their ill-gotten loot. Presented in an enhanced widescreen progressive scan transfer of the original Filmgroup theatrical version.
Chucky: The Complete 7-Movie Collection
Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent, Justin Whalin, Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif
Set a play date with Chucky—America’s favorite killer doll—with the Chucky: Complete 7-Movie Collection. In Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2 and Child’s Play 3, Chucky torments his original victim, young Andy Barclay. In Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky, the bloodthirsty boy-toy meets his demonic doll of his dreams, Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly). Chucky returns for more terror in Curse of Chucky, where the murderous mop-top terrorizes a family with an unusual connection. Finally, in Cult of Chucky, an insane asylum is the place for Chucky to take on old nemeses and new victims.
A killer sought by a Chicago detective becomes a doll called Chucky, bought by a woman for her son.
Child’s Play 2
Chucky the knee-high killer doll returns to get the boy who destroyed him before.
Child’s Play 3
Chucky the foul killer doll shows up again, in a box mailed to his young foe’s coed military school.
Bride Of Chucky
After Chucky’s old flame (Tilly) rescues his battered body from a police impound, he turns her into his newest playmate and partner in crime. Together the demonic duo embark on a homicidal honeymoon in search for two perfect souls to steal.
Seed of Chucky
Chucky – the possessed, killer doll – returns with thoughts of reproducing so that his offspring can continue in his murderous footsteps.
Curse of Chucky
Nica (Fiona Dourif) is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) arrives with her young family in tow to help settle their mother’s affairs. As the sisters butt heads over Nica’s plans for the future, Barb’s young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (voiced again by Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail. But as a string of brutal murders begins to terrorize the household, Nica suspects the doll may hold the key to the bloodshed. What she doesn’t know is that Chucky has a personal score to settle. He’s determined to finish a job he started more than 20 years earlier, and this time he’s going to see it through to the bloody and shocking end.
Cult of Chucky
Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica (Fiona Dourif) is wrongly convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new group therapy tool — a “Good Guy” doll — a string of grisly deaths plague the asylum and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Andy (Alex Vincent), Chucky’s now-grown-up nemesis from the original Child’s Play, races to Nica’s aid. But to save her he’ll have to get past Tiffany (Oscar®-nominee Jennifer Tilly), Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.
Horror Hall of Fame Gift Set
Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee
Hungry for Horror? Stay glued to the edge of your seat with a 26 film bundle including some of the greatest works from the masters of Horror.
The Bat – 1959 – Vincent Price
Before I Hang – 1940 – Boris Karloff
The Black Room – 1935 – Boris Karloff
The Boogie Man Will Get You – 1942 – Boris Karloff
Creatures the World Forgot – 1971 – Brian O’Shaughnessy
The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb – 1964 – Ronald Howard
The Devil Commands – 1941 – Boris Karloff
Die! Die! My Darling! – 1965 – Donald Sutherland
Five – 1951 – William Phipps
The Gorgon – 1964 – Christopher Lee
House on Haunted Hill – 1959 – Vincent Price
The Jackals – 1967 – Vincent Price
Last Man on Earth – 1964 – Vincent Price
The Mad Magician – 1954 – Vincent Price
The Man They Could Not Hang – 1939 – Boris Karloff
The Man Who Turned To Stone – 1957 – Victor Jory
The Man With Nine Lives – 1940 – Boris Karloff
Maniac – 1963 – Kerwin Mathews
Never Take Candy From a Stranger – 1960 – Patrick Allen
The Revenge of Frankenstein – 1958 – Peter Cushing
Scream of Fear – 1961 – Christopher Lee
Shock – 1946 – Vincent Price
The Snorkel – 1958 – Peter van Eyck
Stop Me Before I Kill! – 1961 – Ronald Lewis
The Terror of the Tongs – 1961 – Christopher Lee
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll – 1960 – Christopher Lee
The Purgation – 10 Movie Collection
Mandy Levin, Tiffany Kieu, Brian Krause, Matt Thompson, Josh Folan, Debbie Rochon, Erica Leerhsen, Simon Wallace,
Stephen Carracher, Catherine McCormack
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HELL!
All Alone (2012)
Two couples embark on an overnight camping trip to get away from the confines of the city and escape to the solitude of the mountains where secrets are revealed and desperation fuels an irreversible chain of events.
The Purgation (2015)
Iris thinks she’s going crazy. To stay sane, she must confront her past by revisiting the site of a childhood trauma – the old county asylum.
A brilliant, obsessive doctor working on a cure for AIDS unwittingly invents an aggressive new bacteria that deteriorates the body and enrages the mind.
Seminary student Brett Ethos falls away from the church and his faith, only to find out that his bloodline is sought by real evil.
All God’s Creatures (2011)
Creature of habit, Jon Smith (Josh Folan – “All My Children”, Ay Lav Yu, The Graduates) spends his days mindlessly working as a barista in New York City. When night falls, this seeming everyman savagely kills “filthy women” as his social outlet.
Billy’s Cult (2014)
Billy’s Cult takes us into the demented mind of Billy, (Donovan Kern) a ruthless killer unlike any other seen before. Detectives Gates (Lou Martini Jr.) and Steele (Debbie Rochon) are in pursuit of this killer, trying to put an end to the killing spree, while at the same time, attempting to exorcise their own inner demons.
In 1885, a female doctor helping a group of people with their phobias becomes embroiled in a murder mystery surrounding a patient that may or may not be a vampire.
Summer School (2006)
Charlie is a teenage horror buff and even runs his own movie review website. He soon finds himself in a series of all-too realistic nightmares that look an awful lot like his movies. His grip on reality loosens as it becomes impossible to tell whether he’s awake or asleep.
Vanished is a gripping psychological thriller dealing with child kidnapping and how far a parent will go seeking revenge.
After a long and unsuccessful period trying to have a family, Claire (Catherine McCormack) and Adrián (Jordi Mollá) finally adopt a girl. The coming of Isabel is desired by the whole family, but making a six-year-old girl with a past of her own fit into her new life might be something more complicated than they expected.
Robert The Doll (Double Feature Set)
In this chilling story based on real life events a family experience terrifying supernatural occurrences when their son acquires a vintage doll called Robert.
The Curse of Robert the Doll
Emily Barker is a cash strapped student trying to make money as a cleaner working nights at the East Falls Museum. But her peaceful graveyard shift turns into a time of terror when she is plagued by the sound of footsteps in empty corridors and mysterious vandalism throughout the building. Emily suspects that one of the exhibits, a creepy vintage doll named Robert, is alive and wreaking havoc after hours. Her reports to the head of security and the museum owner go unheeded. But when members of the night staff turn up dead in sinister circumstances, Emily knows the doll is responsible for the bloodshed. But a local police detective points the finger of suspicion at Emily and she finds herself the prime suspect in the investigation. Can she convince everyone of the truth behind the murders and clear her name? Or will she too fall victim to the Curse of Robert the Doll?
Vincent Price Collection – 5 Frightening Features
Five Films Featuring One Of The Masters Of Horror! Delve into the world of Vincent Price – experience films from the man that made Horror a work of art!
House on Haunted Hill
A wealthy man offers a hefty amount of money to a select five people that concur to being trapped in a haunted rental house overnight.
Last Man on Earth
Illness reforms any spark of human life into living dead, and the last man left on earth is forced to set out as a vampire hunter.
After a woman witnesses a man commit murder, she is locked into a private asylum to face her psychological issues – but the one who admitted her may be the one who indefinitely needs help.
When psycho killer, “The Bat,” escapes, he runs loose in a mansion filled with people.
The heart does in fact, speak louder than the mind – convicted bank robber is after a gold miner, but quickly falls in love with his granddaughter, leading to a change of plans.
Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can
It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!
From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!
This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)
We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.
Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.
American Psycho Meets Creep – Strawberry Flavored Plastic Review
Starring Aidan Bristow, Nicholas Urda, Andres Montejo
Directed by Colin Bemis
Recently I wrote up an article here on Dread Central which was basically an open letter to anyone who was listening called “I Miss Found Footage.” Well, it seems like someone WAS listening, as I was then sent the link to an all-new found footage film called Strawberry Flavored Plastic from first-time writer-director Colin Bemis.
The film follows the “still-at-large crimes of Noel, a repentant, classy and charming serial killer loose in the suburbs of New York.” Basically, you could think of the flick as American Psycho meets Mark Duplass and Partick Brice’s Creep. That, or you could think of it as “Man Bites Dog in color!” However you choose to label Colin Bemis’ psychological thriller, just make sure you check out the film once it hits in the future.
As I alluded to above, the film is basically a found footage version of American Psycho. But that said, the film sports a twist on the charming serial killer subgenre that I have yet to see play out in any of the above-mentioned classics. I’m not going to go into spoiler territory here, but I will say that the film introduces an element to the tale that spins it into much more of a character drama than a straight horror film. Not that there is anything wrong with that!
Truth be told, the film’s turn from serial killer flick into a layered character study might have been its kiss of death, but this slight genre switch is rendered a minor issue as the film’s central narcissistic antagonist is played by Aidan Bristow. Bristow is an actor you may not have heard of before this review, but you will hear his name more and more over the years to come, I promise. The guy gives (no pun intended) a killer performance as the film’s resident serial killer Noel Rose, and time after time surprised me with how chilling, charming, or downright vulnerable he chose to play any given scene.
Bristow’s performance is, in the end, the major element the film has going for it. But that said, as a fan of found footage, I was smiling ear to ear at first-time director Colin Bemis’ understanding of what makes a found footage suspense sequence work.
In Strawberry Flavored Plastic director Colin Bemis is confident and content to allow full emotional scenes to play out with the camera directed at nothing more than a character’s knees. Why is this so important? Because it keeps the reality of the film going. Too many found footage directors would focus on the actors’ faces during such emotional scenes – no matter how contrived the camera angle was. In this film, however, Bemis favors the reality that says, “If you were really in this emotional state and holding a camera, you would let it drop to your side.” I agree, and it is small touches like that which make the film feel authentic and thus – once the shite hits the fan – all the scarier.
On the dull side of the kitchen knife, the film does feel a bit long even given it’s short running time, and there doesn’t seem too much in the way of visceral horror to be found within. Again, graphic blood and gore aren’t a must in a fright flick, but a tad more of the old ultra-violence would have gone a long way in selling our main psychopath’s insanity and unpredictability. But all the same, the film does feature a rather shocking sequence where our main baddie performs a brutal home invasion/murder that puts this film firmly in the realm of horror. In fact, the particular POV home invasion scene I’m talking about holds about as much horror as you’ll ever wish to witness.
In the end, Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic is a must-see for fans of found footage and serial killer studies such as American Pyscho, Creep, and Man Bites Dog. I recommend giving it a watch once it premieres. If only to be able to point to Aidan Bristow in the near future and tell all your friends that you watched (one of) his first movies.
Lead actor Aidan Bristow turns in a star-making performance in Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic, a found footage film that plays out like Man Bites Dog in Color before introducing a new element to the charming-serial-killer subgenre and becoming more character study than a straight horror. Think American Psycho meets Creep.
Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 148 – Inside (2017 Remake)
We’ve all heard the old saying, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Well, I’m here to tell you that’s only partially true. It seems there is a third certainty that had been omitted from the original quote, “It is certain, if you enjoy a movie, at some point someone will remake that movie.” Now is the time when one of my favorite movies gets reimagined, “for an American audience”.
In the late 2000’s an explosion of “French extreme” horror films was released. Martyrs and or High Tension can often be found on any number of lists of the “most fucked up horror movies ever”. Unfortunately, the vastly superior Inside is often forgotten (as well as Frontier(s), but that’s a whole ‘nother rant). Now, ten years after it’s initial release, Inside has been Americanized. Don’t worry, we watched it so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.
Mommy says you’re not dead. Is that true? It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 148!
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