DVD Releases: To Die For

Death will find you relaxing in front of the TV if you’re not careful come Tuesday, March 18th, 2008…
Click to see it bigger!13: Game of Death (2007)
Directed by Chukiat Sakweerakul

This is a fucked-up little film from Thailand that shows just how influenced the Thai are by American cinema, because almost every aspect of the film screams Hollywood. The story follows a man who’s having the worst day of his life; he’s lost his girl, his job and is starting to lose his mind. He gets a call telling him that if he can do a seemingly simple task, he will be given some money. The more difficult the tasks get, the more money he gets, and believe me; they get difficult. Check out our “>13: Game of Death DVD review for more! Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!After Dark Horrofest 2 (2007)
Directed by Various

As I’m sure you’re aware, all “8 Films to Die For” are out individually as well, which is a good thing because only about three of these are worth your time if you ask me. Included in the box set are Lake Dead, Mulberry Street, The Deaths of Ian Stone, Tooth & Nail, Crazy Eights, Borderland and Nightmare Man. Be sure to check out Creepy’s “>After Dark Horrorfest 2 box set review for links to all our individual reviews as well! Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!I Am Legend (2007)
Directed by Francis Lawrence

Yes, Will Smith did an excellent job as Robert Neville, the last remaining human after a plague turns us all into bloodthirsty nocturnal monstrosities. Too bad the geniuses behind the film decided that it looked better to make said creatures all-CG, thus ruining any effectiveness they might have had. Ignoring some of the bigger plot elements of Matheson’s novel wasn’t too smart either. Purchase carefully if you do get this; there are about 5 versions being released tomorrow. Be sure to read our “>I Am Legend review for more! Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!The Lost (2006)
Directed by Chris Sivertson

Before he confused audiences with I Know Who Killed Me, Sivertson directed the first adaptation of a Jack Ketchum book and managed to pull it off brilliantly. Why we had to wait so long for it to find its way to DVD I don’t know, but I’m sure glad it’s finally here. The story is about a young maniac and his boundary-pushing activities one summer day when he comes across two girls camping. Check out our “>DVD review of The Lost to learn more about why you need to buy this! Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Maniac Love
Directed by Various

Four films that are presumably about love at its most maniacal. These are movies that, if the distributor did what they set out to do, should make you reconsider falling for the opposite or, hell, same sex. Included are Whispers From a Shallow Grave, Camp Utopia, Bloodletting and Bent, Volume 3. What happened to the first two volumes? I doubt it matters much to be honest. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!The Sadness (2007)
Directed by R.F. Pangborn

Why is she sad? She’s been abused, of course, but pretty soon those who abused her will be sad instead because she discovers she has special abilities that allow revenge on her tormentors to be oh-so-sweet. Of course, it’s a York release so I doubt we’ve got a new horror classic on our hands. Sometimes I really wonder where they dig some of these films up from; they seem to have a never-ending supply of them. Weird… Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!The Sick House (2007)
Directed by Curtis Radclyffe

I remember digging this movie right after watching it, but I’ll be damned if I can remember a lot about it. Gina Phillips (Jeepers Creepers) stars as an archaeologist excavating the 17th Century ruins of an old hospital. She accidentally unleashes the Black Plague while in the process, and some kids who are hiding out in the building are the first to catch it. Something then happens with a pregnant girl, I think. See if Creepy’s “>Sick House DVD review has any more details! Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Soul Searcher (2007)
Directed by Neil Oseman

Wow, this one sounds like the setup for a hip new show on the CW, or maybe something USA would’ve aired for a season and a half in its heyday. The story is about a lonely man who meets an ailing Grim Reaper and is offered the chance to train as his replacement. At the same time something is breaking down the walls between this world and the next in order to open the ancient moat of souls (?), and it’s up to the new Reaper to stop him. Buy it here!

Synchronicity (2008)
Directed by Brian Hirschbine

I have to admit that this one sounds like a lot of fun. One morning John wakes up in bed covered in blood. He can only vomit thick black liquid instead of speak and soon finds a “Dear John” letter from his brain lodged in his ear. He sets off to find his brain and learn why it left him in the first place, never stopping to wonder for too long why he’s still alive. Bunnies, bears, corpse sex and little girls all come across his path to confuse him further. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Trigger Man (2007)
Directed by Ti West

I’ve been waiting a long time for this one; West’s follow-up to The Roost that’s won rave reviews pretty much wherever it’s been shown. The story follows three friends on a weekend hunting trip that become the targets of the titular character. Needless to say, their weekend doesn’t go as planned as hunters become hunted. Features on the DVD include two commentary tracks, an LA Q&A done after its premiere and more! Buy it here!

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  • Terminal

    Soul Searcher was good. I saw it two years ago. It’s British and it mostly an action fantasy movie.

    AND I have Mulberry Street, which is cool.