Ready for another dose of past Friday film fare still firmly planted in the foreign section? Then welcome back to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today we’re hitting the first delectable British feature of a talented female filmmaker who had at the time already won an Oscar. (Best Live Action Short for Wasp people!) It combines the classic qualities of a taunt suspenseful thriller with heartbreaking human drama for a movie that arrests at every terrific turn. Loss, obsession and facing demons of the past – let’s head down…Red Road!
For all The Legend of Tarzan has going for it, which includes big stars, big budget effects and a proven director, the resulting film is a bland misfire. Attempting to create new interest in a 100+ year old pulp hero is not a terrible idea, but this film has seemingly no ambition to do much more than supply all the basic parts needed and hope it all works. Well, with $180 million put down to launch a new franchise featuring the King of the Jungle, it’s a shame this film has nothing to offer beyond the bare minimum of story, perfunctory levels of excitement and the abs of Alexander Skarsgard.
Fear is a place… A “deft exercise in atmospheric horror” (L.A. Weekly) that takes place in an abandoned mental hospital, Session 9 makes its Blu-ray debut courtesy Scream Factory on August 16, 2016. This release comes packed with new bonus features, including interviews with cast and crew, and Horror’s Hallowed Grounds, a new revisiting of the locations of the film.
For those looking to balance big blockbusters with some smaller film fare your cinematic ship has come in. Dissected below are four new indie flicks that cover everything from crazed sharpshooters to docs for dudes all out this Friday, July 1 in select theaters, digital formats and so on for the enquiring movie geek. So feel free to browse the Encapsulated Movie Reviews of Carnage Park, Making The American Man, The Innocents and Our Kind of Traitor below!
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War has conquered both audiences and critics, debuting to $179.1 million—the fifth-biggest domestic opening of all time. When it arrives early on Digital HD, Digital 3D and Disney Movies Anywhere on Sept. 2 and on Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 13, viewers can join the nonstop action and pick their side—Team Cap, commanded by Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), or Team Iron Man, led by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). And don’t miss the 60+ minutes of in-depth bonus features that take viewers behind the battle lines with their favorite Super Heroes!
Something weird happened in 2014. My girlfriend made me take her to see The Purge: Anarchy in the theater. Why is this newsworthy? Hold on! I’m getting to it. I like a slow burn. Haha. It’s remarkable because of my disdain of the first entry in this Purge franchise. I initially absolutely hated the concept and just wasn’t a fan of the film overall. However, my qualms have slowly faded away over the past years given my love I have for Frank Grillo and his involvement in The Purge: Anarchy. The one scene where he was screaming at the man who took his son’s life, “you killed my boy,” nearly brought me to tears (and that’s hard to do). It was one of the best performances of the year in my playbook. I apologize about the previous spoiler, but I had to emphasize my point to hit it home to accurately describe my change of heart when it comes to the Purge franchise. So nevertheless, you better believe I was excited for this year’s Purge once I heard Grillo would be back. Hell to the yeah! Continue reading ‘It’s Your God Given Right To ‘Purge’ This ‘Election Year’ (Movie Review)’
There is something to admire in The Purge franchise that has stemmed from a singular voice, writer/director James DeMonaco. This twisted franchise has not been my favorite, but it has been influenced by topical subject matter that now pushes this latest entry, The Purge: Election Year, to a point that almost feels plausible. Some audiences can still be entertained by the over-the-top antics of this film universe’s annual event, but for a horror series to further embrace its social science fiction ideas and turn its subtext into text, I can extend a level of admiration.
This July, Scream Factory presents a long-lost cult favorite on Blu-ray for the first time. The Boy Who Cried Werewolf debuts on Blu-ray. This was the third and final pairing of actor Kerwin Mathews and cult filmmaker Nathan Juran (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, The Brain From Planet Arous). The two had also worked together on the classic The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad and Jack The Giant Killer. The film makes its home video debut with a beautiful new High-Definition Transfer! In this thriller, a boy visits his father in a secluded cabin; the father is attacked by a werewolf and then becomes one himself. The boy constantly tries to tell others, but nobody will believe him. The film was originally released theatrical as half of a double bill with another film Scream Factory put out this year on Blu-ray, “Sssssss”. Continue reading ‘The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (Blu-ray Review)’
In 1976, Carrie, the “absolutely spellbinding horror movie” (Roger Ebert) directed by Brian DePalma (Scarface, The Untouchables, Dressed to Kill) and based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, premiered in theaters, forever changing the landscape of horror films, and launching much of its outstanding cast into stardom. On October 11, 2016, the SCREAM FACTORY™ home entertainment brand celebrates the 40th anniversary of the film with a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release which includes a brand new 4K scan of the film and nearly 3 hours of bonus material.
I’m spending the time before the upcoming holiday weekend to write about the aptly titled Independence Day, now some 20 years old and counting. Fox provided us with a regular Blu-ray version of this 20th Anniversary releases, which Aaron Neuwirth reviewed enthusiastically over here, but today I’m coming at you with the best presentation this film has ever seen on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format. However, I digress for the moment as I want to spend the next few paragraphs talking about what the 1996 science-fiction action flick meant to me. It is my belief that Independence Day accomplished three major things things, if not more. First, it ushered in the era of what all now know of as the obligatory, annual large-scale disaster films that plague the summer box office. Second, it became a star vehicle for Will Smith and opened doors to him in Hollywood I’m sure he never imagined despite the bright, rising star he already was. And finally, Independence Day set the bar for all sci-fi action movies to follow with its then groundbreaking effects. Continue reading ‘Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’
Sometimes you have to try and channel Roald Dahl to describe his films. Steven Spielberg certainly seems to be a fan, as he has done all he can to replicate the 1982 novel of the same name. Given both the Beard’s directorial sensibilities and being his first Disney movie there is perhaps almost too light of a touch, but The BFG makes up for this by way of delivering on spectacle without overdoing it. Really, what better way to see a movie about a little girl and her new giant best friend come to life than through the lens of a British comedy with big Hollywood effects?
Imagine being a hunter leading highly trained bloodhounds in pursuit of a killer… and the trail leads directly to you! Starring Academy-Award® winners Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman, No Way Out is “a mesmerizing look at Washington power” (The Hollywood Reporter). Available on February 16th, 2016 from Shout! Factory, this taut and stylish thriller also comes with audio commentary with director Roger Donaldson and the original theatrical trailer. Also starring in the film are Sean Young (Blade Runner, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) and Will Patton (Falling Skies, Remember The Titans).
When the eventual vampire apocalypse comes, we had better hope that centuries of vampire lore from books, comics, and movies is accurate. It’s the only thing we cling to, with the proper use of garlic, stakes through the heart, and hoping they can’t cross running water. Of course, we’ve seen countless interpretations of vampires in comics over the years, so to bring something new and intriguing to the genre is a challenge to creators. Luckily with Blood Feud from Oni Press, the challenge was accepted and executed very well.
It will make your flesh crawl … Executive Producer Eli Roth presents Cabin Fever, a reboot of his instant classic gorefest. Featuring all-new characters and all-new kills, Cabin Fever also includes the featurette “The Making of Cabin Fever” and theatrical trailer as bonus features. The story is a familiar one. This fresh spin on a horror-comedy milestone stars Gage Golightly (Exeter, Teen Wolf), Nadine Crocker (Deadgirl), Samuel Davis (Machete Kills, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) and Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3). Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com. The film will be available on Blu-ray from Scream Factory in association with IFC Midnight on July 5th. Check out our review below and if you are interested, click on the Amazon link below and pre-order! Continue reading ‘Cabin Fever (Blu-ray Review)’
Spike your hair, throw on your combat boots, and get ready to dive into the mosh pit when the brilliantly crafted thriller Green Room hits Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) July 12 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier (who achieved critical success with Blue Ruin), Green Room is a film that critics are calling “the best screw-tightening siege movie of the year” (Rolling Stone). The award-winning film stars Golden Globe® nominee Patrick Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past) in a role ”that’s as cool as it is evil” (Bloody Disgusting) and will haunt audiences well past the closing credits. The film also stars the late great Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Beyond), Macon Blair (Blue Ruin), Imogen Poots (Fright Night) and Alia Shawkat (The Final Girls). The Green Room Blu-ray with Digital HD contains a full-length audio commentary with Director Jeremy Saulnier and a behind-the-scenes featurette.
Just when you thought it was safe to get Blake in the water, along comes The Shallows. Here’s an efficient thriller that milks a solid premise for all it’s worth. A surfer is trapped on a rock near the shore, while a shark circles her. Other details keep it interesting, even while the film goes over-the-top in its final act, but it does all it can to satisfy its b-movie machinations. Not hurting is star Blake Lively, who is more than capable of providing an action-movie lead to keep us involved with the thrills.
For years, fans have been clamoring for the definite word on the making of George A. Romero’s classic 1982 horror anthology CREEPSHOW, the first of his many big screen collaborations with best-selling novelist Stephen King. Now 34 years later, Synapse Films and Red Shirt Pictures join forces to bring this terrifyingly entertaining story to life in JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF “CREEPSHOW”, a special edition Blu-ray release documenting one of the greatest horror films ever made! JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF “CREEPSHOW” is filled with rare behind-the-scenes footage, photographs and other exciting memorabilia. Featuring over a dozen interviews, including George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Adrienne Barbeau, Ed Harris, Tom Atkins and many others, this Special Edition Blu-ray also contains hours of additional supplemental materials. These are the terrifying stories behind the film that promised you, “The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have BEING SCARED!” Continue reading ‘Just Desserts: The Making Of “Creepshow” (Blu-ray Review)’
A young girl finds and unlikely and uplifting friendship with an adorable monkey in this charming, light-hearted film. Rising star Shelby Lyon heads up an all-star cast, including Peyton Meyere (Girl Meets World), Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie), Sean Patrick Flannery (The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles), Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day) and, of course, Crystal the Monkey (Night at the Museum). The film makes its home debut on August 2nd, when Shout! Factory releases it under the Shout Kids label. It features an array of bonus material, including a half hour set of interviews and clips telling the story of making the film. This family film can be yours by scrolling down below and pre-ordering it from the Amazon link below. C’mon, monkeys, Shannon Elizabeth and gymnastics. You want this! Continue reading ‘Gibby (DVD Review)’