Woops. Between the new job and some time spent in hospitals this week (everything’s fine!), I’m late with my weekly update. But we DID have a chance to view Black Death for Valentine’s Day. Because plagues and witch hunts are romantic. We liked it quite a bit and we have thoughts on that coming soon. Well, let’s not waste any more time. Here are those new releases!
Theater Releases, February 17th-18th
Limited theater release 2/17
After separating from her husband beautiful young Doctor Juliet begins a new life in Brooklyn. Her stunning, spacious loft apartment seems too good to be true and when mysterious occurrences lead her to believe she’s not alone Juliet discovers the unthinkable…someone is watching. http://www.hammerfilms.com/productions/film/filmid/13/the-resident
Even if it’s in name alone, Hammer’s back! Only the most cynical of experienced horror fans would feel nothing when “HAMMER” fills the the screen in giant red letters before Let Me In, the revitalized company’s first major release. Their next release, before the highly anticipated Woman in Black remake, is The Resident. Starring Hillary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Christopher Lee, The Resident opens in a limited number of theaters Thursday and arrives quickly to DVD on March 29th.
Wide theater release 2/18
Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by assassins, he finds himself alone, tired, and on the run. On his own in a strange country, Martin seeks aid from an unlikely and reluctant source (Diane Kruger) as he plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth. http://unknownmovie.warnerbros.com/
Vanishing on 7th Street
Vanishing on 7th Street is seeing a imited release in NYC this weekend. As mentioned in a previous post, the film is already available on VOD. We recommend this one and owe you a review.
VOD Releases, February 18th
We Are What We Are
A middle-aged man dies in the street, leaving his widow and three children destitute. The devastated family is confronted not only with his loss but with a terrible challenge – how to survive. For they are cannibals. They have always existed on a diet of human flesh consumed in bloody ritual ceremonies… and the victims have always been provided by the father. Now that he is gone, who will hunt? Who will lead them? How will they sate their horrific hunger? The task falls to the eldest son, Alfredo, a teenage misfit who seems far from ready to accept the challenge… But without human meat the family will die. Shocking, bloody and deeply moving, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE is a remarkable reinvention of the horror genre – a visceral and powerfully emotional portrait of a family bound by a terrible secret and driven by monstrous appetites. http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/we-are-what-we-are
DVD Releases, February 15th
The Last Lovecraft: The Relic of Cthulhu
Jeff, a down on his luck office worker finds out he is the last living relative of horror novelist H.P. Lovecraft. What he doesn’t know is that Lovecraft’s monsters are real and will soon threaten the very existence of mankind. Jeff and his best friend Charlie are forced to embark on a perilous adventure and they enlist the help of high school acquaintance, Paul, a self proclaimed Lovecraft specialist. Together the three unlikely heroes must protect an alien relic and prevent the release of an acient evil, known as Cthulhu. http://thelastlovecraft.com/
Love at First Kill
AKA The Box Collector
Love At First Kill is a provocative thriller about seduction, deception, madness and murder. Harry is a young artist who lives with his overprotective widowed mother, Beth. But when a sexy divorcee moves next-door, Beth’s paranoia triggers a chain of events that will shatter their worlds forever. What is the shocking secret behind Harry’s recurring nightmares? What really happened to his long-dead father? And what horror is Beth capable of when pushed too far? Limited information and trailer on Anchor Bay’s website. Best I can do.
The Ancient Romans believed that the soul escaped one’s body with the last breath. It was believed that last breath held the power to cure disease and prolong life. In 1930’s, Dr. Robert Kaminsky devoted his life to finding out how to harness the power in the last breath. Susan Jordan owns a local novelty shop. One item in her shop, an antique box once owned by Doctor Kaminsky, draws the interest of two men: Raif Collins who hopes its contents can save his dying sister, and Alex Poe whose motives are more mysterious. Susan quickly finds herself in a perilous struggle to protect the box and the secrets that it holds. In this case, an official FaceBook page is the best I can do!
My Recommendation this Week:
Although I’m certainly interested in seeing the newest from Hammer and always love seeing Liam Neeson punch dudes, I’ll have to recommend We Are What We Are. The Mexican cannibal film has been well-received from both within and outside the horror community. A dark character study I’ve seen favorably compared to Let the Right One In more than once, I recommend it and hope to see it for myself soon.
If you’re in NYC, I think Vanishing on 7th Street is a film that would be best enjoyed in a theater. (Luckily for the rest of us, it works just fine in a dark living room too.)