Two shining examples of genre excellence stand out this week. As for a recommendation, it’s very difficult for me to choose between them. I’ve seen Black Death and it is excellent, but we’ll be talking about that in-depth later today. My excitement to sit down with my copy of I Saw the Devil for the first time is killing me. Hurry up, UPS! This is a horror emergency!
My Recommendation this week:
I Saw the Devil
I Saw the Devil is a shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished tale of murder and revenge. The embodiment of pure evil, Kyung-chul is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. On a freezing, snowy night, his latest victim is the beautiful Juyeon, daughter of a retired police chief and pregnant fiancée of elite special agent Soo-hyun. Obsessed with revenge, Soo-hyun is determined to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself. And when he finds Kyung-chul, turning him in to the authorities is the last thing on his mind, as the lines between good and evil fall away in this diabolically twisted game of cat and mouse.
I Saw the Devil is a Korean thriller directed by Jee-woon Kim, known for the creepy classic, Tale of Two Sisters, the darkly humorous The Quiet Family and goofy actioner, The Good, the Bad, the Weird. Quite a diverse body of work already, he proves yet again that he can handle a range of moods and genres beautifully with this severe revenge story. Korean horror fan? I have more good news. I Saw the Devil stars the amazing Min-sik Choi of Oldboy and Lady Vengeance fame as the twisted psychopath. I hear he delivers an unforgettable monster, but is the special agent played by Byung-hun Lee (The Good, the Bad, the Weird) any better? This question is said to be explored in two and a half hours of horrific brutality, beautiful cinematography and unbearable tension.
Viewers uncomfortable with lots of violence, especially but not exclusively toward women, may want to skip this. Highly recommended to horror fans with strong stomachs and a love for Asian cinema. http://www.isawthedevilmovie.com/
More DVD titles released today:
The year is 1348. Europe has fallen under the shadow of the Black Death. As the plague decimates all in its path, fear and superstition are rife. There are rumors of a village hidden in marshland that the plague cannot reach. There is talk of a necromancer who leads the village and is able to bring the dead back to life. Ulric (Sean Bean), a fearsome knight, is charged by the church to investigate these rumors. Joined by a young monk and a small consort of soldiers, the journey ahead will lead them into the heart of darkness where faith is challenged and put to the ultimate test. http://www.blackdeathfilm.com/
Expect a review later today to accompany the DVD street date.
A fun camping trip inot the woods turns into a KILLER time as one by one the nubile young teens are hunted down for there tasty blood. http://bloodjunkiemovie.com/
Something Twisted and Evil roams the woods feasting on the bodies of who ever enteres his domain. http://www.albatrossfilm.com/
Dahmer vs Gacy
A secret government lab run by Dr. Hess (Art LaFleur) has been trying to create the ultimate killer using the DNA of infamous killers Jeffrey Dahmer (Ford Austin) and John Wayne Gacy (Randal Malone), but there’s one big problem: they’ve escaped! Bloody mayhem stretches across the United States as they go on the ultimate killing spree. Trying to stop the maniacal madness is Ringo (Ford Austin), a hick warrior being trained by God (Harland Williams), using only a shotgun and a bottle of whiskey. In his road trip to hell, he must first fight off his own demons, not to mention an army of Japanese ninjas and a Super-serial killer (Ethan Phillips)! It all leads up to the ultimate showdown! http://www.virgilfilmsent.com/store/product.php?pid=432
Intervision is proud to present the return of the first shot-on-tape slasher movie for the home video market as well as one of the rarest genre films of all! The plot is familiar: A group of friends comes to party at a backwoods house where a legacy of brutality awaits. But within this minimalist ’80s mélange of food fights, feathered hair and abusive slow-motion lurks a relentless synth score, bizarre sexual subtexts and a disturbing shape-shifting behemoth killer. The result is 85 minutes of fever-dream depravity, now loaded with brand-new Bonus Features that put it all in skull-shattering perspective. http://intervisionpicturecorp.com/films/sledgehammer
Slime City Massacre
A dirty bomb has decimated New York City s financial district and reduced midtown to a post-apocalyptic nightmare. The neighborhood known as Slime City has been evacuated, except for the homeless, and in the ruins of a soup kitchen four squatters discover a supply of food that transforms them into hideous slime creatures, driven to murder! Meanwhile, a greedy developer who has set his sights on Slime City hires a team of mercenaries to wipe out the creatures. It s a battle royale between the Slime Heads, the mercenaries, and bloodthirsty mutant cannibals! http://www.slimeguy.com/slimecitymassacre.htm
The Violent Kind
Brace yourself for an unrelenting new horror classic that’s scary, rough, and willing to break all the rules! Your life will never be the same when you meet The Violent Kind, a ruthless pack of unstoppable psychopaths terrorizing the wilds of Northern California. Now they have their eyes on young Cody, the member of a notorious biker gang whose ex-girlfriend, Michelle (scream queen, Tiffany Shepis), turns up hysterical, drenched in blood… and carrying a dark, terrifying secret. Unrelenting and wildly unpredictable, this acclaimed shocker from the Butcher Brothers, directors of the horror hit, The Hamiltons, shocked audiences at Sundance and takes you on a wild ride you’ll never forget! https://www.facebook.com/theviolentkind
That’s all for now, folks. Catch you again soon for more news and reviews. And please do speak up if you have any thoughts on the films we’re babbling about. We love to hear from you.