DVD Releases, May 17, 2011

Posted: May 17, 2011 by Jenny Dreadful in Film, News

Lots of high-profile scare-fests vie for our attention today. For instance, widely released flicks like Red Riding Hood, The Rite and The Roommate are now available to own and rent. Personally, I wish some of that press and distribution power had been applied to this week’s recommendation instead. The spooky Vanishing on 7th Street.

My Recommendation this week:
Vanishing on 7th Street

From director Brad Anderson (Session 9, Transsiberian, The Machinist) comes VANISHING ON 7TH STREET, a terrifying, apocalyptic thriller that taps into one of humankind’s most primal anxieties: fear of the dark. An unexplained blackout plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness, and by the time the sun rises, only a few people remain—surrounded by heaps of empty clothing, abandoned cars and lengthening shadows. A small handful of strangers that have survived the night (Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo and newcomer Jacob Latimore) each find their way to a rundown bar, whose gasoline-powered generator and stockpile of food and drink make it the last refuge in a deserted city. With daylight beginning to disappear completely and whispering shadows surrounding the survivors, they soon discover that the enemy is the darkness itself, and only the few remaining light sources can keep them safe. As time begins to run out for them, darkness closes in and they must face the ultimate terror.

A flawed but frightening apocalypse story from the director of Session 9 starring Darth Vader and John Leguizamo. I’d like to avoid repeating myself too much if I can. A review with more details will be posted shortly.

Meanwhile, let’s look at the rest of our DVD list.

More DVD titles released today:
Corporate Cut Throat Massacre

The economy is tough out there, and if anybody knows it, its office manager Brandi Babcock. Corporate wants her to fire two people by the end of the day. Instead of choosing by herself, she will base her decision on merit. She will fire the two workers with the lowest numbers by the end of the day. Someone in the office doesn’t like their chances. They hope that if other workers “”disappear”” no firing will take place. Or will it?  http://creepersinfilms.com/?page_id=224

Emerging Past

Emerging Past is a horror twisted psycho-thriller rollercoaster ride of terror that follows a tormented woman on her journey to discover where her past is leading her. http://www.emergingpast.com/


He is about a couple that has been together for so long, that the couple has become strangers inside their own home. This psychological thriller takes a deep look inside a couple that is growing apart so quickly that the sight of each other’s better half sends the other into fright. He is misunderstood and his wife wants him dead. The line of reality is so blurred, one will never know if His Wife is really trying to have him killed or if it’s all in his head.  http://creepersinfilms.com/?page_id=210

I Heart Doomsday

The story of the twisted and brilliant scientist, Maximillian von Max, and his lover/assistant Tatiana, whose lives are torn apart after a terrible doomsday device mishap leaves him horribly maimed, and her with total amnesia. Max builds an android, called the A#1, in his own image to re-establish relations with the memory-less Tatiana in hopes of re-igniting any awareness of their former life together. However, the robot and Tatiana fall in love, leaving a jealous, homicidal Max in the lurch creating a weird love triangle of apocalyptic proportions.  http://www.iheartdoomsday.com/

Juon: White Ghost/ Black Ghost

JU-ON: WHITE GHOST tells the story of senior high school student Arkane whose strong ESP power induces him into seeing Mirai, the tragic ghost of an old school friend.

JU-ON: BLACK GHOST tells the chilling story of a young woman called Fukie who discovers that she’s carrying an unborn ‘grudge’, which vengefully curses all those around her.


Red Riding Hood

In a medieval village a beautiful young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure. When her sister is killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village, the people call on a famed werewolf hunter to help them kill the wolf. As the death toll rises with each moon, the girl begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. Panic grips the town as she discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast–one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect… and bait.  http://redridinghood.warnerbros.com/

Red, White & Blue

Erica (Amanda Fuller) drifts through the bars of Austin going from one sexual partner to another, never connecting emotionally. That changes when she meets Nate (Noah Taylor, “Shine,” “Almost Famous”), a discharged Iraqi vet who is more interested in being Erica’s friend than her latest conquest. A strong bond of friendship develops between them, but Erica’s background intrudes in the form of Franki (Marc Senter), a wannabe rock star whose sudden presence sets the stage for a shocking conclusion. With Red, White & Blue, director Simon Rumley ( The Living and the Dead ) crafts a formidable “trip through the darkest corners of the American psyche” (Anton Bitel, Little White Lies).  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Red-White-and-Blue/119423451651?sk=info

Note: Also available today via Netflix Watch Instantly. Convenient!

The Rite

Inspired by true events, this supernatural thriller follows a seminary student (Colin O’Donoghue) sent to study exorcism at the Vatican in spite of his own doubts about the controversial practice and even his own faith. Only when sent to apprentice with legendary Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who has performed thousand of exorcisms, does his armor of skepticism begin to fall. Drawn into a troubling case that transcends even Father Lucas’s skill, the young seminarian glimpses a phenomenon science can’t explain or control – and an evil so violent and terrifying that it forces him to question everything he believes.  http://whatdoyoubelieve.warnerbros.com/dvd/

The Roommate

She’s cute. She’s loyal. She’s psychotic. And, unfortunately for college freshman Sara (Minka Kelly) she’s The Roommate. When Sara arrives at school, she finds new romance with Stephen (Cam Gigandet) and forms a fast friendship with her roommate Rebecca (Leighton Meester). What begins as camaraderie soon turns creepy, and Sara comes face-to-face with the terrifying realization that her new best friend is obsessive, unbalanced…and maybe even a killer!  http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/theroommate/


That’s all for now, readers.  A new review coming up shortly…

Jenny D

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