Hey, ladies and gents. I regret that we’ve fallen into the old pattern of posting news updates without much content in between. It’s better than nothing, I’m afraid, but we have plans to bring you some new reviews soon. We might even be working on a super secret special project. We might be. Until then…
It’s time, once again, to talk new DVDs. What do we have this week?
My Recommendation this week:
We Are What We Are
Life would be hard for anyone following the unexpected death of their father. But life is harder for young Adrian, Sheila and Alfredo. Because their family is not normal. There s is a family of cannibals and their father, you see, was the hunter. So not only do they have to cope with their grief, they also have to deal with the hunger. And one of them must learn to kill if any of them are going to survive. Balancing sincere emotion with horrifying violence, Jorge Michel Grau s WE ARE WHAT WE ARE is one of the most striking debut films of recent times, a powerful and unique drama announcing the arrival of a major new talent. http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/we-are-what-we-are
Beautiful creepy poster. Intriguing trailer. I’ve been anxious to see this Mexican cannibal drama for some time and the wait is finally over.
More DVD titles released today:
After a devastating biological disaster kills twelve million people, a hazmat team searches the contaminated wasteland for survivors. But what they find is a vicious predator hungry for human flesh. http://www.biodead.com/
Dead & The Damned
Hot on the trail of a renegade Apache warrior, gun-slinging bounty hunter Mortimer passes through an 1849 California gold rush town, where local miners direct him into the mountains to track his prey. While he is gone, the miners unearth a meteor that has landed in their sleepy town. As they crack it open, an explosion releases toxic spores, which quickly infect the entire population, transforming them into blood-thirsty, mutant zombies. Following a ferocious battle, Mortimer triumphantly returns to town with his Indian captive in shackles only to find them surrounded by a ravenous horde of the undead. Now the two enemies must band together if they are to escape the horrors of The Dead and the Damned! http://thedeadandthedamnedmovie.com/
Dylan Dog. Living Investigator. Undead Clients. No pulse, no problem. He’s the world’s only paranormal investigator. But now, he wants to escape from a life of nightmares. However, a brutal murder, a missing artifact and a mysterious girl conspire to drag him back into the dark world of the undead… Have you ever wondered if the person next to you was really part of your world? https://www.facebook.com/DylanDogDeadofNight
Charming young slacker Dell Hansard (Jon Carlo) is in love with beautiful girlfriend, Piper (Ashley C. Williams). The couple decides to take an extended camping trip and is out of contact with civilization for almost a week. While out in the remote site, Dell makes an impromptu proposal but is shot down, ending the trip on a sour note. On their way home from camping, they stop at a gas station, and are surprised to find signs reading “closed indefinitely due to the gas crisis”.
Now they are stuck hours from home without enough gas, and must fend for themselves and in an uncertain landscape. They sleep at a nearby abandoned motel where a manipulative manager swindles them out of their last dollars. The crisis only worsens when a robbery takes place and they must flee on foot.
As the crisis becomes more and more severe, Dell and Piper realize that they are not just trying to get home–they’re trying to get out of this alive. EMPTY asks a question we may all have to answer one day. Where will you be when it runs out? https://www.facebook.com/emptythefilm
Fast Zombies with Guns
Collateral Damage. Sometimes, it’s unavoidable. Mobster Kingpin Paul Varlo’s (Charles Ramsey) attempt to kill a potential rat by poisoning his personal water supply leads to something he never saw coming an outbreak of zombie carnage! To make matters worse, these zombies are different; they’re faster, meaner and they’re armed. With the town being overrun by fast zombies with guns, one resilient band of people are left to attempt an escape to the nearest undead-free zone and survival. Will the group survive? Will the zombies run out of bullets??? The answers are in Fast Zombies with Guns. Fast Zombies with Guns on IMDB
Ghost From the Machine
A young man named Cody plunges himself into the murky science of the supernatural, inventing a machine he intends to be a conduit to the other side. In his pursuit to build the device he befriends an affable electrical engineer named Tom who has his own tale of love and loss. Cody eventually reaches an unintended level of success that not only threatens his safety, but also the well-being of his younger brother James and his new friend Tom. He quickly learns that the supernatural isn t all that super and human nature can even be worse. http://www.ghostfromthemachine.com/
In 1831, on the eve of Halloween, the villagers of Hollow Glen engage in an annual festival where they toss their diseased crops into a blazing fire, in hopes of blessing them with an abundant field for the next year. But when one couple takes the ritual too far and throws their sickly, deformed child into the inferno, their murderous action results in something far more horrific than they could have imagined. Out of the ashes and smoke rises something so evil, so monstrous, that the town is forever cursed. This creature is known as THE GOBLIN…and he waits for the moments when he can seek his revenge! Goblin on IMDB
A group of teens are challenged to spend a night in the Wagner mansion on the edge of town. Little do they know the owner (Dr. Wolfgang Wagner) has concocted a monstrosity in the basement and plans to make the hapless teens the creature’s first big meal. This is The Puppet Monster Massacre, a wild and raucous love letter to the monster films of the glorious 1980’s! http://www.puppetmonstermassacre.com/
A college professor and her students discover an ornate box in the basement of their university. When they open the artifact, a bloodcurdling scream is unleashed. According to Irish lore, those who hear a banshee scream will die – which is what begins to happen as the creature comes for each of them. http://www.afterdarkoriginals.com/movie/banshee/
Something diabolical is taking place on the set of “The Task,” a new reality show in which players compete for a cash prize by enduring a night in an abandoned prison and completing a series of creepy tasks designed for maximum terror. As six college students explore, things start to go amiss. Locked in this decrepit, labyrinthine prison, the contestants and the production staff start to realize that the scary reality show they thought they were taping has become real horror. http://www.afterdarkoriginals.com/movie/the-task/
That wraps up our list. Unless you’re too busy raiding the horror section of your local Borders, check some of these new releases out and let us know what you think.