Theaters and VOD Releases: August 26, 2011

Posted: August 26, 2011 by Jenny Dreadful in Film, News
In Theaters Today:
The Caller

Troubled divorcee Mary Kee (Rachelle Le Fevre Twilight) is tormented by a series of sinister phone calls from a mysterious woman. When the stranger implies that she’s calling from the past, Mary tries to break off contact. But the caller doesn’t like being ignored, and looks for revenge in a unique and terrifying way. Also starring Stephen Moyer (HBO’s “True Blood”).

I can’t vouch for the quality of this film, but the premise does intrigue me. The list of theaters, found on their website, is very limited. Looks like our crew will have to wait a while to investigate this one. If you have a chance to see this, let us know what you think.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Warning: This trailer ruins the experience for many viewers by showing the creatures too much.

Introverted Sally Hurst has just moved in with her father Alex and his girlfriend Kim when she realizes that their sprawling estate holds its fair share of secrets. Ascending to the depths of the house, Sally gains access to a secret lower level that has lain undisturbed for nearly a century, when the original builder vanished without a trace. When Sally accidentally opens the gateway that kept the creatures locked up tight, she realizes that in order to prevent them from destroying her family is to convince her skeptical father than monsters really exist.

This weekend’s big release, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, is a remake of a 1973 TV movie classic backed by Guillermo del Toro. (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series) Critical reception is a mixed bag.  Read our review for more details.

Available On Demand Today:
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL is a hilariously gory, good-spirited horror comedy, doing for killer rednecks what Shaun of the Dead did for zombies. Tucker and Dale are two best friends on vacation at their dilapidated mountain house, who are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. When one of the students gets separated from her friends, the boys try to lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count. TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL has been a hit on the festival circuit, debuting at Sundance, and winning the Midnight Audience Award at SXSW, the Jury Prize for First Feature at Fantasia, the Best Director award at Fantaspoa, and the Best Motion Picture Award at Sitges.

This premise looks like lots of fun for horror fans and the trailer is amusing. Can the joke sustain its charm straight through to the end?

  1. Lukas says:

    I saw Tucker & Dale vs. Evil at the Seattle International Film Festival two years ago, and it is fantastic. While there is gore, it’s not really scary (and doesn’t really try to be). It’s more of a comedy with horror tropes than a true horror film.

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