DVD & VOD Releases: August 30, 2011

Posted: August 30, 2011 by Jenny Dreadful in Film, News

How did our fellow East-coasters fare this past weekend? We’re lucky to say that our crew made it through Irene with little damage, but we wish everyone facing flooding, downed trees and other troubles a swift recovery.

Meanwhile, if you’re staying in to watch some horror movies this week, here are today’s recommendations:

Bereavement

In 1989, a 6-year-old boy is lured into the vehicle of a stranger. The stranger is a serial killer with a tendency of butchering teenage girls. In the basement of a rural Pennsylvania slaughterhouse, he will teach the boy everything he knows. Five years later, teen Allison (Alexandra Daddario of Hall Pass) comes to live with her uncle (Michael Biehn of The Terminator) following her parents’ death. In time, she will discover the boy and his madman mentor. And they will all be plunged into an unimaginable evil from which there may be no escape. Nolan Gerard Funk (Deadgirl), Brett Rickaby (The Crazies), Valentina de Angelis (”Gossip Girl”) and John Savage (The Deer Hunter) co-star in this graphic and acclaimed shocker from writer/director Stevan Mena about family, torment, and the nightmare absolution that is BEREAVEMENT.

Seeing a young child involved in this kind of violence will be disturbing for some, but this is one for the slasher fans. Anyone who loves sci-fi horror will appreciate the presence of the fantastic Michael Biehn as well (Terminator, Aliens). Bereavement is technically a prequel to Stevan Mena’s 2004 film, Malevolance, but the self-contained plot stands on its own and won’t exclude new viewers. Critical reception is mixed, but the horror community has been generally positive.   http://www.bereavementmovie.com/

Cell 211

Winner of 8 Goya Awards including Best Film, Actor, Director and Screenwriter, this politically taut and fast-paced prison thriller is the most internationally acclaimed Spanish film of the past year. On his first day on the job, prison officer Juan Olivier (Alberto Ammann) is knocked unconscious in a freak accident and his co-workers carry him to an empty cell. When he awakens, Juan discovers that he has been abandoned in the middle of a riot in a high security cellblock home to the prison s most dangerous criminals. If they discover he’s a guard, he s dead meat. To survive, Juan must pose as a prisoner and conspire with the riot’s vicious leader, Malamadre (Luis Tosar, The Limits of Control). As the violence escalates and political fallout mounts, Juan uses all his cunning to stay alive.

Including this in a horror blog may be odd, but the boundaries between “horror” and “thriller” are foggy at best. The point is this. Cell 211 has received too many rave reviews and accolades to ignore. I haven’t seen it for myself, but I recommend seeking out this tense Spanish film.  http://www.ifcfilms.com/uncategorized/cell-211

Outcast

When Mary and her teenage son, Fergal, move to yet another new home, it soon becomes clear they live their lives on the run, hiding from someone or something, terrified of being found.

Their hunter Cathal (James Nesbitt) soon picks up the trail. Intent on tracking Mary and Fergal, he will go to any length to succeed in his quest, often using dark arts to aid him. Mary’s only defence is to use an ancient form of her own magic to protect her only son. When local residents begin to be brutally murdered by an unknown life force, the sense of fear escalates. Is Cathal the beast responsible for the killing? Or is it the beats that he is trying to destroy?

Fans of folklore and fantasy may appreciate this horror film from Scotland. Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan makes an appearance too. Could this be a geek’s dream? Outcast is available On Demand today.  http://releasing.indomina.com/outcast/

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