DVD Recommendations: September 13, 2011

Posted: September 14, 2011 by Jenny Dreadful in Film, News

Looking to rent a new horror movie? I’d like to share my DVD recommendations this week.

The Hagstone Demon

Drunken ex-reporter Douglas Elmore (Mark Borchardt) finds himself entangled in a hyper-gothic web of taciturn ghosts, naked Satanists and hairless cats in this moody send-up of 60’s Hammer films. Deep within the dilapidated brownstone under Douglas’ care lurks a blonde succubus whose sexual overtures provide a welcome distraction from the spectral visitations of his deceased spouse, and from the dead bodies piling up in the hallways. Starring indie film icon MARK BORCHARDT and cult actress LUNG LEG.  http://www.thehagstonedemon.com/

I don’t know about you, but I think this looks like a terrible movie and an awesome movie squished together. The dialogue delivery sounds embarrassing and hilarious, but it’s beautifully shot, the fx look good and the plot looks creepy. I am so confused. I HAVE to see it.

 

The Silent House

Teenage Laura and her father travel to an isolated house in the country, hired by the owner to clean it out and prepare it for sale. Cut off from the rest of the world with no phone and no power, it was never going to be a comfortable job. The already grueling experience gets even worse when things take a sinister turn and Laura is left trapped alone in a malevolent house hungry for her blood. Shot entirely in a single, uninterrupted take, Gustavo Hernandez s THE SILENT HOUSE is the ultimate experience in atmosphere and dread.  http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-silent-house

I love moody haunted house films, but that isn’t the only selling point here. One. Continuous. Take. !!! The planning that must be involved to complete a project like this is beyond my comprehension. Can’t wait to see if they pulled it off.

Sweatshop

Charlie and her friends break into an abandoned warehouse to set up the biggest rave they’ve ever thrown. Little do they know, an enormous, hulking beast lurks in the shadows – filled with rage and brandishing a pulverizing foundry hammer. Their party starts at midnight, but these kids will be very lucky to make it that long.  http://www.odysseepictures.com/?cat=5

A slasher in the spirit of trashy classics like Night of the Demons and Return of the Living Dead. You can’t find a decent horror movie these days without rummaging through a near-infinite pile of shitty slashers. Unfortunately, I haven’t been impressed with one since 2007’s Inside and 2008’s Cold Prey 2. Word on the street is that Sweatshop delivers the dumb fun and new monster we’re looking for. A powerhouse wielding an anvil on a stick by the look of it.

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