If you’re not busy scrambling for the right gift in a crazed mob and want to sit down with some horror, this week’s notable DVD releases include:
A young couple (James Marsden and Kate Bosworth) moves to a quaint southern town. Soon their perfect getaway turns out to become a living hell when dark secrets and lethal passions spiral out of control. Trapped by a pack of depraved locals led by a ruthless predator (Alexander Skarsgard, TV’s True Blood), they face a night of agonizing suffering and endless bloodshed. Now their only hope for survival is to become more savage than their merciless torturers. Also starring two-time Academy Award® Nominee James Woods (Best Actor, Salvador, 1986 and Best Supporting Actor, Ghosts of Mississippi, 1996).
We’re not particularly interested in this remake of a controversial 1971 classic. StayFrosty shared her thoughts on the original in September and we don’t have much more to say.
Unfortunately, Saint Nicholas is not the jolly joy-giver you thought he was. Turns out he’s a bloodthirsty priest who, whenever there’s a full moon in December, will try to slaughter as many children as possible.
Yes! Yet another evil Santa Claus! (this time, featuring a backstory reminiscent of Freddy Krueger) We want to get our hands on this Dutch dark comedy. We want it bad!
From producer Guillermo del Toro (Pan s Labyrinth, The Orphanage) comes a tale of dread and terror from the darkest corners of reality. Julia, a woman suffering from a degenerative sight disease, finds her twin sister Sara hanged in the basement of her house. Everything points to suicide, but Julia is compelled to investigate what she intuitively feels is a murder case. Determined to retrace her sister s final steps, she is drawn into a maze of hidden threats and spiraling dread – a dark world that seems to hide a mysterious, malevolent presence. As Julia begins to uncover clues to the truth of her sister s death, those close to her begin to disappear. Her sight gone and confined to her sister s house, Julia soon finds herself trapped in a nightmare from which she cannot awake.
This Spanish creep-fest was directed by Guillem Morales of The Uninvited Guest (weird, weird, weird, and recommended) and stars Belén Rueda of The Orphanage. We’re big fans of both supernatural horror and Spanish genre films around here and we like what we see. Hoping for the best.