Good morning, readers! I’m back to talk about today’s home video releases. I regret missing a good number of these posts due to real life getting in the way (how rude), but the show must go on. Not much to discuss this week, but let’s start strong.
When a psychotic serial killer is on the loose, his path of rampage crosses paths with Ofer and Tali, a brother and sister combo who have run away from home. But when Tali becomes ensnared in the killer’s trap, it is up to Ofer to find help. Left alone, Tali soon becomes mixed up with an unlikely group of characters, ranging from a set of tennis players to a squad of policemen. All the while they continue to be stalked by the murderer – and when this assassin’s identity is finally revealed, it turns out to be the biggest shock of all!
Rabies (2010), the first Israeli horror film, is a low-budget spin on the slasher from first-time writer/directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado.
A necessary disclaimer to English speakers; despite the title, the disease rabies is not present in this film nor is it ever mentioned. Something lost in translation? So. No, you don’t get frothing at the mouth. However, you DO get a creative reimagining of the slasher scenario that defies genre conventions yet delivers on the laughs and carnage. Reviews are mixed, but positive overall.
More DVDs Released This Week:
Beneath the Darkness
Beneath the Darkness is a teen thriller in the style of Disturbia, with high school kids pitted against a psychotic villain in a community where adults refuse to see one of their own is a serial killer. The villain (Dennis Quaid) is a well-respected mortician in a town where he was once a legendary high school football star. But among the kids he is legendary for a more sinister reason – rumors that his house is haunted. The truth is more evil and much more dangerous – the town leader murdered his wife and her lover when he caught them having an affair, and now has secretly set up house with his wife’s embalmed corpse. The local hero is a flesh-and-blood monster who buries his victims alive, a sociopath who befriends adults and police while openly flaunting his murderous intentions to the teens. He will kill anyone who threatens to expose him or his now-perfect marriage.
Kyle, a shy college student finds himself and three of his friends trapped in an old western ghost town by a pack of ferocious wolves and has to overcome his personal fears to confront the wolves and lead his friends to safety.