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Thursday, February 25, 2010

The DVD List - 2/25

click to enlarge LOST BOYS: Elder vamp Larten Crepsley (John C. Riley) schools his vampire ward Darren (Chris Massoglia) in "Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" available on DVD and Blu-Ray disc this week.
  • LOST BOYS: Elder vamp Larten Crepsley (John C. Riley) schools his vampire ward Darren (Chris Massoglia) in "Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" available on DVD and Blu-Ray disc this week.

Is there ever a week where you can’t find a new slasher/horror flick? I mean really - Its like every wannabe studio in the country has their hands in somebody’s gullet trying to make some bloody train wreck of a film. But if you’re into that sort of thing – and honestly, who doesn’t get the urge slum down on some gore from time to time, here’s what’s new this week to satisfy that vein.

Right on the heels of the remake’s release, George Romero’s The Crazies is now available on DVD. In the 1973 version, a biochemical agent code-named “Trixie” is leaked into a small town’s water supply that makes the population go homicidally insane. Romero weaves another culture study on the true nature of humanity, this time swapping out his trademark zombies with rednecks. This is a must-have for any true horror fan. RECOMMENDATION: BUY IT.

Let’s go back to horror survival 101 shall we with Sorority Row (Rumor Willis, Carrie Fisher, Audrina Patridge). Here a prank to teach a douche of a guy a lesson backfires when he accidentally murders a girl. Of course they hide the body and try to move on only to have their lives snuffed by a mysterious tire iron-wielding stalker. Yeah we’ve seen this before and yes, the lesson hasn’t changed: kids should never try to cover anything up – they’ll surely die for their efforts. RECOMMENDATION: SKIP IT.

The Box (Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella) – is a melodramatic yarn based on Richard Matheson’s story about a couple with financial woes who find a box with a large, red button inside. They’re instructed by a mysterious stranger (Langella) if they press the button they’re receive a million dollars – but someone they don’t know will die. As much as this film tries to get in your head and spark questions – it’s kind of dull. That said, The Box does have some nice visual effects and a few scary jump moments that are worth seeing for diehard horror fans. RECOMMENDATION: RENT IT.

Although its not quite a horror flick, Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (John C. Riley, Chris Massoglia, Josh Hutcherson) is a creepy tale with a few oohs and ahhs for both kids and adults. Based on the tweener book series, the story revolves around Darren a small town boy who befriends Larten Crepsley, a vampire who is part of a traveling circus.  Darren is turned into a vamp by Crepsley and inadvertently breaks a truce between the vampires and their rivals the vampaneze. RECOMMENDATION: BUY IT.

If anyone has stepped up their game for horror, hand’s down its definitely the Japanese. If you’ve not heard about Ichi the Killer and you love a good squirmy, unsettling kill-fest then you’re in for a treat. This film follows Kikihara, a yakuza who’s more than willing to go through anybody, literally to find Ichi, a superhero suit-wearing psycho he thinks killed his mafia boss. Let the bloodbath begin. RECOMMENDATION: BUY IT

Here's three words you would never normally see in a sentence together let alone a movie title: Norwegians, Nazis and zombies. But that's what you get in Dead Snow, a Norwegian comedy about a group of med students who decide to spend their vacation up in the mountains and enjoy some skiing. What should be a relaxing romp ends up as a gory mess when they unintentionally upset the locals - a group of World War II Nazi zombies who haven't had a good meal in quite some time. RECOMMENDATION: RENT IT

A SAFE, NON-HORROR RECOMMENDATION FOR SCAREDY CATS

Usually when we think of whistle blowing or the FBI, we think heavy, bland and intense movies like Breach, but in The Informant (Matt Damon, Scott Bakula) we’re given a quirky comedy about an agribusiness exec who decides to become a whistle blower in order to get a promotion and gain notoriety is a must see. Damon portrayal of Mark Whitacre is engaging and oftentimes down right funny. RECOMMENDATION: BUY IT.

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

Everybody’s Fine (Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, Kate Beckinsale) RECOMMENDATION: RENT IT.

Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths (Mark Harmon, Alyssa Milano, Chris Noth, James Woods) RECOMMENDATION: RENT IT.

Motherhood (Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards, Minnie Driver) RECOMMENDATION: SKIP IT.

The September Issue RECOMMENDATION: RENT IT.

Sinbad: Where U Been? RECOMMENDATION: BUY IT.

TV SERIES ON DVD THIS WEEK:

Night Court

Flash Forward: Season 1

Superjail: The Complete First Season

Ghost Hunters: Season 5 – Part 1

Nurse Jackie: Season One

Project Runway: Season 6

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