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Where do we point the finger for the theatrical failing of
DREDD? An invisible marketing campaign? The hard R? The association with the
previous, lunk-headed 1995 big screen adaptation of the beloved British cult
comic book property?
DVD/ Blu-ray Reviews
A HAUNTED HOUSE represents the kind of surprise leading to
disappointment that crops up on the movie scene sometimes—the surprise being
that it’s not quite as awful as you might expect, and the disappointment that it
still isn’t nearly good enough to recommend.
It’s unclear whether “Spilt Milk” can be judged on its own.
As AMERICAN HORROR STORY begins to wrap up its second season in earnest (and
not just its typical stop-start-reset fashion) it may be integral to view this eleventh
episode of ASYLUM alongside the final two that follow. That could be the key to
figuring out whether, in the end, this all works. Because right now, after a
truly head-tilting opening in which Dylan McDermott’s present day Bloody Face
visits with a lactating prostitute, who can really be sure of anything?
One of the many struggles of independent horror filmmaking
is finding a voice to attract your target audience, whether it’s devoting
whatever budget you have to a bloodier body count or opting for a quiet, atmospheric
tension as a result of limited resources. However, from the oversaturated
opening credits onward, THE DEAD INSIDE prides itself on defying expectations,
offering surprises within its low-budget boundaries that make it a unique and
satisfying genre offering.
It's going to be a busy year for breadcrumb-chasers and
candy-makers, and The Asylum have managed to pull the trigger first with their
spin on the classic fairy tale HANSEL & GRETEL (coming to Blu Ray/DVD and
VOD January 8). Close behind are at least three other titles in 2013, HANSEL
& GRETEL in 3D, another project titled simply HANSEL & GRETEL and
finally the film that holds most of the hype right now: HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH
HUNTERS—a pretty clear ride on the coattails of old Abe and his vampire
hunting. While it's still uncertain which film will capture the imaginations of
audiences, The Asylum's early entry is worthy of a closer look.
BEAST WISHES, an utterly charming documentary about Bob and
Kathy Burns, is about 60 minutes long, but it’s still going to take you hours
to watch the DVD. Barely a scene goes by that won’t have fans grabbing for the
remote, freeze-framing the image and gasping, “Is that [iconic
The moment is loaded with potential. You’ve seen glimpses in its trailer. A saw—one that is presumably family—rattles against a chain-link fence. It gives way, and a barrier between Leatherface’s homestead rampages and the public has been knocked down. He’s out in the world—in, of all places, a town carnival. Could TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D aim to match the hysterical lunacy of the original?
It seems AMERICAN HORROR STORY can still surprise. Midst the
madness that is ASYLUM, there was the question of Monsignor Timothy Howard, and
if his cowering ways would remain intact throughout or if Joseph Fiennes would
really get his hands on something. The tenth episode, “The Name Game” saw him
take serious responsibility and do away with the show’s greatest character. It
was a somber affair, and maybe all a bit unceremonious.
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