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After Dark Horrorfest BD Review Movies

Hello, this entire post is about the four volume collection of After Dark Horrorfest films debuting on Blu-ray from Lionsgate.

Lionsgate –

After Dark Horrorfest Blu-ray Double-Feature : Volume 1  –

Buy Grave Dancers Wicked Little Things BD @ Amazon.comThe Gravedancers – After a drunken night of dancing on graves, a group of friends are haunted by three havoc-minded ghosts bent on revenge.

Special Features –

  • Commentary with Director Mike Mendez and Composer Joseph Bishara
  • “A Grave Undertaking” Making-of Featurette with Optional Commentary
  • “Making the Ghosts” Making-of Featurette
  • Original Trailer with Optional Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
  • Storyboard Galleries
  • Trailers

Joe’s Thoughts – Interesting idea, though doubtful it has the making for a good film. Haven’t seen it yet so I really can’t judge.

Wicked Little Things – Recently widowed Karen Tunny and her two daughters, Sarah and Emma, move to a remote home which Karen has inherited from the family of her late husband. However, she is unaware that the home is situated near an old mine, the site of an early 20th century tragedy in which many children were buried alive…

Special Features –

Joe’s Thoughts – I’ve seen this before, a good little film that should spook, but not anywhere near great. Notable for actresses Lori Heuring and Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie’s Halloween)

After Dark Horrorfest Blu-ray Double-Feature : Volume 2 –

Buy Borderland/Crazy Eights BD @ Amazon.com

Borderland Unrated Director’s Cut – On the eve of their graduation, three Texas University students travel to a Mexican border town and fall prey to an ancient cult hell-bent on finding candidates for human sacrifice.

Special Features –

  • Rituales de Sangre – The True Story Behind the Cult Murder Investigation
  • Audio Commentary with Director Zev Berman, Actor Brian Presley, Director of Photography Scott Kevan and Producer Laure Moews
  • Inside Zev’s Head: A Filmmaker’s Diary
  • Miss Horrorfest Contest Webisodes

Joe’s Thoughts – Haven’t seen this yet. Interesting idea. Could be good or really lame.

Crazy Eights – Six people are united for a journey through their long-abandoned childhood home: a home with a terrible secret and a mysterious dead girl who will lead them to their strange fates.

Special Features –

  • Miss Horrorfest Webisodes

Joe’s Thoughts – Nice cast with Dina Meyer, Gabrielle Anwar, Frank Whaley and Traci Lords (yes the former porn star). Sounds like it could be a really good one. Looking forward to seeing this for the first time.

After Dark Horrorfest Blu-ray Double-Feature : Volume 3 –

Buy Broken/Butterfly Effect 2 @ Amazon.comThe Broken – A successful radiologist (Lena Headey) watches her life spiral out of control after she sees the spitting image of herself driving down a London street.

Special Features –

  • Miss Horrorfest Webisodes

Joe’s Thought’s – I saw this before. Like Wicked Little Things this is elevated by the star, namely Lena Headey (Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles, 300). A good mystery-thriller. Interested in seeing this again because it’s been awhile and I don’t remember too much about it.

The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations – When a man with the ability to travel through time intervenes with the past, all hell breaks loose.

Special Features –

Miss Horrorfest Webisodes

Joe’s Thoughts – I thought this film was vastly underrated. It’s my favorite of this bunch (the one’s I have seen so far). In fact, I think the entire Butterfly Effect trilogy was overlooked by many because all three films sport interesting ideas and good-solid stories.  There is a very graphic sex scene in this one so maybe that hurt it somewhat. If you are a fan of mystery-thrillers you should check this one out.

After Dark Horrorfest Blu-ray Double-Feature : Volume 4 –

The Graves – After being lured to a mysterious mining town, two sisters must unleash their most primitive instincts to battle unspeakable horrors – both human and supernatural.

Special Features –

  • Audio Commentary with Brian Pulido
  • Audio Commentary with Francisca Pulido and Adam Goldfine
  • The Graves: Behind the Screams
  • Sound Designing The Graves
  • Plan to Actual
  • Spot the Gnome
  • Auditions
  • “Vampires Don’t Exist” Music Video by Calabrese
  • Producer’s Trailer

Zombies Of Mass Destruction – A conservative island community is under attack – from brain-eating zombies! Now it’s up to a ragtag group of rebels to repeal the hordes of the undead.

Special Features –

The Making of Zombies of Mass Destruction –

Overall I think Lionsgate did a very nice job here. My major complaint is a lack of extras as the volumes went on. I would have really liked to have seen some extras on The Broken and Butterfly Effect 3. Can’t complain too much. I’m just glad these are now on Blu-ray and hope for similar transfers for the other After Dark Horrorfest films.


New Review Movie Arrivals – 1-6-2011 – Buried BD & Nite Tales DVD

Hi got a couple of movies to review.

E One Entertainment –

Buy Nite Tales The Series @ Amazon.comNite Tales: The Series (DVD) – Five original horror tales, one devilish host. Prepare yourself for a whole new “flavor” of horror! Filled with twists and turns and packed with some of today’s hottest stars, Nite Tales is a thrilling, new anthology series that puts an urban twist on terror – all presented by the ultimate “master of scaremonies,” Flavor Flav – the “Time Keeper.”

Bonus Feature:

  • Making Of Featurette

Joe’s Thoughts – Looks interesting with stars like Gary Busey, Tiny Lister and Brigitte Nielsen among others. Not exactly an A list cast, but I’m a horror fan and love anthologies.

Lionsgate –

Buy Buried Blu-ray @ Amazon.comBuried Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray Disc plus DVD) – Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is not ready to die. Beaten and buried in a wooden box by Iraqi insurgents who attacked his civilian convoy, Conroy is left with only a cell phone, a lighter and 90 minutes to save his own life. He has only the voice of his kidnapper to help him piece together clues that could lean an elite team of special agents to his location and time is not on his side. Fighting despair, panic and delirium, Conroy focuses on his only link to the outside world – a cell phone with poor reception and a rapidly draining battery – to keep himself alive for himself and his family back home.

Disc One –

  • Blu-ray of Buried

“Unearthing Buried” – making of featurette

Disc Two –

  • Standard Definition DVD of the feature film

Joe’s Thoughts – Looks really good. One of the movies I have been looking forward to. Ryan Reynolds is becoming something approaching an A-list star and with upcoming films like Green Lantern his future looks bright……green. OK, that was tacky, but this film looks good and I’ve always been fascinated by the notion of being buried alive. Better seeing it fake on-screen though.


New Review Movies -12/8/2010

Hi everyone. Sorry it’s been awhile. I’ve been pretty sick (still am) making it hard to do anything that requires concentration (like typing or writing reviews). Here are some movies that came yesterday and today. There is a lot more that came recently and I will try to catch up on some of those when I can.

20th Century Fox –

Click to buy @Amazon.com

The Dolphin Story Of A Dreamer (DVD) – Dive into an enchanting world of undersea adventure, friendship and danger with this delightful animated treasure the whole family will cherish. Daniel Alexander Dolphin is a little dolphin with big dreams, living in a world where dreams are forbidden. Swim along with Daniel and his friends on a magical journey of destiny and discovery as he ventures beyond the safety of his pod and follows his heart into the unknown in search of the true purposes of life. This heartwarming, coming-of-age adventure will make a splash with the young and old alike. Dive in – and dare to dream again!

Joe’s Brief Thoughts – Looks like a good animated or CGI children’s movie. The style is very pleasing to the eye. I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up really liking this.

Vivendi Entertainment –

Click to buy @Amazon.com

Derailed (Blu-ray) – Married man Charles Schine (Clive Owen) meets Lucinda Harris (Jennifer Aniston), a high-powered buisnesswoman, on a commuter train one morning. An innocent conversation leads to an evening drink. Before either one can stop, their aroused passions lead to a sizzling one-night stand. Suddenly a stranger explodes into their world, threatening to expose their secret, and lures them into a terrifying game with more surprises than they saw coming.

Special Features – Deleted Scenes, Making of Derailed, Theatrical Trailer

Joe’s Brief Thoughts – I liked this movie. Probably my favorite Clive Owen and favorite Jennifer Aniston (though I loved Along Came Polly & Bruce Almighty) movie wrapped in one. A nice thriller.

Click to buy @Amazon.com

Harsh Times (Blu-ray) – From the creator of Training Day comes Harsh Times, an explosive ride on the mean streets of south central Los Angeles, featuring powerhouse performances by Christian Bale (Batman Begins), Freddy Rodriguez (TV’s “Six Feet Under”), and Eva Longoria (TV’s “Desperate Housewives”). Bale is “electrifying” and “mesmerizing” (Entertainment Weekly) as a returning Middle East soldier who, unable to get a job with the LAPD, drifts into a life of petty crime, drugs, and violence. In an acclaimed performance, Bale “continues to establish himself as one of the most daring and committed actors of his generation” (Michael Ordona, Los Angeles Times). Says Kyle Smith of the New York Post, “if Martin Scorsese were 30 and a Los Angeleno, he’d be making movies…like this.”

Special Features – Feature Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director David Ayer, Making of Harsh Times, Deleted Scenes

Joe’s Brief Thoughts – Harsh Times was a good movie. Probably Eva Longoria’s best big-screen film thus far. Nice cast and an interesting story. Along with Derailed a really nice release from Vivendi on Blu-ray.

Warner Brothers/New Line Cinema –

Click to buy @Amazon.com

Rush Hour (Blu-ray) – “Ain’t never gonna have no partner.” LAPD Det. James Carter insists. He gets a partner. And since that partner is played by dynamic martial arts legend Jackie Chan and motor-mouthed Carter is played by wisecracking Chris Tucker, Rush Hour zooms along with gleeful chemistry under the dynamic directorial hand of Brett Ratner. The case: rescue the kidnapped daughter of a visiting Hong Kong official. The result: amazing stunts (Chan does his own( and verbal wit (well, Tucker does his own, too!) that delivered a kick to the buddy-cop genre – and gave Chan his long-awaited, mainstream-U.S. breakthrough.

Special Features – Commentary by Director Brett Ratner, Additional Scenes, A Piece of the Action: Behind the Scenes of Rush Hour Featurette Gallery, Brett Ratner’s Short Film Whatever Happened to Mason Reese?, 2 Music Videos: Dru Hill’s How Deep Is Your Love? and Heavy D & the Boyz’s Nuttin’ but Love, Isolated Score with Commentary by Composer Lalo Schifrin, Theatrical Trailer.

Joe’s Brief Thoughts – Rush Hour is one of the best action-comedies to come along since the heydey of 48 Hrs and Beverly Hills Cop movies in the 1980’s. Jackie Chan brings the action and Chris Tucker brings the comedy, though Chan is pretty good in his own right comedy-wise. Everything works here, action, comedy, music, pace and style all work. Nice casting as well with great supporting actors like the late Chris Penn. You have to own this on Blu-ray!


Review Movies – Alien Anthology – 11-3-2010 Part 2

Here is a massive movie release that is deserving of it’s own posting

20th Century Fox

Alien Anthology (Blu-ray) – Get ready for a whole new breed of Blu-ray with the Alien Anthology Four powerful films…eight thrilling versions…together at last in dazzling, terrifying, high-def clarity and with the purest digital sound on the planet. Over 60 hours of special features and two bonus discs, including never-before-seen content and the totally immersive MU-TH-UR Mode Blu-ray interactive experience, make this the ultimate Alien movie collection your Blu-ray player has been begging for.

Alien – A space ship answers what they believe to be a distress call, and unwittingly let a vicious alien on board.

1979 Theatrical Version

2003 Director’s Cut with Ridley Scott Introduction

Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Writer Dan O’Bannon, Executive Producer Ronald Shusett, Editor Terry Rawlings, Actors Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skeritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt

Audio Commentary (for Theatrical Version only) by Ridley Scott

Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith

Composer’s Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith

Deleted and Extended Scenes

MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Aliens – Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the sole survivor from the original ‘Alien’, is awakened after 57 years of drifting through space, her stories disbelieved by Company executives who tell her that the alien’s planet is now inhabited and colonized. When contact is suddenly lost with the colonists, Ripley returns to the planet with a squad of marines, an android (Lance Henriksen), and a Company executive (Paul Reiser) with a mission of his own. Once on the planet, no survivors can be found except for Newt, a little girl who awakens motherly instincts in Ripley just in time for the acid-blooded aliens to attack in what quickly becomes a one-sided battle for sheer survival.

1986 Theatrical Version

1991 Special Edition with James Cameron Introduction

Audio Commentary by Director James Cameron, Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Aliens Effects Creator Stan Winston, Visual Effects Supervisors Robert Skotak and Dennis Skotak, Minature Effects Supervisor Pat McClung, Actors Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henricksen, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn and Christopher Henn.

Final Theatrical Isolated Score by James Horner

Composer’s Original Isolated Score by James Horner

Deleted and Extended Scenes

MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Alien3 – A penal colony and its inhabitants, a religious brotherhood of ex- convicts, is infiltrated by an alien when a ship carrying Ripley crash lands there.

1992 Theatrical Version

2003 Special Edition (Restored Workprint Version)

Audio Commentary by Cinematographer Alex Thompson, B.S.C Editor Terry Rawlings, Alien Effects Designers Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr, Visual Effects Producer Richard Edlund, A.S.C., Actors Paul McGann and Lance Henricksen

Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Elliot Goldenthal

Deleted and Extended Scenes

MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Alien Resurrection – Ripley is brought back to life, from cloned DNA, by evil scientists who want to resurrect the alien that died inside her.

1997 Theatrical Version

2003 Special Edition with Jean-Pierre Jeunet Introduction

Audio Commentary by Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Editor Herve Schneid, A.C.E., Alien Effects Creator Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr,  Visual Effects Supervisor Pitol, Conceptual Artist Sylvain Despretz, Actors Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon and Leland Orser

Final Theatrical Isolated Score by John Frizzell

Deleted and Extended Scenes

MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Disc 5 – Too many extras to list about all 4 Alien Films

Disc 6 – Too many extras to list about all 4 Alien Films


After.Life Blu-ray Review

After.Life is the story of a young couple who have a tragic misunderstanding leaving Anna (Christina Ricci – Addams Family)  in the morgue. But the funeral director Eliot (Liam NeesonBatman Begins, Schindler’s List) is a bit creepy. Is Anna really dead or is there more to it than meets the eye? Does Eliot have the gift to speak to the dead or is he burying people alive? This movie is a bit spooky and worth seeing. I’d at least give it a rental. Warning for you parents out there that there is nudity (Ricci) throughout the film.

As usual click the picture to read my review of After.Life @ Movie-Vault.com!


#27 – The Blair Witch Project

 

Click the picture to read my review of The Blair Witch Project @ Movie-Vault.com!

 

Reason Why – For those who missed out the first time around The Blair Witch Project was a phenomenon. Taking the internet by storm was the is-it-real story of three amateur student filmmakers who investigate the legend of the Blair witch. After interviewing some of the townspeople about the legend the take off into the woods to investigate further. There they find that the woods can be creepy themselves with mysterious happenings, sticks and rocks piling up into haunting formations. The three soon find themselves hopelessly lost and even using a compass the woods seems intent on not allowing them escape.

Does it hold up – Yes and no. Yes, it can still scare given the right moment in viewing it, but it is not the movie it was back when it was new. Time has hurt the film somewhat.

Stars – Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael Williams

Director – Daniel Myrick, Edward Sanchez

Studio – Lionsgate Films

Similar Films – The Woods, Children Of The Corn, Paranormal Activity, Wrong Turn

Followed By – Blair Witch 2: Book Of Shadows

Runner Up – Children Of The Corn


#28 – The Strangers

Reason Why – The Strangers is an eerie movie that can even spook a hard-core horror fan (like me). When a married couple is on the ropes during a long trip they pull over to a motel to try and get some much-needed rest. Not long after things start to get scary when someone knocks on the door late at night, then bangs. The Strangers takes elements from some of the best horror movies and mashes it all together with a cohesive story that is pretty much its own movie. Liv Tyler is at her best here as lovable yet whiny wife. Ironically the couple becomes closer during their time of torment. This is not a horror movie you want to watch alone late at night. It will scare you!

Does it hold up? – A resounding yes!

Stars – Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward, Laura Margolis

Director – Bryan Bertino

Studio – Rogue Pictures

Similar Films – Identity, Psycho, Wrong Turn

Followed By – Sequel in the works slated for 2011 The Strangers II


#29 – The Last House On The Left

Reason Why – The Last House On The Left spooks is because of the utter reality of it all. This could happen unlike a lot of horror movies. Unlikely, but very possible and I’ve read stranger and seen stranger things on the news. This remake is much more appealing than Craven’s original which was more like torture porn most of the time. There were elements of the original I liked more, but for the overall experience this one blew Craven’s original away. Monica Potter was nice in this and it’s been awhile since she was last seen (was it Saw?). Anyway this delivers the scares in a much more down-to-earth way than the original while maintaining the horror of it all. Give it a chance if you haven’t seen it.

Does it hold up? – Yeah, but the original doesn’t hold up.

Stars – Monica Potter, Tony Goldwyn, Sara Paxton

Director – Dennis Lladis

Studio – Rogue Pictures

Similar Films – Wes Craven‘s The Last House On The Left, Scream, I Spit On Your Grave

Followed By – No sequel yet.


The Return Of The Living Dead Blu-ray Review

The Return Of The Living Dead is a satire of zombie films, particularly Night Of The Living Dead and it’s unofficial sequels. It is a hilarious take that at the same time can spook you in it’s own right. Here the zombies are a little different. They talk! “Brains, I want to eat your brains!” Also they are not easily killed by a gunshot to the head. The movie is filled with 80’s cheesiness, but somehow pulls off horror as well as the much-intended humor. Ultimately it’s a very good zombie flick that you should check out. Just be warned you might die laughing!

Click the picture to read my review of Return Of The Living Dead @ Movie-Vault.com!


New Review Movies! – 10-11-2010

Hi there. I have a few new movies to review and I was thinking after my last post that it might be better for all to make more posts with less movies (minimum 3, maximum 5) that way it is easier to post and hopefully easier to read. I have 2 Blu-rays and 1 DVD to post today.

IFC Films

The Human Centipede (Blu-ray) – The plot is diabolically simple: two stranded American tourists are given shelter by a famed German doctor (a maniacally intense Dieter Laser) who made his fortune surgically seperating conjoined twins. Now his mad genius is pushing the doctor to do the reverse. He tells the women that they will be surgically attached to a Japanese businessman -mouth to buttocks, one after the other – and thus will be born a new creature: the human centipede! Compellingly perverse, hilarious, and shockingly straightforward, director Tom Six’s new film is hands-down one of the most memorable horror films ever.

Magnolia Home Entertainment –

The Oxford Murders (Blu-ray) – A woman is murdered in Oxford. Her body is discovered by two men, Arthur Seldom (John Hurt), a prestigious professor of logic, and Martin (Elijah Wood), a young graduate student who has just arrived at the university hoping to study with Seldom. It quickly becomes clear that this is the first in a series of murders, all of which are announced by the murderer with strange mathematical symbols. Professor and student join forces to try and crack the code, and thus begins an elaborate puzzle, in which nothing is as it seems and the truth is elusive.

Indipix –

Forbidden Lies (DVD) – Norma Khouri is a thief, a saint, a seductress and a sociopath – depending on who is talking. Khouri won fame and fortune with her “true story” Forbidden Love, about a shocking honor killing in Jordan. The book was a runaway bestseller, translated into multiple languages and became the toast of the literary world. Until July 2004, when esteemed Sydney Morning Herald journalist Maclcom Knox exposed her book as a work of fiction and her protagonist a figment of her imagination. Now, Norma is fighting for her credibility and offers to go to Jordan to prove that Dahlia indeed existed and that the incident in question really took place. “You’re not going to get one version of the truth, ever,” she says with a straight face. Is her story fact or fiction? You decide…