DVD/Blu-ray New Releases - APRIL 2014

Latest Movie Reviews
CAMP DREAD (2014)

Without the presence of Eric Roberts and Danielle Harris, “Camp Dread” would still be recognizable as a typical cabin in the woods teen slasher, although it would be nearly unrecognizable as a professionally made feature.

95ers: TIME RUNNERS (2013)

Instead of establishing multi-layered intrigue through a carefully constructed mystery, it feels like the movie’s people, places, and things were thrown in the air and inserted wherever they fell in the storyline on the floor.

LOCKER 13 (2014)

("Locker 13") makes for a refreshing alternative to the macabre madness, blood-soaked monsters, and paranormal hauntings of (other anthologies) by keeping a level head that still retains enough twists and chills to be suspenseful and entertaining.

HOUSE OF GOOD AND EVIL (2013)

“House of Good and Evil” is a psychological thriller about one woman’s slow descent into madness that emphasizes the slow while forgetting about the thriller.

A FIELD IN ENGLAND (2013)

“A Field in England” involves five men engaging in dream fantasies inspired by the consumption of hallucinogenic mushrooms and I suspect that full appreciation of what Ben Wheatley means to accomplish might require an audience to do the same.

DEAD SHADOWS (2012 - French)

“Dead Shadows” never takes a rake to its dirt bed, which is definitely a missed opportunity, but there are seeds of inspired cinematic ideas to be found buried within.

HOLY GHOST PEOPLE (2013)

“Holy Ghost People” appears to position itself as a psychological thriller in the vein on “Martha Marcy Mae Marlene” when it is really a character study about purposeless people struggling to change that descriptive adjective.

THE VISITANT (2012)

In addition to being well-covered ground premise-wise, there is little here besides one actress and one ghost, which is one more reason why horror veterans are unlikely to find anything of interest.

NURSE 3D (2013)

(Paz de la Huerta), like ("Nurse 3D"), can remain hotly debated on a quality level, but denying the way that both demand eyes to be turned towards the screen is a much harder argument to win.

DEVIL'S DUE (2014)

... in the case of “Devil’s Due,” it is difficult to conceive of a pitch meeting where the studio didn’t ask, “how is this any different than Rosemary’s Baby?” and the filmmakers weren’t caught with the only possible response of, “well this one is shot as found footage.”

FIELDS OF THE DEAD (2014)

When it is all said and done, “Fields of the Dead” ends only after confusing the story to a point that would blow a robot’s brain with a “does not compute” error.

LIZZIE BORDEN TOOK AN AX (2014)

There might be just enough edge in the soap opera styling to make it mildly worthwhile as a period police procedural with a tawdry courthouse conclusion.

BIG BAD WOLVES (2013 - Hebrew)

... filmmakers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado slide so much casual intensity into such simple concepts that their film transcends the tropes and transforms into a wickedly stylish thriller.

FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC (2014)

“Flowers in the Attic” is overacted, on the nose, and at times eye-rollingly indescribable.  And yet ... I find myself ashamedly eager to bite Lifetime’s next ham and cheese sandwich in wonderment over what happens next in this absurdly intriguing saga.

HAZMAT (2013)

“Hazmat” takes a premise and confuses it for a full story.  What passes for a plot is little more than a thin justification for 80 minutes of mediocre mayhem.

ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW (2013)

The dark humor is deliberately subdued, yet ever present, accenting the surreal fantasy with a more Terry Gilliam tone than Franz Kafka ... But even if ("Escape from Tomorrow") does not have a real point or a purpose, it is still hypnotically engaging as experimental art and as oddball entertainment.


DVD/Blu-ray New Releases - MAY 2014

Latest Movie Reviews
POSEIDON REX (2013)

If SyFy and The Asylum have taught us anything about post-2010 made-for-television monster movies, it is that high expectations may as well have “no admittance” crime scene tape blocking all entrances.

THE DINOSAUR EXPERIMENT (2013)

There is such a bland sense of style to “The Dinosaur Experiment” that no amount of willfully excusing its low-budget shortcomings can even out the poor plotting, characterization, dialogue, and direction.

I, FRANKENSTEIN (2014)

Could “I, Frankenstein” really be as disappointing as its 4% rating on Rotten Tomatoes would suggest?  Yes and no.  Although mostly yes and only a little bit no.

GRAND PIANO (2013)

“Grand Piano” is the type of impossibly preposterous thriller setup that can only exist in the movies, but then, that is exactly the type of story that movies are meant for telling.

RAZE (2013)

“Raze” is an intelligent action movie deliberately dipping its toe in only enough depth to prevent it from being empty girl on girl violence.