Good morning, readers. There are plenty of new DVD and Blu-Ray titles this week, but I would like to present a few selections I believe are worth investigating. If I haven’t made myself PERFECTLY CLEAR, The Last Circus is this week’s recommendation. See my review for more details. My ANTI-recommendations this week are Hellraiser: Revelations (The ninth in the series) and The Howling Reborn (The eighth). Unless you’re a franchise completist or film masochist, run away. Run far away.
I’m not sure what to expect from the others, but I’m always up for ghosts, vampires and Return of the Living Dead.
Lance Preston and the crew of Grave Encounters, a ghost-hunting reality television show, are shooting an episode inside the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital where unexplained phenomena has been reported for years. In the name of good television, they voluntarily lock themselves inside for the night and begin a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera. They quickly realize that the building is more than just haunted: it s alive, and it has no intention of ever letting them leave. http://www.grave-encounters.tv
In this poetic and atmospheric horror fable, set in a village in war-torn medieval Japan, a malevolent spirit has been ripping out the throats of itinerant samurai. When a military hero is sent to dispatch the unseen force, he finds that he must struggle with his own personal demons as well. From Kaneto Shindo, director of the terror classic Onibaba, Kuroneko (Black Cat) is a spectacularly eerie twilight tale with a shocking feminist angle, evoked through ghostly special effects and exquisite cinematography. http://www.criterion.com/films/27628-kuroneko
The Last Circus
Javier, a Sad Clown, finds work in a circus where he befriends an outlandish cast of characters, including the brutish Happy Clown, Sergio, who humiliates Javier daily in the name of entertainment. It is here that he meets Natalia, a gorgeous acrobat and abused wife of Sergio. Javier falls deeply in love with Natalia and tries to rescue her from her cruel and violent husband, unleashing Sergio’s jealousy. With neither man willing to back down, this twisted love triangle evolves into a ferocious battle between Sad Clown and Happy Clown, escalating to unbelievable heights in this shocking, irreverent and unforgettable film. http://www.magnetreleasing.com/thelastcircus
More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead
It makes the pain go away… MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD is the ultimate account of the tongue-in-cheek, stylish and apocalyptic zombie movie. It features — for the first time ever! — contributions from all the main cast as well as clips, photographs, storyboards, conceptual art, publicity materials, archival documents and behind-the-scenes footage.
They’re back from the grave and ready to party! Through this definitive retrospective fans are finally able to explore the film’s journey from the world of Night Of The Living Dead to the mind of acclaimed writer/director Dan O’Bannon. Narrator Brian Peck (aka Scuz) guides you through the blood, sweat and tears as cast and crew look back on their experience in the graveyard creating the film that’s been called a beauty of a cult classic! http://www.getmorebrains.com/
This award winning, internationally acclaimed film is a gripping ride into the world of vampires seen through the eyes of Dead Dog, a ghoul eternally trapped in servitude to the Prince of Vampires. Dead Dog is shackled by the insanely masochistic ghoul, Max and trained to slaughter innocent humans to satisfy the blood thirsty Prince of Vampires. After 30 years of grueling service, Dead Dog longs to free himself from the brutal madness of his unending life. When he meets Pussy Cat – a beautiful, mesmerizing girl – Dead Dog at last finds meaning for his existence and a reason to break free. http://sodiumbabies.com/