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If you’ve ever wandered the aisles at the video store or surfed the DVR pay-per-view options and seen a bunch of movies that you’ve never heard of, chances are John has watched them. Why? He loves movies. All kinds of movies. Good, bad, so-bad-they’re good, even the truly unwatchable ones. He mostly loves horror and science-fiction and drive-in exploitation movies that most upstanding model citizens wouldn’t dare watch. Then he writes up his thoughts so you can decide - watch, don’t watch or avoid at all costs. Sometimes he even gets to talk to the cool folks who make some of your favorite films.

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New Releases for Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Posted Apr 12, 2014 by John Allman

Updated Apr 12, 2014 at 11:54 AM

What’s new in stores and on video shelves this week:

Nurse 3D
Genre: Thriller
Directed by: Douglas Aarniokoski
Run time: 84 minutes
Rating: R
Format: Blu-Ray

The Lowdown: Lurid, bloody and over the top, the gonzo genre goodness of “Nurse” sweeps you up in its pulpy glory and refuses to let go until you admit that Paz de la Huerta’s psychotic creation is the hottest, most unnatural character ever to be beamed down from space or whatever unholy parallel universe spawned her.

This isn’t just a B-movie.

This is like the fulfillment of a B-movie prophecy that foretold of the arrival of a steamy, softcore succubus who would burn up the world just for fun.

It’s like Zalman King and Robert Rodriguez decided to team up to make a warped version of a tawdry, late-night Skinemax thriller, only better, bloodier and with a wicked curl of its freshly painted red lips.

It’s so good we immediately watched it again, just to confirm how much we loved it.

The high-definition 3D works well, although it’s an unnecessary gimmick, and thankfully not an obtrusive one.

The truth is “Nurse” doesn’t need anything other than de la Huerta – she’s special effect enough, her odd, androgynous features and wanton, brazen sexuality plucking tingles from deep down in your stomach in places where decent, honest, moralistic folks rarely acknowledge.

Go, go now and find this movie.

You can thank me later after you recover.

The Stuff You Care About:
Hot chicks – Paz de la Huerta is strangely, uncomfortably, disturbingly hot, and we like it.
Nudity – Yes.
Gore – Yes.
Drug use – Yes.
Bad Guys/Killers – The candy striper did it.
Buy/Rent – Buy it.
Blu-Ray Bonus Features – Director’s commentary, Video Diaries and the documentary, “Bad Medicine” The Making of Nurse.”

Grudge Match (Warner Bros., 113 minutes, PG-13, Blu-Ray): Funnier than it should be and more enjoyable than expected, “Grudge Match” scores one for nostalgia in pitting Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro against each other in a boxing ring, but it’s really Alan Arkin and Kevin Hart’s movie to steal as the comedic sidekicks and they both register decisive KOs.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D (Warner Bros., 161 minutes, PG-13, Blu-Ray): Look, I know, it’s OK to admit – most of us didn’t love the first film in “The Hobbit” trilogy. It felt bloated and leaden, like a three-hour movie soaked in water and left in a heavy, wet clump on the floor. The dwarves all blended together. The action seemed forced, a sizzle reel for a planned theme park excursion instead of an organic extension of the plot.

Never mind all that. Put it aside. Because “The Desolation of Smaug” is the real deal. It’s ridiculously entertaining, rollicking along with a playful wink but still fraught with tension and – even at three hours long – unexpectedly brisk in moving Bilbo and Co. along their journey to reclaim a kingdom and steal from a dragon. And what a creation Smaug is, likely the best dragon ever designed for a feature film.

Peter Jackson’s film only falters when it tries to do too much, and sadly most of those moments involve Legolas, particularly one over-the-top fight scene where Orlando Bloom literally morphs into a combination of Neo and Superman in single-handedly dispatching a band of Orcs. It’s just too much and unnecessary.

But those moments are brief and far between.

Also Available:

Moonshiners Season 2

Ben 10 Omniverse: Duel of the Duplicates

Power Rangers Megaforce: The Great Dragon Spirit

Mayberry R.F.D. – The Complete First Season

Sheriff of Contention

Best Night Ever

Lizzie Borden Took An Ax

Bastards

Black Jack

Cavemen

Cocaine Cowboys: Reloaded


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New Releases for Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Posted Apr 12, 2014 by John Allman

Updated Apr 12, 2014 at 11:49 AM

What’s new in stores and on video shelves this week:

Knights of Badassdom
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Directed by: Joe Lynch
Run time: 85 minutes
Rating: R
Format: Blu-Ray

The Lowdown: As a director, Joe Lynch had one feature and a short segment, one-fourth of an anthology, to his resume when he helmed “Knights of Badassdom,” a horror-fantasy mash-up that envisions what might happen if Ren Faire loving role-players (also called LARPers, for Live Action Role Players) suddenly came face to face with an actual demon.

Granted, the one full-length feature was a direct-to-DVD sequel to a nearly 10-year-old horror film about inbred hillbilly cannibals killing travelers in West Virginia, BUT it was a really cool sequel, on par with the original as far as execution and story, and well-above the original in terms of gore and creative, wicked cool kills.

And Lynch’s portion of the wannabe-cult classic “Chillerama,” was the wrap-around drive-in zombie romp that tied the movie together, but unfortunately “Chillerama” was an idea that probably sounded a lot better on paper than it played on screen.

But there was definite anticipation for “Knights of Badassdom,” so much so that it warranted its own panel in Geek Heaven, also known as San Diego Comic-Con. So his second feature suddenly became a Big Deal.

Lynch assembled a top-notch cast of beloved genre actors: Ryan Kwanten from “True Blood,” Peter Dinklage from “Game of Thrones,” Steve Zahn from “Joy Ride” and Summer Glau from “Firefly” and “The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”

But then, after its trailer
debut at Comic-Con in 2011, “Knights of Badassdom” disappeared.

A year later, trouble surfaced. The film was suddenly being discussed on RipOffReport.com, a consumer website for people to vent about, well, being ripped off. The RipOffReport post allegedly detailed how the film’s producer, Indie Vest, wanted to wrest control of the film from Lynch’s hands and release its own cut of the movie.

Lynch seemed to confirm the account when asked about the movie by VideoETA.com on Twitter, directing inquiries back to the producers who had control.

Suddenly, ever genre-loving Internet website was reporting on the film and how Lynch’s vision would not be the final version to arrive on screens. The reports suggested that the first two acts of “Knights” were essentially Lynch’s, but the climactic battle and most of the third-act had been retooled.

The version released this week is, in fact, the Producer’s Cut, confirmed by the Blu-Ray and DVD distributors.

And it is, as feared, a mess.

And it’s the third act that completely derails an otherwise inventive, bloody, very funny and snarky feature about dim-witted LARPers who rise to the occasion to do battle with a succubus from hell.

Would “Knights” have fulfilled the promise that it showed in San Diego if Lynch had been allowed to cut the movie his way? That’s something genre fans will never know.

As it is, “Knights” joins a long list of movies felled by behind-the-camera turmoil that resulted in a very different, and inferior, film being released.
It’s not Directed by Alan Smithee, the pseudonym commonly used by directors who want to abandon a project, but it might as well be.

The Stuff You Care About:
Hot chicks – Summer Glau alert! Hurrah.
Nudity – No.
Gore – Minimal.
Drug use – Yes.
Bad Guys/Killers – A powerful demon (but really the cheesehead Producers who ripped control of the final cut away from director Joe Lynch)
Buy/Rent – Rent it.
Blu-Ray Bonus Features – Cast interviews, Behind the Scenes featurette, San Diego Comic-Con panel discussion and the very awesome “Summer Glau: Hottie Montage.”

47 Ronin 3D (Universal, 119 minutes, PG-13, Blu-Ray): The $175 million pricetag on “47 Ronin,” the long-delayed Keanu Reeves samurai fantasy, pretty much spelled disaster in today’s movie market where big-budget, tentpole films must have an incredible opening weekend to guarantee a respectable return on the investment.

Watching the movie in 3D, it’s clear where most of that budget went – “47 Ronin” is a sizzle reel of computer-generated effects (dragons, mystical fortresses, a giant, pit-fighting ogre) desperately in search of a better story to compliment.

It’s not a bad film, per se. It just could have been much, much better.

Still, two things stand out: The ballsy, bleak ending isn’t how most blockbusters today might choose to close. You shouldn’t spend nearly two hours building up your band of heroes only to see them go out in an overly dramatic Jonestown fashion.

And Reeves, whose boyish looks are growing long in the tooth, should not have played the central role. While “47 Ronin” nimbly trips along without an established timeline to indicate how much time actually passes between Reeves being adopted by a samurai master and falling in love with a youthful princess before defending her against an insurrection by supernaturally powerful foes, it’s clear that he’s considerably older than the young woman he’s fighting for, and there’s a distinct creep factor that you can’t help but notice.

Reeves was much better in his directorial debut, “Man from Tai Chi.” Here, he tries too hard to remind us that he is Neo, The One, but nostalgia only gets him so far.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – Super-Sized R-Rated Version (Paramount, 119 minutes, R, Blu-Ray): The iconic quotable lines are fewer than before, the laughs less consistent and the shtick does eventually wear thin, but “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” deserves to exist, if only to remind die-hard fans how truly special the first film was and is. It’s not a comedy classic, but it’s inspired enough to warrant multiple viewings, especially since the Super-Sized R-Rated Version basically supplants all new jokes into the theatrical version to create an entirely different movie.

The Bag Man (Universal, 109 minutes, R, Blu-Ray): John Cusack is the Teflon man. He can headline a terrible direct-to-DVD movie, like “The Bag Man,” and nobody ever holds him accountable. “The Bag Man” is a wannabe pulp-noir thriller that liberally pulls from “Pulp Fiction” – the titular bag is not to be looked inside at any cost, much like Tarantino’s glowing briefcase that John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson recover – and blatantly rips off one of Cusack’s better B-movies, the creepy and surprising “Identity.” It all adds up to not very much, which is disappointing.

Also Available:

Warrior Assassin

At Middleton

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Fully Roasted

The Little Rascals Save the Day

Psych: Season 8

Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines

Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

Not To Be Overlooked:

Here’s Lucy: The Complete Series


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New Releases for Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Posted Mar 28, 2014 by John Allman

Updated Mar 28, 2014 at 06:53 PM

What’s new in stores and on video shelves this month:

Ms. 45
Genre: Thriller
Directed by: Abel Ferrara
Run time: 81 minutes
Rating: Unrated
Format: Blu-Ray

The Lowdown: There’s a rawness to Abel Ferrara’s 1981 cult classic “Ms. 45” that literally leaps off the screen.

New York City – romanticized, condemned, glamorized and sanitized in so many feature films – has never been grittier, seedier, dirtier, deadlier.

The city itself is as much a character in Ferrara’s rape-revenge opus as Thana (the luminous, waif-like Zoë Tamerlis), the mute, mousey garment district seamstress, or the plethora of despicable men that she encounters. Every alley entrance, dingy storefront and steaming manhole takes on a personality of its own, embodiments of a living, fire-breathing demon that devours innocence and regurgitates destruction and pain.

There is no safe harbor in Ferrara’s NYC – not in the workplace, definitely not on the street and most terrifying of all, not even at home behind a locked door.

“Ms. 45” takes the savage brutality of “I Spit On Your Grave” and one-ups it. In a single day, in the span of less than an hour, Thana is brutally raped by a masked assailant in an alley and then makes her way back home, bloody and disheveled, only to find another intruder already inside her apartment, who rapes her a second time at gunpoint before Thana fights back and kills him.

That moment is both a catharsis and a denouement for Thana. It marks the beginning of the unraveling of her psyche and soul. At the exact second she reclaims control and makes a stand for herself, she immediately seals her fate, embarking on a fast path past moral ambiguity to cold-blooded assassin. It’s a raucous, bloody, thoroughly captivating roller coaster rocket to hell.

Thana quickly progresses beyond her single act of self-preservation to targeting the entire male population, first picking off predators and then innocent passersby with the same judge, jury and executioner aplomb.

Ferrara stuffs a cherry bomb into the feminist manifesto and gleefully detonates it, forcing viewers to confront their own moral compass and pick a side. Is Thana a misguided victim, lashing out with bullets instead of a voice, traumatized into action by the direct and subjective sleights handed down to her by men? Or is she a lipsticked vigilante who comes to enjoy and fetishize her ability to dole out punishment on unsuspecting males?

The heady social subtext takes backseat to some truly inspired drive-in moments, such as Thana finding herself encircled by a group of street thugs in Central Park or when she dons a nun’s habit to attend the climatic Halloween party that cements her mental slide into full-blown insanity.

Tamerlis is a rare creature, her saucer-wide eyes as dark as space and as emotive as a child’s wide-eyed wonder. Without speaking a single word, she commands the screen. And when her lip curls in a slight twitch of a smile, her pale, perfect skin specked with blood, we know that deep down, she is getting off on getting down with dispatching as many men as humanly possible while she can.

Rape-revenge thrillers are a polarizing sub-genre. They straddle a line between exploration and exploitation that often becomes blurred. If we enjoy the misogynistic punishment brazenly displayed, what does that say about us as people, not just film voyeurs?  Are we encouraging the problem even as we champion someone exacting an eye-for-an-eye solution? And at what point does an avenging angel go too far?

Films like “Ms. 45” don’t get made too often anymore because we’ve lost the ability to discern reality from entertainment. Real life now plays out in more gruesome detail than any imagined horror. Men are being caught having kept women as captives for more than a decade, breeding them in confinement. There’s no way to turn that kind of tale into anything remotely resembling art.

Or is there?

I sincerely wonder if Ferrara, directing just his second feature film, considered the lasting impact of his work at the time.

How could he have known that 33 years later his low-budget urban nightmare would still be generating debate and disagreement and applause?

The Stuff You Care About:
Hot chicks – Is it wrong to find Zoë Tamerlis smoking hot once she begins her rampage?
Nudity – Yes.
Gore – Yes.
Drug use – No.
Bad Guys/Killers – Some would argue that Tamerlis is both the heroine and the villain.
Buy/Rent – Buy it.
Blu-Ray Bonus Features – Interviews with Abel Ferrara and members of his production crew; two short films about Zoë Tamerlis, “Zoë XO” and “Zoë Rising”; theatrical trailer; and the big bonus, a 32-page glossy collectible book featuring essays on the film and a personal narrative by the star.

The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount, 180 minutes, R, Blu-Ray): Blistering, hilarious and profoundly blue, “The Wolf of Wall Street” stands as a seminal achievement by director Martin Scorsese. This is fearless filmmaking by a filmmaker with nothing left to prove, and he gets unbelievably good performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. Simply put, it’s awesome.

Also Available:

Evil in the Time of Heroes

Machine Head

Little House on the Prairie: Season One Deluxe Remastered Edition

Mystery Science Theater 3000 XXIX

The Truth About Emanuel

Veep: The Complete Second Season

Walking with Dinosaurs

Welcome to the Jungle

The Appearing

Beneath

Yu-Gi-Oh: Season 4 – Volumes 1 and 2

Wonderwall: Collector’s Edition

Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher

Chinese Zodiac

Californication: The Sixth Season

Continuum: Season Two


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New Releases for Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Posted Mar 21, 2014 by John Allman

Updated Mar 21, 2014 at 09:00 PM

What’s new in stores and on video shelves this week:

Here Comes the Devil
Genre: Horror
Directed by: Adrián García Bogliano
Run time: 98 minutes
Rating: Unrated
Format: Blu-Ray

The Lowdown: If you read Blood, Violence and Babes, then you know we love Adrián García Bogliano.

The writer-director of “Cold Sweat” and “Penumbra” outdoes himself with his latest, a mind-bending, uncharacteristically erotic, demonic thriller that lingers long after the haunting final frames.

“Here Comes the Devil” is his most confident and confounding work yet – the story of a young married couple who lose their two children during an afternoon hike, only to have them return the next day. Are they the same children? That’s one of the core mysteries that Bogliano plays out to perfection over the course of 98 nail-biting minutes.

There’s a lot at play in “Here Comes the Devil” – cultural traditions, family bonds, the nature of evil and the recurring theme of duality, are we who we think we are, and if not, how would we know.

Bogliano’s gift, which he displays with prowess here, is his love of unrelenting tension, that slow ratcheting of fear to its breaking point. Bogliano revels in making his audience squirm with discomfort.

“Here Comes the Devil” also marks a turning point for the director. His next feature will be his first English language film.

It’s a master’s thesis in subjective, subversive terror, and it’s unbelievably good.

The Stuff You Care About:
Hot chicks – Yes.
Nudity – Yes.
Gore – Considerable.
Drug use – No.
Bad Guys/Killers – Don’t go in the cave!
Buy/Rent – Buy it!
Blu-Ray Bonus Features – Director’s commentary, Extended Nightmare Scene, Behind the Scenes Comparisons, Rehearsal footage, AXS TV: “A Look at: Here Comes the Devil.”

Contracted (IFC Midnight, 84 minutes, Unrated, DVD): Writer-director Eric England distances himself from his creative peers with this sensational cautionary tale about a young female, who happens to be gay, who is drugged, date-raped at a party and infected with a mutation virus that causes her to go on a killing rampage. You care for the lead character, you feel shock at her deterioration and you curl up a little tighter on the couch at the thought of something so awful happening to you or a loved one. This is Grade A midnight movie material and an instant cult classic.

The Wrath of Vajra (Well Go USA, 115 minutes, Unrated, Blu-Ray): A kung fu disciple must learn to express pure emotion in order to unleash his inner vajra rage (don’t ask) to defeat the seemingly-invincible leader of a killer cult that wants to conquer China to pave the way for Japanese rule. The story actually delivers more cohesion than most of its ilk, and the action sequences are above-average, with bone-crushing, neck-snapping hand to hand combat. Easily one of the best Asian imports to be released recently by Well Go USA.

Monsters: The Complete Series (Entertainment One, 1,560 minutes, Unrated, DVD): This cult classic TV series ran from 1988 to 1990, spawning 72 episodes, which are all gathered here in a nice nine-disc set. The show was pure cheese, but really good cheese, executive produced by Richard P. Rubinstein (the guy who gave us ‘Tales from the Darkside’). Once you get past the silly opening sequence, which featured a family of – what else – monsters sitting down to watch their favorite show, the series delivered campy, bloody stories filled with star cameos and loads of oozing practical effects.

Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 (Anchor Bay, 85 minutes, Unrated, Blu-Ray): The fourth film in the franchise that began with 1986’s “Class of Nuke ‘Em High,” and the first since 1994’s “Class of Nuke ‘Em High 3: The Good, the Bad and the Subhumanoid,” Troma Entertainment’s first volume reboot, “Return to Nuke ‘Em High” won’t win over anyone who isn’t a fan of silly humor, gratuitous nudity and over-the-top gore – but hey, those people don’t read this column anyway – but for diehard Troma fans, it’s a welcome return to the worst high school in America.

The Slumber Party Massacre (Shout! Factory, 77 minutes, R, Blu-Ray): No review needed, since this 1982 cult classic was already released several years ago by Shout! Factory’s amazing Roger Corman collection, but this is the first time it’s been available on Blu-Ray so you can soak in all the driller killer carnage in high-definition!

Also Available:

American Hustle

Flashpoint: The Final Season

Almost Sharkproof

Commitment

Kingdom of Conquerors

Kill Your Darlings

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Reasonable Doubt

Atlantis: Season One

The Horror at 37,000 Feet

Mako Mermaids – An H2O Adventure

Mysterious Skin: Special edition

Swerve


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New Releases for Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Posted Mar 21, 2014 by John Allman

Updated Mar 21, 2014 at 08:56 PM

What’s new in stores and on video shelves this week:

In Fear
Genre: Thriller
Directed by: Jeremy Lovering
Run time: 85 minutes
Rating: R
Format: Blu-Ray

The Lowdown: “Open Water” treaded water for nearly 90 minutes while teasing the big, unseen killer shark just beneath the surface.

“Frozen” kept its trio of hapless skiers suspended in air on a stuck ski lift for the better part of an hour.

“Buried” was 80-plus minutes of Ryan Reynolds in a box with a phone and not much more.

The precedent then has been well-established. You can make a movie that essentially spends most or all of its run time in a single location. That doesn’t mean it will be good, but it can be done.

“In Fear,” the debut feature from Jeremy Lovering, is 85 minutes long. At least 65, maybe 70 of those minutes is spent inside a car with two characters, the newly-dating Tom and Lucy, en route to a music festival, who make an ill-advised detour to a hotel that doesn’t exist and begin driving in a circle, over and over and over again.

It’s the most simple of set-ups and yet it’s chillingly effective – as a character study of two people trying to understand an improbable situation, as a cautionary tale for driving off into unfamiliar woods and as an exercise in abject terror once despair and confusion sets in.

You might not think that a movie about two people trapped in a car, in the middle of nowhere, driving repeatedly in circles, could actually be scary. You’d be wrong.

Lovering perfectly executes every twist and turn, which is critical to a film like this. One misstep and you risk losing the audience. One scene that drags on too long and boredom might set in. But that never happens. You find yourself completely invested in poor Tom and Lucy. You feel sorry for Lucy, who seems like a nice girl, and you grow irritated with Tom for being too insecure to fess up to something he did that actually sparks their predicament.

A lot of times, watching a movie about something mundane that suddenly turns very sinister, you can’t help but feel the director and/or actors working overtime to project that sense of ‘This could happen to you! ’With “In Fear,” there’s no need for anyone to try to project that sense of dread. It just naturally exists and begins to overcome you as you watch. This could happen to anyone. This is actually a deep, dark buried fear that most of us likely share.

Kudos.

You need to check out “In Fear,” and you need to keep an eye out for Lovering. He’s a talent to be watched, and feared.

The Stuff You Care About:
Hot chicks – Sort of.
Nudity – No.
Gore – No.
Drug use – No.
Bad Guys/Killers – Do not spill a drink on a local in a remote countryside pub.
Buy/Rent – Buy it.
Blu-Ray Bonus Features – Behind the Scenes featurette.

Out of the Furnace (Fox, 116 minutes, R, Blu-Ray): A simmering, deeply haunting character study wrapped in the trappings of a backwoods thriller, “Out of the Furnace” tells a familiar story but one with added resonance thanks to superb performances by Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck and Forrest Whitaker.

Homefront (Universal, 100 minutes, R, Blu-Ray): It’s easy to see the hallmarks of 1980s-and-90s action flicks in this dusted-off the shelf screenplay by Sylvester Stallone that’s been turned into a starring vehicle for current reigning action champ Jason Statham. The story has all the basic ingredients and moves quickly from minor incident to full-blown home invasion escalation with plenty of jaw-cracking, bone-snapping fights in between. It’s hokey but thoroughly entertaining, thanks in large part to Statham’s steady presence and another spectacular supporting turn by James Franco, who is proving himself a capable chameleon when it comes to seedy character roles. 

Dark House (Cinedigm, 102 minutes, R, Blu-Ray): Truth is, “Jeepers Creepers” made sense to me, even if I didn’t know a lick about why the creepy man in the big scary truck kept pursuing a brother and sister through back roads and backwoods.

“Dark House,” by the same director – Victor Salva – doesn’t make a lick of sense, no matter how you try to explain it.

There’s just too much going on – from the creature in the walls that kills indiscriminately and apparently has been conditioning the movie’s hero to find some long-lost house just in time for his 23rd birthday to the kooky band of indestructible, muscle-bound creatures (?) led by Tobin Bell in a god-awful hairpiece to the trio of demons that are haphazardly revealed and barely introduced before they get easily dispatached.

And that’s not counting the hero’s ability to touch certain people and see the horrific moment of their death. Or the random bar hookup who becomes his pregnant live-in girlfriend with absolutely zero backstory to fill in the six or seven months between Point A and Point B. Or the sinister threat that if this one certain door is opened, then hell on Earth will begin, and then the door is opened and hell on Earth apparently gets delayed? And then we’re right back to another kid being conditioned by a faceless voice in the wall to draw the same house that you just know he will then try to find by his own 23rdbirthday.

Despite all its flaws, “Dark House” is actually enjoyable, partly because it doesn’t make sense, which keeps you guessing and waiting and hoping for some explanation, and partly because it’s original enough and genuine enough to foster enough goodwill to keep you watching, even when you suspect that the whole enterprise can’t end well (and it doesn’t).

If you like your scary stories wrapped up neatly, avoid at all costs. If you care less about the why and how and don’t mind a heaping handful of unanswered questions, it’s worth seeking out for the above-average practical effects and the chance to watch Bell in something other than a “Saw” film.

Also Available:

Iron Sky: Director’s Cut

Necronos: Tower of Doom

Beyond Outrage

Inside Llewyn Davis

JFK: The Smoking Gun

100 Years of Wrigley Field

42nd Street Forever: The Peep Show Collection

Schoolgirl Report: Volume 12

Rogue: The Complete First Season

Big History

Mademoiselle C

Digimon Data Squad – The Official Fifth Season

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Siberia: Season One

Transformers Armada: The Complete Series

The Time Being

Puncture Wounds

Easy Money: Hard to Kill

Enemies Closer

Samson and Delilah

In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission

End of the World


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