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The list of DVDs coming soon has just been updated! Forthcoming films include:
Confessions of a Shopaholic
The Edge of Love
Fast and Furious
Haunting in Connecticut
State of Play
...and many more!
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UK ghost story delivers some genuine chills
Wind Chill (UK, 2007)
Directed by Gregory Jacobs
Starring Emily Blunt
Tagline: There Are Worse Things Than Dying
Product Summary: "Desperate to get home for Christmas, a college student catches a ride with a strange classmate. As soon as she realizes he knows a little too much about her, the stranger decides to take a shortcut down a remote country road. Caught in a raging snowstorm, the young travelers are suddenly forced off the road by a mysterious car. Stranded, they soon realize the cold is the least of their problems."
With much less gore than we've become accustomed to, Wind Chill tries to scare us using good old psychology, atmosphere, and mounting suspense. For the most part, it succeeds. Although if you like your horror action-driven, then you might want to skip this one. The leads spend more than half the movie talking and trying to keep warm inside of the car. They step out now and then when they come up with a new plan on getting help, but there's something afoot that makes sure they don't ever get very far from the car.
The Americans gave this movie an (R) rating for its theatrical release. I find that especially amusing since there's no gore, nudity, or even language. If this is an (R) movie, then films like Hostel and SAW should have been banned altogether and no one allowed to see them. Perhaps it's a marketing ploy on behalf of the studios who feel no one will pay to see a horror movie with a mild rating, forgetting that The Sixth Sense raked in almost a billion dollars despite being rated PG-13. Certainly putting an R rating on Shyamalan's The Happening this summer, didn't help it any; it still sucked lemons. It's not the rating people care about, it's the content. Don't give us a bologna sandwich and tell us it's caviar. We're just not that dumb.
For more horror news and reviews, check out RPL's very own Horror Blog!
Movie Maven a.k.a. The Cryptkeeper
New on DVD: Botched (2006)
From Product Description: "In the spirit of great horror comedies like Army of Darkness, Shaun of The Dead and An American Werewolf in London comes BOTCHED, a film that takes funny and gore to the next level. Having recently won best feature at the New York City Horror Film Festival, the film's star Stephen Dorff also took home Best Actor honors as well. From producer Steve Richards, who also brought you The Matrix: Reloaded, and House on Haunted Hill...comes the story of Ritchie Donovan (Stephen Dorff) a professional thief whose luck turns from bad to worse. The only survivor from a heist that goes terribly wrong, Ritchie is forced to take the rap and is sent to Russia to steal a priceless antique cross locked in a safe on the penthouse floor of a Moscow skyscraper. Unfortunately his luck runs out yet again and things rapidly go downhill. During the robbery Ritchie and his Russian accomplices are trapped by police and are forced to take hostages seeking refuge on the building's unused 13th Floor... and we all know how unlucky the number 13 is."
This looks fun!
Movie Maven -- for more of what's frightening, check out RPL's horror blog!
Home invasion makes for frightening fare...
The Strangers (2008)
OFFICIAL MOVIE WEBSITE
Tagline: Lock the door, pretend you're safe.
Now playing in theaters, The Strangers starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman is allegedly based on true events whereby a young couple are vacationing in a remote area and are terrorized by three masked assailants. The opening narration begins with:
The film you are about to see is inspired by true events. According to the F.B.I. there are an estimated 1.4 million violent crimes in America each year. On the night of February 11, 2005 Kristen McKay and James Hoyt went to a friend's wedding reception and returned to the Hoyt family's summer home. The brutal events that took place there are still not entirely known
The Strangers isn't the first and won't be the last horror movie to use this ploy -- the original 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre likewise opens with the following infamous narration:
The film which you are about to see is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths....For them an idyllic summer afternoon drive became a nightmare. The events of that day were to lead to the discovery of one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of American history, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
While both films are "inspired" by actual events, neither film is a true story. In fact, at the end of The Strangers, there is a disclaimer saying that all the events in the movie are fictional and any resemblances to any persons living or dead, etc, are completely coincidental. That's okay. The Coen brothers pulled the same stunt with Fargo, and look at how well that paid off.
If home invasion does it for you then don't miss the French flick Ils or Them (2006) (not to be confused with the 1950's low budget horror flick about giant ants).
Find THEM in the RPL Catalogue.
There was a rumor afoot that The Strangers is actually a remake of Them, but this is incorrect. While very similar in plot, Them (2006) is a totally different movie that terrified European audiences before making its way across the pond. Check out the IMDb page for Them (2006)
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