Children of the Corn [Blu-ray]
The enduring classic, finally available in high definition. Variety sniffed: "Children of the Corn does have a few good scare scenes but special effects are surprisingly disappointing." Millions of fans (well, thousands) have disagreed over the years. The 25th anniversary edition features new, separate interviews with co-star Linda Hamilton and writer Stephen King, plus talks with the production designer and composer. Well-timed for harvest season.
From the people who brought you Dreams of the Dead (see below): In rural New Jersey, they don't harvest corn, they harvest organs -- human ones. They also sell babies to "loving couples" and kidnap young women to sell as sex slaves. When the criminal gang unknowingly snatches a "popular Brazilian hip hop star," her bodyguard comes searching for his meal ticket.
Teenage Izzy, orphaned and caring for her little brother, relieves her anxieties by torturing and killing hapless victims in the family barn. So maybe the school bullies should have picked on someone other than her little brother. Dread Central called it a "twisted slice of indie goodness," while Quiet Earth predicted: "This film [will] polarize its audience." The special edition from Synapse Films includes a "making of" mini-feature, bloopers and outtakes, and an interview with actor Stephen Geoffreys.
The great Tiffany Shepis stars as a young woman abducted by a sinister cult. On a weekend getaway, she and her boyfriend are ambushed, and now said boyfriend is determined to rescue her, no matter the cost, as the love of his life languishes in an underground lair. "The violence in the film is glorious low-budget action," says Movie Cynics. "If you're looking for a solid indie tale of survival featuring characters named Abraham and Malachi, then you should definitely seek out Promise."
It's usually not a good sign when the marketing plays up an angle like this: "WARNING: THIS MOVIE CONTAINS ONE OF THE MOST BRUTALLY GRAPHIC SCENES EVER DEPICTED ON FILM" because we all know marketing when we see it, and probably few of us have heard of this movie before now. A small town sheriff's homicidal son escapes from a mental hospital. As the manhunt proceeds, the son's evil past is revealed.
Dreams of the Dead
From the people who brought you Abduction (see above): An all-girl band takes up residence in the leader's old family home so they can write and rehearse material for an upcoming CD. But the leader's dark family history rears its ugly, dead head.