This Week's Discs: 'Methodic,' 'Earth Day,' 'Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas'

Perhaps today's crop is thin because the assumption was that all our horror dollars were tied up with watching Halloween 2 and/or The Final Destination last weekend? Whatever. Disc addicts still need their fix.

Methodic
Stop me if you're heard this one before: a young boy kills his parents, is stopped by his older sister, and is locked up in an insane asylum for 20 years. Hmm, watch John Carpenter much? Chris R. Notarile's debut film "does at first come off as a script that takes it's story and ideas from Halloween," says The Horror Review. Yet "Notarile took the mold of a modern horror icon and turned that icon into his own, while giving the audience a character that they think they already know." Here's what may cinch the deal: "One must give credit to Mack the dog, who was one hell of a pet actor hitting all his marks on cue." Any indie horror flick that has good canine acting deserves a rental, in my opinion.

Earth Day
The DVD cover for this horror/comedy is very promising -- topless girl with her back to the camera, concealing a big knife -- but I couldn't find much information on this one, and I'm wary of films with official sites on MySpace, not to mention a writer/director who calls himself "Mister Ooh-La-La." From the official synopsis: "A group of ex eco-crusaders ... find themselves being systematically slaughtered as the one year anniversary of the tragic Earth Day death of their leader, Pixie, approaches." It's about time someone started killing people who care about the Earth!



Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas
Ah, this is more like it. Filmmaker Michael Feifer, who never met a serial killer he didn't think he could squeeze a movie out of, returns with a riff on Henry Lee Lucas. Lucas famously confessed to more than 600 murders during a period stretching from 1975 to 1983, though authorities believe that number to be highly inflated. If you've ever seen John McNaughton's haunting, sometimes unspeakably brutal Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, you'd think it would be foolhardy for anyone to tackle the subject again, but Michael Feifer has no such fear.

Instead of Michael Rooker, we get Antonio Sabato Jr. as titular killer in Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas. "Sabbato Jr. just does not feel right for this part," Terror Hook complains, "nor does his counterpart Costas Sommer as Ottia Toole [Lucas' partner in crime]. When I think of these two, I get the picture of two sleazy Southerners with bad grammar and all - instead, we have two "GQ-esque" guys who are trying their hardest to look the part and nail the dialect. ... I found this movie boring and rather difficult to invest interest in."

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