The anemic horror DVD offerings continue this week. I hope you have a good backlog of titles you've been meaning to watch, because November is certainly the time to catch up.
Best of the New Releases: The Echo
Phillipino filmmaker Yam Laranas has been someone I feel like I've been hearing about for years. Sigaw, his 2004 film about a haunted apartment, has received a good deal of admiration over the years, which of course meant that it was up on the remake block. However, unlike most Americanizations of Asian horror movies, Laranas stuck around to direct the remake. I have no idea if The Echo, which stars Jesse Bradford, is as good as its inspiration, but at least its arrival has reminded me I need to see both.
Best of the Catalog Release: Near Dark
I'm conflicted about Lionsgate's re-issue of Kathryn Bigelow's beloved vampire film Near Dark on Blu-ray. On the one hand, I would love to see Lance Henriksen being all kinds of undead badass in high definition. On the other, I absolutely hate that the studio felt it was necessary to make a cover that was a direct capitalization on the success of Twilight. I already own the special edition from a couple years back, so maybe I could just slip that cover over this one...
Complete List of Horror DVDs and Blu-rays for November 10th, 2009 (with snark where applicable):
- The Echo (available on Blu-ray as well)
- Near Dark (Blu-ray)
- Summer's Moon (not even the movie starring someone who is actually in Twilight referenced Twilight. Tisk, tisk, tisk Lionsgate)