Best of the New Releases: Pandorum
I was not expecting to like Pandorum. I presumed it would be just another generic sci-fi/horror hybrid with Paul W.S. Anderson's name attached as a producer. Thankfully, it is not. Pandorum is actually a surprisingly effective, worthy entrant to the arena of films about space madness. Dennis Quaid kind of dominated the trailers, but the real star is Ben Foster, a gent I wish I saw in more leading roles, as a man who wakes aboard a massive, barren spaceship wondering where all the crew and passengers have gone.
It's got a lot of enigma to it, and while parts of the ending may not be as unforeseen as director Christian Alvert may have wanted, it still goes out on an impressive bang. Good production design avoids feeling like other claustrophobic spaceship movies where people keep running down narrow corridors; though the creature design is a little reminiscent of the Reavers from Serenity. Still, it's an entertaining, above-average genre hybrid that should satisfy those who typically like such things.
Best of the Catalog Releases: Kingdom of the Spiders
Shout! Factory's special edition of the William Shatner classic Kingdom of the Spiders. This disc features a newly remastered transfer as well as all-new interviews with cast and crew. This also may be the first time I've ever seen a commentary list that includes a spider wrangler.
Complete list of Horror Movie DVDs and Blu-rays for January 19th, 2009:
- Across the Hall (One of Brittany Murphy's final films.)
- Blood Creek (This is the Joel "I made The Lost Boys" Schumacher movie Lionsgate dumped unceremoniously into theaters late last summer. Goss reviewed it for HS back then, calling it "often competent yet never really thrilling".)
- Kingdom of the Spiders (New Special Edition)
- Pandorum (Blu-ray available)
- Spirits of the Fall
- Whiteout (From my review for Cinematical, "Whiteout seems positively allergic to the idea that the audience should be treated as anyone with a brain, let alone anyone who has seen a movie before." This below-average 'thriller' is also on Blu-ray.)