I love picking two titles and then using the words "and more" at the end of my headlines. It makes it seem as if maybe, just maybe, this week will reveal a slew of new horror releases. Instead, it's pretty much just those two and a few direct-to-video titles. Though I suppose we should count our horror blessings since sometimes it's a struggle just to find two new horror releases worth putting in the headline.
Up first is Anchor Bay's fantastic release of Sam Raimi's classic The Evil Dead on Blu-ray disc. Be sure to check out Brian's awesome in-depth review of the Blu-ray here. Needless to say, Anchor Bay did a great job in bringing an iconic horror film to high def. This was no small feat considering the age and low-budget origins of the film that launched the careers of both writer/director Sam Raimi as well as star Bruce Campbell.
Fans are well aware that this is the 972nd home video release of The Evil Dead. Seriously, I think we have 4 or 5 copies in the house including the clamshell VHS and the squishy Book of the Dead edition. It's understandable to be skeptical about buying the film yet another time. I can't promise that they won't double dip the Blu-ray with even more special features, and frankly I'm sure there's a bevy of supplemental material that didn't make this release, but I can say that this is a solid disc and it's worth upgrading. The Blu-ray looks and sounds great, including both the original 1.33:1 and the theatrical 1.85:1 versions of the film both in HD and the second disc houses a solid selection of special features. All horror fans have that list of well regarded films that for whatever reason they still haven't seen, so if somehow The Evil Dead happens to be on your list, go get this Blu-ray right now! Watch it tonight, you won't be disappointed.
Up next is Thriller, an anthology horror TV series hosted by none other than Boris Karloff. Let me say that again. Thriller is an anthology horror TV series hosted by Boris Karloff. That sounds like the greatest idea ever! The show ran for two seasons all the way back from 1960 to 1962. While it's taken 50 years to get here, it seems like this new box set at least does the series justice. All 67 original episodes are included, remastered and uncut, spread across 14 discs. The set includes a whopping 27 (?!) new audio commentaries from the likes of Arthur Hiller, Jim Wynorski and more, as well as episode and series promos, several promotional and production stills galleries, and even some isolated music and effects tracks for certain episodes by composers Jerry Goldsmith and Morton Stevens. Epic doesn't seem to quite encapsulate this monster box set. This is high up on must-purchase list and I can't wait to get in and dig into some classic horror greatness.
Sadly, we go down hill from there. Next up is a movie starring DMX. I swear I didn't write that in the 90s. I have no idea where DMX has been lately, but apparently he was filming a new movie called Carnivorous which looks like it should be a SyFy title. I will say that while his last several movies have looked like pure garbage, I actually thought DMX did a halfway decent job in Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds. That said, even his modest abilities won't be able to save this paint-by-numbers creature feature. The most you could hope for here is for it to be so bad is kinda fun and enjoyable. I bet Pete Hall has already seen it...twice!
Rounding things out this week is the British horror flick Tormented which appears to be a straight up revenge horror flick about a kid who had been bullied in school coming back from the dead to wreak havoc on his oppressors. IMDb claims that the genre is horror and comedy so maybe they try to go for some dark humor? My guess is that's mostly done through a series of groan-inducing one-liners, though I've been wrong before. This could be decent, but my gut and the cover art are telling me otherwise.
That does it for this week, check back with us next week for more new horror releases on DVD and Blu-ray!