For the month of August, the tail end of summer-movies (big budget blockbusters) is playing in theaters and the last bit of films that were released in the middle of the year are getting a Blu Ray/DVD treatment. All in all summer is a bad time for movie lovers but there are still some solid Blus and DVDs coming out this month (along with some terrible ones).
Stake Land: Aug. 2nd
I’m really looking forward to watching this; I actually pre-ordered it a few weeks ago on Amazon. They had a killer price of $13.49 for pre-order and after all the great things I heard from both Shawn Savage and Justin LaLiberty, I just had to pick it up. Read their reviews if you need to be convinced; I was.
Yellow Brick Road: Aug 2nd
Woo! More found footage but dammit, I’m a sucker for it. Both this film and Cold Fish (see below) had a hard time getting distribution, but luckily Bloody Disgusting picked it up and now you can enjoy all of its crazy goodness.
Quarantine 2: Terminal: Aug. 2nd
Since it has nothing to do with the original Quarantine and does not stick to the source material found in REC, Quarantine 2 is not a movie I will get around to seeing. Shawn Savage reviewed it and found it watchable, just not very good. The lack of quality probably had to do with the sequel’s budget cut and the constraints of setting the movie on an airplane.
Bikini Girls on Ice: Aug 9th
This movie actually came out back in 2009 but hasn’t seen store shelves since then. Here is the plot synopsis via Amazon.com: “Stranded on their way to a bikini car-wash fundraiser, a group of hot college girls find refuge in an abandoned gas station on the outskirts of town. Soon their broken down bus is the least of their worries as a maniac axe-man mechanic starts picking them off one by one. Scared, alone and miles from help, the girls are faced with a psycho killer who wants to put these hot girls on ice. Instead of struggling to raise small change, the honeys are now in the biggest fight of their lives.” Could be good, could be horrible; sounds like a typical slasher plot but if played well enough it might be a lot of fun.
Dexter Season 5: Aug 16th
Dexter is my boy! Been waiting for this so I can finally know what happened after..that…person…dies…(preventing spoilers). Heard some not-so-good things about the writing for this season but I don’t need any opinions to tell me what I should think of Dexter. All I know is he’s god! M.C.H.!
Priest: Aug. 16th
I don’t know about this one, our boy Ted Brown liked it but the trailers didn’t sell me on the idea. I’m all for anti-uniformity films but I’m not down with an overly preachy message (subtext, subtext!). After reading what Ted Brown had to say though, I might pick it up at Red Box– plus it’s Unrated (though that hardly means much).
John Carpenter’s The Ward: Aug. 16th
I think we’ve all heard the atrocious comments that reviewers had about Mr. Carpenter’s latest installment to his catalog of terrible ideas. Though Carpenter has left Mars and gone back to a more horrific/realistic setting, he will not be adding me to his audience. I have to watch plenty of bad films as it is, I don’t need to waste my time with another one.
Cold Fish: Aug.23rd
Although having the same distribution issue as Yellow Brick Road, Cold Fish, a wonderfully nihilistic film about family and destiny, was luckily picked up by Bloody Disgusting. Being nihilistic, however, it’s really not about anything. I LOVED it but I couldn’t help being a bit ambiguous about the movie– you just gotta see it. OK?
Super Hybrid: Aug. 23rd
Our news specialist and contributing writer, Jude Felton, just put this film’s press release up today and I have to say, it looks pretty fun. I LOVE possessed car films or films that have cars with killers in them. Don’t know why, might be a Freudian thing but I find the idea of a killer car completely amusing. The only thing I am worried about is the overuse of CGI but I’ll be giving this a chance.
Troll Hunter: Aug 23rd
Another film that has been talked about to death, but it’s finally coming to home release at the tail end of the month. I’m excited to watch Norwegians dressed in knight-like outfits yelling, “TROLLLL!” I pre-ordered this as well for $14.99 on Amazon and I can’t wait to sit down with John Squires to watch this.
Dead Girl: Aug 30th
This has been out on DVD for over a year now (I think) but now it’s getting the formal Blu Ray treatment. Not to be confused with Brittany Murphy’s last film, Dead Girl is a story about necrophilia, true love, and identity. I loved it and if you don’t already own a copy, pick it up.
Bereavement: Aug. 30th
Stated to be the prequel to Malevolence, this film has been getting a lot of buzz for the last couple of months. I don’t have much else to say on it, but I’ll be seeing it.
There you are, this month’s releases for horror. Some good stuff and some shit stuff but hey, it’s the end of summer, what do you expect? If I missed anything, let us know. Peace.