With Scanners, David Cronenberg plunges us into one of his most terrifying and thrilling sci-fi worlds. After a man with extraordinary—and frighteningly destructive—telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers, and that some of the other “scanners” have their minds set on world domination, while others are trying to stop them. A trademark Cronenberg combination of the visceral and the cerebral, this phenomenally gruesome and provocative film about the expanses and limits of the human mind was the Canadian director’s breakout hit in the United States.
Fifteen-year-old Brigitte Fitzgerald (Emily Perkins, Insomnia, Juno) and her nearly-sixteen-year-old sister Ginger (Katharine Isabelle, Freddy vs. Jason, See No Evil 2) are both best friends and outcasts. Obsessed with dying and bound by a childhood pact to stay together forever, they loathe their mind-numbing existence in the suburbs of Bailey Downs. One night the two girls are heading through the woods when Ginger is savagely attacked by a wild creature.
Two former baseball players, Ben (Jeremy Gardner) and Mickey (Adam Cronheim), cut an aimless path across a desolate New England. They stick to the back roads and forests to steer clear of the shambling corpses that patrol the once bustling cities and towns. In order to survive, they must overcome the stark differences in each other’s personalities — Ben embraces an increasingly feral, lawless, and nomadic lifestyle, while Mickey is unable to accept the harsh realities of the new world. Mickey refuses to engage in Ben’s violent games and longs for the creature comforts he once took for granted — a bed, a girl and a safe place to live.
It has been an extremely long time since I sat down to watch the classic “slasher” flick, Prom Night. So long, in fact, that I don’t think I even own a DVD version of the film. Synapse are about to remedy that problem, as they bring the classic home to Blu-ray for the first time […]
A group of young campers out for what they hope to be a fun-filled weekend find their plans spoiled by a disguised, merciless killer who stalks the forest in search of new victims. Soon they are caught in a terrifying sequence of bloodshed and murder. It is up to the remaining few to defend themselves and put an end to the terror filled weekend.
New Blu-Ray Releases For The Week Of June 17th – 300: Rise of an Empire, Enemy, Wolf Creek 2, Rob The Mob, Blood Ties
Lately, I’ve been falling further and further behind on reviews. This is mostly due to the sheer volume of discs that make their way to my doorstep. Couple that with having a hellspawn of a toddler, and getting behind is quite easy. I will still be doing full reviews of discs, but I thought I’d […]
I’ve heard both good and bad things about Open Grave, but I am a fan of Sharlto Copley, so I plan to watch it anyway. I don’t know anything about it at all, I’ve never even watched a trailer, but the press release describes it as a “gritty zombie thriller”, so it could go either […]
Synapse are still hanging in there, and rocking us with some unexpected Blu-ray announcements. Among them, was the long-lost Canadian cult film, Curtains. From what I understand, this is actually the first time this film will be legitimately available on home video, and in the best home video format available. Now is the best time […]
I rented Wolf Creek 2 twice when it hit VOD recently. In my opinion, it is one of the best horror sequels we’ve been given for a while, and it was so insane, that it instantly secured itself a spot on my top 10 of the year list, regardless of what happens between now and […]
Anthology films are a tough racket. You can end up with a trio of stories, one being great – the others being subpar or downright terrible. There’s also the potential of two stories being great, and the third being the lazy leg that drags the film down or you know all three stories are just […]
In case you were unaware, IT’S OCTOBER! You’re probably going to get tired of hearing me say that, to be honest, but it is, and now you know. As part of the October celebration, we’ll be doing a few giveaways. Up for grabs this time are two DVD copies of Bloody Homecoming, recently released by […]
Adam Mason has long been one of my favorite independent filmmakers. Mason made me take notice with his film Broken, that was released under the since-defunct Dimension Extreme line of home video releases, and then made me a lifer with what I would argue is his best film, The Devil’s Chair, which was released back […]
Homicidal (1961) Starring: Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Jean Arless Writer: Robb White Director: William Castle Synopsis: A vicious murder of a justice of the peace leads the police to Salvang, California, where the murderer, Emily, lives. As we delve into Emily’s life, we see her erratic relationships with her family and friends, and […]
The WWE logo splashing across the screen during a trailer or promo, doesn’t exactly fill this potential viewer with confidence. Sure, they’ve had some watchable(at best) films, especially in the horror genre, such as See No Evil, but they also have duds such as The Marine 3, and 12 Rounds 2. In 2013, I was […]
The day has finally come. We’ve been asking for it, for what seems like a century. The long awaited, previously unseen by most, “Cabal Cut” of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, has finally found a home willing to distribute the title on home video. That home is none other than Scream Factory. Other titles were announced as […]
Bullet To The Head, is the new action film, from director Walter Hill. Hill has had an outstanding career in the world of action cinema, and beyond. Walter Hill is responsible for such classic films as The Warriors, 48 Hrs, Brewster’s Millions, Crossroads, Trespass and Last Man Standing. I would say that it would be […]
For whatever reason, I’ve put off sitting down to watch Would You Rather, for as long as possible. In my younger years, I would dive into any low budget, independent film balls first, and ask questions later. As the economy takes a nosedive down the toilet, and digital entertainment dominates the rental market, the fact […]
American Mary is the story of a very talented young med who is just trying to make it through school. When the bills started to fall behind and she starts to risk everything she had worked so hard for she makes an attempt to become a stripper. When she gets the chance to show off […]
Who doesn’t love The Twilight Zone? Well, I don’t know, but I know I don’t want to meet them. It’s safe to assume that most horror fans of any form of advance age(I’m 35) grew up, at the very least, watching re-runs of The Twilight Zone on syndicated television. Some of the creepiest moments in […]