CREEPS! Welcome back to our little ghastly neck of the internet. As you already know, this is our look at some of my picks of what’s getting released to Blu/DVD this month. This month is chock full of great titles, so c’mon Roy….let’s get our hands dirty.
Weird. I’m excited about an anthology film. I’ve been keeping up with this little nugget of cinema since it was announced and now it’s here! The stories are based on the macabre of our national holidays and features shorts by directors such as Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes), Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact, At the Devil’s Door), Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim), Scott Stewart (Dark Skies) and Kevin Smith (Red State, Tusk, Yoga Hosers). This title just got added to Netflix, so if you want to test the milk before buying the cow, go for it. You won’t be disappointed.
Blood and Black Lace (2 Disc Special Edition Blu/DVD)
Many believe this to be Mario Bava’s masterpiece. And I can’t say that I would disagree with that statement. If you’re not very familiar with or looking for a good film to start building a foundation in Italian horror/giallo, look no further. Amazing camera work, visually stunning color design, a gut-wrenching “who will survive” story…Blood and Black Lace has it all.
10 Cloverfield Lane (Blu/DVD)
Because of my love of Matt Reeves’ Cloverfield (2008), I have read nothing about this film and just waiting to watch. I’m not saying it’s a sequel, because I’m not sure. But I will find out soon enough. I’m dying to see this. Plus, almost anything starring John Goodman is worth watching. Roseanne being a prime example. I have to give it up for whoever pieced together the trailer(s) and tv spots for this flick. They did an amazing job of filling me with wonder without giving away any of the mystery. I might just give this a watch after I’m done typing this.
The Green Room (Blu/DVD)
Another one of those films I’ve been patiently waiting for since hearing about it in December of last year. I was a big fan of Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin and have been anxious to see his next film. Considering what I’ve heard and read so far, this is Blue Ruin on steroids. A punk band finds out about a secret bar to play a show. When they arrive, they quickly discover that they may be in the wrong place in front of the wrong crowd. After some tension, the band begins to win over the crowd and the show ends well. Then the trouble starts.
Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow (Blu Ray)
One of the handful of films that started it all for me, Creepshow will go down as one of my favorite horror films of all time. In 2007, Michael Felsher heard my prayers and made a documentary on the making of, in my opinion, the greatest anthology ever made. Now, finally, I can own a copy. Thank you dear sweet nerd lord. This will be in my collection sooner than later.
Bad Moon (Blu/DVD)
The good folks over at Scream Factory continue to give forgotten gems a well-deserved release. This time, they’re back at it with the release of Bad Moon (1996). Eric Red’s werewolf film is one of the few werewolf movies I missed as a kid. Even better, I get to enjoy it as an adult. Practical effects are something that I miss from the golden age of horror, so anytime Scream Factory releases a film from pre-2000, I get excited.
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (Blu Ray)
Speaking of Scream/Shout! Factory and werewolves, we get a double dose of werewolf fun as Shout! Factory is releasing the Blu Ray of The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973). Not to be confused with the 2010 movie of the same title (which appears to be a Nickelodeon TV movie), we’re talking about the 1973 fright flick directed by Nathan Juran (Attack of the 50 foot Woman, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad). Juran’s last directed movie, this would be a nice classic to add to the stash.
Five Miles to Midnight (Blu Ray)
We’ll wrap up this section of Check It Out with another suspense thriller I didn’t know existed until preparing to write this article. This is why I do this. For your sake and mine. Five Miles to Midnight is a 1962 film starring two screen legends, Sophia Loren and Anthony Perkins, as a couple who get in way over their head in a get-rich-quick scheme with dire consequences. Directed by Anatole Litvak (The Snake Pit).