July 1, 2014

The Digital Dread Report for July 1st

This week is the calm before next week's New Release storm (July 8th is jam-packed with great new releases), but at least we get a few worthwhile offerings to keep us entertained until then.

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Way back in 1980, Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust gave birth to the Found Footage sub-genre that is so popular (?) these days. Now, it's on Blu-ray for the first time, in all of its nasty, graphic, intestine-eating glory. If you like cannibal flicks, then this is the one movie that you need to own above all others. We usually prefer our Horror on the less vomit-inducing side, but this one is a classic, and well worth enduring a churning stomach for.

Afflicted, another Found Footage flick, is far less gory that Cannibal Holocaust, but no less effective. As FF flicks go, Afflicted did a solid job of making us care about its characters and jump out of our seats when creepy things started happening to (and around) them. If you're usually a fan of the average Found Footage offering, then this one is definitely worth your time. Read our review of Afflicted HERE.

The Final Terror is another one of those "a group of friends goes camping in the remote wilderness" kinds of flicks, but this one is a bit different; made in 1983, The Final Terror boasts a cast that includes Daryl Hannah, Rachel Ward, Adrian Zmed, and Joe Pantoliano, all before they were stars. It's a decent enough movie, but there's not a lot in the way of gore or deaths to be had here; 6 of the 10 campers end up surviving, so the body count is low. We are curious to see how it looks on Blu-ray though, as the previous DVD version was basically unwatchable.

The Colony/Stranded 2-pack is a decent deal for Sci-Fi lovers, even if the movies themselves have their fair share of issues.

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We tried watching Helix but just couldn't get into it. The show does have a solid little following though, so maybe we should have given it more of a chance?

As seldom as we buy DVD's, once in a while a DVD-only release comes along that we feel compelled to check out. Killer Legends in a Documentary which explores the creepiest of urban legends and myths, and we're all for that. We'd also like to give Hinterland a go, as the Welsh mini-series has garnered some pretty positive word of mouth.

The rest, as always, are a crap shoot.


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