July 22, 2014

The Digital Dread Report for July 22nd

This week is pretty full with worthwhile titles that re no doubt going to drain our wallets far more than we'd like.

It always bears repeating that as Horror fans, the best way we can support the Genre that we love is by supporting its movies with rentals and purchases. The Blue Ruin's and All Cheerleaders Die's of the Horror world don't make as much as the average Depp or Schwarzenegger flicks do, so every $$$ counts. Same goes for companies like Scream Factory, who bring us so many great and obscure Genre flicks; we don't buy, they don't survive. *Or at the very least, they don't bring us as many great flicks int he future as they have in the past.

We're not preaching, we're just saying that the little guys need freaks like us to help them survive.

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All Cheerleaders Die (our review HERE) was a fun effort that we'd be happy to revisit now that it's on Blu-ray. In fact, we actually really want to see how the film looks in true 1080p quality (which only Blu-ray can deliver), so this one will definitely make it into our collection eventually.

Blue Ruin (our review HERE) is one of the best movies that we've seen this year, although we'd probably have to be in a certain kind of mood to pull it out and watch it again. It's a bleak movie, what can we say. Still, it's at the very least worth a rental, but it's most definitely worth a buy as well.

Ginger Snaps was never a big fave of ours, but we are really curious to see the treatment that Scream Factory has given it anyhow. 

Insomnia and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance are both great films, and well worth buying. Insomnia is an excellent Norwegian Thriller that was later remade by Christopher Nolan, and starring Al Pacino. We love the hell out of the remake, but the original movie is every bit as good, and most people would say it's far better; Criterion doesn't usually release movies that aren't excellent. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is the first part of Chan-Wook Park's Vengeance Trilogy, which includes Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. Out of the three, we love Oldboy the best, but Mr. Vengeance is every bit as good. If you haven't seen the trilogy yet, you really should.

This week also sees two more Godzilla movies hitting Blu-ray. Destroy all Monsters was always one of our favorite Toho Godzilla flicks; not because it was the best of them, but because it was the one that had appearances from like 11 monsters, and that kind of overload thrilled us to no end when we were kids. Godzilla vs. Megalon is crazy cool too, because it features the awesomeness of Jet Jaguar!

We'll go ahead and take a pass on Transcendence, because fuck Johnny Depp. When he starts making good movies like Public Enemies, The Libertine, Finding Neverland, or Blow, again, then we'll get excited. Honestly, the quirky, wacky, bland, crowd-pleasing dreck he's starred in for the majority of the past 10 years has done nothing but make us cringe every time we hear his name now.

You can also keep Sabotage too, because Arnold hasn't really been able to make a truly good flick since he's begun his big Action Movie comeback... at 66 years old. Go figure.

As for Anaconda... well we've already seen Ice Cube and J-Lo do battle with a CGI snake once in our lives, so there's really no reason to do so again... unless it's to win a bet or something.

About the only DVD release that we're interested in this week is The Returned. As far as everything else goes, we're flying blind.


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