November 7, 2014

What's new on VOD this week?

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This week's crop of VOD releases is an odd group where the movies feel underwhelming as a whole, but a few of them may just end up being surprising.

If anything is going to surprise us in a good way, we're putting our money on Hangar 10.

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Dead Girls: Three stories of abused and forsaken girls who return from the dead to take their revenge.

Told in Anthology format, Dead Girls looks far better than we thought it would, if the trailer is any indication of its overall quality. Then again, we've been fooled by trailers before... Still, we'll give Dead Girls a look, and hope for the best.
Ghost Bride: Supernatural thriller from New Zealand filmmaker David Blyth following the romance between Chinese immigrant Jason Chen and Kiwi girl Skye. When Chen proposes to Skye, tensions arise from his parents and the woman they wanted him to wed, Mei Ling. But the traditional Chinese culture clash is nothing compared to the conflict of two worlds: the living and the dead.

Here's another movie that has a decent trailer that might just be worth a look. Again, trailers can be deceiving, but we'll give it a go and take our chances.
Hangar 10: 33 years after the infamous Rendlesham Forest UFO incident, three metal detector enthusiasts hunting for Saxon gold in the same region, capture incredible footage of UFO's whilst filming their expedition. As night falls and with their navigation equipment failing, they find themselves facing a terrifying encounter with an unforgiving alien presence.

In a world rife with Found Footage movies of various types, Hangar 10 looks like it could be a cut above the rest. IFC Midnight tends to back stronger films, and the trailer looks solid, so we're hoping for a terrifying Found Footage take on Close Encounters with this one. We'll definitely be watching Hangar 10 this weekend.
Jessabelle: Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return -- and has no intention of letting her escape.

Blumhouse Productions has been on a cold streak lately, releasing some pretty bad movies like Mockingbird, Mercy, and Ouija; with only Ouija getting any sort of "big" release treatment. We're afraid that Jessabelle will only be more of the same, as it's another movie that was delayed only to be dumped unceremoniously on DVD & VOD... We'll watch it, because that's what we do, but we're not expecting much.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For: Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's "Sin City" graphic novels back to the screen. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants.

This movie... This movie was a big bummer. We loved Sin City (2005), and we've been clamoring for a follow-up ever since. Well, we finally got one, but it's about 8 years too late, and it just doesn't have the feel of the first movie. It's still worthy of watch, especially if you loved the first one, but it's just a pale imitation of everything that made it so great.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For may have been a HUGE Box Office bomb (and rightly so), but it's not a total loss. Definitely check it out if you're curious, just temper your expectations. A lot.

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