November 21, 2014

What's new on VOD this week?

Ill-fated urban explorers; self-cannibalism; 2014's Box Office champ (so far); a blind werewolf hunter; and a creepy insomniac... These are the VOD releases for the third week of November!

It's not a bad crop of movies, but aside from Guardians of the Galaxy, it definitely is a risky one.

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As Above, So Below: When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.

As Above, So Below didn't fare too well with critics, but that doesn't mean we're not going to give it a rent anyhow. What do critics know anyways? Whether or not you give this one a go all depends on how much you like Found Footage movies, and how easily you can accept their nonsensical tropes and just enjoy what you're seeing on screen. Tall order, I know. We're just hoping that this one turns out to be a better-than-average Found Footage effort.

*As Above, So Below is available to buy now on Digital HD ($14.99), and will be available to rent on December 2nd.
Eat: Novella McClure is like most struggling actresses in Los Angeles: she's in her early 30s, her fake name sounded cooler ten years ago, and she hasn't landed a role in three years. To top it all off, she's developed a disturbing habit of eating her own flesh. Novella desperately tries to hide her strange condition from her motherly landlord, Eesha, and somewhat psychopathic best friend, Candice, but her body and mind continue to deteriorate in the depressing world of failed auditions and sketchy night clubs. Can a romantic relationship with her psychiatrist prevent her from self destruction? Or will her fatal habit continue to eat away at her?

We've never even heard about this movie until now, and we're not the biggest fans of cannibalism on film, but the trailer at least looks interesting. That much we can give it. Eat will no doubt be at the back of the pack for us as far as this week's rentals go, but who knows, maybe it will be worth the $5 rental after all.

*Eat is available to rent & buy now on Digital HD, starting at $4.99.
Guardians of the Galaxy: A group of space criminals must work together to stop the fanatical villain Ronan the Accuser from destroying the galaxy.

If you aren't already aware of Guardians of the Galaxy (and of just how awesome it is), then you probably don't like movies all that much, and we're not sure why you're reading this to begin with. Marvel's latest (and maybe greatest) Superhero Epic is a kick-ass journey across the galaxy that we enjoyed at an A+ level. A lot of the hype surrounding this movie is well deserved; it's fun, funny as hell, exciting, and it may just be the best movie that we saw in a theater this year.

But it now in early release, or wait until December 9th to rent/buy it in Blu-ray, just see it either way. 

*Guardians of the Galaxy is available to buy now on Digital HD ($19.99), and will be available to rent on December 9th.
Late Phases: Ambrose McKinley, a cantankerous blind vet, moves into a retirement community only to learn the residents there have been dying, not from old age, but from dog attacks. After surviving his own encounter with a canine one night, Ambrose comes to believe the assailants are much more than mere dogs...

Making a truly good werewolf movies is a tough nut to crack, but Late Phases at least looks like it's different enough to be worthwhile. It definitely looks like it's more on the lower-budget side of things, but we do love Nick Damici, so we'll be giving this one a chance, despite our better instincts.

*Late Phases is available to rent & buy now on Digital HD, starting at $6.99.
The Sleepwalker: A young couple, Kaia and Andrew, are renovating Kaia's secluded family estate. Their lives are violently disrupted upon the unexpected arrival of Kaia's sister, Christine, and her fiancé, Ira.

The Sleepwalker garnered some pretty solid reviews at Sundance, and the trailer looks solid, so we'll ignore the fact that it looks like a boring character study and give it a chance anyway.

*The Sleepwalker is available to rent now on Digital HD, for $6.99.

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