December 9, 2017

What's New on VOD This Week? (12/5-12/8)

A whole slew of potentially good flicks hit VOD this week, and there may even be a few gems in the bunch.

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  • It's a tie between Most Beautiful Island and Radius for the movie we most want to check out on VOD this week. The former looks to be a artistic mood piece, while the latter boats one hell of an interesting premise, and they're the next two movies that we're watching.
  • Some call Mother! pure kino, while others decry it as overblown trash... and we're strangely compelled to watch it to see which one it truly is.
  • We're thinking that Kaleidoscope is going to be a twisty movie that messes with our minds, and that's all good with us.
  • Not exactly sure what to make of The Doll, but the fact that the girl who plays the titular character actually goes through her everyday life "being" a real life Barbie Doll has us intrigued.
  • Both The Hangman (originally dated for late December) and Monolith (not dated at all to our knowledge) showed up on VOD this week with no advanced warning. Pacino is getting old, but he might make The Hangman watchable, and Monolith gives us a very unique concept at the very least.
  • 24 Hours to Live looks like a knock off of John Wick. Not sure if that's a good or a bad thing.
  • The trailer for Apocalypse Road is decent enough, so maybe it will surprise us.
  • Happy Streaming!

December 7, 2017

VOD Review: Wish Upon (2017)

"We wish it would have been better."
The problem with most PG-13 flicks that come out of Hollywood is that they all feel the same: We get a cast of young, good-looking people who wade their way through generic scripts that play to the trends of the time, and the final result usually fails offer little in the way of genuine scares or anything else compelling that might actually make them good.

Well, we got suckered into watching this one, and while it was a slick looking movie that offered some decent kills, it's little more than a safe, generic Hollywood flick that makes a mess of an interesting premise.

Haunted by her mother's suicide, and having to deal with her garbage picking father, poor Clare is a Highschooler who just wants to be popular, have a hot boyfriend, and have a normal family... so luckily for her, her embarrassment of a Dad finds a Chinese music box in a dumpster and gives it to her for her birthday.

Clare soon discovers that the box grants seven wishes, and so she uses she uses the first one to make the mean girl who picks on her at school, rot. Seeing how effective the box is, she then uses more wishes to gain money, become  popular, and for the hot boy at school to be in love with her.

The box also demands that a blood price must be paid for each wish, which means that someone close to Clare has to die every time she uses it... which she does, to wish for the dumbest shit in the world. All the while, her friends and family die horrible deaths, which finally makes her realize that she has to figure out a way to stop the box from killing again!

Maybe just stop wishing. That would stop it.

Wish Upon is harmless enough, and it'll probably make for a decent watch for the average teenager who thinks that Annabelle was scary, but it has some issues that make it really hard for us to take it seriously.

So every time the box grants a wish, a blood price must be paid, which means that someone Clare knows has to die. You'd figure that after her dog, her uncle, and the kind neighbor lady (whom she's known since she was little) died in horrific ways after she's made wishes, that she'd stop and think "Hey, maybe this is all connected?" Fine, we know she's in a Horror movie and she doesn't, so we can let that slide... right up until the guy she's crushing on has his cousin try to decipher the writing on the box, which she does, and then dies right after.

And Clare keeps on wishing.

If a magical box grants you a wish, and them someone you know dies, that should probably give you pause. I can accept that the first time it happened, that a young and naive teenager might not catch onto that, but after it happens again, multiple times, you'd have to be really stupid not to think that the wishes and the deaths are connected.

And the wishes she makes are stupid as hell."I want to be popular!", "I wish my Dad wouldn't embarrass me so much!", "I wish a boy would be in love with me!", "I want to be rich!" Fine, she's a teenage girl, and there's a lot of drama that goes along with that, but is that the best she can come up with? 

Shame, all of that, because it's a well-made movie that has a decent cast, and could have been entertaining had they not made it so ridiculous.

There are a few solid gore gags in this one, even though it's a PG-13 flick.

PG-13 material here. It's kid-friendly.

Wish Upon is a fun (at times) movie that makes little sense, in a frustrating way. If you can put aside its plot flaws, and just enjoy it for being the stupid, generic teen terror flick that it is, you may dig it.

Check your brain at the door though.


Wish Upon is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.

The lovely victims of the Chinese music/wishing box.

December 6, 2017

Blu-ray & DVD: The Digital Dread Report for 12/5!

In a world where streaming movies in HD is growing in popularity, it gets harder and harder to justify spending hard earned money on physical media. The fact is though that when done right, nothing makes a movie look or sound better on Blu-ray, so we bring you The Digital Dread Report to help you figure out what's worth buying, and what you're better off streaming.

There's not one bad Blu-ray release in the bunch this week, although the titles do cover a wide range of tastes.

  • Silent Night, Deadly Night and Better Watch Out (review HERE) pack a great 1-2 punch of Christmas-themed Horror.
  • The return of Twin Peaks was nothing if not odd, but then fans come to expect that from David Lynch. If you're a Peaks fan, then this latest chapter int he saga is a Must See.
  • Guardians is a crazy Russian Superhero flick that has to be seen to be believed.
  • The Crucifixion (review HERE) was a decent enough exorcism flick.
  • And American Assassin was a great action flick, anchored by Michael Keaton's performance, and it was much better than critics gave it credit for being. 

Be sure to click the pics below to buy the movies, or even rent them. Or both. Or neither. It really depends on your mood, now doesn't it?


December 5, 2017

UPDATED: Our Top 30 (or so) TBA Films of 2018!

There always seems to be an endless amount of new Horror & Genre movies on the horizon that for one reason or another, take forever to see the light of day; they get delayed, shifted around, moved back and forth, or just flat-out shelved. Whatever the cause of their delay, they are all labeled as "Coming Soon."

As lovers of all things Horror, we're dying to see the new movies that we're teased with, and we know that they're coming "soon," but without an actual distribution plan in place, all we can do is sit and wait. And hope.

The movies below are the ones that we're most curious about that don't have actual Release Dates in place. Some of them, we've been waiting for what seems like forever; while others, we barely know anything about. All of them have promise though, and we'll be in line when they finally do see proper release.

For now, they are nothing more than movies living in To Be Announced limbo. 

Our TBA criteria:
  • Festival showings do not count as Release Dates.
  • "The Fall" or "2nd Quarter of 2018" are not Release Dates either. They're guesstimates.
  • Until a movie is released in the U.S., it’s still TBA to us. Because that’s where we live.
  • If a a movie that is scheduled or rumored to be released in 2018 doesn't have a poster, we're not including them on our list. Know why? Because release a simple little placeholder poster until your "good ones" are ready, movie people! That’s why.