8 items from 2012
Reviewed by Jason Lees, MoreHorror.com
When you get immersed in the independent horror scene (or try to) you start to notice certain talents building up to break through. There's a holding pattern they keep while you notice them honing their craft and earning a reputation, gathering support, and finally making the transition to the mainstream audience and the big bucks.
Sometimes you can spot the exact moment when a star is about to ascend and cross over. Sometimes it's a DVD release that's suddenly in every Wal-Mart on the planet or you spot them on a sitcom trading jokes with Tim Allen. Sometimes they come back to our fold and do a few shorts with old friends, and sometimes they hit Hollywood and get their own CSI.
When I started watching "The Black Dahlia Haunting" I had that sad sense that this was going to be the swan song, »
Sometimes they come back, but what are they? Humans, ghosts, zombies, aliens, Kardashians? The new flick from Filmax is looking to answer that question once and for all with The Returned. Read on for the first details and artwork.
Kate works at the hospital in the Return Unit, helping those who have been infected by the virus that turns people into zombies. Kate’s dedication to her work is absolute, but few people realize that for her it is also a personal matter; Kate’s own husband, Jason, has been returned.
After various brutal and prolific attacks at the hands of Anti-Return groups and rumours that the “Protein” stock is running dangerously low, Kate fears for Jason´s safety. Suspicious of the government’s order that all the returned should report to a »
- Uncle Creepy
Originally released in 1991 at what, at the time, seemed to be the height of the Stephen King adaptation frenzy following the success of 1989′s Pet Sematary, Sometimes They Come Back, originally made for Us television, was released straight to video here in the UK and was so successful that it spawned two sequels, one in 1996 and one in 1999.
Now making it’s UK DVD debut, Sometimes They Come Back tells the story of teacher Jim Norman (Matheson) who reluctantly returns to his hometown to take a job at the local school almost 30 years after he left. Bad memories linger in the town where his brother Wayne was killed by a local rebel gang and he escaped unharmed. Those responsible died in fiery car wreck, but sometimes the dead aren »
Sometimes They Come Back, 1991.
Directed by Tom McLoughlin.
A teacher with a troubled past returns to his hometown with his family to start a new beginning. However, his past soon comes back to haunt him as he remembers the traumatic event of his older brother’s death.
The film opens with a voiceover narration, a technique I have my gripes with. However, I have come to accept that it is mostly necessary with literary adaptations, and in the case of Sometimes They Come Back, it actually works quite well in establishing the character of Jim Norman, a father who is returning to his home town, »
Another week, another Monday. So it’s time for the rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s another packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, April 9th 2012.
Pick Of The Week
Dragon Eyes (DVD/Blu-ray)
In New Orleans, a mysterious man looks to unite to warring gangs against the lawmen who have been using them to advance their corrupt agenda. Dragon Eyes review.
And the rest…
Shadow of the Sword (DVD)
As children, Martin (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Headhunters, Game of Thrones) and Georg (Peter McDonald, Wreckers) developed a strong bond, both orphans growing up in a monastery. Following a 15 year absence, neither could have predicted the devastating circumstances which cause their lives to collide once more. When soldier Martin unwittingly »
Die Hard Quadrilogy
Big-budget action movies have become so safe (just compare the first and fourth of this franchise) that it's not uncommon for a film that's more than 20 years old, like Die Hard, to still outclass newcomers in almost every department.
This is not just rose-tinted romantic nostalgia or mere opinion. John McTiernan's 1988 Die Hard is a thing of perfection. It arrived when Hollywood's idea of an action hero was the almost supernaturally beefed-up likes of Schwarzenegger and Stallone. In Bruce Willis's John McClane we were presented with a regular(ish) guy who, faced unsurmountable odds, won through but took a severe beating in the process (having him barefoot then having to walk across broken glass was a masterstroke). With Alan Rickman proving that an action movie is only as good as its villain (and also ensuring British actors bad guy roles for decades to follow), Die Hard »
- Phelim O'Neill
Good news for fans of the legendary twisted tales of Stephen King here in the UK – undead greaser revenge yarn Sometimes They Come Back is finally making its debut on DVD – the people at Second Sight just spoil us guys, don't they? UK King collectors can look forward to adding this one on their shelves from April 9th!
From the Press Release:
Directed by Tom McLoughlin it comes to UK DVD for the first time on 9 April 2012 courtesy of Second Sight. Teacher Jim Norman (Matheson) reluctantly returns to his hometown to a job at the local school almost 30 years after he left. Bad memories linger in the town where his brother Wayne was killed by a local rebel gang and he escaped unharmed. »
- Aaron Williams
“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them -- words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it?"
"The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a tellar but for want of an understanding ear.”
This is one of my favorite quotes. »
- Doctor Gash
8 items from 2012
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