Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Overlook Theatre Reviews: The Triangle

10 of 10 viewers "Liked" "The Triangle" (2017, USA)
Here's what the creatures had to say:

The Great Hornito - "The Triangle is everything I love about POV horror/found footage movies. The story is something very similar to a documentary on YouTube titled "The Last Free City in America", so it felt like something that could really be taking place on YouTube right now. There was an extreme amount of tension throughout the movie and the pacing/editing made it feel like a real documentary. If you like found footage and supernatural mystery movies then you should love The Triangle." - 5 Stars

Lord Battle - "The Triangle is a faux doc made by horror fans trying to steer clear of the stigma attached to the found footage horror subgenre while still using the immersive narrative of an in-world camera. What does this mean? It means that The Triangle does such a good job at capturing the essence of a documentary that most audiences became confused, angry even, after discovering the narrative was not real. Well, fake isn't the right word, considering people played themselves, followed an outline, not a script, and had no idea what they were actually making until going over the 200+ hours of footage they'd captured. In a sense, the film is real, in a slanted reality with some amazing privileged moments kinda way." - 4.5 Stars

Wandering Panda - "An eye-opening portrayal of an odd way of living. I liked this movie especially the way the first travel montage was shot. The last 30 minutes just weird but were interesting enough to stay invested." - 3 Stars

Dabbles - "This was a bit weird and it made me uncomfortable but in a good way. I didn't know where it was going but I'm actually glad I stuck it out." - 3 Stars

Trash - "When it comes to first-person fiction films, it's undeniable that horror is the immediate genre that comes to mind. Horror popularized the storytelling format as it lends itself so well to scares, but some of the most creative movies in the medium eschew horror to play with science fiction and drama. The Triangle sits right on that ledge, presenting a mystery with sci-fi elements, constructed out of real life. Using the sense of realism they created from actually building and living in their desert set, improvising conflicts between the group in the commune, this movie is really fascinating and weird. Additionally, it looks amazing, the desert is beautiful, and their Burning Man lifestyle means there's lots of crazy colors and lights. These guys are good filmmakers who know how to use the sound and visuals to give the audience a visceral experience. I love this movie, I think it's so impressive, even if some aspects of the conclusion turn me off due to being a bit too literal in a kind of silly way." - 4 Stars

The Ascendant - "Filmmakers Adam Stilwell, Andrew Rizzo, David Blair, Nathaniel Peterson & Adam Pitman pull triple-duty in their 2016 Found-Footage film, The Triangle, serving as Directors, Writers and (a portion of) Actors. In its (oddly whimsical) split-screen opening credits (and through a mysterious Postcard), our group of filmmakers bring a sense of immediacy to the film's plot, as we travel from Los Angeles, California to Montana, searching for more answers to the echoing sense of dread stewing in our bellies. I mistakenly interpreted early portions The Triangle to Ti West's 2013 film The Sacrament, as they both toy with the ideas of communities living outside of society's rigid boundaries. What I received instead was a surprisingly naturalistic Found-Footage film, that (at least for most of its run-time) had more in common with Road Films or Documentaries. Like its overall approach, what was most impressive here was how ridiculously natural all of the film's Actors & Actresses were, which made performances a bit more believable, tossing a much heavier anchor on my shoulders when the film's plot twisted me in directions I wasn't quite expecting. The Triangle is less a film and more of a shared experience, one where entering with little knowledge proves beneficial. Wait for the (now infamous) piece of Sound Design to rear its ugly head and try not to vomit. I dare you." - 3 Stars

Huntress - "After an unsettling and somewhat spooky opening scene, four friends get into a car to drive cross-country to reconnect with a friend they haven't heard from in years, because he has something to show them that can only be done in person... I didn't need to know much more to be intrigued by The Triangle, but this is one of those rare cases where the more you know, the more you can appreciate this very experimental narrative. I could have watched the documentary style interviews for hours, especially since everyone's restraint and hesitant answers tickled my imagination to unbearable levels. I had no idea what kind of direction things would take. There seemed to be an endless list of ways that a secluded desert society could implode on itself, so I didn't even try to guess how this would end. And anyway, I was too caught up in the natural human drama happening between the visiting camera crew and inhabiting mad-people in the desert. Definitely watch this at least twice!" - 4 Stars

KillDozer - "Those who know me know that I am not shy about speaking out when it comes to my dislike of the "found footage" or "POV" sub-genre of horror. Rarely does it follow its own rules, have a believable cast, or tell a story worth investing in (in my opinion). The "POV" titles I have connected with are few and far between, but they do exist! Lake Mungo, and Night Light to name a few. I can honestly say that when The Triangle screened at the Overlook Theatre, I was going in with a biased attitude and ready to pick it apart from the title, to the description, to the vague poster art with the cliche bull skull or bearded "hipster" staring into the sun (I have a beard so I can make fun of bearded people). Little did I know that each of these things was a necessary set up for me to truly enjoy what I was going to experience on screen. The Triangle was beautifully shot, well acted, and thought-provoking. A title for those true genre fans who embrace diversity. By the end of the screening, fans were divided in a way I hadn't witnessed in a while. This film inspired questions in a good way and connected with some while leaving others wondering what they just witnessed, which to me means that this was a true piece of art on film." - 4 Stars (collection worthy and worth showing to those who "don't like horror" or downplay the art of genre film)

Clark Little (R) - "The found footage/faux documentary sub-genre has yielded some of the most creative and satisfying horror films in recent memory. Another thing that it has done is cultivated expectations of shaky cameras, jump scares and monsters lurking in the woods. The Triangle lures you in through its deliberate pacing and makes you question what is real and what is staged or if anything is either one of those things. That is the highest compliment I can pay a film of this nature. Because of its ambiguity, it is polarizing. And because it is polarizing, you should seek it out." - 4 Stars

Math Mage - "I wonder about the origin of the title, The Triangle was almost a red herring. I suppose it wasn't called "The Skull" to avoid confusion with the 1965 movie? This film doesn't seem scary unless you think about it, but then when you do, you might realize the terror comes from realizing your whole life has been part of a larger journey. It might not even be a bad thing but its still scary." - 3 Stars

The Overlook Theatre Final Rating* 
(Below is for after you've seen the film)

Sometimes we screen a film here at the Overlook and it's near impossible to read the room. I mean we have a theatre filled with characters, most of whom are not afraid to voice their opinions during a film. So when a movie plays and everyone is silent after the credits, either everyone fell asleep or they're feeling out the room before speaking up. The latter usually indicates people loved/hated the film and don't want to offend anyone. But after we screened The Triangle, silence represented a voice of confusion. I can only speak for the audience I saw the film with and I'm confident that our moment shared in silence was the proper response and the several questions that followed seemed only natural, so in the pursuit of the "truth", KillDozer reached out to the Adam Stilwell for a segment of Digging Up the Dirt.

The Triangle is in a sense, less a movie than it is an abstract play. The film's false reality is given a living stage that grows an honest and organic culture from fully immersed actors stepping out of their identities and into their living characters. Characters that are allowed to come into their own while constructing a sandbox for their audience of 1 single camera to explore. The play eventually must end, leaving behind 200+ hours of lifestyle footage, interviews, and B roll of documented faux reality. The final product is a beautiful example of how cinema verite attempts to find its truth via film.

Needless to say, the creatures were very taken by The Triangle and its dreams, dinosaurs, and advent. So in an attempt to clear the cloud of confusion left behind by the screening, we've spoken with Director/Writer/Actor Adam Stilwell a couple of times. First KillDozer interviewed him for one of my personal favorite installments of Digging Up the Dirt. We then invited Adam back for an episode of the Overlook Hour Podcast, which also became one of our favorite to date.

- Lord Battle

The Overlook Theatre materialized in a residence for a screening on 9/21/2017
*Based on the star ratings turned in by character reviewers, others viewed and got to "Dislike" or "Like" but that does not affect the rating.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): The Shining, Misery, Love and Saucers

If you're among those who did not buy their Star Wars: The Last Jedi tickets two month ago, you might some problems getting them opening day... But don't worry, I'm prepared to give you some backup films to fill your weekend with. The list is light this weekend, but there are some grabbing titles screening in the bay area over the next couple of days. And we've got some really cool screening on the horizon! 

Stephen King Double Feature

The Shining (1980)
Saturday 16th @ 4:15pm & 9:05pm (2hrs 26min)
Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" -- or, rather, a homicidal boy in Stanley Kubrick's eerie 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel. With wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and psychic son Danny (Danny Lloyd) in tow, frustrated writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the winter caretaker at the opulently ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace. Before the Overlook is vacated for the Torrances, the manager (Barry Nelson) informs Jack that a previous caretaker went crazy and slaughtered his family; Jack thinks it's no problem, but Danny's "shining" hints otherwise. Settling into their routine, Danny cruises through the empty corridors on his Big Wheel and plays in the topiary maze with Wendy, while Jack sets up shop in a cavernous lounge with strict orders not to be disturbed. Danny's alter ego, "Tony," however, starts warning of "redrum" as Danny is plagued by more blood-soaked visions of the past, and a blocked Jack starts visiting the hotel bar for a few visions of his own. Frightened by her husband's behavior and Danny's visit to the forbidding Room 237, Wendy soon discovers what Jack has really been doing in his study all day, and what the hotel has done to Jack. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi


Misery (1990)
Saturday 16th @ 2:10pm & 7pm (1hr 47min)
Drama/ Horror/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Adapted from a Stephen King novel, Rob Reiner's Misery cast James Caan as a writer at a career crossroads. The film opens with Paul Sheldon (Caan) completing work on his latest novel, a break from his popular series of novels featuring the character Misery Chastain. He gets into a severe car accident and is saved by Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), a reclusive woman who nurses him back to health. Annie is a huge fan of the Misery novels, and she finishes reading the new one while Paul is convalescing. She becomes enraged when she discovers that Paul has killed off Misery. Annie injures Paul's foot severely so that he is unable to leave her house, and forces him to write a new Misery novel. A local sheriff (Richard Farnsworth) and Paul's agent (Lauren Bacall) both attempt to track down what happened to the missing author. Misery shot the relatively unknown Kathy Bates to stardom, winning her one of the few Best Actress Oscars ever bestowed for portraying an evil character.

Landmark Clay Theatre

Midnight Madness

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th @ 11:55pmpm (2hrs 30min)
Adventure/ Mystery/ Scifi (IMDB)
A mind-bending sci-fi symphony, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1968 epic pushed the limits of narrative and special effects toward a meditation on technology and humanity. Based on Arthur C. Clarke's story The Sentinel, Kubrick and Clarke's screenplay is structured in four movements. At the "Dawn of Man," a group of hominids encounters a mysterious black monolith alien to their surroundings. To the strains of Strauss's 1896 Also sprach Zarathustra, a hominid invents the first weapon, using a bone to kill prey. As the hominid tosses the bone in the air, Kubrick cuts to a 21st century spacecraft hovering over the Earth, skipping ahead millions of years in technological development. U.S. scientist Dr. Heywood Floyd (William Sylvester) travels to the moon to check out the discovery of a strange object on the moon's surface: a black monolith. As the sun's rays strike the stone, however, it emits a piercing, deafening sound that fills the investigators' headphones and stops them in their path. Cutting ahead 18 months, impassive astronauts David Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) head toward Jupiter on the spaceship Discovery, their only company three hibernating astronauts and the vocal, man-made HAL 9000 computer running the entire ship. When the all-too-human HAL malfunctions, however, he tries to murder the astronauts to cover his error, forcing Bowman to defend himself the only way he can.

Friday 15th @ 9:30pm (2hrs)
Drama/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
"The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child."

Screening will be preceded by ALONG FOR THE RIDE (w/ Q&A with director Nick Ebeling) at 7pm. See either for $12 or both for $15.


On VOD Tuesday 12th (1hr 37min)
Horror (IMDB)
In the twelve days leading up to Christmas, the residents of the snowy and isolated town of Woodridge are being murdered in a variety of gruesome ways by a psychotic Santa and Mrs Claus. While the small-town cops scramble to protect the townsfolk, the killings seem to center around one young woman who may be the final victim on Santa''s list. As the slaughter continues and the bodies pile up, it seems that nothing and no one may be able to stop the murderers before they complete their own deadly take on the twelve days of Christmas.

VOD Tuesday 12th (1hr 7min)
Documentary/ Mystery (IMDB)
The story of David Huggins, a 72 year-old man who claims to have had a lifetime of encounters with otherworldly beings - including an interspecies romance with an extra-terrestrial woman - and chronicled it all in surreal impressionist paintings.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bluray Tuesday: Featuring Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle, House & House 2

December 12th 2017

Bluray Tuesday returns! This week is super light on releases but has some cool additions to add to our collections. Arrow Video releases House and House 2 in separate releases today. Earlier this year they were released in a double film box set, so if you missed that release you can own them separately. Vinegar Syndrome is releasing a 70's film titled Pick-Up. This is released for the first time on Bluray and a blind "pick up" for me this week. Game of Thrones the complete seventh season hits stores just in time to binge before season eight next year. Best Buy will carry and exclusive steelbook for this season. The biggest release this week is the anticipated action sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Kingsman 2 will have a few retailer exclusives today with Target having a whiskey stone gift set and Best Buy carrying an exclusive steelbook. What will you be buying renting or just skipping this week? Let us know maybe a couple of these will be cool stocking stuffer's for  Christmas in a few weeks. Until next week!

Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle - Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $24.99

With their headquarters destroyed and the world held hostage, members of Kingsman find new allies when they discover a spy organization in the United States known as Statesman. In an adventure that tests their strength and wits, the elite secret agents from both sides of the pond band together to battle a ruthless enemy and save the day, something that's becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Blu-ray) 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle 4K (Blu-ray)
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Giftset: Target - $19.99

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $24.99

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Blu-ray)
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House: Amazon - $22.99

Roger Cobb is a Vietnam vet whose career as a horror novelist has taken a turn for the worse when his son Jimmy mysteriously disappears while visiting his aunt's house. Roger's search for Jimmy destroys his marriage and his writing career. The sudden death of his aunt brings Roger back to the house where his nightmares began. The evil zombies in the house force Roger to endure a harrowing journey into his past.
House (Blu-ray) 

House 2: Amazon - $21.99

The new owner of a sinister house gets involved with reanimated corpses and demons searching for an ancient Aztec skull with magic powers.

House II: The Second Story (Blu-ray) 

Game Of Thrones Season 7: Amazon - $45.99

Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; and all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords, and honest men...all will play the “Game of Thrones.”

Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $49.99

Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season (Blu-ray)
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Detroit: Amazon - $19.99

In the summer of 1967, rioting and civil unrest starts to tear apart the city of Detroit. Two days later, a report of gunshots prompts the Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Army National Guard to search and seize an annex of the nearby Algiers Motel. Several policemen start to flout procedure by forcefully and viciously interrogating guests to get a confession. By the end of the night, three unarmed men are gunned down while several others are brutally beaten.

Detroit (Blu-ray) 

Home Again: Amazon - $19.99

Recently separated from her husband, Alice Kinney decides to start over by moving back to Los Angeles with her two daughters. While celebrating her 40th birthday, Alice meets Harry, George and Teddy, three young filmmakers who need a place to live. Complications soon arise when she agrees to let the men stay in her guesthouse temporarily. As Alice develops a budding romance with Harry, her newfound happiness comes crashing down when her ex shows up with a suitcase in his hand.

Home Again (Blu-ray) 

Pick-Up: Amazon - $24.99

Two young women, free spirit Carol (Jill Senter) and introverted Maureen (Gini Eastwood) are hitchhiking when they're picked up by Chuck (Alan Long) in his mobile home. They disappear into the Florida Everglades where they have various symbolic experiences.

Pick-Up (Blu-ray) 

-The Impostor

Monday, December 11, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Silent Night Deadly Night 2, Who Killed Santa Claus?, Once Upon a Time at Christmas

We're through the first third of December and Christmas will be here in two weeks! Before you're committed to the get togethers and such that come with it, why not catch some movies? There's a cross country variety of Santa movies screening this week, and it all starts with tomorrow's Terror Tuesday, Silent Night, Deadly Night 2. Then it's off to France for the Roxie Theatre's Noir Noel double feature. And let's not forget Once Upon a Time at Christmas, which hits VOD tomorrow too.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 12th @ 10pm (1hr 28min)
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
In this horror sequel, the younger brother of the murderer in the previous film takes up his sibling's unfinished business. Dressed up as Santa Claus, the young man goes on a killing spree, murdering the innocent townsfolk in a variety of gory and gruesome ways.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 13th @ 10pm (1hr 32min)
Drama/ Horror/ Music (IMDB)
High school student Simone (Nosbusch) seems to have it all: loving parents, a stable home, and a solid education. Unfortunately she's deeply obsessed with a singer named R (Steiger), to whom she writes numerous letters under the assumption she hasn't received a response only because his secretary wants him all to herself. Simone increasingly skips school and intercepts the mailman for disciplinary letters, and soon her home life is falling apart as well thanks to her single-minded obsession. One afternoon she finally gets to meet her idol face to face among autograph seekers and passes out on the spot, which leads to a studio audience gig for his performance in a bald cap among a group of mannequins. The stage is finally set for Simone to land the object of her desire, but the situation soon takes a very, very dark turn.

San Francisco Double Feature!

Bullitt (1968)
Thursday 14th @ 7pm (1hr 54min)
Action/ Crime/ Mystery (IMDB)
Robert L. Pike's crime novel Mute Witness makes the transition to the big screen in this film from director Peter Yates. In one of his most famous roles, Steve McQueen stars as tough-guy police detective Frank Bullitt. The story begins with Bullitt assigned to a seemingly routine detail, protecting mafia informant Johnny Ross (Pat Renella), who is scheduled to testify against his Mob cronies before a Senate subcommittee in San Francisco. But when a pair of hitmen ambush their secret location, fatally wounding Ross, things don't add up for Bullitt, so he decides to investigate the case on his own. Unfortunately for him, ambitious senator Walter Chalmers (Robert Vaughn), the head of the aforementioned subcommittee, wants to shut his investigation down, hindering Bullitt's plan to not only bring the killers to justice but discover who leaked the location of the hideout. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi


48 Hrs. (1982)
Thursday 14th @ 5pm & 9:10pm (1hr 36min)
Action/ Comedy/ Drama (IMDB)
A variation on the "buddy-cop" hybridized genre, 48 HRS. greatly bolstered the career of Nick Nolte and made comedian Eddie Murphy a bonafide box-office sensation. When a pair of reckless cop-killers break out of prison, grizzled detective Jack Cates (Nolte) is left no alternative but to spring fast-talking hustler Reggie Hammond (Murphy) from the penitentiary in order to find the criminals. The catch: the pair only have 48 hours to complete their assignment before Hammond must return to prison. Naturally, the two despise each other and even engage in fisticuffs, but eventually the danger facing them proves a strong enough common bond for them to play on the same team, and even achieve a little mutual admiration. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

Noir Noel

Wednesday 13th @ 7:15pm (1hr 45min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Mystery (IMDB)
With Christmas approaching, a local priest prepares for the Christmas celebrations by getting out the centerpiece item for the occasion--a ring called St Nickolas. The vicar discovers that the ring was been stolen. As word of the robbery spreads, the villagers are given a rude surprise to find the man who played Santa Clause in their village for the last 20 years brutally murdered.


Wednesday 13th @ 9pm (1hr 30min)
Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
Robert Hossein stars in LE MONTE-CHARGE (1962) as a just-released criminal whose talent is finding trouble—even on Christmas Eve! He finds himself involved with a beautiful woman (Lea Massari) who invites him into her home for a little “Christmas cheer,” only to discover that there’s a just a bit more going on than he’d bargained for. When you see how things work out in this clever, surreal thriller, you’ll never take Christmas Eve for granted ever again!

Friday 15th @ 9:30pm (2hrs)
Drama/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
"The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child."

Screening will be preceded by ALONG FOR THE RIDE (w/ Q&A with director Nick Ebeling) at 7pm. See either for $12 or both for $15.


Once Upon A Time At Christmas (2017)
On VOD Tuesday 12th (1hr 37min)
Horror (IMDB)
In the twelve days leading up to Christmas, the residents of the snowy and isolated town of Woodridge are being murdered in a variety of gruesome ways by a psychotic Santa and Mrs Claus. While the small-town cops scramble to protect the townsfolk, the killings seem to center around one young woman who may be the final victim on Santa''s list. As the slaughter continues and the bodies pile up, it seems that nothing and no one may be able to stop the murderers before they complete their own deadly take on the twelve days of Christmas.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): Gremlins Rule Breakers Movie Party, Another Wolfcop, Time Tunnel Toy Fair

Are you guys getting ready for the holiday season? Because I know a place that might be a lot of help with that, and it happens to be this weekend...

Yes, the San Jose Super Toy and Collectable Show is back at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds this Saturday! The special guests this time is a very familiar and prolific horror icon, Bill Moseley! And when you've done enough paroozing, why not catch a movie?

The Roxie Theatre is Yorgos Lanthimos themed for the next couple of days and it's all starting tonight with a double feature of his lesser celebrated films. Then, The Killing if a Sacred Deer will take over Saturday and Sunday.

This is also the weekend of the Gremlins Rule Breakers Movie Party screenings, which will be happening at select theatres. We're actually getting two at the San Francisco Alamo Drafthouse, even though one is already sold out...

And last but not least, tonight Another Wolfcop is screening for one night only at the Roxie Theatre! 9pm, be there!

Saturday 9th @ 11:45pm (SOLD OUT)
Sunday 10th @ 10:05 (2hrs)
Comedy/ Horror/ Fantasy (IMDB)
The tale of a cute and furry Christmas gift that multiplies into many, many, many terrifying Christmas gifts, GREMLINS is a sublimely perfect mix of comedy and horror. This December, Warner Bros. Classics presents a movie party celebration of the hilarious and wickedly scary 1984 film, featuring a special conversation with director Joe Dante that’ll take you behind the scenes of this all-time classic.

Yorgos Lanthimos Double Feature

Friday 8th @ 7pm (1hr 34min)
Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
The father, the mother and their three kids live at the outskirts of a city. There is a tall fence surrounding the house. The kids have never been outside that fence. They are being reared in the manner that their parents deem appropriate, without any influence from the outside world. The only person allowed to enter the house is Christina. She works as a security guard at the father's business. The father arranges her visits to the house in order to appease the sexual urges of the son. The whole family is fond of her, especially the eldest daughter. One day Christina gives her as a present a headband that has stones that glow in the dark and asks for something in return.


Friday 8th @ 8:45pm (1hr 33min)
International/ Drama/ Special Interest (Rotten Tomatoes)
Yorgos Lanthimos's follow-up to his Academy Award nominee (and cult sensation) Dogtooth is another darkly comic, absurdist vision of (in)human relationships, focusing on a mysterious underground organization that helps mourners get over their losses by impersonating the deceased. -- (C) Kino Lorber

Friday 8th @ 9pm (1hr 22min)
Comedy/ Horror (IMDB)
Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven's residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.

Screening All Weekend (2hrs 1min)
Drama/ Horror/ Mystery (IMDB)
Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family's life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family's domestic bliss.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bluray Tuesday: Featuring Better Watch Out, Silent Night, Deadly Night & The Crucifixtion

December 5th 2017

New month, new Bluray's released that are perfect for stocking stuffers this holiday season. One of my favorites of the year Better Watch Out hits shelves today from Well Go USA and is one of the easiest purchases for me this week. I went into this one blind and was thoroughly surprised. The Crucifixion is another blind watch I checked out earlier this year. It's a similar formula to the "based on true events" possession films but I enjoyed this one. I'd recommend a rent first before pulling the trigger on the purchase. Scream Factory releases classic Christmas horror film Silent Night, Deadly Night just in time for the holiday and with a much needed new scan. The Event Series revival of mystery thriller, Twin Peaks arrives today as well. Perfect in case you missed the run on Showtime recently, like myself. Best Buy out did themselves this week with many new Steelbook releases including animated film series Despicable Me 1-3, American Assassin, 90's classic Jumanji and more. The Jumanji Steelbook is a beauty I'm looking forward to owning. It's embossed and sleek with the cover resembling the board game. With the sequel / reboot hitting theaters soon, it's a great time to revisit. Rounding out this week Arrow Video releases a few titles for the first time on Bluray, The Premonition, The Witch That Came From The Sea and  Malatesta's Carnival of Blood all with new scans and bonus material. So what will you be buying, renting, skipping or gifting this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

Better Watch Out: Amazon - $14.99

Ashley travels to the suburban home of the Lerners to baby-sit their 12-year-old son Luke at Christmastime. She must soon defend herself and the young boy when unwelcome intruders announce their arrival.

Better Watch Out (Blu-ray) 

The Crucifixtion: Amazon - $15.99

When Nicole comes in contact with Father Anton (Corneliu Ulici) more and more inexplicable events occur. The pair begin to believe that the priest lost the battle with a demon.
The Crucifixion (Blu-ray)
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Silent Night, Deadly Night: Amazon - $17.99

After his parents are murdered, a young tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior.
Silent Night, Deadly Night (Blu-ray)
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Twin Peaks Season 3: Amazon - $47.99

Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.

Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series (Blu-ray) 

Despicable Me 3: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $23.99

The mischievous Minions hope that Gru will return to a life of crime after the new boss of the Anti-Villain League fires him. Instead, Gru decides to remain retired and travel to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother for the first time. The reunited siblings soon find themselves in an uneasy alliance to take down the elusive Balthazar Bratt, a former 1980s child star who seeks revenge against the world.

Despicable Me 3 (Blu-ray) 

Despicable Me 3 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $24.99

Despicable Me 3 (Blu-ray)
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Bonus Disc: Target - $22.99

Despicable Me 3 (Blu-ray) 

Best Buy Steelbooks

Despicable Me (2010): Best Buy - $12.99

Despicable Me (Blu-ray)
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Despicable Me 2 (2013): Best Buy - $12.99

Despicable Me 2 (Blu-ray)
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Jumanji (1995): Amazon - $14.99
4K: Amazon - $22.99

A magical board game unleashes a world of adventure on siblings Peter (Bradley Pierce) and Judy Shepherd (Kirsten Dunst). While exploring an old mansion, the youngsters find a curious, jungle-themed game called Jumanji in the attic. When they start playing, they free Alan Parrish (Robin Williams), who's been stuck in the game's inner world for decades. If they win Jumanji, the kids can free Alan for good -- but that means braving giant bugs, ill-mannered monkeys and even stampeding rhinos!

Jumanji (Blu-ray) 

Jumanji 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $22.99

Jumanji 4K (Blu-ray)
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American Assassin: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon  - $24.99

When Cold War veteran Stan Hurley takes CIA black ops recruit Mitch Rapp under his wing, they receive an assignment to investigate a wave of random attacks on both military and civilian targets. After discovering a pattern of violence, Hurley and Rapp join forces with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative who wants to start a global war.

American Assassin (Blu-ray) 

American Assassin 4K (Blu-ray)
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Steelbook: Best Buy - $24.99

American Assassin (Blu-ray) 

Guardians: Amazon - $12.99

During the Cold War, an organization called "Patriot" created a super-hero squad, which includes members of multiple soviet republics. For years, the heroes had to hide their identities, but in hard times they must show themselves again.

Guardians (Blu-ray) 

And Now The Screaming Starts (1973): Amazon - $22.99

A terrifying secret darkens the halls of the Fengriffen estate where beautiful young bride Catherine (Stephanie Beacham) finds her romantic wedding night turning to horror when she's ravaged by an eyeless ghost. Meanwhile, a disembodied hand lurks in the darkest corners of the house, unbeknownst to Catherine's aristocratic husband, Charles (Ian Ogilvy). As the newlyweds soon discover, the Fengriffen bloodline has been tainted by a vicious curse passed down from generation to generation, and only with the help of Dr. Pope (Peter Cushing) can the latest victims hope to conquer a supernatural evil which has been lying in wait for centuries.

And Now the Screaming Starts (Blu-ray) 

Howard Lovecraft & The Undersea Kingdom: Amazon - $21.99

After conquering R'yleh and the Frozen Kingdom, young Howard Lovecraft must now travel to the Undersea Kingdom in order to free his captured family, protect three mysterious magical books, and prevent the impending wrath of Cthulhu.

Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom (Blu-ray) 

The Premonition: Amazon - $21.99

This Thriller/horror movie tells the tale of a young girl who is terrified that her insane mother will take her away from her beloved foster mother. One day, the crazed real mother attempts to contact the girl at school, but her foster mother has a premonition and gets there in time to protect the girl. Eventually though, the real mother and her boy friend, a carnival clown, succeed and takes her away, leaving the bereaved foster parents to enlist the assistance of a parapsychologist to help them interpret the foster mother's terrifying dreams and psychic connection to the girl and find her before it is too late.

The Premonition (Blu-ray) 

The Witch Who Came From The Sea: Amazon - $22.99

A disturbed woman is haunted by memories of childhood abuse, which culminates in a murder spree.
The Witch Who Came from the Sea (Blu-ray) 

     Malatesta's Carnival of Blood: Amazon - $25.99

The Norris family get jobs working at a seedy old carnival as a cover for searching for their missing son who disappeared after visiting said carnival. Eccentric manager Mr. Blood turns out to be a vampire while the evil owner Malatesta rules over a gaggle of ghastly ghouls who watch silent movies when they aren't feasting on human flesh.

Malatesta's Carnival of Blood (Blu-ray) 

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