While I should be happy the genre is getting so much theatrical love over the last month, the fact that the genre we're getting is garbage is making me more depressed than ever! THE MESSENGERS hits theaters on Friday, with some fun flix hitting DVD on Tuesday, including the re-release of MANIAC, Peter Weller showing us he can still Robo with some lions in PREY, and Christina Ricci looking all hot and bothered in her STD effort, THE GATHERING. Goodbye January, hello February!
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, disturbing violence and terror.
Directed by Oxide Pang, Danny Pang
Starring Kristen Stewart, Dylan McDermott, Penelope Ann Miller, John Corbett
Run Time: ???
A family moves into a run-down sunflower farm. As the farm begins to revive after years of disrepair, the family begins to notice uncomfortable and alarming changes in their father's behavior..
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Directed by William Lustig
Starring Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Gail Lawrence
Run Time: 88 min.
Frank misses his mother, who was killed in a car accident years before. She was abusive to him, and made money selling her body, but Frank still misses her. He tries to keep her from leaving him, and reform her evil ways, by killing young women and putting their scalps on mannequins which he displays around his apartment. Photographer Anna takes a picture of him in the park, and he pursues and befriends her. Is she the one he's been looking for or just another mommy wanna be?
Directed by Darrell Roodt
Starring Bridget Moynihan, Peter Weller, Carly Schroeder
Run Time: 90 min.
Tom Newman (Peter Weller) can’t join his family on their first African adventure vacation due to urgent business obligations, but hopes the trip will provide a chance for his son and daughter to bond with his new young wife, Amy (Bridget Moynahan). Their ranger, Brian, decides to add some extra thrills and adventure to their trip and takes them “off roading.” All is well until Amy and the two kids become lost in a labyrinthine game reserve and begin to be stalked by savage lions who won’t quit until they have dinner.
Directed by Brian Gilbert
Starring Christina Ricci, Stephen Dillane
Run Time: 87 minutes
While traveling through the English town of Ashby Wake, Cassie (Ricci), an American backpacker takes a turn for the worse after she is involved in a random car accident. During recovery she is befriended by Simon Kirkman (Dillane), who has been researching embedded images of Christ’s crucifixion in a buried church from the First Century. Cassie begins to have terrifying visions of the townspeople and their deaths and wonders if the town is cursed or are her visions spirits from the unearthed church grasping for life.