The first week of February is looking swell when it comes to genre releases on both DVD and in theaters- at least in quantity (versus quality). We finally get to see the rise of Hannibal Lecter in HANNIBAL RISING, and on DVD the unrated GRUDGE 2, Tara Reid in her straight-to-internet INCUBUS, SAW rip-off THE RAVEN, and my personal fav for the week... HELLBOY: SWORD OF STORMS!
Rated R for strong grisly violent content and some language/sexual references.
Directed by Peter Webber
Starring Gaspard Ulliel, Gong Li, Rhys Ifans, Ivan Marevich, Dominic West
Run Time: 117 min.
In Eastern Europe at the end of World War II, a young Hannibal watches as his parents violently die, leaving his young sister in his care. Alone and without any means of support, he is forced to live in a Soviet orphanage. He flees to Paris to find his uncle has died but his Japanese widow, Lady Murasaki (Gong Li) welcomes him. Even her kindness and love cannot soothe the nightmares and sorrows that plague him. Showing a cunning aptitude for science he is accepted into medical school, which serves to hone his skills and provide the tools to exact justice on the war criminals that haunt him day and night. This quest will ignite an insatiable lust within a serial killer who was not born, but made..
SLAUGHTERING STORES THIS WEEK
THE GRUDGE 2
Directed by Takashi Shimizu
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Tamblyn, Edison Chen, Arielle Kebbel, Jennifer Beals
Run Time: 108 min.
In Tokyo, a young woman (Tamblyn) is exposed to the same mysterious curse that afflicted her sister (Gellar). The supernatural force, which fills a person with rage before spreading to its next victim, brings together a group of previously unrelated people who attempt to unlock its secret to save their lives.
Directed by Anya Camilleri
Starring Tara Reid, Akemnji Ndifernyan, Alice O'Connell
Run Time: 89 min.
Tara Reid stars in this terrifying horror film about a group of young college students who, stranded after a car accident, find themselves trapped with a deranged killer in an abandoned factory. In a desperate scramble to escape the confines of the building, the group encounters a bizarre-looking test patient in a coma suspended in a triple-locked shatterproof clear cell who holds the key to their escape and ultimately, their survival.
Run Time: 81 minutes
A terrifying journey through the mind of terror master Edgar Allan Poe, this horrifying tale pits two spirits - one good, one evil - to battle over the soul of a young girl. As a child, Lenore was haunted by visions of terror and read only the poems and stories of Poe. Now, as the lead singer in an L.A. band, Lenore is victimized by a supernatural killer who murders her friends and colleagues before he turns his evil sights on her. The ghost of Poe visits Lenore in her dreams and offers her a way to escape from the killer. Victims are taken to the bloody mountaintop lair of The Raven, where it transforms into a ghostly, unstoppable killer that Lenore must murder a second time.
HELLBOY – SWORD OF STORMS
Directed by Phil Weinstein, Tad Stones
Starring Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones
Run Time: 77 minutes
A professor of folklore opens a forbidden scroll and becomes possessed by the ancient Japanese demons of Thunder and Lightning, who seek to return and dominate our world. The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense sends Hellboy and a team of agents to investigate, but when Hellboy picks up a samurai sword, he literally disappears into a weird wonderland of Japanese legends, ghosts and monsters. Meanwhile, BPRD agents Kate Corrigan and Russell Thorne are on the trail of the possessed professor to bring Hellboy back.
One more time for the Beautiful Tara Reid!