A soft splash with theatrical releases this week, as FIDO is the only genre flick hitting select cities. DVD is making a fairly large wave however, with GHOST RIDER making an appearance (and right before FF2: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER hits- talk about timing!), PRIMEVAL, which is now embracing the fact that it's a killer croc flick, the sappy stupid love story/ vampire movie BLOOD & CHOCOLATE, an all new Masters of Horror starring Brandon Walsh called THE SCREWFLY SOLUTION, and even a ZOMBIE BLOODBATH TRILOGY to spice things up a bit. Could you have believed your summer would be this much fun on DVD? Just wait... it gets better.
Rated: PG-13 for sequences of zombie violence and gore, and comic horror situations.
Directed by Andrew Currie
Starring Henry Czerny, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tim Blake Nelson, Billy Connolly, Dylan Baker
Run Time: 1hr. 31 min.
Welcome to Willard, a small town lost in the idyllic world of the 50s, where the sun shines every day, everybody knows their neighbor, and rotting zombies deliver the mail. Years ago, the earth passed through a cloud of space dust, causing the dead to rise with a craving for human flesh. A war began, pitting the living against the dead. In the ensuing revolution, a corporation was born: ZomCon, who defeated the legions of undead, and domesticated the zombies, making them our industrial workers, our domestic servants--a productive part of society. ZomCon would like the people of Willard to believe they have everything under control--but do they? Timmy Robinson doesnt think so. At eleven, Timmy already knows the world is phony baloney--Mom and Dad just wont admit it. Now ZomConís head of security has moved in across the street, and Timmyís Mom refuses to be the only housewife on the block who doesn't have a zombie of her own. When she brings a zombie servant home, Timmy discovers a new best friend, and names him Fido. And even though Dad has a bad case of zombie-phobia, Timmy is determined to keep Fido, even if he does eat the odd person. Sometimes, it takes a dead man to teach us all what it means to be alive.
SLAUGHTERING STORES THIS WEEK
Directed by Mark Steven Johnson
Starring Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley, Sam Elliott
Run Time: 123 Min.
A motorcycle stuntman, Johnny Blaze, makes a pact with a dark force, selling his soul to save his girlfriend. When the bargain goes sour and the girl isn't saved, Blaze is transformed, gaining raging superpowers. Based on the Marvel comic series.
Directed by Michael Katleman
Starring Dominic Purcell, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones
Run Time: 94 minutes
A news team is sent to South Africa to capture and bring home a legendary 25-foot crocodile. Their difficult task turns potentially deadly when a warlord targets them for death.
BLOOD & CHOCOLATE
Directed by Katja von Garnier
Starring Agnes Bruckner, Hugh Dancy, Olivier Martinez
Run Time: 98 Minutes
As a young girl living in the remote mountains of Colorado, Vivian (Bruckner) watched helplessly as her family was murdered by a pack of angry men for the secret they carried in their blood. Vivian survived the attack by running into the woods and changing into a wolf. Ten years later, Vivian is living a relatively safe and normal life in Bucharest, Romania. Vivian spends her days working in a chocolate shop and nights trawling the cityís underground clubs, fending off the reckless antics of her cousin Rafe, and his gang of delinquents he refers to as "The Five." Vivianís life begins to unravel when she has a chance encounter with Aiden (Dancy), an artist researching Bucharestí ancient art and relics for his next graphic novel. Aiden pursues Vivian until she relents and begins to see him, but she canít bring herself to tell him the truth - and lives in fear of showing him who she really is. Even though Vivian has sworn never to kill, she is as much an animal as she is human, and her love for Aiden threatens to cast him to the very wolves who saved her life and who are waiting for their chance to hunt him as prey.
MOH: THE SCREWFLY SOLUTION
Directed by Joe Dante
Starring Elliott Gould, Jason Priestley
Run Time: 60 Minutes
James Tiptree, Jr.'s 1977 noted short story of the same name concerning an alarming nightmare scenario in which men are suddenly and brutally attacking women when sexually aroused. The solution to this sudden wave of violence falls to scientists Jason Priestley and Elliott Gould, but the situation rapids erupts into a global epidemic, and Priestley's wife (Kerry Norton) must fend for herself and their daughter in a world that wants her dead at all costs. Dante and his capable deliver the terror with a straight face, and if Hamm's script strays too often into tangents about environmental responsibility, the abundance of suspense and outright violence offers a balance to genre fans that are less interested in social issues.
ZOMBIE BLOODBATH TRILOGY
Run Time: 361 Minutes
Zombie Bloodbath Trilogy presents three zombie-themed, shot-on-video, DIY feature films from cult director, Todd Sheets. Inspired by Fulci and Romero, each feature delivers non-stop gore FX and zombie action sequences. Features include: Zombie Bloodbath, Zombie Bloodbath 2: Rage of The Undead and Zombie Bloodbath 3: Zombie Armageddon.