It’s hard to surprise people anymore when it comes to supernatural thrillers or mystery films. The best any writer or director can do these days is institute great pacing and hope that an engaging storyline will keep spectators invested as they deliver their version of something we’ve all probably witnessed before. “The Pact 2” successfully does this and delivers some truly great scares in an era where everyone knows exactly when and where to expect something to happen.
It didn’t take much nudging to get me interested in seeing “The Guest.” After watching Director Adam Wingard and Writer Simon Barrett’s horror masterpiece “You’re Next,” all it really took was an engaging trailer with their names attached to it. Let’s just say that the duo have another sleeper hit on their hands.
I’ve been interested in Director Adam Wingard’s work since reading about his award-winning 2010 film “A Horrible Way to Die.” My next run-in with him was posting articles about another critically praised entry in his filmography entitled “You’re Next.” When Lionsgate sent me a copy of that movie to review, I immediately devoured it and was floored by the great twists and turns I experienced along the way.
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Actor Dan Stevens is busy these days making a name for himself in the world of movies and television. In his ten years onscreen, he’s already made an impact on audiences all across the world through commanding performances in British favorites like “Downton Abbey,” “Sense and Sensibility,” and “The Turn of the Screw.” He’s also proved to be a force to reckon with in several genre projects such as “Frankenstein,” “Dracula,” “Vamps,” and “The Tomorrow People.” Stevens will soon be seen in the upcoming “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.”
Scream Factory continues its campaign to preserve the overlooked classics of horror with its high-definition release of “Ginger Snaps” Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Special Edition. On the surface, the movie is a wonderful addition to the werewolf sub-genre that is rarely toyed with. Dig deeper and you find commentary on the difficulties girls face as they journey into womanhood. It should be required viewing for every male so they can form a sense of empathy for their female friends and family.
Marvel and Walt Disney Home Entertainment give fans the chance to watch “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” over and over as they unleash it on Blu-ray and DVD. I knew I had to experience all the fun and excitement again as quickly as possible when I saw it in theaters. The time has come and after viewing it for a second time, I can say that it’s one of the few times a sequel comes very close to topping its predecessor.
Disney paired the Blu-ray and DVD releases of both Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete First Season” and “Captain America: Winter Soldier” together in a very smart move. It helps both products promote each other and no doubt monopolize the home entertainment sales for the week. There’s no question as to which one needs the most help with its marketing push.
Christian comic book publisher Kingstone Media has stepped out of its comfort zone recently with their release of the graphic novel version of faith-based horror film “The Remaining.” Although the company has printed original stories before outside of its historical and Biblical accounts, the move pushes the proverbial envelope even further. Casey La Scala’s vision of the Rapture differs from what we’ve ever seen before through the entertaining, yet relatively sanitized, “Left Behind” and “Revelation Road” movies.
The world of the “Batman: Arkham” video game is brought to vivid animated life with DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s “Batman: Assault on Arkham.” The Dark Knight takes a backseat to the bad guys in what is the comic book equivalent of a heist or search and rescue flick much like “Red,” “Ocean’s 11,” “Escape from New York,” and others. The movie takes place after the events in “Batman: Arkham Origins.” It’s an exciting and humorous romp that will thrill fans of the game franchise and “mature” enthusiasts of super heroes.
There was a time when the idea of a Christian-themed horror film would be laughed at by genre fans everywhere. Many still do giggle as they read a synopsis or watch trailers for faith-based movies and assume the worst when it comes to anything Bible oriented. Directors like Scott Derrickson are doing their best to change that pre-conceived notion by successfully giving audiences scares that do more than just award you a momentary jolt. They leave you with something to think about after the credits role.