Hello again, friends. I hope you’re all doing well considering the minor horror draught we’ve entered after the especially strong first quarter of 2009. Things are looking like they’re going to be pretty dry from now until August. We have Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell in theaters on May 31st and then Orphan in July and nothing else until Final Destination 4 and Halloween 2 both land in August. So that means we must turn to DVD. I’m taking a little break from my slate of reviews, which are piling up without cessation. I’ll get to them soon, promises promises. In the mean time, there are a few things I wanted to toss out into the ether.
My Bloody Valentine 3D on DVD and Blu-ray
I really enjoyed this flick and thought it was a lot of bloody good fun. You can check out my review here. I just want to remind everyone that this bad boy is out now and, of course, I picked it up immediately. I scoped out the 3D element and can tell you that it is the best home 3D I’ve ever seen. For the greatest impact, turn out all the lights and sit dead center in front of your TV. I’m not a big fan of home 3D as, for now, it relies on the old red-green or red-blue 3D glasses, which can cause eye strain and headaches for some. But this release is definitely worth picking up and definitely worth watching in 3D at home.
Splinter on DVD and Blu-ray
I named this the best horror film of 2008 (see the list here), a decision that was quite easy for me and one I stand by. This is just a great, creepy, atmospheric thrill ride with awesome practical effects and a pretty original story. Check out the review here. There was some shuffling and waiting in terms of the DVD and Blu-ray coming out and if they were both going to come out on the same day, yatta yatta. Well, we’ve got plenty of news. First, Splinter was shown on Sci-Fi Channel, and on Sci-Fi HD, so keep a look out for that. Second, you can watch this movie streaming on Netflix. Apparently the picture quality is excellent, so hook your laptop or computer up to your flat screen and rock it. Lastly, the film is definitely available on DVD and Blu-ray now and includes some audio commentaries, a few behind the scenes shorts, and other cool stuff. Pick it up.
The Coroner’s Report should be… ?
When I first created The Coroner’s Report I imagind a column that would report horror news, post horror editorials, review old classics, find new films, and post all the reviews focused on blood and boobs that we do now. For those of you who read this column regularly, you’ve probably noticed that we mostly just review recent and upcoming theatrical and DVD releases. Every so often I remember the original intent and wonder if it’s worth pursuing. So I’m asking you – what would you like to see with The Coroner’s Report? Are you only interested in movie reviews or do we need more targetted horror news? Should we expand to review classic horror films as well? Would you read and discuss editorials based around the horror genre?
Upcoming Horror Check List.
Here are the films coming out on DVD soon that you should keep an eye out for and at least consider putting in your Netflix queue. Also included are some notes about upcoming Sci-Fi Channel Original Movies, because they’re a real big guilty pleasure of mine!
DVD Check List
- Hindsight (May 26)
- Silent Venom (June 2, Snakes on a Submarine!)
- The Hunger (June 2)
- Razortooth (June 2)
- Reaper Season 2 (June 9)
- Friday the 13th 2009 Killer Edition (June 16)
- The Cell 2 (June 16)
- Born (June 16)
- [REC] (July 14)
Sci-Fi Channel Fun
- Original Movie Marathon (May 23 6am-3am)
- Original Movie Marathon (May 30 9am-3am including Blood Monkey and The Book of Beasts)
- Sci-Fi Original Man-Thing (June 6 1am. It’s good!)
- Sci-Fi Original Movie: Star Runners (June 13 9pm)
- Equilibrium! (June 20 9pm. Starring Christian Bale)
- The Mutant Chronicles (June 27 9pm. Starring Tom Jane)