BLU-RAY INVASION – Week of 12/8/15
A Christmas Horror Story (released 11/24)
It’s the season of joy, peace, and goodwill… unless you live in Bailey Downs. Last Christmas Eve, two teens came to a grisly end in a school basement. Now, one year later, a new set of horrors has come to town. As three friends explore the site of the massacre, a malevolent spirit is determined to keep them there forever. One of the first cops to the scene of the bloody murders has new complications as his seven-year-old son exhibits terrifying and violent behavior. And when a local family seeks reconciliation with an estranged aunt for the wrong reasons, they suddenly find themselves running in terror from Krampus, the demonic anti-Santa Claus. Not even St. Nick is immune to the terror as he fights back against a horde of zombie elves. This is destined to be a holiday no one will ever forget…
Something special happens when someone makes a Christmas horror film, because you don’t make a Christmas horror film unless you absolutely love and you’re really going to go all out for it. That is definitely the case with A Christmas Horror Story. Really fun storytelling and complete awareness of the absurdity of the premise, but also excellently executed. The upcoming Krampus may end up being the Christmas horror to see in theaters, but this isn’t going to be a slouch by any means. If you’re into Christmas horror, this is a must BUY.
Amy (released 12/1)
The spellbinding, much anticipated documentary about one of the most legendary singers of our time, Amy Winehouse. Intimate, shocking, brilliant.
Amy Winehouse had an amazing voice, and her career was tragically cut short due to various personal demons. If all you knew of her was her song “Rehab” and all you ever read about her was the tabloid fodder that didn’t do her career justice, you must see this documentary. It will change your perception of maybe the most talented music artist of this current generation that most of us never took the time to truly know. BUY
Cooties (released 12/1)
Teachers have the worst Monday ever when their students are turned into little killer savages in this horror-comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills.
As far as horror movies involving killer children and a good ensemble cast goes, this undersign gem is one that should be on your radar. Brilliantly funny writing and good horror effects make this a worthy entry into the fun side of the horror genre. QUEUE
Tokyo Tribe (released 12/1)
In a futuristic Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. When one of the gang leaders breaks the fragile peace, it triggers a brutal street war for supremacy. Based on a popular Manga series and told almost entirely in rap verse, Tokyo Tribe is an ingenious mash-up of Yakuza gang violence, martial arts action and hip-hop musical.
This is my absolute pick of the week, and possibly the month. Tokyo Tribe is one of those fantastic movies that’s hard to describe but should be seen at all costs. The description above aside, the music in the film is great, the action scenes incredibly well done, and it kind of has it all. Funny at times, brutally violent, this is a great release and a must own for fans of hip hop and action films. BUY