Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|After Dark Horrorfest Films to Die For |
Unrest / Reincarnation / The Gravedancers / The Hamiltons / Wicked Little Things / Dark Ride / Penny Dreadful
Actors: Yűka, Karina, Kippei Shiina, Corri English, Scot Davis
Directors: Craig Singer, J.S. Cardone, Jason Todd Ipson, Mike Mendez, Mitchell Altieri
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
No Description Available. Genre: Horror Rating: UN Release Date: 8-JAN-2008 Media Type: DVD
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Reconsidering the After Dark Horrorfest movies now all out o
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 07/02/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although it is not part of this set, with "The Abandoned" finally being released all of the "8 Films 2 Die 4" from last year's initial After Dark Horrorfest are now out on DVD. I watched all of them in the theater back in November and now I have watched them all again on DVD and figured it was time to reconsider the whole experience. Here are the eight films in the order I first saw them:
"Reincarnation" is a Japanese ghost story from the director of "Ju-On" having to do with a film being made about a sensation mass murder at a hotel that took place a couple of decades earlier. I really like the ending(s) of this film as past and present merge with film and reality. I am so often disappointed by the way most horror films end that the artistry of this one stands out for me (Ranked #1, 4.5 stars).
"Unrest - After Dark Horror Fest" reminds me why I never wanted to go to medical school, and that is without the joys of stripping down to my underwear to jump into a tank of formaldehyde filled with dissected corpses. The back story gets a bit complicated and the plot requires a certain amount of stupidity on behalf of the characters, but a film that swears it has "real dead bodies" will have its moments (Ranked #6, 3.5 stars).
"Dark Ride - After Dark Horror Fest" is the median for the Horrorfest because it is a solid example of a 1970s splatter flick. There are a couple of familiar faces here and it sure looks a lot better than "Fun House," its obvious cinematic ancestor. It also has a memorable example of sex getting your killed in a horror film (Ranked #5, 3.8 stars).
"The Gravedancers" is the film that most relies on special effects for the ghosts raised by the titular crime. It has the most familiar faces with Dominic Purcell, Clare Kramer, and Tchéky Karyo and some of the best looking sequences. But things get a bit out of hand at the end because usually in the end it is not the unbelievers who get really stupid (Ranked #4, 3.9).
"The Abandoned" is a ghost story that takes place in Russia and has a 40-year-old woman as the lead, so there are a couple of interesting differences from most horror films right there. I suppose this film earned its release because it has the most disturbing images of any of these movies. (Ranked #3, 4.1).
"Penny Dreadful" is the film that I thought was the most ingenious simply because I did not think they could get as much out of trapping a terrified girl in a car wedged between two trees, so I was more impressed than most people. It also does not end the way you would think it has to, although the victims lose points for refusing to drive to safety on one rim (Ranked #2, 4.2).
"Wicked Little Things" takes place in an abandoned coal mine is the mountains of Pennsylvania where a widow and her two daughters contend with a pack of children zombies killed in a mine explosion long ago. That is right: this movie has minor miner zombies and Ben Cross wondering what happened to his film career. At least the people in this movie are willing to drive on the rims (Ranked #7, 3.2).
"The Hamiltons" is a low-budget film about a twisted little "Party of Five"-type family with more than their share of dark secrets. This film has the worst acting but the highest "sicko" factor of any of the films, even though we are talking a third-rate "Hostel"-type film (Ranked #8, 3.1).
That means what I have ended up thinking was the best film of the bunch was actually the first one we saw on Friday afternoon. But the big question is whether Horrorfest was a good deal and with six of the eight ending up with 4 star ratings (rounding up is a wonderful thing) and nothing below 3 stars, I would contend that qualifies as being pretty good. Yes, the trailer for Horrorfest was cooler than any of the actual movies. Yes, I could put together a better octet of horror films culled from that same period, and I am sure you could too, even without including the well-known flicks like "The Hills Have Eyes" and "The Descent." Heck, there are lots of horror films that might be even better choices, such as "Blood and Cuts, "Dark Nigh" and "Desert of Blood," that might be better candidates, but they are not even available on DVD, so who knows? But these films are out on DVD and are definitely above average rentals, ergo the 4-star rating.
These were all horror films that were going to go the direct-to-video route and were reprieved by Horrorfest. So I decided to compare these eight films to the last eight horror films I checked out on DVD that were either direct-to-video or at least never showed up on a movie screen in my neck of the woods (we only have 20 screens at two theaters in the Zenith City and you can subtract from that title because "big" films end up at both theaters and sometimes on multiple screens). Anyhow, the idea is that these are films that were out there at roughly the same time, although some might be a bit older. Of the eight, six of them I rated three stars: "Room 6," "Dead Silence," "In a Dark Place," "Chicago Massacre: The Richard Speck Story," "The Hunt," and "The Tooth Faerie." I rated "Wes Craven Presents The Breed" 2-stars and was so offended by "The Tomb" purporting to be a H.P. Lovecraft story that I gave it one star, which rounds out to 2.6. Consequently, I have no problem saying the Horrorfest films are at least a whole star better than those eight since they average 3.7."
The AFTER DARK horrorfest
JennaFox | 03/22/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
When the After dark horrorfest came to my city, I was hyper, hyper excited, and really, I was not too much disappointed by the result.
The only ones I missed were Hood of Horrors and The Tripper (not in this package anyway).
I agree that these movies were originally over-hyped as "too graphic" or whatever.
While by and large these are indie horror movies, they were a departure from all the hollywood horror I see, and I personally thought there was a wide enough range to make the festival appealing.
Each one is totally different, which is a plus.
My favorites were Reincarnation (japanese horror), Penny Dreadful, Unrest.
About the price, it's a bit too high, even if the packaging is cool. If they are individually on sale at 14.99, the box set should probably be a little cheaper. it would be nice if was maybe around 90 bucks."
Buy them individually...
Grendel | Savage, MN USA | 05/11/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Amazon and other retailers/e-tailers sell the individual titles at $14.99.
$14.99 x 7 = $104.93.
$14.99 x 8 = $119.92.
Box sets should cost LESS THAN the same products bought individually. And there are no additional "extras" listed for this item, so why pay more?
I've watched two of the movies so far - Reincarnation (4 stars) and Wicked Little Things (3 stars)."
Horrorfest 7 pack
KDinMD | Clarksburg, MD | 08/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoyed all these movies but I am not sure what all the hub-bub was about. They do not seem to me to be any scarier than any of the horror out there now.
I purchased these because I thought they were done well with some serious BOO factor. I will admit that I rented them before actually buying them.
Having seen so many horror movies in my time I found these refreshing. I was a little disappointed that the newest one I've seen, "The Abandoned" was not part of the seven.
If you love horror you will enjoy these.