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Disney In Depth: ‘Maleficent’ Blu-ray Review
Brett Nachman   |  

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Maleficent
2-Disc Blu-ray l DVD l Digital HD
Directed by Robert Stromberg
Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Brenton Thwaites
Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: Nov 4, 2014

Disney’s unexpected summer blockbuster that grossed more than $750 million worldwide arrives for its home release. Maleficent, the live-action retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale from the perspective of the evil fairy, may offer more visual spectacle than storytelling substance, but it’s far from cursed. The Blu-ray debut of Maleficent soars as an overall presentation, albeit blighted when evaluating its individual parts.

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Movie Review: Horns
The Geeks of Doom   |  

Review by Yasin Lago

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Horns
Directed by Alexandre Aja
Written by Keith Bunin, Adapted from the novel by Joe Hill
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Juno Temple, Kelli Garner, Joe Anderson, James Remar, Kathleen Quinlan, David Morse, Heather Graham
Lions Gate
Rated R | 123 Minutes
Release Date: Oct 31, 2014 (Limited)

The title of the latest project by Alexandre Aja, Horns, would have you focus on a couple of appendages growing out of a young man’s head. As it turns out, that is the least of his problems. His physical setback is nothing compared to the mental and emotional toll he’ll take before his world (and reality) completely unravels. As circumstances change, our lead goes from being in a dark place to a literal and figurative descent into Hell.

When we come upon Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe), life for him has begun to take a very intense turn. His beloved (by everyone) and loved girlfriend and soul mate, played as an ethereal forest nymph-next-door by Juno Temple, has been brutally murdered. Ig is implicated in this and is quickly judged by the entire community as the culprit (with no help from waitress/eyewitness Heather Graham). Now town pariah, he begins to settle into this half self-imposed exiled Limbo for lowlifes when…things…change.

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Blu-ray Review: Squirm (Collector’s Edition)
Adam Frazier   |  

Squirm (Collector's Edition) Blu-ray from Scream Factory

Squirm
Blu-ray
Director: Jeff Lieberman
Screenwriter: Jeff Lieberman
Cast: Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow, Jean Sullivan, Peter MacLean, Fran Higgins, William Newman, Barbara Quinn
Scream Factory
Rated R | 93 Minutes
Release Date: October 28, 2014

Written and directed by Jeff Lieberman (Blue Sunshine, Just Before Dawn), 1976′s Squirm is one of those “nature strikes back” movies – you know, like Frogs, Slugs, or Food of the Gods, where otherwise harmless animals become cold-blooded killers because of man’s propensity for playing God.

In the case of Squirm, it’s an avalanche of bloodthirsty killer worms, writhing across the American South in a tidal wave of terror! Set in the rural town of Fly Creek, Georgia, Squirm gets to squirmin’ when a powerful storm knocks utility poles over and the resulting surge of electricity drives the worms to the surface.

Millions of carnivorous worms overrun the sleepy fishing village, burrowing into the flesh of Fly Creek’s locals – human beings so impossibly dull that they make rubber fishing bait seem not only interesting, but absolutely enthralling. OK, so “enthralling” is probably a stretch, but obviously the stars of a movie called Squirm are the worms, not the wormfood.

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Blu-ray Review: Deliver Us From Evil
Adam Frazier   |  

Deliver Us from Evil Movie Review by Adam Frazier

Deliver Us from Evil
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Director: Scott Derrickson
Screenwriter: Scott Derrickson, Paul Harris Boardman
Cast: Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn, Joel McHale
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Rated R | 118 Minutes
Release Date: October 28, 2014

Directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister), Deliver Us from Evil stars Eric Bana as Ralph Sarchie, a New York police detective who investigates a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. To combat a demonic entity that is terrorizing the Bronx, Sarchie joins forces with an unconventional priest (Édgar Ramírez) who is well-versed in the rituals of exorcism.

Written by Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman, Deliver Us from Evil is based upon Beware the Night, a 2001 non-fiction book by Sarchie and co-writer Lisa Collier Cool that chronicles the retired NYPD sergeant’s encounters with the supernatural. The film is an amalgam of Derrickson’s previous work, blending the true crime elements of Sinister with The Exorcism of Emily Rose‘s exploration of demonic possession.

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Blu-ray Review: Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut
Adam Frazier   |  

Nightbreed

Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut
Blu-ray
Director: Clive Barker
Screenwriter: Clive Barker
Cast: Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg, Charles Haid, Hugh Quarshie, Doug Bradley, Malcolm Smith, Oliver Parker
Scream Factory
Unrated | 140 Minutes
Release Date: October 28, 2014

Everything is true. God’s an Astronaut. Oz is Over the Rainbow, and Midian is where the monsters live.” – Peloquin

Based on his 1988 novella Cabal, Clive Barker‘s 1990 film Nightbreed, produced by Morgan Creek and distributed by Twentieth Century Fox, was an epic saga about a tribe of monsters and outcasts that hides from humanity. Barker’s original version of Nightbreed ran 160 minutes, but unsure of how to sell the unconventional fantasy-horror film, Fox demanded a recut, prompting editor Richard Marden to leave the project in protest.

The theatrical cut of Nightbreed was released on February 16, 1990. Barker’s film was to be the Star Wars of the horror genre, but after nearly an hour of footage was cut from the movie, the studio repackaged it as a gory 102-minute slasher flick. The film was a critical and commercial failure – an incomplete, aimless curiosity that only the most die-hard Barker fans could find value in.

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