Summer is in full swing, finally! We start off this week with the new film adaptation of the hit Stephen King book, Pet Sematary. This second film adaptation the Creed family relocate from Boston to rural Maine to a beautiful house after patriarch Louis Creed takes a job in the University Hospital. After their cat Church is hit by a truck on the busy road in front of their house, Louis tries to avoid breaking his daughter’s heart by hiding the death from her. Their new neighbor Jud Crandall (John Lithgow) tells Louis of a place far behind their house, a pet cemetery where things buried return to the living. But things quickly spiral out of control and could spell doom for the entire Creed family.
The 1989 film Pet Sematary has become something of a cult hit while most acknowledging it didn’t really hit the high horror bar set in the book. This new film version really tries to shake things up by turning a few plot points on their head and taking things in a new direction. The entire cast are excellent as is the entire production design, but like the 1989 film, it still doesn’t quite hit the immense feeling of dread from the book. But horror fans take note anyways, Pet Sematary still has some solid scares and the aforementioned twists that keep it from being a tired remake of something you have already seen.
Next up is the new comedy Little. Issa Rae stars as April Williams, an aspiring tech designer working as an assistant to a powerful tech mogul named Jordan Sanders (Regina Hall) who is a tyrant to all who work for her. But when Jordan wakes up one morning as her 13-year-old self (Marsai Martin), she desperately needs April’s help to navigate her return to grade school and keeping her business afloat while she tries to figure out how to get back to her grown up self. Jordan and April may end up learning valuable lessons about life and about themselves in the process of trying to get life back to normal.
Little is a charming body swap adventure anchored by great performances by Issa Rae and especially Marsai Martin. The young actress absolutely nails the grown up in a kid’s body gimmick and has a natural comedy flair as well. Regina Hall is excellent as well even though only really appearing at the beginning and end of the film. For those looking for a light fun comedy, Little will do the trick.
Lastly this week is a new Collector’s Edition of another horror cult classic, and one of the most highly regarded video game film adaptations, Silent Hill. Radha Mitchell plays Rose Da Silva, whose young daughter Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) has been having nightmares about a place called Silent Hill. Determined to put an end to the bad dreams, Rose decides to take her daughter to the town to see if it holds any clues to her daughter’s trauma. After an accident, Rose wakes up to find Sharon missing and the deserted, dream like town of Silent Hill sitting empty. Now she must search the haunted, misty town confronting the terror and mystery that lies within in if she hopes to ever find Sharon.
Silent Hill really is a horror gem. Directed by the brilliant Christophe Gans, the films production design is absolutely stunning and terrifying. All the performances are excellent, especially Mitchell, but the real star of the film is the town itself, the overall design and the makeup fx. The film is made up of pure nightmare fuel while still following a solid storyline and providing some mystery, scares and intrigue. This new edition features a new HD scan of the film, a new audio commentary by the cinematographer, and four new interview segments as well as a six-part documentary on the making of the film and more. This is the definitive edition of a horror cult classic.
Also of note this week is the new Johnny Depp film The Professor, the wonderfully odd and super fun Tuff Turf with James Spader and the DVD debut of the TV film The Stranger Beside Me starring Bill Campbell as serial killer Ted Bundy.
Until next week movie lovers!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday July 9, 2019
Ann Rule Presents: The Stranger Beside Me a.k.a. The Ted Bundy Story (2003)*
Dead of Night (1945)*
Europa Europa (1990)* - Criterion Collection
Gotham: The Complete Fifth and Final Season
Gotham: The Complete Series
Mojin: The Worm Valley
Mothra Steelbook Edition (1961)*
Peter Pan (1924)*
Portraits of Andrea Palmer (2017)*
Sherlock Jr (1924)*
Silent Hill - Collector's Edition
The Annihilators (1985)*
The BRD Trilogy (The Marriage of Maria Braun/Veronica Voss/Lola)* - Criterion Collection
The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 2*
The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)*
The Loveless* – Special Edition
The Magicians: Season Four
The Navigator (1924)*
The Tough Ones a.k.a. Rome Armed to the Teeth (1976)*
This Island Earth (1955)*
Tuff Turf (1985)*
WWE: Money In The Bank 2019
*Catalog Blu-ray debut