With only a week to go until Halloween, it just seems appropriate to start the week off with a new Collector’s Edition of the George A. Romero classic horror anthology Creepshow. From the mind of Stephen King comes his original screenplay for Creepshow, featuring five tales of terror sure to send chills down your spine. First up is the story of a man returning from the grave to get the Father’s Day his murdering daughter never gave him. Next is the tale of a not-too-bright farmer (played by Stephen King himself) who discovers a meteor that starts to turn everything in sight into plants…including the farmer himself. The third story follows a man (Leslie Nielsen) who does away with his cheating wife and her lover with dire consequences. Next is the story of a college professor who discovers a very old and dangerous crate in the basement of his school that may hold the answers to all his problems. And lastly is the story of an ultra-rich germophobe who find even his hi tech sterile home can’t keep out a legion of vengeful cockroaches.
Creepshow is, in my opinion, the best horror anthology of all time. King’s funny, scary and wholly entertaining stories are brought to life by the legendary George A. Romero in a fashion that truly brings the pages of old horror comics to life in way that had never been done before, and hasn’t been matched since. Creepshow is the definition of fun horror at its very best. And this new Creepshow: Collector’s Edition is absolutely loaded with all new special features guaranteed to please any fan out there.
Next up is the new comedy Sorry to Bother You. Lakeith Stanfield plays Cassius Green, a man in Oakland trying to survive in the modern world. After getting a new telemarketing job, Cassius finds the repetitive work of being a black man trying to sell to a predominately white public over the phone to be soul crushing. But when a co-worker tells him the secret of using the ‘white voice’, Cassius sees his life turn around as his productivity, social standing and financial situation soar. But at what cost?
Sorry to Bother You is written and directed by Boots Riley and is a scathing commentary on our society as a whole, tackling many subjects that are faced everyday by everyday people. But along with the frequent laughs and poignant subtext, Riley’s film is smart and entertaining and features a phenomenal lead performance by Lakeith Stanfield. It also features one of the best supporting casts in recent memory including Tessa Thompson, Terry Crews, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, Armie Hammer, and Forest Whitaker. Sorry to Bother You is an outrageously fun and thought provoking comedy.
Lastly this week is a very different post-apocalyptic drama, I Think We’re Alone Now. Peter Dinklage stars as Del, a man who finds himself alone in his neighborhood after something wipes out the human race. As time goes on Del becomes comfortable in his solitude and routines, creating a quiet utopia for himself. Until he discovers a crashed car with an unconscious young woman inside. After nursing the woman, Grace (Elle Fanning), back to health, Del must now learn to live with someone else around. Someone whose history and motives are a mystery.
I Think We’re Alone Now is a refreshing twist on the post-apocalyptic sub-genre, going for an in-depth character study instead of the usual infected monster angle. Dinklage is fantastic as Del, a quiet and lonely man who never was comfortable dealing with other people and now has to once again. And Fanning is great too as the mysterious Grace. The two actors play very well off of each other and the story kept me guessing right through the end. I Think We’re Alone Now is a nice change for anyone looking for something a little different.
Also of note this week is the new possession horror flick The Devil’s Doorway, Gotham: The Complete Third Season of the popular Batman prequel show, and Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again reuniting the entire original cast with a few new faces joining in on the fun.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday October 23, 2018
3 Dead Trick or Treaters: Limited Edition*
A Nashville Christmas
Accel World: Infinite Burst
Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season
Blessed are the Children
Blood and Black Lace
Creepshow: Collector’s Edition
Cross of Iron*
Deadbeat at Dawn*
Distant Voices, Still Lives*
Evil Dead – Uncut
Get Shorty: Collector’s Edition*
God Knows Where I Am
Gotham: The Complete Third Season
Grinch Ultimate Edition: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Horseplay 2: Black Beauty
I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle*
I Think We're Alone Now
I, a Woman Part II / The Daughter: I, a Woman Part III*
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
Maximum Overdrive - Vestron Video Collector’s Series*
Night of the Demons Steelbook
Post-Apocalyptic Collection (3-Disc Blu-ray Set)
Prehysteria - Special Edition*
Scorpion King: Book of Souls
Sisters – Criterion Collection
Sorry to Bother You
SS Hell Camp
Supergirl: The Complete Second Season
Supernatural: The Complete Twelfth Season
Teen Titans Go!: Complete First Season
The Blood Island Collection*
The Devils Doorway
The Final Haunting
The Unnamable – Special Edition*
To the Ends of Time
You Never Know Women*
*Catalog Blu-ray debut