Welcome to September! A couple of interesting titles out this week starting with a new Russian horror movie called Baba Yaga: Terror of the Dark Forest. Egor (Oleg Chugunov), his father, stepmother and new baby step-sister have just moved into a new apartment on the outskirts of the city. But when his parents hire a new nanny for the baby, Egor senses something strange about her. When Egor returns from school one day, the nanny is gone as is his baby sister, but his parents don’t seem to even remember they have a daughter. Egor sets out with his new friend Dasha (Glafira Golubeva) to uncover the truth in the woods outside of town, the legend of the Baba Yaga.
Baba Yaga: Terror of the Dark Forest was a total surprise and a wonderful fairy tale-like horror film that hits all the right notes. The cast are all fantastic, especially Chugunov and Golubeva, and the whole film has a Stranger Things meets Mama meets Pan’s Labyrinth feel that works on every level. Atmospheric, well written, creepy and fun, Baba Yaga: Terror of the Dark Forest is a nice little hidden gem well worth seeking out.
Next up this week is a new action flick called Rogue. Megan Fox (yes Megan Fox) stars as battle hardened mercenary O’Hara who leads a squad of soldiers including Strike Back’s Philip Winchester on a mission to rescue hostages from terrorists in a remote African base camp. But when the mission goes awry and the team finds themselves stranded without backup and not only surrounded by enemy soldiers but a group of ravenous lions, they must use their wits to survive the night until extraction and protect themselves and their assets.
Rogue is an interesting experiment of a film. Megan Fox surprising holds her own as a tough solider, although she could have come off a little tougher and maybe a little less makeup might have helped the look a little. But the cast playing her team are all great, especially Strike Back’s Philip Winchester who steals every scene he is in. The action scenes are great, fast paced and fun, and the lion element is surprising and fun, even if the CG lions are pretty cheaply done. But if you suspend your disbelief with the shoddy fx, the lions are used sparingly and well in terms of the story and action. A fun retro romp, Rogue will fill that action craving you may have been having lately.
Also of note this week is the new horror action thriller Blood Quantum, and a trio of great catalog titles debuting on the 4K format including The Goonies, Beetlejuice and Pitch Black with Vin Diesel.
Until next week movie lovers, stay safe!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday September 1, 2020
Alphabet City (1984)*
Baba Yaga: Terror of the Dark Forest
Black Test Car/The Black Report*
Blue’s Clues & You!
Britannia Hospital (1982)*
Children of the Sea
Cut Off (2018)
Death on the Nile (1978)*
Evil Under the Sun (1982)*
Indecent Exposure (1981)*
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Set 2: Stardust Crusaders
Limbo (1999) *
Magnum P.I.: Season Two
Monster Hits: Rock & Rhyme with Elmo
Pitch Black: 4k Special Edition
Sherlock Holmes (2009) 4K
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) 4K
The Caller (1987)*
The Goonies (1985): 4K Blu-ray Gift Box
The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974) SteelBook Edition
The Mirror Crack'd (1980)*
The Raging Moon (1971)*
Toy Soldiers (1984)*
Young Sheldon: The Complete Third Season
*Catalog Blu-ray debut