As Halloween approaches ever faster, more titles coming to the UK...
Something old and new in the latest trailer showreel, all coming to UK DVD and/or Blu-Ray in the next fortnight. Remember: trailers of older movies are not necessarily representative of the quality of the new version being released!
Young Frankenstein (1974) - 20th Century Fox
Mel Brooks' superb parody of the Universal classics of the 1930's gets an HD makeover.
Carrie (1976)/The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) – both MGM
MGM are having an HD horror frenzy this week! As a remake hits screens (but we have to wait until NOVEMBER 24TH in the UK? Arrgghhh!), Brian DePalma's original adaptation of Stephen King's debut novel hits Blu-Ray, with Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie on oscar-nominated form. Its belated (and unnecessary) sequel arrives too.
Poltergeist II (1983)/Poltergeist III (1988) – MGM
Both coming to Blu-Ray. Part 2 isn't a patch on its predecessor, but it's not a bad film either. It's become overshadowed by the “curse” theory allegedly affecting several cast members. Part 3 was perhaps a sequel too far, although a troubled and tragic production history didn't help... Still worth a look, though.
Night Of The Hunter (1955) – Arrow Films
Charles Laughton turned director for this study in evil. Robert Mitchum's evil preacher tries to get the whereabouts of a missing stash of money from two children. A unique bona-fide classic.
The Wicker Man: The Final Cut (1973) – StudioCanal
See my earlier piece here.
Tod Slaughter Triple Feature (1935-40) – Odeon Entertainment
Before Hammer, Tod Slaughter was the face of British horror (or melodrama, to be more precise). This DVD set promises “Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street” (1936), “Maria Marten” (1935) and “Crimes At The Dark House” (1940). (Trailers not available at the time of writing)
ATM (2013) – Lionsgate
A psychopath holds three office workers trapped in a cash dispenser kiosk, and a deadly game of cat-and-mouse ensues.
V/H/S 2 (2013) – Koch Media