with a title like mega-shark vs. giant octopus, i’m very tempted to choose it as the pick of the week. i mean, how great of a title is that? however, i’m going to have to go with my bloody valentine 3d. i loved it in the theater and i’m hopeful that the 3d on the dvd will be effective despite not being the real3d used theatrically. i guess we’ll find out tuesday whether they’ve finally found a way to make 3d watchable on your television or whether it’ll just be another example of a blue/red headache and squint inducing imitation of the original experience.
Pick of the Week
My Bloody Valentine (2009)
Haunted by the mining-related massacre that took place there on Valentine’s Day a decade ago, Tom (Jensen Ackles) returns to his hometown to find some closure. But no sooner does he arrive than a pickax-wielding madman begins a new bloody killing spree. Now, many suspect that the murderous miner has returned to claim his final victims — including Tom. Patrick Lussier directs this remake of the 1981 horror classic.
Held captive in an underground prison by a sadistic sicko who fancies himself a surgeon, four women fight for their lives, knowing the exact time they’re scheduled to die thanks to a crudely carved set of four-digit numbers on each of their bodies. None of them can remember how they got there, but if any of them figure out the secret to their imprisonment, they stand at least some chance of surviving. James Eaves directs.
Detective Story (2007)
In this shocking thriller from controversial filmmaker Takashi Miike, businessman Takashima Raita (Kuroudo Maki) and private eye Kazama Raita (Kazuya Nakayama) hunt for a brutal serial killer with a bazaar fondness for human organs. When three women, one being Kazama’s client, are found dead and stripped of vital organs, the two Raitas team up to find the murderer, and the trail leads to an eccentric artist with a unique artistic medium.
Skull & Bones (2007)
When gay college buddies Nathan (Derrick Wolf) and Justin (Michael Cross Burke) accidentally kill one of their classmates, they discover a shared passion for homicide. So after a group of Ivy League snobs humiliates them, they decide to take action together. Soon they start kidnapping the guys one by one and wielding their vengeance. T.S. Slaughter writes and directs this gay-themed slasher flick that co-stars Ryan G. Metzger.
Mega-Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009)
After a series of mysterious disasters occurs in the Pacific, from the disappearance of a plane to the destruction of an oil rig, a group of scientists discovers that a secret military mission has unearthed a prehistoric shark and a giant octopus. When the government learns of the existence of the menacing beasts, the team of scientists is tasked with formulating a plan to destroy the phenomenal creatures. Lorenzo Lamas and Deborah Gibson star.
The Devil’s Ground (2008)
Carrie Mitchell (Daryl Hannah) is suddenly swept into a world of terror when a blood-soaked young woman (Leah Gibson) stumbles in front of her car and relates a horrific tale of a murderous rampage at an Indian burial ground, in this indie thriller directed by Michael Bafaro. Now, it’s up to Carrie to deliver the girl to safety as the psychotic killer who slaughtered her companions pursues them. Twan Holliday and Lee Tomaschefski co-star.
The Last Horror Film (1982)
Determined to cast her in his first movie, wannabe producer Vinny Durand (Joe Spinell) relentlessly pursues scream queen Jenna Bates (Caroline Munro). Vinny’s determination soon turns deadly, however, and Jenna’s life becomes far more horrifying than any of her slasher flicks. Set against the backdrop of the Cannes Film Festival, this award-winning tale of blood and obsession is directed by David Winters.
True Blood: Season One (2008)
Mind-reading Louisiana waitress Sookie Stackhouse’s (Anna Paquin, in a Golden Globe-winning role) life gets complicated when she falls for vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) in a world where vampires live openly and drink synthetic blood. Trying to improve their image and legitimize their finances, the out-of-the-coffin bloodsuckers hire PR firms and contribute to influential Republican politicians. Alan Ball (“Six Feet Under”) helms the HBO series.