Anchor Bay and MovieWeb... it's like a match made in heaven.
Okay, for the purposes of this month's installment of the The Anchor Bay Horror Show, I'll say that it's more like a match made in hell but that's only because we're reviewing films with such ghoultastic subject matter! What makes doing The Anchor Bay Horror Show so much fun is the fact that they always send us an eclectic mix of horror movies. The installment this month is no different as we got our bloody little hands on something old, something new and something outrageous. The only common factor is that Anchor Bay, after all these years (they were recently bought by Starz) is just as irreverent and outside of the box as they ever have been.
This month we highlight the anime extravaganza Noein, Vol. 3, John Landis's Masters of Horror: Family, the zombiefest Dead and Deader and the 1979, Don Coscarelli horror classic, Phantasm!
So sit back and prepare to be be scared as we give you a breakdown of each and every disc...
Movie PictureNoein, Vol. 3
Noein, Vol. 3 places viewers in a battle between dimensions. It forces Karasu to look at the dimensions of Yuu and Haruka, which seem seem to be coming under the spell of a force known as Shangri-La. Seizing this opportunity, it seems that if this force can be opposed than the people involved will be able to change their fates which already seem predetermined.
Coming at viewers with unique characters and a different perspective, Noein, Vol. 3 is a very original look at the idea of human destiny. How much can we affect our own lives? Is everything predetermined to the point that we have no say in the outcome? What happens when we try and alter our existence? These are the ideas that are at work here and while this volume doesn't seem to try and answer all the questions that it poses, where it really works is showing off the vagaries of what happens if you don't act at all.
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Movie PictureMasters of Horror: Family
Harold Thompson (George Wendt) lives in a very nice neighborhood. The lawns all look nice, the homes are kept up perfectly and this seems like the most idyllic place to put together a family. And that's exactly what Harold is doing only it's not the way you think. He is cold blooded, sicko who has dismembered his victims and is piecing his "family" together in he exact way that he wants it. It allows him to play God and to orchestrate his own little world just how he wants it. Then young housewife Celia (Meredith Monroe) moves in next door and Harold starts to take an interest in her. The more he sees the more he likes and that basically seals her fate. He decides to take her for a wife and that's when things get really interesting in Harold Thompson's life.
Masters of Horror: Family is brought to us by John Landis. Filled with the kind of dark humor that he is known for, this film examines suburbia, how much we can really know our neighbors and man's inhumanity to man all within this film's 58 minute run time.
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Movie PictureDead and Deader
Dean Cain plays Bobby Quinn in Dead and Deader, a zombie tale that seems to be loving the genre at the same time it is having fun with it. Quinn, a soldier, wakes up in a hospital morgue to find out that he is still human but he's also a zombie. He comes to realize that unless he acts quickly, other people are going to end up the same way due to Jindoo scorpions released in Cambodia. Taking up arms with Holly (the luscious Susan Ward), a military cook (Guy Torry), as well other interesting characters, Quinn and company set about trying to put an end to this plague that is fast creating a zombie planet. This catastrophe is being orchestrated by Dr. Scott (Peter Greene) even though it isn't very clear how he benefits by bringing the world to ruin. In the end, Quinn most come to terms with the situation he faces, as well as what he has become as time is of the essence if he is going to thwart the evil doctors intentions.
Perhaps not as political as the Romero films or as good as the work of horror maestros with last names like Carpenter and Craven, Dead and Deader isn't ever meant to be anything more than a really good time. In this department the film more than succeeds.
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Phantasm sets the stage for the ultimate battle of good and evil when Michael Pearson (Michael Baldwin) and his brother Jody (Bill Thorn-bury) discover that not everything is as it seems at their local mortuary. It turns out that they have stumbled upon a grave robber known as the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm in a career defining performance). It all begins when Michael watches the Tall Man put a coffin into a hearse by himself. He begins to investigate and uncovers a world of killer dwarfs and a flying ball that kills people. Realizing he is in over his head, Mike enlists the help of his brother and Reggie the Ice Cream Man (Reggie Bannister), and together the three of them go up against the Tall Man.
This might not sound very scary but from the opening strains of Fred Myrow and Malcolm Sea-grave's score, Phantasm is about as creepy as it gets. Taking place in the suburbs only adds to the immediacy of this classic horror movie. However, it never becomes creepy for creepy's sake nor does it employ any real red herrings. It simply takes elements from suburban culture and twists them up in ways you wouldn't believe.
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Well that's it horror fans, another edition of The Anchor Bay Horror Show! For June we are still waiting to find out what the next installment of DVDs will be, however we can tell you with certainty that one of them is Hellboy: Blood and Iron! So get prepared because it won't be long until this website runs red with the blood from the next Anchor Bay Horror Show!!
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