While the summer months tend to see a decline in theatrical horror releases, this time does traditionally offer up long-awaited DVD and Blu-ray arrivals. This particular year, we’ve got a bevy of stellar releases scheduled to hit the home market, and we here at horrorbid are going to provide you with a condensed summer guideline that should provide you with plenty of at-home horror enjoyment.
Check out a list of some of the more noteworthy films that will be landing on public shelves over the next few months, below:
This follow up to Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza’s terrifying 2007 POV feature picks up where the first film left off, as a handful of SWAT members head into the quarantined building in the hopes of controlling the mad scene. Both Balagueró and Plaza are back, and make no mistake about it: they’re ready to successfully build upon the initial story, while beefing up a blossoming franchise.
Release date: July 12
Whether you hated it, or loved it, Indious has gained admirable notoriety amongst genre followers already, and even garnered a surpring $53 million take in domestic box office ticket sales: that number exceeds the earnings of the over-hyped (but decent), Scream 4, and by a wide margin at that. An impresve cast (that includes Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey) and chilling plot ensure an entertaining journey, even if you only find fit for a ngle viewing.
George A. Romero Presents Deadtime Stories Volume 1
Release Date: July 12
Being a big fan of anthology features, I’ve been pretty anxious to catch a screening of this. July 12th the film hits home, and my wait will come to an end. Here’s hoping these twisted tales (including a segment about teenage love gone horribly awry and a man willing to explore any means to help his ailing love, no matter how violent it may be) live up to early (though fairly quiet) hype. Romero's name is attached, that's got to mean something! Right?
Release date: July 19
I’m honestly not a huge fan of shark features; nothing’s ever come within a lifetime’s distance of rivaling the legendary Jaws, and until I see a film to do so, I’ll cling to my doubts about films focused on these aquatic man-eaters. Regardless, there’s something about this flick that sparks my curioty. Perhaps it’s the fact that the cast doesn’t const of your traditional, cliché twenty-something’s, which is a nice vacation from the formulaic traits of so many shark features. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve heard good things of director Andrew Traucki’s Black Water. Whatever the case, I’ll be checking this one out, with my fingers crossed.
Release date: July 26
I’ve heard it through the grapevine that this one is a must-see genre offering for one reason: it’s so terrible that it makes for a fantastic unintentional comedy. Every now and then you’ve got to have a little fun, relax, and laugh at the incompetent.
Release date: July 26
Before you even think it, let me just say, I know, this one was panned in nightmarish fashion, and is more likely than not every bit as terrible as critics would have you believe. That said, I get a kick out of wild creatures and ludicrous action. I see this as a nice beer-flick and little more. All the same, I’m along for the (likely bumpy) ride.
Release date: August 2
Stakeland has already earned serious critical recognition. It’s not a universally loved picture, but for the most part, cinematic pundits have been happy to praise this post-apocalyptic vampire tale. Written by genre sleeper Nick Damici (who also stars in the film) and Jim Mickle (who also directed the picture), Stakeland also stars genre favorite Danielle Harris, Kelly McGillis, Connor Paolo and Bonnie Dennison.
Priest failed to ignite the mass interest expected. That could be due, in part, to some questionable CGI, uninspired promotion, or it could just be that the film wasn’t fantastic. We’ll all be able to decide for ourselves when it arrives on Blu-ray and DVD August 16th. Personally, I think Paul Bettany is a fantastic genre contributor, and anything that he’s got a hand in creating, I’m interested in screening.
Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2
Release date: September 20
Let’s be frank: Laid to Rest was one uninspired script stacked on top of a truckload of miserable performances that, luckily, was stacked atop a firm foundation comprised of superb special effects and stomach churning death scenes. Interestingly enough, that’s just about exactly what writer/director Robert Hall sought to do, as he openly admitted to Fangoria. I can look beyond deficiencies, especially when those involved are willing to admit to their actual intentions, weaknesses, and, well, points of complete indifference. I’m in for more gruesome slayings from Chromeskull for sure!
Release date: October 4
The fourth installment of Wes Craven’s popular slasher franchise wasn’t the perfection that most critics would have you believe. It wasn’t a terrible film either, however. There’s a hint of nostalgia to the film, a few impresve death scenes, a handful of quality performances, and an awfully predictable finale. Franchise fans should find some enjoyment in the film, whether they love it or not. Those who’ve never been pleased by the slasher series should save their time and money. (I think I’m in for another viewing.)
NOTE: July 5th saw the release of highly touted indie shocker Hobo With a Shotgun, as well as BloodRayne: The Third Reich. I thought i'd toss a nod, as it's only right having been a ngle day late to highlight either film (for an advance viewing list).