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Christopher Webster [DVD News 05.12.09] movie news dvd horror thriller



Probably the most exciting release of the week is David Gregory's Plague Town (review here) which comes to us from Dark Sky Films. Despite a modest production budget it's been highly recommended to me from a few people who were lucky enough to see it at fests last year. If you're a horror nut I have a feeling this is the one for you.

Next on the checklist of genre titles this week we've got Underwold: Rise of the Lycans which takes us back to the beginning of Len Wiseman's Vampires vs. Werewolves saga with Doomsday's Rhona Mitra taking over the lead from Kate Beckinsale. I've read some decent things about Lycans but I imagine tat, beyond the amazing production design, there's a lot of exposition and posturing in this one. I'll probably rent it.

Next on the watch-list is the sequel that no one asked for but everyone will probably watch, S. Darko. Richard Kelly had no part of the film that follows the further adventures of "sparkle motion" member Samantha Darko (who?) but the film has enough famous tv faces (Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick, Big Love's Daveigh Chase) to no doubt intrigue a whole new audience.

Last but not least, the unreleased Anne Hathaway thriller, Passengers, hit dvd today. This is one I don't really know too much about I like the sound of the plot and the look of the trailer I just watched so I'll probably check it out. One to watch with Verity at any rate.

All the trailers and links you desire after the break folks.


Plague Town
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An American family visiting their Irish roots accidentally stumbles on a horde of bloodthirsty mutant children.


Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
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The prequel story traces the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans. In the Dark Ages, a young Lycan named Lucian emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor, the cruel vampire king who has enslaved them. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, Sonja, in his battle against the Vampire army and his struggle for Lycan freedom.


S. Darko
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When their car breaks down outside tiny Conejo Springs, Sam and Corey are stranded in the hot and dusty town with little money and no connections as they await the arrival of a new water pump. Wild child Corey quickly finds a friend in Randy Holt, the town bad boy, but Samantha is restless and has no interest in socializing. The morning after the girls arrive, a meteorite destroys a local farmer's windmill, leaving a huge crater in its wake.

Plagued by weird and prophetic dreams that spill over into her waking life, Samantha searches for some kind of meaning in the people around her. But she finds only the fanatical cliches spouted by Jesus freak Trudy Potter and Pastor John Mellit of the Born Again Church, the heedless partying of Randey and his friends, and the petty suspicions of small town gossips.


Passengers
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After a plane crash, a young therapist, Claire, is assigned by her mentor to counsel the flight's five survivors. When they share their recollections of the incident, which some say include an explosion that the airline claims never happened, Claire is intrigued by Eric, the most secretive of the passengers. Just as Claire's professional relationship with Eric despite her better judgment blossoms into a romance, the survivors begin to disappear mysteriously, one by one. Claire suspects that Eric may hold all the answers and becomes determined to uncover the truth, no matter the consequences.

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