Monday, March 22, 2010

The Weekend Box Office and The Week In Horror on DVD

The box office was, once again, dominated by Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland". It's held the top spot for three weeks in a row and has now become Burton's highest grossing film of all time, although "Batman" probably had an actual higher attendance. "Alice" has now grossed over $550Million Worldwide and doesn't really show many signs of slowing down... although, "How To Train Your Dragon" will beat it out of top spot next weekend, without question. For me, the bad news is how poorly "Repo Men" did. I wasn't really excited about it or anything, but as a so-called "near-future" thriller, it was the closest thing to a genre film that came out... and it really didn't do well at all. The film was a complete rip-off of "Repo! The Genetic Opera", but no one seemed to notice that at all. Mainly because no one seemed to notice "Repo! The Genetic Opera", either. However, it goes to show how finicky audiences can be about these so-called near-future sci-fi thriller-type films. If you're thinking of a sci-fi film, you better go action adventure, with monsters, or something. "Repo Men" came in fourth, behind "Alice", "Diary of a Wimpy kid" and "The Bounty Hunter", respectively. For me, the next big film to come out will be the re-imagining of "The Nightmare on Elm Street", which comes out at the end of April... still a ways away, but I've become quite excited about it, to be honest. As for the week in horror on DVD, it's a bit better... sort of. As usual, you can go to our Youtube Page, where you can see all the trailers and you can click on the titles to be taken to their page on Amazon.

There's really only three films coming out this week, unless you consider the first film to actually be eight films. That first one is "After Dark Horrorfest Vol. 4", an eight DVD collection of all the After Dark Horrorfest films, which includes "Dread", "The Final", "The Graves", "The Hidden", "Kill Theory", "Lake Mungo", "The Reeds" and "Zombies of Mass Destruction". We spoke with the Director of Horrorfest, Sarah Finder, before they all hit the theater and she discussed all of them, so instead of rehashing, just click HERE and you can read that interview.

"Banshee!!!" comes from director Colin Theys and it actually came out a couple years ago, but they've given it some new cover art and are rereleasing it. Maybe they fixed it up a bit, I don't know. Reviews aren't that great and when I saw it a couple years ago, it felt like it could've used a bit more time in post production. Banshee's are creatures from Irish mythology and the banshee in this film has the ability to make its prey hallucinate through sound waves... a group of college friends on a Spring Break camping trip get stalked and slashed up by one these not-so-little suckers.

"Carny" stars Lou Diamond Phillips and it came out in 2009 and premiered on the 'don't call me Sci-Fi', SyFy channel. Lou's a small town Sheriff that hunts a mysterious bat-like creature that escapes from a carnival.

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