aka La Horde (France)- Genuinely suspenseful and intense, the Horde is easily on a level with the Dawn of the Dead remake and 28 Days Later. Driven by extreme violence and gore, the French film is balanced by deep drama, not to mention socio-political issues (“i’m a f*cking NIGERIAN!”). There are a few laughs, but overall the Horde shows the vengeful side of humans that have nothing left to lose. The Walking Dead can suck it. [rating: $9]
Could be the next level in “found footage.” just worried it’s gonna be six pieces of crap with things popping out to scare you for the hell of it, like in GRAVE ENCOUNTERS. oh man now THAT was a piece of WORK! but in all seriousness V/H/S does have potential to be SICK. limited opening October 5, 2012.
Feast for the Devil aka Feast of Satan (Spain, 1971) Sold on eBay for $57. Both titles sound gruesome but the consensus is that Feast is slow, goreless and basically a waste of time aside from the architecture of an old castle. The box art is on par with other releases from Mogul Communications, but they’ve surely worked with better films. The only video found at press time is this trailer, which is free of voice-overs.
VHS IS THE SHT. rare, valuable finds based on global market value.
Avenged (aka Tomcats aka Deadbeat, 1977) Sold on eBay for $75 This very obscure and very hard to find “sex and violence” flick is akin to revenge classics such as I Spit on Your Grave and Last House on the Left. Released in big box by Continental, it’s so unknown there’s not even an entry for it on wikipedia and on youtube there’s only one video, which is the trailer. A trailer that doesn’t seem to take the film seriously enough. In fact, the trailer focuses on the group of villians and disregards any revenge story. To make it even more difficult to find, it goes by two other titles! –Kenyon
Despite it being a victim of the dark picture quality felled by many horror films at the time, the Children makes up for it with an original story, oddball dialogue and effective music. If you have seen the early Friday the 13ths enough, you may do a double take for the musical score. Turns out that it was by Harry Manfredini, fresh off the first Friday the 13th that same year. In fact it wouldn’t be a surprise if segments of his score were used for both films. The music works chillingly for this eerie film about robot-zombie-like kids with black finger nails frying the townsfolk and their own parents after their school bus passes through a cloud leaked from a nuclear plant. Awesome concept, though the Children falls just short of being a cornerstone of horror. Too many questions are left unanswered. Why do the children have a desire to kill? How are they able to sizzle people by hugging them? Why is there a nuclear plant nearby? Why aren’t the parents more concerned when their kids are missing? And many more. The conversations also have some explaining to do: “Is Janet home? / Aren’t you a little old for her sheriff? She’s only nine.” Ha! Why would a parent even be THINKING THAT, even if jokingly!? Best part is when they realize how to stop the kids, cause bullets sure as hell don’t work! [rating: $6] –Kenyon