Infected (2015) (DVD)

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I imagine the logline for “Infected” was it’s the UK meets “Dawn of the Dead.” Sometimes “Infected” can reach for moments of greatness and almost achieve it, but it’s too concerned with ripping off “The Walking Dead” and Romero to hit that peak. “Infected” is really nothing you haven’t seen before, it’s a movie about the end of the world and zombies taking over the great metropolitan area of the UK. Director Andrew Gilbert follows a trio of characters, all dwindling in size as they struggle to find safety amidst the walking dead.

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Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Hall of Famers (DVD)

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Almost three hours brings you zingers and one liners for some of the finest hall of famers sports has ever seen and Time Life Brings it in one fine compilation. For folks that just want to see the sports stars of the seventies and eighties be roasted among their peers, “Hall of Famers” is a fine volume for the “Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts” Library.

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The DUFF (2015)

“The Duff” is a pretty okay movie that’s mainly just a film to showcase how utterly talented Mae Whitman is. Whitman has been a third and fourth banana for years, and it’s a shame she doesn’t take command of more movies that display how she can keep attention on her. Even in a movie where she’s the Designated Ugly Fat Friend, she shines more than any of the other girls. Which is tough considering Bella Thorne is quite attractive.Whitman is Bianca Piper, a horror geek with a penchant for hanging around some of the finest girls in her high school. While talking to ex friend Wes during a party, she’s informed by him that she’s a DUFF. Much to the chagrin of the status quo in her high school, Bianca decides to re-invent herself and pursue the man of her dreams.

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Ghoulies/Ghoulies II [Blu-Ray]

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The “Ghoulies” film series is the predecessor to Charles Band’s obsession with miniature terrors, and it took a long time before he could perfect the formula. Somewhat before the “Troll” movie debacles, the “Ghoulies” movies are recognizable not so much for their iconic monsters but for the monsters coming out of toilets in every single movie poster they’ve inhabited. Scream Factory packs in a twofer feature with new and interesting extras that the movies deserve far too little.

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Carrie/ The Rage: Carrie 2 [Blu-ray]

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“Carrie” is one of the most attempted and tapped in to books of all time, and Scream factory’s latest release proves this fact pure and simple. The story of a pubescent young girl coming of age to realize she’s pure evil, or perhaps misunderstood (?) is a compelling tale that Hollywood has tried to perfect can’t quite get right. Brian DePalma’s film has comes the closest to acing what makes the narrative so incredible. 2000’s “Carrie” was a made for TV backdoor pilot for a possible TV show that’s just a mess from start to finish. Even without its efforts to tout itself as the next big television show, “Carrie” only has a few redeeming features to it and nothing more.

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Howl of a Good Time (2015)

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You wouldn’t think you could squeeze in such a unique story with so many layers in nine minutes but director Patrick Rea is up for the challenge. A tribute to “Are you Afraid fo the Dark?”, “Howl of a Good Time” is a successful ode that is in the spitir of past Rea horror comedies. Morgan Collar plays Brianne, a young girl who, with her two sisters, is attending the screening of a new horror film.

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Dark Haul (2015) [Blu-Ray]

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It’s hard to believe that there’s ninety minutes in the run time of “Dark Haul” and absolutely nothing happens during the duration. I’m convinced that this was the concept for a comic book at one time, or perhaps is already from, as the movie dodges all the unnecessary junk like story and compelling characters in favor of a really repetitive piece of action horror tripe.
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Exterminators of the Year 3000 (1983) [Blu-Ray]

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It’s been presumably a thousand years since nuclear explosions destroyed the ozone layer, thus relinquishing all source of water from mother nature. On the forefront of the battle for Earth’s last bit of water are a peaceful society and the ravenous Exterminators that drive around in war vehicles. So water is nowhere to be found but gas is a very large resource? “Exterminators of the Year 3000” is the type of “Mad Max” wannabe trash I love. It’s goofy, it’s silly, but hot damn is it fun or what?

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Zombieworld (2015)

YlbVWNgThe zombie anthology movie is here and director Jesse Baget undertakes quite a task in delivering ten very diverse and interesting zombie tales set amidst the zombie apocalypse. It’s “V/H/S/” meets “The Zombie Survival Guide” with a dash of “Zombieland” as director Baget doesn’t collect a series of shorts from very talented directors. Instead his anthology is a raucous celebration of all things zombie for horror fans in the mood of an all out orgy of torn limbs, guts, and the undead. “Zombieworld” is set with a darkly comical framework where star Bill Oberst Jr. gives a great performance as the boisterous news reporter Marvin Gloatt. While the world is under siege, Marvin decides to gives audiences a play by play of the end of the world, despite being bitten on the neck by one of the walking dead.

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Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

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It’s just been announced that Spider-Man will be involved with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It seems that Sony is not happy with the current state of the franchise and will reboot it yet again in 2017 in a joint movie with Marvel Studios/Disney. Sony will still have the final say creatively, but surely Disney will have a major influence. With this new development, it’s probably a good time to evaluate the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole and consider what might happen in years to come.

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