Saturday, December 09, 2006

Horrific holidays

The holidays are looking a tad frightening, and I don't mean the visits with the in-laws. Horror fans have a nice stretch of films hitting DVD in the next few weeks, plus a Christmas horror flick in theaters. Some lowdown:

The Wicker Man • On DVD Dec. 19 // Joining the critically maligned Nicolas Cage remake on DVD the same week will be a two-disc treatment of the 1973 original from Anchor Bay. It appears to be an update of a previous two-disc set with some new interviews and two versions of the movie — the 88-minute theatrical cut and an expanded 99-minute version. Read the reviews at Amazon for lots of bitchy opinions about how much greater the movie is with the extra footage.

Black Christmas • In theaters Dec. 25 // From out of nowhere comes this remake of a 1974 sorority-girls-in-peril flick (also known as Stranger in the House and Silent Night, Evil Night) that has gained some esteem as influential in the genre.

The Descent • On DVD Dec. 26 // Girls in a Cave drew critical raves and comparisons to movies like Alien but descended from the local theater before I was able to catch it.

Snakes on a Plane • On DVD Jan. 2 // It's refreshing to see a title that makes no pretensions, and this surprise box office dud is likely to be a DVD smash.


Reel Fanatic said...

I have to admit I swallowed all the hype, so I was shocked by just how poorly Snakes did at the box office .. All it promised was a big ball of B-movie fun, and for me it delivered at least that much

Mike Perry said...

Good blog. I came over to have a look after seeing your comment on Bloggerforum.

Jebb said...

Reel fanatic: Definitely agreed ... that the incredible buzz this movie had going for it didn't translate to a blockbuster was a shocker.

Mike: Thanks for stopping in! I've read some of your posts about blogging. That's an interesting project you've got going to make ca$h using free blogging services.

Peter Chen said...

Hi Jeb,

You posted on Bloggerforum: "I've removed the entire prefabricated header in Beta, and there have been no repurcussions that I can detect among the search engines. You can remove the standard header and still retain the <head> and <title> code in your template. I will be happy to share exactly what I did if you drop me an e-mail."

Well, here I am. I can be contacted via my blogs by commenting or via the mailto:

Blogger Tips and Tricks

J'ason D'luv said...

I just went to a screening here in L.A. the other night of the original Black ChristmasM that John Saxon, Olivia Hussey and the director, Bob Clarke, showed up to. I never saw this movie till about 5 years ago, and now it's one of my favorites! Hopefully the remake isn't too actrocious!