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.