• New releases in stores Tuesday, Sept. 25, and in theaters Friday, Sept. 28.
The ramp-up to Halloween is amply evident in this week's batch:
The Hand // A 1981 horror film directed by Oliver Stone and starring Michael Caine! Seriously! Unfortunately, it's about a severed hand running around wreaking havoc.
Someone's Watching Me // A 1978 made-for-TV heroine-in-peril suspenser from John Carpenter as he basked in the glow of Halloween's success. Starring Lauren Hutton.
Deadly Friend // A 1986 Wes Craven effort.
Eyes of a Stranger // One of the earliest Jennifer Jason Leigh appearances, this is a 1981 slasher wannabe.
Twisted Terror Collection // This six-disc set includes several of the titles being released individually this week.
Cujo: 25th Anniversary Edition
Bug: Special Edition // Moving to 2007, this one is more psychological suspense than horror, and I think people tend to quite enjoy or quite loathe it. I fall in the former camp; see the review here.
Babel: Special Edition
Playing for Pizza • John Grisham // The bestseller tries the sports novel. I live in the Southern region where Grisham's early novels are set, and even that didn't help me find his writing interesting.
Shoot Him If He Runs • Stuart Woods // I read a pair of Woods novels circa the early '90s, and the only thing I remember is that one of them, Under the Lake, had a sex scene that made an impression. Does that say more about me or Stuart Woods?
The Witchery • James Reese // Final volume of the Herculine trilogy of witch tales.
Obligatory Villagers • Nellie McKay
This week's wide releases offer a choice between a Feast of Love and vehicles for The Rock and Jamie Foxx. What's that? You'll be heading to the rental store? I thought so.