Victor Crowley isn’t a great horror-comedy, as the latter aspect doesn’t always land, but it is entertaining enough with respectable, if not familiar, gore effects and a solid enough ensemble cast led way by Laura Ortiz and series veteran Parry Shen.
Although 3 out of the 4 movies in these are, well, utter crap, this Wishmaster Collection is a well done addition to the Vestron Collector’s Series and includes some excellent new bonus material for the first film
The Haunting of Alice D is a downright bad film featuring some laughable performances from a mostly inexperienced castm save for Kane Hodder and is the type of film destined to air on SyFy. The DVD is basic: no features and below average video and audio transfers.
Old 37 isn’t an entirely bad horror flick though it doesn’t pave new ground in the genre either. Kane Hodder solidifies his standing as a horror icon and Bill Moseley is making his own play. For gore-hounds this will probably be satisfying, others this is just another shelf-filler.
Charlie’s Farm might quench the thirst for some gore-hounds out there but for myself the acting is subpar, and you get a good idea why Tara Reid is slumming it with these kind of flicks, while Kane Hodder once again plays the role as the killer.
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy is one of the best documentaries made on a single franchise cutting through the typical back-slapping you tend to get with interviews and instead there was honesty about the flaws the movies had, difficulties filming and how the franchise ultimately built New Line Cinema. The Blu-ray has OK video and audio transfers but there’s a fair amount of bonus materials.
this Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection box set is not terribly bad in spite of the lack of any new material, it pretty much matches the DVD set released by Paramount a few years back, and unrated cuts of Jason Lives. Another concern is the high retail price of $130 price tag (and $95 on Amazon at the time of this writing) and, to me, a fairer price to nab this set especially if you already the DVDs, would be around $70 (or $5.83/movie).
Hatchet III is a needless sequel with plenty of gore and splatter but little story. I somewhat enjoyed the first entry and what Writer-Director Adam Green wanted to convey, but the sequel was a mere rehash and this third entry was surprisingly dull to sit through. The Blu-ray at least does have top notch audio and video transfers and there are just enough features to make it worthwhile to sit through for anyone who did enjoy the film.
Hatchet II is nothing more than a rehash of the first movie – right down to a few of the kills – and that might’ve been all well and good but it also was missing the dark humor and actors who could pull it off. Although I wasn’t a big fan of the original, I did find parts of it to be what writer/director intended it to be, a call back to old school horror, unfortunately Hatchet II seems to be a call back to the old school unnecessary sequels as well.