The Debt Collector was a surprisingly well made action-thriller with Scott Adkins showing that he has the charisma and charm to carry a small-scale film like this. Beyond that, the action scenes are well shot.
Frankenstein is an interesting re-telling of the classic story and features great performances from Xavier Samuel and Carrie-Anne Moss and although there are certainly flaws with the script and a limited budget, it’s well worthwhile watching though it seems like this would be tailored for SyFy.
LEGO Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom is another fun entry into the LEGO animated line with nice animation and good voice casting making for an all around entertaining flick serving as a good placeholder while we wait for LEGO Batman. The Blu-ray released by Warner Home Video offers solid video/audio transfers while the singular featurette is actually interesting.
VANish actually was a surprisingly well done, if not flawed, suspense thriller with what is hopefully a star-making performance by Maiara Walsh while the writing and direction from Bryan Bockbrader was well done with a unique format with the film entirely taking place in the confines of a van.
Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh is certainly a weak sequel especially compared with the original; however, it’s still a functional entry into the series (not saying much considering the third is a wreck). The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory isn’t great but there’s a nice lengthy interview with Tony Todd and the commentary by Bill Condon is worth a listen. The audio/video transfers meanwhile are OK though nothing noteworthy.
While it’s nice to see four of these Prophecy movies in high-def, albeit they aren’t a significant upgrade over an upconverted DVD transfer, Echo Bridge failed to port over the second movie of the series and instead give fans an incomplete collection where two movies are acceptable thanks in large part to Christopher Walken and two where the vet actor doesn’t make an appearance which makes them less than thrilling viewing.
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.