Goons DVD Release Guide for 9/27Goon
Another week, another list. Luckily (or unlucky for us poor bastards) for us this week there are a ton of great titles coming out this week. So finally I will be able to go back to my old format and pick out the top 3 movies that should be on your DVD shelf come tomorrow morning.
First up is a very pricey release but I guarantee you won't be disappointed with the content. The Blind Dead Collection is now available from Blue Underground with a very nice package. Inside is the entire collection consisting of Tombs of the Blind Dead, Return of the Evil Dead, The Ghost Galleon, and Night of the Seagulls. Their will also be a fifth disc which will include some highlights of Amando de Ossorio's career. Also I can't forget the Collectable 40 page book you get too.
Too list the synopsis' for all these movies would be insane but basically the series was heavily influenced by George Romeros Night of the Living Dead and Spanish folklore.
My next pick has to be the Evil Dead 2: Book of the Dead. This film doesn't even need a reason why it is on my list. Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell working on the same film is more than enough reason to check this out. Have they ever dissappointed us? I think not.
Synopsis - A sequel/remake of the film The Evil Dead.
A young man named Ash takes his girlfriend Linda to a secluded cabin, and plays back a professor's tape recorded recitation of passages from the Book of the Dead. The spell calls up an evil force from the woods which turns Linda into a monstrous Deadite, and threatens to do the same to Ash.
When the professor's daughter and her entourage show up at the cabin, the night turns into a non-stop, grotesquely comic battle with chainsaw and shotgun on one side, demon horde and flying eyeball on the other.
Next up is a film that litterally shook the MPAA up, so much in fact that it forced them to make an NC-17 rating. Of course I am talking about Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Not only is the film good but this DVD is packed with cool stuff and for a good reason: its the 20th Anniversary.
Synopsis - Loosely based on the case of Henry Lee Lucas, a confessed serial killer, is a terrifyingly intimate journey into the twisted life of a murderous psychotic. As the blank-eyed Henry (Michael Rooker) drifts from place to place, he selects victims at random, slaughters them, and captures the brutality on videotape.
When he is joined by his deranged roommate, a loudmouthed ex-convict named Otis (Tom Towles), the almost unfathomably malevolent acts multiply. John McNaughton's film, in the tradition of such classic studies of homicidal personality as PEEPING TOM and TAXI DRIVER, goes further than both of these movies in its flat refusal to tell the killer's story on anything other than the killer's terms.
McNaughton is able to present the world Henry aimlessly traverses as Henry sees it--almost unendurably bleak and meaningless--and in doing so he allows his film to go as deep into the nightmarish mind of a killer as anything ever committed to celluloid.
And there you are, my list of films that I would own if I had enough money after spurging on a couple of DVDs I needed last week. Make sure you tune in next week and check out my picks. Hopefully by than I will be a proud owner of the Blind Dead Collection... but don't count on it. Heres the list of other films being released this week.