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A B-Movie Holy Grail by John Allman

If you’ve surfed the DVR pay-per-view options and seen a bunch of movies that you’ve never heard of, chances are John has watched them. Why? He loves movies. All kinds of movies. Good, bad, so-bad-they’re good, even the truly unwatchable ones. He mostly loves horror and science-fiction and drive-in exploitation movies that most upstanding model citizens wouldn’t dare watch. Then he writes up his thoughts so you can decide - watch, don’t watch or avoid at all costs. Sometimes he even gets to talk to the cool folks who make some of your favorite films.

New Releases for Tuesday, June 17


Published:   |   Updated: June 25, 2014 at 02:46 PM

What’s new in stores and on video shelves this week:

 

Almost Human

Genre: Horror

Directed by: Joe Begos

Run time: 79 minutes

Rating: Unrated

Format: Blu-Ray

 

The Lowdown: “Almost Human” is that rare horror movie that manages to borrow liberally from a handful of alien abduction/pod people possession movies and still feel fresh and completely original.

 

It’s a film that wears its love of old-school, 1980s gore classics like “The Beast Within” proudly, charging headlong out of the gate with a wickedly effective set-up before upping the ante with one What the Hell moment after another.

 

Thoroughly entertaining and gleefully bloody, “Almost Human” deserves a spot near the top of your must-see list.

 

The Stuff You Care About:

Hot chicks – Yes.

Nudity – Yes.

Gore – Oh my, yes.

Drug use – No.

Bad Guys/Killers – Evil alien abductee craziness.

Buy/Rent – Buy it.

Blu-Ray Bonus Features – Audio commentaries, a lengthy Making Of documentary, Behind the Scenes, the short film “Toxin,” alternate trailer, vintage TV spot and IFC trailer.

 

The Lego Movie 3D: Everything is Awesome Edition (Warner Bros., 102 minutes, PG, Blu-Ray): Everything about “The Lego Movie” is awesome, and I don’t even like Legos. Hands down, one of the funniest movies ever made for kids, with a rat-a-tat delivery of zingers and subversive jokes that no child could ever comprehend. “The Lego Movie” manages that unbelievably tricky balance of being thoroughly enjoyable for both grown-ups and wee ones alike, while delivering a surprisingly sweet moral to its story.

 

13 Sins (Anchor Bay, 93 minutes, R, Blu-Ray): Yet another variation on the well-worn genre where a likeable patsy becomes an unwitting participant in a series of increasingly dangerous, and depraved, challenges. Unlike “Cheap Thrills,” this one does not deliver the goods. Watchable but immediately forgettable, despite Ron Perlman doing his best Ron Perlman thing.

 

Also Available:

 

The Monkey’s Paw

House of Cards: The Complete Second Season

 

Meth Head

 

Ernest & Celestine

 

The Good Witch’s Gift

 

Alpha Alert

 

Joe

 

Saban’s Power Rangers Megaforce: Ultra Defenders

 

Regular Show: The Complete Third Season

 

The Attorney

 

DCI Banks: Season One

 

Death in Paradise: Season One

 

Scott & Bailey: Season One

 

No Clue

 

Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector

 

Invasion of the Scream Queens

 

Blood Soaked

Joy Ride 3: Road Kill

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

 

Teen Wolf Season 3 – Part 2

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