Monday, 27 June 2016

DVD Roundup: Bad trailer edition

Along with Fifty Shades of Grey, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies maybe one of the most noticeable exponents of our current remix culture that roots itself in the creation of fan-fiction. Capitalising on the current mania for zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith's mashup of Jane Austin's much studied classic with "low brow" monsters into something "you'd actually want to read" has really set the president for contemporary geek culture. The film version was optioned soon after the books 2009 release, but due to conflicts in production, it didn't start filming until late 2014, before being released earlier this year. Making $12 million in losses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies well and truly bombed at the box office, maybe due to its terrible US trailer, which made it look like a stale horror, especially compared to its UK trailer, which capitalised on its satirical roots. Receiving mixed reviews from critics, your enjoyment of this film will depend on how much your willing to accept Regency romance along with your undead gore.

Having not seen this movie, I can't judge its quality, but with its trailer just screamed "rom-com!", which immediately made me run for the hills. Also, the title is a little off-putting, especially as (in relation to the trailer), it seems to relate being single to constantly man-hunting in clubs while trying to score free drinks. Still, despite some reviews lamenting its mediocrity, others have praised How to be Single for it for actually portraying singledom as an actual lifestyle choice, instead showing single women as pathetic creatures in desperate need of man.

If there was ever a trailer that made want to go on holiday more, it was the trailer for A Bigger Splash. Seeing Tilda Swinton play a rock star vacationing in Sicily A Bigger Splash bills itself as an "erotic thriller", so if that sounds like something that'll float your boat, then I suggest you indulge yourself in this film. All that's left to see now is if its actually got its namesake painting in it too.

There are times when you see a film with a cast as bloated as Triple 9 and you think, something's gotta give. Starring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson, and Kate Winslet, amongst others, this ensemble cast may give Triple 9 its edge, but heist films as action packed as this, I worry that some of the vital character development may fall to the wayside as the story comes to its conclusion.

This weeks best movie title goes to Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama, an 80s rental shop dream if ever there was one. Released in 1988, this teenage titillation sees some peeping toms punished by some hot college girls, and are forced to steal something from the malls closed bowing ally, but they unwittingly unleash an imp into the world. Noticeable for having performances from three of the 80s biggest scream queens, Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, and Michelle Bauer, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama is a must if you like your B-movies on the sleazy side.#

Seeing its release to Blu-Ray, 1988's Return of the Killer Tomatoes is a classic of the self-aware horror genre, and film that thoroughly mocks its ridiculous premise. Surprisingly watchable, Return of the Killer Tomatoes is also famous for being one of the first major roles for a certain Mr George Clooney, playing what else but a suave ladies man.

If you've studied A-level psychology, then you'll know all about the notorious 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment (read about here if not). A brutal experiment looking into the psychology of being a prisoner and a prison guard, the study went off the rails very quickly and had to be stopped early after only 6 days. The film version of the study stars Ezra Miller and Tye Sheridan, as has simultaneusly praised for being as thought-provoking as it is relentless, The Standford Prison Experiment could be a great double bill along with last years Experimenter, a look into another infamous study about authority by Stanley Milgram.

Last but not least is ClownTown, a straight to DVD horror based on 2014's infamous Wasco Clown incident, where random clowns, some with weapons, started popping up in California. Interestingly, the news footage of the incident looks far more terrifying than the trailer for this film. Not to be confused with Clown Town, a indoor play area for toddlers in North London.

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