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Halloween: what can you expect?


As I’m sure won’t have escaped your notice, Halloween 2006 is only slightly over two weeks away. DVD Times always does a special round-up of scary reviews to coincide with the special event, and in the past I’ve always made a point of contributing as many as I can. This year will be no exception, and I’ve got several titles in the pipeline that I intend to cover.

This year, I’m going to make a point of reviewing as much HD DVD material as possible. Unfortunately, high definition horror films are a little scarce at the moment, but I’ve been able to come up with a few:

  • Constantine
  • Land of the Dead
  • The Machinist
  • Sleepy Hollow

In addition to those, I’ll be covering some standard definition releases as well:

  • The Beyond: Limited Edition (R0 USA)
  • Death Laid an Egg (R2 Japan)
  • Plot of Fear (R0 Italy)
  • Seven Notes in Black: Collector’s Edition (R2 France)

Obviously, I can’t guarantee that every single one of these will be finished in time, but I wrote Plot of Fear’s review today, so it at least should be going up.

Update, November 04, 2006 10:43 AM: I’m disabling commenting on this entry because it seems to be attracting an inordinate amount of spam.

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2006 at 5:39 PM | Comments: 5
Categories: Cinema | DVD | Halloween | Reviews



hey whiggles, are you a fan of Carpenter's Halloween? its a spectacular horror film, one of the best

Posted by: aw, October 13, 2006 4:32 AM


I don’t like it as much as most people, but yeah, I see it for the landmark film it is.

Posted by: Whiggles, October 13, 2006 8:59 AM


Was The Machinist really horror? When I think of it, I guess my understanding of the genre's definition is a bit dubious, considering its many strands. But did The Machinist have any horror conventions? I thought it was just a psychological thriller, nothing set to "scare", not much of a "spooky" tone, and there wasn't really any sort of antagonist.

Posted by: Todd S. Gallows, October 14, 2006 1:23 AM


Not really horror, but given the lack of genuine horror in HD, I’m going to have to take what I can get. I get the impression that the divide between horror and thriller is a bit artificial, with all too often a thriller being a “respectable” horror movie - like The Silence of the Lambs or even Halloween, both of which are, in my eyes, very much horror films, but get labelled as thrillers all the time.

Besides, in The Machinist, Christian Bale’s appearance alone must count as horror. ;)

Posted by: Whiggles, October 14, 2006 9:50 AM


Heh heh, touche, I did have that in mind.

Posted by: Todd S. Gallows, October 14, 2006 5:15 PM

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