Another month has come, and with it, another HorrorPack box! This monthly subscription box has been hit and miss for most people, but I’ve been enjoying my time with it, and, as always, I’ve been not so patiently awaiting it’s arrival. Let’s dig in and see what they included for July.
The Tall Man
First up, from Image Entertainment is The Tall Man. Starring Jessica Biel, this is actually one I’ve never heard of. While this may be a bad sign, the jury is out on this one as it has slightly better than average IMDB scores. In the film, the town’s children are going missing and everyone believes that the entity known as the “Tall Man” is the culprit. Jessica Biel plays a skeptical mother who is forced to become a believer as her own little one vanishes, sending her on a mission to find out what exactly is happening. The premise sounds good to me, and I like Jessica Biel, so I’m going to count this as a win.
So V/H/S sort of appeared out of nowhere for me during a time when I was going through a found footage phase. I still like the genre, and I remember liking it, but never got around to watching the sequel. To be honest, I didn’t even know that this third one existed until just now, so if nothing else, this box is doing me a world of good in terms of finding new movies. I’m not sure if you need to watch the second one to get this one, but I’m guessing not. V/H/S Viral has gotten less than average reviews on IMDB, but I do enjoy anthologies, so this one is okay in my book.
Ok, I’m going to be honest here: while this is not the “special” blu-ray in the set (we’ll get to that one in a sec), this is by far the most exciting blu-ray that I’ve gotten in the subscription so far. I saw the trailer to this one a couple of years back, and I remember it exciting me at the time, but I never have had the opportunity to watch it. I promptly forgot all about it until today. This one stars Sasha Grey and Elijah Wood (who has proven to me that he can be absolutely phenomenal in a thriller/horror). Elijah plays Nick, a man who’s won a chance to meet the star of his dreams. Unfortunately for him, she refuses to actually meet. However, her manager offers Nick a unique opportunity to spy on her via her laptop. Things get really strange and crazy from there, from what I can tell from watching the trailer. I cannot wait to watch this one.
Don’t Look In the Basement 2
Ok, so we are on the “special” blu-ray from this box. For the third time running I think it is, they have included a BD-R release from a smaller distributor. This doesn’t bother me, but I know a lot of people get unhappy about these. I’m actually a fan of Legless Corpse (the distributor for this one), and had already bought a copy. Thankfully, Legless supplied HorrorPack with alternate artwork for the cover (the back is the same), so I now have two different styled copies. It should be noted, though, that HorrorPack’s version doesn’t have a second disc, so some of the features are likely missing.
Don’t Look In the Basement is the sequel of a 70’s horror film (which is included on the disc) that tells the continuing tale of the aftermath of an insane asylum massacre with a demonic tone. I haven’t seen either, but have heard good things of the original, and the trailer looks intriguing to me. I’m pretty excited, even having already owned this one, so kudos to HorrorPack for at least trying to do things in a way that keep their items fresh for us collectors who “have it all”.
I have to say that this is the best pack so far for me. I like that I got two titles I’d never heard of, one alternate cover for an indie film I already had, and a film that I didn’t even know I was looking for from my past. Keep up the good work, guys!
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