HorrorPack is ramping up for its one year anniversary in October, and, from the sound of it, they have some surprises coming up to celebrate. In recent boxes, they have included Steelbooks, exclusive Blu-rays, and signed copies as well, so there will likely be something quite exciting to come.
But enough about that, let’s talk about the August box.
An interesting inclusion, being the fifth in the franchise, but it’s a fairly solid inclusion nonetheless. For those not initiated with the series, the Saw movies are basically torture porn, where an older man puts seemingly a series of individuals in near inescapable situations where they will have to atone for their sins.
While each of the Saw films follows a fairly consistent formula, the torture devices and situations are always gruesome and surprising (as well as satisfyingly gory). If you haven’t seen all of these movies, you should probably get around to it, they are well worth the time.
One thing I really appreciate about the horror genre is that there is an endless amount of variety. Many people assume that horror is all about monsters, aliens, ghosts, and gore, and, while the genre certainly embraces these traits, there is almost no bounds to what you will see in the horror section. Motivational Growth is one that proves my point.
The plot to this one is… interesting. A man in his thirties fails an attempt at suicide, and, heeding the advice of some mold growing in his bathroom, he tries to turn his life around. However, how much can you really trust the talking mold from your bathroom? Surely that thing has it’s own motives… surely…
The near victim of a gruesome morgue serial killer returns to her home town to see her niece crowned as prom queen. But a series of copy cat murders sparks up and the town is looking to her as the prime suspect. Can she prove that she’s not deranged and killing people as she could have been killed herself?
Oh, and can she do it… in 3D? (Comes with two pairs of 3d glasses, the totally rad paper ones).
Definitely the best inclusion in this month’s box, Re-Animator is a well liked cult classic. Another movie that has a morgue connection, Re-Animator is the story of a madman who toys with the animation of dead corpses at his university. This gory, over the top horror film is a must watch for anyone who loves the genre.
One gripe some people have with the mystery subscription boxes is that you don’t know what you’re going to get (another being that you may get something you already own). Getting the fifth film in a series can be hit or miss, as any big fans of the franchise are likely to have the whole set by now, and anyone who’s not seen them is put in an interesting place where they may have just the fifth film in the series. Although, it’s also entirely possible that you are missing this one and it filled that gap for you, or you are looking for a really good horror set to complete.
Regardless of where you fall in this spectrum, the Saw movies are quite good, and it’s a pretty good inclusion. Given the mystery of a blind box subscription, I can see the fun in getting random films like this. I personally don’t mind getting doubles, as I just give them away. Having said that, this is likely the least exciting box I’ve received from HorrorPack, but they can’t all be the best thing ever, can they? There is still a decent value, as you end up paying about six bucks per film, but the titles are not that flashy this month.
October is ramping up to be something big, so let’s see what they’ve got! You can read my previous reviews of the May and July Horrorpacks also. If you’re interested in subscribing to this mystery Blu-ray box subscription service, check them out here.
And, if you want this HorrorPack set, all you have to do is drop a comment below and let us know one horror film you’d like to see in the next HorrorPack. That’s it! We’ll pick one winner on Friday, October 7th randomly. Good luck!
(Giveaway not sponsored by HorrorPack, although the box was sent to us for review. Open to residents of the US and Canada only.)