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A second go-round of Halloween DVDs Plus, Halloween flicks at the theaters for one night only

Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm

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By Peter Covino

Lifestyles Editor

As Halloween approaches, I’ve got one more batch of Blu-rays and DVDs to make the night scarier.
But first, you can catch a couple of classic horrors films at participating Regal Entertainment Group Theaters Oct. 26, and Oct. 29 and help the American Red Cross at the same time.
Regal will host the inaugural “Flick or Treat” Halloween film event at Regal locations incluidng the Oveideo Mall Stadium theaters.
The films: “Labyrinth” and “Friday the 13th” will be shown.All proceeds will go to the Red Cross relief efforts.
Tonight (Saturday) “Labyrinth” will be shown at 10 a.m. “Friday the 13th” will play on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. Regal Crown Club Members can purchase tickets for the special price of $5.00 per show while non-members pay $6. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at participating theatre box offices or online.
For a full list of showtimes now available for Regal’s “Flick or Treat,” and to find out how to become a Regal Crown Club member for free, visit Regal’s website at www.REGmovies.co Nightmare Honeymoon.
And now back to the regularly-schedule DVD review.
Here comes Chucky. And more Chucky and still more Chucky.
Yes, filmdoms favorite doll of horror is back in a brand new film Curse of Chucky.  The new Chucky film is a DVD release available on standard DVD or Blu-ray, as an invidual title or for true Chucky fans, as part of Chucky: The Complete Collection, (Universal Home Entertainment)featuring all six movies in one set.
Chucky fans should like this latest entry in the franchise. It is one of those return to roots kind of stories. Chucky isn’t getting arried (Bride of Chucky) or having kids (Seed of Chucky).
He is simply on the loose terrorizing a new family, who already had more than enough trouble when Chucky arrives via the postal service.
Chucky has an appropraite spooky, isolated location in Chucky VI.
His box shows up at  the home of Nica (Fiona Dourif), who is wheelchair-bound and has an over protective mother.  Mom doesn’t last long, as Chucky (he is a doll hosting a serial killer if you somehow missed the original Chucky movies) has murder on his mind. Mom is found dead in an accident.
Nica’s sister, husband, young daughter and nanny show up right after the death, and with Chucky in the house, you know that cannot be good.
Chucky and the young girl, become inseparable, of course, as Chucky prepares another murdeous rampage.
This film is linked to the origins of the orginal Chucky story and reunites the franchise creators Don Mancini and David Kirschner.
The film features some familiar faces including A Martinez (Longmire) and Brad Dourif (who, as usual, supplies the voice of Chucky).
The Blu-ray combo pack includes the Blu-ray version of the film as well as DVD version, an UltraViolet version for viewing on tablet, smartphone etc.
Bonus Blu-ray features include
Living Doll: Bringing Chucky to Life and Voodoo Doll: The Chucky Legacy, a look at the six films over a quarter of a century.
The DVD (and Blu-ray) also contain deleted scenes, gag reel , feature commentary and Playing with Dolls: The Making of Curse of Chucky.
The collection features all six Chucky movies, in either Blu-ray or DVD (Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky and the newest release, Curse of Chucky.
Overall, as horror francises go, Chucky is one of the better ones. The first three films are all sort of linked with Chucky’s original victim Andy,  while the fourth and fifth films go more over the top, but have been crowd pleasers just the same.
Judging by the conclusion of The Curse of Chucky, I don’t think we have seen the end of him either.
Necessary Evil: DC Super-Villains
These are not excactly your classic figures of Halloween horror, but its a great way to look at some of the worst guys to ever come out of comic books (and movies).
Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment) is a new feature-length documentary that exams the villians of comics and why they have such 8 universal appeal.
Narrated by one of the great villains of film, Christopher Lee and with interviews by Richard Donner (Superman); Guillermo del Toro, Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) and more.
Villians included are The joker, Lex Luthor, Bane, Black Adam, Black Manta, Catwoman, Darkseid, Deathstroke, Doomsday, General Zod, Sinestro and the Suicide Squad.
Featuring more than 40 interviews, everyone from actor to director to DC comic’s legendary artists, everyone has an opion on why the pulic loves its villains, even though we usaully can’t wait for them to be defeated by the super hero.
Grimm
Grimm was one of the more original series from a few seasons back and season two (Universal Studios Home Entertainment) is also now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Note: Season three just started Friday on NBC.
A little bit of a recap here if you missed season one. Set in Portland, Oregon, where homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) has a family  gene. He is a Grimm, descended from a line of guardians, who protect the world from many of those creatures we thought were only found in fairy tales.
Both gory, fun and frightening, each week Nick, his homicide partner Hank (he doesn’t know about this Grimm stuff in season one but finds out early in season two) and Monroe, who is a creature himself, do battle with some mighty strange creatures, but there also is an ongoing storyline from season to season.
Start from season one if  you can and you just might find yourself hooked.
Season two includes all 22 episodes and a nice assortment of bonuses that are essential for every fan of the series.
The Blu-ray version also includes an UltraViolet version so you can watch the show on the go or wherever you are.
Defiance
This SyFy series is more sci-fi than horror, but Defiance: Season One, sticks with the traditional science fiction roots, and makes for compellling viewing, at least some of the time.
Set in the year 2046, over the ruins of what was once, St. Louis,   it is a whole new world.
Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler) is the lawman for  Defiance, a community where the locals  human population coexist with some new comers, intelligent life not from this planet. And Nolan should know all about coexisting: his adopted daughter Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas) is one of those aliens.
Defiance Season One (Universal Home Entertainment) features all 13 episodes (season two is scheduled to start next year) of the series.
Bonus features on the Blu-ray include an Ultraviolet copy. DVD and Blu-ray bonuses include deleted scenes, gag reel, Making Defiance and Defiance: A Transmedia Revolution, bringing the worlds of TV and gaming together.
Zombie Hunter
Somehow we have seen all this before, but doesn’t get any more fun than driving around, drinking Tequila and shooting up zombies.
There isn’t much more plot than that in Zombie Hunter (Well Go USA Entertainment), but is more plot really necessary?
Martin Cropping is the zombie hunter in a beat up Camaro and Trejo is a priest who is leading a group of survivors looking for a miracle out of the zombie apocalypse world.
Frozen Dead
This 1966 film has frozen Nazis and Dana Andrews so you know it has to have something good going on for fans for the genre.
Andrews starred in many a main stream film including some classics such as State Fair, Laura and The Best Years of  Our Lives,  but it is his B movies that I really like to watch (Zero Hour!, Hot Rods to Hell, Crack in the World, Airport 75, Night of the Demon).
The Frozen Dead isn’t nearly as good as any of those mentioned, but it does have possibilities.
Andrews is a scientist  who has been living incognito since the end of World War II and he was in on a plan to freeze Nazis to thaw for future use, but something always goes wrong during that thawing process.
The Frozen Dead has been newly restored and is available on through the Warner Archive Collection, at WarnerArchiveCollection.com.
Nightmare Honeymoon
Also new, from the Warner Archive Collection is Nightmare Honeymoon (1974), a pretty routine film of its kind that would have fit quite nicely as a drive-in midnight movie during the 1970s.
Dack Rambo and Rebecca Dianna Smith are a Mississippi couple enroute to a New Orleans honeymoon when they witness a mob  hit. After the wife is raped, her Vietnam hero husband embarks on a private war of revenge. The location scenes are the real standout including many of New Orleans and surrounding areas.
The film is newly remastered and features both the original theatrical version and an alternate TV version.

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