This week, two very different horror films highlight the new releases coming to Blu-Ray and DVD. One was a would be blockbuster in “The Mummy,” while one was an attempt at an indie crossover in “It Comes At Night“. Two unique horror outings, for sure. They’re the most notable among a light slate. Time to dive in!
PICK OF THE WEEK
“It Comes At Night”
This independent horror outing had aspirations of being 2017’s version of “The Witch“. That didn’t happen, though plenty of pundits found this to be a compelling and tense experience. Our own fearless leader Clayton was one of them, and borderline raved about it in his review here on the site. Take a look at a small sample:
With an all-star cast that boasts incredible performances, in particular from Joel Edgerton and Christopher Abbott, the film is constructed as one of the most disturbing and frightening experiences in years.
Clayton was very high on “It Comes At Night”. Horror fans looking for something a bit different should probably add this one to their collection.
Special Features: Audio Commentary and a Featurette
Total Box Office: $13,973,988 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “mother!,” the pick today is the most comparable of Darren Aronofsky‘s previous films. It’s “Black Swan,” the classy horror flick/paranoid thriller. This movie managed to get Aronofsky nominated for Best Director and win Natalie Portman the Oscar for Best Actress, which is something. Roger Ebert summed this one up well in his rave review at the time:
Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” is a full-bore melodrama, told with passionate intensity, gloriously and darkly absurd.
The Awards Circuit will be at the “mother!” premiere tomorrow. Stay tuned fore more on that soon. In the meantime, definitely revisit this other Aronofsky joint.
Other Films Being Released
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the recommended horror flick “It Comes At Night”:
“Beatriz at Dinner”
This indie dramedy did some decent summer counter programming business at the box office. With a timely premise, that shouldn’t be a huge surprise. Plus, Salma Hayek is always in need of a plum role like this one. Additionally, the great John Lithgow co-stars, right as he’s having a moment on the small screen. Not everyone was a fan though, as our own review on the site pointed out:
In the end, much like a drunken dinner party with people you dread to see, “Beatriz at Dinner” had some enjoyable insights and moments wrapped in an evening you might not do again.
Make of this what you will.
Box Office: $7,083,734 (and counting)
“Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”
An animated satire of superhero films, this fell shy of becoming a blockbuster on its own. Furthermore, it never broke through into the popular culture. Still, it was a kids movie that didn’t totally bore adults. Entertainment Weekly said essentially just that in their review:
It’s a kids’ movie that won’t make grownups want to manually remove their own toenails!
If you have kids, pick this one up. Additionally, if you like tongue in cheek superhero tales or animation, give it a shot as well.
Box Office: $73,754,420 (and counting)
“Fun Mom Dinner”
The success of “Bad Moms” clearly led to this small scale flick getting the green light. Better this than unnecessary sequels, right? The similarities are only surface level though, as this is a bit more distinctive. Unfortunately, that’s due to it being light on the laughs, as The AV Club points out in their review:
It’s … undeniably disappointing when a movie called Fun Mom Dinner isn’t, well, much fun.
Box Office: N/A
Tom Cruise rarely chooses the wrong project, but this horror reboot/franchise started was a huge misfire. Meant to launch the Dark Universe of horror icons, it was essentially dead on arrival. Universal put a lot of eggs in this basket and they seemed to smash right on the ground. A strong international haul saved it from being a total bomb. Our pan here at the site goes into this surprising boondoggle:
It’s rather puzzling what Tom Cruise saw in this project. Frankly, it’s just as confusing what the powers that be at Universal saw in casting Cruise to lead this start to their Dark Universe. “The Mummy” is an anonymous and bland misfire that misuses Cruise and barely qualifies as a Mummy flick.
Horror aficionados deserved better. Hell, we all did. In addition, Cruise needs to take a long look in the mirror after this one.
Box Office: $80,101,125
Special Criterion Collection Section
Our only Criterion release today is this musically themed documentary from Murray Lerner. Lerner captured a musical movement of sorts well before Woodstock became the universally known one. The Collection has this to say about it:
Before Woodstock and Monterey Pop, there was Festival. From 1963 to 1966, Murray Lerner visited the annual Newport Folk Festival to document a thriving, idealistic musical movement as it reached its peak as a popular phenomenon.
Pick it up and enjoy!
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