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After Dark Horrorfest 8 Films to Die For (Borderland / Unearthed / Tooth and Nail / Crazy Eights / Nightmare Man / The Deaths of Ian Stone / Lake Dead / Mulberry St.) (2008)

Nick Damici , Kim Blair , Dario Piana , George Bessudo  |  R |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Nick Damici, Kim Blair, Ron Brice, Traci Lords, Frank Whaley
  • Directors: Dario Piana, George Bessudo, Jim Mickle, Jimi Jones, Mark Young
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 647 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012RCNDM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,014 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews

Monsters are on the minds of the eight directors whose films comprise the 2007 After Dark HorrorFest, which arrives on DVD in an eight-disc set as well as single-disc editions. And it's interesting to note that while there are plenty of traditional monsters on display, from the vengeful spirits of Crazy Eights and Nightmare Man to the rampaging alien in Unearthed, the majority of the creatures causing havoc in the 2007 HorrorFest are all too human, which underscores one of the key functions of the horror genre: to give a face to society's darkest and most pressing fears. The best showcase for these human beasts is Jim Mickle's urban creepshow Mulberry Street, which details the outbreak of a rat-borne virus that turns New York City residents into rodent-like mutants. The monsters themselves are actually the least effective part of the film; rather, it's Mickle's ability to create both a slow-boiling panic and believable characters on a shoestring budget that gives his picture the advantage over the others in the fest. Less agreeable is Borderland, a well-photographed but mildly xenophobic splatterfest about American college students who run afoul of bloodthirsty Mexican Satanists, while Lake Dead and Tooth and Nail recycle overly familiar horror tropes (mutant hillbillies vs. city folk in , and cannibals vs. apocalypse survivors in Tooth). Of the two, Tooth is the more appealing thanks to its name cast (Michael Madsen, Robert Carradine, Vinnie Jones), while Lake offers little more than unrelieved sadism and sexual violence.

The Deaths of Ian Stone offers the fest's most intriguing premise--after a terrible accident, a young man (Mike Vogel of Cloverfield) discovers that he is being reborn as different people, only to suffer an even worse fate with each reincarnation--though the reasons for his condition and the introduction of monsters to the story are ill-conceived and ill-advised. As for the remaining titles, Unearthed is simply Alien in the desert (ground already covered with panache by Feast), while Nightmare Man is a HD-lensed supernatural slasher from the usually reliable Rolfe Kanefsky (The Hazing) that's enlivened only by the presence of B-movie stalwart Tiffany Shepis. With so much varying quality in the entries, what the 2007 HorrorFest needed was a rock-solid entry by an established talent, like Nacho Cerda's The Abandoned and Takashi Shimuzi's Reincarnation, which gave some spark to the 2006 festival. Judging by the tepid box office response to this series, stronger names or more careful selection of titles will be necessary for the HorrorFest to remain an annual event. Unlike the 2006 HorrorFest DVD releases, only a handful of the 2007 festival's discs offer extras. It seems odd that two of the weakest entries--Borderland and Nightmare Man--are the only discs to feature substantial supplemental features, including director and cast commentary, deleted scenes, and making-of featurettes, as well as a short documentary on Borderland about the true-life crimes that inspired the film. However, Nightmare Man's extras have a distinct edge thanks to the participation of Shepis, who brings a salty sense of humor to the commentary and also directs an amusing making-of featurette that elicits funny (and honest) responses from the cast and crew. Included on every disc are The Miss HorrorFest Webisodes, a wan collection of reality show-style vignettes that follow a contest to find the festival's new, scantily clad spokesmodel. -- Paul Gaita

Product Description

This 8 DVD set includes 8 films to die for! Films include Borderland starring Brian Presley, Rider Strong, Jake Muxworthy, and Sean Astin; Crazy Eights starring Frank Whaley and Dina Meyer; The Deaths Of Ian Stone; Lake Dead; Mulberry St.; Nightmare Man;

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars On the movies, not this DVD set March 15, 2008
I haven't seen these actual DVDs so I can't comment on the quality of the transfer or how badly they chopped the pan-and-scan. (And keep in mind that most of the films, with the notable exception of the two bigger-budget flicks, look like the directors were prepared for them to be chopped for TV presentations.)

This assortment is all over the map. I reviewed all the films in detail on my blog (the bit maelstrom) but of course those are just my opinions. I've noticed people have wildly different reactions to all the films. So whereas I was very favorably impressed by "Borderland" and thought "Lake Dead" would've been stale in the '70s, you might have the exact opposite reaction.

A short capsule:

The Unearthed: A small group of people is terrorized by a monster. High point: Lots of great outdoor shoots of southwestern desert. Low point: The actual monster. It's a CGI mess. It was about as convincing as "Large Marge" from "Pee Wee's Big Adventure".

The Deaths of Ian Stone: A man is repeatedly killed, and reborn into new life situations by mysterious demonic creatures. High point: Effective SFX and a deliciously evil performance by Jaime Murray. Low point: A "Buffy"/"Angel"-esque/superhero feel to the ending.

Borderland: Surprisingly taut thriller about some American boys who run afoul of an evil Mexican cult/drug cartel. High point: Sean Astin as the movie's Dennis Hopper. Low point: Based on a true story. Also, torture porn.

Lake Dead: Inbred hillbilly psychos terrorize college-age city kids trying to collect inheritance. High point: No shocking twists and turns to upset those of a delicate constitution. Low point: They're dead serious about this.

Mulberry Street: Brooding, atmospheric tale of New York taken over by wererats.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUCH BETTER THAN LAST 2006! February 18, 2008
I was able to catch 2-3 of these in theaters and I've got to say they are a HUGE improvement from 2006's mediocre to horrible line-up. Also it's nice the 8 films to die for are being released in a pack w/ all 8 films instead of 7 films + you have to go buy the most popular one (The Abandoned) and pay extra for it.
Special effects are tons better as are the plots and the acting. I have high hopes for 2008 after seeing these! Don't let the mess than was the 2006 horrorfest turn you off of these!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Last year I went to see the first batch of After Dark Horrorfest Films to Die For in the theater. Then I rented all (but one) of them when they came out on DVD, and then I picked up all (but one) of them when the DVDs went on super sale. However, the second set of films did not come to a theater near me in the Zenith City and I decided to do the all 8 films 2 die 4 for $70 bucks when they came out on DVD and forego renting them to check them out. So I certainly spent less money on Horrorfest 2007 than I did on Horrorfest 2006, which may well explain why I am left feeling I definitely got less for my money. Note: This time the ratings get to involve decimals because I am a college professor and I want to assign numbers between a B- and a D-.

"Borderland": Once again the first Horrorfest movie I saw was the one I ended up thinking was the best of the bunch, but I still pick last year's "Reincarnation" as my top choice (I like it more each time I watch it and I love the ending). "Borderland" about a trio of Texas University students, male I should point out, who make the mistake of going south of the border, where they run afoul of a gang of drug runners who engage in human sacrifice so they will be invisible to the police. Based on a true story this is not a great horror film but the most solid of the octet (Ranked #1, Rating: 4.3).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Here's To Next Year! September 23, 2008
I watched all of the first After Dark Horrorfest and some were good, some weren't that good. I haven't bought them all yet, but I'm working on it, but I was excited to see they had done another year. I started renting them, like I did with last year, and was impressed. These films surpassed the original 8, IMHO. I'll list them in order that I liked them in with a short review.

1) Borderland: This one received massive rave reviews and so I kept it for last. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed. Not a very familiar cast, but the story sounded good. Started off like torture-porn, but at the end, I was mortified. I think it helped that it's based on a true story. Shocking, gruesome, and downright scary. Sean Astin was phenomenal in his role. I recommend this one.

2) Frontier(s): While not being an official selection, I consider it part of the series. I hated Hostel. I'm not afraid to say it. This one was what Hostel should have been. In French, but very scary. Similar in style to Borderland, but stands on its own. The acting is well done and the effects are top notch. Superb ending.

3) Mulberry St.: This was the first that I saw, and I loved it. It started off slow, but the pacing really paid off in the end. Excellent acting and character development. Some shocks and jumps to be had. Very creative. The ending was the best of all of them. No real familiar faces in the main roles, which helps suck you in. You think of them as real instead of a face you see all the time.

4) Nightmare Man: This is a very cheap, poorly acted mess, but I really like it for some reason. Some scenes are genuinely creepy, and sometimes bends the rules of horror movies, but the ending was downright hilarious.
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3.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING
Published 4 months ago by J.L. Moore Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars After Dark HorrorFest 07
I actually bought this set from the UK for a very cheap price of $20. The set was great, they come in their own DVDs as realeased separately as they were with a outer box case as... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kcott44
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
The first Horrorfest collection was the best. This set can't compare. These movies look like they were cheap budget films with bad actors. Don't waste your time or money.
Published on March 6, 2010 by Tara Jordan
1.0 out of 5 stars Forget it!
Save your money. These films have little or no plot making them hard to follow. The acting is bad also.Whoever makes these films should really consider improvements.
Published on March 4, 2010 by SMG
4.0 out of 5 stars After Dark Horror Fest 2
I bought the first Horrorfest pack and this second collection is better.
Lake Dead - This is a seriously sick and twisted movie; it was excellent. Read more
Published on May 13, 2008 by Kathleen A. Fogarty
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Buff
For those of us who are horror buffs and work too much owning a business, it is difficult to get out to the theatre. There are never enough horrors playing anyway. Read more
Published on April 19, 2008 by Leonard Ditalia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, Great movies
This product was shipped fast, arrived in excellent condition and the movies are fantastic to watch. A+++
Published on April 18, 2008 by Kenneth C. Schroeder
5.0 out of 5 stars How many days til the next eight...
All are awesome, I can't wait for the next eight. The Deaths of Ian Stone was the best of them all. If you missed them in the theatre...this is the next best thing.
Published on April 15, 2008 by Ravenswolf13
5.0 out of 5 stars they got the select horror movies right this time
i have not watched any of these yet but i hear that they have done it right this time by selecting the right movies to be in the afterdark horror feast 2007 hope there as good as... Read more
Published on April 14, 2008 by Edward
1.0 out of 5 stars What were they thinking???
I was so excited with last year's movies. No they weren't the big budget cinema releases most people chase after, but they were pretty good... Read more
Published on April 8, 2008 by Tanya Hernandez
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Yes. Both the 2007 and 2008 (this one) After Dark Horrorfest collections have English and Spanish subtitles.

Lionsgate Studios are pretty good about including English and Spanish subtitles but rarely will their releases be truly "SDH" - Subtitled for the Deaf and the Hearing Impaired.
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