After Dark Horrorfest, Vol. 4 (Dread / The Final / The Graves / The Hidden / Kill Theory / Lake Mungo / The Reeds / Zombies of Mass Destruction)
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Extras are fairly light throughout the set: a smattering of discs offer deleted or alternate scenes, while others offer nothing at all. Ironically, the two weakest films (The Final and The Graves) have the most supplemental features, including not one but two commentary tracks for The Graves. Clive Barker fans might find some nuggets of interest in his conversation with Dread director Anthony DiBlasi on that disc. --Paul Gaita
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AFTERDARK HORRORFEST COLLECTION - YEAR 4
For the fourth year running, the Afterdark Horrorfest (AKA "8 Films To Die For") throws eight movies our way and says, "WATCH THESE!" Originally billed as "too terrifying for mainstream release," I think the cat is pretty much out of the bag by now that these are more like, "too lackluster for mainstream release . . ."
But, mean-spiritedness aside, I actually thought this year was a step up after the last two years. While none of these best some of the better films from years past (such as THE ABANDONED, BORDERLAND, or FROM WITHIN) - I would still say that overall, these were each interesting at least in some way, and with one or two exceptions, seemed to be much higher level productions.
As always, the question is whether I would like these outside of the festival circuit - would any of these warrant independent release? Of the eight, I would say KILL THEORY probably would have the best chance of theatrical success, if only for its SAW-esque plot. Also, LAKE MUNGO follows in the footsteps of recent "reality" horror films like PARANORMAL ACTIVITY And QUARANTINE.
But the others, while in same cases better than these two, probably wouldn't do well by virtue of having the stigma of being indie horror, or foreign film - two things that don't play that well in American theaters. But I digress . . . let's look at them one by one, from least to greatest . . .
8) THE GRAVES: No question this is the loser of the bunch.Read more ›
The Graves: Mal-direction and less-than-tight editing make the actors look bad (even Tony Todd!) in this "Texas Chainsaw" meets "The Devil's Rain" story. Two girls are stalked by maniacs in mining town, then by crazy culty townsfolk. Standout performance by Bill Moseley. The Grave sisters themselves are easy on the eyes and had good chemistry. Marred by run-of-the-mill-ishness and some unbelievably bad choices.
Zombies of Mass Destruction: Sharp, funny, campy, gory, and fast-paced for the first two thirds. A Persian-American woman and a gay couple return to their hometown in time for a zombie invasion. Very left politically, but okay until political bent takes over last third, when movie bogs down with torture scenes, and a church confrontation. With "Dread", Best in Show.
Hidden (Skjult): Broody Norwegian film about a crazy guy who goes back to childhood home and the bodies start stacking up. Is he doing it? Or is it the changeling who he left to his abusive mothers' devices on the night he escaped? Almost had me believing it wasn't going to end in the obvious way.
Dread: Clive Barker produces first-time director Anthony diBlasi in this tense adapation of Barker's short. Little boy Quaid sees his parents murdered with an axe and grows up with nightmares--fear of the axe murderer's return.Read more ›
"Dread" is a cold slap in the face and will leave you a little breathless. It has one of the scariest endings I've ever seen. I caught this film on Netflix right before it blinked off the streaming queue, and then proceeded to think intensely about the darned film for weeks. I bought this collection just to relieve the itch I felt to watch it again, analyze it further.
"Lake Mungo" was a great "WTF" movie. The pacing is slow, so stick wiith it. And if you don't like documentary style horror, you might have a hard time liking this one. But, if you watch this movie, you will be rewarded with one of the best endings you've ever seen. The storyline of this film is so complex, and told in reverse, so you really have no idea what is going on until the very last moment. At that moment, everything falls together so perfectly, I actually got goosebumps. And the concept of the horror (theme) in this one is kind of existential, in that the fear inherent to the piece plagues to us all. Very artsy stuff and I can see why it was included in After Dark. Enjoy!
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Thanks for having this! I am proud to add this to my DVD collection!Published 4 months ago by D.A. Eddy
This is the first box set of After Dark Horrorfest I've purchased. I bought it primarily for 'Lake Mungo', and have enjoyed the other movies, I've had a chance to watch, so far.Published on November 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The movies on here are average To Die For fare except for one...Lake Mungo. The movie is a classic on its own in the horror genre and really does not fit well into the To Die For... Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by James A. Brice
Good buy love horror movies only 1 had subtitles which sucked but other then that ok buy, I would. Buy againPublished on May 1, 2012 by Lady-Lea
Excelente producto, las peliculas son de buena calida, todas son subtituladas y el envio fue rapido llegando el producto en excelente estado, !GACIAS¡Published on April 17, 2012 by Héctor Vega
If you like horror...well this is a product you want in your collection! I have all volumes and can't wait for future films!!!Published on October 2, 2011 by Torra L. Williams
The 4th, nad Final year, for the 8 Film's to Die For. This time around, I Loved every single movie, except for one. Read morePublished on August 31, 2011 by Kaelan
I already had After Dark Horrorfest Vol. 1 thru Vol. 3, so I just had to have Vol. 4 when it came out! Glad to say I wasn't disappointed! Read morePublished on February 25, 2011 by studpony
I own and have watched every title comprising this series to date and I have never seen a worse collection of titles than this last lot of After Dark Horrorfest Vol.4. Read morePublished on July 8, 2010 by oldiespete
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