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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All 8 films of the 4th installment of After Dark Horrorfest in one gift set. Films include Dread, The Final, The Graves, Hidden, Kill Theory, Lake Mungo, The Reeds, and Zombies of Mass Destruction.
Eight new independent visions of terror await genre fans with the fourth go-round of the annual After Dark Horrorfest series. As devotees have discovered from past festivals, the Horrorfest lineup is usually hit or miss, with at least one standout and a few genuine dogs. The 2010 edition is no exception: depending on your taste for terror, the highlight will either be Dread, a fairly harrowing if thinly dramatized take on producer Clive Barker's short story about a college project about fear going terribly awry, or Lake Mungo, a bloodless but genuinely chilling ghost story done in a convincing documentary format. Norway's Hidden also eschews gore for atmosphere; its glacial pace may put off some viewers, but the patient will find subtle scares in its tale of a troubled homecoming overshadowed by murders. If it's body counts you're looking for, Kill Theory and The Final have them in spades--you'll just have to put up with heavy-handed proselytizing in the former (and some truly ugly scenes) and shopworn characters in the latter. Overly familiar plotting and personas also undo the UK import The Reeds, a sluggish thriller that pits boaters against killer strays, and Zombies of Mass Destruction, a broad political comedy that takes potshots at lame-duck conservative targets. Of course, for some, the horror movie is pure popcorn material, best enjoyed at top volume with the rowdiest of audiences, and comic book writer-creator Brian (Evil Ernie) Pulido's debut feature The Graves delivers exactly that in its B-movie bouillabaisse of nubile heroines, crazed killers (among them Bill Moseley of The Devil's Rejects and Candyman's Tony Todd), and cursed towns.
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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"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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