Horror Down Under: LAKE MUNGO (2008)

Welcome to the 5th edition of Horror Down Under, a column series in which I review horror films from my home country of Australia. The purpose of this column will be that it will act as a showcase for various horror related film projects that have been made Australia in hopes that it will get you interested in checking them out for yourself. I’ll be reviewing a wide range of Aussie horror films of various quality from the excellent to the terrible, the all time classics to the latest releases to the completely forgotten, etc. For this 5th edition I delve into the independently made 2008 supernatural mockumentary LAKE MUNGO…

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Disc of the Week: THE PUNISHER (1989)

Marvel Comics resident vigilante The Punisher is currently undergoing an onscreen renaissance thanks to Jon Bernthal’s powerful portrayal in the second season of DAREDEVIL. But before Marvel Studios could give us a comic accurate representation, we saw incarnations of Frank Castle on the big screen performed by Ray Stevenson (PUNISHER: WAR ZONE), Thomas Jane (2004’s THE PUNISHER), and Dolph Lundgren (1989’s THE PUNISHER). It’s this original film that is being given the HD treatment this week by Australian outfit Umbrella Entertainment. While you will still need to pay for some extra shipping to import the disc, according to Umbrella’s website this release is region free. I own their previous release of RAZORBACK and that indeed plays fine on region A players, so you should feel safe ordering this edition if you’re in the U.S.

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THE CONJURING 2 Has a Blu-ray Release Date! Art and Details Revealed.

The horror hit of the summer is come to home video really soon! Warner Bros. has already set a release date for James Wan’s THE CONJURING 2! The sequel to the 2013 box-office hit, which sees the return of Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as real-life demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, will be available to own on Blu-ray on September 13th! THE CONJURING 2 also stars Frances O’Connor, Simon McBurney, and Shannon Kook.

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Too Many Sub Genres: What’s in a Label?

Genres and labels has been a bit of a hot button issue lately, begging the question: why do we have so many sub genres in the first place? Is it as simple as just that what scares us is such a personal experience? That they help us know going in if it will be an effective and enjoyable time? What scares you may not affect me at all, but does that make it any less of a movie? Or are the sub genres just a way for the studios to easily follow a trend to make the most money?

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