The merit of most sequels is hard to evaluate without bringing up their predecessors — especially when it’s The Strangers. The 2008 horror film written and directed by Bryan Bertino that had all the makings of a rudimentary home invasion thriller ended up being a statement on the weaponization of idle behavior among seemingly innocuous young adults. It remains brutal, unsettling, and remarkably relevant.
So director Johannes Roberts’ The Strangers: Prey at Night has big shoes to fill. But that’s okay, because it doesn’t ever really seem concerned with besting the original film. Instead, it moves with the confidence of an entirely separate narrative, one that just so happens to not only pay homage to the 2008 film, but also successfully present its message to a 2018 audience.
(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)
Time for another Blu-ray round-up for all you physical media fiends out there. There’s so much good stuff here, folks. Thor: Ragnarok comes home, loaded with hilarious features; the star-studdedMurder on the Orient Express also arrives, bringing with it one hell of a mustache; then you have Coco, the latest from Pixar; Gary Oldman‘s Oscar reel, akaDarkest Hour; the absolutely wonderful The Florida Project; the Stephen King werewolf flick Silver Bullet; and the home invasion horror movie The Strangers.
Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week, and beyond.
Posted on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Hey, remember The Strangers? The 2008 home invasion horror movie received mixed reviews from critics, but it was a financial success, grossing $52 million at the domestic box office against a $9 million budget. The rules of the horror genre suggested that a sequel should have followed in 2009 and that we’d be on the direct-to-VOD The Strangers Part 8 by now. That’s how this is supposed to work.
Instead, the sequel is finally arriving next year, a decade after the first movie hit theaters. The first The Strangers: Prey at Night trailer is here, but is it too late?
Remember The Strangers? The 2008 home invasion movie that pitted Liv Tyler against a trio of masked creeps and did so with style? The horror film is finally getting a sequel, and that sequel now has an official title. So put your plastic mask on and read on for all The Strangers 2 info you can stand.
The Strangers grossed $82 million worldwide on a budget of $9 million. It’s an effective horror movie that benefits greatly from Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman‘s performances. After its huge success at the box-office, it only took nine years for the sequel to happen, which was a delay caused by problems at Relativity.
One of the stars of Mad Men, Lost River, and the next Brian De Palma film, Christina Hendricks, is the sequel’s lead. Below, learn more about The Strangers 2 cast.
This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.
Please don’t take the commentary on the movies/TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. In regards to movies/shows the author hasn’t seen, the DVD release is placed in its respective category based on the consensus reaction of audiences and critics.
THE INCREDIBLE HULK (Available as single-disc and 3-Disc Special Editions)
Any movie that’s single greatest moment comes during a scene where a massive green dude shouts “HULK SMASH!” definitely isn’t vying for any Oscar nominations (although Ang Lee may beg to differ on that one), but The Incredible Hulk provides in the way that counts most: entertainment. And while I certainly wouldn’t pit it against Iron Man in a contest for the better superhero film, since the Favreau/Downey Jr. team would win hands-down, Unleashed director Louis Leterrier and Edward Norton both hold their own admirably and help make this new Hulk an excellent second addition to the Marvel series that’s slowly building to the highly anticipated Avengers film. Blu-ray? Yes. Notable Extras: The only extra material on the single disc is a commentary (with director Louis Leterrier and Tim Roth) and deleted scenes. The 3-disc will include that, plus featurettes (‘The Making of Incredible’, ‘Becoming The Hulk’, ‘Becoming The Abomination’, ‘Anatomy of a Hulk Out’, ‘From Comic Book to Screen’), additional deleted scenes, an alternate opening, and a digital copy of the film.
*Does not include 3-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).
EXCLUSIVE DEAL: What? Exclusive Deluxe ($22.99) includes breaking wall packaging and bonus disc with additional content and digital copy. Where? Target.
EXCLUSIVE DEAL: What? Exclusive Lithograph. Where? Best Buy.
EXCLUSIVE DEAL: What? Free collectible interactive CD game card. Where? Circuit City.
Easily one of the bigger surprises of the year, The Strangers is a horror-lovers wet dream. It’s a film that harkens back to the old school days of horror where the focus was less on plot than to scare the ever-loving crap out of you through actually building tension and suspense. (Sadly, only the “lack of plot” element of horror films seems to have been carried on to today’s more recent genre efforts.) Critics haven’t been as kind to the film, but seeing as how I had trouble sleeping for at least a week after watching the film (an experience I haven’t had with a horror film since I was probably 13), I’d say it fully succeeded at just about everything it attempted to do. The final shot of the movie is really lame though. Blu-ray? Yes. Notable Extras: Deleted scenes and a featurette (‘Elements of Terror’).
SOLD OUT: A THREEVENING WITH KEVIN SMITH
If you’re a Kevin Smith fan and you haven’t yet experienced his gut-bustingly hilarious stories and Q&A sessions featured in An Evening With Kevin Smith and An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder, be sure to do so at once as they’ll show you a side to the man that you would previously only associate with some of the world’s funniest stand-up comedians. I haven’t been able to find much feedback on the latest entry in the series, entitled A Threevening With Kevin Smith, but being that Smith is rarely ever not on his A-game when it comes to public speaking, I can’t see it not being another wonderful helping of Smith comedy goodness. Blu-ray? No. Notable Extras: This two-disc set comes with 4 hours of outtake footage (from the original 7 hour performance).
CASINO ROYALE (3-DISC COLLECTOR’S EDITION)
As much as I’d like to tell you this set isn’t worth the double-dip, fans of Casino Royale (which I’d argue is the best Bond film yet) will find it hard to turn down the slick packaging and hefty offering of newly added special features, which as far as I’m concerned puts the previous 2-disc set to shame. For those who have Blu-ray, the upgrade is a no brainer, but if you’re like me and have no intention of giving up on the DVD format anytime soon, you can rationalize the double dip by saying it only cost you about 5 bucks (since the film comes with movie money to Quantum of Solace, and you can pick the DVD up for as cheap as $15). Blu-ray? Yes. Notable Extras: All the special features from the previous 2-disc edition have made their way onto this set. New extras include two audio commentaries, deleted scenes, The Road to Casino Royale, Ian Fleming’s Incredible Creation, James Bond in the Bahamas, Ian Fleming: The Secret Road to Paradise, Death in Venice, The Art of the Freerun, Catching a Plane: From Storyboard to Screen, Storyboard Sequence: Freerun Chase, and Filmmaker Profiles.
FAMILY GUY (VOL. 6)
Back in the good ol’ days, when Family Guy didn’t suck, it was easy to justify the unstructured and consistently random nature of the show because of how unbelievably hilarious it all was. Then the show was brought back from cancellation, and the humor had all but been lost. It suddenly became clear what an uncreative gimmick the cut-away gags were, because without any wit to accompany them, all you were left to think about is they’re complete irrelevance to the episode’s story (or lack thereof). Having burned through a number of episodes through seasons 5 and 6, I will admit to there being occasional moments of what made Family Guy great in its heyday (such as the particularly solid two-parter Stewie Kills Lois/Lois Kills Stewie), but it’s not nearly enough to satisfy a purchase. Blu-ray? No. Notable Extras: Over 50 deleted scenes, commentary from series creator Seth MacFarlane, featurettes (‘Family Guy 100th Episode Special’, ‘Family Guy Live!’, ‘Peter Shin Draws Lois’), and an “I’m Huge (and The Babes Go Wild)” Music Video.
EXCLUSIVE DEAL: What? Exclusive Deluxe ($29.99) with signed script and collectible poster. Where? Target.
EXCLUSIVE DEAL: What? Exclusive Lithograph featuring Family Guy characters. Where? Best Buy.
EXPELLED: NO INTELLIGENCE ALLOWED
Why would a documentary promoting intelligent design use the not-so-witty subtitle “No Intelligence Allowed”? That’s just asking to be unmercifully mocked. And mocked it was, along with the rest of Ben Stein’s documentary. With an 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (that’s a 61% difference from Religulous), reviews have included such scathing comments as, “[The film] is a conspiracy-theory rant masquerading as investigative inquiry” and, “[It’s] an unprincipled propaganda piece that insults believers and nonbelievers alike.” [New York Times] I gotta say, I liked Ben Stein more when I knew him as simply the “Bueller… Bueller…” guy. Blu-ray? Yes. Notable Extras: A special message from Ben Stein, Using Intelligent Design for medical research, Bonus Music Tracks by Andy Hunter, and Expelled Super Trailer.
Discuss: What are you planning to rent or buy this week?
NOTE: Some deals may be in-store only.
Exclusive: Steelbook Packaging on new James Bond Blu-Ray releases.
$6.99 – Halloween (25th Anniversary Edition), Hostel (Director’s Cut), Hostel: Part II, Dawn of the Dead (Special Edition), Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, 28 Weeks Later, Day of the Dead, AVP: Alien vs Predator, Donnie Darko, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Shaun of the Dead, The Silence of the Lambs (2-Disc Collector’s Edition), Land of the Dead, Mr. Brooks, Resident Evil: Extinction, Saw III, Vacancy, Hatchet, Hellraiser, The Hills Have Eyes 2, Hollow Man $4.99 – 28 Days Later, The Descent, 28 Days Later, American Psycho (Collector’s Edition), Zodiac, Alien, Aliens, Bug, Saw, Saw II, Friday the 13th, Identity, The Ring, The Grudge, The Grudge 2, The Hills Have Eyes, Child’s Play, Christine, Jeepers Creepers, The Mothman Prophecies, Night Watch, Phantasm, Wrong Turn, Turistas, The Covenant, From Hell, The Howling, Candyman, Children of the Corn
$6.99 – Hostel (Director’s Cut), Hostel: Part II, 1408, The Mist, 30 Days of Night, Vacancy, Halloween (2007), Resident Evil: Extinction, P2, Phantasm, Mr. Brooks, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Jaws (30th Anniversary Edition), King Kong, The Rundown, The Bourne Identity, Jurassic Park, Unleashed, The Transporter (Collector’s Edition), Munich, The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Behind Enemy Lines, Doom, and more… $4.99 – The Descent, House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, High Tension, Silent Hill, Feast, Night of the Living Dead, Jeepers Creepers, Cujo (25th Anniversary Edition), Carrie, Fright Night, Gremlins 2, and more…
$13.99 – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
$3.99 – Get Shorty, When Harry Met Sally, Hoosiers, Bachelor Party, Dirty Work, Rocky III, Weekend at Bernie’s
Word has gotten around that the teaser trailer for Mirrors received a big laughing ovation at yesterday’s press screening for The Happening. And while the teaser definitely clings to the exhausted tropes of countless sub-par Korean horror remaks starring various Buffies (the film is a loose remake of 2003’s Into the Mirrors), I’m interested to see it.
Sure, the token spooky kid warrants an eye-roll lasting two hours but I’m betting that writer/director Alexandre Aja (Haute Tension) delivers some unsuspecting, legitimate scares and original visuals. Aja possesses a fresh eye and passion for R-rated horror that is sorely lacking in the genre and, talent often attributed to the louder, hokier Eli Roth or Saw XII. And if Mirrors sucks, Aja has Pirahna 3D scheduled for next summer and early buzz for that one is [drum-roll] anti-suck.
Shock has a new video clip for Mirrors as well featuring Aja discussing the film’s influences (The Shining, of course) and if you only watch one of these, check it out instead. There’s a worrisome exploding mirrors climax with star Kiefer Sutherland (as a mall security guard) that belongs on VH1 Classics, but also a collection of freaky, nightmarish flinches that don’t appear in the teaser below and do their job.
Mirrors opens on August 15th.
Discuss: Am I way off? Is Mirrors more of the Grudge/Ring blahs, or might Aja bring something new to a summer horror matinee to bookend seasonal sleeper The Strangers? Please, no jokes about co-star Amy Smart and the need for mirrors in Crank.
In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, Adam, and Peter, debate the merits of Sex and the City, lament the Universal fire, pore over the Lost finale, and discuss the nihilistic themes of Rambo. Special guest Myles McNutt joins us from Cultural Learnings and Alex Billington joins us from Firstshowing. Have any questions/comments/suggestions? Feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!
Cinematical has a photo of the I Love You Philip Morris billboard at Cannes.
Adam Brody talks to IGN about his preparation for the now defunct Justice League movie.
National Lampoon’s Homo Erectus looks horrible. Check out the red band movie trailer on Trailer Addict, if you dare!
IconFactory has released their Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Icon Set.
Uwe Boll told RT what his five favorite films are â€“ and, considering he’s the man who cast Tara Reid as a brilliant archaeologist and made such clunkers as BloodRayne and Dungeon Siege, his picks are kind of surprising. (Apocalypse Now, Dances With Wolves, Clockwork Orange, Citizen Kane, and The Searchers.)
io9 has a first look at Killdroid: A Mechanical Love Affair.
Defamer counts down the Top Five Most Cringeworthy Facial Hair Moments in Cinematic History.
AICN has the first test screening review of Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno. The reviewer says “it’s similar to “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” – it’s a raunchy sex comedy that also wants to have a sweet romance at its center” and claims the hillarious dialogue is “some of the strongest stuff I’ve heard from Smith in years”, but says “the heart of the movie doesn’t really fly”. Sounds to me like something that might be fixed in editing. It’s also revealed that Justin Long makes a cameo.
Lucasfilm has announced that “Star Wars Weekends” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will give a sneak peek at Star Wars: The Clone Wars , coming to theaters on August 15th. [ComingSoon]
FirstShowing takes a look at the 10 Best and Worst Rappers Turned Movie Actors.
Before you watch the documentary on the new special edition of Raiders of the Lost Ark, beware that a certain character’s identity, which may or may not be a spoiler from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is revealed on screen. [filmchat]
ABC News lists Five Science Fiction Movies That Get the Science Right.
Diablo Cody will be the next guest programer at Hollywood’s New Beverly Cinema: “To me, the movie night I keep hyping, because I’m so excited about it, is Little Shop of Horrors, the ’86 version, and Labyrinth. And I’m going to do Nightmare on Elm Street 3 with Fright Night. Midnight Madness with Wet Hot American Summer. I’m gonna try and get both Reitman’s in and do an Ivan and Jason double-bill.” [shock]
Zap2It has script reivews of Fox’s two new shows – JJ Abrams’ Fringe and Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse.
Rejects has this fan art showing what the movie version of War Machine might look like in the Iron Man sequel.
Arcade Fire will be scoring Richard Kelly’s The Box. [playlist]
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa will be released into IMAXÂ® theatres worldwide on November 7, 2008. [CS]
Audrina Patridge, one of the stars of MTV’s The Hills, will make her feature debut opposite Chris Carmack and Laura Vandervoort in the Charles Winkler-directed Into the Blue 2. [THR]
Jessica Alba does her best impersonation of the iconic Charlie Chaplin in the June 2008 issue of Allure. [justjared]
The CW has given a 13-episode midseason renewal to Reaper. [variety]
Andras Hamori’s H20 Motion Pictures has greenlit The Gate — 20 Years Later, a sequel to the 1987 horror film that terrified me as a child. [bloody-disgusting]
Joel Silver says the Wachowski Brothers have ideas for Speed Racer and Ninja Assassin sequels. Let’s wait for the first films to be released and or filmed before we start talking about sequels, please. [Collider]
Cinematical has the poster for The Duplass Brother’s Sundance hit Baghead.
LatinoReview has a script review of Chris Bertolini’s Battle: Los Angeles which was recently picked up by Columbia and is set to shoot sometime this year: “Uninspired, predictable, logic-defying ending.”
Virginia Madsen has signed on to co-star in the Amelia Earhart biopic Amelia for Fox Searchlight. Snor. [Variety]
Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) has replaced Thomas Kretschmann as the voice of Johann Kraus in Hellboy II: The Golden Army. [CS]
The Pixar Story will be released on DVD in June. [pixarblog]
STYD has the poster for The Strangers, Rogue Pictures’ home invasion film starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman.
Marvel Comics announced that it will publish a comic-book series based on Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game book series. [scifi] Michael Moore has announced his support for Barack Obama, which is expected considering he slammed Clinton in SiCKO?
Production has started in Connecticut this week on an untitled contemporary comedy directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) from an original screenplay by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. [CS]