michael gallucci

CULTURE JAMMING: OCTOBER 28

In Uncategorized on 10/28/2009 at 1:30 am

TOP PICK

Drag Me to Hell

(Universal)

Spider-Man director Sam Raimi’s return to horror is one of the year’s scariest movies. After an old lady puts a curse on a young loan officer, all hell breaks loose. Literally. The Blu-ray disc ups the frights. So does the unrated director’s cut, which adds a few creepy minutes to the film. You may want to watch it with the lights on.


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An American Werewolf in London Full Moon Edition

(Universal)

John Landis’ dark and funny 1981 chiller about an American tourist who turns into a wolf makes its Blu-ray debut in a set that includes a feature-length making-of doc. Landis made the film between Animal House and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. This cult classic combines a little bit of both.


VIDEO

Gojira

(Classic Media)

The original Japanese Godzilla finally comes to Blu-ray. But you shouldn’t see it for the HD; you should see it because the 1954 movie is way scarier and way better than the butchered U.S. version (more than 40 minutes were trimmed to make room for boring scenes starring Raymond Burr). This is the real Godzilla: mean, terrifying and the world’s greatest giant monster.


DVD

Karloff & Lugosi Horror Classics

(Warner)

Horror icons Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi made their best movies for Universal. But these four films have their moments (alas, the two stars appear together in only one movie: You’ll Find Out). The Walking Dead (about a resurrected vengeful convict) is the best; Zombies on Broadway is the goofiest. Frankenstein – 1970 updates the classic monster tale.


DVD

William Castle Film Collection

(Sony)

Director Castle was the king of movie gimmicks. He handed out cardboard “ghost viewers.” He had nurses check moviegoers’ blood pressure. He even wired theater seats to literally shock viewers. This box features eight of his best movies, including The Tingler, Homicidal and Strait-Jacket, starring a scarier-than-usual Joan Crawford. –Michael Gallucci

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