Queued Up: ‘Boy Vs. Boy,’ ‘The Terror,’ ‘Krampus’ and More

THE TERROR (1963)

The setup: A weary, wandering soldier (Jack Nicholson) in 18th century France is lured to a castle by a ghostly woman (Sandra Knight) who shares a connection with its secretive old baron (Boris Karloff). Beguiled, the soldier imposes himself on the baron to learn the identity of …

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Queued Up: ‘The Manchurian Candidate,’ ‘The Stuff,’ ‘Speedy’ and More

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

The setup: After an American platoon returns from service in Korea in 1952, Staff Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), the stepson of a prominent U.S. Senator, is awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor for his valorous deeds. But the recurring nightmares of Captain Bennett Marco (Frank …

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Queued Up: ‘Crimson Peak,’ ‘Creed,’ ‘We Are Twisted F**king Sister!’ and More

CRIMSON PEAK (2015)

The setup: In turn of twentieth century England, Edith, the literary young daughter (Mia Wasikowska) of a wealthy banker, is seduced by an ambitious inventor (Tom Hiddleston), who sweeps her back to his isolated, decaying mountain estate where he lives with his ill-tempered sister (Jessica Chastain). The …

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Queued Up: ‘Suffragette,’ ‘Our Brand Is Crisis,’ ‘Spotlight’ and More

SUFFRAGETTE (2015)

The setup: In 1912 London, a young mother and laundry washer named Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) unintentionally becomes involved in the suffragette movement that demands voting rights for women. Led by the ever elusive Mrs. Pankhurst (Meryl Streep) who must remain one step ahead of the police, the …

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Queued Up: Fear For The New Year

GOODNIGHT MOMMY (2015)

The setup: Once their mother (Susanne Wuest) returns from the hospital wearing ghoulish bandages after an unexplained accident, twin nine-year-old boys (Lukas and Elias Schwarz) start to doubt her identity as her behavior becomes increasingly erratic and antagonistic. Is she their true mother, or has someone else …

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Queued Up: ‘The Gift,’ ‘Flowers In The Attic,’ ‘The Larry Fessenden Collection’ and More

THE GIFT (2015)

The setup: In this menacing tale of high school comeuppance, successful executive Simon (Jason Bateman) reconnects with awkward schoolmate Gordo (writer/director Joel Edgerton) at a high end home goods store. Simon and his architect wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall) invite him to dinner, and the uncomfortable evening soon …

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Queued Up: Holiday Gift Guide Part II

BLOCKBUSTER BONANZA

Terminator: Genisys, the fifth installment in the Terminator franchise, seems like overkill, but at least the densely plotted story allows us to contemplate the complexities of time travel, the nature of free will, having memories from a future you’ve never known, and how a T800 unit can …

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Queued Up: Holiday Gift Guide – Part I

CREEPY KINO CLASSICS

Over the last year and a half, Kino Lorber has been unleashing an impressive collection of well-known and lesser-known studio fare from the Forties through the Eighties. Among this deluge of titles are some nice creepshows that many horror aficionados have been awaiting in HD for quite …

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Queued Up: ‘Insidious Chapter 3,’ ‘Kwaidan,’ Scream Factory and More

INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3 (2015)

The set up: In this jittery prequel, the backstory of powerful medium Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) is brought to light. Grieving the death of her husband and frightened of a demonic entity that attached itself to her from the other side, she has retired from doing …

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Queued Up: ‘Cherry 2000,’ ‘Miracle Mile,’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and More

DE JARNATT GEMS

Veteran TV director Steve De Jarnatt wrote and directed two ‘80s cult gems, the sci-fi adventure Cherry 2000 and the apocalyptic thriller Miracle Mile, which is one of my favorite movies of all time. Kino Lorber Studio Classics has finally reissued them on Blu-ray loaded with …

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