What’s new in stores and on video shelves this week:
Directed by: Joe Begos
Run time: 79 minutes
The Lowdown: “Almost Human” is that rare horror movie that manages to borrow liberally from a handful of alien abduction/pod people possession movies and still feel fresh and completely original.
It’s a film that wears its love of old-school, 1980s gore classics like “The Beast Within” proudly, charging headlong out of the gate with a wickedly effective set-up before upping the ante with one What the Hell moment after another.
Thoroughly entertaining and gleefully bloody, “Almost Human” deserves a spot near the top of your must-see list.
The Stuff You Care About:
Hot chicks – Yes.
Nudity – Yes.
Gore – Oh my, yes.
Drug use – No.
Bad Guys/Killers – Evil alien abductee craziness.
Buy/Rent – Buy it.
Blu-Ray Bonus Features – Audio commentaries, a lengthy Making Of documentary, Behind the Scenes, the short film “Toxin,” alternate trailer, vintage TV spot and IFC trailer.
The Lego Movie 3D: Everything is Awesome Edition (Warner Bros., 102 minutes, PG, Blu-Ray): Everything about “The Lego Movie” is awesome, and I don’t even like Legos. Hands down, one of the funniest movies ever made for kids, with a rat-a-tat delivery of zingers and subversive jokes that no child could ever comprehend. “The Lego Movie” manages that unbelievably tricky balance of being thoroughly enjoyable for both grown-ups and wee ones alike, while delivering a surprisingly sweet moral to its story.
13 Sins (Anchor Bay, 93 minutes, R, Blu-Ray): Yet another variation on the well-worn genre where a likeable patsy becomes an unwitting participant in a series of increasingly dangerous, and depraved, challenges. Unlike “Cheap Thrills,” this one does not deliver the goods. Watchable but immediately forgettable, despite Ron Perlman doing his best Ron Perlman thing.
The Monkey’s Paw
House of Cards: The Complete Second Season
Ernest & Celestine
The Good Witch’s Gift
Saban’s Power Rangers Megaforce: Ultra Defenders
Regular Show: The Complete Third Season
DCI Banks: Season One
Death in Paradise: Season One
Scott & Bailey: Season One
Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector
Invasion of the Scream Queens
Joy Ride 3: Road Kill
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Teen Wolf Season 3 – Part 2