This Week in Macabre & Mysterious Media: April 20 – 26, 2015

Availability status updated Aug. 3rd, 2015


Video: Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl | Song: Promise Land – Hannah Miller

On Saturday, April 26th, 1986 — 29 years ago this week — the worst accident in nuclear history occurred at Chernobyl.
This video of the area, taken by drone, was filmed last year.


Pickings are slim in new releases this week, so I’m offering up some outliers for you. Perhaps you’ll like one of these:

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) NR

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.

From IMDb: “In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.”

Ogre has been telling me about this one for months. Apparently the reviewers at one of his movie-centric podcasts thought it was terrific. It looks … intriguing.

UPDATE: This is an arty film, but accessible. It is slow. ‘Really, more of a romance than anything, and not a great romance at that. (The female lead says maybe 100 words in the whole movie.) That said, it is beautifully shot in a lush black and white and it has some really memorable imagery. Language: Persian, subtitled in English.
On IMDb here.

The Devil’s Carnival (2012) NR?

Not Available on DVD from Netflix.
Not Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
This is a horror musical. A review I read called it a “blend of Rocky Horror and the Twilight Zone,” and that is a great description. I’m watching it as I type this, and I don’t yet know if I like it or not … I will say it’s gorgeous. UPDATE: I only got through about half of it before it was removed from streaming. No it appears to be completely gone … no DVD to be had.
On IMDb here.

The Cat and the Canary (1927) NR – SILENT

Available on DVD from Netflix.
No longer Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
UPDATE: This was so much more complex and artistic (and very, very old) than I was expecting it to be. A great way to sample a silent film. (This movie has come into the public domain and is available for viewing all over the internet.)
On IMDb here.
The following is a scene from the movie as I was unable to find a “trailer.”

Madhouse (1974) PG

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
Vincent Price and Peter Cushing in 1974. Sweet.
On IMDb here. 


The Age of Adaline (2015) PG-13

Not yet Available on DVD from Netflix.
Not yet Available streaming on Netflix.
Not yet Available from Redbox.
Ogre and I saw the trailer for this when we went to see Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter. It’s more magical realism than horror or scifi, of course, but it looks gorgeous.

UPDATE: It was awful! This movie gives the impression that it was once a beautiful thing, until a committee of money-guys got ahold of it. The narration, which seems perfectly fine in the trailer, continues through the whole film. The narrator tries to explain far too much. The first half to two-thirds of the movie is a pretty boring romance. Only when Harrison Ford appears does it pick up a little.

This is the first time I’ve flagged a film as red, and I don’t feel bad about it. It could have been, and should have been, so much more, and it definitely does not live up to the expectations I had for it. That said, it’s not un-watchable. If you’re looking for a romance, it’s not bad. A far better choice for a magical realism romance, though, would be Midnight in Paris (2011).
On IMDb here.


12 Monkeys | SYFY

(The full first season is currently available on SYFY STREAMING now. Also check your ON DEMAND.)
I’m coming to this AFTER the first season has wrapped up, on the recommendation of a friend. I’m able to access all the episodes via On Demand. So far, I’ve seen the first two episodes and I like it. It’s too soon to know if I’m going to love it, but I’ll be watching more this week. UPDATE: Well, as much as I did like it, I haven’t yet gone back to watch more or even see if it’s still available to me. (It is still available at the above link.)
On IMDb here.



NOTE: The color of the title is keyed as follows:
Black = Not yet watched. I’m interested … or I think you’ll be interested.
Red = Watched. Not recommended. Worse than the reviews or buzz indicated.
Orange = Watched. Recommended, with reservations or cautions.
Green = Watched. Recommended. Good (or great) work that lives up to its potential.

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