Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: Queens of Scream

PG-13/R; 372 minutes; Buy Link: Amazon

No matter what your entertainment budget is, it's pretty cheap to buy a horror flick on DVD as many of them can be purchased for $5 at Walmart; many of these DVDs contains several flicks. Mill Creek Entertainment is known to release horror movies at a decent price, and they recently released Queens of Scream, which contains four horror movies - I Know What You Did Last Summer, When A Stranger Calls, Vacancy, and The Cave.

When A Stranger Calls is the 2006 remake of the 1976 classic of the same. While the original was pretty scary, the remake is very bland with hardly any scares. Now it's only known for having small parts by Katie Cassidy (CW's Arrow) and Clark Gregg (Marvel's Agents of Shield).

The Cave is an underrated action-horror film that was released in 2005, the same year the classic The Descent came out, which had a similar plot. The film has a pretty big cast, including a pre-Game of Thrones Lena Headey. Despite predictable scares and silly dialogue, I actually liked it.

Vacancy is a 2007 horror film starring the weird pairing of Owen Wilson and Kate Beckinsale. They play a troubled married couple that take a wrong turn on a highway and are eventually stranded at a motel after their car breaks down. After watching a snuff film that was left in their room, they realize the film was shot right there in the motel. Of course they attempt to get the hell out of Dodge, but unfortunately the killers are already there. I first saw the film when it was originally released and I thought (and still do) it was a really good scary movie. It will make you think twice about checking into a motel.

The biggest title on this release is I Know What You Did Last Summer, what is now considered to be a classic slasher from 1997. It starred Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Geller, Freddy Prince Jr. and Ryan Phillippe. Loosely based on the novel of the same name by Lois Ducan, the script was written by Kevin Williamson (the Scream movies). At the time, it was blockbuster, despite the fact that it was mostly cliched. Nevertheless, I was a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the time it was released to theaters, so I was a fan of this movie as well.

Final Thoughts: Vacancy, The Cave and I Know What You Did Last Summer are all good horror films in my opinion. When A Stranger Calls isn't the greatest movie, but it's still watchable. There are no extras or special features on the single-disc. The picture quality is decent considering there are four films shoved onto one DVD. Overall, I enjoyed watching Queens of Scream. At the cheap retail price of less than $10, it will appeal to many horror fans.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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