Tuesday, September 12, 2017

DVD Review - Lifetime Scary Movies

Lionsgate; $14.98

Now available from Lionsgate Home Entertainment is the Lifetime® Scary Movie DVD Set, featuring the made-for-television movies Big Driver, Manson's Lost Girls, Hush Little Baby, and Devil's Diary. There are no special features or extras on the double-sided two-disc set.

Based on the story by Stephen King, Big Driver (2014; directed by Mikael Salomon) stars Maria Bello as Tess Thorne, a crime-mystery writer who travels to upstate Massachusetts for a meet-and-greet with fans at a library. On her way home, she takes a shortcut route, but ends up with a flat tire in the middle of nowhere. Eventually, a big truck driver pulls over to help her. Well, that's what Tess believed at first. However, the big man sexually assaults her and leaves here for dead.

Bloody and bruised, Tess wakes up and struggles to find a way back home. Instead of reporting her attack to the police, she decides to track down her rapist and kill him.

Manson's Lost Girls (2015; directed by Leslie Libman,) tells the true-story of Linda Kasabian (played by MacKenzie Mauzy), who gets involved in Charles Manson's cult in 1969. The movie is told from the point-of-view of Linda, who later struggles to leave the cult.

Hush Little Baby (2007; directed by Holly Dale) stars Victoria Pratt as Jaime, a young woman who is still mourning the death of her daughter. After visiting a psychic, she learns she's pregnant again. Both Jamie and her husband are both thrilled about the baby, but things quickly change once Jamie gives birth. She suffers from haunting visions and strange occurrences that all point to the one conclusion - her baby is evil!

Devil's Diary (2007; directed by Farhad Mann) stars Alexz Johnson as Dominique, an outcast teenager who finds a cursed journal while visiting a cemetery at night with her best friend, Ursula (played by Magda Apanowicz). After writing an entry in the journal, Dominique quickly learns that whatever she writes comes true. Instead of using the book for good, she uses it to get revenge on her fellow classmates.

Final Thoughts: While I'm not a big fan of made-for-television movies on Lifetime®, there happens to be a few exceptions, which includes three of the thriller/horror flicks on this DVD set. Out of the four, Big Driver is the best the one. It's a rape-revenge movie based on the story by Stephen King. While it isn't the greatest in the world, the film is well-made and features a great performance by Maria Bello.

Manson's Lost Girls is a PG-13 version of the Charles Manson cult. While the acting is the greatest, the film isn't that bad of a watch, and it does feature some decent music.

Hush Little Baby is my least favorite on the DVD set. Despite having an Omen-like plot, the film suffers from bad acting, horrible directing, and features cheap soap opera-style music. Plus, there's a weird CGI baby in it!

Devil's Diary has an interesting plot about a teenager using the devil's diary to extract revenge on her bullies. The acting is okay for the most part, but the film suffers heavily from the low-budget. The director tries his best to make a slick a horror flick, but it comes off as a dark episode of Charmed.

Overall, I enjoyed watching the Lifetime® Scary Movie DVD Set. None of these films will ever be considered classics, but their entertaining to watch. Well, except for Hush Little Baby.

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

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