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Apr 12, 2019

Midnight Horror Review: Apocalypse: 4 in 1 Collection



Mill Creek Entertainment; Amazon
Yes, I know it's been awhile since my last Midnight Horror Review, but between putting my grandmother in a nursing home, moving her belongings into a storage unit, and dealing with a flu/ cold bug, I haven't had a lot to time to watch any horror flicks until a few nights ago when I binged watched the Apocalypse: 4 in 1 Collection DVD (Not Rated; $19.98; 5 hrs 49 mins), which will be released on April 16th by Mill Creek Entertainment. The two-disc set features four made-for-SyFy television movies: Arachnoquake, Ghostquake, Miami Magma, and Weather Wars. There are no special features or bonus extras.

Let's start with the best first and work my way down to the worst that this release has to offer!

Arachnoquake first aired on SyFy in 2012. It's a B-spider flick from director G.E. Furst, who also serves as supervising producer for the other three titles on this release. Plus, Furst also acts in the movies as well. Ignore Arachnoquake's 2.9 rating on IMDb as the movie isn't that bad. It stars Bug Hall, Tracey Gold, Edward Furlong, Dane Rhodes, and Ethan Phillips. The plot centers around a dangerous species of giant fire-breathing spiders being unleashed after several earthquakes occur in New Orleans. An alcoholic tour guide ends up leading a group of tourists in a quest to kill the "queen" spider, who basically controls the life of all the other spiders.

Ghostquake aired on SyFy in 2012 under the title Haunted High. Jeffery Scott Lando directed this horror-comedy, which stars M.C. Gainey, Lauren Whitney Pennington, Jonathan Baron, Mark Donato, Shawn Phillips, and Danny Trejo. Charisma Carpenter has a cameo as a librarian. The plot centers around a time capsule at a private high school being knocked open, which releases the ghosts of a cult leader, Danforth, and his female assistant. Danforth unleashes a series of supernatural earthquakes that traps several students and teachers inside the school.

Weather Wars aired on SyFy in 2011 under the title Storm War. Directed by Todor Chapkanov, the disaster flick stars Jason London, Wes Brown, Erin Cahill, and Stacy Keach. The plot is ridiculously dumb! It involves a recently fired scientist seeking revenge on the government by unleashing a series of dangerous lighting strikes across Washington D.C. Only two people in the entire city who can stop him are his estranged sons!

Miami Magma aired on SyFy in 2011. Directed by Todor Chapkanov, this boring disaster flick stars Rachel Hunter, Cleavant Derricks, Melissa Ordway, Griff Furst, and Brad Dourif (more like a cameo). Thanks to an oil company that's been illegally drilling, a super-volcano erupts underneath Miami. Vulcanologist Antoinette Vitrini (played by Rachel Hunter) and her much younger sister attempt to expose the oil company.

Final Thoughts


SyFy makes some of the worst movies and three of them happens to be on the Apocalypse: 4 in 1 Collection. The only one with any likeable quality is Archnoquake, which features an excellent cast, some funny dialogue, and some goofy CGI effects.

Ghostquake would have been a decent film if it had a bigger budget and a better director. Miami Magma and Weather Wars are horrible. Don't expect a grand disaster flick with tons of special effects because there are none! Well, except for lighting strikes and lots of steam. I don't recommend watching these films.

The picture quality and sound quality for the disc containing Arachnoquake and Ghostquake is pretty decent, but the there are some pixelation issues on the second disc for Weather Wars and Miami Magma; though it's nothing too extreme.

The DVD comes with a digital code that can only redeemed and streamed on Mill Creek Entertainment's website. Unfortunately, the digital code was missing from the DVD that was sent to me, so I have no way to review the streaming quality for these films.

While I did enjoy watching Archnoquake, I'm only giving this DVD a 2 out of 5 rating! It doesn't deserve anything more or less.

*Note: I received a review copy from Mill Creek Entertainment.
All opinions are my own.

2 comments:

  1. YIKES! While I used to love them all as a kid, I definitely stay away from horror and zombie movies these days, but I adore your reviews. Hope you're feeling better from the dreaded flu! Hugs...RO

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    1. I'm over the flu, but my allergies have been bothering me, mostly due to the weather.

      I loved horror flicks when I was a kid and I still enjoy watching them.

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