Halloween II: Collector's Edition
Halloween III: Season of the Witch 30th Anniversary Special Collector's EditionAfter the success of 1978's Halloween, which pretty much jump-started the whole slasher-pic craze in the U.S., it was only a matter of time before some of the original's cast and crew got back together for a sequel. John Carpenter co-wrote the 1981 followup; Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasance, the only two stars left alive after Michael Myers' rampage in the first movie, return. By 1982's dismal but kinda interesting Halloween III: Season of the Witch, no one cared enough to do it again. These two new DVDs — out this week as part of a new horror and sci-fi series from Shout! Factory — pile on the extras, including commentary by the filmmakers, documentaries about the making of the movies, and various trailers. Best of all, Halloween II features the deleted scenes and alternate ending that showed up on some television prints. Lock the doors and settle in.
Director Paul Thomas Anderson (the son of Ghoulardi, which, as Clevelanders, we're required to point out) has explored the cult of personality before, most prominently with Tom Cruise's misogynist motivational speaker in Magnolia. In his latest movie, he takes on Scientology. We have a strong feeling this one will be showing up on our Top 10 list at the end of the year. It opens on Friday.
Trouble With the Curve
Fresh from his co-starring appearance with an empty chair at the Republican National Convention last month, Clint Eastwood returns to the big screen for the first time in four years as a grizzled (duh) baseball scout who doesn't see so good these days. The good news: His estranged daughter, played by Amy Adams, comes to the rescue. The bad news: Justin Timberlake plays a rival scout. The movie opens on Friday.
Syfy's spooky TV show, which is based on a Stephen King story, returns for its third season at 10 p.m. on Friday. And while it never tops the programs it borrows from (The X-Files is the most obvious, but fans of supernatural series will notice others), there's still plenty of mystery and malice brewing in a troubled small town that isn't what it appears to be. The season premiere jumps right in where things left off last year.
The Cabin in the Woods
You weren't expecting a typical horror film from writer Joss Whedon and director Drew Goddard, were you? The geek team (individually tied to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost, The Avengers, and Cloverfield) reinvent the slasher pic in this mind-blowing movie, out on home video this week, about a group of kids whose weekend at a remote cabin turns deadly. Trust us, you have no idea where this one is heading.
Nobody Else But You
In this French comedy/murder mystery, a popular crime novelist looks into the death of a young model/cheese spokeswoman who thought she was the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe. Fans of the Coen Brothers and David Lynch's twisted narratives will spot some familiar devices at play here. The movie makes its Cleveland premiere at the Cinematheque at 8:45 p.m. on Thursday and at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday.