TERRIBLE TUESDAYS: NEW DVDS AVAILABLE TODAY: GRACE & DEADGIRL

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Release date: Sept. 15

Label: E1

The plot: A pair of disaffected teens (Noah Segan, Shiloh Fernandez) discover a naked, seemingly undead girl chained up in the basement of an abandoned mental hospital; one follows his baser instincts, the other struggles to do the right thing despite the pull of peer pressure and lust.

Thoughts: Not nearly as exploitative as it appears, Deadgirl is made that much more harrowing by the moral failings of its characters in the wake of a situation — should they use this beautiful, imprisoned girl as their personal sex slave? — that, on the surface, seems like a perfect (albeit wrong and perverse) teenage fantasy.

 

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Available: Sept. 15

Label: Anchor Bay

The plot: A mother-to-be (Jordan Ladd, Cabin Fever) loses both her husband and unborn child in a car crash, except when she delivers the child weeks later, it’s no longer dead and needs fresh blood to survive.

The verdict: Grace was originally conceived by writer/director Paul Solet as a creature feature but was (thankfully) retooled as a serious horror/drama. The result is a haunting, sometimes sad film without villains but with plenty of horrifying, disturbing moments.

Trivia: Two men fainted during the film’s premiere at Sundance earlier this year.

Key extras: Director commentary, ‘Grace: Conception’ (charting the film’s origins), ‘Grace at Sundance’ (tracking the film’s enthusiastic reception)

One Response to “TERRIBLE TUESDAYS: NEW DVDS AVAILABLE TODAY: GRACE & DEADGIRL”

  1. Can’t wait to see Dead Girl! I wonder why it took so long to be released?

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