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Creepshow Season 2 and South Of Heaven Blu-ray Reviews

2 new titles from RLJE Films.

Given that “Creepshow” and “Creepshow 2” remain 2 of the best horror anthology films ever made, I was looking forward to a series based on the films. Season 1 turned out to be hit-and-miss and the less said about season 3 the better. Season 2, however, is the show at its best.

The second season contains 5 episodes with the first 4 episodes containing 2 stories each while the fifth episode is just one story. As an added bonus, the 2 segment Animated Special and the Holiday Special are also included here. The stories involve a kid that is deeply into monsters and horror, a public TV station being plagued by the dead, a bed and breakfast with an alleged dark past, an exterminator who is not what he seems, astronauts on a space station, a deadly sibling relationship, a nasty plumbing creature, an H.P. Lovecraft esque tale about the Old Ones, a starving stranded man on an island, a zombie circus, and a were-creatures anonymous group.

Season 2 and the bonus episodes have something for every horror fan. For those seeking thoughtful horror tales, you have some intriguing stories about survival, homelessness, revenge and karma. For those looking for homages to past classics you get that to. The real stand-outs for are all of episode 1 which features a thrilling ode to monsters (“Model Kid”) and the fiendishly clever “Public Television Of The Dead” which is a perfect tribute to “Evil Dead” (it could even conceivably be set in the same universe). Episode 5 (“Night Of The Living Late Show”) is another gem here. The story revolves around a man who invents a VR device that allows him to live inside any movie. Horror classics “Horror Express” and “Night Of The Living Dead” play into the story in creative ways.

Season 2 also benefits from a stacked cast containing Justin Long, Denise Crosby, C. Thomas Howell, Ted Raimi, Kevin Dillon, Keith David, Molly Ringwald, and Ali Larter to name a few.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? This is the best the series has looked.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Nothing short of effective.

Extras include a free Shudder code and a booklet in the form of a mini comic, a featurette on the sound, a making of “Night Of The Living Late Show,” a WonderCon@Home 2021 interview with Greg Nicotero, 5 minutes of raw behind-the-scenes footage, and season 2, holiday special, animated special and behind-the-scenes photo galleries.

“South Of Heaven” is a 2021 crime drama that revolves around a fresh out of prison felon (Jimmy) who wants to spend time with his girlfriend (Annie) who is dying of lung cancer. Unfortunately, all of his hopes go out the window as his parole officer (Schmidt) forces him to do an illegal side job. As if that wasn’t enough, he gets in an accident that ends the life of a motorcyclist which lands him in further trouble with a crime lord named Whit Price. Can Jimmy find a way out of the situation?

Director Aharon Keshales’ “South Of Heaven” goes south pretty fast. The overlong, telegraphed slowburn crime drama has an uneasy mix of melodrama that bogs the movie down. The script by Keshales, Kai Mark and Navot Papushado attempts to flesh out characters and even goes as far as to give the bad guy (Whit) a backstory instead of being just another cliched bad guy. The problem is the characters are rarely believable. Nobody seems phased by ultra violence and Jimmy himself becomes an expert killer out of nowhere. All the action feels shoehorned in for the sake of action which further muddies the movie. Add in the fact that the movie falls victim to so many crime and convict movies tropes and you get a movie that just falls flat.

The cast is stacked with talent that includes Jason Sudeikis (of “Ted Lasso” fame), Evangeline Lilly, Shea Whigham, and Mike Colter. Sudeikis is awkward here and clearly out of his comfort zone. Lilly shines in a very different role for her. Whigham is reliable as always while Colter brings depth to his character (Whit Price).

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. Grade: B+

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. Grade: B+

The only extras are RLJE Films trailers, a cast featurette and a making of featurette.

December 7, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , ,

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