November 28, 2010

November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

It's Thanksgiving Day in America. Although it's entirely meaningless to me, it does mean a day off and an excuse to eat a Christmas turkey early.

I'm thankful that I went to Wal-Mart last night and got 2 of the "4-Film Pack" collections of horror movies. The first has "Pumpkinhead 2", "Leprechaun", "Wishmaster" and "Wishmaster 2" on it (to replace my scratched Wishmaster DVD) and the second has "Drive Thru", "Creep", "Boy Eats Girl" and "Tamara" on it. I already had "Tamara" but don't care as each set was only $5 each.

I can now also give you a fuller list of Wal-Mart's "Featured $7.50 DVDs" section:
An American Werewolf in Paris
Dog Soldiers
Double Feature: The Howling/Howling 2: Your Sister Is a Werewolf
Fright Night
From Dusk Till Dawn
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter
Ginger Snaps Back
Ginger Snaps Unleashed
Midnite Movies Double Feature: Countess Dracula/The Vampire Lovers
Midnite Movies Double Feature: Once Bitten/Vampire's Kiss
My Best Friend is a Vampire
Near Dark
Perfect Creature
The Wolf Man
5 Vampire Movies (I've never heard of any of them in the set)

I also went to K-Mart and got "A Haunting in Georgia" and "A Haunting in Connecticut" as a double feature for $2.99. They are the Discovery Channel TV true ghost stories not movies but they scared the piss out of me when I watched them late at night a few years ago. I saw that K-Mart had the Echo Bridge collection of "Puppetmaster/Puppetmaster 2/Puppetmaster 3" for $5 but I left it because those films suck.

Having looked up Echo Bridge's website, there are a load of new 4 film packs coming from them especially in "The Midnight Horror Collection" range so it may be wise to not buy any of the current ones and wait until January next year. They do tend to repeat the titles somewhat and mix several good films with absolute dross so it'll be interesting to see which ones Wal-Mart and K-Mart stock.

Anyway, have a good turkey day.

November 24, 2010

RIP Ingrid Pitt

Ingrid Pitt, who starred in "Countess Dracula", "The Vampire Lovers", "The House That Dripped Blood" and who had a small part in "The Wicker Man", died today aged 73.

I met Ingrid Pitt at a convention at Olympia in London back in the late '90s and she signed a few photographs of herself for me.

November 23, 2010

Horror for Black Friday

Since there's not much else happening right now, I thought I'd check out the ads for the Black Friday sales and let you all know where you can get some cheap horror DVDs.

Wal-Mart has a ton of movies (actually 90 titles) at $1.96 each, 55 better titles at the usual $5 each, and 60 TV series boxsets at $12 a piece. How many of these will be horror movies is anyone's guess especially as their "Featured DVD" section is currently full of vampire and werewolf movies for $7.50 each anyway including "Near Dark" and the "Ginger Snaps" sequels.

Target are running much the same deals on DVDs as Wal-Mart with slight differences in price. Their cheapest DVDs will be $1.99, $5.99 or $9.99 depending on how recent they are. Target's TV series sets are a dollar more than Wal-Mart's at $12.99 but the advantage is that if you really want "The Vampire Diaries" then you won't be pestered by noisy Salvation Army bellringing beggars on the way in or out.

Although nobody much shops there much anymore, K-Mart are bound to claw back a few customers with the "4 Film Favorites" packs which they will be selling for $5 each. That's $8 less than Wal-Mart and $5 less than Target for the same thing. From their ad, it looks like you can get all the "Final Destination" movies for $5 and probably a few more too. They also have 50 other titles to go through at $3.99 and $6.99 respectively.

Big Lots!
Apart from Season 2 of "Friday the 13th: The Series" at $6 among dozens of other TV series sets, there really isn't much more worth going to Big Lots for on Black Friday. They always have stacks of $3 DVDs all year round so you might get lucky with any of the Halloween leftovers.

Best Buy
From the ad, it looks like Best Buy are selling DVDs at the same prices as K-Mart but they have better titles. You will certainly be able to get "Drag Me to Hell" for $3.99 and "Legion", "I am Legend" and "Daybreakers" all at $5.99 (or $9.99 on Blu-ray).

Personally, I have better things to do at 5am in the morning than get crushed to death by hoards of the great unwashed all descending on the electronics sections of these major stores. If you haven't got a Blu-Ray player yet then just about everywhere seems to be selling them from $59 to $99 depending on the brand and I'm sure they'll have more of the same in the post-Christmas sales too. Target has a $19 Memorex DVD player which is sure to fly off the shelves.

Wal-Mart once again has an Emachines laptop at $199 which I'm almost tempted to get out of bed for and K-Mart has a disastrously bad no-name netbook for $89 which can stay there.

One year I might be tempted to wait out in the freezing cold at stupid o'clock in the morning but, from the leaked Black Friday ads which I've found online, it won't be this one.