The Damnationland 2014 Trailer Is Here! (In fact…it’s right behind you…)

The all-Maine, all-terrifying annual horror anthology is back! Join co-creators (and former Videoporters) Allen Baldwin and David Meiklejohn on Thursday, October 17th at the State Theatre in Portland to see this year’s Maine horror extravaganza. Here’s this year’s haunting, mysterious, and freaky trailer. (It, as all good horror trailers should be, is NSFW):

Damnationland—scaring Maine’s collective pants off for five straight years!

(See the Damnationland site for full screening details!)

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VideoReport #429

Volume CDXXIX- Sherlock Holmes And The Mystery Of Who Thinks Touching The Shiny Side Of Our DVDs Doesn’t Make Them A Bad Person

 For the Week of 11/5/13

Videoport gives you a free movie every day. Just think about that…

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Crow, Joel, Mike, Tom Servo—from Soultaker.

Crow, Joel, Mike, Tom Servo—from Soultaker.

>>>Dennis suggests Mystery Science Theater 3000 (in Incredibly Strange). Videoport now owns over 100 episodes of this show. Which you should all send us a little thank you note for, as it is one of the truest sources of joy in the universe. No, no I am not overstating that. The eccentric brainchild of a bunch o’ Midwestern comedians and assorted knuckleknobs, the premise was just simple enough to be brilliant—make fun of terrible movies. Sure, there’s a little more to it, with the premise further including the fact that a guy (first Joel, then Mike) was stranded on a satellite (quickly christened The Satellite Of Love in honor of the late, great Lou Reed) by some mad scientists. Oh, and that they intend to use this experiment to rule the world somehow. And that Joel invented a bunch of puppety robot pals to keep him company and help him make fun of the movies. Still—simple as pie. Anyway, the whole enterprise is just an excuse for the comedians involved to crack wise at the expense of some truly terrible flicks. The general consensus is that the worst movie they ever did was something called Manos: The Hands Of Fate, a bleak, dreary, distasteful devil worshiper flick that is, indeed, soul-crushingly abysmal. But the mysterious alchemy of the show could turn films of all manner of dreadful into he most hilariously entertaining experiences of all time. Introduced to MST3k soon after college, I’ve carried it with me for more than two decades (I may not be young), trotting it out whenever I need something to pick me up. What’s best about the show for a movie geek like me is the way it mirrors the immediate criticism gene when I’m watching a movie, but suddenly I’ve got a trio of funny, knowledgeable, (and equally weird) pals to bounce my goofy insults off of. There’s a neverending debate about who was the better host, Joel or Mike, but I think that’s irrelevant. Joel Hodgson has a unique, dreamy quality and a kinship with his ‘bot friends that often veered into loopy, eccentric riffs and sketches. Joel’s five seasons on the show were my entry point, and contains some of my most indelible memories. I’d recommend: Master Ninja I (the first, and still best I’ve ever seen), Mitchell, any of the Gamera movies, Pod People, Fugitive Alien, The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack Of The Giant Leeches, Bride Of The Monster, Warrior Of The Lost World, I Accuse My Parents, The Girl In Lover’s Lane, and, of course, Manos. When Mike took over after Joel left, his relationship with Tom and Crow was more on equal footing, meaning, they routinely made his life miserable (there’s still a lot of love there.) Sharper-edged than Joel, Mike (who was the series’ head writer all the way through) gave his episodes more of a zippy, joke-filled pace. It’s like comparing wacky apples with hilarious oranges, but there’s no wrong answer here. For the Mikes, I’d suggest: The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, Samson Vs. The Vampire Women, Night Of The Blood Beast, The Brute Man, Laserblast, Revenge Of The Creature, The Deadly Mantis, Hobgoblins, The Final Sacrifice (Rowsdower!—you’ll get it…), Devil Fish, Soultaker (containing the long-awaited Joel/Mike meet-up!), and Future War. Rent MST3k—it’ll just make you happy.

Editor’s note: MST3k cast members Mary Jo Pehl (aka Pearl Forrester), Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo), and Bill Corbett (Crow/Brain Guy) will be in Portland at the Coast City Comicon this week! I got to interview them for my other job, and they are as funny and warm, and wonderful as I could have ever dreamed. You should rent some MST3k and then go tell them how much they make you happy.

Tough and Triassic Tuesday! Give yourself a free rental from the Action or Classics section with any other paid rental! OR Get any three non-new releases for seven days for seven bucks!

>>> Emily S. Customer suggests some sweet, sweet Chiwitel Ejiofor goodness! Chiwitel Ejiofor is finally getting the world-wide recognition he’s long deserved, thanks to a tour de force performance in Twelve Years a Slave (currently in theaters, and Videoport will have it the moment it’s available on DVD). Ejiofor won British Independent Film’s Best Actor award for his role as Okwe in 2002 thriller Dirty Pretty Things, was nominated Best Actor for both the Golden Globes and the BIF for his lead in Kinky Boots, won the hearts of Whedonverse geeks everywhere (including your editor, Mr. Jones himself) in 2005’s Serenity, was part of a SAG-nominated Best Ensemble for American Gangster, and was nominated for yet another Golden Globe for 2009’s Endgame, which is doubly meaningful when you consider they nominated him against co-star William Hurt. How is this guy not a household name already? And I’ll throw this one in just for kicks: if anyone can take your eyes off charismatic Det. Frazier (Denzel Washington) in Inside Man, it’s his bright-eyed and breezy partner, Det. Mitchell (Chiwitel Ejiofor, of course).

Wacky and Worldly Wednesday! You’ve got a free rental coming from the Comedy or Foreign Language sections with any other paid rental! OR Get any three non-new releases for seven days for seven bucks!

>>> Emily S. Customer suggests the roles of Philip Baker Hall. He’s a hard-nosed hard-bitten no-nonsense type who won’t stand for your tomfoolery, see? The kind of guy you call “sir,” partly because you respect him and partly because you’re a tiiiiiiny bit afraid of what he’d do if you didn’t. Maybe you know him from Paul Thomas Anderson’s oeuvre: as Floyd Gondolli, the shrewd porn producer who pegged videotape as the wave fo the future – and the death of art – in Boogie Nights; as Jimmy Gator, the jovial host of popular children’s game show “What Do Kids Know?” and father of twitchy, depressed adult daughter Claudia (played with heartbreaking skill by Melora Walters); as professional gambler Sydney who takes novice John (John C. Reilly) under his wing in the Vegas casinos in Hard Eight. Or in Robert Altman’s Secret Honor, in which Hall delivers a masterful one-man performance as the now-disgraced Richard Nixon, alone in his home office with his whiskey, his handgun, and his memories. But to a generation of TV viewers, he’ll always be Mister Bookman from “Seinfeld” episode “The Library (S3, ep5), the library cop who tracks down Jerry for a decades-overdue copy of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer and barks out retorts like “ ‘No hard feelings’?! What do you know about hard feelings? Ya ever have a man die in your arms? Ya ever kill a man?” No, he has not, sir. No, sir.

Thrifty Thursday! Rent one, get a free rental from any other section in the store! OR Get any three non-new releases for seven days for seven bucks!

>>>Emily S. Customer suggests you become intolerable, like she is! Sometimes, elements of TV and film dialogue spills over the boundaries of its narrow world and seeps into our household lexicon irretrievably. Here’s a handful of the tiny pop-culture tidbits peppering our viewing time*. 1. After the hipster horrors of Cloverfield’s kaiju, it has become de rigueur chez nous** to nod or point at any television or film appearance of the Brooklyn Bridge and announce blandly “Cloverfield monster.”

2. Description of a good (or, more specifically, delicious) place is, of course, greeted with Liz Lemon’s dreamy “I want to go to there!” 3. Whenever a TV or movie detective runs a blurry photograph through the impossibly advances Blurry Photo Phixer machine, one of us pipes up with Blade Runner Rick Deckard’s monotone “Enhance. Enhance. Enhance.” * I should emphasize: this only happens when we’re home alone together, not when we have guests. Mostly. **We’re very fancy.

Free Kids Friday! One free rental from the Kids section, no other rental necessary!

>>>It’s a free movie! You get it! And you don’t have to rent anything else! It would be weird to complain about that!

Having a Wild Weekend! Rent two movies, and get a third one for free from any section!

>>>For Saturday, You get a third movie for free. That ain’t bad.

>>>For Sunday, Emily S. Customer gives you the rundown on the Rips and the Rod. Rip Torn, Rip Taylor, Rod Taylor. They’re three quite different actors, and one of them is fascinating. Confuse them at your peril! Rip Torn is the irascible loon who debuted in 1956’s Baby Doll, and went on to become the stuff of legend after, for example, Dennis Hopper defamed him by claiming Torn was ousted from Easy Rider after pulling a knife on Hopper (two courts decreed that Hopper pay Torn just almost a cool ninety thou in damages for the slander, btw). Check him out as the power-hungry confidante to space alien David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth, Heartland, as high-sorcery priest villian Maax (the extra “a” is for “AAAAAAAAH!”) in The Beastmaster, as Being From A Higher Plane/lawyer in Albert Brooks’ Defending Your Life, as Being From A Higher Plane/supervisor Zed in Men in Black, and as gladhanding producer Artie on “The Larry Sanders Show.” Rip Taylor in the mustachio’d confetti-pelting jokester perhaps best known for his madcap appearances on “The Match Game” and “The Gong Show,” but you can get a sense of his, um, act from his cameo in the roast scene in Amazon Women on the Moon. Rod Taylor is the underseasoned slab of actor-meat who plodded stalwartly through The Birds, y’know, the guy you kinda remember standing in between Tippi Hedren and Jessica Tandy.

New Releases this week at Videoport: Mad Men- season 6 (look, I don’t have to say anything here—you and I both know you’re gonna rent the hell out of the new season of this, one of the best TV shows ever. So I’ll just save my breath, except to suggest that you call 773-1999 to reserve your copies. Videoport’s got a lot of ‘em, but you wanna be the early worm on this one…), White House Down (terrorists take over the White House! Again! Yup—the second movie of the year with the same premise comes out this week; at least this one has a cool, Obama-esque prez [Jamie Foxx], and the surprisingly entertaining Channing Tatum instead of human scowl Gerard Butler), Grown Ups 2 (Adam Sandler calls all his best pals again for another piece of low-hanging comedic fruit with he, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, and Rob Schneider falling into pools, and making boob jokes and such), Parkland (Paul Giamatti, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton, Zac Efron, and more star in this drama about the reactions of a cast-ful of regular folks to the JFK assassination), Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried stars as legendary porn star Linda Lovelace in this biopic which, shockingly, suggests that the star of Deep Throat did not have a happy experience), Under The Dome- season 1 (one of those Stephen King-y small Maine towns finds itself trapped under one of those Simpsons-esque impenetrable, transparent domes you read about in this Stephen King adaptation—about a dome!), Passion (director Brian De Palma is back, doing his super-stylized sex and violence thing on this tale of two sexy [and probably violent] corporate execs [Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace] whose ambition might turn a little…stabby), Girl Most Likely (Kristen Wiig stars in this good-looking indie about a once-hot playwright trying to cope with her career’s decline; costarring the likes of Matt Dillon, Annette Bening, Bob Balaban, and Natasha Lyonne), The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (writer/director/star Ed Burns [The Brothers McMullen, etc] keeps churning out indie dramedies, which is admirable, I suppose; this time, he’s one of the titular adult siblings preparing for their first holiday with the father who abandoned them decades before; Connie Britton and the late, great Ed Lauter are in it, so that’s something…), Clear History (Larry David writes and stars in this HBO comedy movie about an embittered former exec [David, duh] trying to get back at his former partner [Jon Hamm] who made millions from their idea for an electric car), As I Lay Dying (James Franco continues his career as professional overachiever, writing, directing, and starring in this adaptation of the seemingly-unfilmable William Faulkner novel about a poor family escorting their dead mother’s body for burial; costarring Tim Blake Nelson and Danny McBride), Syrup (a slacker invents something but has to learn to trust the sexy corporate lady who’s in charge in this comedy based on the novel by Max Barry; starring Amber Heard, and some guy from Twilight), The Painting (French animated film about the three classes of people in an unfinished painting), Renoir (biopic about Jean Renoir, legendary film director and son of the even more legendary Impressionist painter as he recuperates upon his return from WWI alongside a mysterious, gorgeous woman; I hear that helps…), Damnationland 2013 (former Videoporter Allen Baldwin produces this series of Maine-made horror anthologies; this one scared the pants off of audiences around the state this Halloween—come gets the rest of your clothes scared off…at Videoport!)

New Arrivals at Videoport: The Four Seasons (Alan Alda wrote and directed this 1981 comedy about a trio of middle aged couples whose longstanding friendship is thrown into comic upheaval when one gets a divorce; costarring Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Bess Armstrong, and Sandy Dennis), The Devil At 4 O’Clock (Spencer Tracy and Frank Sinatra costarred in this 1961 disaster drama about a crusty priest and an escaped convict trying to save an isalnd leper colony from an erupting volcano!), Kung Fu: The Movie (David Carradine returned to the most famous role he ever stole from Bruce Lee in this TV movie where his Kung Fu character mentors…Bruce Lee’s son Brandon!?!? Awkward…), Damnationland 2012 (Allen hooked us up with last year’s Maine horror anthology as well! Check out all four in the Horror section at Videoport!)

New Releases on Blu Ray This Week At Videoport: The Painting, Grown Ups 2, White House Down

Get yourself some free money at Videoport! As if you needed another reason to rent here, Videoport has these deals which just plain give you free money. Check it out: pay 20 bucks up front on your rental account, and we turn that into 25 dollars worth of rental credit. Do the same thing but with 30 dollars, and we give you 40 dollars worth of store credit. That’s either five or ten free bucks, which you were going to spend here anyway eventually. So why wouldn’t you go for this deal? Um–you hate deals maybe? I’m not your psychiatrist…

Damnationland 2013 is here!

The fourth annual all-Maine, all-horror anthology is playing at the State Theater tonight (10/18)! It’ll be freaking people out all around the state for the rest of the month! It’s…it’s right…behind…you…

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VideoReport #375

Volume CCCLXXV- The Girl With the WASSSUUUP!? (Which She Doesn’t Show People Much Anymore) Tattoo

For the Week of 10/23/12

Videoport gives you a free movie every day. And we want you to have that free movie because we have all the movies and because we want you to watch all the movies.

Middle Aisle Monday! Take a free rental from the Science Fiction, Horror, Incredibly Strange, Mystery/Thriller, Animation, or Staff Picks sections with any other paid rental! OR Get any three non-new releases for seven days for seven bucks!

>>> Dennis suggests a George A. Romero zombie trilogy Halloween extravaganza (in Horror, duh.) SPOILERS!Romero literally invented e modern horror genre with these three movies: Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead. You know the drill by now- inexplicably, the recently deceased start waking up and mindlessly chomping on the living, who then become zombies themselves, and start chomping, and so on. If you’ve got any math skills, you’ll call that an exponential progression, and the gradual-but-accelerating extinction of the human race (read: us) is all but assured- unless, you know, the disparate, divided, squabbling peoples of the earth can set aside our weaknesses, our prejudices, and out fears and work together. Yeah, good luck with that. What these initial three films sketch out so chillingly, so masterfully, is the fact that, in the face of such an incomprehensible global threat, it’s the human element more than the ravenous zombie hordes that are going to doom us all. In Night, the phenomenon has just begun, and the microcosm of our collective dunderheadedness is played out in an isolated farmhouse, with the only sane man (the great Duane Jones) unable to bring his reason to bear on the dimwits who inevitably muck everything up. In Dawn, things are getting worse, society is breaking down, and a quartet of refugees (led by the equally-awesome Ken Foree) hole up in a zombie-infested shopping mall, fortifying it into a safe haven-until humanity comes around to assert its inherent crappiness again. And then in Day, it’s all over. A tiny band of scientists and soldiers have retreated into an abandoned salt mine to wait out the end (although the scientists hold out hope for some sort of solution to the zombie plague which now outnumbers humans, as one guesses, some 300,000 to one.) In Romero’s trilogy (sadly, his return to the genre in later years has been thoroughly underwhelming), the inexorable extinction of us all was there all along- it was just waiting for the right catastrophe to reveal itself. (Oh, and fast zombies are the dumbest thing in the history of cinema and anyone who prefers them over the shambling, classic Romero zombies is a complete dumbass.)

Tough and Triassic Tuesday! Give yourself a free rental from the Action or Classics section with any other paid rental! OR Get any three non-new releases for seven days for seven bucks!

>>>Dennis suggests The Worst Horror Monsters of All Time!

Feel like some giggles along with your squiggles this Halloween? Try these for the filmmakers who shot for the moon…and landed in crazy/sillytown instead.

1. The Giant Claw (in Classics-on a double feature DVD with Creature With the Atom Brain.) Deep in the giant monster craze of the 1950s, someone looked at all the giants ants, rabbits, mantises, spiders, and gila monsters, and thought, “Hey- no one’s done a giant turkey-buzzard thing, right?” And no, no they hadn’t. Nor had they thought of suspending said critter from some of the thickest and most secure wires in all the land. You really have to see this one to believe it.

2. Birdemic: Shock and Terror (in Incredibly Strange.) Over 50 years had passed since The Giant Claw, and giant guywires give way to the free software available in iMovie in this tale of killer birds flying amok and killing people through their powers of not being of the same opacity and believability as the actual humans they are trying to kill. Makes you long for Hitchcock’s stuffed bird puppets.

3. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (over 100 episodes available in the Incredibly Strange Section.)All people who love funny things and movies know about MST3k, wherein funny people (and robots) make with the wisecracks at the expense of some of the worst movies of all time. Sure sometimes they’re making fun of Joe Don Baker, but other times they’re mocking monsters even more rubbery and unconvincing, such as: The Giant Gila Monster, Gamera (many movies), The Giant Spider Invasion, Revenge of the Creature, The Blood Waters of Dr. Z, King Dinosaur, Devil Fish, Werewolf, Pod People, The Horrors of Spider Island, Bride of the Monster, and on and on. Guaranteed laughs if you have any sense of humor at all.

4. Attack of the Giant Leeches (in Sci Fi/Fantasy.) How did the dudes in the wrinkly trash bags not drown in that swamp?

5. Troll 2 (in Horror- on a double feature DVD with the still awful, but so much better than this Troll.) Like Birdemic, Troll 2 is of the legendarily bad, so bad it’s good category, and part of the fun in this epic crapfest is the drug store-quality troll masks. Seriously? They don’t move when the trolls talk. It’s like trick or treating, except someone expected people to pay to see it.

Wacky and Worldly Wednesday! You’ve got a free rental coming from the Comedy or Foreign Language sections with any other paid rental! OR Get any three non-new releases for seven days for seven bucks!

>>>Videoport customer Deb T. suggests American Movie (in Comedy.) If you ever find yourself thinking you’re dreaming the impossible dream, or if you ever wonder if true friendship exists, I urge you to go rent “American Movie.” As a die-hard Evil Dead fan who occasionally makes awful movies with her friends, a documentary about some friends making a horror movie sounded like the perfect fit. And on that level, it did not disappoint. There were bad costumes, bad acting, and situations with people in robes in a field. I loved it all. But on top of all that was the amazing ability of the subject of this film – Mark – to hold onto his dream of making these movies against all odds (those odds including no money, no real actors, his own challenges in his life, etc.) Not only was his hope never diminished, but he was supported by the most incredible group of friends and family I have ever seen. Friends willing to be in his movies, fund his movies, and share in the excitement of Mark’s dream. These are friends we all need – the kind who are willing to let you slam their head into a cabinet over and over just to get the scene perfectly right in your movie. I rented this film thinking  it would be funny and interesting. I came away surprised at how inspired and moved it made me. I loved the friendships and the family loyalty. I loved Mark’s enthusiasm for his impossible dream. I loved all of the characters. It is truly an incredible film. That said, if Videoport still has “Britney, Baby One More Time,*” don’t, under any circumstances rent it. The only redeeming piece of this movie (which features Mark and his friend, Mike) is that it proves that Mark and Mike were totally genuine in the first movie because they certainly can’t act in this one.

*Editor’s note: we do. Please don’t judge us…

Thrifty Thursday! Rent one, get a free rental from any other section in the store! OR Get any three non-new releases for seven days for seven bucks!

>>>Dennis suggests these scary TV episodes (for when you come in to find a scary movie at the last minute for Halloween.) Here are some genuinely scary TV alternatives. Nobody’s gonna rent these, so go nuts:

1. ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ – ‘Hush’ (season 4, episode 10) It’s an awesome show, but the Buff’s horror elements weren’t usually its main attractions. This one, though introduces The Gentlemen, easily one of the greatest, creepiest monsters on TV (or movies) ever. The plot: the town of Sunnydale wakes up one day unable to speak. Amidst the ensuing chaos, we meet The Gentlemen- whose skull-like faces, rictus grins, and silent obsequious politeness mark them as pure nightmare fuel as they drift through the now-silent streets of Buffy’s hometown harvesting hearts from people unable to scream. Sure, there’s comedy, and some affecting love stuff for the Buff and the stiff-but-noble Riley (well, I like him), but the image of The Gentlemen will haunt your dreams.

2. ‘Doctor Who’- ‘Blink’ (Season 3, episode 10.) “Don’t Blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink. Good Luck.” That’s the advice Sally Sparrow [the delightful Carey Mulligan- Shame, An Education] receives from David Tennant’s Doctor on a series of inexplicable taped messages. It’s pretty good advice, since this episode’s villains, the absolutely chilling Weeping Angels, are statue-like monsters who can only move in on you when you’re not looking. And this episode, masterfully directed by Hettie Macdonald, makes terrifying use of that concept. Don’t look away. And don’t blink. Seriously…

3. ‘Firefly’- ‘Bushwhacked’ (episode 2) In this not-enough-complimentary-words-to-accurately-describe-it sci fi series, the scrappy, disreputable crew of the ship Serenity come face to face with the unspeakable aftermath of an attack on another spaceship by the infamous Reavers. Little-seen boogeymen of the show’s lonely outer space universe, the Reavers are rumored to be simply those who have gazed into the abyss of the edge of space and gone horrifyingly, savagely mad, raiding ships and outposts and doing…things to the unfortunate inhabitants thereof. As Nathan Fillion’s Captain Malcolm Reynolds pieces together the events that led up to one survivor of the Reaver attack’s strange behavior, the show draws tighter and tighter.

4. ‘Twin Peaks’ (Season 2, episode 7) Sure, season 2 got worse and worse, but this one has…well, I can’t tell you. Sarah Palmer sees…well, I can’t tell you. I just…can’t tell you.

5. ‘Angel’- ‘Reprise’ (season 2, episode 15) More of an existential horror, maybe, but chilling nonetheless. As David Boreanaz’ titular vampiric detective decides to make a final assault on the “senior partners” of Satanic law firm Wolfram & Hart, abetted by the firm’s recently deceased CEO Holland Manners, he enters a ghostly elevator which hurtles down, down, down into the depths of hell, all so Angel can see the worst people in the history of the world. With Manners’ oddly courtly guide explaining that he’s going to the worst place on the planet, Angel steels himself for what’s to come. And then the doors open.

Free Kids Friday! One free rental from the Kids section, no other rental necessary!

>>> Check out the family-friendly Halloween movie shelf in the Staff Picks section in the middle aisle.

Having a Wild Weekend! Rent two movies, and get a third one for free from any section!

>>>For Saturday, Dennis suggests Carnival of Souls/Dementia 13 (a double feature DVD in the Mystery/Thriller section.) One of the benefits of obscure movies slipping into the public domain is their inevitable inclusion in bargain basement collections. Sure, most of the time that means you get lured into buying a Mill Creek Entertainment 50 pack featuring six installments of The Falcon film series, but sometimes it means that you can rent this excellently grubby double feature of two atmospheric cult horror classics for the price of one. Carnival of Souls is the better of the two, a microbudgeted spook cult classic about a young woman whose near escape from a car crash leads to her increasing isolation and visions of creepy supernatural stuff. It’s eerily effective and deservedly heralded as a lost treasure. Dementia 13 was Francis Ford Coppola’s first feature, a strikingly directed black and white murder mystery set in Scotland. Sort of stately, but there’s a great, spooky scene where a bra-and-panties clad lady takes an ill-advised swim in a murky pond. Things don’t go well…

>>>For Sunday, Dennis suggests Damnationland 2010 and Damnationand 2011 (both in Horror.) Congrats to this year’s Maine-made horror anthology which everyone had a chance to see at the State Theatre last Friday. (And look for future screenings at Rent the last two years’ entries for hours of all-Maine-made, all-ambitiously-insane local horror shorts. (Highest recommendations: Humoresque, Shambles, Are You The Walkers?, Keeper’s Refrain)

New Releases this week at Videoport: Magic Mike (Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, and that True Blood werewolf guy are all shaking their stuff in this stripper drama that’s for the ladies…and some of the guys), Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (gee, wonder who directed this? Oh, and two possessives in a row? Nice ego, egomaniac. Plus, bad grammar…), Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (in the first feature film developed entirely from internet commenter posts, the young Honest Abe has to kick some serious vampire butt; this exists…), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley star in this sweet/dark comedy about two neighbors who bond on a roadtrip to find his high school sweetheart. Oh, and the world is going to end. Did I mention that part?), Wrong Turn 5 (yup- still making these. Once again, some obnoxious college types run afoul of one of those bands of inbred hillbilly murderer clans you read about. Man, will inbred hillbilly murderer clans ever catch a break? PS: just a hint-get a GPS and problem solved), Take This Waltz (directed by Sarah Polley [Away From Her] helms this indie drama about a happily married woman [Michelle Williams] who strays from her loving but goofy husband [Seth Rogen] with the hunky artist next door [Luke Kirby]; unsolicited recommendation- you should rent the superlative Canadian series ‘Slings and Arrows’ starring Kirby and Polley; seriously, do yourself a favor…), ‘Check It Out! With Doctor Steve Brule’- season 1 (John C. Reilly gets his own equally batsh*t insane spinoff from his gig on the decidedly batsh*t ‘Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!’ as his titular befuddled health reporter), ‘The House of Elliot’- seasons 2 &3 (the continuing adventures of two orphaned sisters in 1920s England are back in this epic BBC drama series), The Courier (Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays the titular ‘bring stuff from here to there’ guy assigned to deliver a case to Mickey Rourke, the world’s most dangerous hitman; with some above-average character support from the likes of Lili Taylor and Miguel Ferrer), The Countess (Julie Delpy [Before Sunrise, Before Sunset] writes, stars in, and directs this gory period drama about Elizabeth Bathory, the bananas 17th century noblewoman who took to bathing in virgin blood to keep herself young…and because botox hadn’t been invented yet), Chained (David Lynch’s little girl Jennifer Lynch continues her string of disturbing, loopy dark thrillers [Boxing Helena, Surveillance] with this creepy tale of a serial rapist/killer [Vincent D’Onofrio] who trains the son of one of his victims to be his apprentice)

New Arrivals on Blu Ray this week at Videoport: Tears of the Sun, Straw Dogs, Spaceballs, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Day of the Dead (Romero), Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man With the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, From Russia With Love, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Chained.

Get free money at Videoport! $20 buys you $25 in rental credit, and $30 buys you $40 in rental credit. That’s what you call free money.

The Damnationland 2012 Trailer is here!

Come to the premiere Friday, October 19th at the State Theatre.

Tickets available at Videoport. Or here.

Still not convinced? Check out the trailer.  (Like all the best horror trailers, it’s seriously NSFW.)

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