Monthly Archives: February 2013
This month DVD Critics Corner shines the spotlight on movies that you may not have heard of. Cinematic gems that never made it to a theater near you. Films that have somehow slipped through the cracks, only to wind up in the mysterious phantom zone that is the instant queue of our Netflix account.
Title: SUPER HYBRID (2010)
Director: Eric Valette
Cast: Oded Fehr, Shannon Beckner, Ryan Kennedy, Adrien Dorval, Melanie Papalia
Genres: Horror Movies, Sci Fi & Fantasy, Monster Movies, Supernatural Horror Movies, Sci-Fi Horror Movies, Sci-Fi Thrillers
This Movie is (according to Netflix): Dark
Rating: PG-13 for some mild scares and sci-fi gore.
Netflix Synopsis: When a mysterious car rolls onto the premises at a police impound garage in Chicago, the unsuspecting mechanics — who are used to seeing some pretty hot wheels — come face-to-face with a killer specimen.
The Dealy: A while back DVD Critics Corner! devoted a blog post to some of the greatest evil cars in movie history, which you can read by clicking here.
Go ahead and read it. I’ll wait.
Are you back yet? Good. Wasn’t that insightful as well as entertaining? Not to toot my own horn, but I’m quite proud of that post myself.
Anyway, evil car movies are awesome because evil cars are awesome. They crash into things, crush stuff under their malevolent wheels, and despite their giant size and loudness have the amazing ability to pounce on dimwitted victims with ninja like stealth and expertise.
I mean lets face it, if you’re dumb enough to let a 3,600 pound bright red Plymouth sneak up on you, you don’t deserve to make it to the end of the movie.
So needless to say I was thrilled to discover a new evil car movie while I was cruising the Netflix listings: Super Hybrid. Granted, this straight to DVD flick is no Christine or The Car, or even Herbie Goes Bananas, but it does have a very evil car with some very unique powers and a mean streak a mile wide.
Speaking of evil cars, did I ever tell you about the time in high school my Datsun 210 ate my new Van Halen cassette? That car hated Van Halen.
As Super Hybrid opens, we are introduced to the title character, a mean looking black Chevy Nova that prowls the streets of Chicago looking for victims. The evil car doesn’t simply mow people down, it devours them when they get inside. And how does it attract victims? By changing into more desirable vehicles, like a slick new Corvette! So the evil car is a shapeshifter, a creature that constantly changes its physical appearance to lure its victims closer so it can eat them, much like the Mimic Octopus or Madonna.
Unfortunately, even diabolical people eating cars must obey the rules of the road, and the super bad Chevy is banged up in a traffic accident. It’s towed to a multi level impound facility that’s about to be shut down for massive renovations, because big cities like Chicago have millions of dollars laying around to spruce up their shitty Police garages.
As the skeleton crew assembles for the night shift, they soon discover the strange black car that was brought in earlier is not like the other wrecked police cruisers and impounded sedans parked in the dark garage. And when the evil auto starts picking everyone off while morphing into different cars and trucks at will, Tilda (Shannon Beckner), Bobby (Ryan Kennedy), and their dick boss Ray (Oded Fehr) must figure out how to defeat the killer Chevy before it devours everyone in Chicago, much the same way the Cubs have devoured the hopes and dreams of baseball fans for over a century.
Sorry, Cubs fans. Your team is not good.
Super Hybrid is a decent addition to the evil car horror movie genre, and the sci-fi inspired twist behind the car’s shape shifting abilities is pretty darn clever for a low budget direct-to-DVD film. So if you like your classic cars tricked out, souped up, and homicidal, feel free to add Super Hybrid to your Netflix queue.
And never get into strange cars no matter how awesome they look.
Yes, even if they offer you candy.
My God, how were you able to survive this long?
This month DVD Critics Corner turns the spotlight on movies that you may not have heard of. Cinematic gems that never made it to a theater near you. Films that have somehow slipped through the cracks, only to wind up in the mysterious phantom zone that is the instant queue of our Netflix account.
Title: Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (2012)
Rating: Unrated, but contains lots of gory dead body stuff and icky GG blood splattering everywhere.
Cast: Ed Quinn, Steven Bauer, Nia Peeples, Steven Rea, Guy Wilson, miscellaneous Romanians
Director: Louis Morneau
Genres: Horror, Werewolves, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces
This Movie is (according to Netflix): Violent, Exciting, Scary
Netflix Synopsis: “When a mysterious creature terrorizes a village by moonlight, a local young man joins a team of werewolf hunters to bring it down. But as the villagers are turned into vicious beasts, he suspects that his foe is someone closer than anyone thinks.”
The Dealy: The movie opens with a werewolf attacking a farmhouse and murdering a man, his wife, and his horse, which is pretty horrifying because in the 1800’s wives were everywhere, but a good horse was really hard to find. A little boy survives, and he grows up to be a man named Charles (Ed Quinn) who hunts werewolves and says movie cowboy things like “I reckon” a lot.
Charles has assembled a crack team of werewolf killers to aide him in his werewolf killing quest:
Hyde (Steven Bauer), the one eyed tough guy/comic relief who would have been played by Ron Perlman if this movie had a bigger budget.
Stefan (Adam Croasdell), an Englishman who throws knives at werewolves. Showoff.
Kazia (Ana Ularu), who fills out the “we need a hot girl on the team” prerequisite nicely.
Fang (Florin Piersic Jr.) He attacks werewolves with a set of silver teeth he puts in his mouth during battle. I wanna party with that dude.
Together, they roam around the Romanian/American countryside ridding the world of werewolves, who are nothing like the hip, smartly dressed werewolves that Warren Zevon has been singing about on classic rock radio all these years.
Charles and company arrive at a village that’s been under attack by a werewolf who is chowing down on the townspeople, leaving the local Doctor (Steven Rea) and his young apprentice Daniel (Guy Wilson) very little to do except pile up the corpses in a barn because burying dead bodies wasn’t invented yet or something.
Daniel wants to help the werewolf hunters kill the beast that’s been eating the towns drunks and ne’er do wells, but since he’s young and looks like he bathes on a regular basis, they want nothing to do with him. But when Charles notices this particular werewolf displays above average intelligence for a big dumb werewolf (running away from the guys with guns is apparently something werewolves don’t normally do), he decides to let young Daniel help them with the hunt. Daniel’s Mom Vadoma (Nia Peeples) hates that her son would rather hunt werewolves than go off to college to become a doctor, but she’s a Mom and you know how they worry.
Can Charles and his team learn the secret behind the werewolf before it kills more Romanian extras – I mean, 19th century Americans?
Werewolf: The Beast Among Us isn’t particularly scary or exciting, and the CG werewolf looks like every other CG werewolf we’ve seen in horror movies of late. But the movie answered an important question that’s been gnawing at my soul for quite some time: What has Nia Peeples been doing lately?
And now I know. My soul is at rest.