Vampires, Zombies, Revenants? Oh my! (The Revenant)

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Because nothing says you live in LA like killing and eating all the bad guys on the streets.

The Revenant (2009) – USA

Real vampires don’t fly, that’s fairies!

Released on DVD August 24th, 2012

Winner of New York City Horror Film Festival’s Best Feature, Best Actor, And Best director.

Winner of Screamfest’s Festival Trophy for Best Special Effects, and Best Make Up.

Rev-e-nant (Noun): One that returns from the dead, or a long leave.

Okay, so this isn’t my first time telling people about this amazingly funny flick. I’ve watched this movie many times, and many different versions of it. From an unfinished version of it at the Zompire Film Festival in 2009, to the near 3 hour festival cut that played at the Portland International Film Festival, and a few different DVD cuts. I liked this movie so much, I hosted a screening of the festival cut at the famed Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Now you could go on Netflix right now and put this in your queue which would be fine. You could also go and try to find it in a Red Box, and that’d be fine too. My suggestion to you; buy this DVD. You’re going to watch it more than once. Why? This movie is as comfortable in the comedy section as it is in the horror. It’s funny, it’s scary, it has a fair amount of gore, but most of all, it’s entertaining. I must stress though that as funny as this film is, it’s also very dark, dramatic and quite scary at times. New comer writer/director, but long time special effects guru D. Kerry Prior (Phantasm, The Abyss, Air Force One, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3) shows some great talent here.

So here’s the deal: Bart (David Andres – the vampire diaries, Heroes, 24) a fallen Iraqi solider wakes up after his funeral and seeks out his best friend Joey (Chris Wylde – Space Cowboys, Strip Mall, Joe Dirt). After Joey comes to terms with his fallen friend’s walking corpse, he decides to help Bart “feed.” And what better way to feed on the living than to clean up the streets of LA from the scum that fills them? Needless to say, hilarity ensues as Bart, and Joey play vigilantes killing and eating gangsters, druggies, the homeless, and armed robbers.

As the new resident horror geek here at Watch Play Read, I intend on bring to your attention a lot of horror flicks that slipped through the cracks. This is probably my favorite horror movie to come to DVD this year.

Overall Rating: 9 out of 10

The rating may be a little inflated but this movie is just so much fun.


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