Here's another disc of 5 films that Echo Bridge put out in a set of 20 movies, cleverly titled 20 Horror Movies. You can see from the imaginative packaging they don't spend a lot on packaging. I also noticed on this package that they call themselves Echo Bridge Acquisition Corp LLC nowadays. They used to be Echo Bridge Entertainment but I guess they got tired of living a lie. I bought this set new, at Walmart for $3.74, but I usually buy most of my Echo Bridge sets used. Other people realize they've made a mistake and sell the videos to Half Price Books and I get to punish myself at a big discount.
Dire Wolf is a 2009 Fred Olin Ray film that was called Dino Wolf at some point. Fred directed and Dan Golden and Patrick Moran wrote the thing. It's about a genetically altered prehistoric wolf that gets out of a remote bio-lab. Maxwell Caufield is the sheriff and Gil Gerard is a Colonel in the army that wants to keep the dire wolf hush hush. You know, for military purposes. He doesn't get his way as the big beast comes to visit the local town. There's plenty of slaughter and mayhem, lots of running about in the woods, cliche characters and some nice locations. It's all the sort of thing you've seen many times before, especially if you see a good number of the horror movies that pop up on the SyFy Channel, it's typical of their sort of programming. Not unwatchable, but it scores below average in telling me an interesting story.
Another Kind is a 2013 movie about some hikers that go into the woods. It turns out to be one of those movies that have some big cataclysmic event happening everywhere else but, sadly, where we are. We're in the woods with some jerk wads we don't know about it until it's well over. That was a disappointment, trick me into listening to a bunch of whiny numb nuts while they thrash about in the snow. Can't afford to make a movie, write a book.
The Lonely Ones is a 2006 movie about some college students that vacation in the mountains. One of the group has a cabin. She also turns out to be a member of a demon race that feeds on humans. The demons have learned to lure students out to the cabin for a feast. They can look and sound like humans but they soon revert to their demon form when there are snacks. Some bandana wearing guy shows up to try to teach the students to fight back but not all his pupils are capable. There's plenty of feeding by the demons. Plenty of gore. Just barely better than the first two movies but still below average. None of these are shaping up as movies I would need to see again.
Night Drive is a 2010 film and like most of these films on the disc doesn't even have anyone who wants to make a Wikipedia page for them. Sad, huh. So is this movie. The only cool thing about it, is that it was filmed in South Africa with local talent. The local actors were pretty good for the most part. There's hardly anyone to like among the characters they play. I guess that's good, a bunch of those characters get sucked into the darkness of the jungle by some unknown force. After seeing it there's no known force that would make me want to see it again.
Shackled is a 2010 Irish movie about a woman who unravels a mystery about her dead brother. I watched it meander around for a while and started fast forwarding. It mostly an improve movie and those rarely work for me.
Another disc defeated and packed away for the river.