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Eight new independent visions of terror await genre fans with the fourth go-round of the annual After Dark Horrorfest series. As devotees have discovered from past festivals, the Horrorfest lineup is usually hit or miss, with at least one standout and a few genuine dogs. The 2010 edition is no exception: depending on your taste for terror, the highlight will either beDread, a fairly harrowing if thinly dramatized take on producer Clive Barker's short story about a college project about fear going terribly awry, orLake Mungo, a bloodless but genuinely chilling ghost story done in a convincing documentary format. Norway'sHiddenalso eschews gore for atmosphere; its glacial pace may put off some viewers, but the patient will find subtle scares in its tale of a troubled homecoming overshadowed by murders. If it's body counts you're looking for,Kill TheoryandThe Finalhave them in spades--you'll just have to put up with heavy-handed proselytizing in the former (and some truly ugly scenes) and shopworn characters in the latter. Overly familiar plotting and personas also undo the UK importThe Reeds, a sluggish thriller that pits boaters against killer strays, andZombies of Mass Destruction, a broad political comedy that takes potshots at lame-duck conservative targets. Of course, for some, the horror movie is pure popcorn material, best enjoyed at top volume with the rowdiest of audiences, and comic book writer-creator Brian (Evil Ernie) Pulido's debut featureThe Gravesdelivers exactly that in its B-movie bouillabaisse of nubile heroines, crazed killers (among them Bill Moseley ofThe Devil's RejectsandCandyman's Tony Todd), and cursed towns.

Extras are fairly light throughout the set: a smattering of discs offer deleted or alternate scenes, while others offer nothing at all. Ironically, the two weakest films (The Final and The Graves) have the most supplemental features, including not one but two commentary tracks for The Graves. Clive Barker fans might find some nuggets of interest in his conversation with Dread director Anthony DiBlasi on that disc. --Paul Gaita

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CastDaniel Caltagirone, Geoff Bell, Anna Brewster, Emma Catherwood, Karl Ashman
DirectorNick Cohen
Genre:  Horror
Release Date:  2009 (UK)
Screen WriterChris Baker, Mark Anthony Galluzzo
DVD Release Date:  March 23, 2010
Runtime:  90 minutes
Studio:  Lions Gate
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review by . October 02, 2011
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*** out of ****     I didn't expect to have as much fun as I ended up having with "The Reeds". It's a horror film with an interesting premise, as well as plenty of somewhat overused ideas on the side, so I couldn't say I expected much. An intriguing premise is always good, but too often to movies - horror movies especially - waste all potential and go completely berserk when it comes to the clich├ęs and all things ever-so-familiar. To be completely honest, I can't tell you - even …
review by . April 18, 2010
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"The Reeds" is a hopelessly confusing mess, a horror film that knows neither the story it wants to tell nor how it wants to tell it. While many scary and bloody things happen all throughout, and while it consistently establishes mood, no real attempt is made at a story until the final ten minutes, at which point we're hit with not one but two plot twists that make absolutely no sense. I hate movies like this. They have no ambition other than to keep you in a perpetual state of bewilderment. I grant …
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