Here are two to look out for…
THE FINAL (Chelsea Films). At cinemas from 13th August, on DVD from 23rd August 2010
‘Saw’ and ‘Hostel’ meet Columbine High School Massacre-inspired movies such as ‘Elephant’, ‘Zero Day’ and ‘The Class’ in The Final, a brutal, unflinching and shockingly violent portrayal of a small group of geeks’ systematic revenge against their bullying jock, cheerleader and prom queen tormenters. This psychological horror film “crackles with a mean-spirited energy that borders on the psychotic” (MovieCynics.com).
Featuring novel if somewhat inappropriate uses for cattle prods and stun guns, gardening shears, acupuncture needles and a specially formulated skin cream you wouldn’t want to leave on for too long, The Final is a horror movie aimed fairly and squarely at viewers with very strong nerves and comes with a BBFC warning to consumers “contains strong sadistic violence”.
7 DAYS (E1 Home Entertainment). Available to buy on DVD from 23rd August 2010
Directed by Daniel Grou (Vampire High; Big Wolf On Campus; The Hunger), aka Podz, and adapted for the screen by author Patrick Senécal (5150 Elm’s Way; Evil Words) from his best-selling novel, ‘Les sept jours du talion’, 7 Days is an intense and disturbing French Canadian thriller in the tradition of the ‘Saw’ movies, but if they had been directed by Michael Haneke (Funny Games) or Lars von Trier (Antichrist).