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Kiss of the Damned

July 16, 2013

Video TapeWorm

New, encore and low-price releases on Tuesday, July 23

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS:

DETENTION OF THE DEAD

2013; $19.98; UR

Boy says to girl: “Would you ever go out with a guy like me?” Girl answers: “My friends would eat me alive!” This broad comic homage to all things zombie and John Hughes (“The Breakfast Club”) is simply too cool for words. The “Where do I fit in?” angst of high school — coupled with the inherent vapidity of teens — is a perfect metaphor for the rotter plague befalling Jacob Zachar (“Greek”), Alexa Nikolas (“Red State,” who gets the best lines), Christa B. Allen (“Revenge”) and friends, forced to spend the night in the high-school lock-down. Smart, funny, bloody, goofy and scary; we loved it!

KISS OF THE DAMNED

2012; $23.98-$29.98; R

Scary-hot flaming redhead Josephine de La Baume from “Johnny English Reborn” plays a seductive modern vampire who falls in love with pale human Milo Ventimiglia (“Chosen”) in this artsy “Twilight” for adults. The best part, however, is when her sister, smokin’ dark-eyed vixen Roxane Mesquida from “Gossip Girl,” shows up just to make trouble. Less a bloody horror film than an erotic thriller, evoking the romantic vampires from Gothic Hammer works — with bed-chains and wild, screaming sex, of course. Not to be missed.

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EXORCIST CHRONICLES

2013; $17.98; UR

If you like your demonic possession flicks with extra cheese, have we got a film for you! Low-rent horror-vet Rudy Barrow stars as a priest, along with a passel of likewise unknowns mumbling the minimalist dialogue of writer/director quickie-horror machine Philip Gardiner. Plot? Well, the Vatican puts a pair of “specialists” on the job when they detect a global spike in demonic possessions. Truly awful in the best sense. We LOVE crap like this.

GINGER & ROSA

2012; $14.98; PG-13

Elle Fanning will completely blow you away in this tale of two inseparable teens in early ’60s London. Her friend is Alice Engler (“Beautiful Creatures”), and together they will beguile, shock, thrill and seduce you in ways you never imagined a movie could. The Cold War is heating up, the bomb is everywhere and a sexual revolution has women demanding a place in the boardroom. Amidst tragedy at home and all this worldwide turmoil, can their special bond survive? A movie you’ll be talking about for days; with Christina Hendricks, Alessandro Nivola and Annette Bening.

GRACELAND

2012; $19.98-$29.98; UR

A kidnapping goes sour. Instead of snatching the daughter of the corrupt politico, the crooks nab his innocent chauffeur’s daughter in this subtitled thriller from the Philippines directed by Ron Morales (“Spider-Man 3”). How will the kidnappers react when the truth is discovered? Will the man’s boss help him, or is he playing his own twisted game of revenge and profit? Everything devolves into a sickening morass with more than just the girl’s life at stake. Excellent, frightening and intelligent.

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: XXVII

2013; $44.98-$59.98; UR

More great early material from the Satellite of Love, including a riff on “The Slime People” from their first Comedy Central season, and the Cold War paranoia of “Rocket Attack U.S.A.” from their second, both starring Joel Hodgson. Our favorite, however, has to be the slam of “Village of the Giants,” starring little Ronny Howard and big Beau Bridges — with Mike Nelson doing his legendary turn as Torgo from “Manos: The Hands of Fate” between clips. Also includes “The Deadly Mantis” and some great bonus goodies, including a look at Trace Beaulieu’s career since MST3K. Sweet.

NEW WORLD

2013; $14.98; UR

A savage conflicted-cop crime-actioner from Korea. Lee Jeong-jae stars as the undercover cop charged with infiltrating and taking down “Goldmoon,” a massive global crime organization. But he has come to believe that serving Goldmoon’s somewhat noble under-boss, Jeong-min Hwang, would bring peace sooner, though that’s not as politically expedient for his police superiors. As you would expect, it all comes to a head in a hail of gunfire.

STARBUCK

2011; $22.98; R

This smart, clever Canadian comedy is being remade for U.S. audiences as “Delivery Man” starring Vince Vaughn and Cobie Smulders. We don’t see how that could possibly be funnier than this, with Patrick Huard (who reminds us of John Belushi) as a 40-something man-child and habitual sperm donor who discovers he has fathered some 500-plus children — 142 of which are suing the fertility clinic to reveal his identity. This causes a wee-wee bit of difficulty in his life. See it here while it is still charming, sardonic, nuanced and pee-yourself funny. Recommended.

THE GANGSTER

2012; $14.98-$29.98; R

Aka “Antapal,” this subtitled crime drama drops the viewer into the infamous Bangkok ganglands of the late ’50s. The protagonist (Somchai Kemglad) is a man recently released from prison who desperately longs to live a peaceful life away from the violence and drugs of the gangs. But with no other means of supporting himself, he is inexorably drawn back in.

TWIXT

2013; $14.98-$22.98; R

The two best things about this truly frightening horror flick are the spooky visuals by writer/director Francis Ford Coppola and the amazing performance of Elle Fanning, who plays a ghost. Val Kilmer is the successful murder-writer who has nightmares of murdered Fanning while researching his new book. A neat twist leads Kilmer to believe he has a personal connection to her life and afterlife. Very nice; sophisticated and intelligent; a minor gem that deserves a larger audience.

VEHICLE 19

2013; $12.98-$24.98; R

Paul Walker from the “Fast And Furious” franchise goes to South Africa for this quickie car-based crime actioner. An innocent traveler (yeah, right) with mad skills picks up The Rental Car From Hell, part of a criminal plot involving high-ranking police officials. No matter, it’s just an excuse for vehicular mayhem seasoned with lots of gunplay. The cool part is that it’s all filmed from inside the car! Fun.

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