Halloween Disc-A-Day: Day 1 – Death From Above

For a third year, I’m going to be watching at least one horror DVD per day and writing a short review about them.  I’ve acquired a new batch that I haven’t previously seen, so without any further delay.  Let’s get to work.

Death From Above (6 August 2012)

One man stands up to a ancient druid on a quest to rule the world through 1,000 years of darkness.

Well, this was a rough start to this years movies.  Not only was it below what I expected, it’s barely a horror movie.  The genre listed on IMDB is adventure, but in the used DVD shop I bought it in it was definitely in the horror section.  There is possession and cultists, so it’s on the borderline.  I was initially drawn to this by Kurt Angle and Sid Vicious (Psycho Sid) on the cover.  Rhyno makes an appearance and the hero of the movie is James Storm who I’m not familiar with but apparently has been a long-time TNA wrestler.  Tom Savini and Robert Z’Dar have small roles as well.  Z’Dar looks to be in rough shape in this which was three years before his death in 2015.  Everyone kind of seems worse for wear in this though.  The plot reminds me of Warlock or Rumpelstiltskin (the horror movie version).  An evil entity from another time is after an item so they can do evil stuff with it.  This doesn’t have the element of the villain being a fish out of water adjusting to the modern world.  I’m not sure if that being missing is what causes it to come across so dry or not, but something is definitely missing.  Too much seems half-assed.  The acting is great, but I’m not really expecting it to be.  I want energy.  A movie full of wrestlers that has a monster truck in the final showdown should be right up my alley, but everyone seems bored with it so why should I care.

I’m going to pick this back up tomorrow with the My Bloody Valentine remake.  Hopefully it’s a step up from this.  If you need something to occupy you in the meantime, try listening to the Motion Picture Meltdown episode on Samurai Cop and Maniac Cop for some much better Z’Dar fun.

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