We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!
Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of July 2018!
Wes Craven’s extreme and controversial classic, The Last House on the Left is most certainly not for everyone. But those who are looking for the definitive remaster of the film should look no further than Arrow Video’s upcoming limited edition release. The current pre-order pricing is very attractive- and likely the best deal you’ll be able to get on this one- so I recommend a release date purchase on this one if you want it.
The 4K UHD version of A Quiet Place is going to be the must-have edition of this movie due to the deeper blacks and extra detail that can potentially be found in the film’s complex creatures. The only problem is that the release date pricing is a little high on this one, and it’s a popular title that will be featured in numerous sales down the road. I recommend that patient collectors give this title a couple weeks before adding it to the shelf.
July 17th will welcome two solid releases that I’m only suggesting as rentals, even though I’ll be buying them both myself! I really liked Rampage (You can read my full review by clicking this link), but I’m not sure how it will hold out on repeat viewings and its release date pricing isn’t great. Also, it’s definitely more of a summer action blockbuster than a horror collection staple. You Were Never Really Here also sort of sits on the periphery of the horror genre due to its dark subject matter (Besides, what’s more terrifying than a bearded Joaquin Phoenix with a hammer!?), but it’s certainly more of a dramatic production than a straight-up horror release. Rent both of these before deciding if they’re for your permanent collection.
Unfortunately, the synopsis for Dark Crimes– the thriller where Jim Carrey is a detective who becomes focused on an author who seems to be describing murders in his literature before they are executed in real life- is significantly more interesting and engaging than the movie ended up being. Those curious in checking out Carrey’s dramatic range in this film should give this one a rental.