This is a strangely horror-heavy week, and that’s just talking about Leonard Part 6 (not the most tactful release there, Mill Creek)! The big attraction, I guess, is the new The Mummy, which combines the thrills of a bad horror movie, a bad Tom Cruise movie, and a bad cinematic universe placeholder, because that’s what happens when you hire six writers (a brain trust with members behind, among so many others, Rachel Getting Married, The Usual Suspects, Mortdecai, Jurassic Park, and Cowboys and Aliens). There’s also a superior Mummy vehicle, in which it meets Abbott & Costello, also out from Universal this week to wash the taste of that out of your mouth. Also there to wash out that bad taste is the standard, non-limited Blu-Ray of Dario Argento’s Phenomena, Arrow’s release of the Ben Wheatley-produced psychological thriller The Ghoul, and a fellow bit of superior psychological terror, Trey Edwards Shults’ It Comes at Night.
Elsewhere this week, Kino doesn’t fuck up for once, and gives us Bruno Dumont’s latest, Slack Bay, as well as a restoration of Lina Wertmuller’s controversial Swept Away, Criterion releases the late Murray Lerner’s document of the Newport Folk Festival, Festival, and, uh, a movie called Fun Mom Dinner comes out from some company called “Momentum”. I’m only assuming that’s not also horror.
Abbott & Costello Meet the Mummy (Universal)
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (DreamWorks)
Fun Mom Dinner (Momentum)
The Ghoul (Arrow)
It Comes at Night (Lionsgate)
Leonard Part 6 (Mill Creek)
The Mummy (Universal)
Orphan Black: Season Five (BBC)
Psycho: Complete 4-Movie Collection (Universal)
Silicon Valley: The Complete Fourth Season (HBO)
Slack Bay (Kino)
Swept Away (Kino)
Veep: The Complete Sixth Season (HBO)