'Pop Skull,' 'Acolytes,' 'Combat Shock'

Pop Skull
"In its unsettling blend of visual and aural disturbances and eruptions -- including some radical strobe effects -- Pop Skull powerfully points toward a new subgenre: acid horror," wrote Robert Koehler in Variety. "Director-lenser-editor and co-writer Adam Wingard constructs a subjective universe that, true to the title, places viewers almost entirely inside the frazzled mind of a 20-ish Alabama guy haunted by murders, forlorn over a breakup and popping way too many pills." Sounds good to me!

The DVD includes an audio commentary with the director and star Lane Hughes, plus five short films and a music video by Wingard, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and deleted/alternate scenes.

Hailing from Australia, Jon Hewitt's film follows two young victimized men who are determined to kill their nemesis ... and then they cross paths with a serial killer who may be able to help them out. "Seems simple, yes? Think you know where it's going, yes? You don't," wrote our friend Todd Brown at Twitch. "Acolytes is very much one of those films that wraps its strengths and weakness up into one interconnected package ... Once [certain bad] decisions start piling up the film begins to twist and turn but it takes a little patience to get to that point." Having those reservations in mind, this could be a decent rental pick in a slow week for new horror releases.

A Vietnam vet, "horrible fish-men mutations," and more ... after the jump!

categories Dvds, Horror