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The Evil / Twice Dead (R)

Shout! Factory

This double feature from Shout! Factory's stellar Roger Corman cult classics line features two of the low-budget auteur's haunted-house horrors. In 1978's The Evil, Richard Crenna faces not only a house that happens to have an open gateway to hell in the basement, but also a hilariously third-rate Amityville Horror rip-off screenplay. Look for Victor Buono as the campiest personification of pure diabolatry since Ernest Borgnine in The Devil's Rain. Second up is the awesomely bad Twice Dead, circa 1988. A family from Boulder moves to inner-city Los Angeles and immediately gets on the bad side of the squatting punks living in their new house. Luckily, with the help of Todd Bridges and the murderous ghost of a dead 1930s film star, they teach those dirty punks a lesson. Watch both flicks in the "Corman Experience" mode and get classic theater ads and trailers. — Louis Fowler


Bangkok Adrenaline (R)

Image Entertainment

I try to keep abreast of the latest action flicks that Thailand, the new capital of kick-ass cinema, has to offer. It was only a matter of time until, ahem, Caucasian filmmakers and actors got in on that action and cashed in on this relatively new filmic phenomenon. And while the plethora of Western-sounding names might divert some chop-socky purists, don't worry: Bangkok Adrenaline delivers on all fronts. Four vaguely German-sounding pals owe a local Thai gang lord a million baht, so they kidnap a millionaire's daughter. Easy enough. But in a Ruthless People turn of events, he doesn't want her back. Insanely awesome action sequences that harken back to the excitement of the first time you saw Ong Bak blow up the screen, heightened by hilarious comedic set-pieces that actually work. Pretty good for a movie I was totally dreading watching. Keep it up, white people! — Louis Fowler


Holy Rollers (R)

Vivendi Entertainment

It must be a discomfiting feeling for an actor when he or she is lucky enough to strike Hollywood gold with a plum role in a widely acclaimed movie. Because the next thing they know, their never-released, little-known, possibly embarrassing movies are suddenly on the shelves, with boxes proclaiming they helped launch a star. (Think: Total Eclipse rearing its ugly head in the wake of Leonardo DiCaprio's ascent.) Although it was made recently, Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg's turn as a Brooklyn Hasid seduced by the world of ecstasy-pill smuggling — "inspired by" a true story — fits into the coattail category nicely, if not as tidily as his newly released-on-DVD 2007 misfire The Living Wake. (Now that was calculated.) Surprisingly, it's not a terrible Eisenberg B-side; first-time director Kevin Asch shows minor promise with his confident framing and competent period nuance. — Justin Strout

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