San Andreas, Insidious: Chapter 3, Cooties: 12 October’s new DVDs

California screaming, beyond-the-grave creepiness, and school's out... for zombies

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SAN ANDREAS (12)
★★★

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The mother of all earthquakes rocks California to its foundations in this epic disaster movie. The Rock is your helicopter-pilot guide for the tectonic mayhem that unfolds, while Carla Gugino plays his imperilled wife on the precariously unstable ground.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and download


INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 (15)
★★★

This horror sequel boasts quite a pedigree, with Saw’s James Wan and Paranormal Activity’s Oren Peli on production duties, and series writer Leigh Whannell stepping up to direct. These guys know how to push all the spooky buttons, and do just that with a prequel that delves into the past of Lin Shaye’s psychic. 

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


COOTIES (15) 
★★★

Turkey Twizzlers may be making British schoolkids fat and spotty, but they’re nothing compared to the chicken nuggets that turn students into cannibal zombies in this daftly fun horror. Having helped to rid his school of aliens in The Faculty, Elijah Wood plays the supply teacher who tries to stop the rabid hoards of children. And detention is not an option. 

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


BEYOND THE REACH (12)
★★★

Michael Douglas is always worth watching, especially when he’s playing a rule-breaking loose canon, like in Falling Down and Wall Street. This neat thriller once more finds him on dangerously unpredictable form, playing a game hunter who targets tour guide Jeremy Irvine out in the wilds of the unforgiving Mojave Desert.

Formats: DVD and download


BUTTERCUP BILL (18)
★★★

Here’s a film that split the critics. Its story of former childhood friends resuming their sexually charged games will have you captivated… or you may find the whole thing a bit boring. Either way, the Deep South backdrop casts its own hypnotic spell on the fascinating/tedious proceedings. 

Formats: DVD and download


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