Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (R)
Anchor Bay Entertainment
For years, horror fans have clamored for another sequel to Spider-Man director Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series mostly because of main character Ash, played with jerk-off abandon by cult hero Bruce Campbell. Regardless of what the Internet gossip sites post, I doubt we'll ever see another one. And you know, that's fine by me. I'd take a series of Jack Brooks films instead. As a child, Jack's family was eaten by a monster, so now, as an adult, he's a plumber with serious anger-management issues. Luckily, when his night-school prof (played by Robert Englund) becomes an evil Hellspawn due to a plumbing mishap, Jack channels that rage into a force for good. A truly original horror-comedy with an over-the-top, crowd-pleasing finale, Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer will leave you asking, "Ash who?" Louis Fowler
Scott Baio is 46 & Pregnant: Season 2 (NR)
Anchor Bay Entertainment
Oh, dear, sweet Lord ... why did you allow Scott Baio to procreate? Not more than, literally, 10 seconds after he tells his girlfriend that he's ready to be monogamous with her, she drops the pregnancy bomb on him. This second reality series follows Baio as he tries to cope with being a dad. Unlike the first series (Scott Baio is 45 ... and Single), where he deals with his sexual past, Scott Baio is 46 & Pregnant gets a tad repetitive as he has breakdown after breakdown trying to come to terms with bringing another life into the world. Of course, his galley of Swinger-wannabe pals tag along with him, adding to the liveliness. Part of me feels this show is scripted and staged, but if you have a huge Chachi tolerance, it's mostly entertaining and definitely watchable. Louis Fowler
Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead (NR)
Fox Home Entertainment
Do people actually remember the first Joy Ride film from a few years back? It was a great thriller about some jerks who play a prank on a psycho truck driver. But did it really warrant a sequel? Someone thought it did, so here it is, direct to video. And you know what? It's actually pretty fun. Nut-case trucker Rusty Nail, after a long haul on the road, comes home to find a bunch of stock horror victims hanging around, having no respect for his property, even stealing his 1971 Chevelle. He does what any of us would do: He proceeds to stalk the kids and kills 'em off using his truck, reclaiming his well-deserved respect. While this effort repeats the first film's cat-and-mouse aspect, Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead is way more exploitative. But I honestly mean that in a good way. Louis Fowler
The costumes were amazing and added to the brilliant production.
The striking colors and textures are reminiscent of Southern Colorado and New Mexico. Lovely work.