by Patrick Bromley
I've found myself pushing back against the word "fun" when it comes to describing horror movies in recent years. It's not that the word is bad or that anyone is wrong for having fun with a movie, it's just that I feel like it's sometimes a discussion stopper. It's the word one falls back on when there might be nothing else to say. Case in point: I remember watching an episode of The Last Drive In on which host Joe Bob Briggs gave a detailed explanation as to why he didn't think a movie worked on its intended terms. His co-host Darcy the Mail Girl (Diana Prince) responded "It's fun." Just like that, the conversation was over. There's no arguing with fun.
I say this because Scare Package, the horror anthology from directors Emily Hagins (Grow Up, Tony Phillips), Aaron B. Koontz (The Pale Door), actor Noah Segan (Looper), Courtney and Hillary Andujar, Anthony Cousins, Baron Vaughn, and Chris McInroy, is fun. There's just no other better word to describe it. It's a horror comedy that definitely leads with the comedy, so those looking for something actually scary will want to go searching somewhere else. As a comedy with major horror elements, though, it's very entertaining and, yes, fun. It's a good time of a movie, celebrating the tropes of horror with copious amounts of blood and gore. As with most anthologies, it's uneven; it starts and ends strong, but sags in the center with a couple of segments that didn't work as well for me as the ones that surround them. Like a few recent anthologies (namely V/H/S and Tales of Halloween), it kicks off (after the beyond meta cold open) with its best segment and never fully recovers -- but what a segment it is. "One Time In the Woods" is worth the price of the Blu-ray alone.
More from the press release:
RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to SCARE PACKAGE, from Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. SCARE PACKAGE releases on VOD, Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray on October 20, 2020. The horror comedy stars Jeremy King (The Pale Door), Noah Segan (Knives Out), Toni Trucks (“SEAL Team”), Chase Williamson (The Guest), Baron Vaughn (“Grace and Frankie”) and Joe Bob Briggs (“The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs”). RLJE Films will release SCARE PACKAGE on DVD for an SRP of $27.97 and on Blu-ray for an SRP of $28.96.
These releases contain extensive bonus features including a Creators Commentary track with creators Aaron B. Koontz and Cameron Burns, bonus segment "Locker Room Z, "The SCARE PACKAGE Blooper Reel, Rad Chad's Rad Ad, and the Original Not-As-Good Ending. And for the first time ever on a physical medium, the SCARE PACKAGE episode of Shudder’s The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs is available exclusively on the Blu-ray.
Check out the trailer:
Bonus features on the DVD include:
• Creators Commentary on the Film, Commenting on Other Films That Have Better Commentary Tracks
• Bonus Segment: Locker Room Z
• Rad Chad's Rad Ad
• The SCARE PACKAGE Blooper Reel
• Original Not-as-Good Ending
Bonus features on the Blu-ray include all of the above, as well as:
• The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs: SCARE PACKAGE Episode
Blu-ray Release Date: October 20, 2020