"The Weekend Rent" offers quick-hit suggestions of what to watch at home to get psyched for new releases in theaters, on Fridays.
The only new wide release in theaters this weekend that is aiming to cut away the earnings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is Texas Chainsaw 3D, which is supposedly a sequel to the original 1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and not the more recent remake starring Jessica Biel. The latest return of Leatherface and his favorite implement of mass dismemberment to the big screen—in 3D no less—got us thinking about other gory Blu-ray 3D titles that are currently available on home video. If you like to see the red stuff flying out of your HDTV screen at your face, read on.
My Bloody Valentine 3D is a 2008 remake of the 1981 slasher film that also has a masked killer—this time a coal miner armed with pickax. The remake starring Jensen Ackles, Jaime King and Kerr Smith first came out on DVD and Blu-ray in anaglyph 3D, which uses those headache-inducing red-and-blue glasses. Be sure to seek out the newer version on Blu-ray 3D, which makes great use of the added dimension—especially in the claustrophobic mine tunnels.
If you want some laughs along with your splatter-thon, check out Piranha 3D and Piranha 3DD on Blu-ray 3D. The first film features the titular pissed-off prehistoric fish ripping apart spring breakers at a lake; the massacre in the sequel takes place at a nearby water park. In addition to piranha ripping off the body parts of stupid characters in loving detail, the movies delight in augmenting other uniquely female assets in three dimensions (as the title of the sequel suggests). It's fishy entertainment, but it's still fun. If you like your fish teeth even bigger, check out Bait 3D—the best post-tsunami sharks-in-a-supermarket shocker ever filmed.
Although not as gory as other movies on this list, there are still choice 3D moments in the remake of Fright Night starring Colin Farrell—particularly when a vampire is staked and explodes into ash on the screen.
You say you want a 3D gorefest with more action? No problem. Check out Milla Jovovich and pals tearing through the mutated undead in Resident Evil: Afterlife and Resident Evil: Retribution—both of which are now available on Blu-ray 3D. There is also the remake of Day of the Dead featuring Mena Suvari as a solider trying to prevent her town from being eaten by a horde of zombies. And don't forget about Kate Beckinsale in the recent Underworld: Awakening, in which the vampire warrior woman awakens after a long slumber and slices through a lot of lycans in order to protect her daughter.
No splatterific party in three dimensions would be complete without The Final Destination and Final Destination 5, the fourth and fifth film in the Final Destination series about people who cheat death only to have Death come back to collect... in inventively violent ways. Whether it’s a botched laser eye surgery, a disaster at a race track or a bridge collapse, don't seek out these two movies on Blu-ray 3D if you have a problem with chunks of humans soaring out of your TV.
This brings us to what is undoubtedly the reigning champion in terms of extreme gore in 3D available at home: Saw 3D: The Final Chapter. Yes, the supposed big-screen end of the Jigsaw killer's bloody rampage features the return of the original's Carey Elwes as well as a lot of in-your-face evisceration, bodily explosions and other juicy deaths. By the time it's over, you won't know if you should have worn your 3D glasses or protective goggles.