This September Anchor Bay is going to try very hard to lure
consumers with two new 3D horror titles that will be selling at
a $20 pricepoint. Those of you hungry enough to supplement
your growing collection with much cheaper fare may be wiser
to think twice about what you purchase.
Almost a year ago I reviewed Anchor Bay's 3D Blu-ray release
of Piranha. For what it was worth, I found it to be a rather fun
film that used an abundance of gimmickry to throw carnage
towards the audience.
No doubt, Piranha 3DD tries to capitalize on the first film,
though it does so with little success. Set in a nude water park
in a town besieged by primitive Piranha, the film tries harder to
cater itself to horny teenagers rather than providing a story worth
sitting through. By now, the fantasy of watching slow-motion
bouncing boobs in 3D has gotten rather old for this reviewer, and
the inclusion of veteran actors such as Christopher Lloyd, Gary
Busey, Ving Rhames and David Hasselhoff doesn't make this film
any more entertaining to watch.
The same can be said for Bait 3D, which for most of its 93
minute running time, has a lot of nothing going on. When a
Tsunami hits a beachfront town, a great white shark menaces
shoppers in a flooded supermarket. I didn't know if I was supposed
to be more horrified of the shark or the film's miserable acting and
dialogue. Events unfold at such a lethargic pace that you may find
yourself getting anxious for the ending credits.
For those looking for just the eye candy, I suppose both these
films will satisfy your sweet tooth. Both offer superb HD clarity
and a nice sense of separation between foreground and background.
Piranha 3DD suffers from an abundance of crosstalk and its murky
underwater scenes drown out the 3D effects. Bait 3D looks much
superior, providing viewers with more defined 3D separation that
makes everything look like a pop-out book. If In-Yo-Face gimmickry
is what you are after, I think Bait 3D has more to offer on that
front as well.
I have often stated in my reviews that I find 3D to be a saviour to
films that probably would not survive on their own as a 2D film.
Piranha 3D is a perfect example of that analogy though perhaps
now two years into this format, my tolerance for bad movies being
exploited for the 3D market is growing thin.
Purchase both at your own risk.