Nothing but treats for renters this week with a top box office winner and a great classic western series to choose from.
DEADPOOL – Marvel finally delivered a superhero flick for grownups with this R-rated account of a hero who plays by his own rules. Ryan Reynolds stars as a man who finds out he is terminally ill and winds up getting sucked into a secret project to create mete-humans. He comes out of it with invulnerability and a putrid skin condition that he hides under a red costume as he goes after the people who made him that way. Funny and raunchy with plenty of action as well.
THE BOY – Lauran Cohan (The Walking Dead) stars in this shocker about an American woman who takes a nanny job with a well to do couple in a remote English village. Turns out their son died 20 years before and she is tasked with looking after a finely sculpted doll . There is a laundry list of rules pertaining to its care and bad things start to happen when she breaks one. Super creepy.
HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL – The coolest western of all time arrives n a complete set(all 225 episodes) for under 70 dollars. Richard Boone stars as the iconic Paladin. He’s a gun slinger for hire but he has a strict moral code and rocks a villainous look (black clothes ad moustache) though he is one of the good guys. The stories took him all over the place and often dealt with dramatic subjects like racism and betrayal. He was probably the first western hero to have his own business card and he lived out of a fashionable San Francisco hotel when he wasn’t on the trail.The look of this character influenced many entertainers who rocked similar styles such as Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison. Amazing guest stars popped in too.
SCREAM – THE FIRST SEASON – The town of Lakewood is once again a hot spot for evil in this series from MTV that takes us back to the town that hosted this franchise. Now teens are in a killer’s sights after a case of cyber bullying. Pretty good though Wes Craven’s first film in the series remains the strongest representation of this sort of retro-horror that targeted the 80’s style of “slasher” cinema.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.