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HORROR HORIZON: Fright-film frontrunner Lionsgate premieres a pair of recent theatrical pics on DVD, the torture sequel Saw V: Unrated Director's Cut and the shock-rock opera Repo! The Genetic Opera, featuring Bill Moseley and Paris Hilton. 20th Century Fox bows a brace of big-screen releases—24 star Kiefer Sutherland confronts the supernatural in Mirrors, costarring Paula Patton and Amy Smart, while John Cusack and Molly Shannon lend their vocal talents to the animated monster homage Igor. Sony Pictures presents a pair of fear-film follow-ups, the Ghost House creation Boogeyman 3 and Lance Henriksen in the belated Screamers sequel Screamers: The Hunting, loosely based on Philip K. Dick's The Second Variety. Elsewhere, Stephen (born-again bro of Alec, Daniel and Billy) Baldwin battles a Shark in Venice (First Look Pictures), while killer clowns run amok in Amusement (New Line), with Jessica (Cloverfield) Lucas.

KILLER THRILLERS: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro seek a serial killer in Righteous Kill, due via Anchor Bay Entertainment; the same label likewise unleashes the similar-themed Alphabet Killer. In other digital suspense developments, Amber Tamblyn stars in yet another serial-killer thriller, the oft-recycled title Black Out (Image Entertainment), hostile cop Samuel L. Jackson leans on his new neighbors at Lakeview Terrace (Sony Pictures), a venerable franchise resurfaces with Poison Ivy: The Secret Society (New Line), Gerard Butler kicks butt in Guy Ritchie's latest Brit gangster saga RocknRolla (Warner Home Video), and Hollywood intrigues take a deadly turn in the dark satire Shut Up and Shoot! (Koch Vision), with Gary Busey, Roddy Piper and Daniel (Brother of Stephen) Baldwin.

ACTION UPDATE: Lawmen Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen tame a rambunctious town and vie for Renee Zellwegger's affections in the excellent old-school western Appaloosa (Warner), while the unlikely trio of Roy Clark, Mel Tillis and Kinky Friedman ride the range in the direct-to-video oater Palo Pinto Gold (Monarch). Dolph Lundgren returns to action in RetroGrade, new from First Look Pictures; the same label also puts out Contract Killer and Way of War, with Cuba Gooding Jr. Nicolas Cage suffers yet another serious bad-hair day in the ill-fated remake Bangkok Dangerous (Lionsgate), Fox furnishes the sequel Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia, and Jason Statham takes the wheel in the Death Race 2000 redo Death Race (Universal).

SCI-FI FORECAST: Vin Diesel and Michelle Yeoh headline in the futuristic flop Babylon A.D. (20th Century Fox), Julianne Moore stars in the sci-fi fable Blindness (Miramax), following that flick's nearly invisible eye-blink theatrical run, and a two-gunned Bai Ling faces a perilous future in the comic book adaptation The Gene Generation (Lionsgate).


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