April goes out like a lamb with a quartet of releases that flew in under the cultural radar, except for a cartoon smash from marvel Comics. “The Avengers” — Your kids will love this solid take on the famed superhero group that includes Iron Man, Thor and Captain America. This animated series plays it straight (like DC did with their “Justice league” series) and it works. You also get appearances by some of the greats from the Marvel canon, like the Incredible Hulk, Giant Man, The Wasp and the Black Panther. My only complaint is that they gouge your pockets by releasing two volumes at the same time.
“Dinoshark” — Roger Corman’s second flick for the SyFy Channel sticks with the mutated fish presence of “Sharktopus” as well as the Puerto Vallarta locations. Here you get a thawed critter form the Jurassic period that enjoys breaking women’s water polo tournaments. The CGI effects are so-so, but the locations, cast and B-movie spirit are all ripe.
“Mongolian Death Worm” — More dino critters attack in this effort that sees oil-happy business interests pouring hot water into the earth’s crust around upper Mongolia and releasing the titular beast. They are about as scary as that title.
“Death Will Have Your Eyes” — Your best bet for a chill this week lies with this forgotten thriller from the swinging, and gory, 1970s. A gorgeous woman eking out a living in Rome runs afoul of some bad dudes who force her into prostitution. Salvation arrives in the form of a kindly doctor, but this slasher effort is just getting warmed up. Lots of style over little substance, though the Rome locations are fab and there is a creepy turn by the late Farley Granger (“Strangers on a Train”).
Next week look for more superheroes with the release of “The Green Hornet.”