Odds & Sods: Night Swim, Beavers, Frogs

New releases across Blu-ray and streaming options couldn’t get anymore diverse that these offerings currently available.

Night Swim

A pool that kills, haunted by the spirits of previous victims. Night Swim was the first studio release of 2024. A Blu-ray release includes a handful of featurettes ranging from five to ten minutes. In the audio commentary director Bruce McGuire, who also wrote the screenplay based on his short film by the same name, relates how he made sure all the performers could hold their breath at least 40-seconds.

A solid cast includes Russell Wyatt and Kerry Condon as parents whose new home’s backyard seems to be haunted. The swimming pool game commonly known Marco Polo becomes a supernatural threat with more than jump scares.

Night Swim, whose producers include horror stalwarts Jason Blum and James Wan, debuted on Blu-ray on April 9.

Hundreds of Beavers

Any film maven can identify the influences that go into Hundreds of Beavers including but not limited to Robert Flaherty, Monty Python, and Guy Madden. The film could easily be dismissed as experimental yet it’s a smörgåsbord of silent film documentary mixed with modern technology and sifted through pratfall humor.


Hundreds of Beavers plays like a feature length cartoon with one sight gag after another, set in the snow bound wilderness of the Great White North. In addition to our hero are characters dressed up as human sized rabbits and beavers. The animal suits must have been the most expensive line item on the budget.


Amazing use of digital technology to meld outdoor scenes with studio shot set-ups. Furries conventions will no doubt play this film non-stop in the future.

Hundreds of Beavers is currently available on VOD and digital streaming.

Frogman

Frogman wants to be a found footage flick about a feral creature that will give new meaning to the genre. That angle is that the filmmaker is shooting on a video camera, and the film reflects that angle right down to the film being available as a VHS purchase.


There’s actually a 1950s film called The Maze (1953) about a family whose secret is an ancient relative who is an amphibian but that’s not what Frogman is about.


Having originally captured strange creature footage on his camcorder in 1999 our hero returns to the area with his same camcorder to try to find the elusive Frogman. The film plays best when not trying to be Blair Witch, which admittedly Frogman copies stylistically once or twice. The sweetest sequence involves stumbling onto a secret mock religious event in an underground cavern while tracking the elusive amphibian.

Frogman is available on VHS as well as VOD and digital streaming.

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