Five preternatural films appeared on Rentrak’s top Movies-On-Demand list this week, again, assuming that Fate, in the form of hat-wearing agents of the Adjustment Bureau, and alternate realities as seen in Sucker Punch, count as preternatural.
Battle: Los Angeles, directed by Jonathan Liebesman for Sony, in its second week on movies-on-demand, ranked as the top ordered movie this week. Sgt. Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) delays retirement and returns to battle beside 2nd Lt. William Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez) and his platoon as they fight to take back Los Angeles from alien invaders.
In its third week on movies-on-demand, The Adjustment Bureau, directed by George Nolfi for Universal, ranked as the second most ordered movie this week. Politician David Norris (Matt Damon) and dancer (Emily Blunt) battle Fate (hat-wearing agents from the Adjustment Bureau) in order to be together.
Beastly, directed by Daniel Barnz for Sony and starring Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens, also Blondie in Sucker Punch), Kyle (Alex Pettyfer whom fans will recognize as John for I Am Number Four) and Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) ranked sixth on the movies-on-demand list in its second week on video. A re-telling of the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, Beastly has a modern twist, as a New York teenager (Pettyfer) is turned into a hideous monster by a witch (Olsen) in order to find true love. Oh, and did we mention Will, the blind tutor, looks a lot like Neil Patrick Harris?
Directed by Bragi F. Schut for Fox, Season of the Witch, starring Behmen (Nicolas Cage who also lends his face to Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider and the upcoming Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance due out in 2012), Felson (preternatural icon Ron Perlman, otherwise known as Hellboy or Vincent from the 1980′s series Beauty and the Beast) and the girl (Claire Foy), in its third week on movies-on-demand, ranked as the seventh most ordered movie this week. Season of the Witch chronicles the adventures of 14th Century knights (Cage and Perlman) escorting a witch (Foy), who is accused of being the source of the Black Plague, to a monastery.
In its second week on video, Sucker Punch, directed by Zack Snyder for Warner Bros. was the ninth on the movies-on-demand list. A young girl is sent to a mental institution by her abusive step-father. She, along with other patients, concoct a plan to escape but in order to do so, they must retreat to an alternate reality. Sucker Punch stars Baby Doll (Emily Browning, Violet for Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events), Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone and Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens who also stars as Lindy in Beastly).
All in all, it was a very good week for movies with preternatural themes.