Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 28th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: USA 2007
Directors: Brian Hooks, Deon Taylor
Writers: Brian Hooks, Vashon Nutt, Deon Taylor
Cast: Brian Hooks, Jud Tylor, Cherie Johnson, Germán Legarreta, Antwon Tanner, Wil Horneff, Aimee Garcia, Rutger Hauer, Denyce Lawton, Gwendoline Yeo, Jonathan Chase
DVD released: June 8th, 2009
Approximate running time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: DNC Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £12.99
The horror film genre has seen many ups and downs over the years. Every once and a while a film comes along that helps the genre rise to its former prominence only to have countless clones spawn up in its wake. The plot for 7eventy 5ive will have you feeling déjà vu from the get go. The film that this one most resembles is Wes Craven’s Scream.
The ball gets rolling when a group of kids having a sleepover decide to play a prank call game called “7eventy 5ive” in which you have 75 seconds to convince the other person on the line into believing what you are saying. Things start to hit the fan when the kids call someone who doesn’t take kindly to their little prank. The killer shows up at the home where they made the call from and hacks their parents to pieces. The killer narrowly escapes before the police arrive. Flash forward ten years when the survivors from that night start dropping like flies as the killer has returned with vengeance.
The plot follows all the horror genres cliches and the characters in which inhabit the story are your run of the mill stereotypical for a horror film. Visually the film is well made and features some gory set pieces that rise above the rest of this films mediocrity. The dialog spoken by the characters is painfully bad and at times deliriously humorous. Surprisingly the cast for this film are enjoyable in their respective roles. Also look out for Rutger Hauer who is cast in the woefully under developed role of Detective John Criton. Ultimately 7eventy 5ive is a forgettable film that is easier to digest if you set your expectations very low.
DNC Entertainment presents 7eventy 5ive in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. The transfer is in great shape with accurate looking colors and flesh tones, details look sharp, black levels look strong and the image remains stable throughout.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio is crystal clear and evenly balanced.
Extras for this release are limited to a trailer for the film. Overall 7eventy 5ive gets a serviceable audio /video presentation from DNC Entertainment.