Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 23rd, 2014
Theatrical Release Dates: UK, 2013
Director: Sean J. Vincent
Writer: Sean J. Vincent
Cast: Jenny Gayner, Sean J. Vincent, Thea Knight, Dan Peters, Paul Cooper, Tim Parker, Charlie Cameron, Rich Keeble, Simon Naylor, John Cusworth
DVD Release Date: June 24th, 2014
Approximate Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Revolver Entertainment
Region Encoding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Synopsis: An ambitious reporter looking for the story that will put her on the map as a journalist. So she convinces three of her friends to stay the night in an abandon rehab clinic that has a notorious for those who have entered the building disappearing and never being heard from again.
Content wise this film is equal parts stalk and kill and supernatural themed Horror. And though there is an air of familiarity to some of things that occur in this film. It way that this film approaches said genre staples that proves to be is most durable asset. And what a better way to gain the attention of your audience then starting off with an opening sequence that goes for the viewer’s juggler with a mass killing sequence that is equally eerie and sufficiently gory.
Unfortunately from there the film slips into a few lulls that prevent the film from ever reaching the fever pitch that it obtained with its opening sequence. Things don’t pick up again until the reporter and her friends entered the haunted rehab clinic. And though things do start to get back to where they need to be by the films in the latter half. The vibe has drastically changed by this latter half of the film as there is a shift towards the supernatural. Also another area that I found lacking was the film’s redemption themed ending. After all the events which had just unfolded this resolution feels all too convenient.
Performance wise outside of this film’s leading Lady Jenny Gayner in the role of the ambitious reporter. The rest of the cast are given very little to do and one could almost say that they are nothing more than props to propel this film’s protagonists journey forward.
Overall this film can be summed up as a tale of two films. If you go into this film expecting a by the numbers body count film then you are sure to be disappointed, while those who are willing to embrace this film’s more supernatural leanings are sure to the most mileage of out this film.
Revolver Entertainment presents The Addicted in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended 2.35:1 ‘scope’ aspect ratio. The majority of the film is shot at night and the black levels range from average to good. Details generally look crisp, there are no issues with compression and edge enhancement is minimal.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. This is a film that relies heavily on mood and in this regard the audio mix does a great job with the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack. Dialog always comes through clearly and everything so0unds balanced.
This release comes with no extra content. Just a static menu that offers to options, play movie or scene selection. Overall The Addicted gets a strong audio / video presentation from Revolver Entertainment.