Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 18th, 2015
Theatrical Release Dates: USA / Hungary, 2014
Directors: Mauricio Chernovetzky, Mark Devendorf
Writer: Karl Bardosh, Mauricio Chernovetzky, Mark Devendorf
Cast: Eleanor Tomlinson, Stephen Rea, Katie Silverman, Erika Marozsán, Jules Willcox, Julia Pietrucha
DVD Release Date: February 24th, 2015
Approximate Running Time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Revolver Entertainment
Region Encoding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Synopsis: A daughter agrees to go on trip to Hungry with her estranged father who wants to research century old tapestry’s before the old derelict castle that they are located in is torn down.
Though Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula is widely consider birth place of what has since become one of horror literature’s most resilient characters, the vampire. There are far too many people that are unaware of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu vampire novella titled Carmilla, which predates Dracula by twenty six years and its influence on Bram Stoker when he was writing Dracula. And when it comes to cinematic adaptions Carmilla, a few of the standout one’s include, Vampyr, Blood and Roses, The Vampire Lovers and The Blood Spattered Bride. This bring us to Angels of Darkness a modern take the Le Fanu’s Carmilla…
Though the narrative starts off strongly and the film does a good job creating atmosphere. It does not take too long before things start to go awry. All of the characters are woefully under developed and this is most glaring in regards to the father and daughter characters who are trying to mend an estranged relationship. Also after the aforementioned strong setup, things quickly become to predicable once the father and daughter arrive at the castle. And at almost one hundred minutes there are several lulls along the way that ensures that any momentum does not sustain.
From a casting stand point there were two performances that turned out opposite of what I had envisioned them too. And where I was pleasantly surprised by Eleanor Tomlinson’s (Alice in Wonderland) in the daughter role, I had the opposite reaction to Stephen Rea (The Crying Game) in the father role. Where his character started off as an integral part to the story at hand, as things evolved his character eventually became an afterthought. Also when it comes to the remaining actors they are best described as serviceable, especially Julia Pietrucha the actress who portrays Carmilla.
As you can see there are lofty expectations in regards to where the character has been taken in previous celluloid incarnations. And content wise, though the film has all the ingredients one would expect from an adaption of Carmilla. It is ultimately the way that said ingredients are mixed that prove to be this film biggest obstacle.
Revolver Entertainment presents Angels of Darkness in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s intended aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate and details generally look crisp. Black levels are best describe as adequate and when it comes to moments with a lot of movement there are some issues with motion blurring.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout. Also there are a few moments that are not in English and during these moments English subtitles have been included.
Extras for this release are limited to a very brief promo clip for the film that plays before the main menu loads. Overall Angels of Darkness gets a serviceable audio / video presentation from Revolver Entertainment.