Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 28th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2007 (Book of Lore), USA, 2008 (Grave Mistakes)
Director: Chris LaMartina (Both Films)
Writers: Jimmy George, Chris LaMartina (Both Films)
Cast: Aj Hyde, D. Patrick Bauer, Dan Vidor, Mary Jane Oelke
DVD released: May 18th, 2010
Approximate running time: 111 Minutes (Book of Lore), 88 Minutes (Grave Mistakes)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English (Both Films)
DVD Release: Camp Motion Pictures
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Book of Lore: A young man named Rick searches for the person who abducted and brutally murdered his girlfriend.
The plot doesn’t waste time as it quickly establishes where things are going to go and the tone of the film. From a production stand point the direction, the effects and editing are all well executed which gives this film a more polished feel than most other low budget horror films. If anything this films main flaw would be that there are several spots where the film tends to drag and at 111 minutes there are more than a few scenes which could have been trimmed to tighten the flow of the narrative. When all is said and done, the premise a book which recounts various heinous acts that a killer named DHL (Devil’s Left Hand) has committed over the last twenty years and a few gruesome killings offer up plenty for horror fans to dig into
Grave Mistakes: A grave robber looking to sell his latest finds. Gets more than he bargained when he visits an antique dealer.
The bulk of the plot is made up four separate stories which the shop keeper tells the grave robber. The first story involves a author who has writers block. Looking to get over his writers block he attends a writing seminar in which the instructor has them go to a graveyard and look for a grave stone as inspiration for a macabre tale. The second story involves an insomniac who’s run in with a vampire helps cure him at the wrong time. The third story is about a reporter who does story on ‘spirit photography’. What should have been a routine job quickly turns deadly when one of her co-workers stills one of the spirit photographs. The fourth story revolves around an elderly man who pact with the devil stands in the way of his greedy children collecting his fortune.
Pacing wise the film moves along briskly with each of the separate stories holding up well on their own. This time the humor works much better in this film than it did in Book of Lore. Once again the direction, the effects and editing are well executed. Ultimately Grave Mistakes is well made horror film that has plenty of atmosphere and just the right amount of tension.
Book of Lore and Grave Mistakes are both presented in anamorphic widescreen. Both film’s have not been flagged for progressive playback. Both transfers look clean, colors generally fare well (reds look slightly off) and black levels fare well. There is noticeable edge enhancement and some minor issues with DNR.
Each film comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Both audio mixes sound clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for Book of Lore include trailers for Book of Lore (1 minute 43 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a Grind house trailer for Book of Lore (43 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), Grave Mistakes (2 minutes 10 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), Faces of Schlock (3 minutes 15 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), Dead Teenagers (1 minute 5 seconds – 4:3 Full frame) and another trailer for Book of Lore (1 minute 15 seconds – letterboxed widescreen), that is a Easter egg which is accessible via the trailers page. Other extras include a radio interview that discuss the film with artwork / stills from the film playing in the background, a interview segment from a Howard Community College T.V. program titled “Cinemaryland” (5 minutes – letterboxed widescreen) and a audio commentary with screen writer / director Chris LaMartina and screenwriter / producer Jimmy George. The remaining extras for Book of Lore include a Easter Egg a outtake / blooper reel which is located on the extras menu and a Camp Motion Pictures trailer gallery.
Extras for Grave Mistakes include a behind the scenes documentary (12 minutes 21 seconds – letterboxed widescreen) and a audio commentary with screen writer / director Chris LaMartina and screenwriter / producer Jimmy George. The audio commentaries included with this DVD release do a good job covering the various aspects of this productions. Overall Camp Motion Pictures have put together another jammed packed DVD release at a more than affordable price.