Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 9th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2010
Directors: Zachary Paul
Cast: Amanda Myers, Jeffrey Hallman
DVD released: September 21st, 2010
Approximate running time: 79 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78.1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Independent Entertainment / Pop Cinema
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Synopsis: A young woman named Cassidy, who has spent her life projecting a good girl persona for her family and friends. She has for awhile been living a double life. Via the internet, where she has been exploring her darker more provocative side by hooking up with strangers for one night stands. During one of these sexual encounters, she encounters someone who is willing to take things beyond her comfort zone.
Premise wise, Defiled has all the ingredients that should have made a much better film than the end product. Besides stilted acting, crude special effects and poor pacing. There is an element of predictability to the events which unfold that deflates any chance of establishing tension. To further complicate matters, the bleak subject matter only further distances any potential viewer. And while most other similar themed films often fall into the same traps as Defiled does. There are a handful of films like I Spit on Your Grave and Thriller: a Cruel Picture that find a perfect balance between its depiction of brutality towards its female protagonist and their quest for vengeance. Ultimately Defiled is a forgettable film that tries very hard to be shocking and fails miserably.
Defiled is presented in a anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones fare well. Black levels are weak and darker scenes lack any reasonable amount of clarity. In all the image never looks crisp and tends to lack detail. Even though this film was shot on a limited budget. The overall quality of this transfer is at best adequate.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Dialog comes through clearly most of the time and background noise for the most part is never to excessive.
Extras for this release include an audio commentary with director Zachary Paul and Fx artist Jesse Lee and trailers for Stash, Blood and Sex Nightmare, Women’s Prison Massacre and Shock Festival. This is a laid back audio commentary that covers the various aspects of the production. Overall Defiled makes its way to DVD via a satisfactory presentation that makes the best of the limitations of its source materials.