Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 7th, 2017
BluRay released: October 24th, 2017
Approximate running times: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD 5.0 English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $39.98
“The strange and brutal deaths of Cory’s grandparents has haunted him for years. Determined to discover the truth, he has returned to the desolate region where they lived, along with a group of friends, to try and uncover the mystery. Ignoring warnings from the locals that the area is cursed, Cory and his friends soon realize that the legend is true, as the Demon Wind, possesses and destroys them, one by one, turning them into monsters from hell.” – Synopsis provided by the Distributor
Demon Wind was written and directed by Charles Philip Moore (Blackbelt). The cinematographer on Demon Wind was Thomas L. Callaway whose other notable films include, Creepozoids, Deadly Embrace and Murder Weapon.
Content wise, Demon Wind takes elements that have been explored in countless other films. Most notably films like Evil Dead and Night of the Demons. And though Demon Wind has many similarities to those two aforementioned. Unfortunately, the lack of a charismatic lead is one area where Demon Wind is sorely lacking, when compared to those two films.
Without a doubt this film’s greatest strength is its visuals which are overflowing with atmosphere. And nowhere is this more evident, then when it comes to this film’s gory set pieces.
The narrative is well executed and things move along at a break neck momentum. There is an ample amount of gore and the scary moments are given an ample amount of time to sink in. And though there is a predictably to the story at hand. The end result is highly entertaining film that horror fans should thoroughly enjoy.
Demon Wind comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The source for this releases transfer was newly scanned and restored in 2k from the 35mm original camera negative. Colors are nicely saturated, black levels remain strong throughout, details look crisp and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD 5.0 mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. Dialog comes through clearly and the more ambient aspects of soundtrack are well represented.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover, stills gallery with music from the playing in the background, a trailer for the film (2 minutes 8 seconds), an audio interview with editor Christopher Roth (20 minutes 17 seconds), an interview with executive producer Sandy Horowitz (26 minutes 27 seconds), an interview with actress Sherry Bendorf Leigh (16 minutes 31 seconds) and an interview with cinematographer Thomas L. Callaway (19 minutes 57 seconds).
Topics discussed in the interview with Christopher Roth include, his origins as an editor, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, director Charles Philip Moore, Demon Wind, his creative process as an editor, producer Paul Hunt, Thomas L. Callaway / the visuals and other production related topics.
Topics discussed in the interview with Sandy Horowitz include, Twisted Nightmare and its connection to Demon Wind, Charles Philip Moore / Demon Wind, film distribution, his thoughts about Demon Wind and other production related topics.
Topics discussed in the interview with Sherry Bendorf Leigh include, her origins as an actress, Demon Wind, Charles Philip Moore, Paul Hunt, the cast, special effects and how Lou Diamond Phillips had a cameo in the film.
Topics discussed in the interview with Thomas L. Callaway include, his origins as a cinematographer, Demon Wind, the visuals, special effects, onset memories and other production related topics.
Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall Demon Wind gets an exceptional release from Vinegar Syndrome, highly recommended.
Note: The first 3,000 copies sold through VinegarSyndrome.com will include a double-thick limited edition LENTICULAR slipcover designed by Speed Blur.