Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 16th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2010
Director: John Niflheim
Cast: Allison Quick, Karma Jean, Penny Nichols, Lilly St. Claire, Peter Grouse
DVD released: November 23rd, 2010
Approximate running time: 68 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 deranged loner kidnaps and murders young women.
At the heart of this film is a delusional protagonist, who communicates with a mysterious dark figure that he can only see. The protagonist is convinced that the women he is killing will lead him to some sort of enlightenment. And with each new victim the mysterious dark figure reveals more secrets to the protagonist, who writes all of these revelations down in his journal.
The bulk of the narrative is made of up the scenes in which the protagonist lures his victims and then kills them in a ritualistic way. Even though these scenes are sufficiently gory. The sexual undertones of these killings have a fetish quality to them. And while the film tries to shakes things up by introducing a friend character and a woman, who ends up falling in love with the protagonist. Neither of these characters are given enough screen time to make any lasting impact in the story at hand.
Right off the bat. This film establishes a clear tone and direction that is often predictable. And the one time in which the plot does take an unexpected turn. With the introduction of the woman who falls in love with the protagonist. This ends up being another wasted opportunity. When all is said and done, this film’s greatest flaw is its inability to depict its one dimensional protagonist as nothing more than a lunatic with an axe to grind with women.
Diary of a Sex Offender is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect. This is a clean looking transfer that has accurate looking colors and flesh tones and black levels generally fare well. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement is kept in check. It should be noted that this transfer has not been flagged for progressive playback and there are some very mild instances of combing.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Dialog is clear and there are no problems with background noise.
Extras for this release include trailers for Blood and Sex Murder, ROT: Reunion of Terror, Shock Festival, Stash and Women’s Prison Massacre. Overall Diary of a Sex Offender gets a well rounded audio / video presentation.