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Half Moon 
Written by: on January 31st, 2011

Theatrical Release Date:
USA, 2010
Director: Jason Toler
Writer: Jason Toler
Cast: Tori Black, Marek Matousek, Torey D. Sutton

DVD released: March 1st, 2011
Approximate running time: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Vicious Circle Films / Breaking Glass Pictures
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.99

Synopsis: A prostitute gets a job that appears to good to be true. When an acquaintance, who was supposed to get the same job is arrested.

Content this film about a werewolf and a prostitute is short on scares. The majority of the film is spent with its two main characters Rose the prostitute and Jacob the werewolf getting to know each other. Most of their conversations verge into the mundane everyday idle small talk. With only a few moments actually amounting to anything of substance in the grander scheme of things. There is only a minimal amount of nudity and virtually all of the bloodshed is saved for the film’s climatic ‘money shot’. Other areas where this production often comes up short is its meandering pacing and mediocre visuals.

For most viewers they most likely have been drawn to this film. Because of its leading lady Tori Black a prolific porno actress, who as of this writing has appeared in two hundred plus adult films. Making the cross over from adult cinema to mainstream cinema is not an easy task. And while in the past the main obstacle was the stigmata of working in the adult film industry. This is no longer the case. With more adult performers working between the two than ever. Unfortunately the thing that brings most of these crossovers down. It can be attributed to the fact that an overwhelming amount of these adult performers simply can’t act. Case in point Tori Black gives a uninspired and flat performance that never comes close to ever being convincing.

On the flip side. The film’s male protagonist Jacob is a well rounded performance and this film’s only redeemable asset. When all is said and done. Half Moon is a melodrama that tries desperately to disguise itself as a horror film.

The DVD:

The DVD-R sent for this review contained only the movie. It should be noted that there is an water mark that pops up a few times (briefly) throughout the film on the screener disc I viewed for this review. And while the audio / video presentation look and sound pretty good. That being said, the audio sounds clear and consistent. And the transfer looks pretty good.

The extras that were not on this release and are supposed to be on the final release DVD for this film are as follows, a behind-the-scenes featurette and a audio commentary with director Jason Toler.

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