Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 12th, 2009
Release Date: USA, 2008
Director: Jason D. Morris
Writers: Jennifer Brugman, William Martin, Jason D. Morris
Cast: Michael Anthony Carlisi, Sheila Kraics, Geof Libby, Jessica Marie
DVD released: September 8th, 2009
Approximate running time: 84 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Brain Damage Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.98
The plot for Hell House: The Book of Samiel is a melting pot of familiar and recycled ideas that have been done countless before. Even though the premise is pretty straight forward, the execution of the material at hand quickly makes things more confusing than they should be. On just about every level this film is mediocre as the directing lacks style, the special effects are painfully obvious when they appear on screen and the acting in this film is never convincing. One would be hard pressed to find anything look frightening or disturbing (at least intentionally) in this film. Ultimately Hell House: The Book of Samiel is a tedious horror film that most viewers will find a chore to sit through (even though the film clocks in at just under, eighty four minutes).
Hell House: The Book of Samiel is presented in an letterboxed widescreen (even though the DVD text lists anamorphic widescreen). The interlaced image that lacks consistency as colors fluctuate details range from crisp to overly dark. This film was clearly shot on a meager budget and this transfer accentuates all of the source materials flaws.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio sounds flat and there is some instances of background noise.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film, storyboards, a music video for the song “Sexual Vampire”, three deleted scenes, production stills and interviews with actors Michael Anthony Carlisi, Sheila Kraics, Geof Libby, Jessica Marie, director Jason D. Morris and executive producer / cinematographer Jeremia Draper. The main extra include with this release is an audio commentary with Jeremia Draper and Jason D. Morris. Also included with this release are two shorts “Consequences” and “Strange Company”, both short films were also directed by Jason D. Morris. Overall Brain Damage Films gives a really bad film a strong DVD release in which the wealth of extra content is actually more interesting than the main feature.