Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 8th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: UK, 2007
Director: Pat Higgins
Writer: Pat Higgins
Cast: Neil Andrews, James Fisher, Cy Henty, Rebecca Herod, Eleanor James, James Kavaz, Natalie Milner, Oli Wilkinson
DVD released: March 29th, 2010
Approximate running time: 76 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 15 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Brain Damage Films / Fremantle Home Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £3.99
Synopsis: A woman receives a cursed engagement ring from her fiancee.
The film opens with a narration which explains the origins of the cursed ring and the bride who it originally it belonged too. From there all the main players are properly introduce and given just enough back-story to flesh things out. From a pacing stand point things move along nicely from one moment to the next.
Even though the premise and the film’s title suggests that this is a horror film. Horror quickly fades into the background as this film is predominately a romantic comedy with a few mafia scenes throw in for good measure. Approaching this film as more a satire of horror films makes everything all the more enjoyable. The horror themed moments are by far the weakest parts of this film and the comedic moments is where this film is at its best.
The one area that surprised me the most was how engaging all the performances in this film where, especially Rebecca Herod who’s character Nicole is the latest bride to receive the cursed ring. Another performance of note is Cy Henty in the role of Sinclair an eccentric expert in the supernatural who makes sexual advances towards his cousin. Overall Hellbride is a fun film that works as well as it does because of its tongue and cheek approach to the story at hand.
Hellbride is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. The interlaced transfer is suffers from ghosting / blurring of the image. Colors and flesh tones fare well. Details at times look too soft.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio fares much better than the transfer as everything sounds clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minute – 4:3 Full Frame), a blooper reel (2 minutes 15 seconds – letterboxed widescreen), deleted / alternate scenes (3 minutes 7 seconds – 4:3 Full Frame), a behind the scenes segment (9 minutes 28 seconds – 4:3 Full Frame), with comments from writer / director Pat Higgins and an audio commentary with Pat Higgins and director of photography Alan Ronald. The behind the scenes segment and audio commentary do a good job covering the various aspects of this production. Overall the abundance of extras and more than affordable price hell soften the blow of the mediocre transfer.