Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 23rd, 2016
BluRay released: September 27th, 2016
Approximate running times: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.98
Synopsis: A killer wearing a Nixon mask stalks and kills a couple and then disappears into the night. Meanwhile elsewhere, a college professor assigns a group of students to investigate strange occurrences connected to connected to a Nazi scientist named Dr. Fredrick Bartholomew. Will their investigation lead them to the answers they seek or is something sinister waiting for them in the shadows?
Shot on a limited budget, over the span of a few years and a handful of cast & crew members having to be replaced along the way. These are just a few things that happened to Horror House on Highway 5 by the time the film finally reached completion.
And if that were not bad enough, when it comes to the film’s narrative there are a few glaring issues that will have you scratching your head if you try to make sense of what has just happened. Basically, this is the type of film where it is best to just sit back and enjoy the ride for what it is?
What starts off strongly as a Slasher themed horror film, quickly shifts towards something that has never been seen before or since. And though there are horror related elements throughout this film. The end result is far from a conventional horror film.
For film that defies most of the conventional rules of filmmaking, Horror House on Highway 5 is a truly unique cinema experience is sure to forever remain ingrained in your brain.
Horror House on Highway 5 comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The transfer created for this release was scanned and restored from in 2k from original 16mm vault elements. The sourced used is in very good shape, the image looks sharp, black levels fare well and colors look accurate. There are no issues with DNR or compression and grain looks natural.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and removable English SDH subtitles have been included for this release. The audio sounds clean, clear, balanced and robust when it needs too.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, a music video titled Beach Party with Vom (4 minutes 26 seconds), a featurette with director & cast titled Return to Horror House on Highway 5 (18 minutes 18 seconds) and an audio commentary track with director Richard Casey.
Topics discussed in the featurette include, the origins of the film, how it took a few years to film and filming began in 1978, Bill Pope (Army of Darkness, The Matrix) the film’s original cinematographer, the cast & information about them, making films with the resources you have and on set memories.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary track include, the score / music for the film, the Jean-Luc Godard / Breathless reference in the film, special effects, locations featured in the film, the Vom music and how it led to this film being made, the cast & information about them and his thoughts about the film.
Rounding out the extras is a full frame / academy ratio presentation of Horror House on Highway 5 (1.33:1 Aspect Ratio / 1080 Progressive, 88 Minutes).
Also included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo release. Overall Horror House on Highway 5 gets an excellent release from Vinegar Syndrome, highly recommended.
Note: This combo is limited edition release (only 3,000 copies)