Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 12th, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2002
Director: Eric Thornett
Cast: Jason Wauer, Bette Cassatt, Jerry Chen, Christi Etcher, Demetrius Parker, Debbie Rochon
DVD released:June 27th, 2006
Approximate running time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital stereo
DVD Release: Heretic Films
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Noble (Jason Wauer) is drifter whose lift is turn upside down when fate connects him with a missing woman who used to live in the same room he now occupies. Mysterious cryptic messages appear in red envelopes under his door, two men who work for a loan shark show up looking for her and an enigmatic pale figure who wears shades is also interested in finding this woman. Noble has no other choice but to look for the missing women since he has so many people constantly harassing him about her whereabouts. Will Noble find the woman and the identity of the man who ears the white before his obsession leads him down the wrong path.
Independent filmmakers all are forced to some extent their vision due to budget restraints. Director Eric Thornett film Shockheaded succeeds where other films of its sort have failed because of its director’s strong visual style. Many elements in his style could be trace to their filmmakers still there is enough original ideas in there to prove without a doubt he is filmmaker of undeniable talent who hopefully will be around for a long time. One of the films strongest assets is how director Eric Thornett merely observes everything that is going on instead of leading the audience in a certain direction.
The acting in Shockheaded while not as refined as the direction is more then adequate as the various actors are able to convey through their performances the story the director is trying tell. Jason Wauer is the films lead and his enigmatic performance as Noble is dead on. The various secondary characters in Shockheaded are more colorful and in direct contrast to Noble’s persona. Cult Actress Debbie Rochon has a brief role in this film as the woman who Noble is looking for. The violence in this film most of it which occurs during the final act is bloody and brutal. Overall Shockheaded is a fascinating mystery that is filled with intricate and imaginative visuals.
Shockheaded is in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and this transfer is anamorphic enhanced. Colors look strong through out and flesh tones look healthy. There are a few minor instances during darker scenes where the image isn’t as sharp as it is through out the rest of the film. There are no noticeable issues with compression or artifacts and edge enhancement is kept to a minimum.
This release comes with an English audio language track which is presented in a Dolby Digital stereo surround. There are no problems with hiss or any sound defects. The dialog is easy to follow with a few instances where the ambient background sounds in the mix do overwhelm them the dialog and the rest of the mix. Overall the audio mix supplied for this release is more then adequate.
Extras include a trailer for Shockheaded and trailers for other titles released by Heretic Films. Also included with this release are six deleted scenes and a brief segment titled “Debbie on Piranha” in which Debbie Rochon talks about working on Shockheaded. Other extras include a short film titled “Spider Ghost” which runs about thirteen minutes in length. Spider Ghost starts off menacing enough before settling into some silly bits that try to be funny. Rounding out the extras is an audio commentary with Eric Thornett (Director), Jason Wauer (Actor) and Jason Russler (Composer). The commentary track is thoroughly entertaining as the various participants provide many interesting facts about the making of Shockheaded.
Heretic Films have put together another solid DVD release. Shockheaded is a modern day film noir that at times is reminiscent of the cinema of David Lynch, recommended.
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