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Sinful 
Written by: on October 8th, 2006

Theatrical Release Dates:
USA, 2006
Director: Tony Marsiglia
Cast: Misty Mundae, Ronnie Kerr, John Castine, Nikos Psarras

DVD released: October 10th, 2006
Approximate running time: 74 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: R
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
DVD Release: Shock-O-Rama/Pop Cinema
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99


Synopsis: Lilith (Misty Mundae) desperately wants to conceive child. Her marriage is falling apart and her grip on reality is hanging by a thread due to her infertility. Lilith becomes jealous of her neighbor Aisha (Erika Smith) who recently has become pregnant. Delusional Lilith refuses to accept that she is unable to bare a child. She is willing to do anything and eliminate anyone who gets in her way to fulfill her dream of having a child.

Sinful sees director Tony Marsiglia teaming up with his frequent collaborator and favorite leading Lady Misty Mundae. Sinful is a nasty little tell about how one woman is driven to the edge of sanity in her quest for a child. Actress Misty Mundae totally immerses herself in the characters of Lilith. Mundae really gets to show her range in this film and it is without a doubt her best performance to date. The rest of the cast are also really good with solid performances from Ronnie Kerr and Nikos Psarras. Another reason why this film and its bizarre plot work so well is because of the performance given by Erika Smith as Aisha the expectant mother.

Tony Marsiglia sets the mood form the opening frames with his stylish compositions and lighting. Marsiglia who also wrote the films screenplay manages to create a truly unique horror film that at times echoes themes that can be found in Rosemary’s Baby. Sinful is not without its flaws and most of these are because of the films tight five day shooting schedule which forced director Tony Marsiglia to cut many scenes that not only flesh out the characters but these scenes would also explain what is going on. Nick Vasallo’s score for Sinful is a wonderful collection of motifs that perfectly compliment the plots twisted subject matter. Ultimately Sinful gets better with each viewing since there is so much going on that multiple viewings help reveal things you might have missed the first time around.

The DVD:

Sinful is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. This film was shot in super 16mm and the transfer faithfully reproduces colors and black level look solid through out. Outside of some minor grain the transfer is in great shape.

This release comes with one audio a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio mix is more then adequate as it does a good job balancing between the dialog and ambient music and effects.

Extras for this release include the films original trailer, Erica Smith’s audition for “Sinful”, a seven minute behind the scenes segment and a six minute interview with Misty Mundae who discusses working with director Tony Marsiglia and the character Lilith. Other extras include two clips from the Sinful at 2006 New Jersey International film and screenplay festival. The first clip is about four minutes and Misty Mundae is interviewed about “Sinful” and the second clip is a six minute Q&A in which Jeff Faoro (Shock-O-Rama Cinema), Misty Mundae and Erica Smith answer questions about “Sinful”. Also include with this release are informative liner notes written by Merle Bertrand. Rounding out the extras is an audio commentary with director Tony Marsiglia who discuses writing the screenplay, directing, the cast and the difficulties of shooting a film in five days.

Shock-O-Rama gives Tony Marsiglia’s latest film the red carpet treatment with its first arte audio/video presentation and wide variety of insightful and entertaining extras, recommended.

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