Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 12th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2007
Director: Jacob Ennis
Writer: Jacob Ennis
Cast: Chris Begley, Billy W. Blackwell, Karen Boles, Gregory W. Brock, Belinda Cooke, Nathan Day, Elysee, Aaron T. Frye, Stacey T. Gillespie, David Gooslin, Blake Judd, Debbie Rochon, Leslie Rogers, Kevin Taylor, Wes Vance
DVD released: March 10th, 2009
Approximate running time: 78 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Bloody Earth Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Stash is the directorial debut of writer /director Jacob Ennis. The film’s greatest strengths are its direction and editing. The film moves along briskly at only seventy eight minutes. The plot has just enough back-story and character development to keep things on track. The film quickly jumps into the guts of the story with a burly redneck chasing a naked girl. We soon learn that she is the first of three girls that are being abducted for him by two pot head friends who he caught trying steal some of his marijuana.
Whether intentional or not there is some humor in what is a very bleak story. This humor comes in the form of the two friends who are abducting the girls for Bud. One of these two friends is proudly wears his bling and listens to hip hop. In the rural areas where the film takes place he sticks out like a sore thumb among the rednecks. The abducted girls are raped and tortured by Bud and most of what happens in this regard in not shown.
Stash starts off strong and by the second act things start to drag with the bulk of the surrounding the abduction of a girl named Sarah. Also the film’s conclusion is retreads familiar ground covered in countless horror films. Performance wise that cast are more than adequate in their respective roles. Ultimately Stash is an uneven film that never fully exploits its premise.
Stash is presented in a letterboxed widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. The image has nicely saturated colors and healthy looking flesh tones. Outside of some minor instances where the image looks a tad to soft the image generally looks crisp throughout. There is some mild edge enhancement and the interlaced image remains stable throughout.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clear and evenly balanced. There are no problems with background noise or any other audio defects.
Extras include, a blooper’s and outtake reel (8 minutes 25 seconds), a music video titled “Still I Bleed” (4 minutes 44 seconds), a six minute interview with actress Debbie Rochon about her experiences working on Stash, a FX segment titled “Creating Bud Jr.” (3 minutes 24 seconds) and a featurette titled “The Making of Stash” (15 minutes 32 seconds). Other extras included with this release are trailers for other Bloody Earth and Camp Motion Pictures titles also available on DVD. The main extras included with this release are two audio commentaries, the first audio commentary is with director Jacob Ennis and the second audio commentary is with producers Billie and Denise Blackwell. The wealth of extras included for this release give a thorough overall about the making of this film. Overall Stash gets a well rounded release that is highlighted by the two audio commentary tracks.