Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 12th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Finland, 2006
Director: Sami Haavisto
Writers: Sami Haavisto, Jari Mustonen
Cast: Markus Salo, Pekka Oinonen, Veera Toivanen, Mika Vattulainen, Maarit From
DVD released: February 24th, 2009
Approximate running time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Finnish
DVD Release: Redemption Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
The plot for Succubus: The Demon takes a while to establish where it is trying to go. The most effective scenes are where Henri is being haunted by Laura his wife who died suddenly, after only being married a couple months. The last thirty minutes (roughly the final act) is all over the place as an additional character in the form of a succubus is introduced. The film’s finally wraps things up with a cliched ending that has appeared in countless horror films.
Despite the plots many shortcomings, the real meat of the film is its lead character Henri’s losing his mind as he slowly but surely) uncovers the truth behind who his wife really was as a person and how she really died. The film’s only standout performance comes from Markus Salo who effortlessly captures Henri’s madness. Visually the film is well made and at times stylish. The one aspect of this film that impressed me the most is its exceptional score. Ultimately Succubus: The Demon is an uneventful film that never fully exploits its strengths.
Redemptions Films presents Succubus: The Demon in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. Outside of some darker scenes that look a tad too soft, colors, flesh tones and black levels fare well all around. Also even though this transfer is interlaced, there are no problems with ghosting or blurring.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Finnish. The audio sounds crystal clear, robust and there are no problems with distortion or any other audio defects. Removable English subtitles that are easy to read and follow have been included. There are a few minor grammatical errors in the subtitles and for some reason the letter L is often capitalized even when it is when the letter appears in the middle of a word.
Extras for this release include a stills gallery and footage from the film’s premier (7 minutes 8 seconds – in Finnish with English subtitles). Other extras include three production related featurette’s, “Sound World” (20 minutes 41 seconds – in Finnish / no English subtitles), “Making of Blood FX” (6 minutes 40 seconds – in Finnish with English subtitles) and “Making of Cine Photography” a brief segment that contains images and music from the film. Also include with this release is a sixteen minute interview with actress Laura Sade, titled “Succubus Making of Erotic Nightmares”, in Finnish with English subtitles. The main extra included with this release is twenty six minute segment titled “Diaries of a Mad Man”, which includes interviews with director Sami Haavisto, actors Markus Salo and Pekka Oinonen and actress Veera Toivanen. All the comments in this segment are in Finnish and English subtitles have been included. The extras are detailed and informative as the give a thorough overview about the making of this film. Rounding out the extras are trailers for other Redemption titles that are also available on DVD. Overall Succubus: The Demon gets a strong DVD release from Redemption Films.