Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 25th, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2014
Directors: Sophia Cacciola, Michael J. Epstein
Writers: Michael J. Epstein, Sarah Wait Zaranek, Jade Sylvan, Sophia Cacciola
Cast: Jade Sylvan, Molly Carlisle, Molly DeVon, Karin Webb, Kerri Lynch, Leah Principe, Rachel Leah Blumenthal, Susannah Plaster, Porcelain Dalya, Sophia Cacciola
DVD released: April 21st, 2015
Approximate running time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English
DVD Release: BrinkVision
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $16.95
Synopsis: Ten women are lured to a remotely located mansion on Spektor Island.
When it comes to the Horror film genre if you want to attract an audience you need to have something that sets you apart from the overcrowded playing field. And on premise alone Ten sets itself up to be one of the rare occasions where you feel like you are in for something exciting and dare I say it new.
The first thing that caught my attention about Ten was that the film decided to set its story in the past, thus giving it a retro vibe and set it during a time when exploitation films were are their peek the 1970’s. Other things that drew you into this film’s web of deceit include how there are ten distinctive different characters that have been brought together by an outside force. Another strength of this film is its visuals, especially during kill scenes. Also there is the obvious influence of Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There were none’ aka Ten Little Indians. And when the moment finally arrived this film’s text book opening was another strength which further reinforced my hopes for this film.
Unfortunately once the dust began to settle after this aforementioned opening sequence. Things start to take a turn for the worse. Sure the bodies start to pile up by this point, but then it is also by now that logic has been thrown out the window ad things become even more convoluted. Other issues with this film include inconsistent performances and tedious pacing, most notably during the more drmaagic moments. And just when I thought that I had made it through to the other and that things might finally makes sense. The film drops its biggest WTF moment yet, which only further frustrated me as a viewer and by this point the damage done was to serve.
BrinkVision presents Ten in an anamorphic widescreen that retains its intended aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look, accurate, black levels fare well, details look crisp and there are no issues with compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout. Also being that this a dialog driven film that relies a lot on setting mood, when it comes to the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack this audio mix does a great job in this regard.
Extras for this release include, a postcard, two trailers for the films, three deleted scenes and trailers for other films also available from BrinkVision. Overall Ten gets a strong audio / video presentation from BrinkVision.