Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 12th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2006
Director: Greg Stechman
Cast: Marcus D. Shelby, April Potter, Sheila McClay, Anthony Falcon, Meaghan Sinclair, Krystle Ferrin, Ryan Pratton, Julian Ortiz
DVD released: November 27th, 2007
Approximate running time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Unearthed Films
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Synopsis: An ex-soldier named Jeff Starken who now is a police detective is assigned to a case where four women who disappeared where later found murdered. Detective Starken’s past comes back to haunt him the closer he gets to finding the killer. Will Detective Starken be able to catch the killer before there is another victim?
The premise for This Hollow Sacrament is loosely based on actually murder spree that occurred in northern California during the late 1990’s. The film’s original title was “Threading over Dark”, I prefer this title to the one being used for this release. Director Greg Stechman’s direction is impressive considering the films budget and the amateur performers and crew involved in this production. He does a solid job combining image and music. The pacing of the film is just right as no moment really drags or feels like it could have been cut out.
The special effects and death scenes are all effectively done. The violence is shown for the most part and a few times the director cuts away to leave the imagery of what is happening to the viewer. There is an ample amount of blood and carnage. The film also features a solid soundtrack mostly comprised of classical music like Mozart’s “Requiem” and Vivaldi’s “La Primavera”. The acting while not as good as it could have is still more than adequate as each performer gives their all in their perspective roles. Ultimately This Hollow Sacrament is a brutal and unflinching look at a serial killer and their crimes.
One audio option is included a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. There is some minor hiss still nothing that ever becomes distracting.
The only extras include for this release are a trailer for This Hollow Sacrament and trailer for other Unearthed Films titles.
Unearthed Films gives This Hollow Sacrament a solid audio/video presentation which showcases the film to its fullest.