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Twelve (XII) 
Written by: on October 8th, 2010

Theatrical Release Date:
Australia, 2008
Director: Michael A. Nickles
Writers: Michael A. Nickles, Tennyson E. Stead
Cast: Steven Brand, Michael Leydon Campbell, Jeremy Fitzgerald, Emily Hardy, Vanessa Long, Mercedes McNab

DVD released: September 27th, 2010
Approximate running time: 79 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Chelsea Cinema
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £12.99

Synopsis: After serving his time for raping a child. A man who was skinned by other inmates, while serving his sentence. He tracks down the twelve people, who he feels are responsible for what happened to him in prison.

Content wise, this film does not bring anything new to the horror film genre. And while the premise is interesting enough. The end result is a by the numbers stalk and kill horror film that is short on surprises. The film’s opening kill scene is really well done. Unfortunately things quickly unravel after this scene. Also anyone expecting an ample of amount of gore, look elsewhere. Another area where this film does not quite gel is its killer, who at times comes off as to invincible. This especially hurts the film’s final payoff. In which his powers of invincibility have worn off. Performance wise none of the cast leave a lasting impression and are at best adequate. Ultimately Twelve is a mediocre horror film that quickly gets lost in its predictability.

The DVD:

Chelsea Cinema presents Twelve in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones fare well. Black levels are above average at best and details during darker scenes tend to look murky. Also there are some instances where issues with compression crops up.

This release comes one audio mix, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Dialog is always clear and everything sounds balanced. Also the soundtrack does a good job with the more ambient aspects if the soundtrack.

Extras for this release include a trailer for the film, three behind the scenes segments ‘A Shotgun in the Head’, ‘Make Up FX Gallery’ and ‘Beneath the Skin’ which includes comments from director Michael A. Nickles, actress Emily Hardy, make up effects Duke Cullen, composer Tim Montijo and production designer Kurt Rauer and a audio commentary Michael A. Nickles, Emily Hardy and Tim Montijo. The audio commentary is a lively discussion in which all the participants cover their roles in this production. Overall Twelve gets a good DVD release from Chelsea Cinema.

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