Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 7th, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: Sweden, 2012
Directors: Sonny Laguna, Tommy Wiklund
Writers: Sonny Laguna, David Liljeblad, Tommy Wiklund
Cast: Patrik Almkvist, Lisa Henni, Patrick Saxe, Amanda Renberg, Max Wallmo, Jessica Blomkvist, Anna Henriksson, Johannes Brost, Fredrik Dolk, A.R Hellquist, Ingar Sigvardsdotter, Ralf Beck, Sanna Ekman, Julia Knutson
DVD released: August 20th, 2013
Approximate running time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Swedish
DVD Release: Artsploitation Films
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $24.99
Synopsis: A group of friends get more then they have bargained for while staying at a remote cabin in the woods.
If you are getting a feeling of Deja Vu while reading that brief plot synopsis. No need to worry because the events which unfold in Wither have been well traversed in countless other films, most notably Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead.
Fortunately for those of us that have sat through many of those aforementioned Evil Dead clones. Wither is never tries to ape any of its obvious influences. It only uses its influences as launching points for what is truly a film that stand wholly on its own merit.
Are they demon’s or a alien entity from another world? Is it a virus that is turning everyone into flesh eating walking corpses or are they just your garden variety zombie?
Many of the greatest horror are those that are of the mind or at least cannot be fully explained. And in the case of Wither the source of the evil which is wreaking havoc on a group of friends is never fully etched in stone. Thus leaving the decision up to each viewer and making the terror all the more tangible.
Though shot on a relatively meager budget. The end result is something that never looks cheap or like it was thrown together because of lack of time or resources. With a lot of TLC went into every aspect of this production.
The pitch perfect visuals do a superb job setting the mood, sustaining moment and selling the carnage that erupts onscreen. The gore related deaths and the effects employed to pull of these scenes are nothing short of amazing. And performance wise the entire cast are all very good in their respective roles.
When it comes to the Horror genre it is hard to make an interesting or at least put inventive enough spin on subject matter that has been exploited for all it is worth. But then there are always rules to the exception and in the case of Wither this is such a film. It is a film that far exceeds the sum of its parts with its tremendous amount of atmosphere and ample amount of gore.
Artsploitation Films presents Wither in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended ‘scope’ aspect ratio. Overall this is a strong transfer that does a superb job retaining the intended look of the film.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in Swedish and removable English subtitles have been included with this release. Range wise things are handle really well, especially when it comes to the ambient aspects of the soundtrack. Dialog always comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film, a deleted scene and a ‘Making of ‘ featurette (31 minutes 53 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Swedish with English subtitles). Though primarily made up of onset footage there also contains comments from the cast about the film. Other extras include trailers for Clip, Hemel, Hidden in the Woods, Horror Stories and Toad Road. Rounding out the extras is a eight page booklet with a essay about the film and a interview with the directors of this film. Overall Wither gets a first rate release from Artsploitation Films.