Director: Ted Nicolaou (TerrorVision) / Robert Scott (The Video Dead)
Cast: Gerrit Graham, Mary Woronov, Diane Franklin (Terror Vision) / Michael St. Michaels, Thaddeus Golas, Douglass Bell (The Video Dead)
Scream! Factory / Region A / 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1) / DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo / TerrorVision, 81 minutes / The Video Dead, 90 minutes
TerrorVision: Audio Commentary with writer/director Ted Nicolaou, and actors Diane Franklin and Jon Gries / Monster on Demand: The Making of TerrorVision-an All New Restrospective with writer/director Ted Nicolaou, Stars Diane Franklin, Mary Woronov, Ian Patrick Williams, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Cleve Hall, Executive Producer Charles Band, Composter Richard Band and Others! / Poster and Still Gallery
The Video Dead: Audio Commentary with writer/producer/director Robert Scott, Editor Bob Sarles, and Special Make-Up Effects Creator Dale Hall, Jr. / Audio Commentary with Stars Roxanna Augesen and Rocky Duvall, Production Manager Jacques Thelemagque, and Makeup Assistant Creator Dale Hall, Jr. and Makeup Assistant Patrick Denver / Behind-the-Scenes Still Gallery / Poster and still Gallery
“What if the most chilling novel of all time was actually based on a true account of a horrific experiment gone awry?” That is the question that the new film from first time writer/director Andrew Weiner—no, not THAT Anthony Weiner—intents to answer along with co-writer Vlady Pildysh. RLJ and Image Entertainment are releasing The Frankenstein Theory on Video-On-Demand and in select theaters March 1, 2013 and on DVD March 26, 2013.
When he is suspended from his university job for his outlandish ideas, Professor John Venkenheim leads a documentary film crew to the rim of the Arctic Circle in a desperate effort to vindicate his academic reputation. The object of his ridicule? His obscure theory that Shelley’s literary classic is, in fact, a work of non-fiction disguised as fantasy. In the vast, frozen wilderness, Venkenheim and his team search for the legendary monster, a creature nearly three hundred years old and still cloaked in mystery. What they find is an unspeakable truth more terrifying than any fiction… Continue reading →
Cast: Noel Clarke, Colin O’Donoghue, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Laura Haddock, Jamie Thomas King, Alex Price, Ned Dennehy, Geoff Bell
Magnet Releasing / Rated R / 1:85:1 / English Dolby / 87 minutes
Sci-fi horror can truly be the best kind of horror if done right. It allows for so much of the unexplained to be explored without boundaries or limitations. John Carpenter’s The Thing, for instance, is an example of a film that is not only great when taken at face value, but also maintains a sense of paranoia and sinks in deep. Then there are the ones that are just plain, stupid popcorn fun meant to be enjoyed with a beer and a friend. Storage 24 does not evenly fit into either of the aforementioned categories, and in fact straddles the line between the two.
First off, the plot, while at its core is almost sickeningly cliché, is obviously not meant to be the focus here. What really pulls everything together is the fairly unique setting: A storage space (called, get this, Storage 24) containing a mysterious otherworldly creature with ill intentions. Some unknown military aircraft crash-landed in the area nearby, and apparently caused security systems to malfunction, thereby inexplicably trapping a group of friends in the very same place that happens to be the film’s namesake.
Unfortunately, not a single one of the characters here is anything but paper thin. In fact, they were downright annoying. I wasn’t sure if I was watching a Sci-fi horror flick or a poorly lit soap opera at some points. I neglected to mention that two of them are recently broken up and are still playing the post-relationship blame game—this goes absolutely nowhere. Even in such a relatable situation, I felt so disconnected and the amount of time spent dwelling on these characters make the whole giant space creature thing seem like a subplot.
With a setting so confined, you think they’d play off the whole aspect of claustrophobia. Well, they do and they don’t. Blame it on poor acting or just poor writing, but it took too long for these people to give half a shit about what could potentially be going on around them. Around the halfway mark, we hear the creature let out a piercing roar, at which point the characters are briefly startled but very shortly after get back to their own little MTV reality show. This happens much too often and seemed a bit illogical considering the circumstances. Effective scares are too few and far in between, which potentially could be due to the fact that there was very little sense of urgency present.
Also, not sure whether or not this was exclusively a result of my entertainment setup but I couldn’t help but notice a few moments of distracting audio/video lag. Dialogue would not match up with lips on a few different occasions, and this was when I COULD hear the dialogue, another audio issue I’m not sure is a rare case. The score here was serviceable, and the sound effects accompanying the creature’s presence are disgusting. Those aside, we get some stock scream sound effects that, to this day, I’m not sure why anybody in their right mind would use. Brief note to filmmakers: If you want to completely tear the audience out of a cinematic experience, simply just throw in some cheesy screams we’ve heard a few dozen times before.
But all is not lost, I must say that I was impressed with some of the creature effects. Most of the effects presented here are practical, including the monster who is only enhanced by digital effects. Not much time is spent spilling blood, but there were a few little gory snippets that had me thinking “holy shit!”. Face ripping, head stomping, heart tearing, it’s all done beautifully and goopily. Had the film gone the route of “mindless gorefest”, I would not have been disappointed. Though, without saying too much for those of you that hold any interest in this, the downbeat ending caught me off-guard and left me feeling a little more satisfied than I thought I might have otherwise.
A low body count and far too much padding make this one a definite skip. It’s a shame, I really wanted to like this, especially considering my penchant for cheesy Sci-fi horror. Being that this is pre-theatricial, you’re going to pay way too much if you want to rent this (around 12 bucks). At any rate, if you’re still curious I’d recommend waiting for the DVD/ Blu-Ray to hit the bargain bin. If not, go get your interplanetary terror fix elsewhere.