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The Forbidden Girl (2013/Inception DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: D Film: D

A young man must resist the seductive lure of an ancient witch or be condemned to an eternal life on the dark side in the European supernatural/possession thriller The Forbidden Girl - which feels like a long, bad episode of Tales From The Dark Side. While a little disjointed plot wise, the film has the basic elements of a scary movie: a woman who can't be in sunlight, an odd hall of portraits, secret passageways, dark wisps of smoke moving through the house, dream sequences, and so on but it all kind of feels generic and been there done that.

Toby (Peter Gadiot; Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Night Wolf), a troubled young man who lost his girlfriend in a tragic accident, begins to put his life back together after spending years in a psychiatric institute. Upon his release, he takes a job tutoring a beautiful woman (Jytte-Merle Bahrnsen) who lives in her Aunt's lonely mansion. When Toby suspects his student is possessed, his haunting memories return; and unexplainable, supernatural occurrences drive him from the house, but the seemingly innocent young woman draws him back with a powerful, seductive temptation. At the height of his ecstasy, Toby realizes that there is a paranormal connection between the women of the house... Is it too late to save himself from eternal slavery in a hellish underworld?

Aside from Peter Gadiot and Jytte-Merle Bahrnsen the film also stars Jeanette Hain (The Whistleblower), Roger Tebb (The Bourne Identity), and Klaus Tange (Flame and Citron). Director/Co-Writer Till Hastreiter was made in Germany, despite being in English, but that does not help it one bit.

The Forbidden Girl is presented in anamorphically enhanced standard definition widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 (1.78:1) and a lossy Dolby 5.1 surround mix that at least look and sound better than expected. Running time for the film is 106 minutes. No extras on the disc.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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