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Sanctuary: Quite A Conundrum (2012/Midnight Releasing DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: C Extras: C+ Film: D

It should have been just a normal day of sex, fun, alcohol, hormones and debauchery for Tabitha and Mimi, two twenty somethings who care about nothing but themselves and what chaos they can cause. But that so-called normalcy gets tossed out the window when an unexpected and devastating event occurs at a nighttime pool party in Thomas L. Phillips' Sanctuary: Quite A Conundrum (2012), the latest of (too) many attempts pf late too combine horror and comedy.

As the alcohol begins to wear off and the body count rises, all hell breaks loose and there is no going back. As if the foul mouths, perverted attitudes and devious natures of Tabitha and Mimi were not enough, then just throw in Tabitha's walking porno of a boyfriend Sean and his new best friend, the sweet Dutch. Then mix in Mimi's eighteen year old virginal, confused and prudish sister Kylene and her sexually challenged boyfriend Harris, and the events gets even saucier. Then shoot in a splash of the old pervert Marc and his crazy unhinged wife Lola, and then toss in the Bible-thumping Jesus-freak Thelma, and it gets a little more crazy, dangerous, insane and scary.

The film tries way too hard to push the boundaries and ends up being a lot of screaming, crying, bad acting, plotting, and bland dialogue. Many of the scenes are very long winded and dependent on dialogue which I can see where some critics may relate it to a Kevin Smith movie in that regard... (the back cover refers to it as Scream meets Clerks) but it feels more sophomoric and almost play-like.

Sound and Picture on the disc are standard for the DVD format and presents the film in anamorphically enhanced standard definition with a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo mix track. This was shot in 12 days and seems it. Extras on the disc are a Hollywood Screening Q and A, Gag Reel, Audio Commentary, and two trailers.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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