At The End of Time/LFO
(Dark Sky DVDs)/Moebius
(Film Movement/RAM Releasing Blu-ray/all 2013)
At The End of Time
B- Sound: C+ Extras: D Film: C
Hidalgo's The House at the End of Time is a decent Venezuelan
horror-suspense film that takes place in 1981 and centers around
Dulce (Ruddy Rodríguez) who lived in an old house with her sons
Leopoldo (Rosmel Bustamante) and Rodrigo (Hector Mercado), and her
husband Juan José (Gonzalo Cubero). What at first is peaceful soon
becomes hell on earth as they start to experience multiple cases of
strange supernatural phenomena, most notably an elderly woman that
continues to warn her that Juan Jose will soon murder their children.
Dulce desperately tries to keep this from happening but is not only
unsuccessful, but is also shocked when the police arrive and find
that Juan Jose has also been killed.
there are no other people in the house, Dulce is arrested and
imprisoned for the murder. Thirty years later an elderly Dulce has
been released from jail, but under the requirement that she serve the
rest of her sentence under house arrest in the very house where the
murders took place! How's that for awkward?
settled, Dulce is visited by a local priest (Guillermo Garcia) who
wants desperately to get her to turn back to God as Dulce has lost
all faith in religion. She successfully manages to enlist his help
in discovering what exactly happened in her home thirty years ago.
film is an average ghost story with an interesting concept. The fact
that it is foreign definitely gives it more weight than it would say
as an American film. There are some creepy moments and Dark Sky
Films did a nice job with this DVD release - aside from the lack of
transfer on the disc is in standard definition with a 1.78:1
anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio that could benefit from a Blu-ray
upgrade, while sound is a lossy Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 track with
available English subtitles.
extra on the disc is the Trailer.
B Sound: B Extras: C- Film: B-
is an interesting Sci-fi comedy/drama that centers around Robert, an
amateur scientist, who spends hours in his basement full of wires and
oscillators experimenting with sound waves. After he engineers a
frequency that allows him to hypnotize other people, he lures his
attractive new neighbors into his house to act as test subjects for
Robert's control, the oblivious couple are manipulated into
increasingly deviant role-playing games that fuel Robert's
megalomania and allow him to indulge in his most twisted fantasies,
but when investigations into the suspicious death of his wife
threaten to bring an end to his demented operation, Robert must use
his scientific breakthrough on a much larger scale in order to
continue his warped research.
film is sharply edited and is a good example of how a low budget film
with a good script can succeed. The film won many awards too - at
Fantastic Fest it was the official selection and also won best
feature at the Sci-Fi London Film Fest. Definitely a film that is
worthy of your attention if you are a Sci-fi fan.
and Picture on the disc aren't bad for the DVD format sporting a
standard definition transfer with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35 X
1. Sound on the disc is a lossy Swedish Dolby Digital 5.1 track with
English subtitles. Total run time for the film is 98 minutes.
extras on the disc are a Behind The Scenes Featurette and a Trailer.
B+ Sound: C+ Extras: B Film: C+
is a sick and twisted tale about a woman getting revenge on her
cheating husband and her son by chopping off a.. vital organ. Pretty
brutal concept but Moebius is insane and brilliant film from South
Korean Director Kim Ki-Duk and reminded me of Old Boy in a
weird sort of way. Initially, the film was banned in South Korea and
had to be cut down to get a passable rating though here in America
though it is still considered un-rated by the MPAA.
husband. The wife. Their son. The atmosphere at home is ice cold -
the husband distracted by an affair with a young woman, the wife sick
of her husband's debauchery, and the teenage son indifferent to them
both. Overwhelmed with hatred, the wife attempts to remove from the
husband the organ driving his desires; thwarted, she instead takes
out the violent act on the son and then disappears into the night.
the hospital, the husband is distraught with guilt, severing his own
manhood in solidarity and setting out to recover his son's happiness,
sacrificed to his parents' conflict. Disfigured in such a radical
way, the son slowly deviates from normal life, even falling for the
husband's young mistress as the husband discovers strange and severe
ways to help his son find pleasure again. With both husband and son
damaged and living in grief, the wife returns as the family heads
towards destruction even more horrific than before.
and Picture on the disc are exceptional with a 1080p 1.85 X 1 high
definition transfer. Sound is a simple, lossy Dolby Digital 2.0
Stereo track (which could have been better if mastered in DTS) and
subtitles. Total run time is 88 mins.
with Director Kim Ki-Duk and Cast
with actress Lee Eun-Woo
Screening Q and A from NYAFF 2014
you like dysfunctional family tales or films about revenge then this
may be a good choice for you. Not at the top of my list but
certainly not at the bottom.
James Harland Lockhart V