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Sanatorium (2013/An After Dark Original/Lionsgate DVD)

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

You Belong To Them Now.

Are you a fan of found footage movies? Like them or not, here's another one for you. Sanatorium takes us out to the Hillcrest Sanatorium, where the television series Ghost Trackers has come in search of exactly what the series' name suggests. While going to a sanatorium is generally a pretty safe bet in terms of finding ghosts - lots of unhappy people died unhappy deaths on the premises, which commonly suggests restless spirits roaming about.

But the Hillcrest Sanatorium is unlike anything the group has encountered before, as the Hillcrest Sanatorium was home to Richard Howell, a man who killed three children before hanging himself on New Year's Eve 1955. So when Ghost Trackers arrives on the scene, they are in for a jackpot of proof of the paranormal but will they survive the episode?

The film has all the making of the usual found footage lore. A pregnant girlfriend is announced in the first act where all of the main crew of idiots (I mean main characters) are in their ordinary world where everything seems normal... but don't forget that someone must tell the illusive protagonist behind the camera to turn it off. Once they get to the sanatorium, things get more intense as the night vision mode comes on and the ghosts come out to play.

For anyone that has sat through shows like Ghost Hunters, this film you will find is a pretty good emulation of what that show is like (or what they want it to be like) only of course you don't see characters getting killed on screen. The film has some creepy moments, but all in all is on the same level slightly below Paramormal Activity and is nothing to really write home about. The ending act is pretty cool where one of the main female characters gets possessed and slaughtered by a ghastly entity... but you have to sit through a lot of cliches to get to that point.

Picture and sound on the disc are average for the DVD format featuring a standard definition transfer in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and a lossy English 5.1 Dolby Digital sound mix.

No Extras on this release except a preview of other films available from Lionsgate.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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