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An Irish Exorcism (2013/Virgil Films DVD)/Camp Massacre (3014 aka Fat Chance/ITN/MVD Visual DVD)/Roommate Wanted (2015/Lionsgate DVD)

An Irish Exorcism

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

A 'found footage' film, An Irish Exorcism is a low budget fright with some moments of creepiness but ultimately feels a little too cheap and far fetched to become anything more than just another Vatican Tapes-esque Exorcism flick. Moments of static and screeching sound effects aim to make the audience jump but once you have some one found footage type film, then you pretty much know the drill. It reminded me of The Last Exorcism only with a smaller budget.

In her final year at school, anthropology student Lorraine decides to film her final project - the subject of exorcism within the Catholic Church. Recording interviews with priests from the local diocese, she stumbles upon Fr. Byrne, an older priest who is currently helping a young mother whose daughter is apparently possessed by a demonic force. The curiosity of Lorraine, along with her camera operator, Cathal, leads them down a dark path of discovering the terrifying truth, and things go from strange to worse as all involved become entangled into a frightful journey to save a little girl's life.

The film is presented in standard definition with a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track and 1.78 X 1/16 X 9 widescreen as it was shot. Nothing special format-wise and no extras on the disc...

Camp Massacre

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

Think Friday the 13th meets a Fat Camp. It's a clever concept but ultimately falters to low production design and some pretty lousy acting. Camp Massacre has one of the dumbest slasher villains I have ever seen: a man with a chicken bucket on his head, and that's just the beginning. Starring Bree Olson (The Human Centipede III), Al Snow (WWE), Scott Tepperman (Sci-Fi Channel's Ghost Hunters International), Shawn C. Phillips (Grave Encounters 2), and Dick Warlock (The Abyss).

Camp Massacre is a campy throwback to the over-the-top, gross-out slashers of the '80s. Tossing aside the grim, gritty realism of torture porn and other modern fads, it prides itself on being a wild rollercoaster ride from beginning to end. Ten obese men appear on a competitive reality show geared toward weight-loss. As the competition grows more intense the contestants realize they are losing more than just weight; they are losing competitors. Are the contestants dropping out voluntarily or is something more insidious going on? Will they survive? Fat chance.

The presentation on the disc is nothing to really write home about, featured in standard definition with a 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track. No extras either.

Roommate Wanted

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

Alexa Vega and Spencer Grammer star in Roommate Wanted, where two pole opposites who move in together and soon wage in an all out war against each other and battle it out over petty things that soon become bigger things. Misery seeks company as the tagline cleverly states, and basically that premise of the short running film grows tiresome. There are only so many cruel acts that these two can do to one another before it becomes obvious how one note the story is.

The film also stars Kathryn Morris, Richard Riehle, Bryan Dechart, and Jennifer Lyons and is directed by Rob Margolies and is his third film.

Two polar opposite female roommates whose differences come to a head over the course of one crazy day. Fabricated lies and jealousy escalate into competitive revenge, all leading up to an action packed shocking conclusion.

Presented in standard definition, the film looks fine on disc but nothing to write home about with a standard def transfer and a 16 X 9 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Also included on the release is an Ultraviolet copy that you can watch on your smartphone or tablet.

The only extra is a trailer gallery, which is hardly an extra. Come on, Lionsgate, we know its DVD but give us something!

- James Harland Lockhart V



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