Of Deceit (2015/MVD
Visual DVD)/Don't Look In
The Basement (1972)/Don't
Open The Door
(1975/Brownrigg Double Feature/MVD/VCI Blu-ray w/DVD)/The
B-/C+ & C/C-/B- Sound: B-/C/B-/B- Extras: D/C+/D/D
a group of mostly low budget thrillers, the kind that can work at
times when they're not supposed to...
budget sexual thriller Body of Deceit (2015) lands on DVD
starring Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3) whose haunted by
horrific memories of a car accident. When she retreats to an island
she meets a woman who seems to know a lot about her. Soon, the two
women become an item but her romantic passion is interrupted by
reoccurring visions that alcohol can't even solve.
film also stars Giulio Berruti, Sarai Givaty, and Antonio Cupo.
in an anamorphically enhanced
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0
Stereo mix, the film, though obviously compressed, looks as good as
to be expected on DVD with a cinematic look and feel even if its
nothing special plot-wise. For being a lower budgeted film, it
doesn't look or sound half bad.
it isn't without a few sultry moments, there's nothing terribly new
in Body of Deceit, but its worth a one time watch at least.
spoofed in modern times by Edgar Wright during one of the trailer
segment of Tarantino/ Rodriguez's Grindhouse
(2008), 'DON'T' was a popular pre-fix to many films of the Grindhouse
era. While not all of them are particularly good, there are plenty
of redeemable qualities within these ultra low budget attempts.
These 1973-1974 flicks, Don't
Open The Basement/Don't
Open The Door
are both directed
by S.F. Brownrigg find their way on Blu-ray disc for the first time
courtesy of VCI as a double feature.
Look in the Basement (1972), also known as The Forgotten,
follows a young nurse who makes her way through a mental asylum.
There she finds all kinds of loonies that don't shy away from murder
and other atrocities. The film stars Bill McGhee, Jessie Lee Fulton,
and Robert Dracup.
Open the Door (1975), also known as Don't Hang Up, follows
the story of a grand-daughter simply taking care of her grandmother.
However, things turn sour when she gets locked inside with a
homicidal maniac! The film stars Susan Bracken, Larry O'Dwyer, and
1080p HD transfers of these films are iffy at best, the features seem
to lack definition and detail in many of the shots and some of the
color seems a little off. Considering the age/condition of these
films and the fact that they were probably shot on the cheapest film
possible, it's not too surprising that they don't look as good here
as larger budgeted horror films of the time. They are presented in
1.78:1 widescreen and both feature a nice sounding LPCM 2.0 Mono mix,
which is watchable but far from perfect. Also included are
anamorphically enhanced, standard
definition DVDs of the films as well and the quality, aside from some
more compression on the DVDs, is comparable.
Other Grindhouse Trailers
Manor (2018) is a ultra low budget horror flick with a semi-cool
monster but a plot that feels super familiar and acting that ranges
from mediocre to atrocious. Featuring Kevin Nash, Danielle Guldin,
and Christina Robinson, The Manor is basically about the
family reunion from hell that tries to echo Texas Chainsaw
Massacre but instead feels more like a cheap knock off.
Amy (Robinson) is released from a mental home, she ends up going back
to the Anders Manor, where she plans to invite her long last family
to for a reunion. Of course, once they arrive, she realizes that
they are cultists that favor the devil and tend on unleashing a demon
in standard definition with an anamorphically
enhanced widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy 5.1
Dolby Digital audio mix, the film looks and sounds fine for DVD.
While shot modestly, there's some interesting looking scenes and
moments of decent production value. Some things are shot better than
others and there are a few moments of motion blur and heavy
compression that looks like a bad mix of various formats especially
during slow motion sequences.
only Special Feature is the film's trailer and trailers for other
we have Trench 11 (2017), an interesting World War One set
horror flick that echoes The
Thing and Prometheus (in a good way). A hit at several
film festivals, the film stars Karine Vanasse, Rossif Sutherland,
Robert Stadlober, Rob Archer, and Charlie Carrick with direction by
Canadian filmmaker Leo Scherman. Trench 11 reminded me a
little bit of Frankenstein's Army, only not quite that off the
rails... but there's something interesting suspense here and a few
moments that are sure to make you jump out of your seat!
is nearing an end... but is there something these soldiers should be
fearing aside from Germans? When a small group of distinguished
fighters uncover a secret trench that leads underground, what they
find is a vicious entity that could spell a terrible end.
in anamorphically enhanced
standard definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a
lossy English Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, the presentation here is on par
with the norm of DVD and obviously would benefit to an HD upgrade.
Parts of the film are in German with English subtitles respectively.
extras, with the exception of a few RLJ trailers that run before the