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The Insatiable (2006)

 

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

 

 

When I first told some friends about reviewing the DVD of the new supernatural thriller The Insatiable (2006), some of them thought I was out of my mind and was covering the infamous XXX film from the early 1980s. No! Instead, it is an amusingly failed attempt by the Chuck Konzelman/Cary Solomon co-directing team to combine the vampire and succubus legends (as if they were the same, though they are not) and make a team of sorts out of Sean Patrick Flanery and Michael Biehn to be somewhere between Kolchak: The Night Stalker, its recent awful revival and The X-Files. It never flies.

 

Flanery is a salesman who witnesses a female vampire (Charlotte Ayanna) on the attack and escapes, but no one believes his story until he starts doing research that leads to someone who knows better (Biehn) and starts to fall for her more than hed like to. Will his selfishness continue her killing spree?

 

Unfortunately, the Cary Solomon/Chuck Konzelman/J.R. McGarrity script is derivative all the way, however clever it may be to know the genre beyond most of the hacks making formula garbage today. Unfortunately, the directing of the actors is as flat as the tired look of all this and if they could have stuck to one interesting monster instead of mixing everything up, this could have been more than a processed cable-TV looking mess. The actors are wasted and so was 103 minutes of my time. Dont let this happen to you.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is lame as shot by Director of Photography Mike Washlesky, with awkward composition, no visual suspense to match the lack there of in the script and the actors are not shot to best advantage to boot for this genre or otherwise. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is surprisingly poor, reflects how limited the audio was to begin with, while the music sounds like the original Kolchak: The Night Stalker theme with a Middle Eastern twist, making no sense. Trying to spread it out to all those speakers makes it very, very thin and weak. Trying to reconfigure it if you have that sound option will not help.

 

Trailers for this and a few other similar THINKFilm releases are the only extras.

 

 

- Nicholas Sheffo


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