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“Deadline”- {Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: First Look Home Video
Genre:
Horror
Release Date:
12/01/09
Special Features:

Featurette

Review:

What’s a writer to do when writer’s block intervenes preventing her from completing her screenplay? If you’re Alice (Brittany Murphy) you lock yourself up in a friend’s haunted mansion. Hanging at a haunted mansion might be fun if it’s Disney’s Haunted Mansion but in the case of Alice she discovers that the young couple (Thora Brich and Marc Blucas) who occupied the place before her had some unsettling experiences of their own. ***

The good news about “Deadline” is that it eschews the slice and dice editing approach that most directors use in making horror films. Director Sean McConville opts for a more organic approach ladling on atmosphere unfortunately while the atmosphere may be thick there’s not much story here to keep you interested. Atmospheric thrillers are also dependent on strong characters to identify with and pull the audience in and there aren’t any compelling characters here either. ---

Image & Sound:

“Deadline” looks quite nice with a solid presentation. Video noise surprisingly crops up now and again but it isn’t that distracting. ***

Audio sounds quite nice with a Dolby TrueHD presentation that adds to the tension with a nice, creepy sounding presentation. ---

Special Features:

We get a single behind-the-scenes featurette presented in standard definition. The actors and production crew focuses on the themes of the film. ***

We also get one too many trailers that we have to wade through to reach the plantation where all the creepy stuff happens. ---

Final Words:

Although there isn’t much in the way of story here, “Deadline” works primarily due to some an appealing lead and nice atmospheric direction. Although it’s not a top notch haunted house flick, it’s not a bad way to pass the time on a rainy evening with a glass of wine.

 

 
 
 
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