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Tales That Witness Madness Blu-ray Review

“Tales That Witness Madness” is a solid horror anthology film.

“Tales That Witness Madness” is told via a wrap around story involving psychiatrist Dr. Tremayne showing his co-worker 4 patients. With each patient they visit, the movie then cuts to the story of how the character went mad. The 4 stories involve a child (Paul) and his imaginary tiger (who is not so imaginary), a creepy telepathic picture that can cause time travel, a living killer female tree, and a nasty case involving a sacrifice.

Ever since I was a teenager, I have been a big fan of horror anthology films. They’ve always been an under appreciated and under utilized genre in cinema, but thankfully there’s a lot of creative shorts and anthological films out there. While “Tales That Witness Madness” may not be on the level of classics like “Creepshow,” “Tales From The Crypt,” or ”Trick ‘r Treat,” it’s a notable entry in the horror subgenre.

If you’re expecting an all out scary horror anthology film, you might be disappointed by ‘Madness.’ While the grim endings to the first and last stories are wickedly disturbing, the other 2 segments aren’t particularly scary. The tree segment is pure cheese and doesn’t seem to jive well with the other 3. It almost feels like a spoof of horror anthology segments if anything. As for the second segment involving the telepathic picture, the execution leaves a little to be desired, but it’s an intriguing “out there” story to be sure.

As for the cast, there are several big names here that pull off fine performances including Donald Pleasance (of “Halloween” fame), Mary Tamm (most well known as Romana in “Doctor Who”), Joan Collins (who also appeared in the “Tales From The Crypt” film) and Kim Novak (best known for her role in Hitchcock’s masterpiece “Vertigo”).

Video/Audio:

The film, which is presented in 1.78:1 1080p, is a bit of a mixed bag visually. The colors are noticeably richer with this hi-def upgrade, but the print is littered with grain, scratches, and jumps.

The DTS-HD Mono audio track is a bit on the flat side, but it’s adequate enough.

No extras have been included.

October 26, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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