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Trail Of Blood DVD Review

Trail of Blood DVD

“Trail of Blood” brings nothing new to the slasher genre.

Presented by director Joe Dante (of “Gremlins” fame), “Trail of Blood” is a modern slasher film about 7 friends (3 couples) having a weekend camping trip that goes horribly awry. As you can probably predict, these 7 youngsters are not alone out in the wilderness as a killer (and his girlfriend accomplice) are lurking around the woods as well. Will any of the 7 innoncents make it out alive? Will the 2 wandering FBI agents be able to track down the killers before any more damage is done? You’ll have to tune in to see (or not).

As a longtime fan of the slasher genre, I’m always curious to see a new entry in the often dismissed horror film genre. Granted, most of the time slasher films are forgettable, but every once in awhile you will find a gem. Sadly, “Trail of Blood” is no gem. While the more grounded ‘Trail’ admirably tries to provide timely commentary on how violence warps people, that message is lost amidst slasher film clichés, a weak cast (save Robert Picardo), lousy editing, fake out scares, and generally poor production values. More than that, however, there’s simply nothing surprising or new here. Sure, you can make a case that the ending is different from the norm, but different doesn’t mean good. I didn’t buy the ending for a minute as it felt entirely forced. It’s only purpose was to drive home the already overdone message.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? This is a cheap looking slasher movie from a cinematography perspective. It doesn’t look awful, but it’s pretty bland looking to be sure.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? This is a pretty mellow track which doesn’t come as too much of a surprise considering this is a low budget production.

Extras:
* Lionsgate trailers and a “Trail of Blood” trailer.
* Ultraviolet digital copy.
* A dull commentary by brothers/writers and directors Joseph and Justin Guerrieri. The two chat about location shooting, scenes, behind-the-scenes stories about filming, characters, etc.

Overall Thoughts: Unless you’re a horror fanatic who loves to buy every horror DVD ever released, skip “Trail of Blood.”

December 16, 2013 - Posted by | DVD review | , , ,

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