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The Poltergeist Of Borley Forest DVD Review

The Poltergeist of Borley Forest DVD

‘Borley Forest’? More like BOREly Forest, am I right?

While out partying with friends near Borley Forest, a teenager (Paige) stumbles across a tree with a rope attached. Unbeknownst to her, she has awakened a ghost that begins to follow her around. At first people simply believe she is acting irresponsibly, but soon her family discovers that there may be something supernatural at work. With the help of her family and friends, Paige investigates the mysteries surrounding this forest and discovers that the ghostly activities may or may not be linked to decades old cases involving disappearances and a shady young man who may have been killed. Is there a vengeful ghost haunting Paige? Is the forest will with dark, dark spirits who have been disturbed? Will you even make it to the end of the movie to find out?

The only thing scary about “The Poltergeist of Borley Forest” is the fact that it runs a horrifyingly long 103 minutes. The “horror” movie could have easily been trimmed 20 minutes without question. Of course, not even extensive editing could save this amateur horror flick as ‘Borley’ is a chore to get through from start to finish. Between the laughably bad special F/X and the dumb soap opera family drama to the suspenseless scary scenes and the cringe worthy dialogue (“Everywhere is creepy!”), it’s a wonder this film was even released.

About the only positive thing I can sort of say about ‘Borley’ is that it does spend a lot of getting to know the characters. For many horror films, a lack of characterization is often a major complaint, but ‘Borley’ is largely comprised of character moments. One could argue too much time is spent on the characters especially since you likely won’t care about anyone aside from possibly Paige (played by first time actress Marina Petrano).

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? The video quality is generally quite poor as the image often appears murky or even wavy (with lines clearly visible).

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? It does not sound worthy of a 5.1 track that’s for sure. There’s some real bad audio quality here complete with loud background noises.

The only extras are Image Entertainment/RLJ Entertainment film trailers, 14 ½ minutes of deleted scenes, 5 minutes of goofy outtakes mostly featuring actress Marina Petrano, and a 21 minute featurette titled “The Manifestation Of The Poltergeist: Behind The Scenes”

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June 1, 2015 - Posted by | DVD review |

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