Satanic Blu-ray Review
“Satanic” is the type of horror movie you just want to end.
The Plot: While on spring break, 4 friends (Chloe, Dave, Elise and Seth) venture to L.A. to visit satanic tourist traps ala the Tate Residence before heading to Coachella. While visiting the Black Door Shop, they encounter some strange people there. They decide to spy on them and follow them to what appears to be a human sacrifice of a woman (Alice). After breaking up whatever ceremony was going to take place, the 4 friends meet the odd Alice to their hotel room in the Flower Hotel (where a satanist once took her life). To say anything more about the events that follow would be entering spoiler territory, but, suffice to say, all hell breaks loose from here on out.
The premise of “Satanic” starts out promising enough with the satanic tourist trap angle. Unfortunately, that’s all the movie has going for it. The rest of the film is made up of cheap offscreen scares that aren’t remotely effective, nonsensical horror elements, constant cursing and screaming, dumb unsympathetic characters who foolishly get themselves into trouble, and more scenes of characters wandering around than anyone should ever see. Some horror films can get away with showing very little while managing to be be creepy like the original “The Blair Witch Project” because the filmmakers know how to build tension. “Satanic” has no tension nor is it ever scary. It’s just a bad horror movie bound for the bargain bin.
Presentation: 2.40:1. How does it look? The movie may not add up to much, but the cinematography impresses. The L.A. locals particularly shine in hi-def.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The dialogue, music and sound design sound solid here. No complaints with this track.
* “Satanic” trailer and other Magnet/Magnolia trailers.
* “Behind The Scenes Footage”- Exactly what the title says.
* “The Cast” contains interviews with cast and crew members, film clips, and behind-the-scenes footage.
* “Special Effects”- A look at Jerry Constantine’s practical f/x.
* The near 7 minute “The Making Of Satanic” contains set footage, discussions about the project, film clips and more. Standard stuff.
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