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Bram Stoker’s Shadow Builder Blu-ray Review

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“Bram Stoker’s Shadow Builder” is a slice of 90’s horror cheese.

MVD Rewind resurrects this 1998 direct-to-video horror film which finds a gun toting Priest (Jacob) trying to stop a shadow demon that has been brought forth by a cult. The Shadow Builder, as it is known, heads to the small town of Grand Rivers to gather 6 souls in order to take the soul of an important young boy which would, in turn, open a doorway to Hell and essentially cause the apocalypse. In the meantime, the Shadow Builder is murdering people and causing the townspeople to go mad. Aiding Jacob in his quest to stop this demon is the town Sheriff and a Vet who is also the aunt of the boy.

“Bram Stoker’s Shadow Builder” is an end of the world horror film that is loaded with plenty of death, cheap FX, goofy weirdness (the Shadow Builder itself looks like a metal band singer), funky cinematography, and quick-cut edits. In other words, it’s not exactly a proper adaptation of the Bram Stoker story. It’s very much a slapped together horror film with plenty of logic holes along the way. Still, it’s a perfectly watchable “race against time” horror film that manages to offer up plenty of entertainment value if you’re into this kind of genre fare.

Considering this is just a made for home video movie, the cast is actually quite impressive. Michael Rooker of “The Walking Dead” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” fame stars as the Priest Jacob while Leslie Hope, Kevin Zegers, and Tony Todd (as the over-the-top town weirdo) have sizable roles as well. All of these actors are fine in their roles (especially Rooker) although I doubt they’d be ranking this one high on their resume.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? A hit-and-miss transfer. Some shots look really crisp while others are grainy and murky. There’s only so much you can do with this print though.

Audio Track: Uncompressed 2.0 PCM. How does it sound? A satisfactory track.

Extras: * “Bram Stoker’s Shadow Builder” trailer as well as trailers for other MVD titles * A fold-out poster * A featurette on the visual effects * A 33 minute making of featurette that contains interviews, discussions about the short story and the film, and so on. * A featurette on actor Kevin Zegers. * A commentary by director Jamie Dixon.

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August 10, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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