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Down A Dark Hall Blu-ray Review

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Don’t go “Down A Dark Hall.”

After being suspended at her current school, a delinquent teen (Kit) is sent to the remote Blackwood Boarding School. Upon arrival, she learns there are 4 other troubled teen girls. The headmistress (Madame Duret) hopes to turn these girls lives around by helping them find their potential by teaching them art, literature, math and music. Alas, it becomes quite clear that something is very off about this school and that Madame Duret has other motives. Stranger still, many of the students begin to act very odd like they are in some sort of trance. What is really going on at this school?

Like many mystery-horror films, “Down A Dark Hall” contains a slow burn story that starts off promising enough. The mystery of the school is a good hook, but unfortunately, the more the story progresses the less involving the film becomes. I won’t get into spoiler territory here, but the script by Chris Sparling and Michael Goldbach is simply poorly executed. The reveal of the mystery is actually a nifty concept with a lot of potential, but it’s squandered amidst a slew of horror movie cliches.

In terms of the cast, only AnnaSophia Robb gives a solid performance here as Kit. She really does her best to try and carry this thing, but she can only do so much with the material. Obviously, Uma Thurman is the big name here cast wise, but she gives a completely over-the-top performance as Madame Duret. Uma’s accent here is completely baffling not to mention I still have no idea what type of accent it’s supposed to be (German perhaps?).

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? Not impressed by this transfer. It looks like an upscaled DVD for the most part. Plus there are scenes that are so dark that you can’t see what is happening on screen.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A little soft for my liking but adequate enough.

Extras: * Lionsgate trailers * Deleted scene * “Welcome To Blackwood: Venturing Down A Dark Hall”- A 21 minute featurette with film clips, set footage, interviews, story and character discussions, etc. Standard stuff. * Digital copy

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October 16, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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