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(aka "Rehab" or "The Clinic")

 

directed by Sean J. Vincent
UK 2013

 

The Manor was a top treatment clinic for extreme addictions until 1987 when a patient hung himself. Since then, it has been closed down and there have been rumors of paranormal activity. When four kids break in to conduct to play with the Ouija board disappear, followed by the disappearance of a subsequently appointed security, chavy Adam (director Sean J. Vincent) suggests to his would-be investigative reporter girlfriend Nicole (Jenny Gayner) that she spend the night in the derelict clinic to capture evidence of the paranormal on video. Since Nicole is the daughter of the clinic's last director (Tim Parker) and knows it's history, she is reluctant to jump on the opportunity. Several shots later, she, Adam, and their buddies Mike (Dan Peters) and Liz (Thea Knight) head over to the clinic for a bit of surveillance and a lot of partying. They don't have to wait long, however, for the fright show; but it's not just a mysterious force that has trapped them in the building, there's also a masked, power tool and heroin needle-wielding maniac determined to make sure that they never leave.

Abandoned hospitals and asylums are always an interesting setting for horror films - found footage or not - with their endless corridors, threats posed by leftover medical equipment put to diabolical use. There have been many examples of such, and most of them are better than THE ADDICTED - also known as REHAB and THE CLINIC (the UK DVD title) - which reveals all of its gags (which it uses repeatedly) early on not so much as a teaser so much as seemingly to do away with building atmosphere and tension. The scarcely-developed characters repeatedly separate even after much mayhem (one character leaves the others behind to look for an escape route, and another separates from them to follow him to bum a cigarette). The twist becomes obvious early on - one character is ridiculously casual in reaction to impending doom throughout - but the resolution is a bit surprising (although it's really too little too late at that point).

Eric Cotenas

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Revolver Entertainment

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:32:54
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.44 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Revolver Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• none

DVD Release Date: July 24th, 2014
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Revolver Entertainment's American arm gives us THE ADDICTED - also out at the end of the month in the UK as THE CLINIC (not to be confused with the 2010 Australian film) - in a single-layer, progressive, anamorphic transfer that is generally attractive (although some shots lose detail under a wash of color effects and hazy filters like the film's drinking montage as well as some shots of the killer stalking down halls). The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio is generally fine, although some live dialogue gets muffled (as well as the masked killer's processed voice). There are no extras or previews.

  - Eric Cotenas

 

 


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