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(aka "Sebastien" )

 

directed by Zach Miller, Deborah Twiss
USA 2014

 

A refreshing if not entirely successful turn on the tropes of recent haunted house films with a surprisingly meaty role for Cathy Moriarty (WHITE OF THE EYE) in what could have been a slumming guest appearance and an ending that strives (perhaps overreaches) for emotional poignancy. After his wife Cecile (co-director Deborah Twiss) suffers a miscarriage three months into her third pregnancy, Brooklyn therapist Jonathan (Eric Roberts, RUNAWAY TRAIN) decides a change would be good for the family - daughter Ariel (Sydney McCann) suffers from night terrors and son Morgan (Matthew McCann) is a smartass backtalker - and takes on the country practice of elderly Dr. Willy (Robert Vaughn, RIVER OF DEATH) in upstate New York. When their car mysteriously breaks down along a secluded road, the family stumbles upon the old Brickford house inhabited by Alice (Moriarty) who unhappily looks after her abusive, bedridden mother Sophia (Pat Patterson). When they mention that they are house-hunting, Alice offers to rent the house to them while she finds something smaller and more affordable for herself and her mother. It is not long before the family experience strange things in the house: Ariel's night terrors worsen and she starts talking to an old doll she finds on the grounds, Morgan is terrified by something in the basement while looking for his errant pet bunny, Cecile is menaced by a specter that might be the "bad boy" who has terrorized Ariel in her dreams even before they left Brooklyn while also experienced a renewed lust for her her husband that she knows is somehow unnatural or pathological, and even Jonathan starts hearing voices and crying children in the night. Away from the house with her mother slipping away into catatonia, Alice is also still haunted by whatever lurks in the house, and the psychically-sensitive Father Thomas (James McCaffrey, RESCUE ME) is convinced that Alice knows more than she is letting on about the cause of the haunting.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 3 April 2014 (USA)

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DVD Review: Breaking Glass Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Breaking Glass Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:34:34
Video

2.40:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.96 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: Breaking Glass Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.40:1

Edition Details:
� Photo Gallery
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:48)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: March 17th, 2015
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments

Although the DVD was released last year, Breaking Glass is promoting their line of Amazon VOD horror titles, so we thought we would review a couple to remind fans that these titles are available on physical media (some with extras). Breaking Glass' progressive, anamorphic encode looks good given the HD videography which does not look to have been severely color corrected for mood like other recent genre films. A few jittery shots seem less like "shaky cam" than a combination of handholding the camera and a telephoto lens used to throw the background of close-ups out of focus. The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track sports clear dialogue and a relatively sedate sound mix. The transcriber of the closed captioning does not seem to have had the script available as there are low passages that may be audible to the listener but transcribed as "(mumbles)" and misspells "brownstone" as "brownstown". Extras are limited to a photo gallery, the film's trailer, and other previews (which edge the video content onto a second layer).

Breaking Glass also released the film on BD-R.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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