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(aka "The Getaway" )

 

directed by Jaron Henrie-McCrea
USA 2015

 

There are limits to how serious even seasoned horror viewers can take a "haunted bathroom" film, but the distinctive CURTAIN refreshingly spikes the film's chills with humor and makes something more of a concept that seems ideal for Troma-style excess. Burnt-out young hospice nurse Danni (Danni Smith) quits her steady job while also moving out of her uncle's home for a cheap and "cozy" one bedroom apartment and taking a minimum wage job as an activist soliciting donations in Central Park to save the whales. At the suggestion of her Uncle Gus (Rick Zahn, PERFECT: ANDROID RISING), Danni tries to brighten her new place up with "lady shit" including a shower curtain for her bathroom. When the curtain mysteriously vanishes overnight, she suspects that there is another way into her apartment. When the next one disappears moments after she hangs it up, Danni buys another one, hangs it up, and sets up her phone's camera for surveillance. When she discovers that her shower curtains are being sucked into another dimension, Danni wants to move out but fervent activist co-worker Tim (Tim Lueke) - seeing fame, dollars, and the possibility of a galactic sanctuary for the whales - suggests they try to find out where the curtains go and possibly a way to plug up the hole. Painting Danni's contact information on a curtain, they send it through the porthole and discover that the other dimension it leads to is New Jersey and a strange backwoods cult lead by "The Pale Man" (Martin Monahan) who mark her as the keeper of "The Gate" ("If you violate the oath, we violate the flesh"). When she and Tim persist in their investigation - including the apartment's previous tenant Bert (Chuck McMahon, BACTERIUM) who committed suicide in the pre-credits sequence while attempting to burn down the apartment - their lives are threatened by the natural and the supernatural when they discover that the shower curtains are not the only thing that emerges on the other end of the portal.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 4 October 2015 (USA)

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DVD Review: Icon Entertainment (Frightfest Presents) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Icon Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:10:24 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.67 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English HoH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Icon Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
� Audio Commentary by director/co-writer/cinematographer Jaron Henrie-McCrea, co-writer/producer Carys Edwards, actors Danni Smith, Martin Monahan & Tim Lueke, and composer Adam Skerritt
� Introduction (16:9; 2:24)
� Making-of (16:9; 9:03)
� Trailers for 'The Unfolding', 'Landmine Goes Click', 'The Lesson', and 'Last Girl Standing'

DVD Release Date: July 18th, 2016
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments

Although the feature encode does not even edge over to the second layer of this dual-layer disc, the brevity of it allows for a relatively high bitrate. The slickly-photographed high definition production looks quite good on DVD without any glaring issues. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track becomes increasingly adventurous and expansive as the film goes on, with the subtle rumbling of pipes the first indication of the unnatural. Optional English subtitles are included and capably convey the dialogue other than mistakenly transcribing the emergency services number as "991." In the making-of featurette and cast/crew audio commentary, the participants cover the scripting, shooting within the confines of actor Lueke's real apartment and other apartments where they had to make do with the decor, shooting on location in Central Park and on the subway without permits while working around the weather and changing lighting conditions, the New Jersey locations, and the the special effects make-up. Besides a brief introduction by Frightfest programmers, the disc also includes trailers for the other four Frightfest titles (including the previously reviewed LAST GIRL STANDING).

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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