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directed by Eugene McGing
UK 2016

 

A refreshing "found footage" pic that merges the sudden scares of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY-type examples of the sub-genre with perhaps the closest we might get in modern horror films to the creeping dread of Lesley Manning's and Stephen Volk's GHOSTWATCH, THE UNFOLDING moves along as the title suggests. The imminent threat of an all-out nuclear war coincides with the trip of couple Tam (Lachlan Nieboer) and Rose (Lisa Kerr) deep into foggy Dartmoor to conduct paranormal research on a manor house built on crisscrossing fault lines that - along with the nearby apparition-filled tor - has been a hotbed of psychical phenomena since the fourteenth century. Upon arrival, they are abandoned by Tam's university teammates who are too frightened to stay, which only galvanizes Tam. The first disturbances in the couple's presence happen off camera, convincing both of them that there could be a living intruder, especially when Tam's geophysicist colleague Harvey (Nick Julian) arrives in a jovial mood despite the increasingly tense goings-on in the outside world. Sudden temperature drops, footsteps in the night, crying babies, whispers, and voices, however, soon have the trio convinced of the house's haunted reputation. While Harvey and Rose want to leave, Tam is more obsessed than ever as the trio ponder whether the presence in the house is warning them of imminent nuclear annihilation or something more evil within the walls of the house. When they are joined by Professor Chessman (Robert Daws, TV's THE ROYAL) - an astronomer whose interests have gravitated toward the paranormal - he wonders whether the house itself is indeed haunted or a sort of psychic beacon projecting everything going on in the outside world into hallucinatory phenomena; that is, until his notion that whatever they are seeing cannot actually harm them is violently disproved. By the time medium Muriel (EMMERDALE's Kitty McGeever, whose death last August gives us an approximate timeframe for the film's production since it is actually set in the future of October 2016) gets there, the quintet must chose between trying to purge the house of the most insidious kind of evil or leaving its relative safety for what waits outside.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 14 March 2016 (UK)

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

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Icon Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:26:21 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.46 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.

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

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Introduction
� Previews

DVD Release Date: August 1st, 2016
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments

Icon's dual-layer DVD presents what is likely the best the film can look in standard definition given the extremely skewed color correction that desaturates colors, ups the contrast, and softens the highlights of the regular photography while the surveillance camera photography's crispness depends on the lighting conditions. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is fairly front-oriented with the surrounds used to unnerve with noises of the house and more unnatural sounds before the bigger scares. Optional English HoH subtitles are included. There are no extras apart from the Frightfest introduction and trailers for the four other 2016 Frightfest titles.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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