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BEN

BEN REVIEWED

“Ben” finally gets an HD bow due to Scream Factory working miracles. The original negative for the film is gone, so the transfer on this Blu-ray is sourced from the best archival print. While not ideal, it’s still a solid effort to save a quality piece of American horror. If you can handle kids as the leads in animal attack movies, then this will be for you. Honestly, I just love how it totally 180s from the first movie.

“Willard” was a brutal look at sad young man vs. the world. “Ben” almost feels like a cautionary tale of what could restart a Willard. While young Danny is sickly in this movie, Ben offers him a chance to have a friend. Having a friend at a young age vs. having this kind of a friend as a 30 year old is a wildly different thing. I highly recommend checking out the special features, as Scream reached deep to bring this movie back from Limbo. Too often, films like this get lost while most of the money is spent on restoring classic chunks of Film history. Exploitation cinema matters.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Commentary
  • Interview
  • Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spot
  • Still Gallery

A/V STATS

  • 1.85:1 1080p transfer
  • DTS-HD MONO

RELEASE DATE: 5/16/17

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