THE PLOT THUS FAR
En route from having retrieved his rebellious teenage daughter from the city of Bogota, Colombia, American David Reynolds (Peter Facinelli, Twilight) and his new fiancée (Sophia Myles, Tristan + Isolde) suffer a car crash that leaves them stranded at a rundown, isolated inn. Sensing something sinister from the mysterious old innkeeper, the family discovers a young girl locked in the basement and determines to set her free. But little do they know that the seemingly innocent girl is an embodiment of pure evil, and that their act of charity could have cataclysmic consequences. Both exotic and terrifying, THE DAMNED is a white-knuckle suspense ride from start to finish.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Damned” uses the exotic locale of Colombia to their advantage. However, after they free the girl that powers the horror action, it’s a race to ultimately nothing. I love creepy atmosphere, as it drives most of the video games that I truly love. Outside of that, I’ve got nothing in that regard. Some horror fans complain that they feel like they’re paying more for a premise than a movie anymore. I get that feeling, but I’m not sure if it always works.
While the cast doesn’t quite live up to the premise, the film evokes a sense of true horror at times. Darkness and scare noises are the staples of the genre, but it’s up to the artist to decide the use. Victor Garcia makes the most out of the direction, but he never takes a real moment to shine. I’m not sure of the man’s body of work outside of this film, but there’s nothing here that persuades me to look up his other outings.
The DVD comes with a commentary, featurettes and a trailer as the special features. The A/V Quality is sharp for an indie horror. The 1080p transfer is impressive. Plus, I enjoyed the clean sounds of the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 11/11/2014