‘Possessed by Evil - 5 Movie Collection’
(Emily Blunt, Rufus Sewell, Jensen Ackles, James Van Der Beek, Olivia Munn, et al / DVD / NR / 2016 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: No one is safe when demons devour your soul in this horrifying collection where evil takes control.
DVD Verdict: Devour (2005) - Starring: Jensen Ackles, Shannyn Sossamon, Dominique Swain - For months, Jake Gray has been haunted by disturbing premonitions of murder and self-mutilation he can't explain, until two high school friends, Dakota and Conrad, introduce him to a mysterious online computer game called “The Pathway“. Suddenly, Jake's violent visions are brought to life as the game begins transforming his terrifying daydreams into gruesome reality.
So, yeah, the story behind this film is interesting yet executed in a fairly poor manner. Basically, the devil communicates to others via the internet through an online game called "The Pathway" in which you give the site your phone number and apparently it can bring up your whole life's history. You then get phone calls asking you to do certain things, similar to sacrificing animals to your God. The problem with this movie is that it decides to put such a huge twist (a twist that is too complex for its own good) into the mix that really leaves you confused at the end.
Insanitarium (2008) - Starring: Jesse Metcalfe, Kiele Sanchez, Olivia Munn, Carla Gallo - A devoted brother gets more than he bargained for when he takes the rap for his criminally inclined sister and gets placed in the care of a doctor who's using his patients as guinea pigs for a terrifying new drug. Upon being administered a dose of the experimental medication, the test-subjects transform into violent, flesh eating psychopaths. Jesse Metcalfe, Olivia Munn, and Carla Gallo star in a horror film written and directed by Midnight Meat Train scribe Jeff Buhler.
When I first saw the trailer for ’Insanitarium’ I had no desire to see it. Then I caught ‘Midnight Meat Train’ and really liked it. I found out that the writer of MMT made his directorial debut with ‘Insanitarium’ and decided to give him the benefit of the doubt. I now regret that act. ‘Insanitarium’ is just not a good movie. It's about a guy who pretends to be crazy so he will be committed because that's the only way he can see his crazy sister. And wouldn't you know it there is a mad scientist who is experimenting on his patients turning them into brain dead zombies. How many times have we seen this scenario?
The Plague (2006) - Starring: James Van Der Beek, Ivana Milicevic, Brad Hunt - Ten years have passed since the world's children fell into a coma. Tonight they're waking up and all hell is breaking loose. An unholy battle between the generations is being waged, and time is not on the side of adults. Stephen King once described Clive Barker as the future of horror, and the first thirty or so minutes of ‘The Plague’ will leave you in no doubt as to why. The problem is that the other sixty minutes are such a major let-down that it makes that incredible opening seem like a distant memory. Clive Barker is credited as only one of fourteen producers, line, executive, and associate included, so it does not take a lot to work out what happened here. Put simply, Barker was only able to extend his remarkable influence into the first third of the film, then the other cooks came along and pretty much ruined the pie!
Vinyan (2008) - Starring: Emmanuelle Béart, Rufus Sewell, Julie Dreyfus - A couple is looking for their child who was lost in the 2004 tsunami. Their search takes them to the dangerous Thai-Burmese waters and then into the jungle, where they face unknown but horrifying dangers.
‘Vinyan" is a disturbing journey to insanity visibly inspired in "Apocalypse Now" and with the same style of "Antichrist". The slow paced plot is supported by a good screenplay, stylish cinematography that keeps the environment of a nightmare and another outstanding performance of Emmanuelle Béart. I will say that this type of movie is not for everyone, but those that like original psychological horror stories without gore, explosions and special effects, will certainly enjoy it.
Wind Chill (2008) - Starring: Emily Blunt, Ashton Holmes - Desperate to get home for Christmas, a college student catches a ride with a strange classmate. As soon as she realizes he knows a little too much about her, the stranger decides to take a shortcut down a remote country road. Caught in a raging snowstorm, the young travelers are suddenly forced off the road by a mysterious car. Stranded, they soon realize the cold is the least of their worries.
I have to admit I'd heard nothing about this film, in fact I'd never even heard of the title, but it proved to be a bit of a revelation.The two leads Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) and Ashton Holmes (A History Of Violence) are both very good actors and both put in good performances.The film is well paced, not letting you know too much too soon, it's a very eerie looking movie, the the darkness of the night brilliantly contrasting with the glistening snow, reminiscent of the classic "The Shining".
In an age of shock horror which has become rife in Hollywood over the past decade it nice to see a good old fashioned horror film in the fashion of say John Carpenters "The Fog" or even Peter Jackson's "The Frighteners" which it had elements that were very similar too. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.