(Brian Austin Green, Robert Picardo, Mena Suvari, et al / DVD / R / 2014 / Vertical Entertainment)
Overview: Ten people arrive at a secluded mountain resort to find it completely deserted. With no gas for the return trip, the visitors are forced to stay and investigate the mystery surrounding the abandoned lodge.
DVD Verdict: OK, let's get this straight from the stat. If you're looking for a classic, well-played out horror / thriller with acting that could well be Oscar material, look elsewhere! I mean, 'Don't Blink' does even pretend to come close to any of that, but what it does try to do is seduce you in with a wickedly-vibrant cover art, that's for sure!
Anyway, not giving too much away, the production values of the film are quite good, as is the acting. There's not very much FX in the film (which I personally found very refreshing, but what there is is done very nicely. The directing I thought was also good and the writing, at least what there was of it, was mostly good too.
But, again, let's be honest here, as we've All seen this horror / thriller scenario play out on screen hundreds of times! The same-old-same-old tale of a few couples getting stuck out in the middle of nowhere, usually a cabin in the woods, this time a hotel in the woods. Then they start to disappear, die, get murdered, chopped up, etc.
After several people are gone, the usual thing is to start introducing "why" the people are gone, making the story more interesting and adding more things to be scared about when they "pop up"! Well, this movie does not get that far into the story before all hell breaks loose, that's for sure! One at a time, nearly from the moment they arrive, the couples are getting stuck out in the middle of the woods and beginning to disappear one set at a time.
Now, the ending is, well, NOT an ending, so be careful there. Trust me, when you get to it, and the screen goes black, and the credits start to roll, you will sit up in your seat and ask the TV set, "What the f**k?" Leaving the ending up to you, the viewer, is a cop out, in my book, but whatever. Sure, when the first person disappears you'll be instantly intrigued, and will want to watch it all the way through to find out what's going on and why. But, that said, watch out for that ending as it's a doozy! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.