Frightmare on DVD
Every time I watch a direct-to-video horror movie, I end up very disappointed.
So why do I keep watching them?
Because every time, I tell myself: "It can't possibly be as bad as the
Live and learn.
Frightmare is the latest atrocity that I had the misfortune of watching.
It's about a psycho dubbed the "Conscience Killer" wreaking havoc on a
A group of high school students are putting on a haunted house in hopes
of raising enough money for their class trip. But once three teenagers
are brutally murdered, the house gets shut down and a curfew is set.
Does this stop the Conscience Killer from going after the main characters?
Of course not.
The problem with this, and far too many movies like it, is that it sucks.
Plain and simple,it has no redeeming qualities. It's really a shame that
there are lots of good movie ideas out there that never get made, yet
trash like this at least gets a direct-to-video release.
Anyone with a quarter of a brain could figure out who the killer is.
It's pretty obvious, and they don't even try to hide it. It couldn't have
been more obvious if he'd said: "Excuse me guys, I have to go and kill
a few people."
Everything about this movie is bad. The script is pathetic, the story
is clichéd and poorly done, and the acting is even more pathetic.
Even for a cheap, direct-to-video horror movie this is bad.
I must say, I'm really looking forward to the next release by director
Ash Smith. At least that'll be one movie I won't have to be upset at missing.
The DVD is appropriately poor. Presented in a very grainy, 1.33:1 full
frame transfer, the picture quality is pretty bad. It's overly dark and
very dusty. Aside from that, it's 1.33:1 full frame (not that this film
deserves any better). The sound is done in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, and
sounds as good as you would expect from trash. There is a lot of screaming
in the film, and at those points you're very thankful it's not done in
a high quality digital 5.1.
The only extras are some director and cast filmographies, and a Spartan
Home Entertainment trailer gallery.
Frightmare, from Spartan Home Entertainment
91 minutes, 1.33:1 full frame, Dolby Digital 2.0
Starring Shanda Besler, Summer Lapan, Shawn Wright and Brandon O'Dell
Produced by Ron Lavery
Written and Directed by Ash Smith
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