Blu-ray Review: ARTIK

ARTIK was written and directed by Tom Botchii Skowronski and stars Chase WilliamsonLauren Ashley CarterMatt MercerGavin White and Jerry G. Angelo.

A comic book obsessed serial killer teaches his son how to get away with a series of brutal murders until the boy befriends a mysterious man, Holton, who threatens to expose their horrifying family secret. As Holton gets closer to the truth, he must not only fight for the young boy’s life, but for his own.

The story centers around Artik (Jerry G. Angelo) and his wife Flin Brays (Lauren Ashley Carter) who live out on an isolated farm with their foster sons that serve more of a role as slave labor than anything else. These two figures aren’t your normal foster parents because they’re both disturbed, especially Artik who has a very unsually hobby, he’s a serial killer who documents it all in the pages of his comic books. He’s a sicko artist who’s passing down his unique talents to his timid son, Boy Adam (Gavin White). Yep, that’s his name!

What happens is, Boy Adam meets Holton (Chase Williamson) who befriends him, and when he sees that there’s something off about the young boy’s situation, he shares it with his counselor Kar (Matt Mercer). Kar decides to pay Artik and his family a visit, and without ruining it for you, let’s just say it doesn’t end well for the concerned counselor. This is when the deranged serial killer becomes paranoid about the situation and when he discovers Holton is snooping around on his property, Artik shows him first hand how violently vicious he really is. The thing is, when Boy Adam sees that his new friend is in mortal danger he decides to take a stand against his sadistic father figure to try and save Holton.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Artik ended up being a fast-paced serial killer thriller that packs a vicious punch. It’s a first with a story about a comic book obssessed serial killer who doesn’t have a filter at all when it comes to murdering innocent people and the sickest part about it is that he’s teaching it all to his son. The unique thing about Artik is that movies like this usually put the victims as the main characters but this creeper puts the spotlight on Jerry G. Angelo who plays this sick and twisted serial killer just right. This disturbed madman could be a distant relative of Charles Manson because of the eerie dialogue he spits out or he could be a distant relative of the Sawyer clan from Texas. Who knows? All I know is this unhinged maniac likes to hurt people and he justifies it all by documenting his dirty deeds in the pages of his comic books. You can tell that Artik is a micro-budget production but I thought Tom Botchii delivered an interesting concept and was able to turn it into an entertaining watch. It’s Lord of the Flies meets Texas Chainsaw in a no holds barred psycho-thriller with elements of pure horror, mental anguish and torture porn with just a shred of hope thrown in at the end. Artik is now available on Blu-ray.

Distributor: Epic Pictures and DREAD

Run Time: 78 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen / Region Free

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, two behind-the-scenes featurettes with optional subtitles, two short films with optional commentary,

  • Director’s Commentary
  • The Characters Behind-the-Scenes Featurette (03:14)
  • The Chair Behind-the-Scenes Featurette (01:56)

Short Films:

  1. 11 minutes – with optional commentary (06:21)
  2. Goldblooded – with optional commentary (08:22)

Trailers:

  1. Artik Teaser (01:22)
  2. Artik Official Trailer (01:56)

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