Blu-ray Review: DESTROYER / EDGE OF SANITY Double Feature

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DESTROYER (aka Shadow of Death) was directed by Robert Kirk and stars Deborah Foreman, Clayton Rohner, Lyle Alzado and Anthony Perkins.

The opening scene of this 1988 slasher sets everything up when Ivan Moser (Lyle Alzado), a convicted serial killer, is set to be electrocuted. Let’s just say things don’t go quite as planned so the prison ends up shutting down and Moser is left roaming the halls and no proof of his death exists. The movie quickly fast forwards to eighteen months later as a film crew moves in and sets up to use the old prison as a film set. Production begins on “Death House Dolls” and the director (Anthony Perkins) immediately finds out that not everyone in his cast or his crew are up to the task. On the last night of filming, the truth of Moser’s fate is ultimately revealed as the film crew begins to disappear one by one.

Destroyer focuses mainly on the film’s stuntwoman Susan Malone (Deborah Foreman) and her screenwriter boyfriend David Harris (Clayton Rohner) who end up fighting for their lives against the nearly unstoppable madman until the exciting finale where he’s finally put to an end. Foreman and Rohner do a great jobs as the leads but Lyle Alzado kind of steals the show with his hulking appearance and cheesy one-liners he spits out just before he kills his prey. Anthony Perkins serves more of a supporting role in this 80’s slasher so he doesn’t have too much time to play in this one. There are some cool looking practical and makeup effects used with lots of blood and gore to go along with it all. All in all, I really got a kick out of this obscure slasher from the greatest decade ever.

Run Time: 94 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

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

Subtitles: English

Special Features: 

  • Trailer

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EDGE OF SANITY was directed by Gerard Kikoine and stars Anthony Perkins, Glynis Barber, Sarah Maur Thorp, Ben Cole, David Lodge and Jill Melford.

This 1989 slasher takes place in London, England and follows the outwardly rational Dr. Jekyll (Anthony Perkins) who rapidly descends into a world of sexual obsession and murder as Mr. Hyde. After a lab experiment unleashes mysterious fumes, Dr. Henry Jekyll undergoes a horrifying transformation into a savage alter ego who calls himself “Jack Hyde.” Meanwhile, the depraved killer Jack the Ripper is slicing his way through the alleys of Whitechapel, leaving mutilated streetwalkers in his wake. Is there a connection between Jekyll/Hyde and Jack the Ripper?

Edge of Sanity ended up being another first time watch for me and I enjoyed it. We’re all familiar with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde but what this movie does is incorporate the legend of Jack the Ripper in with it. When the mild mannered Dr. Jekyll transforms into the insane Mr. Hyde, we watch him dive deeper into this dark world that consumes him. A world that’s full of erotica and murder. Jack has a thirst for blood and it seriously gets him off, almost like some kind of bizarre drug addiction. Simply put, he’s a perverted serial killer. All of the performances were really good but it is Anthony Perkins who shows off with these two complicated characters he portrays. The movie is a slasher so there’s plenty of blood and lots of nudity to top that off. Something else I really liked about the movie was the cinematography that captured some seriously dark and moody moments with Perkins.

Run Time: 91 Minutes

Rated: Uncut Version

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

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

Subtitles: English

Special Features: 

  • Trailer

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The front of the packaging features split artwork for both movies that you see up top and the back includes details for and specs each movie along with a few images. The reverse sleeve features some images from each movie and credits. The Blu-ray disc is red and black with movie logos. 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. Scream Factory did another really good job with this high-def release for these two obscure slashers from the 80’s.

Bottom line is, this Destroyer / Edge of Sanity Blu-ray Double Feature ended up being really fun and entertaining and both films were a first time watch for me. Destroyer ended up getting a new HD transfer using the only surviving film elements found in the vaults and it turned out really great with the only flaw really being the movie’s alternate title, if you can even call that a flaw. Edge of Sanity allows the iconic Anthony Perkins to show off a lot more with these split personalities he portrays. This is a performance that would make Norman Bates proud! Every horror fan knows about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and this one is one of the more obscure entries that focuses on this mythology and the legend of Jack the Ripper. I do believe I enjoyed Destroyer a little more simply because it’s a slasher full of cheesy dialogue that’s cranked out by a likable maniac. Both films make their Blu-ray debut on April 12th so be sure you give this Double Feature a watch when it drops.

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