Blu-ray Review: RED LETTER DAY

RED LETTER DAY was written and directed by Cameron Macgowan and stars Dawn Van de Schoot, Hailey Foss, Kaeleb Zain Gartner, Peter Strand Rumpel, Roger LeBlanc and Tiffany Helm.

While adjusting to a new life in a quiet suburban community, a recently divorced mother and her two teens receive mysterious red letters instructing them each to kill or be killed.

The story for this Canadian survival-thriller follows Melanie Edwards (Dawn Van de Schoot) and her two teenagers, Timothy (Kaeleb Zain Gartner) and Madison (Hailey Foss), who are adjusting to their new life in suburbia. What happens is, they receive these mysterious letters that’s pretty much ordering them to kill or be killed and the target has already been laid out for them. They play it off as a joke at first but quickly realize that shit just got real.

The thing is, Melanie’s neighbors are also getting the letters too so this sets the quite neighborhood into mass hysteria and extreme paranois. Melanie ends up having to do the unthinkable and make a transformation from loving domesticated mother of two to this ruthless survivalist once her children’s lives are threatened by others. The thing about Melanie is that she’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep them alive, including kill her own neighbors.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some comic book-style artwork so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual 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, Red Letter Day ended up being a fun suburban chiller with a kill or be killed plot that was really interesting. There might be just a hint of The Purge to it but Red Letter Day is an original concept with elements of satire added into the horror mix. I thought the cast did a good job with their characters that’s led by Dawn Van de Schoot who plays this likable mother who transforms into full-blown survival mode once her children are endangered by this outside threat that starts with these mysterious letters. Director Cameron Macgowan also did a really good job telling his story and bringing this neighborhood nightmare to life on screen. There’s even some blood and gore to go along with the neverending chaos that this small family goes through. Red Letter Day is a good watch and something a little fresh for the horror genre so I think it’s worth checking out. Red Letter Day is now available on Blu-ray.

Distributor: Epic Pictures Group and DREAD

Run Time: 76 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1) 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 a making of featurette, an interview, audio commentary, trailer and teaser.

  • Suburban Skirmish – The Making of Red Letter Day (45:06)
  • Her Eyes – My Dance through the movies with Actor Tiffany Helm (27:47)
  • Audio Commentary with Director, Executive Producer and Cinematographer
  • Trailer (01:13)
  • Teaser (00:45)
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