Blu-ray Review: SATANIC

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SATANIC was directed by Jeffrey Hunt and stars Sarah Hyland, Steven Krueger, Justin Chon, Clara Mamet, Sophia Dalah, and Anthony Carrigan.

The movie follows four friends who are on a road trip to Coachella and decide to stop in Los Angeles and take a tour around the city. They visit the site of the infamous Manson murders and a satanic store that is obviously run by one of his favorite minions. Their tour quickly turns dark when they get a little too nosey and witness a private satanic ceremony where they end up saving a girl who they think was about to be sacrificed. They take her back to their room at the Flower Hotel which also happens to be the scene of Lainey Gore’s gruesome suicide in homage to Satan himself. The creepy thing is, is the fact that the girl knows what room she’s in without anyone every saying a word. This gets their new friend off and she does some kind of weird ceremony and this is where the real horror begins. She summons something evil and the friends have all been marked.

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The movie is pretty much a slow burn until the evil gets been summoned and then the pacing picks up big time. The friends don’t realize that they’ve picked up one of Satan’s favorite groupies but once she does her little conjuring/marking, they quickly realize maybe she’s not as innocent as they once thought. Each friend gets marked and goes on the run for their lives but they’re trying to run and hide from something that has already attached itself and it’s having some fun terrifying them. One by one, each friend comes face-to-face with this entity that has been summoned where they witness first hand the true meaning of evil and it doesn’t end well for any of them.

I know this was a low budget indie film and Jeffrey Hunt did a really good job with what he had to work with. The movie was shot really well and it does get seriously dark and downright evil at times in the second half of the movie. Even though the first half has some pacing issues, it’s all about developing these four characters and their terrifying journey. The pace does pick up and this is where things get really good and the friends become little play things for the sinister Big Red aka Satan. The entire cast did a great job and Sarah Hyland was easily the standout here. This is the kind of movie that fans of “Modern Family” would never expect to see her in. As far as the special effects all go, it was mostly practical and it all looked fantastic. There’s lots of blood, dead birds, gore, bodies that go splat on the ceiling, and even more gore!

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The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images 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, Satanic ended up being a pretty cool horror movie but it did have a few flaws with the biggest one being the slow burn during the first half of the watch. The movie felt like it had two speeds with the first half been extremely slow and the second half being fast-paced and terrifying. The timing is just right for this Blu-ray release of Satanic because we’re now just four weeks away from Halloween and horror fans will be looking for new movies to check out. This Blu-ray releases on October 4th and even though it’s not a great movie, it does have its moments that’ll make some horror fans smile and others cringe in fear.

Distributor: Magnet Releasing

Run Time: 84 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

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

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, exclusive interviews with the cast, a sneak peek at the special effects used to create some of the film’s most terrifying scenes, and the trailer.

  • The Making Of Satanic (06:47)
  • The Cast (05:28)
  • Special Effects (03:27)
  • Behind The Scenes Footage (01:47)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:59)

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