Blu-ray Review: THE HATRED

THE HATRED was written and directed by Michael Kehoe and stars Sarah Davenport, Shae Smolik, Bayley Corman, Darby Walker, Gabrielle BourneAlisha WainwrightNina Siemaszko, with genre favorites Amanda Wyss, Andrew Divoff and David Naughton.

The Hatred centers on a group of young women who are tormented by a sinister force as they discover their house has a dark history. Sins from the past return to terrorize the present in this shocker from a producer of Halloween. When recent college grad Regan (Sarah Davenport) goes to a family’s house to babysit their daughter Irene (Shae Smolik) for the weekend, she invites her three best gal pals along. What starts as a girls’ getaway becomes a journey into hell, as the young women discover the house is haunted by a dark and violent history involving a Nazi (Andrew Divoff), his daughter, and an ancient artifact that feeds on fear.

The opening scene for The Hatred takes place in 1968 and shows the terrifying tragedy that happens on the Sears Farm and this sets everything up. Without spoiling too much for you, it has to do with a family tragedy and a supernatural amulet that’s tied to Nazi Germany. The movie then fast forwards to present day and follows these four young women who travel to their professor’s country home and discover its malevolent past. The girls set up in the old house for what’s supposed to be a weekend of babysitting and fun but things slowly start to get creepy. Each one experiences things that can’t be explained at first but the little girl who lives in the house kind of knows what’s going on but she’s too afraid to speak up about it. The sinister evil finally reveals itself and begins to take the girls out one by one. It all comes down to Regan and Irene who make a shocking discovery as they ultimately escape the terrifying evil that dwells inside this old house.

Okay, The Hatred was an okay horror movie that has elements of a haunted house thriller mixed with a murder mystery. The opening scene shows the murders take place and then the movie focuses on this group of friends who stay at the old house where bad things happened to this family. The story for the movie is the achilles heel because it has some gaps and plot holes that’ll leave you scratching your head. It’s almost like the director was rushed to get this thing finished and forgot about certain parts of the story. Or maybe he left it open for a sequel? Meh, probably not. Anyway, the acting was one of the good parts of the movie. The young cast all did a great job with their characters and then there’s the genre favorites who show up for a little fun. Amanda Wyss and David Naughton only have a brief cameo but it’s still really cool to see them in this movie. There’s also Andrew Divoff who delivers yet another sinister performance with his unsettling portrayal of this character who’s attached to this supernatural evil.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the creepy artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc has a dark blue finish and only features the movie logo. 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, The Hatred was an okay supernatural creeper and it’s the perfect timing to release a horror movie like this on home video. It is getting close to Halloween after all and horror fans will be looking for new movies to watch. There’s really nothing that makes the movie stand out from others but it does fit in nicely with many other supernatural thrillers that I dig. The worst part of the movie was Michael Kehoe’s story that was a complete mess. It had gaps and plot holes plus I didn’t really get the whole Nazi thing because it was really unnecessary. But I completely understand because the Nazi’s were extremely evil and that gives the movie its source for the bad things that happen. All of the acting was really good plus it was nice to see a strong female lead and it’s always cool to see genre favorites show up in a new horror movie. There were also some creepy cool special effects (practical and visual) used to help deliver the scares in the movie. The Hatred releases on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on September 12th. Rent it before you buy it.

Distributor: Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

Run Time: 94 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: There’s not much as far as the extras go but the Blu-ray does have a behind-the-scenes featurette.

  • The Hatred Behind-the-Scenes Featurette (12:00)

 

 

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