Blu-ray Review: THE ROW

 THE ROW was directed by Matty Beckerman from a screenplay by Sarah Scougal and stars Lala Kent, Shea Buckner, Mia Rose Frampton, Lexi Atkins, Sarah McDaniel, Dylan Sprayberry and Randy Couture.

With a serial killer preying upon girls on campus, Riley (Lala Kent), an incoming freshman, finds herself entangled in a sinister plot involving a dark secret at the sorority that she pledged, while her father, Cole (Randy Couture) – the detective investigating the case – must uncover the identity of the killer before it’s too late…and Riley becomes the next victim.

Cole drops his daughter Riley off at college in what should be a time of fun and high learning that ultimately becomes a terrifying nightmare for the beautiful student and her friends. What happens is, a masked killer is going around campus slaughtering the pretty coeds and applying a twisted amount of makeup to their faces giving them a doll-like appearance. Let’s call this the calling card. A few body parts are taken here and there as the masked figure goes through several of Riley’s friends and slowly a masterpiece made out of dead bodies slowly comes together.

All of this leads to a terrifying meeting between the two of them because Riley is next on the killer’s list. The twisted thing is, there’s a reason the killer has saved Riley for last because something from the past connects them in a shocking way that she’s not aware of but her father is. The strong-willed Riley fights for her life against this psychopathic serial killer as the pieces of the mysterious puzzle slowly come together and in the end all is revealed. This campus murder mystery connects Riley, her father, and this mysterious killer to tragic events that happened years earlier.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front 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 similar 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, The Row ended up being a really dull thriller/slasher hybrid until the final act. This modern sorority slasher isn’t as good as 1983’s The House of Sorority Row or the 2009 remake Sorority Row because it’s missing the good stuff. We watch this uninteresting masked killer take out these victims but the camera always pans away from each kill so all we get is a little splatter on the wall or door or whatever is close by. By the way, I can’t stand that! If you’re going to make a slasher movie then make a freaking slasher movie and show lots of blood and gore. Don’t shy away from it! Anyway, the story was familiar as you would expect but I thought the acting was good. The drop-dead gorgeous Lala Kent made a great Final Girl and I thought badass Randy Couture delivered with what little screen time he was given. As boring as the movie was, the final act did make up a little for its shortcomings, but I still have to warn you, this one is hard to sit through. The Row will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on September 25th and is okay for a one time watch. Maybe?

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 86 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

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

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a making-of featurette, some audio commentary, trailer gallery and a digital copy of the movie.

  • “Making The Row” Featurette (06:09)
  • Director’s Commentary
  • Trailer Gallery (02:01)
  • Digital Copy

 

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