DVD Review: SHOW YOURSELF

SHOW YOURSELF was written and directed by Billy Ray Brewton and stars Ben Hethcoat as a grieving friend who goes deep into the woods to process his loss.  Hethcoat is joined by a supporting cast including Corsica Wilson, Barak Hardley, Clancy McCartney, David McElwee, Stephen Cone and Robert Longstreet.

When his friend Paul dies unexpectedly, Travis heads into the woods to say goodbye. As Travis deals with his grief, and the way it has affected the relationships in his life, he starts to realize that he actually might not be alone in the woods. Curiosity turns to horror as Travis comes face-to-face with something both inexplicable and frighteningly familiar.

Show Yourself follows Travis (Ben Hethcoat), an actor who takes a trip to an isolated location in the woods so he can scatter his deceased friend Paul’s (Clancy McCartney) ashes. Travis also wants to take this time to work on his next movie but weird things begin to happen and he doesn’t get much work done. He’s also dealing with some issues with his girlfriend Nikki (Corsica Wilson), so needless to say, this is why Travis came alone on this trip because he’s in need of some much needed solitude. He makes a few phone calls and has a few skype conversations with his friends but the main thing he ends up dealing with is the fact that he might not be alone. What slowly works its way to the surface is the haunted past between Travis and his friend late friend Paul that ultimately ended in tragedy.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and specs. The DVD 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 standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Show Yourself was an entertaining watch that ended up being more of a haunting character study than full blown horror but it definitely has its creepy moments at times. The story about this man who takes his deceased friend’s ashes to a cabin in the woods so he can scatter them wasn’t necessarily an original concept. That’s been done but there’s a few elements added to the mix that gives it a little something extra. Something bad happened between these two friends that ended in tragedy and this is slowly revealed as the movie plays out. The acting was good and the characters were interesting enough (some more than others) and I thought this isolated location helped with the eerie vibes the movie sets off. This low budget indie film doesn’t depend on special effects or anything like that but what it does feature are some really impressive cinematography, lighting and sound effects that are nicely executed. Billy Ray Brewton came up with an okay story but he really made the best out of everything that resulted in an entertaining horror drama. This grief-infused thriller is now available on DVD and worth a watch.

Distributor: Summer Hill Entertainment

Run Time: 80 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features: N/A

 

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