DVD Review: SOFT MATTER

SOFT MATTER was written and directed by Jim Hickox in his feature film debut and stars Ruby Lee Dove II, Hal Schneider, Mary Anzalone, David Dillard, Catherine Grady and Sam Stinson.

Jim Hickcox’s feature debut tells of two graffiti artists that break into an abandoned, reportedly haunted research facility in hopes of creating an art installation, but stumble upon a team of demented researchers who are in the process of resurrecting an ancient sea creature – who they now must fight in order to not become their next experiment.

Soft Matter follows these two young graffiti artists that accidentally stumble into a bizarre operation while they’re painting up this old research facility that’s supposed to be abandoned. The kids discover that there’s some diabolical mad scientists conducting some top-secret experiments. We’re talking weird looking monsters, ooey gooey monsters, dancing monsters, crazy mutations, weirdo oddities and last but not least a resurrected sea-god. Out of all this insane craziness, the only question I have is why the female artist has a painted on mustache? I know I should be questioning a few other unexplained things but this one really bothered me for some strange reason.

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 an image from the movie. The DVD 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 standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I kind of enjoyed Soft Matter but it’s a movie that’s not going to be for everyone. It’s heart is its artistic creativity which might be a turn off to some viewers. It’s also packing a big sense of humor so it never takes itself too serously plus it has the whole creature feature element and that was my favorite part of the watch. The story was interesting and the quirky characters were all fun enough to follow. My only gripe is I wish the creature had been introduced sooner because the makeup effects look really good considering this is a micro-budget indie film. The movie also takes place in this confined setting so there’s not a lot of venturing out on locations. Jim Hickox uses everything he can to make this bizarre oddity an entertaining watch that’s a mixture of horror, science fiction and comedy. There’s also some impressive cinematography and thowback music to compliment his direction. Soft Matter is now available on DVD and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Wild Eye Releasing

Run Time: 82 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features: The extras include two audio commentaries, the short film “Slow Creep” and trailers.

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