DVD Review: TERROR 5

TERROR 5 was directed by Sebastian and Federico Rotstein and stars Airas Alban, Augusto Alvarez, Nai Awada, Juan Barberini, Magdalena Capobianco and Cecilia Cartasegna.

Playfully based on urban legends and featuring a group of young people all coming face-to-face with their inner demons, use a local political crisis in Argentina as the backdrop to the five stories that unfold to horrific conclusions. 

While most of the residents of a small Argentinian town attend a funeral procession following a tragic building collapse, the few who do not will face terrors of their own in this mashup of urban legends from brothers-filmmakers Sebastián and Federico Rotstein. Think bondage, torture, zombies…and governmental corruption. Hernán and Gabriela, are going to a motel without realizing that inside the room, behind the mirror, there is something waiting for them.

Lucio and Paulo have a plan to swap girlfriends without realizing what will really happen. A group of friends are watching a snuff movie ignoring that the real terror is sitting next to them. Juan attends a date with Sonia thinking he is going to get laid, when he realizes that she has bigger plans for him. As their primal urges distract them all, local officials are judged innocent of the neglect that caused the building collapse—and then the horror really begins.

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 specs. 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’m always a sucker for horror movies with creepy urban legends in them and Terror 5 ended up being an okay but flawed watch from Argentina. The concept was interesting but the writing was messy and kind of confusing because a few of the segments overlapped with some of the others so you don’t really know when one ends and the next one begins. That’s the biggest flaw of the movie because the cast did a good job with their characters (some were likable and some not so much) and there’s definitely a creepy factor thanks to the glowing eyed “victims” that come back for revenge and nobody is safe from these undead creepozoids. The movie also features a lot of blood and gore as well as makeup effects and it all looked really good. There’s also some impressive cinematography in the movie that gives it a dark and atmospheric vibe. All in all, there’s nothing that really makes Terror 5 stand out above the rest of the horror anthologies we get but it’s still worth a one time watch. This Argentinian horror anthology is now available on DVD.

Distributor: Artsploitation Films

Run Time: 78 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: Spanish and English

Special Features: The only DVD extra is the official trailer. (01:32)

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