DVD Review: THE BLACK STRING

THE BLACK STRING was directed by Brian Hanson from a screenplay he co-wrote with Richard Handley & Andy Warrener and stars Frankie Muniz, Chelsea Edmundson, Blake Webb, Colby French, Laura Richardson, Mary K. DeVault, Richard Handley, Ravi Patel and Cullen Douglas. The music is composed by Ed Lima.

After Jonathan (Frankie Muniz) hooks up with sexy Dena through a swinger’s hotline, he becomes incredibly ill. Suffering from blackouts and hallucinations, Jonathan’s life begins to fall apart. He becomes convinced that he’s the helpless victim of an evil cult that’s cursed him with deadly mystical forces beyond his control. But is this supernatural threat real or all in Jonathan’s troubled mind? This riveting horror-thriller will leave you shaken long after it’s all done.

The story for The Black String follows Jonathan (Frankie Muniz), a lonely convenience store clerk who decides to call a hotline to get a date. He ends up meeting Dena (Chelsea Edmundson), a sexy young woman and the two end up having a one-nighter that Jonathan will never forget. He wakes up the next morning and Dena is long gone but she’s left something behind for him – a mysterious STD that’s rapidly spreading. Jonathan goes to see the doctor but he doesn’t get much help because the doc thinks it might be a new kind of virus. Tests needs to be run but Jonathan is running out of time.

The young man’s life spirals out of control while he searches for Dena and it ends up getting him into some big trouble. This is when his parents intervene and we learn that he’s been in some trouble when he was younger. Could all of this be in Jonathan’s head or is something really happening to him? He ends up seeking the help from Melinda (Mary K. DeVault), a card reader who explains to him that he’s in serious danger because malevolent forces have latched onto him. Unfortunately, Melinda’s help doesn’t work and Jonathan ends up getting locked away in a psychiatric hospital where he finally comes face-to-face with this disturbing problem he’s been running away from.

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 is flat grey and features the movie logo. 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, The Black String is another one of those movies that come from out of nowhere and ends up being a fantastic watch. It’s really good! I thought the dark story was interesting and the cast did a great job with their characters. Frankie Muniz gives a chilling performance as this troubled young man who’s dealing with something sinister. Is it all in his mind or is it really happening to him? This is Frankie Muniz like you’ve never seen him before. The Black String is in the same vein as Donnie Darko and mixes up reality with paranoia with a creepy ending that can be left up for the viewer to interpret. Brian Hanson did a great job telling this disturbing story and bringing it to life on screen. This movie was so much more entertaining than I thought it was going to be and I think it’s destined for cult status. Maybe? You be the judge and check out this supernatural creeper when it releases. The Black String will be available on DVD on September 24th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 93

Rated: R

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.10:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, a making of featurette that also includes interviews with some of the cast and crew, deleted scenes and alternate takes.

  • Audio Commentary with Director/Co-writer Brian Hanson and Producer Charles Bunce
  • “String Theory: The Making of The Black String” Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Takes

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