DVD Review: THE CROOKED MAN

 

THE CROOKED MAN was directed by Jesse Holland and stars Michael Jai White, Dina Meyer, Angelique Rivera, Cameron Jebo, Reilly Stith, Brianne Tju, Amber Benson, and Dmitrious Bistrevsky as The Crooked Man.

As a young girl, Olivia (Angelique Rivera) recited a haunting rhyme at a slumber party, which summoned the demonic figure known as the Crooked Man. Years later, she must team up with a reclusive mastermind (Michael Jai White) to defeat the demon before they die by his hands.

In the beginning of the movie, a twelve year old Olivia accidentally summons The Crooked Man during a sleepover with her friends and gets blamed for a death. She is MIA for six years and then she finally returns home to try and live a normal life and as soon as she arrives, bad things start to happen. The supernatural creature has latched onto her and starts back up on his killing spree before she can even unpack her suitcase. Once she’s aware that he’s back, she goes on the defensive to try and find a way to fight back. She ends up getting a little help from a few old friends, and a new ally who knows all there is to know about the monster. Once Olivia finds out more about the history of this evil antagonist, she ends up luring him to a place where they are able to square off in a final round of good versus evil.

Okay, I had a blast with this one! The story for The Crooked Man was an interesting one that expands on the creepy nursery rhyme/urban legend that first debuted way back in 1842 England. We’ve gotten a few movies featuring this sinister character over the past few years with this one being the latest incarnation of the man in black who goes around haunting and killing whoever conjures him. The cast did a really good job plus fans get to see Michael Jai White in a different kind of role, rather than his usual tough guy badass hero that he usually plays. Angelique Rivera did a really good job as the lead character who is complimented by the work by Dmitrious Bistrevsky who portrayed The Crooked Man. Between the impressive visual effects and his movements, this is one scary character that is brought to life on screen. If you’re looking for blood and gore then look no further because this movie is packing.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, images 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, I enjoyed watching The Crooked Man back during Syfy’s “31 Days of Halloween” in 2016 and had a blast revisiting it on DVD. We all know these Syfy originals can be hit or miss and this one, in my opinion, is more of a hit than a miss. Jesse Holland (YellowBrickRoad) did a really good job telling the story and bringing this terrifying urban legend to life on screen. The movie itself is dark and atmospheric watch that lets the viewer know something bad is always about to happen. The movie never stalls down because this creepy killer is always looking for his next victim and there’s no way to escape from this supernatural threat. The Crooked Man creeps his way onto DVD on February 14th (Valentine’s Day) and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this romantic day. Here’s the original nursery rhyme: “There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile. He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile. He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse, And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 86 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: The DVD doesn’t include many extras but we do get the trailer and some images from the movie.

  • The Crooked Man Trailer (01:35)
  • Stills Gallery (01:32)

 

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