DVD Review: THE HOARDER

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THE HOARDER was directed by Matt Winn and stars Mischa Barton, Robert Knepper, Andrew Buckley, Charlotte Salt, Emily Atack, John Sackville and Valene Kane.

This psycho horror-thriller follows Ella (Mischa Barton) who sneaks off one night to snoop through her fiancé’s storage unit on the seedy outskirts of town. Ella drags her friend Molly (Emily Atack) along with her and it doesn’t take long for the two girls to realize that they’re not alone inside the storage facility. They meet Vince (Robert Knepper) a shady cop, along with a few others. who all find themselves trapped inside the confines of this storage unit with a maniac on the loose. One by one they all find out that this relentless psychopath has started his own collection, and none of them will ever see the light of day again.

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The movie takes place in the dark and claustrophobic settings of this storage facility which is perfect for a low budget horror movie like this. The main characters all get quickly introduced and set in place so the movie wastes no time setting this maniac loose who delivers some exciting and terrifying fun. This guy is creepy on the outside but there’s a huge surprise twist that comes along with him. Remember, some psychopaths look normal on the outside. All of these people end up trapped like rats in this madman’s deadly game where he simply adds his favorite victims to his collection. Let’s just say that he likes to keep some of them around as play things and he likes to torture them.

Okay, we’ve gotten several movies over the past few years that deal with people getting locked inside some kind of storage facility and The Hoarder is one more horror romp where we watch a group of people get trapped inside with a psychopath on the loose. I really liked the claustrophobic setting and location for this one because it gave the movie a little more of this eerie and uncomfortable tone. It’s also one of those movies where something (or someone) is always lurking in the shadows and behind closed doors. As far as the characters all go, they’re all flawed to some extent plus a few of them have a little bit more going on than when they’re first introduced. We’ve got a dirty cop, a drug addict and an insecure woman who has a few secrets of her own. Mischa Barton’s character Ella is the main focus of the story and as it the movie plays out, Ella slowly reveals her secrets. No, she’s not the psycho!

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The DVD disc also features 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.

Bottom line is, The Hoarder ended up being a fun and fast-paced horror romp. The story was interesting and the characters were all easy to follow. All of the acting was really good and I thought director Matt Winn captured everything he needed to make The Hoarder the entertaining horror movie that it is. The creepy makeup effects all looked fantastic plus there was a little blood and gore to go along with that. Sure, the movie has a few flaws but what movie doesn’t. This is also one of those kind of horror movies that ends on a dark note and one that doesn’t offer much hope. It’s all gloom and doom here, people! So, if you’re tired of happy endings in horror movies then this one should completely satisfy you. This DVD releases on March 5th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: RLJ Entertainment

Run Time: 86 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features: 

  • Making of The Hoarder featurette

 

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