DVD Review: THE MANOR

THE MANOR (aka Anders Manor) was directed by Jonathon Schermerhorn and stars Christina Robinson, Rachel True, Eric Lutes, Danielle Guldin, Tanja Melendez Lynch, Armen Garo, with appearances by Sully Erna and Kevin Nash.

When Amy checks herself out of an insane asylum on her eighteenth birthday, her mom takes her on a weekend getaway to celebrate and rekindle family ties —, but things take a turn for the worse. Will Amy survive a family reunion gone wrong? This family weekend is gonna be killer! Still haunted by the demons of a childhood tragedy, Amy (Christina Robinson) checks out of an asylum on her eighteenth birthday. But things get weird when Amy’s mother takes her to a rustic resort to visit her strange, sadistic relatives. When hunters and religious fanatics join the party, Amy can no longer tell fantasy from reality, watching helplessly as the blood spills anew.

The movie follows this troubled mental patient who checks out of the insane asylum to celebrate her birthday at Anders Manor which is the home to all kinds of evil. The story jumps back and forth from past to present and deals with her relationship with her psychiatrist as well as the past that haunts the troubled young woman. What is supposed to be a warm family gathering slowly turns into a nightmare when some cultists arrive to stir things up a bit. Chaos insues because the young woman ends up battling for her sanity while she goes up against the dark forces that have surrounded her.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top 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, unfortunately The Manor wasn’t that good of a watch and it had potential to be a creepy cool thriller. The concept was okay and the mixture of bizarre and eccentric characters was interesting enough but I think the editing is what stalled the movie down because it’s a complete mess and all over the place. There’s also some really cheesy dialogue that a few of the characters spit out from time to time. When you chop things up and butcher it all to a point to where a story is hard to follow a lot of viewers will lose interest fast and that’s the case here. The haunted main character was fun to follow and her troubled past was interesting but I felt like we just didn’t get enough scares from the creepy cool antagonist of the story. These two characters should have fed off of each other but that’s just not the case here. Former pro-wrestler Kevin Nash and Godsmack’s Sully Erna even show up for a little fun but it just wasn’t enough to salvage the watch. The Manor will be available on DVD on May 15th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: N/A

 

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