DVD Review: THE RAKE

THE RAKE was directed by Tony Wash who co-wrote the screenplay with Jeremy Silva and stars Shenae Grimes-Beech, Rachel Melvin and Izabella Miko in this chilling tale of siblings who return home 20 years after the shocking murder of their parents and discover that the horrible crime may have a startling connection to a local urban legend. The movie co-stars Joey Bicicchi, Stephen Brodie, Joe Nuñez and Joe Mullen

A terrifying urban legend becomes real. At a young age, Ashley and Ben witnessed the brutal murder of their parents.  Years later, Ashley is still convinced it wasn’t someone, but something that killed her parents and now she’s tormented by the thought of THE RAKE returning for her and her family.  Is Ashley traumatized, or is the creature inside her real?

Okay, I love urban legends and the growing fandom for creepy pasta which this movie delves into with The Rake, a mysterious creature that’s able to jump from human host to human host to do it’s evil bidding until everyone is dead. The movie follows Ashley (Shenae Grimes-Beech) and Ben (Stephen Brodie) who witnessed Jacob Murphy (Joe Mullen) brutally murder their parents when they were children. The opening scene starts off with a bang and holds nothing back with these terrifying murders that these two kids witness first hand. The movie then fast forwards twenty years later and shows the brother and sister meeting up with some friends to have a good time.

This fun gathering is also to help Ashley because she was left mentally scarred after this tragic event took place and is still convinced that it wasn’t just Jacob Murphy in the house with them that night but a creature called The Rake that was actually behind the murders. The night starts off okay but it doesn’t take long for things to get deadly for this small group because something (or someone) is killing them off one by one. Once they all realize that this is happening, Ashley is convinced that The Rake has returned to pick up where it left off twenty years earlier. The big question is, has the creature actually returned or is it all in Ashley’s head?

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 is chrome and only 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 Rake is one of those movies with a weird title that might fly under a lot of viewer’s radars but make no mistake about it, this is a pretty darn cool horror movie that deserves a watch. There’s a lot of good and a little bad to this one with the only flaw being in the story, yeah it’s a little messy and has a few gaps here and there. Now to the good stuff! The dark and isolated setting were spot on for a movie like this to take place in. The cast did a good job with their characters. There’s some great atmospheric moments courtesy of some impressive cinematography. And last but not least, there’s some fantastic looking practical effects and ample amounts of blood and gore. I liked the designs for this creepy cool urban legend that had its terrifying moments on screen with its victims because nobody is safe from this sinister creature! The Rake will be available on DVD on June 5th.

Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 78 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features:

  • Trailer (01:07)

 

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  1. Tony says:

    Thanks for checking out the movie and for the positive review! When you go into making a movie there are so many factors that can make it a success or failure. I’m glad that overall you found it to be a cool horror movie and appreciate you pointing out what I’m most proud of from the movie; the look and the FX/creature.

    Be sure to check out our other movies coming out this year, High on the Hog starring Sid Haig and Skeletons in the Closet.

    – Tony Wash
    Director of The Rake

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