Apr 272015
 

From the Dark is an effective Irish horror-thriller that, in spite of two main characters who aren’t the most likeable couple, has some scary scenes. Plot-wise, it’s more or less the same as many other independent flicks but if you enjoy the genre, this might be worth at least a rental.

 

 

From the Dark
(2014)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): Horror
MPI Media | NR – 90 min. – $29.98 | April 14, 2015

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Conor McMahon
Writer(s): Conor McMahon (written by), Conor McMahon and Demian Fox (story)
Cast: Niamh Algar, Stephen Cromwell, Gerry O’Brien, Ged Murray

DISC INFO:
Features:
Commentary, Featurette, Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), English (PCM 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 29.2 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A


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THE MOVIE

When a young couple (NIAMH ALGAR, STEPHEN CROMWELL) embark on a road trip through the Irish countryside, car trouble lands them in a place that few people would choose to visit.

When something sinister is awakened from a thousand year slumber, deep within the dark bog, the couple is faced with an unimaginable evil. They soon realize that light is their only protector, but as the sun sets and light sources dwindle, the creature becomes more powerful, and they are in a fight for their lives.

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.25/5

This release comes with an Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Conor McMahon, a Behind the Scenes (20:59; HD) featurette and the Trailer (2:03; HD).


VIDEO – 3.5/5

MPI Home Video releases From the Dark onto Blu-ray presented with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer (AVC codec). It’s not the most brilliant looking picture or anything, at times it was a bit murky and some shots look obviously as day for night and in those the noise/grain is glaring. Still, colors, when in the light, look well balance and some detail levels do look acceptable.

AUDIO – 4.0/5

The movie includes a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track which is effective enough. The bulk of the film is quiet with minimal dialogue, outside of the opening 5-10 minutes so the track is made up for more atmosphere than anything. The depth is half decent with the LFE track kicking in every so often while ambient noises, such as off-screen elements, making good use of the front and rear channels.



OVERALL – 3.0/5

Overall, From the Dark is an effective Irish horror-thriller that, in spite of two main characters who aren’t the most likeable couple, has some scary scenes. Plot-wise, it’s more or less the same as many other independent flicks but if you enjoy the genre, this might be worth at least a rental. The Blu-ray released by MPI has some OK bonus material, the video is adequate while the audio is efficient.

 

Published: 04/27/2015

 

 

 

 

 

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