Nov 202017
 

The Crucifixion is, plainly, not a good movie and deservedly will get lost with the numerous others of the possession-horror subgenre though if I had anything positive to say, Sophie Cookson actually wasn’t half bad considering the dull plot and poor writing.

 

 

The Crucifixion
(2017)

Genre(s): Supernatural Horror
Lionsgate | R – 90 min. – $21.99 | December 5, 2017

Date Published: 11/20/2017 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Xavier Gens
Writer(s): Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes (written by)
Cast: Sophie Cookson, Corneliu Ulici, Ada Lupu, Brittany Ashworth
DISC INFO:
Features: Featurette, Trailer
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc Size: NA
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 


THE MOVIE — 1.75/5


It seems every year there’s a new exorcism movie that gets released and outside of a couple here and there (The Exorcism of Emily Rose for instance), there’s rarely anything new and The Crucifixion is the latest that offers little to distinguish itself from the plethora of others.

American journalist Nicole (SOPHIE COOKSON) travels to Romania investigating the arrest of Father Dumitru (CATALIN BABLIUC) for the death of a woman he was performing an exorcism as she was strapped to a cross apparently possessed by a demon.

Nicole however is a woman without faith since the death of her mother and is intent on getting to the bottom of the story, interviewing various people of a small town and befriends Father Anton (CORNELIU ULICI). Soon enough, though, she begins experiencing weird things from seeing a demonic woman to a faceless man.

Like many of these kinds of movies, The Crucifixion employs the usual tactics for something with no real story including scare tactics and “horrific” images that might in themselves be creepy but in context, makes little sense. And let’s not forget the tried and failed jump scares which are less frightening and instead startling, which is not the same thing.

But as poorly made as this film was, and outright dull, which is saying something for a movie that’s only 85-minutes (sans credits). I will say star Sophie Cookson wasn’t that bad considering what she was given to work with. But outside of her, nobody else especially stood out.

The film was directed by Xavier Gens, a name I was familiar with but couldn’t place where. So looking him up on IMDb, I then remembered: Hitman, the 2007 version starring Timothy Olyphant. Who knew one could take an even bigger step down but Gens did with The Crucifixion.

This deservedly will get lost amongst the others of the subgenre although I suppose I’ve seen worse out there, just look at The Exorcism of Molly Hartley or The Last Exorcism Part II. Yikes.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.5/5


This release comes with a matted, title-embossed, slip cover. Inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy. The only items included are The Crucifixion: A Director’s Vision (6:45; HD) featurette and the Trailer (2:07; HD).

 


VIDEO – 4.0/5


The Crucifixion comes to Blu-ray presented with a 1080p high-definition transfer and is presented with a 2.40 widescreen aspect ratio and this is mostly a nice looking picture with sharp detail and natural looking skin tones. The bulk of the movie is rather dark, even the daytime scenes, and on that front black levels aren’t bad either and whenever there is color, there is modest boost to them.

AUDIO – 3.5/5


The included DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is pretty standard providing clear dialogue coming via the center speaker, while the front channels were utilized for ambient noises and off-screen sounds; and the rear speakers reserved primarily for David Julyan’s ho-hum score/soundtrack.

 


OVERALL – 1.5/5


Overall, The Crucifixion is, plainly, not a good movie and deservedly will get lost with the numerous others of the possession-horror subgenre though if I had anything positive to say, Sophie Cookson actually wasn’t half bad considering the dull plot and poor writing. The Blu-ray released by Lionsgate has good video and audio transfers while the bonus material was forgettable.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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