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5ive Girls might’ve borrowed from other sources and isn’t the most well made movie but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t at least mildly entertained by some of the elements, especially.

 

 

5ive Girls
(2006)

Genre(s): Horror, Supernatural
Ammo Content | NR – 96 min. – $14.99 | December 11, 2018

Date Published: 05/30/2019 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Warren P. Sonoda

Writer(s): Warren P. Sonoda (written by)
Cast: Ron Perlman, Jennifer Miller, Jordan Madley, Terra Vnesa, Barbara Mamabolo, Tasha May Currie, Amy Lalonde
DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, Stills Gallery

Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 24.02 GB
Total Bitrate: 32.62 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Ammo Content provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE — 3.0/5


Plot Synopsis: What the devil has gotten into these girls? We’re about to find out, as they attend St. Mark’s boarding school, where discipline is strictly enforced. Students are stripped-searched, routinely punished, and there’s no communication with the outside – but plenty with the dark side. Classrooms are more like covens and the extracurricular activities – well when the lights go out, you never know what is going to happen. Every girl here — Alex (JENNIFER MILLER), Mara (JORDAN MADLEY), Cecilia (TERRA VNESA), Leah (BARBARA MAMABOLO) and Connie (TASHA MAY CURRIE) — as a criminal past and a terrifying, and anything-but-predictable future. Father Drake (RON PERLMAN) and the particularly attractive and sadistic headmistress Miss Pearce (AMY LALONDE), are in charge. The girls are scared to death of them, as well they should be. Because frankly, they’ve let the whole school go to hell.

Quick Hit Review: 5ive Girls has a familiar premise with the whole haunted private school setting and a limited cast. Not entirely sure, but shares a lot in common with the 1974 Lois Duncan novel “Down a Dark Hall” which did get a feature film adaptation in 2018. In any case, while Five Girls certainly isn’t very good, I will say it was at least competently made by director Warren P. Sonoda, who also scripted.

From what I can tell online, the budget was a surprising $3 million, most of which I assume went to Ron Perlman’s salary and the visual effects at the end of the film. Sonoda’s script has an okay plot however the dialogue wasn’t always the best and acting middling, although I will say Jordan Madley turned in what felt like a genuine performance. Ron Perlman has a small role, appearing for only 10-minutes, as the school’s priest and while he’s not exactly memorable, does add some weight to the movie.

In the end, while 5ive Girls, besides the stupid usage of a number in the title (thanks 2 Fast 2 Furious!), was a valiant effort by all involved and is probably worth renting or catching via streaming.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.5/5


Not a whole lot here, but there is a new Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Warren P. Sonoda & Actress Jordan Madley and a Photo Gallery with behind-the-scenes pictures.

 


VIDEO – 3.0/5


Ammo Content releases 5ive Girls onto Blu-ray and a 1080p high-definition transfer, presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio. The picture isn’t the best looking, perhaps due the age and low budget, so it’s not terribly sharp and does have a little bit of a muddy texture. And with a fair portion of the movie taking place during the night or darker settings, colors are on the muted side until the very end when things do brighten up.

AUDIO – 3.5/5


The disc comes with a standard DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo track where dialogue does come through well enough though depth isn’t all that noteworthy. There’s also a Dolby Digital 2.0 track available as an alternative.

 


OVERALL – 2.5/5


5ive Girls might’ve borrowed from other sources and isn’t the most well made movie but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t at least mildly entertained by some of the elements, especially actress Jordan Madley who easily was the best of the cast, although seeing Ron Perlman as a priest was fun. This Blu-ray release offers so-so video/audio transfers and only a commentary and a stills gallery comprising the special features.

 

 

 

 

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

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