Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Evil Angel (2009)
"An Interesting Horror Flick."
While I was in the process of buying the UK Blu-ray of A Tale of Two Sisters from Grooves Inc, I stumbled across this German Blu-ray for a film called Evil Angel. I never heard of it and saw that it advertised Ving Rhames (Lilo & Stitch and Piranha 3DD) as the lead. I looked up the trailer for the film and was pretty surprised. For $10, why not?
The film deals with two storylines that collide; Ving Rhames plays agent Carruthers who is investigating murders at a crackhouse when his son is killed by a woman who is under demonic possession, Lillith. Marcus (Kristopher Shepard) is a paramedic going through a crisis as he discovers that his wife is having an affair. The death of a young girl draws Marcus into learning about religion and various other possessions as the bodies pile up. Carruthers soon realizes that Marcus is possibly next on Lillith's list and must try to save his life and soul.
I think Richard Dutcher made a great film and he's not only a good writer, director, but actor as well. Richard Dutcher plays Marcus's former partner and helps him out in the last half of the film. Now, does the film need to be over two hours? Possibly not. The pacing was decent, but, I did think some events should have happened sooner when it all hits the fan for Carruthers and Marcus. I can recommend it, 3.5/5.
Shot on film and presented in 2.35:1, WGF films gives Evil Angel a very sweet and devilish presentation. The grain levels are pretty strong throughout the film. I did spot a few specks of dirt here and there, but, you won't really see it if you're focused on the story. Contrast and colors are very stunning for an unknown film. I give the visual presentation 4/5.
WGF has given Evil Angel two different audio presentations; English and German DTS-HD MA 5.1. The English audio sounds great in motion whereas the German dubbing has been cranked up an extra notch with the dialog. Despite that small problem with the German dubbing, which most reading this will probably not watch it with that audio option, it's pretty solid. 5/5.
The ball was dropped on the extras portion of the disc. Regarding Evil Angel, there's a trailer and a slideshow gallery. We also have trailers for Terra Nova aka Island of the Damned; Alexander: Der Kreuzritter; Nobel Son; and The Burrowers. Quality on the trailers looks like they were ripped straight from Youtube. I question where the Terra Nova trailer came from as it's in English and Russian with English subtitles for the Russian dialog. 1.5/5.
This disc is region all, however, 1080/50i is problematic from the start. I loaded it up on my PS3 and nothing happened at all. This film hasn't been released yet in the U.S. and from what I've read on the internet, Richard Dutcher has been trying to get this film a theatrical release. It was supposedly going to be released on Halloween 2012, but, the date came and passed. It has managed to get Blu-ray releases in Australia, France, Germany, and Taiwan. If you're in the U.S. and you can play 1080/50i material, you can get this for a good $10. Go for it. 3.5/5.