Exeter (DVD): Review

The Film

From director Marcus Nispel, comes the horror, thriller Exeter. A story of typical teens, out for some debauchery and fun. In their drug fuelled state, they find an old vinyl record, decide to play this backwards to hear the subliminal messages, and in so doing manage to release a malevolent spirit. This evil entity possess each of the group one-by-one. As the fear mounts, and the horror rises, it becomes apparent that the entity is attempting to convey a message to the group.

Exeter starts off as calm as any film following a teen drug party at an abandoned institute can, and we are soon introduced to the group, and their personalities.

It’s not long before things take a turn for the worse, and what looks, and feels, like your typical teen / evil spirit horror, subtly plays on the mind of the viewer. Tension mounts, and the story line sneakily misleads you into thinking that you are in for a bunch of cheap jump-scares. While there are plenty of those, there is an underlying menace to the plot, the feeling that very soon, things are going to move up a notch, and you will be left even more disturbed.

Veteran actor Stephen Lang shows up, as Father Conway. His entrance reminiscent of the priest arriving in The Exorcist. And a very apt comparison, as his is indeed summoned for similar purposes. Yet again though, things are not as they seem.

The teen cast, consisting of Brett Dier (Brad), Brittany Curran (Reign), Gage Golightly (Amber) and Kelly Blatz (Patrick) deliver convincing portrayals of their various personalities, and teens in distress, coupled with the creepy setting of the abandoned institute where they are partying, serve to heighten they feeling that they are in a world of trouble.

Exeter is a scary escape, best watched with the lights off, and a great addition to any horror enthusiasts collection.

Disc And Bonus Features

The disc is encoded at a high bitrate, meaning there are no visible artefacts on screen. It can be scaled up to a larger or higher resolution screen.

Sound is encoded in a 5.1 surround track, and makes use of this in some of the more intense scenes to add to the on-screen action, and suspense of the story.

There are unfortunately no bonus features on the disc.

Exeter is available on disc, for purchase, now in South Africa.

Published by Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za And IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/

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