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Lock the Doors - Black Lava - 2-Disc Digipack DVD Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Taylor   
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
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Directed by: Stefan Peschmann
Written by: Stefan Peschmann
Produced by: Stefan Peschmann, Gisela Peschmann, Amon Amator
Cinematography by: Stefan Peschmann
Editing by: Stefan Peschmann
Special Effects by: Dark Room EFX Design
Music: Ero Judge, Mr. Crabs
Cast: Sabine Wedde, Janette Pissang, Sandra Prauss, Marcel Richter, Dirk Thumer, David Grzibek, Anne Kaiser, Gisela Peschmann, Stefan Peschmann, Tatjana Galsuschka, Florian Glockler
Year: 2016
Country: Germany
Language: German (English Subtitles)
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 37min
Limited to: 333 pieces

Studio: Dark Corridor Entertainment, Rotten Cat Media
Distributor: Black Lava Entertainment
 

Dark Corridor Entertainment have taken the German underground slasher and modernized it, giving it some more class. They haven't reinvented the genre, but they've cleaned it up and given it a sleek look. Lock the Doors has great production, camera work, musical score, while still possessing those practical gore effects. This 2-disc digipack has great packaging with a slipcase containing a fold out insert with two discs -- the film and the well done soundtrack. The soundtrack is done by Ero Judge and has some nice catchy pop punk/nu-metal songs by the band Mr. Crabs as well. Lock the Doors is a great looking release with each side of the fold out case containing a cool collage of scenes from the film, completed by both of the main actresses.

The material is nothing new but it is not completely devoid of enjoyment or entertainment. We get some nice gore pieces include a crazy gutting by machete which will satisfy gore fans cognitive lust for mutilation. There is this crazy scene of a body getting halved by an axe, which is somewhat effective. It must have been a sharp axe since it cut through that sternum like butter but it was still cool and guts galore. The baby scenes are poorly done, however. Itís obviously a doll but this level of production is probably hard and touchy to get beyond this. Itís not a complete gorefest, itís rather restrained with its minimal kills. It does have a nice atmosphere with the musical score adding that special touch of eeriness.

The setting for the movie is what makes it really work and takes it to a higher level. The big concrete house provides a never ending gauntlet of winding hallways, doors and caverns. The lead actress Sabine Wedde endlessly searches through the house for a figure in a gas mask who may or may not be a figment of her imagination. Wedde is a beautiful girl but we really needed a nude scene in this movie to "take it to another level" of greatness -- Mr. Zito (Stefan Peschmann) could learn a thing or two from the Rohnstocks!

Lock the Doors has Wedde playing Anna who goes to a remote countryside home to babysit. The property provides the setting for the remainder of the movie and has a vast location for the stalk and slash endeavor. We get the typical first-person point-of-view of the killer as he emerges from an unknown location to terrorize the babysitter. As Lock the Doors goes on, there are a couple of plot twists and the simple slasher formula morph's into more of a revenge tale. I love the spin they take with the ending after the prologue, it brings a whole new dimension to the film where they expose things we might not have noticed the first time around. It was very creative and I've never seen this used before in this type of film so kudos to Mr. Zito on this.

The Germans are doing it right as always. The U.S. used to make good slashers, circa the Ď80s, but now itís submerged into the teen horror or remake cesspool never to rise again. In retrospect, the title for Lock the Doors is adequate because the house it takes place in has so many fucking doors that itís damn near impossible to lock them all. The movie would have gone over its run time. Thanks to Black Lava Entertainment for sending this beautiful digipack and an extra special thanks to Dark Corridor Entertainment. Order this release at BlackLava.at.

 

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 DVD SPECS:
 Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 16x9
 Region: PAL R0
 Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo 5.1


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 Ė CD Soundtrack

 

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