Director Steve Mena deserves credit for his earnest attempt to revitalize with slasher film genre with something as fresh as "MALEVOLENCE". After a gripping opening sequence, the film jumps ahead 10 years and we're introduced to criminals planning a bank robbery. Things go horribly awry and when everyone meets at the rendezvous point, there are now kidnap victims along for the ride. The rendezvous point is an old scary house, and a violent killer is on the prowl there. Suddenly, the characters must form uneasy bonds in the attempt to fend off an evil far worse than anything they've imagined.
Director/writer Mena openly displays his love for older horror films, eg. "Halloween", etc. via various camera movements, scoring and more. What's important though, is that this film works! It's fun, scary and uneven in a quirky but acceptable way.
ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT has preserved the film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. For a film that's generally quite dark, the degree of depth and clarity behind each scene, is extremely impressive. Colors are solid and grain is minimal.
ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Surrounds are utilized effectively for a more subtle than aggressive atmosphere. The film's score is well complimented throughout. Dialogue, while always intelligible, is a little on the low side at points.
ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT has provided plenty of extras for this release, with the best being the running commentary. Mena offers great insight into the film's production, along with two other members of the production, but there are long passages of silence as well.
Extras include: deleted scenes/behind the scenes and more!