DVD Review: The Revenant [MA15] – Plus an excerpt from Marcey’s interview with Kerry Prior

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Dir: Kerry Prior
Starring: David Anders, Chris Wylde, Louise Griffiths, Jacy King

The Film:
I LOVED THIS FILM! Okay now that that is out of the way, let’s get straight into it shall we? Now I am a huge horror fan, I am always after something unique to check out. I often get recommended films or find them randomly, when this came along I thought it sounded pretty cool and I really liked David Anders. I had no idea what was in store for me, and at the end of the day it was an awesome good time!

Now this is best seen with as little knowledge as possible, so for you readers and those who have not yet had the privilege, I shall remain as vague as possible. The film centers on Bart, a soldier who comes back from Iraq dead but rises from the grave. His best friend Joey can’t quite believe it, and as they try and understand Bart’s condition they also become vigilantes in the land known as Los Angeles.

This is a buddy film, where one of the buddies is of the undead type. On paper that sounds awesome, and probably shouldn’t work like a charm on screen. But writer/director Kerry Prior nailed it perfectly. The film features the right blend of horror/comedy and it develops the situations in just the right way. The idea behind the film came from his own personal experiences and the thought process behind the ‘revenant’ was to try and understand and portray it as if it was real life. You got to hand it to him for going down this route, the attention to detail is stunning and it makes it all the more enjoyable. I can’t imagine it would have been easy to try and get into the mind set of ‘what would happen if this person came back to life in this way, what would they look like, act like’ but it paid off as so much actually feels rather natural.

On the acting side of things David Anders and Chris Wylde steal the show. Both men had the perfect chemistry as Bart and Joey; they were a joy to watch. There was such a great understanding between them and their characters; these men are fine young actors. Louise Griffiths had a rather difficult role as the woman left behind but she did such a fantastic job. Again she had the right chemistry with both men and it worked. Jacy King was really good as Mathilda, although it would have been nice to have seen more of her. In all though the cast was fantastic and everyone was the right pick for the character.

At the end of the day this film is a fun watch, for a low budget horror it really elevates itself to something more. Prior shows what a great talent he is, whether it be in his writing, directing or even as his own FX supervisor he does the job and he does it well. Horror and comedy is not an easy blend but it just seemed so natural here, it is a prime example of how to do it the right way. The film has a lot to say on many things, and whether you want to pay attention to those messages is entirely up to the audience, you can enjoy it without it and enjoy it with it. Just sit back, relax and enjoy! Go seek this film out!

The Australian DVD:
The DVD I reviewed was a screener, so I am unable to comment on Picture/Audio quality.

Rating:

DVD details here.

Thanks to Bill (Gryphon Entertainment) care of Eagle Entertainment for the copy and the opportunity to interview Kerry. You can read more of the interview at MoreHorror.

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