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'Red Mist' DVD Review

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The Bottom Line

A deliciously dark tale of revenge from beyond the grave.

Pros

  • Strong acting
  • Ample gore
  • Good special effects
  • Intriguing concept
  • Good production value

Cons

  • Could be scarier
  • Doesn't make much sense
  • Villain needs more character development

Description

  • Starring Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Carter, Andrew Lee Potts, Martin Compston, Alex Wyndham, Stephen Dillane, Katie McGrath
  • Directed by Paddy Breathnach
  • Rated NR
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009

Guide Review - 'Red Mist' DVD Review

 

Patty Breathnach follows up the ambitious but disappointing Shrooms with this more standard but ultimately satisfying supernatural slasher.

Red Mist opens with a group of medical students heading out to a bar to let off some steam. They're followed by creepy hospital employee Kenneth, a stuttering loner who secretly enjoys cutting himself while snapping photos of corpses. Kenneth has a crush on Catherine (Arielle Krebbel), the star pupil of the bunch, and also the only one who doesn't taunt him with the nickname "Freakdog" (whatever that means).

However, Kenneth has an ace up his iPhone: he's taken a photo of student Sean taking drugs from the hospital. Fearing expulsion, Sean and the group get Catherine to invite Kenneth over, and unbeknownst to her, Sean slips a drug into Freakdog's drink, which sends him into a coma. Catherine feels guilty and when she hears that the hospital plans to pull the plug, she concocts an experimental cocktail of drugs that she injects into him to bring him out of his coma.

It works, sort of. Kenneth's body doesn't wake up, but his brain develops the ability to possess people. He uses his out-of-body experiences to -- what else -- get revenge. One by one, Catherine's friends are bumped off as Kenneth inhabits the bodies of people to do his bidding.

Red Mist doesn't necessarily make much sense, and the concept isn't new -- see the '70s films Patrick and Psychic Killer -- but it's handled extraordinarily well for a direct-to-video film, with the sort of quick pace and grisly kills that should appeal to the slasher demographic. The cast is strong and the effects impactful, even if the movie as a whole isn't scary. The body-switching ability of the villain adds a refreshing dimension to what could otherwise be a standard slasher.

The DVD

Special features include behind-the-scenes featurettes and interviews.

Movie: B
DVD: C-

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