Botched (2007) - Uncut Version

Genre(s): Comedy / Horror
Warner Brothers || Unrated - 94 minutes - $19.98 || May 13, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-05-20


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Kit Ryan
Writer(s): Raymond Friel, Eamon Friel, Derek Boyle
Cast: Stephen Dorff, Jamie Foreman, Geoff Bell, Jaime Murray, Bronagh Gallagher, High O'Conor, Edward Baker Duly, Sean Pertwee, Russell Smith


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

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Stephen Dorff plays Ritchie, a for-hire thief sent to Moscow to steal a priceless artifact from a penthouse. Get in, get out, go home to L.A. – what could go wrong? Short answer: everything. Longer answer: beheadings, impalings and a feverish shock-‘til-you-drop bid to survive. Trapped on the high-rise’s eerie 13th floor, Ritchie and others become hide-and-shriek playthings of the twisted heirs of Ivan the Terrible.

Botched, simply put, is a bizarre but funny horror movie, and not unintentially funny either. Horror fans will delight with gallons of blood and various ways for the ensemble to die.

The cast of potential victims include: (the aforementioned) Ritchie (Dorff), psychologically unbalanced security guard (Bell), Ritchie’s partner on the heist, an equally or more psychologically unbalanced fellow (Foreman) and his brother (Smith), the beautiful love interest Anna (Murray), book worm-y Dmitry (O’Conor) and a few others who could fall victim to the psycho descendent of Ivan the Terrible.

I was actually quite surprised at how much I enjoyed Botched. This is not top-of-the-line horror or anything and assumedly, with only one recognizable actor in Dorff, it could’ve have cost too much to make either. But with so many horror-comedies that fall so short in one category or the other, it’s nice to see one that balances the genres quite effectively.

Along with Stephen Dorff, the casting is also quite fun. From Jamie Foreman and Russell Smith playing cohorts to Dorff for the heist (which we don’t get to see) to the absolutely lovely and beautiful Jaime Murray as the “love interest” for Dorff, I thought they did a good job in casting.

The film was directed by Kit Ryan and written by Raymond Friel, Eamon Friel and Derek Boyle all with the exception of Boyle, all are making their feature debuts. This isn’t high quality horror or anything, but given the experience, or lack thereof, I thought it was a very well done production.

Botched isn’t a great movie but still quite fun. It’ll have you laughing and some squirming from beginning to end. It comes on DVD in the form of an “Uncut Version”. What exactly was added in? No idea. Recommended.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

No features have been included.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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Not to dog on independent productions but the picture here is, at times, pretty bad. At various times I noticed quite a bit of scratches, dirt and grain throughout the film, and it’s not creative thing a la Grindhouse.

The DVD comes with a standard Dolby 5.1 track. It's nothing great but servicable.



.::OVERALL::.

Botched is a fun horror movie that made me laugh more than some so-called comedies – *cough* Over Her Dead Body *cough* – but since the DVD fails to include any features (a commentary would’ve been nice), it isn’t quite worth the price of admission which is probably around $15-20 at the time of this writing. But if you can find this at your local video store, give it a rental.