Crowley (2007)

Genre(s): Horror
Anchor Bay || NR - 106 minutes - $26.97 || March 10, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-04-14


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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: Julian Doyle
Writer(s): Bruce Dickinson & Julian Doyle (written by)
Cast: Simon Callow, Kal Weber, Lucy Cudden, Jud Charlton, Paul McDowell


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Surround 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH

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.::THE FILM::.

Alex (Mike Shannon) and Symonds (Paul McDowell) are visiting a man known as Crowley (John Shrapnel) who has a dark and eerie past. Iím assuming so, since thatís what the whole movie is about, I could be wrong though. Crowley lectures them on a few items and tries to give Symonds some money, but it turns out that the cult he is with got its funding cut by a scientist who claims the cult is mere fiction. Angered by this, Crowley sends Symonds away and casts a spell that ultimately puts the world in chaos at the end of four days. Alex rushes in to help Crowley while Symonds goes for help and in one of those traditional jump moments where you know someoneís going to get grabbed because the guyís obviously not dead happens, and scares the poor kid.

Lia (Lucy Cudden) is a reporter for a newspaper who meets a professor named Joshua (Kal Weber) at the train station. She holds a sign for him and he thinks itís a car service picking him up, but she tells him about her job and how she wants to talk to him about a few matters. He agrees to at a later date and she runs off to class of which she is late getting to. The class deals with the devil worshippers topic, of which she is also trying to write a story on I guess? I donít know, a lot of the back story isnít given and it tends to move too fast so try to keep up with me.

It turns out that her professor is a practice of the demonic arts, as he meets a student after the class and the two talk about the rituals and if they can really work. The professor thinks it will, and the two end their conversation and go their own ways. Lia heads over the next day to the Joshuaís house for the interview and knocks repeatedly, but since Joshua had a nightmare the past night he didnít sleep too well and doesnít hear the noise. She storms off and is yelled at by her editor, but still claims sheíll get the story and interview somehow.

Also in the middle of this somewhat confusing story already, thereís a church that is practicing some sort of ritual for a revival of something dark and ominous, and it turns out that Joshua also has some secrets going on. Thereís tests being run on a suit of power that are also dangerous to the human race, as it causes some sort of issue with memories being triggered. Back at the school, a professor by the name of Haddo (Simon Callow) is undergoing some sort of transformation, as he is becoming a shadow of his former self. His class is erupted into chaos while reading a Hamlet passage and heÖ wellÖ does something inappropriate letís say. He confronts the professors at a meeting about his competency, and claims to be not Haddo but someone else of a darker nature. The professors think itís a lie, until Haddo reads off scriptures from his memory from the dark literature on the table and claims his resurrection will come soon.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by Bruce Dickinson, Ben Timlett, and Julian Doyle: The writer, Producer, and Director (respectively) come together on an engaging track that covers all angles of the movie. I strongly urge you to listen to it, as though itís a great commentary with information you may or may not have known about the film the first time around.

The Making of Crowley (21 minutes): A great special feature that delves into the history of Crowley and gives you some background of the cast and crew ideas. This also shows how some of the filmís scenes were shot, so if you enjoyed it at all then by all means watch this.

Deleted Scenes (29 minutes): While I thought the movie had enough material in it to begin with, the nearly half-an-hour worth of scenes that didnít make it is here for fans to watch. There isnít that much of value here though, as these are mainly hit and miss with quality in terms of adding to the story.

Finally, the filmís trailer can be seen for your viewing entertainment.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

A mediocre transfer is the best way to start off the video quality portion of the review. Colors are dull and rarely was there a time when I recall it being colorful. Contrast was also a major problem, as most of the movie is dark and dreary, which causes grain to be shown in massive quantities and at times causes the picture to be distorted. I also saw several instances of noise that also prevented me from seeing the video as it was meant to be seen. There arenít any real highlights of this one, as this is a pretty shoddy transfer.

The Dolby Surround 5.1 mix accompanying the DVD is a great one, and a major step-up from most of the DVDís Iíve seen. Surround use is constant and even though this is a mostly dialogue movie, there were multiple times where my sub turned on and the rears were actively engaged. I was surprised at how great this mix was, although at times the rears overpowered the already low dialogue levels which were a bit of a pain. Itís not perfect, but it gets the job done in a fairly elegant manner.



.::OVERALL::.

Iím usually a big fan of the whole satanic type of films, but this one is average compared to the rest. The ending isnít the best and the cast takes the script a little too over-the-top that causes it to reach into the realm of not being able to be enjoyed properly. The video is also of poor quality but the special features package and the audio makes up a tiny portion of what it lacks. This is a rental for those on spring-break who enjoy the cult movies, all others should probably get a pentagram and veer the other way.