Hidden (2009) - After Dark Horrorfest 4

Genre(s): Horror
Lions Gate || R - 95 minutes - $19.98 || March 23, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-04-18


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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: Pal Oie
Writer(s): Pal Oie (written by)
Cast: Kristoffer Joner


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


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • Norwegian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Yes, thatís right fans, Hidden, the third in the After Dark Horrorfest 4 series, is the worst film out of the eight. I could just start bashing it right from the start for fun, but instead I will explain the non-existent story and horrible voice-overs done. Oh, before I go further, any film that is horror and has subtitles is not scary. It ruins the experience completely when I have to read things at the bottom of the screen every ten seconds.

Kai Koss (Kristoffer Joner) is returning home in some foreign country to visit his dead motherís town as though she recently passed away. He heads to the morgue to see, if in fact, she is dead. It turns out, believe it or not, she is, and thus he inherits her old creepy house. Upon returning he visits the crappy house only to think that something is going on and gets freaked out by everything he touches. He gets the feeling that something might beÖhiddenÖ at the house.

He visits with the local sheriff of whom he has a crush on from back in his childhood days and she lets him know that he can stay at the local hotel in a certain room. He arrives at the hotel but later in the night goes back to search the house for some clues about his missing brother. His brother perished by throwing himself over a waterfall as a child and although a body was never found heís always been presumed dead. It turns out though there is a hidden passage at his motherís house and his brother could indeed be alive. Is Kai Kossís brother still alive or is he merely hallucinating and believing in falsities?

Yes, a falsity is a word and yes I had to look it up to make sure in my pocket dictionary by my desk. This is a foreign horror film that probably should have been taken out of the mix. There are many jump moments involved, yet I was too busy trying to read the freaking dialogue to bother getting scared by any of them. As usual, the premise for the film sounds decent but goes in a completely different direction. People in the town who visit the house mysteriously get killed by a stranger and then more do, and then more, and no one realizes not to bother ticking off Kai Koss or his estranged family. The film portrays itself to be a horror film yet there arenít any sort of big twists, horror kills, or anything fun to write about.

The supporting cast of the movie is also non-existent here, as though I donít remember any of their names so they couldnít have been that good. The cast aside, or lack thereof, thereís just nothing really good I can say about this film other than the fact that I know now how to speak some foreign language that I donít know what I was listening to after ninety or so minutes. The direction the film goes is also astoundingly stupid. It goes from being a creepy house investigation, to a missing brother, then to the house, then to multiple murders, and then other directions with an ending that made me wretch.

This is by far the worst in the series and one that shouldnít have been put in the box set or separately for that matter.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Just like a few of the others, there are thankfully no special features to be had here.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The poorest of the transfer in this series belongs to this amazing gem. Colors are absolutely horrific (similar to the story, plot, characters, etc) and had my eyes thinking they were bleached out when viewing this one. I had major issues also with grain literally overtaking all of the scenes found here, which is an accomplishment for a film of this caliber to make. I also saw many scenes where the brightness was severely off, which in turn, caused the flesh tones to look much different than they should.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track also takes the cake for worst track of the series, as though without a proper English track itís literally impossible to dissect the dialogue levels and such. I will say that there are at least two scenes that are improperly translated which is a pain for people trying to READ AND WATCH A SCARY MOVIE AT THE SAME TIME. Regardless of that rant there, the levels are low, inconsistent, and surround sound usage is minimal at best. Then again, with only one real jump moment I donít expect that much from a lame track.



.::OVERALL::.

Giving this movie a rating violates everything I stand for. The only real reason I did was for the one hilarious translation scene where the chick tells the guy to go left and he goes right. It made me chuckle. Thatís all I have, sorry. This is one DVD to keep hidden away from your collection, friends, family, and anything else that consumes oxygen. In closing, Hidden is awful.