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4.0 out of 5 stars The Unseen must be seen., 22 Jun 2014
This review is from: Unseen [Blu-ray] [2013] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
The Unseen managed to be released during the early 80's slasher craze and yet it avoids all the cliches of the genre, this obscure and rare hidden gem also does not have any gore, in fact its bloodless however it does have alot of suspense and the atmosphere was terrific and there was one great death scene involving an air vent and a stuck scarf. Three beautiful women reporters (played by former Bond girl Barbara Bach, Karen Lamm and Lois Young) venture to the town of Solvang somewhere in California where the locals are holding a festival to celebrate their Danish ancestry. Unable to find a hotel with a vacancy, the three women accept the offer of a room for the night from Ernest Keller, a kooky museum curator (Sydney Lassick) who also shares his large, creepy house with his depressed sister Virginia (Lelia Goldoni), but there seems to be someone else lurking around the house, and soon this dark secret kept in the basement will be revealed. The Unseen by Danny Steinmann is remarkably deranged and quite unique horror flick with lovely Barbara Bach in the main role. The acting of Sydney Lassick and Stephen Furst as the deformed man in the basement is marvelously twisted too. Avoiding the standard "vice and violence" ingredients of the genre, The Unseen instead draws its suspense from a narrative and aesthetic approach which ties its lineage straight to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The deal is sealed with some truly impressive acting. Sydney Lassick plays Ernest Keller like a drunken, sweaty, fat relative of Norman Bates (coincidentally, Lassick is a perfect physical match for the Norman Bates described in Robert Bloch's novel). Like Anthony Perkins' seminal momma's boy, we know there's something off about Ernest the moment we see him. Like Norman, Ernest enjoys himself a nice keyhole peepshow while one of the women disrobes and bathes (the only nude scene in the film). While the film does suffer slightly during the middle from a slow pace, it really does pick up the pace during the last half or so minutes into an exciting and disturbing conclusion. Overall, The Unseen was a really good and entertaining horror flick. Once again Scorpion does not disappoint with this great blu ray release, part of their Katarina Nightmare Theatre lineup it has a ton of extras, from a commentary, a whole bunch of interviews with the cast and crew, theatrical trailer, Kats Eyes: Interview with Producer Tony Unger, Craig Reardon's Make Up Test Stills, Slides and Sketches, a picture gallery and the usual Katarina intro. All the features that were in the code red dvd were in here plus more, thankfully I did not own the code red edition as I heard that the transfer was awful, so this edition is definitely worth seeking out as it has crystal clear picture quality.
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