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Shrooms/Dead Silence/Wind Chill.
on 3 June 2016
This is a decent budget set of three horror films released in 2007; none particularly outstanding by themselves, but as a diverse collection of the genre from nearly ten years ago now, they are a good purchase.
“Shrooms” is a fairly effective low-budget piece; a group of young American students visit Ireland at the invitation of a friend in order to experience the effects of the local hallucinogenic produce, but there`s also a legend concerning the woods and a possible haunting... A slasher come psychological thriller, with something of a Japanese influence in it`s realisation; you decide if they got the ending right...
“Dead Silence” concerns the mystery of an evil ventriloquist`s dummy sent to the home of Jamie Ashden (Ryan Kwanten) who sets out to investigate it`s origins and clear himself from police suspicion of murder. This film clearly had a reasonable budget for special effects; the storyline is pretty over-the-top, operatic fare but dishes the gore and throws in a few interesting twists – whether you buy into it or not is up to you.
“Wind Chill” is (arguably) the best of the three; an un-named couple of students arrange a car-share to journey home for Christmas and take an inadvisable short-cut down a snowy road... This film benefits from a little more character development than usual and the acting is of a higher standard; the storyline is okay for what it is.
All three films have extras – each has a brief “making of” documentary and some out-takes/alternative endings etc.. All are presented in wide-screen 2.40.1 (16x9) ratio; I found “Shrooms” a bit grainy with some minor artefacting, though given the trippy nature of much of the film it's hard to say if this is deliberate or not.
Run times for all the films are approx. 1 Hour 27 – 28 minutes each.
Not bad for the asking price, which at time of writing is cheaper than buying any of the films on their own.
3 ½ stars overall, 4 perhaps if you`re a horror fan.