"The Butterfly Effect
3: Revelations" DVD
Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations DVD cover
Okay, this is the part
where I start sweating bullets. I'm not a hundred percent sure
I've found the dog of the After Dark Horrorfest yet, and if it's
going to happen anywhere, it's probably going to happen here.
This is the one no one saw coming, the third iteration of a movie
that was a vastly worse result than its good idea implied it would
See, I love time travel
stories. Call it personal bias, but I love, LOVE!, seeing what
happens when you change something about the past. It's amazing
how much of what we know about our lives depends on so very little.
Just alter one thing and suddenly the entire world you know is
different, the chain of cause and effect wrapping around your
entire life to affect everyone you've ever come in contact with,
and everyone THEY'VE ever come in contact with and so on, the
ripples spreading outward until they engulf all of humanity. Next
time you're feeling insignificant, remember that: what you do
today could affect everybody tomorrow.
Anyway, that in mind,
that's also what this is about. Sam has the unique gift of being
able to travel through time. If he uses his gift passively, it
becomes a valuable tool, allowing him to be an eyewitness at any
crime, any time. But should he ever INTERACT with the past, use
that gift actively, then he might alter the world in any of a
hundred ways. When Sam gets a personal request for help, he uses
his gift actively. And that's when everything goes wrong.
Actually, that's when
everything goes wrong over and over and over again. See, the BAD
part about the Butterfly Effect
series--this was a HUGE theme in the first one--is that pretty
much whenever you go back in time to change a bad thing, you end
up CAUSING something worse. Go back in time to prevent one death,
you cause two. Try to prevent two, you'll blow off your own legs.
Try to prevent losing your legs and you'll set fire to Pittsburgh.
And so on right down the line. There is, according to The Butterfly
Effect, NO WAY to change your past so that it's better than the
present. If The Butterfly Effect is any indication, if you go
back in time often enough you'll destroy the entire planet, and
you'll do it in a fashion where literally EVERYBODY drowns in
their own septic tanks and goes straight to hell afterward.
It's hard to say much
about this movie one way or the other. The basic concept is there,
if a bit pessimistic, and the movie sticks to its concept like
glue. But it's really little more than a series of murders until
about the last fifteen minutes or so.
The ending, the last
fifteen minutes or so, you see, is where this one starts to shine.
A collection of out-of-nowhere surprises literally pummels the
viewer, and in a much better fashion than its predecessors. It's
hard to believe that this is actually better than the original,
but that's the case.
The special features
include Miss Horrorfest webisodes, audio options, and English
and Spanish subtitles. I'd include the trailers but they're inaccessible
from the menu.
All in all, I really
had my doubts about this one. I thought sure that, if anything
was going to be the dog of the After Dark Horrorfest, it was going
to be this one. But no, once again the Horrorfest has surprised
me and shown me that, with precious few exceptions, only the best
makes it in.
Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations
Directed by Seth Grossman
Written by Holly Brix
Starring Chris Carmack, Rachel Miner
Produced by AJ Dix, Chris Bender, JC Spink, Anthony Rhulen
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