"From Within" DVD
Within DVD cover
So we're coming into
the home stretch for this year's After Dark Horrorfest, and so
far, I've been unsettlingly right. So far, the After Dark Horrorfest
has produced mostly good movies, with only a couple that could
merely be called mediocre. The fact that I've been this right
so far suggests that I'm likely to be really, really wrong at
some point, and the more I go through merely increases the chances
that I've put the dog near the top rank. Okay, sure, maybe this
is the year there isn't a dog, but we all know how unlikely THAT
is, especially given the last two seasons.
And this time, we're
seguing into From Within, a movie that has little if anything
to do with the H.P. Lovecraft movie of the same name. In fact,
this one's about an eighteen year old girl who's living in the
midst of a serious problem--lots of people around her are killing
themselves. But are they really killing themselves, or is something
much stranger in progress around her?
When you first start
watching this one you may get the distinct impression that it's
yet another in a long string of "those" kind of movies
that involve weird mirror images of people. From Within won't
do a whole lot to dissuade you from that misconception, though
they'll actually encourage it in more than a few points. But what
they won't tell you is how little that actually means to the overall
plot. The plot they're actually establishing will be much more
Yes, I did spoiler
just a bit there, but only to clear away a bit of the red herring
fog so when you find out what's actually going on it will make
a bit more sense. Otherwise, it might have been confusing.
Anyway, once again
I find I haven't been stymied. From Within is a solid piece of
horror-thriller action with a lot going on. The town around our
eighteen year old heroine hides plenty of unpleasant secrets that
you'll find out over the course of the film, and though they seem
extraordinarily pious on the outside, you'll find out that piety
is little more than a whitewash for the town's true nature. Better
still, there are lots of surprises and plenty of good scary moments
to be had here.
The ending, in fact,
may be one of the downright creepiest pieces of footage in a long
while, despite the fact that you'll likely see it coming.
The special features
include audio options, a set of trailers only accessible at the
beginning of the film (I have to admit, I HATE when they do that),
Miss Horrorfest webisodes and English and Spanish subtitles.
All in all, I'm pleased
with From Within, and hope the last two of the series turn out
at least as good as this one did.
Directed by Phedon Papamichael
Written by Brad Keene
Starring Elizabeth Rice, Thomas Dekker, Kelly Blatz, Laura Allen
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