Sunday, February 15, 2015

Arkham Sanitarium: Soul Eater (2014)

WOW, yesterday was a crazy weather day complete with whiteout conditions, blowing snow, and temperatures dropping to sub-zero chills. Of course, all of that was easy to overlook while watching the West Virginia University High School honors band and my talented daughter Genesis. Once I got back, it was time to find something to watch, and after some thought I decided on 2014s Arkham Sanitarium: Soul Easter.

Plot/ Arkham Sanitarium was vacant for years after a sex and death cult was arrested for committing heinous acts on patients. Today paranormal investigators are trapped and battling malevolent forces as they grapple with the very creatures created by H.P. Lovecraft.

As I have said, the found footage genre is definitely saturated. However, every once in a while something different pops up and adds something to the mix. While Arkham Sanitarium is not a great flick, it does have some original moments, and is a lot better than one would expect from the low budget. The storyline is interesting (although there is some clich├ęd moments), the performances are sound, and the special effects are decent. Yes, there are some minor pacing issues, and the lighting is all over, but honestly, it is better than many of the no-budget entries that have popped up over recent years. In the end, this is in no way a perfect movie and it has some down moments, but it also has some bloody and entertaining moments (and the killer cult storyline works), and is definitely watchable. If you have not seen it, give it a shot.

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