Halloween Disc-A-Day: Days 1 to 2 Ángel Negro and Mulberry St

This project is an attempt to help me get dvds that for one reason or another I’ve never seen off of my shelf and give them a watch.  First up is Ángel Negro.

IMDb: Ángel negro (2 November 2000 (Chile))
A graduation beach party ends in tragedy when Angel dies. Ten years later, the survivors of the party are being killed off one by one.

This an Chilean slasher distributed by Troma.   The movie doesn’t fit the usual Troma aesthetic.  For me, that’s a good thing because it fails more often than it succeeds.  The movie feels like a giallo minus some of the trademark style or an early slasher with some better than usual acting and aside from a few minor technical problems, I think this is a good effort.  It’s the director Jorge Olguin’s first feature film and it is definitely good enough for me to seek out the four films he’s made since then.  I believe it should be rated higher than it is, but people that might like it are likely to be scared away by the Troma label and Troma fans will probably feel disappointed by it not fitting their expectations.  And since I am talking about physical media here, I should go into how poorly designed the menu is designed.  When text isn’t selected it’s black and so is the background making your options completely invisible.  This wouldn’t be a problem if the default position was the play button, but instead the disc is front loaded with Troma trailers.  To get to the movie first you have to find the option for main menu which takes you to an entirely different menu.  It’s frustrating, but worth a watch.  Next in the cue is Mulberry St.

IMDb: Mulberry St (27 April 2007 (USA))
A deadly infection breaks out in Manhattan, causing humans to devolve into blood-thirsty rat creatures. Six recently evicted tenants must survive the night and protect their downtown …

Coincidentally, this is another first feature film.  This time for Jim Mickle.  We talked about one of his other movies, Stake Land, on Motion Picture Meltdown.  The movie stars and is co written by Nick Damici.  He plays Clutch, a former boxer, and uses his ability to punch out rat-face zombies or infected or whatever you want to call them.  It’s cool, so who cares.  There are some shot’s of New York that I’m not sure how he managed to get unless they filmed during an actual emergency or possibly on the security side of a large event.  The practical effects are well done, but there are two glaringly bad digital fire effects that can potentially pull you out of the movie.  I’m not sure why they are even there.  One is an easily done and relatively safe hairspray flamethrower.  The other you can cut away from after the setup and show the reaction for the same relative effect.  That’s nitpicking though.  I like it even with it being kind of a bummer as this type of movie tends to be.

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