Catatonia (2014) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Frank S Petrilli
Starring: Kim Kleemichen, Tom Petrone, Vinny Bernardo
Rated: UR/Region: 0/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From Wild Eye Releasing
The lone survivor of the brutal Oakhurst Sanatorium Murders, suffers from severe post-traumatic dissociative disorder in a state run mental health facility. Budget-cuts lead to the transfer of the criminally-insane killer she escaped right to her hospital, while the true supernatural force behind the killings wants to finish what begun the night of the murders.
How many of you remember another movie Wild Eye released called Play Hooky? Well, if you do then you should probably know that this is the sequel to that found footage film that was shot on a Flip HD camera if memory does me well. I kinda liked that one so I was pretty interested in checking this one out. So, we pick up sometimes after the events of that film and our only survivor is now in a catatonic state in the crazy house, but don’t worry, everyone more or less from the first film at least makes a cameo here in some form of another. Another person from the first film is the killer who survived that head beating he took with a baseball bat somehow and is now in the same place as our catatonic survivor. Now, I suspected he’d probably break free and go on a killing spree that would resemble something out of Halloween 2 but that isn’t the case. Instead we are sort of asked to kill sorry for not only our girl but him as the staff at this place is short and very shady. It takes even a more artsy path as well. That does come with some mixed results but I at least tip my cap for them not just doing what was typical.
The movie might not be for everyone but I found it interesting enough. I’d have liked a little more blood or suspense but it really doesn’t seem to be THAT kind of movie at all. We use a very somber mood, some dark visions, and some metaphors to tell this story and you probably won’t even be required to have even seen Play Hooky before seeing this one. The movies really do come across as night and day despite having a continued story. This is sort of the type of films that Wild Eye is known for releasing and while I admit I don’t love all of them, I do think I liked this one just enough to give it the nod. The ending is a bit iffy for me but outside of that I found it to be pretty well made for the most part.
– Director’s Commentary