Sanctuary; Quite a Conundrum (2012) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Thomas L. Phillips
Starring: Sasha Ramos, Erin Cline, Emily Rogers
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available from Midnight Releasing
It should have been just a normal day of sex, fun, alcohol, hormones and debauchery for Tabitha and Mimi, two over privileged twenty somethings who care about nothing but themselves and what chaos they can cause. But that so-called normalcy gets tossed out the window when an unexpected and devastating event occurs at a nighttime pool party. As the alcohol begins to wear off and then the body count rises, all hell breaks loose and there is no going back!
As a fan of both Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino, I can appreciate it when a movie tries to not go by the book and use dialogue that feels fresh, different, and at times very natural. There was certainly an effort here from the writer to make the people in this movie sound different from your average horror movie. I’ll say this much, the characters here do sound different, but I’m not sure it all worked or flowed as natural as I’m sure Thomas L. Phillips had hoped it would. So, that is a bit of a mixed bag there, but then again, I’d say the whole movie comes across as a bit of a mixed bag. From our leading ladies and their lovers, to the gimmicky characters, to other twists and turns along the way, the movie is very uneven in nature. Still, it remains at least watchable, so I can’t completely write it out, even if there was parts of it that I didn’t like. I think the worst part of things might be that the leading ladies are all rather annoying, which I can overlook. If we didn’t have other things that are somewhat interesting going on, then we’d really be in trouble.
Now while these ladies might be annoying characters, they are at least nice to look at. So, if anyone just wants to see good-looking women on-screen act afraid and end up in a bad situation, and also have a few sexual acts, then you are in luck here! It might be a movie that most teens will get a kick out of due to the above mentioned reasons. The cover of the DVD compares this one as a cross between Clerks and Scream. I don’t think I’d go that far with it in comparison. You do at least see something from someone who did try to make something that felt different and while they did make it different, it’ll be up to you and your personal taste to decide if it was a good different or not. I could have used a little more slash from something compared to Scream, but I did say this one wasn’t unwatchable regardless and I will stand by that anyway. There is some nice looking women, some interesting dialogue that doesn’t always work, and some other awkward stuff. It is what it is, but again, it isn’t totally unwatchable.
– Hollywood Screening Q and A
– Gag Reel
– Audio Commentary