Black Site (2018) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: Tom Paton
STARRING: Angela Dixon, Bentley Kalu, Kris Johnson
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:78/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Epic Pictures
A young woman is forced to push past her worst fears and battle to deport an ancient entity back to where it came from. Set inside an underground military base known as The Artemis Black Site, the movie mixes an Escape From New York style survival story with Lovecraftian elements and large scale mythology building.
Black Site is a bit of a complex sci-fi tale that starts with an elder god doing some bad stuff and then fast forwarding down the timeline for a good bit until we’re left with the little girl that was left from the opening now grown up and a bit weird. She’s part of a time trying to do away with an elder god that just so happens to be the one from the start of the movie in a human body. On top of that, we have a group trying to break in to free him so that leads the door open for a lot of action and some violent sword fighting. You can’t help but give props to the movie for thinking outside of the box with the plot, but it does feel like a plot that could have gone a little more along given a better budget. Its a plot that opens the door for a lot of stuff but we’re mostly stuck in one area with most the movie being this rescue attempt of the movie’s bad guy. It has cool moments but feels a little too closely held in.
I do like most of the characters to a degree. Even our leading bad girl who is swinging swords and saying her lines very awkwardly. It kind of adds some charm to a film that at times could be called a little too stiff. It tries to set up some questions about the film’s main lead and what she may or may not be and for the most part, everything you question is answered or at least answered enough to make you feel like the time spent on the movie is worth it. If nothing else, you can at least call Black Site different and that might be enough to get a pass out of the most people who see it. I didn’t dislike the movie, but I also can’t help but feel like something or another is missing along the way as well.
– Audio Commentary with writer/director Tom Patton
– Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
– Deleted Scenes
– DREAD Presents Trailer Reel (Trailers to every DREAD release to date!)
Quality of Transfer: 97%