Hi-Death (2018) (DVD REVIEW)

Hi-Death (2018) (DVD REVIEW)

Hi-Death (2018) (DVD REVIEW)

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Hi-Death (2018) (DVD REVIEW)
Directed By: Anthony Catanese, Amanda Payton, Tim Ritter, Todd Sheets, Brad Sykes
STARRING: Todd Sheets, Julia Vally, Dilynn Fawn Harvey
RATED: UR/REGION: 1/WIDESCREEN/NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
AVAILABLE FROM Wild Eye Releasing

From the makers of “Hi-8”, five new tales to blow your mind. When two young women take the “Terror Tour” through the underbelly of Hollywood, they are led into a bizarre world of unspeakable horror. Their first stop proves that “Death Has a Conscience”, but doesn’t spare the unlucky souls who stumble into his path. Next, a meeting with the “Dealers of Death” exposes the perils of collecting murder memorabilia. Then, it’s off to a quick “Night Drop”, where your next movie rental may be your last. An actress’ worst nightmare unfolds as she is forced to perform a terrifying “Cold Read”, and our Terror Tour comes to a disturbing end as we meet the ancient, seductive evil known as “The Muse”.

Hi-Death is the follow-up to the very fun Hi-8 but sadly this time around the movie is using a different set of rules so everything you loved about Hi-8 outside of a few directors are gone. The overall movie seems to be a bit of a step back from the last one as well if I am to be perfectly honest. The movie opens up with a story of a girl taking a drug and getting more than she planned. There were some funny moments here but ultimately I felt the overall story was a little too simple and weak. This is a common theme here for this movie as everyone seems to be using throwaway segments and not giving it their best shot as they did in the original Hi-8 movie. Next up is a man with some snuff films on his phone and someone on his trail because of it. If you took everything I said about the first segment but then added in a different plot for it you’d get my thoughts on this one as well. This one has some moments that make you laugh but some of the acting in this one are soo bad that it becomes noticeable.

Then we go to a short of a guy working late at a video store (a Family Video to be exact) and he gets a very odd drop-off. This one was probably the most fun thing about the movie but the payoff wasn’t as good as you might have hoped with the build-up. We have a pretty dull segment next dealing with an audition that goes bad and then finally we end things with something that I won’t spoil but will say from a visual standpoint it at least looks really cool and does pack some blood. The wrap-around deals with two girls who are watching these segments and each leads them to a new location. It goes about how you’d expect. All in all, if you enjoyed Hi-8 this is a giant step backward from that. There’s some cool visuals here and there and some funny stuff but I just didn’t get the same feel or vibe from this one as I did before. Hopefully, if they make another one they will go back to their roots.

Extras

– Commentary Track with Executive Producers Brad Sykes & Josephina Sykes
– Commentary Track with All Five Directors, Cast, & Crew
– Anatomy of a Scene: Making of Documentary
– Scene Selection
– Trailers

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