Purgatory Road (2017) (Blu-ray Review)

Purgatory Road (2017) (Blu-ray Review)

Purgatory Road (2017) (Blu-ray Review)

0 comments 📅25 February 2019, 07:25

Purgatory Road (2017) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: Mark Savage
STARRING: Gary Cairns, Luke Albright, Trista Robinson
AVAILABLE FROM Unearthed Films

Unable to stop a thief from stealing his father’s modest nest egg, young Vincent grows up blaming himself for his parents’ sudden suicide. Becoming a priest [Gary Cairns] who operates a highway-based ministry with his ambivalent brother Michael [Luke Albright], Vincent’s services include offering sage confessional advice to regular sinners while raining death on unrepentant thieves. Into the world of this antagonistic duo comes Mary-Francis [Trista Robinson], a psychotic, resourceful woman whose first act of “kindness” is to kill a thief whose actions threaten to expose the holy brotherly duo. Filled with gratitude for this act, Vincent invites Mary-Francis into their sacred world and triggers a gruesome chain of deadly events that threaten to dismantle the brothers’ decades-long partnership.

Purgatory Road is about two brothers who are traumatized after seeing something happen with their father as children. As a result the religious duo now travels around with one brother listening to people’s sins and then killing them if he feels the sin is too great. Along the way both find women and that’s when things get all sorts of crazy for the already dysfunctional duo. Purgatory Road is a creative story, I’ll give it that. I also think it has a little help standing out from the usual indie horror pack due in a lot to the gore effects here from Marcus Koch. The movie is also very character driven and has a great cast to help matters there as well. I’d never seen actress Trista Robinson before this film, but she totally stands out in a good way and is an actor I do want to see in other stuff based on how well she does in this. This is a film that takes some dark turns and a good cast is needed and it has one here to make it all work.

Between our two brothers in this movie, we have one we really dislike and one we kind of feel bad for. This is done very well and helps the viewer become invested in what is going on. The movie even manages to toss a surprise or two at us that only helps to make the movie better. We have moments where we can’t stand what is happening on the screen and then we have moments where you could almost cheer about what is happening on the screen. Unearthed Films has always been good about releasing a good mix of movies and this is as solid as they come. It isn’t just about gore here with this one, even if we do have solid blood and guts to go along with the rest as well. Purgatory Road is one I’d totally say for anyone to check out if you like good indie horror films that pack just as good of a plot as it does blood.


– Commentary with Director Mark Savage
– Behind the Scenes
– Trailers


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