The Eleventh Commandment (1986) (Blu-ray Review)

The Eleventh Commandment (1986) (Blu-ray Review)

The Eleventh Commandment (1986) (Blu-ray Review)

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The Eleventh Commandment (1986) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Paul Leder
Starring: Bernard White, Dick Sargent, Greg Mullavey
Rated: UR/Region A/1.85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Vinegar Syndrome

Robert Knight has been committed to an insane asylum by his greedy and potentially murderous Uncle Charles, as a means of depriving him of his rightful inheritance. But his time in the asylum has indeed turned Robert into a violent lunatic; fashioning himself a priestly avenger due to his years at the seminary. After murdering a nurse and orderly, Robert escapes from the asylum and begins slashing his way through anyone who stands between his avenging the actions of his uncle. But Uncle Charles has some deadly tricks up his sleeve as well…

The Eleventh Commandment is a movie that shows us what happens when a crazy guy who thinks he’s a preacher gets electrotherapy to the point of going kill-crazy. It also has Uncle Phil from the Fresh Prince (or at least the actor James Avery) in a role as well. This movie is a bit of a slasher but it probably has way too much going on in between it to fully qualify for such. When our crazy lead bursts out of the nuthouse he goes basically kidnaps his 9-year-old little cousin, but as everyone is looking for him we find out that his other family members are just as crazy and dangerous as he is in a lot of ways. It is a movie that does a lot of interesting things with the only downside to it all being that we have a movie that drags things on at times and does so in a way that I feel like it hurts the flow of the movie a great deal. When it’s interesting it’s interesting, but it also makes you want to get on with it at times as well.

When we do get some kills on screen they do tend to come with some nice looking blood. That’s always a plus and some people die in some very interesting ways and in some cases deservingly so. Another problem with this one, however, is the characters are all pretty shady. The only likable people here is the kid, the maid, and “Uncle Phil” who plays an orderly at the institution. And not counting the kid we don’t really see the rest on the screen that much. The movie does look great here on this Blu-ray release and has some interesting stuff in the extras. Mainly two interviews with actors but it still makes for an interesting watch after you’ve seen the movie. I was pretty mixed on this one and I do wish it had made its mind up more clear on if it wanted to be a more straight-on slasher or something else. I think something else might have won over once all was said and done.


  • “A Lifetime of Preparation” – an interview with actor Bernard White
  • “Through the Eyes of a Child” – an interview with actress Lauren Woodland
  • Promotional still gallery
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • Optional English SHD subtitles for the main feature

Quality of Transfer: 95%

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