Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actor: Rick Armando
Director: David DeCoteau
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian
A lavish masquerade party in a creepy mansion takes a terrifying turn when a masked killer crashes the party. As the guests get picked off one by one, old grudges and new suspicions threaten everyone's survival. Based on t... more »
Once More But Different
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 01/18/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
Once More but Different
"The Raven" (Here TV) has become a staple of the motion picture industry as have other tales told by Edgar Allen Poe. "The Raven" with its supernatural feel lends itself well to the screen. So what makes the new version special? Let's have a look.
The essential themes remain intact but David DeCoteau, the director, gives us a "skintastic" remake of the old story. Roderick throws a masquerade ball in an old mansion, Ravenwood, that has quite a creepy past. Some fifty years before the party on exactly the same date there had been a mass murder at the mansion yet the handsome men who come to while the night away look at that fact as part of the attraction. Much to their surprise the goings-on are interrupted by the appearance of a raven masked visitor who has come with the intention of repeating what happened there fifty years earlier. The stranger begins killing the guests one by one. As this is happening, old grudges re-emerge and friends become suspicious of one another
The men in the film are hunky and handsome and sometimes semi-nude. About the only thing this "Raven" has in common with "The Raven" is the word "raven".
DeCoteau gives us a lot of homoerotic imagery and the man are beautiful to look at especially Traverse Le Goff. If you like horror stories, good looking men and lots of booze and debauchery, this is the film to see. There is no thinking required; you just sit and watch and have a good time.
Merchant Ivory meets the Slasher Film
Gregory Holmes | 05/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As always, director David DeCoteau delivers a beautiful looking, highly imaginative film. This one is a bit more subdued than usual with an economy of camera momvement and few flash cuts or editing tricks. Instead of the ever swaying/tilting camera angles David has used so frequently in his recent films, we are given strategically placed actors in static shots that create stunning tableaux. This film at times is more like flipping through a photo album than watching a motion picture. The effect is gorgeous and appropriate for the story. The film features music by Richard Band and Full Moon fans will recognize many of his signature melodies in this film. It works beautifully. / The cast is somewhat less GQ than the usual group of actors in a DeCoteau film and I found that to be a welcome change. / The script by longtime Decoteau collaborator Mathew Jason Walsh is fairly complex (I'm not sure what the Druids had to do with all this but somehow they were mentioned) and the use of the Poe poem and the Raven motif is quite clever. / The film was shot on Super16 and at times looks a little grainy but again, I thought this was appropriate for the material. There are a few moments of poor ADR work but they don't distract too much. / As the story moves back and forth between present day and the past, a beautiful sepia tone is used to distingish the time periods. / The DVD includes an informative director/producer commentary track and a short photo gallery. The transfer looks to be faithful to the source material and the 5.1 soundtrack is sparkling (Richard Band's music has never sounded better). All in all this is a wonderful, wildly erotic, elegant little masterpiece from one of the most innovative and talented independent directors working today."
bigboyone | johnson city , tn | 04/21/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"David, MUCH BETTER
production values were great. there are some really good actors in south africa. nice bodies, but still a little to quick to kill them off. not near enough viewing time, but overall this was good."