Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Blu-ray Review: MORITURIS (2011)
Directed by: Raffaele Picchio
Distributed by Synapse Films / CAV Distributing
Very seldom do I get a movie to review that I have never heard of, but that was the case with MORITURIS. I am really surprised that I had never heard of this one, as it was a very fun, entertaining horror film! Here is the basic plot of the film from the Synapse website:
Two lovely Romanian girls take a trip with three Italian men to a rumored midnight rave in the middle of a dark forest. As the gang proceeds on foot to their final destination, a mysterious graveyard is discovered, a shockingly vile plot twist is revealed and bloodthirsty undead Roman gladiators rise from the dead to torture and mutilate their victims! For the two women, an already terrifying night is about to get much, much worse, as the zombified warriors hunt down the group to tear their heads off! Will anyone survive the night? An interesting mix of old school 1980s Italian horror, with a touch of the brutality of Wes Craven’s THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, MORITURIS is an unflinching, strong, cruel and extremely violent film featuring gruesome effects from Italian SPFX maestro, Sergio Stivaletti (DEMONS, DEMONS 2, DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE, Dario Argento’s OPERA).
This film is very strange to say the least.....the first half is very uncomfortable rape/revenge type film while the 2nd half is just a completely crazy kill fest involving zombie Roman Gladiators. I know it sounds weird and it is, but somehow it works and makes for a very fun film! While there is not as much gore as I had hoped, what we do see if very well done. The picture quality with this Blu-ray release is very good as is the acting. Synapse always puts out some of the best films and this one is a very nice addition to their catalog.
This is a great film that all horror fans should check out. Horror fans are always complaining that no good, original horror films come out these days. Well, I for one have never seen resurrected Roman Gladiators rise from the dead and kill young adults in the middle of the forest. This one definitely brings something new to the table! Check this one out for sure!
MORITURIS is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Synapse Films and contains the following special features:
* Original Theatrical Trailer
* Reversible Cover Art
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD or Blu-ray