Ruby (1977) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Ruby (1977) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Ruby (1977) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

📅26 September 2017, 00:52

Ruby (1977) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Curtis Harrington
Starring: Piper Laurie, Stuart Whitman, Roger Davis
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from VCI Entertainment

Sixteen years after Ruby Claire’s gangster boyfriend was shot and killed by four associates, a series of gruesome murders take place at the drive-in movie theatre she now owns. Meanwhile, the behavior of her mute daughter Leslie is becoming increasingly strange and visiting psychic claims that forces from beyond are out for revenge.

We got a bit of a drive-in massacre on our hands with this old-school horror film from 1977. The gang has taken out one of their own and that person’s daughter is now possessed and raising hell with the former gang members. This movie looks its age, but that isn’t what I’d call a bad thing (more on how it affects the HD transfer in a bit. It gives us some very throwback type characters that keep things interesting as well. We also have some creative ways these people are being killed off. Those elements make for an unspectacular, but a fun film. I’ve heard the movie is looked at by a lot of folks as a knock-off of Carrie, but I feel the movie at least has some of its own legs to stand on. Not a whole lot to stand on, but heck we’ll at least give it a little bit of credit.

And for what it is worth, the acting here isn’t bad. This is the type of film you’ll want to watch when you are wide awake and very interested in something lesser known. It does have a little bit of a slower pace so unless you go in with full attention and awake it might get a little dull in areas. I still found it creative enough for what it is. And while not great, it does pack a cheese factor that is welcomed and could be a whole heck of a lot worse. Now, the transfer here isn’t that great. When I first covered this movie on a DVD pack of VCI’s a long time ago it looked dated and that was fine. The transfer here still keeps that look and doesn’t really give it much in the way of any great detail. I’d say the colors are nice, but that seems to be about it as far as this Blu-ray upgrade goes. It does have some nice extras.


– Commentary with David Del Valle and Nathaniel Bell
– Commentary with Curtis Harrington and Piper Laurie
– Ruby Original Trailer
– 2001 David Del Valle Interview with Curtis Harrington
– Sinister Image Episode Volume 1: David Del Valle Archival Interview with Curtis Harrington
– Sinister Image Episode Volume 2: David Del Valle Archival Interview with Curtis Harrington

Quality of Transfer: 60%



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