The Dooms Chapel Horror (2016) (DVD Review)

The Dooms Chapel Horror (2016) (DVD Review)

The Dooms Chapel Horror (2016) (DVD Review)

📅08 July 2016, 23:40

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The Dooms Chapel Horror (2016) (DVD Review)
Directed By: John William Holt
Starring: Bill Oberst Jr., Austin Madding, Abby Murphy
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From Brain Damage Films

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Blamed for the death of his celebrated older brother, young Kyle Cole is tormented by members of the community. Kyle’s parents, succumbing to their grief, abruptly send Kyle away to be raised by distant relatives. Now Kyle is a young man on the verge of graduating from college. He is joined by his girlfriend Mandy, and Tanner, a young documentary filmmaker, as he travels back to Kaler Mills to make peace with his mother and father. A mysterious man, Jordan, that Kyle crossed paths with before leaving, has also been waiting for his return. Jordan plans to fulfill an evil pact, and to finish the ritual with Kyle, whether he wants to or not.

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You know what? I really enjoyed this one. I’ve seen a few bad reviews online and I really don’t understand why. Here we have a “found footage” style movie that combines a lot of different things to try to make the reason everything is being filmed makes sense. And it works up until the gimmicks seem to be dropped. One of the coolest things about this movie is how for the older footage it uses what looks pretty close to real VHS footage. That might not seem like much but it is a nice touch and one I appreciate. You don’t get any of that Paranormal Activity style “this is old footage but it’s still in widescreen and HD” mess here. Of course, the key to this movie working is the plot and how it builds things up. We follow our lead, his girlfriend, and then his friend as we hear different things and try to put it all together before it is revealed on the screen for us. You always have a dread feeling while watching this movie and that is always a good thing. You want to feel a little spooked watching a movie and this one does a good job of coming across very creepy when it needs to. Sure, it also takes time for a small laugh here and there, but when this movie is working it is working for the viewer really well. I get tired of found footage movies but I never felt bored or tired while watching this.

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Also it never hurts to see Bill Oberst Jr in a movie as well. He’s here once again to play another insane character that will give is nightmare fuel. Bill really exceeds expectation as the cult leader of our film here. I’m not shocked he knocked it out of the park, he always does that. But he really turns up the creepy here and it helps a lot. It always amazed me how a nice guy like Bill Oberst Jr can turn himself into one of the scariest people you’ve ever seen on the TV screen in countless indie horror films. Of course he isn’t the only issue for our leads in this one. I won’t spoil what else is in this movie causing havoc but I’ll just say that it is at least different and I meant that in a good way. Dooms Chapel Horror is a cool little horror flick that you should take a chance on if you can. I think most that go into it will be getting a lot more than they might have assumed before. We have a good cast, a creepy plot, and a very nerve-tingling final act that really drives this one home for me. John W. Holt, the director behind this movie, really impresses me with what he has to offer up here. I’ll be keeping tabs on him after seeing this one for sure.

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Extras

– Two Audio Commentaries
– Short Film: The Hunt
– Photo Gallery

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