11/21/2017  
Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Jennifer Esposito Is Your Newest NCIS Agent in Season 1...
Critics Are Split on Ghostbusters Reboot ...
'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LA...
Kristen Stewart's Sheer Dress At 'Equals' Premiere -- S...
"A Slow Slipping Away"-- Kris Kristofferson's Long-Undi...
Fox News' Roger Ailes Sued for Sexual Harassment by Ous...
Garrison Keillor Retires from 'Prairie Home Companion' ...
Jennifer Aniston is Pregnant: Star Steps Out in Loose D...
Hiddleswift Is One Big Song Promotion -- A Theory...
Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley files for ...





Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

MTI Home Video presents
Vicious (2003)

"Don't bite the hand that feeds you!"
- Kane (Tom Savini)

Review By: Rich Rosell   
Published: April 01, 2004

Stars: Tom Savini, Brian Bremer, Melanie Parker
Other Stars: Bill Moseley, Marco St. John, Robert Pralgo, Ted Huckabee, Brinke Stevens
Director: Matt Green

MPAA Rating: R for violence/gore
Run Time: 01h:30m:10s
Release Date: December 30, 2003
UPC: 039414520187
Genre: horror


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
C D-C-C- B-

DVD Review

A lot of low-budget horror films start out looking pretty good on paper, but in execution they somehow turn bad. Matt Green, director of Severed and Blood Bath, tackles one such textbook example of that in his 2003 horror outing Vicious, which is yet another forgettable horror film where former gore makeup-effects wizard Tom Savini moves in front of the camera to act. Sprinkle in a cameo by B-movie scream queen Brinke Stevens, as well as lead roles from Pumpkinhead's Brian Bremer, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2's Bill "Chop Top" Moseley, and you have the potential for nasty horror goodness. Mind you, I said "potential."

Savini, whose genius effects work in Martin, Friday the 13th and Maniac is truly the stuff of legend, has fancied himself an actor of late, and he has taken to trading on his name under the implied expectation of quality blood and dismemberment, which is rarely ever there. In Vicious, he plays Kane, some sort of grizzled military man running a rogue operation in some backwater rural woodlands. It seems that Kane is the self-titled zookeeper of a top-secret experiment known as a Project Carnivore, in which he procures food (aka humans) for a six-foot tall monster that vaguely resembles a T-Rex, but with more teeth. When the military orders the project shutdown, two marines are dispatched to liquidate Kane and his operation, but the problem is a quartet of campers (including Bremer and Melanie Parker) are caught in Kane's lair.

See what I mean? The premise is a B-movie good one, with the chance for countless innocent victims and over-the-top carnage. The problem always comes back to money, and the biggest roadblock Green's film probably hit was when it came time creature effects, which are really just plain awful. Something like this lives or dies on the strength of its beast, and the toothy flesheater in Vicious is jarringly bad, so much so that at one point I hoped Green would resort to just implying what the creature looked like, rather than show it at all, because it is there that movie magic falls apart.

The sad thing is that there's isn't anything really wrong with Green's directing skills; it shows off his apparent appreciation of the genre basics, though he relies too much on off-camera carnage for my liking and far too little on out-and-out gore. The acting is occasionally as bad as the effects, with Savini hamming it up ridiculously like he's doing a parody of DeNiro as Max Cady. He is easily the worst offender in Vicious, and it bothers me to no end seeing his talents wasted acting when his behind-the-scenes work is where he really excels.

Rating for Style: C
Rating for Substance: D-

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.85:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicno


Image Transfer Review: Presented in nonanamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen, MTI's transfer of Vicious is barely tolerable, and certainly nothing exemplary. Originally shot on 16mm before being transferred to digital video, the presentation is notably grainy and plagued by glaringly inconsistent colors.

Specks and nicks are frequently evident, as well.

Image Transfer Grade: C-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Englishno


Audio Transfer Review: Audio is presented in a flat 2.0 stereo mix that is fairly lifeless. Dialogue quality varies significantly from scene to scene, though it is always intelligible. The overall presentation lacks any kind of aural depth or dimensionality.

No major hiss or distortion, however, so that's a good thing.

Audio Transfer Grade: C-

 

Disc Extras

Full Motion menu with music
Scene Access with 20 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in Spanish with remote access
4 Other Trailer(s) featuring Slaves of the Realm, Lucky, Detour, Sleepless Nights
1 Documentaries
1 Feature/Episode commentary by Tom Savini, Matt Green
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extras Review: Tom Savini and Matt Green recorded a full-length, scene-specific commentary for Vicious, using Savini's bedroom as a studio, watching a full-frame release of the film. The track, aside from quite a bit of hiss, has some horrible audio levels, so switching back and forth between the commentary and the film will require having the remote handy. The tone is light, covering the usual perils of low-budget filmmaking, and Green is quick to point out the flaws in the finished product. Listening to Savini and Green made it tougher to really dislike the film as much as I did, but that's the breaks.

Also included is a Making Of (19m:55s), which is a narration-free collection of behind-the-scenes clips as the crew puts together various scenes. In addition to a handful of trailers, the disc is cut into 20 chapters, and features optional Spanish subtitles.

Extras Grade: B-

 

Final Comments

Not bad enough to be good, Vicious had potential to be fun, but suffered the low-budget fate of a laughable lead creature.

This is bad news, people.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

television, jennifer esposito, blue bloods, ncis, mark harmon. duane henry, wilmer valderrama, michael weatherly, bull, movie, ghostbusters, comedy, chris helmsworth, melissa mcarthy, kristen wiig, celebrity, rap, game, shoop dogg, jayceon terrell taylor, alton sterling, kristen stewart, equals, jonathan simkhal, nicholas hoult, music, kris kristofferson, country music hall of fame, alzheimers, lyme disease, fox news, gretchen carlson, fox and friends, steve doocy, roger ailes, the real story with gretchen carlson, radio, garrison keillor, a prairie home companion, jennifer anniston, baby bump, justin theroux, taylor swift, tom hiddleston, calvin harris, lisa marie presley, michael lockwood, riley and benjamin keough, danny keough, michael jackson, nicolas cage, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, cable, hbo, curb your enthusiasm, larry david, bernie sanders, saturday night live, maya and marty, christina grimmie, murdered, plaza live, before you exit, marcus grimmie, nashville, cmt, president brian phillips, the tonight show, jimmy fallon, president obama, the roots, hillary clinton, tim mcgraw, faith hill, maggie mcgraw, humble and kind, ellen degeneres show, titi pierce, coldwell banker robbins & free realty, hairspray live!, tracy turnblad, york theatre company, john waters, jennifer hudson, harvey fierstein, martin short, derek hough, j.k. rowling, harry potter and the cursed child, noma dumezweni, emma watson, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked

On Facebook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store