An ancient clock is has almost finished its countdown to the return of Lucifer to Earth.Helping out is a cult led by an over-the-top Maximilian Schell. Schell and company have theireyes set on Rachael Leigh Cook as the vessel who will facilitate the devil’s return. What youhave here is recycled Omen crossed with Rosemary’s Baby, and a bit of cloning thrown in forgood measure. We’ve been here before, in much more elaborate films. Still, the film is ratherengaging in its very…familiarity, and doesn’t desecrate the memory of its more famousforebear.
The soundtrack is only 2.0, but still sounds very good. Careful attention has been paid toechoes coming from the rear speakers, resulting in a sound that is deep and very expansive,adding much to the atmosphere of the film. The sense of environment is almost constant, andthe left-right separation is good.
It’s nice to see the film, previously available on VHS, with a widescreen transfer (1.78:1anamorphic). The contrasts aren’t bad, but the blacks aren’t always as deep as they should be.The picture, too, is a little on the soft side. The flesh tones, however, are good.
A basic menu, and a disappointing set of extras: trailers for Vampires: Los Muertos andUrban Legends: Final Cut. Couldn’t we at least have The Eighteenth Angel’s trailer?
A minor release in every sense, but for horror mavens, there are worse time-wasters.
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