Anthology horror films have undergone something of a renaissance recently, with V/H/S and its sequel, and The ABCs of Death coming out just within the past couple of years, and you can't seem to go two weeks without hearing about another one. With Sinister Visions, the Scandinavians have decided to throw their hat into the ring, and it provides an uneven sampling of short horror films.
The film is broken out into several different chapters, as expected, but at times, it's difficult to tell when one ends and another begins, because some of the chapters have title cards, and some don't. There's a story of an archeologist that's possessed by a succubus demon, a zombie story told from the perspective of an intelligent robot, another zombie / domestic comedy effort, a Psycho like mild mannered killer, a female revenge tale, and a really twisted stinger with the story of a serial killer about to be executed.
The tales are spotty as far as quality and effectiveness. The best by far is My Undead Girlfriend, which involves a man who is desperate to marry his fiancé, so that he can use her money to pay off his debts, even though she is of the undead, and probably can't provide informed consent to the union. This section is funny, well performed, and just gory enough to be fun. Other sections don't fare so well.
A Woman Scorned deals with, as you might expect, a woman taking revenge on her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend. It starts off on such an intense note, with the new girlfriend already handcuffed to a bed and pleading for her life, that it really has no more dramatic territory to cover. Others, such as Genital Genocide, are just gore and disturbing imagery without much point.
There's enough decent content that horror fans ought to check it out, though it would be wise to keep expectations low. The fun stuff (which includes a short zombie themed "commercial") is about evenly distributed with the pointlessly sadistic or just downright drama-less material. Rent it.
The video is 1.78:1 widescreen, and generally looks good, though there is some murk at times. However, this review is based on a check disc, so no comment can be made on the quality of the final product.
Audio is Dolby 5.1 channel, and for the most part sounds good, though in one particular segment there were several moments of very audible hiss. However, this review is based on a check disc, so no comment can be made on the quality of the final product.
No extras are included. However, this review is based on a check disc, so no comment can be made on the quantity or quality of the extras on the final product.
Everything about Sinister Visions is haphazard. Some segments have top notch acting, effects, and story. Others (like Succubus) have super cheesy (though still fun) effects, and little story to speak of. Still others, like Genital Genocide, have great effects that work to no comprehensible end. The general public probably won't find the film worth the effort, but genre fans with find some things to enjoy.