De Profundis: Out of the Depths DVD Review
Written and directed by Matthew A. Peters
2010, Region 1 NTSC, 64 Minutes, Not rated
DVD Released on October 21st, 2010
Rochelle Angelina as Karen
Erika Biel as Sam
Kehela Neo Reeves as Nora
James S. Cacciatore as Father Lucien
Jay E. Salsberg as Mr. Phibes
Jay Storey as Frank
Seriously, how many horror films start out with a group of innocent people heading into the woods for a weekend getaway? When will these people realize the woods are a scary place that no one has to go to? You have the Internet and cell phones now. Just stay inside like normal people. Karen (Rochelle Angelina) doesn’t subscribe to the fact that we live in the 21st century and don't have to go into the woods to have a good time. She drags her two daughters Sam (Erika Biel) and Nora (Kehela Neo Reeves) on this trip to a cabin run by a creepy bald guy named Mr. Phibes (Jay E. Salsberg). Everything seems fine, even though they almost hit a gypsy woman on their way over here and there was once a failed exorcism where they’re staying. These are all minor details though. Of course, the demon returns and terrorizes the visitors to this cozy little bed and breakfast. Nora, the younger of the two girls, is possessed and the priest that performed the first exorcism returns to finish the job. Because who better to contain the original demon than the guy that failed to do it the first time.
As with their last film, Three Days in the Woods, the story is pretty light. De Profundis: Out of the Depths comes in at 64 minutes and the first half is nothing but the characters walking around the woods or eating. Usually this is a good time to focus on character development but we don’t get much here. The action doesn't start until about halfway through and by then I had lost interest. If the movie is that short and half of it is filler, you have a major problem.
This film also represents Mad Angel Films' first venture into prosthetics and makeup effects and the results are mixed. The possessed girls look OK at first glance, but when they move you see that only their faces are made up with their necks and ears unchanged. It looks like they have face paint on. There's a demon running around in the yard and his facial makeup is actually pretty good. It doesn't change the fact that he's covered in baby powder and wearing nothing but tightie-whities. The priest (James S. Cacciatore) loses an eye in the flashback and his present day self has what appears to be Silly Putty on his face.
De Profundis has an alright premise going for it but the script needed a lot more work before they even thought of filming. As with Three Days in the Woods, it looks like the Mad Angel gang tried to go for style over substance and it didn't work out. In addition to the aforementioned issues, continuity is a mess. Nora's glasses are constantly disappearing and reappearing throughout the movie and Sam's pants change color several times in the same scene. There are many more problems like this that make the film look sloppy. If the production was a little tighter and the script was fleshed out some more, this could have been a lot better. Unfortunately it fell short.
Video and Audio:
Once again, the group is plagued by equipment issues. The video quality is great but the audio is still lacking and they continue to pick up ambient noise in all of the outdoor shots. Lighting is also a huge issue as many of the setups are in dimly lit parts of the cabin or the woods which destroy the image completely.
There's a 3 minute slideshow featuring some behind-the-scenes images included on this disc. The only other features are trailers for this film and Three Days in the Woods.