Latest Articles

  • C85ab6a7c113ec8d5da3bd13bb28c06c 450 750


    A down at heel Hollywood security guard makes a big mistake. Read More
  • 3639377b5b9a505a1fe7164b7b54c57f 450 750

    The Meg

    Stath vs shark. What more do you expect? Read More
  • 87f002fdd5614f37fa1f4782985eb662 450 750


    Welcome to the weirdest street in the neighborhood. There’s a lot of blood. Read More
  • Cf0fe25f05628a0b6fc32f6d3bcda581 450 750

    Summer of '84

    Grab your walkman, Trapper Keeper, and Members Only jacket because R.J. is going back to the Summer of '84. Read More
  • 1a44c81073ee260befafdb2b6f30a47f 450 750

    The Unborn

     Pregnancy can be a scary thing. Read More
  • 4f7bcdfcb7fef040bbbd2aa7999b9b2f 450 750

    The Tingler

    If you value your life... SCREAM! Read More
  • 61f085d168a6c4368503cf8e0abb1d82 450 750

    Return of the Living Dead Part II

    A popular title finally arrives on Blu-ray. Read More
  • 9815286eaa6cb8fbb49a3b9f2f7503f1 450 750

    Top Five Modern Gothic Horror Novels

    Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked author Christa Carmen stops by and shares with us her Top Five Gothic Horror Novels. Read More
  • 8e742ca3a117ab492667073a9f95284a 450 750

    Welcome to the Show

    Spend a night at the Shantyman, Death is upon us. Read More
  • 24dd31f4cfd6b003dee1dcc7427c298c 450 750

    Worship Me

    A Sunday morning church service becomes a trip to hell. Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10

Latest News

  • Mind Palace Merges Bryan Fuller’s Creations Into One World +

    Bb7b4af438e01da592117e31bf994a4e 160 120 New webcomic from Dave Dwonch joins Hannibal, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies and more. Read More
  • Clay McLeod Chapman Scares Audience One Person At a Time +

    25a2212f4d15001a8ae6e64e23354e81 160 120 Lazaretto writer puts on The Pumpkin Pie Show: One-on-Ones at UNDER St. Marks. Read More
  • Moonstruck Charms its Way into 2nd Volume +

    Fe9dcb3c04b1432b53470dc0dd369915 160 120 The all-ages monster series makes the jump straight to graphic novel for the second volume. Read More
  • Get Back in the Van! Sink Returns This November +

    634081eb251993820b8486bba67d7ecd 160 120 The hit series from ComixTribe is returning. Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3


The Image (aka The Punishment of Anne) DVD

Written by Peter West

DVD released by Synapse Films


Directed by Radley Metzger
Written by Jake Barnes (screenplay) and Catherine Robbe-Grillet (novel)
1975, Region 1 (NTSC), 94 minutes, Unrated
DVD released on June 25th, 2002

Mary Mendum as Anne
Carl Parker as Jean
Marilyn Roberts as Claire



Interestingly told as a recollection of past events by Jean, the male lead: Jean has just completed a short story, is finally able to socialize again and attends a literary party. Jean runs into his old friend Claire, never sexually interested in Claire he is fascinated by her friend Anne. Claire explains that Anne belongs to her and invites Jean for drinks after the party. It soon becomes clear that Claire dominates Anne, and Anne enjoys the domination. Intrigued at first, Jean finds himself getting deeper and deeper into becoming part of the Sado-Masochistic relationship these two women enjoy. Exhibtionism, punishment, and humilation all weave together in this extremely erotic tale! The question arises is Jean a partner or pawn in this relationship?



Prior to watching this movie I had heard comments that it was merely pornography with a plot. That is far from the truth. This is a interesting story and touches on serious human sexual behavior. I found it intriguing. There are some very graphic sexual scenes, but are they pornography? I think not, but if you're over 18 you decide. I highly recommend this film.


Video and Audio:

Incredible is too mild a word for a film of this age to look so good on DVD. The DVD was digitally mastered from the original camera negative from the director's archives. Synapse lives up to their reputation of the finest quality film presentation possible. There are only a few seconds here or there where there is damage or blemishes. Overall it is absolutely marvelous.

There are three audio tracks, one the original mono, a remasterd Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track, and the isolated music score. I listened to the stereo and found it free of distortion or defects.


Special Features:

The isolated musical score, the director's filmography, and a four page insert are the extras for this DVD. Sorry there's no trailer, but, if one existed, Synapse would have included it. The four page insert with liner notes by Stephen R. Bissette is very interesting reading. The isolated score is nice background music.



Movie: Fourandahalfstars
Video: Fivestars
Audio: Fourstars
Features: Threeandahalfstars
Overall: Fourandahalfstars


Popular Categories





  • 1