Revelation 22:22 DVD Review
Written by Peter West "Danger Seeker"
DVD released by Independent Dreams
Written and directed by Jerry Orzel
Gabriel Gonder as Bob
Quinn Stefen as Simon
Lawrence Benjamin as Barry
Valerie Brokaw as Kim
Russ Zill as Eric
Josue Clement as Jake
Mark Heimann as Randall
Tracy MaHoney as Girl in Trunk
Revelation 22:22 is the chance meeting of a vacationing cop, a couple on their way to dinner at the future in laws and a gang of bank robbers all at a abandoned gas station. Coincidentally the dead begin to crawl from their graves at the same time!
How did this all happen? Well Bob the cop had to take a whiz while driving to begin his vacation and where better than an old gas station? Unfortunately for Bob, he drops his keys in a drain hole. Meanwhile Barry and Kim are on the way to her parents house when the car which was recently repaired by these crooked redneck mechanics breaks down and they pull into the old gas station. Now Barry is a little startled when he discovers Bob smashing in the skull of a zombie that attacked him while he was fishing for his keys.
Meanwhile our friendly bank robbers (aka the Fab Five, well they used to be five, but one got killed when the last robbery went bad), splatters a zombie and sure enough they are dumb enough to stop and argue about it when they are attacked by the zombies and seek shelter at the gas station. Did I forget to mention the girl in the trunk? Eventually the crooks remember they left her in the trunk when they took her hostage when they robbed the bank. Fighting off the hungry zombies this band of mismatched souls faces their own inner demons and prejudices to try to survive the evening.
First off this is a zombie movie, and I've seen plenty of zombie movies... However this one impressed me! Yes it's hard to come up with something new in the genre of zombie movies, especially on a $40,000 budget. Director Orzel pulls it off! Revelation 22:22 adds a biblical influence to the film on why the dead are coming back to life, however Orzel's true success is what he gets out of the actors. The script is pretty decent, but it's the delivery that separates it from the run of the mill zombie flicks. Whether it's the dumbass redneck mechanic who can barely speak or the evil leader of the Fab Five, Simon... they all give believable performances. Another thing that impressed me was the humor, the stuff that is just funny even though it may not have been intended to be funny. See I believe that Orzel really did intend it to be funny but doesn't give it away. The "girl in the trunk" is consistently kicking the crap of her captors, then her rescuers really mad me chuckle! There's more but I don't want to give it away.
I find it really refreshing when a young guy out of college risks it all (read the production notes the Revelation 22:22 site and you'll see what I mean) and succeeds. Right now Revelation 22:22 is on the indie film circuit and not available on DVD. If you get a chance to see it, check it out. Orzel also incorporates a Hitchcock tradition and makes a quick cameo as a purse snatcher arrested in the beginning of the film. I want to thank Jerry for sending HorrorTalk this film to review and again encourage you all to catch it if you can. I'm glad I did! The sum of it's parts is better than individual weaknesses I take that into consideration in my rating.
Video and Audio:
Shot on 16mm film (yes finally a indie movie on real film!) Revelation 22:22 is presented in a full frame format. The colors on the DVD screener are a little weak but that that doesn't detract from the erie feel of the film. You get the feeling that you're back 30 years and watching a sequel to Night of the Living Dead. I'm pretty happy with what I saw, a pretty good job was done by the cinematographer.
Overall it's pretty good. My receiver shows a Dolby digital 2.0 track, probably mono. With the exception of a few parts in the beginning of the film where there's some audio problems, overall it's pretty good.
This was a DVD screener, but it did include a trailer, that always get's a thumbs up from the Danger Seeker.
Films that Peter West reviews are viewed on a Mitsubishi WS-55413 HDTV and listened to on a THX certified Pioneer Elite VSX-55TXi A/V Receiver through a 7.1 setup of JBL Northridge E series Speakers.
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