Thursday, 16 July 2020

DVD Review - Restricted Area (2019)

The low-budget horror flick Restricted Area (Not Rated; 112 minutes) crawled its way on to DVD (Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart) earlier this year from ITN Distribution and Mill Creek Entertainment. A few of my readers might recall me mentioning about the movie in an old Sunday Post. It’s one of several DVDs I’ve been meaning to write a review for but haven’t had the time until now.

Written and directed by Christopher M. Don, Restricted Area tells the tale of four recently laid-off steelworkers who blow off some steam by going on a camping trip. Upon arriving, they bump into hikers, and then everyone runs into a murdering backwoods cult.

Yeah, that’s all I can remember about the plot. I watched the movie two or three months ago, so I’m writing this review based on my shoddy memory.

Special Features include:
  • Outtakes and Bloopers
  • Trailer

Final Thoughts

Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of crappy movies. It seems anyone with a smartphone believes he/she can be a filmmaker, and that’s not a good thing.

Besides a cameo from actor and YouTuber (coolduder) Shawn C. Phillips, Restricted Area's cast is full of nobodies with very little acting experience. Now let me get something clear. The acting isn’t horrible here, but the cringe dialogue made the characters painful to watch. The cinematography is all over the place, as if someone had no clue how to hold a camera.

Overall, Restricted Area is exactly what you shouldn’t do when you’re drinking with your buddies and make a horror movie. Being intoxicated while viewing this flick might make it somewhat tolerable.

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