Necromancer

January 28, 2012 7 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Julie Johnson (Elizabeth Cayton) has had a very bad run of things of late and to be honest, she’s ready to do whatever it takes to get some revenge. But before that issue arises, let’s examine the situation and discover how Julie ended up in this state of desperation. Julie has a boyfriend that she loves very much, but she harbors a secret that she feels might change that relationship. You see, she once had an affair with a teacher and she thinks that might drive her true love away from her. So she decides to keep that information to herself and hope he never finds out, but she also wishes she could be totally honest with him. Soon Julie is trapped in a horrific situation, as some rich punks threaten her and then decide to brutally rape her. As if that wasn’t enough, they know about her affair and claim if she tells anyone about the rape, they’ll inform her boyfriend about the affair she had. This leaves her in a state of confusion and she wants revenge, no matter she has to attain it. When she decides to turn to the supernatural, will she find the sweet vengeance she desires?

As you know if you read my reviews, I am a fan of low budget horror movies and as such, I looked forward to reviewing Necromancer. While this seems to fit all the criteria for a film I would like, it ends up as one that is too poorly executed to be good and it also comes off too seriously to be much fun to watch. I wanted to like this one and what bits and pieces I’d seen held my hopes, but now upon a full viewing I can say this one is too bad even for me. The blood, magic, and babes did take some of the edge off, but even they couldn’t tempt me back for another look. Perhaps in a few years I’ll give Necromancer another chance, but I have no desire to see this again any time soon. As if the bad movie wasn’t enough, Image has issued a miserable disc which leaves me no room to make a positive recommendation in this case. If you’re a die-hard fan of this movie, then by all means pick up this disc, but all others should rent before they slap down their cold, hard cash.

This is the section where I discuss the cast & crew, usually putting a spotlight on who I thought contributed the most to the film. With this title however, I am unsure who to select and as such, I’ll just skim over the major players and director involved. No one seems to control the film or take it as their own, which leads me to this rather muddled effort. Necromancer was directed by Dusty Nelson, who also directed the films Effects and The White Phantom. Nelson isn’t bad behind the camera, but then again he doesn’t show much poise or flair either. So he never makes any serious gaffes, but he never takes any chances, so the chance for success or failure is low. Nelson is a mediocre director and that shows with this film, which could have been much better with a more competent helmer aboard. The highlights of the cast are Russ Tamblyn (The Haunting (1963), Satan’s Sadists) and Elizabeth Cayton (The Erotic House Of Wax), but they’re not really that impressive in the end. The rest of the cast includes Lois Masten, Rhonda Dorton (Love Bites), John Tyler, and Edward A. Wright (Say Anything…).

Video: How does it look?

Necromancer is presented in a full frame transfer. I would sum up this image as a sharper version of a VHS transfer, which isn’t that hot overall. It’s better than VHS and television, but it falls below the usual standards we expect from this format. The colors seem natural and don’t bleed, but it seems as though some faded has happened here. The contrast is wishy washy also, as the shadows remain murky and inconsistent. This result is low detail level in darker sequences, which is not cool in the least. This should have been much better in the end, plus the lack of a widescreen transfer just lowers the score even more.

Audio: How does it sound?

I wasn’t all that impressed with the included stereo mix, but it wasn’t that bad either. This track does miss a few chances, but overall this film just doesn’t need the dynamic sound that some do. A little creepiness could have been added via some creative surround use, but track still offers a decent experience. The music sounds good enough, but lacks the immersive punch a full surround sound track could produce. The sounds effects come through well, but again lack the full punch I would have liked. No dialogue problems emerge though, as the vocals seem clear and well place. This isn’t that good of a track in the end, but it manages to get the job done.

Supplements: What are the extras?

A couple of bonus trailers have been included, but no true supplements for this film.

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