Extremity – Canada, 2018

Extremity is a 2018 Canadian horror feature film directed by Anthony DiBlasi (Most Likely to Die; Last ShiftCassadaga) from a screenplay by producer David Bond (Boogeyman: Reincarnation; The Profane Exhibit) and Scott Swan (Maskhead; Masters of Horror). The Dark Elegy Films production stars Dana Christina, Chad Rook and J. LaRose.

Plot:

Allison, a young woman with a severely troubled past signs up for an extreme haunt called Perdition. She believes that putting herself through Perdition’s nightmarish trials will help her exorcise her internal traumas, but has no way of knowing just how shocking her ordeal will be-or what dark secrets buried in her psyche will emerge…

Reviews:

” …scares are minimal during the movie, as DiBlasi is more interested in the daily drudgery of those enduring the haunt and those putting it on, with editing largely more of a suggestion than a reality. The production to striving to keep things grounded, preferring personality over power, and that doesn’t result in a terribly exciting picture.” Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

” …a film that could only scare a complete stranger to the horror genre. If you can sustain lackluster acting, repetitive flashbacks that don’t push the story by an inch forward and Japanese reporter popping out of nowhere – you got yourself a deal baby.” Cultural Hater

” …Extremity’s uninteresting agenda does emulate the senselessly demented, narratively bereft sleaze of an extreme haunt like McKamey Manor. Boomeranging back an ironic line from the movie’s laughably insincere derision of uptight prudes who make “horror is evil” claims, “Extremity” amounts to directionless “smut dressed up as entertainment.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

” …adapting to any genre with ease, DiBlasi transcends the genre here. He is able to deliver in every aspect, from uneasy tension to stomach churning acts of violence, but also tells a sad yet empowering story beneath the bloody surface. Extremity is horrifying in both the ways of the horror genre and also in a heart wrenching, emotionally gut punching fashion.” Ryan Larson, Ghastly Grinning

Extremity never drives to far into the realm of the operators backstories, and understanding what compels them, it dwells more on a form of therapy than a straight-up horror, relying on shock value and focusing on one character, a bad business model (the character even notes this). It does provide a thrill ride ending in some splatter, off screen killing and one shocking good gore effects shot.” Baron Craze, The Horror Times

“Although Extremity is not the most original horror film ever made, its strength lies in the fact that it takes conventions from many sub-genres, it turns them around and gives them a fresh spin. I have a few complaints with the movie, none of which ruin the experience in the slightest, with the main flaw of Extremity being the acting…” Horror World & Reviews

“With a mixture of cheap shock horror, undeveloped good ideas and confusing expositional sections the film ends up being an unmemorable horror film which doesn’t stand out from the pack.” Casey Evans, Movie Ramblings

“We all wear masks,” Bob tells Allison, “Even you.” Yet as home truths slip in and the masks gradually come off, the question remains what demons Allison may have beneath hers. Patriarchy is about to get cleansed. Anthony DiBlasi’s reflexive horror Extremity offers ugly if transformative catharsis to a victim of patriarchy.’ Anton Bitel, Projected Figures

Extremity has a mess of other problems too, like a subplot involving a Japanese reporter and her misogynist cameraman that goes absolutely nowhere […] While this film isn’t a complete failure, it might have worked much better with simpler characters and themes. Instead, it set its aim high and shot particularly low.” Terror Spective

Release:

Extremity was released on Blu-ray and VOD by Epic Pictures’ Dread Central Presents imprint on October 2, 2018.

Special features:

  • Extreme Talk – Interview with director Anthony DiBlasi
  • Behind the Scenes footage
  • Tribute to Simon Sayce
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extreme Haunts: Behind The Scenes
  • Fatal Bleeding short film by Jack Rabe (aka Rebecca Swan)
  • Fatal Bleeding Selects 1 (with Jeffrey Reddick)
  • Fatal Bleeding Selects 2 (with Felissa Rose and Michael St. Michaels)
  • Official trailer

Main cast and characters:

  • Chad Rook Bob / Red Skull –  Death Cab; iZombie; Sleepover Nightmare
  • Dana Christina … Allison
  • J. LaRose … Phil – Sky Sharks; Big Top Evil; Abattoir; et al
  • Dylan Sloane … Zachary
  • Ashley Smith … Nell / Female White Skull
  • Chantal Perron … Dr. Sylvia Nichols
  • Paul Braaten … John Hainey / Pyscho Clown / Beanie / Gorilla
  • Mark Kandborg … Max Bell
  • Kelsey Andries … Morgan Leycock
  • Cam Damage … Death
  • Yoshihiro Nishimura … Cameraman
  • Ami Tomite … Konishi
  • Angelique Berry … Young Allison
  • Natalie Victoria … The Voice
  • Jen Znack … Peep Show Girl / Cathy Hainey

Related:

More Canadian horror

Most Likely To Die – USA, 2015

Last Shift – USA, 2014

Cassadaga – USA, 2011

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