6 Souls - Radius TWC - Blu-ray and DVD
Director: Mans Marlind, Bjorn Stein
Cast: Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jeffrey DeMunn,Frances Conroy, Brooklyn Proulx. Full cast + crew
6 Souls - under its previous title of Shelter - first hit theaters back in March of 2010. That was in Japan, however. For some reason it took about three years for it to find a release in the U.S. That kind of delay is usually the sign of a stinker, but that's not quite the case here. 6 Souls isn't a grand slam, but there's plenty of reason it shouldn't have taken this long to journey to our shores. Some really standout performances by Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Jeffrey DeMunn, and an intriguing story of a psych patient whose multiple personalities are those of murder victims are reason enough to check it out.
Plus, directors Marlind and Stein (Underworld: Awakening) deliver a very confident, slick production, with plenty of creepy moments. Unfortunately Michael Cooney's (Identity) script is increasingly convoluted, and the whole thing could have used a trim of at least 20 minutes or so, but it's still a worthwhile watch for horror fans who prefer slower, weirder genre movies over hard-core gore.
Special Features: None whatsoever.
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