World Famous Comics > About | Columns | Comics | Contests | Features | Shop

Schedule TODAY!
Wed, January 17, 2018

Anything Goes TriviaAnything Goes Trivia
Bob Rozakis

Last KissLast Kiss
John Lustig

Friends & Affiliates
Amazon.com
Mr. Rebates
TFAW

World Famous Comics: After Dark Originals: The Task [DVD]
After Dark Originals: The Task [DVD]
Bookmark and Share
Starring: Alexandra Staden, Victor McGuire, Sean McConaghy, Adam Rayner, Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Directed By: Alex Orwell
Average Rating: see reviews
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Binding: DVD
Feature: Factory sealed DVD
Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Model: 17542319
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Items: 1
Picture Format: Widescreen
Publication Date: March 06, 2012
Region Code: 1
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Running Time: 94 minutes
Studio: Lionsgate

Features:
  • Factory sealed DVD
Enlarge Image
After Dark Originals: The Task [DVD]
Used Price: $2.90
3rd Party New: $8.79
Amazon's Price: $14.98

Usually ships in 24 hours
Similar Items

After Dark Originals: Husk [DVD]

After Dark Originals: Prowl [DVD]

After Dark Originals: Scream Of The Banshee [DVD]

After Dark Originals: Bedlam [DVD + Digital]

After Dark Originals: Fertile Ground [DVD]
More Similar Items...

Editorial Comments

Product Description:
Something diabolical is taking place on the set of "The Task," a new reality show in which players compete for a cash prize by enduring a night in an abandoned prison and completing a series of creepy tasks designed for maximum terror. As six college students explore, things start to go amiss. Locked in this decrepit, labyrinthine prison, the contestants and the production staff start to realize that the scary reality show they thought they were taping has become real horror.

Amazon.com:
As part of the After Dark Originals lineup of horror home video, The Task is a little derivative to bear the series' hallmark too boldly. But a lack of originality in its premise doesn't mean that this nifty little thriller can't deliver a few authentically spooky scares and a creepy atmosphere that makes for some giggly, gross-out good times. The setup has a batch of clich├ęd young characters shackled together and shuffling into an old abandoned prison, where they're condemned to spend the night as contestants in a reality-TV show. The producers explain that each challenger must complete an assigned task within the crumbling walls before the night is through. Their individual tasks are one part of the show, but if they also demonstrate teamwork and help each other out they stand to take home even more cash winnings. The first collective task is to make it into the warden's office, where they'll find the keys to unlock their chains. The office will also serve as home base, where each character's instructions will be delivered by a psychotic clown on a video monitor. The pompous production crew is controlling and observing from a mobile nerve center parked down the road. They've tricked out the sinister old building with hidden cameras and other devices to make the devilish tasks more frightening. If all this is starting to sound like a cross between the Saw franchise and one of those haunted-house reality shows on the Discovery Channel, that's kind of the point. As each character type starts off on his or her task (there's the gay guy, the brainy girl, the dumb blonde, the wannabe gangsta, etc.), the script takes special care to explain the sensational back story of a psychotic warden who took sadistic delight in having his murderous way with inmates while he was in charge. Instructions for each of the tasks that unfold in dark, decrepit corners of the prison such as "the hole," the execution chamber, and special rooms the warden set up as personal torture chambers are both elaborate and a little uninspired, especially considering that we've been here and done this before in other movies and reality-TV shows. Nevertheless, the clever use of camera angles that mimic those of the show-within-the-movie and the cutting between the contestants and the production crew keep the fear factor lively and tangible. It's no spoiler to say that the warden gets up to some of his old tricks when his ghost is tickled thusly. But is it really his ghost, or is it part of the TV crew's deception to keep the contestants on their toes? Saying too much more about that part of things would get into the area of giving too much away. To its credit and in a stab at genuine originality, The Task does save up a few big surprises for participants and observers on both sides of the video monitors--yours and theirs. --Ted Fry

 



Related Categories:Similar Items

After Dark Originals: Husk [DVD]

After Dark Originals: Prowl [DVD]

After Dark Originals: Scream Of The Banshee [DVD]

After Dark Originals: Bedlam [DVD + Digital]

After Dark Originals: Fertile Ground [DVD]
More Similar Items...

Favorite Flicks
 Top Selling DVDs
 Action & Adventure
 Animation
 Anime
 Blue-ray
 Boxed Sets
 Cartoon Network
 Cult Movies
 Disney
 Fantasy
 Horror
 Martial Arts
 Mystery & Suspense
 Nickelodeon
 Sci-Fi
 Star Trek
 Star Wars
 Superheroes
 Television
 Thrillers
 UMDs

World Famous Comics > About | Columns | Comics | Contests | Features | Shop



© 1995 - 2018 World Famous Comics. All rights reserved. All other © & ™ belong to their respective owners.
Terms of Use . Privacy Policy . Contact Info