Pet Graveyard, Proportion Production Resurrects NDE Horror Theme
Pet Graveyard Film Details
Director: Rebecca Matthews
Writer: Suzy Spade
Release Date: April 2019
Release Format: DVD, VOD
MPAA Rating: N/A
Running Time: TBA
Social Networking: Proportion Production Website
A group of teens is tormented by the Grim Reaper and his pet after undergoing an experiment that allows them to revisit the dead.
Proportion Productions and Millman Productions will release their latest collaborate work, Pet Graveyard. At first glance, this upcoming supernatural thriller appears to follow the hallmarks of Stephen King’s Horror tale. Yet, the trailer, in under a two minute running time gives a different perspective of the storyline. Pet Graveyard conjures a close parallel to another film, and many comments posted on YouTube share this common thread and/or reaction based on the footage presented.
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The scenes focus on a group of students embarking on a scientific experiment. Their choice of subject deals with near-death experiences. Where have seasoned Horror audiences seen this before? Back in 1990 Director Joel Schumacher and writer Peter Filardi released a similar concept. A remake said film released in 2017 with Niels Arden Oplev at the helm. The latter garnered little fanfare.
Based on the press release Pet Graveyard draws on the following synopsis:
….a group of friends tormented by the Grim Reaper and his sinister pet after they undergo an experiment that allows them to revisit the dead.
Pet Graveyard Trailer Press Release
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It is no surprise to see Indie Horror pay homage to classic tales of terror. Many independent filmmakers and/or distribution companies address the aspect of familiarity when catering towards the target audience. Yet, does this approach work for Proportion Productions and Millman Productions with their latest asset, Pet Graveyard? The answer to that question is difficult to establish. The promotional trailer is vague. Many will condemn the similarity presented in the footage while others may favor a different creative approach to a released film.
The Pet Graveyard trailer provides enough scenes to establish a critique on the performance and cinematography. Both aspects are commendable and hold professional value. Yet, the acting felt loose and did not seize an emotional impact. A full viewing of the film may solidify and/or sway this opinion. It is pleasant to see that the Grim Reaper is a cat lover. This journalist had the long impression he/she fancied three-headed dogs as a mascot. Giving a glimpse of the antagonist is a crucial downfall for the trailer. Audiences now have the impression of a masked killer as opposed to a phantasmagorical enemy. Use of practical or special effects seems minimal, thus cementing the Thriller aspect instead of full tilt Horror.
Stay tuned to DecayMag for our upcoming film review. We’re eager to weigh in on the technical aspect of Pet Graveyard but we as most of the press will have to wait March 2019 once the film becomes available.
The Pet Graveyard cast features the talents of Jessica O’Toole, David Cotter, Rita Siddiqui, Hindolo Koroma, Kate Milner-Evans, Georgina Jane, T’Jean Uter-Dinh, and Hattie Willow. Missing from this roster is Actress Becca Hirani, she is a staple and when it comes to films released by Proportion Productions.
Pet Graveyard is a new supernatural thriller from Proportion Productions and Millman Productions. The film releases on DVD/digital on April 2, 2019, via Uncork’d Entertainment.