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Review: Masks (Reel Gore Releasing)

3.5 stars
Starring: Michael Balaun, Lucyna Bialy, Lisa Blaschke, Franziska Breite, Zübeyde Bulut

Directed: Andreas Marschall

Release Date: September 13, 2016

Run Time: 109 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray Color: Color

Audio: German Subtitles: English

Distributor: Reel Gore Releasing

In her quest for fame, drama student Stella gets caught in the grip of a mysterious and deadly stage school.

Stella longs to be an actress. When she is accepted to a private school in Berlin, her dream seems to come true. But there is something wrong with the “Matteusz Gdula-Institute”. In the seventies, the school´s founder, Matteusz Gdula, practiced a learning style that promised to let students shine by driving them to their mental limits. In the end his method was banned, as mysterious deaths occurred during his lessons and Gdula committed suicide.At night, Stella hears eerie sounds in the corridors of the school. A fellow student disappears. Stella suspects that behind the closed door to the abandoned, forbidden wing of the school lurks a bloody secret.A secret that kills the students…



Audio Language: German
Subtitles: English

The Sound Quality is pretty good, no distortions, clear and great bass moments. The score was pretty good as well.

Rating: 4.5 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality is good but great. We do get film grain and washed out portions but that was added in and or purposely intended with lighting.

Rating: 4 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: July 28, 2011 (Slovenia)
Disc release Date: September 13, 2016 (USA)
My Thoughts

Masks is a Horror Mystery with psychedelic tones that some what runs the lines of an Italian Giallio. Are main lead is looking to become an Actor on the stage but she finds here self getting turned down until some one give here a card to a school that can help. But within this school we have some evil people who like to drink the blood of the emotional.

The Story is OK but at times felt like it wasn’t going places. Acting was good, filled with good realistic gory moments and nudity but again I wish we had more death and more nudity. The film has a psychedelic tone as are lead is fed drugs to help bring her emotions out while being thought how to act on stage. Camera work is fun and Stylistically its fun, the film also slowly turns into a more artistic toned film with its imagery. The film runs slow at times and feels like a low-budget film but as time moves forward you forget that feeling as you do fall in to the film as it become more interesting. I just wished it was a tad more dark.

Overall the film was a good watch that may be a miss or a hit but if you like films that showcase artistic imagery with a psychedelic tones at times you may enjoy this film. Horror aspect is there but not deep. We do have a jumpy moment or two.

With that said I Give Masks a 3.5 out of 5. Some small cuts, more nudity, gore and blood and we could have a little bit better film. Give it a shot.



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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

(4) Surround sound Speakers

KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

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Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.


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