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Review: Observance (Artsploitation Films)

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4 stars
Starring: Lindsay Farris, Stephanie King, Brendan Cowell, John Jarratt, Benedict Hardie

Directed: Joseph Sims-Dennett

Release Date: August 2, 2016

Run Time: 86 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray Color: Color

Audio: English Subtitles:

Distributor: Artsploitation Films


Atmospherically creepy and visually unnerving, Australia’s Joseph Sims-Dennett’s startling feature film debut follows Parker, a young man in the grip of grief following the death of his young son, his marriage on the rocks and nearing bankruptcy, but who reluctantly returns to work as a private investigator. His assignment it to observe a woman from an abandoned apartment, and as her watches bizarre happenings surrounding her, he slowly becomes aware that the derelict building he is in has a dark presence which slowly threatens to consume him. A frightening horror tale of a man spiraling into madness and reminiscent of Roman Polanski’s THE TENANT, Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW, and the works of David Cronenberg and David Lynch.



Audio Language: English

The Sound Quality is good with nice bassy tones but the down side is the DB levels are pretty low. You will have to turn the volume up some.

Rating: 4 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality is goo, Sharp but not crazy sharp. Colors pop but the film is more of a dark grungy film so not much color.

Rating: 4 stars

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

Theatrical release Date: April 3, 2016 (Australia)
Disc release Date: August 2, 2016 (USA)
  • Trailer
  • A Preface to Observance
My Thoughts

Observance is an Ambient Horror Mystery Thriller with David Lynch Esq Shots. A Story that is weird and out their and by the end you still don’t know what the hell just happened. Is this a Psycho film? a Possession Film, A Witch Film? It’s a Story line that leads are main into a different dark world. He is hired by a guy who has a Client who needs this Girl Watched. To Find out what ever he could. Majority of the film that’s what happens. He watches, He taps her phones, He breaks in to lay some mics around. he stays steadily looking out the window to take photos. But it gets twisted, well we slowly see things go weird. Weird noises, he pucks up the black stuff and by the end we are into a Horror film. Or I should say We a left at the end still wondering what the hell happens.

Story wise the film is slow but that’s the way it should be when on a stake out. We slowly get weird noises and sounds through out. We also get flash backs or dream shots that have a very David Lynch feel to it. A Brother Who may or may not be dead. I Don’t know but I have to say I Enjoyed it. Its creepy but I can see how this film wont hit most viewers. If your into a Horror Mystery with A Ending that still keeps you trying figure it out then you should give this a shot.

Overall the film was a good watch very Ambient like and it matches the weird steady Bass tone we get in this film. Some cool looking shots and feels. Pretty dark and Grungy at times. The film gives you a bit but leaves a ton out leaving trying to piece whats going on. Like Are Male lead finds this animal head in the basement with his chain on it? Blood all over the place. What the hell is that? If you like puzzles then you might like this film.

With that said I give this film a 4 out of 5. It has some down sides but mostly I like the tone and the Mystery behind it. Give it shot .


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This Film was Played on the listed Equipment below

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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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(1) Center Speaker

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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