“BRIGHTWOOD” Extra Creepy

A Scene from Brightwood by Cinephobia Releasing

If you are a fan of “The Twilight Zone” or “Outer Limits” then this little weird ditty is perfect for a late night toddy. However, you may not want to eat a heavy meal before you do. Totally mesmerizing, the movie Brightwood does tend to be extra creepy has many nicely laid out annoying complexities and only if you have seen similar stories like this that it’s predictable.

Jen and Dan have been in a relationship for many moons and as we meet them they are taking a stroll in the woods getting ready to jog a trail alongside a huge pond. The two are arguing and seem to be on the verge of making a life altering decision. When the trail starts to look familiar both seem to be feeling a bit irritated. Deciding to leave the trail Jen and Dan can’t seem to get their bearings.

A Scene from Brightwood by Cinephobia Releasing

It’s not until they come upon a beastly figure do they start to panic. Director and writer Dane Elcar does his best to keep his film from wandering. The banter between the couple starts out with very little endearment and as the story builds there doesn’t seem like there will be any recompense for their disagreements. As things get dire, it’s a bit too late for the twist. His actors are very good for their depiction of Jen and Dan and the film should help them for future roles.

A Scene from Brightwood by Cinephobia Releasing

Brightwood has not been rated by the MPAA and gets very sick and twisted as the film moves along. The movie contains ghoulish scenes, language, and bloody violence. The DVD does have a bright spot however, the bonus features include a short film by Elcar called “The Pond” and I found that being brilliant. It is powerful and the length is perfect for a one hour episode of “The Twilight Zone”.

Specifications and additional video information:
Cast: Max Woertendyke, Dana Berger
Director and screenwriter: Dane Elcar
Genre: Sci-fi, Horror
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Running Time: 1 hr. 28 min.
Video Release Date: August 22, 2023
Reviewed Format:DVD
Audio: 5.1 Surround
Video:Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Subtitles: Closed Captions
Distributed by: Cinephobia Releasing
Released on: DVD, Digital

Writer, critic, film editor John Delia, Sr. has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 20 years and other publications for a total of 40 years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association and Critics Association of Central Florida Send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com