Reviewer: Michael D'Amico
|As a fan of Dark Night Films since 2003, I've been
following the rise and evolution of the company closely
and have seen most of their films. I own the original 2002
version of Evil On Queen Street (with Violet Flame) but I
had never seen EOQS: Ascension. Still, I eagerly awaited
this Final Edition as, like the rest of the other early Dark
Night films that were reworked and remastered, this
promised to deliver all of the goods that the other
versions previously lacked.
Region 1, NTSC
Fullscreen | 4x3: Yes
The same basic plot is the same as it was from the other
versions of EOQS in the sense that an ancient crystal was
uncovered in the 1800's and is buried under some rubble
after an explosion only to be uncovered today by Max
Burton, a professor at the local university. While analyzing
the crystal, Max is possessed by it and puts on the now
infamous Tin Man mask to become the Demon persona.
In the meantime, ex-thief Nick Wilson gets out of jail and
tracks down Alexia, whom he hasn't seen in several years.
There are many different casting changes this time
around such as Bailee Arnett playing Rose Carruthers;
Lynda Hyuck's original dialogue is used for her role as
Alexia instead of Danika Duren's overdubs; Steve Austin
reprises his Damien Cruz character who was featured in
the EOQS prequels and sequels, but not in any previously
released version of the original EOQS film; Lilith Stabs
makes a cameo as Linda; and newcomer Phil Giourousis
takes over in the role of the Demon. The main story now
features Nick and Damien going after The Demon
together with the ulterior motif to avenge the death of
Alexia. There are also extended and re-edited scenes that
were previously not featured in the other versions of
EOQS that, while making the movie 5-10 minutes shorter
than ever before, take it into a whole new direction at a
totally different pace with great results.
The script and the editing are better than ever before as
well as the acting. Nick is also showcased as being more
human and sympathetic as opposed to being the
emotionless tough guy. The biggest highlight is when Matt
Spease and Steve Austin share the screen together.
They definitely have a great working chemistry and
interact well with each other. Bailee Arnett and Phil
Giourousis are also great actors as well. Unfortunately,
this emphasizes the flaws of some of the other actors
whose acting skills aren't as good when they're on the
screen. Mercifully, the lesser actors have limited screen
The biggest problem with EOQS: FINAL EDITION is the
inconsistency. Since the age of footage ranges from the
years 2002-2007, there are many older scenes where
the camera is too jerky, or the colors don't quite match,
or the actors themselves look slightly different. This is
most notable with Matt Spease himself ad the length of
his hair changes from scene to scene. Sometimes it's
straight, then it's curly, then it's wet, then it's dry, then
it's longer, then it's shorter, etc. There are also
weapons that constantly appear and disappear
randomly during a scene throughout the film. There are
also some editing issues that shouldn't be there. One
instance is when E.H. Jenkins first appears and scares
Isaak Portlow with the Tin Man mask. Isaak grabs it off E.
H.'s head with his left hand and, as Isaak pulls the mask
off, it suddenly jumps to his right hand. In the original
film (which is also presented on the second disc as an
extra) the mask stays in! Isaak's left hand and perfectly
comes off E.H.'s head. Why the sudden scene splice?
The transitions from scene to scene are also
inconsistent as some with the Demon are nicely done
with a cool black and white effect while others too
sudden like with the opening and closing credits. I
suggest more fading to black for a longer period of
time. This is especially notable when it's time to go to
the end credits, as the film seems to suddenly stop
before the credits are rolled as opposed to truly ending.
The fight scenes also need to be tightened up a bit as
the viewer can obviously tell that many of the punches
aren't actually connecting with their targets. There's
also a HORRIBLE scene where the Demon mask is
digitally imposed over an actor's head instead of using
the actual physical mask. DO NOT DO THAT AGAIN!!
Still, ever issue I've mentioned is almost a complete
overall improvement over what was offered in the
previous versions of the film.
The images look crisper that usual. This is mostly
because the film itself is on one disc while all of the
supplements are on the second disc. While this greatly
reduces the compression, the picture is not as crisp as it
should be. If a scene is frame frozen, one can easily see
that the picture quality is blurry and pixilated. There are
also occasional video hits as well, but nowhere near as
much as before. This is mostly due to the old analog Hi-8
camera that is horribly obsolete in today's digital world.
The cameras MUST be upgraded if Dark Night Films is to
truly make a splash in the film industry.
The sound is quite good on this. Some of the scenes have too much background noise and some of
the music choices actually distract from the scene instead of enhancing it. An example is the love
scene with Nick and Alexia as the cover of The Cranberries' Dreams comes in too loud and too
suddenly. The alternate scene from Ascension had a better cue, volume and song choice.
The supplements are strictly on the second disc which
include the original 2002 Evil On Queen Street movie, the
Terrorzone Lord Of Wrath music video, bloopers from
both the 2002 and the 2007 film, as well as leftover
scenes from Ascension that didn't make the final cut of
this FINAL EDITION. The deleted scenes offer nothing
special except to show viewers who haven't seen
Ascension what was changed. These scenes were
removed for good reason, as they aren't very good.
The Terrorzone music video is very amateurish as it only
features the singer, the guitarist and the drummer playing
in what looks like their bedroom as someone off camera
rapidly flicks the light switch on and off between scenes
from the EOQS: FINAL EDITION movie. The song is
decent enough but for all of Dark Night's low production
values, this video makes DNF look like Dreamworks!
Even the bloopers are just okay. Nothing overly funny and
most of them have been seen before over the years,
anyway. Surprisingly, other than the bloopers, there are
no behind the scenes footage or retrospectives to
celebrate the 5 year anniversary and reworking of this film
which is also the film that launched Dark Night Films.
There's not even an audio commentary either. Bummer.
Again, it's a tremendous improvement over any other version of Evil on Queen Street and even though it's EASILY the
best film of the whole EOQS series, the film still falls short of expectations. It could have been and SHOULD have been
better than this, but too many inconsistencies between the newer and older footage throws things out of whack. The
best parts of the movie are the newest scenes that were filmed in 2007. Dark Night Films should have just re-shot the
entire movie from scratch instead of trying to integrate the old with the new.
Movie – C+ (It would have been a B+ if every scene had been re-filmed in 2007.)
Image Quality – C+
Sound - B-
Supplements – C+
* Running Time - 1 hour and 37 minutes
* Not Rated
* 2 Discs
* Chapter stops
* English 5.1 Dolby
* Bonus Feature Film: Evil On Queen Street (2002)
* Exclusive Music Video: Terrorzone - Lord Of Wrath
* Evil On Queen Street (2002) Bloopers
* Evil On Queen Street (2007) Bloopers
* Alternate First Fight (original mask) (2007)
* Alternate Love Scene (2007)
* Alternate Gas Station Fight (original mask) (2007)
* Alternate Finale (original mask and Anderson/Alexia) (2007)