Actors: Sean Pertwee, Kevin Howarth, Rosie Day, Anna Walton
Directors: Paul Hyett
Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, THX, Widescreen
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Well Go USA
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Run Time: 89 minutes
The Seasoning House is a film with a premise that never quite pans out in a satisfactory manner, although it delivers all that it promises in terms of vengeance. The problem with revenge thrillers is the success that others have had in the genre in the past decade or so. There have been quite a few of them, and since the 1970s with Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left (1972) and the cult hit I Spit on Your Grave no sub-genre seems more determined to push the limits of violent revenge. Unfortunately, there is little memorable about the methods of revenge in The Seasoning House, making for a surprisingly tame tale of vengeance.
The other difficulty I had with The Seasoning House was the real-life scenario which sets the film up. A young deaf mute girl named Angel (Rosie Day) is ripped from her home during the war in the Balkans and taken to a house where young kidnapped girls are forced into prostitution for any passing military personnel. The saving grace for the film’s narrative is also the most unbelievable aspect of the story when Angel is never prostituted. Somehow her disabilities make her better suited for maid-like duties, which seems strange considering how much communication is key to her job in comparison to the jobs of the other girls in the house.
The storyline doesn’t give Angel reason for revenge by the things done to her as much as the things that are done to the girls she considers friends. When one is being hurt by a visitor, Angel takes matters into her own hand. Able to make her way quietly through the crawlspace in house, Angel enacts a careful revenge against the men in the house.
The Blu-ray release includes a making-of featurette as well as a trailer.
Entertainment Value: 5/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 6/10
Historical Significance: 3/10
Disc Features: 4/10