Cooked to Perfection

The wealthy Sinclair family harbors a diabolic secret in the twisted and frightening thriller Broil. Director Edward Drake’s feature debut is nothing short of mesmerizing, a new genre classic that reinvents old horror tropes for a new generation. The memorable effort’s suspenseful storytelling and intriguingly unnerving characters boasts a rich ensemble cast headed by Jonathan Lipnicki (Jerry Maguire), Avery Konrad, Timothy V. Murphy, and Corey Large.

A chilling fusion of family psychodrama and supernatural frights, the unpredictable thrill-ride has a slick screenplay bursting with originality. Broil’s artful direction and wonderfully creepy set design is top-notch for a b-movie with no real pedigree. The sickeningly evil performance by Timothy Murphy as family patriarch August Sinclair will make the small hairs on your neck stand up. Broil is a symphony of terror and tension that delivers blood, gore and much more.

Broil is a symphony of terror and tension that delivers blood, gore, and much more.

After violent incidents at her school, troubled 17-year-old Chance Sinclair (Avery Konrad) is sent to live with her strict grandfather August Sinclair (Timothy V. Murphy) at his private estate for a year of homeschooling. The teenager is deeply upset she has to live with an extended family she barely knows. The family’s monstrous secrets are revealed over the course of one bloody night as Chance’s mother June (Annette Reilly) plots to kill August Sinclair at their annual family gathering.

Innocently caught up between the warring factions of her deadly family, Chance’s only hope for survival comes from a culinary killer-for-hire (Jonathan Lipnicki) brought in as a chef at the family gathering.

Effectively creepy with an interesting premise and unique monster mythology, Broil’s adept atmosphere strikes the correct balance with menacing undertones. This is white-knuckle terror served up by sinister characters and cryptic clues.

The new genre masterpiece scares with sharply-drawn monsters and surprising twists. If Broil doesn’t find a large audience on home video, it’s only due to the generic and poorly chosen title. Edward Drake is a name to keep an eye on in the future if Broil is any indication.

Video

Well Go USA provides a faithful 2.39:1 presentation that holds up nicely at 1080P resolution on Blu-ray. Broil’s classy cinematography exudes deep black levels and a masterful tone appropriate for its demonic story. The main feature runs 90 minutes, encoded in adequate AVC parameters on a BD-25. Broil’s superb definition is what we’ve come to expect from recent filmmaking on the format.

Boasting excellent production values, the 2020 film’s video quality has pleasing clarity with hints of deeper texture and detail. Cinematographer Wai Sun Cheng chases a muted palette with darker colors and pale flesh-tones. Primary colors pop with saturation when absolutely necessary but the steady contrast shies away from brighter lighting. Shadow delineation is occasionally murky.

The transfer has little processing and does a mistake-free presentation without issue. Broil looks great for an independent b-movie. Even the limited VFX and CGI shots are impressive.

Audio

Broil’s 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack has a strong presence that provides incredible atmosphere. The moody score and unsettling effects feature excellent channel separation and deep bass. Directional panning and discrete rear action make for a lively soundstage, offering huge dynamics and whisper quiet dialogue. Fidelity is nigh perfect with intelligible dialogue and effortless musicality.

Broil’s effective surround mix enhances its scares with fear-inducing tension. Always an integral component of the best horror films, its sound design weaves a frightening spell on the listener.

Optional English SDH subtitles play in a white font inside the scope presentation. A secondary 2.0 Dolby Digital soundtrack is included that has nothing on the movie’s lossless surround mix.

Extras

Considering Broil may be the best horror movie ever put out by Well Go USA, the disc itself is practically barebones. Initial pressings include a slipcover. The Blu-ray is coded for Region A if the backcover is accurate. A commentary from director and co-writer Edward Drake could have been a wonderful bonus.

Broil Original Trailer (01:34 in HD)

Well Go USA Trailers (05:55 in HD) – Synchronic, Cut Throat City, Valley of the Gods

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Slick supernatural thriller boasts a strong screenplay with wonderfully sinister characters.

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