Monster Reviews: Saint Bernard 2013

Some films induce the spirit of horror. Whether it’s with style, gore, flash, story, special effects, or what have you, they convey the very essence of the word. They scrape at your nerves and hack at your sanity. Some films employ savage tactics to push you over the edge and chill you to the bone.

Saint Bernard is a 2013 fantasy horror film, written, produced and directed by Gabriel Bartalos. It stars Jason Dugre, Warwick Davis, Katy Sullivan, Peter Iasillo Jr., Bob Zmuda, Jack Doroshow and George Clayton Johnson.An orchestra conductor on the brink of insanity slowly spirals into a decaying world of madness.”

Truly compelling films utilize certain aspects like loud piercing sound effects, extreme psychotic performances, or brutal blood and gore to scare the crap out of you. They challenge the limits and do everything they can to get under your skin. They test the viewers resolve and terrify you at all costs. This is one of those films.

Saint Bernard is a real horror film in every facet. The film has no actual story line or plot. You have no idea where it’s going, yet you can’t seem to peel your face from the screen. It’s a like being lost in a bizarre maze of insanity. Strap in for one seriously frightening trip, with no idea at where it will eventually derail.

Saint Bernard is every horror fans wet dream. It’s a demented and sickening game of mental chess. The film takes you on a journey into darkness, full of bad ass practical effects and characters straight out of a child’s nightmare. It’s arguably the most excellent horror film of all time, in that it doesn’t adhere to the regular formats and traditional standards that most genre films follow. There’s absolutely no other film like this, period.

Bartalos’s masterpiece is unlike any other. The performances are strange and wondrous, and the gore is simply on another level. Then again, what do you expect from the expert special makeup effects artist? From top to bottom this films exude horror. Its pure adrenaline-fueled insanity.

The sets are magnificent. They shuffle you through some of the weirdest shit you’ll ever see; an underworld labyrinth full of monsters and alarming characters. The costumes and makeup couldn’t be any better, and special effects hold it all together. There are just so many things to love about this film. It’s macabre, wondrous, and inspiring.

For the most part, the film is pretty tough to get through, as it virtually has no point to it. However, for those who can withstand the dive into the dark abyss, expect it to slither into your thoughts with some fantastic performances that will strike a chord. The music and sound add to the ambiance and help give the film a hostile, dark undertone. You keep thinking that you’re either going crazy or something is trying to get you.

Saint Bernard is a total mind fuck. It spins you round and round while repeatedly stabbing into your subconscious. It sinks a blade in snugly and twists. Bartalos’s spectacular extravaganza of gore blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. It’s as if he took a nightmare and transferred it straight from paper to film. It doesn’t get more horror than this.

Jason Dugre is phenomenal as the mentally unstable orchestra conductor, Bernard. His performance is one of a kind. It’s one of the best horror portrayals of all time. Warwick Davis is also at the top of his game as Othello. He’s mesmerizing and engaging. Jack Doroshow was frightening and super creepy, and Bob Zmuda and Peter Iasillo Jr. were excellent in their roles as well.

Overall, Saint Bernard is a practical effects masterpiece along with the likes of From Beyond and The Thing. It’s not for everyone and is a disturbing film for serious, hardcore fans. The film recently received its much anticipated Blu Ray release, so don’t hesitate, grab yourself a copy today!

Posted by Donovan Smith

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