Stylist, The

Featured In Issue 255, May/June 2021

WSR Score3.5
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We all dream of being someone else...but in "The Stylist," for Claire (Townsend), that dream goes from an obsession to a living nightmare. Hairstylist by day, serial killer and collector of scalps by night, Claire's lonely existence is thrown into turmoil when her regular client, Olivia (Grant), asks her to stye her hair for her wedding day. Increasingly fixated on Olivia's seemingly flawless life, Claire vows to lodk up her scalp collection and change her ways for good—only to discover that repressing your deadly desires is easier said than done. (Gary Reber)

A separate CD of the soundtrack is provided. Special features include commentary by Co-Writer/Producer/Director Jill Gevargizian, the short film "Pity" (HD 09:01), the theatrical trailer, image galleries, a teaser trailer, the "Location Shooting" featurette (HD 04:12), outtakes (HD 06:31), the original kickstarter video (HD 02:30), the original 2016 "The Stylist" short film (HD 14;58), the featurettes "The Invisible Woman" (HD 20:14) and "Behind The Scenes" (HD 06:04), a double-sided fold-out poster, a 28-page illustrated collector booklet and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is stylized with split-screen visuals and dramatic lighting effects. At times, the color palette is nicely saturated with hues that are bold, such as during the scenes of the circus. Fleshtones are natural. Contrast is excellent with revealing shadows, well-balanced blacks, and strong white levels. Resolution also is excellent with fine detail exhibited in clothing and object textures, and in facial features, especially during closeups. This is a fine-looking picture with bold and vivid colors that make for a compelling visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused but with horrific violent events and unusual murders. Foley sound effects enhance the realism of the actors' movements and actions. Atmospherics provide realism of the locales. Sound effects heighten the tensions and at times are directionalized, even in the surrounds. The synthesizer score is a bit eerie and occupies a wide soundstage that extends to the surrounds and envelops. The music and effects have an extended bass response. Dialogue is intelligible throughout with generally good spatial integration. This is a satisfying soundtrack that nicely supports this psychological horror movie. (Gary Reber)