Death Knot

Featured In Issue 265, January/February 2023

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"Death Knot" is the story of the sudden suicide of two sibblings' estranged mother. After the event, the siblings return to their hometown and are immediately confronted by angry villagers. Convinced that the woman was a devotee of a dangerous brand of black magic deemed responsible for a string of mysterious deaths over many years, the locals demand tat the siblings leave and allow for the burning of their childhood home in order to rid the town of the curse. While initially skeptical, a string of strange occurrences leads the siblings to believe there may be more truth to the rumors than they dreamed possible. (Gary Reber)

Specia features include upfront previews and the trailer.

The 2.39:1 1080p picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed on Super 8mm and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The imagery is stylized with filters that create a creepy appearance during scenes within the mother's house. This results in a soft look in backgrounds while keeping the main characters relatively in focus. Exteriors are realistically sharp. Color fidelity is natural but often muted. Flesh tones appear natural, Contrast is generally balanced with muted white levels, revealing shadows and acceptable blacks. Resolution at times is generally good but often appears soft. Overall, this is a low budget production that is generally satisfying visually, (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with natural sounds of movements and atmospherics. Rain and thunder are often prominent as a background element and sound perfectly natural. The music is aggressively enveloping in the surround channels. As well, panning effects are aggressive to effective effect. The Indonesian dialogue (with English subtitles) sounds generally well integrated. This is an effective holosonic® soundtrack with aggressive surround envelopment. (Gary Reber)