This listing is for The Tattooist DVD Jarred Blakiston, Helene Wong, Trevor Sai-Louie.
Actors: Jarred Blakiston, Helene Wong, Trevor Sai-Louie, Pete Smith, Vela Manusaute
Directors: Peter Burger
Producers: Julie Christie, James Dean, Robin Scholes, Daniel Yun
Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R - Restricted
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
Run Time: 89 minutes
From the makers of 30 Days of Night and The Grudge comes this terrifying supernatural thriller. A tattooist (Jason Behr) unwittingly unleashes a forcible deadly spirit through an ancient Samoan tattoo tool. Now marked for death, he will need to uncover the source of the evil in order to save his new love, and recover his own soul.
This New Zealand-made film is quite different and original, about an American tattoo artist who becomes involved with a supernatural spirit related to Samoan tattoing and Somoan culture, and has to figure out what is going on and try to set things right (before anybody else dies). The acting, the cinematography, and the filmmaking are very high quality for a low budget independent type picture. There is a chilling 'backstory' of Jake's childhood that set him on his course as a globe trotting tattoo artist, collecting designs from other cultures, but the main action is set in Singapore and then mostly in New Zealand. There is a certain ick factor with the victims' inky deaths, but I wouldn't really call this a horror film, but more of a mysterious scary thriller. The action in the film makes sense within the culture of the story and there is a satisfactory resolution to things. The DVD 'extra stuff' is also very interesting. The New Zealand Somoans were so pleased with how their culture was being presented, they made Jason Behr and director Peter Burger honorary chiefs and they show some of that. There is a narrative commentary of the film with Jason Behr and the director.
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