Blu-ray Review: Baphomet (2021)

May 31, 2021

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Man, ol’ Baphomet knows how to make a mother fuckin’ entrance! We get Satanic ritual, blood drinking, and full frontal nudity before this slice of horror biz even hits the two-minute mark!
Speaking of the Big D, we’ll get back to those supernatural shenanigans in a bit, but first let’s start with the “Who, what, when, n’ why?” bag shall we boils n’ ghouls?
The Richardson family are all set to celebrate the birth of their first grandchild courtesy of the wonderful womb of their daughter Rebecca (the conveniently named Rebecca Weaver). So that’s cool, and honestly, what could possibly fuck that up? Would you believe real estate?
You see, those devil lovin’ high-rollers mentioned earlier want to buy the land the Richardson’s call home sweet home, but they are not keen on selling. The dark bastards take it well though, managing to keep their cool and only causing all manner of putridly paranormal mishaps to befall our heroes.
To counter this, Rebecca gets help in the form of a white witch referred to her by online occult expert Lon Carlson (Cradle of Filth vocalist Dani Filth), but will this be enough to stop the cult from obtaining the home and the dark secrets it contains?
So what works in this fright flick?
Well for starters, I’m a sucker for a Satanic shocker, so this was right up my arcane alley right from the get go, but the fun of the mystery of the house, along with some thoughtful treatment of dark and light magic keep the interest high throughout the film’s slight runtime of an hour and twelve minutes. What I’m saying is, writer/director/star Matthan Harris did a solid job here, so kudos to you mother fucker!
I also have to give credit to the well done practical creature and gore make-up, the solid acting on display from all involved, and the cinematography of Pedro Avila and Andrew Scott Baird make this flick look like a million bucks, even if it didn’t cost it.
Adding to the plusses here, are the assortment of bonus features present on this Blu-ray release from Cleopatra Films (along with MVD Entertainment) which include: a collection of deleted & extended scenes, outtakes, an interview (and music video) featuring Filth, a teaser trailer, behind-the-scenes stills, and production art courtesy of concept artist/storyboard artist Jason Millet.
If you are looking for a solid occult picture with a dash of mystery and magic, then give Baphomet a wicked whirl; it’s got what you’re itchin’ to slap your eerie eyeballs upon!

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