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Horror - Sublime

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Sublime Unrated
Tom Cavanagh, Kathleen York, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs
Directed by Tony Krantz
Raw Feed
Warner Home Video 2007
152 minutes

Sublime does not begin as your basic slice and dice epic and takes a while to get the heebie jeebies going. At first, you keep watching this horror movie DVD because it is stylistically and visually interesting. As Sublime makes its case it also enthralls the viewer who cannot help but keep watching. This is more a Night Gallery or Twilight Zone style medical thriller than a buxom babes taking off their shirts before they get killed horror movie.

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Sublime is a little disjointed. This, in part, is because George Grieves (Tom Cavanagh) is in and out of sedation after a routine colonoscopy that turned into a surgical mishap: he flashes back to his 40th birthday party the night before and then wakes up in a bed at Mt. Abbadon Hospital (rule 8a of horror movies is never check in to a creepy sounding hospital, especially if things do not work because of "construction"). Fortunately, George's  flashbacks to his birthday party serve to explain what is going on at the beginning.

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Rather creepy is the fact the only channel George can tune in to while in the hospital is the Shopping Network which features all the stuff he got for his birthday. To increase the scary a bit, George then wakes up next to a creepy and very bandaged patient who describes the hospital as a rendering plant and warns him about the East Wing of the hospital. To add to his stress Grives is attended by a quite stoic male nurse named Mandingo (Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs).His only ally is another nurse, Zoe, played by Katherine Cunningham. When she takes him to the East Wing Sublime gets even creepier in a What Dreams May Come kind of way.

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What makes Sublime interesting, even for a rather impatient viewer like myself, is you never quite know what is going on and are surprised by where the movie goes yet everything feels warranted. Yes, it is disjointed, perhaps a bit long, but this medical thriller more than horror movie -although it certainly does get really gory at the end-works. As for the ending, which reveals everything: MAN!!!!

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Sublime is not a movie you want to watch if you are scheduled for a visit to the hospital in the near future.

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