The Breaking Glass Pictures November 7, 2017 DVD release of the 2016 horror film "The Tormenting" (nee "Poignant") is a recent example of the talent of Breaking for finding edgy movies with a special element. In this case, a film about a ghost haunting an innocent has surprising turns and substance as well as clever humor.
The following YouTube clip of the trailer for "Tormenting" aptly highlights the horror aspects of the film while providing a teaser about what makes it a thriller with something extra.
The opening scenes (STRAIGHT out of "The Shining" and SO many other thrillers) of young medical researcher Amy driving on a windy rural road on her way to the abandoned building that virtually every audience member knows will trigger horrific experiences will create a different form of dread in audience members. The better news is that what immediately ensues is much better than anyone can anticipate; this leads to an even better film watching experience.
The focal point of the paranormal activity is an abandoned hospital that Amy is considering as the site of a healthcare facility; the aforementioned drive is to check out property with friend/potential investor Melissa and their entourage that includes the horndog/goofball brother of Melissa.
The aforementioned sibling is on the receiving end of the most intense initial brunt of the visit when his wandering off brings him in contact with the shadowy figure of a girl.
The next property visit intensifies in that the brother experiences the worst physical pain that can be inflicted on a man and obtains first-hand proof that the need to perform at least one bodily function survives death.
This follow-up transfers the attention of the spirit to Amy, who ultimately experiences horrific dreams that seem to be images related to the circumstances of the death of the young girl. The creepiest of these nocturnal intrusions involve what looks like a ritual rape.
Both a descent into madness and a desire to help the clearly restless spirit find peace prompts Amy to use this nightmares as the basis of an investigation.
This amateur detective work takes "Tormenting" in the aforementioned more unique direction; Amy learns that her going insane does not mean that she is crazy. A relevant missing persons report puts Amy in contact with a police detective with whom she works to crack a cold case.
The mixed end result provides the predicted closure regarding the circumstances of the death of the girl; however, we also learn that the kids of today are never happy.
The DVD extras include a behind-the-scenes feature with interesting insight into directing actors and staging a scene. We further get a look at what occurs beyond the range of the camera.
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